Sunday, April 18, 2021

Monday Meandering 4 - 19 - 2021

Monday is a good day to evaluate what got done last week and to decide what to do during this coming week.  Unfortunately my evaluation for last week would be, at best, a C if we were talking grades.  

Let's look at what I said I wanted to do. (I really did want to do them but even amid great plans sometimes things happen that mess up the plan.)

4/12/2021

 1) Sew Happy Blocks together Looked at them, laid one out but no sewing...

 2) Border Doggy Tumbler Didn't even look at this one! 

 3) Make new easy quiltMade a new one (photo to come ) and

 4) Quilt and bind one of my quilts✅ Quilted it, binding to come

 5) Work on April table runner Planned a little of it! I know what I want to do I just need to do it.  


So, yea, not a whole lot got done on the list. Hold on, there is a reason not as much got done from the list. I was asked to quilt a patriotic quilt for a veteran.  (I'm saying it that way because the Virginia Star Quilters give quilts to veterans through various organizations. I'm not sure which group is getting this one.)  I was told to pick a design that was easy and loose.  I picked a nice pattern with stars and some flourishes.  Except it wasn't nice and easy.  It took forever to stitch across the quilt. Ruthie didn't like working on it and gave me fits.  It took a couple of days but it is done. I need to take some pictures to share and give it back to the guild.  I made a note not to use that pattern again.  I own several really nice, easy patterns to use on quilts for vets. 


Here's my plan for this coming week. 


4/19/2021


 1) Make April table runner

 2) Bind Space Charms quilt

 3) Finish making R, W, B blocks, start sewing together 


That's a shorter list than normal but making the table runner may take up all the time. I would like to get it done before Sat. 4/24 but my guess is it will be the following week. Time will tell. 


See number 3 above?  Here's what I've done on that one so far...



I made the four patches ages ago. Back then I did pick out a pattern to try to make but I was making changes. (The block is a 4.5" square and a 4 patch with a 4 patch and a 4.5" square underneath.)  First my 4 patches used 2.5" squares instead of 3.5" squares. I used multiple prints for the reds, blues and white 4 patches. I was "supposedly" making all the blocks the same.  Except, when I picked up working on this project after a couple of weeks off I was messing up sewing the 
initial blocks together.  After ripping and sewing and a little more ripping, I made a color copy of the quilt pattern to lay out the blocks. It is not an easy job. I may cut the picture of the rows apart and put one next to each row. I've still got 4 rows left. The pattern called for 3 differing blocks but I think I can do a nice quilt with the one block.  I'll keep you posted. 


I had a lovely day in Richmond today attending the Virginians Drive In Rehearsal.  The Virginians are a barbershop chorus to which Pat belongs.  Every other week a group of members meet at a church parking lot and sing from their cars using microphones and a radio set up that gives them the sound of the group singing in real time.  It was pretty cool.  It was such a nice day many of the folks stood outside to sing. I chose to sit in the car and truth be told I was singing along for most of the time.  I didn't get very far on the book I'd planned to read. We took the slow way home and stopped at a favorite barbecue place on the way back. 


It's time to link up to the terrific parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, and To Do Tuesday. Take some time to go "surfing."  It gets me into trouble all the time.  (i.e. I'll be buying a cool pattern I saw on a blog last week.) 


Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 


Friday, April 16, 2021

A Finished Top

Does it count as a finish if it is just a top that's done?  Yep, I think it does. Here are the two three best things about this top.  First, it's a free pattern from Elizabeth Hartman. Second, it was really fast! And finally, my friend Sharon and I decided to each make this quilt and also chat via FaceTime.  Here's my version. (I'll get a picture of hers to share later.) 


I actually hadn't sewn it together yet in this picture so you'll have to use your imagination. I trimmed the grey pieces to fit and made sure I lined everything up carefully. Part of the reason this is such a fast quilt is it uses charm squares. I added some blender fabrics cut to the required size.   

Every once and a while things really come together. Yep, it did with this little quilt.  I have had a piece of flannel with a little monkey dressed as an astronaught on a light turquoise background. It's perfect for these space themed charms.  Hopefully it's going on Ruthie, the long arm, this week--probably Saturday. 

To say that I had a LOT of these charm squares is an understatement.  I still have some left. (And, frankly, I am good and tired of them.) The leftovers are being put away for a later project.  Here are some links to see some of these charms in the Mendota quilt (before quilting,) and in three finished happy block quilts --  yellow,  light turquoise, and teal versions. The happy blocks were made for triplets whose family lost their home in the horrible fires in Washington state last year. (Happy block pattern can be found on MaryQuilts.com.) I've probably made more Happy Blocks for Charms quilts more any other quilt.

The other fun event was receiving this cute backing fabric for a quilt my daughter asked me to quilt a few weeks ago.  She purchased this wide back from Connecting Threads and had it sent to me.  The quilt is a lot of kitty blocks.  It's going to be given to her daughter's teacher at the end of the year. I'll share pictures in a couple of weeks after I get it quilted. 

Sorry I don't have a picture of Sharon's charm block quilt to share.  Hers used a completely different style charm pack. I'll ask for one and show it later.  I'm now wondering if I could use the same concept and make 4" blocks in place of the charm squares?  Hum, do I even want to think of making a lot of 4" blocks? Yes, I would have to change it up just a little but . . . I just made this garlic knot using 1.5" squares.  It would be nice to make a dent in my 1.5" squares or even the 2" ones... just saying. 

On to the linky parties: Midweek Makers, Needle and Thread Thursday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?, Finished or Not Friday, and Beauties Parade.  Wow, lots of places to link up.  I hope you have some fun surfing through all these linky parties.  There's always something wonderful to see!  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 




Sunday, April 11, 2021

Monday Meandering 4 -12 - 2021

 It's been a wild week here.  We went shopping for groceries and spring plants.  I spent the rest of one day trying to dig holes for my small plants.  Yuck. Heavy clay soil and quite a few rocks.  But eventually all the plants got in the ground and are now looking happy.  Some sewing got accomplished.  But the big event was a road trip on Saturday.

One of my friends in Maryland is moving to New Mexico.  She was having a sale of quilting supplies she wasn't planning on taking with her.  She also was giving me an Accuquilt die.  And, I wanted to check out what she had for sale and free.  We drove through Washington, DC and almost up to Baltimore to visit and shop.  Here's the Jefferson Memorial.  Unfortunately, the cherry trees were past peak. I'm not sure these are  cherry trees but I think they are. We are crossing the Potomac River when I snapped this picture. It was a grey misty day.  

I failed to take any pictures with my friend.  We had a great visit and another friend was checking out the sale so I was able to visit with her too.  Since it took us over 2 hours to get up there we decided to visit the grands on the way back home.  

So we made two more stops -- one in Maryland to see Jenny and Brian, Sophie and Natalie.  We weren't there long as we had just seen them the week before.  We also drove a storage unit from my friends to Jenny for her sewing nook.  (It amazing when texting works so well!) 

Next stop was Kevin and Aimee and Ellie and Theo. And, Walter, the wild puppy.  We hadn't seen any of them since Christmas.  Walter is now a 10 month old wild puppy. And, once again, I didn't think to get pictures. Again, a fairly short visit but there was some hugging going on.  We left our house about 9:15 in the morning and got home just before 6 pm.  We were tired but I had a great time. 

On Thursday an order from Marshall Dry Goods came in.  Have you looked at their fabric?  Someone recommended it to me so I thought I would check them out.  Here's what I bought. You may have to click on the picture so it enlarges.  I bought 2 yards of two different white on whites and 4 yards of Weaver Wine.  Most of this fabric was $4.99 a yard.  One piece of the WOW was $4.49. Shipping was $7.00. I was highly skeptical about the fabric quality.  But, I was pleasantly surprised.  It will certainly work in my quilts.  The one issue is trying to match something you have with the online fabric. It doesn't work too well. 

The white was fine; the Weaver Wine is going to be fine but it's a big off from what I was trying to match it with.  But, it's going to be the back so I don't think it is a big issue.  (No, I am not compensated for my opinion.  I was just looking for a fairly decent fabric at a reasonable cost.)  I hope to buy more of the WOW in the next month or two.  I also think I can get basic go withs to have on hand rather than try to match fabric.  Oh yes, they also sell wholesale/bulk to anyone who wants to buy a 15 yard bolt.  At $2.45/yard or $36.75 for the bolt. Can you see where my brain is going here?  They have a limited number of brand name fabrics at around $7.00 a yard.  I don't keep up with the newest fabric too much but my guess is the brand name fabrics are probably older fabrics. 

That's all the excitement with me for the week so let's see how I did on my goals. GREAT, I got almost everyone totally finished. AMAZING! 

4/4/2021 

Cut and sew flowers & 9 patches ☑️ done


Make last R,W, & B Ohio Star blocks ☑️done, looking at borders

Put together 1 Happy Block Quilt from FCQ Equilter’s blocks picked and laid out blocks☑️

Quilt Customer’s Table Runner☑️ 

Work on doggy tumbler quilt ☑️thinking of borders


And this week.

4/12/2021

Sew Happy Blocks together -- they were number 3 above.  These are from my last round receiving blocks from FCQ Equilters.  Altogether I think I have 73 blocks.  I'm going to be making all sorts of quilts from these.  One group of blocks were patriotic so hopefully I'll get at least one adult size quilt from them.  I was surprised how many orange blocks arrived.  But they help brighten the top up nicely. These are 10" blocks (maybe they'll be trimmed to 9.75" so this quilt will be close to 40 x 40".  I may make it bigger after I check the quilt size criteria for where I'll probably be giving them..) 

Border Doggy Tumbler quilt

Make new easy quilt

Quilt and bind one of my quilts

Work on April table runner 


Oh yes, one other issue with out road trip.  As many know I am still a member of the Maryland guild, Faithful Circle Quilters.  They do an amazing job with charity work.  I usually bring quilts to donate to retreats or when I come to classes.  Unfortunately since Covid I haven't been up nor seen any friends who could take these up since well forever or so it seems.  So I took 2 quilts up to donate.  But one was the quilt I hadn't even taken pictures of yet!  So off it went without a photograph.  So here are locations you can see it in process. Nov, 2019 here and here.  And the finished top here. 


I'm looking forward to doing some surfing this week.  I'm hoping I can get all my goals done and possibly more.  Here are the links for the parties this week: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, and To Do Tuesday.  (I forgot to come back on Tuesday to link up with To Do Tuesday last week...so hopefully I'll remember it this week.)  


Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 


PS We saw lots of beautiful redbuds and a few forsythias blooming on our drive north.  Trees here are starting to leaf out.  The cherry tree has lost all the flowers and is turning green.  Spring is definitely here! Hopefully it won't rush into summer too fast. 

 



Sunday, April 4, 2021

Monday Meandering 4 - 5 - 2021

 


Last Saturday in Nags Head we saw our daughter Jenny and her family.  She gave me this bag that she said held my fabrics.  Neither of us has any recollection of why I'd given her the fabrics.  But when I opened the bag I was tickled to have them back. 

The pile on the left is mostly 1/2 yard pieces of grey  The pile on the right are mostly fat quarters.  And the piece in the middle is 1.5 yards of a luscious light blue that this photo doesn't do justice to.  Welcome back fabrics!  (I've already used one of the blues working on my RSC block.)

Have you seen Preeti's Picket Star block and quilts at SewPreetiQuilts.blogspot.com?  She has made three quilts with the blocks. Here's a link to her block tutorial and one to two quilts.   If you scroll down to the comments you'll see my comment asking her about how she chose her colors and her answer.  (Just in case you want to make your own version!) 

You might be wondering why I am sharing all this info about this block.  Let me tell you!  It's my turn to ask my fellow FCQ EQuilters to make blocks for me and send them here.  OOOH it's always fun to get mail from them.  I'm asking them to make this block.  I also shared pictures of colors I'd like them in and Preeti's rational about how she chose her colors. I'll share some of my fabric pulls one of these days and when I start getting my blocks in. It's a big ask but I'm betting these gals are up to the challenge. 

Now to share my goal successes! 

3/28/2021

Quilt and bind another quilt☑️ Hopefully I'll share it Friday.

Make and apply binding for my quilt ☑️ You can see it here

Cut out a couple more r, w, & b Ohio Stars ☑️ Finished 2 blocks, 1 more left. 

Figure out more dog fabric for tumbler quilt. ☑️ Finished!


I did finish the last row for the dog tumbler quilt. I asked a friend if she had some dog fabric and she came through with 3. One I had. One I used and one I really think had mice on it. I'm ready to start ironing the rows and sewing them together. 


And now for this week I've picked 5 goals.  Hopefully I'll get them all done. 

4/4/2021 

Cut and sew flowers & 9 patches (You might remember the 9 patches from here). 

Make last R,W, & B Ohio Star block.

Put together 1 Happy Block Quilt from FCQ Equilter’s blocks from my last turn.

Quilt Customer’s Table Runner.

Work on doggy tumbler.


That's it for today.  I'm linking up with my favorite parties as they become available: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, and To Do Tuesday.  Take some time to do some surfing -- the weather is going to be great here so I'll be surfing too.

;-). (Just one is up Sunday night, I'll add them tomorrow.) 


Happy Quilting All! Bonnie  






Friday, April 2, 2021

Friday Finish!

Before we left town last week I got this pink flannel quilt quilted.  I didn't do anything else on it until Tuesday evening after we got home. (I generally don't like sewing at night but I wanted to get this finished.) I have several more pieces of flannel that I would like to make into small quilts to donate to good causes and get it out of my stash. I'll probably wait until fall to start up on them again. 

First up -- the front. The purple mottled and the solid pink I bought at JoAnns at deep discounts.  One piece I know I only bought 1/4 yard -- I didn't want to have leftovers to deal with.  The other two were in stash including the backing. 


Pattern: Random Clams by Jessica Schick

Thread: So Fine! 495 Gerber Daisy

Size: 36" x 43" (approximately); blocks are cut 6.5" and set 6 x 7.

I decided to set this up on the long arm with the length going across the long arm and the width running perpendicular to the rollers. Doing it that way makes it faster to run. I have never used the Random Clams design before so this was a trial.  Unfortunately, I should have added a few more patterns across.  These are a little flatter than they should be.  I'll try it again sometime and see if it looks better.  Nothing really wrong this way it just didn't look much like the pdf. 

I took this picture on the morning of a day where we were going to have a ton of rain.  I was happy to get the photo shoot finished before the rain started although I just used a railing on the deck.  No nifty location. 

I was tickled to have done such a great job on the binding.  I apply the binding to the back of the quilt by machine, pull it to the front, and then sew it down by machine.  I was amazed that I had quite a few spots that looked like this. (You might need to click the picture to enlarge it.) 


This may look like two corners of the back but it actually shows a front and a back.  Have you started sewing your bindings on by machine on both sides?  Part of my rationale is I donate most of my quilts to various causes and I don't want them to fall apart.  One of the quilts made for my first granddaughter the hand sewn binding fell apart. Generally, it's much faster too.

April is slipping away really fast, or so it seems.  I'm much more on top of my statistics as I have them finished today rather half way through the next month.  And they look great to me.  

2021

Fabric In Month

Fabric In Year

Fabric Out Month

Fabric Out Year

Total In or Out Year

Mar

4.375

13.375

13.875

35.125

21.750




Wowzer!  21.75 more yards out in 3 months than brought in. I haven't shown that type of fabric usage in years ever.  I am keeping my scraps that would normally be hitting the trash and weighing them periodically something I didn't do last year.  There was about 5 yards of fabrics in the scraps I had gathered over the last two months. 

Warning!  I just put in an order for 8 yards of fabric so unless I get going and get some projects finished I will not have such great numbers for April.  Nothing like a little motivation to keep my nose to the grindstone!  

Here are the parties I'm linking up with: Needle and Thread Thursday, Can I Get a Whoop, Whoop?, Finished or Not Fridays, and Beauties Pageant. I'll be checking out these blogs to see what others are working on. Won't you join me?

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Monday, March 29, 2021

Monday Meanderings 3 - 29 - 2021

I can't believe I totally messed up my last post!  It was Saturday (afternoon or evening?) I was writing about my Table Scraps Challenge finish.  But, oops!  I added my goals for this week and the results of last week.  (You'll need to scroll to the bottom to see last week's goals.) So, bear with me a minute as I repost this week's goals at the end. Nothing else got completed since Saturday, that's for sure.

But up now is progress on my doggy tumblers.  A couple of years ago I used my Accuquilt Go Tumbler 4.5" die to make a slew of tumblers using my doggy fabrics. I also used a bunch of paws, dots and checks to make it less busy.  Um, no.  It was a hot mess.  So I called on Jack to rip out the stitching.  I piled them all up and put them in a gift bag and stashed them a way for future use.  

Pause a moment for the years to go by . . . I knew I needed a background fabric to give the eye somewhere to rest.  When I was ready to take a project to the beach house and I didn't have much time to get it together -- the doggy tumblers came to mind.  I did a search in my whites and neutrals and found a great fabric from Free Spirit. Here's a photo taken to help decide which of two fabrics to use. 
The bottom is a Moda solid -- I'm not sure which color but it looked more yellow than beige in this picture. 

The top one is the Free Spirit one. I really liked the bit of texture it added but I only had a yard.  I quickly did a bit of math to see how many I could get from the yard.  It was big enough to make a 36" quilt or so.  Before I knew it I had the whole yard cut into tumblers and packaged for travel. 


I really like and use my Accuquilt Go, a lot. (Full disclosure I'm a Accuquilt user but I don't receive any thing for this opinion.)   More than once I've been able to quickly cut all the pieces I needed of a desired shape under a time deadline.  These 4.5" tumblers were so easy to sew together because there are slices cut off the "corners" to make it easier to match them up. I didn't even pin them, so add fast to the easy. I think I might like the larger 6.5" one too.  

You can see it looks odd when you match them up but it does give you a nice straight line when you sew them together. 

Below you can see the rows I was able to get done between working at the beach house this past week.  


I got 6 of 7 rows completed.  I need to find a couple more doggy fabrics to do the last row.  Mostly I have bones, paws and blenders left.  I'm hoping I have some dog pictures left I can cut

This will be a pretty small quilt but I think there are a couple of charities that take small quilts. I'll pick one of them to receive this one when finished.  



Just a reminder of my goals for next week:

3/28/2021

Quilt and bind another quilt

Make and apply binding for my quilt 

Cut out a couple more r, w, & b Ohio stars 

Figure out more dog fabric for tumbler quilt


That's it for me today.  Hopefully at the end of the week I'll have a couple of finishes to share. (Or at least 1!) 


Parties I'm linking to: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday and To Do Tuesday. You know the drill, I'll link up with To Do Tuesday after it posts. (Hopefully soon after it posts rather than days after!)  I'm looking forward to surfing time.  I've hardly had time to check out what's going on on the Internet for the last half week or so.  


Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 



Saturday, March 27, 2021

Green Table Scraps Is Done

Yes, I finished my table runner for the month.  I chose to do a St Patrick's day runner as I have nothing for that day. You can look at my sneak peak from Monday here. 


I used a pattern in the book Table Please, Part I by Nancy Halvorsen.  Of course, I didn't do it exactly like she designed it.  I changed the background to 3.5"cut squares.  I used a wider array of green fabrics.  Nor did I do the word Lucky that was on it. (Honestly folks, I wanted to make my life a little easier and use fabric I had in the stash.) 

Here's the finished project.  I used a lot of bits and pieces from fat quarters and scraps.  Some of the lighter greens were hand dyes I did years ago. 

On another front, we've been working on our beach house for the last several days so I decided to do some glamour pictures in the back yard. (They should enlarge if you click on any picture.) 




Isn't this a great tree?  Most of the backyard is sand with some sort of bushy clumps of grass growing.  And, let me tell you, you can not take a decent picture of a table runner on clumps of grass.  Every one looked like the runner was lumpy!  But a neat tree like this?  Perfect. (Hum, if the yard is dry tomorrow I think I'll get an overall picture of the tree.  It's a Live Oak. 


As I mentioned earlier all the fabric (and thread) was from my stash.  It was great to use of this ivy fabric -- I've had it for a while.  I still have a little left so it'll go in my fat quarter collection. 

We have been working like crazy on the beach house since Wednesday.  We haven't been here for over a year.  It was rented a lot over 2020 and we have a lot of reservations for 2021.  I doubt if we'll be able to get back in until October or later.  We bought a new bed, washer and dryer. Pat replaced window sashing. I washed all the bedspreads. I also cleaned and repaired a leather couch.  Unlike our usual style we cooked several nights and brought food in a couple of nites. This was definitely a working trip. 

Today, we spent a little time shopping at the local outlet mall. Mostly for me but we did get some glasses for the house.  Oh yes, I set up my little featherweight and worked on the one project I brought down -- the doggy tumbler project.  Sorry, no pictures of it. 

Now on to my goals list.  Because we left Wednesday I really didn't get all that much done.

3/22/2021

Finish green table runner ☑️

Prep doggy tumbler quilt ☑️ Sewed 6 of 7 rows.

Make and apply binding for my quilt — Didn’t start

Cut out a couple more r, w, & b Ohio stars — Nope! 


And this week I'm repeating two and adding a couple of new ones 

3/28/2021

Quilt and bind another quilt

Make and apply binding for my quilt 

Cut out a couple more r, w, & b Ohio stars 

Figure out more dog fabric for tumbler quilt. 


We did take an hour the other evening to see the ocean and beach. I call this Moonlight on the Atlantic Ocean.  My friend Sharon immediately asked me if I was going to make a quilt of it.  Um, no. But it would be a beautiful one if I could figure out how to do it. 

This post is a lot later than I usually like but I'm glad I could fit it in. I'll be linking it up with my usual linky parties: Can I Have a Whoop, Whoop?, Finished or Not Friday, Beauties Pageant, and Scrap Happy Saturday.  OMG -- How could I forget the monthly Table Scraps Runner/Topper Challenge link up?  Please go visit this linky party and shame on me for forgetting! Let's get on that internet and see what people are working on!  Tomorrow Today is driving day.  Hopefully we'll be home in 4.5 hours or less.  Then I can relax and check these linky parties out. 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie