Friday, October 23, 2009

Quilt Repair

My newest pattern is Penny Cove.  As I stated in the blog before there were some misplaced fabrics in my lap/wall hanging size quilt.  I saved the quilt by appliqueing the proper pieces on top of the offenders.  Then I turned the quilt over and with a marker went over my quilting lines.  I unsewed the quilting lines and requilted them.  Unless someone really got close and personal with it I don't think anyone will notice.  See if you can find the changes.  The fabrics are both in the green family but one is lighter and brighter.  Sorry the pictures look like they have different colors.

The offender is on the left and the actual quilt that is now on  the pattern cover is on the right.  On both sides of the quilt there were two squares in the outer two rows that were changed.  The other ones changed are in the third and fourth row from the top and in the middle. 

It is so easy to change pieces around as we move them  to our sewing machines.  Many times I put a pin on the tops of the finished blocks so that I know which end is up.  Didn't do it here and it lost me a few days.  Live and learn, and I hope that my error will help you.

Happy note:  The humpback whales are back on vacation.  They come down to the Hawaiian Islands for the winter to play, have babies and mate. I have been told they do not eat while here because they are having so much fun in the sun.  When they head back to Alaska in the spring there will be plenty of time for eating.

Keep on stitching.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Check twice, sew once!!!

Check twice, sew once is a great practice.  But somewhere in sewing up what is suppose to be the cover quilt for my newest pattern the blocks got moved around.  When was this error discovered you ask?  Well, while I was quilting I noticed that I had two four patches on opposite sides that had the lighter green fabric where the darker green was suppose to be.  Okay, I say that doesn't bother me too much because it is still balanced and I go on quilting.  The sleeve and binding go on and I put it down on the floor to look at it and low and behold I see that I have some more pieces out of place.  Now this is just too much for pattern cover.  What I did was changed up four twelve inch blocks.  I must not have liked how some of the large triangles looked next to each other and moved the blocks not looking at the greens.  Now, I have to ponder how to save this quilt and make it pattern cover worthy.  Stay tuned.  Making mistakes like this I think improves my instructions.  At least I hope so, because I feel I have already made the mistake and if I had done it the way I will write the pattern it would not have happened.  Sure, like I always follow a pattern exactly. LOL

Friday, October 9, 2009

Blooming Hope for ovarian cancer

I am taking part in the Blogger's Quilt Festival.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope that you enjoy looking through many of the quilts that are included in all the blogs.

This quilt is Blooming Hope and I made it as a raffle quilt for the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance.  Having a cousin and a friend who both were courageously fighting this disease there was a lot hope and hugs put into the quilt.  There are five doves pieced into the quilt, four that are very neutral and blend into the quilt representing those that have passed on and the colorful one in the sky is the survivor. With research we hope that there will be more of the colorful doves in the future.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Machine quilting

I have been busily machine quilting lately.  This has never been my favorite task and I would be so tense that it was never fun.  Anything that I could think of to do to get myself away from it was what I did.  Finally I am beginning to loosen up and I am not telling myself you are ruining a perfectly fine quilt all the time as I am quilting along.  It has always been a very noisey project!!!   I love the quiet calming effect of hand quilting but some projects just do not need hand quilting.  The project I have going now is for my new pattern that will be called Penny Cove.  It is named after my friend Penny Van Beek who is battling ovarian cancer.  Naming my quilts after people is my way of sending out hugs and good vibrations from a far.  I am not brave enough to quilt the queen size version and it will be taken to a long arm quilter once I find the perfect backing fabric.  The pattern will probably come out with just the wall hanging size pictured on the cover.  Now back to the machine and may it be a quiet day today.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Paradise Stitched

Paradise Stitched by Sylvia Pippen has just been released and it is delicious. Sylvia also lives on the Big Island. She has a wonderful way with applique and sashiko and her flowers are so real you would think that they were just picked. The pictures alone are worth the price. If you are interested you can purchase her book on my web site.  There will be a book signing at Quilt Passions in Kailua Kona on Saturday, October 24th, 10AM to 12.  So if you are in the area please join us.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Quilt

October is Breast Cancer Awareness.  This disease has touched many of you just like it has touched my family and friends.  Last spring I designed a quilt to bring awareness and hope to this disease.  It is called Hope Blooms.  For the month of October I am giving $1.00 off to everyone who buys this pattern and then you can add your hope to the race for a cure.