Friday, July 13, 2018

LAZY LEAVES

On Wednesday I took a Lazy Leaves workshop making a pattern taught by Joy-Lily.  Such a fun day and I learned lots.
We started out cutting strips from 1 inch up to 2.25 inches.  I was surprised at the other students and the many different fabrics they brought and how they all worked in this project.  
With my fabric choices I made a strip set that was 9 inches by 18 inches.  I then cut my strip into two 9 by 9 inch squares.  I took the two squares and laid them front sides together and cut them diagonally.  I ended up with four triangles and when you put them together you get two of these, which will become two leaves.
Here is my first leaf done.  The leaves were curved sewn into the background and each side attached with the stem down the middle. The size of the larger ones ends up being 12.5 inches square.
Once I got home I decided to try the smaller pattern that ends up being 6.5 inches.  I plan to finish off four smaller ones and the two larger ones and put them together into a table runner.  Perfect for a fall decorating scheme. 
And only one more large leaf to go to finish the top of my runner.  


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

MORE BIRD CONSTRUCTION

Setting aside a project for a bit of time really helps to get one back into the groove of making some positive progress.  
This block number 7 went really fast.  However, my pattern setting is some what different.  I just was not able to get all the leaves and vines set down, as the pattern showed in the book.  I finally decided to just use my own creative license on it.  It was very perplexing as this usually doesn't happen to me.  
A side piece to block 7 was a curved strip.  I decided to try using freezer paper to cut out my pieces.  This worked so well.
The first two blocks of the eight pieces went together perfectly.  
And it finished off easily as well.  I thought it sort of an odd pattern, but decided not to question the book.  
Now it is on to block 8 cutting leaves, leaves, and more leaves.  I am using a very light fusible, and I cut out, donut, the centers so the pieces are soft.
So it is on to laying out this block along with bias stems.  
And here is block 8 all ready to begin the process of blanket stitching down the leaves, birds, and nest.  Evenings spent hand appliqué on the stems.  I guess it is on to setting up blocks number 9.

Friday, July 6, 2018

DRESDEN PROGRESS PROBLEMS

This plan was started with an idea in mind.  But some how best made plans don't seem to always work out.
I even finished this one Dresden.  Here it is all sewn down and ready to start on a new one.  But, for some reason it just did not make me feel like it was working with what I had in mind.
It measures 16.5 inches so I think will will just end up making a pillow out of it.  
So it was time to see if I could make a better start.
This was more like what I had in mind.  So I tried another one.
Yes, this is more like it!  This one  is even better.  
Now I was getting somewhere.  And I continued on.  
I have four done, just have to appliqué the blades and centers down.  A couple new backs are cut for some additional ones with the blades all cut and ready to put together.  I have tons of fabrics, but have had to order two more lines to go with them.  The particular idea I have in mind seems to require a lot of fabric choices.  I have several more fabrics selected to put together, but I need 20 blocks so I am going to have to add more fabric choices to the mix.        



Wednesday, July 4, 2018

TEA TIME PLACEMATS

I managed to finish up my granddaughters Tea Time Placemats.  I think they are so cute.   
I just did some easy serpentine quilting on them.  Fast and quick.
This back ended up being the perfect fabric choice.  Don't you just love it when you save just one last small left over piece of fabric that you have used over and over from prior projects, but just can't bare to get rid of it?  Then all of a sudden it is perfect for a small project like this one.  
I have yards and yards of this binding fabric.  I use it often and for these placemats once again it was such a great choice.  
Now I can just tuck these away until next month for her birthday.  For once I am not burning the mid-night oil trying to finish off a gift.


Friday, June 29, 2018

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

I have been working on this project for some time.  It takes a bit of concentration so it is a slow sew project.  I just realized this past week that things are moving right along though.  I have half of the sections done.
I think the leaves and flowers in this project are what attracted me to it to begin with.  Plus I do like appliqué.  I will say that I did not in the beginning realize how much.  I do not have to deal with much piecing at least.  
However, when I got to this section I realized its the birds.  Aren't they pretty.  
The color pallet is another one of my favorites too.  Lots of scraps. 
So much fun and so many little birds.
This one section is still a work in progress.  The stems are hand appliquéd, but the birds, flowers, and leaves are all done with a blanket stitch, matching the thread colors as best as possible.  
I should be able to get this last section done over the next week or so, then on to section number 7.  A work in progress for sure.  I'll keep you posted. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

LOTS OF PROJECTS GOING

I almost always have several things all going at once.  I guess I am ADHA maybe.  I get bored easily and move on to something else, but I do eventually get back to things I started way back then and I do finish them, well sometimes if I do not fall out of love with them.  
I did not fall out of love with this piece.  It has two of my favorite fabric colors in it that gold and green.  Plus grey is one of my favorite neutrals.  I am off to quilt it and make it a table topper.
If you follow me at all you know that I have fallen in love with Dresden plates.  Over sever years I have purchased some wonderful pieces that make this idea a real wonderful project to try.
My idea is to make 5.5 inch blades, yes that is pretty big and they will require a 15.5 inch background to put them on.  I will need 20 of them and every one will be different.  The size of the quilt will be 60 by 75 inches.  
The first block will be the blue background with a center circle of the pink.  I will fussy cut that prink print to include one of the pretty leaves.  
And thank goodness this is my last flip and sew runner for my guilds boutique booth at our January 2019 quilt show.  I have done my duty and made 6 of them, with another 15 in other fabrics along with 6 sets of placemats included 4 in each set.  Now it is on to some fun stuff for me. 

Thank you all  for the help fixing blogger.  I finally got it working thanks to so many of my blogger friends.  



  


Friday, June 22, 2018

QUILTING GROUP SHOP HOP

My quilt guild has a number of small groups that have formed among the members.  I belong to Chat and Sew, which meets every month on the 3rd Thursday.  You sign up for a month and host that meeting.  Once each year we change things out and take a field trip over the hills and through the dales, no not Grandmother's house, but several quilt shops and of course lunch.  Yesterday we all piled into cars and headed out.  
My first purchase, the two green fabrics on the right, the second two were from the next stop we made.  The grassy patterned green second from the left will make a few more lily pads for my in process Lily Pad wall hanging.


For some unknown reason this lily pad fabric has disappeared and I have to come up with a couple more that go into the borders when added.  
I do not like solid color fabric.  I will use Kona Snow now and again, but for the most part I use fabrics like these two to replace solids.  Besides I love fabric with words on it.  And, this Moda Grunge PokaDot is so fun.  
I know, most will wonder why anyone would purchase this color.  Yes, it one of my favored color and I love Moda Grunge.
And my last purchase but definitely not least.  My oldest granddaughter just graduated with her teaching credential in May.  She has been hired with a 100% contract to teach English at one of our local high schools and she has moved into her own apartment.  She almost always has a cup of tea in her hand and her new apartment floors and other decor is in grays.  This is the perfect fabric to make a couple of placemats for her kitchen table for her August birthday.  Guess I had better get busy with that.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

TIME TO FINISH UP SOME OLDES

I have a habit of starting things, getting side tracked and stuffing them away, often for years.  These two items are an example of that. 
This wall hanging/table topper actually was partially quilting.  I was able to locate the thread I started with and have determined to work on it a little each day until it is done.

You can see the straight line quilting I started with in the upper right side.  I am continuing with that theme.
This winter wall hanging is my second must finish.  Yes, the center is off, missing the diagonal row of red squares to make it symmetrical.  The piece is square though.  Somewhere along the line I lost the additional fabric and I sort of like it this way.  It think it makes it interesting!  Plus missing the fabric to finish it off makes it necessary.   It came to either finish or toss it.  I like it too much to toss.  
I am quilting it in my own crazy way.  I do not do free motion quilting.  I took a class for an entire week and still no go.  This is the best I can do.  I know I should practice, and it is on my to do list eventually now that I have retired.  However the piece is completely quilted, the binding is sewn on and half way hand stitched down.  It will hang in my entry when winter returns and it is DONE.
    

Friday, June 15, 2018

APPLIQUE CLASS

On Wednesday my quilt guild offered a workshop with Sandra Mollon making one of her patterns.  Our guild offers a number of workshops throughout the year for $40.  This class was from 9 to 3:30 with an hour lunch break.  Now that is a bargain!  I have done a lot of appliqué, but it is all raw edge.  I simple have never mastered turning the edges of my appliqué pieces under.  
She had us double our freezer paper.  It makes a template much heavier and you can use them multiple times.  
This wasn't too hard.  Starch and a paint brush, plus a hot iron and this piece is ready to go.
OK these were easy, no inside curves.  
This leaf turned out well too.  I used mostly Batiks for this project, but this is one of her hand dyed fabrics, which she sold and the thread count on them was really tight so they almost feel like Batiks.  
This inside curve would have really got me, but with some extra help I managed that as well.  On top of it she showed us a number of techniques using inks, pencils, and fabric pens.  I have a whole set of inks and never used them before.  With a bit of her instructions I will be pulling them out of my closet and making use of them now. 
Once I got home I decided to tackle my water lily piece.  Easy curves, and no need to ink or pencil, as I purchased a Batik that had the colors I needed in it pre-done for me. 
This little guy is wonderful.  I have had it for years and this is the first time I have ever used it.  
One water lily done.  I used a hem stitch to sew my petals and leaf down using invisible thread.  The stitches are almost not seen.  All this to say it is never to late to try that I can't do this project.  And, maybe take a chance and go to a class that teaches it for a bit of extra help.