Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Finished!

The last of the mini quiltlets are done and now soaking to remove the marks.  After they're dry they'll get numbered and randomly distributed to my students. Here are the last few.

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Here they are all together...

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And all cut into individual little quilts, ready to go into the cold water soak.

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Next time you see them will be after my students have added the color.

Now I'm back to work on my appliqué!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Almost Done

I actually finished quilting all the little mini quilts.  Next step is to cut them apart and soak them to get the marks out.  After drying, they'll be ready for my students to add the color.  Now I can get back to my appliqué!

I'll share a few more of the mini's now and post the rest of them tomorrow.  The light is bad...it's raining here.  They are really bright white just like the others.

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That's it until tomorrow!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Little by little...

All the grid work is done on a half inch grid. The curved rays were stitched with Renae's arcs.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Silks

My order from Dharma always includes dyes, paints, and fixers.  OK, and usually some fabric too.  This order had some of my favorites; a cotton/silk blend.  If you've never seen this, it is yummy! One side has the silky sheen, and the other the matte of cotton.  It cuts, sews and quilts as easy as cotton, and OMG...how beautifully it takes dyes!  Even though it is a silk blend, I still use Procion dyes with beautiful results.  One of the interesting aspects of the blend is that with some colors you actually end up with a different look on each side.

And my other fabric this time was silk dupioni...love, love, love that stuff. And it also dyes like a dream.  Oh, and don't worry, I got ample yardage of both! (:>).

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Next time we have a cool day I plan to do a little dyeing!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Harry's all wet....

While we were having dinner tonight, we heard this big splash;  Harry fell in the pool...again! Probably jumping up the screen after a lizard.  It always amazes me too, that he never gets his head wet when he falls in...never!  That boy must hit the water swimming!

He sure does look pretty pathetic when he climbs out though....Poor Harry!

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oops, forgot to fix the red eye from the flash. Oh well, it adds to the overall pathetic look, LOL!

I'm still working on the mini's

Slowly but surely.  I'm sure glad I limited the number of students in this class!  The main designs went very quickly, thanks to my circle lord.  The background fill, is a different story!  But slow and steady wins the race, so they say and I'm making headway...gradually.

Want a peek?  I thought you would.

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I'm obviously still working on that last one.  And just as a size  reference, each of these little quiltlets is 12 inches square.

Back to work, or I'll never get done!

Mail Call

The mail has been good to me this week.  First, our family postcard for October, from Mary.

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And a postcard from Jami for the MQR "salt & pepper" swap.

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They are both great! Thanks Mary and Jami.

And then my long awaited diamond die from Accuquilt.

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I already have the fabric to use this one! I love 60 degree diamonds for backgrounds.

Did you get anything interesting in the mail?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Harvest Moon

I've added a short preview of my latest Premier video on my website.

MQR Premier members will have access to the entire video later today in the forum.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A quiet day

We had a cool front come through last night, first one of the season. Today was a nice change, the high was only 78. The next couple days will be nice. But then we'll warm back up to our normal.  Chloe & Harry were thrilled that all the doors were open to the lanai and the front courtyard!

I spent my day working on the background fills of the mini's for my class and I also got some appliqué stitching done.

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It's coming along nicely, and I just love all the color....thanks to Vicki's beautiful fabrics.

All in all, a productive day.

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Last of the Mini's...I promise!

You are probably tired of these by now, but here are the last few.  While some are similar, each one is a little different. That way, no two students will have exactly the same piece. And, I didn't get bored stupid quilting them!

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Today I worked on doing the background fill between thunderstorms.  All of these little quiltlets really showcase the versatility of the Circle Lord system.  I think my students will be happy with these! I know I am.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

More Mini's

I worked on the class mini quilts again today.  The main motifs are all done now.  Just the background fill is left to do...though that will take a while. Here are the rest of the designs.  Again, the frames are done with various Circle Lord templates and some of the motifs too,and some I embellished. Lots of variety for my students to choose from.

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And in case you're wondering the batting is one layer of warm & white (on the bottom) and a layer of Hobb's Polydown Plus on top. Now the work begins!