Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Saturday, September 3, 2016
This is Henrys I-spy quilt. There wasnt enough of any of the fabrics for backing so I made a huge 9 patch out of leftovers and a mint gingham check. He ended up loving the back...especially since it had his favorite Paw Pals.
Friday, September 2, 2016
2. We are still trying to landscape and build (my sewing room/den) so there's so much to do.... my time is limited 3. It's canning season and I REALLY want some great canned veggies and sauces this winter 3. I have a PILE of UFOs that need to be finished before I embark on new projects.
Working in the kitchen has lots of drawbacks as many of you know...cleaning up before every meal so we can eat there (here's where the snack bar comes in handy!) The lighting is not that good. It's great for a nice romantic dinner but for 60 year old eyes to see on black fabric? NO. And then there's Al who likes to sit at the table to do bills or read mail or check his phone or snack... Just PUSH that fabric and sewing stuff to the side OR NOT and get pen marks, blueberry stains, grease and whatever on my fabric and supplies.. YUP, not an ideal place to quilt.
But I'm making it work and finishing up a few projects. I quilted the quilt for Lisa's friend...the purple one I posted a bit ago...not counting this as my finish.
Then there's the Maple Leaf quilt from the 80's that I finished up for my brothers...for their up north cabin.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
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!