Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sisters here I come!

Heading off to The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show tomorrow with a great group of my PMQG friends. My quilt has been chosen to be in our special exhibit this year so I'll put up a big post with lots of photos when I return. In the meantime you can find me on Instagram as CreativeMomPDX to see what's going at the show. 

 Here are some of my past years at Sisters 
  My first year in 2011.
   My second year 2012 when I was on the PMQG board.
  And 2013 when I didn't make it to see the show in person.

It's going to be hot there! 

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Auction Quilt #2

So here is Auction Quilt #2, my second version of Thomas Knauer's Dopplegänger Quilt! See what I mean when I said I prefer this combination. 

I do still enjoy the neutral version and the pattern is really fun but I think it lends itself to the bolder color with these fabrics especially. 

This go around I really did a better job with my spray basting and the fabric didn't shift as much. I think the quilting could still be better but it turned out pretty good. 

The back with Marby a print from Lotta's newer line glimma.
To read a little more about this quilt and pattern check out my first Auction Quilt post

See you soon with my new machine basting method!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Auction Quilt #1

It has been school auction time around here. I don't know if it's like this where you live but in Portland our schools (the parents) have to hold auctions just to be able to have some of the normal things all students should be entitled to for their education. The past few years I have been making quilts for the auctions, one for each school. For some reason I always end up doing a pattern with lots of piecing or complicated curves so I decided to go easy on myself this year. I chose Thomas Knauer's Doppelgänger Quilt which he won a ribbon for at Quiltcon last year and had a pattern for in Generation Q magazine. While this isn't as easy as some quilts the piecing was very basic you just had to be precise about lining everything up.

Basted quilt with beginning quilting lines drawn in.
 I decided to use some of my Lotta Jansdotter stash as well as some new Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander. It's some of my favorite fabrics ever!! 

I love how the back turned out but isn't that always the case.

 I really love how it turned out! I changed the pattern a little by not adding as much of a border because the original quilt was a little big for a throw. I love the tan fabric but I think my choice of dark grey could have been better. Before I started this one I decided to do both of the auction quilts from the same pattern but using different solid colors. It's a play on the original Dopplegänger idea and a way to do a little color study. I think I like the second one better stay tuned! 


Monday, April 28, 2014

Hello Blog!

Hello Blog how have you been? It's good to see you again and I hope to visit more often! I've had a lot going on so let's catch up.

 I headed over to my book page and updated what I've been reading. We're reading Wool this month by Hue Howey. Also I'm in a movie club now, because of course I need more activities every month! Is anyone interested in following along with that? 

There has been a lot of sewing going on lately which has been good for my sanity with all the turmoil in my life as of late. Here is the first quilt I'll share with you, it's Miriam's Quilt. For those of you that have been following me since 2009, wow!, this is for my sister's 3rd girl in 5 years!! I have made the same quilt for each but in different fabrics so it's been really fun. Here is the beginning stages of the quilt I'll share the completed quilt soon.  For this version my sister picked out a crib sheet she liked and I used that in the center of the block. 

This is basically a wonky log cabin block from the book Quilts Baby. The quilt pattern was really well written by Laura Ducommun and I've actually made it 4 times. 
The first time was for my friend Deirdre's first baby Liam and I called it the Ducky quilt. It was also my first quilt and I attempted free motion quilting which was a challenge. I had no idea what I was getting into!
Here is the second version I made for my Niece Cecilia.
Here is the third version I made for my Niece Lydia. 
This time around I like how it looks paired with a color for the background rather then white. Also I am really excited to try the same radiating circle quilting pattern with my new Janome Horizon machine versus my old Janome Décore. I'll let you know how that turns out. 

I'm happy to be back see you soon!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

CoCo's Quilt

A quilt for CoCo! This is getting done a little late but it was worth it. If you were reading my blog way back in 2009 I made my 5th quilt for baby Callia and this is for her new sister. Here are the posts for Callia's quilt which was my first quilt with appliqué. I've come a long way since then. I based this quilt off of Elizabeth Hartman's Small Plates pattern from her book The Practical Guide to Patchwork. I've made these Big Plates to accommodate the large butterflies in the center square. My friend Cara said butterflies was a theme. I did have a hard time finding a butterfly print but I love this one. 

Starting at the bottom and moving clockwise Briar Rose by Heather Ross, White and Green Strawberries also by Heather Ross, a Dot I can't find the name of, Kaffe Fasset Spot, Pearl Bracelets by Lizzy House, Cocoon by Valori Wells, and Carnaby Street by Pat Bravo.

My friend Melissa of Lunden Designs did the quilting for me on her long arm and I love how it turned out! 

We decided on a loop pattern that might resemble the flight of a bee or butterfly and then squares in the center.

For the binding I went stripes again using Dear Stella #47.
I loved making such a fun bright quilt and hope it gets lots of love!! 


Friday, November 8, 2013

Going Home Part 2

As promised here are the more quilts from the Bunkhouse. See this post to catch up if you need to.  
There were 9 twin beds in the house somehow I only have 7 of the quilts but here they are with their labels. Sorry about the blurry ones but I've but the quilt patterns under each quilt.

Crown of Thorns 

54-40 or Fight

Bear's Foot

Road to Oklahoma


Road to Oklahoma

Courthouse Steps
The two quilts I'm missing thanks to a photo my husband took.

It was so special seeing all the quilts there and I know the Nature Conservancy was so honored to have them as well. I can really see them being done in modern fabrics I think I'll try a Road to Oklahoma with solids. Thank you Jubilee Quilters' Guild for doing this for the Nature Conservancy!!  
If you live in Oklahoma you should definitely take a trip to the Preserve visitors are welcome and there is a nice visitors center with a hands on area for kids. You will see lots of bison and there are trails you can walk on. You can also tour the bunk house which admittedly is different from when the cowboys slept there but we did cook on the stove from the 50's and I remember eating with the cowboys at the table in the dining room. 
 After our time at the ranch I did go back to Tulsa to catch up with friends and had a great time. I can't leave out mentioning my good friend Bianca's fabric store in Tulsa Owl and Drum

It's actually more then just fabric they have classes, craft supplies, as well as local artist's handmade gifts. There's really nothing like it in the area. 


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Going Home Part 1

While I was born and lived in Vermont until I was 5 I grew up in Tulsa Oklahoma where my family was from. In 1993 I set off on my own to Portland Oregon and now this will be my children's home state. That thought still startles me at times as I feel my Okie roots are so strong and do miss it. My Great Grandfather was a rancher near Pawhuska and owned a large ranch that ran cattle across the Midwest. My Granny and her siblings grew up working on the ranch but also eventually lived the city life in Tulsa. When I was little we would visit the ranch and I loved riding horses with my Mom, staying in Grandma's house, and seeing the cowboys. 
Yes that's me with the blond hair.
In the mid 80's our family made the big decision to sell the ranch to the Nature Conservancy who wanted to start a Tallgrass Prairie Preserve with plans to grow the Preserve to 50,000 acres. In 1993 right after I moved to Portland the Nature Conservancy released a herd of 300 bison onto the Preserve and there are now 2,700 bison on the land. Our family was invited back to the Ranch for the 20th Anniversary Celebration and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share this part of my history with my children. 

Some of the family from the weekend.

The Conservancy hosted an event with tour and speeches where my Uncle read the speech my Granny wrote and read at the release which was really moving.
After the event we were able to spend two nights out at the ranch staying in what used to be the bunk house where the cowboys would sleep. A surprise for me was noticing all of the quilts on the beds. I learned that when the Jubliee Quilters' Guild from Bartlesville Oklahoma found out the quilts on the beds were made in China they took it upon themselves to make 9 quilts for the house all in traditional styles of the time, I just love our community! Here's a sneak peak at one of them and I'll share the rest in post #2.