Dreaming of Spring!

This potted daffodil is as close as I am getting to Spring right now but it is a good reminder of things to come…

DSC07329 Meanwhile  have been working on my Naperville Modern Quilt Guild challenge Modern in the City. I started with a photograph I took in Chicago,

DSC00010.JPGand played with it a little…

DSC00010I decided to go with a green theme and made this…

DSC07278 and a close-up.

DSC07280I heard some nice comments but I wasn’t really happy. The dark green was too dark, the light fabrics disappeared and there was something not quite right with the overall composition. When I’m teaching I always reassure students, “it’s only fabric, you can always make another one.” So I did!

DSC07342DSC07344Still green, but a different choice of fabrics and a slight change to the buildings in the middle. Lots of quilting, all completed with the walking foot. Now I’m happy… Spring in the City.

Yesterday I started a new project. Here’s a sneak peak…

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(Clamshells from Paper Pieces)

And just in case you were worried I haven’t had time to see my grandchildren? Benjamin and Ruby came to see me last Friday.

Benjamin will now pose for a picture.

DSC07320Ruby? Not so much.

DSC07323That’s peanut butter on her face…

A Polar Vortex?

We had more snow starting Saturday and into Sunday… (the mailbox is looking closer and closer to the ground)

DSC06614 So I sewed!! By Sunday evening I had this little piece all sewed and completed, More Than Twenty Three Hexagons.

DSC06621 They are 3/4″ hexagons from a Moda mini charm pack of 2WENTY THR3E by Eric and Julie Comstock I picked up at QuiltCon. I did matchstick quilting in a variegated 50 wt Aurifil thread, cream with just a hint of yellow and pink to pick up the colors in the hexagons.

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Monday morning the Polar Vortex was moving in with record low temperatures and my attention turned to my sewing space…

DSC06629Mmm… before I started a new project I thought I should tidy up a little?

Two hours later it looked a lot better!

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I have a list of challenges and projects that need completing in the next few months but the first one that caught my eye was our Naperville Modern Quilt Guild Ugly Fabric Challenge

Gentler Times Stitching gave us each a fat quarter of Brenda’s choice bolt. She had chosen Dear Stella Marea Autumn Stripe which I actually liked. (Thanks Brenda!) We decided that we could make whatever we wanted as long as there was a recognizable amount of the fabric showing somewhere on the front of our project.

This is what I made, Modern Feather.

DSC06644 It’s about 12″ x 30″. I used Jacquie Gering‘s Slice and Insert technique for the center block. Maybe it’s a mini quilt, maybe it’s a table runner?

This time I added straight line echo stitching in a beige solid 50wt Aurifil thread…

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Now I really must get ready for my road trip to Wisconsin tomorrow. It’s supposed to get above 0… positively balmy?

Sticks and Stones

I finished my improvised insertion quilt!

Lots of straight lines, some little border strips and an orange binding…

DSC06262Here’s a close up of that quilting.

DSC06258 If I had been assembling it at home I might have moved the blocks an inch this way or that but I like it anyway. It was a fun Saturday class with Jacquie Gering. Somehow it’s different having a workshop on a Saturday?

Last week I got my new copy of Modern Quilts Unlimited. It got a little distressed on the journey.

DSC06264But turn to page 97…

DSC06263 There’s a typo in the first sentence… Oh well. Go Naperville Modern Quilt Guild!!

AND, I heard my Long Winter quilt was accepted into the Modern Category, Use of Negative Space category at Road to California.

I guess I should be packing to set off to Nashville in about an hour. It’s time for a wedding.

Yo-yos!!

Hexagons, embroidery and now yo-yo’s…

I had a big bag full of finished yo-yos so it was time to use a few…

DSC05273These ones are from the Victorian Modern collection by the Modern Quilt Studio, mixed with some pastel Kona cottons.

DSC05293They are waiting for a suitable pillow…

These black, grey and white ones found a pillow case…

DSC05281and insert

DSC05292just in time for the last meeting of the Naperville Modern Quilt guild where we were revealing our black, white and one color challenge pieces.

There are still a lot of yo-yos in that bag but I have been side-lined by a bridal shower (still waiting for pics) and getting ready for my trip to St. Charles. I’ve got a list of all the things I mustn’t forget… as long as I don’t lose it it will all be good!

Quilt Festival – Chicago, Preview night

Just the important bits…

Our Naperville Modern Quilt Guild Log Cabin quilts look great!

The official sign,

DSC04049Yes, those are mine in the middle of this row, Cheryl is taking pictures too.

DSC04046and I was there with them!

DSC04054Open Studios, in the Quilt Room,

DSC04061taking a break from sewing my hexagons.

DSC04063A good start. Back again this morning…

Two Open Studios and the Modern Meet Up today.