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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

2017 Project List

1. En Province
2. Jamestown landing in green
3. Black and White disappearing nine patch
4. Split Rail
5. 100 patch
6. Three inch shoe fly
7. North woods - king
8. Black white and red rails ---------   January finish
9. Pink 1 x 4 x 16
10. Rick Rack Nines
11. Oversize Pokemon Dreams
12. Blue all around




Glad to be able to mark one off the list. I went back on Facebook and saw where I had posted pictures of some of these blocks on my design wall on August 10, 2016. So these have been done for a while but then not nearly as long as some of my other projects. This is my third finish for January, but the other two were not on my 12 for 12 list, just this one. Hopefully I am headed in the right direction, that is finishing things not starting things. yea right,


Happy stitching,


Teresa

Monday, January 16, 2017

DWM 1-16-17






Not a lot of changes to my design wall this week. Still working on several of those projects. I did get some quilting done this week. The heart wall hanging and the grey and yellow hourglass are quilted and bound and on display at the Antique Basket in downtown Decatur, Ala. I also got this black and white with red rail quilted and am working on the binding. It is a bigger quilt, 66 x 86 so the hand work will take a little longer. This one will work on either a twin or full size bed. You really can't see the quilting but I loaded it sideways and did a semi straight line with circles either sitting on top on the line or dropping off the bottom side. When it is turned right side up like the photo it kind of looks like the circles are climbing the thread to the top.  Still learning a lot when it comes to the quilting and the only way to learn is to try new things. I am happy with how this one turned out.

Check back later to see what else I will be working on this week.

Teresa 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Wrapping up the week

It has been a super busy week. I have attended two guild meetings, Tuesday night in Decatur at Ivy's and Thursday night in Hartselle with the New Beginnings Quilt Guild. It has also been a lot of eat out nights because of all this running around, and that is not necessarily  a bad thing.


Wednesday I got the heart wall hanging quilted. I now have it bound. I even remembered to add a rod pocket to the back. I have it hanging for sale at the Antique Basket in downtown Decatur.


I also got this one quilted and bound. It is also at the Antique Basket.


I have made these three little baby bibs. I tried to use stick on Velcro but it would not stay on and when I tried to stitch it on it just gummed up my needle, so I ended up just hand sewing on a large snap that I already had. I think this box of snaps is thanks to Dianna Smith.


I made four mug rugs from some valentine fat quarters I had. All of these I have carried to my booth at the Antique Basket.


I have stitched a little on several other projects, but nothing to the completion level. I have the black and white with red rail fence loaded on the long arm ready to quilt and hopefully will get to it in the next few days. I have also pieced a few more of the zigzag blocks.


Happy stitching,

Teresa



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

misc. sewing

Yesterday was a day that I did a little of this and a little of that. Just wasn't able to stick to one thing. I did make yesterday's zigzag in blue. This blue is from yardage I got on a skinny bolt sale after Christmas.  
I did make my binding for the heart quilt and for this gray and yellow one. I had about forgotten I had pieced this throw size quilt. It is made for a layer cake that was called Pastel Pop by Micheal Miller. The pattern was from a tutorial on Missouri Star Quilts called Super Easy Hourglass. It was a fun easy and quick way to make the hourglass blocks but I didn't like having all the biased edges on the outside edges so I probably would not do it again.

So this is another one in the stack ready to go out to the quilt shed. I am still looking for a back for En Province but I don't have anything in my stash. It needs to be a wide back.  The only wide back I had that might have worked really looked better with that North Woods top I put together last week. All I need on it is adding borders and making binding and then off to the quilt shed.

Not sure what will get accomplished today, have some running around to do, but hopefully a little something.

Teresa


Monday, January 9, 2017

DWM 1-9-17





Friday I finished piecing  Bonnie Hunter's mystery En Province. It was a week of pretty intense sewing and I let some other things slide. Saturday was out stitch day at the community center and despite the very cold temperatures we had a great turn out. When I got home I piddled with a few other things and then after supper I started on this heart. I finished the blocks and put it together on Sunday. I had a good start on both the reds and the neutrals in my box of 2.5 inch squares and then cut some more from the 2.5 inch strip drawer. I also had a bag of straps left from a patriotic quilt that I was able to cut some more squares from. Searching further I found a box of scraps that I think just got boxed up when I was trying to clean off my ironing surface. Definitely got a lot of cleaning and straightening to do in this sewing room.


This is the back I have chosen for the heart, have just under a yard of it but that will work since the heart is 31 inches square. I still have to make the binding, and I hope to get it quilted this week.









While I was in the mood to wrap some things up, as in get them ready for quilting, I pieced the backing and made the binding for the black, white and red rail.


It gets added to the list ready to quilt. Since I am still hunting a back for En Province this one may be my January finish and the heart a bonus finish. I also want to do a heart table runner before Valentine's day.

This weekend I also caught up on the zigzag blocks. Doing one a day didn't work this week, but got four done this weekend so I am back on track. I am thinking I will do about 30 which means I can finish in a month.

I have started repeating colors but different fabrics.

Until later happy stitching,

Teresa

Friday, January 6, 2017

En Provence






It is done or at least the top, now to find a back and the right thread. I don't plan to put a lot of quilting in it, may just stipple it. There are so many seams coming together that the simpler the better on the quilting for me. It was a push to get it pieced this week, but now I can take it to our stitch day tomorrow (assuming we don't get a bunch or even a little snow). I still need to stay stitch around the edge but then I will call it a night on this one. Feels good.


Will catch up on some of the other projects in the next few days.

Teresa


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Twelve for Twelve


A couple of years ago I made up a list of twelve unfinished projects I had sitting around the sewing room. Each month I would draw a number and that was the project I had to finish that month. At the end of the year I had twelve finished projects. I am not saying this kept me from starting other projects and I even finished some of those, but at least I did finish some of those older projects. So this year I have made another list of twelve projects that are in some stage of completion here in the sewing room. These are not projects that have been boxed up and stacked on shelves in my stash closet (not even going there). These are projects that are out in the open, most have been started in the last few months but a couple have been hanging around for a couple of years. I am not drawing numbers this year just working on one or more of the projects but must finish at least one each month.

2017 Project List

1. En Province
2. Jamestown landing in green
3. Black and White disappearing nine patch
4. Split Rail
5. 100 patch
6. Three inch shoe fly
7. North woods - king
8. Black white and red rails
9. Pink 1 x 4 x 16
10. Rick Rack Nines
11. Oversize Pokemon Dreams
12. Blue all around

I have been working pretty steadily on En Province this week and hope to have the flimsy finished by  Saturday. It is going to be very cold here this weekend so I probably won't get out to the studio and quilt until it warms up some, that is assuming I have something I can use as a back and can find the right thread without ordering some.

I know there are other projects that need to be on the list and maybe I can get some of them completed as bonus projects. Number 2 and 3 were intended as wedding gifts for a niece and nephew, both have now been married 2 years, definitely time to get these done.

Wish me luck,

Teresa