Saturday, August 27, 2011
Duh! After going through great lengths, I realized the corners I had to add to the cream squares in the center were the same size as half of one of the squares plus a 1/4". At least I figured that out before I sew the red one. This is 17-3/4" square as is. I might hand quilt it with green thread. Time will tell.
I am all sewn out tonight. Spent some time with son #3, painted my new porch decorations, and solved an interpersonal relationship problem, so it's been a full day.
Just talked to my newly-married daughter and her deliriously happy husband. His only problem apparently is his face hurts from smiling so much! :) Hee hee!!
So, I was playing with my 26 extra blocks. I came up with this layout for a candle mat. I was thinking of trying to put a cream block in the center to finish out the red triangles to make is a square on point. Don't know if I'm up to doing the math, but I'm going to give it a try. Why do I want to keep everything I make??
Considering that I've started with pieced BLOCKS, these projects have taken a really long time! I pieced a table runner for myself. I hear all the time how DARK my quilts are, and it is true. It's because I sew with Thimbleberries nearly 100% of the time. The border on my runner is old, Old, OLD. From Mistletoe Mountain.
Here is a chronological sequence of pics from the process. Don't need many words. The runner finished at about 16" x 47". Our kitchen table seats 12, so I can use a long runner.
As I finished piecing the runner, I used every last 1-7/8" HST from my Past and Present quilt. There are still 26 broken dishes blocks for me to use up somehow. Kind of burned out on sewing right now, so I'll post this and then go stretch my legs.
My broken dishes blocks accumulating on my cutting table:
Friday, August 26, 2011
This AM I did this...
Yes--that's a rotary cutter cut. Your initial reaction to the picture, plus a drip, drip, and a throb, throb, and, yeah...that was the first thing I did today. I wasn't even USING the cutter when I got cut. I was cleaning up my cutting table. I don't remember what I reached for because my consuming thought for the next 15 minutes was, "WOW, does that HURT!". The day got better though.
This afternoon I made this...
My Past and Present blocks are finished. Each block finishes at 6", so this is 48" x 60" so far. I will add an inner and outer one-fabric border. Probably will work on it some tomorrow.
You should SEE the pile of little broken dishes blocks I have accumulated! I will be making a couple table runners and wall hangings from those. For now I will take these off the design wall to web. I'm going to play with a layout for the wall hanging, so there might be yet another post tonight.
Daughter #1's "suitor" is coming over for supper, so I think the rest of my night is pretty much gone.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Rachel is one creative girl. She is always busy knitting, sewing, reading, crocheting, etc. All those -ing things. When my husband's stepmother came for Emily's wedding last week, she brought Rachel a box of cast-off clothing for her to use as the basis for some doll clothes. Rachel made her "twins" the above pink items out of a pair of lounging pants. The stirrup straps that went under the foot are the straps on baby girl's outfit. The ribbing was used very creatively, too. All her sewing is done by hand.
Finished quilting the crumb quilt this AM. I only had about 12" to go. Since my frame is in my bedroom, I rolled out of bed and started it before I even changed out of my jammies.
I started counting the number of pieces in it, but forgot if I had counted one block (fortunately, I was only on the second row of blocks when this happened). Statistics to come.
Several times when I was rolling the quilted part ahead, the batting felt lumpy (like I had picked up a sock or something). I flattened it out best I could. I think it was just the seams from the blocks in the pieced back. I would hate to think that I had ACTUALLY quilted a sock into my quilt!
Had a strange but fun phone call yesterday. I had a cell phone call from a number I didn't recognize (didn't even know where the area code was from). I didn't answer it, thinking it was a wrong number. The person left a voice mail, so I listened to it. It was a woman asking if I could enlarge a quilt I made for her. A plaid rag quilt, black and cream, with red stars. I knew right away she had the wrong person. The only plaid quilt I made was about 18 months ago, and I'd never sold a rag quilt as far as I could remember. So I figured I better call her back and let her know she had the wrong person. She insisted it was me...wasn't I at the Boise show last year? Black hair? Um...NO. Yet she was sure it was me. After all, she had Joan Quilt on her phone. Well, at least that part was right! As I kept explaining that the person she sought was NOT me (I've never been to Idaho or Iowa or any other place she thought I'd been), I told her about my one and only plaid quilt. She said, "Oh--I bought that from you on eBay!" Sure enough, she had bought these two tops. Ends up she never had them quilted, so she's sending them back for me to quilt. I have only machine quilted for a handful of people, so this was a nice surprise.
Have a great day,