Monday, June 29, 2020
Monday, June 22, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
So done at last. I bound it in the cream back ground fabric. Yes the center block has a slightly difference back ground. I have no idea why I did that although I like it!I wish I could say that things are rather dull around here, but a minor dry rot and trim painting turned into a major roof replacement last week. I guess we can't complain to loudly as the old roof was 27 years old. This might put a bit of a dent in the quilt budget though.
For you fans of of my daughter's peacocks and ducks. One of her young male peacocks has been showing off for their little female peacock. She's a real snob it seems, poor guy resorted to flirting with a couple of the 13 ducklings my daughter's lady duck hatch earlier in the spring. Some guys just don't get a break.
Monday, June 8, 2020
I must admit that quilting this piece was interesting. I had all the appliqué pieces cut and the fuse was applied to them, but no pattern to see the layout of them. Once I started to quilt it I just sort of went crazy. About half way through I thought I had made a serious mistake, but it was too late so just kept going.
So I just kept quilting and quilting.
Well two and a half YLI spools of thread, yes over 1,000 yards of thread and it is done. In the end once I had it finished it looks pretty good. I am still toying with quilting in the red areas of the nine patches. The binding is on and hand sewn, but I could still do a bit more in that area. Maybe, maybe not!
I did finish off the appliqué work on these four blocks this past week as well. It will go to my guild's Warm Wrapping charity group. Often times a piece like this is used to provide a charity with an auction or fundraising items. It measures about 40 by 40, not a huge piece. They will provide a back and quilt it and I provided the binding.
My little quilting buddy Ginger just found the whole process just too much to deal with. While I ran yards and yards of quilting thread through the sewing machine, she decided to drop in her tracks and take a nap.
Monday, June 1, 2020
Here it is at last. I must admit though that sewing on that binding was quite the project. I discovered several problems along the way and had to un-sew the binding several times and trim the edges. As I did that a number of times, I figured by the time I was done it probably would not measure the same side to side or top to bottom. A simple binding took three times longer than normal. I held my breath when I measures the sides and was shocked they were perfectly even.
The quilting straight lines were the simplest of the quilting. Finally getting the thread for the blue strip was what held up everything.
This was the most adventurous part of the quilting for me. I do not do free motion so used one of the decorative stitches on my sewing machine. I am so pleased with the results.
Now this is what I have to confess purchasing on that trip to JoAnn's for just one spool of thread. I have a large, actually huge, stash of thread. Nearly every drawer in my studio had thread stashed in it. I do keep it fairly organized by color, and also Rayon 40wt, 12wt, 28wt, and quilting threads. That is not too mention a bit of a stash of metallics. So when I happened to see this on sale for 40% off I knew I had come across the perfect solution to updating my organization of all those different threads. I happily spent Friday afternoon re-organizing my thread and several of the drawers in my cabinets were empty cleaning out and I organizing all the other tools and supplies we quilters seem to hoard away.
Two of my daughter's five peacocks enjoying a nice summer tanning session. Actually they are in deep trouble. Husband is not happy with them at all. They have been getting on top of the cars and scratching them. Plus have taken to going over to the neighbors and causing a bit of a fuss. So the contractor is coming out this week and a very large fenced in enclosure is being constructed and they are going into lock down. Husband says it is either that or they are on the menu for a 4th of July BBQ.
Monday, May 25, 2020
This piece was one that took me a good deal of time to finish. I had it all the way up to the borders and decided to meander them. I am not a free motion quilter, so that chore demanded a good deal of effort to get it done. Funny, while I still don't think I did a very good job of it, once a couple feet away it looks pretty good.
I had this piece quilted by Rachel of Stitch in Color. She and her family have since moved to the Netherlands. I really like it and think it screams spring time.
Vines and Berries is done. I quilted it by stitching in all the fern stems and some vines in the leaves. Lots of threads pulled to the back and buried in the batting, but I love the results.
I also finished up my Sequoia Sampler, well at least I though it was done last Wednesday afternoon. Then I looked at the bottom border of half square triangles. Yeah, I sewed them on up side down. So Wednesday night I picked out the stitches and sewed it Thursday morning back on again properly.
Much better, now to get a back made and start quilting it.
Monday, May 18, 2020
I ordered some fabric about a week ago. It is William Morris themed. I have always loved the old ornate appliqué pieces and this fabric just grabbed me up and said I had to start a project with it.
It included some light prints.
I had some background prints as well, I think the middle one is my favorite.
And a couple more prints from my stash. Not sure about the center one on these prints, but you can never tell until you get into a project what might work.
So I dug this book out of the closet and I am thinking to start a small wall hanging project.
I have my quilting buddy all ready to give me a hand. She has a nice cushy dog bed on the other side of the room, but she often prefers to settle in on one of the unfinished projects. For some reason this particular item has caught her fancy.
This is my youngest daughter, the one with all the chickens, peacocks and ducks. Her husband asked her what she would like for Mother's Day. A flame thrower, go figure! Weed control out in the country, and her farmer neighbor told her it is much better than spraying weed killer. She says it works great, and much easier and faster than spraying too.