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is originally from Minnesota, did 'time' in California, and is currently sentenced to doing a few years in Arkansas.
She's the "Lazy Quilter" who often doesn't take time to try to achieve perfection. She's "Walker Lady" who changed her lifestyle and lost over 70 pounds in the process! She wears the hats of a Quilter, Artist, Crafter, Musician, Life Coach, Wife, and Mom, all rolled up into one crazy eccentric woman!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Filling my plate

Oh my, what a weekend it has been! I really thought I was going to spend a LOT more time in the studio this weekend. I was thinking about playing there. Every time I walked to my computer the path led me by fabrics and templates and such. That is not quite the same, is it?

SO, on with this posting.....if you are thinking about joining Frances and I by doing a Dresden Plate block, you might be wondering about what pattern to use or the fabric theme. There is a lot of leeway when choosing both!

I am going to assume you have a pattern of your own to use. I am going to use one I found on EQ7. You can find lots and lots of free patterns online. It really is a simple block. You can have rounded edges or pointed ones. The pointed ones look easier but it can be deceiving. To have that point centered at the end of the 'blade' of your piece takes a bit of finesse.

After you pick your method, you might be wondering about a theme. Do you want to make it with old fashioned fabrics? That quilt will look quite homey and sweet. Perhaps you want to be more dramatic and use batiks or jewel tone colors? Will you use a white background, a black background, or a totally different color? Might you be really different and use a printed background and solid colored blades? Each choice will really affect the outcome.

You might consider a theme using a holiday such as Christmas or Halloween. Or perhaps making it all black and white would be interesting? You could also make 12 blocks, each with a theme of the month, such as red, white, and blue for July. Other months could have color coded themes too.

I have chosen to use a neutral holiday print and make a Christmas quilt. At least that is the plan. I pulled the background fabric but I haven't dug out my holiday prints to be sure I have enough colors that play nice together.

DO take some time to think about the look you want to achieve. If you cannot make up your mind, why not just make a bunch of different themed blocks for a really scrappy quilt! You could even use different pattern styles to make different plates! The sky is the limit!!!

DRESDEN PLATE PROJECT DIRECTIONS:
I kept the “Dresden Plate Project – quilt-along” really simple. From now until December 10th, make a Dresden Plate block and share it on the flickr group page:

https://www.flickr.com/groups/2840531@N23/

That is it, just make ONE. Now of course if you do the pace of a few blocks a month, I would hope to see at least a quilt top done by December!

I hope to do one blog posting a week that talks about DPP too. Thanks Frances, for ‘advertising’ this! Perhaps later in the year, I will get some prizes for folks who are playing along!!!

That is it for today. I apologize for no photos. Maybe next week I will have some. Until then ---

Happy Sewing Y'all!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A Full Plate!

I have so much to share today! I hardly know where to begin. How about in the middle? Here is what my studio looked like when I left it today:
If you look towards the back of the table you might note a pile of white that looks like pillows. In reality it is FIVE quilts all pin-basted and ready to quilt.
After quilting all these, I should be better when using Sweetie, my Sweet 16

Next to the quilts there is this box of scraps: 
These are part of the free fabrics I got at my night guild. I made the Sherbet quilt top from this donation stash. Actually, one of the five quilts is the Sherbet quilt! It turned out quite cheery.

As we keep going around the table, clock-wise, we run into several of the blocks for the Folk Art quilt, in various stages of completion.

Remember you can click on the photos to get a bigger picture.
Note that drawing on the lower left. That is a Dresden Plate! I am picking out fabrics for my quilt right now. If you are doing our loosely organized block-along with Frances of Off Kilter Quilter fame, you might be looking for a pattern. Frances is using a pattern I sent to her. I found another one that was very much like it, on EQ7. There are so many variations out there! Jaye even has a tutorial on making a Dresden Plate block on her blog, Artquiltmaker.  Come on! Make at least one block and use it for making a pillow if you don't want to commit to a full size quilt.

Continuing on around the table you'll find a simple linen slip on dress for summer. I am embroidering some color onto it to jazz it up a bit.

Our little elephant is still waiting for me to give her a few finishing touches:
The next two blocks for the My Favorite Things quilt are waiting for me to get started on:

That is the full tour around the table! I can hardly wait till tomorrow to get back in there and start playing with some of the projects or maybe even quilting one of those quilts!

Besides pin-basting, I also worked on a gift. I made a cover for a three ring binder. It will hold some memory pages for our yoga instructor who is moving out of the area. Here is the cover:


And here it is, opened up:

I think she will like it. All the students are writing notes that will be put into plastic sleeves to fill the book with. I think this is a great idea for a unique gift!

I went back and redid two of the blocks for the My Favorite Things. I didn't like the button centers for the flowers and made fabric ones that I like a lot better. Here are the befores and afters of the two blocks:
Before
After
Before
After
Do you like the yellow centers better too? I am not sure about the button on the lid of the teapot either. I may add a cloth knob. This is sure a fun quilt project to work on.

Last, but not least, I have one of the last 12 flowers almost sewn down on the My Tweets quilt. I had to move the green leaves and stem to make it fit right though. I am so fussy with things sometimes!


Phew! This is a big ol' posting! I hope you enjoyed it! Get out your fabrics and make a Dresden Plate block, or two, or twelve!
Till next time, HAPPY SEWING y'all!!!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Have a Plate of Goodness

Frances of the Off-Kilter Quilter fame is joining with me and we are doing a quilt-a-long! Or is it quilt-along? Anyways, we are both starting to do our favorite Dresden Plate pattern. The official start is today. I think Frances has started her blocks, I think. Actually, I am not sure. No matter. The rules are very easy:

1.  Everyone does this at their own pace.
2.  You pick your favorite Dresden Plate pattern.
3.  Try to make at least two blocks per month.
4.  Suggested sizes are 12 to 16 inches.
5.  Share photos! (We might try a flicker group)

That is the gist of it. Through the wonderful miscommunication oddities of the Internet, we didn't quite get together on launching this in a polished manner. Since it is Mother's Day, I was the one who pushed for today as a start date.

Watch for more information, perhaps some tips, maybe even a giveaway for those who participate! I'll fill in the details as time goes on. Show us your plates!

Sew-On!


Friday, May 8, 2015

Creative Prompt: Radar

I would like you to meet a little friend of mine, Abby. She is mostly found hanging around my other blog, but today she wanted to be a part of last week's creative prompt. So, there she is, under the radar. It's good she isn't flying. (giggle) Two points if you get my pun.
Two donation quilts are sandwiched and I've started another. Not much else has gone on in the sewing room. I hope more will happen next week though.
Till next time! Happy sewing!!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Promptly Being Creative

HAPPY MAY BASKET DAY!!! As a  young girl we used to take pillow mints and mix them with salted peanuts. We'd decorate a little paper drinking cup with drawings of flowers. We'd use a pipe cleaner to make a handle. Once filled with the mints and peanuts, we'd share them around the neighborhood. Ahhhhhhh, such fond memories from over fifty years ago!!!

A few weekends ago we went to our annual renaissance faire in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Hubby and the Young Mister were on the news that night!
A few days after the faire, it was Earth Day. We planted three new trees to go along with the Mimosa we already planted two years ago.
 
 I finished another block for the "My Favorite Things" block of the month:
I have some lemon sherbet yellow fabric around the charity quilt:
I followed all this up with doing a Creative Prompt! I haven't done one in maybe a year or so now. I combined a little art with a little writing. It was fun to do this again. I should try to be more consistent with it!
I am currently sandwiching four charity quilts to quilt for guild. I am woefully behind on projects, as I've needed to handle other issues in life. I hope to get back to doing fabric therapy soon! Till then, I hope you all are sewing-on!