Thursday, September 30, 2010
Welcome to my new blog address. Sew'n Wild Oaks is the name of my little pattern company and our home business. Joe came up with the name (clever person that he is!) I'm the SEW'N part.....WILD comes from our last name of Wilder....and OAKS is from Joe's woodworking business of handcrafted items made out of oak wine barrels.
To kick off the new address, I'm having a pattern giveaway. Just make a comment on this new site from today September 30th to October 8th at 12 noon. The winner will be selected and posted on Saturday, October 9th. The winner will get to choose one of my three patterns.
PARTY IN THE GARDEN 54" X 54"
THE HOUSE ON EDGEWOOD LANE 70" x 82"
HEARTFIRE - 60" x 70"
So tell me in your comment just how many projects you are currently working on. Are you the kind of quilter that works on only one project at a time or do you have multiple projects in the works? You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and your name will be entered in the contest.
The old Blossom of Friendship site will be "up" for a little while longer, but only my new posts will be available HERE. So bookmark this site and become a follower. I lost all of my followers in the transition over to the new site.....sorry, I can't figure out how to import the names and pictures.
Good luck to everyone.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
I'm so glad that Madrigal is quilted and off of the quilting machine. I've been walking by the machine for days staring at it and wondering when I would ever get this done! I would work on it for a few hours at a time and only finish a couple of rows. I thought I would never see the end. I tackled this center section this morning along with the side borders. First I quilted around all of the applique pieces then added the feathery fill. I was a bit nervous to try this at first. I keep learning with each and every quilt I quilt. It's a dynamic process that never ceases to amaze me.
I'm very happy with the scallops. It adds a nice, classy touch to the quilt. Now to the binding.....I love to work on bindings. I think it is the feeling of completion that appeals to me. But this quilt is far from being done......I still have to write up the pattern. I've blocked off all of next week to get the pattern written and printed.
I'm just about "feathered" out. I'm quilting feathers in my dreams lately. I'm in the process of auditioning fabric for the binding. I've narrowed the field down to two choices. I'll probably end up flipping a coin.......or I'll ask for Joe's input.
I used an acrylic circle to create this pattern on the pieced blocks. The tips of my fingers are a bit tender from holding the ruler steady.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Yesterday I decided to scallop the border on Madrigal. Several years ago I purchased the EASY SCALLOP by Darlene Zimmerman. This product lives up to the name of Easy. It was so simple to follow the enclosed directions and mark the scallops on the quilt with a white Sewline marking pencil.
I do not have a deep "V" between my scallops which will make the binding easier to apply.
Marking the corners was a breeze.
I will quilt my way to the bottom border then I'll take the quilt off the machine, turn it and quilt the side borders. It is so much fun to take the quilt off the machine and look at the fruit of your labor. Then I will decide whether or not to fill in the open space in the setting triangles.
Busy weekend ahead with the grand kids soccer games, Altamont Cruiers Car Show on Sunday (our 1956 Ford Crown Victoria will be there along with my 1942 Model Husband....good body style that year!), our grandson's 3rd birthday is also on Sunday and don't forget Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery this weekend. It's a visual feast for the eyes. I'll take pictures and post them for those of you that can't be there. The quilts hang up in the hundred-year-old oak trees and it's eye candy without any calories! You just stroll through the nursery "looking up" at the quilts. It's great exercise for my double chin!
On that note, have a great weekend everyone!
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
I'm finally ready to put Madrigal on the quilting machine! I just have to wrestle with a roll of wool batting tomorrow and then on the quilting machine it will go.....and will probably stay there for several days. This quilt is going to take me forever to quilt. I added the little tendrils to add interest and break up the quilting in the center section.
Here's the whole quilt with just a hint of a red border. Depending on how I quilt the border, I may end up with scallops. I'll make my final decision tomorrow. I've been pouring through machine quilting book after machine quilting book trying to find something different for this quilt. Looking through all of my books has given me a good excuse to procrastinate while resting at the same time!
Friday, September 17, 2010
There is a hint of Autumn in the air up here at the cabin. So much of a hint that I felt like decorating the cabin for the season. Last year the Scrappy Leaves quilt was hanging in the shop for several months. This year, it is hanging at the cabin for the enjoyment of the squirrels, raccoons, and bears!
Our friends and fellow quilter Glenda and her husband Ken joined us for dinner last night. This was their first visit to the cabin so the welcome sign and mat were rolled out for them.
The borders took a fair bit of time to complete. But overall, it was a fun quilt to make and I love working with batiks.
I've been whip stitching the flowers together in groups of three, then I applique them on the setting and corner triangles.