Sunday, September 28, 2008

Miss Jump's California Cousin

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! I love the colors! I found this image while looking at the Santa Barbara, CA quilting retreats. If you know of a really good retreat (Great Britain would be nice) that I can take mom to next year, let me know. Or even if you just know of one that is particularly interesting, or in a really great location. I want to take classes, but mother may just want to relax. I am working on getting my Samurai Squares blocks done (so exciting for me!).

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Peaceful dreamer

I am so sorry I don't know who painted this mermaid. I also don't remember which blog or websited I found it on, but one thing you can count on: I am not talented enough to have created such a beautiful work.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Stretching Creativity

Mom and I didn't get her started blogging, but we had a lot of fun trying to draw funky flowers to make a "Karmen-outside-her-comfort-zone" quilt top. Mom has been collecting fabric since the early '70s, and she has so much fabric that it was ridiculous trying to choose between them. I brought a big box of fabric back with me. I had to duct tape the box so it wouldn't bust open in the cargo bay of the plane back to Atlanta and cause an incident.

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Great Pumpkin Sits on Mom's Kitchen Cabinet

My visits with Mom and Dad are always too short. I have been taking pictures and buying fabric. Seriously buying fabric; I have never spent so much on fabric in two days in my whole life! We shopped at Quilter's Station and Harper's. We ate lunch across the street from Harper's at the Farm to Market Cafe. I had the eggplant, tomato and feta cheese sandwich. Yum! The cafe had quilts for sale on the walls, and I very nearly bought the most beautiful, adorable quilt ever. The woman, Robin, who pieced and appliqued the top was the same person who rang us out at Harper's, so we went back over there to talk to her. She told me what the pattern company was, and I ordered the pattern online last night. Quilt Soup's pattern example does not even come close to the quilt Robin made. I think the variations in the fabrics and quilting really made it worth the price she was asking (more, really). But I hesitated, and left it for some other really lucky person.
And Dad made this wonderful apple pie!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Organization is Key

I purchased a Cozy Quilt's "Samurai Squares" kit from the Duluth store the day before it (the store) closed. When I expressed concern over being able to put the quilt together, Ann McLean said "You'll be fine." Little did I know that she would not be. I didn't know her well, but the few exchanges we had at the shop were meaningful. She always encouraged me to trust my instincts where quilting was concerned. A lot of people will miss her.

I started on the "Samurai Squares" tonight. I love it! I never would have been so bold as to choose the fabrics that came with the kit. I think that's the coolest thing about it; being surprised by all the beautiful fabric and then watching it come together! I am having a lot of fun. I think being organized is key. You can see by the photos that I am trying to keep things straight, but I am going out-of-town, so I had to post the "please leave alone" note you see in the first photo.

I am going "home" to Independence to visit a few days with my folks. Mom (Linda Brannock) is having a birthday next month, but I can't visit in October, so we'll get a few days this week instead.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Baby Austin Allen is Here

I stitched the binding onto the baby quilt I made for Gregory Allen's new baby boy. Mr. Allen is an esteemed member of Gwinnett Tech's math faculty and he and his wife welcomed their baby boy into the world on Monday, September 1. The little tyke (Austin) was a bit early prompting me to put on a quick-quilt thinking cap. I started with one design, but didn't purchase enough of the blue and yellow solids, so it morphed into another design of my own making.

I used variegated quilting thread on the top and back of the quilt, since Theoan, at the Atlanta Unity Quilter's group meeting on Sunday, suggested not using clear thread on the top (like I had been doing on other projects). She told me that since baby quilts get lots of washing and drying, the clear thread gets brittle and breaks. I hadn't thought about that, so I am really glad she told me.

I share my sewing "space" with my own son's pet snake. Atom (aka Adam) moved into Atlanta leaving me his precious "Snaky" the California King snake. Snaky and I have become friends, since he doesn't require a lot of food; just one "fuzzy" mouse on Sunday, and he's good.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Finished the Star and Plumes!

I finally finished that blue star and plumes piece I started a long time ago. I had made the top, probably hand pieced and hand appliqued in the late 1970s, and I began hand quilting it on July 4 of this year. I decided to finish it by machine quilting using my New Home. I think it turned out pretty well. With every project, I am learning more and more. You can see detail better if you double click on the photo. I still haven't experimented with free motion.