Monday, May 9, 2016

Somebody Make Up My Mind

All the wild goose chase blocks are done and the borders are attached (without too much pulling adjusting to get everything to fit).

Now I need to decide on the next round...this has possibilities.

But I also like this...

I think I like this border set better...strong possibilities...

Now I don't know... I like this one too...

Both have the same background fabric and I don't have enough fabric to use it for both borders, nor do I want to use it for both so some alteration will be needed.

Maybe the on point florals first then the stars? Maybe something else? How do quilt designers do it?
Siddi turned 17 on May 1. She celebrated by taking a nap in her new favorite spot.

Monday, April 18, 2016

More Progress...

... and one very small finish. Let's start with the small finish. This was a Temecula Quilt Company free pattern that I added a couple of borders to (it was just too small and mine was kind of blah without the added borders). Fun and quick.

I haven't decided if I'm going to bind it in this blue or something else. I'm also trying to decide if I want to try hand quilting it. I've never hand quilted anything.
More Temecula Quilt latest Circa 2016 blocks.

I have four more Wild Goose Chase blocks to make. I'm paper piecing the blocks which makes them easy to make but it takes about 30-45 minutes to make a single block. I have no idea what I'm going to do for the next border. I know it needs more yellow, blue and red...I'd like to find another floral to tie in.

Stephanie and Nancy have been over recently. Below are their recent finishes.

Stephanie's colorful pink quilt is a baby quilt for her cousin's first baby - cute, fun quilt. I love this pattern, quick, easy and every one I've made/seen turns out great.

Nancy has an obsession with Kaffe fabrics AND Jaybird Quilts patterns, combine the two and you get her version of Science Project. The picture doesn't show it very well but the background fabric is a light gray tone-on-tone with a hexie print.
To close I have to show you my roses...

 I love the first blooms of the year!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Making some progress

I'm keeping up with Temecula Quilt Company's Circa 2016 block of the week. I changed my mind on the original background fabric I chose - it was a gray taupe. I like this light gray much better.

My latest blocks...

I'm also working on the next border of my medallion quilt. I really like the wild goose chase blocks. I'm paper piecing them and it is a very slow process. Five done, 31 more to go. This may take a while.

 A wonderful friend gave me these beautiful daffodils with a card that said "Happy March".

They definitely made my March very happy. Thank you again Barbara! With all the wet dreary days we've had the last two weeks (not complaining, we REALLY need the rain) the flowers really brightened up the day.

Monday, February 29, 2016

One Finished Quilt, Three Finished Tops and...

... LOTS of progress.

I gave Nancy the Spools quilt top as her birthday present (after lots of hints on her side) with a promise to have it quilted before the end of February.

I love the scrappy binding although it was a bit of pain as two of my seams ended up in corners.

Nancy and took a class last weekend at our local quilt shop Runs with Scissors. The pattern is Rock Candy by Jaybird Quilts.  It was so quick and easy to make I had time to make a second one.

I also finished up this lap quilt. I love the border fabric with all different greens.
I made progress on my Circa 2016 quilt. I haven't made the center yet as (until today) I could not find a setting fabric I liked.

And my not very Westering Women block (oops, forgot to turn the block).
I haven't made any progress on my medallion quilt. I started making another pieced border and after getting all the piecing done decided I didn't like it. So back to the drawing board on that one.

Monday, February 8, 2016

What's a Girl to Do?

Well in my case, it appears the answer to screwing up a project multiple times is to start three new ones.

I've started Barbara Brackman's new block of the month Westering Women. I'm not doing it scrappy or in period fabrics - I'm using Snowbird, an older line by Moda designed by Edyta Sitar. I have a limited amount of fabric so I may not do all the blocks.

I also started Temecula Quilt Company's block of the week Circa 2016. This one I am making very scrappy using lots of reproduction scraps.

Do you ever have left over blocks from one quilt that just seem to always get in your way? Like they are DEMANDING to be used right now! That's what was happening with these left over green and cream half square blocks. I'm making a simple, small lap quilt with them using a very old floral fabric for the border. I think the floral adds a little colorful punch to a possibly boring quilt.

I'm still working on the medallion quilt. I've decides on the next two pieced borders, although I think I've already messed up the math on the first one...luckily there is still time to fix it. ;o)


Monday, January 25, 2016

What's a Girl to Do

When the circuit breaker blows half way through your vacuuming and the breaker won't reset? When you finally get a clear sunny day so you can admire the dandelion patches growing all round the house? A smart girl would call an electrician. A really smart girl would go outside, bask in the sun and pull weeds.

What did I do?

I put the half square triangle border on the medallion quilt twice - wrong. FYI, 26/2 equals 13, not 12. Yes, I got A's in college calculus but I obviously can't do remedial math. 

But I did get 12 on two sides. Huh? When I tried to put the third side on there was no way it was going to fit and green blocks on each side were facing different directions.

So I took it apart, took the strip apart, and started over. How does a person get 13 blocks on one side, 14 on another and FIFTEEN on a third? AND THE GREEN TRIANGLES ARE STILL GOING THE WRONG WAY ON ONE SIDE!!

And contrary to popular belief there was no wine involved.

I guess it is true, the third times the charm.

Good thing I'm really liking how this quilt is turning out or it would probably be in the trash.

Monday, January 4, 2016

And Another One Bites the Dust

You chose, month or year, they both whizzed by.

The only gift sewing I did this Christmas was this table runner. I made four. There is a reason most patterns start with "Read the instruction completing before beginning"...smarty pants me read the cutting instructions but just followed the diagrams in the rest of the pattern...hmmm, isn't this a quilt-as-you-go pattern? why isn't my table runner quilted? might of helped if I read ALL of the instructions. So three of the four are done and one is pinned, ready for quilting.

I started embroidering this little dog over 10 years ago...I found it while I was digging for something else and decide it needed to be done. It is now pinned and ready for quilting.

On New Year's Day Nancy and Stephanie came over to do some marathon sewing. Nancy pieced a quilt back and cut out and started a new quilt. Stephanie finished one baby quilt and made a significant dent in another.  Bad friend that I am I don't have pictures of any of their quilts.  I was probably eating as we had lots of really good munchies for the day.

After significant procrastination on my part I finally got two rows (12 blocks) out of five (18 blocks and the border left to do) quilted on the butterfly quilt (last post about this quilt was in October). Now that I've started on the blocks I should finish this quickly (famous last words).

I also started a medallion quilt. I've been wanting to make one for ages. I'm making up the pattern as I go. Should be an interesting process.

 Loris recently gifted me her Stonehenge scraps. I'm combining them with my scraps and have started paper piecing this 5 inch block. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the blocks yet, it is another one I'm going to make up as I go but I'm really liking it so far.

With the new year I always get the urge to "organize" my scraps. I have one bin and three large bags full of pieces and parts. My organizing always seems to make a big mess...this is the clean side of the room. I'm not crazy enough to show you the really messy side.


But I have made progress. Hopefully by 2017 I will finish. ;o)