Wednesday, August 16, 2017
I finally caught up with the Temecula Quilt Co Minis. It took me a few practic pieces to get my needle set in the right spot to make those 36-patch blocks come out to the correct size. I was going to wait and see how they work in the finished piece and then maybe go with something different, but we have to exercise and stretch our skills. Working tiny does that and I am always up for a challenge.
Monday's block was a bit of a relief after the stress of the 36's. I am getting curious about how this is all going to come together. I love each little block in itself.
The latest temperature rosette. These are coming together with scraps, too. I throw a few colors of the ranges we are in into the shoe box tote with my papers, needle, thread, etc.... So not every 'same' temp is made with the same fabric scrap - it's just what is in the tote and I feel represents the day. 78,81,78,77,80,76,76
And my newest mini project is being worked out of my scrap bag hooked by the machine. My bits that get snipped off - tiny 'orts'. I don't need anything too wide or too big, so some of these are getting a chance at being into a project.
Tiny Pineapple Blocks in progress. Slow and steady with these and I hope by the weekend this little piece will be done. The worse part will be picking all the papers out!
Take a Day to Play
Sunday, August 13, 2017
I found another baggy of gifted triangle cut-offs. I pulled a piece of Windham neutral that was a cut-off from a quilt backing. I'm going to marry these.
The largest I can work with all of these is a 2.5" unfinished HST and make a bunch of Broken Dishes blocks.
Of course, I had some help with setting up this project.
I know a lot of people hate to work with HSTs, but I find them to be exciting - they make for some great movement in a pattern. I pressed pairing seams open to eliminate bulk.
There's some reds, greens, blues, browns, and a bit of black prints. I'll work as many blocks as my neutral (or prints) take me and then it will be thinking time on how to set all these blocks.
Do you start the week off with something new (made from old)?
Thursday, August 10, 2017
It's that time again - the BEST quilt show on Earth!! A big thank you to LilyPad Quilting for hosting and all the hard work in gathering sponsors. Do you have a cat, dog, or other pet that loves to pose on a quilt? Or maybe a pet themed quilt? Get those cameras out and enter - entries from August 10th - 29th.
My theme quilt began due to an abundance of brown scaps that needed some taming. Then I saw Lorna's Mod Bear quilt along and pattern - just had to make this. I love making HSTs and so the Bear Paw block was right up my alley - and I needed a lot of them.
The bear actually went together rather quickly. There are a couple of sections with tiny piecing, but I love working tiny, too. The minute my daughter saw this flimsy on my FB page - she claimed it. She collected bears as a child and even now as an adult, still has her first teddy bear.
My bain though is borders! I can make them, just hate to. This had the three plain borders, then all those little paw prints!!
This is the only picture I have of the finished quit as shown at my quilt guild meeting. It went off to it's new home the next day. Those little prints made for a fabulous setting. FIVE borders on one quilt - a new one for me. The bonus - the only fabric I purchased for this quilt was the gray. Everything else came from scrap, stash or off the shelf - even the back. I buy batting by the roll, so that was on hand.
Although I don't have a pet bear - we do have a large bear that lives on our mountain. Occassionally he comes to visit the bird feeders - we don't pet him.
I have another Bear in progress - in green paws and black bear - I just love this pattern!
Entry - Pet Themed Quilt
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
I need to catch up on the Temecula Quilt Co's Marvelous Monday Mini blocks. Once I've had my 'tiny' fix, I want to play with the new RSC17 color - lites (beige, tan, lite brown). I have such colorful piggies, I think I am going to use this color for a barn instead. There are three barns in Lori Holts' Farm Girl, so I will pick one of those - of course a quilt block has to go on the barn.
I forgot to post last weeks temperature rosette -72,66,75,69,74,70,81
And newest - 83,81,82,74,72,70,72
Yes, we are a lot cooler than other areas and some of our trees are already showing a change of color or losing leaves. DREAD!!
And I had to share my SILs pretty sunflower curtesy of the chippers. I have never seen a sunflower with so many blossoms!!
They are all over this plant! We counted 15 and I think are still some little buds popping - just a wonder!
Go Play Today
Monday, August 7, 2017
I'll be joining BETH and JUDY today with some Monday Making. The machine has been cleaned, new needle and fresh bobbins wound.
This was already cut for the 12 Days of Christmas Hop quilt along for the Trip Around the World with Sarah. I made the blue kit instead. BUT, since these are all ready - and kept getting knocked off the table to the floor by a certain furkid - I am going to put this together.
The fabrics are from two other kits. Yes, I buy kits when on huge sales just for the fabric. I pull some of the fabric as needed and then the rest of the kit w/ pattern just sits for a long time. These are getting used up! AND that drat furkid better quit mixing my piles up - I better sew fast!
Sunday, August 6, 2017
It's been a while since I joined KATHY and friends with a day of slow stitching. I have some housework to do, but I will break up duties with a sit down project.
I have a mini that needs a binding finished - a couple of threads will get this done. And the label to stitch, too.
Then I need to get the temperature rosettes stitched to their squares and add them into the rows. If I treat myself to a thread (or two) of stitching and then do one of my 'chores' - all things might get done today.
It has turned into Fall like temps here - I am a sweatshirt lovin' gal. I will mix in a stroll around the yard (or two) to get some fresh air.
Friday, August 4, 2017
Not a very good photo - but poor Moe suffering the Dog Days of Summer. The house is kept dark and AC on so a good place to take a nap when it's too hot outside. He tried for ever (or is that fur ever?) to fit into that box of fabric. Finally he decided to use the box for one end and the tote for the other - occassionaly switching.
And it's a good time to remind everyone about the up-coming Pets On Quilts Show - August 10th. Start trying to get those kitties, puppies, and other pets photo'ed on a quilt. Or maybe you have a 'pet' themed quilt.
Jacque @ LilyPadQuilting has been hard at work rounding up some fabulous sponsors and prizes.
Just to show I finished Step #2 of Keven's Sapphire Mystery. The strattas need trimming, but they are at least all stitched.
Storms are moving in again, so the machine (and other things) goes off and it's time for some hand work.
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
I finished the Temecula Marvelous Monday Mini block. It is at an angle shot, but yes, that one HST is off. I can't find my little 3.5" square ruler I use when working tiny blocks - makes cutting and square up so much nicer. So I have a bit of a 'wonk' and I can live with that - my great gran did, so I can too.
I will be working on finishing up step #2 of Kevin's Mystery. I am digging thru those gifted bags of scraps for strips of red. Yes, I could just pull the FQ tote and cut some nice clean, crisp strips - BUT where is the fun in that? I am going looking for treasure. I see some Blues and Yellows that I can use - whoop!!
Monday, July 31, 2017
I am enjoying this little venture with BARBARA. She picks one for the month and you can follow with the same lady or chose the one that tickles your fancy.
I am working on Earlene for this month - and next. She will work up fast if I dedicate a day. The quilt over her shoulder might take a little more time and I already know how I want to set her into a mini. Also, if the group doesn't know - the pattern for the quilt setting for these ladies is in Earlene's packet.
And I was asked to share all my Ladies in their minis so far:
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Well I didn't get it quilted, but I did get the Two Step Mystery quilt into the flimsy stage. Happily, this was all from gifted and my scraps married together. The last border fabric came in the door recently and was perfect for this. This will be another donation quilt for the Wounded Warrior Winter Games at Windham NY this December.
Now I can start something new. I love any hue of blue and was digging around for more blues to add to Keven's Mystery when I came across this kit.
I bought this kit 3 years ago at an 80% discount - just for the fabric. BUT with Sarah's 12 Day's of Christmas and the Trip Around the World quilt (which I cut fabric for) I decided that it was going to become the quilt intended and any left overs will go into the Mystery Quilt. I can always make the other one another time.
The large pile of blues and other colors for Kevin's Mystery quilt. Step two has come out so I might leader/ender that as I piece the TATW. Multi-tasking at it's best!
Friday, July 28, 2017
Some of you were wondering what I was going to do with the Rails and Cabins. Well this is the layout I am going with. 10 Rails and 10 Cabins are made and will progress over time and in-coming scraps.
The newest Yankee Diary (side bar button) block of the star with heart was very quick to make, but I lapsed on doing the prior block. It's a rather different looking thing, but has it's own story. I am needle turning these which doesn't take that long to do. I just have to pick out my fabrics and get it done!
Can you find the kitty in the pile of scraps? I caught Moe laying down on the job while I was sorting gifted scraps and while sewing those Rails/Cabins.
Miss Bella trying to catch some sun while watching the chippers run from the bird feeder to their hole by the Apple tree. Don't let that pudgy, sleepy look fool you. When she is in 'hunt mode' she can be like a Cheeta.
We are into a cold, rainy few days - thinking I need to pull a quilt top and get a fabric sandwich made for some 'frosting' time so this weekend I can have a cozy quilt in my lap while working a binding.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
My next Temperature Quilt rosette and these little things are made right from that never ending scrap pile. I might throw a few small bits in the tote with my papers, punch, scissors and thread, but it is about finding the piece that fits the temp for the day. And as you can see, we had quilte a drop in our weather - right into Fall I think!
Some of the hill towns (you would call them mountains) dropped into the 40's - CRAZY!!!!! Some heavy rains with winds and severe lightening swept in too. All a bit scarey, but we are to slowly warm back up - at least that is what they say, we shall see.
I did prep all my background pieces for these - a mix of muslin and off whites and some of those are pieced - using it up and moving it on. They weren't very exciting in a photo, but I plan to start stitching these rosettes onto their backgrounds with Slow Sunday Stitching.
Some more scraps are in the house! Another bag arrived after this photo and that one seems to have much larger pieces so I will share with Monday's sewing group.
I dumped one bag with a lot of skinnies and bits and got right to work. Bonnie Hunter's scrap challenge block - Rail Fence - and I am mixing log cabins with them. That should use up this bag and maybe some of the others.
I need to make the Temecula Quilt Co Monday Mini's, too. My geese are all done, but I've got a few more to put into the 2 x 8 settings to make 8.5" blocks. It will be a fun Scrappy Wednesday and hopefully a bit warmer day.
Monday, July 24, 2017
A little bit of a late Monday Making, but as I put things back into the shop and relocated supplies and staples I managed to sew a few rows of the next Postage Stamp quilt in progress. Not sure how big this one will be, but I have a LOT of 2" squares that need using up.
Today is the last day of the Hop and there has been so many lovely things that I want to make. SARAH has been such a gracious main host and all the participating hosts have astounded. Please be sure to visit today"
These little Angel ornaments are in my tutorial tab - a few scraps is all you need. You can jump to them right HERE. I have a few other little ornies there, too.