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.