Friday, April 28, 2017

Comfort quilts- double hourglass

     This past weekend, I think I made a personal record of four comfort quilt giveaways (by referrals). I was sweating sewing the labels on, making the cards, and bagging them. I washed and dried them all before they left. This double hourglass just came off the longarm, was bound, washed and out the door so quick, that this is the best photos I could get of it. I would have preferred taking it outside and done detail shots, but it had to leave. The other three quilts have had photos shot and shown previously.



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Curved piecing workshop

     Our guild brought John Kubiniec to town on April 22nd for a curved piecing workshop. My friend, Elizabeth, and I are program co-chairs and are trying to bring instructors for workshops. This was our first one. Many of our guild members were scared of curved piecing and this workshop calmed them down and gave them confidence. John was a great instructor and full of so many ideas. His quilts were gorgeous.
     I made some blocks and now have to try and make a whole quilt, lap size, for a comfort quilt. I tried two arrangements. I like the center block one, but don't know how to carry it on to make it bigger without losing the flower center feeling. I tried graph paper, but can't see how to do it. Regardless, I need to make a lot more blocks.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Scrappy RWB squares

     My quilt guild made up kits from donated fabric for a goal of 40 veteran quilts by Veterans Day. I took 4 kits, and this is the layout for the 2 x 3 1/2" bricks block. I am going to sew a border of neutral bricks around the whole thing I decided. Just can't stick to a premade kit.
   Sheila R, you asked me about the tulip collage- but you are a no reply comment blogger. Send me your email.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday flowers

     Today is one week from Easter. I realize that I forgot to show the Grace Garden my grandkids made for me last week. Today is sunny (wow, after all that rain) and the first tulips opened. Tulips are among my favorite flowers. I took some photos of the beds, mostly in buds, that I will share after they all open. So for now, here are the early ones in all their sparkly color.
Grace garden

Friday, April 14, 2017

More workshop blocks

     The Free Form Block class demonstrated a number of blocks from Cultural Fusion, Sujata's book. We started with the basic half square triangle and cut them into hourglass blocks. We also did the windmill blocks and she showed the rail fence also. I still have a ways to go on these blocks also.

Kind of like this arrangement

Jolene holding another beautiful flower from the garden

Workshop of wonders

     Last Friday, I set off in wet snow in a three hour drive to Ithaca, NY where the Tompkins County Quilt Guild was sponsoring 2 workshops with Sujata Shah. Two years ago, I took one there also and was fortunate beyond belief she came in from San Francisco and I got a spot. My friend, Elizabeth, and I drove down and found an Airbnb to stay in. We took all our food and cooked our own meals and packed lunches, which made it a bit more affordable. The first two days was Organized Chaos, a kaleidoscope quilt. The last day was Free Form blocks. There was a lot of cutting to do before we went, and I don't think I cut the right fabrics as I had to scrounge for some better strips. 
     Packing all the sewing stuff, clothes, and food items was a huge effort for me who hates packing. All into her Toyota Yaris. I am 5'8" and Elizabeth is taller. It all worked out. 
This is only the sewing supplies, minus the
trapezoid case of my Singer 301
     I only have about 30 blocks sewn and need about 60. So on my design wall at home, this is what I have. I put the corners in two of them so you can see how the pattern will look. I am going to make at least 30 more, and then figure out the arrangement. I have a better idea how to choose the fabrics and arrange the pieces in the blocks. I could have never have figured it out myself. Sujata is the best. My friend, sister in laws, and other women in the class were a great help.
    Yes, it was snowing all the way down there. Freezing cold Friday and Saturday, and then 70s on Monday when I returned. I saw this when I got home. I felt like I was gone a long time to have such a dramatic turnaround in my garden and trees.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wonders of adopted blocks!

    When the Quilty Orphan Block adoption was announced, I pulled out a box of hearts that I could not get to and the fusible bugged me. I offered them here.
     My granddaughter drew the name of the winner and I mailed them off. Kathy sent me photos of the done quilt and a link to her blog about them. And today's link. Isn't amazing all the people affected by orphan blocks as well as the person who receives the hearts quilt? Makes me very happy to be a quilter!
Orphans I offered

What Kathy did with them!

A slice of sunshine before the rain

     I was able to take advantage of a brief sunny patch to photograph Monkey Business, all quilted, and one of the Starstruck tops with border. Since then, rain and more rain. Tomorrow, calls for accumulating snow. Yikes.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Center Starstruck- border, hmm...

     I sewed all the blocks together for the center version of Starstruck and can't decide on a fabric for the border. It is 47 x 60 now and I was thinking a 3" border to make it a tad bigger. Now, I need to pull out the asymmetrical one. If I hadn't done this in a web method, I certainly would have gone astray. Thanks again Wanda for explaining it to me!
   It is so cold, dark and rainy here on Friday. If it was not for the photos I took Wednesday in my garden, it would be grim.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Just the binding

     I was hoping to finish Monkey Business (Connecting Threads), but although it came off the longarm, I can't decide the binding. I quilted all the triangles with lines parallel to the base, but the surrounding block had a different pattern in each one. Since it is cold, dark, and rainy, I had to take the photo in the house and it looks a little dull. Once the binding is decided and on, I will do a better photo.

Quilting details

Monday, March 27, 2017

Hanging in the breeze

     The weather has still been wintry like. This photo is the edge of my driveway with crusty snow and then the anenomes blooming inches away. The dichotomy of the seasons.

The sun came out enough the other day to photo the done Katie's Quilt top (MSQC) without a stiff wind. I love the periwinkle text fabric for the border. I used the whole yard. I wish I had more of it.

Friday, March 24, 2017

"Winter" Quilt

     This quilt is called Winter from the Cultural Fusion book. The curves are cut freehand and 4 blocks at a time are stacked, cut and pieces swapped. Finally got it quilted and bound. My assistant is holding it down from the wind curling it. Glide thread top, Omni in bobbin. My friend bought me the black Marimekko and I wish I had more so the quilt would be bigger. I don't know if it is big enough to be a comfort quilt.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Another explosion- of squares

     More exploding squares- such a great scrap buster! All the blocks, 4" center start, were on the wall and it took a whole lot of moving things around so one area did not look like its own quilt. Final decision made and all the blocks are clipped by column ready to sew!
One of many movings
Final decision

Hearts off to new adventure

     My granddaughter helped me draw the winner of the heart blocks for the Orphan block adoption. She pulled the winning name out of a bag and I contacted Kathy who gave me her address. The blocks are going out in the mail today.

     Also, I made the missing blocks for Starstruck and took it off the wall, clipped by column and ready to sew.

Thursday, March 16, 2017


     I finally finished trimming (Bloc Loc Rocks!) all the HSTs made from an indigo layer cake I fell for on MSQC. There were 42 blue and white paired blocks, sewn around all 4 edges and then cut diagonally across twice. Then the trimming. It is well worth the time.
     Then, I pulled out a quilt pattern I have been dying to make- Starburst. However, I had so many HSTs and did not want to make one huge quilt, so I made two for comfort quilts. I think they will need a border and the asymmetrical one is missing 2 blocks, so I have to scare up some indigo color to make the last two. I just love, love indigo. These two do not seem like too many to me!

Spring 2017 Quilty Orphan Adoption Event

    This was a perfect start to the day. I have been trying to clean out what I am not using. When I read Cynthia Brunz's blog this morning,,  I knew what to pull out and photograph. Someone had given me these heart blocks a while ago. There are many fused and zig zagged (over 50), some fused on (about 10), and some to fuse on. The blocks are 7" unfinished. The hearts are about 5" wide at the fullest. The fusible is a stiff one. 
    I make comfort quilts, but I don't want to quilt these and put them together. I do not like working with fused blocks. So, if you want to adopt these blocks:
1. Leave a comment with an email (not a no response blogger)
2. Strongly urge the quilt(s) made with these be give away quilts (charity quilts). 
3. Be in the USA- don't want to ship international.
4. Monday morning, all the names will be put in a bag and drawn out by my 5 year old granddaughter. I will mail them after notifying the winner to get an address. If I can't make contact, Jolene will pull another name. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Retreat means finishes

     I was able to finish some projects and start some new ones at our guild retreat. The Red, white and blue zig zag quilt was sewn, the Katie's quilt (MSQC pattern), and a tote bag for my daughter. I am debating about a border for Katie's quilt and have to find some big decorative buttons for my daughter's bag.

Inside lining with pocket