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.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Design Wall Monday

Design Wall Monday


I have been working on a scrap project for the last couple weeks.  The pattern starts as Bonnie Hunter's Rick Rack Nine's.  I decided to make the rows and finished the nine patches to a point.  Instead of having the rows interact mine will stand alone with lots of side set-in triangles. The "cheddar" batik will be the set-in triangles, if there is enough fabric. We were recently given a "cheddar" challenge and this will fit.  Some strip will fit between the rows. I will be asking for advice when the time comes. Only 12 more nine patches to go.

Check out other Design Walls.  Judy L. has the list.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

A Charming Pack of a Quilt

On Sunday…it was time to tackle a quilt.  My knitting project has been in the fore front and quilting has taken backstage.  With the 5" squares going back to guild members on Tuesday (today), ideas for the current swap of fabrics was needed.  What to do with 5" neutral charms. 
Now….Tuesday isn't far away from Sunday.  So, I was looking for something that is useful and attractive.  Initially I chose Rick Rack Nines from Bonnie Hunter's "Leaders and Enders" book.  After making about 12 nine-patches, it dawned on me that this pattern didn't use very many of the 5" charms with lots of sewing in between.  That was not my GOAL.  Let's use up this fabric swap. 
Bonnie's Rick Rack Nines
Swap to a new pattern….what to choose.  Out comes the Ipad.  Instead of printing out every pattern that "needs" to become a quilt, I save the patterns by choosing "Opening in Ibooks".  So after looking through the stash of quilts found Arignon Picnic over at Moda BakeShop.   The original pattern has great diagrams, so stop over and check it out.
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Here are how the pattern was modified to work with my fat quarter bundle and 5" charms.
The size of the final shape is 2 1/2" x 4 1/2".  The 5" charm is combined with a 4 1/2" x 5" piece.  Here is how to get there.
The fabric is from a fat quarter bundle.  To utilize the fabric wisely…Cut a 4 1/2" by 22" strip.
Subcut the strip every 5" for 4 units 4 1/2" x 5".  The remaining bit of fabric…cut it up…2" squares for 9 patch leader and ender project??
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Here you can see the 5" neutral charm with the 4 1/2' x 5"
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Sew down both sides.
Trim of the charm square to 4 1/2" x 5"
Cut the unit in half to make 2- 2 1/2" by 4 1/2" segments
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Open  and Press.  There are no great pressing directions for this quilt.  Here I pressed to the dark.DSC02871 (768x1024)
There are two blocks to make.  Check out the original pattern for better instructions.  There are 2 blocks.  This is what the pattern calls the "S block".  See the "s"? DSC02872 (1024x969)
This is the "Z block".  See the "z"?DSC02873 (1024x1014)
The pattern comes about by pairing these 2 blocks together.  One row alternates the blocks…the next row alternates the same blocks ALL UPSIDE DOWN.  Check out the pattern again for better instructions. 
Surprisingly, after 10pm only a few blocks incorrectly orientated were found.  They were quickly fixed and the quilt went together in less than 3 days.  Borders will probably be added later to my version.  The original has no borders but has another 2 rows of blocks to make the quilt wider.   DSC02862 (1024x758)
                                                   Windy out there today.
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Stop over and check out what others are doing today at Connie's Freemotion by the River.
Happy Quilting,
Just Another Quilter

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dyeing Away

Things are either very quiet or swamped here.  Right now....Lets just say the gators are moving in.  Games out of town, Lola home from school, DH with some very hard days at work, and chauffeuring myself and MJJR all over.


On April 4th, the local library had a serial dilution dyeing class.  This library has different dyeing classes including: ice dyeing, painting or stamping, texturizing, and the serial dilution dyeing.  This was my first experience with the serial dilution dyeing.  I have taken the other classes before.
The biggest issue with hand dyed fabric is bleeding.  The dyes need to be intense to get the beautiful colors, but must be fully set and rinsed out to not leach dye onto the nearby fabrics.  Remember my bleeding experience.  Don't want to relive that one!


So it was time to set those dyes.  It should be said that during my "bleeding experience" a product line was discussed.  Synthrapol is a product to remove dyes that have bled.  Retayne is a product to set dyes to keep them from bleeding.  These products were not used in the "bleeding experience".  
So back to my current hand dyed fabric.  There is 30 bags of the serial dilutions and another 10 or so bags of "why not try that".
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I started with 5 bags of the serial dilutions by rinsing out the fabric with cold water and placing them back in the same bag with white vinegar.  Then I stopped…out of white vinegar.  Went to Sam's Club…bought 2 gallons of white vinegar ($3.56).  Next day, rinsed out more and loaded up a total of 15 of the serial dilutions with vinegar.  Headed over to the LQS and purchased a small bottle of Retayne for $3.  The bottle of Retayne states "drain excess dye and add to fabric".  Well, blew that didn't I.  Soooo. Rinsed vinegar out and soaked fabric of similar colors in a bucket of water and Retayne.  Rinsed out the Retayne and hung them out to dry.  Here is the first set.
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The next set is from those after the Retayne was purchased.  The fabric was squeezed out and placed in a bucket of water and Retayne, with like colors together.  It is funny, the water/Retayne starts to turn opaque as you add the fabric to it.  Some of the color leaves but most of it stays.  After the Retayne soak, the fabric was placed back in the bag with vinegar.  The next day….rinsed and hung out to dry.
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Hanging the small pieces of fabric on the pea pod trellis worked great.  The peas are planted and are just starting to break the surface.  Mind you, it snowed today.  What month is this anyway???  April (snow) showers, will it ever bring May's flowers. 
These fabrics are hoping to combine with the fabric exchange neutrals.  My inspiration.  Baby Waves by Kaye Wood.
Thanks for stopping by.  Check out others at Freemotion by the River.
Just Another Quilter

Friday, April 11, 2014

On the Needles

My knitting obsession started when Judy L. at the Patchwork Times, generally a quilting site, kept posting pictures of her socks.  These were some of the coolest socks.  As I had learned how to knit as a child (and hated every minute of it) I knew that at some point I would attempt my own pair of socks.  The time came when I was off to help my dad recover from hip surgery.  A quilting project was much bigger than I wanted.  A couple books checked out from the library followed by a stop at a yarn store and I left for my journey home.  A few dishcloths were made the first couple days.  After I was sure I could knit & purl, the socks were started.  When it was time to "turn the heel" I found our local library had a knitting group.  Now a regular member, MJJR also enjoys going to the group and working on her homework while we visit and knit.  In the last 2 1/2 years: 4 pairs of socks, a tank top, boot liners and a winter outer cowl (which I promptly lost) have been completed.
This project, Clapotis, was started on March 12th.  My gauge is off just a bit and it isn't as wide as I had hoped.  Maybe an edging is needed.  Currently three more dropped stitch repeats were added past the pattern requirements.  It is supposed to measure 21" x 55".
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  Lola is making the trip home from college for the weekend.  MJJR has a last minute basketball tournament out of town.  DH…working. : (   Lola is home for good at the beginning of next month.  Yeah!  She doesn't really come home to see us….the boyfriend is also home from college for the weekend.
Come back and check out the results of the fabric dyeing class from last week.  Also stop over to Patchwork Times and see what others have on their needles.
Just Another Quilter