Monday, April 24, 2017

Two borders left

 
I had this morning off so I worked on Cranberry Chutney (a Kim Diehl pattern) and managed to finish the center, add the solid inner borders, and add the top and bottom pieced borders. So I have just the 2 side pieced borders left to make. There are still 2 strip sets to sew together, and then the 14 blocks to make.
 
Check Design Wall Monday to see what others are working on today.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Harvest Bounty 60 degree runner


This is the 60 degree table runner on which I picked out all of the original attempt at quilting. My attempt at stippling was pitiful - jagged with a variety ot stitch lengths. So I had set it aside and it became a UFO.  Fast forward to this week - and I ended up putting a simple diagonal straight line quilting on this, and then bound it. So it is finished and I'm counting this as my #12 UFO for the All People Quilt UFO Challenge. The item that was originally my #12 is off the list and this is replacing it.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Spotlight is finished


I finally have an April finish, and it's this panel with some pieced borders added.  I used a pattern called Spotlight II, and I like the multi-colored squares in the border. I may try a similar one but use pinwheels in the border. I have more panels to play with. 

This is a nice size for using on the sofa, or it would be a good size for a child. 

Friday, April 21, 2017

One row at a time

 
This is turning into a slow project, which is silly considering how small it is. The center section of this little quilt is only about 18" square.  I got another row on it yesterday, plus I added the top border strip on and it seemed to help the rows lay flat.  So now I have 1 more row and the other 3 side borders to put on.  Then there is an outer pieced border.  Maybe this afternoon I'll get some more done on this.
 
I worked most of the day yesterday at my 2 part time jobs, but then spent more time picking out quilting stitches on that table runner I showed. I can only do that in daylight - sitting by the window due to my poor eyesight close up. The good news is that my appointment for new glasses is May 8.
 
 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

UFO - lost and found

 
While cleaning up a shelf in my sewing room yesterday, I discovered this UFO table runner that I had forgotten about. The reason this one is a UFO is because I tried to quilt this myself a couple of years ago using a meander or stipple. I stopped after finishing about 1/3 of it and set it aside - because it looked terrible.  The stitches very in length, there are skipped stitches, and jagged lines where there should be smooth curves. It's awful and it would never satisfy me.
 
It may take me a few days of picking, but this quilting is being removed. Once removed I will do something much more simple and take my time so that the quality of my stitching is better. Since I didn't work at all on the UFO originally selected for April, this one is going take it's place.  And whatever I do with it will be an improvement.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Not much to report

 
I just haven't spent much time in my sewing room lately. I did get 1 more center block and 3 border blocks made for Cranberry Chutney by Kim Diehl. And I've been working a little on a quilt binding. But it's a cool, rainy day today - just perfect for some sewing time. And I will have most of the afternoon free to sew. 
 
We really need the rain, so no complaints on the weather. It's been raining, not drizzling, for most of the morning, so hopefully we'll see at least a half inch or more. That will keep those leaves popping out. Maybe this weekend I'll make a visit to the local greenhouse and do a bit of browsing.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Simple Whatknots - Cranberry Chutney

 


The cutting is all done for a new Kim Diehl Simple Whatknots project.  This one is called Cranberry Chutney and is done with just 2 fabrics/colors. I really love a red and white quilt so I'm excited to get this one done.  I made one of the center blocks. These finish at 6.5" square and the other 8 are ready to sew, hopefully later today.
 
Our group met for lunch last Saturday and several of the gals talked about the outer border blocks not fitting properly on this one. Most ended up adjusting the width of the border separating the border blocks from the center blocks so they would fit, which turned out OK.  They mostly used the template in the pattern and complained that their blocks finished 1/4" too small.  So I decided to try using my Companion Angle ruler instead and tested it on some scraps.  With the ruler my test block came out to a perfect 4.5" square.  So I know that's the technique I'll use for making the real blocks.  



 
The Companion Angle ruler is perfect for cutting hourglass block pieces from strip sets, and the Easy Angle ruler that goes with it is perfect for cutting HST from strip sets. Notice the flat spot at the tip? That lines up with the edge of the fabric.  I use them quite often. There are a couple of different "brands" of these rulers made by different designers.
 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Saturday Sampler Mystery


The new Saturday Sampler is a mystery quilt and only the yardage and numbers of fabrics were provided, so everyone will choose their own fabrics.  We did learn which of the 6 fabrics will touch or are in all blocks, and which is the background.  

The first clue gave us cutting instructions for all 6 fabrics and it was suggested that we put them into marked sandwich bags to keep them organized. My cutting is done and everything is in its little bag.  

The cutting went pretty well now that I have 2 "new eyes".  My second cataract surgery was yesterday morning, and it all went very well,  Can't wait to get new glasses for close work sometime in mid May.  Until then my old glasses work for short periods of time.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Sunday stash report

I've only done a couple of stash reports this year but I have been keeping track in a spreadsheet just like I've done the past couple of years.  I just don't remember to post it. And since my blog is really here as my journal, I want to keep track of this.  Then looking back at my earlier posts I realized that I had my numbers reversed anyway. 

So as of this Sunday, April 9, I'm correcting those numbers.  I've made some purchases this month but I've also had quite a few finishes, so it's looking good so far.  I made 9 pillowcases this week, so that almost erases the 11.5 yards I've purchased so far this month. 

     In this month:  11.5 yards
     In this year:  30 yards

     Out this month: 16.5 yards
     Out this year:  57 yards - which puts me way ahead of my stash so far!

So - I've been doing a pretty good job of holding my purchases to MOSTLY things needed to finish a project. I promised myself that I would try really hard to stick to "practical" purchases. So far that has included backings for several finished tops, and backgrounds or other fabrics needed to finish a top.

Besides - in August our guild bus trip is headed to Missouri Star Quilt Company, and the whole idea behind these trips is to buy fabric, right?  And like most of my guild friends, I still have purchases from previous trips sitting in my stash . . . waiting.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Guild activities to support the community

The Heartland Quilt Guild recently hosted a table at the Mitchell Area Safe House salad luncheon fundraiser.  And we donated a quilt for the silent auction.  This is an annual event and the ladies in the community go all out to decorate the tables with various themes. There were loads of flowers and spring themes this year, and the tables were gorgeous as always. And the salads were delicious, as always. The guild table was decorated by a couple of the gals, using some cute mini quilts, tiny lights, fat quarters folded for placemats, lace, and a lovely set of dishes.


The main fund raising parts of this event are the prizes. Attendees buy lots of raffle tickets to win some pretty amazing prize baskets donated mostly by local businesses. And they usually have a couple of larger silent auction items as well.  This year there was a gorgeous set of dishes, along with a table cloth, etc on the silent auction.  And there was the quilt our guild donated which I've been told raised over $400. 



It's a fun event with an important purpose in helping make life safer for women and children in abusive situations.  Our guild members are proud to be a part of this activity.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday thoughts


We all most likely have various spots in our home where we display items that are special to us.  Some of us have quite a few such locations. There is a wrought iron baker's rack in my kitchen where I keep lots of kitchen items. On the bottom is a wine rack, with a shelf above that holding cookbooks.

Then there are the 3 shelves where I display some favorite things. There is a china pitcher that I believe is an antique. It belonged to my mother and always sat in her kitchen. Right now my grandmother's recipe box sits next to it. And they both sit on a small runner that I change out seasonally - and that I made.  

Above that is a basket full of cookbooks and recipes. The white embroidered napkin was a gift from my favorite cousin. And sitting on that is a birthday gift from my friend Marilyn. It's a spool of garden twine, with a big twine cutting scissors and she added the daisies and butterfly. It's so springy and cheerful looking sitting there. On top is a small print of a painting done by my cousin's husband, an artist.  

These are all things that make me happy when I walk into my kitchen every day. 

5 more pillowcases

 
The top 2 pillowcases are already tucked into the gift bags for the birthday kiddos for Monday. My twin grandchildren will be 4 that day and we'll stop in to celebrate briefly - after my second cataract surgery.  I love, love, love the Hello World fabric on the left one. It has these adorable animals sitting on and near the continents where they live.  And the Spider-Man one speaks for itself for a little boy who loves superheroes.
 
The bottom 3 pillowcases are gifts for some other kiddos.  I switched up the cuffs and accent strips on these, using a black cuff for a boy on the map version with the purple just as an accent. And with the other Hello World fabric (grey with zoo animals) I did orange and black - also switched.  The 2 darker cuffed pillowcases will go to Virginia with me in May hopefully, when I visit some family. The orange one is destined for my other granddaughter as a belated birthday pillowcase since I didn't get one made for her in March. She loves animals so I think she'll like the one with the orange cuff.


Thursday, April 6, 2017

Odds 'n Ends

 
Have you noticed lately how cute some of the selvages are?  I save them and use them periodically in projects, and I have some really fun ones from fabrics I've purchased in the last year.  This was the selvage from the 2 new Moda fabrics I bought in Minneapolis last week to use for pillowcases. Hello World - such a cute name for the fabric line, and just look at those cute little Africa shapes lined up in the selvage.  Love them!

 
Before starting these pillowcases I decided I needed to clean under and around the bobbin case in my machine.  I try to do this at least once a month.  A little brush came with my machine, but I've been using the miniature "toilet brush" that I made in my Sew Vintage group.  This was a fun project one month - using simple drinking straws and pipe cleaners. We had the narrow straws like you might get with an adult beverage, and bright colored pipe cleaners.  Simply cut the straw in half, and tuck the ends of pipe cleaner into one end. We had short lengths of pipe cleaners too, maybe 4".  These work like a charm to pull out the dust bunnies from those tight spaces.  I have 6 of them in my drawer.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Lots more pillowcases



This week I've made 4 pillowcases from stash for donations.  (bottom photo)  And I've prepped 5 more pillowcases from newly purchased fabrics as gifts for some kiddos in the family.  While in Minneapolis last week I bought fabric for 4 of these new pillowcases that came from a line of fabric with zoo animals and a world atlas.  And I had picked up a Spider-Man print last spring, so that will be the 5th one, which isn't in the picture. 

I'm hoping that I'll get these sewn tomorrow because I'll need a couple of these by Monday to include in some birthday gifts.





Tuesday, April 4, 2017

UFO Challenge & April goals

The UFO number drawn (All People Quilt UFO Challenge) was #11. And my #11 is counted cross stitch.  I'm not very confident this one will even be worked on this month due to my eye situation.

My first cataract was removed on March 30 and the second one will be done April 10. And I must admit that I'm still struggling with seeing well enough for close up work. I expected that however so it's OK because I know it's temporary.  I've tried 2 different pair of drugstore "reading" glasses, and have finally gone back to using my old glasses just when I need to see something close up - like the spreadsheets I use for work. Officially - I've become the goofy old lady with her glasses on a chain around her neck. But it works for now.

 
UFO/WIP Project
Status Before
Status After
1
Valentine Bench Pillow
Needs blanket stitching around applique, then sandwich, quilt, and add envelope backing
 
2
4 Seasons Cats
Finish hand quilting, bind
 
3
ABC kid quilt
Machine quilt, bind
 
4
House Warming Party
Finish blocks
 
5
Circa 2016
Finish making blocks
 
6
Easter Sunrise runners (2)
Applique, quilt, bind
DONE in January!
7
Batik Stars Saturday Sampler
Finish blocks
 
8
2016 2015 Saturday Sampler
Finish blocks, need to cut out setting pieces Quilt and bind
DONE in February!
9
Reindeer 60-degree runner
Quilt and bind
 
10
2015 Friendship Exchange
Blocks are made, need to determine a layout
 
11
Beach cross-stitch piece
About half stitched only
 
12
RSC16 Crown of Thorns
12+ blocks finished, need to determine layout
DONE in March!


Since I'm not likely to be doing any counted cross stitch or any tiny blocks, I've set some very modest goals for April.
  • Bind the Spotlight II panel quilt  (a UFO not on my original list)
  • complete 1st step for new Saturday Sampler
  • put together my 6" Farm Girl Vintage quilt top

Monday, April 3, 2017

First finish of April

 
My regular readers know that I love bright colors. They make me happy. This photo shows the colors very accurately.  Yellow isn't usually one of those colors that I tend to use - for anything. But in this case I decided that yellow was the best option for my background and I liked it so well that I bought more for the backing of this table runner.
 
 
The backing is the same vibrant yellow but in order to show off the delightful quilting, the faded light works better.  The thread is a variegated in the same yellow, red, green colors.  And I love the stitching design.
 
This is the Bread and Butter table runner by Deb Tucker.  Very easy project with good instructions. It was fun to see a few others at guild on Saturday, as I had to leave early the day we did the class. So many totally different looks, but all of the runners were beautiful.



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Machine quilting


My husband picked up 2 small items from the long arm quilter last week for me, and I'm hoping to get some binding sewn on later today. These bindings don't involve any cutting because they are ready to sew, and that is probably good since my eye sight isn't quite ready for accurate cutting.

Isn't the quilting beautiful on these? The table runner on the left has bright variegated thread to go with the yellow, lime, royal blue, and red fabrics. There is kind of a "feathered" design with leaves in it.  And the quilt has a swirl done in black thread, which is appropriate for the combination of bright colors and black borders.  Love them both!  Thanks Bonnie! A great job as always.  

Friday, March 31, 2017

March revisited

So - my March goals were fairly ambitious but I'm feeling good about my progress. 
  • finish the top to the 2016 Saturday Sampler - top is DONE
  • use my 6" Farm Girl Vintage blocks for a quilt top
  • make a wall hanging using the pear and/or cherry blocks from Farm Girl Vintage
  • complete the UFO selected for March (All People Quilt) - DONE
  • bind 2 baby quilts (Crown of Thorns blocks) - DONE
  • finish the Bread and Butter table runner (guild class on March 4) - top is DONE and currently in the hands of the quilter. 

The March UFO turned out to actually be the 2 baby quilts, so that was kind of an easy way of covering 2 goals. The only things that haven't been touched at all this past month are the Farm Girl Vintage blocks. I'm trying to decide on my next steps with the blocks I've finished.  And I still want to make a wall hanging or table topper using the cherry blocks.  

My cataract surgery yesterday went very well.  My distance vision is already much better and I do feel like there is a noticeable improvement in color and brightness. But the eye is still pretty watery, and of course my glasses don't help my close up vision much right now either. So, no sewing yet today!  And thank goodness for being able to enlarge my iPad and computer screens so I can do a little reading and blogging. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Good eyesight

I know I've always taken good health for granted my whole life because I've most had good health. But when my eyesight started to be impacted by cataracts - much too young, right? - it definitely got my attention. And it certainly was affecting my quality of life in a negative way.
 
 
 
So, today is the day! This afternoon, the cataract in my right eye will be removed. Then in 2 weeks, my left eye will be done too.  Can't wait to have clearer vision again. I'm not sure how much quilting will happen in the meantime, but I'm optimistic that I'll still be able to sew even before my new glasses. Maybe just not much small handwork.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Textile Center


If you are in the Minneapolis area, a very interesting - and FREE - place to visit is The Textile Center on University Ave.  http://textilecentermn.org.  I'm here in Minneapolis with my husband who is at a conference, but it gave me an opportunity to visit family.  My cousin picked me up at our downtown hotel this morning and we visited a couple of quilt shops, went to The Textile Center, and had lunch.

There is currently a display going on at The Textile Center of art quilts remembering the musician Prince. There were some amazing pieces to see. This top one had cut out sections and 3D birds. My photos just don't do them justice. Each was totally unique and used some incredible techniques.  And they were all for sale - if you had a spare $4,000 or so.


 
One of the other displays had this huge "quilt". It was made of hand knitted copper wire - yes, WIRE - used dryer sheets as the block "fabric", and printed with leaves.  I can't even begin to imagine the whole process that the artist used to make this. But it was gorgeous.  All along the hallways were a display of Indigo hand dyed swatches about the size of a lap quilt, but folded and hanging in clusters.  The center also has a lending library and a small shop full of beautiful hand made textile items.  It was a great place to spend part of the morning. And it's exhibits change so you will always see something new.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

It's ready to quilt

This panel and the Spotlight II pattern were made for each other.  I love the results.

 
On a side note, the only good thing about this grey weather we are stuck in . . . I was able to get a good outdoor photo that actually makes the colors look right.  Except the lime green looks like a solid and it actually has a subtle little black/red squarish "dot" design.
 
I've pulled one more panel out of the drawer to work on.  It has fairies all over it and lots of spring colors.  And I noticed that there is another different fairy panel in there too. Those might be perfect for both of the granddaughters.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Baby steps

 
I have one more border section pieced and attached. A similar one is needed yet for the top and then I can add the final black outer border. No idea if I will get this top done this week or not but I'm going to try. Not much time for sewing the next few days but all I need is about 2 hours uninterrupted.
 
Monday was a full work day and yesterday I had a pre-op appointment in Sioux Falls for my upcoming cataract surgery. So there hasn't been much time for sewing this week. I had a spare hour today and I spent it working on that bottom border. 
 
My cataract surgeries have been scheduled and the right eye will be done next week on Thursday. Then on April 10 they will do my left eye. It will be such a relief to have improved eyesight again!  I rarely sew in the evenings anymore because I can't distinguish dark colors or see dark thread. Actually threading a needle has become difficult no matter what color thread I'm using.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Small changes can make a big difference

 
This week I've been playing with a panel and the pattern Spotlight II. I had pulled lots of brights from my scrap bin and cut 2.5" squares to use in the pieced borders, but when I got that first border on, it was clear that a couple of the squares were too light in tone. They just didn't fit with the panel. That is the good things about taking my time and stopping to really examine the project in various stages, especially when I'm working from the stash and making things up as I going along.
 
So, on Saturday I pulled those 2 squares out and replaced them with black squares.  Then I worked on the border for the other side with a couple of black squares added there too. All of the squares that were too light went back into my 2.5" square box for some future project. I do notice in this picture that on the right side the bottom line of squares are all kind of the same tone (dark). But in reality they are such different colors that I'm going to leave them.
 
I still have the top and bottom borders to do, but today will be a college basketball and grandkid day. We're headed to a college WNIT game, then will have a visit with the granddaughter who turned 5 this week. Should be a fun day!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Blogging friends

 
Lori (Dakota City Quilter) and I have been blogging/quilting friends for 3 years or more, and we only live 25 miles apart. But we've never met in person - until Friday. Lori and her friend Lorri (with 2 Rs) were in Mitchell and we all met at The Pin Cushion for a little "fabric fix", and then went to lunch together. It was so much fun to meet in person!!  I thought it was like we've known each other for years. And they made me a little gift too.
 
This little tool caddy is made with several pockets and it all slips over a plastic standing picture frame. How clever!  On the front are 4 narrow tall pockets for things like my seam ripper, scissors, pens, etc. and 2 shorter wider pockets for things like the needle threader beetle they included in the gift.  That has become increasingly needed lately as my eyesight isn't what it used to be.  In the back is a large pocket for large items such as a cell phone.
 
Thanks ladies for a fun meet and greet!! And for the special gift. 


Friday, March 17, 2017

Attention deficit sewing

 
Thursday morning I didn't have to work, so I spent some time playing with fabric. I just couldn't decide what to work on first.  What a surprise, huh?  First up was my 4.25" signature block to send to Temecula Quilt Co. for their 10th anniversary project.  It's kind of fun to think that my little block will end up in a quilt in California with blocks from all over the country or world.
 
 
Second project was getting one side border #2 onto the panel quilt. Now that I see the photo, I'm thinking those 9-patch sections would benefit from an occasional black square too.  And that lighter yellow block is too light for the rest.  I may need to do some thinking on those 9-patches before making any more.  
 
And the final thing was cutting the pieces for 4 pillowcases for donations. I have a whole stack of fabric on a shelf that I've separated to use specifically for pillowcases. And that spot needs to be cleaned up so there is room for more.  I also found 2 Spider-Man pillowcase kits that I remember buying to make for the grandsons. 


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Turning a PIG into a WIP

My reward for finishing a UFO is to start a new project. Perfectly logical, right?  Well, my choice this time is to pull out a PIG (project in grocery sack) from the many waiting for attention.
 
 
I have a small drawer full of random fabric panels, with no actual plan for any of them. Some have squares or rectangles that could be cut into sections and others have one large picture. 
 
This panel has a black tree silhouette over a beautiful bright and colorful background. The colors are what I couldn't resist when I bought this.  I'm using the pattern Spotlight II to turn this panel into a quilt top highlighting those colors. It has a couple of simple borders, plus some additional pieced sections. Border 1 is on and I'm ready to work on the next one.
 
In the past year I've used 2 of those panels I've collected for children's quilts. The Crazy Cat quilt was done by adding strips as sashing and 9-patch cornerstones to the rectangles on the panel. Very quick - in fact I think I posted about it being a 3 hour project. It has been quilted and bound, so it's ready to gift to some child as needed.  And it was all from my stash! I know I'm going to use this pattern again.
 
 
This alphabet panel had squares that could be cut apart, but I decided to just put 1 border on and call it good.  So I chose a bold stripe from the stash that had lots of the colors from the panel. This one still needs to be quilted and bound.

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Finishing a UFO and starting a PIG

 
The Crown of Thorns baby quilts are completely done and ready to gift as soon as the twin baby girls are born. These will go to one of my daughter's best friends who will add identical twin girls to her family in the next few weeks. The long arm quilter, Bonnie, quilted soft round flowers on the light colored one and bolder spikey flowers on the darker one. And the Minkee backs are purple and pale pink, also to go with the dark and light versions.
 
This was my March UFO project and it's exciting to be able to mark off another finish.  I had promised myself that if I finished these on time that I would start a PIG (project in grocery sack) and get another top done at least. I feel like moving a WIP or PIG forward is almost as good as finishing a UFO. So on Saturday I purchased a black dot background fabric to use with the PIG I've selected as my next project, which is a panel with black and lots of brights.  Cutting of pieces may even begin today.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lots of binding to finish this week

 
I'm finally at the binding stage with these 2 baby quilts. These are my #12 UFO for the All People Quilt 2017 UFO Challenge.  The number drawn for March was 12 and I had listed both of these baby quilts because they are gifts for twin baby girls due in April.  So it was a lucky draw, because I would have been working on these now anyway.

 
These were my RSC16 blocks (Crown of Thorns), and I just divided them into light and dark for the 2 quilts. The dark one has purple Minkee backing and the light one has light pink Minkee backing.  My quilter Bonnie did soft round flowers on the light quilt, and bolder spikey flowers on the dark one.



Monday, March 13, 2017

Design Wall Monday - Bread and Butter table runner

 
This will be a happy summer table runner. A week ago our guild hosted a class to make this table runner. The class was taught by Patti Heintz of Pierre and the pattern is Bread and Butter by Deb Tucker.  I couldn't stay for the whole class that day but I did finish the top of my table runner over the past weekend. This was a really easy pattern to follow. 
 
The colors are really much brighter, but we just can't seem to get any sunshine around here. Maybe once it's quilted I'll be able to get a better photo.
 
Check out Design Wall Monday at http://www.patchworktimes.com  to see what other quilters are working on this week.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

A new ruler

Even after quilting for 30+ years, I still feel like I learn new things quite often. And of course there are always new tools and gadgets to try out. I'm not usually a big fan of specialty rulers, but this one I'll use again. 
 
The Tucker Trimmer is a ruler that is perfect for squaring up hour glass (quarter-square triangles) blocks or half-square triangles. There is a whole circle in one corner and a half circle in the opposite corner.  If you are squaring up to a whole inch measurement, then use the whole circle side.  If you are squaring up to a half inch, then use the half circle side. And the bonus is that there are 2 diagonal lines to use to line up the seams for those hour glass blocks.  Love it!!
 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Saturday Sampler - A New Age

 
OK - the photo isn't very good due to a grey snowy day, but it's still proof that I have persevered in finishing this quilt top.  It's called A New Age, from Nancy Rink Designs. The instructions were excellent, but I had some issues with getting those pieced borders on correctly. Purely my own errors and I can blame it on not double checking which border I was using or paying attention to matching the colors in the corners.
 
The fabrics were unique and called new age muslins (Marcus Fabrics), which were an over-dyed muslin. So crisp and nice to sew.
 
The finished size on this flimsy is 82" x 98", and I still toying with the idea of adding one more border to make it slightly bigger.  We'll see if I can find something appropriate for that final border. In my imagination I'm seeing a paisley with these colors.
 
Some quilts give you a bigger feeling of accomplishment than others. This is one of those. And so I think this one needs some custom quilting done to show off the design.  

Thursday, March 9, 2017

I can't believe it

 
Can you see my latest mistake? 
 
I can't believe that I keep making mistakes in getting these pieced borders onto my Saturday Sampler.  This was the 4th and final side - and I sewed it on upside down!!!  Why did I not see this when I pinned the border on?  Luckily I could just take off the 2 corner sections and switch them around.  So it went with me in the car yesterday as we did a short road trip. Note to self - don't wear navy blue corduroy pants while holding a quilt in my lap and ripping out a seam. Fuzz covered my lap.
 
I'm beginning to have big doubts now that I'll be able to still put on the final 2 solid borders onto this top before the Saturday Sampler session on Saturday morning.  Oh well . . .

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Starting a new project

 
Our guild had a class on Saturday for a project called the Bread and Butter table runner but I didn't stay for the whole class because of the basketball tournament. However, I had done all of the homework of cutting the pieces for the runner and I finally got the chance to work on it a little bit this morning.  I'll post more info later in the week about the pattern and a new ruler we learned to use.

 
It was fun on Saturday morning to walk around and see what beautiful colors everyone had selected so now I'm looking forward to our April guild meeting to see how they all turned out.

Monday, March 6, 2017

It's that time of year


I always kind of hate seeing the end of high school and college basketball because I do love watching these games. We have season tickets to South Dakota State Jackrabbits basketball and when we're not there we also love following the Dakota Wesleyan University teams, plus some local high school games. 

Well - it's tournament time! March Madness!  We're currently at day 3 of the Summit League tourney watching our Jackrabbit men's and women's teams play. Both team have made the semi-finals today. Not only do we get to see some good basketball but we run into friends and family at the arena between games. 

Hoping to get a little sewing time on Tuesday finally - before going to the finals games. And of course we're hoping our Jacks are playing in those championship games!!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Making friends with my seam ripper


I was being so careful. I measured my quilt top across the middle and both ends to make sure the pieced borders would fit. And then I sewed a top/bottom border to the side of this quilt.  I pinned every 4-5 inches because I couldn't figure out why it needed so much "easing" after all of the measuring I did.  Well, now I know why.  

So I'm making friends with the seam ripper.  It will take me a while to remove 68" of border.  Maybe tomorrow I'll get these 4 pieced borders on . . . The right way.  

UFO Challenge update

The March number drawn for the American Patchwork & Quilting UFO Challenge is #12. That is ironic, considering those 2 baby quilts are at the long arm quilter as we speak. So when I get them back they will need binding to be finished.

 
UFO/WIP Project
Status Before
Status After
1
Valentine Bench Pillow
Needs blanket stitching around applique, then sandwich, quilt, and add envelope backing
 
2
4 Seasons Cats
Finish hand quilting, bind
 
3
ABC kid quilt
Machine quilt, bind
 
4
House Warming Party
Finish blocks
 
5
Circa 2016
Finish making blocks
 
6
Easter Sunrise runners (2)
Applique, quilt, bind
DONE in January!
7
Batik Stars Saturday Sampler
Finish blocks
 
8
2016 2015 Saturday Sampler
Finish blocks, need to cut out setting pieces Quilt and bind
DONE in February!
9
Reindeer 60-degree runner
Quilt and bind
 
10
2015 Friendship Exchange
Blocks are made, need to determine a layout
 
11
Beach cross-stitch piece
About half stitched only
 
12
RSC16 Crown of Thorns
12+ blocks finished, need to determine layout
 

The funny thing is that February's number was 8 and I posted about my 2016 Saturday Sampler and how I needed to make the final block and cut out the setting pieces. Then the very next day I posted about my 2015 Saturday Sampler as if that was my #8.  And I did finish that 2015 Saturday Samper in February, so I guess one finish is as good as another.  And my 2016 Saturday Sampler quilt top is seeing wonderful progress so I'll just keep working on it until my baby quilts come back from the quilter.