Monday, January 30, 2012

TasT wk 4 Cretan Stitch wk5 Herringbone

OMGosh this is Sharon's Tast challenge for week 4....Anybody that knows me, even my mentor because she spent at least 3 hours with me on doing this stitch, knows that this stitch and I do not get along.  When I was practicing it, it looked ok I just do not think I like this stitch so I added a herringbone and a straight stitch to it and now I like it better...enjoy and Thanks Sharon!

My 3 blocks returned home

In Kathy's group she had a stitch around where who ever signed up made 3 small blocks mailed them to her in turn she stitched on one and then Kathy sent the other 2 blocks to two other people to stitch on.  Mine are all home and they all look lovely.  I want to do something special with them and will show you all when I figure out what I want to are my three that have returned home to me....Thank you Kathy, Patricia and Shari for a lovely job on each one....I will treasure them.  They line up form top to bottom, Shari, Patricia and Kathy!    enjoy!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

My 2 CQ blocks are finished

Back in November a group of us made 3 blocks and sent them to Kathy Shaw.  She was going to do one and send it back to us then the other 2 went to two different people and needed to be returned by  Feb. 1st.  I did send mine back to PJ and Andrea and forgot to post a pic so here they are...I hope they like them.  I will post the ones that were done for me shortly.  Have a great day.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friendship Friday- Inspiration

Just wanted to let you all know that Ramona has a new site for all of us bloggers to go and get some wonderful new friends and inspiration.  If you will go here you can check it out for yourselves her question for this week in What inspired you this week? There are so many things that inspire me, this week particular was the fact that I was going to go to a small group we have at our LQS on thursday and it is called Greatful threads and it is just where a few of us like to add to our artistic selves something different other than quilting.  It is very exciting to see what people do.  The theme was HotStuff and my take on it is in the post before this but due to weather I did not go but will manage to see pics soon.  Really other bloggers, friends, life in general is an inspiration.  I can look out the window and see inspiration, it is all relevant in the artist view I think.  Please check her out and she has also picked a friend whose blog you can check out that is wonderful..  Have a great day.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hi we have a group called "Greatful threads" that meet once a month at our quilt shop.  The weather is really foggy and rainy  so no meeting but I wanted to post a pic of our challenge.  We had a  one word challenge that we were to make no bigger than a 12 x 12 or we could make a 9 x 12 as a donation to the Alzheimer Campaign here is my picture..........Remembering  the theme is HotStuff!  I used muslin and added a piece of cheesecloth saturated in modge podge and water mixed...then I used watercolor paint for the background and also for Mr thermometer added batting and a backing, quilted it then added the binding...enjoy!

Monday, January 23, 2012

TasT Feather Stitch

I am not finished with this little block or with the feather stitches but I did want to post a pic of the next stitch that  Sharon Had us doing for Tast week 3.  When I complete the block I will post a pic here..

Friday, January 20, 2012

Little change purse - FMQ

Because of the way my other stitches came out on my first change purse I made another.  This time I just used the walking foot and the stitches look allot better so I am still trying to figure out why the other stitches were so loose in the back... I guess it could be the sewing machine it is an older one and maybe it has had  have a good Saturday

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

TAST Buttonhole Stitch

Our next stitch on TAST was the buttonhole stitch so this is my sample and I added a few fly stitches with some french knots

FMQ practice

I made a little coin purse and decided to add some leaves and doodling of the FMQ that I have been doing.  The only thing is it seemed like all my stitches were loose in the back.  Does anyone know what causes this.  I messed with the tension on the top but it really did not seem to help.  What I did use was bottom line thread.  Help if you is a pic

Sunday, January 15, 2012

FMQ w/ Leah Day

My intention this year is to use all the knowledge that anyone is willing to share to learn FMQ...I want to do the whole deal and it look pretty also.  I watched Leah Day today and this is what I came up with.  Thanks to everyone that takes a peek.....

Saturday, January 14, 2012

FMQ thru SewCalGal

I just watched a video from SewCalGal's FMQ.  Frances is our teacher for January and our first one was working with leaves this is my first try at it.  I found this really fun and wanted to post a pic of it.  For those that do not know.  SewCalGal has teamed up with other quilt artist to teach FMQ in 2012 on our home sewing machines.  Look for her button on my sidebar and join in.  Here is a pic of my first experience with FMQ, have a wonderful day!  As you can see for some reason I could not remember the little squiggly line inside the leaf but I did get the hang of it..i will keep trying...thanks Frances

Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Fly Stitch

I am on Sharon B's  TAST program for "2012".  Our first stitch was the fly stitch........ Sharon will post a new stitch every Tuesday and this is the one for this week.  I would like to do a bell pull, that is my intention but it is not together yet so I will work on my candle mat and try to finish it.  I used 2 strands of floss and then added the pink silk ribbon in the same stitch.  I think it would make a pretty flower.  Hopefully in a few weeks my bell pull will be finished...thanks for taking a peek....