Sunday, June 29, 2014

Pink in the Garden

I think I know why so many June brides select pink.  It looks lovely against the grass and the green plants.

Finished binding a couple of pink and green quilts that have been kicking around awhile.  Some of the blocks were inspired because of the pink and green challenge in June and the blocks have probably been around at least a year. 

Now complete!

Tried some sun

And some shade

Filtered share seems the best, but really I like them all!

I'm thinking these will probably go to Project Linus.  I love that they do the labels and I don't have to pay shipping.
 Blocks for June: 55
Prairie Moon Quilts 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

whew! It's Saturday!

It's been a busy week around our house.  First off many headed this way:
Our daughter and grandson visited GG.  GG (great gramma) turned 97 in May.

Chandler graduated on the 19th
CF loved my green drink!
Chandler riding the tram in Park City towards the mountain biking adventure with his uncles.

I realized also that I hadn't taken any photos.  Nada!  Zilch! Not one!  So I'm glad someone snatched some.  The kids spent a couple of hours outside with the water balloons after our feast!  I had asked everyone for their favorite food, and then I prepared it.  Luckily it turned out to be a pretty balanced meal!  (Lots of orders for shrimp and our youngest loves to grill them, so he took over that portion!)
After they all left, I had a mild come apart!  Went to the Chiropractor and spent some time just getting grounded!

I finished off some more HST blocks.  Now I have 6 big ones towards my 16.  Geez this will take me forever.  I have 2 more 12 inch blocks, but I need more variety before I sew them into a big block.  After ripping out several seams, I'm putting these away for a bit and resting my dyslexia!  :-)

I recently finished a donation quilt, but I didn't like the way I lengthened it for the donation requirements, so I chopped it and made it into a table topper.

Very basic!

Ta Da!
Finished the other part of the pair of peacock's.

this was the first one:
Since my sister didn't mind if I did them both in the same quilting, I tried just black thread on the black parts of the fabric.  I believe I like that better and it was so much easier to quilt.  I also used plain blue around the border and turquoise on the inch squares.  I have a few small pieces left, but like the Jacob's Ladder, these will wait for a bit.

The binding was quite hard on my old hands!  I used 2.25 inch strips and the quilt was double layered, so it was hard to sew.  I don't do much hand sewing, so even with the machine, my little wood stiletto came in handy to hold the fabric for me. 

I also just played in come 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!
So much for my sewing today!  Hubby has some lettuce and kale I need to clean and store. 

Also linking on over to HISTeria Quilt Along HERE
also over for a Whoop Whoop!

Linking over to Cat Patches
 for the NewFO projects started in June.  I made it with the start of the
 Canvas Pattern that I used with Vicki Welch fabrics!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

HSTeria Moving Along Part 2

I'm putting away my HST's for now.  I've got a couple of small quilts, of which, I need to add binding. 

I tackled the very small HST's of 1.5 inches
Sewing the last of them:
And then with the other HST blocks I made this week:
I have enough of the small blocks to make one more 12 inch block, but that will be another day.  I think I will use that one in a modern style quilt.  The next time I even think about making 1.5 inch blocks from HST's I need to be committed!  It's very time intensive and not very satisfying.  But, I used up the scraps I had from this quilt:
Next time, if I make a hugs and kisses quilts, I'll discard the scraps with joy!!!

I've decided to make the batik blocks into a bed sized quilt, so I'll be making HST's for that for awhile.

The other HST's I'm making are from prints.  I made 75 HST's of those this week:
These go into a Jacob's Ladder block using many of the 2.5 inch squares and the 5" squares I'd saved from projects dating back to probably 2010.  I'll make these into a bed
size quilt also and I'll need 64  blocks for that.  I'm making them into blocks of four for easier placement.  I have two big ones done and almost another, but I've got company coming and I need to clean up.

So totals for June:
54 blocks made
215 HST's
With the HST's I finished last night, I think I only need 134 more HST's from earthy type prints.  Haven't dared figure out how many HST's from batiks yet.     :>)

I've found that if I cut and sew the HST's and leave them in a stack, when I'm talking to my sis or a friend I can iron the seams open and trim them while talking and thus the "chore" of HST's isn't so tedious!

I'll probably finish some that I have precut and then I've got some quilting to do as that basket is filling up!

So...with I'll that, that is my post for this week.
Linking over to HSTeria from last week again

Saturday, June 14, 2014

HSTeria Moving Along

This week I made some progress toward my quilt top.  It will finish at either 4 x5 or 5x6.  I need to find some more pale turquoise so that it will work together better.  So far I have these blocks completed.
Lots of cool things going on with HSTeria HERE

Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday Check In

Last night we attending the birthday dinner of our now 10 year old granddaughter!  We were commenting how fast this week has gone by and here it is Friday again.

I have been busy trying to finish up loose ends in my quilting, but it never ends.  I found another bag of HST's I've been putting off!  I'm so tired of those fabrics, but this week I did manage to get 29 of the fall colored fabrics into HST's and then I put together 3 Jacob's Ladder blocks. 

 I'm putting them away for awhile, but the blocks made me feel like I'm headed somewhere!

I finished 45 green HST's and made these two blocks.  I now have five blocks towards my green quilt.
Total HST's this week: 86
Oh, I forgot the project I found from last year, I added 12 pink HST's to it and then sewed it together.  It's now in the UFO pile to be quilted.  Those numbers were included in my totals.
nothing fancy, but it used up the last of those 4 patches made with some hand dye that my daughter and I experimented on last year.  We tried several fabrics and I think this one has some linen in the mix.  This one has girl written all over it and will make its way to some donation project.

I need to get this box in the mail for Quilts Beyond Borders
a quilt that was all mine:  Still undecided where it will go.

And I finished off one more for the Wrap a Smile Box,

whoops-- the WAS box is sealed.  I think it has these two in it. (and the two African quilts)

 The African one didn't quite turn out the way I wanted as I was in a "discussion" with Hubby about my many piles of fabrics and I was trying to hurry.  I made the cut too much to the right, but the receiver won't know...   It is the second one from African fabric from Terry, and the other one if you read another post looks like this.

Linking over to HSTeria

And you'll be happy to know, my kitchen table is cleared of any fabric and the spare bedroom is closer to getting ready for our daughter who will be in in two weeks.

and linking over for a WHOOP WHOOP!

I put some blocks away and found that I just needed six more string blocks to make a top.  So I whipped some out and now my wall looks like this.
These are from the May challenge at RSC14  I have enough crumbs to make another top.  I'd say that I had more green than I thought.  Now to get them all put together.