Monday, March 16, 2015

Designing Monday

It has been so long since I have blogged that I have almost forgotten how.  Not much has changed on my design wall.  I am hoping to have this top completely sewn together in the next couple of weeks.  I know some people who really hate to apply their bindings and others who fall down when it comes to the quilting.  This is the point in my work when I am challenged the most, I think.  I really hate sewing these really long seams and getting all the blocks to line up and not have wavy borders.  Something always comes back to bite me at this point.   So I tend to drag my feet.  But it will get done!!!!!!

I am currently making some banners for Good Friday and Easter.  I am layering different shades of purple that are different widths and lengths.  Another person is making a 6" wide strip of white with lettering that will go down the middle.  This will really be beautiful.  I am making two of these.

I have been vacationing in the South trying to get warm.  We were gone 2 1/2 weeks and unfortunately the cold weather followed us down.  We were there when the South was blanketed with snow.  We did enjoy seeing lots of beautiful places and visiting friends and family.  I also got to visit Quilting by the Bay in Panama City.  It was definitely worth the stop as they have so many gorgeous batiks.  Not so much in the way of Civil War Reproductions.

Here's hoping you have a designing day.  Stop by Judy's blog  to see more beautiful designs.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Designing Monday

What a fun weekend!  It was Quilt Camp time.  Thirty women let loose on a small Door County town makes for some fast sewing and lots more talking.  We stay in a small motel that has a large conference room full of tables and plenty of room for all our stuff.  The large windows look out over the channel that is frozen over right now.  Beautiful sunsets and a quiet setting make it a perfect get away for our large group.

I drove up with my friend, Barb on Friday morning and we stayed til noon on Sunday.  That was the perfect amount of time to get some work done.  We took turns working on comfort quilts for the pediatrics ward and our own quilts.  Here are a few finishes that I captured.
Here's Cheryl modeling an apron made by someone else

These two ladies made lots of tote bags

Here's a closeup of those gorgeous fabrics.  You can see the pile of comfort quilts starting to grow on the table behind her.  

Tracy made this cute one for her granddaughter

Who's hiding back there?

This is my friend, Barb who made this cute comfort quilt.  Isn't it fun?

This is Lonnie with her lovely batik table runner.

This is Bonnie hiding behind her gorgeous patriotic quilt.  You can see how large our space is and this is less than half of the building.

Here's what I got done.

I paper pieced this tiny pineapple block.  It looks a little shabby here with the wrinkles paper and white spaces in the corners, but with the mat below you can see it is just perfect.

This was a kit from Doris Deutmeyer  who came to our guild last year as well as being a vendor at our show last spring.

I made these 4 blocks as cornerstones for the borders of the Threads of Memory quilt I am assembling.

Then I made lots

and lots

of stars for a new quilt I am starting.

I also assembled a quilt top for a comfort quilt.

Not much to show, but it felt good to get this much done.  Hope you had a good weekend as well.  Stop by Judy's blog to see more beautiful designs.

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.


 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.