Friday, August 30, 2013

Pretty Pouch Swap Update

Hi Ladies!
I've assigned everyone a partner. I hope you've all received an e-mail from me. Amy B., please e-mail me for your partner's info.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

ALYOF August Finish

My ALYOF goal for August was to finish putting the Memory Lane blocks together to complete the quilt top. Here's my quilt top all ready for quilting. 
Here's a little story of how I got my quilt top ready for quilting. Last night our children had their church activities so I took everything with me to use the large tables in order to pin the layers together to prep it for quilting. As DH was helping me pin the quilt our Bishop and another friend came over to see what DH and I were doing. They jumped right in and started helping without me asking. What awesome guys! I got the quilt pinned in record time.

I started quilting it last night and tried to do some more today but the heat is killing me. I just want to sit and do nothing. I am going to try and do some more quilting later tonight when it cools down a bit. I hope to get this quilt done and bound by this weekend so I can get started on another one.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013


Happy Wednesday! I've been working with our DD to finish up her Young Women's Personal Progress book and this is the last of it. She's been working so hard and I am so proud of her for completing this wonderful program. I hope that she will take what she's learned and carry it throughout her life. 
On this project we were going to make a quilt and donate it but she wasn't feeling it so we decided that pillowcases would best but she couldn't make just one. She had to fill up the time so we started by planning, choosing fabrics, prepping and cutting everything so she can start sewing. Poor thing, it took her forever to iron out all the wrinkles from years of being stored in my stash.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Quilting Photography

Hello There and Happy Monday! Our youngest went back to school today. I was going to get up and take a photo of him before he left for school but insomnia kicked in last night so I couldn't get up this morning to take a picture for his first day of school, but I did tell him I love him and went back to sleep for a little longer. I shall take his picture after school so it will still count as his first day of school. 
After much needed rest, I got up and remembered that Plum and June is doing a photography link up so off I went to grab some fabrics and did a bit of a photo shoot. 

When it comes to taking pictures, I always shoot in Manual Mode. I decide on what my ISO setting I would like to start with depending on if I'm indoors or outdoors then I tweak it a little and take about 3-4 photos after that. I haven't done any editing to these photos besides cropping them. 
This bright fat quarter bundle is by Malka Dubrawsky called Simple Marks Summer for Moda fabrics. As you can see it is very vibrant and for me it's a bit difficult to make sure I get the colors just right. I adjusted the settings to see what works best and go from there to get as close a match to the actual fabrics as I can. This photo was taken indoors in front of my sliding glass door with a bit of natural light coming in.

1/4s   f/5/0  ISO:200

This photo is done outside. The setting is pretty close to the above indoor photo.

1/125s  f/5.0   ISO:200

Done with a white background as the setting requires a bit of an adjustment on my camera. I have to be carefully not to change my settings too high or it will look all washed out.

1/320s  f/5.0  ISO:200

This Bali charm pack is mostly red. It is really challenging for me to take photos of anything red. I find that if I take photos early in the morning when it's still overcast I can get a pretty good picture and the red is pretty true to color. This one is taken outside underneath my patio.

1/800s  f/5.6  ISO:400

These Hometown fat quarters are by Sweetwater for Moda fabrics. I took this picture under my skylight. I started out with an ISO of 800 but that was a bit bright so I changed it to 400 and I think it works great for this photo.
1/20s  f/5.6  ISO:400

I went outside and placed these fat quarters on my red bench. I had to change up the settings a bit to balance the colors of the fabrics against the red bench.
1/1000s  f/5.0  ISO:400

As you can see from the backgrounds I used that the camera's settings need to be changed to compensate between a lighter and darker background.
1/400s  f/5.0  ISO:800

I hope you've enjoyed this workshop. I am not a professional photographer. I just love taking pictures and messing around with my camera. All together I took 19 photos with various camera settings. These were the best ones without editing. I try to do as little editing as possible. When I do need to edit, I use Picasa and I also type up my watermark in Picasa. I like Picasa because it's quick and simple to use.

On another note, I have a just a few more spots left for the Pretty Pouch Swap. Sign up ends this Friday, Aug. 30th. Hope you can join in. It will be lots of fun!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Simply Retro Playground QAL

I wasn't going to do any other quilts until I finish some more of my UFOs, but as I was looking through my fabric drawer I came across a pack of layer cakes from Sweetwater's Noteworthy line for Moda fabrics. I had been wanting to make a gift for someone special (person revealed later ;-D) but couldn't decide on fabrics until I saw the layer cake and all the words and phrases on them. 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Star Quilt WIP

Here's a little update on my star quilt.  Please pardon the picture. I was too lazy to pull out my camera so I grabbed my phone instead. The quilt top is all put together. I need a large hard surface to baste the quilt together so I can machine quilt it. This is a dilemma for me when it comes to large quilts because our home has carpeting throughout so it's really not ideal for prepping a quilt. I might get desperate and have DH make a portable surface for me. I am going to have to think on that. 
BTW...This quilt doesn't have a name so let's call it Memory Lane. I can't keep referring to it as a star quilt. It' needs a proper name so Memory Lane it is.

Edit: I forgot to include that finishing the quilt top is my ALYOF goal. Now onto getting it quilted and bound.

Happy Stitching!

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Finish It Up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts

Monday, August 12, 2013

Pets On Quilts Show

                                                            pets on quilts

It's that time of year to show off your fur babies. I wasn't going to join in but then I thought why not? It's so fun to see all those adorable pets. The quilt show ends on Aug. 17th so break out your cameras and join in.
This is our cat Duchess. She's the youngest kitty. Our son begged us to keep her when one of his classmates was giving her kittens away many years ago. Even though Duchess is older now, she still acts like a kitten and sometimes we wonder if she's meant to be a cat because she loves to play fetch. Duchess and our other cats love quilts. There's just something about a handmade quilt that draws them to it.

Pretty Pouch Swap Sign Up

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I am going to go ahead with the pouch swap. I am going to name it "Pretty Pouch Swap." 
I hope you'll join in. This is going to be so much fun! Please grab the button and help spread the word.

As I mentioned in a previous post. You will know who your partner will be so you can contact each other to get to know one another better. I would like to have at least 20 people sign up. International swappers are welcome. I think it would be more fun to swap Internationally. 

Here are some guidelines to follow:

Please use only quilt shop quality materials (Joann's Premium Artist brands are ok). The pouch could be any size or style. All I ask is that you make something that you would be happy to receive.

If you have pets, please make sure there are no pet hair on your pouch before shipping.

Include local treats, goodies or anything you feel your partner would like. If mailing chocolate, keep in mind your partner's location. 

Swap Mail Out Deadline: October 1st
If you can't make the deadline, please let me know.

Signing Up: E-mail me at lilypatchquilts (at) yahoo (dot) com. Include your full name, mailing address, blog address and any food allergies. Indicate whether you would ship Internationally.

At The Beach

Hello Monday! We've been spending alot of time at the beach over the last few days. I am so sad Summer is coming to an end. It seems to have gone by too quickly. We love collecting seashells and sand dollars whenever we go. The sand dollars are littered along the beach. The live ones are a beautiful shade of purple which we would pick up and throw back into the ocean. 

Shortly before we were ready to leave the sunset was absolutely beautiful. I took some silhoutte photos of my family. This one is of our little guy. He keeps trying to photo bomb the pictures I take of our family. When I was getting ready to take this picture he says, "Wait, wait, I want to photo bomb the picture." He is skimboarding behind his sister. He's such a silly one. 

I miss taking nature photos especially the sunset. This was the perfect opportunity for me to take some. I am always in awe of how beautiful the setting sun can be. 

I hope you're all having a wonderful Summer!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Pouch Swap

Happy Friday!!! It's going to be a nice and relaxing weekend for us here. We are trying to squeeze in what's left of Summer before our kids go back to school.
Talking about back to school, I am going to have some time on my hand so I was wondering if anyone would be up for a pouch swap? I was really wanting to join in on a recent pouch swap but the spaces got filled up really quick and I haven't heard when another round would open up. I would love to host one if there's enough interest. These are some that I've made.

Basically, you would be assigned a partner. This will not be a secret swap, you will know who your partner is so you can coordinate with each other your preferences. The deadline would be October so you'll have plenty of time. Last is to include some goodies to go along with your pouch. It could be anything your partner might like, i.e. your local treats, sewing goodies.

You can leave a comment or e-mail me at lilypatchquilts at yahoo dot com.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

ALYOF Goal Setting

Since I've been away from my blog for a while I didn't get to finish the star blocks I was wanting to put together in June so for August my goal is to complete the quilt top. I had them all laid out and then ended up putting them away. Last week I went to Beverly's to find fabric for the backing so I can finish this quilt.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Love Is Spoken Here

I have been wanting to do some embroidery work for a while and found that Clover & Violet was doing A Season by Hand series so I am linking up. I am so happy to finally be able to work on this embroidery design that I created.

Monday, August 5, 2013

While I Was Away....

Lots of things have happened but how about I just let you know some fun things I did and skip over the bad ones? I created a signature for my blog post. It's do-able for now. 

Remember these games? I just felt like playing these games so that's what I did. I had to unlock a couple of games for my husband and son because they couldn't do it. It was fun to go down memory lane. BTW...we do have other current gaming systems. Can't get rid of the playstation 2 or we wouldn't be able to play these games ; -D