Saturday, March 17, 2018

Those Crazy Ladies of the Lake Wearin' Green

Although I've done a lot of sewing this week not much of it was with green scraps except for these three 10 inch Lady of the Lake blocks. 

This is a Rainbow Scrap Challenge Project carried over from last year. 

Today I will celebrate my Irish ancestry.  No green beer or parties here- just the grand kids.  We will probably spend the late afternoon and early evening playing board games and I may read them a few Irish folk tales or fairy tales from some old books of mine (or have them read to me) and tell them a few stories about their Irish ancestors. My paternal ancestors emigrated during famine times from Counties Galway, Mayo and Kilkenny in Ireland and eventually all settled in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa.  When I first became interested in genealogy (way before the internet) I asked my paternal grandmother several times to tell me about her ancestors and each time she told me "the Irish? all they do is fight and drink. That's all I know."   I've done a lot of family research over the years and found that, yes, they did fight and drink quite a bit; however, they did do a LOT more than that in between.  

Happy St. Patrick's Day
Don't do too much fighting and drinking!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Some Assembly Required

Down the Beaten Path...
My March OMG (One Monthly Goal) was to make 36 - six inch Drunkard's Path blocks. 
I now have more than my total goal of 224 blocks. 
Now some assembly is required. 
Layout will be 14 x 16.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Foothills QAL Blocks 6-10

with Mary Elizabeth Kinch

I'm using patriotic prints.
My blocks 6-10. 
I have 15 more to go. 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

It's a Finish! Burgoyne Surrounded

 Burgoyne Surrounded
93 x 93
Quilted on my DSM

I started this as a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project in 2017. I wanted to use up some miscellaneous scrap chunks of fabric so made blocks each month that primarily used the color of the month.  For instance this block used up some blue chunks. 

This block used up some pink scraps.  
You can kind of see how I very simply quilted it on my DSM - first I quilted diagonally along the chains Then I quilted horizontally and vertically along the sides of the sashing and through the middle of each block. 

 Then since batting (pellon nature's touch 80/20) instructions require quilting no farther than four inches apart I added more vertical and horizontal lines through each block. 

I did minimal quilting - it's difficult to wrestle a quilt this big through a DSM with a small harp. 
I used wide bleached muslin for the backing and neutral scraps for the binding. 

And I can mark another UFO off the list!


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Feathered Stars

Feathered Stars
They are easier to make than I thought so there will be more. 

Monday, March 12, 2018

I'm Not Totally Clueless

I'm ALMOST caught up on the clues given so far for Alycia's Mystery Quilt  *The Patriot*. 
This will be a Quilt of Valor when it's finished. 

Two FQ pairs are supposed to make two different 8 inch blocks - four blocks total.  I used 9 FQ pairs so I will end up with a donation quilt with thirty-five blocks (5x7 layout) instead of four orphan blocks. 

So, as you see...I'm not totally clueless at the moment! 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

It's a Finish! Roy G Biv's Coin Purse

Roy G Biv's Coin Purse
63 x 77
Hand quilted

I made this in response to an AdHoc Improv challenge in Jan 2017 to make a Chinese Coin quilt.  I'd made a couple of them ages ago (about 2008?) with Halloween fabrics for my granddaughters but that was it. 

Well, I like challenges but I didn't have any fabrics I really wanted to cut up and use in a Chinese Coin quilt.  So I hit the "Parts Department" looking for bits and pieces in rainbow colors.  Who doesn't love a rainbow? 

I had a few green postage stamp blocks, some blue four inch orphan blocks... rails left over from a kaleidoscope quilt, orange ends I had sewn together into a strip from the ends of 2.5 inch scraps... 2.5 inch strip pieces (yummy broccoli and cupcakes), blue crumb blocks... four patches, yellow crumb block stars, blue get the picture.   I used blue for the separator between colors and columns because rainbows go with blue skies. 

I hand quilted with perle #5 in variegated colors of the rainbow that I had on hand.  I stitched vertical lines without marking in rainbow color order.  I enjoyed a visit with all those bits and pieces of fabric as I stitched.  A lot of them made me smile.  

I used a light variegated gray fabric for the background so the rainbow stitching would show up on the back.  Solid colors of the rainbow served as binding. How about strip of each color was the perfect amount. 


I spent a lot of time Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts and 
Oh Scrap! the scraps I used!  Quilting is More Fun than Housework.