Sunday, April 23, 2017
Saturday was a rainy, cold and dreay with just the short trip for recycling. I got to power sew all day! First completing the April release of Two-Step. Just 12 blocks - a set with the hour glass units added and the other set with the bricks added - easy.
Next, I made 20 more plaid blocks. Luck has it that my SIL picked up a commission to make a Memory Quilt with the lady's late father's shirts - she doesn't want the scraps, so I have some fresh plaids. I have half the amount needed and this is starting to out-grow the new container I put them in already.
I added 20 more geese to my Temecula quilt in progress - about a 1/3 of the way with this (my count and my size blocks). Geese and HSTs are my favorite units to make.
Then We had a marvelous warm and sunny Sunday! Out for a walk first and then got crackin'!
I pin basted "Arsnic & Old Lace". Yes, that backing is actually a gray (a lovely Jo Morton print). A verigated gray thread for the top and dark gray for the back. And I quilted with no furry interruptions because they were out hunting all day.
DONE!! I took it outside for natural light to show that it really is gray. Yeah, I opted for no outside final border. Not that I slacked, just thought it looked better.
Just a simple cross-hatch quilting which I felt that is all it needed. It's washed/dried and in the shop. Finished size 50" x 60" - nice couch throw.
I have everything picked up, machine oiled/cleaned and new needle. My SIL will need the extra large table for her project all week, so I have my hand work to catch up on.
I put Gertrude aside to get so many things finished. She just needs her 'flesh' and hair stitched. I have this 'loopy' thread from long ago and will sew that down rather than all those french knots - and I didn't want to give her gray hair - enough playing with gray! I have a little patriotic 'runner' that I am going to cover up that bra in the bag with, but will do that with the quilting process.
Fabrics and design are waiting to turn her into a Memorial Day mini. Her buttons and other embellishments will be added after quilting. She's my week's project - oyi - April almost gone!
Friday, April 21, 2017
I will be joining SARAH and the gang in celebrating some finishes. It doesn't have to be a finish, just something you are happy to have accomplished on your to-do list - and we all have a long one of those.
This was one of my Let's Book It projects over a year ago and it sat waiting for the final borders. Those got done finally and I sent it out for long arming. Then it took a while to stitch that binding - I don't make a lot of big quilts.
This pattern is from the book "Beyond Neutrals" and was an attempt to use up that abundance of browns. A lot of skinny strips put into a 3-bar braid for lovely look. I had Barb do a tight meander because of those skinnies and I love the affect.
And I finished off the confetti baby quilt. Organic line quilting just gives texture and comfy.
I joined three 1/2 yard pieces of 'Good Neighboors' for the back - that is now used up. And a scrappy border of some of the solids that were left from the front. This is in the washer right now and then a pop into the dryer.
Today is to be another rainy day, so I plan to catch up on all those block releases for my QALs and dream of sunshine and warm weather.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Funny how those scraps and bits and wedges just never seem to go down in the pile - in fact, I think they multiply! But I have been enjoying SARAH'S tips, techniques, patterns, and ideas so far this year. Even this old dog has learned a new trick here and there.
I have found there is a need to tame some of my shoe box totes that I just cannot close the covers on. The grays jumped at me (I actually knocked it on the floor too many times) and using many in the Winter Solstice QAL, but that isn't enough.
So I paired them with a 'found' gifted mini charm pack and started to make boxed blocks - easy and no stress. The fun thing with these blocks is you can change them up for so many looks. Larger center square with skinny boxes, 4-patches in the center, even make them rectangle instead of square by making the top/bottom strip wider or start with the center as a skinny rectangle and box it. Just play!!
Half the quilt is assembled and I will work on the other half today and marry the two. I have a large piece of gray on the shelf that is going for the final border. Yes, I said a border. I'm thinking of naming this one 'Arsnic and Old Lace ' as that is all I can think of while sewing all these grays.
Monday, April 17, 2017
I will be joining Beth and others with some Monday Making. After a long over due and most wonderful time away, I am ready to get back to my machine. I have some catching up to do!
First I caught up with the newest Solstice block. This went easy as I had a lot of 'cut-offs' from other blocks and I just used them up - easy-peasy, but a big block for me (shudder)!
I had to calm myself - lets work tiny please, The next block for the PatchWork Sampler. These don't take a lot of fabric and work up quickly.
Since I need a huge number of tiny blocks for certain projects - I need to up the ante. I was working 10 a week, but I am going for 20 a week with them or they will never get done. This cleared out the last of my 'dark' plaids so I really have to hit the thrift store again - maybe with the warmer weather of late some 'closet' clearing happened and there might be something of interest.
Here are 40 (20 lite and 20 dark) geese ready to chain thru with a breeze. I love making geese!
All those pieces needed for 20 'H' blocks - lovin' these!!!!
And lastly, prepping pieces for the 'Puss in the Corner' blocks.
20 blocks of each might sound like a lot to some of you, but these are tiny pieces and just fly thru the machine in no time. My worry is keeping those fingers clear - this is how I put 3 stitches thru my finger before I realized it! But I am power sewing the day away!!