After reading about Kathy participating in a Bow tie block swap last year, I decided to jump in and join this year's swap at Fun with Barb. Barb actually is running two swaps--both with 4" finished broken dishes blocks. I joined up for the modern swap using solids (red and another colour of my choosing) and Christine signed up for the Civil War swap. Barb was hoping that 40 people would sign up for each swap but only 30 signed up for the Modern swap. (I think 40 signed up for the civil war swap.) The instructions soon arrived by e-mail. I needed to make 60 blocks--30 in each of two colours with the constant red. (Christine needs to make 80 blocks--in a way, I am happy I only needed to make 60!)
Christine and I will be mailing our blocks together so I will put mine in a bag, ready to go, and wait for her to get her civil war blocks made.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Several months ago, the members of the Elgin Piecemakers each donated several 10" squares of fabric with words on them. Jacqui had a pattern for a quilt using the squares and the donated squares would make two comfort quilts for adult chemo patients at our local hospital. Today, Jacqui and I got together to cut the squares up and sew them back together again to make a quilt top. We both sewed on Featherweight machines in Jacquie's sewing room. She has a great design wall which we used to lay out the pieces.
Sunday, September 18, 2016
While rooting around in the sewing room this week, I found a UFO! I know, this is shocking, isn't it?! I decided that I needed to get this project done and out of the UFO pile!
I did the wool Applique by hand ages ago...
And then started quilting it before getting distracted by another project or event in my life...
But today, I will get at it again! I am back on the hand quilting horse and I will stay on until this squirrelly project is done! Pinky swear! (When my daughter was little, that's what she said when she made a promise, while connecting pinky fingers with her friend. So, I promise to get this done! )
Friday, September 16, 2016
It is always fun to see everyone's blocks and how they come together into a quilt.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
I had some time yesterday to do some sewing so I laid out the backing, batting and top of the flannel vortex on the kitchen floor and did some pin basting. I would really rather do this on a table but no table was available at the time. My back likes me to use a table!! LOL.
All done and ready to give to a friend who is having a rough time at the moment.
In an effort to use up more of my flannel stash, I pieced the backing from odd hunks and chunks of fabrics that I used on the front as well as a few leftover slabs from the front. Here is a picture of the back:
It is a very cozy quilt, just how I like my quilts to be. FYI--the label has been added to the bottom right corner in the picture but I covered it up by turning up the corner of the quilt.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
I had a few challenges with last week's rabbit block... Luckily, Christine noticed my mistake before I got too far along!
'Ears to you!
Here is my finished rabbit:
And here is Christine's:
Monday, September 5, 2016
This quilt has been a long time coming, but it is finally done. I started it at a workshop over two years ago with Kathy Doughty from Material Obsession. It has been a pondering quilt. I have worked on it off and on, with lots of thinking time in between sewing to figure out what to do next.
The curves are quilted with curvy organic quilting--the narrow one is quilted with turquoise thread.
I matched the binding to the background fabric and the adjacent wedges.
While I was taking pictures in my yard this morning, I noticed this decorative grass seed head...