Saturday, June 27, 2009

Crazy Quilt Class

I pieced this block for my Crazy Quilt class using a fairy fabric I found. I used the fairy fabric for the colors and fabric that I used in the block. I have my last embellishment class next Tuesday. I signed up to teach the same classes again in the fall. I need to embellish this block.

I pieced this block in class. I have not sewn the trims down yet. I usually just tack them because I will embellish them with embroidery. I think I will piece a third block in the class in the fall and then I will have a wall hanging with three blocks. Maybe I will start another project for the Fall class. I just don't know yet.

On another note, my new friend Dorene gave my friend Jeanne and me several boxes of vintage ties. I haven't gone through them yet but it was very nice of Dorene. Exciting!!

Fireplace Quilt, Maybe?

I pieced the blocks for the fireplace quilt and hung it on the closet door in my sewing room. I like it but I am unsure if this is really what I wanted. I also taped it above the fireplace to see what it looked like and I just don't know if the colors are right. I may start over but I will finish this one anyway.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Fireplace Quilt

I needed some Art for over my Fireplace in the Family Room so I thought what better to put there than a quilt? I love really rich jewel type fabrics so I have put together some that are golden brown, purple, blue, green, etc. I have used the "Stack and Slash" method for these blocks. At this point, I am not sure that this is what I want but I will finish it anyway because I like the colors and fabric. This is after I cut the pieces and re-arranged the fabrics.

This is the stack of blocks.

This is them spread out to see all the colors. Love them! These started out as 10" squares of fabric and ended up being about 9" wide after sewing them back together.

We finally finished our back yard landscaping. Our yard is very small but we back up to a foothill and no one can build back there so it is very private and quiet! This is looking to the right.

This is looking to the left. That hill over there means no one can build on that side either. I love to cook with fresh herbs so there are my herbs in pots. We have 3 hummingbird feeders and they are very busy. I have been able to count 10 birds at one time on them. They are so fast.

This is the side yard. I have a vegetable plot there for tomatoes, peppers and zucchini. The soil is pretty poor here so I have tried to amend it a little but it will probably take some time to get it where I want it. I have a dwarf Lemon tree, too. Doesn't this look like a stream bed? I might put some of my Ozark Rocks, that I brought from Kansas City with me, in there. Kind of like a Japanese Rock Garden. That is decomposing Granite in the stream bed area. It glistens in the sun.

This is the other side. They built this little retaining wall at the bottom of the hill and put decomposing granite in the path. They did a really nice job. Jose was very much a perfectionist and a very nice man. I would recommend MNR Landscaping to anyone in the Southern California area. They like it when you make them toast for breakfast!

I taught my Crazy Quilt Embellishment class last night. This is the stuff I was putting together to take to show them. Threads, Beads, Ribbons, Sequins, Oh My!!!!