Thursday, February 1, 2018

January Progress on the Ridiculous Piles

  
It always amazes me how much progress I can make just spending an hour or two sewing a night in the sewing room. My Project Linus quilt top is finished. I love how it turned out and it was such a fun quilt to make. It has moved from the "partially pieced" pile to the "finished top with back" hangers.

Check out the points on the flying geese...I used a Bloc-Loc flying geese ruler to square them up. They all have perfect points.

Town Square has the binding machine and hand sewn down. YAY, it is finished!


Details: Pattern is by Angela Walters, Midnight Quilter / Craftsy. Fabrics are a Moda solids charm pack and a Kona Cotton background. Size: about 59 inches square.

I love the quilting Barbara did on it. The butterfly fabric on the back was a bargain, wish I'd gotten more of it - I really like the colors in the fabric. So happy with this finished quilt.


And another finish!! This is a quarter of the large log cabin quilt I bought at a garage sale years ago. It is now quilted (simple meander by me) and the binding all machine sewn. Size: 36 x 48. This will become a donation quilt.


I mentioned I had two leader-ender projects going. They have moved from leader-enders to partially pieced projects.


I am one of those quilter's who raids the garbage cans for other people's scraps. One of the ladies at last year's quilt retreat let me take all of her bonus triangles from her garbage and gave me more. I'm squaring them up to 1.5 inches. FYI, I think Bloc-Loc rules are WONDERFUL - expensive, but wonderful. I should I have enough half squares to make two miniatures.


The second leader-ender turned partially pieced project are tumblers made from my 2.5 inch square scrap bin. All the rows are sewn together, now I need to sew the rows together and decide how I'm going to finish it. FYI, this barely made a dent in the scrap bin. :o(

I also got the binding added to the medallion quilt. It's going to take a while to finish the hand sewing.

Not too bad...two piles are smaller, one got bigger and no new projects were started...yet. ;o)
 



Monday, January 1, 2018

2017 Finishes


Happy New Year!!
  
I managed to get in a few last minute 2017 finishes...I finished the binding for three quilts.

 Gracie's Get Well Garden was donated to the silent auction at work to raise money for our local food bank. I've decided I need to do a better job of documenting the final picture my quilts. Pattern: Project Linus Mystery fundraiser - Gracie's Get Well Garden; fabric: a fat quarter bundle I won online Garden Rendezvous by Ro Gregg from Paintbrush Studio, plus a few of my scraps thrown in; the back is a flannel I've had forever; size: approprimately 55 x 65 inches; started September 2016, quilt top finished November 2016; quilted by Barbara Rienert; binding finished November 2017.


String diamonds ah la Bonnie Hunter. All scraps from my string bins. The red was from my stash. The back was purchased at a quilt show last year. The quilt was started in April 2014, the top was finished in April 2017. Quilted by Barbara Rienert; binding finished December 2017. Size: approximately 60 x 65 inches.
 

Glacier - pattern testing for Beth at Love Laugh Quilt. Fabric: all from my stash. Started July 2016; quilt top finished August 2016. Quilted by Barbara Rienert; binding finished December 2017. Size: approximately 67 x 89 inches.

It's nice to finally have these three finished...just two more that need binding...so close but they'll have to be 2018 finishes.

  

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ridiculous

   
Absolutely crazy. It is out of hand. I have two quilts pinned...



Seven table toppers / wall hangings read to be pinned (I think I have a hexi problem also)..


Seven finish quilt tops, six with backs...


Eight projects that are started - partially pieced (there may be more than one unfinished embroidery project there)...Oops, forgot a wool project I have stashed under my sewing table.


Five quilts that need binding...


And at least two leader/ender projects that I'm not showing here.

I do have one finish!! My Circa 2016 is done! I looked back through my blog and I can't believe I never showed the finish top. The picture is terrible and doesn't do it justice. It has wonderful Baptist Fans quilted throughout it.


All that and this bundle is calling my name...very loudly...I even know what pattern I want to use.


Yup, ridiculous.
  

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Project Linus Progress


I'm hiding from the goblins, witches, princesses, Minions and pirates, so I thought I'd give a quick update on my Project Linus blocks...as always, having a blast making these.





 
I cut into one of the Peanuts fat quarters I won for the next two blocks. Love how they turned out.

 

I not a big fan of applique. The next two are fused but not sewn down. I changed them up a bit from the original pattern...I didn't like the animals just floating in the middle of the background fabric.





I'm not crazy about the hat on my elephant...I may change the fabric...but then again, it doesn't look too bad in the picture. ;o)

Happy Halloween.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Ethan's World Tour and Other Fun Stuff

 
Project Linus has started their 2017 mystery quilt fundraiser. I had so much fun making Gracie's Get Well Garden that I didn't even think twice about signing up for this year's quilt Ethan's World Tour. So far Ethan has been to China (lantern), Oceania (boat), Italy (leaning town of Pisa), Germany (castle), Antarctica (blue whale)...he's also been to North America, Central America and Egypt but I'm behind on making my blocks. I'll hopefully have them made by the time the next clue is released.


During the registration, I won this cute Peanuts camping panel and fat quarter bundle. So cute!


Attending Lynn's quilting retreat has gotten me motivated to sew again. It has become a chore since it seemed like I was having problems with everything I attempted to sew, include this little quilt.


Looks easy huh? How could I possibly mess it up you ask? Easy. It's made from a jelly roll. I never know where my quarter inch seam should start...I ended up trimming a quarter inch off of all the horizontal pieces in order for the horizontal rows to fit the vertical pieced rows. What a pain. But it is done and I like how it turned out - very cheerful.


Had to stick in a picture of my favorite sewing helper.

Nancy and I went to the Falling Leaves Quilt Show in Lakeport, California on Sunday. I bid on a a silent auction item and won.


A block of the month quilt with the finishing fabrics and back for a 64 inch square quilt...my winning bid: $20. What a deal! I really want to start making this quilt right now but I have so many WIP quilts that I am going to have to wait.

  

Sunday, October 1, 2017

The bad part of being gone for so long is...

  
... catching up. I'm going to start with a short post about this past week. I attended my first retreat with Loris from Luckypup Quilter. The retreat was hosted by Lynn Wilder of Sew'n Wild Oaks Quilting and was wonderful! You can see all the pictures on Lynn's blog, I took very few pictures.

I talk about marathon sewing at home but we really did marathon sew at the retreat. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. With breaks for some really delicious food and workshops provided by Lynn. Check out Lynn's blog, she has designed some beautiful quilt patterns including the Seasonal Hexie table toppers I made below (really should have ironed them first). The first was a kit I purchased. It was so fast and easy that I made a second smaller one from some fabric I brought with me for another project.



I also worked on my Sweet Tooth blocks, the new Project Linus mystery quilt Exploring the World With Ethan, and a 17 year old UFO. I'll share more on those soon (I promise it won't be in three months 😜).


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Guess I have been a little busy...

  
I always think I haven't done any quilting lately...then I download the pictures from my camera.

This is Town Square by Angela Walters. She is doing a series called Midnight Quilter for Craftsy. Some of the patterns are free. Check out the video's. Angela has a wonderful sense of humor and attitude about piecing. I had planned to use the charm packs and background fabric (can't tell but it is a vanilla cream color) in another quilt but I liked this one so much more. Very easy and fun to make.


Finished more binding. Barbara did a great job quilting this quilt with traditional feathered circles, grid lines and a feathered border. The back is the softest flannel ever.


Close up of the quilting...for some reason both pics of the quilt are a little fuzzy. Must be the quilts...or the camera...can't be the photographer.


I've been really lucky lately. I won the pattern - Stroll, by Seams Like a Dream - and fabric to make the table runner. The fabric is Urban Scandinavian by Kirstyn Cogan. The prettiest soft blues and greens.


Nancy and I are doing our own block of month - Sweet Tooth by Jaybird Quilts. I'm doing a modern twist using some fabrics I won last year. The background is actually a light gray.


Finally finished quilting this Sherry Falls mystery quilt.  I know, I have more binding to hand sew.


I also quilted this small wall hanging from eon's ago.


Maybe if I downloaded the pictures from my camera more often I'd blog more often. Nah.