Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Some Assembly Required

Some assembly required... that I've finished making the 27 Friendship Stars of homespuns and muslin I needed to add to the pile of 38 swapped stars.    But maybe I should iron these first. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I Found Another Vintage Quilt I Like So Decided To Make One Like It

I have hundreds of three inch nine patches.  I decided to make a nine patch zigzag like a vintage one I saw.     So far I've made these four columns. They are too long to show you the whole piece which is queen-sized so here's a snippet.  This is easier to make than I thought so I'm hoping to have a quilt top in no time especially if I add a column a day. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

It's a Flimsy: Star Chain

Star Chain
56 x 70

Star Chain was the March 2014 Block Lotto block of the month.  I won most of these. I guess the pile was waiting for me to make a couple more blocks.  Unfortunately two ladies, mother and daughter,  didn't send me blocks like they were supposed to.  That has been the only time I've ever known in all my years with Block Lotto that ladies did not follow through and send blocks.  Some folks are just like that, I guess.   But I can't look a gift horse in the mouth. The blocks I did receive are lovely - even the one that had part of the chain going in the wrong direction.  It was an easy fix. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

In The Hoop: More Than Three Sheets to the Wind

I finally have a big quilt (84 x 96, I think)  pin basted and in the hoop.   
I'm doing some big stitching with pink perle #8. 
I'm just stitching and not marking. 

This is a VERY SCRAPPY string star quilt. Most of the strings came from the trimming of quilt backs.  Some  Most of the scrappy stars lack symmetry but I don't see that as a problem.  My goal was to use strings and make some stars. I'm definitely seeing stars. 

A lot of the quilt backs were sheets.  So I call this quilt More Than Three Sheets to the Wind. 

I'm also using a nice soft pink silky feeling sheet from the thrift store for the back of this one. You can't really see it here but the sheet is embossed with roses. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Little Gifts

I made a few potholders for Christmas gifts.  For these I used Insulbrite and cotton flannel inside.   The one with mushrooms is for my daughter who loves to forage for mushrooms.  This is one side. 

This is the other side. 

And to go with the potholders...dishtowels, crocheted dishrags and crocheted scrubbies.  I usually use old embroidery transfers and embroider on the towels but this year I added a strip across the bottom of the towels that matches the potholders.   Looks like I'm a scrubby short but I probably have one in my "gifty box".  I try to keep a box of things like these so I have gifts for any occasion but it looks like that box is getting low. 

I made a special set for my good friend who claims she is an African Queen.  (It's a harmless delusion so I play along). She is the complete opposite of me but other than that she is exactly like me. Won't she have a good laugh when I give her some African Queen potholders.  (She gives me gifts suitable for a bonnie Irish lass - my harmless delusion). 

(She doesn't know I have a blog so I can show her gift. I don't want her here visiting. She'd go overboard with gushing even when things aren't really gushworthy. Ah, friends!)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Playing Along

I'm playing along with the Bonnie Hunter mystery makers and making the units called for in Bonnie's clues but making them for one of my UFOs instead of the mystery. 

I had Flying Geese day at my house last week and made a bunch of Flying Geese for several UFOs. And, then, Bonnie's clue 2 called for Flying Geese!  So I got busy and  made more - 192 more. I need about 720  little Flying Geese for sashing for my Blind Man's Fancy quilt.  I think I'm at the half way mark. 

Even though I don't have all the sashings with Flying Geese made yet...

...I had to try some out. Row 1 is assembled. 

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Tale of Birds in the Air - Chapter VI - White Bird Flimsy

White Bird 
It's now a flimsy! 
76 x 88

I was a Block Lotto winner of several of these Birds in the Air blocks in January 2016.  The challenge was to make them all work together nicely since not everyone stitches the same 1/4 inch seam.  And I'm all right with that. I made a lot more blocks to add to the winnings so I could have a bigger quilt.  While researching layouts I found one I liked that was even in similar colors but in reverse from the blocks I had.  I made some Flying Geese for the borders. 

This White Bird is the second of three different Birds in the Air quilts I've been working on. 

Chapters I - V of  A Tale of Birds in the Air 

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

More Bohemian Roosters Join The Flock

Boho Rooster #3 

These are 20 inch blocks and are not yet attached to any background fabric. I'm just auditioning some when I take photos.  I'm going to make all 16 blocks first before I add the pieced backgrounds. 

Boho Rooster #4

Instructions for making these Sunburst blocks can be found in Kathy Doughty's book Making Quilts. (My version is a little wilder, I guess).    I'm fussy cutting my rooster centers from Susan Winget fabric named Bohemian Rooster Click. 

I found these roosters eyeing those Speedy Chicks over at Sally's coop.   I might be forced to follow the tutorial and manufacture some to keep these roosters happy. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Gallimaufry and Thingamajigs


It's no secret that I'm inspired by a lot of vintage scrappy quilts.  I tried a few 4 inch blocks after I was inspired by a quilt for sale at Rocky Mountain Quilts.   I love all of the secondary patterns that can be seen in the quilt.  I'm not interested in buying - just interested in making my own. And so I think I have the little blocks figured out and now will continue to make more.  Nann at With Strings Attached suggested a few weeks ago that Gallimaufry would be a good name for some of my scrappy concoctions because that's what came to mind when she saw some of them.  Nann is a librarian so she knows all those fancy words but I didn't know if she was giving me a compliment, making fun of my quilts or just thought I could use a little learnin'. I had to look up the word so I could remember it longer.  Thanks, Nann. That's a good name for this quilt wannabe. 

I made a couple more of these Thingamajigs inspired by vintage blocks I saw on Flickr.  After screwing around trying to figure out how to make the block I decided they were just an Ohio Star variation. But now that I look back at the photo I'm not so sure these blocks are connecting quite the same as those in the picture. But that's okay. I'm going to continue on like this. 

The plan is to use my 1.5 inch scraps to make these blocks.  After I use a scrap for each block plus make Rainbow Scrap Challenge rail fence and Whatchamacallit blocks  if there is any left of the piece  I'm going to put it in the Spider Web quilt box so I can continue on with that quilt. 

And that's how really scrappy quilts are usually made around here - one scrap goes into many quilts. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Homespun Fun

I really like the Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilts. I've made a few of them but haven't made any the last couple of years. I thought this year I might join in but the more I thought about it the more I decided not to. I love the color scheme this year but don't have enough of those colors in my stash and I'm not good at changing colors unless I know what the final quilt looks like. I don't want to buy more fabric until I use a LOT of what I have.  I also don't need another UFO to add to my list.   So...  I do know that the Bonnie Hunter mysteries involve making a lot of individual units. I told myself I'd make the units she calls for in  each clue but make them for one of my UFOs in order to move a UFO forward. 

Clue 1 called for 50 nine patches.   I made 60.  Her clue called for 3 inch nine patches but I made six inch.   I used homespuns and muslin.  That navy on top is fabric left over from curtains I made for my youngest son's room when he was in high school and he's 33 years old now so that fabric has been around quite awhile. 

Long ago I participated in a Friendship Star swap. Stars are made of homespun fabrics with a muslin background.  I have thirty eight stars so will have to make a few more.  I'll use the fabric scraps left over from making the variety of nine patches. 
I will combine the nine patches and stars and move this UFO forward. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Salmagundi Road

I finished the last 12 of 25 blocks for a quilt I'm now calling Salmagundi Road. 

The inspiration for this quilt came from a photo of a vintage quilt in the Jim Tharpe collection that Audrey of Quilty Folk posted. 

Next step is sashing. I'm not sure I have enough of the fabric I have in mind so not sure if I'll use several different ones or what. I'll probably make the sashing smaller than what is shown in the inspiration photo.

I like vintage quilts so made a block while I was inspired. I didn't need instructions. I just figured it out but asked if anyone knew the block name when I posted a pic of the first blocks I made. 

 Dot (aka abelian who is a no-reply blogger so I couldn't say thanks) left me a comment saying the block name according to Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia #1911 is Buffalo Ridge by Nancy Cabot or Grandmother's Fancy.   #1912 is Buffalo Ridge or Country Roads.   I think the only difference between #1911 and #1912 is the whether or not the block sashing is the same size as the quilt sashing.     Anyway...after I had a name I found the Country Roads pattern at Quilter's Cache if you want to make your own 

I was originally calling this quilt Blazin' Hot because those words appeared in the fabric in one of the blocks I made earlier and I had no better name at that time. 

Then Nann of With Strings Attached  commented on another one of my wild quilts that Gallimaufry or Salmagundi would be a good name for one of my quilts.  Ok, Nann...

Salmagundi Road it is!  You will see my Gallimaufry blocks in a couple of days. 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

All That Glitters Is Not Gold

Yahoo! I now have 152 Glitter Blocks and can start assembling a top.  Actually, I think that will be my OMG (One Monthly Goal) for December. 

Instructions for making a Glitter quilt are found in Jen Kingwell's book Quilt Lovely. 

I made a few of these each month from 3.5 inch scraps with the nine patch points, center and corners usually in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month.   Gayle at Mangofeet had some tips on making Glitter templates and some ideas for efficient cutting so she was the one that gave me the idea to use my 3.5 inch scraps.   I'd still be dithering about which fabrics to use in each block if I didn't limit myself to what's in the scrap bin. My decisions are made for me.  Plus with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge I only have to make a few fiddly blocks each month based on the number of scraps I have in the 3.5 inch scrap bin.  

As you can see I still have a lot of 3.5 inch scraps and I really haven't added very many this year.  Next year I will continue to make snowballs and bow ties from these scraps. Plus I've been making 3.5 inch rails from my 1.5 inch scraps but next year I'll also use these scraps and just cut two 1.5 inch pieces for the rails.   I don't have anything else in mind for the 3.5 inch scraps next year - maybe I'll make some four patches or HSTs for the Parts Department. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

A group of butterflies is called a kaleidoscope and this month I have a kaleidoscope of hexie butterflies to add to my All Creatures Great and Small quilt.  I now have 75 hexies. 

These are large hexies so they go pretty fast. I make my own papers using the graph paper generated at Incompetech.  And actually I'm reusing some of the papers I took out of A Rainbow of  Favorite Things lap quilt that I made several years ago (below).   Once you print the paper you can subdivide your hexagon into all sorts of different configurations.  I'm not that creative so use only about five or six different configurations but that's enough to keep it interesting to me. 

A Rainbow of Favorite Things. 

It's been a lot of fun seeing all the butterfly inspired projects as well as kaleidoscopes while co-hosting Kaleidoscope of Butterflies with Ann. This will be the last link up. I don't think we will continue into 2018.   But I still have my liberated butterflies and blue collar kaleidoscope quilts to work on and I'll still be trying to lure butterflies into the garden so you haven't seen the last of kaleidoscopes or butterflies here.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Honk If You Love Flying Geese

Honk if you love Flying Geese. 
I'm not honking right now.  I have several quilts held up because they need some Flying Geese for sashings or borders or block parts.  So a couple of days ago I declared it Flying Geese Day at my house and that's the only thing I allowed myself to work on at the sewing machine. 

I completed some, but not all, Flying Geese for Blind Man's Fancy sashings. 

I completed the Flying Geese part of the border for White Bird. 

I made some fall color/dark corners Flying Geese so I can make more block A for Fall Festival...

...and I made some fall color/light corners so I can make more block B for Fall Festival. 

Enough of that. 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Going in Circles

I have finally gotten around to making more improv circles so I can get them in the hoop and embellished... these. 

It's a long term neutral, circular, improv, crazy quilt project.  Just going with the flow.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Bohemian Roosters

These are 20 inch Rising Sun blocks.  I haven't added the corners yet. I just put some fabrics behind the blocks in order to take pics and see how some fabrics look. I'm not sure I have enough boho-ish fabrics to complete 16 blocks so I'm making the circles first and will add the background corners after that.  The fabric in the middle will be fussy cut from  Bohemian Rooster fabric by Susan Winget.  I've had a piece of it for a very long time and didn't know what to do with it. Now I know.  The rays will all be yellow fabrics.  The circle backgrounds will be ???? and hopefully kind of boho-ish or rooster-ish.  I don't usually pull all fabrics for a quilt before I begin it.  

This is another pieced pattern from Kathy Doughty's book Making Quilts. 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

All Creatures Great and Small

All Creatures Great and Small Hexies
November finishes

 I work on hexies off and on when a small project is called for which has been the last couple of weeks.  I haven't felt like getting a quilt basted so I can get it in the hoop for hand quilting. Maybe today is the day. 
And that makes 62.  I guess I'll make them until I run out of creatures great and small. 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

From Brown 3.5 Inch Scraps

From brown 3.5 inch scraps I made a few six inch Bow Tie blocks...

...and some three inch Snowballs (with flippy corners that won't behave nicely for a photo). 

I also cut out the last of my Glitter blocks from 3.5 inch scraps but haven't started sewing on them yet. 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The Weekly Pickles

I've finished the last six of the twenty-five Pickles required so I can move forward to the next steps. 

Instead of a weekly Pickle block I might have to blog about a weekly Tobacco Leaf block or a weekly Sunflower block.  Keeping a weekly goal for myself has really helped keep this quilt from becoming a UFO. 

I'm working toward this Pickle Dish quilt. It's not normally what you think of when you think of a Pickle Dish quilt. It's from Kathy Doughty's book Making Quilts.   As you may or may not notice the Pickles are trimmed with 1/4 inch bias tape and then appliqued to the background.  The next step is making the bias tape. I've never done that before but have reviewed several tutorials and am thinking...just thinking...of buying a bias tape maker. First I'm going to try making some without it. 

After looking at several fabrics ( well, actually just two) I have on hand that might yield enough bias I've decided on this orangey-brown.  I think it blends well enough with most of the blocks and with the background fabric.