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Monday, April 25, 2016

DWM 4-25-16

I have gotten a little more done on the split nine patch friendship stars or pinwheels. Six of the twelve blocks are done. I worked a little in between other projects on more half square triangles. I have a box of six inch squares that came home with me from Ada's a couple of years ago. We made several disappearing nine patch quilts from these for charity but the box is still full. I have been using these for my  half square triangles. I can get eight from one light and one dark.

I put the last stitch on the binding last night during the Good Wife, so this is another one I can mark off my list.

I finished the T-shirt quilt and her mom Jamie picked it up Friday. She loved it, said it was beyond her expectations.

Can you see I quilted her name in at the bottom.
I am liking using the same back fabric for the label, and using the same color thread is very subtle.

I have another quilt on the machine and hope to get it quilted this week.

Happy stitching to all.


Monday, April 18, 2016

DWM 4-18-16

I have put another two of the split nine patch friendship stars together so that is four down and 8 to go. I have also been playing around with single blocks and neutral blocks as a border.

Cleaning a little on the sewing room I found these blocks or block components, but no block put together. That is very unlike me to not make at least one block. Of course there was no pattern with them but I was thinking it was probably a Bonnie Hunter pattern since I do so many of hers. Couldn't find anything like it on her side so I put them on the back burner until something else turned up on them. Low and behold on Jo's Country Junction's blog the other day she posted a picture someone had sent her of one of her free patterns she had done several years ago. Christmas stars.

I would never have put the block together like this on my own, but love the secondary pattern when you put four blocks together.
Her quilt has 120 blocks set 10 x 12. I don't have near that many units made but it is something I can work on in between projects.

Got to go to work today so happy quilting.


Friday, April 15, 2016

T-shirt quilt for Macy I

This is my second t-shirt quilt to make for someone. The first one I sewed t-shirt to t-shirt with no sashing. This one is for a graduation gift for a cousin. She already has her linens for her dorm room, this girl likes to plan ahead. So turquoise was her choice. I hope to quilt it tomorrow. I have the back and binding ready to go but still need to do the label. I hope she is happy with it.

Meanwhile in the little sewing time I have left before getting ready for work tonight I think I will make a few more of these split nine patches. I will use some to make these large friendship star blocks and others for the border.

This is all apart of my finish up project list. The only new things I have done are for customers. If I get bored with one project I have plenty of other previously started projects to work on, but it really is tempting to start on something brand new. I have several kits still sitting in the box but I am trying not to start anything else. Although since they are already bought and paid for it wouldn't be like I was going out and buying something new. I feel a slip coming on.

Happy quilting


Thursday, April 7, 2016

stitch day show and tell

I think I have this right the top one is mine, the middle one belongs to Ivy and the bottom one to Donna. I changed the gray to brown and the black to dark green. Ivy changed the gray to brown and the black to purple, Donna choose the original colors.

Francine showing one of her applique quilts.

Can't see a face on this one.
Think it is Francine.
Sue has a block to share.
Think this is Donna, I have got to start posting these sooner.

Think this is one that Ada had left from the shop days.
I believe this is one Barbara was binding that day.

I will try to do better when I take pictures the next time and post them in a more timely manor.


Monday, April 4, 2016

4-4-16 DWM

I'm Back! I know it has been a while, ok a long time since I posted. It is just that almost everything I worked on in March was for a gift or a customer and I couldn't let the cat out of the bag too early.

First I had Tyler's Turtle for Jamie Cambell, less than 3 weeks now until his arrival.
Learning to do labels too.
Next was Twinkling Stars for Jessica Flemming, her little one is due in about 6 weeks.

Then there was Best Wishes for Sarah Decker and her Mathew. It looks like I didn't get a picture of the label but the wedding is April 30th.

I then made a T-shirt quilt for a customer. it was the first one for me but I guess not the last since a cousin brought me t-shirts Saturday to do one for her daughter.

So it has been a busy month. I have also been trying to finish up some old projects such as the first picture here. I found these Dutchman Puzzle blocks. It has now moved to the design bed for placement.

I plan to finish putting these rows together before I start the next T-shirt project but borders will have to wait.

Happy quilting.


Monday, February 22, 2016

DWM 2-22-1 an

I came home from stitch day Saturday in the mood to do something different. I wanted to do something that would use larger pieces of fabrics and I wanted to use up some of those odd fat quarters that are filling up my fat quarter cabinet. I first tried Bonnie Hunters Lozenges but after a few decided that wasn't for me, at least not now. However I had already cut a bunch of 3.5 x 6.5 pieces and I had pulled a black tone one tone and a white tone one tone. So I tried Bonnie's Bricks and Stones. I got carried away making blocks, plus had misread pattern so I made 4 patches until the black ran out and ended up with 55 blocks.

I ended up setting them sideways 5 x 11, still looking at possible borders. I will make a nice little comfy quilt. Not so ugly even though I used a bunch of ugly fabrics.

I didn't really want to put any of that fabric back in the drawer and I had just watched a tutorial on Missouri Star for a quilt she calls Crossroads. So I cut a 2.5 inch strip from those fabrics and have started that one using these same fabrics. I had a charm pack of solid white that I had gotten as a bonus on an order from Missouri Star so I am using that as well.
 I am really liking the technique, and it is making up pretty fast. I am also cutting another 3.5 inch strip from the fabrics to make a larger Brick and Stone. That was one of the fastest patterns I used in a long time. I probably have less than 8 hours in those 55 blocks. Just need to make more strip sets for the crossroads quilt and it will move along pretty quick too.

Got to go to work now, so I will post pictures of stitch day later.


Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday catch up

When last I posted I was on vacation and doing some cleaning in the sewing room. I went through a lot of older quilt magazines that I had kept with future projects tagged. I am rather proud of myself I ended up only keeping one out of every six. When I looked at some of the projects I had saved I would just ask myself REALLY? and out it would go. I have given most away to other quilters some just new to the scene. However one magazine I did keep was this Fons and Porter. I have not worked with civil war fabric for quite some time now and this one is one that I had tagged to do. After reading the cutting size of the blocks, if I had not had some 1 inch Thangles this one would have been tossed as well. I just hope I have enough to do the 720 HST's that I need. I may have to make it a little smaller because I only had 3 yards of the setting square and border fabric and it calls for 3 1/4 yards. Hopefully I can cut conservatively enough to make it work.

This was not my original fabric choice, and I even thought about buying something else, but ended up showing Johnny 3 choices and he chose this one. I am glad he did, really liking how it is turning out.

Those that know me well know that I am not one to make all my blocks before putting part of them together. Just can't wait to see how it will look.

Since there may be an issue of enough fabric I thought I would start both ends and just come together somewhere in the middle. Even if I have enough fabric to complete her pattern it is still not a very big quilt.

The pattern calls for a 180 of these little 3 inch finished churn dash blocks. I have about 45 done now and if I can do 10 to 12 a day it won't take long to finish this.

At work yesterday I got a page to call the office. Well, she says my schedule is wrong this week and it is her fault. I was scheduled off Friday and closing Saturday but she had both me and Judy closing Saturday and no one on Friday. So could I change my off day around and work today and be off on Saturday, oh I guess if I have to. Yea right, she didn't know we have a sew day scheduled for Saturday and now I will get to go for the whole day instead of just 2 hours. Sometimes things just work out right! I planned to take my BH mystery to bind but now that I have more time I may carry something else to work on as well.

Happy quilting,