Tuesday, 25 February 2014
So far the only oopsie I’ve found is a pinwheel spinning the wrong way and it can just stay there. It is so incredible how clean my work area looks with out all the pieces of this lying about.
This hasn’t been the only project coming to a close. I actually finished a quilt a week ago. This was a top I completed several years ago, Before Bonnie. Easy to tell, as I am trying to be coordinated with my fabric choices, and if you could see the back, oh the threads everywhere. But is is done and the new mother-to-be (one of my daughter’s friends) is very happy with it. This is her receiving it at her baby shower.
And I have another in the middle of being quilted. This is Bonnie’s Strip Twist that I was making to use up the left-overs of the Scrappy Trips. My baby sister loved the pictures of it I posted on Facebook, so I decided to finish it for her birthday in two weeks. She is turning 50 so it seemed a good time to send her a special present.
Once I decided this was her quilt, I threw in some fabrics reflecting her interests. And for the border I used a fabric with a sewing theme and actually says “Sewing Queen”. For the cornerstones I wanted some that I had with cats and yarn on cheddar background but could not find it anywhere. A whole day was spend going through every piece of fabric, sorting and folding and organizing. My fabric is in a better condition but still no cats. All I found was a 2” strip less than 10” long. All I can thing is I sliced what was left into strips after I used it in a Trip Around the World last year. So instead the cornerstones are headshots of dogs fussy cut. I’ve quilted diagonally through the quilt and just need to come up with a motif for the centre of the block.
She liked the pattern so much she is making one herself, LOL. When she posted that I had to message and tell her this one is coming her way. She was thrilled especially since the one she is making was intended for someone else. This making things for others seems to run in our family.
Monday, 3 February 2014
So far, sew good.
Hiding at the top are the Strip Twist blocks. At least the ones still on the wall. I found a great way to clear off a design wall. Get DH to service my Necchi. I asked him to oil her and of course he had to vacuum first. Next thing I know, blocks are flying everywhere. On the plus side, I now have a truly random placement of blocks and a clean machine to sew them on.
Strip Twist blocks sewn into groups of four, awaiting further sewing.
The cut off bits of Strip Twist that I had been considering for a 16 patch have been re-purposed. Bonnie posted a link this week that really caught my fancy. It is a 25 patch, sashed with individual blocks floating on a background ( here is the link Film at Five ). It was love at first sight. No pesky light/dark separations, just random blocks sewn. The strips of four that had been trimmed off the ends of the strip twists just needed a block sewn to make them 5’s and off we go. Got 5 blocks done already.
And if that wasn’t enough, I un-earthed two more projects while cleaning up that can use up the extra 2.5” pieces. The shaded nine patch and Oklahoma Backroads both have around
20-30 blocks done. So I have them set out ready to go and am trying to do one or two every day I sew. May be by summer I will have enough to do something.
Now to link up with Bonnie and see what everyone else has been doing.
Monday, 27 January 2014
Here’s what I have so far. Bonnie shows this in a 3 X 4 setting, in her free patterns, so need another 4 blocks, which means another 16 sets of strips.
I did venture out into the cold for a little retail therapy one day last week. Wandered around thrift store checking for sewing machines. Didn’t find any but found fabric. Not that I needed either.
But I couldn’t resist these delights. Although what I”m going to do with 4 yards of Christmas print escapes me at the moment, if my imagination fails me I can fall back on giving it to my very imaginative sister. We have been swapping fabrics back and forth this year. The African ladies dancing is so gorgeous, I’ve been looking through my books for something special to do with it. And that red batik is a ginormous 4 yards also. The red and white is tiny red hearts and feels like a broadcloth but should have lots for binding and backs from it.
All that cleaning up in the sewing room paid off when DH wanted to use his machine.
Here he is making a pocket for his new cell phone. His is the 99-13 in a beautiful cabinet. He is usually sewing with heavy duty fabrics, like canvas and denim and the 99 handles them well. This time it was with a fake leather that came in the Great Fabric Acquisition Road Trip (only picture is of it in the back of the van here ). Unfortunately this only used 10” of fabric – still have several yards still to use up.
And just to demonstrate how imaginative my big sister can be, here is a quilt she just finished. Inspired by the umbrella fabric in the sashing, she found a bunch of applique blocks with umbrellas and then designed some of her own when there wasn't enough for the layout she wanted. I especially love the little elephant in the bottom left as she did them on a quilt for my oldest daughter.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014
I did get the Framed Nine Patch sashed, just thinking about what I want for a border, if any.
This hardly made a dent in the basket of 2.5 strips. So on to another pattern, this one I didn’t want too do as much matching, something simpler. A scroll through Bonnie’s free patterns and Strip Twist was the prime candidate. The shortest the strip can be is 9” which means all the discards from the Scrappy Rocket Trips would work. Sorted out the bin into stuff that is either long enough for a Bargello, long enough for Twist, and anything smaller is getting chopped into square that right now are tentatively scheduled to be made into a checkerboard square.
Here is the basket, with what hasn’t been sorted yet and the first blocks made. Re-reading the instructions, I see these are aligned incorrectly but am not going to set them up again for pictures tonight
And one more impulsive top. For reasons that seem trivial and obscure now, I was inspired to make a Streak of Sunshine top, using all the transportation themed fabrics I had. I thought this was brilliant and would be wonderful for the quilt DH wants for a co-worker. Only two things wrong with this brainstorm; co-worker is not a Ministry of Transportation employee and baby to be is not a boy. In my defense, DH used to work for Transportation, his department amalgamated and now covers several ministries.
I’m all set if one does turn out to be expecting. What I might end up doing, is finish it and offer it for the charity raffle like I did last year. Only if it is ready before hand, some advance notice can be given.
So really, not much happening around here, well not much quilting, just piecing up a storm or through a storm.
Wednesday, 15 January 2014
There were a lot of posts around New Year’s with resolution type themes and to do lists for the year. I was thinking the same thoughts but hadn’t gotten them formalized enough to post yet. And of course being a fully paid up member of the Procrastinators Club (oops, forgot to mail that membership form), I’ve put off actually writing anything.
I thought I needed to make a resolution to finish things because that’s what everyone else was talking about. So I went back through my list and pictures to see what I had done last year. And I don’t think I need to be worried. Turns out I finished 24 quilts last year. That is only counting the ones done all the way, quilted and out the door. I’m not counting the 4 tops and backs I sent to the Calgary Flood Relief effort because they weren’t quilted by me.
Of course there are a great many unfinished, there are 6 flimsys hanging off my banister rail still to be quilted plus more hanging in my closet in the sewing room. Then there are the baskets of projects in various stages of undone. so that is my task this year, turn flimsys into finishes and clear out the baskets/bins/buckets. I’ve started cleaning up the sewing area and organizing the overflowing stacks of fabric, finding more WIP’s as I go, my list is up to 12 at the moment. It is hard to resist pulling them out and working on them. But I am making a giant list on the wall and trying to focus on one thing at a time. Maybe that should be my word “Focus”.
Well, this is a lot of wordage and not much pictures so here is a collage of some of the finished quilts of last year.
Turns out it was a very good year.
Monday, 6 January 2014
As I looked at my pieces to put together a show piece block, I realized that there were only two unit 5s. Duh, I hadn’t cut them. Last Monday I whipped up two units to photograph and didn’t follow up by cutting the rest. Can’t sew them if I haven’t cut them.
A stack of 20 cut, ready to get sewing.
And some sashing done on the framed nine patch. A really fun Batik for the sashing found at Mary Jo’s this summer. Decided to forgo the cornerstones and do just solid pieces crossways.
And a little shirt de-construction done on some great finds this week while out thrifting. As well as the shirts I found two great pieces of yardage to add to the stash.
That’s it for the sewing time today. We are off to Toronto to pick our son up at the airport. Hopefully better driving weather than when we took him.
So before I go, I’m linking up with Bonnie
Monday, 30 December 2013
And you can probably see from the tray, none of the other clues are finished.
But at some point I did get all the blocks done for the framed nine patch. Since I only needed three once I found the stash of blocks already made this is not a big deal.
And today was skimpy on the sewing end again. Due to another Fabric Acquisition Road Trip. I think I mentioned about my friend gifting me some fabric a while back but I can’t find where or when that was posted. Anyhow, she phoned earlier in this month to say she had more for me if we could come in and pick it up. Much to and froing finally established today as the big meet up at her place of work where this fabric was going to be discarded. As in tossed to the curb. I was thinking a few boxes. Boy was I ever wrong. Here’s what we came home with. If it was all quilting fabric I would be turning cartwheels. However most was dress-making and tailoring , high end wool suitings, silks, linings. But we couldn’t leave it behind and wound up talking ourselves into taking most of it. My dear husband would say "but this is silk !" and I"d go "can't quilt silk" and yet it stayed in the "to keep" pile. Now we are faced with the daunting task of carrying it into the house and finding a place to store it all.
So now to link up with Bonnie and see what everyone else has gotten done. Bet it is more than two.