Another Collage Quilt

I was inspired by my friend, Kelly, and her cow to start working on my Abilene by Laura Heine. I had bought the kit last year and it was sitting in a nicely labeled box just waiting for the right time to get it out!

Since we have been helping with my FiLs recovery after hip replacement and that involved a lot of hanging around with family, I figured everyone could help out on this project.  There wasn’t much progress on the first day …

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But everybody got on board and by day three it was looking like this:

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I’m still going to have to play with the eyes, I think, but here she is fully filled in and cropped …

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The process was a bit tedious but I’m loving her so far! Once we are home, I will cut her out, pressed onto the Background fabric and loaded right up on my frame for quilting.

Maker Maker Collage Quilt

Our last long trip was to see the solar eclipse in Cody, WY. I stumbled into Laura Heine’s shop and fell in love with this Antler Art “collage-ish” quilt. I thought it would be an excellent project for the car – lots of cutting is great for keeping busy in the truck on less-than-smooth roads.

After we were home, I fused it down and got it loaded as my first (non-practice) project on the longarm. I did go through the trouble to turn the quilt on the frame to get the grid pattern.

Stand by for a final picture with the quilt hanging.

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About Me

16265641_639470196177455_4582771920083632693_n I am a retired, very happily married quilter now living in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (after many years in Texas and California.)  I’ve been quilting for about 20 years.  I love teaching all kinds of different quilting techniques!

My husband and I spend a good part of every year travelling in our 25′ Airstream and I always take my machine on the road.

Design Wall Monday

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This isn’t on my wall any longer because I have it with me right now as we travel. I’m hoping to get it done over the next couple of weeks to put in the Bear Creek Quilt Guild 2011 Show.

This project was part of a swap – each member of my Day Bee got to pick a block that the other members would make for them. I chose a nine-patch – all with the same background. I made the 99 setting squares on our last trip. It wasn’t nearly as tedious as I expected.

Now, I just have to get the top assembled without my beloved design wall!

Bliss Card

I was going through my photo album getting ready to post some pictures from here in Arkansas and I found this card.

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A friend of mine shared her system of tracking cards and making sure no one gets the same card twice – thanks Val! I’ve been trying to follow it and hopefully it will work for me.

The color in the photo isn’t terrific – it is actually Night of Navy and Rose Red. I used the Stampin’ Up! set called Bliss. It is retired now but I really like it so some of you reading this will probably see cards using it in the future!

On the Road Again

I haven’t been great about posting the last month or so (mostly because I’ve been so busy sewing and making cards)!  It won’t be getting much better soon since we are heading out on the road tomorrow for a trip to Missouri – probably at least 4 weeks and maybe as long as 6 weeks.  I’ll try and post about some of the quilt projects I’m taking along in the trailer or perhaps about the various Quilt Shops.

Be sure to check out my travel blog occasionally:  www.ciemian.wordpress.com

Design Wall Monday

Well, this is one pretty pathetic design wall!  I’m getting ready to head out for retreat later this week so there isn’t much going on in my sewing room other than me making a big mess.

My Mom asked for a baby quilt for a special friend and these are the two panels I pulled out of my stash.  The bears on the right is really a pretty big panel and not really suitable if the baby is a boy (they don’t know so I’m going for the generic baby colors.)  I’ve used the Noah’s Ark once before but can’t seem to find a picture of what I came up with to get it the right size.  I’ll have to dive into EQ6 tonight.