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Friday, June 22, 2018

7th Heaven

If you are like me, you never cut exactly the right number of strips or blocks when making a quilt. There are always left over scraps or pieces. Number 7 here is made from left overs from the previous batik quilts I have made this year. I finally used up enough of the scraps to call it an end to the batik quilt tops for a while. I had two fairly deep drawers of batiks and I have made 7 quilts from it and still don't think it is reduced enough to combine the drawers. I have even given away several pieces that I had yardage of but didn't think I would use the color. Most of one drawer was half yard pieces and when you are doing a scrap quilt that goes a long way. The bigger yardage I have used for borders and binding. This one uses 2.5 inch squares in a 16 patch with a 4.5 x 8.5 white between the blocks. On the alternate row start with  4  2.5 squares in a row connected to the white, then add blocks and white ending with another strip of 4 squares to alternate the blocks. I have got to get some of these quilted. I am finally caught up with quilting for others so maybe I can quilt some of these in the next few days.

Happy Stitching,


Thursday, June 7, 2018

Number 6

I am still playing in those two drawers of batiks, who would have thought I would have gotten so hung up on these wild fabrics. This is number six, it is also twin size. This was a super simple pattern, but a fun one. One night as I was sewing all these strip sets together, Johnny came in the sewing room and said I had that machine really humming. Yes it is really easy to put the hammer down when sewing longer seams. It went together super quick but of course I over estimated the number of strip sets so I had left overs and yes that means I have number 7 in the works. Check back in a few days to see that pattern.

Happy Stitching,


Sunday, June 3, 2018

From March to June

My last post was in March and now it is June, I am not sure what happened. I have been sewing a lot but really haven't finished anything with the exception of this little pillow. This was made from scraps of a quilt top I am calling Civil Quarters and it has been moved out to the quilt shack without getting a picture. I know I have been doing a good bit of quilting for others but that still doesn't explain the amount of time that has passed since my last post. I will try to do better in the future.

This is a twin size top made from the HST's  that were cut offs from The Spinners quilt. I saw this pattern on Pinterest done in 30's and thought it would be a good way to use the left overs from both Spinners and Mosaic. Of course this did not use up all the HST's so I found another project for them.

It is called a Depression Block but done in these bright batiks, there is nothing depressing about it. However I only had enough half square triangles left to make a few blocks so I ended up back in the Batik box and making more, a bunch more. I have bought yardage of a wide back and plan to load these two sideways and quilt both on the same back. I have the binding ready for both, now if I can just get them quilted. I have a lot going this week so it probably won't happen.

As I figure out what I have done with myself the last two months I will post some updates. I do have a couple of other projects started, yea where is the surprise in that.

I am going to see if I remember how to link with some other blogs.

Oh Scrap!
Slow Stitch Sunday
Making Monday
Design Wall Monday
Main Crush Monday
Moving if Forward

Happy Stitching,


Wednesday, March 28, 2018


This is the one that got it all started working with batiks. It is a free pattern from Quilted Twins. They have a lot of really nice scrappy quilt patterns that are free to download. I am not sure what really drew me to this pattern of all they offered but it just did. I knew I had some batiks that I had not used in years, just didn't realize how many I really had. It is simple enough cutting, the bricks are 2 by 3.5 inches, using a 2 inch square to start and end every other row. There are 7 different row constructions, one and seven are not repeated but 2-6 are repeated backwards to make rows 8-12. I say backwards but I guess I mean inverted, example row 2 instructions are the same for row 12 and row 3 is the same for row 11. I pieced the first 12 rows and assembled them one row at a time

This was very time consuming and frustrating because it felt like it would take forever. This is probably why I ended up setting this one aside and doing the checkerboard one.

  It was easy to convince myself since I already had the batiks out and was still cutting the bricks for Mosaic that I could just as easily cut some one and a half inch strips to piece this one. And because I was able to put this one together in blocks which is something I am more comfortable with, it went together very quickly.

Batiks are still out on the cutting table when the Quiltmaker magazine came out featuring this one in batiks so you know how that story went. I even came up with a block to make from the cutoff of these spinning pinwheels.
Not to let this Mosaic pattern beat me I had to come up with some way of moving it along quicker. I realized that each row is not that hard it was just changing it every time, so repetition was the answer. The pattern is 5 and a half repeats of the first 12 rows, so since I had one section done I new I needed  4 and a half more repeats. So since row 1 was not repeated I would only need 5 more of them and making 5 in a row of the same thing went a lot faster since I didn't have to think so much about it. Now row 2 and 12 were the same so I would need 9 repeats of that instruction. This really sped things up. I would put each group of the same row in their own container.

I now have all the individual rows finished, waiting to be assembled. However I am again going to have to set these aside to make a baby quilt for a customer, but when I am able to get back to it, it should go together quickly.

Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

March Update

March is coming to an end and I am just now getting back to the sewing room. The last week of February my Daddy was in the hospital and then moved to rehab. He says he just slid out of bed but then couldn't get back up. One hip just didn't want to work and he ended up spending the night in the floor. Thankfully nothing was broken but we did have a battle with pneumonia.  With the time in the hospital and rehab he was away from home 25 days, and that was pretty much the same for me. Things have settled back down and I have been trying to catch up on some things. First I had to take care of a few things for customers and then I got back onto some of my projects.

I finished the Spinners to the flimsy stage. This is the cover quilt from the March/April issue of Quiltmaker magazine. I reduced the size of mine to 6 blocks by 7 blocks, the original pattern was 8 blocks by 8 blocks making it 96 inches square. Mine will be 72 by 84 inches. This was not on either of my to do lists for the year but it was one that just spoke to me and since I was already working in bakiks, what the heck, just go for it. I am still looking for a back and am not sure about the binding. Thinking about binding it in the same white background rather than choosing one color since it is so colorful, but I know the white would get so dirty. What do you think?

I was also able to get my Ringo Lake finished. The night before Daddy's little episode I had put the top and bottom borders on and had planned to add the side borders the next day, well that didn't happen. It was a month later when I got back to it.

As you can see I didn't finish mine per the instructions. I tried the sashing on the design wall and just couldn't make it work for me, so skipped that part and set it together block to block and used the sashing parts for the border. I am happy with it

12 for 12 WIP list

1.Rick Rack Nines
2. Jacob's Ladder
3. Jamestown Landing
4. Ringo Lake-----------------------March finish
5.  Mosaic
6. Split Rail
7. Rainbow Challenge 2017
8.  Master Checkerboard-----------February Finish
9. Garden Party
10. Floral Log Cabin
11. Alabama
12. Red and Cream
 12 for 12 Quilted list

To be Quilted list
1 Scrapy Trip
2. Boxy Stars
3. Civil war stars
4. Sisters Choice---------------------------------January Finish
5.Brown and gold runner
6. Blue and Yellow backroads
7. Christmas Ribbons
8. Blue All Around
9. yellow/orange brick road
10. Double nine patch
11. Bowties
12. 30's dancing nine patch

I am hard at work on Mosaic, it is more of a challenge than I thought. Of course Spinners was a challenge as well with the way the blocks had to connect with the alternate spinner. I'll try to get back here sooner with the latest from the sewing room and the quilt shack.

Happy Stitching,


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Spinners Again

I debated with myself on how to put this one together. Normally I am not a fan of rows, I prefer the twosie-foursie method. Several years ago while at the Houston market I was talking with Kay England (I believe) and she was telling me about how she assembled quilt tops using the twosie-foursie method. She would put the first two blocks in a row together and then the first two of the second row and then she would put those together like a four patch. She would then move over and do the same for the next two blocks on the first and second rows. She would then connect this four patch to the first one. Continue across and down the quilt like this. It will keep the top more square. Sometimes straight row after row will tend to bow. The first time I tried this method was on a pink and brown HST quilt. When we loaded the top on the quilting machine all those 3 inch HST's ran straight across the front bar. Barbara and Ada were helping me quilt this one and we were all amazed at how straight it was, so needless to say that is the way I usually assemble my quilt tops.

However with this one I decided I would have to put it together in rows. Since I have to work from the design wall one this one to keep everything straight, and I don't have enough room to lay out the whole top, I will have to work on a few rows at a time.

I have decided on 7 rows of 6 blocks each. This will use 42 sets of 4 matching units, however the block is made up of parts of those 30 connecting units. So I pieced the blocks for the first two rows , using 17 sets of matching units. I only have room on the design wall for about 3 and a half rows, so I wanted the second row pieced before I took the first row down to assemble. This made moving the second row up a lot easier. I then only had a few of the connecting pieces to move up to have room then to lay out all of row 3 which will include parts of the next connecting blocks. On the bottom right corner you can see where I have some of my units made ready to be added to the wall. You have to balance your colors as you go since you can't move blocks around, so seeing these extra units like this and also on the sewing table will show me if I have too much of one color or not enough of another. Yes this one is a little bit of a challenge but I am enjoying working on it.

Happy Stitching,


Friday, February 16, 2018

Update and Inspitation

I don't think there is anything more tiring than sitting around at a hospital. Yesterday Johnny had a heart cath test done and he didn't realized he would have to stay 6 hours and lay flat 5 of that. The good news is that he only had some small blockages that were too small to stint, so they will treat with medication. One of the blockages they will be watching because of the location it would require bypass if it worsens.  The bad news is this is not the answer to his shortness of breath. They have put him on a different diuretic to help relieve that fluid build up. We had to be there at 11 for the test to start at 1 , so that meant it was nearly 8 pm before we got to leave. We were both so tired we were in bed by 930 which is unheard of for me. But I guess that early rest energized my creative juices because when I woke up this morning (before 5 ) I knew what I wanted to do with the sew off HST I am getting with this Spinners quilt I am working on.

I have been drawing the second line on my 3.5 inch squares so that I would not be wasting so much fabric. Now I don't do this on anything smaller because the resulting HST is just smaller than I want to fool with. This one measures 2.75 inches. In my sleep I decided to try quarter square triangles from them. I thought it would make it small enough that I would trim to 2 inches but I ended up with a good 2.5 inch quarter square triangle.

I then set them together in a Ohio Star pattern.

Even though I am making my Spinner quilt smaller than the pattern I will still have 672 HST's from it. That will make 168 Ohio Star blocks. I am not sure yet how I will set them together, guess I will wait for further inspiration.

Not sure what I will even try to do today because I am still tired. I have already been to Wal-Mart to fill his prescription so I feel like I have put a days work in already and it is not even 11 am.

Happy Stitching,