|One thing I did finish was Block 7 for the Primitive Gardening quilt.|
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 6, 2017
|First and foremost, I need to quilt my 365 Challenge top. Our guild quilt show is in June, so this is not only on my 2nd Quarter Finish-A-Long list, but it is my April One Monthly Goal.|
|Our guild also has a challenge. Nope--I had all winter to start this, but I haven't.|
It's due at our May meeting, so I need to get going on this ASAP!
|I have a big packet of these exchange blocks from Jo Morton's Yahoo group.|
The group has since moved to Facebook, and it would be great to get these blocks made into a quilt. It's been fun to revisit some of those names--maybe you are in there!?!
|This one is pretty labor intensive. At first I wasn't sure if I was going to use the ThimbleCreek Mystery finishing instructions, but I've decided that I will. So...I need to make 41 alternate blocks to get this one done!|
|These are some of my 99 Texas Star blocks that were pieced by hand when my sewing room was being remodeled. I did enjoy the hand piecing, so hopefully I can find some time to do some slow stitching and get these stars together!|
|Lastly, I need to revisit Mrs. Billings. |
I neglected her all last year as I worked on the 365 Challenge blocks and now we need to get reacquainted!
Linking with Finish-A-Long HERE and One Monthly Goal HERE
Thursday, March 30, 2017
This project wasn't on any of my lists of UFO's or WIP's, but started as an attempt to use up some of the fabrics left over from last year's 365 Challenge. Although I still have lots of leftovers, Idaho Square Dance did make a dent in the pile.
|I was inspired by Bea and Cecile to keep going with this project. |
They hosted a Log Cabin Quilt Along with a certain number of log cabin blocks per month ending in a finish on April 1st--I made it!
|I got to use up some big chunks of fabric for the backing too--always a good thing!|
|I wanted to get the quilting done quickly, so no panto's or marking--just free hand hooks with petals and echo's. It turned out much better than I anticipated!|
|I have to confess the label is only glue basted--I'll get it stitched down later tonight. My binding was machine sewn using a blanket stitch.|
|This quilt is like a miracle for me--a Bonnie Hunter project finished the same year it was started--lol!! The Idaho Square Dance pattern is from Bonnie's latest book, Addicted to Scraps.|
|I think my next project may have to be tackling this 2' high pile of scraps I've been accumulating for almost 2 years--yeesh!|
Sunday, March 26, 2017
March slipped by pretty quickly for me. Mr. Moosebay came through his surgery with flying colors, but it will be another month before he can lift anything over ten pounds. That leaves all the dog walking to me, as Kylie is under the mistaken idea that she is really a sled dog--I'm pretty sure I will eventually end up with a dislocated shoulder! She is still very timid, and won't leave the front step unless someone is with her, so I have been doing four "walks" a day--really eats up my sewing time!
|I've done lots of Slow Stitching this month (I caught a cold, so much of my stitching was done in bed--lol!). The Stitching Society Wool Hexagons that I stitched in 2014-2015 are finally a quilt!|
(information on Stitching Society is HERE)
|To put the hexagons together, I used black thread to machine zigzag them onto a foundation of Shape-Flex, a fusible interfacing. I did five sections of three rows each to make the Fly Stitching over the zigzag easier.|
|After all the fly stitching was complete, I fused the sections together, zigzagged again, and finished with more fly stitching.|
|I really wanted to channel Racheldaisy because I love her fun and colorful take on quilting, and do some fun bright colors for the tying, but in the end, I wimped out and used six strands of embroidery floss--two strands each of three blue/gray colors.|
|And, of course, it's not a quilt until it's labeled!|
|Stitching Society Wool Hexagons (no fun name--sorry) was my March One Monthly Goal and also was on my first quarter Finish-A-Long list. Sure feels good to have this one done!!|
|After all that hand work, I have an appointment for cortisone injections in both wrists next week, but that won't stop me from doing some Slow Stitching today--I have a few more flowers to sew down on this months Primitive Garden block!|
Sunday, March 5, 2017
I feel like I have turned a corner in the saga of my Stitching Society wool hexagons....
|I've finished the fly stitching on all five sections, and they are now ready to be put together. My One Monthly Goal is to get these five sections together and make them into a quilt!|
|Sharyl from Temecula Quilt Co. put out the call for signed Anniversary Cake blocks (and to use our favorite color) for an Anniversary Quilt she is making. I have had so much enjoyment doing her free sew along's the past few years, I felt I had to at least make this one little block.|
FYI: If you make one, use a very scant seam allowance--I had issues getting my block to measure 4.25"!
|Mr. Moosebay is have some surgery done on Tuesday, so today I will get my Primitive Garden Block 6 prepped and ready to take along. I think it will be a bit easier to handle in the waiting room than my wooly hexagons--lol!|
Today is Slow Sunday Stitching, so I know I will be making progress on my One Monthly Goal--happy stitching!
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Even though I have 20 plus UFO's on my to-do list, here I am working on something completely new--yeesh!
|My excuse is that I am using up scraps--and it's just refreshing to start something completely new!|
These are the 16 blocks for the February Log Cabin Quilt-a-Long by Bea and Cecile.
|This isn't the final lay-out for my Idaho Square Dance. |
Just for fun I thought I would surround the log cabins with the alternate blocks that I have made so far.
You can see how my quilt will be laid out HERE--it's the cover quilt on Bonnie Hunter's latest book.
|Someday, it may be fun to make a quilt with just the Square Dance blocks--they've been good for stash busting, as have the log cabin blocks!|
Sunday, February 26, 2017
I hadn't planned to link up with Slow Stitching Sunday this week since I'm sure everyone is feeling wooly hexie fatigue, (I know I am--lol!) but I wanted to share a temporary link that will answer lots of questions about them.
|I just started the final section last night--yay!The designer of these Stitching Society hexagons, Amy McClellan, was recently featured on The Quilt Show. You can watch the episode for free for the next couple days by following this link:|
This link is now closed!!
(If the link above doesn't work, try it directly from Sarah's website HERE)
|My February Primitive Garden block is finished and I |
Linking with Kathy at Slow Sunday Stitching HERE