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Monday, August 14, 2017

another post!

Can you believe it? 3 posts in a week? I had a chance to do some more sewing today. Mark is off helping a neighbor build a treehouse in a hollow tree. Is "on" a hollow tree more accurate. No he is not making a room in the hollow trunk. It's not a sequoia. Anyways I had a good time today doing a little sewing without interruption!

So I am just about done with this little spring wallhanging. Pattern by Lori Smith with a few changes like using a  bird and butterflies instead of rabbits and carrots.  I've always enjoyed this pattern. It's that darned applique that slows me down every time. Oh yes, the quilting too.

I also spent a little time sorting quilts for the scheduled lectures I have this fall. I'm doing a couple of local guilds featuring some of my newest stuff or stuff that hasn't been published and some of my most popular designs. Something I always enjoy.

I have to add that Design Wall Monday is now hosted at smallquiltsanddollquilts.blogspot.com

Friday, August 11, 2017

Midsummer Report part 2

I know I don't need to give excuses but for the record things have been a bit crazy here. First there were issues with my shoulder which have been diagnosed. Lots of doctoring for it still though. And secondly, I am hosting a prairie walk here this weekend and we've been getting ready for that. The getting ready was compounded by a freak rain storm where we got 8 1/4" of rain.  Yes we had a little water in our basement twice. But the worst of it was about 5" of sand deposited on most of my prairie garden along the driveway. You see we live at the bottom of a hill and the rain caused erosion of the gully coming down the hill. This is a bit like a ditch along the side the road but over the years it has washed deeper and wider. In spite of the mess I think a good portion of the plants will survive. At least we didn't have any standing water afterwards. Gotta find a bright side. The driveway is to the right of the pine trees.

 In between all that I did find some time to sew. It is so therapeutic after all. I called it quits on my Civil War Bow Tie quilt top once it was big enough to use for a shower curtain. I took my time with this one trying to only use the small scraps when I made them rather than cutting into yardage. I hope to finish it up soon. If I don't use batting and and put muslin on the back, it should stay light enough in the shower so we can still see the dirt. Knowing where all the parts to wash are isn't enough. Ask Mark.

"Challenging Chain" is a good name for this next top with 1930's that I put together. I think this was a kit in the closet I put together a year ago or so. The rectangles are easy enough to sew but I was challenged by the reverse blocks and pressing consistently so that the seams would nest.  Now if I made ALL the blocks I need of the same kind at one time my pressing would be consistent. But because I make a few here and a few there the pressing gets screwed up a little. Maybe I need to make better notes and then follow them like a pattern.  I tend to just look at a block and make it without checking any directions. Besides, where would I put them so I could find them .  But don't you think those wrinkles kinda add texture like the quilting would? Makes me a little eager to quilt it now.

I've been anxious to get back downstairs to the long arm. Between my shoulder and the restoration work in the woods, I think I only quilted 2 so far this year. Believe it or not it was easier on my shoulder to work in the woods than to quilt! I have set up a sewing station in Studio 2 so a friend can join me while I work on the long arm. Margie usually joins me at Studio 3 but with the move downstairs I hope to be more productive soon.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Midsummer Report part 1

It seems I finally found some time to report about the sewing I've done lately.  That means mostly since the first of the year! When I look back at what I have sewn I feel better about it cause there is more than I thought.
First is the Little Trees quilt. I finished the top and promptly gave it away, totally forgetting to get a picture. I should still be able to do that though. We did that quilt in both Thursday and Friday classes this winter, though I didn't finish mine till spring sometime.
 I made most of the blocks in these two orphan block quilts. I did them over the last few years as demo pieces. I don't know why I didn't coordinate them better, I just grabbed scraps and made a block. The church ladies must have joined them into about 10 comfort quilts by now. I am sure they still all haven't been sewn into quilts yet, tho we are done with sampler blocks for  a while.  I enjoyed that more than I thought, always choosing different blocks, patterns and techniques. I didn't get bored with them for a long time.

Recently the Friday group made Sunshine and Shadow quilts. I've made this before in red and yellow. It was fast, fun and easy and I had the fabric in the stash to make another one.

Almost ready to show a few more. Stay tuned.

Monday, February 13, 2017

A Little Here, A Little There

Seriously a little bit has been done up stairs, down stairs and at Studio 3. I finally got a cortisone injection in my shoulder. It took a week to kick in and now I can only hope that it helps till it heals.  It took a week to kick in. I'm still taking it easy, working only an hour or two at a time at my quilting.

Taking it easy as in helping Mark with burning brush piles. Well, I lift next to nothing and I do have one good shoulder. It actually hurts more to sew.

I'm making progress with a few projects and hope to have pictures soon. These blocks are from Karen Stone's pattern, Prickly Pear. I joined a friend over 12 years ago to make these. I never finished them because a. as much as I love them they really aren't my taste and b. I felt they needed satin stitching around the applique.  But I was wrong. I simply did a straight stitch on the fused applique pieces. Not my preferred way and perhaps I should have passed them on to someone to do just that so maybe I will. I've been seriously thinking about dabbling in applique for several years now, but I'm procrastinating. Don't know what's up with that. The raw edge applique didn't really appeal to me like I hoped it would.

It's been much warmer than normal this last month. Finally we have some sun and it is inviting me outside so I am getting out pretty much even though its very windy. As long as it still hurts to sew I may as well. Secretly I'm still hoping for a few more snowfalls this winter.
Linking up with Judy for Design Wall Monday.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Still goin at it

So maybe I haven't been goin at it with the gusto I'd like but I am still doing some sewing. After an icy night it was nice outside this afternoon so Mark and I had to wonder around the neighborhood for a few hours.
This morning was quilting at church. So not in the mood to sew. But we did organize a bit, planning backs for tops, cutting batting  and destashing some of the excess that was not appropriate for our use. Mark always has a real pretty rag collection.

Last night I put together some blocks into a small sampler. I'd made about half the blocks when I demonstrated in classes the others were donated orphans. The smaller blocks were supposed to be 8 1/2" but measured barely 8". That simply means  to add even wider frames to bring them up to 12 1/2". Mary Kay will finish it with a lavender border and binding.

I have 1 block left on a spring themed wallhanging. It's a paper pieced block of 3 birdhouses! There's also bunnys hopping on it. Yes it is cute and I don't do cute easily. Taking out one bunny and adding 2 birds from the same designer. Yes I will paper piece the birdhouses. And the applique is just cut and paste. After all it will only be on the wall briefly for a few years.  It's early, I'll go now and see if I can paperpiece.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Back at it

Back at it and it feels so good. Though my tore rotator cuff  isn't completely healed it is much better so I can work at my quilting again.  I missed it and it feels good. Though I've been dabbling I've spent a longer days lately and have something to show for it. You might remember this was in progress about a year ago. I'm not really keen on the 1930's reproduction prints in the quilt so I can imagine doing the design again in fun wild prints and passing this one on to whoever makes me an offer to purchase. (hint hint)

It's obviously a variation of this one I called Snow Day in my book Save the Scraps.  I admit I love the pattern and you know how much I love all the variations on all the patterns. I really like the addition of the square on point in the middle of the block. 

The block is also great to alternate with other blocks like I did with the square-in-a-square block  last year.  I made this to use up some stash. I'll donate this once it's quilted.

I thought it was time I put up a few quilts on the bare walls at Studio 3, so I hung this little tree quilt. Yes, I'm still teaching there. I never thought I'd be teaching this again. Both the Thursday and Friday gals are working on their own tree quilt now. My version is perhaps 32" They all wanted lap quilts so we are making our blocks a bit bigger. We gathered our Christmas prints and swapped a little and some of the ladies added a little new. I'm making it again with them and again I am trying to use up some old stash. Where it goes will depend on how it turns out. That's always the way with my quilts though. The little trees finish 6". I've cut my trees and now wish I thought  sooner to make 6" stars to substitute for the trees. maybe I'll just have to do it again with stars.
Now that I am back at it again I hope to finish up lots more of the tops I've started. A few weeks ago I counted almost 25 I'd started.  I expect by the end of the month I'll be able to use the longarm again and get back to some real quilting. Now that's opposed to piecing not hand-quilting. It's been a long time since I heard anybody declare that machine quilting is not real quilting. With any luck I will have more to post here over the next few months.