7/31/16

Design Wall Monday & BOMs Away

I got those final two star and stripes blocks done and came up with this medallion.  Here it is on my design wall:
The QOV ladies asked for 10" or 12" blocks.  This is 20" square, so will do for 4 blocks.  Hope they can use it.  I can see it in the middle of a 60" square QOV quilt with various RWB blocks around it. Next time I go to a guild meeting I"ll give it to the coordinator.

I'm linking to Judy's Design Wall Monday and Lyn's BOMs Away.  Linky for hexagons still open.
Are you able to work in this heat?

Slow Sunday Stitching and This and That

Going to hand quilt another motif on my ancient WIP.  And coming off my DW is another baby top.
The children's art work is the last set of four from our 2015 festival booth.  This top will now go to another St. Anne's member to sandwich and tie.

This past week I used 1/2 yard from my stash to use on the above quilt.  I made another SS block so there's 0.03 of a yard plus the 1/4 yard for the wall hanging.  Also found another yard to donate. New YTD total for de-stashing: 38.84  yards.  A little closer to 50 yds - my half way point.  At least I'm not buying.

Win some hexagon papers. Linky still open. See sidebar.  I'm linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.  See the tab for linky parties above.

Blessings - hope you can stay cool this week as they say the entire contiguous US will be hot. Sigh.


7/29/16

WIPs Be Gone

I started this wall hanging at the last retreat.  I'm at the quilting and binding stage. I was going to outline the letters, but didn't like the look so stitched along the red edge and going to make a curlique pattern in the border and call it done for the quilting part.  I'm thinking of repeating the red for the binding. Will measure 13" square.

What are you up to?  Have you made some progress on anything (actually haven't we all made progress in life as we are a week older)?  Link up and show me.  Someone will win some 3/4" hexagons - enough to make 15 flowers  or whatever you want. Linky below - open 'til Thursday, midnight. I'm linking to several parties.  You can see them in the linky tab in the header.  Blessings. Stay cool this weekend.  Looks like the whole country will be hot.

7/25/16

Design Wall Monday and lots of this, that

First, the linky party is open till next Thursday. See previous post. I may award a book or hexies - forgot to mention that.  And as to last week's giveaway, the winner is Sandy Panagos who very quickly contacted me. Her book, In a Twinkle, is on her way to her already.

Stash report:  Donated another two yards - largish scraps this time.  Used another 1/2 yard for the second bag, and a 1/2 yard finishing the baby quilt.  Woohoo, my new YTD total for stash busting rose to  37.06  yards.

And for that finished baby top:
I found the cutest flannel for the back of it.  More owls!
I hope you are enjoying your day.  Yesterday, it was only 103. But after two days before that of 113 degree days, it seemed cool to me.  Everything is relative.  Today they're predicting 101 which we may get as we actually had a few high clouds in the sky this morning. Blessings and a cool time sewing.

7/22/16

WIPs Be Gone

Almost finished with that baby quilt - bottom border to go.

And one more motif on one of the short borders of my 29 year old WIP and I'll be half done with the last border.

Otherwise too hot to do much.  Temp peaked at 110 yesterday.  Suppose to be hotter today.

Linky below.  Show me what you're up to -quilty or otherwise.



7/20/16

Now There are Two plus DW

Now there are two:
I turned them in at last night's guild meeting.  And these three are for a
baby quilt for St. Anne's.  They're on my design wall. One more to go. 

I'm giving away a quilt book - ends tomorrow, the 21st, midnight.  You can see the details on my July 16 post.

7/17/16

Slow Sunday Stitching and more

First off, I'm giving away a quilt book - ends Thursday, the 21st, midnight.  You can see the details on my July 16 post.

For my Sunday stitching, I'm slowly hand appliqueing my Dresden plate right now. Circle is done. Now working on blades.
Notice the repurposed fruit container - now my traveling sewing case - lol.  Visit Kathy's to see what others are stitching today. Button under Linky party tab above.

I did use some fabric this past week: a 1/4 yard for my medallion QAL; 7 yards donated to a local church (not St. Anne's we make baby quilts - they make quilts for Africa); and a 1/2 yard for this Happy Bag.  Our guild makes 400-600 bags to fill with goodies for the Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. patients. We distribute them at Christmas to their pediatric patients.  My YTD total for stash busting jumped to  34.06  yards.
Thought this might work for a 8-12 year old.  It's a very easy pattern.  You can find it here .

What are you up to?  Leave me a comment and I'll try to come by.
Blessings

7/16/16

WIPs Be Gone

 A couple of SS blocks done that I've shown you, and not much else. But I did work on my 29 year old project slightly.  Have finished one side and almost another - just two motifs to go, so I trimmed the excess batting and backing off that done side.
It feels a lot lighter now that I've off that extra 6 inches of batting and backing  (probably just psychologically).

I also got a couple more hexie flowers machine appliqued to their backgrounds:
Four more rows to go -and those stars and strips are for another project.

What are you working on?  I'd love to see. There's a mystery quilt book for someone. Same guidelines apply:   Leave me a comment for one chance.  Link your eye candy for another. Follow me and let me know for a third. Remember if you don't have a blog, you can always post a photo from a photostream or photo service.  Please be sure there is some way for me to contact you. Ends next Thursday, midnight. I'll be linking to several parties. Tab above. Blessings!


7/11/16

Applique Tuesday

Another one for the "to be appliqued" pile.  This one by machine:
Looks Chritmasy (sp?) doesn't it?

7/10/16

Slow Sunday Stitching & Stash Report

What with my sewing funk, only used 0.10 yds of fabric to make two 6.5" SS blocks this week. Here's the latest one:
So I have this one, the dresden plate, or my 29 year old hand quilting project to work on for this Slow Sunday Stitching day.

What are you up to?

PS: my YTD total for stash busting is now  a puny 26.31 yards.

7/9/16

And the Winner is:

Monica!  She's gotten back to me stating she loves paper piecing, but wants to work on her FMQ and applique.  I'm not ready to rid myself of any of my FMQ quilting books, but I did have to offer something for the other two areas of our hobby:

AnglePlay Blocks by Margaret J. Miller

Fresh Cut Flowers by Liz Schwartz & Stephen Seifert

Pick-A-Pattern Applique and Variations by Joan Waldman

Are you familiar with these?  If not you can go to Amazon and check them out.

Here's a photo of Fresh Cut Flowers - my favorite, however I know I'll never get to it as it's almost all paper piecing.
Which would you pick?

7/7/16

WIPs Be Gone

I seem to have dropped into a quilting doldrums - not much done in the last two days. Maybe it's the higher humidity we've had - who knows? These things just happens.  On the last bit of grey on my Juki block and started this SS block. Ready to place in my to-be hand appliqued folder.
It's a bit brighter than it looks - the camera must feel like I do.  I'll announce the winner of last week's book tomorrow.  The linky party is taking a break.

7/5/16

Applique Tuesday & Etc

First off, I'm giving away a quilt book - ends Thursday, the 7th, midnight.  You can see the details at my July 1 post.

On my design wall, I've added a few bits - some more machine appliqued hexie blocks, another sorta/kinda flag block.

 Today I was working on a SS block that needs some hand applique.  Had 2 1/2 hours at the doc's (DH's appt) to work on it. Got the machine and heart done.  Now just the grey bits to do.  I did read half of a book, ate lunch, and talked to others waiting, or would have gotten more done.



7/3/16

Slow and Machine Stitching

First off, I'm giving away a quilt book - ends Thursday, the 7th, midnight.  You can see the details at my July 1 post.

Today I'm slow stitching my ancient WIP (started in 1988). I figure if I do a motif per day, I should actually get to the binding in another month and a half -lol.
 Here's what the current border looks like from the back - can see my big stitch quilting better from this side. I didn't know about this technique until about 5 years ago - much easier for me.
Newbie that I was, I didn't know one was suppose to mark the quilt before sandwiching.  Good thing I didn't because after 29 years it probably wouldn't still be there.  I use freezer paper and a water soluble pencil by Clover to mark the motifs now.

As for machine stitching - I whipped up this SS block - easy peasy.
So appropriate for the Fourth of July.  Have a good one - and safe, too.

7/1/16

"Gwennie Inspired" 2 and WIPs Be Gone

Cynthia at Wabi-Sabi Quilts hosted the first border link-up for the Gwennie Inspired Medallion Group.  The theme was childhood.  I chose to use my memories of summer days when we lived in South Houston, TX.
I remember those beautiful soft white clouds in the sky and the open fields across the street from our house.  My cousins and I would spend the daylight hours running around in them, playing pioneers finding our way through green bushes and berry brambles.  We competed with lots of bugs for the juicy fruit hanging on the vines and fly kites up toward the clouds. And in keeping with Gwen's liberated idea, I didn't mark the diagonals in the square in the square - just winged it.  Do visit Cynthia's for other Gwennie inspired links.

What are you working on?  I'd love to see. And there's a mystery quilt book for someone. Same guidelines apply:   Leave me a comment for one chance.  Link your eye candy for another. Follow me and let me know for a third. Remember if you don't have a blog, you can always post a photo from a photostream.  Please be sure there is some way for me to contact you. Ends next Thursday, midnight. I'll be linking to several parties. Tab above. Blessings!



Another Winner/Update

The winner of last week's hexagon paper pieces giveaway was Chantel of At the Corner of Scraps and Quilts.  I've sent her a message.

An update:  I want to thank everyone so much for their kind wishes and prayers for my eye surgery.  It went great!  I know have 20/15 vision again. No more closing my right eye to sew at the machine - lol.

Here's what I'm working on now - Sunday's SS block:
Off to see what the block is for today.