Friday, November 25, 2022

Blue Easy Breezy - Courthouse Steps

In the summer of 2020, Bonnie Hunter's leaders & enders project was the Easy Breezy quilt. This was an easy block to make and I made a lot of blocks in varying sizes.

I pulled 2.5" strips from the box and pieced an easy breezy in blues and whites for our oldest granddaughter.

Then I pulled all the blues from the 2" strip box and pieced an easy breezy with blues/yellows and whites. That is this quilt! (She is displayed on top of double delight, the medium blue border is the edge of the quilt.)

For this quilt I selected the cat paws pattern. These are giant cat paws!

She measures 88.5" by 101" and will probably someday go to one of our grandchildren. 

There is one more quilt to have the binding finished. November has been a very busy month and I haven't haven't had time to finish the last quilt. I have something more special than straight edge binding planned for Orange Sherbet.

And because I'm glad to have Blue Easy Breezy-Courthouse Steps finished, I'll leave you with another picture. You just have to love scrappy blue & yellow quilts!

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Embroidered Double Wedding Ring Quilt Quilted!

The embroidered double wedding ring quilt was finished into a flimsy in November 2021. The quilt was carefully folded lengthwise, very carefully placed on a hanger in the 'to be quilted' closet then completely forgot about!

When I was deciding which quilts I wanted to take to Lori for long arm quilting, I noticed those stars and wondered, 'What quilt is this?" Surprise! So I decided to have her quilted so she would be 100% finished!

Here she is in all with all of her quilted beauty! Those star really make the embroidery shine. The quilt ends at the solid blue border in the above picture. She's laying on top of double delight.

I had Lori quilt her with a Feather & Wreath design. After washing, she measures 76" by 90". Yes, she not a big quilt but she's finished!

I used to embroider a lot of quilt blocks like this, they were a good pick up and put down project when I had young children. 

Here is a close up of  the quilting on the center of the quilt.

On the back I used a light blue whole cloth fabric which displays the quilting design very nicely.

This was my oldest unfinished quilt project, at least 25 years old. Now she's a finish and resides on the guest bed. (I decided Welsh Beauty was too special to be used.)

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Blooms or Bouquet

One of my projects at retreat was the little Bouquet or Blooms quilt. I had EPP'd the hexie flowers last March, it was time to move this project forward.

The hexie flowers were appliqued to the center white squares and the corner pieces were pieced. I didn't have enough fabric to for a border but that will soon be rectified.

I spent the better part of three days hand appliqueing then sewing the rest of the pieces! Small projects always take longer than I think they will to piece. She'll be machine quilted sometime.

Here is a link to the prior post. In this post, I linked to a post from A Quilting Life. That link no longer works for some reason.

When I bought the pattern last spring it was called Blooms, now the title is Bouquet. Here is a link to the pattern but sometimes online it comes up as Blooms!

I did some shopping on the resale table and purchased this Tree of Life applique kit. I remember my mother appliqueing a similar quilt years ago. I don't know when this quilt will be moved into the rotation but I just couldn't say no.

A wannabe purchase was this Crabapple Hill snowman pillow but I couldn't find the price on it. When I asked the seller what the price was, she gave it to me! I don't know when this project will happen either but winter is so very long and dreary!

Linking to Kathys Slow Stitching Sunday, Stitching Stuff, Handmade Monday, Design Wall Monday, Craftastic Monday, Monday Musings

Friday, November 18, 2022

Indian Hatchet

Indian Hatchet is another quilt sent to Lori for quilting. I pieced these blocks on and off for several years and she's finally totally finished!

Indian Hatchet has been quilted with an all over stacked snails design which is perfect for this very scrappy quilt. The quilting doesn't show on the top of the quilt.

After washing she measures 64" by 79" and has become the couch quilt.

And the back side of the couch.

For the binding, I used a variety of fabrics.

The backing fabric is several large pieces of yardage leftover from other projects. I thought a scrappy backing was appropriate for this quilt.

Linking to Needle & Thread Thursday, Put Your Foot Down, TGIFF!, Peacock Party, Whoop Whoop Party, Finished or Not  Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Patchwork & Quilts, Oh Scrap

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Flower Patch Mystery SAL

As you know, most of my summer was spent in the process of moving from our old farmhouse to our new to us home 2 miles away. When I opened the 'to be quilted' closet and looked at those quilt flimsies, I decided I would 'move' some of them to Lori to be long arm quilted. I took 5 quilt tops to her in August and told her not to return them until after we've moved.

She delivered the quilts several weeks ago because she wanted to see the house. Four of the quilts have been bound and washed so the next several posts will be about the finishes.

The first quilt is the Flower Patch Mystery SAL which Denise organized.

Lori quilted this quilt with the Stacked Snails design. After washing, she measures 76" by 74". 

This quilt has traveled back to Phoenix with our daughter. The batting is a lightweight polyester batting, you don't need heavy quilts in Phoenix!

I think the cardinals make the quilt look Christmasy so I used this silver Christmas fabric for backing.

My mother must have bought the whole bolt of this silver poinsettia Hoffman fabric. I've been using it for years and I think this is the last of it but who knows, there may be some lurking in a tub somewhere.

Linking to To Do TuesdayMidweek MakersWednesday Wednesday Wait Loss, Put Your Foot Down,  Needle & Thread Thursday

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Fabric Vortex, Crumb Blocks

Last June I played in my sewing room and pieced blocks I called 'Weird Scrappy Log Cabin Blocks'. While I was packing up my sewing room stuff, I came across a small bag labeled 'Scrap Vortex'. Scrap Vortex was a sewalong hosted by Amanda Jean back in 2015.

The Scrap Vortex looked interesting so I had pieced a few squares then bagged them and stuck them in a tub. That is where it's been hibernating until I uncovered it while packing stuff for the move. That bag was placed on a table top so whenever I came across small scraps/pieces/blocks, they could be relocated to that bag. Eventually the bag was stored with the weird log cabin blocks, they looked like they could be combined. 

I also dug a bunch of orphan blocks out of the orphan block box to add to the mixture. (I wonder if this was how the designer of the Gypsy Wife quilt came up with the design, she was using up orphan blocks?!)

This is a fun project, no rules, whatever goes. I did limit the fabric choices to bright fabrics. It's interesting that the predominate color seems to be blue.

I might cut apart the small flimsy so  the new blocks blend in with the older ones. I'm not going to sew these blocks together now, I want to make more someday. There is never a shortage of fabric scraps that needs to be used.

My fabric vortex isn't going to look like Amanda Jeans though, it's too easy to just sew a strip on the side of a block and call it good.

This quilt will eventually end up as a charity quilt so more blocks will need to be pieced to reach the necessary 60" by 80" size, unless I decide to make 2 charity crib quilts.

I'm always amazed that people need a pattern to make something so easy! Gay from Sentimental Stitches is selling Call Me Crazy if you need a pattern to make a similar quilt. Or you can head to Jo's Blog and watch her Youtube videos about piecing her Diamond Crumb quilt. As for me, I'll just keep on doing it my own way and save the money, there is really no right or wrong way to make these blocks!

I consider myself more of a traditional quilter but occasionally my wild side come out and runs rampant in my sewing room! 

Warning - piecing this quilt makes a mess!

Linking to Monday MusingsTo Do Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Oh Scrap

There will not be a Friday post and Sunday's post will be late. I'm leaving Wednesday for the Jane Stickle Retreat in Shipshewana, returning home Sunday afternoon. If I make any progress with handwork, I'll have a Sunday post. 

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Hearts & Wreaths

The last 2 blocks for Hearts and Wreaths are finished! 

These pictures were taken in the basement on my display wall. This is the first time the color of the background yellow shows anything close to it's true color!

Now I need to find time to trim them to size and sew the 20 blocks together. These blocks are for the center of the quilt. I need to prep the 4 borders and embroider the vine, then I need to cut a million leaves and applique the borders! The border leaves are a larger size than the center leaves.

Update on Welsh Beauty questions from last Sunday since I can't respond to individual comments anymore.

I was asked how I dried Welsh Beauty after washing in cold water. I partially dried in the clothes dryer but not completely, it was still very damp. I laid it on our bed by 8 am, turned the ceiling fan on high and left it dry for most of the day. It was dry by bedtime.

The batting was a wool batting, I don't know if that was one of the reasons it shrank so much or not.

I don't normally enter quilts in quilt shows except for the Sauder Quilt Show in May. I'll think about it this winter.

Welsh Beauty and I are going to a quilt retreat this week, I'll try and get some better pictures of the quilt.

Linking to Patchwork & Applique Kathys Slow Stitching Sunday, Stitching Stuff, Oh Scrap, Handmade Monday, Design Wall Monday, Craftastic Monday, Monday Musings

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Welsh Beauty, A Sunday Finish!

Welsh Beauty is completed FINISHED!!!!!!! Completely finished, labeled and bound!!!!!!

The hand quilting process started in August 2021, the first post was in September.

After the binding was finished, Welsh Beauty was rinsed (not washed because I didn't add any detergent) and rinsed on the delicate cycle of my washing machine with cold water. She really shrank! I didn't measure before washing but the package said the quilt was 90" by 108". After washing she now measures 83" by 101" using cold water!

The blue quilting thread doesn't show up very well in the pictures. I took the quilt back to the farmhouse to use the quilt line on the porch.

The cross hatched squares measured 1" before washing, after washing they measured 3/4".

Here is a picture of the side swags.

A close up of the quilting from one of the corners.

The backing fabric was a brown figured whole cloth fabric. I didn't want muslin on the back, it's already on the front! I had originally planned to use a variegated brown thread but changed my mind and used variegated blue thread instead.

A hand quilted quilt needs a hand embroidered label. I took this picture in a different room, the blue thread shows better. 

A total of 902 yards of thread were used in quilting. 

People always ask what I'm going to do with a quilt. I'm keeping this one for sure, eventually it will end up with one of my grandchildren but hopefully that's many years away. 

Welsh Beauty will be displayed/used on the guest room bed while our daughter is here for a short visit. Then she (the quilt) will go along to retreat with me, she's my show & tell! I'll also put her on my bed in the motel room. Why have an ordinary boring motel cover when I can have a nice quilt? When I return home, she'll go back on the company bed. 

Here is a link to my first post about Welsh Beauty

Several people have asked me what top is next in the quilting frame, I don't know for sure, perhaps Lady Jane? However I'm extremely burnt out on hand quilting, the next quilt won't start before December, maybe even later.

Linking to Kathys Slow Stitching Sunday, Stitching Stuff, Oh Scrap, Monday Musings, Handmade Monday, Design Wall Monday, Craftastic Monday

Friday, October 28, 2022

Arrowhead Quilt Finish

In my last post I said I was going to work at finishing projects.

 While I was digging through stuff, trying to decide which project to work at, I came across this little arrowhead quilt

For backing and binding I used green fabric. The quilting shows better on the back of the quilt. 

I stitched 1/2" from the horizontal and vertical seam lines of the block then diagonally both directions of the X in the center of the blocks.

This little quilt has finished 25.5" by 32.5".

At the spring retreat, I was given a bag with fabric yardage. The ladies donating the fabric requested it be used for charity quilts. I have used several large pieces of that yardage for comforter backing. 

Also in that bag was this little wall quilt. I had stuck it in the bag with the arrowhead flimsy. I quilted that quilt after I finished the arrowhead quilt.

I used black fabric for the backing and binding of this quilt. This little quilt is 30" square.

I'm going to drop these little quilts off at our local nursing home the next time I'm in Wakarusa for use as lap quilts. Hopefully they're small enough they won't be caught in wheelchair tires.

I didn't wash the quilts, I'll let the nursing home do that. These maybe small finishes but they're finishes!

This is the view off of our north porch. We have a lot of trees at the new place but we're used to trees and leaves. 

We're settled in now and it feels like home! 

Several people expressed concern about me being warm in my basement sewing space during the winter.  To be honest, it never occurred to me that heat wouldn't be installed in the basement of a new house. Even the cellar in our old farmhouse was warm from the heat of the furnace. The new house has heat ducts so I'm just fine.

Dampness is a larger concern to me. I ran the dehumidifier all summer long, in fact I just unplugged it earlier this week.

Linking to Needle & Thread Thursday, Put Your Foot Down, TGIFF!, Peacock Party, Whoop Whoop Party, Finished or Not  Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Patchwork & Quilts

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

What's Next?

Moving has put a pause on most of my quilting projects but most of the stuff has  been moved. It's handy when you're moving only 2 miles.

So what is my next quilting project going to be? I think Nanette had the right idea when she said she's not going to start any new projects for the rest of this year, just finish projects she's already started. 

That's what I'm going to do too, finish projects!

I have a container that has a strings of miscellaneous widths. While I was digging through that box, I found log cabin blocks that were started sometime but don't know when! I decided to enlarge these blocks until they were 8.5". (First project on my new display wall!)

These blocks were fun to make because they were mindless sewing! They are also very scrappy.

I don't make my log cabin blocks like most people do, I sew strips on 2 sides at a time, a dark strip and a light strip then I trim 2 sides then sew strips on the other 2 sides. It works for me! Since my blocks get trimmed, they don't looks as wonky as Bonnie Hunter's wonky blocks.

There are 54 blocks are finished but I need 26 more to have enough for at least a 60" by 80" charity quilt. 

I'll make more blocks later, now it's time to concentrate on prepping for the upcoming Jane Stickle retreat in November. I'll be taking at least 1 project that has been started.

And yes, my display wall is made with 2 insulation boards that I covered separately with the top sheet of older flannel sheets. They work just fine and I saved a lot of $$!

You can see that the bottoms are curved, that was a happy accident. It's easier for me to put quilt blocks on the bottom since they curve out.

It was also easier for me to handle an individual board than both of them taped together.

Linking to To Do TuesdayMidweek Makers, Wednesday Wednesday Wait Loss, Put Your Foot Down,  Needle & Thread Thursday , Oh Scrap

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Welsh Beauty

Another row of Welsh Beauty has been quilted! I'm so close to a finish!!!

Here is this section of quilting, from the right side of the quilt to the left side.

I didn't take pictures of all of the swags but there are 5 of these swags in the center of the quilt.

This picture is taken from the opposite side of the quilt. You can see where the quilt top is pinned to the ticking. You can also see part of the wool batting under the ticking.

You can see the top of the quilt that needs to be quilted, I can reach all of it so the next time I post about Welsh Beauty, the hand quilting will be finished!

It's those pins that make the weird bumpy marks after I roll but they always disappear. 

The quilting frame hasn't made it to the new house yet. Despite Kathi's assurances that you can remove a partially quilted quilt then put it back in the frame just fine, I decided to leave the quilt in the frame at the farm house. I don't quilt every afternoon but often enough to make progress.

Besides, the quilting frame is going to be set up in my sewing space in the basement of the new place. We'll have to put the rods through the egress window to get it down there!

Friday, October 21, 2022

My Sewing Space

Today's post is about my sewing space. Often when you see a blogger post about their new or updated sewing space, they've gone to Ikea and have beautiful white furniture. And usually their space is bright with natural sunshine coming through the windows.

My space isn't like that. My sewing space is in the basement and has an egress window for natural light. And, the basement is not finished.

However I also see pictures of quilters who have their sewing machine on their kitchen table or in a bedroom. Then I realize how fortunate I am to have a whole basement for my sewing space.  I can go upstairs, shut the door and no one will see my mess!

One of my summer activities was painting part of the basement walls white.

I had huge closets upstairs in the farmhouse that I stored a lot of quilting things. There aren't any closets down here so everything is spread out.

I do have a much larger display wall in the basement than I had at the farmhouse. I used two 8' insulation boards. Apparently the ceiling in the basement isn't quite 8' but that has worked out ok. It's harder than it used to be to reach down to the bottom of a flat surface. Curving out like these boards do makes it easier to put blocks down there.

Can you see at the top of the picture I've had lights installed to shine on the display wall? It was rather amusing trying to explain to a handyman, who's wife doesn't even own a sewing machine, what the use of the lights were for.

To cover the insulation boards, I used the top flannel sheet left when the bottom sheets wore out. They still have napp and they works just fine. I taped the sheets to the boards individually because that's how big the sheets were, but it was also easier for me to handle one board at a time.

I also had the handyman install LED lights in the basement so I would have better lighting.

Since I have organized my sewing space, I've realized I need more LED lights. There is going to be a light installed above my ironing board and along the support posts.

My cutting table is our old kitchen table, the Farmer bought it at some auction before we were married. When we got our new table, I repurposed it. Notice the extensions on the legs. Originally I used just  the PVC pipes but it still wasn't quite tall enough and I got backaches. Those bed risers added the necessary height, no more backaches!

See those papers stuck to the joists, that is where the additional LED lights are to be installed.

This is my sewing setup. The cabinet was the heaviest thing to be carried down the steps. The Farmer asked me several times if I was sure I wanted the cabinet down the stairs, YES! 

The former owner left these cubbies here for my use. She was unable to fit them anywhere in her new home. The brown chest of drawers was purchased at an auction and I painted it brown.

The little shelf to the right of the brown chest of drawers was purchased for $5 at a resale store. Our local son said it looks like someone's first woodworking project. Maybe so but it holds stuff and that's what I care about.

I know it looks like a crack in the foundation wall but it isn't, the wall is safe. My nephew said there are two types of foundations walls, those with cracks and those that are going to crack.

Here is the west wall. The Farmer put 2 hangers in the joists to hang the ferns. One pot is a lot smaller because I tore it apart before bringing it into the house. The sitting ferns came from that plant.

I really downsized my books and magazines before we moved. That bookshelf also came from an auction, I painted it blue.

As I'm writing this post, the handyman is in the basement now installing more LED lights. He wasn't able to finishing installing the additional LED lights in one afternoon, he said he would come back in 3 or 4 days. He was going to drive to Illinois that evening to help his 82 year old FIL with harvesting. It was pouring rain here but dry in Illinois!

I've said before our weather is affected by Lake Michigan. We get normal system rain/snow, however we also get lake effect rain/snow. This is what it looked like Tuesday afternoon, October 17 here in northern Indiana, lake effect snow!