Monday, March 13, 2017

Quilt Binding Sewn Down, Fog, North CA Dam News.

Foggy this morning and has been the last few days in Rancho Palos Verdes.

I went with a white binding, actually Kona 'snow', on my small red/white quilt.

I'm sewing binding on my liberated log cabin, then I'll press it and hand sew down.

Looking south on Rancho Palos Verdes coast, foggy.

North view and fog again.

A break in the fog now and then.


Hello from foggy Rancho Palos Verdes!!

My son tells me it's a Marine Layer. It's been foggy for about 3 or 4 days, very mysterious and quiet.

I've had time to sew bindings on two quilts and press that down ready to hand sew onto the back.
We have to travel to the Seattle area for a week as a friend just passed away.
I'll have down time to hand sew there.

If you've been aware of or watching information on the Nor Cal Oroville Dam situation here is some of the most clear and accurate information to be found, Oroville Dam 12th March update.
I have family living in Nor Cal and I've lived there in the past so this interests me.
I'm amazed how this 50 yr. old important infrastructure has been so carelessly neglected.

Hope you have a great Monday!
I'll be by to visit and share your project adventures.



Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Hand Quilting Finish, Simple Machine Quilting Finish

I finished hand quilting my liberated log cabin quilt in batiks.

It looks good on this table.


My small red and white quilt got machine quilted.

I'm still arranging and making decisions on my coin quilt.


Hello! From Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
Sunny and windy here. We often see whales and dolphins on our walks along the coast.
It's that time of the year.

I finally finished hand quilting my 3 block x 4 block liberated log cabin quilt. The front is pieced in batiks and it's backed in batiks with Warm and Natural batting. That makes for some tough hand quilting. That's why I took so long. I'll bind it with a turquoise batik.

I also had time to machine quilt my small red and white liberated butterfly quilt with saw tooth border. It will have red binding. It was an experiment I wanted to do using only two colors.

My coin quilt is still being arranged and rearranged. I find if I think too much about color placement things get muddled. So I remember to use contrast then everything mostly falls into place.

If you want to get lost in an adventure go here.

I'll be by to visit and share in your projects and progress.
Enjoy the Process! Share a smile.


Friday, March 3, 2017

Mariposa Meadow Charms, March Butterfly 2017

March 2017 butterfly, Red-spotted Purple.

Coin quilt in progress, fabric from Mariposa Meadow is included.

This is progress on my small 'Liberated' butterfly quilt in red/white.


Happy Weekend!!
March already!! St. Patrick's Day is almost here.

I'm linking up with Ann @ Fret Not Yourself 
for Kaleidoscope of Butterflies, celebrating butterflies. 

I've posted photos of two quilts I'm working on that have butterflies on them. The 'Liberated' red butterflies are pieced to resemble butterflies in the liberated style. I've added a saw tooth border and will probably finish it with red binding.

My coin quilt is being pieced with fabric that has butterflies printed on it, the Mariposa Meadow line by Elizabeth Isle; which can be found here at Missouri Star Quilt Company.

The butterfly for March, the Red-spotted Purple is brush-footed and lives mostly on the east coast and south into Mexico. 
Here around Rancho Palos Verdes the last couple of days have been warm and I've seen Monarchs flying around the flowering shrubs. 

Hope you take time to enjoy butterflies today.
I'll be by to visit!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Wasabi art quilts, Stacks of Coins Quilt Along and coffee.



'Wasabi #2' made with left over pieces from 'Wasabi #1, see below.
'Wasabi #1' small art quilt, my design.
Stacks of 'coins' for coin challenge.


My sewing station here in Rancho Palo Verdes.
Checking progress on my 'design' wall.

Happy Weekend!!!

What do you have planned for fun?
A trip to the fabric store? A walk in the park or on the beach?
Taking the kids to gymnastics class?
Endless possibilities!

I've been sewing on a Jem Platinum 760 Jenome Machine. It does everything I need it to.
I've put together a small art quilt, 'Wasabi #2' from pieces left over from 'Wasabi #1. I like to name my quilts. It reminds of the thinking behind the plan and design.

I've also started my new 'coin' quilt, yes, it's going to be small too. Kaja @ SewSlowly
and Ann @ Fret not Yourself ,
have started a Chinese Coin Quilt challenge. Another reason to play with color. 

And talking about small quilts I've been inspired by reading through Sew Charming by M. Etherington & C. Tesene.
It's a book full of great small quilt ideas. It's published by That Patchwork Place .

Have a great day, I'll be by to visit and enjoy your projects.
I'll stop by Starbucks, what kind of coffee would you like?


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sewing by Hand Alabama Chanin, Sew Slowly Hand Quilting


A break from the storm.
Rancho Palos Verdes coast at sunset.

The storm has past over Rancho Palos Verdes for now. 
There was a lot of wind and rain here, some trees down, some power outages.
I've heard another storm might roll in soon; it is still winter, just sayin'.

There's not much to show as far as projects or progress around here, but I have been reading and researching and I've found some inspiring people doing some great work.

First, you have to see Kaja's new project and hand quilting work. She is working on a 'new piece' from Alabama Chanin . They have kits there! 
What is Alabama Chanin? They are a 'lifestyle company producing thoughtful designs and well made goods for the person and home.' They are based in Florence, Alabama. Amazing innovation is going on there, spend some time and read about their products and process.

Second, Emily has a superb tutorial on 'Wonky Log Cabin' blocks, 'down and dirty', fast and furious.
I love to see these kind of tutorials, this is the 'liberated' way to roll! This is another example of great innovation.

Take time to refuel your creative juices!
I'll be to visit, I'll bring donuts and an umbrella.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Adventures of the Sewing Machine Kind in Long Beach, CA, a small look back.

This is one of my first 'art quilts' read fun quilt, made in Santa Clara, CA.

Bird of Paradise bloom right after a rain.

Fun with log cabin blocks, 2016

Butterfly blocks, pattern by Fig Tree Quilts, 2016

Improvising, love orange and turquoise, 2016

String blocks, rail fence style, 2016

Me over the American River, Folsom, CA.

Wonky, Liberated log cabin, by me, 2016.


Greetings from foggy Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.
It has been rainy and foggy here off and on lately.

We're here for a while, no plans, just to explore. 
Will I get back to Folsom, I don't know.

I'm going into Long Beach today for sewing machine parts to get the resident sewing machine here up and running. That's east of here, up and over the coastal hills. The sewing machine shop is supposed to be a big one with fabric and classes etc. Long Beach SewVac .

I decided to look through my photos of projects made in Folsom, Ca.  The top art quilt, 'Morning Song' I made while we were living in Santa Clara.
It's fun to look back, inspiring. 

I ask myself, Why do you make quilts? Is it a hobby or what?
Maybe I need to get a job at this sewing store selling sewing machines.
Change of pace?

Have a great day. I'll be by to visit and see your projects.



Friday, February 3, 2017

Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton, Pink Flamingo, Color of the Year 2017

http://www.robertkaufman.com/release/2017/konacoty/

Kona Cotton Color of the year, Pink Flamingo!
Am I going to have fun with this color or what??
If you love pink like I do, this is reason to celebrate.

I bought the class from iquilt  'Abstract Quilts in Solids' by Gwen Marston. Pink Flamingo
will make great contrast in my projects I'm working on for this course.
I highly recommend this and Gwen's other class offered by iquilt,, 'Liberated Quilt Making II'.

Have a relaxing weekend!! I'll be by to visit!