Tuesday, June 30, 2009

It's a bag!

I made another sample for the Minnesota Road Show in August. I, along with another teacher, will be doing demos all day long! This is a tote bag made from a Terry Atkinson book called Let's Do Lunch. I love Terry Atkinson patterns. This one is a quilted tote. The lining is simply the back side of the quilt sandwich. It even has a pocket inside with a zipper. Believe it or not, this is the first time I've installed a zipper! Anyway, I love the colors and can't wait to get it back so I can use it myself!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Father's Day gift and finished table runner (well, almost)

So, it's a little late, but I thought I'd post photos of the absolutely fabulous frame Molly made for RT for Father's Day. The frame was a very cheap one from Michael's; so cheap, in fact, that it didn't come with glass, so Molly's photo got a little wrinkled. We have more, though. Most of these buttons were harvested from the pants I used for the golf pants quilt. If you look closely at some of the ones on the left side of the frame, you'll see an S. Yeah, that's for Sansabelt!
Here's a closeup of the work. There's lots of glitter! I'm still finding blue glitter in my cereal in the mornings.
Oh, and in quilting news, I finished the curved piecing table runner for the Minnesota Road Show. Well, except some of the hand stitching on the binding.
Here's a closeup of the quilting. This is the closest I've ever come to quilting feathers. I tried to replicate the viney plants in the blue fabric. It's hard to see, but I did the same in the blue areas, too.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Row Round Robin

Tonight is the start of my Monday night quilt group's round robin. This year we're doing row quilts. It's the same round robin that Amy is in, but there are so many of us participating (12, I think), that we split into two groups. We swap every other month, so, the first group had their first swap in May. This way everyone gets to see some new progress every month. We do our round robins as surprises, so the owner (the person who did the first row) won't see it until the end. This means that I won't be able to post very many details about them for the next year or so. You'll have to wait until the very end!

Aaaaaanyway, I enjoyed the curved piecing so much, I decided to go with it some more. I managed to break the shaft part of my Curve Master foot, but that's okay. I also discovered that I don't actually need the adapter they give you. This design was similar to what I have had in mind for this row quilt all along; it's just executed a little differently. Here is my row. It's nearly width of fabric:

It's supposed to look like water. So people can add sky, fish, plants, whatever they want. Here's a closeup:
Goodbye, sweet little row! See you at the end of next summer!

Friday, June 12, 2009


Check out my Wordle!You can make your own at http://www.wordle.net. All I did was copy and paste from the last page's worth of posts, and took out common things like "posted by Cheryl at blah blah blah." Some of this appears to get cut off, at least in my browser. But you get the gist of it. Fun stuff!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Curved piecing!

I'm making a shop sample of a table runner that involves curved piecing. I've done a little (very little) dabbling before, but this is really the most I've done. There will be leftover curved pieces as the border. I'm using the Curve Master foot and it's awesome. This was so easy, and zero pinning. Really!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Crabtree Falls

We went on a hike to Crabtree Falls on Saturday. It was great fun but I'm still sore! Snickers, our 14-year-old dog came along, too.

Molly was very excited.
Here you can see the bottom of the falls. The steps you see behind are part of the hike. It's about 1.1 mile, but mostly up!
The falls went all the way up the mountain.
We saw lots of these pretty white flowers. Anyone know what they are?
A tired trio. But we had fun!