Happy to be Scrappy

Happy to be Scrappy

Monday, November 20, 2017

Making Backs

My goal this last weekend was to put together a couple of backs.  Since Cathy got her new quilting machine I am needing to have something ready to load on to it.  Ha.   I didn't get very far.  I don't know what it is about me that I can't leave well enough alone.
 
The top shown below was 67 x 67 with no borders.  It would have made a great lap quilt.  It is also one I wouldn't mind practicing on.  I loved this fabric when I bought it in 2008 and I still do.   It's too bad that the pattern I chose didn't play well with the fabric.  It's too busy.                                                   
 
 
 
Since I had yards and yards of backing fabric what was I to do but add borders. With the narrow black border and the 6" outer border the top now measures 81 x 81.  It turned out great.  The borders really dressed it up and I love it.  I don't, however, have quite enough of the backing fabric leftover to make a back.  I spent Saturday and half of Sunday working on this quilt top.   I ran out of solid black fabric for the piecing I have to do to make the back large enough.  Wow.  Keeping in mind this is a top I plan to practice Longarm quilting on.
 
 
The fabrics for this top are from Blank Quilting.  The fabric selvage said it came out in 2008 which is when I think I bought it and made the original 67 x 67.  It's just a few years old.  And it may eventually get quilted.
 
Close up of fabrics.
In the midst of all of that I got to thinking since I'll be practicing I might as well practice on something I really want to get finished.  So I pulled out my Smith Mountain Morning top which is a Bonnie Hunter pattern.  Mom and I took the class from Bonnie several years ago in Holton.  That was a great day.  This green print is as close to a back as I can come up with for this and of course, it's not enough.  I like to run a row of blocks down the back of my quilts anyway but that means I have to make the blocks.
 

And yes, this is exactly how far I got in getting some backs together.  I'm no closer to being able to load a quilt than I was a week ago.  Maybe next week.

Happy Quilting,

Julie

Friday, October 27, 2017

The month of October has flown by and I have accomplished very little.  The bottom row made of 4" blocks was the sum of my sewing for the past few weeks.  My opinion is that this group of rows needed to have another row with some white in it.  The rows folded on the left side all pretty much have the same green/blue backgrounds.  I liked the row of flying geese that someone else had made so I went with another narrow row with white background.


On the 14th my sister Cathy and I took a couple of classes with a Handi Quilter trainer.  Cathy took the plunge and bought a Handi Quilter Fusion.  And I'm going to be lucky enough to be able to use it too.  I'm really looking forward to seeing what Cathy and I come up with in our quilting abilities.  Right now it all seems a little daunting to me.



Since I recently finished a quilt (I've not yet shown pictures. I do wish Quiltmaker would get back with me about publishing it.) I'm trying to figure out what to work on.  Wednesday I put all of these blocks in order and dreamed about them for a while.  They are from Lori Holt's book Farm Girl Vintage .  I am wanting to start the Saturday sew a long for her book Spelling Bee but don't know that I can justify starting another group of blocks when I still have 16 - 20 left to do of these.  All I did was dream over these.  I never did start another block.


This last Sunday afternoon I went with Jesse's family to a church Halloween party.  The girls had a good time.  Victoria made their costumes and did a great job on them. 

Allison as a Watermelon Shopkin


Grace as a Blueberry Jolly Rancher
There were a lot of things to do in the month of October, unfortunately, every time I've done something I've spent days trying to recuperate from it.  I caught a virus the last week of September.  I tried to wait it out but ended up at the doctor on October 12th with an infection that I was treated for.  That never seemed to get better so on October 23rd I was back at the doctor and told I have pneumonia.  I've been on steroids and antibiotics since Monday for that.  Here it is Friday and I'm trying to decide if I should call the doctor again or wait until my next appointment on Tuesday.  One thing I do know is I'm looking forward to the weekend.  I need a couple of rest days before another busy week at work starts.  Sick, sick go away.  Don't come back another day.

Julie
 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

No, I didn't forget.  It just seems like I've been too busy to even think about writing a post.  Right now I should be working but it is time for me to take a well deserved break. I'll have to get back at it again pretty soon though.


The top row is the original row, my sisters is the one that can barely be seen on the right side.  The bottom row is what I did for the September guild meeting.  The two blocks came from Lori Holt's  new book Spelling Bee.  I have been making plans and a lot of notes in that book since it came in the mail a few weeks ago.  After all,  Allison is going to need her own "I Am"  quilt.  It can't be just like the one I made for Grace but it will have a similar theme I'm sure.  Allison told me the other day her favorite color is black.  For a four year old to have black as a favorite color seems a bit unusual to me.  But that's our Allison - she is like no other child I know.

One of these days I'm going to post the before and after pictures of my quilt room.  It has been such an unbearable mess for the longest time.  I'm finally making myself spend some time cleaning, putting away, donating, and throwing stuff out.  I'm down to organizing the fabric.  Goodness knows, that's going to take some time.

Well, before the day gets away from me I better get busy.

Happy sewing,
Julie

Friday, September 22, 2017

This just looks like a strip of blocks.  It is actually the back for the orange top that is pictured in the header of my blog.  I made the top a couple of years ago and have been too intimidated to quilt it on my sewing machine.  Well, that's all over now.  I'm ready to get at it.  But first it needed a back.  Considering the fact that this quilt is huge this strip for the back took me more than one sitting to put together.  The strip is not laying on that fabric it is sewn in between the two pieces.  When it is finished my plan is that the pieced strip will be off center in the back.  We shall see.


Now I need to get a piece of batting that is large enough.  I really don't want to piece one together.  This quilt is intended to be special to the person that receives it.  It would be terrible if after a wash or two the batting got lumpy


I of course, can't find a picture of the whole top on this computer.  As a matter of fact I don't think I've ever taken one.  The pictures I posted before didn't have the borders attached.
Post from 2014.  This top is several years old and was promised long ago.  Shame on me.


Here's hoping I don't get discouraged with such a daunting task.  I do love this quilt.  BTW this is a Bonnie Hunter pattern.

Julie

Friday, August 25, 2017

Eclipse Day

It is unreal that August is almost over. My September is going to be extremely busy at work so I'm not looking forward to September getting here any sooner than it has to.  Oh, well.

This is the row I worked with this month.  The log cabins are the original, the second row is my sister Cathy's (she always comes up with something great), and the bottom row is what I made.   The pile on the left are the other rows that go with these.  There just isn't room to spread them all out.  That, and I was running very far behind in getting this months done so I was just grateful I had something to take a picture of.


My family was one that was excited about seeing the eclipse.  Since we were so close to the area that would be able to see the total eclipse that was where we headed.


We ended up in Fairview Kansas.  A small town about an hour and twenty minutes from Burlingame.  We were at a park with restrooms (thank goodness) and a playground for the kids.  It was a wonderful day except for the clouds.  Oh, and the rain.  We were able to see the full eclipse, it was visible in between the clouds every once in a while.  And it definitely got dark.  All in all, it was a great experience and a great day.  I'm so glad I didn't miss it.

Allison August 21, 2017 Fairview, KS Solar Eclipse day.

Another thing we didn't miss was the traffic going home.  The hour and twenty minute trip to Fairview ended up taking several hours back home.  The first 11 miles took over an hour.  It was bumper to bumper for miles and miles.  Luckily, Allison slept so she didn't get too bored with all of it.  And we adults just talked about what a great day it was.

Merging on to Highway 75.  Don't tell Joyce I took her picture.
Happy sewing,

Julie

Monday, July 31, 2017

Here is my finished top from the last Thimble Creek Quilts sew-a-long. I do love, love, love how this turned out.  If and when it ever gets quilted it will truly be one of my favorites.


What you can't tell from this picture is that the rug on the floor is lime green.  That may tell you that the coloring is in these pictures is a little duller than it actually is.  I was hoping they would turn out better and brighter taken at my office than at home.  I do know that quilt tops leave a lot, and I mean, a lot of threads to be picked up.  Especially off of that white sofa.


Actually, the colors on the quilt aren't too far off.  The alternate blocks are done with green stars and blue squares. The final border is green flowers and green plaid.  I realized with this quilt that I don't have much for larger pieces in my stash.  Most of everything I have is less than one yard.  I know that's because I like scrappy and little pieces but I now know I need to add to my stash.  Darn.


I don't normally like to do borders.  They are one of my least favorite quilting things.  However, this one needed a border.  The directions made it easy and it all fit together just right.


Happy Quilting.

Julie

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Yes, somewhere along the way I have been doing some sewing that didn't involve rows for quilt guild.  These blocks are my version of a Semi-Mystery quilt published by ThimbleCreek Quilts.
Aren't they pretty?



I almost always work with scrappy neutrals but when I started these blocks with all the same background I fell in love.  So much so, that I've actually started another quilt with all the same background.  It's my current leader/ender.

As of now, these blocks have all been sewn together and the first two borders have been added.  I'm working on the piecing of the third and final border.  I'm hoping to get it put on next weekend.
ThimbleCreek just started another Semi-Mystery sew along.  A new clue comes out every two weeks.  You do have to be signed up for their free newsletter, which can be done by following the link to their website.  They only provide the clues free for two weeks and after that they have to be purchased.  Hope this inspires someone to join along.

Happy quilting,

Julie