Sunday, July 14, 2019

Monday Meandering 7 - 15 - 2019

I can't decide if I should be saying "It's a wrap" for the week just ended or "Welcome new week."  No  matter, this past week was very quilty.  I don't have a lot to show for it but I am making forward progress on several projects.

First up, I finished a top with 9 sawtooth stars.  I was just using up two pieces of fabric I had.  One was a piece of Hoffman fabric from an early challenge. (Ok, maybe it was like a really early challenge fabric.  I don't remember for sure, and I didn't make and enter anything so nothing I can go look at.)

Here's what the fabric looked like when I pulled it off my shelf.  Yea, it was cut up a LOT.

But look how great it looks as a sawtooth star. 
The pink fabric is an old KP Kids fabric.  I bought some when it originally came out and then found several different colors recently and picked up pink, purple and green.  I really like it but honestly, it's sometimes hard to use older colors with more current colors.  This piece has been sitting for a few years.   Now it is almost all gone.  I probably have enough to do the binding once I find a backing fabric for it. 
Here's the finished top.  I wanted to add a little extra length to bring the quilt to 36 x 42".  I thought adding the extra flying geese worked -- but it might have been better designed so the rows of the blocks with the flying geese were more coordinated.  Who knows, I may take the top and bottom off and change it.  Or not.  What do you think?  Should I change the top and bottom rows. And if so what do you suggest?  I've got a lot of white squares that I could use between the geese. 

I also began prepping more of the fabric to make "Flower Song" blocks. Don't remember from last week?  Here's the link. Scroll down to see the block.  The half square triangles are made from a strip of color and a background color that are sewn together on the top and bottom.  Here's a group of them that I finished sewing this afternoon. (And that is the back side of the fabric!)  I really like these lovely bright colors.  And, I thought I'd show off the "bread board" that Pat made that is right above the first drawer in my sewing desk.  I think my friend Beth called it a bread board when she first saw it.  We used to have bread boards built into our lower kitchen cabinets at several of our houses.  I am not sure they are still being offered in new houses.  And, I don't remember using mine all that often.  But I sure like it on my sewing desk.  It gives me a big space to pile either finished units or units waiting to be sewn.  
Here's what happened with my goals last week.
July 8, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt✔️
Make more quarter square triangle ✔️
Make some pink Rainbow Scrap blocks✔️
Cut some Flower Song blocks✔️ some strips are sewn together...cutting coming soon 
Finish making Sawtooth Star blocks✔️

And here's my plan for next week.  It seems like a lot but it really isn't too bad. 
July 15, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Finish doll sweater, start second one 
Buy backing for batik rail fence 
Make backing for Donna’s blocks 
Quilt 1 VSQ charity quilt
Keep working on Flower Song blocks 

Here are the parties I'm linking to: Oh Scrap!, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, Moving It Forward and What I Made Monday.  (I'll add the links for those parties that aren't posted Sunday night...yep I really try to get my Monday blog written and posted the night before!  And, I've been succeeding for the most part.)

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Monday Meanderings 7 - 8 - 2019

Did you have a great 4 of July?  We used to enjoy taking our kids to firework shows when we lived in Columbia, Maryland.  Now we sometimes check from our back deck to see if we can see any of the local fireworks.  This year it was so hot and humid that we enjoyed the Capitol Fourth on PBS. Nice air conditioning, no humidity or rain.  

I've spent quite a few days down in the studio this week.  By Friday afternoon I knew I needed to recheck my goals list because I had wandered away from what I really wanted to get done.   

I finished the last of the grand's coverups/sweatshirts.  Sophie chose this cute seaside saying from Designs by Juju.  It is from Beach Word Art 5 set.  It stitched out beautifully.  I bought the large magnetic hoop to go with my  new Viking.  It is so easy to use it -- especially on this sweatshirt.  This week I did get some more magnets so I can attach items with 8 magnets rather than just 4.  It's time to mail the girls their new beach coverup/sweatshirt.

Do you remember this suggested quilt top?  (I'll wait, unless you remember it from last Monday...)  I really wanted to get it to finished top stage so here it is.  I didn't like the hot pink with the blocks I had been given so I tried something else.  Ohio Star blocks. Or at least kind of like an Ohio Star block.  The blocks are 12" finished.  The top will eventually go to a nursing home that likes 36" wide quilts by no more than 42" tall.  I think these quilts need to be longer than 36" so I added the pink strips top and bottom to make it a bit longer.  The odd width is because that was all the pink I had left.  I took apart an extra block to put the multicolor dots on black in the center of the borders.  I've found a piece of backing but it isn't quite wide enough.  So I will be taking the other 7 units from the extra block and adding more quarter square triangle units to make the backing wide enough.  (I don't really like making involved pieced backs but it makes some sense this time since I have several units done already.)  Hopefully, I'll get the backing done in the next couple of weeks and then get it finished up.

And here's one last block I tried before I cut out a whole quilt. The pattern is Flower Song by Cozy Quilt Company.  It's designed to use 2.5" strips and their Strip Tube Ruler.  If you don't have their ruler they give easy directions to cut the half square triangles by marking a diagonal on a square ruler. I have a partial jelly roll that I think will look great in this block.  I'll be kitting this one up for the October retreat.  Lots of pieces to be cut and sewn but I liked the design.  (Hey, and I'm actually using one of the many patterns I've bought!)   

It wasn't the best week for my goals although I got quite a few of them done.  All of the Four Patch variation blocks for the Taps quilt are done.  I started another small charity quilt using the Sawtooth Star block and some stash fabric that was not on my goal list.   Overall I'm not unhappy with what I did get done. 
July 1, 2019

Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Make last two Ohio star variation blocks and sew top together
Continue working on patriotic Four Patch variation (Taps quilt)
Finish rest of blue Rainbow Scrap blocks I may make 1 more …
Start doll sweater(s) didn’t even think about this one… 
Possibly start sewing moose blocks I put the blocks up on the design wall but that was it. 

Next week I will be trying to work on these goals. 
July 8, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Make more quarter square triangle squares for backing for Donna's quilt 
Make some pink Rainbow Scrap blocks
Cut some Flower Song blocks 
Finish making Sawtooth Star blocks
Put border on the batik rail fence blocks 

I'm done with this blog except to remind you to go visit my favorite linky parties:  Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, Moving It Forward and What I Made Monday.  If it's not linked yet the blog hasn't been posted yet.  I'll check back and add the links. (I know, amazing that I remembered to do it first thing this am!)  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Monday Meandering & July OMG 7 - 1 - 2019

Hello July and good bye half of 2019. I've had several days in my studio where I've mostly worked on finishing quilts and making an assortment of blocks.  

I got a group of 6 blocks from one of the guild members. Her mother, Donna, had a lot of UFOs left when she died so I agreed to take some to finish.  I figure I can add a few blocks and donate a quilt to one of our guild's charities.  I like working on unfinished projects left by quilters.  It feels good to finish blocks or quilts and donate them to someone who will love them.  Here are Donna's blocks along with what I thought I would like with them.  Meh -- not so much.  I've got some Ohio star variations in works that I like better.  Now I need to use these pink squares. (Don't worry, I have a plan...) 

Here's my July One Monthly Goal. 

I will border, quilt and bind the batik strips top.

The strips came from a retreat swap -- oh, maybe 5 years ago.  I had started working on them but wasn't thrilled with the look.  Fast forward a year or two and a Faithful Circle Quilt show.  Someone had made their batik strips from the swap into a quilt that looks a lot like this one.   I redid my blocks based on the other quilt. I got bored with it before I finished it and it sat for another year or two.  When I took it out to take the picture I fell in love with it again. The colors are so wonderful.  And, I have border fabric (black) all cut out.  Just needs to be sewn into strips and cut to fit.  What was I thinking to put this beauty away? It.Will.Get.Done!

Here's Nat's swimsuit cover up I embroidered a week or two ago. (Or longer? Who remembers the details!)  Each grand got to pick out a beach scene for either a coverup or a sweatshirt.  Natalie wanted this shark.  She always surprises me with her picks.  But I found the best shark fabric. (You can't tell but the shark fabric is a blue and aqua batik.) He was fun and easy to do.  I've got one more sweatshirt to show sometime in the future. 
I was very successful on my goals this week.  Every project was either finished or moved forward.  You can't complain about that! 

June 24, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Bind butterfly quilt
Finish binding parrot quilt
Work on Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks
Make a few blocks for Taps quilt
Make two more blocks for QOVOk, I only got 1 done. 

And here are my  goals for this first week of July. 
July 1, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Make last two Ohio star variation blocks and sew top together 
Continue working on patriotic Four Patch variation (Taps quilt)
Finish rest of blue Rainbow Scrap blocks and start the new color blocks 
Start doll sweater(s) 
Possibly start sewing moose blocks 

Having goals keeps me focused and moving forward.  Otherwise I am a racoon quilter... ooh lets start a new quilt, ah I like this fabric what can I make with it.  Are you a racoon quilter?  Easily distracted by pretty fabrics or cool patterns?  

I'm linking up with Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, Moving it Forward and What I Made Monday.  I'll have to link up the rest of the parties when they are posted.  I'll be spending some quality time reading some blogs tomorrow.  I hope you will too.

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Friday, June 28, 2019

June OMG and Stashbusting

Did you notice I'm not posting on the last day of the month?  That is usually what happens for OMG.  But yesterday I finished the last of two quilts that were part of my One Monthly Goal. My goal part 1 was: 
I will finish, quilt, and bind the butterflies top.

And here it is finished.  Many thanks to Beth for giving me the wonderful swirly blue fabric I used for the border and binding. I ended up using a different backing fabric as I didn't have enough of what I originally planned to use. 
And the back.
I used So Fine (a navy blue thread) and an edge to edge pattern called Hawthorn from My Creative Designs.  No doubt you can see my issue with the design -- both the front and the back of the quilt was too busy so the beautiful quilting did not show up much.  This design had a lot of stitches to it and it took nearly 30 minutes to quilt each row. This quilt is only about 36" wide.  Probably not the best design choice on my part.  

My next goal was 
I'm also going to quilt and bind the parrot quilt.

I purchased 1.5 yards of backing for this quilt.  I'm not sure what I was thinking because it used just about every inch of that 54".  I should have bought 1.75 yards.  I had to sew a strip of fabric on the top just so I'd have enough room to attach the quilt to my leaders. This pattern is Ginger Snap by Apricot Moon.  It is one of my very favorite designs and I've used it over and over again.  I used an orange So Fine thread.  

And the back...
These pictures were taken of the quilts hanging over the railing of our walk out basement.  I always use a towel to clean the railings off and to protect the quilt from the railing.  The purple is one of our towels.    

Before June is history I did want to share my stashbusting statistics for May with you. 

Fabric In Month
Fabric In Year
Fabric Out Month
Fabric Out Year
Total In or Out Year

This is the second month in a row where I've brought in 10 yards of fabric.  Not a great way to use more fabric than I buy.  Hopefully June will see more fabric used than acquired.  Heck, I finished 3 or 4 quilts this month.  

I was very pleased with my strategy for retreat sewing. I brought 5 projects to retreat in March.  Most were simple quilts (both of these were worked on there.) 3 projects were either finished quilts or centers that only needed borders at the end of the retreat.  This month I focused on getting those three tops totally finished.  One project I've been working on for a while but only when I sew away from home.  And, one I didn't even look at.  

That is all said to say I've finally gotten a great retreat plan going for me.  Pick fairly easy quilts.  Precut all the blocks.  Sew like a fiend.  And, then finish up at home so the quilts do not go on the UFO list.  It's time to start planning and cutting the quilts for the October retreat.  It's about 90 days away. 

I'm linking up at Elm Street Quilts June OMG Finish linky party,  Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday, and Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop.  You know the drill.  Spend some time checking out what folks are working on across the Internet.  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Monday Meandering 6 - 24 - 2019

Yea for a successful week!  We were out and about this week with a couple of meals out and going to see Men in Black 3. (I'm not sure that's the official title but basically the movie was the third of the Men in Black.)  And it did not disappoint. I get such a kick out of all the aliens that someone thinks up and the weird things they do.  We both enjoyed it a lot.  I think it is the first movie we've seen since The Post in 2017.  Nope, we don't go to a lot of movies nor do we watch them at home.   

Instead of doing movies I quilt and read.  Here's what I've been working on this week. First up is the parrot quilt on Ruthie. I've already applied one side of the binding.  Later this week I'll get the final side down.  I'll share more when I get a picture of the full quilt. 

I rescued a piece of vintage cotton showing a cowboy in action.  As I made this pillowcase I was wondering whether kids today have much of a clue about cowboys.  Well, there's always Woody in Toy Story!  I can never figure out which way to run a directional fabric on a pillowcase.  I thought I had the cowboy going the opposite way.  Sigh. 

On to a successful goal week.  Yep, I got all my goals checked off this week.  In fact I'm just about done with my One Monthly Goal.  I need to figure out what is going to be my July goal.   Must look at my collection of UFOs and current projects to make a decision. 

June 17, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Quilt Butterfly quilt√
Work on Rainbow Scrap Challenge
Prep backing of Parrot Quilt and quilted it! 

Make 1 pillowcase

And this week I'll be working on: 
June 24, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Bind butterfly quilt
Finish binding parrot quilt
Work on Rainbow Scrap Challenge
Make a few blocks for Taps quilt
Make two more blocks for QOV

I'm linking up to my regular linky parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Moving It Forward, and Main Crush Monday. (MCM hasn't posted yet so I'll check back later and see if it's been published. )

That's it for me today.  Hope you have a beautiful summer day! And if not, there's always quilting.  Here's a pretty butterfly visiting our butterfly bush.  I read recently that the butterfly bush is an invasive species in Virginia.  I can really believe it because one our bushes has been growing like crazy and branches that hit the ground started rooting.  We may be removing that one. Here's what I found on the other bush.  Isn't this a pretty butterfly.  I like the blue on it.  It took me quite a bit of time to actually catch a picture of the whole butterfly in a position you can actually see her. This is actually a female Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, the state butterfly of Virginia.  The males are yellow with distinct tiger stripes.  It's time to get back to quilting (or probably reading blogs this morning!) 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Monday Meanderings 6 - 17 - 2019

As usual I'm not exactly sure where this past week went to -- appointments, picking up a grand dog, and finishing some embroidered clothing for the grand kids.  (Later I'll show Sophie's sweatshirt that turned out so cute.)  When we picked up the grand dog, I gave Theo his sweatshirt (turtle embroidery from last week.)  Ellie got a beach cover-up that had a cute "Beach Princess" statement on it. They were happy to get them and immediately put them on.  

I think I spent more time reading on my new Kindle than I spent quilting.  I had an original Kindle.  But it eventually died a slow death.  Generally, I have been reading on either my cell phone or my iPad.  But I was running through my battery, especially on the cell phone.  So Pat suggested I pick out a new Kindle.  Good idea.  I've been using it mostly for the last week. 

Here's the grand dog, Cassie, and Kona squished into the back of our Prius.  They've been friends for a long time so they seem to enjoy getting together. (Thank goodness since we take Kona a lot when we are invited to visit and Cass comes to spend some weekends with us.) Cass is a yellow lab and Kona is a black dog.... with a lot of variety to her! We were getting soft serve ice cream cones.  They each got a little bit of my cone and ice cream.  

It was a beautiful morning although the humidity has come back.  I took several quilts outside this morning to get some pictures.  This is the quilt I call the old Christmas quilt every week when I list my goals.  I have  a little over half of the border still to do.  It's bad enough to have decided to hand quilt this thing but when the inside was done I decided to quilt the borders with a stencil that has eight (8) rows of quilting on it!  Heaven only knows what I was thinking.  Well, probably that was the only stencil I had that would fill the border.  So, until I'm done it's going on the list every week.  (Or I get sick of it and give up for a while!) (You should be able to click on my photos and they should enlarge a bit.) Someday this top will be done.  Just don't hold your breath. 

Despite not spending all that much time quilting I did move all my goals forward this week. 
June 10, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Trim and Bind Ladybug quilt
Finish borders on Butterfly quilt
Make more BOM blocks for Country Piecemakers1 more done 

And here's what's on tap this week.  
June 17, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Quilt Butterfly quilt
Work on Rainbow Scrap Challenge blocks 
Prep backing of Parrot Quilt
Make 1 pillowcase

Hum, nothing there about mailing off my last two quilts for Hands 2 Help.  They are going to Jack's Basket.  I'll be doing that sometime this week.  

I'm linking up with my favorite linky parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday and Moving It Forward.  As usual, I'll link up whatever links are not live when I first publish this. (And, if I remember to link up....) You know the drill:  take some time to surf these sites.  There are all sorts of inspiring photos -- don't you need another project??? LOL! 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Monday, June 10, 2019

Monday Meandering 6 - 10 - 2019

Is it really Monday again?  And already the 10th of the month?  EEK - June is 1/3rd over and I have hardly done anything, or so it seems. 

Well, that's not exactly true.  Here are a couple of things I've been working on. (And, surprisingly enough they were on my goal list last week!) First up the sweatshirt I embroidered for Theo.  At Easter I asked the grands to pick a design from various beach embroidery designs for me to put on clothes for them.  Theo picked a cute turtle from Designs by JuJu. (It is the bottom left turtle with a heart on his shell on the link.)   I have no idea why he picked it but he did.  So, here's the sweatshirt with his design.  It is an appliqué design so I had to pick fabric to go under the stitching.  I left off one of the fabric pieces -- it wasn't very big and seemed silly to have too much on the turtle. 

It stitched out nicely.  He and Sophie wanted sweatshirts and the other two are getting beach cover ups.  I thought the mottled green would actually look mottled but the piece is not all that big -- maybe 4 x 4" or so.  It was fast and easy to do.  I've finished the stitching on Ellie's cover up but need to do some trimming.  Pictures will follow.  Sophie originally wanted the same turtle but when I mentioned I didn't think she'd be at the beach at the same time Theo would be she picked another design.  I have a bit more time to do Nat's and Sophie's because they are off on vacation soon. (And, no beaches...!) 

I also was able to get the Ladybug and Stars quilt on Ruthie and done.  It didn't take all that long.  Yea.  Next up is trimming and binding.  
The design, by Apricot Moon, is called Saffron Blossom. Thread is So Fine.  Here's what it looks like: 
If truth be known I'm not as excited with the finished quilting -- I can't quite figure out why I'm not thrilled with Saffron Blossom on this quilt but . . . maybe it is too busy. I'll try to remember to post pictures when I finish the binding.  This quilt will be going to a nursing home.  Although it may take a while since I won't be going down to Powhatan for several months. 

I did quite well on my goals since I thought I'd gotten almost nothing done on them.  Surprise!  I did make progress on all of them. 
June 3, 2019 
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Quilt Ladybug quilt
Embroider another beach cover up and a sweat shirt need to do another section of the cover up
Make several individual blocks√ 
Attend Country Piecemakers meeting

And here's what I will be working on this week.
June 10, 2019
Hand quilt on old Christmas quilt
Trim and Bind Ladybug quilt
Finish borders on Butterfly quilt 
Make more BOM blocks for Country Piecemakers

It dawned on me recently that I haven't shared anything about the old Christmas quilt. Short story is I attended a mystery quilt weekend in Lancaster County, PA in about 1997or 98.  I got a lot done during the weekend but I didn't finish it then.  Eventually, I got the top finished and decided to hand quilt it.  (WHAT was I thinking -- except I didn't have Ruthie at the time.  So hand quilting it was.) Fast forward through the years with very little quilting getting done and one other quilt being hand quilted. (I was going to link to a picture of the other hand quilted quilt but I never posted a pic of it. Makes me wonder how many other finishes didn't have pictures posted!)  So I'll try to take a picture of this Christmas quilt so you can at least visualize what I'm working on!  

I'm linking up with my favorite Monday linky parties: Oh Scrap!, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, and Moving It Forward.  Take some time to blog surf.  It's fun! 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie