Monday, November 7, 2016

Split Decision

Split Decision 

... my version of Don Linn's Split Decision 

Almost finished to a flimsy over the weekend :0) 
I have one last piece to add... a circle will be pieced into the lower right corner

Started Friday in a curved piecing workshop with Don Linn 
and finished to a flimsy over the weekend.  Saturday at Leslie's and Sunday at HRQ. 
Love my sew group weekends! My top evolved with changes from Don's original pattern
and quilt shown here...

that's part of the fun! Very abstract especially for me and so out of my box, again! 

Last week Don was Annie's Star Quilt guild's guest speaker and workshop for November. As our speaker Don spoke mostly about his machine quilting and gave lots of tips and tricks he has developed over the years doing Free Motion Quilting. He does both, at a sit down domestic and has a longarm. Don has three books published, one on curved piecing and Art Deco quilt tops...

and two on FMQing plus a DVD. I learned allot and hope the guild will ask him back to do a FMQing workshop. No longer afraid of curved piecing, he has a simple but effective approach that works! 
Curves ahead!!! 

Enjoy your week
Tot ziens, Jo

Friday, November 4, 2016

November Goals

Goals for November:
Back to Gypsy Wife... I've actually missed working on this quilt :0) Will be fun to get back to it this month with the hopes of a flimsy finish.

Split Decision. Guild meeting last night with guest speaker Don Linn. Turned in my finished... yes finished Challenge quilt! BIG YEA! Today I attended Don's workshop on curved piecing. Quilt top almost completed to a flimsy in class! Just a few more seams to finish tomorrow at a sew day with friends up in Paradise. Looking forward to that.

Painted Forest workshop this week was filled. There will be a bonus sew day this coming Sunday... Everyone signed up for the first workshop is invited for a fun day growing trees!


Gravity. Continued workshops thru the end of the year with Kelly at HRQ for Jaybird's block of the month ~ Gravity. Only two blocks into it, pix soon of progress with two meetings this month. My fabric choices are batiks ranging from gold to purple for the star, not doing the complete color wheel and shades of gray in Grunge for the background.


 Enjoy your weekend... 
and don't forget to set your clocks back an hour
 (where applicable ;0)
Tot ziens, Jo

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Happy Halloween


It's going to be a wet one this year here in the North Valley! 
Not complaining, we need the rain in California, 
just hope it doesn't stop raining once winter actually arrives. 

My October goal... not going to make it... was to finish piecing Gypsy Wife but... as always, life gets in the way. October birthdays, house guests, working full time and new workshops! We recently gave it a term... FOMO... fear of missing out :0) Not complaining about that either as I am having fun sewing with friends and meeting new ones. 

November promises to be the same. This weekend I have final preparations for a workshop I am hosting at Honey Run Quilter's with Scott Hansen's Painted Forest from Blue Nickel Studios. There was enough interest in this workshop for 2 classes! The first will meet for three evenings in November and the second will be set up after the holidays. 

Started a new workshop with Kelly at Honey Run Quilters for Jaybird's BOM Gravity. With two meetings in October I have 3 blocks made. Karen and Barb are in on it too... FOMO!!!   

Our guild's November meeting and workshop will feature Don Linn. Known for his machine quilting and Art Deco style quilts with curved piecing. Something I need some tips on so... yep, I am signed up for his workshop! On my to do list before the meeting next week is to cut out all of the pieces. 




And as if that's not enough, our guild's Quilt Challenge quilt is due to be turned in at our November meeting and yep, signed up for that too. Pieced and quilted mine this month with only binding to finish. Suzanne came up with a great idea... It's going to be a quilted forest. Finished quilts are 20 x 72 inches and will be suspended in a way that allows the viewers to walk among the trees. I can't post pix yet as our quilts are to remain anonymous until after the December meeting where they will be voted on. The forest will be displayed at our quilt show in November of 2017. 

Sew it's a busy last weekend in October not finishing Gypsy Wife and it's OK because I am enjoying all of the things I do. There has been progress... both of my Toes in the Sand are pieced, one of which is actually quilted as well as Pacific Crest! Both are waiting for binding along with the challenge quilt. Something to do for some rainy evenings!  

Enjoy your Sunday and Halloween 
Tot ziens, Jo

Monday, October 3, 2016

Goal for October ~ Gypsy Wife

Barb, Karen and I started Gypsy Wife this summer, making progress off and on in between other projects and finishes. Toes in the Sand workshop with Kelly at Honey Run Quilters ended in September. All three of us have finished tops! Kelly, Karen, Linda and I all got overly ambitious and made two! Some are even quilted! Yea for September! 

My goal for October is to concentrate on Gypsy Wife...
making progress the last two weekends

This weekend I finished cutting all of my strips and organizing them by number
That helped allot! In case you are making this quilt... only cut one width of each strip. 
As I worked on sections, so far only found one strip needed a little bit more...
btw, there are 63 strips not 60 as the pattern indicates
 
All of my fabrics are Nineteenth Century repros 
Section One:
 Thankfully was easy and fun!

I decided to work from the bottom up rather than do the sections in numerical order
and started Section 6:  not so much fun

Not quite finished, had to substitute one block that didn't fit 
and three more blocks to finish this section. 
I knew this one was going to be a challenge after watching Karen work on it
last weekend at Good Times Weekend and gave Barb and I pointers on section 7 as well.

Start of Section 7

Blocks made last weekend at Good Times Weekend

This project and the pattern have been a challenge. Thank you Karen for 
foraging ahead and giving us hints and help along the way :0)

Barb, Karen and I discovered and follow along with a group of bloggers also working on
Gypsy Wife this year. They are a few months ahead of us and have been
a wonderful source and help along the way. Here is a link to Megan's blog Jaffa Quilts.
Thank you!

Enjoy your week. Love the rain we got yesterday, what a nice surprise! 
Tot ziens, Jo