Saturday, February 16, 2019

Halfway There

I have been adding stitches to my Frank Lloyd Wright cross stitch project this week and I am now about halfway finished this window.  Here is how it looked last week:

I often stitch  in the car as we travel to visit my MIL.  This week there was some car stitching as well as some evening stitching as I watched "Call the Midwife" on Netflix.  I am now working on the bottom half of the picture, which is a mirror image of the top part. 

This project is very easy to do in the car as I don't have to look at the pattern very often. My daughter is also adding stitches to her Prague cityscape and I hope to have a picture of it to share next weekend. I will be linking up with Kathy on Sunday morning.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Just Sew

Christine came over to sew on Monday night and I managed to finish off my "Just Sew" wallhanging flimsy.  The letters are made from a Kaffe print that I have had in my stash for a while. I already have a plan for the quilting and binding...  The finished quilt will hang on the wall behind my sewing machine.  

I also made another comfort quilt block for the Elgin Piecemakers Guild.  I am trying to get all of this year's blocks done now so that I don't have to make them at the last minute for each meeting.  This block was to be made with burgundy, turquoise and light gray.  Again, I used my drunkard's path rulers to make this block.  It is amazing how many different blocks can be made with these units.

My daughter had a snow day and worked from home one day this week.  Finn was quite happy to cuddle up beside her as she worked.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Birthday Sewing Day with Friends

Friday was my birthday and my day off, so I invited a couple of friends over the lunch and an afternoon of sewing.  My husband gave me "Spelling Bee" by Lori Holt for my birthday so all of my plans for other projects went out the window and I started a new quilt with patterns from my new book.

I decided to make the sewing machine block first.  I dug through my stash and found fabrics and then spent a while cutting out all the pieces and labelling them.

Once everything was cut out, the block went together quite quickly. 

Next, I decided to try some letters.

I forgot to take a picture of the "s" before sewing the first word together.

There is another word to add but it is not cut out yet so you will have to wait...

My friend, Pat, did some sock knitting as well as some counted cross stitch.  She is making an Easter Bunny card for one of her grandchildren.

Christine made herself a knitting needle roll up case, inspired by one that once belonged to her Grandmother.  She found some instructions on the internet.

I have been working away on Frank Lloyd Wright's Office Window in Oak Park this week. The top half is almost done.  The backstitching of this one will be done in gold metallic thread after I have finished all of the cross stitching.

I will be linking up with Kathy and the Slow Sunday Stitching group in the morning.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Two Blocks for the Price of One

I was home alone one evening this week and decided to make another Elgin Piecemakers Guild Comfort Quilt block, this time with a navy print and white.  Again, I got out my new Drunkard's Path rulers and started to play.  I cut the larger piece out bigger than the template as I had decided to cut the blocks in half diagonally and I still wanted a 12.5" block in the end. 

I sewed the triangles together to make 4 HST's and then laid them out for my block.  Uh, oh!  I ended up with a weird face with big ears....this was not what I had envisioned!

I went back to the cutting table and cut out four more blocks  and sewed them together. This is more like it!

In the end, I have two blocks, one spinning one way and the second one spinning the other way.  

One will be used the Comfort Quilt and the other will be used in a future project.  Here are my twin blocks:

Several of these blocks would make an interesting quilt...

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Challenge Project and Frank

I've been working on my Frank Lloyd Wright Oak Park Office Window again this week and I have turned the second corner!  I will be working on Frank again tomorrow for Slow Sunday Stitching. 

This week, I have been working on a Black, White and one other colour challenge for the London Modern Quilt Guild Show in September.  Each person in the guild was given a half yard of three fabrics: black, white and one other colour--Here are my fabrics:

The task was to create a 20 by 20" modern quilt using only these three fabrics.  I have been thinking about what I might make for months now and this week, finally made my quilt.

I used my new Drunkard's Path rulers (again!)  It's fun to see how many different ways the blocks can be put together to make unique quilts.   I was in a bit of a conundrum with the quilting and the quilt spent a few days on the design wall for me to look at it and figure out what to do next.   Friday afternoon, I plunged in and quilted the coral part 1/2" from the edges.

Using coral thread for all of the quilting, I sewed one inch out from the coral part of the quilt from  point to point and then echo quilted the rest of the black and white parts of the quilt.  I was not sure how this would look, but I am very pleased with the results!

The backing fabric was in my stash.

The finished quilt:

I added the coral binding yesterday and finished the hand sewing today.  I will add a hanging sleeve before the deadline in the spring.

Finn likes to sit here and look out the window at the squirrels. 

I've decided to keep track of my stash numbers this year.  I would like to use more than I add to the stash this year. January was a good month in this regard!

Fabric used/removed from the stash in January:  17.1 yards
Fabric purchased/added to the stash in January:   11.5 yards
Net Fabric used/removed from the stash in January:  5.6 yards
Net Fabric used/removed from the stash in 2019:  5.6 yards

I will be linking up with Kathy and her band of slow stitchers in the morning.   

Friday, February 1, 2019

Comfort Quilts and Blocks

The Elgin Piecemakers Guild met last week and there were lots of comfort quilts on display!  This scrappy churn dash was quilted by Julie and I love the quilting design she used!  

Yvonne has taken it home to add the binding. 

At our Christmas dinner, earlier in January, we each brought in a brown and teal block.  Here are all of the blocks on display.  I'm always amazed at the variety of blocks that come in each month and how well they all look when assembled into quilt tops. 

At last week's meeting, we all brought in our green, brown and cream blocks. I wonder what colour of sashing will get added to these blocks?  

I have been working on blocks for the upcoming comfort quilts. I like to have a few made ahead of time so I am not rushing at the last minute to make my blocks.   I used my drunkard's path rulers to make my blocks.  

Purple, green and white: 

Red and white:

Orange, Navy and green:

I have chosen my fabrics for my next block but it is not cut out yet.  I should have more to show in a week or two.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Preparing for the Coming Home BOM

As I told you a couple of weeks ago, I have signed up for Sarah Fielke's "Coming Home" Block of the Month (it is actually a medallion quilt...) 2019.  She sent out an email this week to everyone participating recommending that we each make a Block Book to keep our appliqué pieces in as we work on this quilt.  She sent us the link to a short video explaining how to make the book.  

I had just purchased a set of 4 sewing themed fat quarters earlier this month so I decided to use them for my book.

This project used up almost all of the fabric... I only have a few small scraps left.

I used the sewing machine fabric on the back of my book and for the  pocket on the inside of the front cover.   I had to add green strips to the side of the sewing machine fabric to make the pocket big enough.

There are 5 pieces of fleece for the pages which will hold the appliqué pieces.

Inside the back cover, I used the thimble fabric.

The green ribbon will be used to tie the book shut so the appliqué pieces stay secure inside when the book is shut.   I also added handles so I carry the book easily.

My daughter has been adding some more stitches to her Prague cityscape and I spent some time with Frank this week as well. I have turned the corner...

Finn enjoyed some fresh snow this week.

I will link up with Kathy and the other Slow Stitchers in the morning.