Wanda Gene's Musings on Life, Love and Loving the Quilting Life!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Teapotz Project Has Come Together

Hi Everyone,

Teapotz is done....and on schedule! Yay! I've had a wonderful week focusing on just this project and the weather has certainly cooperated. After all, with a week of pouring rain and 62 MPH wind at times, I would have been blue and bored without a fun quilting project.

You might notice that only a few teapotz have the appliqued handles. That simply wasn't practical to finish in the time I gave myself (I had roughly 5 hours a day to work on this project).
I plan to add them soon after we return home. The quilting will be added as well. I am still thinking about hand quilting verses machine quilting. This would be a nice take-along hand quilting thingy.

I need a name for this quilt. I would entertain any suggestions from those of you who might be reading this blog. I'm thinking of "Betty Lou's got a New Teapot". Come on, help me find the right name.


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Day Four

Hi Everybody--

Here is the latest pic from my Teapotz project. I have appliqued a few more handles and am starting to trim up blocks.

It is pouring rain here in Quartzsite. Every night for three nights it rained and the wind has blown hard. Last night was the strongest yet. Other days have been clear and sunny for a few hours in midday, but not today.

Good sewing weather!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Day Three

Hi Everybody!

Here is what I accomplished yesterday on my Quartzsite Quilt Quest. Yes, I finished more Teapotz than the first day. I wonder how many I can get done today?

You will notice that one Teapot has an appliqued handle. They all will need a handle and trimming to size, before each block will be completely finished. Then I will sew them into rows and the rows into a quilt top.

Okay, back to sewing.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Day Two

Hi Y'all!

This is what I finished yesterday on my Teapotz project. Four teapotz. Doesn't look like much progress, does it?

Well, I do have the rest of the week. I estimate that 16 teapotz of various sizes and shapes will complete the small wallhanging that I have in mind. And, wow, this is a fun way to spend the time here.

While I am posting this, here is a couple of pictures of Karen McTavish, my teacher at Road to California last week. Great show and great class with Karen. She demonstrated "The Art of McTavishing," all the while keeping us "in stitches" with her hilarious stories!

Karen talked about what kind of background fills are popular, what is passe.

She demonstrated her special type of longarm swirls that fill backgrounds and other spaces with incredibly beautiful texture.

Here is our "best friends" picture:


Monday, January 18, 2010

My Quartzsite Challenge

Hi Everybody,

Today is day one of my challenge to make a small Teapot quilt while parked in the middle of the desert in Quartzsite, Arizona. I am using Stargazey Quilts' quirky Teapotz pattern by Jan Mullen. These are the fabrics that I will be drawing on for my very own little teapotz.

OK, I have sewing to do. Tah, dah! Will post tomorrow if the creek don't rise and my computer connection holds up.