Finally I got started with the applique border for my signature quilt. Designing my own applique seems to take forever. Happily there is no rush :0) It's only been 7+ years since the signatures were signed...
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I thought I'd better get a quick post in today because for some of my kids spring break starts
tomorrow. Days get busy but there is always time for a few stitches in the evening :0)
I've been working (playing) pretty steadily with these 36 patch blocks. I have so many neutrals to choose and cut I've enjoyed this very much. As soon as I had 4 blocks made I changed my mind about the setting and I think I will just set these blocks side by side like shown. It will use less of the 36 patches than my other plan but I think I like this end result better.
This Lemoyne star is for another project - a guild challenge that I can't show much of yet. I want to make several stars like this one to put together with the challenge blocks in the final top. This star is 6 inches finished and was it ever easy to piece by machine after all of those hand pieced 3 inch star-a-day stars.
Monday, February 27, 2017
The first time I posted about these blocks was April of 2010 (I just checked) Wow I sure like to work on things sloooowly! These 36 patch blocks have been a leader/ender project on and off all that time. This weekend I thought I'd take them out and count how many blocks I had. As it turns out, I have 88 blocks made. I figure that's enough - on to what to do with them!
So now I have a setting in mind. I'll make a dozen or so blocks like these 2 and then set them with sashing using more of the 36 patches. I could just leave it to work on as a leader/ended project but maybe it should get some dedicated time after all these years to get to a finish.
So probably I won't be making so many of these Tree of Life blocks in the next while. They sure are fun to sew :0) It's good to have lots of projects going at once - it keeps things interesting :0) but sloooow...
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Life sure doesn't slow down around here. I always think there will be more time "next week" to sew and maybe post on my blog. Oh well - squeezed in between making supper to put in the crockpot and driving kids places there's time today :0)Collector with a Needle)
Monday, January 30, 2017
Good progress is being made on my Bird of Paradise quilt. The parallel lines in the background are almost done. I have about 1/2 of one block left to do.
Here is where my hoop was this afternoon. The sun came out briefly so it was a good opportunity to lay the quilt out for some pictures.
It's hard to get the whole quilt in and still have the quilting show. I can see some areas where more quilting is needed like the girls' skirts. I want to add veins to a few leaves and there's a vase and a tablecloth needing more quilting too. I didn't cut away behind the applique so I will likely procrastinate finishing those things until the end ...
Thursday, January 19, 2017
It's been 2017 for a while now. I've been pretty busy but still a little stitching happened since Dec 12 of last year :0)
We decided to do a little renovation to our basement family room. My sewing area is in that room so it got mostly packed up until the drywall dust settles. I just had to still sew so a small space was made in my bedroom to sew with my little Singer featherweight. I received the Patchwork Diva's book "Treasury of Quilts" for Christmas and wanting to start something new, I pulled a few fabrics out of bins and made these 3 trees. It was lovely to sew in my bedroom with so much natural light but it will be good to move back into my bigger space downstairs.
Instead of applique, over Christmas I worked on this EPP project. It grew quite a lot. It was a good portable project to work on.