Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday's Designs-September 22, 2014

"A Star in the Sky" is now in the top stage. The top has been set aside and "Sunday Morning" is now the focus. The quilt was layered up last month. Yesterday the quilting was started. It always takes some time for the quilt to talk when quilting is the topic.

The quilting chosen came from a recent library check out.  The library is a great source for both inspiration and knowledge.

This CD-ROM "Helen's Mix & Match Quilting Patterns" has lots of great shapes.  You can see the shape chosen. There are 5 or 6 different sizes of each shape that can be printed out. Traced onto card stock this can be flipped, mirrored and used partially in the areas needed. 

Here you can see that the shape is mirrored and a simple tic-tac-toe pattern connects the 2 patterns together.  

Here is the part that connects the two units together on the outside of the "block". A drink coaster worked  great for the arches and a few circles and teardrops fill the space nicely.  After setting this aside for a few weeks, it is time to get cracking and finish something. I also love how the quilting is going to be even across the space without heavy thread build up in areas.  This area above is the most dense area.  It won't feel like you are sitting on a rock due to the quilting and seams.

Go check out what others are working on....Judy L. has the list.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Finish It Up Friday-September 19th

It was time to set down and figure out the corners of A Star in the Sky.  Yep…figured it out.  The 2 1/2” strips making up the border came out evenly but with 28 strips…one side had a strip with a white end and the other side a solid strip.  Corners…ugh.  I decided to have the corners be the same so one side has solid stripes with the white four patch touching the inner border.  The other side has the sides ending in the stripe ending with a light square.  The four patch in the corner is on the outside.  If it was next to the inner border it would get lost.

Didn’t turn out too bad.  The colors look so much better outside in the fall sun.

Morning in corn country.  This wasn’t always beautiful in my mind.  It took a few years being SURROUNDED by corn to appreciate the beauty.

Check out more “Finishes” over at “Crazy Mom Quilts”

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Star in the Sky

Our house has been busy.  We have tackled sickness, taken vacations, moved children and had visitors.  The garden produced great this year, leading to canning and freezing.  I have managed to sew and keep up on blogs. 

The latest project is form fabric DH brough back from a trip to Chicago.  These fabrics were set aside while working on Batik Brown Quilt.  These didn't quite fit into a quilt headed to California with a new college man.

This quilt is made from a cake layer and is based on the Moda Bake Shop Anasazi Medallion Quilt.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday Linky Party

Just made it back from my 2 mile walk. I need to move more in my life.  Finished a couple quilts this month.

The first quilt was made from fabric purchased in New York. The quilting looks great. It is always amazing what a little planning can accomplish.

The second quilt is a quick one. The directions can be found here. This is going to a new neighbor with a new baby.

Check out what others are doing at Connie's Blog

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mostly finished

Turquoise Falls is just about done. The binding is on and just has 2 more sides left to stitch down.  I brought it with me today while waiting at the doctors office.

We have a family of ducks that have been around for a couple weeks now. Mom likes to show them how to turn upside down and find something to eat underwater. Sadly, when I walk out on the deck to watch them, it scares them and they are off again.  

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A Little Quiltin' Goin' On

This is the current project. The fabric for Turquoise Falls was purchased on a trip we went on several years ago to upstate New York. We stayed in a hotel across from a Joann Fabrics. We were in Rochester and traveled to Buffalo and to Niagara Falls.  The charm & fat quarter pack came in under $15.  

Turquoise Falls
Top done 2012
Here is the quilt pattern that is going in the quilt blocks.  The color is off.  The flower print is a beautiful celery green.  It is coming along nicely. It has been awhile since the last finish. It feels pretty good.
Current puzzle. 750 pieces
Our family enjoys putting puzzles together.  These fish were found in the basement still sealed. I am not sure how that happened. We have several "under the sea" puzzles. Many are "glitter or glow". Young girls love to do these. Lola and MJJR think this one is too easy. Had it been started in the morning it would be done in one day.
Every summer we pull out a puzzle.  We keep one going all summer. It helps keep them away from the television. Here is the first finish of the summer.
Last puzzle finished in 4-5 days. 1000 pieces

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Working Away

     Our guild has what they call a "Quilt Getaway" once a month.  We take over a local historical building for the weekend.  The building gets used and we get free space to sew.  It is rather nice.  Laundry dishes and yard work aren't calling, so you make progress.  Here is my progress on the most recent project, a twist on Bonnie Hunter's Rick Rack Nines.   You can see Monday when the picture was taken was a beautiful day.  Today...a little dreary.
     I managed to sneak away from reality for about 4-5 hours on Sunday.  What reality did I leave behind...a broken water softner (after 2 days with no softner and our showers will be orange, we had a whole weekend), a new car that needed some paint touch ups.  It was finally ready and picked up Tuesday, more than a week later.  The 10 yr. old SUV returned to the shop, back in after the engine light came on 2 hours after we picked it up. We finally are no longer shuffling to get everyone where they need to be. We had a car whose engine light was on for a couple years, but this time the error says that the engine is misfiring and the car will blow up.  They just put a new harmonic balance on so it probably is the old engine not playing nicely with the new part.  We also had to tear apart the air conditioner due to all the cottonwood fuzz from the neighbors trees clogging the unit, the unit is only 8 months old. 
     So after Sunday, the air conditioner is good.  The hot water tank and water softener are new. The new vehicle is in our possession.  We have enough vehicles to maneuver ourselves around now.  DH has no cavities.  My task for today--take MJJR to find a swimsuit (just what every 15 yr. old tomboy wants to do--or every female above the age of 10).
     Having my quilt mojo back, many of the UFO's are being worked on so stop back in and check out the quilting progress of Turquoise Falls.