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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Just Read


A sweet book, finished it last night about one a.m.

Got to get everything packed today for the retreat.

Happy Quilting


Friday, March 13, 2015

Scrap Obsession

I am not sure if it is obsession or more just possession. Quilting over 15 years has resulted in lots of scraps. Since I love to do a lot of Bonnie Hunter's patterns and other scrap patterns, I have tried to organize some of my left over fabric in strip drawers (out grew boxes a long time ago).

This is a plastic drawer system from Wal-Mart. I have 1 1/2 inch strips in the top drawer, 2 inch strips in the middle drawer and 2 1/2 inch strips in the bottom drawer.

I have finished two tops and have 120 blocks made for another top from this bottom drawer this year and am working on a forth and as you can see it is still full. They were packed very tight. The latest scrap top from this drawer is one I think I saw on pinterest .

Ir is a 16 patch framed with 1 1/2 inch white strips. Then sashed and bordered with 2 1/2 inch squares. I have a little bit of everything in here but I think it works. I know I have done at least one from the 2 inch drawer this year and maybe another.

Now this is not to say I have nothing else to work on, most of you know better. I have several pre-cut kits just waiting, but the mood has not struck to start one of these. I have more tops pieced than I can ever get quilted. Will give some to charity and the rest will just be on hold for that maybe someday I can get a long arm quilt machine. Until then I will just keep doing what makes me happy --- piecing.

Happy sewing everyone.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Snow Blossom


I started this quilt last week when I missed a day of work due to 10 inches of snow. I finished the top today because I didn't go to work due to ice. I don't think working at Hobby Lobby is an essential job that warrants driving in hazardous conditions so I stayed at home. And I have something to show for it, another quilt top finished, but also another top added to that pile that needs to be quilted.

The blocks are Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple Blossom but I have set them together in vertical rows with sashing. It measures 62 x 72 so it is a nice couch size quilt.

I used the  sew off corners for my border corners. I may call it Snow Blossom Express. I think I will bind it in the same solid blue that is the inner border but not sure yet.

Come on Spring !!!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Snow update

I confess I didn't get a lot more sewing done yesterday afternoon. I took what was supposed to be a short break and started reading Karen Rose's latest book "Closer Than You Think". If you are not familiar with her books and you enjoy a good suspense then check her out. This one grabbed me pretty quick and I couldn't put it down.  Read until 11:30 last night and only half way finished (over 600 pages). This morning however I woke up doing the math on my Snow Quilt and decided it was going to be too small so I have already cut everything out for 9 more blocks. This will make 4 rows of 6 blocks each. Hope to sew a little on it this morning before I have to get ready to go back to work. Work sure is interfering with my sew time.

Happy sewing


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Snow Day

I have been saving these blue and white fabrics for another quilt, but after I tried a block from my original pattern idea I wasn't happy with the outcome so the fabrics went back to the stash. After my plans changed yesterday due to snow storm I just wanted to do something different. This is Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple Blossom. I think I am going to set the block together with white sashing strips. I'm not sure about borders yet, it is still a work in progress. I'll get back to it and see if I can't finish before I have to go back to work.

Have a good day, stay safe and warm.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Busy Month

The last time I posted was Jan. 6th and my resolution then was to finish up and use up. I have done a pretty good job of that this month.

I think I have found my new favorite block. I don't know what it is called but I shared two examples in the last blog. Then I got to thinking about my 2 1/2 inch strips so I cut them into 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch rectangles and made the same block just bigger. In the above example I didn't sash the blocks just turned them so that I still didn't match any seams. It is all brights and I think would make a great kid quilt. 

I work with Diane Long and she just have a new grand baby. She is a big Alabama fan so I made this one for her. I then found her son is not an Alabama fan but the daughter in law is, so I guess that is okay. 

One of the cashiers is having a baby boy in a few weeks, so I made her this one, I am not sure what to name it. It is a simple sashed nine patch. Having the center patch smaller color framed in same light and then using it also as corner stone changes the look completely. 

David and his wife are having a little girl so I went back to my favorite new block again but this time I put pink on one side and lights on the other like a log cabin.  This was Donna Nix's idea and I loved it. I may use it again on quilts for triplets that are due early summer. Definitely something going on at work with all these babies. 

I have still got to finish this one, but have gotten side tracked on a larger size block of another Bonnie pattern, will take pictures later.

Back to stitching and better use of my time 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Years Resolution

Welcome 2015, I don't know where all the time goes but I sure didn't get much done in 2014 or at least as much as I wanted to or needed to if I am ever going to finish all these UFO's. I have always heard the old saying what ever you do on New Year's day you will do all year long. So this year I wanted to finish something so maybe I would finish things all year long.

I had these blocks put together just need the borders, so I added the border to them on New Year's day so that I could at least finish the quilt top.

I had seen this block on another blog and thought it would be a way to use up a lot of civil war scraps. I even went ahead and made the binding, so now just need to get a back and get it quilted.

Another of my resolutions was to clean up and organize the sewing room. I know this has to be done in little steps and just working 30 minutes at a time has made a difference. While I was cutting up scraps that were piled on all corners of the ironing board I decided to cut them into the same 2" x 3 1/2' pieces of this first quilt and see if I could make an ugly quilt using everything I found in the scrap piles.

I have to say the blocks were pretty ugly, there was every kind of fabric in them but when I sashed them whit the bright yellow I think it turned out pretty nice.

I have already made the binding for this one too. I think that will be another resolution, make the binding when I finish the top even if I am not going to be able to quilt it for a while. I plan to give this top and binding to Ivy for her Habitat quilts.

Before I got side tracked on those two quilts I had made all the red and white nine patches for this
Sisters Choice pattern by Bonnie Hunter I got back to putting them together today. Got to work tonight so won't be able to sew long.

Stay warm, happy stitching