Saturday, July 14, 2012

{Post 1,008} GFG Ready to Hand Quilt

The quilt top is basted and ready for hand quilting, and I went ahead and made then sewed the binding to the front.  The bright yellow thread is the basting.

I made my daughter a Kindle case.  I shall take pictures later.  I actually made two.  The first one was about 1/2" too narrow.  She requested a pocket on the back for the charger cord.  After I made the too-small one (not too small on purpose) we realized it would not be a good idea to have the charger stored with the Kindle, because it would be easy to crack the screen with a sharp-cornered smaller object being stacked up with it like that.

So when I made the new, larger one (same fabrics), I made a flat pocket for the back for her to put a credit card, license, etc. in if she wanted to.  It turned out very nicely.

I also sewed the vertical seams on these blocks:

Due to my recent I Spy and men's recycled shirt obsessions, I have not sewn with Thimbleberries in quite some time.  This top (above) is the first in a while.  Well, second if you count the apple pie quilt top, which I am happy to say is going to a good home on Monday.



{Post 1,007} Grandmother's Flower Garden Sorta Finished

My Grandmother's Flower Garden wall hanging...finished?  Sorta--meaning the hand piecing is finished.  This was nearly finished for so long.  Don't know why it got put on the back burner so to speak.  I hope to get the borders sewn on this AM.  I think I will do a couple.  Maybe a thin one then a wider?  Hmmm...

This Thimbleberries green is one of my favorite greens.  Off to audition borders, then on to the basting and hand quilting.  

We are taking a l-o-n-g car trip next weekend, so it will be nice to have something to be hand quilting on the journey.  More incentive to get this bordered and basted, yes??


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

{Post 1,006} Last Post for a While

I will be out of town for the next few days, so I won't be posting.  ANOTHER new project started today.  I saw a lovely Le Moyne star project someone else was working on.  I didn't want one quite so small (her stars finished at 3"), so I dug out an older quilt book and made this one tonight:

Yes--it is hand pieced.  This will be my in-the-car project for, well, a really long time!  

I just eyeballed the seams (as opposed to marking them).  The block came out the perfect size--5-1/8" square.  Each star will be with a cream background, pinks and browns.  I don't have a layout in mind, but I'm sure it wouldn't hurt to make a hundred stars or so before I decide!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

{Post 1,005} Northern Comfort Blocks Finished x 48

Since I was so close to having all the blocks for 8 rows finished, I went ahead and made the last 3 so I could take it off the design wall and start webbing...tomorrow!

Here are the blocks laid out:

It calls for a 2" border then a 6" one all around.  That will make the finished size 62" x 77" or thereabouts.  Large enough, I'd think, for a throw for a single guy.


{Post 1,004} Northern Comfort

Last year while we were visiting in OH, I found a quilt book in JoAnn Fabrics that I really liked.  There were several quilts in it I wanted to make.  Yes, I'm on a start-a-new-project kick.  It's as if hand-sewing (bindings, etc.) does not count.  I want to be at my machine!!  I think I need a comfy chair down in the sewing room to sit and do hand sewing in.  

Anyway...I started a Northern Comfort quilt today and have made quite a bit of progress.  The original quilt only has 36 blocks.  I probably will add another row around the perimeter at least.  As is, it will measure 61" square.

Here is the progress from the first 9 blocks:

To 19 blocks:

To my final count of completely finished 28 blocks:

Except for 2 cuts from bolts, this is all from scraps.  It calls for 2-1/2" strips.  I even used up some 2-1/2" squares that I found in my pre-cut fabric drawer.  I keep 4 clear plastic shoe boxes on top of my bolt storage for scraps that are fairly small (smaller than a FQ).  

I really like this!  The blocks are 8-1/2" square unfinished.

Off to finish laundry and make some more blocks.