Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Nebraska Quilt

elinor peace bailey made a Nebraska quilt.  I was beautiful!!  I loved the colors, the sandhill crane, and how she quilted in the wind pattern in the background. The colors that made up the landscape and all the little details!!  Some of the details are shown below.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Fun with elinor!

I got to spend my Saturday with the talented elinor peace bailey.  I was so blessed.  When I'm around elinor I always hope some of her creativity will come my way.  I worked on quilt blocks and elinor made this adorable apron.  I loved it!!    I always learn something from elinor and it's not always about art.  My friend Roxanne was working while we played, and it was great to see Roxanne!!  Roxanne is the co-owner of the Udder Store in Seward and thanks to Roxanne, that shop is very inspiring and you can find great ideas there, and of course fabric.

After we closed up shop, we went shopping for treasures.  This is what I saw.....................

I loved the mannequins in the window!

Long paper beads

And a great light!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bird Swap

Today I received my birds from Mary Lou Weidman's Yahoo Group Swap.  I love them all.  And, each one is so different.  That's the fun of being in the swaps!! In the past, I have participated in the flower and watering can swaps.  I'm going to add the birds on the top and bottom of my previous swaps.  I'm loving how this quilt is turning out and it's very special to me.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014


Working on my birds for an online swap with some of 
Mary Lou Weidman's fans !  :)

I'm trading my birds. I will get 12 different birds back with one of my own birds.

Here are 4 of my finished birds.  Can's wait to see the birds I get back!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

My Challenge Quilt

The fabric for the Hoffman challenge this year is so fun and I thought I would try entering the challenge this year.  I love the colorful circles.  This is my first year entering a quilt in the challenge.  My quilt was inspired by one of my favorite quilt artists, Mary Lou Weidman.  I used the cow pattern in the book, Out of the Box with Easy Blocks:  Fun with Free Form Piecing.  I reduced the pattern, because I had to fit all of my ideas in a small quilt.  My quilt is 35" high by 40" wide.  The idea for my hills were from Mary Lou's vacation quilt.  Wow, the hills were a lot of work.  

The fabric this year is called, Indigo.  I wanted to have my cows playing under a blue indigo MOOn. The last blue moon was November 21, 2013.  I still had the moon in my head when I was designing the quilt.

Here is a detail of the Mama Cow.  The circles from the fabric made some interesting eyes!!

The playful calf and a curious bunny watching the fun taking place the night of the Indigo MOOn.

And a night owl on the Mama cow's back.

My goal is to make the traveling show for Hoffman.  We will see with fingers crossed!  I will be waiting to hear the judge's comments.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sampler Quilt

I follow Anita on Bloomin' Workshop and over a year ago she started her Random Sampler.  I loved what she was doing and decided to start my own.  She is using the talented Gwen Marston's quilt in Liberated Medallion Quilts as inspiration.

My center medallion block is a block that finishes at 12 inches that I didn't use in another quilt.  So, I added half square triangles and borders to it.  I like it now, not so much before.  It's amazing how adding to a block can improve it.

This is what I have going so far.  It's been fun using my favorite fabrics.  And, creating different blocks.  I started using a lot of medium fabrics and then looking back at Gwen's quilt she had a lot more white backgrounds so I went searching and shopping for some lighter backgrounds to add.

Anita's blog has some great tutorials and ideas for blocks to add to the sampler.  I have some others I need to make yet.  I really have enjoyed this quilt and it's easy to sit down and make a block in an evening.

This is Gwen Marston's Sampler Quilt