9/29/15

Some of This, Some of That Week 40

Can you believe it? Twelve weeks to 2016?

Here's what I've been busy with:
came off design wall, is now a top, and making room for the one below

Two baby quilts - one for Neonatal Unit and one for St. Anne's .  The second one will have another row - maybe scraps from the three fabrics. It's flannel and I'll be putting it together QAYG.  Won't use batting as for CA, two flannels should make a cozy quilt.  Top one will have batting.  These are a block I've blown up to be 30" and 36" respectively.  All the above made from St. Anne's fabric. Therefore I can't count toward destashing.  But I did use three yards for the back of the raffle quilt from my stash. My new  YTD total id 87.70 yards  de-stashed.  I have 12 weeks to use a little over 12 yards to meet my 100 yards out goal.

I am working on leaves for my baskets but don't have photos of those.

DS has sold his house and needs to move in the next two weeks so I'll be very busy with that and probably not much on the blog.  Prayers would be appreciated.  Bye for now!

9/27/15

Slow Sunday Stitching

I'm just about finished with my baskets - just have one to redo as somehow the basket is not centered on the handle. Then it's start making the leaves.
Lily came for another short visit and she wanted to sew again.  I made her a flannel Barbie doll blanket from a scrap of flannel.  She's embroidering a B in the center of it.

Two of us slow Sunday stitching, so I'm linking to Kathy's party by the same name. Button on sidebar.  WIPs Be Gone still open - just go down two posts and link your eye candy - past or present. Thanks!

9/25/15

RSC 2015 Orange

It's done.  I didn't use all the fabrics I pulled to go with those stars, but I like it.  I've had that animal fabric for a long time trying to find how to make it into a baby quilt.  I had almost given up and was going to just make it a recieving blanket of one fabric and flannel on the back.  Thanks, Angela for the motivation - I like this better. Finished to 36" square - perfect for a St. Anne's quilt. It is now ready to pass on to the next St. Anne's member for sandwiching.

9/24/15

WIPs Be Gone Week 39

WIP #7 (a wall hanging) is done.
 I tried a wrap to the back border to finish the edges.  Didn't want binding to show on this border.  It will hang in my kitchen.
Used a cute lady bug fabric for back.  Hand stitched the binding down back. This is minimally quilted because I wanted the fabric to stand out - all batiks except for border.

What are you up to? Would love to see it, whether finished or WIP progress or an old post, or even about what is going on in your life - not necessarily quilty. Share your goodness. Linky below ends Monday, midnight.  I'm linking to Amanda's Finish it Up Friday, Sarah's Can I get a Whoop, Whoop?,  and Lizzie Lenard's FMQ Mavericks with this finished WIP.


9/21/15

Some of This, Some of That Week 39

On my design wall:
Used another 1/2 yard for this.  I'm liking it.

Just off my design wall:
The raffle quilt.  Now I have to think how to quilt it.  Another 3 yards from stash.  This is going to be offered not only in a raffle but as a signature quilt for some family.  The center will have the last name and this year's date.

Total used this week: 3.5 yards.  YTD total of 84.70 yards  de-stashed.  I'm linking to Judy's Patchwork Times, Lyn's BOMs Away and Cath's Bits n Bobs.        

9/19/15

Orange is the color

Here is my soscrappy quilt for September - so far.  Constructive comments appreciated. I feel it needs to be toned down - maybe with the next border. ???

And also, this is what I'm working on - does that make it a work in progress?

9/16/15

Applique Tuesday

I'm never seeming to get to applique any more. I asked myself why this is happening. Well?  I'm just spending too much time on other things. And?  After taking a long and hard look at my days, I see I spend a lot of time online, and then this video came to my attention:
So I'm going to cut down on my computer time. Now this won't matter to many, but I'm writing this for the few who'll be wondering what's going on in this household. I'll still be here, but I may not have time to reply, comment or post as often with the new regime I'm instigating. I'll see how it goes.

I think I'll go do some applique now.

Blessings,
Angie in SoCal

9/13/15

Some of This, Some of That Week 38

Well I used 2 yards to make another B3Quilt.
This is a Moda pattern from their Go Big Block 2 booklet.  Measures 32" square - just right for a preemie quilt.  It went together fast although I didn't do it in rows as they suggested.  I made the 5 nine-patch blocks that form an "x" in the middle of the quilt and then made the triangles in the center of the edges.  

I liked the pattern so much that I decided to make the Raffle quilt for the Friends of the Library using this pattern to make a album quilt that will be raffled off Oct-December.  
That's what's on my design wall barely.  It's too big - LOL.  Will measure 58" square.  The very center block will have the family's name in the center.  My daugher does great calligraphy and I'm going to ask her to write it in for us.  But first we have to have a winner.   Will take 3.75 yards from my stash.

               Lastly, I've been going through my stash seeing if I can find fabrics to go with my RSC 2015 orange blocks.  These are the ones I've picked so far.  What do you think?  Please advise.  If I use all these it will be another 1/2 yard from my stash as most of this is from the St. Anne's stash.  This baby quilt will go to them.  It's going to be a simple quilt as I want to highlight the stars.  So for my stash report I can say I'll have used 6.25 yards this past week for a YTD total of 81.20 yards  de-stashed.              

Slow stitching wise I have one more basket to do, and I will really start those leaves -lol.  If only I'd stop finding things I have to do, I might make some progress on those WIPs.

I'm linking to Judy's Patchwork Times, Lyn's BOMs Away, Connie's Linky Tuesday, and Esther's Wow. Check them out.  And leave me a comment - I'll come visit and see your goodies.

9/10/15

WIPs Be Gone Week 37

I'm still working on those three WIPs - a little progress but not much to show yet.  In between working on those this past week I finished the commissioned quilt.
 This was a comforter that was tied and the batting had shifted. It's the beloved quilt of my DGS so my DIL asked me to fix it.  The fabric is like brushed knit -cozy but problematic to quilt.  So I first had to deconstruct it almost totally to get it to where I could extract the batting.  Yep, the batting had shrunk about 6 inches along the long side.  It looks to be polyester and I was surprised it had shrunk. Who knew?   So cut some new batting and pin basted it heavily to be able to get a good 1/4" seam all around the edges to make an envelope.  I then turned it and check the corners. Two of them had to be resewn as the backing had worn.  I then sewed the opening closed and stitched a 1/4" away from the edge to stabilize it.
  I then heavily pined the quilt again and marked some straight lines to quilt with my walking foot.  The batting said I could easily quilt the lines 8" apart so I made a grid of 6 1/2" squares.
 I didn't go right to the edges so I wouldn't have pleats in the stretchy fabric.  The grid work also kept it nice and soft which is what he liked most of all about it.
I finished the binding on this baby quilt.  It went off to one of our St. Anne's members to tie the large page blocks and then it can go to a new baby.  Hope there is one named Noah.  It could happen as it is a popular name again.

What are you up to? Would love to see it, whether finished or WIP progress or an old post, or even about what is going on in your life - not necessarily quilty. Share your goodness. Linky below ends Monday, midnight.  And I'm linking to Amanda's Finish it Up Friday,  Sarah's Can I get a Whoop, Whoop?,  and Lizzie Lenard's FMQ Mavericks because I did finish two things.


9/7/15

DWM and Such

I've been making tops, but the fabric is all from the St. Anne's stash, so it doesn't count toward my numbers except for the 14" square of scraps that I used for the RSC 2015 challenge . So the numbers only grew by 0.13 yd for this week. YTD total is now 74.95 yards  de-stashed.


These rows are still on my design wall.  Must get them together before Thursday AM so I can hand them over to another St. Anne's member.  


Finished the 4th RSC 2015 October block - now to design a baby quilt incorporating them.
Lastly, besides my hand stitching, I'm machine quilting a commissioned quilt. More about it later.
I'm linking to Judy's Patchwork Times, Lyn's BOMs Away, and Connie's Linky Tuesday. Be sure to visit them for eye candy.

9/6/15

Slow Sunday Stitching

I'm working on three projects today, trying to move them along.  First off, the linky party to WIPs Be Gone is still open (closes Monday, midnight). Come by and link and show us your last week's progress.  It can be a little or even a finish.  Old posts are welcome, too.

I've finished quilting WIP #7. Above I'm working on the binding. I decided to make it using a modified facing method and hand stitched.

The other two I'm hand stitching is a leaves on some of my Hexie Flowers and another basket block. Two more baskets to go after this one.

I'm linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.  Do you have a hand stitching project?

9/5/15

RSC 2015

I've seen many an entry through the years for this challenge at Angela's.  I've decided to give it a try, not to make the sampler, but just as a focus of using up some scraps and where to start.  This month's color is orange.
I really didn't have many scraps in my scrap bin of orange and I'm determined not to pull from the stash as that will only make more scraps. I found enough to just squeeze out four 6 1/2" stars. As I'm not making the sampler, I'll see what I can come up with  these and the one more I have to make as a baby quilt.  That star surround by orange is made up of a piece of Liberty Fabric I found in my scrap bin.  It is so, so soft. I'm linking to Angela's RSC 2015.  Come see all the other orange blocks there.  My linky for WIPs Be Gone is still open. Come on over and link your progress - even an old finish will do.

9/4/15

WIPs Be Gone Week 36


I quilted Noah's Ark.  It may seem like not very much, but I outlined the blocks and  "x" the corner stones. The St. Anne members will tie the blocks in five places to secure them. I'll start binding it tomorrow.  Then that one can be gifted this month.

I'm actually working on WIPs #3, 7 and 13 - just don't have photos to show you.  I hope to have some visual evidence next week so you can see the progress.

What are you up to? Would love to see it, whether finished or WIP progress or an old post, or even about what is going on in your life - not necessarily quilty. Share your goodness. Linky below ends Monday, midnight.  And I'm linking to Amanda's Finish it Up Friday, Richards Link A Finish Friday, Sarah's Can I get a Whoop, Whoop?, Lizzie Lenard's FMQ Mavericks because I did finish something (quilting that baby quilt).



9/1/15

Applique Tuesday Week 36




I am hand appliqueing the sixth basket. Three more to go and then I'll make 27 leaves for the flowers.  Once those are stitched in place, I can add the flowers. Little by little.








In the garden, even in the depth of our drought, we are blessed with touches of beautiful color:

What are you up to?  Let me know in a comment and I'll come by and have a look. I'm linking this post to Connie's Linky Tuesday and to Esther's WOW.  You should go on over to both of these ladies and see the beautiful work they are doing.