Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Holiday table topper

This pattern is called Piano Keys and can be found on Craftsy. Connie at Freemotion By The River is the designer. The pattern has optional applique in those white areas - flowers or stars. But the quilting was so cute on this one that I decided not to cover it up.

The backing is a fabulous Mt Rushmore and flag print. It has other iconic US landmarks too, but since I'm a South Dakota gal, I focused in on Mt Rushmore.

It looks great on my deck table but since it's been raining every day again lately I guess it will mostly stay indoors on a table. Rain all day yesterday, rained this morning, and there is a 70% chance of rain again tomorrow.  Figures - I have a few days off to play golf with my husband and the weather hasn't cooperated.  Oh well . . . guess I'll just have to do a little sewing instead.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Beautiful quilting

I picked up my round robin quilt yesterday from the quilter. Isn't this stitching just lovely on my Christmas themed quilt? The gals at The Pin Cushion do a great job!  The thread is a gold/cream variegated and the cream backing has the same shape swirl on it in gold. So I think I need to bind this in a nice gold as well.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sunday afternoon hand work

Catching up on some handwork was the only sewing that happened on Sunday. When this photo was taken, only the little red dots needed to be blanket stitched.  

The pieced Saturday Sampler blocks look really nice with these floral blocks. I also have a duplicate of the small block on the top right to finish. Maybe this week.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Week 26 Status of the Stashu

Halfway through the year already - Wow! I just can't believe how fast time flies. 

I had to do a little extra math this week because I made some purchases and finished a couple of things.  I finished a flimsy for a patriotic table runner, finished the flimsy for a UFO (batik Trip Around the World), and made a pillowcase with the leftover fabric from the owl baby quilt.  

I purchased some backing fabrics and some "had to have it" fabric - just because. And I visited 2 South Dakota shops participating in the Row By Row Experience: The Pin Cushion here in town and Quilters Headquarters in Sioux Falls. At both shops I bought the row kit and the license plate. 

On Friday I got to spend the day in Sioux Falls with my daughter and grandkids. We did the zoo, did some shopping, played outside and then my daughter took me out for sushi for supper. What a lovely way to spend a Friday! Looking forward to a short work week with extra time for golf with my husband and some sewing.

In this week: 6.5 yds
In this year: 114 yds
Used this week: 7.5 yds
Used this year: 122 yds

Status of the Stash: only 6 yards ahead of my stash! 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Trip Around The World

It's a flimsy!  And it only took me a couple of years to get this one done.

My decision on keeping it small or making it bigger turned out to be an easy decision. I had the strips all cut for 7 more blocks so that is what I made. I moved the "center" so it is asymmetrical and just added a 5th vertical row.  

So there are 30 blocks using a total of 180 strips.  Most of these were cut using fat quarters and I figure that I've used about 5.5 yards worth of 2.5" squares in this top.  That was WAY more work that I thought it would be when I started.  I have a lots of leftover batiks so I think I'll end up with a scrappy binding too.

Row By Row Experience 2015

If you haven't already checked out the fun Row By Row Experience going on at quilt shops all over the country . . . then it's time you do.  I stopped in at my local shop The Pin Cushion in Mitchell SD to pick up my kit and pattern, plus their license plate.  

The theme for this year is H2O (water) and the participating shops designed their own rows. Some are vertical but most seem to be horizontal.  The Pin Cushion designed a block with rain falling on corn, The Corn Palace domes, and 2 pieced sections for our lake.  I can't wait to visit a few more shops this summer and gather more row patterns.  I feel a road trip coming on.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Trip Around the World

I started this TATW project a couple of years ago and then it was set aside, like any good UFO.  Over the past months I've pulled it out and made a few blocks and then put it away again.  It is all batiks in watery colors of blues and green and I love the colors.

So . . . this week I decided it was going to go from UFO status to flimsy status before I allow myself to start any new project.  I think I can, I think I can, I know I can.  4 new blocks were made yesterday plus 2 more strip sets made. Now my real decision is this - do I just make 1 more block and make this 48" by 72"? Or do I make 13 more blocks and make this 72" square?  Right now I'm really leaning towards the faster finish.