Sunday, July 27, 2014

Quilting and Binding Finally Finished

I feel a sense of accomplishment, yet sadness, because while working on this quilt I felt a connection to my sister.  She is missed with  her living so far away in Nome, Alaska. 
Tundra Girls, A Quilted Wall-hanging
My next quilt will challenge me to work with a family portrait.  

This past week, we spent the week with our good friends at their family cottage in Michigan.  The weather was gorgeous, crisp, cool, and sunny.  We loved sitting on the deck looking out over Lake Michigan,

This is just one reason why we make the 13 hour drive to Michigan:


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Finally Making Progress

The wedding is over and it was beautiful as all weddings are for each bride. The back of the dress was stunning,

This picture was taken when we were doing the final fitting and designing the bustle.  It is a shame you can't see the detail around the opening in the back of the dress.

The bride showed her appreciation by sending this beautiful bouquet of flowers to my house even though I told her this was a labor of love.

This week I was in full quilting mode.  After the border was chosen and attached, I was able to complete the quilting with round the clock sewing.

I found this border to be too overpowering.  I love a good seam ripper.

I think this border recedes to the background and allows the picture to come to the foreground.

At this point in my quilting, I find working with large areas the most difficult to quilt with a design that will lend itself to the rest of the quilt.

This week, I hope to complete the quilt and send it to my sister for her birthday.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Finished Piecing

I hope everyone had a good 4th of July.  We enjoyed the day with my daughter and her husband.
I am still working on the wedding dress, but I carved out time to work on the wall hanging.  This week I tried to make up for lost time.  I finished piecing my quilt.

To unify the quilt and to give it a flow, I used the pinkish rose material throughout the piece.

More pictures from Nome:

The Last Train to Nowhere


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Interruption to Quilting

Over the last two weeks, I have devoted most of my time to altering a wedding dress for a friend.  The bride has decided to wear her mother's dress.  She is larger than her mother's 100 pound frame when she got married.  Needless to say, the zipper cannot zip up past the waistline.  It was decided to made the back opening into a keyhole opening lined with lace removed from the veil.  The lace is very thin and I had to double the wide by hand sewing two rows together before applying it to the edges.  A strapless bra didn't work under the thin knit material of the dress (the cups made a horrible line in the front).  I had to use lace again from the veil to hide the back of the bra.  In other words, the dress has become quite a project.  But, I will admit, it is a labor of love.  Hopefully, I will get back to my quilting next week.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Piecing the Clothes

Happy Father's Day!  Beautiful weather for a great day to gather with family and celebrate dad's living and honor those who have left us with loving memories.

Here is the progress I made this week:

More pictures from Alaska:

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Tundra Girls

My family has lived vicariously through my youngest sister for the last 20+ years.  Mom refers to her as her "wonder lust" child, the last pioneer in our family.  After college, she moved to Alaska and has  remained there ever since.  She is married and has two daughters, thus the Tundra Girls.  One of her nieces, on her husband's side, took some beautiful pictures of her daughters.  When I saw this picture, I  immediately thought this was one I could attempt, and it would make a beautiful wall hanging.

This is the picture she posted on Facebook.  Aaah, this would make a good birthday present.

So much for birthday surprises, I asked her to send me the color version.  I wanted to replicate the colors of the clothing.

The pattern

A good beginning

I am sure you can guess where these pictures were taken;

I think this one was taken around 2:00 in the morning.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Lovin' the Sun

I love the weather we have had this past week; mid seventies and low humidity.  Only such weather makes it difficult to stay inside and sew.  I finally finished the wall-hanging and I have a couple of "non-quilting" projects to work on this week for friends.

I decided to add on one of the baby's pacifiers to the wall-hanging which meant going to Joanne's to find some other items to compliment it and keep the design flowing.  I really do enjoy displaying my photos this way as opposed to putting them in picture frames.  The larger picture is that of my granddaughter and the smaller ones are those of my son and daughter in-law.

Here are some photos of Brighton Dam when the azaleas were in bloom.