Monday, October 14, 2019

VINE AND BERRIES PLUS

Another project that has sat too long in the UFO pile.  Time to get busy with this stuff.  
Lot of appliqué in all sorts of color of rayon thread.  Glad I stocked up when they had it on sale at JoAnn's a while back.
Lots of progress on the Hidden Treasure appliqués.  
 Now only two sides to go.  It has been interesting without the original pattern to figure out a layout of the appliqué pieces, but so far things are going pretty well.
I have added another tree to my hand appliqué project.  
And another house.
I got a bit tired of green trees and decided on a flowering tree.
And as I am feeling much more accomplished with appliqués I have decided to go back to this pattern from a class I took last year.  
Not much of a start.  I found that somewhere along the line I used my white Batiks for another project.  As I am off to Pacific International Quilts Festival next week, I"ll do some shopping there for them and get this pieces going.


Monday, October 7, 2019

PROJECTS AND MORE PROJECTS

I am finding myself with UFO projects all over the place.  But, it does seem that I am making some headway.  It is slow though!
I posted my original blog for this project here.
I have half my Tilda quilt rows now sewn together.  Putting the rows together has not been much fun.  Way to many seams that must join together properly, which has involved re-pressing seams differently than I did the first time.  
 Drummer Boy is coming along nicely.  The project has taken a lot of work to get this for.
I now have 70 blocks of the 100 I will need to start putting the top together.  
 House number two for my hand appliqué project is almost ready, just needs the window.
And the first row of my wall hanging is done and just waiting for rows two and three.  
I did take out a bit of time to purchase this rotating cutting board.  I have both a 12 inch and a 17 inch square rotating cutting boards.  I have pretty much worn a groove into the 17 inch one and the lines and numbers on the 12 inch are nearly worn off.  I find the rotating cutting boards really handy especially for the hand appliqué projects and the Drummer Boy blocks. 
And for all the fans of my daughters' chicken pets.  It seems that there has been a great deal of new members added to the family.  These two chicks were the first of mother hen hatching the rest of the eggs she is sitting on.  She is now the proud mother of 10 baby chicks.  


Monday, September 30, 2019

HAND APPLIQUE

I have embarked on a hand appliqué project.  At a small group quilting meetup I admired some trees that one of the members was working on and thought what a fun project.  
So I grabbed some graph paper and made myself some patterns.
I thought a third tree pattern was a nice addition as well.  
And let the hand stitching begin.  
So I have a nice start.  I decided some houses were needed as well. I found a pattern sheet on line and had the pattern increased at my local office supply store by 200%.  So I am ready with this new house and two others I'll add to four different trees.  Who knows what else I might throw in there.  

Monday, September 23, 2019

CLEAR FRONT ZIP STORAGE BAGS

A few weeks ago I made myself a vinyl zippy bag.  It was very large 18 by 18 or about that size.  I love it but also knew I wanted a couple smaller ones.  
I ordered this book by Svetlana Sotak and happened on to a really great bag pattern that I decided was the perfect plan for my smaller bags.  
Since my original large bag pattern was a bit cumbersome I liked this new pattern much better.  
Dealing with the vinyl was really easy.  I never had to sew directly on the vinyl.
Very quickly the bag was ready to finish the handwork on the binding.  
So much fun and so easy I had both bags done in an afternoon.  I made the second bag a bit larger and paid a bit more attention to the strips on the zipper.  My first blue print bag the stitches were not evenly placed due to my not paying attention to the sewing machine needle placement.  A bit of an OCD moment, which I corrected on the second bag.  
And an old UFO finished this week as well.  This wall hanging has been hanging around for ages.  I added more quilting on the appliqués and meandered the borders this past week and have since added the binding and sleeve to hang it.  



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.