11/24/14
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Front Basted Applique, see it on QNTV

It’s Design Wall Monday and I have something new on my design wall! I started it way back in Jan but set it aside to work on the Star a day quilt, now I’m back to this project from Di Ford’s book, “Primarily Quilts, 19th Century Inspirations”. 172Those hexagons flowers are made with 1/2″ hexagons and English Paper Piecing. My friend, Roberta DeWire, taught me EPP several years ago when we were on retreat at her family’s lake house in PA. Thank you Roberta!068

The appliques are cut from a large scale print and I’m in the process of hand appliqueing them in place. This technique is referred to by many names; fussy cutting, cut out chintz, and broidere perse, to name a few. I call it broidere perse and am using “front basted applique”, a method I talk about in my book “Back Basting Applique Step by Step” (see pages 29-30.)

Check out the current episode of Quilter’s Newsletter TV, the Quilter’s Community, where I share “front basted applique using die cut shapes. (Free this week only, after which a subscription is required.) Click here to go to the video.

Let’s see what others have on their design walls today by linking to Patchwork Times. Click here to visit Judy and friends.

11/3/14
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Star A Day FINAL update

Today I won’t show you what is ON my design wall because its empty. But I have something to show that came OFF my design wall yesterday.183On Oct 31, 2014 I finished my final star! This one, right here. 176It was 1:28 pm when I cut my thread, spread it out in front of me, and said, “You, my pretty, are the last one!” Whew! I did it! I made 365 stars in one year – enough to make a quilt big enough to sleep under.

This post officially concludes my Star a Day Challenge.

What’s next, you ask? How about a Lucy Boston quilt? Here’s my first block. I was so eager to start it that I stitched this block the same evening that I finished the last little star! Why stop when you’re on a roll, right?184And in case you are wondering, NO, I will not be making a block a day! But do you suppose I could finish it in just one year?185(2)

Check out Linda Franz’s website by clicking here.

Let’s link in to Patchwork Times today and see what Judy and friends have on their design walls. Click here to go to Design Wall Monday.

10/20/14

Design Wall Monday – Another UFO

It’s a good idea to periodically challenge yourself to finish project that you started long ago. I didn’t have to decide this on my own, my friends in PA came up with a UFO challenge to help me out. We each made a list of 6 UFOs and every other month they draw a new number and Patty sends me a text message with the number. I then run into my sewing room to make sure it isn’t #3, that really big, really hard project that I never should have put on my list.

This time it’s #5 (whew!) and that’s what’s on my design wall today.064These little appliqued cuties were a free to download pattern from Bunny Hill a few years ago (it’s now available for purchase as a complete pattern). I made it twice, once with blue work embroidery and again with back basted applique’. The blocks have been done for ages – I just need to put them together.

As luck would have it, I will be going on my quilt guild’s retreat in a few weeks and will be taking these blocks with me. Surely I can get them finished by Dec 1st!

Let’s see what others are working on over at Judy Laquidara’s Patchwork Times. Click here.

10/9/14
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Guest on Quilter’s Newsletter TV

Last summer I took a little road trip to Quilter’s Newsletter headquarters in Golden, CO. Quilting friend, Donna Lynn Thomas and I drove from Kansas City where we filmed several episodes for Quilter’s Newsletter TV. The main reason for driving was to haul all our paraphernalia for our joint program, Four Decades of Quilting.

Score Barb and Donna! We got it all to fit and were on our way!

A road trip is incomplete without a stop or two – quilt shops and gas stations for sure, food is optional.

At Smokey River Quilts in Oakley, KS we came across a cover girl quilt, on display with the then current issue of Quilter’s Newsletter. That was fun.202

And in the same store I snapped a photo of this yardage counter which is like the one that was in the dry goods department of Daughtry’s Department Store in my hometown, Willows, CA, where I bought fabric for my 4-H projects. The department store is long gone but I still have scraps of some of those fabrics!201Once in Golden, CO our schedule was packed. We filmed a total of seven episodes with early morning call times for hair and make up. We unloaded the car and once the “on air” light went out Donna started getting set up for the next day.

My call time was a day later. I arrived at the studio for hair and make up, rubbing sleep from my eyes.

Into this

Barb with Big Hair

Barb with Big Hair

And it was showtime!

Final touches, then …

"Ok, I'm ready"

“Ok, I’m ready”

And

Take one

Take one

I wish I could tell you it was done in a snap but it doesn’t work that way. It took all morning starting with make up followed by set up and filming for two episodes. In the afternoon Donna joined me, fresh out of the hair and make up room, and we filmed two episodes of Four Decades of Quilting together. Working under bright lights in Mile High country is dehydrating, I was certainly ready when I finally heard the magical words, “That’s a Wrap!”

End of the day with my usual flat hair

End of the day with my usual flat hair

And what’s a trip home without a stop at a quilt shop or two? Here Donna and I enjoyed “book sightings” in Colby, KS.292

You can see Four Decades of Quilting parts one and two here If you don’t already subscribe you will need to purchase a subscription ($2.99 for unlimited videos for one month or $24 for a full year.)

Also check out the 2014 Jul/Aug issue of Quilter’s Newsletter for our article on the same topic

Here is the schedule for release of my two back basting applique episodes:

Barb Eikmeier presents: Front basting applique Nov. 21

Barb Eikmeier presents: Reverse applique with back basting Nov. 28.

Free for one week so mark your calendars and tune in to internet TV. See you there! (Check out Donna’s episodes too!)

10/8/14
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Twice In A Red Moon

Did you see it? Did you see the second of two Red Moons in 2014?

On the way home from the library last night I noticed the moon, big, golden, and full – it was October’s Hunter Moon. Always spectacular, it was made even better by the promise of a complete lunar eclipse expected just before daybreak. I checked the Farmer’s Almanac for the exact time of the eclipse and set the alarm.

In the wee hours of the morning I crawled out of bed, shuffled to the front porch and sure enough, there, high in the western sky a lunar eclipse was occurring. I stood in my driveway, in my pajamas, and gazed until clouds rising on the horizon obscured my view.

I watched the Red Moon in April, (see related story by clicking here ). I can tell you two things – the air was much warmer on this early October morning than it was last April and the moon was definitely redder. Was it blood red? No. But it rivaled the autumn color of the my elm tree and that’s red enough for me!

I should do something to commemorate the two red moons I witnessed in 2014. I think I’ll make a quilt. To be more exact, I think I’ll finish one that I’ve already started.
Here is a sampling of blocks in progress.010

As you can see I have collected enough solid red fabrics for this project!015I think I’ll call this quilt “It’s a Red Moon Night.”

10/1/14
With matching thread quilt four of the diamonds with continuous curves. I am leaving the other four un-quilted.

Easy Math – A Star a Day Update

At the beginning of each month I pause to assess progress on my Star A Day project – and some months I actually get around to reporting my status to you, my faithful blog readers. Today is Oct 1st and the report is good:  Here are ten completed cuties, patched together, ready for the lower right-hand corner of my quilt.10 on Oct 1 Oct has 31 days – the last section needs 41 stars – 10 are completed (see above)- that means I only need 31 more stars. Hey! That’s just a star a day! Not only is it easy math, it also adds up to good news: I am on schedule. And so we enter the 12th and final month of my year of tiny stars.

09/22/14

Out of the Quicksand- Star A Day Update

It is Sept 22. At this moment I am officially caught up on my Star A Day project. As one friend described it, it is like climbing out of quicksand – a new day arrives with the challenge to make a star. If you miss one day, it’s like loose gravel. If you miss two days, it’s more like mud. Before you know it you might be a week behind and in quicksand. I wasn’t exactly testing the theory, but if you fall 41 blocks behind (sheepish grin) you can crawl out of the quicksand in exactly 21 days. That’s one a day plus two in arrears. And here is what your quilt will look like when you have eight of the nine sections completed:Section 8 finished

Let’s jump over to Patchwork Times and see what others have on their design walls today. Click here to go to Design Wall Monday.

09/17/14

Now Playing

I just found out that the video that Donna Lynn Thomas and I recorded at Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine is now airing. Click here to see  Four Decades of Quilting Episode 2, 1990-Present. Free for one week, then available for purchase ($2.99/month or $24/year, for all access to all videos).

Episode 1, 1970’s and 80’s aired last week and you can see a preview by clicking here.

 

09/8/14
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UFO Challenge – Pastel Quilt Update

” …. a long and winding road..” That’s what I think I heard my pastel quilt humming the day I pinned it to the design wall for the last time. I, on the other hand, asked, where’s the marching band? Drum roll? Pastel bits of confetti? Okay, so maybe it isn’t worth a whole marching band, but this has been 14 years in the making, so marching band or not, it’s still a big deal!

Since I created my own random block arrangement, without thinking too far ahead, I backed myself into a bind when I got to the lower right hand corner, fresh out of blocks, with a gaping, odd shaped, empty spot. So I made this to fill the void.Last blockThen I sewed the last few seams, added borders, measured and seamed the backing and it’s ready for the quilter!

With no further adieu, let me introduce my FINISHED Pastel Quilt top:Completed Pastel QuiltLet’s share the moment by linking to Patchwork Times where you can see what others are working on. As for me, I’m taking a break from pastels and working on this UFO for awhile:006 See  related posts: UFO Challenge, UFO Project Update  and The Pastel Project – A Week Later

09/8/14
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Three Hundred

Once there was a tiny star. He was all alone in my sewing room, wishing for a friend, or two, or three …. or 300! Can you guess which Tiny Star milestone I have to report?  300! That’s right! 300 stars are completed!300Are you wondering, “Is she caught up?” No! I’m not! I fell behind early in the summer which is when I learned that I love making a star a day but  it isn’t as much fun when it becomes two or three stars a day. I have carried on, stitching the stars whenever I could, until I had a pile waiting for a day in the sewing room so I could press them and sew them together. 016I’m still behind 8 stars, but who’s counting?

Karen Styles, the Australian Quilter who brought us “The Star a Day” will be visiting Eudora, KS in Oct. Click here to go to Quilting Bits and Pieces Quilt Shop’s newsletter to learn more.