Monday, July 28, 2014

In the Pink - a UFO Finish


54 x 66
(Yes, I do see now that a couple of blocks had the corner four patches oriented the wrong way)!!! 

I completed my July Lovely Year of Finishes goal  (#103 on ALYoF goal setting page).   Actually, I did more than my goal. I only wanted to complete the top but I've not only completed the top...I quilted it on my plain Jane Janome DSM and then finished sewing down the binding by hand. 


I swapped a different color of Thrifty Block (directions from Block Lotto) each month with a group of ladies on a Yahoo Group in 2010. (I think it was 2010 or it might even have been 2009. I left the group long ago).  I finished a Rainbow Thrifty Quilt late last year with some of the other colors. 

I quilted it, as I previously mentioned, on my plain Jane DSM. All 99 squares have free form (very free form) flower quilted on it. 


The back is a 100% cotton PINK sheet in excellent condition from the thrift store. 

I think I know a PINK loving little girl who will love the quilt. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Seeing Red But Not For Long


I finished up a lot of red lozenges. Mine are the small size which will finish at 2 x 4.5
They are pretty boring to make since I can't get into the leader/ender type of sewing but I like them because they are kind of a diary of fabrics that have passed through my hands. 


I finished my red postage stamp Sunbonnet Sue.  I saw the vintage  pattern last year at Q is for Quilter. 


She will get added to the rest of the rainbow girls. I have a brown one I made last year when the RSC color was brown.  So now I have 8.  My quilt will have 12- not 9 like in the pattern. 


I did use a lot of red strings and used up some small red fabric chunks when I made these 48 string blocks...

...and these 48 Happy Blocks. I mailed them to some members of the Heartstrings group since they are having a sew-in today to make quilts for Veterans entering hospice. 

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Stay tuned for the next color...it changes at the beginning of each month.  

Friday, July 25, 2014

HSTeria is About Over

Vicki Welsh from Field Trips in Fiber has been hosting a HSTeria Quilt Along.  This is the last week. 
We've been sewing along on several projects that use HSTs. 

Last week I added some HSTs to some four patches and made some 14 inch Bear Foot blocks.  I made 5 more blocks this week which brings me to a total of 13.  I can't decide what size quilt to make so not sure how many more I need.  

Vicki was picking a random winner each week from those who linked up with a HST project. The prize was a bunch of her beautiful hand dyed "scraps". 

The McCall's Quilting Vintage Quilts Spring 2014 magazine had a Birds in the Air quilt I wanted to make some day so I thought I would use Vicki's "scraps" and start making it now. 

I need 40 of these HSTs within HST blocks.  Don't Vicki's scraps look gorgeous against the Navy Kona? 

Thanks, Vicki!
Got HSTs? 
She also has some beautiful hand-dyed fabrics. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Jake's Jack's Chain and Kayla's Pickle Dish

I decided to make special quilts as wedding gifts for my grandchildren. 
That way, if I'm not here on their special day I'll be there in spirit. 

Isabelle's brother, Jacob, is 5 and his wedding quilt is Jack's Chain (above).  I finished a row this weekend to add to the quilt but still have far to go especially since I'm going to hand quilt it.  There's a lot of Y seams in this quilt and I think I'm finally getting the hang of it. My secret is NOT to pin but to sew slowly. 

I'm using Kona navy for the hexagons and some bright (and some wild) 3 inch 9 patches - a lot of them are from past swaps. 


My other 9 year old granddaughter, Kayla, will get a Pickle Dish. I think this will be an easier assembly than Isabelle's Double Wedding Ring. 

I finally got around to paper piecing a few more arches this weekend for her quilt too.  I should count how many I have now. 

Kayla's quilt will have pink, yellow, orange and aqua arches and the fabric you see them laying on will be the corner fabric for the blocks.  I can't decide on a center to use that will connect the arches. 


This? 

Or this? 

Or neither? 

Hmmm.....

Any suggestions? 




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bear Footin'



I was trying to decide what to do with a bunch of 4 inch 4 patches - some swapped, some my own. 


I ended up sorting into color groups, made a few 2.5 inch HSTs from scraps and ended up with several 14 inch Bear Foot blocks. 

I probably have enough 4 patch blocks to make a couple of full size Bear Foot quilts. 

Making and using HSTs? 
Join the HSTeria at Field Trips in Fiber. It's the last week. 




When It's Hot and When It's Not


It has been unseasonably cool this year so I've managed to get all the hand quilting around the butterflies and along the back stitching finished...



...and now I'm hand stitching in the ditch around the green sashings. Then I will use a template for some hand stitching IN the border...where it will show. 


And when it is too hot to sit around in a house with no a/c and a quilt on my lap I work on other things.

 I have a habit of picking up things from the thrift store like these four napkins that were originally $9.50 but marked down to $1.95 at the thrift store and in an unopened package. 

 I have a box full of things like this I've been collecting for years (and years and years) so decided it was time to dig into it and work on some things for Christmas gifts.  These napkins will probably go to my daughter since she loves decorating the whole house for holidays (unlike me) and these would be cute for Valentine's Day. I will more than likely add a backing since I don't like those serged seams as a finish.  No floss was included so I get to pick my own colors. 


And, speaking of Christmas...I've got a few potholders that need the binding sewn down. Yes, I hand sew the binding even on potholders.  Oh...and just a tip when making potholders...remember to QUILT the potholders before you add the binding!  (I knew they went together too quickly). 

Working on some Slow Stitching today? 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Red Tales from the Scrap Box - Strips and Strings


I've added an 18 inch Wonky Log Cabin...



...to the other Wonkies. 


And I've added 4 more 8 inch String Blocks...



...to make a total of 20 blocks.  (I guess I didn't have enough yellow or aqua strings for blocks).

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