Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I'm Still Here....

I've been slowly plugging away on my Celtic (Christmas) Solstice top. All of the reverse sewing has been completed and the top is loaded on the quilting machine--yay! 
The quilt is so enormous! I have the sides folded in to fit it on my machine--my table is only 10 feet or so long. I will turn the quilt when I get to the end so I can finish the side borders. I hope it works out--I've never run into this situation before! 

This started out as a stash burner to use up old Christmas fabrics, but I quickly ran out of those, so there's a bit of everything in here as long as the colors worked. 

I'm actually kind of procrastinating now as I decided what all over design to use. It won't show up much since there is so much scrappiness, just some texture. Hopefully I'll make a decision soon, so I can go onto other things---lol!

Linking with Scraptastic Tuesday HERE 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Yeesh....

I kind of lost my mojo in January--all my own fault. Things started off great...I was overjoyed to finish all the blocks for my Christmas (Celtic) Solstice quilt at quilt camp and almost got all the rows constructed too. When I returned home, I put on the last two rows and double checked my pattern for the border instructions just to see how many parts I needed to sew for each side. 
In the words of Mr. Bill:
 Oh Noooooooo....!
I did a lot of color substitutions from the original pattern. Where Bonnie used orange, I chose to use tan. This is how most of the star blocks look in my quilt. Those tan background star points (Peaky and Spike blocks aka Tri-Rec) were supposed to only be used in the borders, not in the blocks (obviously orange would not look good here!)--ack! 

This is how all the blocks should look--using only the Peaky and Spike blocks with the white backgrounds. Before I realized my mistake, I was perfectly happy with my quilt--it looked fine. Once I realized what I had done, I was willing to live with it and told myself probably no one else would ever know the difference. You can probably guess where this is going....
Yes, after a day or so, those errant blocks began to taunt me and I
 just couldn't stand looking at them any longer! I've spent the last two weeks reverse sewing the tan blocks and replacing them with the correct white ones (which I had already sewn into border strips, BTW... double ack!).
I'm about half way done--only 50 or so more to go. This has been very tedious, to say the least, but I know it would bother me forever if I didn't fix it.
Yeah, I'm nuts!!

I do vaguely remember some Peaky and Spike blocks along with some other fabrics in a baggie labeled Borders, and wondered why they were in there--duh!
Lesson learned: write yourself profuse notes (and reread the pattern) if you set a project aside for a while (years)!!
Christmas Solstice is going to be my February One Monthly Goal to complete, so hopefully I will persevere!

To get a little relief (and do some forward sewing), I am making log cabin blocks using leftover fabrics from my 365 Challenge Blocks
I was inspired to get started on this project by the Béa et Cécile Quilt-a-Long on Facebook HERE. We do two blocks a week--I think I can handle that! These blocks are going to be used in an Idaho Square Dance top--the cover quilt on Bonnie Hunter's latest book. It's been a relaxing respite--no half square triangle to square up, no flying geese, and no Peaky and Spike blocks! As long as my quarter inch seam is accurate, this one should be a breeze. Hopefully, I won't end up packing this away so that in a few years I dig it out and mess it up like Christmas Solstice--haha! 

This is block four of Primitive Garden.
I belong to a Facebook group that has been making one block a month and the shovel was our January block. It's been a fun Sew Along since the pattern designer, Lisa Bongean, has been watching over us and doing some give-aways. I've won some needles and a wool bundle--an extra incentive to stay on top of this project!

Back to my reverse sewing project--boo!
Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Slow Stitching and a Goal Met

My Wooly Block Adventure block has been made into a little hanging quilt.
This was my UFO finish for January and is also on my 2017 Finish-A-Long list list. 

A little crazy quilting for the block frame. I considered using a red homespun for the binding, but ended up using a blue French General fabric that was a perfect match.

My friend Rebecca gave me the idea to do the crazy patch quilting for the border. I really love how it turned out. A lot of the blue wool pieces were left over from cutting hexagons--a good way to use up those scraps. 

I think Pam Curo's depiction of these deer is so sweet, even though I detest the deer around my house. Yesterday we had a herd of twelve deer in the backyard. I can't even begin to describe how badly my gardens have been destroyed by these critters!

I'm more than half way through the stitching on my wool hexagon project. I've been using up every blue and gray wool thread in my stash (you can probably see the variation in color in the fly stitching). Eventually, I ran out of stash threads and had to order some new ones. The spool above is Rustic Wool Moire. It's much stiffer and stronger than the DMC wool I've been using. It also seems a bit heavier, but that may be because it kind of sits on top of the surface instead of sinking in a bit like the DMC.
I'm going to be fly stitching tonight while enjoying Victoria and Homeland--it's going to be a nice evening!

Linking with Slow Sunday Stitching HERE
and One Monthly Goal HERE

Sunday, January 8, 2017

2017 Finish-A-Long and Something Slow Too!

Kyle sent me the file to make my list of projects I hope to finish in 2017.
It's supposed to be 17 UFOs in 2017, but since I have waaaaaaay more than 17, I filled the entire page to remind of what still needs to be worked on--in case I run out--haha!

Realistically, I probably won't get half of these done, but like they say--Dream Big!
The following projects are going on my 2017 First Quarter Finish A Long list--we'll see how I do on these! 
I just finished stay stitching the edges and pressing all the seams on this monster.....
Yes!!! My 365 Block Challenge top is complete!!! Now to get it quilted.....a top priority ASAP. 


As you might imagine, I have massive amounts of blue and cream fabrics left over from the above project. I've been perusing Bonnie Hunter blocks and patterns and I think I see a version of Jamestown Landing in my future (right hand side of photo).

Speaking of Bonnie Hunter, I really need to get my (Christmas) Celtic Solstice finished. I have lots of blocks left to piece, and will be working on them at retreat starting tomorrow. It would be so great to get this one completed.

I made zero progress on Mrs. Billings in 2016, but I am still very gung-ho about her--gotta get this one done! 

Of course I need to finish my Wooly Block Adventure quilt since I declared it my January OMG project. 

Anyone interested in an Austin Bluebird Sampler Sew Along? I'm going to do a blue and gold version--can't wait to dig into these yummy fabrics! 

I feel so bad every time I come across this box of Texas Star blocks.
I hand pieced 99 of these stars back when we remodeled the upper level of our home and I had no sewing space. I need to get them put together (and in an ideal world, hand quilt it)!  
These spools were a leader/ender project a couple years ago and have been languishing in this tin ever since. 
I need to make a lot more strip sets to finish Trail Mix, but I have a signed label from Edyta Sitar for the back--that's half the battle, right? 

I continue to work on the fly stitching on my wool hexagon quilt---it's my current go-to sewing in the evenings.
I have made a lot of progress on this and will be working on it today for Slow Sunday Stitching now that my 365 Challenge has been met and my retreat packing is complete!





Thursday, January 5, 2017

A January Goal

After my marathon quilting spree, I've finally had a chance to catch up on the 365 Challenge blocks--whew! 

This was the very last block and the first block I had to do some hand piecing to finish--so many crazy miters and set in seams--ack! I didn't even measure it when it was finished, so I'm hoping it's close to 6.5" --  I'm not revisiting it--lol! 

After finishing that final block, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I almost don't know what to do with myself--haha! The first thing I did do was take everything out of my laundry room and clean it from top to bottom. It felt good to get that done too--another weight lifted.
So, to go easy on myself, my January goal is to finish this little project. My friend Rebecca suggested an idea for a border that I'm pretty excited about. In the meantime, I need to do packing for a quilt retreat that starts on Monday!
Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE

Monday, January 2, 2017

Front Porch Finale

My Front Porch top is complete!
Well, there may be a little more tweaking as I take a closer look at the whole quilt pinned up on the wall, but I'm pretty happy with how it looks now after making some changes. 
I was never happy with the big spacer blocks or the four patch block that I had subbed. Then one night just as I was drifting off to sleep it came to me: Shoo Fly! What would be more appropriate for a Front Porch than a Shoo Fly block? 
I had to go back and fill the baskets with flowers--no empty baskets on my Front Porch! 

I felt the applique boat in the pattern looked a little lost in that big space, so I pieced a boat to about the same block size and added spacers on either side. 

I stole borrowed Lori's idea to add my initials and a 16 for the year the quilt was made. 

This quilt is enormous. I've got it pinned up above my design wall and it still drags on the floor. I'm really looking forward to quilting it--I think it will be lots of fun to just doodle on. Thanks for the fun sew along, Lori! 
 I'm linking up with Lori at Humble Quilts HERE--go check out more versions of Front Porch! 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Squeezing in one more!

I have one more finish before the year ends in a few hours! 
A Blackbird Gathering---this was a free Block of the Month on the Quilts by Cheri--Friendship Group Facebook page.
This was also on my fourth quarter Finish-A-Long list HERE


I had lots of fun quilting it with some freehand primitive shapes.


Since it's a small quilt (35"x 40") the backing didn't need to be pieced--a big time saver for sure! I've had this piece of Blackbird Designs sampler in my stash for ages and thought it would be a good time to use it up. 

It feels so good to have some projects finished completely!
Now I have some time to get back to the 365 Challenge blocks--right after I finish appliqueing some details for a link up on January 2nd--see you then!
Have a sip of bubbly for me--I'll be sleeping--lol!
Happy New Year!