Sunday, May 29, 2016

Slow!

I'm not sure if it was the cellulitis infection or the medication I had to take to clear it up, but it seems the "write-side" of my brain shut down for a while. Lesson learned: be very careful treating small cuts and bug bites! Thank goodness for the nurses in my life--thanks again Miriam and Nancy!
I'm going to try to get back to blog posting after a month of avoiding my computer--here goes:
At least I didn't lose my sewing mojo! My May UFO, Devils' Claw, is complete--yippee!

It's probably difficult to see the quilting, but I used my clam shell ruler to quilt the top with an orange peel design.
I had intended to just do a simple meander, but somehow this design won out and I'm really happy with how it looks on all that piecing.

Look at all the pink prints I was able to use up on the back--yay!
(More room for incoming fabrics!)

This was a really fun one to make--labor intensive, but worth it (except for those pesky square in a square segments!). And it was a good way to use lots of those fat quarters that seem to pile up. The pattern is from the book Civil War Remembered by the Country Threads ladies.
(Yes, I still need to get those bedding plants in the ground!)

I would say I've been hard at work on the three inch blocks for Lisa's Flower Garden, but really, these aren't work. They have been very addictive and so much fun to stitch. 

I only have nine of them left--perfect for some Slow Sunday Stitching!
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Monday, May 2, 2016

Catching Up and May UFO hopeful...

My May UFO One Monthly Goal candidate:
Devil's Claw!
One of my goals at Quilt Camp was to get my Devil's Claw blocks sewn together. I was kind of dreading it because of all the matching that would need to be done, but it went together without too much trouble. Thankfully, the way the blocks were pressed on the back made them nestle together very nicely! Now if I can get the backing sewn up (using chunks of my Kim Diehl stash) and the binding made (blue, of course!) this will be put on the quilting machine ASAP.
I think just an edge to edge design will be best for this one--it's so busy, I don't think anything fancy would show up--what do you think? 

I'm supposed to keep my leg "still" while it heals, so that rules out my walks and gives me lots more time to sit at the machine and sew! These are the Clue Nine blocks for the ThimbleCreek mystery.  

And these are the Clue Ten blocks! We're done!
Now the wait for the finishing instructions begins--maybe there will be checkerboards???
 It's going to be hard to wait to see the solution to this mystery! 

My little Temecula Circa 2016 blocks are up finally up to date.
 I love the tiny churn dash blocks--a whole quilt of the them would be very cute....hmmm...

I'm really loving the Let It Snow blocks from Buttermilk Basin.
They have been a lot of fun to stitch and it's hard to wait a whole month for the next block! 
Another finish from my 2016 Finish-A-Long list: 
 My little Temecula Summer InstaSewalong--yay!
 I had started hand quilting it and was forced to give up on that idea when my wrist told me to stop (seeing the doc on Wed. for a cortisone injection!). I really wanted to get this one finished so I could use it on my bedside table,
The machine stitching between each row was done with silk thread--it's pretty much invisible and gives each row a little puff. This was on my list of 2Q Finish-A-Long, so I'm making a little more progress on those goals.

Now to catch up on the 365 Challenge blocks--yes, I've fallen behind again...

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Friday, April 29, 2016

April UFO finish!

I've been a bit under the weather since I got back from quilt camp. An insect bite I had before I left went terribly wrong. You know it's bad when nurses are shocked! Anyway, I finally went to Urgent Care, got a couple medications, and now, all is right with the world (or in this case, my leg!). 
One of the medications is an anti-itch, so I have been in slo-mo mode all week. It took me three days, but I am finally caught up with the 365 Challenge blocks for last week. The three inch one in the dark row marked with the yellow butterfly pin was our last small block for a while. I was pretty excited to move on to the six inch blocks until I saw the first one consisted of four three inch star blocks--yeesh! The six inch block on the lower right--yep--square in a square--nine of them! I went to my EQ7 program and printed out paper foundations to save my sanity. 

Before I left for Quilt Camp, I got my dark borders sewn onto the medallion. If I get tired of being challenged, at least I will have a nice table topper!

Since I'm feeling so sleepy, I wouldn't be posting, but it's almost the end of the month and I haven't shown my finish! My Memory Bouquet aka Vintage Memories (my name for my quilt), has been quilted and bound for at least a week.

I didn't get the label sewn on until this morning--now this quilt is finished!

I didn't do any quilting in the red fabric--I didn't think it was needed (and I'm a really lazy quilter!). Fortunately, even after all these years, I was able to locate the binding I had made from the same red fabric I used in the rest of the quilt--that was a relief!
You can see the trees haven't leafed out yet--hopefully soon we'll be seeing green!
A little bit about the quilt:
The Memory Bouquet blocks were published in 1930 by The Kansas City Star newspaper. The designs were drawn by Eveline Foland and meant to be appliqued. This was a Stitch Therapy group project at Colorz several years ago and several people did do
 applique versions. We used the book Star Quilts II that contains all twenty blocks, but some stitchers also used Deb Kratovil's designs that I see are now available on Craftsy HERE. My version is a mix of embroidery and applique. I used a Crabapple Hill fabric from Lucien as my embroidery background. The red fabric is a repro--I'm sorry, I don't recall the designer. My embroidery was done with two strands of a Cosmo #858. The dog tooth border around each embroidered block was appliqued--read about that HERE and also HERE.
Whew---I'm off to take a nap!
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Friday, April 22, 2016

Ready to Go!!

Striking Strip Quilts
I don't think I have mentioned yet that I was gifted with these two books from  Martingale during the All in a Row Sew Along. 

I've found several quilts that I need to put on my to-do list--love this log cabin quilt by Carrie Nelson from the I Love Log Cabins book...

and this spider web quilt from Striking Strip Quilts by Kate Henderson is pretty awesome too. 

This is a very fun one too (also from Striking Strips)--I sure wish there were more hours in the day to stitch all the quilts I would love to make!! 

From Moda, I got these two charm packs--both of these lines are pretty cool!

Well, I'm almost done packing for the retreat and my 2Q Finish-A-Long Quilt Camp Pillowcase is finished and ready to take along. I don't think I need to worry about leaving behind a pillow that's wearing this--lol!
See you next week!!

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Another Hump Day Progress Report!

Somehow, it's already Wednesday, and I'm still working on binding my April UFO. As usual I got a little sidetracked...
Since my Stitch Therapy meeting was on Monday morning, I needed to make up a few Lisa's Flower Garden blocks before class in case there were any little tips I could pass along. The wool applique blocks are only fused in place. I haven't started any stitching yet, but I am definitely itching to do that!

On Tuesday, I managed to finish the stitching on the Little Wooly Baskets blocks while I was at the Breezy Point Sew-In. 

I had to add some stems to the strawberry blossoms and little seeds to the strawberries just for fun. 
And another week of 365 Challenge blocks are done--whew!
I hadn't sewn any of these since last Wednesday, so Monday night I got back up to speed.
Thankfully, yesterday's and today's blocks were pretty simple.

I don't know what I was thinking, but in my mind, quilt camp was another week away. Wrong! It starts this Saturday--yikes!  I will be doing my packing the rest of this week. There's a longarm quilting meeting on Friday, so I will need to stay on task tonight and tomorrow, for sure!
I've got my ThimbleCreek Clue 9 fabrics cut and will take them along to sew at the retreat.
The blocks are (again) perfect for the Magic 8 technique, so it was quick cutting.
Back to packing!! 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Slow and Steady...

Last Sunday it was pedal to the metal sewing for me, so I am sooooo ready for some Slow Sunday Stitching this week!
That "fast" quilting has paid off and now I can relax and stitch my binding. I may even do that outside--it's looking like a glorious day. It's crazy how we went from temps in the 30's to the 70's (80's one day) in just a few days, but I am loving it!

Sneak peek:
 Monday is the first meeting of Stitch Therapy in 2016 at Colorz Quilt Shop. We will be making Lisa's Flower Garden (or variations there of). This is my "palette" of wool and fabrics. I'm using Moda charm squares from Betsy Chutchain's Lizzie's Legacy line and Laundry Basket Quilt's Sticks and Stones. I will be mixing in a few pieces from my own stash also, but not much. More to come....
I hope you find some time today to do some slow stitching!
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hump Day Update

I've been trying really hard to stay focused and keep plugging away on my machine quilting project.
I was a little stressed about stitching over the embroidery but it's such a large area-- it really needed to be nailed down. I'm very pleased with how it's looking though. The oval around the embroidery was an idea from the brilliant Marcia Stevens.
Only two rows left to go--unless you count the sashing as a row (I do!)--then there are five rows to go. And, of course, then there's the border....

Okay, you knew I couldn't stay completely focused!
I have been taking a little time to keep up with my Sew Along projects. These are the latest blocks for Circa 2016  from Temecula Quilt Company. It was mentioned that we will need 120 Half Square Triangles for finishing the quilt top in October--may as well sew them up now and be done with it, right?

This week's ThimbleCreek mystery blocks went together really quick and easy--love that! 

And another week of 365 Challenge Blocks is under the bridge--most of these were not quick or easy!

I would really like to just sit and stitch on the latest baskets from Linen Closet Designs, but I am going to get back to the quilting machine after a quick walk---we finally have some decent temps outside and I don't want to miss out!
Hope you find time to do some sewing too!