Sunday, November 9, 2014

Back into Some Charming Stars

I took a month off from making charming stars.  I really thought I'd get some done in October, but I didn't. 

Today I made seven blocks and now I have a total of ten.  I'm not sure if I'll follow the pattern or not, as I could get maybe two quilts from these blocks.  We'll see. For now here's a picture of nine of them.

Here's my Original Post

It's fun to be back into some sewing.  Yesterday I tried quilting a quilt, and I took out what I've done and I'll arrange to have someone else quilt it.  I just don't have the patience right now and I'd like it done!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Bit by Bit, Cross the Drunkards Path Quilt Along

Two weeks ago when our grandkids came to visit Grampy and check to see that he was okay, one of my Granddaughters spied my design wall and fell in love with what was there. 

I've now got the center finished, and waiting on Vicki to dye some more fabric for the border.  I found a bit more tucked away in another project that allowed me to do the sashing. 

This will make one cute Christmas present!  I was going to just make it a smaller quilt, but I'm always happy to oblige when someone wants a quilt!

Linking over to her site for the rest of the quilters images.  Click here

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Table Topper Made it to Canada!

You can now call me an international quilter!  :D

The table runner from Vicki Welsh's fabrics arrived safely in Canada.  The recipient seemed pleased. 

I think I'd quilt the next one a little differently.  I wanted to make this one tailored and it is that.  I was a little uneasy about putting feathers around the border.  I may try another one just for the practice of doing all the points.  It was a gift to the wife of a friend of mine.  We went to high school together and had lost track of each other until our 45th class reunion.  Then out of the blue he asked if we could talk on the phone and if it would be okay with my husband.  Of course.  So, we've been talking for hours once or twice a month.  He lives in a secluded area of Manitoba and for his retirement he bought a working range.  He and his wife do most of the work and many times he's alone.  So we talk about what he's thought about as he's worked and how much both of us have strayed if you may call it that, from our very conservative, religious upbringing.  It's funny, not too long before he called me I got my husband to look up one of his college friends and see if they could reconnect and they do every Thursday at one unless one or the other of them has something that comes up.  Her daughter was a bit concerned about her mom talking to a married man, but I felt like dear hubby needed a connection to his past.  I have several and he hasn't had any, so things have worked out. 

I love how this table runner seems to vibrate.  The fabrics are from Vicki Welsh shades of redwood and shades of black.  I used a transparent thread around the heart of the runner, and then matched the thread closely for the outside border which is a fabric I found at a LQS store near here.  She had 3 fat quarters left and it worked just beautifully with Vicki's fabrics.  BTW, Vicki has a lovely table runner on this Blog post  I may try it next spring when I'm tired of the fall colors of my quilted table topper I did recently,  Here
The next project will be for my friend.  His birthday is in March and I'm aiming for that.

Now to my next project spurred on by Vicki--Cross the Drunkard's Path  My granddaughter saw my design wall and she loved what I'd done, so I'll finish that one for her for Christmas!  So glad to know where that quilt will go.  It helps me get to the finishing of them!


Crazy Making!

My husband calls lots of things "crazy making" and certainly this quilt top was it for me.

I've been working on this in little bits of time since this summer when I started the HSTeria Quilt Along. Final post about the quilt along HERE

I was going to add another row, but after I got it sewn together, this is big enough. 

The thing that made me crazy though, isn't the pattern, it's the pressing.  If you press to the dark, and you put two darks together you have to change one seam or just press it funny.  I started out changing the seams, but then that got to be too much.  So I just started butting up the seams and then pressing out the seam, which isn't straight, and although it seems to work it drives me crazy.  So I thought, well, I'll look up pressing seams for a Jacob's Ladder and it didn't help.

You can see it becomes a maze of pressing and figuring out where the seam should turn.  And then when you take four blocks and make them do a diagonal like I did in this one you can see there is a real big problem.  I've done several quilts along this line and as of yet I haven't figured out a good way to press, so if anyone has a secret I'd appreciate it as I do love that block in the diagonal pattern.  So I'll put things away and then in a year or two make another!  Or maybe find something else!

I'm not going to quilt this.  I need to look up my quilter that I used to use and see if she'll still quilt something for me since I got my new machine.  It's time I looked her up anyhow.  I've missed talking to her!

It's been two weeks since hubby had his surgery and he's doing so much better than I did!  He had the staples removed yesterday and got rid of those ugly socks and he was getting antsy about the strings on the floor, so I grabbed my camera and caught him picking up
Next week he starts PT at the center so I'll be bussing him about and he'll be making cracks about my driving!  I can hardly wait.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival Modern Quilt Entry

I decided that I would add this quilt, just because I had so much FUN with it.  It started as a project in my head and then progressed into a fun Quilt.  You can see the link on the right to the Blogger's Quilt Festival and then there is a link at the bottom to the Modern Quilt Section.

This may not look like much, but it's been cooking up in my mind.   I returned to making fabric--by that I mean making a new piece of fabric from all the little ends and pieces cut off that could have been thrown away.  I started making little pieces from the bright Rainbow quilt I've blogged so much about.  I had them stored in a little drawer.  I just wanted to mindless sew.

 I found a lovely yard of linen in a scrap bag I purchased for only $10 and voila~an idea was formed in my mind.  So, I sewed a strip into that linen.

I got an idea from Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Now I get to sandwich it and start a process of quilting the heck out of it!
After looking at many modern quilts, I decided to go organic.  I started the strip in just sorta straight lines--moderns call them ORGANIC!

The very bottom I decided to just try some thread doodling.  I'm not using any pattern, just playing and getting in sync with my machine.
the back side

Pretty much this is my first try at quilting on the thought of "I wonder how this would look..."

I started at the colored strip with the organic "straight" lines.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to do my version of free motion quilting everywhere.  I tried it on the bottom and then wondered if straight lines would work on the top.  As I was doing the lines I wondered what would happen if I turned them.  So I added a diagonal.  I then wondered how it would be if I added some circles.  It was totally fun to do.  I had a blast.  I learned a lot.  This piece is totally for me!


Since it is quilted onto linen, I'm going to now wash it and see how that works.  I had some stretching as I quilted it and as I trimmed it the stitching seem to spring away from the end, so I stay stitched it before I added the border.  I think I would measure the end piece and mark it, stay stitch it and then cut next time--not knowing right now if that could work.  I would also occasionally mark a line to follow as it did seem to shift a bit as I worked down the quilt.  For an experimental piece, I'm still pretty happy with it.  I have that table cloth of mother in law that I still want to quilt, but I need lots of practice before I shift to an heirloom!

After washing--I like it so much better!



Small Quilt Entry in Blogger's Quilt Festival

 My entry into the Blogger's Quilt Festival  (see link at the right) isn't entirely unique, it's just a big accomplishment for me.  I purchased a table model quilting machine in February and I've been learning a lot.  This quilt represents quite an accomplishment for me as a home quilter.  I chose a quilt pattern that would give me plenty of practice.  With that said, here is my small quilt entry.

I started it back in June and posted this about it then.

I also just played in some color with a fun pattern Found HERE
I used a recent purchase from Vicki Welch Found HERE  I had some Redwood and some other solids from her in my stash.  I love it! (It needs the final border, but I got the brainwork done!)  The quilting will be sooo much fun!

Now that center looks like this:

I tried a form of Pattilou's McTavish:

The balance of the quilt was quilted in tight straight lines and the bright yellow border was done in a tight meander style.

I dyed the yellow border to match the yellow in the middle.  It's a few shades lighter, but it worked.  I had some sheeting from a couple of years ago and I was able to use it up.  A 60" square quilt took more fabric than I figured.  I tried other fabrics for the final border, but the dyed fabric just kept with the style better than what I had first planned.  Just the yellow border took a couple of days to quilt.  I'm glad it's finished and I love it!  I needed the sunshine!
 Linking over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival small quilt's Here

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I've Made a Decision

Lots going on at my house and I need to get busy on some non quilty things, but I've made a decision about my Drunkard's Path Blocks.

This is the layout I'm going to use.  This will be the main section and maybe even a medallion for more edging to bring it to a quilt size.

This gives me a pattern for my head to work on and then I can sneak in few minutes of time to work on it. 

Here's the link to the Drunkard's Path Quilt Along so you can see what others are doing.

I'm just relieved to have a plan!!!!

Hubby's knee replacement is scheduled for next week.  I plan to sew all I can while he's in the hospital.  I won't be a helicopter wife, cause I know how it all goes and he'll need the time for rest and PT.  But, that said, my plans can always change. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Wee Little Step on the Drunkard's Path

Not much sewing going on here, but I did get 4 new blocks finished this evening.
I still am not sure of the placement, but I put the 8 completed blocks together for a look.

I have a quilt finished and ready to send to its new owner.  Just a peek for now.  I'll post the full picture when she receives it.

The picture seems to make it move as you look at it.  I'm glad to have this finished.  The fabrics are from Vicki Welsh shades of redwood and shades of black

I'm getting back into the rhythm of some sort of normalcy--whatever that is!  (smile)

 Linking over to Drunkard's Path Quilt Along and you can view the fun progress of other quilters.

Monday, October 13, 2014

My Non Quilty Life!

I've hardly touched my sewing machine this past week.

Next week hubby will have knee replacement surgery so we've been rushing the winterization of our yard.  Mother nature hasn't helped as yet we haven't had a freeze.  Freezing helps because you can then pluck the wilted plants and throw them into the trash.  As it is we cut, wait for some wilting and then put in the trash.  We have to monitor this as our trash only holds so much!  Our outdoor cover in the back is fabric so each spring hubby puts it on and then he takes it down in the fall.  The chairs need to be put in storage--yadda yadda!  That is done.  The tomato plants are wilting and I've been drying tomatoes in my spare time.

Then, I got the bug to redo our bathrooms.

One had a red paint I've never liked.

So---out with the red and in with a paint I'd purchased over two years ago for this very thing!

It took lots of taping and two coats of paint, and lots of husband help for me to complete the job.  One bathroom still needs some shelves that we purchased late Saturday.  I really need to get out more!  I found some interesting things at Bed Bath and Beyond!  I don't shop a lot except at Costco and so I was surprised at some of the products I found.  If I hadn't have been so tired, I think I'd have enjoyed it more.  But, as it was we shopped realized we were hungry, fought the Saturday night eating crowd and then found my shelves at Target!
Anyhow this bathroom is complete.  Love the new shower curtain and the imported from the bedroom art objects.  They work for a more sleek look--anyhow that's what I think.
I also think I'm getting too old to paint.  Next time I think I'll for the money part of it!  In the meantime, there's a bare wall in the bedroom and a wall that really needs touching up.  Then shopping for something for that bare wall.  This may take awhile so I'm not in a hurry!
Also for today--there's still some painting touch ups to do in both bathrooms and some possibility of a return for at least a few minutes to the sewing machine--and that table runner I've been trying to get finished by sewing the binding down!  Maybe I can get it mailed tomorrow!


Saturday, October 4, 2014

Vicki's Done it Again!

I read the first post about Vicki Welsh's new Quilt Along, Found Here and I dismissed it because I'm in the middle of a few projects, but then by the second post, I bit the dust and joined in. 

I'd been making a pact with myself to make some "middles" from an old NYB quilt into a sort of drunkard's path, but I kept putting it off.  Last month I made one block and then promptly put it into a donation top.  Yesterday with the new information of how to figure for a pattern, I tried again.  After making enough for one block I cut the remaining pieces into 5 inch blocks and 2.5 inch blocks.  Fiddle dee dee--(recently saw Gone with the Wind again), I can do without that stress.  My pattern was all wrong and I didn't have enough fabric to make it into anything anyhow.  So now I have one block for November's donation to Sunshine (fall colors).

I then got serious about making the pattern for my next idea. It worked.  Just one small problem, I needed to trim .25" from each block which makes it 6.25 inches which I can live with.  So you can see my new idea on the left and my donation block on the right.  My project will be about using up some of the scraps from a previous quilt.  The fabrics are Vicki's!

My sewing room is in chaos!  Still working on HST's from Vicki's summer sew along and getting closer to a finish on that, but I'm still trimming HST's for my 12 inch blocks.
Then I worked on some crumb blocks to see how much of that fun fabric would be left to put into the HST quilt--does anyone else go on tangents like that???

So my spare bedroom still looks like this:

Since we haven't got any company coming, it will stay like that until I've decided on all the placement of the blocks. 
Tomorrow is full, so I'll be back to quilting next week.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

350 Blocks Report for September

My goodness!  I don't show much progress until I added up my scratch marks.  I log them down as the old fashioned way of 1111 and then a crosswise line through them to make five.  I counted my marks three times to make sure and YEP--115 blocks for September. 

There were a couple of days I just made crumb blocks to relieve some stress!  Guess they really piled up!  They are tucked away with the other crumb blocks.  They make great extensions for the backing of quilts since many fabrics seem to have shrunk in the WOF!

I am making progress on my bed quilt.  I decided to lay it out so I could mix up some of the newer colors with some of the older fabrics.  I was originally going for 4 rows by 4 rows which would be 64 blocks (I think).  I've sewn them together to make one big block and I thought I'd use 16 of those, but I'm going to make it 4 rows of those big blocks by 5 rows.  So, I'm going to need to scrounge up some more fabrics from my stash.  The four patches seem to run out really fast!  So if I'm counting right I have 48 12 inch blocks done and I thought I needed just 16 more, but if I add that other row, I'll need 32 more.  Better get crackin'.  There's still garden stuff to do--peppers and apples and hubby's surgery is planned for the 20th.

I may end up using this as the quilt in the master bedroom for the winter.  It looks quite inviting.  I think I'll use wool for the batting when it comes time for that!
I'm slowing making some progress on my 100 block quilt.  I've had to search the shops for some fat quarters that use the colors Tula Pink used.  It may take longer than I'd originally thought, but the process is fun.
So for today, I'm linking over to Prairie Moon Quilts for the report of 350 blocks for the year.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Whew! Some Finishes!

Yesterday, at the end of the day, I took a rest!  I'd finished this little number as a table topper and I'm so glad I did.

I finished it with Swirls by Pattilou  :) inspired by Swirls by Jamie

I finished the border in organic lines.
The jars of dried tomatoes are starting to line up.  After I found I couldn't give my tomatoes away and that taking them all around to friends I knew in a circumference of more than 100 miles would take awhile, I took to drying them.
and roasting them and then making a yummy sauce.
I froze gazillions of New Mexico Chilies in ice cub trays after I'd chopped them in the blender.  What took so long with that is that I don't have a lot of room in the freezer to place the trays.  But that is done and I didn't think I needed gloves to do that, as hubby had deseeded the peppers.  Wrong!  My hands were quite warm!  I tried a recipe that used tomatoes to make an enchilada sauce and then I made enchiladas for us and for our son who will have some minor surgery this week.  That sauce only took three chilies, but it was so much better than canned enchilada sauce.  I may freeze some.  Now to find ways to use these lovely dried tomatoes.  Just eating them is like eating candy!  They are sooooo darn good.  This is the first time I'd dried tomatoes and it won't be the last!

Anyhow, I just have two boxes of tomatoes left and then those on the vines. 

We will celebrate the 75th anniversary by going to the movie Gone With the Wind.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Charming Stars

I joined Terry's Charming Stars Sew Along and found a set of charms languishing in a bag.  These aren't new--I've had them awhile and overbought just in case a granddaughter wanted them.  Didn't happen.  I've made two quilts from the layer cakes and now I've got these charms done for September.  At this rate it will take me until January to finish up.  I'm not in a hurry, but I do love this fabric!

I found my way over to a quilt shop today and bought more fabric for my Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks  I made a few more blocks over the weekend.  I'll be posting some pictures soon.  I'm almost a quarter of the way through!  Yippee!

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Fun Week!

Not much quilty stuff going on here, but it's been a fun week.

After doing so much canning--well not as much as when the kids used to be around--but still it's taken me from my usual routine, I realized I'd been eating to much bread and sugar!  My body gives me clues--like I ache a lot!

So I pulled out my Green Smoothie Girl Detox book and I've been doing a few days of that.  Day one and two I felt the effects, but now I'm feeling so much better.  I'm not going to do the full detox, but now that I've broken the cycle of the bread and jam and too much coffee and too much sugar--peach cobbler and the like, I feel sooooo much better.  So now back on my about 80% raw diet and I'm liking myself so much better!

I've spent some days with friends, and yesterday with hubby!  Visited the chiropractor and you know if you are close to my age just doing things that didn't seem to take so long!

I have been making myself get to my sewing machine a bit and I'm back on track of working on my Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks  I'm now through all the crosses.  It was the first section and I've done 15.  Now I'll work on the next section.  My stash is a bit lop sided in that I don't have the full range of colors and occasionally that has stopped the work as I don't have a LQS that is really close to me.  But my goal is to have all these blocks done by Christmas!  That way I can have something to work on at the start of the new year.

So that's all that's going on here and now I'll connect with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for a Whoop Whoop

Enjoy the weekend ahead!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welcome Toots and Sweet!

Saturday just as we were leaving for a family get together, a box from Saudi Arabia came.  I'd been expecting it.  My Diva Dolls from Margaret Tuite came! 

Welcome Toots!
My love of Kaffe Fasset personified!

Welcome Sweets!

I hope they like their new home.  I really love these girls!

Sunday while reading one of my messages, I found out that Wrap Them in Love needed some quilts--55 to be exact--and I was sewing some 3.5 inch squares into blocks.  Well, I started on a search and found some fabric that looked pretty good and ended up with this:

I emailed Ellen to see if she would quilt them for me if I sent backs and binding.  YES!  Oh how sweet!  I promptly went to work on making a back from a yard of stash:
While working on peaches and making jam in between sewing here and there I did some thinking...

this is dangerous...

I grew up in a house right next to my dad's bakery.  Our phone for many years had the same number as the bakery so it was like we were connected!
I spent the summer when I was ten going over to the bakery and slicing bread and putting it into the big machine that wrapped it in wax paper--well I didn't say I am young!  Anyhow, there were always mashed loaves of bread and we always got them!  So, as a child I learned to use up scraps and that has influenced much of my life.  I've always tried to make ends meet by doing my own canning and many times we've had our own garden.  So, as I've been trying to use up the last of my peaches...

I'm also trying to use up the last of some of my more "autumn" fabrics that I bought more than seven years ago.  Being new to quilting, I bought way more than I needed.  Well, I have earth tones in my home and I have all the earth toned things I need.

That being said, there is one big bed quilt I'm working on to use up these fabrics.  That is using 12 inch blocks.

I had some 8 inch blocks and Saturday and Sunday I used up what I could and this is where it stopped:
While sewing the border onto it yesterday, I decided to make it into a table topper for my table.  It will be big enough to take care of the need for a couple of new place mats.  (This project is #3 on my current list)

I then got into my blocks of various projects and made this top for  Wrap Them in Love  and then found the backing and the binding to go with it.

...and then this:
and added a border and found a backing for this:
This afternoon I was able to go through my stash and reorganize my remaining stash. 
I'm so happy to have found a home for some blocks (now made into tops).  I can conserve my funds that I would have had to use for the batting, since I'm so nearly out and I can start quilting.
My peaches are into jam and salsa...
My kitchen counter can now be used for sandwiching and maybe, just maybe I can go to the state fair tomorrow.  I think I deserve a break!