This coming month is stacking up to be really busy. Beginning on the 7th of November I will be teaching Beginning Quilting at our local quilt store. A total of four classes, on Mondays, with a final results of a sampler quilt with 30 blocks and two borders. Nice and easy blocks, like Rail Fence, Nine Patch, Square Dance and several varieties of Log Cabins. Depending on how the ladies do we may substitute Hour Glass and Friendship Star in place of some of the Log Cabins.I am finally getting these baskets completed. At the beginning of the week I had just these six done, with 30 more to go. I have found that if I increased the cutting direction by just 1/8th of an inch I get a better quarter inch on the 4 points areas when I sew these blocks to their other coordinating blocks. So this first set of 6 were a bit of nail bitting to get done.
Sunday, October 30, 2022
Sunday, October 23, 2022
I just finished the 10th month of the Garden Party Down Under BOM this last week. I only have another panel to add to the left side. That panel will be very similar to the one on the right and the two upper and lower blocks are done except for two vase blocks in the middle like the red and tan ones. It should have a diamond border, but I have elected not put it on. I would want to hang this on the wall, and the borders would just make it too big. So by the end of this coming month it will be off to the quilters.
Sunday, October 16, 2022
This week finished up completely two projects; they are quilted and binding sewn on. I promised last week to show them off.The Flower Pot quilt, started in November of 2019, stashed it away until just early this year. It has a place above my buffet in the dining room this spring.
Posy also finished up. This was a fast project, I think it will be a Christmas gift for my youngest granddaughter. I love the quilting on this quilt. That thread my quilter used and the pattern are just perfect.This was a one day project for my grandson's girlfriend Kaitlyn. My daughter called and said Kaitlyn has two jobs. One at Starbucks and one at a local burger restaurant, could I make her a couple fun aprons. The pattern I purchased was a nightmare, the directions were nearly none existent, but I struggled through it, and now have some easy modification to make the whole thing easier. On to one in Christmas fabric.
Since I have finished several quilts it is time to start something new. Alex Anderson is doing an online class that started last week. So I have all my fabric together and ready to go.
Sunday, October 9, 2022
Sometimes it seems like you are never going to get anything completed. I almost always have multiple project going on all at once and it seems like I really am never going to finish anything. All of a sudden I have just finished multiple projects. I have two quilts on the back of my chair in the family room that I am finishing off the hand sewing on the bindings, and it looks like I really need to look for another project to get started now. I know I have several sitting around somewhere under the cutting table.Posy came back from the quilter on Thursday last week. I love the quilting Hollie did on this quilt. The binding is machined on and just the hand work to finish. Stay tuned next Sunday for that finish.
The quilter also finished The Flower Pot quilt. It only have a small bit more of hand work to do on it.The quilting on this is absolutely wonderful. Tracey at Blossom Quilting in Oakdale, CA did this. I just hand a quilt over to her, she picks the pattern and thread. I have never been disappointed. I have two blocks to finish for October on my Garden Party Down Under BOM. These small ones go together really fast.This second one just needs a ton of little circles appliquéd to it. They really do go pretty fast, but a bit boring to do.
While on vacation in July I purchased this pattern along with the fabric kit. Since things seem to be well on their way to finished I thought I would get it out and see what is involved in making it. Oh my, a ton of cutting those triangles, like 170 of them plus another 70 four inch squares that took 3 afternoons. The direction looked somewhat scary.Block one done. Interesting and yes starting out very scary, but the directions are awesome and that center lays FLAT and the points MATCH. Only 34 more to go. Yes, they take time, they are not a rush job,, but I am really looking forward to working on them.
Sunday, October 2, 2022
This past week was super busy. I taught a fall runner class at my local quilt shop. Fun event and the ladies finished their runners all pinned and ready to quilt at home. The remaining of the week I spent a good deal of time preparing to teach a Beginning Quilters class. Managed to finally get it done and turned in and ready to schedule for four classes on Wednesdays in November.This weekend I found myself with nothing in the sewing room I wanted to bother with. On a whim I decided to make a Christmas table topper for Sarah the lady that cuts my hair. Not as Christmas looking as I thought it would be, but really pretty fabric with lots of gold accents. This piece went together in one afternoon, a wonderful quick pattern. My oldest grandson's fire engine quilt is quilted and bound. It really does look like a fire engine too. I was not too sure how this project would come out, as I only created it from a picture off the internet.The back is perfect for it. I ordered it from an Etsy site believing it would arrive within a week to ten days. Within a few days I was notified that it was coming from the Ukraine. Oh dear, that was worrisome, but it did arrive safely and with a very welcome surprise too. I ordered 4 yards believing I would need to seam two pieces together for the quilt. It came 62 inches wide so was able to quilt it with just one single pieces on the back. The quilter thought the pattern she used looked like flames, I agree.
My husband thought a pillow case should go with it when he saw this fabric in the quilt store with me.
It is time to work on blocks Month 10 of my Garden Party Down Under BOM. So I am back to appliqué again.