Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Old Red Barn Co. Sew-a-Long: Week 4

I am a little behind, but I expect to have all of the strip sets sewn and cut sometime this week. Here is a picture of the first four sets sewn but not cut.

First Four Strip Sets Finished

I pinned about 10 strip sets last night. Tonight will be sewing them together. Friday night will be cutting out the squares. I am waiting until all my sets are finished so I can see how small I must cut the blocks based on the shortest measurement of all the strip sets. My first ones came out to about 12.25" They were supposed to be around 12.5. I will see if I can at least be consistent to the 12.25 across all of the final 10 sets.

Week 4 will be sewing all the blocks in rows and finishing the quilt's top. See this blog post for more information. Check out the Flickr Group Photo Pool to see what everyone is up to :)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Art Star Craft Bazaar

Simon, Table Runner and Note Cards

My husband and I went to the Art Star Craft Bazaar that was held in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, May 30 and Sunday, May 31, 2009. Above is a picture of all my purchases.
The fuzzy adorable red monster is named Simon :) You will see some of the pictures Simon took of his walk around Philly below after he come home with us from the fair. Simon loves taking pictures, snuggling and long walks. But only if the walks end up with dinner at a Mexican restaurant. Mmmmm, poblano peppers stuffed with dried fruit, walnuts and beef covered in a creamy walnut sauce...

Yellow and Maroon Irises
Irises from the gardens next to Christ Church on 2nd Street in Philadelphia.

Drain
Drain found near Penn's Landing where the Art Star Craft Bazaar was held.

Stella
I just love this orange scooter. We found it parked on the sidewalk in an alley we cut through during our walk down 2nd Street toward Race Street. Our final destination was the Clay Studio. Lots of yummy ceramic art there. We both enjoyed the Small Favors IV show that was being exhibited during that weekend.

Wood Graffiti
This little guy was found across the street from Christ Church founded in 1695. Later on I found another one just like him but as a paper print instead of with wood. I love how the paint is flaking off of him.

Finished Wedding Quilts

Heather and Scott Wedding Quilt

Finished Quilt: Marque Side
From "The Modern Quilt Workshop" book by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr; Marque Pattern

That is me in the red vest on the left. My friend Heather, on the right, is the recipient of the quilt. Heather and Scott were married in May 2008. The quilt is almost a year late... Doh! She liked it despite its lateness :)

The quilting is a simple zig-zag. I needed something simple enough for it to work for both sides of the quilt since it is reversible. And speaking of reversible here is the other side.

Finished Quilt: Love Beads Side
From "The Modern Quilt Workshop" book by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr; Love Beads Pattern

The dots are not appliqued. They are pieced. And if you want to see a picture of them all pinned take a peek at this set over on Flickr. If I had to do it again, and I will since I am venturing into curved piecing, I would clip the seams so they will lay flatter next time. I just ironed them really well on this one and snipped the curve a little bit.

Hough Wedding Quilt

I posted some shots a while back on this quilt without the quilting being done. Here are the final pictures taken of the quilt before it was whisked away to Pittsburgh for the wedding. I used Amy Butler fabrics and some others that I picked up in my travels for this one.

You can also see that my hubby like to take a picture of me with the quilt. If I had my druthers, I wouldn't be in the photo ;)

Hough Wedding Quilt - Front
Front side of the quilt; Log cabin like blocks about 13" x 13"

Hough Wedding Quilt - Back
Back side of the quilt