"Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says...."Oh crap! She's up!" Unknown

Monday, November 13, 2017

Metro Rings

This year we were issued a challenge in my
History of Quilting group.
We were to challenge ourselves to make or finish something
we've been putting off
 or to learn a new skill.
My challenge was to make a curved block.
I've been quilting for 15 years and have never made a block
with curves, except with hand applique.

A friend told me about the
Quick Curve Ruler
and I found a pattern I liked that used this ruler
and began to collect fabrics.

(After being folded up and in a bag, the top needs another good pressing!)

There were a lot of steps to making this block
between the sewing and cutting, sewing and trimming
 and sewing and squaring up, etc.




I found it difficult to get a consistent distance between the arcs
and the corner pieces,
but once the blocks were all sewn together,
they don't stand out that much.




I would use this ruler again and would
purchase one of the patterns again.
The directions were very detailed and easy to follow.

And I LOVE the turquoise and gray together!

Now I need to decide if I'm going to add a couple of borders.
I'm thinking of a solid gray stop border and a wider turquoise print outer border.
I'll need to go fabric shopping, though.
Darn!

I linking up to Design Wall Monday at
Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Prepping...

It's been quite a while since I haven't had a quilt or project
that I needed to make.
The December baby quilt is done and the next one isn't needed until March.
I'm not making any quilts for Christmas gifts this year.
We've pared our list way down,
so there aren't as many gifts to get or make.
I do have a couple of quilts tops that need to be quilted,
but I'm not in the mood.

I'm taking this opportunity to prep some quilts to be made when
the mood strikes.
Reproduction fabrics are not my favorite,
but somehow I ended up with a cabinet full of them.

Last week I took the time to iron all of the fabrics
and roll them up,
ready to be cut.


 
I wasn't kidding when I said I had a cabinet full of reproduction fabrics!




At the end of last week I began cutting.
I have a Go! Cutter and, while there is a bit of waste
using this, the time saved is so worth it.


 

I decided what shapes I wanted to use,
cut the large pieces of fabric into smaller pieces
that would fit onto each die
and began to cut....



4 1/2" HST...

 

Flying Geese Parts



More Flying Geese Parts
for a different quilt

 

Pieces for Log Cabin blocks....
over 90 of them!

I have a few more pieces of fabric to cut and then that job will be done.

Now I have an empty cabinet!


You know I had to play a bit in between cutting!


One down,
who knows how many to go!



There will be a lot of these made, too!

Now to clean up my mess!

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Crickets....

I am here, but am having internet issues.
The internet is very, very slow and photos won't load.
I will post again once this issue is resolved.


In the meantime...
Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 30, 2017

A Quick Table Topper

A couple of weeks ago a
friend gave me a charm pack.
A few days after that I needed something
mindless to do,
so I decided to use the charm pack
in a Cathedral Window table topper.




I cut some yardage into 5" squares for the 
"window panes"
and laid out the charm squares for the background.

After a couple hours of sewing,
I had this...


I didn't have enough charm squares to make it 
symetrical,
but I like it anyway.
A friend saw it over the weekend and loved it.
It is now on her kitchen table!


Mindless sewing is the best!

Here is the link to the Tutorial
in case you are interested in making one!

I'm linking to Design Wall Monday
at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.

Happy Quilting!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Turquoise and Gray

Back in August I started working on this quilt
using the
Quick Curve Ruler
and the Metro Rings pattern.

For a while I had been collecting turquoise/aqua/teal fabrics,
along with various shades of gray
for this quilt.
I love how they look together.

In August I had 16 blocks finished and debated
on stopping there and making a baby quilt.
The other day I decided I want this quilt to be bigger.
I don't know how much bigger, but bigger at this point.

Out came the bin of fabrics and the piecing began.




Using this ruler speeds the cutting process up tremendously
and it's used for almost every aspect in making this block.
It has taken me a while to get used to cutting with it
and I finally have it figured out...
I think!!
 

 


The only problem I have is with the accuracy of where the
curved pieces end up in the block....
how far they are from the straight edge.
I'm not sure if it's from the pressing,
which distorts things a bit,
or if it's my piecing,
or a combination of the two!


 


I have learned from one of my quilt group buddies to
not point out my mistakes,
so I won't.
And once it's all together,
they aren't that noticeable anyway! 

There are 14 more blocks needed for the size I'm thinking of,
so block construction will continue.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Lucky Day!

On Saturday I had my
History of Quilting group meeting
and just love getting together with these women.
I come away with so many ideas and thoughts from
this talented group.
They are such a life-giving, positive group.... such a blessing to me.

Well....
Saturday was my lucky day!
Last year we all made a quilt block
that was representative of a book that we read of our choosing.
When all of the blocks were collected,
they were made into a quilt.
We, as a group, decided to raffle this quilt off
and the proceeds would be donated to the local
organization that supports women and children
who are victims of domestic violence.

The drawing was on Saturday and
Guess Who Won!!



YES!!
I WON this gorgeous quilt!



We were given fabric to use for our blocks
so they would cooridinate.
Each of us read a book of our choosing,
did a "book report" on the book,
and made a block that represented the book for us.

 

See what I mean about the talent in this group?
These blocks are beautiful.
I'm not sure where I will display this quilt,
but it will find a special place in my home.

I'm linking up to Design Wall Monday at
Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.


Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Finished Pillows

I love making pillows.
I haven't made many,
but making pillows is like making a mini quilt.

My niece asked me to make her a tuffet
and from the extra fabric,
these pillows were made.


 This pattern is "Strip Stars" from
"Angles With Ease 2"
by Heather Peterson.



A placket was made on the back to hide the zipper.



These, along with the tuffet,
are ready to send to my niece. 




I might have to add some more pillows to my
list of things to do!

Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Piecing and Knitting

Modern technology is wonderful, isn't it?
I've been gone for almost three weeks,
but because I could write posts and schedule their postings in advance,
it seemed like I was right here in my Hidey Hole the entire time.

My husband, oldest daughter and I took a wonderful trip
to Europe and cruised along the western coast of
France, Spain and Portugal.
We also visited the Canary Islands and spent a little time in Morocco.
The sights were just beautiful and the memories are great.

Now it's back to reality!

While I was gone I did a little knitting.
Knitting hasn't been on my list of things to do lately,
but it's such a portable project for a trip where
space is a premium.



This pair of socks was made while
relaxing on the ship
and during the hours of flying.
I love how the yarn pooled for these.

 

I also decided to try my hand at knitting mittens.
This is attempt #3.
I'm not thrilled with it and learned some things,
but they will be warm.
The thumb is made with the "Afterthought" method.
Next time I make mittens, I'd like to try the gusset method.




Since I've been home I've done a little playing in my Hidey Hole.



A few weeks ago I posted about the tuffet
I made for my niece.
I decided that with some of the extra fabric,
I would make two pillows to coordinate with the tuffet.
My niece isn't much into quilts,
but something simple would work.

 

This pattern is from the book called
and was so easy to make!
I'll get these quilted and made into pillows
and then send them to her for her new home.


My mind is overflowing with thoughts and ideas of
projects I'd like to make this fall.
We shall see where I am lead!


Thank you to all who commented on my blog posts while
I was gone! They were so fun to read when I returned home.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 9, 2017

More Bible Book Blocks

I realized that I have not posted about my new set of
Bible Book Blocks.
This year the History of Quilting group I belong to has been making
blocks that represent each book of the 
Old Testament.

We could chose any colorway we wanted
and use other block designs if we felt so moved.

I had a box of red fabrics I had collected to make
the first "It Takes 2" and didn't get too far into that process.

I am loving these blocks made with the red fabrics, though.



Here are the blocks for September.
There isn't a lot of contrast in the 5th block,
but for now it's staying as is.




 I love putting all of the blocks together on my
Design Wall.
When I'm ready to make the quilt top,
I'll decide on fabric for sashing and cornerstones.
Right now, nothing is coming to me 
except navy or dark blue.
We shall see!




There are a lot of different red fabrics in these blocks!




For the most part, these blocks have been fun to make.
Some were a little frustrating,
but thankfully not many.

 

Four more to go with the Old Testament Blocks.
I don't know if I have enough background fabric to make
the New Testament blocks.
The quilt may stop here.



Happy Quilting!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Pumpkin Finishes

I love Pumpkin!
Pumpkin pie, Pumpkin bread, Pumpkin cookies,
Pumpkin roasted with some onion and mushrooms,
Pumpkin Ravioli, Pumpkin cake,
Pumpkin anything (except ice cream).

When I saw this quilt with pumpkins,
I knew I would be making one.

Instead of one large quilt,
I made four smaller wall hangings.



I didn't make any of the pumpkins with 
2 1/2" squares as the pattern called for,
but love the striped pumpkins.




The wonderful thing about these pumpkin quilts
is they were all made from my stash.
 I didn't have to buy a thing!

 


They are ready for gifting
and celebrating fall.




After all of this talk about pumpkins,
I might have to go make some pumpkin muffins...
or scones...
or..... 




Happy Quilting!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Frustration....

I have another finish today
that almost wasn't a finish....
several times. 

Several times I almost threw this little quilt in the trash.
It has been one of the most frustrating things to make.
In the amount of time it took me to make this little quilt,
I could have made a queen size bed quilt.

It was started over a year ago.
I'd work on it, get frustrated, put it aside,
work on it, etc.
The strips of color were not the difficult part to make,
but, boy, do they have stretch!
The edge of the color strips are all bias and it was really hard
to get them all the same length.

I swear I used a can of spray starch on this little quilt!

I finally decided to finish it no matter how wonky it ended up being.
And it is wonky!


This quilt is 18" x 18".
I would say 18" square, except it isn't square.
:D


These little pieces of color are 1/2" wide finished.



No matter how much I starched, stretched, pinned and pulled,
I could not get it straight.


Oh well... lesson learned.
It's finished and the pile is gone from my Hidey Hole.

Onward and Upward!
If everything was easy,
where is the challenge?

Happy Quilting!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Another Finished Tree Skirt

My quilting seems to go in cycles....
start a number of new projects,
then finish a number of projects.
Start of number,
finish a number.

Right now I am in the
"Finish a Number" phase.
Thank goodness!
My Hidey Hole is being overrun with piles.

I started a Christmas Tree Skirt to be donated
for a silent auction item.
My stand-by pattern was used...
at Moda Bake Shop. 

It's finished and ready for delivery.



This is such a quick and easy pattern to use
and really shows off the fabrics nicely.

 


The glitzy, sparkly Christmas fabrics
are my favorites.

 


I used a Layer Cake for this tree skirt,
but I don't remember the name.
:(



Another finish and another pile cleared!

Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Tuffet for my Niece

My niece just finished the work on her PhD and has defended it.
She is moving to a new city to begin a new job,
teaching at a university and seminary.

Knowing that she would be needing to buy some things for her new home,
I asked where she would like a gift card.
(She isn't a huge fan of quilts.)

She shocked me with her response.
While here visiting for my daughter's wedding shower,
my niece asked if I would make her a tuffet!

Well, Of COURSE I would!

She let me know what colors she wanted
and I headed to the quilt shop.

:)



A local quilt shop holds classes for the
construction of the tuffet periodically.
All of the sewing of the top is done at home
and then the instructor brings
the foam, base, upholstery tools and her know how
to the class.


This is the third one I have made
and each one amazes me.
How a bunch of 2" strips of fabric could turn into
something so cool is so much fun!


Once my niece moves,
it will be shipped to her.


I'm linking to Design Wall Monday today.



Happy Quilting!