Sunday, August 30, 2009
I'm almost ashamed to admit it, but I've started a new project. I've been reading about and looking at pictures of the Dear Jane quilt. Last night I dove in and made my first block. I've wanted a hand piecing project, and since each block is so small, it may actually be easiser to do them that way. So this is my first one, but the last for awhile as I have some swap obligations coming due and I'm not ready for them. This picture looks huge, but of course, the block is only about 4 1/2" square. I'm using Civil War reproduction fabrics as that was the time period of the original quilt.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The cute little Friendship Bag for the swap is complete, but not the extra one. Hopefully, I can do it tomorrow so it doesn't become another UFO.
I made 12 more blocks for my Disappearing 9 patch quilt using the leftovers from the little bag project. Since I don't have a design wall, I laid them all out on an empty bed upstairs, and arranged and rearranged to my heart's content. I'm planning to put white sashing between the blocks, but didn't think ahead of time that if I had put a white sheet on the bed, I could have gotten a better idea about it. I think it really needs the sashing because it's the busiest quilt top I've ever made. To make the quilt as large as I want, I need to make 16 more blocks. With the sashing and borders, I'll have a qs quilt.
The Double Wedding Ring is coming right along, and I spent most of the afternoon making arcs and cutting background pieces. I'm now up to 16 circles, but that's only a fraction of what I need. What I should have been doing, though, was going to see my doctor. I completely ran out of all my 'maintenance' medicines, plus I need to see her about all those other new aches and pains that have started since I last saw her. Isn't growing old a joy?
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
In the second one, there's not much work left to be done, but the fabric is stained. As I said, I'm not going to do anything until I find out how to care for the fabric.
The third one I had completely forgotten about. Again, most of the work is done, but the fabric is stained. I don't know what the fabric is, but it's sort of 'lineny', and the stitching is cotton. I would love to get them complete and be able to display these family treasures.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
The mailman brought me a pretty block from a swap I'm in. I love it. I'm hoping to eventually make a star quilt with these deep colors. It's a long time in the future, though; so far I only have two blocks.
It's been a great day, though, with lots of time to drool over the beautiful fabrics and patterns at the quilt shop, and still get lots of sewing done.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Before leaving for vacation, I finished up and mailed 2 blocks for a monthly swap, and my 6 packages of Scrappy Christmas blocks. I'm really excited about putting together a Christmas coverlet. I did receive a Christmas block from another swap, and I'm sort of planning to put all of them together on point, with a light alternating block. I'll make a few extra blocks, and the 12 I'm expecting should be enough to make a usable coverlet for the holidays. If not, I have plenty of fabric to make more. The solid blocks will be a good place for some nice quilting.
I'm finishing up my summer mini quilt; put on the binding today, and just have a little embroidery to complete the prpoject. I'll have to wait to show you because it's a surprise exchange, and I don't know anything about my partner. Anyway, it's another project almost finished!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I have very few beach pictures, because I like to go out early before it gets too hot (and the beach gets too crowded), and the rest of the family wants to get up late and go out in the afternoon. By lunchtime, I'm done with the beach - it gets too hot for me. Also, since we went so late in August, it was blazing hot, and they don't have AC in the sand!
I'm too tired to do any sewing this evening, but I'm looking forward to getting back into my sewing room.
Friday, August 14, 2009
.....The Beach! We're off tomorrow morning, and will return the following Saturday. I'm going to take my laptop, but I don't know what kind of access I'll have. Anyway, I hope to be able to log on and keep up with my daily blog reading. See you soon!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I needed to go buy fabric today! There are 4 quilt shops within a 15 mile drive, but one of them has a wonderful selection of Civil War reproduction fabrics. And Tuesday is Fat Quarter sale day. I'm still planning to do some Dear Jane blocks and see if I have the desire and drive to actually make the whole thing. Unfortunately, they didn't have the background fabric I wanted, so I really can't start it yet. I'll order it and it will be here by the time I come home from the beach. Anyway, this is my selection for the starter blocks.
I made the first block for the second row of the DWR quilt. I know, that's not very far, but it's farther than the first row.
So, I haven't done much actual sewing today, but plan to spend what's left of the evening working on my Summer Mini.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Today, also, I received word that it's time to send my Christmas blocks off to my partners, which of course means that I will be receiving blocks to add another project to my list. Also, Aunt Pitty Pat sent out word that she has mailed out our packages of blocks from the Disappearing 9-patch swap - another project to work on. I'm really excited about them and looking forward to starting work on them after vacation. I need to make a list of the deadlines for all of the swaps I'm in so that I don't accidentally miss one.
Sunday, August 9, 2009
I guess first I want to complete my Double Wedding Ring quilt. I was able to spend a couple of hours on it today, and now have all the circles done for one row! They're not all joined, but when I lay them out I love 'em. At least, now that I'm on the 2nd row, each circle only requires 2 (football? melon?) patches to complete it. Also, since I'm participating in the Civil War Signature block swap, the Scrappy Christmas block swap, 4 Seasons Holiday mini swap, Disappearing 9-patch block swap, Friendship bag swap, I definitely want to get those done. In addition, I want to start a Dear Jane quilt. Do you think I just might be slightly over-extended? One good thing about the swaps is that they have definite deadlines, so that extra pressure is helpful to me, a perennial procrastinator.
I wanted to finish up my Summer Mini Quilt today, but yesterday I broke my right thumbnail (doing housework! another reason not to do it), and had to cut it off really short. Anyway, it's so short it hurts to try to pull the needle through the fabric. Another day or so and it'll be fine.
Nothing new to show you today, so I'll show you what I call my 'nap quilt'. I started it several years ago, almost finished it, then just quit on it. I folded it over the back of my bedroom chair and just left it. I even used it once in awhile since all it really needed was to quilt the last border and bind it. The quilting is only stitch in the ditch and cross hatching, and it only took a few hours to complete. It made me wonder why in the world I hadn't done it sooner. It's made in my favorite colors. The original pattern was for a lap quilt so when I saw how small that actually was, I just kept adding borders until I got it to the size I wanted. It didn't turn out too badly, and even so, it's for me and I like it.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
I signed up for the Friendship Bag swap at the Quilters Gallery, and decided to go ahead and make one. I needed a small gift for a friend, and since she's a quilter, I knew she would appreciate it, especially if I included some FQs. What do you think? I don't have the appropriate button for it, but I will before I give it. I know, I made the handles wrong. I didn't notice until I was done, and I'm not taking it apart to change them. Well, what the hey, if the 'quilt police' show up, I'll deny, deny, deny....
Besides, one thing I've learned as I've learned to quilt, is that if you're a perfectionist, this is the wrong craft/passtime. All I can do is the best I can do, and when that's not enough, just accept it.
When the guys got back from their trip, I immediately lost the tv show I was watching to racing (or anything else sports). So, I put "Mama Mia" in the dvd player and retreated to my sewing room. I still needed to make a block for my August swap buddy, so this is the result. The lighting was really bad, so not only is it not clear, but the colors are weird. The center is a floral, with star points in 2 shades of pink, then the rest is 2 shades of green. It's so much prettier than it looks in this picture. I hope she likes it.
Friday, August 7, 2009
I've also been trying to finish my quilt for the Summer Mini Quilt Swap at the Quilting Gallery. I'll give you a just a peek and will post a full picture of it after I've sent it to my partner. I certainly need to finish it before I get too deeply into the Christmas project, but as you can see, it's still definitely under construction. Sorry for the strange look to the picture; I cropped it to show only a little bit, and this is what happened.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
I've finally finished enough of my Double Wedding Ring quilt to show you, so here it is. I absolutely love pastels, so these colors fit me to a T. I spent a lot of time looking at other DWR quilts before I started shopping for fabric, and of course, the combinations are endless. And they're all beautiful. I just kept coming back to the pastels. Before this, I've only really used pastels in baby quilts, but I love this look. After I did my 'unsewing' last night, I was able to really get into it and make some progress. What I discovered is that for me, the more pins I use the better and more precise my seams are. There's just no hurrying this pattern.
Monday, August 3, 2009
I finished my Scrappy Christmas swap blocks. I liked making them, but the closer I get to completing something, the more anxious I am to get it done. Now I just wait for instructions for what to do with them next. Sorry the picture's so fuzzy; I just couldn't get it to focus properly.
I worked for a couple of hours on my Double Wedding Ring quilt, and got quite a bit done. However, I rechecked some of the work I did last week when I was trying to catch up with my promise, and I was really shocked at how bad it was. I've decided to officially break my promise to do at least one circle a day, and just work on it when I feel like it. I got a lot done today and found that it gets so much easier when I 'get in the groove' of doing that particular kind of piecing. Now I have to go back and unsew some of what I did last week. It would be a lot better if I did it right the first time, huh.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
This is what we see from our back deck. Okay, so I really didn't take this today, but it is just a couple of days old. I don't know if you can tell, but the middle fawn is actually 2 fawns. They had been playing around in the yard, without mama, but this is the only picture I got that included all of them. They're beautiful visitors and we look forward to them, but we do have to be careful that what we plant is 'deer proof'.
The day was too nice to spend much time indoors, but I did get a little sewing done on each project. I made 2 Double Wedding Ring circles, another round on the Christmas swap blocks, and more of the CW Signature blocks. Nothing exciting - just a little progress.