Monday, May 30, 2016

Progress on Quilt Tops

I have made some progress this week.  I am making both my daughters big quilts at their request.  I showed LIsa's last week, it is a queen size.  I couldn't get a great picture without things in the way but this is a sort of layout on the leaves.  There will be three vines randomly coming down and leaves will be on either side.  I wanted to see if I had enough.  They have fusible web on the back with the paper still attached currently.  The quilt will be bound in red.

Gentle Moments partially finished

I have this top in my collection for awhile.  The pattern was in McCall's quilting in 2001 and my friend Debi wanted to make it and bought the pink. She gave it to me along with all her 30's. Amy wants a quilt roughly 126 X 108 with a very thin batting and navy blue on one side so it can play double duty.  When she was here she saw this in my stash and said it would work.  I had set it aside because there was a booboo.  I had somehow mismeasured on the pink border and the quilt was not laying flat.  After taking the outer borders off and removing 2" off each side I got it back to this point.  Then I had to make two more white boders and then the piano key and finished it off with the only piece of 30's I had that had enough yardage.  It's so big I didn't have a place to lay or hang it.  It's in my lumpy yard so it doesn't look even and it's wrinkled so ignore that!  It was sunny so the color is a bit washed.

Gentle Moments 109 X 125

strange mushroom

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We have woods behind our house and I have been going out and laying out trails for our dog to follow.  She is 15 months old and is doing very well at her search and rescue training.  I loved this mushroom, not sure what it is, and I love the purple flowers on the skunk cabbage.  
skunk cabbage flowers

Tuesday, May 24, 2016


It seemed to take forever, but I finally got the background done for my daughter Lisa's quilt.  The short mortar pieces between the bricks sewed up quickly but it took a long time to sew all those horizontal rows.  Now comes the fun part of drawing up leaf shapes to applique over the top.  They will be fused and stitched, it would take me forever and a day to hand applique.  The binding will be red.  

I did get several pieces sewn on my postage stamp quilt as leader/enders as I was sewing this!  I wish I had taken the time to cut more tumblers for my patriotic leader/ender tumbler quilt.  I need to see how many more I need to assemble that top.

For fun I thought I would revisit some older quilts in future blog posts. I did it a few years ago and had fun.  I finished this one in 2003.  It was a series quilt in the old Foundation Piecer magazine and made completely with Moda Marble fabrics.  It's still one of my favorite quilts and I usually take it to quilt camp.

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Little Progress

I haven't made progress on the Farm Girl Vintage quilt because I decided it needs to be longer, so I have to take a row off and make six more blocks.  In the meantime I did get my One Block Wonder pieced.  I love it!  I am debating borders, nothing is really grabbing me, so I may just quilt and bind it as is.  However it gets added to my long list of "to be quilted" for now!
One Block Wonder

I also started piecing my daughter Lisa and husband Kevin's quilt.  They designed it and there will be red vine applique over it.  There will also be "mortar" between the rows, for design wall purposes it's not there!  I have the rows on top sewn together.  It's split in the middle on the unsewn rows strictly for layout purposes.  I don't like to have pieces over the two pieces of design wall, they don't stay as well.

Lisa and Kevin guest room quilt
That's all my excitement.  11 days of school left, and we leave for Hawaii 4 days after that.  

Monday, May 09, 2016

New Project!

Yes, I have lots of projects that need finished, some with time goals, but I couldn't resist cutting a new project yesterday.  I had hoped to sew most of Mother's Day, but other things took over and I didn't have much time.  

Last year I was in a quilt shop and saw this gorgeous Hoffman Spectrum print from the Bright Christmas line.  The feel of the fabric is fabulous.  I bought enough for six repeats and it has been staring at me for months and months.

I knew I was going to make a One Block Wonder so yesterday I got the repeats cut and stacked and ready to sew the half hexi's together.  I can't wait to see what it looks like sewn together!

Other than that nothing too exciting is going on.  I am working on borders for the Farm Girl Vintage quilt I posted last week and hope to show that next week.

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Monday, May 02, 2016

Farm Girl Vintage blocks

I was on a fabulous quilt retreat this past weekend at Reflections Inn.  The owners go out of their way to make our retreat amazing.  The most we can have is ten and that is what we had this year.  I am terrible at taking pictures during retreats and my very old camera died and without cell service and limited internet my phone was off most of the weekend.

Last year I joined a Sew Along for the Farm Girl Vintage blocks.  I only got three blocks made.  While trying to figure out a project for retreat that was compact I decided to cut out the remaining 45 blocks.  That was an undertaking in itself!  The blocks finish at 6".  

I managed to get all the blocks but one made at retreat and I also learned rug hooking with wool strips.  I will take a picture of that later.  I inherited a massive amount of wool strips for rug braiding, but they can be cut down for rug hooking.

I had a quilt for my daughter cut out, but didn't get to that!

I have my Farm Girl Vintage blocks on the wall.  Excuse the wrinkles, I crammed things in a bag to come home, silly me!  I took the first picture and as much as I love the "Gingham" block on the right side, it was glaring at me.  It's all I could see so I remade it this afternoon and rearranged a few blocks in the second photo.  I did change a couple since then too. The orange pumpkin still sticks out, but that is the nature of the block.  Now to get it assembled, several borders added and quilted for my granddaughter.  She turns two on May 7th. No, it won't be done by then!  The backing has horses on it.

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