Friday, June 23, 2017

Filling the Holes

All the corners are sewn together and I think this will be the final arrangement.
The top half, looking up.....

and the bottom portion.   My place has windows on the north and east so even though it's a nice sunny day, I'm in the shade.  Nice for summer heat but really bad for picture taking.  

It's working out to be about 54" x 63".  I have two of the five inch charms left and about 12 of the layer cake pieces.  Once it's all together, I may be able to add some length  or width to it.

Except for the Pink Flamingo fabric, the rest is all from stash and leftovers from other projects.  There are 2 shades of green, 2 shades of yellow, turquoise and white.  The white is a metallic type from last Christmas and really shows up in the shade.

This is the entire piece.  Now to put all my puzzle pieces together!

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Fridays and Can I get a whoop whoop?
Show Off Saturday,and Quilting is more fun than housework

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Making the Stars

The stars for my Stars Over Pink Flamingo are made by using dots on the wrong side of the fabric.  I had thought I was probably the last person to know this method, but several people have commented on the narrow blades and my terminology of "dot method"  so if I'm not alone, here is the method. There are a lot of pictures in this post!

Finished Star

The directions given in the download are to to cut the star pieces (green) one half inch wider and longer than the back ground color, pink.  This resulted in a lot of fabric cut off and into the scrap pile. I resized to make both pieces the same width. So far, no problems and little less into the scrap pile.

Start with the background size that you want.  Here I'm using a 2.5 inch strip. Measuring 1/4" in from the edge, place a dot in the center of the fabric's wrong side.  Do the same on the  other end of the piece at the length of the points.  Draw a line to connect the dots.  I used a pencil but here, I used a Zig pen so it would show better in the photo.
Next, place this piece on the star fabric right sides together aligning the left hand side of the fabrics.  This where I stopped cutting the individual pieces and just used the entire strip, leaving some excess at the top and bottom


With the center dot facing you, sew along the left hand side



Cut the pieces apart and press open so that the star fabric is facing left.



Repeat for the other side


Press that side open, making sure that the entire background piece is visible.  Here is the view from the front


And ready for trimming.  Trim to the size of the background...the pink piece.


You will end up with three layers of fabric on each side.  Trim the two bottom layers, leaving a 1/4" seam.
Do this four times and you will have all your star points ready to assemble.

I do hope that this is understandable and the photos are clear enough to see...another grey day in the Pacific Northwest!  Please let me know if you need anything clarified or see any glaring errors in my method.

Linking up with Em's Scrapbag

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Still Seeing Stars

This is where I'm at at the moment.  The large pink squares are laid out to mark the approximate size that I'm going for.  I need a few more stars and then I'll try fitting it all together without too many seams or smaller pieces. I did find that my charm pack is a noticeable dye lot difference from my layer cake.  You can see it a bit in the turquoise star on the left hand side.  Once everything is together and quilted, I'm hoping that it will be less apparent and look like a trick of the light.

The instructions do show how to lay it out in units but I didn't really understand them.  Lots of half stars to be combined in different sections.  Since I don't have the fabric to make all the sizes of those stars I'm doing it on my own.

In my last post, I showed the pile of scraps left over from just one star.  It was a large star but still too much waste for me...I used almost an entire fat quarter on it.  The instructions gave a size of one half inch larger than the pink piece.  I reduced that by half inch and could probably go a little smaller without too much of a problem.  The half inch doesn't sound like much but with eight pieces per star, it adds up and I already have lots of scraps.....hence the title of my blog!

Linking up with Oh Scrap! , Em's Scrapbag and Monday Making

Monday, June 12, 2017

Seeing Stars

My new project is a free pattern from Robert Kaufman Fabrics called Stars Over Pink Flamingo.
I've always wanted to do a star pattern and I really loved the look of these stars.  Getting the Pink Flamingo fabric has been more of a problem than I anticipated.  I ordered a layer cake from a deal on one website along with a charm pack (they were out of yardage)....after several emails, they shipped my layer cake three weeks later but cancelled my charm pack.  After more emails, I got the charm pack but still no yardage available.  Right now, I'm making what stars I can according to the pattern directions and will probably make it as a lap size quilt.

The white fabric of the smaller star has irridescent  circles and doesn't seem to be on the Connecting Threads website any longer.

The stars are made with a new to me technique involving measuring dots and drawing seamlines on the back of the pink fabric.  It makes very nice stars but there does seem to be a lot of fabric cut off.
This is the waste from the large pink and green star.  I'm trying to look at it as precutting my next project!

Linking up with Em's Scrapbag

Monday, June 5, 2017

Slow Progress....

I started this version of Melissa Corry's Playing the Scales quilt several weeks ago as an attempt to use the ancient blue stash.  Got it cut and then it sat.
These are the strips, finally sewn into the groups of two. I decided that this time around, I'd just sew all strips into two's and then rearrange for a better color/pattern distribution.  It's difficult to work with no floor space left and this quilt  is too large to lay out completely without moving furniture around.  My cat left this alone until I ironed the strips and then decided that she only wanted to sleep on ironed fabric!

Another view
I have 11 more strips to lay out and sew together. I'm looking to finish by the end of the week.  It really is a fast quilt to do unless  you are a fiddler like me.  I can sit and stare at it. move one strip, then another and so on.....

Linking up with Oh Scrap and Em's Scrapbag

Friday, June 2, 2017

May Quilty 365

I really haven't accomplished much this month except to choose my fabric of the day.....I did make it through the month with a few circles of interfacing left but I'm out of pale yellows in my stash for backgrounds.  I know I've got some gingham I was planning on using but that has evaporated when needed!

So, for this month, I'm in mourning for my three machines that died on the same day.
On a more cheerful note...a weeks worth of polka dots!
Digging way down in the stash, a few Lida Enche fabrics from my second quilt...circa 2013. She's a local artist and her fabrics were included in a kit from a local designer I bought in 2012 at a quilt show.
Butterflies, dragonflies, sea creatures and a creature make up this month's selection of animals.
I did finally remember to get a box to store all my circles in....thanx Leanne!

I'm also about 25% done with putting together a quilt top.   Hopefully, I'll be able to finish that in the next several days.  Unfortunatly, I've found that my Kindle Unlimited and BookBub subscriptions are the biggest detriment to my quilting time!

Linking up with Leanne at Daisy and Jack Handmade

Friday, May 12, 2017

Stash Busting and Featherweights

I love having a stash of fabrics.  I really love that I can see and be inspired by a quilt online and immediatly pull fabrics to at least start that that quilt.  I may have to order some backgrounds or a specific color but I can usually get a good start on a new project....and I like to have several projects going at once.  Recently, I've discovered that I have almost NO fabric left. I do have a stack of FQ's in blue with some blacks and some solids in odd colors and several yards of mint green (which I'm using for the background of the In My Neighborhood row quilt) and about 1.5 yards of a cream and the same in tan.  I also have several bins , boxes and totes stuffed full of scraps...in fact, I probably have more fabrics in those than in finished projects, hence the title of this blog.  I'm one of those that saves everything over one and a half inches!  And it's all unorganized, or organized by the date I put it in the box. So, I'm taking steps...starting this weekend I'm dumping a box a day and cutting it into strips or 5" squares.  Anything smaller will go into another bin for a scrap vortex quilt.  I'm still undecided whether to sort by colors of sizes..any pros and cons for either method?


This is my initial pull for a new version of Melissa Corry's Playing the Scales quilt.  I wasn't completely satisfied with my last version due to the fabric selection.  I feel that some of my lights were just too dark for the contrast to show completely.  Some of these have been in my stash for years and came from the local Goodwill in the first place.  I did discover that the navy and red geometric was 35" wide so I'm sure it was in someone's else's stash before it came to live with me.  Finally, it will get to be in a quilt!

I've sewing on my featherweight machine and discovering how much I've missed using my vintage machines.  Retraining my eye to see the quarter inch seam allowance is the main adjustment I've had to make.  I used to be very accurate without using a quarter inch foot. On my large vintage machines I can use modern feet if need be but I haven't tried it with the feather yet.  I've had it for several years and really have had a love/hate relationship with it.  I bought from a charity auction site (not eBay) for under a $100 at a time when every feather, even non working ones. were going for over $400. I'd logged in and found a machine listed a "old Singer...works" in an auction closing in 15 minutes.  I glanced and saw that it was a feather with case, foot pedal, manual and a bunch of other pieces.  I bid and got it.
  As soon as it arrived. the case fell apart and I eventually dumped it as I couldn't get the smell out.  It did work after some fiddling with tension and needles that had been inserted incorrectly. After about an hour I turned it off and went to pick it up, burned my hand and discovered that it had scorched the tabletop.  After some googling, I found that was a fairly common problem and bought it a new foot pedal and it has worked perfectly ever since.  As a bonus, I found that the new foot pedal worked perfectly with my 1928 Singer 99.
If you are sewing with a feather, I've found The Featherweight Shop to be very helpful for oiling points and other info.  It's much easier to see than the manual.


Linking with Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or Not Friday

Thursday, May 4, 2017

April Quilty 365-2017

A little late getting my circles posted, but here is April.  I've really started digging in the bottom of my scrapbags, drawers I haven't opened in a while, and pulled a stack of ancient blues off of my shelf.  Most of those came from Goodwill in the first place and I've had them over five years.  I plan on cutting them into strips, so I thought I'd make circles of them first.

April has still been very rainy and grey here in the Pacific Northwest, so in honor of two consecutive days of sun, I cut into my Hawaii cats and found more cats in a single layer cake piece.

It rained for the next two days!!  Trying to counteract that are some flowers, butterflies and a bee.

I'm still digging and sorting boxes and bags and hope to find lots more flowers for a sunnier May!  If you would like to see some completed circle quilts from those who started last year, they are on display at Audrey's blog Quilty Folk

Linking up with Leanne at Daisy and Jack Handmade

Monday, May 1, 2017

Disaster!!

I was happily quilting along last night when my machine suddenly stopped and all the bells went off!  The balance wheel wouldn't turn at all and I had to dismantle the needle and presser foot assemblies to get the needle out of the quilt and the quilt out of the machine.  The needle wasn't bent or broken so it's a mystery why the machine suddenly stopped.  Probably the quilt was too much for the machine.  It's a 3/4 size computerized Brother that I bought for under $200 about 7 years ago....so I've had my money's worth out of it.  I thought no problem and this morning dragged out one of my vintage machines...a Morse straight stitch dating to the 1950's.


After some switching around of parts...it's got a knee lift and doesn't fit securely in it's table..I started my test piece.  Lots of smoke!  OK, it's burning the dust from the motor and the smoke soon stopped.  It still makes beautiful stitches but I could see lots of sparks from inside the motor!  Haven't had that happen before so I unplugged before I burned out the motor.

Next machine is a 1957 Brother 260 and I've quilted large quilts on it before...in fact it's my favorite machine.


Today, for some reason, it won't form a stitch!  I've changed needles, bobbins and rethreaded upteen times and still it won't cooperate.  Maybe it's mad because I haven't used it in a long while.  When I broke my arm, my little computerized machine was out and set up.  In January, when I started quilting again after more than a year away, I had a hard time even getting my left arm up to the table to hold fabric while I sewed.  Now I have much more movement in that arm and I credit sewing with that progress but my Morse weighs about 40 pound and the Brother is over 30 pounds.  I simply couldn't lift them!  I still have a featherweight and a Singer 99 but neither of them is large enough to finish my PLAY quilt.  For those of you who have followed along, here is the final final version.


Meanwhile, I'll be sorting scraps and cleaning house until I can get a new machine.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

PLAY top finally finished

As you all may remember, I'm participating in the improv quilt along called PLAY with Elm Street Quilts.  This was a weekly series of prompts including wonky log cabin. wonky stars, curves and strips, and text.  I did get them all done and will be quilting this today and tomorrow.  Hopefully, I'll be able to meet the deadline!

I'm really glad that I participated and have learned lots.....such as hue doesn't equal value in colors, start with enough fabric to finish the project, curves can be fun and my camera really hates lime green!  The washed out yellowish in the center is really a bright lime green about two shades lighter than the other green I used.

The main thing I learned is that I am my own worst enemy!  Second, third, and fourth thoughts are common and thinking back to my pile of unfinished projects that's a running theme.  For the final layout of this project, I did let it sit for a week while I stared at it, rearranged, and thought about starting over with different colors.  Then I let it sit for another week while I thought and rearranged some  more.  It's a good thing there is a time limit or I'd still re rearranging!

Linking with Em's Scrapbag for Moving it Forward Monday........and, of course, Patty at Elm Street Quilts(link above)

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Alien Children Finished


These are my finished children.  Each row is 48" and I can't get it all into one photo...at least indoors but it's been raining like mad for the past several days.  I'm happier with them now that they are finished but they do still remind me of aliens!  I'm still undecided about the faces but I haven't been able to get pleasant expressions in the past, so I'm OK with leaving them as is.

For the first row of this Quilt Along, I followed the directions exactly.  The trees and houses went together rapisily and came out well.  For the children's row, I made some changes.  Since I'm using a solid background, not scrappy, I decided to put the children together and eliminate all the seams.  Once I'd finished the school and put it together with the kids, I realized that my scale was off!  I traced the pattern from my computer screen and didn't realize that it was larger than intended.  I'm just telling myself that the kids are marching off to the school in the distance!

I'm still working on the second row....pinwheels and flowers  and am looking forward to seeing what next month's row will be!

Linking with Em's Scrapbag for Moving it Forward Monday (Emily designed this row!) and Oh Scrap at Quilting is more fun than Housework


Friday, April 21, 2017

Little Alien Heads???




This is the beginning of my third row for the In My Neighborhood  row quilt.  This is actually the fourth row to be released, but I've decided not to do the basket one...at least for now.

I was planning on leaving the faces blank, like Amish dolls. but now I'm wondering if that would look too weird.  I was hoping for charming but now all I can see is an ad from one of those TV channels with all the shows about Roswell.  There is a school house that goes between the two panels and I want the children to be holding hands, if my embroidery skills hold up.

Any suggestions???  Hair with no face/ no hair, no face/ complete hair and face  or ????

Linking with Busy Hands quilt for Finished or not Friday

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sunshine-April Mini of the Month

This is my version of  the Sew Can She blog's Mini Quilt of the month.  This one was designed by Jennifer Heynen and is available as a free pattern on Craftsy.  This is the first one that has been an applique quilt instead of pieced which presented some problems.  I don't have a working printer so I traced the templates from my computer screen.  This method worked well for some of the Splendid Sampler blocks as they had the inch scale printed on the pattern and I could enlarge as needed.  There was no scale on this pattern so mine is slightly larger.  It measures 15 x 13 with the binding instead of the 11 inch square of the pattern.  Part of this was intentional on my part as I wanted more of the sun's rays to show.   Overall, I'm happy with it except for the binding.  My skills seem to deteriorate with each quilt!  I'll probably take it off later and resew hoping for better results on the corners.  I did add triangles for hanging and with the heatbond, layers of fabric and batting that was a lot of layers to sew through.

For the fusible, I used Heat n Bond in the red package.  It was after I had the whole thing laid out and ready to sew did I read the section that said not to sew!  Since it didn't bond very well at all, I don't know how they expect a finished project to last.  I used some scraps and tested using a topstitch needle.  My machine sewed it very well and I had no problems.  I quilted with freehand arcs using a gold thread after sewing down all the shapes.

I used a grey fabric for the background so I'm calling this "Sunset".  I'm out of blue sky fabrics.In fact, I'm now out of a lot of basics.  My stash that I thought would last so long now consists of mostly smaller scraps.  Do you buy fabrics for the current project only or do you have a stash?  How do you choose prints to add to your stash?

Linking up with Em's Scrapbag for Moving it Forward Monday  andLove Laugh Quilt

Thursday, April 6, 2017

PLAY- Letters & Filler

We are coming to the end of the PLAY series and I still have lots to do.  This was what I had in my last post...



And this is where I'm at today.  Note...the bright pink is the back of a completed quilt.  My rug is currently covered with thread and fabric scraps!

The last prompt was to use text.  Learn seemed appropriate for this quilt.  A long while ago, I had bookmark the site Quilt Abecedary and used it for the directions .  Very clear and easy to make...saved me a ton of time and scraps!

I decided to work on the letters one evening and when I pulled out all the pieces and laid them out, they all blended together!  I now know exactly what people mean when they say they added "sparkle" to their quilt.  Even though the colors stood out in the bright daylight, they all merged together under artificial light or on a grey day. Since I live a couple of miles south of Seattle, there are lots of grey days! I pulled out the rest of my solids and added a darker grey, navy and a darker pink.  It now looks better but I'm still not happy with the blocks across the top.  I still need to add flying geese and a couple more stars.  Most of this isn't sewn together yet so I can work the new colors in evenly.

Linking with Busy Hands Quilts for Finished or not Friday


Friday, March 31, 2017

March Quilty 365

My 31 days of circles for March!  The last two on the bottom row are for St. Patrick's day.  Above them, two days of monkeys.  I think they came from a bundle I bought on eBay several years ago.  I have mushrooms, flowers, bees and people walking in the rain for spring....it's coming slowly to my corner of the world.  You can see some color variations in the backgrounds.  I'm doing all my backgrounds in pale yellow...some paler than others.  At the end, I hope to have a nice scrappy look to it.

The 31st day is represented by my mini quilt for Jen & Jan's Laundry Day Mini Quilt Blog Hop.  My reveal day was March 11 and this is my quilt.

I'm currently planning on using this as a center for my completed circle quilt.  I quilted through the batting and then added the backing, which is held on by the binding. I just need to unpick the back if the binding, iron and it turns into sashing.  You can read more about this mini quilt  here.  There are still nine months to go so I may change my mind!
Linking with Daisy and Jack Handmade April link  and
Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Back to PLAY

I've been neglecting my PLAY, the improve QAL lately in favor of regular, straight edged projects.   It's getting closer to the finish so I took a look at what I had and still wasn't terribly happy with my initial log cabins blocks.  They can be seen in  these posts.  I gathered up a selection of solids that have been sitting in my stash and got to work.


I haven't trimmed anything yet...I'm waiting until I finish as I always seem to cut off something I later need.  I like the way my stack and cut blocks came out.  The whirligig thing is the result of  using rectangles for my wonky triangle sets.  I still need to do the stars and the crumb blocks.   I've saved all my trimmings so I should have plenty to work with for those!  Tomorrow, a new project will be released. Looking forward to it!

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts link upLovelaughquilt Monday Making,and Em's Scrapbag

Monday, March 20, 2017

Finished Top!

Here it is ...in my living room, complete with cat!  So  far, it's way too windy to photo outside.  I'll try later in the day to get a better one.  As you can see, it's in three parts for ease of quilting on my home machine.

This was made using Melissa Corry's tutorial.  The instructions were clear and where I had a question, the photos answered it.  The initial cutting and piecing went fairly fast.  I spent way too much time on the layout and moving strips around.  My cat loved that part...nothing like a long strip of fabric to chase!The final assembly was like a jellyroll race...just sewing all the strips together.

I might do this one again using a more neutral background.  This is a great pattern for a charity quilt or if you need a fast gift.

Linking with Em's Scrapbag Moving Forward Monday and LoveLaughQuilt MondayMaking andBusy Hands Quilts Finished or Not Friday

Friday, March 17, 2017

A New Start

Several years ago, I saw a quilt pattern that I loved.  It was a pillow but looked like something that would make a great full sized quilt.  Over the years, I've seen other examples but the only instructions I could find involved just cutting off the excess fabric.  I quilt on a budget and I really disliked the fabric waste for that method.   It's really difficult to find instruction for a pattern when everyone calls their quilt by a different name!

Last week, I was blog browsing and I found it... complete with excellent instructions!  Click here  for the tutorial  It's dated 2013 so I somehow missed it in my periodic efforts to find it.  Melissa used 10 light and 10 dark fat quarters but I really hate cutting so I decided to go with a jelly roll.  I needed a little over one jelly roll . I found a pattern at Connecting Threads that looked as if it had enough low volume and high volume and their strip sets have 22 strips per pack.  I got three and have enough left over for binding if I choose to do so.  The fabrics are a little darker than my screen showed but I was able to use the backside of some for the lights. The solids are a suede which will add a great texture to the finished top.

The instruction start with cutting 124 and 105 pieces....did I mention that I hate cutting??  At least I started with 2.5 strips.
77 sets out of 93!!  Almost there...........I cut a batch then chained them together........

Finally all the strips are cut and joined....now for the final pressing and layout.

The really hard part...deciding where they all should go...this isn't all of them, but this step will be done soon as I have NO walking room left on my floor!

Linking up with Busy Hands Quilts

Monday, March 13, 2017

Progress!


February circles are finally completed!  And I'm caught up with March also.  If you are not familiar with the circle project, it's called Quilty 365 and started November 2015.  Leanne from Daisy and Jack Handmade  is continuing on this year.  The idea is to choose a piece of fabric every day of the year and make a 4.5" block.  At the end of your year, the assembled blocks will provide a fabric diary.

I'm finding that my scraps, which I thought I had so much of, aren't suitable in many ways...too small, too ugly, just don't fit my mood or whatever.  I really hate to cut into fat quarters so I'm breaking into charm packs.  I'm also finding leftover blocks and pieces from quilts I've made.  In the top row, #3 and the last one in the third row down are from the quilt I did for the Iron Quilter at Missouri Star Quilt Company.  That was 2013.  The first one in the second row from the bottom is from my heart quilt designed by Kathy Doughty. Right under it is a failed paper piecing for the Splendid Sampler. So this has really turned into a diary.
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Linking with Oh Scrap! and Em's scrapbag


Saturday, March 11, 2017

Jen & Jan's Quilter's Laundry Day Blog Hop


The sun is shining.  A breeze blows the clouds and drys the day's 365 circle quilt.  The front lawn is nicely mowed while the field in the back is growing wildflowers and the cats are inside looking out.

Welcome to my stop on Jen and Jan's Mini quilt blog hop.  I've always wanted to do a house quilt so when I saw this pattern I couldn't resist. The free pattern for Quilter:s Laundry Day can be found here .  I'm also participating in the Quilty 365 so my mini mini quilt is the circle for today.  The clouds and the tree are made the same way I do my circles...shape sewn to light interfacing and then turned.  I put a hedge in the front of my house and a bright brass doorknob.


This was a lot of fun to do, but harder than expected....right now, my  floor and cutting table is covered with rejected fabric choices and second guessing my final choices was constant.  I may have to do another one!

Right now, I'm planning on using this as a center for my finished circles at the end of the year.

There were some great quilts shown yesterday and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of todays!  If you leave and comment on Jen's or Jan's blogs, you will be entered into a drawing.  You can see all of the quilts on these blogs.

March 10 Reveal Day
Jen Rosin  A Dream and a Stitch
Kate Heads at Smiles From Kate
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats

Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Vicki at Vicki's Crafts & Quilting
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Diann at Little Penguin Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy & Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication

March 11 Reveal Day
Janice Holton at Color Creating & Quilting
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot
Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors
Jan Welander at Making Scraps




Linking with Crazy Mom Quilts   and  Busy Hands Quilts


Friday, March 10, 2017

Jen and Jan's Mini Quilt Blog Hop


A fun blog hop today, Friday March 10 and Saturday March 11.  The quilt we are all doing is Jen's Laundry Day, which offers lots of space for embellishments and design choices beyond the fabrics.  

March 10 Reveal Day
Jen Rosin  A Dream and a Stitch
Kate Heads at Smiles From Kate
Jennifer Fulton at Inquiring Quilter
Karen Thurn at Tu-Na Quilts, Travels and Eats

Melva Nolan at Melva Loves Scraps
Vicki at Vicki's Crafts & Quilting
Julie Stocker at Pink Doxies
Anja Clyke at Anja Quilts
Diann at Little Penguin Quilts
Jayne at Twiggy & Opal
Susan Arnold at Quilt Fabrication
Leanne Milsom at Lizzie the Quilter
Sandra Walker at Mmm! Quilts!

March 11 Reveal Day 
Janice Holton at Color Creating & Quilting
Jennifer Strauser at Dizzy Quilter
Kathy Bruckman at Kathys Kwilts and More
Amy Gerlich at Amy Scrap Spot
Sharon Denney Parcel at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Steffi at Steffi's Hobbys
Susan Gordon at Sevenoaks Street Quilts
Anne Boundy at Said With Love
Barbara Wootie at The Flashing Scissors
Jan Welander at Making Scraps

I'm Saturday so you'll see mine then.  I;m looking forward to seeing everyones.  Be sure and leave a comment at Jen and Jan's blogs to be eligible for a drawing.

Monday, March 6, 2017

So Behind!

These are my February circles from the Quilty 365-2017 project.  As you can see, I've gotten behind on sewing them up.  They are all there, even if halfway sewed and I am choosing March's every day.  I am running out of scraps...never thought that I'd say that!  Most of my scraps seem to be too small, the wrong color or just not speaking to me.  Looking at other;s blogs, I have a severe case of fabric and scrap envy!

I'm still working on the Bear Claw quilt and always seem to be ripping out a section as I've sewn the hst's on backwards.  My backing fabric for the diamond quilt hasn't shown up yet...big mixup at the vendor resulting in lots of emails, phone calls etc.  My camera program seems to have stopped working and informs me that it can't create the files??????? It's also dating every picture as 2009! I think it's trying to tell it's time for a new camera.  The pictures seem to be going somewhere although I had a hard time finding them.. After on year, I still don't like windows 10!

On the brighter side, I'll be taking part in a mini quilt blog hop on Friday March 10 and have been working on that quilt.  I like to work on different projects at the same time so I've started another quilt.  Hopefully some pix will be coming soon.  And the new monthly mini quilt was released this morning!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Still Halfway Through

But it's a different halfway....if that makes sense. I didn't get much of a chance to sew this week but I was able to cut the setting squares and the triangles.  That was a bigger job than it sounds.  The linen that I'm using stretches and shrinks with ironing and handling .  I'd cut a straight edge, turn it around and my straight edge would have waves in it.  Starching didn't help at all.  I'm so glad that I'm using this for a quilt rather than apparel. I have visions of stretched out necklines and shoulder seams.  It's an apparel quality linen and I've bought it before in other colors and not had these problems.  I know that dyes can make a big difference in the hand of a fabric and since this color is called natural, I'm wondering if this is the reason.

I cut the pieces slightly larger than required and will trim after sewing....just want to make sure that nothing shrinks back in the wrong spots!  I also got HST's made in orange, turqoise, gold and green. I really like the eight at a time method, especially with this fabric and they are easy to trim down with my HST ruler. Hopefully, over the weekend I can have the top finished.

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