Tuesday, June 18, 2024

String Trilogy

I sorted my strings and decided upon three new projects. 

The longest strings, like ones that come from quilt backing trimming, will be made into Feathers.  I'll be making a quilt called Feather Bed. I made one back in 2016 and still have the pattern.  It is an Anna Maria Horner pattern that was free when I made my quilt back in 2016 but I see it is no longer free.  The Feathers are about 18 inches long and I need 38 Feathers. I'm pretty sure I have enough of that green fabric for the background. 

As the strings get a little shorter and skinnier I will use them to make a Spider Web quilt I will use that black with multicolor in all of the blocks. I bought a bunch of that fabric for backings when I made Friendship Star quilts for my granddaughter's friends after she passed away. I didn't notice when I bought it online that it has marijuana leaves on it so I don't want to use it in any quilts for kids. 

I've made several Spider Web quilts using different methods but I like Bonnie Hunter's method the best.

And finally when the strings are very skinny and/or very short they will be made into eight pointed String Stars. I think I may use different blue solids for the backgrounds or I may just use different colored solids. I'm not sure yet. 

I will use Corey Yoder's tutorial.  I used it in the past to make Skimpy Scrimption Stars from selvages. 

I also have some strings with kid's novelties on them set aside and when I finish blocks for these three quilts I will probably add in colorful strings that are left over as well as some low volume strings to make Wonky Log Cabin blocks. 

And sew on...


Monday, June 17, 2024

Irish Chain Top

It's a top!
Irish Chain
42 x 60

In a box of goodies someone sent me a long row of 6.5 inch Nine Patches and Squares sewn together as well as some Nine Patches. I took off some blocks on the end of the row in order to make it a kiddo sized quilt.  With six inch blocks I was aiming for a 42 x 60 quilt. Then I picked out all of the Nine Patches with dark corners and made a few more of my own. Then I cut 6.5 inch squares. 

Everything got sewn together into an Irish Chain layout. 

And now I just need to find a backing and get it quilted. 

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (My word of the year)

June 16 - Finished the book Five Chimneys: A Woman Survivor's True Story of Auschwitz by Olga Lenyel. It was originally published in 1946. The title says it all.   And now that my last two books have been about WWII I need to read something a little lighter. 


Sunday, June 16, 2024

Suzy Ducken On The Courthouse Steps

It's a top!
I forget the measurements but it's baby quilt sized. 

It started with a cross stitch kit someone sent me of Suzy Ducken.  After I completed the cross stitch I asked on the Stashbusters list if anyone used cross stitch in quilts and received many replies from folks who have.   One idea was to use cross stitch as the center to a Courthouse Steps quilt. 

Well, orange and lime green figure predominately in the cross stitch and I sure do have a lot of scraps in those colors (Anvils, Bramble Blooms series) so I put those scraps to use and made Courthouse Steps. 

I'm not sure when I will finish the quilt but after I finished the cross stitch I found this cute duck fabric on clearance and bought a couple yards of it. I guess it was meant to be. 

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

June 15 - a new phone! My old phone was really old. It was the next step up from a flip phone. I remembered we replaced our flip phones with waterproof covers when we went on a trip with some siblings to Belize. I have not been able to update aps for quite awhile and then the battery started to bulge and phone started falling apart. I had to look up when we went to Belize and was surprised to find that was in June 2007. My phone old phone was that old!! I rarely use my phone and basically just carry it with me for emergencies.  So anyway...I finally have a new phone. It only took six hours and several Verizon support people to get the esim card activated so I could call and text. Thankfully hubby took over with the support people after I became totally frustrated with them. I wish people knew what they were doing and didn't just follow a script for support. Hopefully this phone will last 17 years like my old one. Or maybe a little longer...I'll only be 89 in 17 years. 

Saturday, June 15, 2024

The Blues Chapter III

8 inch
Floral scraps

Blue is the Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) color of the month. 

For these blocks I used small blue floral scrap chunks and floral neutral scraps. 

I didn't get around to getting all the Posies I cut out made this week so you might see a few more Posies next week. 

10 inch blocks

More with florals. I've been making these 8.5 inch finished Happy Blocks with 5 inch floral centers in the color of the month and framing them with floral scraps.  I have a bin of 5 inch squares and so each month I look through the squares for centers in the RSC color. 

Another set of 8.5 inch Happy Blocks. 
Someone gave me Happy Block frame pieces in rainbow colors. There weren't quite enough frames so I cut more from a few rainbow type fabrics I had.   The centers are 5 inch TOT (tone on tone) squares in the RSC color of the month. 

And finally...for this set of Happy Blocks...if I have any 2.5 inch width scraps long enough in the color of the month I cut those up to use as frames for some animal print squares. 

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

June 14 - I think mom raccoon and her babies have left the premises.  We have a breezeway that attaches to a garage and behind the garage is an attached area we use as a tool shed. So anyway...I thought I kept hearing noises when I went through the breezeway or garage that sounded like an animal moving around - a big animal not a mouse. Then after a few days I heard little chattering sounds. Pretty sure it was baby raccoons and it sounded like they were in the ceiling.  Ewwwww!!! I looked around the house and found a small hole in the roof where the roof of the house meets the roof of the tool shed. Ugh!!! So I did a little research and found Raccoon Eviction fluid. It's supposedly male raccoon urine and raccoon mamas don't want males around their babies. So anyway...I gathered up a few rocks and put them in old socks and rags and soaked those socks and rags in the eviction fluid and tossed them around where I thought raccoon mama had the babies. 72 hours later I have heard no noises of any kind and I've tried banging around to let mama and babies know I am looking for them so they would start making noises. So maybe the Raccoon Eviction fluid worked or maybe it was time for mama and babies to move on anyway. Now I need to get roof hole fixed before something else takes up residence. 

Also...entry door knob broke. It was fixed in the unlock position; however, we were locked in and locked out.  After I broke out through another door and went into hardware store to get new one hubby was able to help me install it. I am so thankful he was able to do that because a few months ago he could not get out of a chair by himself or breathe without oxygen. 

Friday, June 14, 2024

A Small Monkey Wrench Finish

It's a finish!
Monkey Wrench
10 inch blocks
40 x 40

You may or may not remember that as one of my Rainbow Scrap Challenge (RSC) projects I made Monkey Wrench blocks in three different sizes from scraps. After a couple of years of making blocks I had big piles of them. I sorted blocks and have been making donation quilts with them. 

This quilt has 10 inch pastel blocks. 

I quilted it with vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines on my Brother sewing machine. 

The backing.
I had almost enough of the same fabric for the binding. I added in a piece of a similar color. 

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

It's been awhile since I last posted. We have a lot of John's family in town this week (June 9 - June 16) camping in cabins, RVs and tents. John is no longer able to drive or camp; however, the park is only a few minutes drive for us so we go over to visit with everyone coming and going for a few hours every day. John is the oldest of eight siblings. Two passed away last year. If you count our generation as generation 1 there are four generations of living relatives. Generation four has just started and will have the third member of that generation will be joining us in August.   So, anyway...we have been celebrating family all week -- 3 high school grads, new baby born in March, 70th birthday. There's talk of future wedding plans for several and names for that new baby joining in March. And we are remembering...past camp outs and those who are no longer here with us.  And everyone marvels that John is able to attend.  CELEBRATE!

June 7 - I already mentioned in our last post that we celebrated our 51st anniversary that day. But that day I also received a package - purchased batik strips and strings from Wanda - and I received a couple of backings as a bonus!

June 8 - I received a box with partially used big spools of thread and large chunks of fabric from Teresa. 

June 9 - Family camping begins! 

June 10 - Finished a book - The Rose Code by Kate Quinn. - It's a WWII historical fiction book. Three female codebreakers at Bletchley Park must uncover a traitor and solve one last code after World War II.  Interesting book and some of the characters are based on real persons. 

June 11 - I received a box with mostly strings from Katie. I also received a housedress I ordered. I'm thinking that it might be cooler to work in the garden in a loose fitting dress. We shall see...

June 12 - Family! Family! Family! Food, Fun, Games, Memories....

June 13 - Received a box with several lengths of fabric from Kathleen for possible use as backings for donation quilts.

**I am so thankful for all the friends who send me surprise packages and keep me sewing! I try to move it all forward in the form of quilts and on to someone else to enjoy! 

Saturday, June 8, 2024

The Blues Chapter II

Twilight Flight
Flying Geese
6 inch

I'm still working out in the gardens a lot and helping hubby through his recovery so have not found a lot of time to sew. But I did work on the 2.5 inch width scraps this week and did end up making a few blocks and processing scraps. 

I only had a few dark blues for Geese for these blocks but I did have a few other colors of 2.5 inch scraps I had thrown into that project bag while processing scraps so sewed them up too. 

4 inch

Last week I made the little windmills from 1.5 inch width scraps that were long enough and this week I made them from the 2.5 inch width scraps that were long enough. I have a big bag of them so one of these days I should count them and decide what I'm going to do with them. 

I cut up the remaining 2.5 inch blue scraps into:

1. Sets of four 2.5 inch squares - I have two projects that use them.
2. 2.5 x 4.5 rectangles  -- into the Parts Dept. 
3. 2.5 x 3.5 rectangles - coin quilt layout by value
4. 2.5 inch squares - into the Parts Dept. 
5. 1.5 x 2.5 rectangles -- I have two projects that use them

And sew on...


Friday, June 7, 2024

A Small Sixteen Patch Finish

It's a finish!
Sixteen Patch
42 x 42

I was looking through my SAR (Some Assembly Required) box of complete block sets to see what I had in there to assemble. I found this set of 16 Patch blocks. Not sure when I put them in there but maybe it was two years ago when I was working with some chunks of small animal and kid print 30s reproduction fabrics.

Well, anyway, it is now assembled and finished. I quilted it with vertical and horizontal lines on my DSM in a neutral thread. 

The back is a cheater quilt fabric someone gave me that was just the right size. 

And sew on...

CELEBRATE! (my word of the year)

June 5 - I saved $1.71 per gallon on gas with my HyVee Grocery Store Perks card. I only go grocery shopping every couple of weeks and normally don't buy a lot of items that go toward fuel savings. The amount of fuel savings accumulate; however, they expire after a month . Since I rarely go anywhere and don't use much gas my savings usually expire before I can use them. This time I guess the stars were aligned and I even filled up the gas can for the riding mower. 

June 6 - I received two packages of quilty goodies - one from Julie and one from Donna. I am so thankful. It gets the old endorphins sparking and boosts the spirit. I love sorting through fabric and dreaming of what it will become -- kind of like giving birth to a child. Kind of...  

June 7 - Happy 51st Wedding Anniversary to us!  Our anniversaries are usually just a day like any other. In the early days we never used to have enough money for gifts or to do anything special but mark the passage of our time together and enjoy the day and that is what we will do today.