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Monday, August 24, 2015

8/24/2015 DWM

This is the top left hand quarter of the quilt. I finished making the red flying geese for the red and cream stars but still have a few of the blue to make, plus assemble the stars.

I finished the handwork on the binding of this little baby quilt last night.

This is what I worked on most of the afternoon. I am crocheting me a rug to go in front of my long arm machine. I am cutting up left over fabric and a whole lot of that what was I thinking when I bought this fabric. I prefer sewing them end to end rather that the tie method.  I probably cut up close to five yards of fabric yesterday. The only thing is I can crochet it out almost faster than I can cut and sew it together. I hope to make it between 8 and 10 feet long and about 20 inches wide so I won't be surprised to have at least 50 yards of fabric in the thing and it will weigh a ton I am sure. Just think what kind of stash reduction this will make. Problem is I have enough stash to make 20  and still have fabric left over. I haven't bought fabric in a long time so when I finish this I may treat myself to something new.

Happy quilting,


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Lawson's baby quilt

Put new batteries in camera and retook photos of baby quilt. When I get this one bound it will go to an old friend's first grandchild.  I am happy to be able to share what I love with others.


A Productive Off Day

Work gets in the way of doing the things I love as well as the things I just need to do. Thursday I got off work at 3  p.m. and don't have to go back until 3 p.m. on Saturday. That gives me 48 hours off which sounds a lot better that saying one day (Friday) off, doesn't it? I usually work Wednesday night and back in at 8 am on Thursday so by the time I get off on Thursday I am not worth much energy wise. This week I came in on Thursday afternoon and propped my feet up and finished reading  a book by Karen Robards. Johnny was in charge of supper so that gave me even more rest time. By the time the dishes were done I was ready to tackle some flying geese.

I made a good dent in them Thursday night and was able to finish all 144 red and white one on Friday morning. I have some of the blue done and hope to get more of them done Saturday morning.

I have all 72 of the modified log cabin blocks complete and had enough red and blue stars to lay out one quarter of the quilt on the design wall. I am going to sew them together in twos and fours rather than in rows.

One of the things I needed to do but not something I really want to think about was cemetery plots. Mother and Daddy had 4 plots in Hartselle Memorial Gardens but had decided to be buried in Tanner so Daddy was signing the others over to me.  I made at quick trip to Tanner to get his signature thinking I would catch him around the house at lunch time and I did.

I also had a baby quilt ready to put on the machine so I got that done as well.

I thought I had a picture of the whole quilt not just some of the quilting I had tried but I need new batteries in the camera so I guess I will have to shoot that one again. I have the binding sewn on ready for the hand work. I figured this binding a little too close only had about 2 inches left when connected.

I need to get off here and see if I can salvage some time this morning, I slept too late and now I am not going to get as much done before work and I had hoped.

Happy quilting,


Monday, August 10, 2015

Design Wall Monday 8/10/2015

I have been trying to clean up some in the sewing room and Thursday night I uncover the June issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine. When I got the magazine there were several quilts in it that I would like to do but I said I had to finish some things first.  Well that got overruled and at 9:30 pm I started cutting out Stars and Scraps Forever. It is a pattern by Jo and Kelly and Jo's Country Junction . I was off Friday and except for time out for a hair appointment I continued working on it.

I have 30 of the 72 simulated log cabin blocks done.

I have 5 of the 36 red star blocks done.

I have 6 of the blue background stars done . Still have lots of flying geese blocks left to make for both of these blocks.

Here is the layout in the magazine, so how could I resist? It will be a large queen, I have learned when going through my tops that need quilting that I don't have a lot of actual bed size quilts but instead have a lot of large couch quilts. Some I am going to add borders to in order to make them fit bed lengths but some I won't be able to enlarge.

This it the quilt I mentioned in last weeks DWM , the one I did a pantograph pattern on, I guess it doesn't look to bad for the first one.

Happy quilting .


Monday, August 3, 2015

I had a very good quilting weekend. I got this little baby quilt ready to add borders. It is going to an old friend's first grandchild. I also quilted a lap quilt and another baby quilt for some stitching friends.

I also finished quilting one of my own, it was  the star struck pattern by Bonnie Hunter but realized I have not taken any pictures of it with my camera just my cell phone and don't know how to get those pictures here, only know how to post them to facebook. Still have a lot to learn.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Jo's show and tell challenge

This is a Bonnie Hunter pattern from her latest book. The pattern is Narragansett
Blues. I just reduced the size of the blocks for a baby quilt. I have it quilted and hope to add the binding this morning. I have a quilt on the machine now for my friend Donna Nix. I hope she likes the pattern I am quilting on it. I hope to finish it this morning or tomorrow after work. I have several more Bonnie Hunter pattern tops ready to quilt, hopefully will get to them soon.

Happy quilting,


Monday, July 20, 2015

Long weekend

I took a couple of days vacation plus off days gave me a long weekend. Thursday morning I helped Johnny with a few things that needed two people and then that afternoon I pieced backs and bindings for three more quilts. Friday morning I loaded this quilt on the machine. It is 67 x 86 but I was able to get it done by 3pm.

Then I loaded this one but had a little trouble with tension and then the needle got jammed so after I got all that straightened out I decided I was just too tired and that was the reason I was having so much trouble.

Saturday I went to my stitch group and worked on binding of other previously quilted tops. I got the blue and orange baby quilt finished and another loaded on the machine. Too bad break is over and I have to go back to work.