Saturday, April 25, 2015

March and April finishes

I finished the baby donation quilt in March-the top came from my friend Claire to be finished up and donated to Wraptheminlove-link on my sidebar.
The autumn quilt finally got bound and that took into mid-April to get the binding finished.  There is a leftover block from the top, which I turned into a label, stitched on the back by hand as well.

  My quilt holder had a challenge holding it up for it's photo, this was the best I could do with my photo editor.  It came out looking so wonderful after being washed! It is happily on the bed being enjoyed.

Once I post this, I am turning on the machine to start quilting donation top number 2, also from Claire.

I went fabric shopping with friends today and found the perfect backing/binding for my table runner also from my ufo list.  I need to remember how to put up my list on the sidebar of my ufos.  I am very rusty in my blogging skills!


Sunday, March 15, 2015

February flew by!

I always think I will find more time to post here, and then ! whoosh!  it's another month gone by.
I just realized the Liberated Quilter's Ring is gone.  Of course, I had not saved all those blog addresses.  How sad.  I know many quilters do not do blogs anymore and it makes me feel sad too.

So I took it down from my sidebar.  It's an end of an era all right...I will have to do more updates as well.  I seem to have less time to devote to my love of quilting and so..I find less to post here.

We are going on vacation at the end of this week.  But, Thursday night I am getting back a quilt I gave to a longarm quilter to do.  Yes, it is the recent top I showed.  I still need to make binding and of course stitch that on.  I also have begun a new round robin with my current guild quilt group.  It's going to be so much fun but I can't post any photos here- can not give away the surprise until we finish which will be in a year.
I am working on boring paperwork and dragging my feet to take a photo and post it of the recent donation quilt I finished the quilting on.  I am going to wait until I finish the second one and then post both of them.
Meanwhile, I will now have to track down all my favorite bloggers who were on the Liberated Ring and get up to date with them.
It makes sense why now I get so few people stopping by.   No more ring hopping!

I am not going to give up on my blog however.  I may not post often...but I will post soon.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

January 2015 thoughts

I have done some blog reading here and there, enjoying posts on choices of word for the year, goals for the year and in general looking ahead plans for projects.

Last year I did lots of quilting  until around May or so, and then really slowed down or turned my attention to other creative projects.  In the fall was a great quilt retreat-it revived my resolve to finish a ufo from 2008.  That turned out to be more complicated as I could not remember the specific directions for the totally cut out paper pieced quilt top.  I found a friend who knew the method and with her help made about 10 more blocks and worked on them a bit here and there.
Yesterday was hard rains all day and I never left the house.  In fact, I never really left the sewing room.  I worked really hard for most of the day and evening ending with only 7 blocks left to sew.

This morning I picked up and finished those blocks.  However, these are really half blocks.  A total of 84 of them in fact.  The next stage is stitching these all up into final blocks.

I may have mentioned the back story on this quilt beginning and fabric selection etc.  Or maybe not.
As fellow long time quilters can understand, a lot of these fabrics are no longer favorites of the person who chose them way back then.  Most of them never were my choice in the first place.  However, I am very inclined to buy fabric of a loved one's palette even when it is as far away from mine as possible.  In this case, a lot of the fabric tab was picked up by said loved one.

  So, I find it quite funny that now, the comments are; "are you sure I picked this fabric???"  After rolling of eyes and a chuckle, I always say, oh yes...I have never been a fan of autumn colors for the most part.
I admit  some of the fabrics with red or purple I probably did not mind buying.  Some of them I had to buy to supplement what was needed to meet the needs of the pattern design.  Like neutrals.  As fast as I buy them, I use them up it seems.

So...here is a photo of the half blocks- with a limited design wall - it looks crazy messy.

Obviously, I will be stitching these together and then, I will play with those blocks that remain "favorites"- likely, I will be adding more "brighter" fabrics to lighten the overall feel of the quilt.

I won't be show the finished blocks until we come up with a final design.
This quilt is on my 2015 PMQG UFO list.  Yes, I gave in to joining to help motivate myself in finishing those neglected and long ignored quilt starts.  It was not hard to come up with 14.
This quilt is one of the oldest left on that list, though I think another 3 may actually be even older.