My Quilts


Monday, September 29, 2014

Brother and Sister-in-Law Quilts

Next in line to help me along my quilting adventure would be my Brother and Sister-in-Law. My husband and I were taking a trip to visit my brother and his wife in Coeur D' Alene, Idaho. I wanted to give them something special for their new home and to continue with my new found hobby, Quilting!!!
I designed both of these quilts myself. No patterns to follow just some fabric and my creative juices. These will be my 3rd and 4th quilt I ever pieced and quilted.
Introducing..... Asian Bird Quilt
Panel quilt with square borders

Asian Dragon Quilt

My Quilt Testers. Tuff, the dog, Gonzo, the dark colored cat, and Bremley, the camera shy cat.
Dragon Panel with dragon and motorcycle blocks surrounding

2nd Quilt in My Quilting History

Stars Ablaze Quilt Pattern
This is my second pieced quilt I made fresh out of my Quilting 101 class. I found this pattern in a quilt book that was given to me. I loved working on this quilt while sitting at my kitchen table watching the Create Channel.
I didn't have my now quilting room set up so all my quilting was done at the kitchen table. Later, we turned one of our spare bedrooms into my quilting room. We would then get our kitchen table back and not eat around all my fabric and quilting tools.
Here is: Stars Ablaze!!! A quilt for my mom.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

First Quilt in my Quilt History

May 2005 Sampler Quilt

Quilting 101 at Sun Valley Quilts

Sun City, Arizona

The step-by-step instructions came from the following book, "Start Quilting with Alex Anderson" 2nd Edition.
The fabric line used is my favorite, Thimbleberry Line. This is a wall hanging size. The sampler consists of the following blocks:
Flying Geese
Friendship Star
9-Patch Variation
Log Cabin

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Checking in on the New Year's Resolutions!!!

It is March 5, 2014 and the year has been moving at the speed of light. I have been pondering about what I promised myself that I would accomplish this year. Yes, the dreaded New Year's Resolutions!!!  Let's see how I am doing thus far?

Resolution #1:  Exercise and Lose Weight
    I think everyone makes this resolution. I know I do every year. Well, my Husband, Jeremy, and I did sign up for a gym and we have been faithfully going at least 3-4 times a week. And you'll be so proud of us, we even have a personal trainer that we see each Saturday morning for half an hour each and then we do our cardio workout. Whether that be taking an Aquafit (water Aerobics) class, Step Aerobics, Zumba (me, not Jeremy), or just plain getting on the treadmill or bikes for 30-60 minutes.  Yay us!!!  Our weight hasn't trimmed down as fast as we'd like but we'll work on our nutrition next.

Resolution #2:  Try or Learn Something New
     Let me show you what I have accomplished so far with this resolution. It has been so amazing!!! I love learning new things!! It's enlightening to the mind and uplifting to the soul to get out of our comfort zones, use our intelligence that Heavenly Father gave us, and discover new talents that we didn't know we had!!!  It's pure Joy and this is what life is all about!!! Try It!!! You will surprise yourself what you can do!!!

   Here is what I have been discovering . . . .

           Sewing pioneer clothes for a Youth Pioneer Trek for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This is one thing I do not at all, Sew my own clothes or create clothes from a pattern. So let me show you what I've made.

The Apron is made from two queen size pillow cases sewn together for thickness. I did add pockets which were made out of our old, clean (thoroughly sanitized) fabric shower curtain.
Pioneer Apron over the skirt

The front of the apron over the skirt

The back of the skirt

Male Pioneer Shirt made in 15 minutes
The Skirt is made from a King Size bed sheet found at Goodwill. I was able to make two skirts out of one bed sheet. I found the pattern online for the skirt and the Male Pioneer shirt.  I was so excited to learn how to do gathering. Therefore I learnt two things from one project. Gathering and sewing a skirt without a pattern that you buy at the store.

Close up of Male Pioneer Shirt

Male Pioneer Shirt Close up #2
 The Male Pioneer Shirt was made from a button down dress shirt from Goodwill. I bought a white one and a light blue one.  The instructions I found online. "A Pioneer Shirt in 15 Minutes". Great instructions and the step-by-step pictures were easy to follow and were exactly what I needed.

The Pattern I tried out
 This pattern I did purchase at Joann's Fabric and thought that I would give it a go. Why not?!! I already created two skirts and two shirts on my own. I was feeling ambitious and adventuresome. This is where my sewing skills are lacking. I did pretty good. I was making the dress in the middle. This too, I used a bed sheet from Goodwill as my fabric. I made part of the dress but I made it too big and I didn't know who to fix it plus having to do sleeves. YIKES!!!!

Needless to say the dress is still partially done. It took me too long and it wasn't as easy as the picture looks. I wasn't about to attempt the bonnet. My parents and hubby found two perfect bonnets at the LDS Deseret Bookstore for me. I didn't attempt to make the bonnet from the pattern. It was worth a try though for the dress. Still not a seamstress, I'm definitely a quilter through and through!!!

Resolution #3 Write in my Journal
    Maybe there are others out there who are just like me that have several journals that you've started but never filled up. Are you the start and stop kind of journaler? Oh that is sooo me. Except for one time in my life I was a dedicated journal writer. I was serving an 18 month mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Adelaide South Australia Mission. I made a commitment that I would write every day in my journal of my experiences, disappointments, struggles, successes, and daily life as a missionary. Guess what? I did it!  I had to catch up on some days a couple of times, but I actually did it!!! I have 3 1/2 journals (full size journals, not the small ones) filled. I mean every line, front and back. I thought that it was such a habit for me to write that I would definitely keep up with my journaling when I returned home and got back into every day living. That didn't last long. :(

But I am trying my best this time round. I keep my journal out where I can see it and I have been trying to write once a week. It's a perfect activity for keeping the Sabbath Day Holy. But I do write during the week if inspiration comes, something occurs that I just can't wait to write it down, or thoughts and ideas that just pop into my head as I read my scriptures or a prayer was answered.  It's a type of genealogy. Did you know it? It's your history for your posterity. Maybe that can be my inspiration to write in my journal.

I am sure there are many more resolutions that I made but those are the ones that I stood out in my mind that I have already accomplished or striving to keep up with throughout the year.

How are you doing on your resolutions? Ponder, rewrite, and go to work on those resolutions. It's ok to adjust and definitely to start over. That's why another day is a great blessing. We get to try again!!!

So go through your resolutions and see how you are doing so far? Not doing so great, start now and GO TO WORK!!!!

Monday, November 25, 2013

New Adventure for my Mum and I!!!!

This post is not to demonstrate how to create a certain quilt but to hopefully inspire others to try something new and see what happens!!! Let me tell you the new adventure my Mum and I took this year.

Our adventure began when my wonderful Sister-in-Law posted on Facebook that she had entered several things that she had made, including a photograph that she had taken, into the Coeur 'd Alene, Idaho Fair. She won Grand Champion for a crocheted quilt she made, her photograph won a ribbon, and quite a few other items she entered into their Fair also won. I was so excited for her.

Thank you for inspiring me Mandee. I love you dearly!!!

So I got to thinking. Hey, we have a State Fair here in Arizona, why don't I check out what can be entered in the Fair? So I did just that. I discovered I could enter my very first pieced quilt that I made back in 2005. I also discovered I could enter a quillow that I just completed for my Mum's friend. I researched further, and found I had a 3rd quilt that could be entered under the category, Pieced and Machined quilted. But wait!!! There's more!!! I saw I could send in four photos under the Amateur Small Color Photo category. So I did!!!

Don't go anywhere there's still more!!!!

I stumbled on a handmade clothing accessories category and a hair accessory category. Perfect!! My mum created two sets of fabric flowers just using a candle and polyester fabric. She made two of them hair clips and two other flowers into brooches. I asked if she wouldn't mind if I entered those
into the fair. With a bit of laughter she said sure, why not. Let's just give it a try and see what happens.

Let see what happened when I went to check on our entered crafts......

The Arizona State Fair began on October 11 and ran thru til November 3rd 2013. My Hubby, Jeremy, and I went on a Saturday to see how Mum and I did on our entries. Here are the results...

My Machine Pieced/Machine Quilted Entry: Dutch Windmills pattern

  My First Pieced Quilt made in 2005 at Sun Valley Quilts in Quilting 101 taught by Betty Hahn:

My Quillow that was made for my Mum's friend back in my hometown:

No for my Mom's entries!!!
Fabric Flowers for your Hair:


My Mum's Fabric Flowers-Brooches:

We couldn't believe it!!!! We have never entered our crafts into the Arizona State Fair and look what happened!!! Everything we entered won a ribbon.  I was soo excited I was jumping around at the fair. I was almost in tears. We thought it would just be fun to enter things in not even expecting to win anything at all.. and LOOK!!!! We are amazing!!!!
You are probably wondering, what about your photographs? Didn't you say you entered four photos into the State Fair? I sure did. I received a letter informing me how my photos were judged. Photos that received 11pts-15pts will be displayed. One of photos earned 11pts. I had a 2nd photo that almost made the cut at 10pts and my other two photos received 9pts. I was thrilled!!!
Here are the four photos I entered in the Amateur Small Color Photo Category:
I called this one "This is my Best Side"
A Mallard duck in Victory, British Columbia, Canada

I called this one "Town on Stilts" Ketchikan, Alaska
Taken on our Alaskan Cruise

This is called "Married Man's Trail. This was
also taken in Ketchikan, Alaska
This I called "A Quiet Retreat" This was
taken in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
at their City Park, Beacon Hill Park

The photo that was displayed for all to see at the Arizona State Fair is........
And the Winner is..... "Town on Stilts" Photographed by Cambria Thompson in Ketchikan, Alaska on her Alaskan Cruise with her Hubby Jeremy!!!!
So the moral of this story is simple. If you have things that you are good at making, whether it be food, clothing, quilts, crochet, knitting, fabric flowers and even amateur photography, try entering them into your own County Fairs and State Fairs. You may be just as shocked and surprised as my Mum and I were!!! We had so much fun doing it that we are going to enter things into the fair next year.
Be adventurous and go and try something new!!! Step out of your comfort zone and try it!!! Whatever it may be!!! You will be surprised at where it might take you, what you might love, or you may discover a brand new hobby!!! Don't be afraid, share your talents so others can enjoy them too.
Happy crafting, quilting, cooking, baking, writing, photographing, painting, crocheting, knitting, scrapbooking, blogging, singing, choreographing, drawing, and countless other talents that you all love to do!!!!