Monday, February 17, 2014

Desert Rose 2014 Block of the Month

 Our local Desert Rose Quilt Shop started a new BOM the last week of January. These are all Moda Fabrics.
 Here are the two blocks for February.
The above Pinwheels  are made with the half square triangle and introducing more color.
Below are the flying geese using the technique "Fast Flying Geese". There is no changing the method you use. These are all cut out and ready to mark and sew.  It is a great way to learn new techniques. I asked if we could use E Burns Quilt in a Day Ruler and was told yes and make sure it is the small one. Well I didn't realize there is a size 2 1/2 x 4 and my small ruler is 1 1/2 x 3. The first goose I cut was not the right size. Should have read twice and cut once. Checked online and there is the other ruler. Ms Desert Rose gave me one of her demo goose.

I went to Lowe's and purchased a 24"w x 48"L finished board for around $18. Put it on top of my regular ironing board and covered it with an extra large bath towel. Now I have a real nice ironing board for quilting. Happy Camper!!
Should have looked sooner instead of struggling with a V shape, tiny space for ironing large quilts.
I have several Yahoo Groups that Yahoo will not allow satellite users to access them. It was fine till last week and they shut us off from all groups.  So I have to go to Mickie D's  to look at the files, chat and download information. What a pain but the coffee is good and afordable...$.52/cup!   I have now switched most of my mail to GMail.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hearts for Valentine's Day

 We tatted hearts in tatting class on Wednesday. I am not a very good needle tatter but helped a gal and she tatted 2 hearts. Very happy to accomplish it. I showed her how to tat a dimpled heart using the last half of ds 6x and the first half 6x for the dimple.
The above hearts are shuttle tatted. The first row of "Three Little Hearts" is a free pattern from Grace Tan all tatted with Lizbeth size 20.
 Heart 1 is Fruity Frizz #139, heart 2 is Sherbert Delight #108 and the 3rd heart is SCMR Tropical Punch #132.
The bottom 2 hearts are from Nancy Tracy, Be-stitched ( The Tatted Josephine Heart is Lizbeth Honey Drizzle #180 and Tatted Butterfly Heart is Lizbeth Country Grape Swirl # 140.

Little Bear is modeling a knitted hat for my niece's first child.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Tatted Ladies

The Ladies Bodice is filled with silk ribbon flowers or small tatted flowers. They can be embellished with beads, silk ribbon or lace.