Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I'm Heading Off On An Adventure

Traveling is about discovery.



It's a opportunity to learn more about the world
around you and even some about yourself.


I'm looking forward to some new 
experiences

as I begin an exciting adventure.

I bet you might be able
to guess where!
Until Next Time-
Kyle

Monday, April 10, 2017

Wool Isn't Just for Winter

Here in Colorado
spring is fast approaching.
It's time to put away the wool
sweaters and socks.

 But wait!
Wool isn't just for winter.

How about all those spring lambs?
Aren't they the real spring woolies?

I realized as I was getting out a few spring and Easter
decorations that most of my little spring penny rugs
are made from wool.

Today I'm sharing a
Smilebox featuring many of 
the wool penny projects
that I've made in the past.

The patterns have come from a variety of sources.
Many of them were from different Need'l Love books,
individual patterns or Primitive Quilts Magazine. 


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Have a Wonderful Easter and Spring.

Until Next Time-
Kyle




Monday, April 3, 2017

Always a Quilty Buddy

It's always hard to say good-bye
to friends that have been 
 Quilty Buddies.


It may not have been a friendship 
for many years, but we all 
know about the threads that bind quilters together.

Our friend, Jenine, is opening
another chapter of her life in Austin, TX.
We've loved getting to know her over
the past couple of years.

I had been gifted a 
basket full of red and white fat quarters 
in February
24" x 24"

and I used this wonderful collection of fabrics
from one group of quilting friends,
to stitch this sweet and easy heart quilt for a Quilty Buddy.
It seemed the perfect way to pass
the meaning of  friendship forward.

I made the the hst's to finish at 2"
and made 4" four patches set on point.
Any size patches would work.  You
could customize them to your particular project.

It was fun to
machine quilt heart motifs in the 
open spaces.  It seemed to add another layer
of sharing, caring and friendship.

This would be a simple and sweet
pattern to use for a quick baby quilt.


A going away gift doesn't have to be


big to let someone know
that they will be missed.  It
just has to be something from your heart.

Until Next Time-
Kyle




Thursday, March 23, 2017

Counting...Quiter's Style

One

1 big quilt
 1 hoop a day 

Two
2 fingers without fingerprints



 2 Clover Needle Domes filled with
60 threaded needles

Three



 3 months of work so far
and probably 3more.



Four



 4 borders plus 
filling in the background with rows
of quilting.


Five

 

 5 projects waiting and wishing to be worked on.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5!

Until Next Time-
Kyle

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Exploring New Places

About twice a year
 Running Man and I try to get away


and explore a new place, a different city, or a unique area
of the country.

Recently, we had the chance to 
visit St. Augustine, Florida for a long weekend.


Hoping for warm weather and sunshine,
we mostly had cool cloudy days spattered with
rain, but, oh, well, better than snow.

St Augustine is the oldest
continuously occupied city in the US
founded in 1565 by the Spanish.

We visited the Castillo De San Marco,
the oldest masonry fort in the US
looking out towards the bay and the Atlantic.


Being young at heart,
we didn't visit the Fountain of Youth
which was supposedly
discovered by
Juan Pounce de Leon in 1513.
Wouldn't he laugh now at our
obcession of being youthful.

We spent time at the 
World Golf Hall of Fame


and even had a chance to practice our
putting skills.

Along with a food tour
in a little red roadster
we enjoyed many of the yummy tastes
of the area.
Isn't that how you learn about an area
through it's food?

Before heading home we
played for a day at
joining up with our Florida daughter and
having fun
drinking a butter beer 
 in Diagon Alley


and watching as Running Man
rode the Rip Ride Rockit.


knowing what goes up
must come down
after it goes upside down! 


We had a great time exploring this area.

Hopefully,
your path takes you to some
interesting places soon.

Happy Stitching,
Kyle



Monday, March 6, 2017

Photo Journals

When I'm with a quilt group,
large or small, and it's show and tell,
someone will always say,
" And I have a label!".
This is always followed with a big smile
and a finger pointed right at me.


I have suggested, encouraged,
and preached about the need to label
and document the works of art we create.
Most of my quilty buddies have caught on to
the importance of a label,
but still like to emphasis their good deeds
of labeling by letting me know.
Proud of you, dear friends.

Over the past couple of years I've taken my 
documenting to another fun place.

I've been making photo books.

They've been lots of fun to make and
it's such a feeling of accomplishment to
look at my quilts using
this format.

The company I've been using is Shutterfly.
The quality is first rate.
They have sales all the time, which
is a good thing too.
There are probably other companies
that offer the same quality. I'm just familiar
with this one.


Each of the 6 books
I've done so far is in the 10" x 10" size.


Using Shutterfly's website
is easy and can make your photos
look quite professional with the
editing capabilities.
There are lots of options
and possibilities.

If you've been a blogger for awhile
you already have photos
documenting your work.


Putting them into a book
is the perfect next step.

I decided not to include much
information about each quilt,


but rather let the photos tell the story.

I started a couple years ago and
began by working with the current year
and then slowly working backwards.
 

I've got my photos ready for
2016
and as soon as I have a block of time
I'll be ready to make
my next book.

It's a fun way to
photo journal and
to see how my quilts and styles
have changed over the years.

 They're  a real page turner.

Until Next Time-
Kyle

Thursday, February 23, 2017

What's Up Now?

The strategy of Meredithe's
17 UFO's in 2017
has been a good one for me so far.
Progress, progress, progress.

So far
I worked on and finished two quilts that were 
"fast to finish" and the latest was 
one that had a "current deadline".

So what's up now?
Two quilts.


One is a "Long Term" project
and the other one is "something I love to work on". 

I've actually been hand quilting 
since the first of the year
 on
Noah and Matilda,
an antique reproduction applique 
pattern from 
 

Winter evenings are the perfect time
to get underneath the quilt and 
stitch.
I had my machine quilter baste 
it for me.  That is something
I would highly recommend especially for
big full size quilts.
It's been working perfectly. 

I've been quilting the feathered wreaths
before the light pencil markings disappear
and then around the appliques.

 It's starting to fill in.

My handquilting montra has
always been 
"just a hoop a day"
and to always finish the thread in my needle
before quitting for the day.

That's added up to a lot of stitches over time.
I'm far from done, but 
it's making progress!

***
The second quilt is the 
Dutch Medallion I started last year
which was the 2016 Mystery quilt  
found in Quiltmania and designed by


I had gotten this far last summer
with still two more pieced borders to go.
It's not a mystery anymore, and that's 
fine with me.

The next border was added on 
and a vine appliqued in place.


I was eager to try the newest Aurifil  thread,
the ultra thin #80 weight cotton.
It's marvelous.
It's melts into the fibers and completely 
disappears.  I've tried fine silk threads before and
it was continually slipping out of the eye of the needle.
This doesn't do that, at least, with my
sewing style.
I'm super pleased.

Now there's a lot of EPP
to work on.

But it's so fun working with the 
beautiful patterns on the Dutch fabrics
that I covet and use every little bit.
Maybe someday I'll be able to get more!

I love making progress on this quilt. 
It's exactly what quilting should be.

Until Next Time- 
Kyle



Thursday, February 16, 2017

Inspired By Many

The second 3 week period 
of working on a UFO is over.
And I have another finish.

You might remember the batik challenge
I wrote about 3 weeks ago. (here)
The members of my quilt group,
Quilt Therapy,
did a fabric exchange where we
each started with a yard of batik and ripped, kept half,
and passed.
Eventually ending up with 
7 different pieces,
7 different amounts of each.


The challenge I gave myself
was to try some of Gwen Marston's liberating tips
and techniques and see what happened.
It seemed only fitting.

I have watched many of you
from afar
working with an improv style
and knew it was time to step out,
just alittle.
I started with a few liberated stars


and kept sewing trying different blocks
until I put everything together in a simple nine patch.


I tried just about everything.


It was quite fun and I
even liked what I had created.

Having ventured out of my norm
I had to continue the same spirit with
the quilting.


Those of you who regularly break the barriers
in quiltmaking,
this may not seem too extraordinary,
but you have been an inspiration to me.


This was actually quite a freeing experience as
small as these baby steps were.

But wait there's more.

I used the "crumbs" for the back.

The edges were finished with a facing
rather than a binding,
another first.


This was a great experience,
trying lots of new techniques and ideas.

"Liberated Spirit"
"Sunflowers"
22 inches

Having been quilt making for over 40 years,
it just goes to prove there's always an opportunity
to try new things and see where it takes you.
Old quilters might be willing to try
new tricks.

Until Next Time-
Kyle