Thursday, August 15, 2019

Collage class prep

Saturday I will be teaching collage at Hearts to Holly Quilt Shop in Charlevoix Michigan. This flower block above, is one possible block that the ladies can chose to make. I usually turn these small works of art into pillows. For this class, I will give each student a pillow pattern so that they can do the same.

As I working on my pillows, I'm also making more scrappy HST blocks.
I have 13 blocks done so far.

Earlier today we took the grandsons to the Buckley Old Engine Show. I enjoyed it almost as much as they did. We rode an old, full size, steam engine train plus a quarter scale train. The boys were mesmerized! They really didn't know which way to look...tractors, wagons, trains, old vehicles...just so much to take in.

Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Still "organizing" these scraps

Nine blocks are made...63 to thats 1000 or so HSTs or 2000 triangle pieces to cut ✂

I'm cutting and cutting and cutting. I think I need a tin or a box so i can stack up the paired HST pieces...ready for starting and ending my stitching. 

This is definitely not a project with a deadline...I'll just "organize" my stitched half-square triangles into blocks as this blue tray gets full. 

I've cleaned out quite a few boxes of fabric, organized them into what I'll be using them for and filled up a donation box for the ones I know I wont get to (or don't like anymore).

I DID actually buy a piece of fabric yesterday...I found a yard of vintage white fabric with red dots...probably from the 50s or 60s. It's washed and pressed, ready to go into my "dear jane" quilt. Yes, playing with that one also. I think I have 5 quilts out here in the table...working on whatever suits me each day.

Monday, August 5, 2019

100 years of fabric...almost

Aren't these cute? I'm trying to press, slice and cut triangles out of all my small pretty pieces. These are more of the amazing feedsack fabrics my daughter gave me a few years back. I'd like to see them all in one quilt but I know I'll never get around to that so I'm adding my favorites to the scrap triangles pile.
There's also an old apron in there that has plenty of usable (unstained) area. 

These are some of the triangles. As I've dug through my scraps I'm finding pieces as old as the 30's/40's, some 50/60's or two from the 70s...quite a few 80's and 90's (my girls were small and i stitched clothes for them) and of course tons from 2000 till now. That's almost 100 years of fabrics!! 
Makes me happy to FINALLY be cutting them up to stitch into blocks❤ 

Sunday, August 4, 2019

I DIDN'T start a new quilt...really!

It looks like I started a new quilt doesn't it...ummm....let me explain...hmmm...
See, I wanted to clean out the scrap bin so that I could paint it. But it was still half full even after I made that scrap quilt top last month.
Soooo...I decided to go through ALL the scraps...keep the ones I love...donate the rest. Then I cut triangles from my favorites...LOTS and LOTS of triangles. I use these as leaders and enders all the time. I stacked up a huge pile of paired triangles. They were just too pretty and tempting...I figured I'd stitch up a few...maybe make one block just to see if they looked nice together....

Then three blocks because they were really cute...

Then 6 blocks....

It's going to be a fun scrappy quilt...if I decide to make it into one. I REALLY need to stick to my plan new projects until the others are done. So I didn't really start a new quilt...I just ORGANIZED my scraps into blocks😉

Monday, July 29, 2019

My Allie's Hourglass quilt top

A few days ago I thought I was finished with this quilt top but I didn't feel like it was large enough. 
I've added a row in length and then put a border all the way around using the little 9 patches. 
This quilt is now 75x66.

The scrap bin is now 1/2 empty so that's a win! I made this quilt almost entirely from stash and scraps.. Except for the white + print.

Now, staying with the theme "use up my stash", I have two backing possibilities...yellow dot or mini print. 
Which do you think looks best?

Monday, July 15, 2019

On to another project

It has been raining since 7am and it hasn't let up...probably won't stop at all today if the weather app is correct. SO, it's a sew day. Al and I had plans to build the second window well on the new house...aww shucks...guess I'm stuck in the sewing room today. (Can't you just FEEL my disappointment?)
So here's todays project...
While making my Sister's Quilt, I made a pile of "leaders & enders".
My scrap bin is huge and almost was time to slice and dice.

 I cut a bunch of strips then subcut into triangle pairs... More than 200 of them. Some scraps were so small that I could only cut 
very tiny strips or squares. Those I made into little 9-patches. Some of the scraps were beautiful little feedsacks or pretty leftovers from other quilts. 

I paired up a bunch of the half square trianges and made hourglass blocks. To make the hourglass blocks pop a little, I surrounded them with this cute plus sign fabric. 
Then I dug around in my solids and found a blue that felt somewhat "vintage"...perfect backdrop for my feedsack scraps.
So today I'm putting everything together. 

This quilt will become a pattern. I'm calling it Allie's Hourglass. 

And here's my finished Sister's Quilt. The binding is on and the quilt is in the mail, on the way to my sister.

I chose the small green and white stripe for binding. She has a green sunroom and is planning on using it there. Perfect, I think!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Sister's quilt

 The last few weeks I've been working on sorting out my WIP and UFOs. This will soon join the FINISHES!

I'm so glad I added the feels big enough and the border just adds a nice finish. 
Yesterday I quilted it. Now to decide on binding and get it finished.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Tackling another UFO

UFOs.....WIPs...whatever you want to call them, I have a LOT!
I keep saying I need to get them done before starting a new project but it doesn't seem to happen. So I'm just going to do my best and finish up COMPLETELY each one as I come across it in my sewing closet.

This one is SO old! I won floral "happy" blocks YEARS ago through Block Central's quilt forum...this was way before Instagram and back when Facebook was mostly teenagers.

I gave the blocks to my sister because she liked them and I had way too many projects going. She stitched them together and then it sat. She decided to give it back to me to quilt knowin she'd never FMQ it.

When I pulled it out a week ago, it seemed too small so I figured I'd add a 8" border all the way around then quilt it.

I searched for large florals in my stash but didn't have anything that would work to I drew up this Tulip block. I made one then decided it took too much time to do 32 of an alternate block would be needed. That was easy...sawtooth. Sawtooth is one of my favorites and it sort of looks like grass.

I cut a bunch of HSTs and chain stitched them...that was quick!

So far I have two borders on and am making flowers for the third. With any luck, it'll be ready for basting this weekend.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Charlevoix quilt is quilted

All quilted!
This is my "Charlevoix quilt"...all the fabric is from Minick & Simpson's Charlevoix line, which just happened to be where I was living when they designed it.
Before we moved into the temporary rental where we now live, I started to free-motion quilt it...then ran out of time. We've been in the rental for 6 months now and I just came across it. Luckily I packed the top thread (a soft white) and the bottom thread (a medium gray), into a baggie and pinned it to the quilt.
What I forgot to do, is pack up the 1/2 yard of binding that was purchased to match. I've spent HOURS looking in boxes for that piece. So, binding will have to wait until the boxes are unloaded in the new house...and that could be another 5 or 6 months!

I'm searching websites in the meantime, so if anyone knows of any Charlevoix fabric in peach or light blue for sale, let me know. I'd really love to have only that line on the whole quilt.
This pattern is my own design...I drew up 3 versions and had everyone on Instagram vote on they're favorite setting. They chose this one.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Farmer's Wife Quilt

 I don't know about you but I sew in spurts...I'll barely sew anything for a month or two and all of a sudden I'm going gangbusters. That's where I'm at now. This top was started long time ago... maybe 2012 or 13. It got worked on from time to time. The main blocks we done as I taught a class...quickly.

But then I slowed down. The Irish Chain blocks weren't as intetesting.
I changed my mind three times about what size to make it. Finally i decided 99 blocks would make a nice sized bed quilt.

I'll be giving this to my daughter and she has a queen sized needed to fit that.

These blocks were from The Farmers Wife. There were over a 100 6" blocks in the book and I made all of them. Some I made twice. I taught the class twice so I ended up with quite a pile. 

These are the first 50. There will be probably two more quilts to use up all the blocks. I kind of dread making 49 Irish Chain blocks again so maybe I'll find another alternate block. There are over 2100 pieces in this quilt. It's good to have the top done. 
Now to decide on how to quilt it.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Charlie's I-Spy quilt is DONE!

I'm happy to say I finished a quilt..Yay!
I am linking to Oh Scrap (use the button on the right side). These i-spy quilts are a great way to use up scraps of novelty fabrics and to reuse cotton shirts that are still pretty but maybe stained or have rips. I get more than a FQ out of most shirt backs and the backs are almost always free of stains and damage.

So where have I been? What have I been up to?

Al and I have been very busy with designing and building our new house so finding time to quilt isn't easy. I design the house and draw the blueprints so most of my work is done...for now. The last few days we've been waiting for the basement guys to pour the walls so I had a chance to sew.

My eyes are not that good anymore so I saved stitching down the binding for when we were traveling or sitting waiting for workers to show up. The light is SO much better outside, sitting in the truck.

I finished the last stitch on the binding today as we took a Sunday drive to visit my dad.

Henry helped to pick out the I-spy blocks for his brother. There are bad guys, pirates and trucks. ...Lots of treats like peppermints, bomb pops and cupcakes... And a ship in a bottle that he insisted on, so thats on the back. It was too large for the front.

A few of these cute little characters were recieved during an Instagram swap. Thank yous to those of you who contributed to Charlie's quilt. #quiltyfriendsarethebest

This is my third and probably final I-spy. 

Want to make one?

The blocks are 6" finish (6-1/2" before sewn into a top). 
1. Center (spy pieces) are cut 2-1/2" square 
2. Cut two shirting pieces cut 2-1/2" sq attached to each side of spy piece. 
3. Now cut two shirting strips 2-1/2 x 6-1/2" and attach to each long side. 

Very simple block and a good way to use pretty cotton shirt scraps. 

Collage class prep

Saturday I will be teaching collage at Hearts to Holly Quilt Shop in Charlevoix Michigan. This flower block above, is one possible block ...