It is really fun when a spur of the moment idea comes together just like I pictured it. I've finished the blanket stitching around all of the stems and leaves. This morning I ironed on the flowers. The background (UFO blocks) is looking even better now with the splash of color.
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
I only set 3 goals for August and I'm happy to report that 2 of them were reached.
1. finish the top for A Year to Crow About - DONE
2. finish the top for the Summer Mystery Quilt - DONE
3. UFO project - bind the black/white/bright Saturday Sampler - (NO - I got distracted)
I have to admit that I didn't even touch that black/white/bright quilt. But I did play with a couple of other UFO projects and a couple of new projects:
- Finished binding the Selvage Half Square Triangle quilt (checked off my UFO list) - DONE
- Added the final row to the Row Robin project quilt (paper pieced 12 tiny 4.5" blocks) - DONE
- Made a 10-minute table runner from summery citrus fabric - DONE
- Made 4 more Traveling Stars blocks (I have 26 now)
- Cathedral Windows pillow (from an orphan block/UFO) - bought the perfect silk rope piping for it so now I just need to put it together.
- Used 12 white/cream UFO blocks to make a background for appliqued wall hanging - applique is partially done
- cleaned & organized another big drawer in my stash closet - found another UFO
- cut lots of strips, charm squares, 2.5" squares, and postage stamps from scraps - but my scrap bin is still overflowing.
- cleaned out some of the quilt magazine stack that had accumulated
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
I have had this set of 12 Saturday Sampler blocks hanging in my sewing closet for years - 8 or 9 years. I loved them but just never knew what to do with a set of white/cream blocks. Then I saw a wall hanging in a magazine that had a pieced background. Voila!!! This morning I sewed them together to make a background and started growing some vines and leaves out of batiks. Flowers and maybe even some birds or dragon flys will follow many more leaves.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Today I managed to finish a couple of things. First I added my paper pieced row to the last Row Robin quilt from our guild. Can't wait to see all of the finished quilts in 2 weeks. Then I went to brunch with some girl friends before coming home sew again. And my afternoon project was adding the pieced border and the final wide border to A Year to Crow About. Not the best photos on my deck in the shade with the wind blowing. But it's a flimsy now and ready to quilt. Yay!!
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
I've paper pieced this row and here is just a tiny hint of what the owner will find on the first Saturday of September.
Personally - the anticipation is really building and I get really excited thinking about what my quilt will look like once I get it back at that guild meeting. So exciting to think it has passed through the talented hands of 6 other ladies!
Sunday, August 18, 2013
A Year to Crow About has 4 borders: 1 narrow strip border, 1 border with corner pieces, 1 border made of 2.5" squares, and finally a wide solid border. Pieced borders are not my favorite thing to do, but I love the look. So - yesterday afternoon I made the strip sets for that pieced border. And I put on the first 2 simpler borders. So maybe by next weekend I'll get that top finished.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
The yellow and red in this little quilt have made me think that I want to use it as a wall hanging in my basement family room to brighten up the tan/beige color scheme going on down there.
OR - I can make the pieced border blocks and expand this into a nice sized quilt. Decisions, decisions . . .
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Friday, August 9, 2013
In that last drawer that I cleaned out - in the very bottom - were 3 of these blocks along with a bag with all the pieces cut for more blocks. I had totally forgotten about this project. Another thing to add to my UFO list. Maybe this will make a good charity quilt when it's done.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
One of the pieces of fabric I found in the drawers I'm sorting through this week - was something I bought in Florida a few years ago. I used it in a quilt that was gifted to a little girl a couple of years ago. And there was enough left to cut the necessary 6" square for a Traveling Star. Pink flamingos wearing sunglasses. Couldn't resist.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
It's like opening Christmas gifts as I dig deeper into this mess and find some fun things.
Monday, August 5, 2013
And in the very bottom of this drawer were a couple of big surprises. One of those surprises is this UFO - a pillow top (and back) that I made several years ago. It is a cathedral windows design made with muslin and a Christmas batik. I even have little gold star buttons at each point.
It's about 18" square and needs to be stitched together and stuffed. Maybe I can finish it by THIS Christmas!
And - I'm happy to report this stash drawer is now completely organized and will hold a lot more fabric now.
Sunday, August 4, 2013
After not doing any sewing or cutting all week and resting my wrist, I decided today that I needed to see if I could sew without pain. And the answer is YES! Needless to say that has made me happy, although I know it isn't healed, so I'm trying to be careful about how I use that left hand.
So my first sewing project today was to make 3 Traveling Star blocks, bringing the total to 25. As my regular readers know, the 6" center of each star is a square shared by quilt guild members when they have traveled somewhere. I've added a couple myself, and I've gotten one out of a scrap bag just recently.
#23 is from Wyoming (I think), #24 is from Oregon, and #25 is from Texas.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
I'm going to set some small August goals:
1. finish the top for A Year to Crow About - including the pieced border
2. finish the top for the Summer Mystery Quilt
3. UFO project - bind the black/white/bright Saturday Sampler from a couple of years ago