Wednesday, July 10, 2013

What I'm working on...

No finishes to share this week! But I did cut into some fat quarters of Simply Style by Vanessa Christenson. Oh how I love her 2 lines - they're such beautiful, colorful, modern, graphic lines. And they work really well together.

I've had this block drawn up in my design notebook for a while. Then I saw Rita's version over at Red Pepper Quilts and couldn't wait to try it. Vanessa's fabric was perfect for the look I wanted with a couple of stash pieces added for more variety.


The half-square triangles finish at 2 1/2", which makes the star 40" square. I added a small white border to separate it from the binding.


I'm also working on finishing up my Steam Punk quilt. Yeah!


The quilting on this one is a bit unusual from most...
I started out by quilting in the ditch along all of the gray sashing strips.


Then I machine quilted around each of the center circles in the blocks and did the setting triangles. I used this wonderful graphic piece in the triangles which actually gave me some quilting lines to follow. Love when that happens! Since the edges were all stitched down, I decided to finish it off with the binding.


And now I'm hand quilting 2 concentric circles in each block. The hand quilting is giving the quilt the needed texture without super-obvious lines that could be distracting. It's making for some nice relaxing summer evenings. I've been watching Friday Night Lights and catching up on the past years' movies on DVD. I'd welcome any movie suggestions!


Finally, I love to do embroidery. Haven't picked up in years. I probably did my first when I was 8 or 9 years old - learned from my grandmother who was an amazing needleworker! Some day I'll tell you more about her...

These are from Anna Maria Horner's Love from A to Z and for my granddaughters, Elyse and Madelyn.



Well, this looks like a WIP post and it's Wednesday. Guess I ought to link up to Lee over at Freshly Pieced! What are you working on?



18 comments:

  1. Just wanted to stop by and say that both quilts look amazing!

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  2. Both quilts look great! The first one looks like you might have a jump start on a modern Ohio star quilt.

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  3. Love that beautiful star ... all those HSTs! Looks great with all that white area to show it off.

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  4. That star is beautiful! I love both yours and Rita's versions :)

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  5. Both of these are wonderful quilts, I love the Simply style fabrics too...I have been using the Charm packs. I love the colors and designs.

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  6. Wonderful wonderful wonderful!
    I especially love the steam punk quilt! Great quilting on that one!!!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

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  7. Beautiful work! I love the colors and designs of both quilts.

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  8. I love both of these quilts so much! Each are so striking in their own way. Fantastic job.
    Amanda

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  9. Love your projects! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Lovely HST star quilt! It is so bright and fresh!

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  11. Such beautiful projects... I really love the HST star layout~

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  12. I'm crazy over the framed initials for the girls. Sweet!

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  13. Thank you so much for showing how you're quilting your steampunk quilt. When you mentioned that you mixed machine and hand quilting I was curious to see the combination. I've just started my steampunk blocks, but I've been thinking about doing the big stitch quilting. (My mother is shocked that I would consider such a thing when the blocks take so much work LOL.) Anyway, I LOVE the machine-hand combination -- you're an inspiration!

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  14. I love the star! It has a lot going on but still has a nice clean design. Really beautiful balance of colors and white. Very inspiring!

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  15. The Steam punk quilt is calling my name! I am a chick flick movie girl at heart but if it will make me laugh its on, currenly watching the Pushing Daisies series and Serendipity, Elizabethtown, and I was a Male War Bride (Carey Grant) to follow. Have fun!

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  16. Hi Cindy ... I think I stumbled upon your blog via pinterest and instead of the odd spare moment being spent getting inspiration from pinterest or my blog list I spent it working back reading every post on your blog until to my dismay there was no more to read ... I had worked all the way back to the first post! Thanks so much for the wonderful posts and even more wonderful and inspiring quilts etc. Of couse I have saved all my favourites and their tutorials when lucky enough to find them. Now I have more projects to add to my 'to do' list ... but not at the bottom of the list, they are on top! Thanks ... I love your work and will be back to read all the latest posts. Erica from sunny South Africa

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  17. I love your half square triangle star, it's so beautiful! I also love the way you've incorporated navy blue into the color scheme.

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Thanks so much for taking time to comment!