Friday, September 12, 2014

when is enough enough?

I enjoyed making a few more 6 inch blocks in the last couple of weeks.  
 I thought I'd lay them out together for a picture since the "design floor" was available.  (the toys that often cover this space were cleaned up)
 I have 58 blocks made (only 56 in this layout)  I don't know how I will set them and I don't know how many more I will make.  I do know there will be more :0)  When is enough - enough? 
We definitely had enough of this white stuff fall this week.  We had 35 centimetres over 3 days.  Heavy and wet it caused a lot of damage to our trees and garden.  DD#3 didn't let that stop her from enjoying it.  It should melt tomorrow and hopefully stay away for a few more weeks so we can have fall.
Happy Quilting!!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

progress anda fab surprise

I have made good progress on my Quilt patis star project this summer.  I love that now when I fold it up it looks like it could even be a completed top :0)
 Not quite though...  I thought I would make it 10 stars wide in this length.  Now I'm not sure that will be wide enough.  I plan to put a fairly wide border of some kind on it.  It maybe a couple more years in the making.  Its such a great portable project.
 I  am the very, very happy winner of Dawn's giveaway on her blog Collector with a Needle.
I was watching for the book in the mail and then when it arrived the package had all this great fabric inside with it.  I was thrilled.  The book is very interesting and it has some great quilts in it.
This one is my favorite.  I'd never seen a Princess Feather quite like this one before.  I love the border on it too - happy and a little bit wonky around the corners.  I would love to start a new applique project inspired by this quilt!!  But, I will resist the temptation and keep working on the 2 current ones until I have a finished top.  Dawn's name appears in the book on the Acknowledgements page.  I feel like I've "met" someone famous :0)

Happy Quilting!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

where did the summer go?

I spent much of today with back to school preparations.  How can it be that time already?  I have a little sewing progress to share.
 This 6 inch block was really tricky.  Afterwards I told myself  "Just because cutting instructions are given for a 6 inch square doesn't mean you have to make it."  I do really like it though :0)

 2 more - a little less complicated ones.

My top border for my Bird of Paradise quilt is slowly growing.  I can't decide how symmetrical I want it to be - my daughter called this "quilters block"  :0)  I don't think I'm that stuck - I just need to find enough time to sit down and figure it out.  Maybe tonight...
Happy Quilting!!

Monday, August 18, 2014

flowers again

I'm excited to get back to appliqueing on my Bird of Paradise quilt.  With all of the block embroidery done I am ready to move on to the borders.  I plan to make the borders to suit myself using shapes and ideas from the original quilt, the Threadbear pattern and my own drawing.  
 This is my start on the top border. It feels so good to applique flowers again :0)  It's been nothing but leaves for months!  I'm mostly winging it - feels free and fun to do it that way although already I see that I didn't cut all of my flower centers the same size.  It bothers me a bit but only very little - I'm going to keep going and I can always swap out the flower center later.  I suspect that once all the other leaves and flowers are appliqued I won't notice it at all.

A couple more 6 inch blocks.  There will be more :0)

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

more summer sewing

I can't believe how fast summer goes by. I have snatched a few minutes to sew most days.  These little 6 inch blocks are the perfect little things to work on when I can find some time to sew.
The block in the upper left is called Crowfoot. It is 1/4 the size of the blocks in my Crowfoot quilt.  It was very fun to revisit this block on the smaller scale. 

My friend and I worked on our circle game quilts again one evening last week.  We laid out 4 mostly finished blocks of each quilt to compare.  They are so very different!  The lighting isn't great and her blocks look a bit washed out.
We continue to enjoy the challenge of this pattern - The Circle Game by Jen Kingwell.  Some of the blocks ahead look very tricky!  It's been an excellent learning project as well as fun and motivating to be making it with a friend.

Happy Quilting!!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

panel #10

I attached vine panel #10 last night.  I am very pleased but the excitement is definitely dwindling with this project. Three more panels to go - I think I can make it.
 I thought I'd take the opportunity to get some outside pictures.  It was such a beautiful morning :0)
 The last time I finished a panel it was February!?!  Definitely not a good month for outdoor pictures where I live!
 While I was outside I couldn't resist snapping a shot in the garden.  I always plant things too close and it becomes a jungle by this time of year.
Happy Quilting!!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

border decisions

I always appreciate the cool summer evening breezes where I live.  With the window open behind me I can still comfortably quilt in the evenings :0)  I have finished quilting all the blocks for my Crowfoot quilt.
All the sashing in the center portion of the quilt is done as well.  When I lay it on my bed and look down from above it looks practically finished - lol!
However, I still have to quilt the outer sashing around the blocks and the border.  The outer sashing I am quilting the same as all the other sashing.  
 I'd kind of like to design something special for the corners.  Something feathered I think - to make that big space look like it's there on purpose :0)

And then I have this stencil I'm considering for the rest.  It's not quite wide enough but maybe with some echo quilting to fill in??  I'm also thinking about using cream colored thread so the quilting shows up more.  The light blue that I used for the center gets completely lost in the busy navy sashing print.   What do you think?  It's always great to bounce ideas off other quilters :0)  I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Quilting!!