Monday, February 27, 2012

Design Wall Monday 2/27/12

Ya know, one of the things about quilting is that if you get stuck on starting something, there is always something else in the "wings" that is waiting.  I've just been dragging my feet about starting the February color challenge.  I've got the fabrics and got a pattern picked to go with it, but I've not made any progress.  Instead I pulled these out and continued to work on them.  I've only got two blocks to finish and there's not much left to do.  I'm thinking of using a pastel turquoise sashing, but I haven't put it up with the blocks as yet--so for now that part is still in my head.  But here are the blocks I have, so far.
Here is a close up.
I've also been working on some Sunshine Lotto blocks for March, but I'll not show them yet as I want to keep these blocks on the wall until I decide on a sashing.

I'm linking over to Patchwork Times HERE:

Friday, February 24, 2012

Whoop Whoop Friday!

Yesterday, I made a totally unexpected turn and completed a top.  I was working on my color challenge for February and wondering if I'd get it done, and as I often do when stressed a bit about something, I just start making string blocks.  They show progress quickly and before I knew it I had 19 made and thought to myself, "Just 5 more and I'll have a top."  So, I made five more and then sewed them together.  I don't have the borders yet, but this is made just from scraps from my backings.  It looks so inviting to me and the flannel makes it more so.  DH has one I did for donation, but when it was washed it was so comfortable and warm, it never left the house!
I also got the borders on this little quilt and it's now ready to sandwich, but I'm just not in a quilting mood this week!
Here's a picture of it folded over the banister, but not yet even sandwiched.
I've been working on another quilt and only have two blocks left and then it will be ready to put some on some sashings, and maybe that will be done by next Friday.  I got one quilt ready for the quilter, and the backing fabric came this week, so I'll post pictures of it when it's completed.

Sooooo--even if I've been quiet, I'm making some progress.  I'm still working towards my goal of ridding myself of some stash and acquiring new solids and more modern fabrics moving away from my more traditional choices of the past.  I'll venture there and see how I like it--maybe to return, who knows!  Today though, I'm going to finish cutting that color challenge.  (That is the most challenging of the project as you'll see when I get it pieced and a photo taken.)  I'm not sure when I'll get to practicing my quilting lesson this month.  I've not really been into that.  Next week: a trip to Moab and an Art Quilt retreat, so I'm trying to get something ready to take with me when I go.

Linking over to Sarah Here

Have a wonderful Friday!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Design Wall Monday, 2/21/12

After a week of computer problems and then getting the desktop cleaned, one of my ribs going haywire--I'm sort of back.  I have to walk about a bit and then lie down to keep balanced.  Probably another trip to the chiropractor and I might be back in good form.  Need to relax and rotate my shoulders about once every hour I'm sewing with the machine!  Anyhow, I've got the blocks done for a baby quilt using the Triangles Galore Tutorial found here
Going to be some bright baby quilt, don't ya think?

Happy Monday Holiday everyone!  Linking over to Judy here

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday's Musing 2.13.12

Yesterday was one of those days when I didn't set my hair, put on makeup or even have a matching outfit.  I read a novel--another one of my favorite authors this one was an older one- McNally's Gamble by Lawrence Sanders.
Our son was traveling home from his schooling in Mississippi and I was a bit concerned about the weather and his travel, but he made it home!!  Hooray!   The grand kids didn't know he was coming and were surprised by his return.
It's been a long six months for them and now things will be more normal for them.

My mind turns to those suffering the loss of family members whose lives will never return to "normal" and who must now find a new normal.  There are many!  In the news a lot here in Utah has been the sad saga of the little Cox boys who were murdered and in a heartbeat removed from their loving extended family.Story found here

On to quilting events and totally non earth shattering!

It seems I've lost a little zing in my quilting.  I did manage to put together a top from some fabric I had as well as some additions from two World Wide Swaps from my Liberated Quilters Yahoo Group (see side bar if you think you might be interested in the many fun quilting ideas there.)
Reds from last year's swap and Clare who sent them from France:
And the red border was found in my swap from this year, thanks to Ann who sent me lots of little goodies for my donation quilts for kids.
I got into some crumb blocks I'd started and have this on the design wall for today
The blue/green was in the swap box and has gold giraffes on it and will take the non kid blocks into a more kid friendly top.  These two tops will go in the box I've started for Gloria in Southern Utah who is making quilts for St. Jude's for teenage mothers.  I'm sending these two with the big twin size for her to quilt, the twin is too big for me to handle and the little ones--well as I said, I'm not that much into stuff right now, so now that I've assembled one and ready to do another, I'll count that as a finish for me--for now!  (sometimes I just need a break from the donations!)  I do have a bag of some from last month to drop off for Project Linus.
This is the contents of the world wide swap box from Ann:

DH and I took a little trip to Sandy UT on Saturday and had a lunch at Sweet Tomatoes!  I love their fresh food with lots of variety!  But, the place was very noisy!  It was Saturday in UT and many families with kids clad in soccer outfits were also having lunch.  The good food though made up for the noise!

I found my way to a quilt shop in Murray and extended my colors for the February Color Challenge (see side bar).
I bought a little extra and came up with two possibilities.
And this is the second, and the one I think I'll go with:
The one orange may be a bit too strong.  I'll see how it works into the pattern I've chosen for this.  I really hope to get to this today after I've sewn together the kids quilt top and mailed it!!!

I'm putting away the chocolate brownie blocks for awhile.  The man I was making it for has returned to his home back east, and I won't really be needing them for him.  I'll get them done and put together for DH, but maybe for next season!  I'll also be looking for some suitable brown flannel for the backing for that too.  But, as I blogged before, I've grown a bit bored with it!

That's it for Monday's musings.  I'm ready to grab another cuppa Joe and start sewing the blocks from my design wall. Check our other Design Wall Monday posts on Judy's blog

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Color, Color, Color and then There's Value!

Yesterday I played around with some scraps and the 15 Minutes of Play HERE
Although I opted to again use my template rather than the new PDF for paper piecing I got my block done.
I'm having a bit of a struggle lately holding the camera steady for a clean, crisp photo, but this gives me enough to work with.  It didn't seem as clean as my first one,

So, I did a black and white of that
Although the colors lend themselves to each other, it appears the values are too much alike.  So, today I'll try another one and make the value more pronounced.  I'm working toward making four of these and then putting borders on it for a baby quilt for Project Linus.  Maybe by the fifth block, I'll have a better sense of not only the colors, but the piecing and the VALUE!!  This is helping me as I'm still toying with what fabrics to use for this months color challenge (see the side bar).
At 9:40 I posted this:

After cutting I spread this out
Well, it looks sharper, but then look what happens when I grayscale it
The bright yellow and the bright turquoise have the same value or "grey".  Onto looking at more in my stash.  I'll post what I find later.

Not quite.
I've lost the color one of this and my battery is low, but here is what I think I'll sew up today.
For now--off to the gym.

6:30 p.m.
I had a bit of a problem with this one not laying as flat as the other two, but two down, two more to go and I'll have the beginning of a quilt.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sometimes I Get Bored! Design Wall 2/6/12

This is coming along, but truthfully, I'm getting bored sewing this same block, even though the block itself varies, I'm at this boring for me place!

The blocks are on the bias and the black strip isn't and so the sewing has to be done very carefully.  I measure 9.5 inches on each, but when I lay the block onto the strip it is a bit longer with the stretch, so I carefully stretch the strip a bit to get them to match.  So far it is working just fine, but what started out being a 48 block quilt, I'm going to make into a 24 block lap quilt and then add a border.  The other blocks are in a bag for now.  ...a UFO for next year, perhaps???

So that's it for this Monday morning, and I can see I've got some sewing to do today.  Linking to Judy Here:

Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Whoop Whoop

As I blogged earlier this week, Mary at the Heartstrings Yahoo Group put out a challenge.  I dug into my strips and made a top I'll be sending to Gloria in Southern Utah to finish for St. Jude's, which will be used for teenage mothers.  This nearly finished up my strays and I'll be sending the yardage leftover to Gloria in hopes that she can use it.  I have to admire gals that make bigger quilts like this on a regular basis.  I would much prefer the smaller quilts, but these leftover fabrics from my own color choices for my house just didn't seem like kids quilt material nor did they really seem like fabric for men, and with the bit of blue to perk them up seemed like a great match for this project. 

And an earlier finish this week that I've blogged about previously.
So all in all I got a few pounds of fabric out of the way and I'm already into finishing my brownie quilt started in January.  Hope to have a picture of that for next Friday!

Thanks to Sarah for hosting a Whoop Whoop Here