Traveling sewing kit

I am leaving in less than 36 hours for a trip to California, and a cruise to Alaska. My bags are packed, twice now…and I think I have the essentials.

One thing I enjoy while traveling is working on English Paper Piecing. Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville.blogspot.com, does this when she travels to teaching locations around the world. I started the year I went to Nevada when my Lil sister was recovering from knee surgery. The only time I sit and hand stitch is when I travel. (ūüźą in lap at home preventing hand stitching).

Anyway, I sorted out my never ending Double Diamonds project, and got things kitted and organized and all set to travel…..or so I thought. Today I attended a lovely gathering of the Material Girls Quilt bee, and Irene, our hostess, shared a hand sewing kit given to her as a gift by a dear friend.

Her friend used some wonderful Tula Link fabric.

There is a place to keep needles stored on the green wool, pockets for scissors and the awesome Vivilux light, and even a zip pocket and a holder for her Aurifil thread. I loved the idea and got permission to to get a couple of pictures.

After dinner tonight I decided to go PLAY for a bit in my sewing room. I got out 2 fat quarters and a scrap of contrasting fabric and some batting and got busy cutting, sewing, quilting and creating.

I made my travel sewing kit with 3 pockets, and also used a bit of wool for the needles and pins.

Travel fabric for the outside.

Transportation (blue) fabric inside. I fussy cut the fabric for the pockets.

Wide open it is about 8″x 20″.

On the left I have a spool of thread being held on with a tab and a button with elastic. Below is a pocket with 3 sections. In the center is the wool pin holder (with a bit of batting behind it). Below the pins is a larger pocket. On the right is another pocket with the opening on the side towards the center.

I managed to load an Altoid tin with bobbins (for lots of thread variety), another spool of Aurifil thread and my new lighted Needle threader in the pocket sections.

The center pocket has those clover clips that are like spare hands, my Vivilux LED light and a floss container. ( I fly with this, and use the cutter on the floss for my thread.)

This side opening pocket has my Double Diamonds directions along with a 1qt zip bag full of pieces and parts for 1 Double Diamond EPP block.

Now I am really packed and ready to go! Thanks Irene for sharing your kit and inspiring me to make one for myself.

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Carolina Hurricane Quilts and Scraps

I mentioned in a post in late September (¬†Carolina Hurricane Quilts¬†) ¬†about the Carolina Hurricane Quilts project being spearheaded by Carole ¬†Carter on her blog –¬†From My Carolina Home¬†¬†

I made a few blocks right after that post, and gathered up supplies and made up “kits” to make more blocks. ¬†I have a¬†few scraps and squares and leftover half-square triangles, so it was quick to assemble those kits. ¬†I usually don’t “save’ 4.5″ blocks, but I had LOTS of 5” squares in my¬†Scrap storage system. ¬†More about that in a minute…..

My wonderful bee – the Queen Bee’s took on the challenge of making blocks during our bee gathering last Tuesday. ¬†They came armed with scraps and sewed for about 3 hours.

Queen Bees Carolina Hurricane Blocks

During the bee gathering I snapped some photos and sent them off to Carole!  It was fun to get a group photo.  Here are a couple of pictures of the members, hard at work.

Sharon Oct 2018

Marta and Nancy Oct 2018

(Sorry for the blur ladies….)

Tracy and Mary Oct 2018

(Imagine…I am actually there in a photo….that usually never happens. ¬†Thanks Marta!)

I came home from the bee with a stack of blocks, and still a handful of the kits I made for myself. ¬†I didn’t seem to get as much sewing done there as I had planned, so I spent the week working on more blocks. ¬†My method for working on these has been to make “2 at a time”. ¬†I use those ¬†great little foam core design boards to lay out 2 blocks and move them to the iron and back to the machine, and I can “keep the angles” right fairly easily. ¬†Look back at my blog here – Foam Core Design Boards¬†to get info on the boards and how to construct them.

I keep making blocks, as my hand is continuing to improve following surgery. ¬†Carole asked me if I wanted to put the blocks together into a top, and at the time, I wasn’t sure if I could manage.¬†I think I have about 20 ¬†blocks done, and the bee had about 15 done, with more promised. ¬†I planned to “send” them to Carole the 2nd week of November. My Queen Bees who are still making blocks are planning to bring them to me the first Monday of November. ¬†We have such a great variety of fabrics in these blocks. ¬†This afternoon, when the light is better I will put them all up on the design wall for a photo. ¬†Now I am wondering if I am “able” to assemble them. ¬†I will have to get specifics from Carole on size if I decide to do the assembly. (She reads my blog, so I am sure she will write! )

During this bee, it was fun to chat with my “bee mates”, and to learn which ones are following along with Carole on her “Autumn Jubilee 2018”, and who have enjoyed making her mystery quilts. I love that they found her through my blog posts. ¬†I also love that Carole linked to my blog post last week. ¬†The day she did that, I had 82 new visitors. ¬†So, if you are a new reader, and came to find my blog because of Carole, I thank you for reading and coming back for another visit. Be sure to “follow” in your favorite method. ¬†I love reading everyone’s comments too.

At my “next Queen Bee” gathering, I plan to work with one member ¬†and help her come up with a plan for controlling & managing her scraps. ¬†Bonnie Hunter ¬†¬†is one of my FAVORITE well known quilters and in her blog post today she talks about having “variety” in your scrappy quilts and about how to achieve that variety. ¬†(Every January I tend to “clean up” my sewing room and cut my scraps into predetermined sizes. ) ¬†Thanks to the lessons I have learned from other bloggers, like Bonnie, and others, such as Joan Ford who has written books about working with scraps too. ¬†I attribute my “scrap storage system”¬†to the inspiration I have found on Bonnie’s blog. ¬†My sizes I save, and my method for storage are unique to me, as it must be for everyone. ¬†I will, no doubt, write about my methods in a future post. ¬†If your curious, you can check out this post-¬†Scrap Storage Containment System

My sister-in-law, Carolyn, wrote about her method on her blog here ¬†One Block Wonder Woman and Scrap Overload¬†. ¬†If you are a “scrappy quilter” how do you “contain” the chaos of scraps?

Summer winding down

I can’t believe August has left us and summer has wound down so quickly! ¬†August has been a hot humid month, and September is much the same.

Our local kids went back to school on Tuesday, the day after Labor Day in the US. ¬†Some areas of the country school has been in session for several weeks. ¬†We live in an area that is a summer tourist destination. ¬†A few years ago, citizens complained to the state government about schools starting in the middle of the August and not long after the legislators set a “state-wide” start date for schools.

So, as the children started back for their “First day” in Delaware, my youngest daughter, my youngest granddaughter and I ventured over to the formerly busy beach area for a bike ride! What a change a week makes in the volume of people on the trail, walking and running. ¬†All summer it has been filled with families and young children and yesterday, it was the older crowd. A few moms with strollers around the library and right in town, but once out on the longer trail, my granddaughter in her trailer, was the only child around! ¬†We rode a surprising 12.24 miles !

12.24 mile bike ride

I was stunned to realize how far we had gone. Up to this point, my longest ride has been about 8.5 miles. ¬†I started riding with my daughter in early July, sometimes 2-3 times in one week. I need exercise and this is certainly a fun way to get it. ¬†Haven’t lost one pound, but I have found my calves! ¬†Now, I am finding myself scheduling bike rides on my calendar into October. I want to make sure I schedule the time so other things don’t get in the way of an opportunity to ride together. ¬†I haven’t done much in the way of exercise since I retired six years ago, unless you count climbing the stairs to my sewing room multiple times a day as exercise! ¬†So, this is GOOD. ¬†As I approach my mid 60’s, those looming health issues we all face demand I do something, and I love to ride.

My bike is a TREX, era 1990’s, with good tires, though heavy and a bit squeaky and with it’s quirks. ¬†My oldest daughter rode this bike in middle school and high school during that decade, and I rode it off & on in the years following. I put a “new bike” on my Christmas / Spring birthday wish list for myself, determined not to buy one until I have at least 6 months of riding ¬†regularly. I really love the local bike shop, LifeCycle in Milford DE. My daughter introduced me to the owners, Ben and Jenn, during a community ride they organize. ¬†I’ve done several with a big group, 40 or more riders, and some with smaller groups that my daughter has organized and I am having fun! ¬† All in all, a positive direction to move in.

Yes, I am still sewing, and I managed to get a few projects done last week. ¬†Those batik placemats are coming along. I found a nice 3 yard piece of batik in my “blues” bin and think I can get just about all of my placemats backed with it. ¬†I layered and pin basted them and started quilting them over the last week.

half way done with placemats

I have 9 quilted, trimmed and ready to bind. ¬†If you click the photo, it will take you to my FLICKR album. Give the picture a second to focus, then you can zoom in and see the free motion quilting (FMQ) on the placemats. ¬†It has been good practice. ¬†The quilting has been done on my domestic sewing machine using Superior Fantastico # 5021, a variegated blue turquoise and purple 40 weight on top and in the bobbin. Thankfully you can’t really “see” the quilting on those busy batiks on the front of the placemats, but boy can you see it on the back. ¬†I will show a photo of the backs ‘next time’. ¬† Let’s just leave it as “good practice” for my FMQ and I am getting better bit by bit.

Next up for projects is a quick one I did on Labor Day afternoon. ¬†I made two bibs to include in a “baby basket” that will be raffled off at our spring quilt show. ¬†Since I made so many for my youngest granddaughter, I feel comfortable making these for that event. I tried to pick fabrics that looked modern and might appeal to a young parent.

Bandana bib

I love this bandana style.  I did minimal quilting in a graphic manner, just enough to hold the batting firmly in place that is between the layers.  I made a second bib in a more traditional shape with 2 contrasting fabrics.  I just love this bright green leaf print.

Flip side of the black bib

I think it makes a nice reversible to this dot fabric in bright colors.

Traditional bib

I did a bit more quilting on this bib in a wide graphic shape. They are bagged up and ready for delivery!

While I had my “bib making supply box” out, I sorted out all the fabrics I had stored in it, and returned most to my stash, leaving just the basics in the box, like patterns and PUL laminated fabric for waterproofing.

I found a great pattern and instructions for a free “in the hoop” zip bag last week through a group on Facebook. ¬†I was happy to find one that would work with the 4×4 hoop on my Brother PE500.

Pattern Paw Print Zipper bag

The instructions are so well written, and it was worth the 12-14 pages I had to print out, to follow along.  I downloaded the design and got busy!

Paw Print zipper bag

This little pouch finished at 3.5″ square. ¬†I did use some 505 spray, for temporary adhesive while construction was underway, along with my narrow masking tape. ¬†The instructions have you pinning fabric edges, but I found that I liked the masking tape. I am now on the hunt for short zippers that I can use on some future projects! ¬†I have a bunch of 18″ ones I purchased at a quilt shop a couple of years ago, but they are really too big for this project and would be wasteful. ¬†I’ve dug in my sewing box and come up with a few short ones. ¬†I have a similar in the hoop pattern from another designer that puts the loop on the left side of the zipper, and I am going to try it next. Bother patterns use the same size pieces for the pouch. ¬†I have 3 pouches “cut out” and kitted up for my next embroidery club gathering.

I do like these quick projects that I can finish in a day or two. ¬†I keep working on my placemats, in between, some of these other fun projects. ¬†It’s nice to have some “finishes” once in a while.

I had to laugh with my husband about all of my quilt tops that are on hangers, patiently waiting for me to finish them. ¬†I have to go in search for a heavy duty hanger for one, which was too weighty for the hanger and broke it this week. ¬†It is a queen size that is in a state of “limbo”, just hanging around waiting for my next move. ¬†I believe it is my Scrap Dance Tango in king size. (Pattern is from Carole – From My Carolina Home. ¬†(Follow the above link for pattern information). The one with 1400 or so half square triangles. ¬†It is a beauty, and one that I must get busy and quilt. ¬†I seem to remember I wanted to add a 2.5″ border all around. Must be time to spread it out on the bed and see if the size is as I wanted it to be and move forward from it’s status. ¬†Our quilt show registration is opening next week, and I think I want to show this one, so I must get busy. ¬†I need to make a “finish it list” to move it along! ¬†Carole – From My Carolina Home¬†always has fun projects and great posts.

I also follow some rather “famous in the quilt world” people. ¬†Bonnie Hunter has been a favorite for a long time, and I have done a couple of her mystery quilts and taken 2 of her classes. ¬†. ¬† Those that have followed my blog know that I love her scrappy style and I have written about her scrap storage system, string piecing and linked to her blog many times. ¬†This week she is mourning the loss of her brother and I know that the tens of thousands that are her fans feel her grief and offer their sympathy. ¬†She has a¬†worldwide¬†following and I hope she can find strength from the “quilty hugs” many of us are sending her way. ¬†I pray for peace in her heart and comfort for her entire family. ¬†

Many quilters find peace during their sewing time, and comfort in the quiet time they spend in their sewing rooms. ¬†I’ve read about quilters who work through their grief while stitching in the wee hours of the night. I enjoy the solitude sometimes in my sewing room, and yet, I find great joy in the times I can sew with my friends at a bee. ¬†I hope you have a wonderful day working on your special projects.

 

 

 

Grandma’s Kitchen Update and Scrap Management

Once I got all those “scraps” put away, I felt free to sew again!¬† More about scraps in a bit.

I’ve been working on a pattern by Pat Sloan called Grandma’s Kitchen.¬† This project was a “weekly” block beginning last June and concluding in December.¬† I’ve been posting periodic updates as my blocks were made.¬† I am primarily using 30’s reproduction fabrics, but have used some more modern fabrics for the neutrals.

I am now starting to build those blocks up into “rows”.¬† The pattern has lots of “filler” pieces that were not part of the original block construction.¬† About October the layout was released and when I saw those “filler” pieces, I decided to wait until all 25 blocks were made and I could make better choices of fabrics.

You might remember if you have been reading my posts that I spent a little time with the printed pattern and my felt tips markers planning.  My choices were made, and even the hubby got involved in the fabric decisions. (He really is a smart guy when it comes to this planning !)

Once I got all those “scraps” put away, I felt free to sew again!

I also have finally beaten the bronchitis that has laid me low for 3 weeks, so hanging out for hours in the sewing room has been a joy!  I worked on Row A on Friday.

Row A Grandma's Kitchen

The yellow strips are those “filler strips”.¬† I am using the yellow where ever the pattern called for a dark strip.¬† The white strips around the 2nd block (the candy dish as Pat called it) are a coordinating print.¬† I chose it for where ever the pattern called for a light strip. I used this white in several blocks during .

The friendship stars (4th block from the left) were “filler blocks”.¬† I used a bit of that red in another block near the end of the process, so I thought it would be nice to bring it near the top of the quilt. Balancing all these fabrics is kind of fun.¬† I want the colors not to appear to heavy in one area.

The next photo will show Rows A РC made.  I worked on Rows B & C late Saturday.

Rows A - C Grandma's Kitchen

Row B has more “friendship stars” in the first block, and I was glad the red was spaced out a bit, and glad I did not use the same fabrics for the filler blocks.¬†¬† Row B has filler blocks (orange and purple checkerboard made with 2″ squares) and strips of white and yellow, and a “repeat” of the last block in the row that I had to create.

Row C had a much larger “checkerboard” that was a full block.¬† These were made with 2.5″ squares. Following the pattern, it was interesting to work this one, because the bottom row was to be all the “dark” (red)checkers, and it continued on, under the next block as a filler.¬† I went with it, and find it is interesting. I was surprised, because I would have thought making them the light (yellow) checkers would be more logical. Who am I to argue with the designer!

I’m having fun putting this part of the project together.¬† There are a lot of decisions yet to be made on fabrics as I approach the remaining stack of blocks.¬† I know which “colors” I want to use for the upcoming filler blocks, but not which fabric yet. I’ll get there & give you another look as I make further progress.¬† While I am making these filler blocks, there are scraps being generated! I’m keeping everything together so far, as I don’t know which bits & pieces I may work into the project.

Scrap Storage System – more info!

Speaking of scraps…here are some pictures from my last round!¬† It never ceases to amaze me how much “good stuff” is left at the end of a quilting project!

Ready to put away

This is the “last” of the pieces out of my yellow stacker.¬† They are cut and ready to put away!

Someone asked me how I “store” my scraps once they are cut to size.¬† I like “uniform” containers and am trying to get similar containers for all my scraps.¬† I like to size the container based on the size of the cut piece. Too big of a container means the little pieces get bounced around and messy.¬† I’ve already ironed these, and don’t want to do it again. I want to reach in the container and USE the pieces without going back to the iron.¬† I need to “invest” again in containers and house my 2.5″ squares and my 2″ squares. I have an over abundance of both and have resorted to cardboard boxes and plastic baskets.¬† (I also have a container the size of the one on the bottom left FULL of 2″ squares in ziplocks…leftover from 2 of those “watercolor” classes. UFO!!!)

Scrap Management Storage containers

I am using “shoeboxes” for strings.¬† Generally I consider a string anything that is 2″ or smaller.¬† These tend to be pieces that are not “width of fabric” and are the first thing I grab when I feel like making string blocks.¬† Mostly they are sorted by color family. The reds and oranges and yellows are together, the blues and purples are together and the neutrals are together. The boxes aren’t labeled yet, but are easy to figure out. I like them in color families because I like my string blocks more “orderly”.¬† I do have a container of 1.5″ strips in the previous photo and that box gets full rather fast, and when it does, the remainder end up in the string box. String pieces may not be as carefully trimmed to size, as I don’t care if the piece is 1 3/4″ or 1 5/8″…the precision is not necessary.

Shoeboxes for strings

In my previous post, Scrap Decisions , I included a chart with the range of sizes that I cut and store.¬† Someone commented about the “bricks”…those are the rectangles.¬† I don’t cut a lot of them, but I do use them from time to time, and find them handy to have on hand.

If you are just starting out with “saving your scraps” – you might not want to keep as many sizes etc as I do.¬† You have to figure out what you are going to use!¬† Because I follow Bonnie Hunter, I mirrored my system along the lines of hers, using sizes she typically includes in her patterns.¬† On her blog, she has a tab called Tips & Techniques, and on it you will find a blog post about her Scrap User’s system – Bonnie Hunter’s Scrap User’s System

The link to Bonnie’s system is very lengthy, so get a cup of coffee, and read (after you finished reading my post of course)!¬† And bookmark her blog, and LOOK AROUND at the wealth of free information she willingly shares with her readers!¬† She has a tab for FREE PATTERNS and at the top of that page is a handy chart which sorts her patterns by “strip size and block and brick size”.¬† This might help you chose what to store!¬† And it might help you decide “how” you want to store your scraps.

I also follow other quilters, like Pat Sloan who offers lots of sew-alongs that include free patterns. (Fore example Grandma’s Kitchen!)¬† On her website http://www.patsloan.com/¬† you have to “work a little harder” to find her free patterns.¬† She has a ton of stuff, so spend some time there as well.

Lastly, I mentioned in other posts, that I used information from Joan Ford as I developed my “Scrap Storage System“.¬†¬† Joan’s website¬†https://hummingbird-highway.com/ will give you links to books she has written on the topic, and why she saves what she saves as well as freebies and fun stuff.

What ever system you follow or develop for yourself, make sure it is one that will work for you and that you will find yourself USING your scraps!  I also have fun posting my scrap projects periodically and sharing the post with OH SCRAP!  

I find lots of other “like minded” scrap quilters projects on the weekly link-up and enjoy perusing their blog posts!¬† (In fact…I am linking up today!)¬† (You might have noticed a button to OH SCRAP on the sidebar!)

I have had a great time making projects using patterns that Carole – https://frommycarolinahome.wordpress.com/ has come up with, and I have USED those scraps from my Scrap Storage System in every one of her “Scrap Dance” projects.¬† My scrap boxes are full right now, and I am looking forward to the Scrap Dance Square Dance project she has on her blog.¬† This is a monthly project.¬† I may “increase” my size from twin to something larger if the mood (and the overflowing boxes) call to me.¬† (There is a button on my sidebar to Carole’s blog)

Do you save your scraps?  How do you do it? Do you follow other scrap quilters?  Who ??

Scrap Decisions

I have mastered the scraps!¬† I have battled and won!¬† They are contained!¬† I have trimmed and cut and put order to some of the chaos and declare victory! Phew….that’s enough for now!¬† Yesterday I declared victory over the basket of blues, and since then I have gone through the red & oranges and basket of browns & blacks.¬† The yellow stacker is EMPTY!¬† (Ok; I haven’t tackled the laundry hamper and those zip lock bags, but I have met my goal!!!)

I was getting a little anxious because nearly a week has gone by and I had not “pulled” my fabric for Carole’s Scrap Dance Square Dance Mystery Quilt!¬† Are you dancing too???¬† Info on the mystery is here – Square Dance Begins

As I was taming the scraps, I was setting aside pieces cut to size for the Square Dance Mystery.

Step One is to cut those fabrics.

Today, I gathered up those pieces and counted out what was required and determined I had plenty set out for a Twin Sized project.  All is ready except my fabric A which needs to be cut.

Scrap Dance Square Dance Fabric pull

(Do you see Elvis?)  (Notice the Superman fabric?)  (How about those wonderful fish?) (and Cats?) (hiding in among these lovelies are llamas too!)

Selections for Scrap Dance Square Dance

 

Everything came directly from the scraps in the “yellow stacker” that I have mentioned in the last few blog posts except Fabric A.¬† I (gasp) took it out of my neutral box that was set aside for my Bonnie Hunter project that is a UFO. It was “just the right size”.¬† I went with it because Carole had suggested a tone on tone would be favorable for this constant Fabric A.

Fabric A - the ONE constant

So, many thanks to the friends who have gifted me their scraps in the last year!  I look forward to including them all in this Square Dance mystery!

When you are out “shopping” for fabrics, I strongly encourage you to pick up a few yards of those great neutrals that work for background fabrics and stash them away.¬† A few days ago a friend of mine came in search of “low volume” neutrals for background fabrics. Sometimes they are not easy to find, and we went “digging” in the scrap bins for her bits and pieces.

I am heading “back” to the sewing room to cut “Fabric A” and put all those lovely scraps that I have cut and sorted for this project into a nice basket to await Step 2 in February!¬† And, perhaps, between now and then I will get back to one of those other projects that has been hanging around for a while!

Happy scrapping!

PS – One of my readers asked “what sizes” do I cut and save – Here is “MY” list – which, as I have mentioned is a combination of Bonnie Hunter and Joan Ford.¬† I have this list on the wall by my cutting table, and it is a good reminder. It helps me to look at the fabric and get the best use from a raggedy mess!¬† Remember – press and CUT THE SCRAPS!

CUT THE SCRAPS
SQUARES BRICKS
1.5 2 x 3
2 2 x 3.5
2.5 2.5 x 3.5
3 2.5 x 6
3.5 2.5 x 6.5
4.5 3 x 5
5 3.5 x 6
STRIPS
1.5
2
2.5
3.5
4
5
6

Final sewing of 2017

My last “sewing” for 2017 has been done!¬† I spent a few hours “cleaning up” and “putting away” a lot of mess in my sewing room. I cleaned off my cutting table and put a lot of stuff away.¬† I cleared off my “work table” and made room for a project.

Once that was done, I pulled out my pattern book and box of fabric and basket of blocks for Grandma’s Kitchen – by Pat Sloan.

I stopped working on these in mid October before I left on a trip for a month. These are the first 16 blocks(not in pattern order).

Sixteen blocks completed

I needed to pick up at block 17 and hopefully finish up at block 25; plus make all the setting blocks.  (That is going to take a week or two).

But before I could even begin to sew I had to figure out the layout with the various size blocks and how I was going to “balance” the colors throughout the rest of the quilt. What I decided to do is lay the blocks out, as the pattern indicated, and do a little “coloring” so I could plan the future blocks.¬† (LOTS OF PLANNING still needs to happen!)

Making sense of the layout

Once the planning for the next 2 blocks was done, I got busy and made block 16, and pulled the fabrics for block 17.¬† I think it did help to do a bit of coloring, because I could better understand as I colored in the blocks, where there needed to be more of a particular color.¬† I know I need to get a little more pink and purple and orange into the quilt.¬† I am trying to decide how to do those filler blocks and make sense of them too. I made a decision on the fabric for the “spool block” too.¬† I want to use one of the stripe fabrics I have for the middle of the spool.¬† (While I was sorting piles of fabric, my husband was watching, and figured out what I was up to and provided a bit of his color sense to what I was doing. I find his opinion most helpful).

Meanwhile, my design wall has been full for the last 6 months and I need to get going to get the borders on my Talkin’ Turkey!

1 row to go

That is all it needs. (The blocks and rows and columns are all sewn together, and the borders are made, ready to attach!)  I need to free up my design wall!!

I decided that I will “stop again” after block 17, and clear the work table and get those borders on, so I can get the Grandma’s Kitchen blocks up on the design wall!¬† Priorities.¬† ūüôā (It is so much easier to sit back and ponder the layout on the wall than on a flat surface) (I told the hubby I need another design wall…..capable of holding a king size quilt! I just don’t have a spot for it.¬† Wondering if anybody “layers” their design wall and puts more that one quilt on it at a time??¬† Hmmmmm)

Following all that contemplation and coloring, I did finally do a little sewing – the last for 2017.

I present block 16 for now…..more to follow in 2018!

Block 17 Grandma's Kitchen

Happy New Year everyone!

Grandma’s Kitchen Blocks 15 and 16

Catching up in my sewing room after nearly 2 weeks away.¬† I was behind on the Pat Sloan project called Grandma’s kitchen. I am using 1930’s reproduction fabrics.¬† They come from a variety of manufacturers and I want to hit as many different patterns & colors as I can.¬† (Note – my collection grew to a wild number…..)

I got “caught up” just in time for the next step.¬†¬† Here is block 15.¬† I am trying to bring in some more yellow and black into the blocks.

Finished block 15 of 25

and here is block 16 — I wanted to carry through some more pink and green in this block.

Block 16 of 25

Today Pat released the layout for Grandma’s kitchen and the first 16 blocks can be assembled into rows.¬† There are lots of “filler blocks” and sashing bits, so I will have to really look at the layout.¬† I may “wait” and assemble the rows after the last 9 blocks are made.¬† I have such a variety of colors that the balance is going to be very important to me for the overall look.

Here are MY sixteen blocks arranged yesterday, before the layout was published. I keep “moving them around and every time I do, I end up with 2 blues side by side (or 4 in this case) or 2 yellows side by side, or 2 blacks side by side etc.

Sixteen blocks completed

I may not “like” my color choices in the position that Pat gives, so there may be some “re-arranging” of those 12 1/2″ and 10 1/2″ blocks.¬† I have all my 10.5 in a row for no particular reason.¬† I know that the fabric choices for the future blocks will be guided by the layout Pat has given.¬† I have 1 other black fabric that I am “saving” – that great clothesline fabric I mentioned a while back.¬† I may use it in sashing, but will have to do some adapting to use it to it’s best effect, as the print is large. Most of the sashings are 2.5 or 1.5 or 2×2.¬† It is going to be interesting.

Check out Pat’s post today, and see what you think!¬† This is probably my “last” post on Grandma’s kitchen until December.¬† I won’t have time next Wednesday to make a block, as I leave bright and early on Thursday morning.¬† I am going to be away for a month, coming home late on the night before Thanksgiving. When I get home we will be in “full swing” with the DelMarVa Model Railroad Club Open House, and I will have a lot of catching up to do at home between weekends.¬† I still have my “Bonnie Hunter Talkin’ Turkey” hanging on the design wall.¬† (Pattern in Bonnie’s book STRING FLING)¬† (note – this is becoming a vintage project, as I started it in September 2016 when Bonnie was in Dover DE teaching a class….we won’t talk about the OTHER Bonnie project I still have in a tote…..)

1 row to go

It is 99% assembled, the borders are made and hanging there for MONTHS, just waiting to be sewn on!¬† That will have to happen when I get back BEFORE I can lay out Grandma’s Kitchen!

What’s on your design wall today?

Off to Material Girls Quilt Bee today….I am ‘late’, but going.¬† I’ll be working on my Autumn Jubilee (2016) placemats.¬† Carole¬†¬†¬†From My Carolina Home ¬†¬† had a great pumpkin and leaf pattern last year and I have made placemat tops.¬† Two are assembled and quilted, two are waiting for quilting, but today, I am going to build some more ‘leaves’ for 4 more placemats.¬†