Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Back to Blogging and UFOs

Blogging has taken a backseat to home building the last two years but now that we are in the house I'm ready to quilt, bake and blog.
Right now it's canning season here in northern Michigan so I'm canning tomato sauce, jalapeno relish and peach salsa.
I'm also working on quilts that were started years ago but never finished. Today I'm quilting a Halloween quilt...the blocks were won in a contest through Hearts to Holly Quilt Shop. I won 11 blocks so made one more. Then using leftovers of black, white and a spider print gray, I finished off the top.
It was a bit of a challenge to get a dozen 12x12 blocks made by many different ladies, to work together. Some blocks were a bit small and one was a whole 1/2" smaller!

TIP: Easiest way to fix uneven blocks.... add a 3" border on all the blocks then press and trim each to a uniform size.

I then just sashed the new larger blocks with black fabric...and bordered the whole thing.
I'm pretty happy with the results and VERY happy that this year I will have a Halloween quilt to decorate with!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Quilting a few quilts

This is a cute lap quilt that a new quilter put together. She wanted it quilted with just an all over meandering stitch so I said I would do it for her.
She really did a nice job on stitching the top..nice and flat.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

The never ending cycle....

The Farmer's Wife blocks are finished...yeah! So now I have loads of 30's repro scraps. Well, I just can't throw them away so I thought I'd use them up by making another quilt. I cut tons of them up into 2-1/2" squares and started this:
Well, making the white units means getting a bunch of little HST units as leftovers.
So. I stitched these together and pressed them open. They were just a little larger than 1-1/2" so I trimmed them down square and thought....if I put these together I would get a cute block.
So I put 36 of them together ....made a 6-1/2" block...which is Farmers Wife size. What can I do with one farmers wife block....maybe I'm gonna have to make a bunch more for a small quilt....but then..........
SEE where I'm going with this!,
An ENDLESS cycle!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Eenie meenie miney mo

I'm still playing with the setting of my blocks but at least they're all made. Took a ride to my daughters house and she came up with the two designs here. She said out of these two she would pick the second. I lean towards the first. Al says of the two he likes the first best....BUT since we paid for the art degree daughter had, I should probably listen to her.  Hmmmmm....
Wonder if I should just toss a coin. Remind me never to make log cabin blocks again...to many decisions.....

Friday, January 30, 2015

Found a new little quilt shop

Al and I went up to Suttons Bay today to shop and found a new shop had opened this year....my favorite kind of store, a quilt shop called Cherry Country Quilts! I met the owner and her husband...both very nice people. She has a nice variety of fabrics...some 30's reproductions,some batiks, a nice assortment of modern fabrics, some Kaffe and some civil war. I bought some of the Kaffe for a border on my Kaffe log cabin. I have 28 more blocks to make and then I'll start the borders.