Sunday, December 8, 2019

Quilting Floral Triangles

I've gotten back into the rhythm of hand quilting again, another row has been completed. Two rows completely finished, five more to go!




These are the left side borders.


This is one of my favorite triangles. Those little grapes are so cute!

I stitched in the ditch around all the applique.



Not much to say about this block, just quilted it.


I've mentioned before that I got tired doing the hexden flowers and used different designs. 

This is one of those flowers. Just made a hexie flower. When I quilted, I stitched 1/8" from the seam line. I didn't quilt in the center at all. I quilted in the center on another flower and didn't like the way it looked.


Another hexie flower quilted the same way.


This flower was made from yoyo's. It wasn't hard to quilt at all, just stitched the seam edge where they were stitched together. 



The right side border. 

I must have gotten the right time of day to take pictures. The green and red thread show nicely, at least I think they do.

Linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching,  Oh Scrap, Bambi's Show & Tell MondayMonday MakingDesign Wall MondayBOM's Away

Friday, December 6, 2019

Retreat Project #2, Noah's Ark Crib Quilt

I needed a quick and easy project after the marathon sewing of the snowballs. This was a last minute just in case project I had stuck in my bag, I was so glad I did!

I don't work very often with panels but my 3 year old grandson spotted this at Calico Point and thought I should buy it. I'm sure he thought it would be for him, wrong! It going to be a cute crib quilt to have on hand to gift to someone who needs it. Don't worry though, my grandson has more than enough quilts for his bed.



This picture isn't the greatest, forgot to take one at retreat so I took a quick picture at home. 

You see the narrow green border? I added that and the outside borders too. See, quick and easy, it was fun to make something fast. Right now it measures 45" by 52" but some of that border is going to be trimmed off after quilting.

This little guy will be quilted on my home sewing machine sometime in 2020. I think I know how I want to do the quilting, I'll see if my ideas can happen.

Linking to Peacock PartyTGIFF!, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Brag About Your Beauties, Finished Or Not Friday, Let's Make Baby Quilts, UFO Busting

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Retreat Project #1, Midnight Blues

It's been two weeks ago that I left for the Jane Stickle retreat in Shipshewana. I finally have time to write about the various projects I worked on. I'm going to write about each project in a separate post, one post would be too long.

We're allowed in the sewing room at 3 pm Wednesday afternoon. It took a little while for me to get settled and organized but by 4 pm, I was ready to start sewing.


Project #1 was to sew the snowball blocks for Midnight Blues. I needed to make 161 snowballs, each has 4 corners so that means I sewed 644 flippy corners.

They were so boring to sew which means they were a good project to work on at a retreat.  Not much thinking was involved.

I sewed all the flippy corners and pressed them. Then I trimmed the blocks and cut the unneeded triangles off the back of the flippy corners.

I finally finished all the processes involved in making these blocks at midnight, Thursday evening. 

Linking to Midweek Makers, Needle & Thread Thursday



Sunday, November 24, 2019

Something Different Today

This was a short week of quilting. I left Wednesday afternoon for the Jane Stickle Retreat in Shipshewana, Indiana and returned home today, Sunday the 24th. Since I knew not much handwork/quilting was going to happen, I wrote a post earlier in the month for today's post.

Every year my guild, the Maple Leaf quilters, donates a hand quilted quilt to the Michiana Mennonite Relief sale which held the 4th Saturday of September.

Elaine and Lynn designed the quilt for the for the 2020. Guild members either pieced 9 patch blocks or EPP'd the hexden flowers. Remember those flowers I made last summer? This is the quilt they were for.


I personally think this is an absolutely gorgeous quilt but then I'm partial to blues. The background fabric is very soft gray. 

I don't have any pictures of the whole quilt. Since this wasn't my quilt, I didn't feel right about hanging it on the clothesline, especially with all the mega snow on the ground! This is a king sized quilt.




I was asked to mark the quilt. I took pictures as I marked in case anyone wants to know what I did or what I was thinking.

This is the center of the quilt. I marked the white squares diagonally both ways which should make the blue blocks puff nicely. The diagonal lines flow through the first applique border into the next section of squares.


I marked with a light gray pencil just dark enough to see but you have to look closely.

For the next border, I marked the background with a cable stencil.


First I mark each corner of the border but I left part of the ends off so I could run the rest of the cable into the curves.


A picture of the corner.

All the applique will be stitched in the ditch. 

The cable is just to flatten the back ground fabric and highlight the applique.

For the straight part of the border, I measured how many times the stencil would fit in the length. I marked this with yellow headed pins. They're there in the picture but kind of hard to see.

I chose the center oval as my repeat. When I see how much border is left, I slightly move the stencil to add length, adding the additional space in the center of the ovals. (When marking other quilts, sometimes you need to shorten the cables. I do it the same way, shorten a little and it works fine.)

I don't know if that makes any sense to you. I guess it's just one of those things you need to see.

Next is another section with squares and again I marked the white squares diagonally both ways.


For the outside border I used a Baptist Fan design. 

Again, I mark the corners first then slide the stencil over to the right since I'm right handed. 

This stencil was different than my other Baptist Fan stencils, it didn't have the whole next section. I had to move the stencil every time. So I counted in 5 curves and put that line on the line of the marked curves then marked. This means you won't have the tiniest curves.

Here are some other pictures of the quilt.







Just want to give you a heads up, I won't be posting again until sometime the first week of December, maybe the 5th. We will have a full house this week for Thanksgiving and beyond. I also need to gather my thoughts to write about my retreat projects.

Linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching,  Oh Scrap, Bambi's Show & Tell MondayMonday MakingDesign Wall MondayBOM's Away

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Still Hand Quilting

This week I finished the part of the row I started a week ago. I'm loving this quilting more and more. 

The Farmer made the comment that this was the most colorful quilt I've ever made, I think he's right!

Here's the quilting for this week . . . 










Linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching,  Oh Scrap, Bambi's Show & Tell Monday, Monday Making, Design Wall MondayBOM's Away

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

City View

Several years ago, I bought a kit from Connecting Threads called City View. The kit contained fabric from the Emma & Myrtle collection designed by Amanda Jean Nyberg.

I finally pieced the kit and spent the last week machine quilting on my sewing machine. 



I did my usual straight line 1/2" quilting with white thread. She measures 52" by 72".

I had wanted to take pictures outside in the snow but it was too windy so inside the house it was!


I always like the way the straight lines look when they cross in the corners.

I know the spacing in between the lines isn't perfect but, hey, it's quilted!

This was a very easy pattern to make. I like the bright colors and the binding stripe looks lovely!


For backing I used fabric from Amanda Jean's Good Neighbors fabric line which also came from Connecting Threads.

I don't have plans as to who the recipient of this quilt will be but someone will need a quilt and I'll have one ready to go.

Linking to Midweek Makers, Peacock Party, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Brag About Your Beauties, Finished Or Not Friday, Free Motion Mavericks

Sunday, November 10, 2019

A Week of Stitching

I did a lot of hand work this week. First I quilted. I didn't get to quite the center of the quilt but I'm ok with that.







One of the reasons I didn't accomplish more hand quilting was because I was busy appliqueing the rest of the leaves onto the center medallion of Stars Around the Garden!

I had thought I might applique circles onto the corners but I'm going to hold off on that idea awhile.

Also, not only did I finish the applique for Stars Around the Garden, I traced off the November blocks for Happy Little Things . . . and . . . I embroidered them, October blocks too!



I had planned to use blue and yellow fabrics from my stash but I found this lovely fat quarter bundle at Caroline's. There is a lovely variety of the yellows and I don't have any of those blue fabrics.

Jacquelynne has designed lovely finishes to these blocks but I'm going to do something different. I'll bag the embroidered blocks and fabrics and take them along to retreat later this month. Happy Little Things is project #3 so I may not get to it there, just depends on how projects #1 and #2 go.

Linking to Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching,  Oh Scrap, Bambi's Show & Tell Monday, Monday MakingDesign Wall MondayBOM's Away