Saturday, August 23, 2014

finished top-at long last

This is the completed top of the Riley Blake fabrics I picked up from my guild earlier this year.  I missed their deadline for turning in a quilt, but, as you can see I came up with my own block ideas and enjoyed using up all of the focus fabrics.  A few extremely narrow strips may show up from the scrap heap, but, truly not many.  This top will become a donation quilt for WrapThemInLove - the children's charity I quilt for the most.
Today I spent much of the day with my friend Claire enjoying a mini quilt shop hop.  She wanted to visit two shops that carry All American Brand cotton fabrics, and I added in another 2 shops just for fun.  We had a fabulous time and helped the local economy too.  In case you need to know which shops they were,
A Common Thread, The Pine Needle, Let's Quilt, and Holly Hill.  All different, all with a good variety of styles and plenty of wonderful quilts to admire as well.
I splurged and bought two different lines of  Moda  precut 2.5 inch squares of Wishes and Bartholo-meow's Reef.  They will end up eventually in donation quilts or maybe for one of the grands.
I also picked up more solids, polka dots, and a bit more what I call textured solids to freshen up the stash and some current quilt ideas. Six cuts of fabric will end up as a quilt for myself.  I don't know which quilt idea I want to use yet, but, it will be on my list of quilts to finish this year.

In a month I leave for Texas and a wonderful visit with my younger son, his wife and my only grandson, Max.   I have a lot to get done before that deadline.
We went and saw the movie, The Hundred Foot Journey tonight.  It was wonderful and a lovely date night movie to see.
 Between coming home from the shop hop and the movie, I stitched the last seam in this top.  After the movie I pressed and took the photo, fitting  this post in before heading to bed.
Tomorrow we have lots going on, I am pretty sure there won't be any cutting of new fabrics yet.  However, I think I may lay it all out and take a photo or two.  Nothing is prettier than new fabrics!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

it's been a long long time...

I was sidetracked so long, blogger changed and I have had a heck of a time regaining access to my own blog in order to post.

So, while I have now figured out how to gain access I am posting a short message to say yes, I am quilting, and has indeed been quite busy.

I just finished reading Gwen Marston's book, Minimal Quiltmaking.  I am a huge fan of Gwen and it was another inspiring and delightful book.

Gwen talks about sketching out with pencil a rough design/layout ...what a terrific idea that would have served me well, before I dived into making blocks from 3 challenge fabrics I picked up from my local guild.

 I missed their deadline for turning in a quilt using the fabrics, but I did make many blocks.  Last Sunday, I was inspired to make more and today when I looked at the row I had sewn together, I noticed I had put it in the wrong order.  I have now taken the one seam apart and will insert the block that needs to be there and it will be much better.
  I may stop and consider drawing up the rest of my block ideas to go with the two rows I have and save myself from making any more design errors. I am playing with a variety of different color values and placements of the challenge fabrics and finding 3 to be fairly difficult to achieve the effect I "see" in my mind.

This quilt will end up going to my favorite children's charity group so I won't have to live with it.
Time to get off the computer and on to the sewing part of the day!

peace be with you, Cher

Sunday, January 26, 2014

completed yellow strip top last night

Last night I finished and snapped this photo.  I now have it about half pinned on the kitchen table for quilting.
Today I decided to sew up the final (#13) 2013 goal donation quilt top.  I had been given ufos from my boss, who quilted for a short time and then her life moved on.  When she cleared out all her stuff in her attic I was the only quilter she knew to pass it along to.  In re-arranging stuff in my sewing room I had come across the last project she had started.  So, I pulled it out and considered what her plan had been as there wasn't any pattern or directions with the fabrics...strip sets sewn together and 6 triangles cut from one set.  Go with fabric with the strip sets. I was not about to spend hours and hours cutting more triangles and then turning them into blocks..I decided to cut up the strip sets into 5.5 inch squares and come up with a new top.  I am currently stitching the last row of the cut strip set squares.  I will then cut the go with fabric into 5.5 inch strips and sew all the rows together.  I chose not to take any photos of the process of making this top.  This is my last day on my own to really focus on quilting and I want to make the most progress possible.  My plan is to get this top done, at which point I will take a photo and share, and then get it pinned for quilting.  I will be able to devote some time in either the before work or after work hours to get the quilting and binding done.  I would love to be completely finished before Friday, the 31st.  Probably not realistic but certainly a goal to strive towards.  I had prepared backs and batting for these last two I will only need to make bindings for them after they are quilted.

I have two challenge quilts coming due in February.  New fabrics to play with and new ideas to try...a good reward for sticking with getting these quilts done and mailed off.

Glorious sunshine is streaming into my room today and oh my, I do love the light!