Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stars along the river

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Quilt hanging on the deck at Freemotion by the River
I finished up the mini quilt that I showed you here  and the stars look perfect along the river. I had used the last of my Quilted in Honor fabrics by Island Batik and made up the binding just to make sure I had enough. Would you believe this quilt is only 15 inches square! Lots of little pieces.
Valor Stars at Freemotion by the River
Have you ever tried the Clover Wonder Clips? I bought one pack and then bought another (one isn't enough) and have to admit that I really like using them. I always sew my binding on by machine and it is so easy to unclip them.
Clover clips for the binding
Here I am sewing on the binding on my 15-91 Singer, the same machine that I use for piecing and free-motion quilting.
Sewing on the binding
Here is a quick look at the back and the quilting. I used my Glide ivory thread on the front and back. I'm going to have to buy more of that soon!
Back of quilt
If it wasn't for the deck boards you wouldn't know this quilt was really only 15 inches square!
Quilt on an angle at Freemotion by the River
Recently Electric Quilt had a contest in which we designed a quilt in EQ using Island Batik's Quilted in Honor fabrics. I didn't win but......if you have Electric Quilt you can download all of the designs that were entered for free! Just click here. My design is actually on page 2. My challenge now is to actually make the design!
Quilted in Honor quilt patterns at EQ
Last night the weather was beautiful and it was a perfect night for burgers on the grill. The grill is just about shot and we are hoping to make it through the rest of the year. Then it will be time to buy a new one.....hopefully on sale.
Cooking burgers

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Linky Tuesday

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Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River
Today is Linky Tuesday!
Owls made by Beaquilter
Bea from Beaquilter showed us these cute little owls that she is working on for a craft show, they are adorable! Thanks so much for sharing and be sure to grab a featured button.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Amber Geese

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Amber Geese from Freemotion by the River
Over the weekend I pulled out a grouping of fabrics that are perfect for fall. The colors look just like the leaves here in Iowa. I actually took this photo last year at Shady Creek Recreation Area which is one of my favorite places to go walking.
Shady Creek campground by my house
 I started out making the center block which looked pretty boring (I think I'll add some applique to it). I also wanted to make some flying geese and the next thing I know my block is growing!
Adding borders
Added another border..
Flying geese added
And another......I'm not sure if I'll stop now or continue......
Adding more borders
I got a new phone, the Galaxy 5S and I am amazed at the quality of the camera! Most of the photos in this post were taken with my phone including the closeup below. All I can say is......WOW! My last smart phone made me feel like a dummy.....so far this new one is much easier to use.....or am I getting smarter???
closeup of fabrics with my phone
The fabrics I used are Amber Ale batiks from Island Batik.  The background fabric is also a batik from Island Batik called Cream - it is one of their basics.
Amber Ale Batiks by Island Batik

Amber Ale Batiks by Island Batik
I decided to use more than the 3 fabrics shown above so I grabbed my photo of the rest of the fabrics that I used to make my Amber Logs quilt.
Amber Logs at Freemotion by the River 
Time to do my Walk Away the Pounds and then head to town. I'll head to the library to get new books for my dad and......I just might have to stop at the quilt store.....enjoy your day!
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