Monday, October 31, 2011

Sharon's Seams 2 B: Favorite Halloween Treat

I can't believe I first posted this recipe in 2008. Where does the time go? It's on my "to do" list for today to make these. Just click on the highlighted text to go to the recipe! Enjoy!
Sharon's Seams 2 B: Favorite Halloween Treat: My Mom used to make these every Halloween. She even made them for all the Trick or Treaters that came to ou r house one year. We lived in a...

Friday, October 28, 2011

One Block Wonders & More

Today I'm showing you quilts from earlier this month. Variety is the spice of life, right?

First up, Lynne's lovely creation.

Sorry about how dark this picture is. No wonder I'm deficient in Vitamin D. Not a bright room in this house!
This one is by Kathy. Love how they all come out so different.

Terry's Lone Star. Love my leaves.
Arlene's new guest room quilt.
Leaves & blocks. There will be buttons sewn on all the leaf centers.
The back.
And from another quilt. If you ever get a back like this , run from the building. I didn't have the courage to count the pieces & somehow I lucked out, no pleats!
What have you been up to lately? Serious Nana withdrawals here. And that darn roller coaster sucked me in again. Hope I can get off soon.

Loving the sunny weather! More quilts soon.
Sharon The busy Quilter

Thursday, October 20, 2011

MQX-Last Week's Fun

Last week I went to Portland Oregon to a big quilt show, MQX. It was also an opportunity for me to take some long arm quilting classes.
Someone went here. Third stop going west from the Convention Center & 2 blocks up. I could only eat half. Like eating a pancake swimming in syrup.
There were lots of special quilts.

If I ever spent this much time quilting something...........bring me back to reality please!
Some just pretty to look at.

Others with some new quilting ideas.
And some award winners. Wanda from Heartbeat Quilting made this beauty. The applique blocks were her mother's. You can tell there was a lot of love put into making the blocks & Wanda's beautiful quilting.
These are 2 of the ladies that made some of the blocks in this quilt. They are from the Boistfort Valley in Washington State. The quilt was made to honor the farming in the valley. One of them did the pig & the other cut our all the flowers. Take a close look at each block. The different footprints of each animal is quilted into the quilt along with a few surprises.

The Best of Show quilt always had too many people around it whenever I had my camera. It was "T With Miss D" by Sandra Leichner. Go here to see this lovely creation for yourself. It was quilted on a Bernina 730. Amazing!!!! Go here to see the whole quilt. Pictures do not do it justice. If you'd like to make one for yourslef check out this Amazon link.

I did take a few classes & get some new ideas. One was a whole cloth in Sue Patten's Zensuedle class. I need to quilt it & then I'll show you.

More quilts to some.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

T-Shirt Quilt

First you cut out the logos from all your t-shirts. I always cut them a little bigger than I might use. You can always trim later. Next iron on the woven fabric interfacing. It looks like thin broadcloth. (I'll add the name later.)

Pick some really fun fabrics to frame the logos. For this quilt I cut 2 1/2" & 3" strips.
Frame the t-shirt pieces. Set them aside & work on the layout later.
The blocks are starting to pile up!
Now the quilt starts to take shape. If a block is too short I just add another strip & trim it off. Don't measure & try to get exactly the right sized piece. Remember you are just trying to get it done.
Several pics of the finished quilt

Love the back the customer chose.
As you read this I am in Portland at MQX for a recharge & unlocking my creative juices. I'll post some pics next week.

Hope you are having a great weekend!
Sharon The Quilter!

p.s. Rats! I thought this would post while I was gone. Home now! Obviously had a computer/operator glitch!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Best Grandmother's Flower Garden

Sometimes I get a quilt & want to pinch myself. Check out the Grandmother's Flower Garden. 2" squares, all hand pieced. The quilt is owned by a friend of one of my customers mother's. My customer thinks that it was made by the woman's mother.
All the hexagons were carefully centered so each one had the same design. The combinations are fabulous.
What's your guess for the year these fabrics are from? The 40's?

Some people don't like when a beautiful hand pieced quilts gets machine quilted. I think it's better to have it quilted & out to enjoy than in a box in the closet.

More quilts to come.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Secret Pal

Mmmmmmm, looks like I'm going to Starbucks!Isn't this card cute?
Thanks Secret Pal!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Jonne's Birthday Quilt

Jonne made this darling airplane quilt for her grandson Aksel's 1st birthday. Shhh,it's a surprise, his birthday is next month.
Love all the different shades of blue she used.
Swirls in the border.
I think she used Mary Lou's book for the letters. A special touch.

Who doesn't love minkee on the back?
Hope you are having a good weekend. I want to go the the LaConner Quilt Festival. Heard it's great. I'll be sure & post if I go.
More quilts coming soon!