I found a Bloggers Quilt Festival by reading Susan’s blog at DesertSky Quilting. She always knows where the good stuff is.
This contest is hosted by Amy’s Creative Side. It is a great place to see a lot of beautiful projects. There are prizes just for entering. No pressure. Prizes are randomly drawn based on entries.
My entry is My “Oma’s Treasure”. I love this Wall Hanging because it means a lot to me. Brings back a lot of memories of My Oma and my Mom, who I miss. At 53 I still want my Mom sometimes. This is also something I dreamed up, so I can claim it for my own design, even though ti is a little Loud. I had a lot of great advice from my Blog friends on things to do, which I greatly appreciate.
My Oma has been gone since I was a teen-ager. The embroidery in the middle is from a kit she sent me from Germany. I found it is a box of stuff I was going through and decided to turn it into something Quilty. As a teen. I was not to bad at embroidery.
I hope you all enter the Bloggers Quilt Festival.
I actually really like this piece. I had lots of advice from people on what to do and I thank all of you for your help. I so very often finish pieces and am unimpressed. This is already hanging in my dining room by all the other beautiful thinks that once belonged to Oma, Mom and now me.
Despite the fact that my Oma could not speak English, she always knew what to send me that would make me happy. Something to make or do. I believe the center embroidered piece is around 40 years old. Surprisingly, I did not do such a bad job as a kid.
The embroidered piece is made from linen, so I did add some interfacing to the back to add a bit of stability. I also sewed glass beads in the centers of some flowers to keep the batting from shifting. I went totally outside my box and did quilting outside my comfort zone and I am totally happy with it. How crazy is that? So, now, when I sit down to dinner, I can imagine Oma smiling down at me. Getting sentimental, I should stop now.
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As I have mentioned in the past, Red Rooster (Dublin, Ohio) quilt shop gives a free quilt block every two weeks. There are thirty total that will complete a wall Hanging Quilt. It is super cute and has a lot of Orange, which I love. They are total geniuses for doing this. These are about 6” blocks, so they are giving you maybe a dollars’ worth of fabric. But, I am going into their store and spending money every two weeks. So that dollar they are spending they have already made back more times than I care to admit. I always liked the shop, but now I have a very specific reason to go every two weeks (which I would not normally do unless I specifically needed something. Random visits cost money) and collect my block and whatever else tickles my fancy (the problem). The other part of the issue is that my Day job as Nerd Whisperer keeps me about two miles from the shop. So, when I have had my fill of the nerd squad I go to relax and wander around their store (probably not the best option for my wallet, despite the free block).
So, why am I slacker? Well, I didn’t buy anything today when I went to get my block (I should probably see a doctor) but when I was checking out, the lovely lady at the counter asked me if I was up to date on my block creations. As she handed me block #15, I had to admit that I just finished block #10. Seriously they are 6 inch blocks. I am such a slacker.
I am that person that has to be doing something at all times. If I sit down to watch the news or something else on TV, my hands must be occupied. If not, I will be eating something (which I certainly do not need to do) or I might fall asleep.
I have done some piecing by hands, but I find that it winds up being a lot of the same thing, so I find embroidery keeps my attention a little better. Since, I really like to quilt, I have to find ways to incorporate my embroidery into quilts.
Currently, I have this Halloween picture that I need to do something with. If I remember correctly, this was a picture from a coloring book (maybe. Honestly, I am not sure). I do remember that it took a fair amount of time to do this picture.
The problem I have is that now I am not sure what to do with it. I am a practical person by nature, so I do like things that I can use. So, maybe a Table Topper? The only issue is that it a picture that can only really be seen from one direction, and it would end up getting washed a lot (not sure if that matters or not). I already have one for hanging on the door, so I don’t really need another wall hanging…. It is also about 16″ x 18″ which is fairly large.
So, I am looking for ideas, if anyone has one. I have all my Halloween fabric out and am just staring at it with that blank look. Thanks.
I found that quilting this piece was easier than others. I think it is because it is small and it made doing things other than meandering easier. While I feel slightly better about my quilting, I am pretty sure as soon as I go to bigger piece I will have the same issues.
I also like Halloween. I have another embroidered Halloween piece that I need to turn into something. I can’t just sit in front of the TV. My hands must always be occupied. So, I wind up embroidering something that I can put in my quilts.
I know, practice, practice, practice the quilting.
I want to get to a point where I can do the quilting with ease……
Or at least I think that is what you would call it. I used the same binding on the inside that is on the outside edge. I saw a quilt like this in a magazine many many years ago. I originally made it to hang in my bedroom, but it is currently hanging in our Family Room. I love quilts that are red and white.
Yes, it has a signature mistake as every one of my quilts does. There is always something that I don’t notice until it is complete. This one has one of the inner bindings totally off. It towards the bottom right, but may be hard to see in the photo. It wouldn’t be my quilt unless it had something out of place or not quite right.