Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Tiny Tip Tuesday (and a progress report)

By now, I'm sure almost everyone has one of these mist bottles for dispensing Best Press. As the starch is used, the bladder inside shrinks up making it difficult (at least for me) to refill. I had been using a chopstick to open up the bladder until one day, being in a hurry, I blew into the top of bottle as if I were blowing up a balloon. How did I not think to do this from the beginning??? So much faster!
Of course, one should always wipe the edge of the bottle before putting their lips on it. Nobody knows exactly what's in Best Press--except for Mary Ellen and she's not telling! 
Last week, I had a "buy one/ get one free" coupon from a Sunday paper insert  for Febreze One Fabric and Air mist. Naturally I couldn't pass up that deal and lookie lookie---it comes in the exactly same mist bottle I've been using for Best Press! I'll be up-cycling these for sure. Being a fabric mist, I'm assuming they mean sofas and pillows and not our stashes.
FYI: If you don't have a mist bottle yet and abhor air fresheners, I noticed several quilt shops selling them at the last quilt show I attended. Check your local quilt shop.  Lots of them have cute "quilty" decorations. I've also bought several for gifts (and myself) from this company at a great price.
So far, my goal to use up those LeMoyne Stars is coming along nicely. I had 6" stars and 7" stars so I adapted a Missouri Star pattern called Stars and Stripes to use both sizes. I'm so pleased to have used up the stars as well as the red and tan jelly roll strips that have been aging in a bin for several years. 

Sooooo....I still have a pile of these matching stars. 

While looking for ideas to use them, I came across this Miss Rosie pattern: Due South. It requires 11 6" saw-tooth stars. I had 8 of the LeMoyne Stars and they happened to be 6".  I decided if I made a smaller size quilt, my 8 stars would work fine. 

As I was pulling fabrics from my stash for the flying geese, I found all three of the fabrics I had used to make the matched LeMoyne Stars. I chose to stitch up an additional 3 stars and make the quilt the size in the book. Also, I realized I have an enormous amount of fabric and need to make a lot of bigger quilts! For Due South, I have to make 212 flying geese.  I like to use my Quilt in a Day Flying Geese tool that makes four geese at a time so I needed to cut 53 squares of dark and light fabric.

Of course I had to make a test block--compared to what I've been working on lately, these geese are enormous!! Okay, only 3" x 6" finished, but still....

Yesterday I finished the two steps of stitching. and started clipping the back seam (if you use the tool, you know what I mean). 

This morning I finished the clipping, gave my squares a final press and now I will work on releasing the geese! I'm not sure this top will get completed by the end of the month--I feel like it's a bonus since I have Stars and Stripes put together. I do want to get that one quilted but I have jury duty beginning next Tuesday so things are a little up in the air!
In the meantime, I'm off for a little "walkie" with Willow! 

Friday, August 10, 2018

Pets On Quilts/Dogs on Quilts

I'm joining Pets on Quilts with a photo of Willow on my Foothill's quilt.
You may be able to tell Willow looks a little uncomfortable posing on this quilt....

...and that's probably because of this hole she chewed into the top...

....and all the way through to the back! :-(

I told my friend Sandi B about this episode and she suggested I applique a heart with Willow's name over it and move on.
 My applique heart says:
This patch is here to cover up
A bit of damage by a teething pup! 

Willow 2018
Fortunately, I had lots of the backing fabric left over and the patch on the back isn't too noticeable. 

I think this guilty face shows that she knows what that patch is all about! 

When the quilt is folded up and put away, Willow is much happier!
 And I can't stay mad at that sweet face! 
You can see lots more Pets on Quilts HERE
Starts August 10th!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August Goal

My 4" x 5" Anthology blocks weren't part of any goals, aside from a personal challenge to get them finished. These are the final seventeen. I'm thinking I will wait until my next quilt retreat where there is plenty of room to lay all 182 blocks out and do some rearranging before sewing them all together. 

So this is my design wall today. I have revisited my Rapid Fire Lemoyne stars from the Moosebay Muses stash archives--lol! I had a stack of unfinished stars in various states of completion left over from when I taught classes using the Rapid Fire ruler. 

My favorites are the variations like this framed star. 

My One Monthly Goal for August is to come up with a quilt top suitable for a QOV using some of the LeMoyne Stars I've started putting together. I have a couple ideas from the free downloads of Block magazine courtesy of Missouri Star HERE  

If I can finish my goal, I hope to get more of these 3 inch stars made--I'd love to at least double the size that I have so far! 

Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
OMG August link-up is open!

Saturday, July 28, 2018

July Goals Met!

My One Monthly Goal quilt is complete.
I didn't intend to rotate the orientation of the Schoolgirl Puzzle blocks, but about half way though adding the triangles around the blocks, I realized I had turned the directional fabric on some of the them. In the end, I'm liking the way it turned out. Sometimes big boo-boos become happy accidents! 
There is a small flower in the light blue check that needs to be face up--lol! 

The back is a very nice quality, wide muslin from a donation to one of our sewing groups. I like the way it shows off the  Easy Orange Peel pantograph I used for the quilting. Because of the light back, I used a cream colored thread to do the quilting. 

Scrappy binding.
 I have a small stash of QOV labels so this quilt is ready to go! 

A little traditional, a little funky! 

That stack of cut blocks I showed in a previous post has all been sewn. 

My favorite and least favorite blocks of the group.
Sail Away: favorite because it's cute. Drum: least favorite because of those skinny quarter inch pieces. 

And then this happened--15 more blocks!
Only 17 left to go--yay!!!!
Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
OMG July Goal finish link-up is open!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Mid July Update

My One Monthly Goal for July is finished--more on that later this month. 

I don't think I posted the June   Patches of Blue quilt along block. The block instructions are posted mid-month, so I didn't work on this until I finished my goal quilt. 

This week, I've been working on some 4" x 5" Anthology blocks.
Twenty more finished! 

I was pretty nervous to do this one--the flying geese are 3/4" x 1" finished.
It's not perfect, but it will do.


This is my favorite of the group of twenty. I think it would make a pretty quilt.
In a bigger size block. 

The 4" x 5" Anthology group I've been sewing along with has kind of morphed into a Summer Circles Enabler group--lol! I've been working on these a little at night (when I should be finishing up Mrs. Billing hexies!).

And today Edyta posted the July Patches of Blue block(s). It was nice to sew up something bigger than a 4" x 5" block! 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

A Patriotic Goal

I'm doing the One Block Challenge from Annette Plog.  The challenge block is the Schoolgirl's Puzzle and was chosen by Laurie Simpson. 

So far this year I've managed to resist joining every sew along or challenge that crosses my path. My July One Monthly Goal was an exception for a couple of reasons. 

It gave me a chance to put my Cat's Cradle ruler in action. 

I don't use the ruler a lot but I love how easy it makes these units! 

It's an opportunity to use some of my Minick and Simpson stash--this is one of two peach crates filled with M&S scraps and precuts. 

My personal challenge is to get my blocks large enough to make a QOV quilt. No other pieced blocks can be used in the challenge, so it's either make a lot of blocks or build them out. 

I opted for making just twelve blocks and adding triangles, sashing and borders to get my quilt to the right size.

I'm loving how it's looking so far--it's going to be hard to give this one away! My One Monthly Goal is to get this pieced, quilted and bound!
OMG July Goal link-up is open!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

June One Monthly Goal Done!

My One Monthly Goal for June was to finish my Jamestown Landing Quilt. The quilt was started in a class last August with Bonnie Hunter.

I would have liked to photo this outside and get a look at the whole quilt, but I don't have a good spot to do that right now. 

I used an all over fan to quilt it--I like the texture.  

I'm not sure where it will end up--maybe I should have made it table size!

The quilt was made "by the book" until it came to the borders. My inner border is slightly wider as I already had the strips cut. The outer border is slightly narrower--and I'm not sure why--lol! I also mitered the corners because I thought it was a nicer finish. 

Jamestown Landing is in Bonnie Hunter's book String Fling.

I  think I mentioned before that the binding was finished by machine. I used a wide muslin for the back--just wasn't in the mood to piece one and the muslin was on hand. 
You can see that my fan quilting is far from perfect! 
Willow and her Chippy seem to approve!

Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE

OMG Finish link-up is open!