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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Summer in the South

It is definitely summer time here. The heat index has been over 100 most days. Our garden is trying to play out but Daddy's still has a good bit coming in every day. It is mostly his little tomatoes and I am doing my best to give away what I can't use. Even with the garden chores I was able to get the items on last weeks list done, but only because I kept it simple. So this week I will stay with that game plan.

Weekly goals for 7-23-17

1. add borders to the Bama quilt.
2. finish piecing tumbler blocks -- more on this maybe tomorrow
3. quilt a project Linus top
4. bind the 100 patch quilt

Here is a picture of the 100 patch as I was taking it off the machine. I just stippled it in a royal blue thread.

Here is the Bama quilt. It is the Turning Twenty Again pattern. Not the best picture, didn't have access to the whole floor. I plan to put a solid black inner border then one of the Alabama prints for the outer border.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Slow Start

This week is off to a slow start at least in the sewing room. I spent almost all day Saturday putting peas and corn in the freezer. So yesterday was pretty much a catch up on rest day for me. I did start cutting out a Turning Twenty Again quilt with all different types of Alabama fabric. Even though this is supposed to be a quilt top that you can make in a day that didn't even come close to happening. Not much will get done in the sewing room today and I am not sure how the rest of the week will fare so I am going to keep my goals for the week fairly simple.

1. Quilt Elaine's quilt, it is loaded on the machine ready to go
2. Quilt one of my 12 for 12 tops
3. Piece this Alabama quilt

If I get these done there are plenty of other things I can pick by up and work towards completion, but I may have to spend more time with garden chores.

Happy Stitching,


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Boxy Stars

I got the Boxy Stars top finished today. I had just enough of the white to put  a
 2.5 inch inner border and then I choose one of the greens that was in the top as the outside border. I cut it 4.5 inches so that makes the top measure 52 by 66. That is a good size kids quilt. One Moma's can lay on the floor for babies to play on and later it will be a good cuddle size. I had a piece of a green floral print that I had just enough for the back. I had to buy the green for the border and binding but the back used 2 and 2/3 yards from my stash so that is good. I have the binding pieced, pressed and bagged, plus the back is pieced and pressed all ready to go out to the quilt shack. Got a road trip planned tomorrow to both a fabric sale in one city and a quilt show in another city so no quilting tomorrow.

Happy Stitching,


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Guild Show and Tell

Last night was the Decatur Quilt Lovers Guild meeting. We always have an interesting show and tell and last night was no exception. These are not the greatest photos, it seems I always sit at the wrong place for picture taking. Last year several of the members participated in the Meadow Mist Mystery and there were three shown last night.

The top picture was Elaine's and I quilted it for her. She also showed this flimsy she has just finished. She always finds the most interesting patterns. Oh and the back of her mystery is pieced it like a zipper.

Becky has been sewing on some tote bags.

Okay I remember everyone got all excited about this on and we were really trying to figure out the pattern. It is HST's and sash strips, but not I don't remember whose quilt it was. Just remembered it was Mary's I think.

If I remember right, this one was Dianne's. She had bought the fabric to make something for her sister but loved it so much she made a quilt for her bed.

I believe this one is one Mary said she started for the Renegade group but it became to big for that particular charity.

I am drawing a total blank on this one, except that Carol said it could qualify for some nine patch challenge someone was having.

 Dianne also made some of the cutest  place mats, I won't even get into the discussion we had on them. They made everyone thing spring or Easter. This photo is no good.

I think this En Provence was Cathy's.

Jill worked on this 1600 quilt while she was stuck in a hotel while her floors were being redone. She is not happy with the size and spacing of some of the strips. Much discussion on it, she is probably going to take it apart.

Here is another 1600 that I think Cathy O. pieced and Ivy quilted as a Habitat Quilt.

Ivy showed a couple of things she had quilted. She had also quilted several of the above quilts.

Carol finished her first art quilt. I believe she said it is for the Hoffman Challenge.

Mabel surprised us all with her hand towel scarf.

Several meeting back I carried a box of strips cut 1.75 wide. These had been but for several years and I offered them to anyone interested. Betty took them home with her and brought back this little quilt last night. So great to see them put to good use.

I showed my pineapple pillow and pinwheel runner. Of course I didn't get any photos at the meeting and I carried them to my booth at the Antique Basket this morning so the pictures I took there are not very good either.

As you can see these meeting are very inspiring. So many beautiful things. I just want to make them all.

Happy Stitching,


Sunday, July 9, 2017

This weeks plans

This is Bonnie Hunter's Pineapple Blossom blocks that I changed the layout. It changed the whole appearance of the quilt. As you can see I used a different scrappy border. From my blog of March 2015 it still needed quilting so I can't remember how long the top has actually been made. I guess it still needs quilting since I have not found any photos of the finished quilt. But the thing is if you are a Bonnie Hunter fan then you know she always sews off those corner so that she has left over HST's. I found a bag of the corners that I had put in with the Blue All Around thinking they went with it but it was a different white background. So last night after running errands most of the day, I pulled out these HST's and pieced them together as pinwheels and made this little table runner. So after all this time they have been put to use.

We are supposed to be rain free for the next couple of days so I hope I can get out in the quilt shack and get a few of these things quilted. The Cullman guild is having a quilt show this coming up weekend and there is a sale at a fabric shop in Boaz this coming weekend and I would like to squeeze in both of those, plus I know there will be garden stuff to handle.

Weekly goals for the week of July 9th.
1. quilt at least one of Elaine's tops
2. quilt pineapple pillow
3. quilt blue pinwheel table runner
4. piece back for Blue All Around  -- done
5. add borders for boxy stars
6. make binding for boxy stars

I am linking with the following sites.

Oh Scrap
Slow Stitching Sunday
Making Monday
Design Wall Monday
Main Crush Monday
Moving it Forward

Happy Stitching,


Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Rains Fault

I am going to blame my latest project on the rain. Yesterday was the first day in over a week that it didn't rain here, although it was predicted. When it wasn't raining it would be so humid it was not enjoyable outside. It had gotten to the point of being depressing so I had to find something bright and cheerful and new. I saw Bonnie Hunters Boxy Stars on another blog and decided that would be just what I needed if done in brights. And to make it a given, I had a piece of a jelly roll in brights left over from Quilters Refuge that need a home. So I was able to start sewing with very little cutting.

I two days time I had these 12 blocks done and put together. I am trying to decide about a border. I have enough of the white for an inner border and I could make a pieced border from the left overs but I would like to find a multi colors fabric to pull it all together. That may be hard to find with only these four colors. If I don't find something I will go with the piano key border, just a little more work.

Several afternoons during the rain we would have a visitor in the bird feeder. Not super clear but it is taken through the window and the rain.

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Finish it up Friday
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Rails or Coins

Yesterday Bonnie Hunter announced her 2017 Leader and Ender Challenge. This year it is a rail fence block. She doesn't have a specific size but gave several options and showed several ways to set them together. Normally I am not a leader and ender type of sewer so I have not participated in these challenges before, but this year may be different. When I was trying to finish my 100 patch top I had run out of enough variety of 2 inch squares so I got back into the 2 inch strip drawer for more variety. My thought was that once I pulled a strip it wasn't going back into the drawer but I didn't necessarily need that many squares of one fabric. I decided to cut either one or two 6.5 inch lengths and the rest in squares. Before I finished I had a nice little basket of these 2 by 6.5 inch rectangles. My thinking was that I would either use these for Chinese Coins or the stacked book pattern. Now the rail fence block may be an option. Four of these strips sewn together will make a square. So I stitched up a few just to test it.

At this point I am not really sold on it, but maybe it is too soon to tell, so I stitched up a few more.

Still not sold so I laid them out as Chinese Coins.

I like this maybe better. I left it over night and this morning I thought I would see how it would look on the diagonal.

I think I like this way the best if I stay with the rail fence challenge. I will just keep making the blocks whenever I have a few minutes to sew and just see how things come along.

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