Friday, March 22, 2019

FRIDAY FINISHES

I have had a productive week and all of a sudden things began to fall together and quilt tops we're finished.  
My Dresden wall hanging top was finished off and has been mailed to Rachel at Stitched in Color.  Originally I did not think I could manage to finish it and get it to her to quilt before she moves to the Netherlands.  
One of three charity quilts I have been working on got the blocks sewn together.
Quickly followed by the second one.
And this third one.  I think this one is my favorite.
Now I am off tomorrow to my guild's National Quilt Day Sew In to make pillow cases for a children's hospital.  We do this every year and are able to send over 150 pillow cases each year to be given to their young patients.  
A great way to end the week!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

BACK TO CHARITY QUILT MAKING

I am back to making charity quilt tops again.  I have set a goal of at least 2 quilt tops and hopefully 3 each month for 2019.  Thus far I have delivered 10 in the first three months of this year to Warm Wrappings 



These blocks are finished in 5 variations of the back ground for a total of 20 blocks.  Just need to sew them into rows.  
And the first block started for the next quilt top.
But, first this chore must be done.  Why is it that when you buy sheets for the bed the top sheet is so wide that it hangs below the quilt.  I finally gave up cut off 7 inches and re-hemmed the side of our green top sheet.  I hoped that this blue set's top sheet would not have to have that done.  Well, it needs a good 4 inches cut off.  A real pain.  Unfortunately our summer blanket has the same problem.  Just does not make sense, as our mattress requires 18 to 20 deep pocket fitted sheets, but still the top sheets are way too wide. 
   

Saturday, March 9, 2019

BABY QUILTS FOR MY STASH

I have three daughters, all beyond having babies, but every once an a while one asks for a baby quilt to gift to a friend, or co-worker.  So I keep a stash of them handy.  My stash has been severely depleted over the last couple of years and it was time to do something about that problem.
I love Carrie Bloomston's fabric lines.  The fussy cutting of the night sky, beach, and ocean on this quilt was such a fun addition to a rather plain half square triangle center.  I actually used a good deal of those same fabrics on my double wedding ring quilt, which I have yet to finish, but will someday.
My second finish was this animal quilt.  So fun and I really like the prints that came with the printed animal blocks.  Nice to finish off these two quilts.

Saturday, March 2, 2019

HOME WITH BATIKS AND SOME IDEAS

Just returned from our trip to Malaysia, Borneo, Vietnam, and Thailand.  So much fun.  
At the Karyaneka Handicraft Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia I found a shop with Batiks.  I should have bought more, but not realizing the money exchange I hesitated.  Wish I had been more aware.  One meter each of these three was US $23.40.  They are 39 by 45 inches.  Now to find something wonderful to do with them.  
On the ship there was this tile wall.  It gave me awesome ideas.
I figure to fuse different colors of fabric and cut little squares and see if I can duplicate something on this line.  
I think I can get those nice curves without much difficulty with the little triangle pieces too.  
While at a zoo in Singapore as I was taking photos of those bats, this little guy crawled right up to me, nudged my arm and insisted on a photo too.  Handsome little guy.

  

Sunday, February 10, 2019

THE DRUNKARD PATH QUILT AND VACATION

I just got back my Drunkard Path quilt this past week from  Stitched in Color, what a fantastic quilt job.  I am so pleased with the quilting that Rachel did. 
I got the pieced binding on and a hanging sleeve over the last few days and I just can't stop looking at it.  
Husband and I are off on a vacation trip.  We will be back March 1st.  Planning to visit Malaysia, Borneo, Thailand, and Vietnam.  House and doggy sitters all arranged for while we are gone.  Excited to see new sights.  WiFi can be a bit of a problem in some of these areas so I will be off line until after the first of March.  

Monday, February 4, 2019

BIRDS, BIRDS, AND MORE BIRDS

I ordered this bird pattern from Patchery Menagerie this past week.  I fell in love with these little guys.  I will admit that the 40 page pattern is a bit of a challenge in the beginning.  I had my first try about half done and everything was sort of backwards.  However, I persisted and here is my first bird start. 
And a finish on him to get me on the road.
After this I learned that I had the ability to just make all sorts of different choices of size and style.  
Bird beaks took a bit of time to figure out and perfect.
So fun picking wings and breast, longer legs or shorter, wider legs or skinny, and those beaks.
So finally I think I have this down to the perfect science.  
Well so I thought.  However, note the neck of the bird is longer on this guy.  I wondered if I should just scrap it, but for some reason I like it this way.  Reminds me more of a blue jay or wood pecker.  I liked him so much I made another with the same error.  That makes it a design choice.  So I am off plowing through my batiks with combinations of wings, breasts, beaks, and legs.  There is no telling where this will go. 


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

THE FAST BABY QUILT

Over the last couple of days I decided I really needed to get a baby quilt top done and get it quilted if possible by the beginning of next week.  I found this quilt pattern online and with a bit of modification got it scaled down to a baby quilt size. 
The great part of this pattern was I only needed scraps of my children's fabrics.  None of my scraps in either the backgrounds or prints were bigger than a fat quarter or a forth of a yard of salvage to salvage fabrics. 
So the top is done.  All ready to get it on some batting and a back and do some straight line quilting.  
 Isn't this guy cute.  I ordered the pattern this week and hope to be making some of these soon.