Friday, September 15, 2017

Trailing of the Sheep Quilt

Trailing of the Sheep is a unique festival in our valley. It celebrates the cultural heritage of the Basque sheepherders who helped to transform our mountain communities from mining centers into ranching centers. In fact, way back when, my grandfather used to herd sheep from Twin Falls to Stanley Basin, a stretch of 130 or more miles!



Held every October, The Trailing of the Sheep includes a host of events and activities. And our local guild - The 5 Bee Quilters' Guild - has begun a tradition of hosting a quilt show during the Trailing of the Sheep Weekend. In conjunction with showcasing member's quilts, the guild creates a Raffle Quilt.  A committee designs a wool quilt, the members piece the blocks, it's quilted, then bound, and finally ready for display as a Raffle Quilt which helps support the guild's charitable projects! The whole process takes about 7 months.

Here is this year's quilt, minus the binding:


I made one of the sheep blocks and did the long arm quilting on it. It sure was a fun quilt to work on!



Not wanting to quilt on top of the wool applique, I simply did some background fillers around each block and then quilted an outline pattern around the exterior dancing flowers. It makes the appliques really pop!



The outside border has a feather feeding off the blue sashing, with piano-key quilting extending to the edge of the quilt.



Notice how the Bees have even made their way into this quilt, to represent the 5 Bee Quilt Guild!


If you are ever in the Sun Valley, Idaho, area the first weekend in October, make plans to attend some of the festival's activities. The Sheep Dog Trials are a jaw-dropping experience in and of themselves! And watching hundreds of sheep trail down Ketchum's Main Street is such a nostalgic experience.

While you're at it, you can even pop in and see all the wonderful quilts our members have been working on over the past years.  You never know what inspiration you'll find.






Quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Labor Day Sale at Mountain Quiltworks' Etsy Shop!

I am so excited to let my readers be the first to know about my first-ever Labor Day Sale in my Etsy Shop - Mountain Quiltworks!  Sales don't happen often, but I'm making way for my new inventory of fall and Christmas items. You can take advantage by saving 20% off everything in my shop!

This includes Baby Quilts







Lap Quilts


Table Runners



And even the fun Aviatrix Quilt Pattern!



This sale runs only through Monday, September 4, so check it out now. Any questions, just let me know.  And have fun shopping!

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Quilting Finished for OMG August Goal!

Whew! I thought my goal was to have this quilt completely finished. And I panicked because I didn't have enough fabric for the binding, and I've had to order it.


But then I reread my goals, and I was foresighted enough to put down that I would just get the quilting done on this king-sized quilt. Mission accomplished!

This quilt comes from the six month process of following along with Pat Sloan's 182 Solstice Challenge QAL. Every two weeks we received a new block to piece. It was truly a mystery quilt, because we didn't know what the finished product would look like. So that was difficult to select fabrics for the quilt.

My goal was to use only what fabrics I had in my stash. And, as it turned out, I had a good variety of Joel Dewberry's Atrium line. I paired those with some good coordinating solids, and wha-la! A finished quilt.


         I've quilted this using an edge-to-edge pattern called Petal Pushers by Lisa H. Calle. It was such a fun design to quilt, and I think it matches the playfulness of this quilt perfectly!



I just received the binding fabric, so my new goal for September will be to get this bound! I'm bound to accomplish that one, eh?

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fast Forward My Sampler Quilt to the August OMG

The best laid plans . . .

Summer seems to scurry by in a flurry of activities, and so I didn't quite make my July OMG goal. I actually reached my goal to have this quilt top pieced together yesterday, August 1. A day late and a dollar short - that's me!


But the good news is that I really don't care because now I have the quilt top done. Almost. I decided to add a sashing and border to tie it all together and to make it just a bit bigger so it can fit over a bed comfortably. Without the borders, it's 86x86. And of course, I didn't have enough fabric in my stash for the final outside border, so I had to order another yard.

If you follow me on Instagram, I have been posting these blocks this winter and spring. This was a Quilt Along with Pat Sloan - the 182 Day Solstice Challenge.  It was a mystery QAL, and we didn't know what the finished quilt would look like. So I selected my stash of Joel Dewberry's Atrium collection, added in some solids here and there, and came up with this.

It was all a labor of trust, because my fabrics are so bright and varied, that I didn't know how it would look once I got them all together. But you know, I think it was a good exercise because this quilt has grown on me, and I like it quite a bit.

I especially had a difficult time deciding on which colors to use for the checkerboard sashings and filler blocks. With the help of a local quilty friend, I chose white and a light, speckled gray, and I think that was just the ticket!

So, my goal for August will be to get the sashing and border on. I'd love to say I'll get it quilted and bound, too, but with all my other quilting orders for customers this month, I don't think that will happen. Trying to be realistic!

It great to be quilting with a smile,

Barb

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

One Monthly Goal for Sampler Quilt

Summer disappears in a flash around here, so my OMG goal is to get the blocks of the 182 Day Solstice Challenge pieced together so it's ready to quilt.


I finished the last block before we left on vacation, way back in early June. I must admit, I didn't think too much about quilting while I was on vacation. But, as our once-in-a-lifetime tour through Italy and Greece progressed, I started seeing all sorts of quilty inspiration in the architectural and design elements of ancient Greek and Roman building and furnishings.




One day, they might find their way into my own quilting designs!




Quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Pastel Quilt Bound, Finished and Given Away!

Just making this short and sweet:  I got my pastel jelly roll quilt finished, bound, and even given away. What a delight to give it to one of my bestest friends from high school! She recently found out she has cancer, and at 63, that is just WAY too young! Right? You're darn right.



So I mailed this little gem of quilt over to her, along with a huge HUG and continued wishes and prayers that she'll whip this monster into oblivion.



So see? I had great motivation to get this finished and sent on to someone who could shed a few emotional tears over it. Complex tears, but happy tears.



What better reason to make a quilt?

Linking up with OMG and quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Pastel Sweetness Nearing the Finish

Sometimes quilts surprise me. And this was certainly one of those.


This was made with a simple pattern from a jelly roll that I had sitting in my closet for way too long. The blocks were actually fun to make, but as I was stitching them together, I wasn't 'seeing' how they'd look all together.

Even when I placed them on my design wall, I wasn't feeling it. What I did feel was that I had wasted a lot of money for the fabric and a lot of time for the construction, all for not.  I typically lean towards bright, vivid, vibrant colors in my quilts, and this pastel was, well, just too pastel for my tastes!

But then I put the sashing on, using Kona Snow. And then I quilted fun, dancing feathers across in an edge-to-edge pattern. And suddenly, voila! I laid it out, stood back to take a look, and now I really, really liked it. Go figure!

All I have left to do is put the binding on. I've chosen a soft baby blue, which I hope picks up the blues from the quilt.  In fact, in my search for that perfect binding, I ended up reorganizing my entire fabric closet. OMG, that should have been an OMG goal all in itself. Took two days, and lots of stress and anxiety about all the quilting projects not yet started. But now the closet is under control, this quilt is almost finished, and life is good.



Since it's summer and we're taking a trip of a lifetime soon and I won't be able to quilt much this month, I've chosen this as my OMG goal. I'll get that binding on there and it will be all set to go to a good home :)

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Monday, May 29, 2017

No More Llama Drama


OMG - there's no more Llama Drama around my house. My llama quilt is completely finished and those cute little faces peek out at us from their perch on our couch.



Hand stitching the binding down on this darling quilt was my May goal for the One Monthly Goal (OMG).  And also on my Second Quarter Goals for 2017 Finish-A-Long!


As I was stitching along, I found that I really, really liked having the scrappy bits of color scattered around the outside of the quilt! If you remember, I found I was just a few inches short of having enough charcoal solid binding. So I improvised and pieced strips of the accent colors I used within the quilt for the pompoms and blankets, cut them to 2.25" strips, and incorporated them in the binding. It was a win-win!


This was my fun quilt, and it's still one of my favorites!


For the quilting, I free-motion quilted it in a free-form of rectangular swirls. I mixed the sizing up, primarily so I wouldn't have to be exact in the placement, but also to give it some interest and allow the eye to move across the quilt.


I guess I should name my llamas. The Elizabeth Hartman's pattern says they are Lloyd and Lola but to me they look more like Max and Maxine! Yep. Max and Maxine are in the house!

Quilting with a smile,

Barb

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hands2Help Quilt On Its Way!

Today is a special day!  I get to box up this quilt and send it off to a good home!  I'm participating in the Hands2Help Challenge, organized by the terrific Sarah Craig, Confessions of a Fabric Addict. She has enlisted the help of a record-setting number of quilters to whip up some gorgeous quilts to brighten the lives of others. What an angel!


This is a quilt that I made from my stash. I almost like the back better than the front, lol!



 I'm sending it off to the International Institute St. Louis to aid their work with refugees. With all the negative press this year about accepting refugees to our country, I'm hopeful this small gesture will instill hope to a family that we care.



At any rate, this is a great project, and has compelled me to start thinking about how I can help more locally. Guess it's time to put my thinking cap on. Thanks, Sarah!

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

OMG, It's Llamas to the Finish Line!

May is going to be a fast month, I can feel it!  Winter seems to go on and on and on, and add to the fact that spring in the mountains arrives about 4-6 weeks later than lower parts of our state, and BAM! It's summer! So, yah,  May is already speeding by.

With that in mind, I'm setting my OMG (One Monthly Goal) goal to finish my Llama Quilt. 


I just got her quilted, and the binding put on. That was kinda crazy! I was just short of the binding fabric by about 6 inches. Rather than rush out to my LQS, I have given myself the challenge of using what fabric I have in my stash. (I could live a long, pleasant life based on my stash, lol...). So I got creative and  pieced together the fabrics that were in the blankets and pompoms of the quilt to make a patchwork-sorta-binding strip, and scattered them throughout the binding. I think I'm going to like the look. A lot!



So now the hand stitching. For me, that might take the whole month, lol.  But that's my goal - to get this quilt completed so the rightful owner (me) can start using it!

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Fun With Scraps

You know when you get a hair-brained idea? It keeps nagging at you, until you simply must ACT.

This is what happened to me. See, it's really a matter of Waste Not, Want Not. I keep the colorful sides of selvages. All of them! I store them in a pretty glass container until it gets too full, then I transfer them to a rustic bird cage.



But what happens when even the bird cage become saturated with selvages to the point of overflowing?  Why, make a fabric wreath out of them, of course!


The idea struck me when I was browsing at Hobby Lobby in Boise last fall.  Our small valley doesn't sport any craft shops, so walking in the doors of HL was overwhelming, to say the least. But after cruising through the aisles, I decided to get a multi-tiered wire wreath. I could simply weave the selvages on each of the four rows of wires, and voila! A fabric wreath.

The clippings from my fabric wreath. I didn't save these. Into the trash they went. Go, me!


I guess it turned out okay. But only after I trimmed all the selvages down to a manageable length.  It works!


I don't think I'll make a living selling these little gems, but it's kinda fun to have a new, inexpensive decoration.  It would actually be kinda fun to cut up red and green fabrics for a festive holiday wreath.
 
Now how many more do you think I can make out of my bird cage scraps? The cage stands 18" tall!

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Diamond Quilt Finished

What fun to get the last stitch set in the binding so I can officially call a quilt "FINISHED"! Tremendous fun. The best!

This is my latest finish, just in time for the OMG April Finish.

This quilt was fun to quilt - tons of circles and pebble-type circles, lol. I made it for myself, just because :)


Now to find another project to finish. I finally found some Kona cotton, had to order it actually, to make a pillow top out of my Sashiko class project. I'll be getting that finished up in May. Good to have projects in the hopper, eh?

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Llama Progress

Just a quick update on my Llama Drama Quilt! I finished up the three rows of pompoms, put the remaining sashings on, and, voilĂ !  I have a quilt top!


I'm calling this a 'scrappy' quilt because I had great fun pulling all the teals and purples for the llama blankets and pompoms from my stash!  In fact, the only new fabric I had to purchase was for the background.  I even have some leftover pompoms that I am going to work into the backing. I think that will give it a fun flair!

Today is a rainy day. Looks like tomorrow will be also, so maybe I'll just get this little gem quilted up! Time will tell if I can actually stick with my plans, lol!

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Llamas Are In The Building!

I don't know how to express to everyone how tickled I have been making this quilt!  It's been a little bit crazy with a LOT of tiny pieces. But the thought of these happy llamas just makes me smile!

I'm using the pattern called Lloyd and Lola by Elizabeth Hartman. I bought it on a whim, even though I have plenty of other projects to tackle. I think it was the eyelashes on the llamas that reeled me in. Just look at those happy faces!

It's kind of a scrappy quilt. I bought the background fabric, which is a Dear Stella design. It's my new favorite for backgrounds. My daughter thinks the white specs look like snow, which might be very appropriate for our neck of the woods.



The striped blanket (and soon-to-be pompoms) came from my stash. I love the teals and purples, which I think are a great accent to the gray background and the beige and white body. The beige is actually a linen that I had for a pillow, but it worked up well in this configuration.

Some of the pieces in the faces are tiny! A one inch square turned out to be a quarter-inch triangle. Who knew I could work with pieces that small. Live and learn.  The llamas, though, stand 40 inches tall!



Now I need to cut out and make three rows of poms, two for the top and one for the bottom. Looking at the pattern, this just adds a festive feel to the entire quilt. When it's all finished up, it will be 61 x 70.

I do believe the reason I bought the pattern and began this project in the midst of other projects, is that the llamas faces reminded me of all the deer that hung out around our house to escape the deep snows this winter. The snow is beginning to recede, so they have headed for higher country, which is a good thing for them. It was a harsh, harsh winter for them, and I'm glad to think they are doing their Deer Thing in the forests nearby.

It's going to be my Happy Quilt.

Definitely quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Catching Up On Solstice Blocks

We were fortunate enough to take a little vacation in February and get out of the snow and the cold for awhile. It was wonderful! But the downside was that I got behind on my BOMs.  Now I'm playing Catch Up!

Here are the 182 Day Solstice Challenge Blocks 14 and 15.  Both were fun to make. I machine zig-zagged around the edge of the petal appliques. In retrospect, I'm afraid I didn't read the instructions closely enough to know if we were supposed to needle turn the petals? Or not?  So I just did what was most enjoyable for me, and that was machine stitching them.







We are progressing quite nicely on this quilt. It's going to be a HUGE one!  But that's okay with me. It's great to end up with a bed-sized quilt after all this work.

But wait! There's more. I guess I hadn't posted the 13th block, Studio Time. I took the time (and fabric) to fussy cut the center blocks, and I think that gives it a nice effect.

 I must say I have been looking forward to each of Pat Sloan's new blocks - we get a new one every two weeks. They are larger than what I'm used to working with (most are 12.5 inch blocks), and they are relatively easy to complete and don't take a lot of time. I do believe this will be the first sampler quilt I'll actually complete. Go, me!

What have you been working on this week?

Quilting with a smile,
Barb

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Trailing of the Sheep Quilt

Trailing of the Sheep is a unique festival in our valley. It celebrates the cultural heritage of the Basque sheepherders who helped to tran...