Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Puss in the Corner, the Flimsy

Puss in the Corner was started with blocks left from my Wilfred & Cloves quilt. All the fabrics from the original quilt have been used and I pulled more from the stash. Yes, it has made a dent, a small dent but still it has reduced the stash a little. 

Isn't this a busy quilt?

With side triangles you get a 3 patch block. Those little squares finish at 1" each, the quilt block itself finishes at 5-1/2".

A 2" finished border has been added to the sides of the quilt and she measures 90" by 104". The binding will be the same fabric.

I had originally planned to sew blocks for puss in the corner at the April Jane Stickle retreat. Plan B was to sew them at the November retreat which was also cancelled 😢. I wasn't going to wait until spring 2021 so I pulled the box and got going. Now I can cross this project off the list.

This quilt will never be among my favorite quilts, I'm a blue fan, but I do like this quilt. It was fun to make a quilt using a color combination I don't normally use.

Some people have mentioned I sewed this quilt fast. Strip piecing and chain stitching are a quilter's friend. If you remember, I pressed the teal/red blocks differently then the pink/brown blocks. The blocks locked together perfectly right. Here is a picture of the back.

For now the flimsy is going into the waiting to be quilted closet. I know I won't be hand quilting it, I'll wait until I need a quilt for someone then have it longarmed.

Of course there were 1-1/2" strips and small pieces left from piecing. I could place those strips and pieces neatly, tidy and orderly in the 1-1/2" strip box then close the lid until another day . . . but hey, where's the fun in that?

So what did I do? Started a new quilt of course, the Lost in the Crowd quilt. But the name of my quilt is going to be the Forever quilt because it's going to take forever to make! Forever definitely won't be a fast quilt and that's ok.

Linking to To Do Tuesday, Midweek MakersWednesday Wait LossNeedle & Thread Thursday, Put Your Foot Down

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Slow Applique

The 3rd corner of blue Stars Around the Garden has been completed.

The circles in the center of the flowers are lightly padded with batting. I see I missed a leaf, will get that appliqued then the corner will truly be finished.

I did hand quilt a little on Noah's Ark this week but I forgot to take a picture, next week!

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

Friday, November 27, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving

Earlier this fall I was piecing autumn easy breezy blocks when I received a Thanksgiving panel via snail mail from Nanette. It was perfect as the center for these blocks. 

I pieced enough easy breezy blocks for a second flimsy too. This one measures 71" by 86" and the panel flimsy is 60-1/2" by 78".

These flimsies, along with binding, have been sent to one of the charities listed in Lori's September 25th post. They will quilt them. Here is a link to the post by Lori of Humble Quilts fame. 

Linking to Peacock Party, Whoop Whoop Party, TGIFF!, Finished Or Not Friday, Brag About Your Beauties, UFO Busting

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Still Sewing Rows


Another section of the puss in the corner quilt has been sewn together, just the 3 center rows to go.

I stacked some of the blocks in the bottom corner so I could use my chair again. Also a grandson wanted to play with the Lego's.

Almost finished!

Linking to To Do Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Wednesday Wait Loss

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Applique & Hand Quilting

 I was determined to make progress on my hand projects this week and I did!

First the hand quilting. I binged watched season 4 of the Crown last Sunday then finished the last  couple episodes the next day. I quilted all the way across the quilt. I originally thought this would take longer because of all the detail around the animals, but all the drama kept me alert.

Another corner of blue Stars Around the Garden has been appliqued, I'm picking up speed with the applique. 

After the applique is finished, I will mark the quilting. Blue stars is the next quilt in the hand quilting frame.

I noticed these birds in these trees last week. They were really singing away.

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

Linking to Patchwork & QuiltsKathy's Slow Sunday Stitching, Oh Scrap, Show & Tell Monday, Monday Making, Design Wall MondayBOM's Away, To Do Tuesday

Friday, November 20, 2020

Puss in the Corner, Sewing the Rows

I've started sewing the rows together, I always forget how time consuming it can be to sew diagonal rows! Almost half the rows are sewn together. The top left corner is completed with the first 10 diagonal rows.

The blocks on the right are partial rows needing to be sewn.

A full layout with the rest of the blocks. I'll begin sewing more rows starting with the bottom right corner and working toward the center, leaving the 3 center rows for last.

The blocks take up the entire floor, I can't even sit in my chair at the quilt, I'm standing and leaning over the keyboard.

Here's a close up of the 4 patch the blocks make.

Linking to Peacock Party, Put Your Foot  Down, Whoop Whoop PartyTGIFF!, Finished Or Not Friday, Brag About Your Beauties, UFO Busting

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Puss in the Corner Progress

The alternate pink/brown blocks are pieced for puss in the corner. I've started arranging the blocks on the display floor but I don't have room to distribute all the blocks at one time. 

There are enough blocks arranged to sew 9 diagonal rows and I'm starting that process but I won't sew those rows into a section yet. I need to add brown setting triangles. I think I have enough brown fabric left from the border of scrappy barn quilt, if not, I'll pick up more the next time I go to the grocery store.

I had pulled the first two blocks of three diagonal rows on the top left side and took them to the sewing machine. Then I remembered I didn't take a picture, so I did. I didn't lay those blocks back down. 

I've used all the original fabrics leftover from Wilfred & Cloves. I've pulled fabrics from the stash that will look good, not necessarily exact match but close enough. Some of these fabrics were in the ugly class (to me anyway!) but look much better when cut in small squares and sashed.

The Wilfred & Cloves pattern is found in Creating Heirlooms One Stitch at a Time by Carolyn Konig.

Linking to To Do Tuesday, Jo's JunctionMidweek MakersClever Chameleon, Wednesday Wait Loss, Needle & Thread Thursday