Saturday, February 10, 2018

3 PROJECTS FINISHED AND BLOCK SWAP

I have definitely been busy this week and want to show you some of my finishes.  This first one was kind of fun.  My neighbor (also walking and craft show partner) and I will be participating in more craft shows this year.  She has been sewing up a storm and I have too.  I got an idea in the middle of the night and here is the first one that I made.  The Route 66 wall hanging - for men.  We'll see if anyone wants to buy it.  The sign is hand embroidered.


Place mats are a popular item, so I made a set of four "chicken" themed place mats and have other fabrics set aside for more.



A year or so ago I bought this panel at a quilt show and finally put it together and quilted it.  I like how it turned out and am considering sewing beads on the wreath (not real excited about doing it though).

Here's the back.

Close up of the quilting.  You can't really see the quilting on the large snow flakes, but I quilted over the design in gold thread.  The rest of the quilting is with red thread.



Yesterday I finished the churn dash swap blocks that Barb has organized.   I made 44 pink blocks and 22 black blocks.  I only have 1 black one in the picture because I had already put the batch of 22 in a baggie.


Here's a close up that shows the fabric better.  I'm glad I didn't run out of the pink fabric.  I bought one yard and just barely had enough to make the 44 6 1/2" blocks!  I think this is the 4th block swap that I have done with Barb and I still haven't made anything with 2 of the other swaps.


I love churn dash blocks!  Are any of you participating?  Thanks, Barb, for organizing this!  Have a great weekend everyone.  Try to squeeze in some sewing.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

TWO MORE FINISHES FOR JANUARY

Can't believe it's the last day of January, 2018 already!!  I have a couple more finishes for this month. This first one will be given to a veteran.  It's not the official Quilt of Valor, but a similar program and is lap size.


Here's the backing.


I quilted and bound my log cabin table runner.  It measures 15" x 44".


I quilted feathers swirling back and forth across the quilt.


Here's a close up of one corner folded back so you can see some quilting.


I feel pretty good about my Scrap Attack that I reported on in my January 16 post.  I am continuing to sew triangles of men's shirt fabric together and will work on sewing them into quilts.  I didn't finish the quilt yet, but it's being worked on.  Tomorrow I will draw my Scrap Attack project for February.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

A FINISH, SOME BASTING AND PROGRESS

My first finish of 2018 is Palmateer Point!  It was quilted in my last post, but now it is bound.





Today I basted two quilts:  a log cabin table runner and a Christmas wall hanging.  I want to get a head start on December.  This wall hanging was purchased at a quilt show a couple years ago.


I have also been working on Barb's block exchange and have the first 22 6" churn dash blocks finished.  I love these blocks!


I have shown these scrappy blocks before  (Charming Squares Quilt from Moda Bake Shop) and decided to put them up on the design wall so I could see if I have enough.  I decided I need to make one more row of 4 blocks so it will be big enough for a twin size bed.  I will add 2" white sashing and that will make it 88" x 56" without the border.  The blocks use 5" charm squares, which I had an abundance of random ones left over from other projects, and they are fun to make.


I am feeling much better than I was in my last post and think I'm over the "creeping crud."  How is your January going?

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SCRAP REPORT!

Last week I drew the January scrap challenge paper out of the jar and got "Do something with men's shirts bin."  That was not the one I wanted for January, but being the obedient follower that I am, I dug into the bin of men's shirts.  And, first I tried to come up with an easy way to use them.  I decided to cut 6 1/2" squares because that is how wide my ruler is.  Then I cut them on the diagonal so I could make HSTs.


Here is what I have left after I put together a quilt top measuring 44" x 55".  I will probably border it with larger 6 1/2" by whatever blocks to make a lap quilt or maybe a picnic quilt or I could use them as a backing for another quilt.  At least I have something going with the shirt fabric.  I will probably keep some of the triangles handy to stitch together between other projects and maybe I can use them all up.  I will NOT be getting any more shirts!!


I also quilted my Palmateer Point quilt with Baptist fans.


I've been sick with a cold/sinus infection since Friday and am going stir crazy.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

2018 SCRAP ATTACK!

 I admit that I have a scrap problem.  As you can see, I have joined the "SCRAP ATTACK" group started by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.  Since I had already decided that I needed to use up a lot of scraps this year, I decided to join.  I had to put 12 goals on individual pieces of paper, one for each month, and then draw one each month.  I just drew the one for January and its - "Use men's shirt scraps and plaids to make a donation quilt.  Uh Oh!  That's not the one I wanted to work on this month.  But I could at least come up with an idea and start it.

12 goals for using scraps


Here are some photos of my "problems."  This is embarrassing!

Bag of triangle scraps

3 drawers full of strips

3 more drawers full of strips

A bin with 1" and 1 1/2" reproduction scraps

box of selvedges

3 more drawers full of scraps


4-patch scraps to make into a donation quilt


5" squares that I bought (!) for $1.00
I didn't even take a picture of the large bin full of men's shirts and I'm sure there are others as well.

I also have a list of UFO GOALS:

1.  Abby's Bodacious Quilt - I want to get this finished for Christmas 2018.  I have about 10 blocks done.



2.  American Cross Roads (blocks are done).
3.  Merry Trails Wall Hanging (Quilt Mania).
4.  Moda Block Heads - finish and put together.
5.  Pineapple 9-Patch
6.  Blocks my Grandma made in the 40's - put together, quilt and bind.
7.  Cat quilt - pieces are cut.
8.  Verandah Views, which was a block of the month from Willowberry Designs, 2009.  All the embroidery blocks are done and need to be put together into a quilt.
9.  Grandma's Flower Garden that I started at least 10 years ago.  After making several blocks, I decided to turn it into a lap quilt.  It wasn't working out very well, so I stopped working on it.  I want to get it finished one way or another.


10.  Another block of the month, which I can't find, was basket blocks for each month.  It's really cute and I finished about 8 or 9 of them.  I would like to get the rest finished.

Do you think that is enough?  If not, I may be able to come up with a few more.  Ugh!!

My design wall has some log cabin blocks on it that I want to make into a table runner.  The blocks measure 5 1/4" unfinished.  They aren't sewn together yet.


Well, please wish me luck with these projects.  I plan to use scraps in my UFO projects, so I might reduce my stash some if I only purchase fabric that is absolutely necessary to finish a project.

Have you made any goals or joined any group for 2018?  Let's all work together to use up scraps and stash!!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

A BIRTHDAY PARTY AND SEWING IN A CONDO

Yesterday we celebrated our granddaughter's 9th birthday with a party at the "Sky Zone."  Abby had 4 guests there along with parents, grandparents (us) and my sister (great aunt).




Making a wish.


Cute, but tired, friends!


I have done some more sewing since we arrived in Pensacola.  First, I finished the table runner and place mats for my DIL in Kansas.




The table runner has 4 sections and on each end there is a part that will hang down on either end of the table with 3 smaller sections.

I made 6 place mats - with no batting in them - that's the way she wanted them.



Then, in my spare time (mostly early in the morning) I continued working on some projects that I had brought with me.

I had decided I wanted to make a table runner with some log cabin blocks that measure 5 1/4", so I started on those.


I also made some more of these 13 1/2" sawtooth star blocks out of scrappy pieces and 5" charm pack left-overs.






Have you ever had a picture taken with a pelican?  I did today! 


Happy New Year everyone!  I probably won't post again until 2018 and then I will try to have a list of my 12 scrappy projects that I will do to try to use up at least some of my scraps.  See confessions of a fabric addict.



Saturday, December 16, 2017

SEWING FRUSTRATIONS

We spent some time with DS#3 and family (who doesn't want pictures published of them) and we had a wonderful visit.  I had time to do some sewing and after finding this fabric at a thrift store, my DIL desided to purchase it.  I started to make a table runner and some placemats for her, but my Featherweight bobbin tension was off - way too loose.  I couldn't tighten the tiny screws in the bobbin case, so I decided to try my DIL's sewing machine (which is in the sewing cabinet that my Featherweight is sitting on).  She has never used it, but had it serviced a few years ago. 


Unfortunately, I couldn't get it to work right either so I had to put the sewing project away.





This is the fabric we found at the thrift store - about 6 yards of 56" wide fabric for $10!!

These are some other fabrics I got there for a very low price.



 The good news is that I get to keep the antique partial quilt top.  Below is a picture of the whole piece. 



While visiting, we saw another historic site in Kansas City, MO.




This is DH and I at a restaurant.




We have now moved on to visit another son - this time in Pensacola, FL.  The above 2 photos were taken from the balcony of the condo that we are staying in.  You might be able to see the gulf between the buildings - we are very close!

Christmas is rapidly approaching and we are looking forward to this visit here in Florida.  Are you travelling for Christmas?