Sunday, April 5, 2020

Floral Triangles Quilting Finished!!

This my version of the Sweet Surrender quilt (pattern no longer available) which I have renamed Floral Triangles simply because I didn't like the name Sweet Surrender.

The backing has not been trimmed so of course no binding. This isn't a complete 100% finish but so very very close.

I love how the quilting looks, the texture is lovely.

This is the first quilt I've quilted with colored thread and it is gorgeous. For the floral border and the diamonds, I used #12 Sulky thread. Regular white YLI quilting thread was used to stitch in the ditch around the applique.

The Hobbs wool batt puffs so nicely, I just want to gently rub my hands over the surface.

The back looks nice too. I had purchased this backing several years ago, saving it for just the right quilt. It was perfect for Floral Triangles, you can see the quilting and the texture too.

Here are more pictures . . .

Spring is slowly appearing in northern Indiana. The crocuses are blooming.

Don't they just make you smile?

These are the very first blooms of my daffodils. Most aren't this far along.

The bleeding hearts are emerging too. These will be blooming in a month!

The sticks sticking out of the plant are a Russian sage plant that  started growing in the bleeding heart. 

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

More John Deere Progress

The maple leaf borders are sewn onto the John Deere center. I will add more narrow borders to get this to the correct size before adding the log cabin blocks. 

At this point the flimsy measures 48-1/2" square, yes it is square even if the picture doesn't look like it.

Now I've added a narrow cream border, a checkerboard border then a final narrow cream border which brings the measurement to 54-1/2".

I'm so thrilled to see green grass again, in a couple months I'll be tired of mowing but not yet!

Next blocks are for the quilt are going to be 9" finished log cabin blocks which haven't been pieced yet. I'll start on those tomorrow.

I don't have a pattern for this project, just making it up as I go along.

Other posts about this quilt, here and here.

Linking to Peacock Party, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Brag About Your Beauties, Finished Or Not Friday, UFO Busting

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

John Deere Progress

The next border for the John Deere quilt will be maple leaves. In my last post about this quilt, I had said I was going to be making lots of leaves because there was going to be a second border with leaves. Changed my mind, this border will be the only leaf border.

I liked the way the log cabin blocks look for the Moda Love project so that's what will come next. I'm planning on finishing out the flimsy with log cabin blocks made with 2" finished logs.

Back to the leaves, I made a small change to the maple leaf block. I only used 8 pieces of fabric. I used a rectangle instead of 2 squares.

Why sew more seams than I have to?

And a picture of the back.

For me, this was the best way to press.

Some of the leaves have wider stems but I switched my plan and made the rest more narrow.

These leaves finish at 6".

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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Not Quite Finished

The border of Floral Triangles was not completely finished this week but I did make progress.

The first narrowed pieced border and the larger floral quilted border are finished.

This week I'll get the rest of the border finished.

Sorry this photo is a little dark. When I tuned the overhead light on, you couldn't see the quilting. 

A close up of the right corner.

The center of the quilted row.

See how the diagonal lines change direction?

I should have a finish to show you next Sunday but I'm sure the binding won't be attached.

Like many of you, I'm brushing off my bread baking skills. I actually baked bread three times this week! I've been sharing with our son and his family who live in another house here on the farm.

This is a loaf of sourdough bread cooling. We had some for lunch Saturday along with home made soup from the crockpot. It looks picture perfect and tasted great too!

The other two batches of bread were baked in regular loaf pans. One was a recipe I've used for 40 years that's a family favorite. The other recipe was new to me, Egg Bread from Kristens blog, The Frugal Girl. It was delicious! The grandsons liked it too.

I want to mention that for some reason when I make a comment on some people's blogs, my comment disappears into that vast void of internet nothingness. It has happened on both WordPress and Blogger. I don't know why, that's one of life's mysteries. So sorry!

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

Friday, March 27, 2020

Sewing Maple Leaves

The next border on the John Deere quilt will be 6" finished maple leaves. I'm piecing two leaves from each of the fabrics I've pulled. That will give me more blocks than I need for this border but I'm planning on am additional border of leaves farther along.

The weather this week has been very mixed up. Sunday evening it started snowing. 

This is what we woke up to Monday morning.

The snow completely melted by 3 pm except for the sad snowman.

The grandsons had a wonderful time playing in the snow all bundled up in their snow pants, coats and boots.

Now we've had several days in the high 50's, low 60's and they're running around without coats!

Linking to Peacock Party, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Brag About Your Beauties, Finished Or Not Friday, UFO Busting

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

John Deere Quilt

A new quilt is in progress. This will be a quilt for the oldest grandson who will be 12 this summer. 

Several years ago a friend and I attended a guild quilt show in southwestern Michigan. The quilts were lovely and the vendors were pretty good too.

One of my purchases was this John Deere panel. This tractor looks just like the old John Deere 6-20 of my father's, that is why I bought the panel.

The panel shows the tractor in the four seasons.

This doesn't really look like spring to me but remember, I bought the panel because of the tractor not because of realistic crops.

The way I can tell this is the summer scene is the field corn in the background is tasseling. 

This scene does look like fall but they definitely overdid the reddish/orange color.

But winter looks like winter.

The first thing I did was to cut off that ugly blue/green plaid. Now doesn't this look better? That plaid has  been deposited in the trash. 

The problem with panels is they aren't printed on the fabric squarely. There going to be some strange sashing on this quilt to make blocks fit.

More to show you on the next post. Remember, stay home and stay healthy!

Linking to To Do Tuesday, Clever Chameleon, Midweek Makers, Wednesday Wait Loss, Put Your Foot Down, Needle & Thread Thursday

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Starting the Last Border

The center of Floral Triangles is finished! 

I could reach the straight red narrow border so I stitched in the ditch on both sides of it.

Here are the applique blocks.

Right side half triangle.

Left side half triangle

Left side border.

I've rolled. I can't reach all the way from the right side to the scrappy border on the left.

I will quilt this border in 3 passes.

First I'll quilt the right side scrappy border and stitch in the ditch on both sides.

I'll roll then quilt the center section with the flower/leaf stenciling.

For the final pass, I'll finish the left patchwork and stitch in the ditch along the narrow rows.

I don't know if I'll be able to quilt the whole border in a week or not. 

You'll find out next Sunday!

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