Friday, April 12, 2019

An April Update

Well, the good thing about the continuing snow is that I can stay inside and work on UFO's instead of doing yard work. It's beginning to look like winter will never end here.
Before I started working on my UFO's, I finished up the next twelve Stonefield's blocks that I had prepped. 

Finally! I got to do everyone's favorite block--The Owl and the Pussycat--so cute! I changed out almost every fabric in the kit except for the pea green boat and moon.

I had a lot of angst trying to decide how to quilt my Buggy Wheels (which in error I have been calling Wagon Wheels) quilt. I printed out a couple pages of the block from my EQ program and used a Pilot Frixion pen to doodle some designs. The beauty of using the Frixion is that I can iron the  sheets of paper and start over until I find a design I like. In the end, neither of these made the cut, but my quilt is finished--just need to add the label--hooray! 




I felt so good about finishing my April goal quilt that I loaded up my Hunter's Star top, hit Pinterest for some quilting ideas, came upon this awesome video for a continuous line quilt design specifically for the Hunter's Star, and finished another quilt in record time! Another hooray!

I haven't been working on much else, although
I am up to date with the Wishing Ring blocks (144) and have another 24 ready to stitch. The way I have been handling them is to fill 6 of my block boards with four blocks each for a total of 24. I have them close to my sewing machine and when I have a few spare moments, I sew some up--pretty painless so far. 


Now my roadblock!
I am completely stumped as to how to quilt the Half and Half top. My only thought is that it would look nice with continuous feathers in the spaces around the stars however, that would require a lot of rolling back and forth or stopping and starting and I would probably have to work that out ahead of time. I'm kind of a "fly by the seat of my pants" type of quilter though, so maybe not.
This one may end up with an edge to edge design......

Back to pondering---Laters!!!

18 comments:

  1. The Owl and Pussycat block is adorable. I don't know what the original fabrics were, but I really like what you used.
    The quilting on the Hunter Star compliments it perfectly, and I am always grateful for a continuous design.
    At the rate you are going, you will have those Wishing Ring blocks made without having to think too hard about it.
    I'd be tempted to go with an edge to edge design on the Half and Half star top. It is already an interesting enough design, that just giving it some texture would be enough, IMHO.

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  2. My go to edge to edge quilting pattern is baptist fan...if that helps! Loving the colours in the wishing ring blocks you are making and super impressed that your beautiful Hunters start is o
    completed, I just love blue and white quilts.

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  3. That Stonefield's quilt has so much variety in it. I love the owl and the pussycat block.

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  4. Snow again ?? In April...ohhhh
    Your projects are beautiful Karen ! Your blue and white quilts are both beautiful as always !

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  5. Just love the Owl & Pussycat--lovely!! Still SNOWING? ohmygosh...
    It's teeming rains here and cold winds..Wha' happened to SPRING???
    Hugs--stay warm Julierose

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  6. Yes - the Owl & the Pussycat IS adorable! Thanks for the tip on Frixion pens for quilting doodles - will definitely give this a try!

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  7. I do like your Hunter's Star quilting design. You made a good choice. I also love the blues that you use in your quilts. Are they primarily certain lines? They are gorgeous! Good idea on the Frixion pens! I never thought of that use for them. Seeing those design boards stacked up reminds me that I need to finish making the rest of mine.

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  8. Like your Stonefields. I need to finish mine, maybe next month I will get going on it! You did a great job on the Own and Pussy Cat! Your Hunter's Star is absolutely striking!

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  9. I always enjoy seeing all your lovely projects. The Owl and Pussycat block is adorable. I can see why it's a favorite!

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  10. Love all of your work especially the Stonefields blocks and I just love how you quilted the Hunters Star quilt.

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  11. So many wonderful projects going on. I love your block board idea. I was wondering if you mind sharing your method of adding a label. If you've already written a blog post about this, could you point me to it?

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  12. I do like the owl and pussycat block very much but I did not use the pattern for my quilt. Reason for not was that I was using more repro like style fabrics and this block looked too modern for them. Yours is oh so cute.

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  13. Cute little owl and pussy cat block. Finding the right continuous quilting pattern is hard. But I like what you did with the Hunter Star quilt. I've got a set up similar to yours for the wishing ring blocks. I think I have 100 to go. We got the winter storm before you did. 8 more inches of the white stuff. At least it melts fast in April.

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  14. Leaping Lizards, you are like a whirlwind! We had some April snow too but I didn't accomplish as much as you did. I especially love the Owl and the Pussycat block. So sweet!

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  15. Great work keeping up with all your blocks. And it is lovely to see the Hunter's Star quilted. Good luck choosing a design for the half and half blocks.

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  16. Those are really pretty Stonefield blocks. What method do you like to use for your applique?

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