Thursday, September 16, 2021

Lots of Color

      During the big quarantine, I did the quilt along with Gudrun Erla on Elvira. I thought it was a fun quilt and made a nice large one to give as a comfort quilt. It was pretty bold from fat quarters I had brought together as bright patterns.
     I found out that a secretary that worked at my last school had a rough summer battling a long running blood cancer disease. She always loved bold, lots of color. The quilt reminds me of her. I messaged her on Facebook to see if she would like it. I sent her the link to my blog. She said yes, so I quilted it and put the whole quilt package together. She had two treatments this week and is not up to me delivering it this week, so hopefully she will feel better so I can drop it off next week.
     I quilted each whole block with a different pattern, depending on what the fabric said to me. I love the quilting. Mocha glide with mocha glide 60 in bobbin.

On longarm

Back with extra blocks

The whole package, quilt not in bag yet.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

More Block Ideas

      Since I have fabric pieces everywhere, I continued on making more birds and adding some butterflies for a baby quilt for my granddaughter to be. I need to make some beefier butterflies and a couple more birds. Then I will try to assemble  the front.

     I have been sewing 1 1/2" squares as Leader/Enders that I cut when I made the Snail's Trail wall quilt. I continued making 4 patches and it is time to figure out what to do with them. I remember the Scrap Jar Stars Quilt  pattern I saved. I made a block with the 1 1/2" squares 4 patches (8" finished). I like it but it is a lot of sewing. I would have to make 56 of them to be big enough for a comfort quilt. That is a lot.
     So, I pulled out the box of 2" squares, which is what the pattern uses and made a block (12" finished). It is not as cozy as the smaller one, but would need less blocks to be sewn. Hmm.

Among all the chaotic fabric and various machines, Tugger decides to make his bed on the Snails Trail Quilt awaiting the last binding stitching on the Singer 15.

The Snail's Trail- the other quilt show reject

Monday, September 6, 2021

Scattered Block Shots

      Trying to meet deadlines for challenges, exchanges, etc. means doing a lot of different blocks, fabrics and sizes. That means fabric shrapnel all over the place and now facing picky cleanup. However, I did get done all I promised.
     My guild is doing a block exchange- sets of 24. I did two sets of 24.

     The guild is also doing a twin challenge- two people each making the same block in their own fabrics. In my case, it is three of us. The block was PopRocks. I did two because I usually do better on the second one.
     Our guild show is next year, so we are working on the raffle quilt now. The organizers chose Lucky Star and I did 2 of the blocks they kitted up. All batiks.

     I promised Lynne that I would make a bird block for her collection. It took me three until I got the bird with the attitude I wanted. The top bird is going to her.

    The second half of the blue bargello still needs to be sewn together. It is waiting not so patiently pinned up.
     And finally, Elvira (Gudrun Erla) is on the longarm. I found a person in need of comfort due to health issues who just loves lots of crazy color. I think this quilt is all her.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

A new Spin on it

     Everyone needs to get out once in a while, out of the comfort zone and try something challenging. That is what I did at the Quilters Gathering in Berlin, OH, Aug. 27 and 28th. I signed up for a class taught by Julie Stocker on Spin Drift. I knew it would be challenging and I knew I could learn a lot. I know Julie. We met as bloggers and later in person over some trips I have taken down to Amish Ohio country. She is the best. 
     My husband was willing to drive me. He also loves to spend time at Keim Lumber in Charm, OH- hours. It made a nice get away and I was able to learn, sew, and chat with quilters from all over. How can you beat that? I took home lots of tips from Julie's expertise. My husband bought a lot of wood.
     I do want to make more blocks for an entire quilt and now I know how. The patterns instructions leave a lot of room for improvement, and Julie took care of that. I know lots of people prefer online classes, but meeting in person with others gives more meatiness and satisfaction in the process. Observing how others work around you and seeing their fabric choices and tools is added benefit.

My sample test block

How to assemble sashing which is better not cut on the bias as in the pattern

Layout of assembled sash