Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Lazy Angle Ruler Quilts

I have been sort of obsessed with this ruler called the Lazy Angle Ruler put out by Checkers.
I made Firecracker with it a few months ago:

 This week I used Julie Herman's pattern "Taffy"
to make this with some cute Riley Blake prints:

 And a couple weeks ago I used Julie's pattern "Unwind" to make this with the leftover bits I had from Firecracker! It was neat to get two for one this way- I just had to add the background, for a change I used black instead of white not sure I am sold on it but it was just for fun.

Next on the table is this little guy which also uses the ruler and is charm pack friendly but I am using my stash and have it cut out as you can see I just need to get to sewing.
Think I better get a couple customer quilts done before I indulge in more piecing though!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Vote for your favorite baby quilt

I have a quilt in the running this week on the 

Quiltbloggers Weekly contest. It is called Sunny Days 

on the alphabetical list. There are 71 entrants this

 week with a theme of Baby quilts and you can vote for

 your favorite 7! 

I hope everyone takes a minute to go and vote-- for

 any of the quilts you like. It is really a nice feeling to

 check the site and see that someone has voted for

 yours! I can attest, it is a nice compliment.



Happy St. Pat's everyone! Watch for us in the

 downtown parade tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


I quilted this Redwork wallhanging for Elsie last week. It has wool batting and I used a cream So Fine thread to quilt it.
Here is the "befores" and "afters" slideshow:
 Here I had started to quilt outside the redwork stitiching and you can see the texture created.
Below is the "after" the textured stitching was added inside
 Here is the "before" of the center basket
And after! I used my new rulers to create rays extending out from the centerpiece. 

  Another set of before and afters below on the lower right corner of the quilt:
 Some quilting....starting to see the faux trapunto effect by pushing all the fabric back around the stitching.
 More quilting...
And....... All done!

 Even though this was heavily quilted the wool batting kept the quilt quite soft and pliable. It didn't feel like it could stand up on its own when I was done quilting it.  Elsie really liked it, she plans to use a red plaid fabric cut on the bias for the binding which I think will look fabulous on it!
 Shot of the back
Thanks everyone for looking and letting me share!

Monday, March 12, 2012


1. Downton Abby- I apparently must see this, everyone is talking about this show on PBS and thinks I will love it so I am looking forward to it in my near future.

2. My daughter is getting geared up for the St. Patrick's day season when we drive all over Houston to perform at various places. It is a lot of fun and I never get tired of seeing her dance, which she truly loves.

3. Spring has Sprung here in Houston. Redbuds are out and Azaleas as well!

4.  Watched the latest Jane Eyre  movie and loved it. Made me want to read the book yet again and I still have this quilt idea sort of fermenting in my brain with Jane Eyre as the inspiration.

5. Cabbage my husband grew in our winter garden is ready! He made us cabbage soup and pork roast for dinner last night. Yummy.

6. Read the book A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. Which was recommended by a friend and I enjoyed it a lot- also looking forward to its sequel in July.  If you like books on tape that format of this book is excellent, complete with accents for the British and French characters.

7. Waiting to see One for the Money movie on DVD. The movie is based on the book series by Janet Evanovich which I have read all of. Hope the movie is decent and doesn't ruin the books for me. 

8. Looking forward to my 16th wedding anniversary this month. Still really in love and feeling very lucky.

9.Finished the Hunger Games series and my daughter was happy we could FINALLY discuss the books and characters ( she devoured the books a month ago and has been waiting for me to finish them since).

10. Went with my daughter and my mom to see Riverdance for the first time. I think between seeing that and attending my Irish dance exercise class I can pretty much rule that out as a career in my future! LOL