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. 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

It's a Flimsy! Camouflage

48 x 64
or maybe
It's a Jungle Out There

While I was quilting a big quilt on my DSM I took a lot of breaks from quilt wrestling and switched to an old machine and made Housetop or Quarter Log Cabin blocks from the box of brown, green and a few yellow strings.   I also added in a variety of green and brown critter fabrics  for the centers- odd bits and pieces left over from bug jar quilts, I Spy swaps, etc.    When I found I didn't have 48 pieces of critter fabrics I threw in some glow in the dark eyes from the Halloween fabrics. 

I originally intended to make 10 inch blocks but due to a very stupid mistake I ended up with 8 inch blocks.  I didn't figure that out until all blocks were made and I was at the square up stage, darn it.  I was thinking a 60 x 80 quilt would be a nice size donation quilt for a big guy but now it's probably a nice size for a little guy. 

In order to have the critters in the blocks oriented correctly I first made 12 top left blocks, then 12 top right, then 12 bottom left and finally 12 bottom right.  Then I assembled them into blocks of four blocks and finally into rows and columns 3 x 4. 

I see one block of four with some upside down frogs I didn't notice until I took these pictures. It bothers me enough to rip it out and orient it correctly.  The bird string ended upside down too. 

There might be another quilt in the left over in this assortment of strings but I think I'm going to re-sort again and add them in to different assortments - maybe add a few red and orange strings for a fall themed string pile.  I still have lots of strings to use.  A lot of these pieces are trimmings from quilt backs or odd sizes from the very end of a piece of yardage. 

Using green strings was my Rainbow Scrap Challenge challenge of the week. 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Gone Quilting: What's In the Hoop and on the Sewing Machine?

Pumpkin Peel is in the hoop. 
If I remember correctly this is 80 x 80.
Hand quilting with perle #8. 

Burgoyne Surrounded is being quilted on the sewing machine.  Today will be day 3 of being surrounded by Burgoyne Surrounded while quilting.  It's a BIG quilt.  I think it's 93 x 93.  I have to take lots of breaks. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

It's a Flimsy! Bohemian Roosters

 Bohemian Roosters
80 x 80

Sunburst pattern from Making Quilts by Kathy Doughty

I fussy cut the roosters for each center from Bohemian Rooster Click fabric by Susan Winget. 

 Blocks are all pieced and not appliqued.  I tried to use boho-ish looking fabrics from my stash that went with the background colors in the rooster centers and was surprised I even had anything that even sort of qualified. 

I haven't found a suitable backing yet. 

My husband had a Dr. appointment an hour away this morning but we started out and found the roads were too icy and slick so turned around and came back home. Guess I'll have to go sew. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Mystery! Intrigue! Suspense!

 Clue 1 - Sixteen Stars in dark blue and white

I have challenged myself to use my holiday fabrics this year and patriotic fabrics celebrating the Fourth of July, Veteran's Day and Memorial Day is included in that Holiday Cheer Challenge.    In addition I've been going through boxes, bins and bags of fabric and I am trying to clear some older fabrics and larger scraps out and use them up.   In that process I found a bunch of small muslin pieces and lots of bits and pieces of  dark blue fabrics just right for these stars.   Clue 2 uses red and white strings. How fortunate that I have some white strings left over and unused after I made those two pink and white string quilts last week.  So on to clue 2. 

Clue 1 was fabric requirements and cutting. Remember I said I had a lot of bits and pieces of blue fabrics I wanted to use up? Some of these pieces are pretty old. (I guess that makes them "old lady florals" ? ) A couple of the pieces were left over from backings or borders of quilts gone by so I had to do a little creative cutting. 

I'm making 8 sets but think I'll add one more for a total of 36 blocks. In a 5 x 7 setting that would be a nice size for a donation quilt 40 x 56. 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Green Scraps


March brings a new color for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. We are supposed to use our bright and light greens and save darks for another month but I'm just using green scraps of any variety this month.   

And my first order of scrappy business was to dig into the 3.5 inch scrap box.   I made some six inch bow tie blocks.   They are a project carried over from last year.  I cut the snowballs which also uses 3.5 inch scraps but didn't get them made. 

Then I dug into the green chunks (less than a FQ) to make 8  eight inch Oh Susannah! quilt blocks for this month's Block Lotto. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The Weekly Dozen

Drunkard's Path
My target goal is 224 six inch blocks. With the addition of these I now have 191. 
My March OMG (One Monthly Goal) is to make 36 more Drunkard's Path blocks.  That will take me a little over my target but I might have counted incorrectly or (gasp!) made a couple of shoddy blocks. 

I might even start quilt assembly before month end!  Layout will be 14 x 16.