Sunday, August 31, 2014

Laboring on Labor Day Weekend!

Well...we got a start on the peaches.  Stopped for lunch and then took a nap, never got back to the jam.  So guess what I'll be doing today.  Hubby helped this year by peeling the peaches!

For as long as I can remember of married life, it has included doing peaches on Labor Day Weekend.  This is no different.  Still have more peaches to go.  After stopping for lunch yesterday and then taking a nap we went to the store for more sugar.  Just couldn't get started again, so they are waiting for us today.  I found a recipe for peach habanero jam and think I'll try that just for fun.

The past two weeks I've been making parts and trimming them on the quilting front.  So, not too much to show there, but I did get a big block made, just to see how it would work.

Now, I can sew a few of the blocks.
It's going to make a cut quilt I think.  I got all my two inch squares sewn into blocks.  I used up more than two yards of white for this.

Hope everyone has a fun holiday.

 More pictures of jam making:
Peach Habanero and Mint Jalapeno.

The mint jalapeno is a bit labor intensive.  We've got a small bit for ourselves.  I need to get some smaller jars for when I make this again.  It can wait however, and the peaches can't!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Another Modern Quilt

 My "She Can Quilt" Quilt is now finished.  I love how it turned out!

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!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Few Loose Ends

I did something yesterday that I rarely do--I threw some thread away.  I did some tight quilting and it just kept knotting up on the bottom.  I adjusted it and adjusted it, but it didn't get any better.  I finally threw the thread away and started the rippit process.  I took quite a bit of time.  I then got online and ordered some new thread.  While waiting for it I took the six blocks and put them together for the Quilts Beyond Borders Quilt.  I love using just six blocks.  I can work it up to meet the size specifications and I can use up some of my stash.  Some of my brights are getting a bit low though and eventually I'll have to rebuild.  But, for now I took the backing leftovers of the quilt I picked out and added a sashing and then found some fabrics that went with the quilt.  I even found an orange stripe for the backing.  The blocks were from a lotto win and two of them I made.  Can you guess which two are mine?

This quilt I finished today and backed in in a Riley Blake stripe that had the same tones as the border.
 Linking over to Whoop Whoop on Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

All Boxed Up

The box is ready for FedEx to accept.

Mitzi's quilt is finished.

The motif I used for some of the quilting came from this on my wall,
I used nearly all of the color needed for the binding...

Now to get the HST's quilt from HSTeria completed before her birthday.
 Linking over to Oh Scrap

Sunday, August 3, 2014

What Will August Bring?

I'm looking at the garden and I know I'll be doing some canning and freezing!  I've got a couple of quilt goals for the month too--well actually three!  (One I'm not posting until it's safely at the recipient).

My daughter turns 40 this year and its been a big year for her.  Her son left for college and now she's looking at how to transform her life for herself.  She's devoted the last 19 years preparing for him and then being a rather protective mom.  This quilt is for her.  The green drink was one I got on FB and it worked well enough to get the headache behind me enough to finish quilting it. 

This pic is called green on green!

I finished up the border on the following quilt and I'm going to texturize it!  Love doing that and I might be pursuing this sort of thing until it gets old.  I have many things to try with this process.

This is something I can work on while I can.  I can leave it or quilt it at will.  It should be fun.

I'm adding a repeat picture of one of my quilts for kids as I couldn't get all three on the linky tool.  So I'll try it this way.
See the sidebar if you'd like to add any quilts that you may be donating. 
There's also another call for quilts for Syrian Refugees HERE:

Friday, August 1, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids

On my sidebar I've added a link to 100 Quilts for Kids.

I'm entering three today.  These will be going to Project Linus.