Friday, August 18, 2017

IRON AGAINST RUNNER

Here is the culprit!  It is only about 2 years old.  It started leaking several months ago, so I empty the water out of it when I turn it off.  It started spitting so I cleaned it with vinegar.  I have always used distilled water in it, but recently was told to use drinking water in it.      I guess I did something wrong because its final crime was to spit brown water spots all over a runner that I had been quilting and was only 3/4 of the way complete.  
There was nothing to do but wash the runner, still 1/4 of the way unquilted.  I treated it with stain spray, Oxi Stain liquid, and Blue Dawn.  I did manage to get the stains out.  I tossed it into the washer on delicate and hung it to dry.  The stains came out. 
I pulled out an old iron, no steam this time, just Best Press and was able to iron it nice and flat and it actually ended up looking like it had never been wash.  I was able to finish quilting my circles on it.  

I have just purchased a new Rowenta Pro Master.  I am reading the directions really carefully.  Believe me the directions are lengthy and specific, since the silly thing ended up costing $80 and that was with a 20% off coupon I am going to follow these maintenance directions perfectly.  Lesson learned.  
It is all finished now, no brown spots and not looking the worse for the whole experience. 


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BIRTHDAY ZIPPY BAGS

My youngest grandson is having a birthday next week.  I have come to the conclusion that cards are just a waste of time and money with children.  I have taken to putting their gifts into zippy bags made with some special theme fabric and giving them money instead.  
This boy loves sharks, this shark fabric was a perfect fabric to make his bag in.  Mom said could I make it big enough to put a book into it.  Great idea, I am headed to Barnes and Noble for a shark book of some sort. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

1930's FABRICS SCRAP ALONG

A week or two ago I decided after reorganizing my fabric stash that some fabric collections had to go.  Its out of control, and many fabric lines have not been touched for several years.  So I started with my 1800's and now have moved on to my 1930's.  
Ok, yes this is a big mess.  I did sort it all in the beginning by color, but as you can see that sort went by the wayside quickly as I started making blocks for a quilt.  
I found this pattern in Fat Quarter Style that makes up a 12 inch block.  Some of my prints had less than a fat quarter, but enough to cut at least one or two of the pieces in the blocks.  
So I started cutting and making color groups.  Silly but I might need to buy just a little bit of the orange and peach colors to help out with my stash and complete my idea.  
Row one is finished.  I am not adding shashings.  These blocks are 12 inches square finished, so with a layout of 5 blocks each row and 5 rows I get a 60 by 60 inch quilt top.  I will just layout colors mixed in each row and be done with it.  And hopefully done with the 1930's fabric stash.  If not then I guess I will be making another smaller baby quilt with what is left.  I need a baby quilt made up to keep for just in case occasions anyway.  

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

JULY FAT QUARTER BLOCK QUILT ALONG

I finally started my July Fat Quarter Block Quilt Along.  These little guys are sort of an odd pinwheel.  They go together easily too.  
Three more to go and they are all cut out and ready to start.  

Friday, August 4, 2017

GONZO FINISHED

Yes, Gonzo is finally finished.  I can't wait to quilt it.
I did cheat on the third row from the bottom and instead of doing some sort of triangle I just did two strips.  I'm telling myself that I did that to give the eye a rest from all the other activity in the piece.    I thought that sounded more creative than I just didn't feel like making up another triangle block. 


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

CURVED PIECING

Another just finished table runner is leaving me today as a belated birthday gift for a past co-worker. Figured I had better get busy making some more. 
I dug this pattern out of my pattern stash.  I probably have had it for several years, but it looked too complicated with those curves to bother with.  However, I was fresh out of runner ideas so decided to give it a try.  
It had these paper templates.  I preferred to be able to use a template edge to draw the curves unto my fabric.  I took them down to the Federal Express Store and they laminated them.  This laminate is much heavier than template material we quilters can purchase.  These templates are almost thick enough to use a small rotary cutter along the edge like a ruler.  Great idea to keep in mind.
Well here it is ready to spray baster.  It was super easy.  The curves are not sewn together the small left side is laid a quarter of an inch over the larger right side.  Sewn down and the stitches covered with a 1/2 inch bias strip.  So Easy!
I used this strip fabric.  I love stripes cut on the bias.  I will use this same bias cut fabric to bind it with.  The large template above is the curve the ends of the runner will be cut.  I think I might pull some of my other forgotten fabric stashes out and try this one again.  
Time to link up with:

Friday, July 28, 2017

GOODBYE 1800'S FABRIC

I have been quilting for about 26 or 27 years.  Over the years I have accumulated various types and lines of fabric.  I have a large collection of 1800 reproductions and also 1930's.  I don't know if you find that what you loved many years ago has now become just hidden away and you are never going to do anything with it again.  I find myself with this issue after reorganizing my quilt studio.  So I pulled out my 1800's and decided it was time to do something with them.  
This bin was full almost over the top.  I scanned through some patterns and began cutting.  I started with cutting fabric for four quilts.  I am lucky that my guild does a great deal of quilt making for charitable purposes.  That is where all this fabric once turned into quilts tops is headed.  
One done and at least three more to go, plus what ever else I can cut out from what is left in that bin.  I have number two about 2/3's done.  I do not have to quilt them, our group has a number of long arm quilters that will do that.  I just have to provide the top and since I have lots of fabric I will also supply the binding.  It is a finish, at least one top and soon one empty bin.  However I do have the 1930's and another bin full of pastel prints.  Making room for new purchases of fabric that I really do love. 


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

GONZO CONTINUES

I spent the last few days of the week and weekend working on Gonzo and my Modern Quilt Group project.
I was able to finish my triangle Modern Quilt Group project.
Here it is all finished, quilted, and bound.  I love it and think it is a good example of Modern Quilt pieces using triangles.  
However, as I went back to working on Gonzo I discovered that we are again using triangles in a Modern Quilt project.  So I may end up with two projects after all.  
Here we are with 5 rows of the 9 complete.  Four more to go.  
A little more progress with only one more row to go.  I must admit that I needed to changing row three and row five.  The pattern had one using these triangle shapes that frankly I just could not get to really come out straight or fit in the other rows properly.  If I do not tell no one will know right?
It is not a finish, but I feel like I am making good progress and when I am done I will have two nice wall hangers for my hallway.
So I'm linking up with:

Friday, July 21, 2017

MODERN QUILT SMALL GROUP

I attended my first Modern Quilt small group meeting on Wednesday evening.  The group has been formed under my guild to meet the needs of a modern quilt group of quilters within our guild.  We have lots of traditional and art group quilters, but the guild is seeing a big interest in Modern Quilting, many of us belonging to the Modern Quilt Guild.
Our first assignment was to produce a modern quilt piece done with triangles.  Maximum size is 18 by 22 inches.  The piece is due in September, pieced, quilted and bound.  
I spent sometime playing around with my triangles and trying to obtain some sort of a pattern with them.  I think finally after a couple misses got it figured out.
I like the elongated star effect.  I used a light grey rather than white as I thought it worked better with my prints.  No idea how I will quilt it yet, but know it will be straight lines going one way or another, at least that is the plan now.   Its a finish thus far for the week.  
So I'm linking up with at least somewhat of a finish:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

STASH USING

I have a ridiculous amount of fabric.  I am in the habit of buying fat quarters and half yards of many different fabric lines.  I don't usually have a particular use at the moment for them, but I fall in love with them and they end up in the closet waiting for me to think up a project for them.
This is just half of two shelves in this closet and there are six shelves in that closet.  Lets not count the six foot closet with wire basket racks full.  
One of my daughters the other day asked if I had a spare runner sitting around that she could give as a gift.  Actually normally I would have one, but not this time.  We went through my runners and found one I had yet to ever use in my home and she had her gift.  This tells me I need to get busy and stock up on some runners that these daughters of mine are bound to ask for later, and probably sooner as gifts for their friends.  In fact that tells me that my third daughter in Colorado may want a couple new runners too.  I'll have to ask her that when on the phone with her next week.  So what better way than to do some fabric shopping in this stash.


So this week I plowed through my patterns and books and came up with this runner pattern and put together this runner.  Fast, easy, and done!  I still have another runner cut out and sewn together ready to spray baste to finish up over the next week.  I think I will make up a couple more too.  That should keep these girls supplied for a while.
So I'll link up with a finish and a couple starts with:

Friday, July 14, 2017

WHALES, OTTERS, AND RUNNERS

Earlier this week I posted fabric I had purchased a couple years ago in Alaska.  I had no idea what to do with it.  Many of you suggested placemats or table runners.  I really did consider placemats, but finally decided to do some small runners.
Actually my decision was based mostly on the fabric in the border. I only had enough to do a runner not 4 placemats.  It was sitting on my counter next to my sewing machine never put away after a previous project who knows when.  It just sort of jumped out at me and said use me.  
I am trying a different quilting idea with this one.  I have never used invisible thread to quilt with.  I've only use it for appliqu├ęs in the past.  It works really well for this project with so much color differences and not wanting an all over quilting pattern on the panels squares.  I am just quilting on the various lines and outlines.
Now I only seem to have one issue.  I usually pull threads to the back of the piece, tie a knot, and bury they threads in the batting.  That is a rather tedious chore, especially with invisible thread as the top thread.  It is hard to see the invisible thread when threading a needle to bury it along with the regular thread used on the bottom.  I guess I will try using a few really, really short stitches to start and finish and see if that isn't an easier way to handle that. 
Since I still had several more squares of the panel, why not just toss another short runner together.
 I managed to find another nice matching blue.  But I am still left with two more squares.  However, I have a perfect place for a little mini centerpiece.
I am going to separate these two and add small borders.  I have an area on our kitchen bar that we use for a candle, and letter opener, and candle lighter, plus we toss keys and other stuff on it.  I usually use a runner there, but usually have to fold it in half to fit the area well.  These two made up will be perfect for that.  Isn't it nice to figure out a perfect solution for fabric that has been sitting in ones stash for a couple years?  This is a finish, well not the runners and center pieces, but a finish for this fabric panel at last.  

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

FABRIC CHALLENGES

I just returned on Friday from a cruise to Alaska.  I did a bit of shopping in Skagway at their awesome quilt store.  However, a couple of years ago I actually did a shopping trip in the same store. I purchased several fabrics, then promptly put them into my fabric stash and forgot about them.  So yesterday I pulled them out.  What am I to do with these guys.  
Three color ways of otters.  Love the colors.
Wolves or sled dogs, not sure which?  They look sort of friendly so lets just say sled dogs.  
For sure sled dogs.  
Ducks or birds who knows.  The colors are pretty.  
Awe, whales we got some pictures of these guys.
And this fabric which is a panel, more whales.  We also got some pictures of these guys too.  
And last these little otters.  So what to do with all these fabrics.  Do you have any ideas, I'm fresh out of them?  A quilt, wall hanging, table runner, maybe placemats? 
So I'll link up and see if I can get some help.


Friday, July 7, 2017

HOME FROM ALASKA

Home Sweet Home, traveling is fun but coming home is always a nice treat too.  We left for Alaska on a cruise the 27th of June.  
The transportation was nice.  Sailed right under the Golden Gate in San Fransisco.
Saw a bit of wild life in Juneau.
And didn't see any of these, at least not on this trip.  This guy is better seen like this.
In Skagway they have the neatest quilt shop.  Odd as the winter population of Skagway is 800, but summer travelers sure knew where to find this place.  They had the most extensive Batiks selection I have ever seen.  So of course, one has to do a little shopping.
So nice to be home and back to doing a bit of quilt studio time.  Its a finish for our trip and now a start on finishing my October challenge project.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

JUNE QUILT ALONG

I have a good start on my June Fat Quarter Shop Quilt Along blocks.  
Four done and only two more to go.  Well then another six months, but whose counting.  
Number 5 and 6 are almost ready to go. 
Here is July's block fabric ready to start .

I will be sailing away on a cruise to Alaska this week.  Dogs and house sitters all arranged for these two muts.  They already look a bit concerned.  Don't worry they get spoiled rotten while we are gone.  Plus one of the sitters brings the little Yorkie's boyfriend with her, he is a Yorkie/Maltese mix.  They have a grand time.
However, there are a couple of quilt shops in some of our stops and maybe a bit of scenic shots along the way that I might be able to slip in over the next 10 or 12 days. 

Friday, June 23, 2017

A BABY QUILT FINISH

It is finished!  Just the label to sew on the back.  I'm so pleased with the end results.  
And here it is.  The finished size is 40 by 60 inches.  The quilting is serpentine rows of stitching on the borders and between the blocks. I used a larger serpentine on the borders and a smaller one between the blocks.  The blocks have a heart quilting on each one.  
And here is the label ready to border and sew on to the back.  I held it together with its backing with a heart quilted on it.  
This truly is a wonderful finish for a new mom to welcome her baby next month so I'm linking up with:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BABY QUILT CONTINUES

A week or two ago I posted the beginnings of a baby quilt I was ask to make for a friend to give as a gift for her bestie's first baby.
You can see that post in the Featured Post.  Well we have come quite a way along with it.
The top got finished and the first border with lace sewn on.  I tacked the corner lace under and hand stitched it down in just the corner to make sure it did not ravel.  All the stitching will be covered by the batting and back.  It will never show, but reinforces those corners to make sure they stay put.  
A view of the lace along the borders, which goes all around the quilt top. 
Just as a side in the pink color way of the theme fabric I made a child's pillowcase with the lace insert.  
I have finished the top and I am now quilting it.  I should be able to have it ready to post on Friday.  For now it is still a work in progress so I am linking up with: