Friday, December 13, 2019

Retreat Project #4, Happy Little Things

I had finished the embroidery for the Happy Little Things embroidery sew along. I trimmed my blocks then sewed sashing to them. I used 2 fabrics, a dark blue and a light blue.





My quilt is going to be finished differently than the original.

I hadn't taken enough of the light blue along to retreat but I've found more in my stash since I've been home. Now I just need to finish that block. 

I did strip piece parts of the alternate blocks, just need to get them cut apart and sewn into the finished blocks.

I have plenty of projects to start off 2020.

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

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Retreat Project #3, Grandma's Embroidered Blocks

I found 25 embroidered blocks in my mother's stash after she died in 2006 . They were old blocks that I had never seen before. They didn't look like the type of embroidery mother did, they were traced onto the background fabric then embroidered with at least 4 strands of thread, maybe more.



I have no way of knowing for sure, but I think my maternal grandmother, Sylvia Jane Miller, embroidered them. One of the ladies at the retreat told me the embroidery patterns were from a newspaper series back in the 1930's. That fits with grandma's time frame.

I've wondered for years what to do with them, how to set them, what fabrics to use; I decided earlier this year that 2019 was the year something was going to happen with them.




Originally they would have finished at 12" but I trimmed them to 9-1/2" so they will finish at 9". This is going to be a wallhanging, the blocks are too special to be a bed quilt. 

Friday morning, after finishing the quick & easy crib quilt, I started working. First I bordered each block with 1-1/2" blue sashing (1" finished). Then I figured how many of the rectangles I needed in between each block, cut the rectangles, then cut 4 times that many 1" squares and did flippy corners on the rectangles.

The sashing rectangles are ready to go. Next step is to decide how to arrange the blocks. I won't have this project finished in 2019 but I've made a good start and will see a finish in 2020.

Just in case someone wants to know, Yoder Department Store in Shipshewana, Indiana has quite an assortment of white fabrics, including a white that is an 'old' white'. 

Linking to Midweek MakersNeedle & Thread Thursday

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

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Boston Commons Finish

A year ago, at the November 2018 Jane Stickle retreat, I pieced a king sized Boston Commons for our bed. I got her back from the quilter in October. She measures 98" by 120".



Lori Null did a lovely job with the quilting. The picture should be larger if you click on it. 


The quilting in the braid part is orange peels which shows on the backing but the color is definitely not true!

It's a lovely medium blue batik fabric with white thread!

There are feathers in the white path and in the outside blue border. I'm sorry they don't show in the above picture. It was really hard to get pictures of the quilting.

Just for fun I added a yellow flange binding.  I'm not sure I like it now but, too late, I'm not going to remove it!

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

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sunday Stitching

This week I felt rather uninspired for my hand work. I did finish the hand quilting on the row I was working on last week. 






Now the whole first row of Floral Triangles is completed! 

There are 7 rows in this quilt. The next row should go a little faster since there are more pieced blocks in this row than applique.


I didn't even touch the leaves for the center medallion of Stars Around the Garden.

Last week I said I'd show you some of the trees around our home. The sky was very overcast and dreary when I took the photos so they aren't as brilliant colored as when the sun shines directly on them.


These 2 trees are in our yard.

There is a  chartreuse undertone which adds a lovely contrast to the orange leaves.

Wouldn't these colors make a lovely quilt?



This old maple is huge!

She's already lost a lot of her leaves but she adds so much color contrast to the other trees along the lane.

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

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

The Box is Empty!!!!

Last January I had a post about cleaning and organizing my cutting room. I showed you a picture of a box of 1-1/2" strings or strips or whatever you want to call them. I said that a challenge to myself in 2019 was to empty this box. And I wondered how many quilts were in the box?


I've sewn the last flimsy, which measures 63" by 81". This makes flimsy #8 which is also destined for the comforter bash. Most of the quilts I sewed were log cabin blocks. I was tired of log cabin so for this project, I changed it up slightly and made courthouse steps! 

These are regular courthouse step blocks. I started piecing these blocks before Bonnie Hunter made her crooked courthouse blocks.


The strings were picked over and there wasn't much variety. I refused to cut more 1-1/2" strips so I used 2" strips from the 2" strip box to finish them. I always trim to size after they're sewn anyway so I had plenty to trim off this time.

Originally, last January, I sorted the strings into 3 groups, autumn, brights and then the leftovers.


Flimsy #1 - I chose to make log cabin blocks with the autumn and bright fabrics. He measures 92" by 106".

This setting was popular in my area back in the late 90's.

I used all sorts of fabrics for the lighter logs. If it had a cream background, it went in this quilt, even it it had red roses! Some of the logs were more beige than cream but I used them anyway.

I did have to pull some fat quarters and yardage to cut more yellows/oranges. Apparently I don't use those colors a lot because there weren't many strips of those colors in the box.


For flimsy #2 - I chose a barn raising setting with a star in the center. Measures 90" x 106".


Flimsy # 3 is similar to the first quilt but has a star center and measures 90" x 106".

I don't have to quilt the 3 autumn flimsies, they'll be donated the my Pennsylvania grands school auction. Someone there will hand quilt them.

Most of the autumn colored fabrics were gone, certainly not enough left to make another quilt. Now onto the bright strings!


I made two large twin sized quilts with brights that have been long arm quilted 

The first one has a regular barn raising setting with a star center, this is flimsy #4 and measures 70" by 98".


Tammy from the 3 Sisters Quilting quilted both of the quilts. She called this design rain drops.

I saw a star log cabin quilt on someones blog somewhere and thought I can do that. And so I did for flimsy #5 and it measures 67" by 94". 


The quilting design I selected for this quilt was what I called orange peel but Tammy called pumpkin seed.

It's hard to see on the front side but shows up  better on the backing.



Flimsy #6 has traditional strings on telephone book paper to make this 60" by 86" comforter top for the MCC Comforter Bash. 

I'm not an overly patient person and I found removing the telephone paper from the back of the blocks extremely tedious! Not going to do that again!


For flimsy #7, I went back to piecing log cabin blocks and made this comforter top which measures 61" by 83" which also goes to the comforter bash.

I did cut yellows just to give this flimsy some color.

I have been pulling small pieces of yardage and fat quarters to cut for the light strings. I ran out of lights from the box while piecing the first 3 quilts!

So to answer the questions of how many quilts were in the box of 1-1/2" strings, there were 3 queen sized and 5 twin sized quilts. How many quilts are in your boxes of strings?

There were a few strings left, most of them shorter pieces. To use them, I am making 9 patches. I do have a 9 patch project in progress but the progress is extremely slow.

This was a fun challenge but I don't think I'll try to empty a whole box next year. The 2" and 2-1/2" boxes are overflowing too. Next year I'll see what I can make from them. There is no sense in having string boxes if I don't sew with strings.

Linking to String Along, Month 10, Midweek MakersNeedle & Thread ThursdayPeacock Party, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Brag About Your Beauties, Finished Or Not Friday, Oh Scrap