Tuesday, July 22, 2014

{Post 1,382} Gratitude Mat

When I was at Walmart the other day, I saw a picture of Marilyn Monroe.  My trusted haircutter had mentioned that she loved MM and had some pics of her in her new apartment bedroom.  I asked her what colors she was using to decorate (she is a VERY modern girl), and she said mostly black and white with pops of turquoise.  For some reason, I remember random things like this that people say. 

So I got it in my head to make her a little mat.  This measures 14-1/2" square.  I hope she can find a place for it in her new digs.

{Post 1,381} Insomnia, Stitches, and Peacocks

What a night!  After my post last night, we watched a movie while I unsewed the middle block from the coloring book quilt and glass-etched a set of baking pans for a wedding shower Saturday.  (I rarely just SIT).

Just as we were going to bed at 11 PM (which is late for me), I remembered that I had left a load of laundry in the washer.  Heavens!  A cardinal sin around these here parts.  So I sat and hand-sewed in the laundry room while that load dried.  I made some progress on my GFG.  Then I could.  not.  sleep.  I seriously tried.

To make a long story short, I didn't go to bed until 3:30 and did not fall asleep until after 5.  Still got up at 8.  I tried to nap a while ago and only slept 20 minutes.  What's wrong here??

The up side is that I now have 5-1/2 blocks on the mother ship (as shown above) and have basted numerous diamonds and my whole next block is basted and ready to assemble.  

Just now I selected fabrics for the next 2 blocks to go in the spaces on the board above so I can attach them to the mother ship as I am calling it when they are pieced.  This is going so well.  I can't explain it, but I get great satisfaction from making things.  Especially small things.  Especially small pretty things.  People who don't sew or do crafts just do not get it.    Poor them!

I am machine quilting peacock feathers in the sashings of my friend's quilt.  I have had some thread breakage issues, but not nearly as many as before replacing the needle with a smaller one.  I will get back to that after my next post.

Monday, July 21, 2014

{Post 1,380} GFG Progress

You might be thinking, "What progress?"  Here is my last picture of how this was coming along.  Besides what is pictured, I have 3-1/2 more finished blocks.  

On the above picture, the only blocks sewn to each other are the 4-1/2 in the bottom left part of the picture and the red and green ones to their right.  

This past Saturday, my husband surprised us all by rounding us up and taking us to the Dixie Stampede in Pigeon Forge, TN.  I got to hand sew for about 5 hours on that trip.  I finished adding cream hexagons to 2 blocks and basted some green diamonds.  

Tonight I sewed the purple and yellow block to what I am thinking of as the mother ship.  I am going to try to work on this a little more often.

I also bought 3 pieces for it last week when I drove Isaac home from Tennessee.  Stopped at a cute little quilt shop that I heard about at a guild meeting I attended Monday.  No picture, but I also bought a charm pack to make someone a Twister ruler table runner for Christmas.

{Post 1,379} Baby Quilt

My daughter, Elisabeth (the new mother) colored the blocks for this quilt and pieced it about 10 years ago.  The blocks were copied from a favorite coloring book of the children's.

I found it and had an idea.  I asked a friend (RJ) to embroider the block in the second picture to replace the striped block in the top picture.  RJ has a fantastic machine embroidery machine.  

In the picture, the quilt top is lying atop my queen-sized bed.  

Do any of you know how to "set" crayon-colored blocks for permanency (is that even a word)?  I'm all ears.

This will be a nice little surprise for Elisabeth.  She is out of town visiting extended family and friends for about a week, so I'm going to try to piece a back from my I Spy collection and surprise her with it soon.  Maybe when Timmy turns one??  That won't be soon, but may be more realistic!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

{Post 1,378} Machine Quilting Again

I have had this quilt top and backing since August 2013.  Couldn't let quite a year go by without starting it.  So much has happened to keep me from getting to it.  But here it is.

The top picture was taken so I could remember how I quilted the corners.  I made up a swirl in the center with an 8-point flower coming off of it.  The border is done in a large feather.  I am trying something new.  Quilting all the way down the quilt, then reloading it sideways so I can stitch what are now the side borders horizontally.  That way I won't be advancing the quilt over and over and having to break thread and start over.  Cross your fingers for me.

I have had the thread break over and over.  It is so frustrating and takes the joy out of an otherwise pleasant occasion.

The back had to be pieced (I thought it was ready for me).  This belongs to a friend.  It sports the blocks that were meant for embroidery.  Someone painted them for her instead.  I am using a variegated peacock-colored thread on the colored fabrics and invisible on the white blocks.  

My quilting skills are rusty.  They are not that great anyway, so I decided to do a simple meander in the embroidered blocks.  That was for two reasons.  One is that I had no idea how the invisible thread would behave.  Secondly, I could not come up with a pattern that wouldn't have looked dreadful.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

{Post 1,377} Churn Dash Mini Finished

Here is my latest mini...a 14-1/2" square Churn Dash.  It is made from all shirts in my burgeoning collection.  I love sewing with shirts.  I guess I'd also love sewing with reclaimed fabric.  It's the old use it up mindset, I guess.

The bottom picture shows it playing with friends.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

{Post 1,376} Mini, Mini, on The Wall

Who's the fairest of them all?  My clips came in today.  Sadly (but possibly fixably) they are too narrow to hang over the back edge of the yardsticks.  They perch up there just fine, but it would be better if then went over the top edge.  This does make changing them out very easy.  72" of mini quilts.