Wednesday, March 20, 2019

I Succumbed.

I tried not to catch it. I stayed away from places that I thought would be unsafe. But on Saturday I came down with a case Cheddarback Fever. 
So.....I pulled fabrics from my stash....

...cut all the sashings and cornerstones....

.....held my breath while I made what looked like the most difficult block (just to make sure I had really caught the fever)....

...and made the bonus block...

...yep.....I've got it!
The first five block patterns are free until the end of March HERE

 I showed this on Instagram, but want to share it here also.
At our March quilt guild meeting, we made up-cycled barn quilts. Jayne's hubby cut recycled wood into diamonds. Jayne and Char put together an assortment of colors for us to choose from and even provided the backing board with a hanging hook!   

No surprise that I went for the blue and white diamonds to make my Lemoyne Star.

I've been looking for something to balance out my letter M on the mantel and I think this star is what I've been searching for! 

Monday, March 11, 2019

On a Roll!

My goal quilt for March is quilted and the binding is almost finished---and it's not even the half way mark for the end of the month--what a good feeling. 
Well, I sort of feel like I should finish another UFO, but instead I've been working on some new stuff. 
I finished block 2 of Hospital Sketches. It's kind of a simple block so for fun I split the plume and used two fabrics (and it made it much easier to applique!).

Last week's and this week's batch of One Block Wednesday blocks. 

I've seen these blocks called circles or donuts by others online, and thought I should look up the block to see what it's actual name is in the  Barbara Brackman Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns.

Block #2626: The Wishing Ring (KC Star).
In the encyclopedia, the block is constructed with elongated hexagons (as were the blocks in Sheryl's inspiration quilt for the sew along). Hooray for Flippy Corners--much as I hate trimming them up! 

Twelve more Stonefield's blocks.
I think these are so fun to work on because there is such a quirky mix of blocks.

This is my pile of leftover fabrics from the first three sets of blocks--no worries if I cut something wrong! 

 The kit from Homestead Hearth is pretty awesome. There is a color photo of each block from the original quilt, notes from the designer, and the fabrics are labeled in small bundles for each block. It's been very easy to follow. I don't usually purchase kits, but I think I have mentioned that I bought this one from someone de-stashing at a price I couldn't refuse--lol!
I'm going to start on the next set of 12 right after a little dog walkie! 

Friday, March 1, 2019

March Goal

My One Monthly Goal for March will be to finish up my Flower Block Quilt Along quilt with Bea and Cecile.  The deadline is in April, so I would like to have this project done a bit ahead of time since I have a retreat happening later in that month.

While I was  digging for an inner border fabric, I found this gold and blue stripe in my stash. It looks pretty cute close up, but I'm not so sure about it at a distance.

It kind of reads as green when you step back from the design wall. I guess that would be okay as there as a lot of green in the applique blocks---something to ponder before making a final decision. I may have to re-dig and find an all gold fabric--probably a better choice. 

This is a "bonus" goal.
These quilts have been hanging untouched on this ladder in our entryway for years. There is quite a nice layer of dust accumulated on them! I've been meaning to swap them out for at least a year--hopefully I can motivate myself to do it this month!

Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
March OMG link-up is OPEN!!!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

February Goal: Check!

My One Monthly Goal for February, Village Square, is finished--whew!
I put the final stitches on the binding this past Sunday. 

Coming up with a different design for each roof was too much for my brain, a few of them had to be repeated.
The center of the quilt is done with an all over Orange Peel. 

Last night I remembered to add the label.

Willow wants this picture taking session to end NOW so she can go outside and sniff out the deer tracks. It's all about her--!

And....I have my Temecula One Block Wednesday blocks done for this week....and next week's too!
 I think I will reward myself by setting up some more Stonefield's blocks!

Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
February OMG Finish link-up is OPEN!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hospital Sketches BOM

Yay! My comments are showing up again--I followed a tip from Lori @HumbleQuilts and so far it's working. I'm a little worried about what will happen next week when Google+ goes away, although I'm not even sure exactly what Google+ is or how it works--haha!
I have been looking forward to the Barbara Brackman Hospital Sketches BOM since she announced it last year. The history of block one is fascinating. I had no idea Louisa May Alcott had published a book named Hospital Sketches under the pen name Trib Periwinkle about her time as a nurse (you can read the book HERE).   Choosing a fabric theme for my quilt would be a dilemma though. At first I thought I would do a traditional red/cheddar/green combo. Then I thought of using one of my bundles of fabrics that have been aging in the cupboard--Jo Morton, Betsy Chutchian, Judie Rothermel--hmmmm.  
In the end, I decided on blues--and scraps, to boot--go figure--lol! 

Although my first block is all Laundry Basket fabrics (because the bin was still sitting on the cutting table), I will be adding in other blue fabrics for future blocks. Barbara Brackman sent these fabrics to me (along with the signed book) in a surprise give-away on Facebook for posting the first block to the group page. So fun--and this will make my quilt very special (to me, at least)! 

 Yesterday I finally got around forced myself to long arm machine baste my Arctic Circles for hand quilting. I did a little research on doing this and never really came up with much. I have heard that you can take a stitch or two every three or four inches in a grid, but that sounded like I would end up with a huge net that would be a snagging disaster. I decided to set my machine to the largest stitches I could (4 to the inch) and do a large wave across each pass of the machine. 
This probably shows better on the back. Once the quilt was loaded and the machine threaded, the actual basting was complete in about 10 minutes. Much easier and faster than pinning! If I ever get it into my head to hand quilt again, this is how I will do the basting, for sure! 
 I used an orange thread so it will be easy to spot when I am ready to remove it. I deliberately did not worry about the tension thinking it will be easier to remove  the stitching later. 

I recently watched this Kaffe Fassett video on hand stitching called Kantha. It's   pretty much what I had been thinking I wanted to do on this quilt, although not as dense. I'm not a hand quilter, and have pretty bad arthritis in both of my wrists, but I think if I take it slow I will be okay. 
And look--the center is already done--lol! 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Progress Report

I'm not making any progress at all on my monthly goal, but I have managed to keep busy.....

I couldn't resist working on the next twelve blocks from my Stonefield's kit.
 They are such addictive little blocks!

My One Block Wednesday blocks are caught up for now--48 so far.
Twelve blocks a week is going to be tough if I am working on other things. I didn't cut the 90 2" strips as directed--I've been cutting from scraps that are close at hand, but pretty soon I will have to dip into the bins--lol! .

Hmmm----more Stonefield's blocks or work on my goal......?!?

Friday, February 1, 2019

February One Monthly Goal

Even though my Arctic Circles (aka  Temecula Summer Circles) is loaded on my machine, it's not my goal to be finished this month. I am going to try machine basting it and then do some hand quilting--we'll see how that goes--lol! 

 Village Square (pattern by Joanna Figueroa) is my February One Monthly Goal. I'm not sure why this one hasn't been finished yet--maybe because I never made it a GOAL! It's a goal now though, so wish me luck. I will be doing a little traveling this month that will cut into my sewing time, but I think I can do it! 

Linking with Elm Street Quilts for One Monthly Goal HERE
February OMG Goal link-up is OPEN!