Monday, June 22, 2015

Catching up on Threads of Time BOM and Fig Tree Mystery Sampler BOM

I have been out of town just about every weekend so it has been difficult catching up.  I took photos of the Block of the Month that I have completed so far since mid May.

Threads of Time - Month #6

Threads of Time - Month #7

Fig Tree Mys BOM - Month #3

Fig Tree Mys BOM - Month #4

Fig Tree Mys BOM - Month #5

Fig Tree Mys BOM - Months #6 & #7

I just looked at the postings that I previously published.  I neglected to photgraph the Threads of Time - Month #5.  

I also have months #1-3 of another Fig Tree BOM - Green and Red, a Christmas block of the month that I have not even looked at yet. I will try to get to it after I finish the Lone Star portions that I am supposed to finish before the next class on July 13.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Slowly but surely...I am catching up!

I have been sewing just about non-stop.  May was a busy month:  my oldest daughter was married on May 2nd and my only son graduated from Pharmacy School on May 29th.  Before the wedding, my husband and I were busy helping build a dance floor and cleaning up a not-yet-opened artisan bread store for the rehearsal dinner. 

Erin + August's Sonoma County Private Estate Wedding
Erin and August - The wedding was spectacular

My son and his girlfriend graduated from Mid-Western University Pharmacy School in Glendale, Arizona.  Glendale is a west of Phoenix. The week before their graduation they attended a wedding and reception at the Fairmont in San Francisco.

Tom and Jocelyn

Anyway, driving back and forth just about every weekend did not leave much time to sew and to catch up on my BOM's (Block Of the Month). 

I decided to take a class at Fabric Garden because I am not working at is vacation time for students and staff.  I have always been intrigued by the Lone Star block.  It looks so complicated because of the many diamond pieces that have to be sewn together.  It looks like a daunting task.

The class that I enrolled in is Lone Star - The Quiltsmart Way.  We were told to select six coordinating fabrics and cut them before we came to class. was so fun and easy.  All you do is follow the instructions and use the interfacing included in the pattern and VIOLA!  You have a large diamond with smaller diamonds in all of the colors that you brought with you.

Quiltsmart Pattern

I used batiks for this Lone Star Quilt

This is the back of the block with the interfacing

I think that I will give it to my son Tommy and Jocelyn after they move to Oakland this coming week.  Jocelyn is starting a Pharmacy Internship and Tom will be working at Walgreen's in Oakland also.  They did a six week pharmacy work experience in Honolulu and they absolutely enjoyed it.  The fabrics that I chose for this quilt reminded me of the ocean and sun in every photograph that they posted on Instagram and Facebook.  Unfortunately, they move in soon but the second installment of the Lone Star class is July 13.  Almost three weeks after they move in.  Oh well, I will eventually finish and I hope they like it.

I will post photos of the blocks that I have caught up on next time.  Hopefully, that will be soon.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Threads of Time BOM - Month #6

I fell behind last month because of my oldest daughter's lovely wedding.  I tried to catch up but I decided to re-organize my fabric stash first.  I joined Jo's Little Women Club earlier this month at my local quilt shop, The Fabric Garden.  I had to separate my Civil War reproduction fabric from the other fabric in my stash.  

I just finished month #6 of Threads of Time this morning.  The four blocks that were made for this month are called "Magic Triangles."  I thoroughly enjoy sewing the blocks of this BOM because they are simple.  The only part of each month's project that I don't really enjoy is to make approximately forty flying geese. I have included a photo of the four blocks below and forty-four flying geese.

Monday, May 4, 2015

My daughter's wedding.

This past Saturday,  May 2, my oldest daughter, Erin Fong wed August Zajonc. The wedding took place at Longview Ranch on Pine Mountain in Cloverdale, California.  The wedding was wonderful and over 70 people were in attendance. August's family is from back east: Massachusetts, Florida and Washington.  My family and my husband's families live in the Bay Area.  Our immediate families were invited and attended.  It was truly great to have our families there to witness this wonderful union.

The newlyweds and parents of the bride.
A photograph of two of the four quilts made.

Parents of the groom and my brother in law.
Two of my daughter's friends from high school.
My son, one of the groomsmen.  He escorted the young flowergirls down the aisle.
My youngest daughter, the Maid of Honor.

The Bridal Party

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The last quilt for Erin's wedding is finished!

I finished the last quilt for my oldest daughter's wedding!  It is 42.5" x 50" and is a scrappy quilt.  It was fun to make and it was the first one that I started.  The one drawback to piecing this quilt was making sure that the points were accurate.  I should've placed a small amount of sashing around each block so that the points do not have to be so accurate.

Front of the quilt.

The back of the quilt.
Erin will be giving the quilts away at the conclusion of the reception.  They were very fast to make.  I enjoyed this process because of the size of the quilts and the "Anchor/Sailing" theme.

Friday, April 24, 2015

One more Quilt is Finished!

The third quilt is finished.  I had to work all week (CAASPP testing and subbing in the attendance office) so I did not have time to finish the fourth quilt!  I will finish it this weekend.

This is the third quilt and it's named "Stars."

Front of the quilt - 47" x 47"
Back of the quilt. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

More photographs of the Quilts for the Wedding

This is the "Ripples" Quilt.
I finally finished the binding
and placed label in the lower
left corner.

This is the back of the quilt.  
I did not buy enough fabric so
I had to add these 12" stars.
The stars added some interest 
to the back of the quilt.

The name of this quilt is "Anchors."
Anchors is the theme of the wedding.
I was afraid that I did not have enough time
to finish the quilts before the wedding.
I decided to make large blocks hence the 
two quilts shown here.

Erin's husband to be, August is an 
experienced sailor thus the anchor/sailing theme.
I made the quilts a bit larger then I had
anticipated.  I had to add the stars to the
back of the quilt to accommodate my
small purchases.

By the way, the quilting was done by Tracy Palumbo.
I will complete the remainder of the quilts, labels and
binding in the next few days.  I am scheduled to work
at our local high school next week.  I will publish the 
two quilts when I finish.