I love the 3rd Friday!

I look forward to the 3rd Friday of the month.  I “book” time in my calendar especially for the release of the “next step” in the Scrap Dance Mystery Two Step quilt by Carole – From My Carolina Home  .  Carole writes such great instructions, and today was the day for Step 5 of our mystery.  I love the way she breaks down the instructions into “Two Steps” !  It’s not to late to sew along!  Check out the blog post from today-use the button on my page or the link above.

I am making the twin size, (I think….) and this afternoon before dinner, and after dinner I got all 12 blocks constructed.  Of course, in the photo they are randomly placed, and this is not the final arrangement as there are 2 more months to go on the mystery!

Scrap dance two step Part 5

This is a pure SCRAP project, and I pulled from my “already cut” items in my Scrap Storage System!  (I am an avid follower of Bonnie Hunter and have been cutting the scraps for a couple of years and storing them in containers waiting for the “right” projects.)

Speaking of Bonnie Hunter, I played a bit with my Talkin’ Turkey quilt that I started in her class in Dover DE last September.  I have started the sashing of the blocks, and have 2 rows sashed.  The first row is stitched together, and I still have some joining of blocks on the 2nd row. I like the way the sashing puts a little 9 patch between the blocks.  More to follow on that project.

Sashing done on a few blocks Talkin' Turkey

There are 30 blocks total to sash and join.  I have all the sashing made, but need to spend some time attaching it to the blocks etc.

I had to take the Talkin’ Turkey “off the wall” earlier in the week to lay out a quilt during my quilt bee with the Material Girls.  Our guild is making a quilt top for the outgoing president, and we all did a string block and signed the blocks.  The president of the guild is in my Material Girls bee, so we had to “keep her from looking” while we worked on the quilt.  I put her to work on “Second Time Around” fabrics, ironing and trimming and folding and pricing donations for the quilt show. She and a few other other ladies did an AMAZING amount of work while the rest of us focused on the president’s quilt top assembly.  Of course, since we were at my house, I had to flit from person to person, making sure my “Second Time Around” helpers were on task and answering questions.  I did manage to sew 3 rows of the President’s quilt, so I can safely say I wasn’t goofing off the whole time.  I tasked one member of our bee to take a wide assortment of 4.5″ squares, and to “bundle” them into groups of compatible colors.  She was amazing and got 99% of them into bundles that we will sell at the quilt show.  (I just knew she was the right woman for the job, and she was committed to NOT leaving the job unfinished!)

Working on bundles

I’ve had 3 days this week of working on 2nd Time Around in preparation for our quilt show in July. Today I tackled all those “non fabric” items that have been donated.  I ended up with 3 shoe boxes sorted & filled with various rick rac, hem tape and packaged binding.  Any of the packages that were already opened went into a box for donation to a charity our guild supports in Tanzania, Africa,  Sifa Threads .  I am boxing up notions, thread, zippers, seam rippers, and LOTS of rick race & prepackaged binding.  A member of our bee & guild will have her son take a suitcase full of sewing supplies to Tanzania when he returns later in the year. We are inspired by the Sifa Threads mission to teach young women to sew and at completion of the course, they earn a sewing machine of their own to take home. Hopefully they will find a way to earn a living for their families through the training and equipment provided.

Last week I was able to work on quilting my Pet Mosaic quilt – “MITTENS”.  I was inspired at a sit & sew the end of April to get it layered up and quilted.  I ordered a wide backing from Marshall Dry Goods . com and it arrived early in the week. I did a lot of “thread painting” on his (Mittens) ears, and general quilting of his fur.  I still have a lot to do, but on Monday, I turned in my entry for the quilt show.  He is coming along nicely, and I think if I have just “one more day” to work on the quilting, I will be able to knock it out.

Thread painting the ear

Quilting Mittens

I am working on my Janome 8900 doing free motion quilting, trying to capture the way the fur on this cat grows. (The squares in the quilt are 2″ to give you an idea of the scale).

I hope you are working on something fun, and have fun things to look forward to as well.  I find it so important in my well being to only do those things that bring me joy.  Not always possible, but I am striving to do away with the things that stress me (like those stinkin’ wisdom teeth)  and focus on the fun.

Happy Scrappy Quilting!

A bit of sewing

It’s been quite a while where I felt like I have done any sewing at all.  Thank goodness for the Scrap Dance Two Step for March!!  This mystery quilt run by Carole at https://frommycarolinahome.wordpress.com/2017/03/17/scrap-dance-two-step-march/   got me busy!  I put my half square triangles together on Friday afternoon, and finished squaring them all up today.  I did have to send Carole an email and ask if I was “counting” properly.  I either have extra, or I am short!   That quilter’s math on an empty stomach….

It was fun working out of the scrap bins.  Most of my fabrics for this project were already “cut to size” when I started, coming from my scrap storage system.

Step 3 of the Two Step

Scrap Dance Two Step mystery Scrap HST

Last weekend my youngest granddaughter turned a year old.   I swore I would not be the “plastic toy grandma” but she needed a dump truck and a cell phone to call me!  I feel a bit better about the plastic toys because I also gave her a handmade fabric book.  I had some ” animal prints” from a panel that were just right. Especially since her mom had posted pictures of a paper book that had been mutilated ! Those pop up books just don’t hold up to the eager fingers of a little one.  I had fun putting this together –

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Yesterday I got together with another quilter and we laid out our blocks for a couple of senior quilts at church.  This is the look mine will take on –

Senior Quilt 2017

These are 8.5″ squares, and I got about 1/3 of it assembled yesterday during our workshop.  It was fun sewing on my little featherweight.  I did decide it is time to order that new belt the hubby suggested.  I used it on Wednesday at a sit & sew with the Material Girls, and we had a few moments of “hesitation”.

What have you been up to??

A little fun!

I managed to sneak into my sewing room and have a little fun.  Thanks for putting up with my rant the other day.

I added another finish to the stack with 1 more placemat 12″ x 21″.  I like that size a bit better. I like the finish too, so I will probably make some more similar. Quite likely the borders/backing/binding will all be slightly different.  I have enough leaves sewn together to make 8 total.

Placemat Autumn Jubilee

Today, I showed this runner as a flimsy at my Material Girls Bee, along with the previous runner.  I  was able to work on it this evening and now have another finished table runner

2nd Table Runner

This runner is just a bit bigger (14×48)than the last one (15×42).  I added an extra row to fit my table a bit better. I didn’t use as wide a border either; so that it isn’t “in the way” if I put placemats on the table.  Did some matchstick quilting with variegated thread (Cashmere by Superior Threads).  I used that same thread in the stitching in the border. It is one of 300 stitches on my machine, and up close it looks like leaves.  The binding is the same fabric as the backing.  If you “zoom in” you can see I used Susie’s Magic binding on both the placemat and the runner.

Tomorrow morning is another “work day” with the guild stuff, but I hope I can play a bit in the afternoon and finish up 2 more placemats.

Note – the Autumn Jubilee pattern for both of these projects was inspired by Carole Carter – From My Carolina Home

What are you working on in your crafty space??

So little sewing progress

Sewing time has been SO limited last week. Guild on Monday, church meeting on Wednesday, trip to the dentist with the hubby on Thursday, Senior Quilt workshop on Saturday.

Monday was our quilt guild meeting. We had Cathy Miller, the singing quilter from Canada for our program.  She was great!  I love that her hubby sings along.  This is their last long road tour, so I am glad I got to hear her again.  Check out her website- The Singing Quilter website

For me, the meetings are usually such a fun, exciting time.  Our 2nd Time Around table made a good deal of money in spite of some situations that have left me very frustrated and wondering how to move forward.  The frustrations expanded over the week with decisions made by others, and further lack of decisions that affect how I proceed. No dirty laundry here….just know that I have hit my “limit” with this project.

My sewing room is buried in donations for 2nd Time Around. My good friend Nancy helped me Tuesday, when she stopped over, helped carry more donations upstairs; helped me to ‘clear my work table’  and ‘clear my brain’ so I could touch my own projects. She is a blessing to me.

I was able to do a little sewing on Tuesday afternoon and on Friday.  I am continuing to work on the Autumn Jubilee project.  I have the blocks made for 2 more Autumn Jubilee table runners. I have enough parts and pieces on my sewing table to also do placemats and have started to assemble them. I like the look of the 4 leaves together.  I used a 1″ strip at the top and bottom, and a 3″ on each side.  This is my test run and I think it is not wide enough…. When I was making those “strip decisions” I wasn’t thinking “seam allowance will eat up width”….hmmm…silly quilter.

coordinating placemat

 

Daughter # 1 wants her table runner to do double duty and serve 2 holidays– reversible.  She will get a Christmas fabric pieced block for the back to do double duty.   I made Christmas pillow slip covers last year for her, and have more of that same fabric. Since she like that fabric, I think she will like the flip side runner that I come up with.    I’ve got the “Autumn” side assembled, now I have to clear space and get the Christmas fabric out.  I will get it sent off to Texas when finished. (No pictures of the completed project until she receives it!)  The 2nd runner will be a keeper for me.  I added a little length to it as my table is quite long. The first one (in the picture above with the candlesticks) I made will go on top of my buffet or one of the treadle sewing machines in the dining room. Daughter # 2 wasn’t interest in a table runner.  I love that she is honest with me.  Both of my girls will tell me exactly what they want. This saves a lot of heartache for all of us.

The coming week doesn’t bode well for getting much done either, with committee meetings, more 2nd time around work, quilt bee, and babysitting the grand child too. Good thing Autumn and Christmas come around every year!

Note; the pattern for Autumn Jubilee is by Carole Carter. Check out her blog – https://frommycarolinahome.wordpress.com/

UFO # 1 -Swirly Bird FINISHED

Yippee…..Swirly Bird is finished….Quilted…Hanging sleeve, Binding AND a label!!!  Finished in time to take to the Helping Hands Quilt Guild meeting on Monday night and the Queen Bees gathering today!!  This project is from a class I took at Ocean Waves Quilt Guild in June 2015.  Pattern is by Linda M. Poole.

Making a label for my Swirly bird

Gave my little embroider machine a work out!  Always amazing to see it work out properly. Very time consuming when you have to monitor it as it stitches.  The minute you turn your back is when it wants to get goofy.

Label finished and attached

I used fusible underneath the label to attach to the back of the project.  I promise I will hand stitch the edge of the label down.  (I always use do both).

Susie's Magic Binding Swirly Bird

You can see the echo quilting I did around the applique.  I went through a bobbin plus half of a second bobbin with this Superior 50 wt parchment thread doing the quilting.

Susie's magic binding

My favorite binding method is Susie’s Magic Binding.  Tutorial at 52 quilts in 52 weeks blog  –  The hardest part of this binding is getting a good “join”.

Swirly Bird bound

SWIRLY BIRD is finished!!

Yay !!! 2 finishes in a week!!!  While I was at it, I made the label for my “Crusty Crab” (UFO #2) Crusty Crab Finish   and got it affixed to the back of the project.  I showed them both at the Helping Hands Quilt Guild meeting last night.  Both Bees that I am in are doing UFO challenges; and both Swirly Bird and Crusty Crab were on those lists.  Now I need to empty the contents of the project box, file away the pattern details and “move on”.

Today at the Queen Bees we are making “folded Christmas trees” and I need to get busy and find my background fabric and get those strips cut.  I also want to get a border on that Scrap Happy Challenge Courthouse steps that I did two weeks ago and get it layered and quilted.  It is going in a charity auction at the end of August.  I heard last night that  June’s Quilt is in the mail on the way back to Delaware from California where Carolyn  ( One Block Wonder Woman )kindly long arm quilted it for me, so tomorrow I will get busy at our church sit & sew and prep that binding.  Did I mention already that when I was on a bus trip on Friday, I found more of the green fabric that we used on her borders?  I bought all that was on the bolt – 4 3/8 yard and took it to June last night. She wants to re-do her fabric covered headboard and possible the side chair in her bedroom to match.  All I had left was one piece at 18″ x 100″.

Someday soon I hope to get my Pet Mosaic back on the wall, but first I have to finish quilting the border on Addison’s quilt…..gee whiz I better start a list ! !  (You see what I do to myself!)  (And Bonnie Hunter is coming in 2 months to Helping Hands Quilt Guild in Dover DE, and I want to get those borders done on my Allietare – hey – it was March when I got the top together and I only need those 12″ borders…and I still haven’t found a fabric I love for the border)

How many projects are you working on at once???  (I swear I am not starting anything new, and here I go with the folded Christmas tree……TABLE RUNNER! )

Time to get busy before the Queen Bee’s start buzzing….

Finished a UFO – Crusty Crab!!

Crusty Crab Mosaic is finished.  I started this in a class in Aug 2014.  All it needed was trimming and binding.  Well, that and I did not like the look of the back which was white and all the stitching from the little “tiles” looked horrible.  This spring when Michelle Scott McColligan came to lecture at our guild, she showed us a trick for “fixing that”.  The trick was to put “another” layer of fabric on the back, do a little “minor quilting” to hold the layers together.  It was a great way to hid all those stitches.  I simply outlined stitched around the crab, then trimmed and bound the project.

 

It is 22×22″ and has a hanging pocket on the back.  Such a simple thing to finish, and I wonder why I held on to it for so long.    I am so glad I took this project with me to our Sit N Sew at Reformation Lutheran Church yesterday!!

Last week I got Addison’s quilt pin basted, and then hubby and I went to a car show for the weekend.  I left the quilt “under the needle” for 3 days, abandoned …..I got busy early this week and spent Monday and Tuesday finishing up the quilting.  My friend Nancy came by and we layered and tied 2 string quilts for charity on Tuesday.  She also helped me “move some tables” and assorted STUFF around in my room above the garage. The goal was better light over the table that we use to lay things out on.  It was a success, and I have since also spent a little time straightening up the chaos that happens up stairs!  Shhh…don’t tell….I even vacuumed!  In the process, I came across a little yellow stacking basket gizmo in storage, and today I gave it a good washing, and I am planning on “color” sorting the scraps that have started to take over my ironing table.

I have had this piece of fabric for the binding set aside for the last 2 years….

Crusty Crab Tile Mosaic

Crusty Crab Back

What are  you working on???

Another fun speaker and class

The first week of the month is always “QUILT WEEK” on my calendar. We have our Ocean Waves Quilt Guild meeting on Monday morning, with a lecture, a class on Tuesday and a board meeting on Thursday, followed up by a Quilt Show meeting the following Monday. It can seem a little overwhelming.  Unless of course you get a great speaker like Michele Scott McColligan.  She gave such a great presentation, was funny and really helped us to understand that we are not ever going to make the “perfect” quilt!  She said those “civilians” (non-quilters)  will look at your work and ohhh and ahhh.  As a “self taught” quilter, she made lots of mistakes in the process.  She is a great designer and I encourage you to look for her work in the magazines.  Michele is one of the last speakers that I had booked for the guild, and I am so happy it was a big success.

Tuesday I took a class called Usin’ Fusin’ to Express Yourself!  taught by Michele Scott McColligan.  I certainly learned a lot during the class, and was very pleased with the information given to the guild members during the class.  She and her “Quilter’s support staff”,  passed out a file folder filled with information!  I really like that, being able to take those things home and refer back later.    Michele’s website is full of information.  Also, on the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild website, we have a file with class information, and included was a list of recommend fusible materials that you might find helpful.  You will find it on page two of the PDF – Michele’s class information

There were choices of the project, working with the concepts she was teaching.  Most of those in attendance elected the “kit project”.  The kits had “everything” in them to make the projects.   Here is a sampling of some of the works –

Ginny quilting her project OWQG Class

Ginny is the current VP of Programs and classes!

Trimming the project OWQG class

 

Cindy working on her project OWQG class

OWQG Class

Suzanne's flower - OWQG

Kim's flower OWQG

 

OWQG Class

Only one person beside myself chose the “beach scene”, which was a bit “larger project”.  (If you looked at that list of Michele’s class supplies , you will see the options.)  The beach scene was 18 x 36, and you brought all your own fabrics and fusing etc.  The Fusible Flowers was an 18×20 kit.

We did some sharing of fabrics and ideas along the way. She gave me blue tulle, and I gave her aqua.  I found somebody who had just the “right blue” in their fabric collection who would share with her.  She shared a couple of the batiks with me, and also gave me a nice strip to use for my extra elements.  As you will note, my project is still “in the works”.

Mary's underwater project OWQG class

It has some other elements that I want to add, and borders too.  My classmates were eager to share yarns for couching and tulle for layering.  (Sorry about the wrinkles, it just came out of the project bin after being folded up for the ride home).

Adding some turtles

A few close ups of my water scene.  The turtles came from a fat quarter I had been holding on to for a few years!

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The footprints in the sand came from another “saved fat quarter”.

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This last picture shows the color variations in the water that were done by “layering” fabrics with fusibles. There is blue tulle netting over the water.  I free motion quilted over the blue tulle.  Lots of layers going on, but the YLI silver metallic thread and a top stitch (80/12) needle did the job.  ( I had Superior “invisible” thread in the bobbin)  I will couch some other elements along the water’s edge, and add elements to the sand and sky.  Hubby & I were discussing the “view” that I gave the project, and decided it was a “top down” view of the water, since you could see the sea life in the water. I need to pick up some light blue tulle and some “sandy” colored tulle too.  It softens the look of the project.  I was amazed at the effect you get once you start layering things.  I am a traditional quilter, so this ART stuff was out of my box, but I jumped in and had a great time.

On another note, my “new bee” The Queen Bee’s, are working on “string blocks”.  I’ve been making string blocks over the last week or so, while I gave my quilting brain a rest!  My 1.5″ box of strips was so full I couldn’t get the lid on.  It had been all packed in nice and tight, but once you put your hand in the box of strips, they seem to multiply.

Finally, last night I was able to get the lid back on. Between my sister-in-law, Carolyn and I, we got all of these done –

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Carolyn made 6 or 8 during our bee and then brought home the extra papers and finished up 6 more.  After I packed up the car with the 2nd Time Around Bins on Sunday night to go to the guild meeting, I had some free time, but didn’t want to pick up on anything “BIG”.  The string blocks were perfect to work on, as the 1.5″ and other strip containers needed to be put away!  I worked on them some on Monday afternoon when I came home.  After I “unloaded” all the 2nd Time Around Bins following the guild meeting I wanted something to do.  And I worked on them on Tuesday afternoon, after I unpacked (and put away…….yes Carolyn…I put it away) my materials from the class.  Hubby was working upstairs at his hobby table finishing his “weathering project” on his railroad cars, so I hung out and did a little “mindless sewing”.  Oh Carolyn, do you see your bits of brown fabric from your trimming project in these blocks?  They made great “corners”.  (She was trimming some blocks and I would not let her throw the “scraps” away as they were still “usable”.)

These are done on “phone book” paper for foundations and have some varying strip widths.  One of our Queen Bee members enjoys pulling the papers off.  Next time our group meets we will have an assortment from our last bee and will put together a couple of quilts for charity.  These make fun quilts, and go together quickly.

That’s all for today, it is time to go spend some time with my little grand daughter and get some much needed baby snuggles!  More on Addison’s quilt when I get my next post written!  (I have Wednesday afternoon & evening to my self, so it is on my agenda!)

Until then, here is hoping your stitches are as straight as you want them to be, unless you are free motion quilting ! Happy sewing and crafting.

 

 

 

 

This was a fun class – and you can see that in the pictures of some of the group below –