Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Digging into the UFOs

A couple of weeks ago I dug into the drawer holding kits, and just picked one.  It didn't matter which one - I just needed to find something to remove from that huge UFO list.  This particular kit was called Baby & Me, with fabrics by Henry Glass.  It's UFO that I bought from a friend when she downsized her stash. I've had it about 3 years and I have no idea how long she had it. The panel is cute, and the actual kit pattern had multiple pieced borders. It was an adorable pattern, but it was getting some age on it. So it was time to do something with it all.

I pulled out a pattern called Diva 2 that uses panels and borders them with diagonal pieces.  It's a really simple and quick pattern.  I had a couple of hours off this morning, and put this crib sized top together.  Since I don't need a baby quilt for a gift right now I think I'll wait to get it quilted some other time.  I cut the binding from the orange and will keep it with the flimsy until I need it.

Naturally there is quite a bit of fabric left over from the kit.  In fact, the leftovers will work perfectly for a couple of the big floor pillows I'm making for grandkids.  I have the pieces cut out for the capital "J" that I need for Jack's pillow. 

Using up this fabric will leave a nice big space in the drawer full of kits. Yay!!!

Monday, September 17, 2018

More fall decor

Still no sewing time yet, so I’ll show you another autumn quilt displayed in my home. This is a disappearing 4-patch made a few years ago. The fabric was a gift from a girlfriend and I just love that little pop of blue with the greens, brown, and gold. 

I worked most of the day today, and then had a short visit with cousins who were driving through the area. Cecelia and Mary are driving from Washington state to Florida to deliver Mary’s daughter’s car.  Wish they could have stayed the night, but they wanted to get as far as Sioux City tonight yet.  They had a goal of making it in 5 days and today was actually day 3 already. But they’ve stopped to visit other family, explored the Little Big Horn site, and this morning was spent at Mt Rushmore. So the first 3 days were well spent. 

My husband was supposed to leave today to spend the week on a job site - which would have left me with plenty of quiet sewing time this week. But his doctor “grounded” him due to an infection and swelling on his leg. They’re not sure if he got bit by something or if it’s from a scrape he got on a piece of rusty metal a week ago. Either way, he’s on antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory for the next week. And he’s supposed to elevate it, ice it and rest it for a few days. 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Quilts from the past

Absolutely no sewing time this week has me feeling very antsy to sew. And then this morning a picture popped up in my Facebook memories of a quilt I made 6 years ago. 

This is a perfect example of designing on the fly. I made the blocks by putting a shadow type border around sections from a panel. The sashing ended up quite wide to make it bigger. And then I didn’t have enough big pieces left of one of the border fabrics so a pieced side border became a necessity. And finally I added solid strips at the top and bottom to make it long enough to actually be useful. 

Designed on the fly with no plan in place. Probably not the best way to go but it turned out ok. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Fall is in the air

In spite of the hot windy summery day, fall is definitely starting to  show it's face around here. Nights have been very cool and our ash trees are beginning to turn golden. So that means it's time to change some d├ęcor in the house too.  One of my Kim Diehl miniature quilts looks good under the big pot of fall flowers on the hearth.

This small leaf and acorn table topper comes out every fall. I made this a LOT of years ago - maybe 15 or more. But it's still one of my favorites and it fits so nicely on top of the bookcase in my office.  The big metal pumpkin will probably move to the dining room table, but for now it's looking good here.

Yesterday morning I had a morning meeting across town, and this was my view as I backed out of the driveway - our turkey flock crossing the street into our yard.  It was a parade and they weren't in any hurry!  And - can you tell it's garbage pickup day? 

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Giving a quilt away

One of my nephews is getting married in a couple of weeks and it gave me an opportunity to Gift a quilt.  His sisters and sisters-in-law hosted a lovely bridal shower today and I was so pleased to be able to attend. The quilt is one I made a few years ago and love, but it just never has gotten used.  It seemed appropriate to give it a home.  Jessica seemed quite pleased.

This was a wedding gift and a shower gift as we won’t be attending the wedding. It’s going to be a small intimate affair on her parents’ ranch with just immediate family.  So I was very happy that I could give her the quilt today in person. Best wishes on a long and happy marriage to Jessica and Andrew. 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Borders make a difference

Your feedback helped my instincts along - and resulted in adding 2 borders to my Saturday Sampler. And I'm very, very happy with it.  The borders made all the difference.  The other bonus is that the top is done in time for tomorrow morning's Saturday Sampler show 'n tell session.  Yay!!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Odds 'n Ends

Thank you to those who reaffirmed my thought that my Saturday Sampler needed borders.  I went to The Pin Cushion this morning thinking I would do a bright green or maybe blue border.  But then my search led me to the wide backings - and there was this one.  It's very similar to the crazy backing I just used on my One Block Wonder, only in a darker version.  It's called Circle Play by Henry Glass Co.  It has all of the colors from my quilt in those circles.  A nice lime green dot will be the inner border. 

And my Red Bird/Cardinal Christmas quilt was ready to pick up too.  Bonnie quilted it with this beautiful design and a dark tan thread.  The binding is a red/green/cream plaid and is ready to stitch on.  I feel like I'm on a roll lately again with progress on UFOs and current projects.