Friday, July 29, 2016

Progress on the Quilt Front

Here's what I've accomplished on my red, white and blue quilt.  I've been dragging it to various away-from-the-house sewing time for several months.  Most of the blocks are finished.  Many of the white blocks have been cut.  I still need to cut the quarter square triangles on the very outside edges of the quilt. This one will be given to the TAPS program that helps families of servicemen who have died.    

I realized I have the whole quilt leaning a bit to the left.  Sigh.  It won't be in the end.  This is sewn in diagonal rows.  Some of these rows are sewn. I've laid out more of the blocks ready to be sewn on to the strips.  Unfortunately, I have 2 more rows to add the bottom.  Darn, I should have started this up higher.  Looking at this picture is a great way to notice mistakes. I've got one marked with a sticky note but I see I have a white block on the bottom left where I should have the red, white and blue block.  Will move that when I get downstairs again.  

Here's my lay out from EQ7. I used the Go! Diamonds Jubilee quilt pattern from AccuQuilt. I wanted a bigger quilt so I played around with it on EQ and came up with this pattern. I've still got a long way to go.  Unfortunately, it doesn't fit on the piece of flannel I was using to sew on it away from home. The rest of this sewing will be going on in my studio.  


Pat set up some shelves in the unfinished basement so I can go through my boxes and "stage" my stuff.  I still haven't found my 3 pairs of good scissors nor my 3 additional rotary cutters.  What I did find was a partially made little quilt called On Line Friends.  I fell in love with it when I saw it and started right in on it 2 years ago.  Evidently, it got pushed to the side for some reason.  I haven't been doing hand work at night so I thought I'd bring it upstairs and work on it.  It doesn't look like much here.  But check out the pattern below. 



Maybe this one can get done soon. 

That's it for now.  I'm linking up with Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?Fabric Frenzy Friday and Finished or Not Friday

Happy quilting all! 









Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday Meandering 7 - 25 - 2016

I am plugging away on my Lily piece.  See this post to see the beginning.  Today I am batting it up -- that means laying the backing flat on the cutting table, taping it down, adding batting, then the top followed by pinning the whole thing together.  I don't do that often since I bought the long arm but this is just too small.  We'll see how well I do with the hand guided stitching!


The best part of the stitching is I am going to be using some luscious threads Sharon sent me when she lived in England.  The two on the left are what she sent. I'll be using the middle one, I think.  The one on the right I picked up to use on Ruthie but haven't used it much.  I'm rethinking that color -- I might use a lighter color to define the leaves a little bit.  For the first time they actually look like lily pads to me.  Generally they don't look like the right shape.  Hum.  Must be the angle.  


I did get a little bit done on my very small goals list this week.  I've spent too much time playing games on the computer, reading novels and blogs.  (And, no, I haven't been playing Pokemon Go.) I love Words with Friends, solitaire and have just started doing crossword puzzles again.  I've really enjoyed getting back to reading blogs too.  The down side of that is I have a gazillion new quilting ideas I would like to try.  Sigh. 

July 18, 2016
Put borders on my lily piece from class
Get top of cutting table set up with rulers, trash baskets, scissors and cutters. (Where are all of my cutters???) I still haven’t found my other rotary cutters nor my good scissors.  Sigh
Continue piecing R, W & Blue quilt I didn't even take this out... 

And for this week: 

July 25, 2016
Quilt and bind the lily piece
Continue piecing R, W & Blue quilt.
Have a good time shopping and lunching with Kay, Dorothy and Janet
Stay COOL! (It's suppose to hit 100˚ today. It's 99˚ now. Who knows what the "feels like" temp is.)

That's it for me today.  I'll be linking up with Monday Making and Main Crush Monday.  Take some time to visit these sites.  It's a great way to see what folks are working on and get new ideas.  And while you're at it drop a note to some so they know people read their blogs!  

Stay Cool and Happy Quilting! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Uh-Oh Stash Enhancement

After I saw how many boxes it took to pack up my craft (mostly quilting) supplies I thought I wouldn't succumb to any additional fabrics unless absolutely necessary, at least for a while.  But what's a deprived quilter suppose to do when all the fabrics are boxed and there are no shelves yet to unpack them onto?   SHOP!  Ok, there was a big sale involved and some emails reminding me of the big sale.  Connecting Threads had been lowering some prices on fabrics.  So, I decided to see if anything struck my fancy.  

UH OH!  There were some good sales on their basic collections.  I use a lot of fabric that looks like solid.  I carefully went over everything and finally decided on 2 fat quarters.  One had 16 fat quarters.  It worked out to $2.82 a yard.  The other had 20 and was $2.78 a yard. I took out 3 different grey and then didn't put them back for the pictures. 



I also picked up a charm pack for $1.06.  Well, I picked up 6 of the same charm packs because I want to make a "Plus" quilt. I figured 5 packs would make one plus so I purchased an extra one just in case.  If I don't add anything to these that is a quilt top for $6.36.  I can't remember how many pieces were in each pack but I figure it is a good start on the "Plus" quilt.  The colors will be great for fall. 


So, why am I adding to my stash when I haven't been able to finish much of anything recently?  I was in the mood, what can I say? I've been able to do a little sewing recently. 

It's time to go do some sewing rather than writing about it!  I'm linking up with Needle and Thread Thursday and on Friday I'll try to remember to link up with Can I have a Whoop, Whoop? 

Happy Quilting All! 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Monday Meandering 7- 18 - 2016

What a great weekend I just had!  I sewed quite a bit.  I made some progress on my red, white and blue quilt.  And I went to a terrific class by Vicki Pignatelli. I don't usually try to go for a more arty feel to my work -- I like traditional piecing.  Once my moving plans were settled I decided that a weekend away and taking a class on curves would be wonderful break from the work.  That it was 2 weeks after the move-in date didn't really hit me until I tried to gather supplies for the class after the move.  I found a box of hand dyes -- some I had done and some I had purchased and I found most of my batiks.  I don't have big collections of either styles but that's what I decided to work with. I still haven't found my good fabric scissors so I made do with a small pair I use for snipping threads.  It was all fine and great fun. Vicki is a great teacher and very encouraging.    

Here's my attempt at a water lily done with Vicki's pattern.  
I was totally thrilled with my background fabric and how I was able to manipulate the dots to advantage.  I wasn't thrilled with the lily pad fabric I used in the next picture. 

I changed one of the pieces for a darker and more yellow green piece of hand dyed to have more contrast.  I don't remember changing the other lily pad but it sure looks lighter in the picture below than in the picture above. Sunday morning I left Sharon's  around 10:30, after I got all the pieces sewn down. I will be working on the border next. 

Sharon continued to work on hers. The pattern was the flame shape in the middle.  She added the two circular shapes on top left and mid-right.  
By 7:30 pm or so she had her whole piece finished.  (On the other hand, I got to celebrate Natalie's BD.  And, then had the great joy of driving home down I 95 with a ridiculous amount of traffic!) Here's Sharon's finished piece. Hopefully her finish will motivate me to finish mine this month -- especially since I have finishing this piece as my OMG this month! 

Since life is mostly back to normal it is time to come up with goals again.

July 18, 2016

Put borders on my lily piece from class
Get top of cutting table set up with rulers, trash baskets, scissors and cutters. (Where are all of my cutters???)
Continue piecing R, W & Blue quilt.

Yep, I can't find but one of my rotary cutters.  Nor can I find most of my scissors.  That's a problem that I'm not really happy with waiting to discover once my shelving arrives.  So I may be doing some more box diving this week. 

I'm linking up with Monday Makings and Main Crush Monday.  Take some time to visit blogs around the world using either (or both) of these linky parties as your starting point.  It's lots of fun to be inspired by viewing these blogs. I'm happy to be back to a more normal life although there is a lot still to do.  I plan to putter in the studio this afternoon.

Happy Quilting All!