Saturday, April 22, 2017
Here's my village of houses for this month.
Speaking of boring, I'm afraid my second set of rainbow challenge quilt blocks is a little on the sedate side.
The other two are florals:
Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.
Happy Earth Day! Wishing you sunshine and rainbows this week,
I'm linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts,
and Busy Hands Quilts
Friday, April 14, 2017
As you can see, I've got a lot of outside work to do, raking and clearing up.
My ten month old grandson is taking his naps upstairs now, which makes it easier to sew in my upstairs sewing room while still listening for him. Quilting is too noisy, so I save that for days when he's not here. Meanwhile, I can catch up on my piecing, with the treadle just ticking away.
Pat's design has only nine blocks. I want my quilt to have 12 blocks, so I'm adding a few.
Here's block #2 again, this time with Curious George in the middle and the colors in different spots.
I also added in two more blocks from Quiltmakers 100 Blocks, Vol. 14. I chose them because they had large center squares. They are:
It's funny, but I make more mess making one block than I often do for a whole quilt!
I'm linking up with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts and Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts
today. Check out their wonderful work, and all the other links!
Happy Easter for those who celebrate, and happy quilting to all.
Friday, April 7, 2017
Of course there is no such thing as the BIG half. Half means equal. Most of us always want to be MORE equal, like those animals in Animal Farm.
How on earth does this relate to quilts? In the photo above, I'm getting ready to quilt the BIG half of my quilt.
The star blocks were made from leftovers from Bonnie Hunter's Celtic Solstice Mystery Quilt. I changed the size of the quilt, and didn't end up making the pieced border.
(I first wrote about this in Nov. 2015, that post is HERE.)
How am I doing this without using free-motion quilting? I'm TURNING THE QUILT. Yes, really.
The process is a little tedious, but it gets the job done. And I like outline quilting on a reproduction quilt like this.
Here's the BIG half:
In other news, it is starting to feel like spring here. I'm not counting winter out yet, but the robins and cardinals are back and my tulips are coming up.
Are you working on spring projects, or finishing the UFOs, or both?
I hope you're enjoying the weather, wherever you live.
P.S. I'm linking up with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts and Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts. Check out all the great stuff!
Saturday, April 1, 2017
I've been using Bonnie Hunter's Scrap Users System for years, and it does work, but I need to do something will all these bigger scraps.
While I was at it, I cut out some kits for our quilt group to use to make donation quilts. Each one has a sample block already sewn.
First, this one, made with 4 patches and alternate blocks. I used novelty fabric printed with band-aids in the 4 patches and teddy bear doctor fabric for the alternate plain blocks. This one will be crib sized.
Next, another novelty baby quilt. This time we're making hearts, each one with a different fun fabric. I still need to add borders to the package.
Lastly, a twin-sized quilt, made from some of those good old cottons from the 90s.
How is it that I'm still knee deep in scraps?
Have a great week, and check out all the links at Busy Hands Quilts and Crazy Mom Quilts.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
If you look to the far left of the photo, you can almost see it.
HERE to go to the pattern. Click HERE to go to Jo's daily blog.
I also hope this is actually the last one this time! On to bigger quilts!
I'm not sure what I'll do with the rest of them. Maybe more pincushions? Or a doll quilt for poor old Dave? (click HERE for Dave's story)
Here it is Sunday night, and I'm just now getting the blog post done. I'm slow, but I get there in the end. The main thing is to enjoy life along the way.
I hope you have lots to enjoy this week.
P.S. I'm linking up with Myra at Busy Hands Quilts. Come join in the fun!