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Thursday, May 25, 2017

100 patch blocks

One of my weekly goals this week was to work on this 100 patch quilt. I only needed 6 more blocks to have the 20 that I had decided was necessary for the size quilt I wanted. As I was working on another block last night and finishing it up this morning I had a lot of different thoughts running through my mind. First was why I was so obsessed with using up all my scraps when I have new fabric that has never been cut. While scrap quilts is kind of like making something for nothing, you have to deal will raveling and strings. Newly cut fabric would be so much neater. But then I started actually looking at some of the pieces and recalling memories. This little piece was from the backing fabric of that quilt or these were left overs from teaching the Thimbleberries block of the month quilts. I taught that four years and have made several quilts from just those fabrics but they are slowly going away. Some of the squares I could remember which quilt shop I bought them from, some of those shops are closed now. Some I know were gifted to me by friends. Some I think I purchased when I first started quilting and that has been over 17 years ago. Most have been in multiple quilts but no two are exactly alike. Also I think age is a factor in this little mental argument I am having with myself. I am hearing about too many older quilter friends families that are having to do away with that persons quilting  supplies and it is just heartbreaking. I have no idea what would happen to all mine so I guess I am doing my best to use them up now while I am able. It is a monumental task but a reality all people must face at some time. Little by little I am going through all my project bags and boxes to determine if the project is something I am interested in finishing or if it is something I can pass on to someone else. Thankfully the guilds nickle auction is giving me an outlet for these items. Meanwhile I will keep working on the last 5 100 patch blocks and hopefully check off another UFO from my list. 

Happy Stitching,

Teresa

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

An Ugly Quilt

Is there such a thing as an ugly quilt? Maybe, maybe not, if beauty is in the eye of the beholder then surely someone will see this quilt as beautiful. Since I volunteered to share the technique of the Not a Wink  quilt I had to make up demos. I had a lot of light floral strips in the 2.5 inch drawer so I decided to use those. I know Bonnie Hunter would have used them as her neutrals in a quilt, but I have a harder time doing that. I did use some in the split nine patch blocks that I used to make my "Spinning Out of Control" but usually I prefer a stronger contrast with my light and dark fabric. Usually I use tone on tone or a shirting type for my light. This is an easy and quick quilt to put together and I have now made three of them.


Maybe it is not as ugly as I thought it would be and quilting will improve it even more. Has anyone else noticed how much even simple quilting can improve a quilt top. I have done several things that when I showed them to Johnny, I got a so-so response, but when he saw it again after quilting I got a YEAH!

Even though I don't plan to quilt this one any time soon, I went ahead and made the binding. I have found it is a good idea to make my binding when the top is complete. This eliminates the possibility of the intended fabric getting used in something else or even just misplaced.


After making the binding I fold it accordion style and store it in a zip lock back. I just tuck the bag in the folds of the quilt top and then it is ready to sew on after it is quilted.


I have not pieced the back for this one yet, but I am thinking I may use several larger pieces of different floral fabrics that I have in my stash. I have heard that is being called back art. I'm calling it reducing the stash, I have two boxes of lights, mostly floral fabric that needs to move on out of here.

Happy Stitching,

Teresa


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Another Week

It is the start of another week and time for another list. Even though I did work on some things that were not on last weeks list, I did manage to get everything but the purse checked off. I got started on the purse on Friday, reading the pattern and trimming the pattern pieces for the style I chose. However that is as far as I got, I ended up having to go into town and with the three stops I made that killed the afternoon. This purse is going to be something different from the quilt patterns that I am used to, but I believe it is doable. It will go back on this weeks list, but will only get done if I can find a chunk of time to devote to it.

On Monday of last week I made the comment that I didn't have anything to quilt for others so I went to Janis's and got two of the guild charity quilts to work on. Then Tuesday afternoon my aunt brought a top over that someone in the church and cross stitched. She had said it was a double but when we measured it, wrong, king size. Purchasing a back for it was one of the stops I made Friday afternoon. Then while I was quilting Square Deal, I had two more tops brought to me to quilt, and yesterday at stitch day I got 3 more, so that makes 8. So this weeks list will be heavily weighted to the quilting side.

Weekly goals for the week of May 21, 2017

1. Purse
2. finish putting flower garden top together
3. work on 100 patch blocks, only need 6 more
4. Alabama - Auburn fabric boxes
5. quilt
6. quilt
7. quilt

I can only hope to get 3 quilted this week, but I have a little road trip planned for Monday and we may have roofers coming this week and who knows what the weather holds for us this week. I don't usually run my machine when it is lightning. Whatever happens it is going to be a busy week.

I finished the binding on Square Deal last night. This is a bonus finish for the year.


Happy Stitching,

Teresa

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Saturday Stitch Day

We had a great turnout for our stitch day at the Somerville Community Center. Good attendance and good food. I didn't get a picture of everything everyone was working on but here are a few.

Cathy says this is all the hexies she wants to do, but didn't it turn out nice

This is an applique project Cathy is working on as well. I think I have this pattern too, probably just possessing the pattern will be all I do. Beautiful !!!!


If I have my story straight, this is one Mary B started and Mary H finished, either way great job.

This is a special Alabama quilt for Habitat, Ivy pieced it with donated Alabama fabrics and Mary H. quilted it with an Alabama panto-graph.

A T-shirt quilt done by Mary Harris.

I'm trying to remember the words Sharon used to describe this rail fence. I think she called it trash fabrics. Just proves the theory about ugly fabric, you just need to cut it smaller. Nothing ugly or trashy about it now.

Gail's baby quilt that she said took a village to make. So soft and sweet.

Faye's group project finally together, love the blue setting fabric.

I was binding on Square Deal, got about 3/4 of it done. Some were knitting, crocheting, cross stitching or working on hexies, didn't get pictures of all that. But we had a good time, just visiting and catching up on everyone.

Happy Stitching,

Teresa







Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday, Friday

It is the end of the work week for those still on the job, but for me it is pretty much just another day except for it's connection to any event going on in my life. Tomorrow is Somerville stitch day so that means today I need to get everything ready for that. Yesterday I got a big quilt from my stash quilted and the binding sewn on so that I can carry that for some hand work.


I also got this little table runner quilted, but I finished the binding on it last night. I haven't taken a picture of it after it was quilted.



Last week I was trying to decide how to finish those pineapple blossom blocks. As you can see I decided to make 9 blocks an set them in a non traditional pattern. I think it works.

Friday also means I better be pretty far along on my weekly goal list and this week it seems I have worked on everything but what was on the list. I have gotten a lot accomplished just not necessarily what I had planned.

These are some of the demo blocks from Not a Wink. I presented this as a program at both guilds so I had a good bit of the quilt done at different stages. This week I have finished the rest of the blocks and have assemble a good portion of the pieced border. It won't take a lot to get this top together. Since I have done it in floral with green sash strips I think I will just call this on Flower Garden.

We got an estimate for a new roof and that may happen in the next week or two. I have four quilts that need to get quilted in the next couple of weeks but I don't think roofers would be too much of an interruption. 

Happy Stitching,

Teresa

Thursday, May 18, 2017

latest read





   I am reading a mystery series by David Archer. They started out pretty light, good plot a little humor, a little romance. I am up to book 8 now and it has gotten into some pretty scary stuff-- politics. The power in politics or the horror in politics is weighing heavily  into the plot, but truthfully it is the horror in power that is the true evil.  They are very well written and not to graphic or too detailed. They move quickly, this first set was a free download from Barnes and Nobel. We have found several good authors by trying some of these free books.

On the quilting front, today I hope to quilt a top that has been finished for some time.  I think the pattern is called Square Deal or Fair and Square, not sure, I'll have to find the magazine it was in and find out. It is made with 30's reproduction fabrics.

 Happy Stitching,

Teresa

Monday, May 15, 2017

DWM 5-15-17

Okay May is half over and not a lot has changed on my design wall. Garden Party, a Bonnie Hunter pattern, still has top billing. I had two side triangle units made so I added another row.

Last night I made 10 more of the side setting units and I added another row, but I don't have enough blocks to add 5 rows so the next time I find to work on it will be spent making the Garden Posey blocks. But adding that fifth row is really making it come together.

One other thing I did get accomplished last week was to make a pair of pillow cases to go with the Thank You Stars quilt.


The quilt and pillow cases are now on the bed. I wasn't sure Lucy would get back on the bed with something new on it, she doesn't like change, but she did.

Happy Stitching,

Teresa