Saturday, November 9, 2019

Busy Week with lots of Sewing!

I must say that retirement is agreeing with me!  I spent one day this week sewing with members of the Oxford Guild where I worked on the assembly of my Tula Pink 100 Modern Blocks sampler.  They had nice long tables for me to lay everything out for measuring the strips that go between the rows of blocks.  I could not do this at home.  I managed to get almost half of the quilt assembled by the end of the day and hope to finish the quilt top this coming week. 


I am still walking an hour every day, even when it is cold out. We had some snow this week... I had to bring my boots up from the basement.  I managed to get the front gardens cleaned up and the leaves raked before it snowed.  I attended not one, but two quilting workshops this past week.  Friday, I spent the day with Bill Stearman taking his Double Disappearing Nine Patch class.



Here are some sample blocks that I made in class.  He provided kits (for a fee) which included all the parts needed for each block.  The colourful fabric was hand dyed by Bill.




I have some ideas for baby quilts based on the DD9P method he taught.  They will have to wait until I finish a few other projects first.

Today, I took a Weight of Love class with Libs Elliott at the London Modern Guild.  I spent much of my time this week picking out 17 fabrics for the quilt and getting all of the pieces cut before the class.

Darks:



Mediums: (the blue and green solids on the left are lighter than the ones in the picture above...just hard to tell in this picture!)



Lights:


The prints were all purchased at a quilt show in Ailsa Craig earlier this year that featured quilts from New Zealand.  One of the vendors imported some NZ fabrics for her booth.  There was a lot of cutting for this quilt!



At the workshop, we did lots of block assembly first and then laid them out on the design walls/floor.


The blue sticky notes helped me keep track of the blocks.


We learned how to sew the blocks together with Y-seams.  I didn't do too badly with my first attempt!


I will get back to working on this quilt after the Tula Pink sampler is done.


I sat down to do some counted cross stitch tonight and noticed that I had a stain on the Aida cloth--likely dried blood from poking my finger.  I used some Oxyclean gel to remove almost all of the stain and then rinsed it out and laid it out to dry.  No stitching tonight.  Hopefully, it will be dry by the morning so I can do some stitching tomorrow.


I will be stitching along with Kathy's Slow stitchers tomorrow.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Flannel Vortex Baby Quilt

Early this week, I took all of my blocks of various shapes and sizes, and cobbled them into a quilt top.  This was my 4th vortex quilt, inspired by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom quilts, made in an attempt to tame my flannel scrap bin.  I even used some flannel leftovers to piece the back.  These strips were purchased at the modern guild rummage sale a few weeks ago.


Many of these flannel fabrics are filled with memories--lots of leftovers from PJ's made for my daughter and nieces when they were little---now, all three are in their 20's.


I quilted this one on my DSM, using my walking foot, with a pattern of two straight lines, followed by a curvy line.  I wanted to make sure there was lots of quilting to keep all of those small pieces stable, wash after wash, as the quilt is used by a baby.


I got to the end of the quilting, pleased to be done, ready to trim the quilt, to add the binding.  Looking good on this side, but then I turned it over...


Yikes.   I had quilted 4 inches of the edge  backing onto the back of the quilt.  I took out my super sharp scissors and cut away much of the overlapping fabric, without undoing the quilting.   After getting it down to 2", I took out my ruler and my rotary cutter, and trimmed off the remaining overlapping chunk.  No one will ever know that I did this, so please don't spill the beans!!! (LOL!)


I found the binding fabric in my stash--it has made an appearance in other baby quilts that I have made in the past.  I did some of the hand stitching yesterday afternoon and some today in the car.  Here is the finished quilt...I just need to add a label.


I will be linking up with Kathy's slow Sunday stitching group tomorrow.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Crafters' Retreat

Christine and I spent the weekend at Camp...we each brought numerous projects with us and I am happy to report that progress was made on everything!


My ironing board is almost due for a new cover---ignoring that, you can see I worked on my flannel vortex baby quilt--my third flannel vortex quilt (I have also done one out of cotton quilting scraps).  This quilt involves lots of sewing, pressing, trimming, and then more sewing, pressing and trimming. I went home with some larger chunks, ready to be made into a quilt top.


I started a new Christmas quilt--no pattern, just my own design as you go project.  I will keep playing with more of the fabrics to add more shapes to this one.


I cut up yards and yards of these two fabrics for sashing and borders for my Tula Pink 100 Modern Blocks quilt.


I made them into twosies.


Here they are all sewn to the blocks, waiting to be pressed.  After pressing, the blocks got put away in the bag to be taken home for some time on the design wall before sewing them together.


I also did some hand sewing on Frank Lloyd Wright--no pictures--just some more outlining.  I sewed down the binding on the Christmas tree wall hanging as well.


I finished off a couple of Christmas gifts as well...top secret...no pictures.

By this time, my sewing machine was balking at sewing smoothly, so I checked under the bobbin for fluff...


Just as I thought...


Cleaned out and working much better afterwards!


There were delicious pumpkin scones to eat...


We went on a few walks around the camp on Saturday as it was a lovely sunny day.


Stairs to the beach.


Early morning walk.


A comfortable spot to watch the waves roll in.


We couldn't miss a visit to the ladies.


What a great weekend with the crazy quilters!  Lots of laughs and lots of sewing.

I came home and after supper, my husband and I finished putting together the quilt block puzzle.


Until next time...

Friday, October 25, 2019

Slow Stitching Report (and a couple of pouches)

I have been working on cleaning up my sewing room this week.  It is looking much better but there is still work to do.  I found this Christmas tree block in a pile and decided to make it into a little wall hanging.  I quilted it with wavy lines using my walking foot and some bright green thread, which doesn't really show up very well in this picture!  I have a bin with leftover binding in it and found this red and white striped binding.  I added it to the quilted block and will hand stitch it down this weekend.  The block was leftover from some pillows I made three years ago. 


I continue to make slow progress on my Frank Lloyd Wright Waterlilies counted cross stitch project.  I must admit that this part is a bit boring... for me to stitch and for you to look at.


My friend, Pat, came over yesterday afternoon to learn how to make a wide open zipper pouch.  The pattern is from Noodlehead.  A friend had given her the bee fabric and she purchased the other two fabrics to make the pouch about a year ago.  She made the large size so that she can use it for a knitting project case.



I made this pouch earlier in the week. It is a gift for someone who does not read my blog.



While Pat was making her pouch, I made this one to show her the steps in making it.


Now that I am retired, Pat and I walk for about an hour every day, usually at a local park.  Yesterday, we were greeted by this heron.


Have a great weekend!  I will link up with Kathy and the Slow Stitchers on Sunday morning.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Plus Sign Baby Quilt

The binding is on and the quilt is finished!  This quilt is a modification of the Rick Rack Runner pattern from "Modern Plus Sign Quilts" by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander.  I met Paige at QuiltCon in Nashville this past February.  Her day job involves working with numbers so I know where she gets her inspiration for the patterns in the book! 


I had a stash of 30's prints which were used in this quilt. I still have lots left...


If you look closely, you can see the vertical and horizontal lines of quilting.


The backing is a pink dot flannel fabric from my stash.  I added a few extra plus signs on the back because the flannel was not wide enough.


The binding is made from strips of each of the 30's prints in the quilt.  There are two plus signs of each fabric I used on the front of the quilt--perfect for a matching game.  I had to wait until my quilt holder was available to assist with pictures this morning.  There is no recipient in mind for this quilt.


Finn found a very comfortable spot to rest while keeping an eye on everyone on Thanksgiving weekend.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Last 6 Blocks DONE!

I spent today at a sew-in, making the last 6 blocks for my Tula Pink 100 Modern Blocks quilt.


I used my black and white stash for this quilt along with three fat quarters of Tula Pink fabric which I purchased at QuiltCon in Nashville in February this year.  



A few blocks are just black and white, but most have a little bit of colour in them.




Some of these fabrics have been in my stash for quite a while.  I used up the last bits of some of the fabrics but still have lots left of others.  The black and white drawer in my fabric storage area should not be quite so full now. 


I had to be quite frugal with the colour in each of the last few blocks as I did not want to run out of choices before the blocks were done.  There are only a few small scraps of the fat quarters left now.  I'm not sure why I did not use more of the darker part of the blue fabric--maybe just not enough contrast with some of the black fabrics. 

Here is my pile of 100 blocks. 


The fabric for setting them has been purchased and I hope to get the top put together at an upcoming quilting retreat. This will be a queen sized quilt.