Just a quick post to show off the paper piecing skills of my 16 yr. old daughter.
She is making a Harry Potter quilt (she is a wee bit obsessed with the series!). Currently 25 blocks are completed. Only 55 more to go! She wants to enter it into the high schools year-end art show so she needs to make two blocks per week to finish. I am cheering her on!!
Ansley ‘ s Harry Potter quilt
With a four day quilting retreat just a few weeks away I am trying to finish up some ufos and decide what to take to keep me occupied for four fabulous days!
Today I finished quilting a top that my sister made long ago. A crib size from scraps. I used it to practice feathers and other misc designs I have been trying to perfect. I have to say that I am quite comfortable with the whole feathers thing now. Hooray!
Practice crib quilt
I have also finished piecing my french scrappy circle quilt. I added one black circle with a cutout from the vintage curtains I am going to use on the back. I’m not sure if I am loving it yet, but I think once I add the black polka-dotted border, and perhaps a splash of red on the edge, it will look better.
My final project for the week was to purchase a boat load of men’s shirts from Goodwill for my retreat project. Lots of cutting left to do so I can sew like a mad woman while I’m away!
Hopefully there are no naked men lurking nearby!
And just to let you all know, we finally found a homecoming dress for my youngest. So the evening was a success – although a bit more expensive than I would have liked! Why do the youngest children always cost the most??! Pics to come soon, as they are yet to be downloaded from the camera. ..
Yesterday I worked all day trying to get the first couple of rounds done on my new medallion quilt. It was very frustrating …because, as usual I didn’t follow the directions…
My four center triangles turned out bigger than they were supposed to. Not sure why I guess I must have cut the template too big. Then the orange peel blocks were a quarter of an inch smaller than they were meant to be because I wanted the tips to meet. I don’t think they do in the pattern. Had I realized this I would have adjusted the template…
Anyway after many struggles and a couple of improve sashing strips inserted strategically I think I have fixed the problem. Thankfully the next round can be a strip of any width, as it is all applique, so I can get back to the proper dimensions when adding the next row of pieced blocks.
An imperfect start..
The frustrations continued today when I took my youngest out to try and find a homecoming dress. NOTHING was right! All of the dress were ugly to her and she was not even willing to give any of the dress a try…. well so be it. Maybe she won’t get a dress.
I am going to drown my sorrows at an October fest party now. You’ll have to check in later to see if either of these situations get resolved!
It was off to the races again this morning.
I fired up the machine and finished off quilting a second Halloween table runner. My sister pieced both tops but had never finished them so my mother and I convinced her that it was a good idea to donate them to us! 😉 Now just have to get out the rest of the Halloween decorations…
Mine is the smaller runner. Mom took the larger one.
I also worked on some scrappy circle blocks that I started in July when I took a class with Victoria Findlay Wolf. It was great fun and I am excited to get back to this project. I was thinking about putting a black and gray polka-dotted sashing between the blocks. Any thoughts? ?
Finally, my mother made 4 Christmas table runners to give as gifts so we started prepping some backings for them. I have my quilting frame half disasembled right now to give myself more space in my tiny sewing room but I have a couple of tops I want to get finished as well so that might be the next project. Stay tuned!
Mom’s Xmas topper
I have finally got back into the quilting groove after taking a month off for road trips and family projects.
This week I managed to get a table cloth quilted. The top was made by my sister and I used an old tablecloth I got from Goodwill for a couple bucks on the back. No batting was used. I think it looks great on my kitchen table. Perfect for the season.
Fall tablecloth. Thanks Kathy!
A peek at the back.
I have also got my bee group row quilt top put together. I wasn’t sure how it was going to come together, but I think with the Kaffe Fassett floral around the outside and the 2 1/2 inch blocks between each row it all works some how.
Bee row quilt
Now on to the next incomplete project….I am on a mission to finish up some ufos!!
My sister was here from Iowa all of last week so I didn’t get much sewing done. She got 2 of her tops quilted on my machine tho and picked up her Dear Jane which she had quilted here in Chicago.
My sister’s Dear Jane quilt.
She also got the binding sewn on before she left. It was really cute. She used two different fabrics to create a small piping around the border. I am going to have to find instructions on the Internet and give it a try.
While she was so busy I just lounged around wondering what to do with this…
How should this be quilted??
Any ideas would be appreciated!
Today is Bee meeting day at my house. I had totally spaced it out so now I have my friends coming at one o’clock for bee , my daughter has a bunch of her friends coming at the same time, and my sister is here visiting from Iowa. Yikes!
At least I have my row (s) are done. I made Sunbonnet Sues and then thought they might be too babyish so I also made the churn dash blocks. All together I think they look pretty good. Hopefully my bee mate thinks so too.
Sandy’s row quilt
I have finally finished another quilt. It is destined to be a birthday gift for our niece, Kerry, who just turned 30. I used the Quick Curve Ruler that my youngest daughter gave me for Christmas last year. The “quick” part never really happened for me, but I am happy to know that I can do curves! And I am pleased with the results. I hope she likes it! Obviously the dog likes it !
I have been sewing up a storm the last couple of days– Even though the weather has been pretty decent. I am getting manic now that I know that gardening time is right around the corner – and that will cut into quilting significantly. I have also been clearing space upstairs in the spare bedroom to move my quilting frame out of my tiny little sewing room. Hopefully I’ll be able to get it set up in the next few days so that I can get some of my flimsies finished off.
With my kids on spring break, my husband and daughter sick with the flu, and lots of housework to do can I keep up with my frantic pace?? Maybe a few less hours of sleep!!
Here are a few pics of the current progress on the sewing projects.
(knitting projects are getting limited attention, but there is some progress on that front too!)
Lissa Alexander Low Volume Quilt
The Lissa Alexander still needs its final border and I am not sure what I am going to use on the back. I’m thinking of a really big floral print for a high contrast from the front.
Lucy Boston Cross Blocks
These blocks are all fussy cut hexies that have been hand pieced. The one with the blue center is not quite done – it will have a final light brown row around the outside.
These blocks are for the horizontal row quilt I am making with my new Bee group. I had a hard time deciding what to do – and I am not sure I love these. The “y seams” are not all perfect but I guess I will reserve judgment until I see what my bee mates come up with.
HST’s that finish at 3/4 of an inch!
So I must be crazy! This weekend I went to a sewing convention (which was mostly a disappointment – kinda lame) but I did pick up a kit to make a small wall hanging with civil war fabrics and a couple of other civil war charm packs. I like civil war generally but I doesn’t really go very well in my house so I haven’t made a big quilt in these fabrics. At least I now have a little stash in case one of my bee mates decide they want civil war blocks for the row quilt!
Spider web quilt with scrappy made fabric
And finally, this quilt is from the book “Material Obsession 2” by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fieke. I love this book with all of the bright scrappy quilts. This particular project has hit a stall because I keep getting side tracked but I do want to get back to it. This quilt is foundation pieced and because of the made fabric it is turning out to be very heavy! I am trying to decide what I am going to do about batting…..
Hope you all are also finding time to get lots of sewing done before the nice weather finally takes hold!