Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas My Dear Quilters

Christmas Eve and all is quiet at the Morris home.  I have a week long vacation ahead of me and I've got one foot nailed to the floor and I'm spinning round my quilt room.  What should I work on????  I have plenty to do, believe me, but its hard to settle down and get to it!

What is that WillieNo! ?

Oh you're looking at my Christmas quilts, I see......GIT OUT OF THE DARN TREE!

This was a class I took a while back at Quilt Cupboard when it was in Fullerton, wow that was a while ago.  

I made this for a couple at work for a Christmas exchange...hard to find a good manger scene.  My first try with fusible web....good grief....I learned about Sewer's Aid which is a a silicone that keeps your needle from getting too sticky.
This was a pattern I made for a class I taught last year at Quilting Bee in Orange.  Pattern is available at my shop.

I loved doing this one!  Two charm packs of Fruit Cake.  I just sewed two sets of charm squares into half square triangles and arranged them until I liked the blocks.  I'll probably have to do one like this again!

I want to wish you all a Merry Christmas.  Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hannukkah or Kwanzaa or are just take some Holiday time out to enjoy your loved ones, may you find Joy, Hope and 
Peace on Earth.

 God Bless Us Everyone!
Aunti Nicole

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Quilting Addiction - Mariner's Saga

Once I get started hand quilting it is hard to stop.  I have been working on this in 2007.  I put the top together from friendship blocks, there a really wide blue border on it now but I'll show more pictures as the quilting develops.  I work on it whenever I am between projects, which is rarely.  I sandwiched and quilted in the ditch around all blocks and applique pieces a few years back.  In September 2011, I did a 1" crosshatch around the wheel.   Now I am going back to do the detail.  It may take me another 4 years, but its not a race right?

I thought I would share some of the blocks I have been working on recently.  Some of my friendship group did mariners compass blocks and those are in the corners, including myself and my Mom.
This one was done by Peggy Krewson.  Hard to see in the photo, but the block background is a really light cream and while check.  Quilting with the fabric gives it some interest.

 Here is the back of that blocks.

The one I'm working now was done by Lisa Dahlman.  See the sea shells? Hard to seem them in the neutral fabric but the back photo shows them a little better.

 I am not ready to put it down yet, so there will be more to show soon.  I'm cooking up a quilt design for our guild's challenge and hand quilting allows me time to get my creative juices flowing.

Hope you all get a chance to quilt this week!
Love Aunti Nicole

Saturday, December 3, 2011

100th post!

Hi All,
Hope you are keeping warm.  I finished my nephews quilt only a little after he was born.  I just need to pop it in the mail!  But I wanted to share it with you first.

My husband picked out the border pattern from my templates.  I like the way it came out.

A little something different in the corners.

What a handsome boy!  I hope he likes it.  I know his Momma will, she is a quilter ;]

Busy day today, I'm off to get my hair cut and then I have an embroidery workshop.  One of my friends is teaching the guild workshop at Flying Geese Fabrics in Tustin.  Here work is extraordinary and I can't wait to learn how to embroider "properly".

Hope you get to sew this weekend.
Aunti Nicole