Sunday, June 13, 2021

A Little Road Trip for a Photo Shoot

 Running Man and I hit the road
last week to visit our favorite get away place.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

There's no perfect way to describe Santa Fe.

History, culture, art, 

all packed with flavor



A walk up Canyon Road combines
art, adobe architecture and creativity. 


Take a scenic drive on the Turquoise Trail linking
Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  Stop and do a little shopping
at the Henderson Trading Post 

 Happy 48th Wedding Anniversary

I brought along my Star Upon Star quilt
hoping to find a few fun places to do a photo shoot.












I received a lot of compliments
from people walking by as I attempted
to take a few pic. 
That made me smile.
Everyone is an artist in Santa Fe!

I hope as the summer months
roll along, you get to
 reconnect with the joy and healing vibes 
of exploring new and favorite places.

Safe travels.
Until Next Time-
Kyle





Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Remembering a Friendship

 Another month,
another mini!!!

This little quilt actually began
back in the 1900's.


"Friendship"
32" x 32"

My dear friend, Norma, gifted me 4 antique star blocks
many years ago.
This April Norma passed away.  
She was 85 years young.

What better thing to do than to take
those blocks and put them together into a 
special quilt to remember our 
special friendship,
and
connecting us both with the original quilter
from long ago.

Just one problem.
Do you see what I mean?
Not with our friendship, of course!
Those 8 points can be a 
challenge no matter what century
they are sewn.

I deconstructed the blocks,
redrafted and marked the pieces,



and being careful with the seam allowances,
sewed the blocks back together.

  

Norma had also given me a piece of fabric
that was so similar to the indigo and flower print 
that I had to use it for the setting.


It was uncanny how similar the fabrics were.

Norma and I had been friends for 30+ years
celebrating quilting and life.


She was a sharing and caring person
and will be missed each time 
the "Quilty Buddies" get together.


I hand quilted hearts in the open areas and 
in the borders and, of course, 
needed to add a red backing. 

Many times we take our friendships
for granted and assume we will be together
forever.  This past year has been a reality
check. Always cherish your friends
and family and the time we're together.

Looking for more mini inspiration?
Check out Wendy's blog where she
lists the bloggers who share their minis each month.

Until Next Time-
Kyle

 



Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Spring Time can be Allusive

 The calendar says that it's May
and springtime, 
but the weather seems
to still have Winter on it's agenda.


Luckily, the trees survived another snowstorm.

To feel the presence of spring,
I have found it in some stitching.

How about some tulips
not covered in snow.

"Tulip Festival"
A pattern designed by Brenda Gervais



Or a bunny not shivering from the cold, but 
instead leaping happily over the tulips,
not snow piles.


"Spring Delivery"
designed by Brenda Gervais


Springtime should not covered  with snowflakes

"Basketful of Spring Time"
Design by Brenda Gervais


How about a springtime scrap quilt.


"Pastel Checkerboard"
40" x 50"

The squares had been lingering on my cutting table. 
A quick sew.

Leftovers from the previous 
charity quilts I had finished.



Of course, my "go to" flange binding
for a quick, easy machine finish.

In an ideal and perfect sewing world,
the stitching would line up with the
crease between the backing and the binding.

This is perfect in my world.

I put a flannel on the back.
A necessity for springtime in the Rockies.

Well, the good news is 
spring weather will be back by tomorrow with
warm summer temperatures following
closely behind. 


Until Next Time-
Kyle

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

No Mini, but a Major!

 No mini quilt this month,
but I do have a major top finished!

I have continued to work on my 
Stars Upon Stars quilt for the past couple of weeks.

And, now,  I'm happy to say,
the top is done.


This pattern originated from an antique quilt
found in the collection at the museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan


Amazing, huh!
The top was pieced in the 1890's.

I used the rubber stamp pattern from
 

By stamping the template pieces,
the hand sewing was perfect and 
the star blocks were precise.







I had also bought the pattern from Laundry Basket.  
It was done with strip piecing and I knew I would not be
able to sew accurately enough to handle this method.
I did recalculate her sashing method
and used her idea for my stashing.  
I guess each method is dependent on how you like to sew.

It was fun to eventually lay out the blocks
and see the quilt coming together.


My design floor



Sewing the parts together was a challenge.
A lot of bias edges.

I admit I don't usually pin much,

but realized I needed to use lots of pins 
and a stylist to help keep everything under control.  
The long seams took over an hour to pin, sew and then press.

We all know there's a difference between pressing and  ironing.

The back of this quilt is amazing with the
amount of seams.
Pressing was key to keeping the blocks squared 
and not stretching them out of shape.
The perfect pressing is also key
when it comes to the quilting. 
I admit I'm an ironer, so I had to continue
to remind myself to press, not iron! 

So now this beauty is one step closer to being done.

There are no borders on this quilt and
I have stay stitched around the outer edge.
The new challenge will be to keep the edges from stretching
and then adding a straight binding at the end.
We'll see.

It has been a 2 year journey to get to this point.
Maybe it's time to put some fabric away.
I've kept all the fabrics in baskets and bags
so I wouldn't repeat fabrics.
It will be like having a new stash,
but now it's time to to find a backing
and get quilting!
I'm planning on machine quilting this myself,
mostly quilting in the ditch.
That alone will be challenge,
but aren't good things worth it?

Until Next Time-
Kyle

Monday, April 12, 2021

Using a Little Brain Power

 Trying to be efficient with your time


is one way to accomplish more than you 
might have anticipated.
I have spent the last couple weeks trying to do just that.
Have I been successful?
Well, I'm further ahead than I was, so
I guess, that would say I was making progress.

You might remember that I started working
on these Stars Upon Star blocks  about 2 years ago.

The blocks are hand pieced and all 15 stars are done, along 
with half stars and quarter stars.

I staled out when it came to the pieced sashing. 


This photo is Aline Joulin's quilt, Ogeechee, which I first saw
at Houston's International Quilt Festival in 2018.

Why haven't I been able to move forward?
Because I had to figure out the math to make these units! 

Finally, with some brain power, 
 I cut and sewed a practice piece and
much to my surprise, it seems to fit.  


So, in order to be as efficient as I could be
and make some progress,
I began cutting and organizing strips into sets of 5 to be machine pieced 
into sashing units.


It took several days to create 35 different combinations
and then to begin sewing them together.


I'm actually still sewing strips and
then when those are finally done, 
I'll sub cut 1.5" pieces. 


These units are sewn into a staggered pattern to make the 
sashing design.

Even though it gets a bit boring and repetitive to do 
the steps required for the 35 pieces all at the same time,
I find it an efficient approach for me.
I do try and pace myself so, that I don't
go too crazy or crazier than I already am.

We'll see how it all works out.  
Fingers crossed.

Until Next Time-
Kyle












Tuesday, March 30, 2021

March's Mini

I'm imagining that many us save 
photographs of quilts.
Maybe it's a design we like,
or a color combination that's interesting,
or the quilt just speaks to you.

For my March mini I decided
to take a look at the photos I'd been saving.
I used this quilt
which appears to be from the collection of the 
International Quilt Museum.
(Sometimes it's hard to follow the trail)


 I found the image on Pinterest.

Here's my interpretation.
Rocky Mountain Snow Keeps Fallen
17" x 24"

A couple weekends ago when we had our 
"Big Snow",
I found myself looking for something to do
rather than volunteering to go shovel.
I remembered the quilt photo I had saved,
and began digging in the stash for fabrics. 

I hadn't used many of my stripes and plaids for a while
so it was fun to reconnect with many of my favorites. 

One thing that appealed to me about the original quilt,
besides the use of the color,
was the symmetry of the center.

It has a calming effect and 
a sense of order despite all
 the different fabrics.

Maybe the original quilter had strips
long enough to do the center in that fashion
and then had to piece the remaining rows.


I enjoyed the free use of the fabrics,
just adding pieces as I went. 


I added a little stripe as the binding and
did some hand quilting
down the center of each row.

Some ticking that I had
been saving was perfect for the backing.


It was a fun mini to make for March.

Be sure and check out the other Mini Makers
on Wendy's blog, the Constant Quilter.
It's fascinating and amazing how each participant
creates a unique little quilt each month.


Until Next Time-
Kyle