Thursday, December 8, 2011

"Fanciful Felines" Variation quilt

This is a variation of the "Fanciful Felines" quilt pattern.  The original design is by Cyndi Walker for Clothworks.  Most of the fabrics are from Laurel Burch.  I bought a Christmas Panel, cut them out and bordered them with the black fabric, then used her idea for the mixed border and the corner blocks.  I love it - won't win any awards but I love it.  :)  It is a gift for Karin.  

Pieced and quilted in December 2011.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Volume in Scraps by Emily Cier finished...

This is based on "Volume in Scraps" from Scrap Republic by Emily Cier.  Her quilt in the book is a lot smaller, so I made 25 columns of 4.5" strips.  They are 104" long and it is just over 100" wide.  Also, since I had loads of fabric and wasn't making scraps, I pieced my color families as she suggests and then chopped and pieced the strips - I didn't need the shorter strips together.  Mine's not as blended as the original but I really like it.  Since this is the backing for "Lollypop Trees", which measures 94" square, the edges of this quilt will end up being cut off.  This took a solid week to piece - I listened to The Coral Thief (great!) and The Cave Girl (ridiculous!) while piecing it.

I'm now going to make a tuffet!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Finished my Lollypop Trees top...

I love it!  I had quite a mix of old and new Kaffe prints as I just kept buying and buying them.  It does measure square, I put it on the grass and photographed it off the deck so this is from 15' up.  I started mine in February and finished it last night.  

When I did the sashing I made pairs of blocks, then sewed pairs of pairs together without cutting between them.  I continued down the line and that was helpful in the sewing to sew multiple strips at a time.  I did pin the sashing strips to the quilts because I wanted it to line up exactly.  Offset corners would show up with the black.

These are my Kaffe fabrics I have left - most are 1/8 of a yard or so.  I am going to cut them into 4.5" width strips and make the backing out of them.  The design I am going to use is based on this one:

Volume in Scraps from Scrap Republic by Emily Cier.  Her quilt in the book is only about 60", I think, so I am making 15 columns of 4" strips which should come out to 100".  I might add another strip in there so the machine quilter will have enough of a backing.  

Thanks for sharing this journey with me.  I don't know when I'm going to make another Kim McLean quilt - I need to do this backing, then I have Lilly Pilly to make.  

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Three more blocks...

Also another tart.  This time I left off the apricot glaze because I didn't think it needed the sugar... still delicious!

Oranges and pinks:


Blues and roses:

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two More Lollypop Blocks, again...

I made a fruit tart!  Recipe from Julia Child's French cookbook, which I am slowly working my way through.

Two more blocks completed;

Bunches of Quilts for my wishlist...

Haven't made any of these yet, but don't want to forget them.   These patterns are from and they don't tell the designser.

Uschi's Stars:

Marmalade and Jam:

Galaxy Quilt Pattern:

Emma's Star:

Lastly, I thought this was really funny.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Corn Cakes with Shrimp, Crab & Baby Arugula Recipe

Another garden wishlist...

I've never thought of myself as a fountain person, but I really love this fountain.  It's more of a reflective pool with the littlest spigot to keep the water fresh.  The plants around it are gorgeous, too.

It reminds me of the fountain at the Botanical Gardens in Milwaukee.

Garden Project To-Do

Beautiful cement leaves for birds...

Recipe - Strawberry-Rhubarb Mascarpone Cannoli

I see stuff in magazines and take a picture of it... because I want to do it someday!

Another Lollypop Tree Block...

Lots of darker colors in this one.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Not My Garden...

I feel like I need a place to keep my "Garden Inspiration" pictures.
So, not my garden, but I like parts of these!

Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle:

I like the bench set into the woods, along the path.


Everett Arboretum:

Love these coiled supports.

Gorgeous patio

Bridge over running rocks

ID'ed as  Lychnis chalcedonica, Maltese cross by Kate.

Love the mosses set with the rocks.

A birdhouse collection!

Another beautiful plant