Monday, September 16, 2019

A CHRISTMAS GIFT

I have a neighbor that over the last couple of years has shown up with a gift.  EEEEKKKKK, I was not prepared.  That is not happening this year.  
I decided to use my Wild Honey runner pattern with some Christmas prints.  
And I spiral quilting the blocks with a dark green 128 Aurifil thread.
And a finish, which lead me to make a simpler one to give to a friend coming out from Kansas for a visit this coming week.
And for those of you that enjoy my daughter's chickens, ducks, and peacocks here is Orbie her rooster to say good morning. 
There is nothing as nice on a summer morning than sitting on the front porch with your coffee and a friend.  My daughter has the perfect companion to sit with her and enjoy the beginning of the day.  

Monday, September 9, 2019

HIDDEN TREASURES

While folding up and storing away fabric from a recent project, I found a box hidden under various stacks of fabric lines yet unused. I pulled out this box.
On top of it was this surprise.
Well doesn't this look interesting.  A rather odd thing to find in the quilt studio.
OK, time to pull out what is going on with this interesting discovery.  I have no idea where this is going or when I started this project.  I have been quilting for a good 27 years plus.  My memory has failed me completely with this project.
All wadded up in the box is this treasure, started who knows how long ago.  
At least I have the appliqué pattern started.  All the pieces are ready to continue.  The vine fabric is in there and the other two sides of the border are cut and ready to put on.  There is no pattern, no information on when it was started.  I plan to finish this treasure from my long ago traditional quilt life.  


Monday, September 2, 2019

MY TILDA WORLD

I have had a bit of a love affair with Tilda fabric for some time.  Originally I purchased three lines a couple years ago.  And recently decided to join the Tilda Club with Julie at the Intrepid Thread.  My first monthly box arrived this past week.  
Such a fun bundle of a new line called Plum Garden.
Now this inspired me to cut out a new quilt with not only some of these new fabrics, but incorporate them into all the left overs I have from my previously purchased Tilda fabric.
So I have decided make Welcome the Spring Lake Quilt available as a free pattern on Tildas World's Blog.  I cut 128 4.5"squares from all my left over Cottage, Lemon Tree, and Sunkiss fabrics. 
The original pattern calls for a 48 by 64 quilt, but I am increasing it to 56 by 64, so had to cut 32 extra squares. 
Now I need four patches.  I am using a variety of dots and striped Tilda fabrics along with an off white Grunge by Moda.
So one block finished and I am liking it.  
A sample grouping of my blocks to get an idea of what I am going for.  
And now I am starting to work in one of my Tilda stripes.  I must admit I have had to purchase another couple dot colors that are more of a pastel with white dots from Julie.  I think their variety will add to the mix.  It is a scrappy quilt, but except for the white fabric I am sticking with all Tilda fabric lines. 

Monday, August 26, 2019

BENDING TREE FINISH

Back some time ago I started my Bending Tree wall hanging (see my featured post).  I finally picked it up last week and finished it.  
I purchased a large stash of rayon thread a month or two ago.  They were on sale for buy 3 and get 3 free.  I like it for machine appliqué, the shine is really nice.  However, I have learned not to use it in the bobbin.  I stick to a 50wt cotton thread in a close shade.    I found that the tension and stitches were much better.
Lots of machine appliqué of the leaves.  Not sure if I prefer the variegated or solid thread colors.  
Now down to the quilting.  Just a simple outlining around the stems.
I decided on the background quilting to use a modified fan quilting that matches the print on the background fabric.  
And I have a finish this week at last.  



Monday, August 19, 2019

SCRAP BURNING

I mentions over the last several months that I have been on a mission to do some de-stashing of older fabrics and my scrap bins.  A few weeks ago I saw a post for a Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 

I laid out three fabrics in several colors in order to make nine blocks in each color.  
I packaged them up once cut and finally completed nine different color packages.
So this is the block.  I must admit it took a bit of time to get the hang of getting these together.  On the first strip you can only sew the first rectangle half way across the center square.  Then complete that seam after all the rest on sewn to the square. 
 All the pink color way are done.
Green next.
Blue and so forth.  Lots of scraps used, no dent in the stash what so ever.  But aren't they fun.  
OK, after lots of messages and other requests for ducks.  Here is another photo of ducks in the swimming pool with my yougnest grandson.  Mrs. Duck really enjoys the pool, especially flooding along on a pool raft.  One get tired of swimming so she likes to take a rest.   

Monday, August 12, 2019

PLACEMAT UPDATES AND GIFTS

This week I have decided I need to add a couple new placemats to use for husband and my dinners.  In the past I purchased placemats, but they have become really pricey in the stores and the fabrics are not always very nice quality.
All I need is two.  So a bit less than a half a yard gives me two nice placemats that are 14 by 18 inches.  They are bound in just two strips WOF.  I quilted them with a serpentine stitch one inch apart.  
And done really quickly with a purple binding.  I even sew the binding down, stitch in the ditch, on the machine.  
And a second set of two, ready to machine sew that binding down too.  
And a new runner for my daughter.  Goes with her gang of pets.
Her ducks and.
The chickens.




Monday, August 5, 2019

WELCOME SUMMER BAG

I love Tilda fabric.  I have a pretty significant stash of it and I keep every little scrap.  I happened on a free pattern at Tilda World in their Blog section for just the perfect large bag.
So lots of cutting out of pieces.  Blocks consisted of one each of  3.5 by 5; 6 by 9; 7.5 by 3.5 and 6 by 3.5 times 12.  
All the block put together and quilted onto a simple muslin backing.
My quilting consisted of a serpentine stitch sewn 1.5 inches apart down the long side of the piece.  I used Frixon pens to keep lines straight.  
Two 26 inch straps made with 4 inch wide pieces.  I love how the handles came out.  You just lay a 3 inch piece of batting, I use Warm and Natural pin, press, and fold in half.
I used a straight stitch down each side and in the middle using 28 wt thread in a blue variegated thread, which was what I used to also quilt the bag.  There is a lining put into it so it has a pretty lining and a pretty Tilda front.   
I have to make another one of these.  A perfect gift for some special person.