Monday, July 19, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
I have spend this last week perfecting my appliqué skills. Things are going well. I have found Floriani Stitch N Wash to be the solution to my woes when it comes to turning the edges under on appliqué pieces.
My first two completed blooms, leaf, and bias vine look great. Vines have never been an issue for me. I use the Clover bias tools for the bias vines. On to the next bloom. I am very pleased with all those nice curved edges. Every once in a while I spy a bit of a not quite rounded area, but I have come to the decision that not everything will be absolutely perfect. Also if one steps back just a foot or two your minor flaws seem to disappear. This one will have to extend out into the border, so this week time to get that border on to work on it. So it is on to adding a border, the last two flowers and adding lots of leaves. I think I might just have managed to get some new skills down with this project.A new surprise addition to the clan! Normally my daughter gathers eggs up daily to avoid any surprise additions to her 20 plus chicken families. However, some how this hen slipped one in this past week. This particular hen has been escaping from the large fenced in pen and hiding eggs under various bushes and trees in the yard. My daughter thought she had found all her hiding places but somehow missed this one, only to discover this little chick strolling out with mother this past week.
Monday, July 5, 2021
I have spent the last couple of weeks working on perfecting my appliqué skills. Most often I do raw edge fusible appliqué by machine. I have done some hand appliqué that requires you to turn under the edges but kept to very simple pieces. I just was not very good at more complicated appliqués with curves and points. Why, was the question. So this past couple of weeks I decided to really work on that and see if I could not manage that skills better.
Monday, June 28, 2021
It is always nice to finally finish something and move on to something new. I have a habit of having several projects all going at once. Variety is the spice of life, at least in the sewing room for me.I finished my Spinning Spools runner. Lots of thread changing to match colors to these strips. It is bright, cheery and fun for a summer table. I still have another 12 block finished without the dot wedges. Not sure what I will do with them yet.
I could not help but laugh when I saw the cartoon on the internet of Pre-Rinse Cycle, here is my little Pre-Rinse Cycle, Zoey our 4 month old Yorkshire Terrier puppy, she helps get the dishes into the dishwasher every evening.
Monday, June 21, 2021
This week I set most other projects aside to turn out a couple of charity quilt tops with some matching prepared bindings for my quilt guild's charity group. Their October Give Away to 5 different agencies takes place then. Last October 2020 we gave out 302 quilts. Covid hit production pretty hard as we could not get together, but many of us did do quilt tops at home and we should have around 200 to give out.
As you can see I still have plenty of fabric still left to do more tops.
This winter we found a Praying Mantis egg case on our BBQ cover. We carefully protected it all winter hoping it would eventually produce some babies. Sure enough this past week while sitting out in the garden I felt this little guy crawling up my arm. I carefully moved it over to one of the garden plants and snapped a picture. It is just around one inch long. Have no idea if it has some brothers and sisters hatched along with it, but hope so.
Monday, June 14, 2021
This past week my daughter called me to meet a friend with her. Her friend Nancy had a number of boxes filled with fabric that she wanted to donate. Her husband's mother had passed away and left boxes and boxes of fabric. We meet on Thursday and spent some time going through box after box of all sorts of fabrics. Most of them were clothing quality fabrics, but I did manage to get several quilt quality pieces. She was happy to know they would become charity quilts.Most of these are 3 and 4 yards pieces. So lots of fabric to work with.I couldn't wait to get in and start something. I added some scrap strips of white fabric in between these simple 4 squares blocks. Just 5 more rows to add and we have a quilt top done. It did not make even a tiny dent in the the fabrics she gave me. This is going to take a while to get this job done. I have managed to get three rows of Confetti blocks put together. So I am half way through. I love it! Our youngest daughter, yes the one with all the ducks, chickens, and peacocks, also has a Secota Tortoise. Morty was just a baby when we snapped this picture, she now weighs easily 70 pounds. Peanut her Jack Russell seems to be having a bit of an issue about whose dinner this is.
Monday, June 7, 2021
This past week I set aside my Confetti and Spinning Spools projects to get more done on my Rose quilt.At last I have all the flowers on and one of the final borders. Lots of leaves to appliqué yet. I do plan to quilt this myself.
I happened into JoAnn's last week. Our oldest daughter Monique sent me a $50 gift certificate so thought to take a look to see what was available. Their batiks were on sale at 25% off, so I took advantage of the opportunity to stock up on some blues.
Additionally I pulled some pinks and green along with a couple new pink additions from our local quilt shop. I have an artsy piece in mind.
I saw these ideas in an Art Quilting magazine, so has me thinking somewhere along this line. Wish I was more creative, but I always need a picture idea or a pattern.
Meet Lisa the dog and Pip the cat our oldest daughter's two pets. These two are great friends. Apparently Liza seems to think that Pip is a pillow. I can't tell if Pip is just tolerating this or likes it. My daughter says that Pip is the boss, so if she isn't happy she would let Lisa know.
Monday, May 31, 2021
I have been eking out a bit here and there trying to accomplish getting some Spinning Spool blocks and also Confetti blocks done. The spools have me less than thrilled with the project, but the Confetti blocks are fun to work with all the scrap fabrics I have all over the sewing room. It looks like a bomb went off in there.Spool wedges are under major construction. This particular product I am using is Quilters Select Print & Piece Fuse Lite.
I like the project because I was able to tape the wedge pattern on to a piece of paper then copy it on to the product. Made things go really fast, rather than tracing them.Then it was a simple task of folding over the edge with a bit of glue and the iron. However, I am not a huge fan of the project. It is rather stiff, and was hard to remove once sewn on to the spools. They say it softens with water, but all in all it seemed like a lot of fussing.Well I have 8 of the 20 done and this is the layout. I actually am pretty happy with the background. I did not want to buy any fabric for this project so finding 2 yards of a background was a bit of an issue, but this is pretty interesting.This is what the project should look like in the end. I think once the appliquéd flowers are on it using some of the fabrics in the spools it will be a fun finish. On a happier note I have managed these Confetti blocks. Row one is done and these have me headed to rows two and three of the eight I will need in the end.
This is a basket of cuteness. Along with our daughter's chickens, ducks, and peacocks she has 5 cats. These 3 found a nice cozy spot in the morning sun coming through the bedroom window.
Monday, May 24, 2021
I have been working for a couple weeks now on my Confetti quilt. The blocks are paper pieced. I had done a little paper piecing, but never this much. I have had an interesting learning curve on this project and thought to share a bit of it. While paper piecing isn't rocket science these few little tips have made things so much easier.In the beginning when I folded over the paper to trim my seams to a quarter inch I found that it was difficult to stay on the line. I remembered a tip given in one of my on line classes to use a post card that is just a bit thicker than normal paper. Folds were very accurate to do perfect trimming of the seams.In the beginning I was using glue sticks. Unfortunately I found they are used up fast and they were costly. I have had this Roxanne Glue in my stash of tools for ages, but never used it. I decided it might be time to give it a try. This was just the greatest thing ever invented. You can apply it within the seam allowance so no excess smears of glue.
I also found that just a bit of a press before going to the sewing machine dries the glue so no slipping or sliding on the area.This particular pattern has some pieces joined before paper piecing them. A bit of a different system than I every dealt with before.It works really great, and while other patterns might not use this method I thought it certainly could be used in similar situations. I did find that my patterns did not include the seam allowances. I decided that the best plan was on the original patterns I would draw them in and also indicate where seams should extend beyond the seam lines. Plus I even made a note of the one or two seams that should be folded and pressed in a different direction to join the two block parts. Once all that information was on the original pattern pieces it was easier to not get confused when doing multiple blocks. There are 64 blocks in the quilt top and each block has two parts. So, having that information when make 128 block pieces made things easier.
I spent some time doing some heavy duty housework these past few weeks. We have travel a good deal over the last 4 or 5 years and one of the drawers in our guest bathroom was loaded with various travel size shampoo, lotion, bar soaps, as well as toothpaste, floss, and toothbrushes our dentist gives us at each visit. I did a major clean out and our daughter took them to a couple that does a good deal of assistance for the homeless in our area. As I was doing all that clean out I also found several old quilts and blankets in our linen closet that I added to the donation pile for that couple. I was sent this photo of one of the quilts I donated for their cause. They told me that they wanted it to go to someone special. This photo was taken when the woman received it. It was nice to pass on to someone happy to get it. It was one of the very first mystery quilts I ever made.