Saturday, April 7, 2018

Long Time Gone



I think this is the longest I have ever gone without writing a post since I started this blog (back in 2010)!!!  It's been a Long Winter and it ain't over yet!!  Two days after the snow disappeared from the pastures, the cows' noses were to the ground!  Green was showing up!  One would think I would have lots of quilting projects accomplished during this winter but not so!  One Big Job (I say Big Job because it was not something I Wanted to do but Had to do!) was to make a new ironing board cover......bought yards and yards of this twill at a local remnant shop years ago and it should last my whole life!  I took a photo of the old, disgusting one but would be too embarrassed to show it to anyone!  



 On the ironing board is a Betsy Chutchian quilt in progress..........now it is in the next stage.....a Top!  


Made one log cabin block as a start for a bedsized quilt that I want to make with these 6" squares.  Loved the small one I made (in previous post, I think) so much after I handquilted it, that I wanted to make a cozy one for our bed!  Of course, now I am having slightly Second Thoughts......would also like Courthouse Step blocks, or maybe even Pineapples (probably would need to paper-piece those which means I likely won't do them!)  


Also made two more blocks for my 9-Patch that turned into sort of a Sampler.

This is where Sally, our Coon cat, spent most of the winter.  She had a couple of incidents that laid her low for a few weeks but is back to her perky, annoying old self now (another cat has tried to move in and she says "No...this is my territory" and she defended fiercely!)  Spent quite of bit of time carrying wood and keeping the two woodstoves going!


And I spent quite a bit of time filling bird feeders but the entertainment they provided was wonderful!   Sweet tiny Goldfinches liked the thistle seeds!   Also had lots of Chickadees, Juncoes, gorgeous Cardinals, Nuthatcher, blue jays, sparrows and even some of the ubiquitous crows came to the feeders this year!  The squirrels who chewed a hold in the peak of my building and moved into the attic were less than wonderful (in fact, a nightmare!) and have been caught in Have A Heart trap and given "transportation"!!  That is a whole other Long Story!!




This is what is in my hoop now......a center medallion (Hewson's vase/bird panel repro) and I am now out to border #4....found a nice little leafy design that fills those triangles pretty nicely.  But then I get to do the next border with a cable.....love to quilt cables.  Did a rather simple one for the first border and can't decide if I want to continue on with the same on or find another....I'll cross that bridge when I come to it!

New fabrics arrived from time to time......this is "Susanna" from Windham.....nice for broderie perse applique!  And little birds to fussy-cut!


And then there is "Bathwick", loverly 18th century designs.....nice gnarley branches...pretty flowers for broderie perse!  From Australian designer Karen Style for Marcus.




This is "Farmhouse Reds" tho you can see I got little "red".....mostly nice backgrounds this time!!


And from another Austrailian designer, "Maling Road", Di Ford's new line from Andover.....also early.






And American Jane from Moda keeps us supplied with the bright Provencals!!



A departure for me ....but I love "Lilac Ridge" by Jan Patek!  My Mom's favorite flower.........




This was kind of a whim......."Chalk & Timber" from Marcus to add to my pink and brown collections!


My "Long Time Gone" post title came from this pattern book by Jen Kingwell........Would love to make a similar quilt but with Reproductions!  Until next time......hopefully not be so long!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Life has been kinda quiet.................


 which, of course, is just the way I like it! However, it doesn't offer much about which to talk (write!).......well, actually I found a few things since it has been So Long since I have written a blog post!!   Spent quiet time in the shop handstitching the bindings on these two pieces.  Left is "GreenAcres" by Jo Morton.  This was a club project but I found it available here at AllPeopleQuilt, in case you would also like to make one!  It is about 15" x 18". On the right is a tablerunner made of charm squares from Jo Morton's "Gratitude" and "Reflections", using Miss Rosie's Large Crumbler template (several sizes can be cut from the template.....a smaller Crumbler template is also available.




"GreenAcres" by Jo Morton.


Have loved Betsy Chutchian's "Eliza's Indigo" line and wanted to make her little quilt from the book "Mini Marvels"..........



So, it is Started!  Everyone knows how good I am about "Starts" and not so good about "Finishes".  Tho I try.....not ready to make it a New Year's Resolution yet.....It is actually now assembled as far as the flying geese border but forgot to take a photo!  Lots of Snow Weather happening in Maine now and through Christmas so I should find lots of Sewing Time!  Interspersed with filling the woodstoves so we will be cozy and warm!



And speaking of Betsy Chutchian, she has a new book coming this spring from Quiltmania (don't you just love their books?).  It is "Quilts for All Seasons" available to pre-order in January.  You will love all her quilts!  Just as we did in the three books she wrote for KansasCityStar.


Here is another Start!  A Russian Sunflower (or Sunburst) from "Quilts from the Colonies", a Quiltmania book by Margaret Mew of Australia.  A lovely book full of  Early American quilt designs.  She visited me this fall while she was touring the USA!  Lovely lady who has more quilts to make!

My block (and Margaret's too) is hand-pieced.....slow-going for me but think I might pick up speed if I always had one ready to pick up and work on!  


My Leaders/Enders project is coming along!  Need 576 blocks of the 3" Railfence blocks for a 72" x 72" quilt and now have 555!  As usual, have changed my mind and should make a larger quilt.  That size is fine for me but this quilt will end up someday with one of my children and they need larger quilts!



No worries......Easy to make more!  Many shoeboxes  of 1" strips waiting for me!  The smaller box contains the "cutaways" from the 6" x 1" strips that just fit one of logs on the 6" log cabins that will like be my next "Leaders/Enders"!  I liked the small Log Cabin quilt that I made for the quilt show that I want to make a bed-sized one!  And then Handquilt it......just because I loved the feel of  that handquilted Quilt!

And since I love the Sunburst block so much, I think I'll make Another One!  A six inch block for my Enhanced 9-Patch that will contain a Sampler of many blocks just because it is more interesting to work on!  I have chosen to use Cindy Blackberg's stamp patterns for this one.....stamping all the pieces was easier and quicker than I thought it would be!  Back someday with my finished block!



  And quilting life would not be complete without Yet Another Start!  This is also for the Enhanced Nine Patch......Another favorite leaf pattern appliqued with back-basting technique perfected by Jeana Kimball.....she has lovely tutorials on her Facebook page!  This photo is of the drawing of the pattern on the reverse side of the fabric using a light box.


And now it is back-basted and ready for needleturn!  The scissors are from Karen Kay Buckley and are Excellent for trimming/clipping in small spaces......very sharp, serrated blades.


Will leave you with the photo of my favorite Christmas decoration (and this year, my Only One!) .......a lovely Nativity Scene to remind us of the reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place!  


Merry Christmas to everyone reading this today and may your New Year be filled with Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness! 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Once in a While....................

I do manage to finish a quilt!  Albeit a small 24" x 24" one!  I was not intending to handquilt this beyond the red center squares but was not happy with it......sooooo, I quilted each log and now I am Very Happy with it.......it is SO Cozy and Soft that now (looks crinkly as if I had washed it!)  I think I should get busy and make Many Many More Log Cabin blocks (6") for a fullsize quilt.  Guess I don't think I have enough WIPs!!  AND, I am ready....several shoeboxes full of 1" strips are ready and waiting!  



Decided to quilt these blocks as Jo Morton often does.......just a scant bit from the outside edge of the log.  I think I like it better than quilting down the center of each log!  (Except for when the last round has the seam allowance under it!).  When I handquilt, I tend to pull the stitches just a tad and I wonder if that created that crinkled (washed) look?  Maybe it is the close (1/2") quilting.........I soon must send it off and won't see it for 3 years .....hence, the Strong Desire to make another one soon!  Both daughters want this little one as a table topper so I will likely make another one this size and then a fullsize for Me!  Or............my Railfence blocks are piling up and will soon have enough to make the fullsize quilt top.  Maybe I should handquilt that one............good thing I don't mind working on several projects at once which, of course, prolongs the completion date of any of them!


Got some major obligations completed recently (Love getting things Done and off my mind so I can concentrate on doing What I Like to Do instead of What I Have to Do!) and can now spend time handquilting the Medallion quilt I started piecing a couple years ago.  Center (the Hewson panel) is cross-hatched in a 1" grid and I am now working a single cable along the 1-1/2" brown border.    




New fabrics for Fall have started arriving!  First up is "Crystal Farm" pre-cuts from Edyta Sitar!  She designs such wonderful Fabrics and Patterns!


Seven bolts of "Compassion" Collection for a Cause from Moda.   These first four bolts remind me of the old "seaweed" pattern (in pink, blue, mint green, tan, purple, yellow) that we could order from P&B for literally Years (about 8-10 as I recall).   Used them in So Many Quilts!  Lovely for backgrounds!


These little birds are darling..........love interesting  Figured Backgrounds!



"Sycamore" from Jan Patek....could not resist these large florals and leaves in beautiful colors!



I am also drawn to fabrics with colorful leaves!  And the tonal green I expect to use for appliqued leaves..........


Will leave you with this photo of the flowers my wonderful Husband had sent to me on our recent 36th wedding anniversary!  He is So Thoughtful!  I was floored when the delivery lady walked in the door!


Almost forgot!  Terry in PA who won my last scrap box giveaway sent me this photo of the Mugrugs she made with her Featherweight while camping this summer!  Aren't they gorgeous!