3/31/15

Applique Tuesday

This is the Tuesday of Holy Week  which started  with Palm Sunday.  I will not be on the NET much for the next 7 days as we gather each day to commemorate the Passion of our Lord.

Today I spent a bit of time prepping the buds for my Benjamin Briggs block.  Just have to finish one more piece and I'll be ready to fuse the block.

Back to mediating on the Scripture passages before Holy Thursday.

3/29/15

Sunday Slow Stitching

Things are a bit better this week - a more quiet week.  I went ahead and made another center for my Rosette - here are the two:
The new one has the same burnt orange and gold as in row 2. Also the spot of teal.


The old one.
What do you think?  The new one is just laying on top of the rosette right now.

I finished the foundation row and am on to the half double crochet row.  This is going fast. If you'd like to do this easy project, go here.
I'm linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching. Meet you there.

3/26/15

WIPs Be Gone Week 13

A strange week - think depression is getting to me. Not very productive. The two below are not going on my WIP list because I have a long way to go with them. As to the list, I"m auditioning various fabrics for the floater border between the Bird of Paradise background and the last border.  I finished prepping  the main part of BBWQ Block 5. I think I mislead a few of you when you looked at the block in the Applique Tuesday post.  Only the inner border and about 1/8th of the outer seams were turned over the freezer paper.
It is now fully prepped. Just have to make the four buds that go in the corner and I can set it on the background 16" square of muslin.  As for #1, I tweaked the pattern on this one, also.  Just seemed too heavy for me as it was given.

I also worked on part one of the Katja's QAL Rosette #1. I'm not happy with this, but I'm going to go with my choices and see how it develops:
In day light the center does not stand out so much.  I think I'll incorporate some teal, and maybe some pink, in the next round. I'll see. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciate.  I just may make a yellow center and try again - sigh. Color combos are hard for me.

How are you doing on your wips?Would love to see - doesn't have to be a finish, but we'll admire those, too.  Linky below - remember it doesn't have to be a new post, just one that shows a WIP.  Ends Monday, midnight.  I'm linking to Sarah's Can I get a Whoop, Whoop? and Kelly's Needle and Thread ThursdaysLots of eye candy there.  

3/23/15

Applique Tuesday

I used 2.6 yards last week making a baby quilt, a large hexagon, and this lady on my design wall:
She is going into a special quilt.  So my totals now for de-stashing YTD is 29.39 yds out. 

As far as applique, I'm picking out fabric for that Anna's Garden block. I'm also turning under with starch the seams on a Benjamin Briggs block.
Have a lot of edges to turn under.

That's it for this Tuesday.  What are you up to?  Any applique? Leave me a comment and I'll stop by, applique or not.  I'm linking to Judy's Design Wall Monday and Lyn's BOMs Away.  I've been trying to do Lyn's method of working on a BOM each Sunday, but it isn't happening - something always comes up.

3/22/15

Slow Sunday Stitching

The WIPs Be Gone linky party is still open till Monday, midnight. Show us a WIP. You'll find it in the previous post.

It's been a very busy weekend. Friday doctor appts; Saturday, a luncheon after an Annointing of the Sick mass:
We fed about 64 and were at it from 8 AM set up thru 2 PM clean-up. I went home and went to bed for 2 hours.

This morning it was a Ministry Fair:
This was after the 7 AM mass which we attend till 1 PM.  We showed some of our completed quilts and talked to interested attendees. Five actually signed our interest list.  This time I wasn't so tired. Went home and had lunch and sat down to do some slow Sunday Stitching. How soothing.
 Finally made some fabric choices for the second round of the 1st rosette. I don't know if this is going to work as I am color challenged.  I'm trying to continue with the orange of the first round. As I add more hexies to this, maybe it will talk to me.
 I've started hand quilting the sashes.
And I'm adding an edge to a rectangle of fleece for a baby quilt.  Just working with what they've given us.

Hope you've had time to slow stitch.  I'm linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.  Check out what others are stitching. Bye for now.

3/19/15

WIPs Be Gone Week 12

Week 12?!  Where is the time going?  I've realized that I'm getting confused at to which WIP is what number. So I'm going to construct a list so that I don't forget to work on one that I've said I would be working on.  If a WIP is done, you'll find it posted under the WIPs Be Gone tab.

1. Just take 2 BOM blocks and  Guild 2014 BOM blocks  - both combined to make "Two BOMs in One." DONE!

2.  Happy Scrappy Orphan Block Quilt Along.  DONE!


3.  Hexie Flower Quilt - long term project - happy to get a flower done now and then.




4.  Crane Block Pillow:  DONE!

5.  Jubilee Album Blocks - machine appliqued one; needle turned another - two more to go.

6.  Old Mother Dear Jane Hubbard wall hanging - still mulling over how to make the border.

7.  Hah!  there is no 7,

7. so the Bird of Paradise is here instead of being #8.

Glad I got that straightened out -LOL.

Progress this week?  All I can count is trying to figure out what to do about the Dear Jane blocks, and got nowhere. I did finish two charity quilts and designed another one for the Guild. Some progress there, but not on a WIP - darn.  I'll try to do better next week.

How are you doing on your wips?Would love to see - doesn't have to be a finish, but we'll admire those, too.  Linky below - remember it doesn't have to be a new post, just one that shows a WIP.  Ends Monday, midnight.  Since I finished one item,  I'm linking to Richard's Link a Finish and Sarah's Can I get a Whoop, Whoop?  Lots of eye candy there. 

3/16/15

Some of This, Some of That

I made another B3quilt and used 2.5 yards. Donated another 3yds to guild so my numbers have grown a tad. YTD is now 26.79 yds out.  Slowly de-stashing.  Here's the quilt:
Nothing on my design wall as I was busy adapting  a Dewey's Dream block to a 30" preemie quilt for our local NICU.  You can get the pattern off my right sidebar after tomorrow.

A community member brought two quilts to give to the guild as she was downsizing. The first one was a blue and white churn dash made by a pioneer of a nearby town way back in the 1880s(?).  I suggested she  contact the museum in that town.  She did and they are thrilled that she is giving it to them.

The second quilt was a fundraiser for the Calvary Church in Rochester, NY in 1903.  Here's a block from it:
I asked Barbara Brackman, the quilt historian, for the name of this block, and she'd never seen one like it.  Thinks it might be a variation of the Maltese Cross.  I did some Google image searches and the closest I came to it was a Firefighter's emblem back east, so maybe the lady who designed the quilt had a fireman in her household. ??  I'm going to contact the historical society in Rochester and see if they want it.

Off to work on another charity quilt and a WIP - I'm going to have to make a list.  I'm getting confused as which WIP is what #.

LOL - blessings to you all and happy quilting.

3/15/15

3/12/15

WIPs Be Gone Week 11

What a week!  But then my second weeks of each month are jam packed.  What have I been up to?
 Finished a charity quilt for St. Anne's. Made with scraps and flannel back brought to the front.
Am quilting another charity quilt. Doing bears in the squares using freezer paper.
Doing some top stitching in the half square triangles.
Picked WIP #8 to work on.  I think I'll make another pillow from this one, too.  ??
Started sewing down the applique on these prepped blocks of WIP#5.  I first ironed on fusible interfacing on the back to make it easier to sew.  More on this project later.

How are you doing on your wips?Would love to see - doesn't have to be a finish, but we'll admire those, too.  Linky below - remember it doesn't have to be a new post, just one that shows a WIP.  Ends Monday, midnight.  Since I finished one item,  I'm linking to Richard's Link a Finish and Sarah's Can I get a Whoop, Whoop?  Lots of eye candy there.

3/10/15

Applique Tuesday

I've started another Anna's Garden block -  # 7 and is my WIP #6.  Another long term project.
I make two photocopies of the original. With the first one I cut out the whole design leaving an outline of the applique block intact.   This outline is used to position my pieces once they are prepped. That way I don't need a light table, nor vynyl overlay, nor any drawing on my background. The second copy is to cut any parts that overlay each other and need to be cut separately to have a complete pattern for my template.  I learned this method from Zena Thorpe in a workshop.

3/6/15

WIPs Be Gone Week 10

My crane block is now a pillow!  I finally just cut the flange on that cording to the right size and basted it around the block.
 The basting 1/4 "around the block beforehand came in handy to be sure to baste the cording just where it had to go. Then I sewed it with a zipper foot.
Made an envelope back to finish it.  Then I stuffed it with the pillow form which proved to be overstuffed.
I didn't like it that way. Fortunately this pillow form had a zipper and I took out some stuffing.

 Looks like a lot more than it is.  I was going to give this pillow to a friend, but my DH promptly claimed it for his reading chair.
Another WIP has reached the finish line!  Here's the one that will replace it.

I call this my Old Mother Dear Jane Hubbard.  Not sure about the setting of having all the 4 1/2" blocks around it. Maybe only on two sides. Still mulling it over. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  I will replace that blue one in top row - just doesn't seem to fit in.  So that means I'll have to make 2 more DJ blocks.


Lastly, here is my finished snack mat I made for a swap.  Another case of spontaneous construction - LOL.  Complete and ready for exchange after March 25th.  

How are you doing on your wips?Would love to see - doesn't have to be a finish, but we'll admire those, too.  Linky below - remember it doesn't have to be a new post, just one that shows a WIP.  Ends Monday, midnight.  Since I finished two items I'm linking to Richard's Link a Finish and Sarah's Can I get a Whoop, Whoop?  Lots of eye candy there.


3/4/15

Good till March 21st

Jo-Ann's is having a 50% off on their entire stock of papercrafting supplies and tools and that includes:
This is a Fiskar hexagon punch. The sides measure 1" and work great for making English Paper Piecing pieces for making hexie quilts.  I got mine for $8.  Now I have the 3/4" one and this one above.  Woohoo!

3/3/15

Applique Tuesday & Spontaneous Construction








Hey, I got some applique done!  This is the Feb block for the Quilt Doodle Designs BOM for 2015. I'm not doing the BOM because of my WIPs, but thought it would be just right for a swap I'm in. It's not fused yet and I can see I'll have to straighten the unit to get the napkin to lay in a straight line.

Now, you've heard of spontaneous combustion, right?  Last Sunday, Feb 22, spontaneous construction happened at my house.  I was looking at a baby quilt I'd designed and it came to me that if I added a few more rows I'd have a cross. It was like a voice just said to me "make that quilt" and before I knew it the top was made. All week I was directed what to do next.  Those guardian angels solved every problem I came up with to not continue on it. It was amazing. Saturday, I was able to take it to a church dinner to give to our Bishop who was visiting.

Here's a close up of the border.  I was going to just meander, but right away I started to outline the flowers instead.
Here's the back after I had finished the quilting. Love my Juki!
I told the Bishop that the Holy Spirit set me to doing this.  It just came out of nowhere - all from stash, had just bought the thread and I didn't know why, and found the panel square the day before. He loved it!