Review of 2015

For the last few years, I’ve posted brief summaries of the year as it ended. I haven’t been posting much lately, and with the loss of my sweet hubby, I was hesitant to do a review this year, but I thought I would try a mini review. But, forever in my mind, 2015 will always be remembered as the year I said goodbye to my best friend. … Continue reading

A little punkin surprise!

Little Punkin by Maria Elkins, © 2015

The weather is getting cooler and I’m eager for some yummy pumpkin-flavored treats — maybe a steaming pumpkin spice latte or some warm pumpkin pie with real whipped cream. Well, today I received a little punkin surprise that I want to share with you! I got an email announcing that my quilt, Little Punkin, won an award at IQA’s judged show in Houston!!! I won’t know which award it won … Continue reading

Getting back in to the swing

I’m busy getting back in the swing of things! The first good news to share is that two of my secret quilts (ones I can’t show you yet) have been juried into a special exhibit called Circular Abstractions that Nancy Crow is putting together! My experimental quilt shown to the left was the first in this series, so it is similar in some ways, but these two new quilts pushed … Continue reading

Tutorial: hammers for flat corners

I finished quilting my little quilt, Requisite Red. George behaved admirably once I put in Magnifico by Superior Threads. Magnifico is a 40 weight polyester thread specifically designed to stand up to the tension requirements of a machine like George. I used prewound bobbins of Bottom Line thread. I was able to achieve an acceptable tension with very little trouble. What a relief! I decided to use facing to finish … Continue reading

Product review: Heat Press Batting Together

I have recommended to sweet hubby that we should rename the month of May. I think it should now be called “If it weren’t for the last minute nothing would get done” month. He says it should be called “Desperation.” His idea has the virtue of being short and concise: March, April, Desperation, June, July… I don’t think Desperation is exactly how I feel, though. More of “why on earth … Continue reading

Review of 2014

Introducing Hazel Rinoa

I can’t believe it is already the end of 2014! This has been a busy, eventful year for our family. Being “Mimi” means a lot of quilt making gets put on hold temporarily so I can focus completely on little Hazel, but I expect in the coming year things should start balancing out more. Here are a few of the bright spots for 2014. Click the caption for the full … Continue reading

Autumn Fields Complete!

Autumn Fields by Maria Elkins

I am happy to say that my “Autumn Fields” quilt top is done! This is the fourth in my “Foreign Language” series. I am placing all of the quilts that are started in a Nancy Crow workshop in this series. I understand realism very well, so it is more like my native language. Abstract art is a mystery to me, more like a foreign language. That’s one reason I keep … Continue reading

Shuffling the pieces

After spending some time looking at this on my design wall, and moving pieces around, I decided it would be faster and easier to move them around in Photoshop Elements. I isolated each “block” on its own layer so I could move them around and rotate them however I wanted. As I worked, I became reacquainted with them. It has been nearly two years since I made them, after all. … Continue reading