Monday, August 21, 2017

Making Progress!

I was able to finally turn my 110 Canyon Dance blocks into a quilt top.  In an earlier post I had auditioned sashing, but decided against it.  I already have a Canyon Dance that is a little brighter, I was just trying to use up some of my batiks!  I will probably eventually donate this quilt, when it makes it to the top of the "to be quilted" pile!
Canyon Dance
I spent quite a bit of time piecing a backing out of leftovers for this quilt.  I LOVE these fabrics.  I pieced this top in November, 2015 and I want it done this year for Christmas, so I thought August 
was a good time to do it!  I am ready for machine quilting now.
Snippets by Cottonway pattern with Jingle fabrics and a few others!
 I had picked up a couple pair of eclipse glasses earlier in this month and took them to work today.  My husband had another viewer at home that was free in the paper.  My coworkers and I stood outside and watched the eclipse.  We are north of the area of totalality and had about 95% coverage.  I did not take pictures of the eclipse with my cell phone, but thought the crescents in the shadows of a tree were pretty interesing!
Linking up with Small  Quilts and Doll Quilts and MCM and Oh Scrap!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Actually finished a quilt!

School starting is almost here and I am trying to get some more quilts finished before then!  This year I redecorated my dining room and it's mostly aqua/teal, gray, and taupe.  Instead of a wallhanging I bought a large clock, but still have a shelf with a quilt rack on it for a quilt.  I did make a new tablerunner and then decided this quilt would fit in there nicely.  I saw a similar quilt at the Moscow, ID quilt show a couple years ago and found a FQ packet at a booth and whipped up this top right away.  The pattern is Cotton Candy Dots by Amalie Scott Designs with added dots.  Of course then I stashed the top in my cupboard unquilted for a couple years.  It worked well for what I wanted and the coral is a nice accent color.  I NEVER thought I would have orange in my house!  But I tell myself it's not really orange!

narrow framing strip before a scrappy binding
This is the quilt kit I bought with my gift certificate winnings at the LQS where I turned in my winning Row by Row quilt.  Sugar Plum Christmas by Bunny Hill designs.  I just need to get going on it!

For my birthday last month I got this new chest.  I put the ironing table I made on top of it.  It's the perfect height!  I had seen the chest in Boise in May and didn't bring it home as I was with my mom and driving her car.  I looked all over up here and in Spokane and didn't find anything I liked better so my sister picked this up for me and brought it to McCall to give to me.  I wrote her a check, yep, I usually buy my own presents!  I haven't filled all the drawers yet, but I will!  They are great for some of my crafty items like ribbons, zippers, embellishments, etc.

I took a walk in our woods behind the house this morning and was trying out the camera on my new phone.  I am having difficulty taking straight pictures of quilts, so I thought I would try something outside!  I have been dealing with plantar fasciitis for a couple months so it hasn't been a great summer for walking and it's also been way too hot!  Hopefully I am on the mend now.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Row by Row Finished and Other Happenings!

I have had a lot of things going on, which is the story of my life.  We had our family here and had another family wedding and then we kept our 5 year old grandson for an additional week.  I took him home (six hour drive) and went shopping with my daughters and sister.  It's convenient that both my daughters and both sisters live in the same metro area!  We were shopping for baby quilt fabrics for my younger daughters twins due Dec. 5th.  They are a boy and a girl!  This is what we ended up with. The boy fabrics will blue to orange and the girl the yellow to purple, so four fabrics are the same and the gray is the background.  I have plenty of white and black in my stash so they aren't in the picture! The staff at Quilt Expressions in Garden City, ID was very patient and we took over a table in the back laying out fabrics for over an hour!
 I did finish my Row by Row On the Go for 2017!  I was the first one to my local quilt shop (third year in a row) and this quilt uses 16 rows!  I made a lot of thread changes while custom quilting this quilt.  I's HUGE, 94 X 105.  I received a nice gift certificate and I will show what I bought later.  For scrappy I guess it turned out okay!

I took a picture on a piece of equipment in front of our old barn.

 As I was taking the picture I had to quickly grab the quilt as my husband went by in a combine cutting lentils!  You can see the dust stuck on the combine!
 Laying in my yard.
 A few of the rows.

My finished 16" pillow cover for a swap on Instagram.  I have not yet received mine.  I should have put the pillow form inside for the pic!

 Many pieced backing for the Row by Row.  I did not want scraps leftover!!!

Linking up with Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.  Check them out for other great quilts!