Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I have had a very busy but non-productive day.  I really dislike days like this.  One of those days where I am just spinning my wheels trying to get something done.  Every time I think I'm finally getting somewhere it magically gets another step further away.  So ENOUGH!  I'm going to take a few minutes to write this post and then see if the clock says 5:00 yet.

All of the blocks for my Shakespeare in the Park are complete.  Yahoo, that to me means I can take a side step and work on something else.

Saturday I just couldn't wait and I started on the basket block that Lori Holt designed.  She will be doing a sew-a-long starting pretty soon but why wait for that.  Her basket was designed to look like a sewing basket with yarn in it.  But with Easter coming up I saw it as a basket of eggs.

This is the first basket I made.

And here is basket number two.





And here is where I sashed and sewed them together.

And now I am stumped.  I wish someone would tell me what to do with them.  Apart they measure around 11 x 15?  Together with the 1" sashing that makes them about 15 x 23?  I can't remember exactly.  My thought was that I would put a narrow round of white around them and a narrow green border then another white border??????????  They are too small on their own for anything.  I don't want them exactly like everyone else's that does the sew-a-long so I'm not planning to put the (x) blocks around them.  I'm just at a stand still until I make a decision.  I'm actually leaning toward MAYBE doing some applique on the basket.  It seems a bit large to me.  But that may be too busy???  I do think they turned out great with all the polka dot eggs.  But now what?  Guess I should have waited for the sew-a-long.  To find out about that you can visit Lori Holt's blog Bee in My Bonnet .
She has great patterns, books and fabric.

Enough procrastinating.  I still have 15 minutes to get some work done.

Julie

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Not again!

Early morning sewing is really bad for me some days.  This morning I was working on finishing up the last eight snails trail blocks and saw that I had made yet another error. I was putting on the last round of neutral and saw that they were sewn in the wrong position.
This is the way the block is supposed to look.  But I found that I had sewn the light sections on the wrong sides so it was going to not make the swirl pattern.  Thank goodness I discovered that before I put on the last of the blue.  So with the front of the block facing away from me I started ripping out the seams.  Again, I'd like to thank my lucky stars that I didn't rip them all out at once, normally I would. It was almost time to start getting ready for work so I thought just do this one and you'll have one done.  When I went to sew the neutral on in the right place it was going on in the SAME place.  I had ripped out what was already okay.  Out of the eight blocks I'm doing right now only one of them was done wrong.  Whew, I about blew that.  I think if I had ripped all eight of them out and then figured that out this would have ended up in a tote as another unfinished project.  As of right now, I have the final blue pieces to put on these eight blocks.  I also need to cut the setting triangles.  Then I'll be ready to put it together.

I'll be glad when this top is in the done pile.  

Julie

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Winner

No, I don't always win things.  But yes, I do sign up to win.  And you can't win if you don't play. So they say.
Anyway, a couple of weeks ago Pam Buda at Heartspun Quilts was having a give away that I signed up for.  The first few winners were getting some of her scraps and the others were able to choose two of the patterns she designed.  I was lucky enough to win two of her patterns. (Yes, what I really wanted was the scraps. But I'm thrilled with the patterns.)
These are the two I selected.  I have always wanted to make this type of house quilt and she says this pattern is a simple one.  Making the roof has scared me away thus far.  The Suffragette pattern on the right intrigued me.  I haven't figured out from looking at the picture how it is put together so I picked that one so I could find out.  That and the fact that it is red/white/blue helped in my decision I'm sure.

I stumbled on Pam Buda's blog when I was looking for a hexie tutorial.  She has a good one.  You can find the first of her steps for hexies here.  She is also getting ready to start a mystery quilt.  The fabric requirements are here.  This is one I might try doing myself.

Anyway, it is a good blog to follow.  So check it out when you've got the time.

Julie

Spam Comments

Great, I've been hit by a spam messenger. Guess playing around with my settings the other day wasn't a good idea.  Looks like I'll be playing around with them some more.
Just remember if you read something strange in my comments that it sometimes takes a while for me to find the weird ones to get them off of here. 
I do like comments.  I just prefer they have something to do with my quilts or posts.

Julie

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It was a busy weekend. And lucky for me I was able to extend it by one day.  On Saturday Jennifer and I had one of our sewing days in Perry.  This time I just wanted to take my current project and the orange quilt so I would have it in case I wanted to work on a back for it.

That still ended up being these four totes, the bag, my sewing machine and various other items.  And no, I did not work on the back for the orange quilt. But I did get some more of the six" stars done in the alternate color pattern.
I spent Monday (my vacation day) finishing up the remainder of the 6" stars and the 12" stars shown on the right side.  So all that is left to make are 18 of the snails trail blocks.  And then I can start putting it together.

Jennifer wanted me to make cinnamon rolls to take along.  So Friday night I made the batch without pecans and Saturday morning I made the second batch with pecans.  They were good.  But I don't know that they were good enough to stress over getting them made before 9:00 in the morning. 

I had two great days of non-stop sewing.  And a long day of work in between.  So, all-in-all it was a great weekend.

Julie


Friday, March 28, 2014

Baptist Fan Quilting

As of this moment I don't even know why I'm trying to post on my blog.  For some reason all of my photos have disappeared.  Wonder what's up with that.  Hopefully, this little problem will go away on its own.  And that later I'll read this post and wonder what I was talking about.  Hopefully.

Anyway,  here is my finished Heart Quilt.  I love the way it turned out, especially the Baptist Fan quilting.  This was my practice piece for making a template, drawing the fans, then quilting them.  Whoo hoo it turned out okay.

Mini Heart Quilt with Baptist Fan Quilting


So far, so good. I can see the picture right now. Wonder if it will post to the blog?  

Back of quilt.

Close up.
In the close up it is apparent what the problem is with this little quilt.  The reds bled! Darn it!  I am so terribly disappointed.  I always pre-wash all of my fabrics before they go into my sewing room.  So I was pretty confident that they would be okay.  Nope, not to be.  And it wasn't just one of them either.  So when someone tells you that these new "quilt shop" fabrics are better than ever - be skeptical.  Because yes, it was some of the quilt shop fabric that did this dirty deed.  Oh, well.  My last post on this was that the border was wonky so I was going to use it as a practice piece.  It certainly worked well for that.  Now I'm confident that I can do the Baptist Fan quilting on something else.

I'll share again that the quilt pattern came from the Temecula Quilt Company and I found the terrific Baptist Fan tutorial here at Victoria Findlay Wolfe's blog.  Her tutorial is great.

Happy sewing,

Julie

Of course, the lack of pictures was my fault. Yesterday I had changed my settings in Picasa Web Album and it blocked everyone from seeing my pictures.  Fixed it.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Thank Goodness I'm A Morning Person

Thank goodness I'm a morning person.  The older I get the earlier I wake up.  I've heard that comes with age.  This getting old is for the birds.  This morning it was 4:15.  That gave me an extra hour and 45 minutes to do something.  So of course I sewed.


I finished up the 12" star in a star blocks with the neutral centers.
 

There was also some more cutting done.  I have the different sizes for the snails trail blocks pinned to my design wall.  It's more of a clutter wall then anything else.  I can see at least three things in the picture above that have absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with this quilt. And I'm not really sure that cutting at 4:15 in the morning is something I should be doing.

This picture is actually my sewing table.  And yes all of those stacks stay right where they are when I'm sewing and cutting.  Every once in a while I'll drag a few pieces off a stack and then have to figure out which one they came from.  There are 2", 3", 3 1/2", 3 7/8" and 3 1/2 x 6 1/2".  Oh, and that is times two for the neutral and blues.  This quilt has a lot of different sizes.  So when I cut something I start with the largest size which is 6 7/8 and work my way down and just add to each stack.  It is controlled chaos :)

Well the clock has struck 8:00 and then some so it's time to start my workday.

Happy sewing,

Julie



Monday, March 24, 2014

Sewing Along

Still working on my Shakespeare in the Park.  I'm sure I'll be on it for a while.  Lots of measuring, cutting and sewing.

I now have just the these three 12" blocks done.  Also the 24 stars that are 6" with the neutral in the center.  Still need 24 with blue centers and a lot of the 12" blocks.  I'm glad the picture shows the circular motion in the blocks on the left.  Because just looking at them on my table it isn't quite as apparent.

I've also been enjoying having some Canadian Geese out my office window. They were here last year and I'm assuming it is the same group that is back again.  Not a great picture with the reflection.
Right now all of that grass is covered in yucky white stuff. Snow.  Wonder what that thing is laying in the road?

Happy sewing,

Julie