Starting working on a new project based on the slice and dice technique I learned from Jacquie Gehring's class at QuiltCon 2015. If you are not familiar with Jacquie's work, I encourage you to look at her work online. She also has a couple of books out. Very modern, she loves a straight clean line. She was a fabulous teacher and I hope to take another one of her classes at some point in the future. Really taught me to be free and let go......be creative!
This is the quilt I started in Jacquie's class. Very clean and bold. I did all straight line quilting, very narrow and tight. I'm pleased with it. Now I am working on another one using the same technique but with larger blocks. Auditioning fabrics now.....
Wow, it's been a super long time since I made a piece of clothing, much less followed a pattern. It's like riding a bike (sort of), it all comes back to you, just takes a little bit of practice. So, I wanted to make little Jon Jon rompers for Grayson and Kyler. Didn't seem to difficult. Its probably been 25+ years since I made a button hole and certainly have never even used my new sewing machine's button hole feature! Had to read up on that and practice numerous times but ohmyguudness.....my Bernina can make awesome button holes. The rompers also have snaps and I had never done that. Found snap strips at JoAnn's and that worked perfect.
With twins you always have to make two of everything! One is blue gingham and the other is red. I don't know how to smock, embroider or appliqué so these will be super simple little rompers. I actually found a cute iron on appliqué that matched the red and blue. Finished the rompers and was ready to iron on the appliqué and wouldn't you know it, I ironed the first one to the back of the romper! It's on there good, no way could I get that off. Back to the store with my fingers crossed that they had one more of the appliqué. Fortunately I was in luck. Now the red one has the firetruck on the front and the back.
PaPa Jay thought the twins needed something more "boyish" so I made these cute little monster rompers.
The twins Mom doesn't particularly care for them (I understand!) but Grayson likes his!!
I tried but I just couldn't make it work. I had 20 four patch squares all pieced together but it was boring!! I decided to slice the squares up and mix and match them back together. That was a pretty cool idea but there were lots and lots of seams to match! Got all the blocks pieced back together and then decided to trim them to different sizes.
It sure is colorful! Now I had to figure out how to sew all the different sized blocks together. Decided to use a technique I learned in a class at QuiltCon to "float" the squares in same sized blocks.
Placed my different sized blocks in each square and then had to piece a solid around each block to make them all 10 inch. Ughh......great design concept but I am just not loving the fabrics. Started out to be a test - just try it on a block or two - and then I decided to go ahead and make enough for a quilt. Wrong....if you are testing a design and you are using fabric that isn't one of your "boyfriends", you have to remember it's just a test! That's all it is and that's why you are not using your fav fabrics. If you like the way the test turns out, that's when you go to your stash of fabrics and you choose some of those "boyfriends" you have been hanging on for way too long. LESSON LEARNED - USE FABRICS YOU LOVE OR YOU WILL NEVER ENJOY THE CREATIVE PROCESS!
Saw some pictures of this technique and wanted to try it but had to get my Bernina back first. Picked it up yesterday! Was so excited, took less than two weeks! Now I am in my studio just as happy as can be.
It's really simple. Just need charm packs. I am experimenting with some scraps but can you imagine the possibilities with other fabric?
I promised to post the finished product so here it is! It's nothing stunning but it was fun to do. I found a heart shaped wire wreath at JoAnn's so had to get it. Just need to figure out what color theme for the fabric. Also have another round one to do.....or for Kirby to do.
Also have to share a text Kirby sent me the other day, dreaming........
I feel a bit lost without my Bernina. My studio just feels so empty with that open space on my table. How many more days? I have to do something creative and actually without a machine, now is a great time to try something new! But of course, I still have to use fabric and I want something colorful. So.....I am making a strip fabric wreath.
I foolishly bought a fabric quilt online and then when I received it I knew there was no way I would ever make it. Way too many little boring squares and I don't particularly care for batik fabrics. But....why not cut the charm pack of 100 pieces into strips?
I cut each charm pack square into 5 1" strips. Now I just have to tie them all on the wire wreath I found at Michaels. Taking a bit longer than I anticipated (I'm into instant gratification!) but I'll post a pic when I'm finished. I bought an extra wire wreath in case Kirby wants to make one. And I for sure have plenty of fabric strips to make lots of these!
This is my 2nd week of enjoying the luxury of not having a regular job and it feels great. My perspective on life is changing and it's important to figure out what your priorities are. For now, my number one priority is to spend as much time with my grandsons Grayson and Kyler as much as possible. I love being with them and Kirby and I also take a lot of pleasure in knowing that I am able to help Kirby. What a job she has.....taking care of two little babies!
I've also got a million projects I want to work on and I hope to share progress with you on my blog. Some are small projects such as organizing my recipe book and cleaning out my closet and the others are much larger like setting up an Etsy store to sell my quilts. And of course I have a million quilts I want to create. For the time being though I am without a sewing machine. My bobbin case broke which really screws up your stitches! Since I had to return to the store where I purchased my Bernina (it's a long drive) to buy a new bobbin case, I decided I might as well leave my machine for cleaning. It's going to take two weeks! Seems like an eternity but I have a few quilts I need to finish up sewing the binding on by hand. I'll take pictures and post in the next week or two.
Another project........I have got to get back into my exercise routine. I met my great friend Janice yesterday for lunch and she and I are are going to start back at it again. Going to do some spinning and yoga.
Have a great day!!
Hi! My name is Tricia Young and I live in Houston with my husband Jay. We live in a 60 year old house with lots of character which means we are constantly updating or fixing something. My mother taught me how to sew when I was very young. Back then, our sewing room was a closet. Now I have a whole "studio" and I love it! I am also a new grandmother to the two most beautiful twin boys ever. I am fortunate to live close to my wonderful daughter and son-in-law so we get together frequently. In addition to spending time with my family and quilting, I also love to cook, decorate my house and shop for clothes.