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A Happy Flower

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There’s been a lot of sunshine here but with that has been intense heat and humidity. Many hours of sewing and quilting was becoming somewhat unjoyful for me so I went down a different path.  I had ordered some large art paper and the first happy thought I had was a sunflower and I drew a very simple drawing

sunflower drawing

 

The center of the flower is strip pieced, cut and sewn again to give the illusion of a woven center.  Beading in the center gave it more dimension and made it look more like a seed center.

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The leaf is three dimensional.

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Lots of fun was had when choosing bright yellow batiks for the flower.  I sewed narrow strip piecing of yellow batiks, then cut for the petals.  Hubby helped me choose the unconventional green striped batik background. It surely makes the flower pop!

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Ahhh.  Joyful in the studio once again!

Oh Scrap!   Monday Making

Scrapbuster Sunday – Mini Thank You Quilts

Recently I attended a funeral held out of town for a dear aunt of mine. The few days I spent there were really a marvelous celebration of her life. Her children, my six cousins, were amazingly hospitable and I wanted to thank them in a special way. Of course, I always go to quilting. I decided to do mini quilts from my scraps. Once the blocks were sewn, I mounted them on a solid piece of duck cloth (it is tightly woven). I both glued the block onto the piece and then did a little bit of straight stitching around the outside edge and in the middle of each block. The mounted blocks were then glued onto a 5″ x 7″ plain while card. Making freestyle blocks with piles of scraps was such a rush of creativity!

Sadly, I think thank you cards seem to be coming extinct, having been replaced by a message on Facebook and often, no thank you at all. This was my way to express just how grateful I was to my cousins for the hospitality and love they poured out during their time of grieving.

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These mini blocks were a lot of fun to do and I’m sure I will be creating several more in my future! Bonus – a handful of scraps gone!!

Winning is F-u-n!

Houses (Large)I entered five quilts in our guild’s recent quilt show and was tickled to receive a First place and Third place ribbon. The third place was for my “Tweet Village.”  Our guild had a workshop with Ellen Guerrant and used her pattern “Tartan Town.” It was such fun grabbing scraps from each others’ scrap piles! I named it because there is a bird with each house – even one owl. Someone special to me rather fancy’s this quilt, so I’ve already set chosen fabrics in a project box and hope to get to it in the next year.

NZ flower (Large)

My first place was the “Pohutukawa” (New Zealand Christmas Tree) that gave me fits in the process, but am so glad I persevered, finished and entered it!

NZ flower with me (Large)

One of our members made our winning ribbons. Wish I had gotten a pic of all the different ones – each place was so unique! Along with our ribbons to pin on our quilts, we get a corresponding little yo-yo ribbon to pin to our name tags – Don’t we just love bragging rights! Two years ’til the next show – WHEW!!

Sail Into Quilting!

The Lake Norman Quilt Guild presents Sail Into Quilting 2015 quilt show this Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15, 9 AM to 5 PM at the Talbert Recreation Center, Talbert Road, Mooresville, NC.

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Come see 200 quilts! I am always amazed and impressed by the high quality of work the members of this guild produce. You will not be disappointed. And there is a style for everyone: Contemporary, Art, and Traditional and a Log Cabin challenge display.. There will also be a gift shop with hand made creations, books and too many goodies to list.  Vendors will also be at the show so that you may get all your creative shopping done! Bringing a significant other and don’t want him/her to get bored?  A Girl Scout troop will host a café with beverages and snacks. What better way to spend a day!

For Fun…or For Profit?

There’s a new name to my blog – “heARTs Creations.”  It’s a little shorter and has allowed me to have a domain name. This change brought the question to me:  “Do I want to blog for fun or for profit?”  I have studied many blogs.  Some bloggers have sponsors, thousands of followers, post two or three times a week regularly and take part in many “linky parties.”  Having just retired in March, I have very much enjoyed not sitting in front of a computer every day, 8 hours a day.  I have been toying with the idea of taking my blog to the next level and asked myself, “why do I blog?” My answer came easy – I blog because I enjoy sharing my craft, creativity and ideas. I love to quilt and will now sprinkle a little bit of travel into some posts. I very much appreciate all my followers. There is definitely a kick to see the many countries some readers travel from to read my posts. I will, therefore, continue in the same vein as I have been – blogging for fun and sharing with the hope that it also serves as an inspiration to some.

Besides, I really need want to spend my time sewing. As you can see, I have a LOT of stash to get through! So, please join me on my journey. If you are already a follower – Thank you! I hope you continue to ride with me!

My Fabric Closet - Stacked two piles deep.

My Fabric Closet – Stacked two piles deep.


Fabric Cupboard - with solids and a few special collections.

Fabric Cupboard – with solids and a few special collections.

Bins - 8 of 12 filled with fat quarters and other cuts.

Bins – 8 of 12 filled with fat quarters and other cuts.

Sew Much Progress

Poh with borders (Large)

The Pohutukawa (New Zealand Christmas Flower) quilt top is now all together. I completed the last of the blocks over the last two days, put the blocks together and added the border. Three fabrics were used in the border, piecing them on a diagonal. I really like the look of this – especially for a wall hanging. The border corners are mitered – something I haven’t done in a while and had to put my thinking cap on! My next challenge will be to quilt this piece.  That, however, will wait until after retreat which starts Thursday. I will be heading to Blowing Rock on Wednesday – a little R & R for myself before all the fun (and a bit of madness) begins! The next couple of days I will be finishing last-minute details for the Quilt & Sew-In Retreat 2015.

Retirement has afforded me so much time to do things I really enjoy. In the last month I have completed four books and done much organizing. Good Will has been the recipient of a couple of carloads of “stuff.” The sewing studio has also gotten a bit of a clean out and reorganization. And…much sewing has been done. This wall hanging was begun years ago and I am thrilled that it is now together. And this Christmas season it is sure to be hanging on a wall in my house!