Monday, July 13, 2020

Monday Meanderings 7 - 13 - 2020

I'm starting out with these pillowcases.  I sewed about 10 pillowcase kits together this week for the Country Piecemakers in Powhatan this week.  Please remember that when I get on to my goals list.  Most of my time I spent on these instead of things on my list.  

The main reason I wanted to get them done is I was planning on going to the Country Piecemaker's meeting on Saturday and wanted to turn them in before Halloween!  I was interested in the barn quilt block painting we were going to do.  So, some of my time was spent prepping the board -- painting KillZ on all sides and then painting the front with a background color.  I chose an ecru for the background. The board is 20" square. Once we finished our meeting, (held outside in a picnic pavilion and masked up,) we got on to painting the boards. First, I drew the grid for the block, a 4 x 4. I chose the block at the top of the book on the left a variation of Friendship Star.  Then, I "tried" to erase the spots that didn't need the grid marks.  And then I repainted the center square so the erasing didn't show. (bummer...) 

By the time the center background section dried I was getting hot. But I really wanted to see what the  design might look like so I painted one coat of the red in one area.  Hum, it didn't cover as well as I hoped. It was humid although it did seem to dry pretty well but I decided I would finish this at home. I'll have to paint several more coats for each of these dark sections. 

But I was done for the day. It was in the mid 80s and the temp was still rising. And, it was lunch time.  I had an hour and a half drive back. Get the picture? This will be an ongoing project as you have to let the paint dry well between sections. I'll keep posting photo updates. Maybe I'll get more done today. 

With all these other things going on I didn't do really well on my goals. 

W/O 7/6
Load, quilt and bind Pirates Quilt  -- the back is loaded and the batting is ready 
Make Silver Lining Block 8 & 9✔️ Finished on Sunday.
Continue on Winter paperpieced blocks 😩 nothing
Plan quilting for Lonestar quilt ✔️ I’ve found a design but I’ll have to figure out how I can get it the right size! 

W/O 7/13
Quilt the Pirate quilt
Make another Winter paperpieced block
Work on painted block
Pull out dog blocks UFO and put the center of the top together

That's what's been happening here this past week.  I'm hoping for a finish this week but maybe just the quilting will get done.  I'll be painting and working on some other blocks and tops too. 

Ok, I admit it -- I was completely distracted when I wrote my blog Sunday night.  Pat likes to check it out and when he looked on Monday all he saw was last week's.  OOPS I never finished posting it.  When I reread it -- argh!  It didn't make as much sense as I thought it did.  So a bit of editing, a bit of linking up and now I can post my blog! Enjoy. 

Join me in checking out what's going on in other studios this week by visiting these linky parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, and Design Wall Monday. (Yep, you're right I forgot to link up to Design Wall Monday last week. I'll try to do better this week!) 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Monday Meandering 7 - 6 - 2020

Some goals were finished, but I became a raccoon and started a new project. I've wanted to do a Lone Star quilt for years and finally decided to give it a try.  I bought Debby Kratovil's Big Block Lone Star pattern.  I wasn't planning to make it right away but as the Fourth of July crept up I decided I needed a wall hanging to hang during patriotic holidays.  So I succumbed to starting a new project.  I jumped in on Friday
I was whipping along and got most of it put together by Friday evening. By the time I quit on Friday I was able to see how the borders were going to look. 

My quilting mojo was low on Saturday.  I was into a book I was reading so I really didn't get much done. I was able to sew the top half to the bottom half. Fast forward to Sunday and I was able to get the borders on. All these fabrics came from my stash. The red and beige were leftovers from wide backs. 
Next up is deciding how I'm going to quilt this.  I'd love to do some fancy quilting on it. But it depends on whether I have computer designs that might work.  I'll be checking out my designs and what's available on line this week.  I also need to look at some lone stars to see how other people quilted theirs.  

Needless to say this little activity caused me to not get all my goals done.  But I did get most done.

W/O 6/29/2020
Bind Ninja Stars quilt✔️ done!
Ninja Stars Done! 

Work on Christmas paper pieced ufo✔️ 5 blocks finished, 4 to go. 
Quilt customer top✔️ finished and returned! 
Load next personal quilt  Picked one but haven't made backing or loaded. 

So here's what I'm planning to work on this week.

W/O 7/6
Load, quilt and bind Pirates Quilt
Make Silver Lining Block 8 & 9
Continue on Christmas paper pieced ufo
Plan quilting for Lone Star quilt 

I also started Bonnie Hunter's Easy Breezy Leader & Ender Challenge. I usually don't participate in these Leader & Ender challenges since I have so many blocks sets waiting to become quilt tops.  But I like this one so much that I've decided to do it. Here's my first one.  I chose 6" blocks but you can also make 4" blocks.  I need to make up some kits so I don't run out when I'm sewing other projects. (the color isn't exactly right on this one... but I did decide that the two dark fabrics need more contrast with the light fabric.) 
Pat and I walk almost every evening.  When we were out the other day we found these flamingos in front of one of our friend's house. 

It turns out a friend of ours had made a donation to Bickford Senior Living for their Alzheimer  Association fund raiser and could arrange for flocks of flamingos to grace a yard. You can read about it here. We are seeing lots of flocks in our neighborhood.  (Just a note -- we live in an active senior citizen community of single family homes that just happens to be right across from Bickford.)  I'm getting a kick out of all these flocks. 

I'm linking up with Oh Scrap, Monday Making, and Design Wall Monday.  Join me as we see what's happening in studios across the world.  

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Monday Meandering 6 - 29 - 2020

We went wild this past week and visited both of our children and grands.  Both times we spent most of the time out doors and maintained the correct distance.  I missed the hugs but it was great to see everyone and find out what is going on with them.  In Maryland we also dropped off some quilts ready for binding and picked up some more tops to be quilted for Faithful Circle Quilters. 

I did pretty well on my goals this past week.  Here's what the list looks like at the end of the week. 
W/O 6/22/2020
Border the Bright Boxes ✔️ done and ready for the to-be-quilted closet. Sorry -- not sharing this one until it is completely done. 

Quilt and bind Ninja Stars quilt ✔️ It's quilted but I didn't bind it yet. You can see the top here

Make individual blocks for FCQ Equilter✔️, Silver Lining QAL✔️, and last years CP BOM. These are two string blocks that are already on their way to North Carolina.  I still need to get going on last year's BOM from Country Piecemakers.  I haven't done any for many weeks. 

Pull out another UFO to work on✔️ I've decided to pull out my Christmas paper pieced blocks.  You can see the one I've already finished here. 

Now here are my latest goals... 

W/O 6/29/2020
Bind Ninja Stars quilt.
Work on Christmas paper pieced ufo.
Load and quilt customer top.
Load next personal quilt.

You know the drill:  I''m linking up with Oh Scrap, Monday Making, and Design Wall Monday. Join me as I check out what quilters are up to by blog hopping starting with these linky parties. 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Thursday, June 25, 2020


Meet Carousel

The pattern is called Carousel from the book Simply Fat Quarters by Its Sew  Emma.

Quilting design is Diana E2E by Christy Dillon from MyCreativeStitches.Net. 
It is my new favorite quilting design. So Fine thread and Pellon 80/20 cotton/poly batting. I'm tickled that the quilting shows well on both the front and the back.  
I have to say I really like this quilt.  Pat immediately hung it up in our entry way.  After the summer it will be shown on the quilt rack in the guest bedroom. I don't know how long we'll keep it but it may be "living" at our house for quite a while. 

Please visit the following links to see what's new on quilting blogs across the internet. Needle and Thread Thursday, Whoop, Whoop FridaysPut Your Foot Down, and Beauties Pagent 87.  (I'll post links as they are posted and I remember.) If you click on the pictures they should enlarge. 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Monday Meanderings 6 - 22 - 2020

Saturday morning I looked at my goals and realized I had succeeded in finishing only one of them. It really isn't a big deal if I hadn't finished them this week but I really wanted to be able to check some more items off the list.  I spent Saturday and Sunday sticking to only those goals. 

You may wonder why I was unable to get many goals done in the 5 days of the week.  Surprise!  I had a customer bring me a cute baby quilt that she wanted me to quilt and bind, the faster the better. Once my quilt was off Ruthie the long arm I spent the rest of the week finishing up her quilt.  (I forgot to ask if it would be ok to post it here so until I make sure that's ok you won't be able to see it.) 

By Saturday I had decided I wanted to make some more masks for my son.  He drives into DC two or three days a week and I figured he needed enough that he didn't need to wash them every couple of days.  So, Sunday afternoon I made these two.  I think they are conservative enough to look proper for business wear. 

I did finish Carousel and take pictures but I'm going to hold off until Thursday to post about it.  Both hubby and I LOVE it.   Right after its photo shoot hubby hung it in our entry hall. 

These blocks were started before Stay-At-Home began.  I lost interest.  They are for one of my FCQ Equilters.  A few weeks ago I took the finished blocks and some of the pieces and made a few more.  Hum, these don't look very bright in the picture.  They aren't this dull in person. This is Brick Yard from Missouri Star.  They will be going into the mail this week. 

This next quilt I finished last month and forgot to share pictures.  It was made from  some leftover quarter square triangles.  Nothing spectacular but someone will enjoy having it. I was happy to use up some older fabric too. 
And here is the backing.  I used some leftover wide back fabric and a piece of tan Kona. I was really excited to use a new long arm pattern.  It's called Sound Wave.  Very simple waves. Here's the back where the pattern shows much better.  It was designed by Jessica Schick and sold by Urban Elementz. I'm looking forward to using it a lot in the future. 

Here's the info on all of last week's goals and then what I hope to work on this week.
W/O 6/15/2020
Finish Carousel quilt on long arm.✔️
Cut binding and apply it to Carousel.✔️
Finish the Sawtooth Stars blocks✔️
Put the border on Bright Boxes - nothing done.
Set the airplane blocks from last year’s SOS - nothing done.

W/O 6/22/2020
Border the Bright Boxes.
Quilt and bind Ninja Stars quilt.
Make individual blocks for FCQ Equilter, Silver Lining QAL, and last years CP BOM.
Pull out another UFO to work on.

There you go -- another week has passed.  I spent quite a bit of time blog hopping.  If you want to this week please check out these linky parties:  Oh Scrap, Design Wall Monday and Main Crush Monday. 

I leave you with my friend JR playing the bag pipes at one of our drive-by birthday parties.  One of the gal's friend bought the yarn sign which was really fun.  

Yep, he also is Santa Claus during the Christmas Season.  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Monday Meandering 6 - 15 - 2020

Have you been baking a lot over the last few months?  I have.  Previously I made a carrot cake, chocolate chip cookies, and, recently, a Dutch apple pie. Yum.  It's gone now but we sure enjoyed it for the last week or so.  Hum, could that be why I've gained a few pounds over the last few months?  (I'm betting it's because I'm not working out 4 times a week as I used to.)  
Here's what I've been working on. Remember the picture of my new chartreuse fabric from last week's post?  I decided to use my owl fabric and the chartreuse to start a small quilt. I'm making 9 12" sawtooth stars. On the second block, I put one set of star points on backward.  Sigh. Ripped that out and remade it.  Hopefully next week I can show you the the top all finished.
Last week I finished two sets of blocks for my FCQ Equilter group. Here are the blocks I'm sending off to Sharon. The pattern is Turn Style from Missouri Star Quilts. 
And now my goals from last week.  I'm tickled I got every one moved forward or finished. 

W/O 6/8/2020

  1. Embroider a couple of logos for mask and make the masks.✔️didn't make the masks yet as Pat doesn't need them for a couple more weeks. The embroidery is done. 
  2. Finish putting the braid blocks together into the top.✔️ Pictures coming soon.
  3. Pick a quilt to quilt✔️ It’s started. 
  4. Wash newest fabric. ✔️ And one is already in use. 
And next week here's what I hope to get done.
W/O 6/15/2020  
  1. Finish Carousel quilt on one arm. 
  2. Cut binding and apply it to Carousel. 
  3. Finish the Sawtooth Stars blocks. 
  4. Put the border on Bright Boxes.
  5. Set the airplane blocks from last year's SOS. 

The quilt design is Diana E2E by My Creative Stitches. Thread is So Fine. 

This is the first week I've used the new Blogger.  UGH.  Some things are just not as easy as the old. I'm wondering how long it will take me to figure it all out. 

I'm linking up to my favorite linky parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, and Design Wall Monday.  Take some time to check out what folks are working on. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Monday Meandering 6 - 8 - 2020

First up is my fabric statistics for May.  I'm making progress but I did go a little wild buying new fabrics. 
Fabric In Month
Fabric In Year
Fabric Out Month
Fabric Out Year
Total In or Out Year

I've changed how I count wide backs coming in.  For every yard I'm counting it as 2 yards.  Most of the time I buy a wide back with the plan to use it for two different quilts. This should make it easier to figure the usage.  I've almost used more fabric than I've bought. I hope to at least break even in June.  

Which brings me to my recent purchase of even more fabric.  Sigh! I bought two more wide backs and a blender from an on line source.  I should have enough backing fabric to get several more tops quilted. 

Two wide backs and a yellow blender. 
Here is the chartreuse fabric I bought in May.  I was tickled to figure out I have several fabrics that will go with it.  (One isn't included in this pic.) 
Wild animals and owls.  I probably won't use the wild animals with this one. 
The owls and the chartreuse may be the next new project I start.  I think that combo with some blues and yellow will look good. 

Last Week's Goals: 
W/O 6/1/2020 
  1. Start making blocks for FCQ Equilters (I’m behind — I’ve got blocks for 3 people to do!) and other individual blocks. ✔️ 1 1/2 sets done, 1 1/2 sets to go.
  2. Put the white part on the braid blocks. ✔️ 
  3. Embroider a couple of logos for masks. Not needed until next week. 
  4. Cut some red fabric for split rail blocks ✔️
I spent more time goofing off or reading last week instead of sewing.  Hopefully this week I'll get more sewing done.  

W/O 6/8/2020
  1. Embroider a couple of logos for mask and make the masks.
  2. Finish putting the braid blocks together into the top.
  3. Pick a quilt to quilt and quilt.
  4. Wash newest fabric. 
That's it for me this week.  I'm linking up with Oh Scrap, Monday Making and Design Wall Monday.  I'm looking forward to seeing what quilters have been working on. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Friday, June 5, 2020

Hands 2 Help

Have you been making quilts for Hands 2 Help?  Sarah, who blogs at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, sponsors Hands 2 Help each year.  This year is going to be her biggest year ever.  I've been supporting this program for several years.  Sometimes I make new quilts.  But this year, I did finish one quilt but also chose 2 other quilts I've made in the past. 

Here are the quilts I sent to Quilts of Compassion in Ohio today. 

Baby Girl Happy Block Quilt 
Fox Quilt 

And a really old Mystery Quilt. 
This is a short blog to make sure I get it posted on Confessions of a Fabric Addict before the linky party closes.  

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Monday Meandering 6 - 1 - 2020

Are we really starting June today?  Here in Virginia it's a nice spring day.  But later this week we're heading for the heat of summer.  We haven't had any 90 degree days yet this year but there's a good chance we will on Wednesday.  Can you say "Hello air conditioning?" 
Blocks are from Anniversary Sampler Quilt by Donna Lynn Thomas. 

I've done pretty well on my goals from last week 

1. Pick a top of mine to quilt and get it done. ✔️ I'll take pictures of this quilt and show it later in the week, (maybe Friday.) 
2. Make some more blocks from Country Piecemakers 2019 BOM. ✔️ (I'll be continuing to make these each week until I get 25 done or get tired of them.) 
3. Make a bunch more braid and split  rail blocks.  All the blue braids & the split rails are done.✔️
4. Clean up front end of cutting table. 🙂 It’s started but not finished yet. 

Here's this week's block from  Jacquelynne Steves weekly Silver Lining Quilt Along.  I really like this one.  When I started this quilt along I gathered my fabrics and put them in a little basket.  Every week I decide which fabrics I am pulling to make the block.  I love this sweet little bunny.  I wonder what this week's block will be? FYI - this is a picture of the fabrics cut out but now sewn together.  The picture of the sewn block just didn't look as bright as this pic. 
Here's what I'm planning to do this week.
1.Start making blocks for FCQ Equilters. (I'm behind -- I need to make and send blocks for 3 of the gals.)
2. Finish the braid block and start putting the top together. 
3) I agreed to make 3 embroidered masks for Pat's barbershop chorus.  He's planned a game for next week's Zoom rehearsal and wants to give prizes out.   
4) Cut some red fabric for split rail blocks.
5) I might start a new quilt.... 

I made a trip to JoAnns this weekend after I spent hours trying to find fabric that I could order and pick up at my local store.  No such luck.  So off I went to the store wearing my mask as mandated in my state.  The shelves were really bare.  I was looking for about a half yard of a navy blue fabric for a binding.  Nothing struck my eye from the lowest price to the highest price until I happened across the wide back fabrics.  Success!  I bought 3+ yards of a nice blue and white that I used as the binding of the quilt I completed.  Yea, I know I didn't need to get that much fabric but I do have 2 finished tops that are red, white and blue.  I figure this navy and white fabric will be perfect backings for them and, if I'm lucky, one more top.  And, then, because I am crazy, I bought 3 yards of chartreuse Kona cotton.  (I was tickled when I got home because I found several pieces of fabric that will go great with it! It really may be time for a new quilt.) 

I'm linking up with my regular parties: Oh Scrap, Monday Making, and Design Wall Monday. Have fun checking out other blogs to see what quilters are doing now. 

Happy Quilting All! Bonnie 

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Friday Finishes!

Actually, these were finished earlier this month but I kept forgetting to get pictures.  So I grabbed my favorite quilt holder and took a few pictures this week.  
This was a mystery table runner that was planned by my quilting buddy Sharon. I'm not even sure how long ago we did it because I loaned her my top fto share with another guild she was sharing the mystery with.  It was a fast, easy quilt to finish.  I quilted the two outside blocks with one pattern and the inner block with a different one.  I even hand stitched the binding down on this one.  The color combination makes me smile. 

My other finish is made with what I call granny blocks. These blocks remind me of crocheted granny squares. These blocks were sent to me by my FCQ Equilters.  For a fussy block they made a huge number of blocks.  I've already made one quilt you can see here.  And, I think I have enough blocks to make one more small quilt set 3 x 4.  The bigger question is whether I have enough brown to sash another quilt!  One of these days I'll find out. Plus, I'll have to find a border too. 

The border on this quilt was fabric left over from another quilt made years ago.  I said I was going to keep this one but who knows if I really will.  Check below to see the quilt close up. (Plus, all pictures should enlarge if you click on them.) 

I am still hoping to get one more top quilted before the end of May.  Truth be told I've purchased a couple of wide backs that I hope to be able to get 2 tops on each one.  It may take a while for the fabric to come in though. There is a chance that over the next month or two I will have several more finished quilts to share. 

Since I've been a lazy blogger for many of the previous months I'm excited to link up with some different linky parties.  Have fun checking out these linky parties: Midweek MakersNeedle and Thread Thursday, Beauties Pagent #83, and Finish or Not Friday (when they go live.) I hope you enjoy surfing the web for quilty goodness this weekend. 

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Monday Meanderings 5 - 25 - 2020

Have you woken up recently and not known what day of the week it was?  Yea, me too.  It is the oddest feeling to have no clue what day it is.  Although I did figure out what  day it was,  I'm guessing this will continue to happen for a while.  

I dgot quite a bit of reading done this week.  I put ebooks on reserve and it never fails that lots of them come in at the same time.  I finally had to postpone some of them.  I'm currently listening to Becoming Mrs. Lewis, by Patti Callahan.  It's the story of Joy Davidman who becomes C.S. Lewis's wife. It's been interesting and very different then my normal read. I need to spend some more time with it because it's due in 3 days and I'm only a third of the way through.  You know what I'll be doing while I quilt over the next few days!

Pat made us a new bird feeder recently.  It's been very popular because bigger birds attempt to eat from it.  I was pretty surprised to see about 5 starlings trying to get on it the other day.   (Click on the picture to get a larger view.) We get beautiful yellow finches on a regular basis, along with mourning doves, blue birds and even a curious hawk every once in a while. But these starlings were just being piggy. And, great news, we had our first hummingbird of the year on Saturday. 

Surprisingly earlier today a bird got caught inside the house feeder.  The right-side roof raises so we can clean it out and refill it.  Some crazy bird got in there, we suspect through the tray, as we always keep the roof down.  Pat opened the roof for the bird but he had to tip the bird out to get him to fly off.  

I did get quite a bit of quilting and piecing done this week.  
Here's what was on my goal list last week. 

1) Finish binding the table runner. √ (pictures to come) 
2) Make 5 blocks from last year's BOM for Country Piecemakers. How about 3? 
3) Quilt charity quilt for a friend.√
4) Cut out a bunch of little rail fence pieces to do as leader enders.√
These are 3 1/2" square blocks.  I loved the rainbow version that Nann made.  You can see her's here. 
I also have been working on another UFO called Braid Shuffle by Karie Patch Designs. (Scroll down to see the pattern.)  You can see a couple more braids from February 2017 here. All the blocks with the white on the sides were left over from 2017 RSC.  I decided I would make some more blue ones and try to make a small baby quilt.  I've been hitting the blue scrap bag but it isn't going down at all!  I may have to do a pink one at some point since I have some of them left too. 

I felt pretty good about getting my goals moved forward this week.  I also made a couple more masks. But the biggest surprise is I actually redid my batting pieces inventory.  I wrote about it here a week ago when I was the guest blogger on Confessions of a Fabric Addict. I've had it on my to do list for months... or so it seems to me.  I finally took one morning and actually took all the pieces out of my big plastic bin, measured any pieces that weren't marked and then entered them on my Excel spreadsheet.  It was so great to be able to find a couple of pieces on the spreadsheet without having to plow through every piece.  I made sure I moved them to the "used" section too.  

Next up are my goals for this week. 

  1. Pick a top of mine to quilt and get it done. 
  2. Make some more BOM from Country Piecemakers.
  3. Make a bunch more braid and split rail blocks. 
  4. Clean up front end of cutting table 

   I'm linking up with my regular linky parties:   
   Oh Scrap, Monday Making, Main Crush Monday, and Design Wall Monday.  Have fun checking the various blogs out. 

I'll leave you with a beautiful dogwood I found in the neighborhood.  We've got a different type of dogwood in our yard but I do love these pink ones.

Happy Quilting All!  Bonnie