Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Quiltworks First Friday

I wasn't able to make it to First Friday because of icy roads, but got a chance to see the quilt exhibit this past weekend. As usual, it didn't disappoint.
The quilt group Blockin' Robins did a row by row which was so fun to see. They were very creative!








 How darn cute are these VW vans?!
Loved this one too.

 We stayed in Cody, WY on our road trip a year ago, so I liked this one a lot too.

This was a cool collaboration of quilters that I thought was really great. 

If you are in Bend the month of December, be sure to stop by and see these up close and personal.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Bear Paw- Classic and Vintage

Several months ago I was asked to participate with the Fat Quarter Shop in the Classic and Vintage quilt block series. This month they are showcasing the Bear Paw block.

They have a wonderful youtube video showing you how to assemble this block. See it HERE.

I opted to make 4 of them and use it on my table. I love the classic colors of cheddar and red and tried to use contemporary colors and patterns to mimic that vintage combination.
Here's a close up.

I kept the quilting simple and did crosshatching.
I found this adorable backing that fit perfectly with the front. (too bad I couldn't get it to stay upright!)

Isn't it great!?

You can get the free pattern from fat Quarter shop right HERE. Try it, you'll like it!
See Jolly Jabber Blog HERE.

If you want to make a table runner like in the video, or other options they show you can purchase the pattern HERE

Thank you Fat Quarter Quilt shop for including me in your Classic and Vintage quilt block project!



Friday, December 12, 2014

Another Almost Finish

My Sally Post quilt arrived back the same time my Flowers quilt arrived. 


 This one is a little bigger....
But the binding is made ready to apply, then hand stitch. Yeehaw! I imagine this will be my last quilt of 2014.

Have an awesome weekend!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Cultural Fusion Book WINNER!

Thank you all who entered to win Sujata's book. I hope you liked my blog and will return. 

Without further ado the random number generator chose #62. Quilt smiles! What a great name. Congratulations! 




Wednesday, December 10, 2014

When this you see, Remember Me

The weather cleared enough to take the quilt outside and get a couple of photos. I love it!







I was asked to show the backing. There's nothing too spectacular about this one.


Except I do really love that fabric!

I have to get binding made for another quilt. Woo-Hoo! Close to another finish!
Happy Wednesday!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Monday Morning Mash-Up


In 2011 I purchased this from Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative. It was made by Sujata!  I liked her work then and I like it now!
Thank you all for the great comments on my Toran interpretation. If you haven't had a chance to comment to try and win her book , do it now! Comment HERE.


Almost done hand sewing my binding down. When I said binding wasn't my favorite part, I do like hand sewing the binding, I just do not feel like I am good at sewing it on by machine. There is so much bulky quilt to keep on the table.  I've only got about 24" to go! Yay!

I mentioned this quilt this past week too. I LOVE this pattern. I love the fabric I used. I do not love my workmanship and cringe every time I see it. It is wrapped and the recipient will love it.

 This weekend was the Scandinavian Fest in Portland which my son and I have a standing date to attend together. This year was bittersweet in that our friend, exchange host mum from Denmark, Lene,  passed away from aggressive cancer on Dec 3. We toasted her life at a Scandinavian restaurant, as well.
Then we had the pleasure of getting this ginormous tree in our house! It's in, but no decorations yet. I had my husband pick it out at a tree farm and he said it was hard to determine the size! I guess it was!

Happy Monday!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Cultural Fusion Quilts- Giveaway

Wow! I've been blown away by the wonderful photos and terrifically written reviews of Sujata's Cultural Fusion Quilts book. I have to admit I'm a bit intimidated. But in the usual Humble Quilts style, here I go!

I was sent the ebook and this photo caught my eye as I made my way through the book.
(The Root Connection in Cultural Fusion Quilts) In India, string banners, known as torans, are used during cultural celebrations to create arches in doorways and pathways to welcome
guests. Torans made from fresh leaves and marigolds strung on cotton
strings adorn the doorways of private homes on a daily basis.

It immediately reminded me of this:

It isn't a celebration toran but laundry flapping and waving in the breeze on top of home in Guatemala. I was just there and was fascinated by this. 

Sujata's Quilt "Toran"


My mini version. Doesn't look a thing like hers! lol
I used her assembly instructions and it really went together easily. They were wonderful instructions. I didn't use any pins to sew these parts together. Sujata gave great tips for free form piecing.


If you look back at her Toran quilt you will see the quilting is  an important aspect of this quilt. I tried to mimic that with wavy quilting using my walking foot. Again, it wasn't as nearly as effective, but I now have my own little quilt to remind me of the waving colors on the rooftops of Guatemala. 

You will have plenty of chances to win  Cultural Fusion Quilts. Leave a comment to win on my blog. If you are in the United States you will win a hard copy. If you are outside the states you can win an ebook. I will draw a name on December 11th. Good Luck!

Check out these other bloggers to read more about Sujata's Cultural Fusion Quilts and for more chances to win!

Tue. Dec. 2 - Sujata Shah on C&T blog and http://therootconnection.blogspot.com/
Wed. Dec. 3 LeeAnn Decker niftyquilts.blogspot.com/
Thu. Dec. 4 - Victoria Gertenbach http://thesillyboodilly.blogspot.com
Fri. Dec. 5 Rachaeldaisy bluemountaindaisy.blogspot.com/
Sat. Dec. 6 - Lori D. http://humblequilts.blogspot.com/
Sun. Dec. 7 - Casey York https://studioloblog.wordpress.com/
Mon. Dec. 8 - Malka Dubrawsky http://www.stitchindye.com/blog-2/
Tue. Dec. 9 - Sherri Lynn Wood daintytime.net/
Wed. Dec. 10 - Bonnie Hunter quiltville.blogspot.com/
Thu. Dec. 11 Jake Finch http://generationqmagazine.com/
Fri. Dec. 12 - Jan Burgwinkle http://www.bemused.typepad.com/
Sat. Dec. 13 Janet quiltsalott.blogspot.com/
Sun. Dec. 14 - Lindsay Conner http://www.CraftBuds.com

This giveaway is now closed! Thank you for entering!!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Wool Applique "Flowers"

I got my flowers quilt back from the quilters and finally got a chance to look at it up close and personal. 

Thanks Kat for doing such a beautiful job of quilting! It's suits the quilt perfectly.

I brought it downstairs and trimmed it up. Next to make binding and apply it. (not my favorite part)

I'll get a full on shot soon!

Thank you for your kind words about the quilts I display during the holidays. 

Tomorrow I'm having a Saturday blog post featuring Sujata's new book , "Cultural Fusion"! Please check it out and enter to win yourself a copy.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It's Beginning to look a Little Like Christmas!

Yesterday we had an ice storm so I went to work for a short time then came straight home and spent the day taking down fall decor and starting my Christmas/winter decor. 
I'm sure you've seen these quilts before, but I enjoy revisiting them so I hope you will too.


Here's a lighted cut-out we got from Ikea a couple of weeks ago. It is so cute!

 I start by slinging the larger quilts over the banister. behind them is a pile of little quilts,  wall hangings, and wool applique.
 Guest bedroom. Simple decor as the red quilts get all the attention in here. The 12 days of Christmas designed by Cheri hangs above.
 I was so excited to get my red and green one back on my bed. I love it! The Kansas Troubles quilt ended up going downstairs.
 This "Let it Snow" quilt usually takes center stage downstairs. This year I can enjoy it when I wake up in the morning and lay my head down at night.
 I cannot remember when I finished this as I didn't sign it! I think it was late 2013. I don't love it that much and plan on giving it away this year.
The top of the table is decorated now as well, mostly with candles.

 My little Nisse at home on Cascadia


The little quilt was made by Dorothy R. I LOVE it!


WARNING: If a ribbon is wrapped around your candle it is best to remove it before lighting the candle!

Have you started to decorate? We don't have a tree yet, but will soon.


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