Monday, April 14, 2014

Dresden plate as requested

      I have just finished my first dresden plate quilt! I was very nervous to start this, I thought these were super crazy difficult. I found out that I actually had fun cut and sewing all the dresden blocks together and they went together fairly well for the blocks. My oldest daughter requested a Dresden plate quilt with an ocean feel.

     What I did have difficulty with was placing the blocks together so that all my dresdens matched up correctly. No one told me there was to be more math than usual involved!! A hint if you've never done this, (1) if the pattern calls for seams to be 1/4in make it a scant 1/4in seam and (2) make sure all of your beginning and ending points are the same distance from the top of your square. Again, my seam ripper was my best friend!


  The pattern is called "Triple Deck" from the book
Thoroughly Modern Dresden by Anelie Belden. I purchased this book last year and very happy to say I finally finished my first project from it and am excited to start another! 

Coming soon.....a finished quilt block for the raffle quilt.


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow your blog 2014

If you have found your way here from the grow your blog party, Welcome! And a great big thank you to Vickie at 2 bags full for hosting this wonderful event.  

          My name is Regina and I live in Northern California with my husband and 2 beautiful daughters. We love the ocean and all of it's abundance but when I am not playing at the beach I love to play with fabric. I am fairly new to sewing and quilting, I started after joining a local group who create a fundraiser quilt each year for our local fire department. I made my first applique block with them and was hooked!
         I created this blog as a way to chronicle my creative journey and meet new friends. I love surfing through quilting, sewing and yarn blogs to draw inspiration from and get ideas and how to's. The people that I have met so far through blog land have been extremely supportive and helpful in many ways and I hope to meet more wonderful people!

This is what I have been working on this week. If all goes well, this will be a Dresden quilt as requested by my oldest daughter!

   And, I spent time putting these little lovelies together, although I don't have a specific plan yet! I just had so much fun cutting and sewing these that I kept going until I ended up with a hefty stack!

That's all for now, I hope you enjoy looking around my little piece of blog land!  Comments are appreciated and I will respond as promptly as possible. 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

What kids can teach us

     After much ado, I finally finished this quilt for my youngest daughter. She had picked out the material on one of our shopping trips about a year ago.

     I seemed to have a love hate relationship with this quilt! I struggled and struggled with the points of the triangles, putting it down to do other projects instead many a time. All the while, my daughter asking "Are you ever going to finish my quilt??"
The funny thing is that while I didn't like the way it was turning out, my daughter kept at me. She thought it was pretty and wanted me to finish it. I pointed out all the mistakes I was making and showed her what is was suppose to look like but she wouldn't budge....I even offered to start a new quilt for her. To all of my protests, my daughter told me "I like this quilt, It is perfect because it is made by you".
     What a smart kid! And she's right! It doesn't have to be perfect. Don't get me wrong, I am in no way a perfect sewer or quilter but my mistakes are usually small and not too noticeable. But with this quilt my mistakes are huge! But I went with it and finished it for my daughter.
     I call it "beautiful imperfections".  The pattern is by Jay Bird quilts. 
     Again, this is completely hand quilted. I even quilted a saying along the top and bottom edges "Remember to always find beauty in life's imperfections" in glow in the dark thread! And it really does glow in the dark!!!
     I tried to show the wording here but it's really hard to see. Bad camerawoman!! Guess I am going to have to add "learn how to take better pics" to my  resolutions list this year!  

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

My most recent finished projects

     Hello again! This is late in coming but I just wanted to share my most recent finished projects!
      First up is "crazy quilt" which was by far the funnest to make! It went together well and I have to admit this is the first quilt I didn't have to use my seam ripper on, lol! This was machine pieced and hand-quilted with a meandering stippling in the middle, flowers along the inner border and a fleur de lys pattern around the outer edges.

     My next finish is a project that I started at Fabric Fest and I am very happy with how this came out!

       This is called "Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows" and is designed by Sue Daley. She really is a great teacher and I truly enjoyed myself learning many new techniques and highly recommend any of her classes.