Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Adding More Pickles to the Dish

 I've finished two more rows of my Pickle Dish quilt but I have no design wall so I'll break the rows into 4 block sections for these pictures. 

 This will be a wedding quilt for my granddaughter's hope chest. 
I will hand quilt it. 

And now I only have twelve blocks to go. All arcs for the blocks are already paper pieced. 
And I need to make a piano key border. 

I've used the pattern in Kaffe Fassett's book Quilt Romance. 

These are the first two rows.  I completed them in October. 

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Sister's Choice


Awhile back I participated in a 6 inch 9 patch swap in civil war reproduction fabrics - blue corners, red centers and the rest of the block in tan. 

I've slowly been turning them into  10 inch Sister's Choice blocks. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Chickens and Chickens and Chickens, Oh My!

Since last we met for some Slow Stitching on Sunday I've added some binding to my 7 potholders - hand stitched on back just like a quilt.  I really don't like the look of binding that shows machine stitching.  I showed the back of the potholders in the middle of the potholders on the right. 

I've also finished the embroidery on another dishtowel. 

And, not slow stitching, but I made a reversible fabric grocery bag.  

So, into the bag goes an embroidered dishtowel, potholder, crocheted dishcloth and sometimes a refrigerator magnet or other nick nack. 

That's what I usually give some friends and family for Christmas.

The red plaid is the reverse side of the fabric grocery bag. 

So, for Slow Stitching this week I'm going to try to finish up a few more embroidered dishtowels. 

I need to get some of these sets mailed off to distant parts for Christmas so time is of the essence! 

Doing some hand stitching today? 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Blue - Using it and Feeling It

Light blue is the color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 
I've been making 3 - 12 inch kaleidoscope blocks each month - one in the color of the month one in the color of month plus it's complement and one in color of month plus previous month.    I want to have 42 blocks before I assemble the quilt so made an extra all blue one this month. 

I've been making the corners of the blocks out of crumbs. So in addition to using up scraps for the kaleidoscope I use up LOTS of crumbs in the corners. 

I was to also make a border out of crumbs for my kaleidoscope quilt but in mixed up crumbs. I think that will look like little kaleidoscope pieces.   I've had crumb strips that are left over each month  (at top in photo) after making the kaleidoscopes that will be used in the border.  They measure about 4.5 inches.  In addition I've had some strips left over each month from the kaleidoscopes that I've been cutting into 6.5 inch squares to use in something else (yet to be determined) later. 

Since I've been using a lot of crumbs and smaller pieces in projects this year I've started using my bigger scraps in some rainbow projects that will continue into next year like this Dresden.   I've used 4.5 inch pieces in this and will use a gray background, a polka dot center in the color of the month surrounded by gray rick rack.   With this I practice my applique skills (which are about nil). 

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Stumbling Along on the Drunkard's Path

Today's Drunkard Path blocks leaves me with a total of 51 out of the 120 I need.
Blocks measure 6 inches finished and consist of four DP quadrants. 
I'm using dots and dashes from my stash.  

Stumbling   Quilting along with others and with

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Vintage Spinning

I have finished 4 more Vintage Spin blocks. 
Pattern is from the book Adding Layers by Kathy Doughty 

Vintage Spin or Burst of Energy?

Linking up to Esther's WOW Wednesday. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

More Wonky Logs

I've been using my blue short string scraps and black/black and white short string scraps in Wonky Log Cabin Blocks. 

Blocks measure 9 inches finished. 

I used the more traditional red centers. 

I made 24 blocks. 
With a small border this will eventually measure out to be a child -sized 40 x 60 quilt for donation. 

I've used up a lot of scraps but probably have enough for another quilt this size. 

The last Wonky Log Cabin quilt I made and donated to Wrap-A-Smile was the one above. 

Linking up to Scraptastic Tuesday.