Thursday, March 24, 2016

Living life now without my Design wall

As I stated in my last post I am living without a design wall.  I just sent off a package of blocks made from scraps of green.  The went to Sunshine to be used by other quilters as quilts for other projects.  I have always posted pictures of those blocks I've sent off, but this month I didn't.
As I sorted through scraps I found some small scraps and then tried to extend it into a quilt.  I used analogous colors and it turned out fairly well.  It's bright and fun.  I did think I had the sides measured correctly for the fitting of the border--wrong!  I was off a bit, but after having cut and shifted twice I just went with it and added one half a block to each side and it worked.  Now for the quilting--but there's lots going on this week and I am recovering from a bad cold/sore throat.

This piece was going to be bigger, but I still have lots of pieces left that I can work into a quilt for myself.  As I got three rows done, I realized it could be a smaller quilt as well.  I think I will try this one on my quilting mid-arm machine.
So no pictures of my blocks--I'll try to figure out how best to show works in progress.  I thought I could make this pattern scrappy, and I did, but as I looked at the pattern again, I noticed there were places that showed a light off white that I ignored, which would have made for a visually better quilt, but as this turned out, for now it's great and I'll adjust for my new one from this pattern. 

For now I'm still easing back into some sort of routine!  ...and I'm smiling!!!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Mindless Sewing and Such

I've noticed that I've been doing lots and lots of cutting and sewing in preparation for quilts.  HST's are time consuming for me and it's okay as that's when I ground myself and think a lot.  I cut them 1/2 inch bigger than needed and then press the seam open and then trim them.  Sometimes not much comes off, but the repetitive motion seems to calm down my brain from over stimulation.

I have a housemate now, so my sewing room is gone, and with that my wall.  I've made my dining room into my cutting and trimming room.  It works.  I don't have much company, but I can get up and any hour and quietly cut and measure and press.

My latest collections are for another baby quilt:

Slowly but surely I'm tackling the various fabrics I've collected and have lost affinity for.  I'm making them into a pattern I found from  It's called Milky way.  I think I'll adjust it for donation quilts.  It's a free pattern and a little different from the Jacob's Ladder I use often, using the same basic pieces, just a different configuration.  You can see the  tessellating stars if you look closely.  I'm finding I do better by just adding one third of the block at a time.

I think I'll do one more strip and then add four patch units around the edge.  I have enough fabric to last a long time for this at the speed I'm going, but I find I no longer feel a need to race through things towards a finish, just meandering through the process.