Wednesday, January 16, 2019

More binding to do

This morning I picked up a big quilt and 2 small wall hanging/table toppers from the quilter. It's so nice to have a quilter that you trust to pick great thread and designs when you have no idea what you want.  The quilt above is a previous Saturday Sampler and it's very large with lots of black, white and bright colors. She used a variegated thread with bright colors and it's perfect.

And on my Simple Whatknots project she chose an oatmeal colored thread that just pops on the dark colors of this piece.

Since I still haven't finished binding the last project, these will have to wait. But it's nice to have some things ready to do when I'm ready.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019


While the Midwest is preparing for another winter storm arriving Thursday night, I am preparing for something totally different.  Those flip flops in my suitcase won't be useful during a winter storm but they will be appropriate on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.

I am going on a cruise with 6 other girlfriends and it's a "quilting cruise".  Notice the t-shirts we had made for our little group, although you can't see the whole design yet.  Really it's just a normal cruise but with a group on board doing a quilting class/experience while sailing.  We signed up for this about 9 months ago and it seemed so far off.  Finally, the departure week has arrived and we fly to Florida on Thursday morning - just in time to miss the next round of snow and bitter cold. Yay!!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Saturday Sampler 

Last month we added the shorter rectangle pieces and ended up with these odd looking units. I suspected that the triangles would come into play but they didn’t seem to fit. Still was a mystery until this morning. 

The triangles do line up nicely once you know where to place them, and then stitch and flip. If they look okay then we can trim off the dog ears. I did one unit from each set so I would remember how I did them. Now I’m in the car - again - headed to college basketball doubleheader. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

One solution 

Maybe the hand embroidery on the leaves will distract the eye so the missing blanket stitching isn’t missed. 

Time to add a bit of hand quilting and binding. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

An hour to sew

When you have about an hour to sew, what do you do?  I spent some time trying to decide what I might want to sew for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge this year.  Looking through some pattern books can turn into a much longer activity than an hour could allow. But I did go back to the Farm Girl Vintage book by Lori Holt for a couple of ideas. That book has so many fun blocks, including this little flower block that I did in red (January color).  I had a little trouble with the leaf and stem sections on this 6" block.  

I also looked at the extra FGV blocks that I purchased and downloaded while working on that quilt - such as the cat, cow, and pig blocks.  The blocks below are from my original Farm Girl Vintage project but they would be so cute done in a rainbow of colors.  

The barn cat was missing his eyes and whiskers embroidered when I took this photo. But I can picture colorful cat blocks making up a child's quilt.

The cow and the pig blocks were also adorable.  Although looking at the pig I am wondering why I took that picture without pressing better.  Yikes!!  The 12" versions of all of these FGV blocks are still waiting to be set into a quilt top.  I put all of the smaller 6" blocks into a quilt that is finished. 

In Lori Holt's Spelling Bee book there was a very cute car block that would be fun in a rainbow of colors.  How about colorful pineapple blocks?  Or just simple string blocks done in one color?  And of course I've been looking at a lot of different traditional blocks that I could do for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2019.  I really want to use up more of those scraps and other stash this year.  

Of course all of this fun will probably have to wait until I return from a trip about Feb 1.  My sewing machine went to the repair shop yesterday, and I won't have a lot of time for sewing between now and leaving on the 17th.  Although there will be some sewing happening while on that trip. Stay tuned for more on that later. 

Monday, January 7, 2019

Design Wall Monday: binding Hourglass 

Hourglass will hopefully be my first finish of 2019. It’s over 90" square so the binding will take me awhile to finish.  I managed to get around one side while watching college basketball on TV yesterday. 

This UFO from 2004 is a Thimbleberries Club pattern. Luckily I had enough of the green left in my Thimbleberries stash to do this binding. I love the quilting on this one. It has a floral feel to it.

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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Sewing spaces

Do you have a large sewing surface? I use a big old desk. It’s actually quite roomy except when attaching binding to very big quilts. 

My ironing board usually sits at a 90 degree angle so I can just rotate my chair to press something. But I pull it up into the space next to the desk to use like an extension table when I need to. This keeps the weight of the quilt from pulling it while I attach the binding. Today I forgot to lower it but that helps too. 

Not fancy but it works.