Sunday, October 4, 2015

Doing That Crazy Hand Jive

Still hand quilting...

...x's in the 9 patches and "flowers" in the snowballs. 

Not sure how I will tack down those prairie points so they don't flap around. Any suggestions? 

I'm stitching along today with others in blog land at Kathy's Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching.  I wonder what everyone else is up to. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

What Can Brown Do For You?

Every month when Angela declares the new color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge  I go to my 2.5 scrap box and pull all of the pieces of that color.  It's kind of fun to see what all is in there in the monthly color.  This month the color is brown.   

...and I pulled out these pieces of brown. 

Pieces about 22-24 inches long get matched up and made into eight inch kaleidoscope blocks...

... and more kaleidoscope blocks and one 8 inch Depression block...

...and a few 4Ps and then some.

And I have some lozenges (suppositories) cut and have some squares left for a few Twinklers you might see next week. 

Got Scraps? 
Use them up and join us each ScrapHappy Saturday. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

On a Lighter Note

Mollie of the Heartstrings Quilt Project Group I belong to issued a challenge for July and August to make Heartstring quilts with light colored centers.   Well, here it is almost October and I finally finished a top 60 x 78. I used a light gray floral print and had just enough for the blocks with a little bit to spare.  I wanted to use a garbage bag full of light colored quilt trimming strings and I used about half of the bag.  That's about the extent of any light colored fabrics or scraps around here.  For the border I used another gray floral piece that looks like it is left over from a maternity top I made in the 80s.  (I might have made a little dress for my daughter with that same lovely piece of calico). 

And if I ever get it quilted (after I piece together some batting pieces) it will be a donation quilt. 

Can you tell I use a lot of cotton sheets for quilt backs? 

Since I definitely used scraps I'm going to link up to Oh Scrap! at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework. 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sane, Crazy, Crumby and Improv ??????

Back in January 2014 Sophie of Sophie Junction issued a Tea Towel Challenge. (as you can see in my Jan. post if you so desire).  I picked a Tea Towel, decided I would make at least a lap quilt sized and went about making various items to add to the quilt. I just knew I didn't want to use the Tea Towel as the center because I don't really like Medallion type quilts. 

By March 2014 I had a lot of letters and embroidery completed and there I stalled and put everything away. (You can see where I left off in my March 2014 post if you so desire. )

Now fast forward to a month or so ago when Kaja of Sew Slowly and Ann of Fret Not Yourself  decided to form the Ad Hoc Improv Quilters Group (AHIQ).    I don't really consider myself an improv quilter and I don't really feel the urge to label my quilting or style in any sort of way but I do like to use some feeble parts of my brain once in awhile before they atrophy so I kind of joined in with AHIQ.    I can't just take fabric and play around with it. I have to have a goal in mind because I'm very goal oriented and don't feel I can waste fabric or time on something that wouldn't be useful to me or someone else. That's just not me. No, that's not me at all. I actually get my liberated feeling from taking my bra off the minute I get in the door after work. The shoes usually come off next. Ah...liberation!! Cutting into fabric for who knows what reason doesn't liberate me. In fact it stresses me. I've tried to be "fabric liberated."  If I  play with some fabric I have to make it into hotpads or mug rugs or place mats or something.   And scraps too little to do anything with go into the garden as mulch so I don't have to throw it away. Anyway, enough about my Type A personality (I can live with it)... So, this is a UFO I consider an improv project.  I dug it out of the burial mound and decided to give it life once again.  Maybe a monthly linky party will give me the push I need to move along on this.  Or not. We shall see.  I do have a couple of other UFOs I would probably consider improv in the same burial ground where I found this one. And they are to me different types of improv.   But let's start here. With this one. I'm going to try to impress myself with what I consider some improv quilting.  I may end up with some improv comedy instead. Who knows. 

So...what have I done since I resurrected this project?  

I haven't done much.  I decided I would construct this AHIQ quilt (aka Tea Towel Challenge quilt) by making panels with my bits and pieces...3 of them...and I would then join them together into one quilt.  It's a start.  

You can see what others consider AHIQ projects at  Sew Slowly or Fret Not Yourself.  
And why not join the fun too!

Monday, September 28, 2015

These Feathers Aren't For My Cap

Put on your sunglasses!

I found a pattern to use up some of my brighter  and long string scraps (about a garbage bag full - most are quilt back trimmings)- Anna Maria Horner's Feather Bed. 
Eight blocks down and thirty more to go for a twin sized quilt.  I think I have enough strings. I hope I have enough of that wild feather background. 

I'll show you later what I did with the lighter colored strings. 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Oh, Gosh! I Should Clean the Guest Room More Often.

Oh, gosh! Look what I found upstairs in the guest bedroom on top of the wardrobe with some finished quilts.  Who hid it up there?  Hmmmm...   I guess it's a good thing I had company and freshened up the guest room.  (Who knows what treasures I have hidden from myself all over the house. Treasure hunt, anyone?)

I started making this in 2011. I finished the top in 2012. And I started hand quilting it in Jan. 2013 but I didn't get very far and then I evidently hid it from myself. Hmmmm...   (I was calling this bird brains since it features birds in most the snowballs but we can see who the real bird brain is here).  It is also one of the few quilts I've made with a border and I even tried prairie points to boot. But, where did that lime green come from? I really despise lime green.  That explains all of those lime green scraps now! 

This was the first quilt I started quilting with regular thread (not perle).  Back then I used no thimble or hoop.  I got as far as stitching diagonally through all of the nine patches with an X.  (I'm talking about the dark squares.  I just added those Xs in the light patches last night).   I remember it was very difficult to hand quilt because I used some batik on the back and it sure doesn't needle like butter. 

The snowballs have a flower motif I traced with a stencil. 

This really wasn't up next in my hand quilting queue since I finished hand quilting Petunias but it's started, been pinned and my body doesn't feel like it should get down on the floor to pin baste any other quilt so away we go hand quilting this one. 

That batik back and you can see how much I already previously quilted. 

So, I guess I'll do some Slow Sunday (and Monday and Tuesday and...) for awhile on this thing.  I think it is Queen-sized. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Orange - The Dresden Edition

Orange is the color of the month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 
Each month I make 4 Dresden blocks on gray backgrounds. They also have a polka dot center and gray rickrack around the center. The other self-imposed rules:
1. One block of color of the month
2. One block in color of month plus its complement
3. One block in color of the month plus black/white
4. One block in color of the month plus white/black. 

Got scraps?
Use them up and link up each ScrapHappy Saturday. 
Color will be changing soon!