Monday, January 26, 2015

Designing Monday

I am laying out my Threads of Memory blocks in a zig zag pattern and I need your help.  I bought this fabric that is the absolute perfect color for the setting triangles on the two inside zigzags.  I was so taken with the color that I didn't really look at the pattern.  There are little red thingies that all go the same direction.

So when I cut the setting triangles I used the tried and true technique of cutting a large square and then diagonal cutting the square twice.  This means that those little red thingies go in two different directions.  Half of the triangles go one way and the other half are at 90 degrees.


So I laid out my left zig with all the red thingies pointing up and the right zag with the red thingies going sideways to the left.  Somehow this seemed kind of odd to me.
Left zig pointing up


Right zag pointing left

So then I laid them out sort of randomly so they go in all 4 directions.


Random pattern
What do you think?  Half pointing up and half point sideways or Random?  (I am too cheap to go buy double the fabric so all the thingies point the same way.)

Stop by Judy's blog  to see more beautiful quilts.

BTW, here is the box of Honeybells I bought on Friday.  This truck comes several times a year with peaches and blueberries in summer and naval and temple oranges, grapefruit, honey bells and pecans in the winter.  All so fresh and delicious.  They send trucks all over Wisconsin, some places in Iowa and Minnesota.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Getting There

Well, I guess it is Happy Belated New Year!  One of my quilt guild friends asked me last week why I had not been blogging.  It never occurred to me that I had not been blogging and so I am now puzzling through that one myself.  Where did the time go?  We had wonderful holidays and I got to enjoy our daughter for 3 weeks, so not much sewing accomplished.

Our daughter left Monday for Turkey to work in a K-12 school for Syrian refugees.  She will only be there about 6 weeks and is helping the teachers and grade 12 students with English proficiency.  She is going as a volunteer and is excited about seeing another part of the world.

Off on a new adventure

So now no more excuses for no sewing.  I finished the 12th block of the Threads of Memory quilt offered by Barbara Brackman on the Civil War Quilts blog.
Final Block

All 12 Blocks Finished!!  WooHoo

 I went to the LQS on Tuesday and found some fabrics for the setting triangles and main border.  There is still more fabric to select for inner borders, but I think I am headed in the right direction.




Someone asked me to post a photo of my finished garland that I put together for Christmas.  Here it is

It really  made a nice effect on the banister.

The Tree Ripe truck is coming in about 20 minutes to the mall nearest my house with a load of Honeybells.  They are so delicious and sweet.  So this is a short post with a happy ending!





Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Almost Done

I can hardly believe the year is almost over.  For some reason I don't feel like I have accomplished much.  Some of my days really stand out, but most just blur together.  I guess that is true for most of our life.  This sounds like a resolution coming on, but I'm not going to kid you or me.  I'll just keep plugging along and focus on the good stuff that is happening around me.

I just finished the 11th block of the Threads of Memory from Barbara Brackman's Civil War blog.

November

 I have enjoyed this so much.  She provides some really detailed stories about the lives of people who lived through the horror of slavery and  many resources to learn more.  She and her mignons have also provided a great BOM that is not very stressful and results in some beautiful blocks.

Only one more to go!

Next month  she is providing setting options.  I think I have one picked out already, but I could be swayed.  I still have the December block to piece.  The pattern was posted this past Saturday so I may be able to finish it still this year.  I took the day off today from everything else except laundry so I can sew without interruption.


We so enjoyed having our family here for Christmas.  This is the first time we have all been together for quite a few years and it was such a fun time.  Our son's girlfriend even joined us.  It was the first time our son had been home in a year and a half.  Our daughter came home from Japan - another stopover between foreign teaching jobs.  We were truly blessed.

Such a cute couple!

Wishing you a truly Happy and Pieceful New Year.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Designing Monday

Who has time to sew when it's Christmas time?  I quilted and bound the Cascadia quilt from Lori's Humble Quilts mystery.  That was all I could manage.  Too many cookies to make and lots of decorating going on.


I love the blog, Between Naps on the Porch.  The author has wonderful decorating ideas and shares tutorials and tons of photos.  If you love looking at magazines or creating a pretty table for the holidays, you should definitely take a few minutes to look around her blog.  So now I am making a fancy garland loaded with ornaments based on her tutorial here.

The Dollar Tree is my new best friend.  I have had this bare garland for years and lots of strings of lights with no use in the basement, so I brought them out and did a quick scouting trip to Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby and came home ready to work.



 I worked on it Saturday night and got half way through before running out of some of the ornaments, so I made another trip to $$ Tree yesterday to load up again.  So far I spent about $15.00 on ornaments.  My goal is no more then $20.  Hobby Lobby had a similar finished garland that was not half so nice for $140 (currently half off at $70).  This is my project for tonite.



 Hop over to Judy's blog to see more beautiful designs.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Designing Monday

Just a little sewing this week.  I finished the Cascadia Sew Along mystery quilt top from Humble Quilts.  I really like the small blocks on point.  I read in another blog that it was referred to as Seminole patchwork.  I haven't done that before, although it wasn't any different than sewing large blocks on point.  Just lots of them.  Hope to get it quilted this week.



I also finished sewing together my block of the month for Threads of Memory.  Here are all 10 of my finished blocks so far.  It just dawned on me that a new block was posted this weekend and I haven't even looked it up.   I better get at it quick before the December rush hits me.



I found a few photos of our church sanctuary that I took this week.  We took down the fall decor and put up the Advent trimmings on Wednesday.  I didn't think to take any photos of the new look, but will get that done this week.  Thought you might enjoy seeing how it looked.




The altar was topped with burlap and silk leaves.  
The urns are stuffed with corn stalks and pumpkins and leaf garlands.


We flipped over a beige banner and pinned a burlap ribbon and a silk leaf on it.



This is a large wooden chair that nobody sits in because they are so uncomfortable.  (We have two.)
There is a command strip hook on the back of the chair hung upside down.  The wreath has a burlap ribbon with a wire on the end that loops over the hook on the back.  Our church is very historic and we are very sensitive to using nails and tacks on anything.  Those command strips are a life saver.

Hop on over to Judy's blog  to see more beautiful designs.


Monday, November 24, 2014

Designing Monday

I pieced a top for the local homeless shelter this week.  We were given a packet of 6" squares at the last guild meeting and asked to piece a top that is 11 x 15 squares.  As I started sewing, I found that some of the squares weren't cut quite right.  Some an inch or two too long, which is okay.  But some were cut skewed or 1/4' too short.  I also really don't like the idea of trying to match all those corners. This is a utility quilt that will be washed over and over, so it doesn't have to be perfect piecing, but I still want to do the best I can.  So I decided to offset the blocks like tiles.  This meant adding a few pieces from my stash which I am always happy to downsize.


Here is the top in progress.  Wow is that fuzzy!



Looks like I got a little carried away adding blocks on that row!

I'm currently trying to piece the September block from the Threads of Memory sew along on the Civil War Quilts blog by Barbara Brackman.  I seem to be making it a lot harder than it should be.  I'm sure I will get it figured out in my lifetime, but today it seems to be eluding me.


I somehow got sucked into the vortex of Lori's Humble Quilts Sew Along this week, too.  I don't know how that happened.  One minute I was reading her blog and the next I was dashing around my sewing room finding every little scrap I could find and voila!  Here are the first two steps of the mystery:



I received my silk scarf from the teacher of my class.  Here is the finished product.  I really love it.  However, I haven't been able to find anything in my closet to match it with, so I guess that means a little shopping excursion is called for.



Hop on over to Judy's blog  to see more beautiful designs.







Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Artsy Fun

I have been having lots of fun with friends the last two weeks.  Last week I went to an evening class to make woven snowflakes using reeds.  Kind of like weaving a basket, but way easier.  My book club went on this adventure and we had a lot of fun.

This is Barb - she moved to Florida yesterday.  I am sad.


This is Chris ( Yes we have two people named Chris/Kris)

One of our members was sick so we all worked a little harder and faster and made her snowflakes for her.  So we each finished two for ourselves and jointly finished two for her.


This is Chris and Barb ( Yes, we have two Barbs, too.)

Finished Flakes -- They hang on fishing line


Yesterday I went to a Silk Scarf Painting Class with 2 friends from my stitching group, Fiber Friends. This was my second time to try this and I had forgotten more than I remembered, so it was more like my first time.  The lady who teaches this class comes to my church and she has made almost 1500 scarves.  Each one is more beautiful than the next.  There were only 4 students, so we got lots of help and had lots of time to gab while we contemplated our next step or waited for our scarves to dry.  We received a blank white scarf and then pinned them onto a frame.  We each chose the colors of paint we liked.  In the first photo you can see swatches in the back left corner.  In the center background, you can see lots of finished scarves that Sandy, the teacher made.   

Here are my friends with their nearly finished scarves. 

Vicky made colorful flowers in purple and pink and a grey and pink background.

Barb used Christmas colors in red, green and gold in a diagonal color wash. 
Sandy, the teacher is in the background.

Here is a better view of Vicky's scarf and the frame.

 I forgot to take a photo of mine.  Sandy forgot to bring a bottle of fixative which is part of the finishing step to fix the color in the silk.  So she took all of scarves home to wash and dry and then she is mailing them to us.  What great service!  I'll post a picture of mine next week.