Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WIP Wednesday 4.16.14

 I am still working on the stack of 7.  As of this writing, all are quilted and 3 are bound!

 Here is one of the finished ones.  They all need a washing and then I will start posting some finishes.
That is all my WIPs for this week.  Really trying to get them done so I can start on my next mini art quilt. 
 And in other news, M is 9 months old.  She's been out as long as she was in!

Linking with Lee.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Four In Art: Inspiration

Our next Four In Art Challenge continues to be in the Theme Urban, with this quarter's subject being Landmark.
My very first thought was to try a thread drawing of the Colosseum.  I still love the idea, but I'm not sure I have the technical ability to make something that I'm happy with.  
 Next my mind went to the Mitchell Park Domes in Milwaukee.  They are very unique structures that can be seen from many places around the city.  Especially when they are lit up at night.  In each dome are gardens.  There is a desert dome, a tropical dome, and a show dome, that changes with the seasons.
I do think that somehow those windows would make an awesome quilt.
 I have decided, however, to go with Central Park in New York City.
 I really love the above shot with the rivers on both sides of Manhattan with the park in the middle.  The buildings look so spiky.
 Of course a gorgeous autumn shot.
 And bright green summer. 

I am hoping to get started on this next mini this weekend.  Time ticks away to our next reveal, May 1.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Vintage Chevron Quilt

 I have in my possession this old chevron string quilt.  The Question I am posing to you is "What should I do with it?"
 As you can see it has been well used.  Do I try to repair it?  Should I just hold on to it for posterity/historical interest?  (cat photo bomb) 
 This section is the worst.  I'm not entirely sure what the batting is made of.  It almost seems to be a blanket of some sort with a mesh fabric over it.  The quilt is tied.
Here is a shot of the faded back.
Any thoughts on what to do?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Really Random Thursday

 A bit of randomness today:

 Spring has finally sprung! We spent Sunday afternoon cleaning up gardens and the yard and having a big fire.  So nice to be outside as a family!
 The first batch of fabrics for the 100 Blessings quilt have come in.
 WD gave a presentation about Joseph and needed a coat of many colors.  This was offered by a friend to be used.  WD declined.  However, I think this coat is great.  All patches of polyester double knit.
 Not sure I'd really wear it out in public, though....
 And lastly, I'm on a steering committee to work on the future of quilt shows in our guild.  Are you in a guild? What is the makeup of your guild? Do you do a quilt show?  Do you make any money?  Do you have enough volunteers?  Do you attend local quilt shows?  Thoughts and comments on your experiences would be greatly appreciated.

Linking up with Cindy where you can see other Randomeers.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Finish Along Quarter 2

It is time to link up to Quarter 2 of the Finish Along hosted by Katy of the Littlest Thistle.  I think this time around I am just going to link up two projects.

The first is this pile of charity quilts that I am working on.  3 are quilted, 4 to go.  Then trimming and binding.  I am going to count all 7 as just one project to link.

The second is finishing the Downton Abbey Quilt.

 I've got the border fabric (finally!), so as soon as that pile of 7 at the top is done, next up will be this one.  I suspect I will be quilting on this one a good long while.  That is, once I figure out what I'm going to do....

Also linking with Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Update on the Temperature Quilt

Here are the last few days of March.  Where did it go?!  Oops, as I'm looking at the picture, its upside down.  The yellow was actually the last day of March.  Nice and warm.  You can find my original plan for this quilt *here*
 Here is all of March laid out on the floor.
 I also started the first three days of April.
 I've decided how to set the quilt, so I added three charcoal colored strips to the end of February and sewed the first three months together. 
 And because I've been reading my EQ7 manual and couldn't help myself, I've designed a couple possibilities for next year.  Crazy, I know.

 Spring has finally arrived in the upper midwest!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Random Thursday

 The kids are back in school this week, but last week while they were off the goal was to keep them busy!  Here are some shots of our week.
 This was a painting hanging in the same room as the quilt show we visited.  Quilt inspiration, for sure.
 After the museum/quilt show I paid the $2 so we could ride the trolley around in a big circle.
 Last Thursday we went to a children's museum.  WP got to drive the bus. 
 And a rare glimpse of Mr. Riley!
 This was part of an exhibit, but I think it sums up the children's museum pretty well!
 The building with the scaffolding around it is where Mr. Riley used to have his office.  They are taking it down, piece by piece.  Apparently recycling lots of it and trying to save the granite facade.  A new tower will be built in its place.
 We visited the Zoo on Friday.  It is spring and love is in the air.
 And it finally got warm enough to put out the swings.  M got her first ride. 

Check out more randomness at Cindy's blog.