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)


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Where'd it go?

 
I swear it went from October to December.
 
Below are the placemats I made for my mother and I. She got 6 for her birthday (per her special order) and I got two...for about a week...when she visited at Thanksgiving she informed me she changed her mind and wanted 8 placemats - she knew I had more fabric. She was so pleased when she saw her additional two sitting on my dining table. Now I've not none. :o(
 
 
But I do have more fabric, thank goodness I bought 6 yards of that print. ;o)
 
I did manage to keep these two placemats. Notice the different quilting...the placemat with the loops in the border was my test sample. Then I got in such a grove quilting all the placemats that when I did the top placemat I forgot to quilt loops.  Oh well.


I also finished Tucker...I decided to quilt and bind mine. It was a fun quick project that I can see myself making again. This one has already gone to live with one of my aunts.


Still working on a couple of other projects but they are Christmas gifts so I can't show them yet.

I have a feeling December is going to go by faster than November.
 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Different Kind of Quilt Show

 
I went to visit my mom last weekend for her birthday (I won't mention any numbers - mostly because if I do I won't live to see my next birthday - hehehe).  While I was there my mom's friend Penny brought by a couple of quilts that were given to her.

My pictures do NOT do this quilt justice. The yo-yo's were all hand made and hand sewn together. It is at least king size (bed shown is a queen) and it is heavy! I think the blue, brown and white are polyester blends.



You really need to see this one in person...SOOO pretty.

Penny also brought this apple core quilt. Again all hand pieced. Penny wanted to know how to finish it. It has lots of gathering to fit the apple cores together, I don't think it would be possible to quilt it...maybe tie it. I recommend leaving it as is, giving it a nice press then drapping it on a quilt rack or chair back.


I was trying to figure out if some of the fabrics were feed sacks. There were some very cute prints in it.


My mom got out a couple of quilts that my great aunts had made. This was the last quilt my aunt Edith made. It is hand quilted.


She just randomly put the blocks together. LOVE all the half square triangles.


We couldn't remember which of my dad's aunts made this hexagon quilt.


Hand quilted.


I think my grandmother paid $50 for the quilt about 35 years ago.

 

Monday, October 26, 2015

PIQF and a Litte Bit of Sewing

  
Most of what I have been sewing I can't show...getting to be that time of year again, mostly birthday's - I don't think I'll be doing much Christmas quilting (famous last words).

But... the BQ3 is done and I found the perfect backing fabric for it - at 60% off!


I am finding I can't resist a Pam Buda's mystery sew along. I tried...really, I tried...but it called my name...okay, my name isn't Tucker but this should be a quick fun project. Step 2 is done. This square is 8 1/2 inches square. I can't wait for the next step.


Last weekend I went to PIQF. Nancy, Stephanie and Loris from Luckypup Quilter joined me. Loris is definitely a lucky pup as she went to the show three days in a row. It always amuses me when she posts her pictures of the show...I never remembering seeing the quilts she posts...how does that happen? I know we went to the same show. Most of the pictures I take pictures of are ones that I think I could make...





Or dream of making...




Or only in my dreams could I make...











 

 
I could definitely make this one...one bazillion one inch squares. I'll whip it up tomorrow.
 

And what did I buy at the largest northern California quilt show with hundreds of vendors?


Not much. All clearance sales. While there were lots of fabrics and quilts kits that I really liked, none of them called my name - JOY - more than my stash.
 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Have I Been Busy?



I keep thinking I haven't done much quilting lately, but actually I have. I just haven't been doing a lot of piecing.  So what have I been doing?

I broke two needles trying to free motion quilt this table topper. After lot of unquilting I finally used my walking foot and stitched in the ditch. Also got the binding on...done.


I made two Trick-or-Treat bags for two very cute little boys.


I took the Juki off the frame so I could quilt the butterfly quilt. I've finished all of the in-the-ditch quilting, figured out what I want to quilt in the blocks, made a sample block to test...looks good huh? It's been sitting like that for three weeks.  Can you say CHICKEN!


I am making two very simple rag quilts. I've had this flannel for over 10 years. It needs to be gone. I've finished all the snipping on this one and the other is all ready to be put together.


And I've done lots...


and lots...


of binding. I really really really like these table toppers. Really.


I cleaned out my bookcase. Put all my patterns in sheet protectors and grouped like patterns in binders. Sorted all the magazine. Sorted the books...and shocker, got rid of some of the books.


It only looked that organized for about two seconds.

I did do some piecing. I cut out this Maple Island BQ3 quilt a few months ago and pieced all the blocks last weekend. 


Aren't the colors wild. I finished the top this afternoon but it needs ironed before I can show it off.

AND I went to PIQF yesterday! More on that soon.

I guess those little things really do add up.