Friday, January 19, 2018

ANTHOLOGIE #8

Another week to add to my Anthologie quilt.  This one appliqué block is an easy one, but such fun to make.  
This looked like a good start.  Now just another three petal sets.  
I carefully laid out my six sets of petals.  They were all measured out on the proper length of fabric to start and end evenly.  However I came up short on the top even after all that planning and measuring.  I really liked them and did not want to start over.  Who says I can't add another two petals, not me.  That is exactly what I did.  Instead of twelve petals we now have fourteen.  I'm off to appliqué them down.  Not sure if I will use a blanket stitch or small zig-zag in matching thread, or a hem stitch in invisible thread.  I'm thinking on it.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

INDY FOLK

Some time ago I purchased a fat quarter pack of Indy Folk by Pat Brovo.  I started the blocks and eventually finished enough of them to make a 46 by 54 inch throw quilt.  
I loved the blocks and got the 56 blocks done in record time.  However, once sewn together I just wasn't very crazy about them.  I put four rows together and stopped.  
They just weren't very exciting.  They were left hanging on the closet door for several months.  Over the weekend I decided I would work to finish at least one of my UFO's and this was my choice. I figured I'd finish the top up and donate it to my charity group. 
 So I added the last four rows and decided I really did like it after all.  In fact I know exactly where it will be used.  It is to become my new evening lap quilt.   
This beauty is my current  lap quilt for snuggling up in the evenings with our Yorkie.  It currently should be considered a rag not a quilt.  I have had it for many years and it came to me pretty worn and I have added to its demise.  Well over 15 years ago I was visiting a friend and my husband called me with the news that at a garage sale he had purchased me four antique quilts and a maple quilt stand for $10.00.  Oh goodness, I thought really what a prize!  It turned out that the stand was beautiful and three of the quilts were indeed antiques in fact one had 1929 embroidered on it.  They were absolutely in perfect condition.  Then there was this poor little worn baby quilt.  For some reason is just had some sort of charm about it and I have used it since as my evening lap quilt.  Now with many washings it is finally in its last days.  Well, our poodle doesn't think so, she still gets up in my chair every day and snuggles in it.  I guess it will be going into her dog bed, and the Yorkie and I get a new pretty lap quilt.
    
  

Friday, January 12, 2018

NEW YEAR'S RESOLTIONS

I don't usually make New Year's resolution.  Mostly because I don't keep them for very long.  I can't blame that on the last two days of this project.  
Beverly's Fabric, my go to quilt store is closing.  I read it in the newspaper, and they had all their fabrics 30% off.  Now, I know that discount will increase, as they clear their stock, but it will be picked over and I will not get the few items I want.  Few is a relatively small explanation for what I actually purchased.  
However, that is not the problem it caused me.  Yes, I did purchase more than a FEW fabrics.  The issue became where to put my fabric purchases.  I am busting at the seams.  
I have alway folded my fabric yardage 8 inches then folded in half to store it.  I usually buy at least one yard and often three and that is not the 10 to 30 fabric plus fat quarter lines I purchase.  Well, 8 inches actually didn't really work in my storage areas.  So yes, I dumped shelf after shelf and refolded it in 6 inches and folded it in half to store. 
This it just a tiny bit of the mess I started with.  Needless to say on top of everything I had broken up and switched fabric lines around a lot.  It was a mess.   

As you can see here it just a small bit of the dumping zone to refold fabric, and hopefully organize fabric lines together.  
 It did take two days of hours and hours to try to make some sense of this mess.  
And here is the improved storage system.  I did discovered one interesting thing.  I have a TON of fabric, these pictures are only about a 10th of what I have in other areas of my quilt studio. I have no idea how I will ever use it all, and what ever was I thinking.  Does that bother me, no not one tiny little bit.  Does that mean I will no long buy fabric, probably not, but my favorite fabric store going out of business is going to put a cramp in my style.  The nearest other quilt store is a half hour drive away, and they don't carry my favorite fabric choices.  That said I guess I am doomed to try to make some headway with what I have although on line purchases are always at hand.  
  

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

APTHOLOGIE #6 AND #7

Despite working more than my regular weekly schedule this past week and more days coming up this week I did manage to finish up a couple things.
The first of two nine patches, easy and fast.
And the second.  I love being able to fussy cut some of these pieces.
And another block.  Such a fun place to again do some fussy cutting to show off some fun different fabrics.  
This is not my layout it came off the directions from BariJ Designs, but I have been able to lay out my blocks on the guest bed.  I would take a photo of mine, but hard to see my blocks and the open spaces on my quilted bedcover.  They sort of clash.  However, I have been able to accomplish the project this far.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

DAISY BLUE

I signed up for a 2018 BOM in the fall with Esther Aliu.  In just the last day or so the 2018 projects were ready for downloading.  She is offering three appliqué projects with another two coming.  You can make one, two, or all of them.  I choose Daisy Blue.  If you have never seen Esther's projects or her blog you are missing a wonderful treat.  She also offers other free projects throughout the year, and her blog is a great inspiration.  You can link into her blog above.    
This project is one of the easier of the three available now.  I like appliqué and have done some hand and machine projects, but I am not an expert.  I figured to start with this piece and see where it goes.  
Of course a new project often requires a shopping trip.  So off I went yesterday to select what was needed to start this adventure.  
I was lucky as the fabric store was having a 25% off on all their fabrics.  Don't you just love it when that happens?
Now I did run into a rather odd problem.  I downloaded all the directions and appliqué sheets to my desktop, printed them out and Adobe printing cut off the bottoms of the sheets.  I taped, reprinted, taped some more and did a bit of fuming over the problem.  Some of the joining of the appliqués were cut off.  This was not working.  I finally went on Esther's Blog and printed them off her site, which prints them on my computer/printer format not Adobe.  I did end up using 8 by 14 inch paper, but the problem was solved.  
After all that fusing around with printer problems I only had time to trace and fuse a couple sections of the appliqués.  So this coming week I will have to get busy and see about getting more started.  

Friday, December 29, 2017

ANTHOLOGIE BLOCK SECTION 5

And the project continues.  Just finished up the blocks in section 5 of BariJ Designs Anthologie series.  Such Fun!
The 10 Tulip blocks all have the same fabrics except I did use a different green in 5 of the other blocks like this.  
These two blocks have the different green, and I have started adding the triangles.  I ended up using three different fabrics due to fabric shortages of the these two mini prints. 
 Well four are sewn together.
And now the ten, which end up being the entire side of the quilt.  So the next block section comes on January 1st.  This project is so much fun, I can't wait to see block section 6.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

DECEMBER BLOCK 12 & STAR PRODUCTION

I caught up just before Christmas on my Anthologie blocks and while there wasn't much sewing time I did manage to knock out the final 12th month blocks of my Fat Quarter Quilt Along.  
This last month was an easy construction.  The hard part now will be putting the 12 months of blocks together along with the printed red work blocks.  
These took such a small amount of time to put together I did manage to cut out the rest of my Cottage stars.  I now have the full 72 stars either completed or ready to start sewing them together.
The red color range.  Well there is that little odd print in there that seems to go with all of the colors.  However, a fat quarter was not enough to add to some of the blue or plum colors in the line.
A couple more plum to mix in with the reds.
And a few more blues.
There they are my half way through finished blocks.  The problem now is I am thinking of making this quilt larger than 81 by 72 inches.  There is not enough of this line left.  I have preordered Tilda's new line called Lemon Tree.  It is due to arrive in mid February.  Some of those prints will look really nice with Cottage.  Do I wait and add  38 more of the Lemon Tree blocks and make this quilt 90 by 99 and use it for a spring and summer quilt on our king size bed?