Thursday, October 9, 2014

Been working on Fab 4

I don't know if I;ve talked about fab 4 before, but basically, it's a challenge with the  Stashbuster group on Yahoo.  It's a way to focus your quilting to get some finishes done. I am trying to stop starting new projects before I finish up tops.  What's happening is that I can't get to UFOs since I'm off starting something else.  Usually, it's me trying another scrap quilt.  The byword here is focus, focus and finish.
 In November , Bonnie Hunter is starting another mystery quilt and I want to do that.  I enjoyed the one I did last year, even though it's not quilted.
 So far since the retreat, I've gotten two quilt tops quilted, waiting to finish binding.  Two quilts are with the quilter and I have one ready with back to get done.
Now on to Fab 4 outcome.   I have been working on this kit I got in McKinney TX at Quilt Asylum.  It's Kaffe kit of pyramids.  Finally got all the rolls together.  I thought I'd give it to Leigh for Christmas, but my husband saw it and darn if he didn't want it for a TV quilt.  So, he'll be getting it.
Kaffe kit

Close up of the border
  One quilted I wanted to finish was the one with Kathy Brown   It's a jelly roll pattern and I used a jelly roll that been in the stash a while and I found some fabric for borders that removed some more stash.
Kathy Brown pattern
I've decided that my sister would like this and I will get it quilted and finished for her.
Signature blocks

Lifesaver blocks finished at Beach retreat.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ft. Morgan Retreat

First beach retreat in Fort Morgan, Ala. There were 8 of us.  We rented a great beach house and set up in the great room.  I took some pictures and thought I'd share a few.
We ate at Rips in
Mandeville, La where we had stopped to eat lunch and visit a quilt shop Bright Hopes.  Food was absolutely wonderful and we liked liked the quilt shop.  

A view of the water
Once there we all set up to sew and I took random shots of our set ups and the ladies I was with.
Liz and Mono
Vonda and Patty

Brenda who arranged our trip
Denise and Patty

 The view from my set up was gorgeous.  I would 
spend time just looking out the window.  It was wonderful.

A & E fabric store in Pensacola, Fl.
When you first drive up to this fabric store I doesn't look like much but has tons of fabric.  It a Pharmacy/fabric store.  Some combination!

My one walk on the beach.  The sand was whitened pretty but so hard to walk through.  It  was neat to go down there though
Here we are at Lambert's in Foley, Ala.

Outside as we're going into Lamberts the home of the thrown rolls

Another day outside my set up

Waiting for the ferry to cross the bay to come home.
As we traveled home we drove to New Orleans and visited the Quilted Owl.  Really loved that store.  They had Jo Morton, and lots of other 1800's.  They also had wool.
Then we stopped in Baton Rouge at the Red Stick and it was neat tool  Totally different line of fabrics.  Found some grey.

Monday, September 8, 2014

"Old Blue" top is done

Blur Ridge Mountain or "Old Blue"

This has been a big project after all.  Lots of sewing and I have been working on this a while.  Naturally, it's not been the only thing I did during the months I worked on it, but I stayed pretty steady.  I had trouble deciding on the border.

One choice

the selected one

There were many neutrals I tried, finally realized I needed more color so it wouldn't bleach out, then I had to look at the two outside choices until I was satisfied.  I do have a big back for the backing and will see about getting this quilted soon.

One of the next projects

Our Happy Scrappers groups had a swap of signature blocks. The challenge has been to think up a way to make a quilt.  I knew I wanted stars and settled on the Sister's choice block.  I have all the blocks set up with neutrals and this brown for the points.  I want to put it together with sashing too, but haven't selected that yet.

Possible setting

Putting the rows together

An update on the quilt from Kathy brown's class.  This started with a jelly roll.  Have cut and sewn the blocks and now in the process of putting rows together.  This has been going on between other things.  I do have two borders to add to this.

I've been working on the X blocks and will take a picture later.  My current Leader and Ender is a log cabin with centers of red at 2.5 blocks.  I plan on 100 blocks and will be working on this for a while  

Monday, September 1, 2014

Catching Up

Thought it about time to do some posting and catching up on activities.  I have been fairly active in my sewing, but doing that instead of the blogging.  I went to a great retreat and got just a few pictures. As you can see we are quite busy.
View from my machine

A block I thought I'd try

An inspiring quilt, I love it.
I've been making progress on Ole Blue, I've named it and am putting on borders now.  I tried it on the bed and it is getting very big.  I worried about the inner border last night and will revisit that before adding any more to the quilt.
Border choice 

Ole Blue put together in barn raising setting

 I took a class after the retreat and set up my Featherweight in the dining room to keep on sewing instead of mixing it with the blue quilt.  I enjoy this machine so much.  I liked having the machine set up to sew on when John was still asleep, however he wasn't crazy about the idea.  Still I keep on sewing and got the inside pieces made.  Now on to the design wall trying to set it together.
Set up to sew

I got very comfortable after a while
Meanwhile, I have been looking at what seemed like so much chaos in my sewing room and in an effort to make myself more comfortable, I tried to rearrange, sort and so on.  Progress so far.
New containers to hide collections

Refolded chunks of material for easier access
I've cut a kit from two layer cakes that will be spring like to me.  I want to take this to retreat in Ala. in a few weeks.  Of course keeping up with scrap cutting pieces.  Started a log cabin for my niece as a Leader, ender.  I worked on Scrappy X blocks to fun sew between putting Ole Blue rows together.  I've also been straightening some of the wire baskets.  I have enjoyed myself and made tiny bits of progress and this and that.  I guess sewing doesn't necessarily have to have big finishes.  Oh also have been making backs to get some of the quilts laying around quilted.  Till next time

Sunday, July 20, 2014

On the Wall

I have some things to show in progress.  I haven't been sewing much since the kids and grand kids came to visit.  They stayed 7 days two weeks ago , but I've been trying to catch up on rest and get back into my routine.  
I have done some knitting, finished my green scarf, mittens and wash cloth.  I'm now working on a shawl with the blue yarn I had bought.  I love the color and found a pattern I like.
Still working on Blue Ridge.  I flipped the two quarters to the bottom and started adding blocks.  I'm now back to making blocks.  I did a few more half square triangles and really think I'll have to do more to make enough blocks.
Blue Ridge progress

Had to make a few more strip sets to get a few block done for the Folded Fan quilt I started in my last class.I actually had to start cutting dark strips after she talked so much about dark,dark for contrast.
Folded Fans
The contrast does make the folded effect stand out.  I still have a lot to learn about medium.  Up to now I've thought of dark, medium then light.  This kind of quilt needs a real distinction

Then I thought it was time to put out the progress on the Hexie's quilt and see how I was doing.
Hexie layout, no name yet
I've done more work than I thought I had and I'm liking it.  It helps to put it out and see how I'm doing.  Makes me want to work on it more.

My knit finishes below.



My scarf

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Back in the Sewing Room

I spent the last few days, off and turning the sewing room from a bed room of the grand kids to a real sewing room again.  Quite a lot of stuff was moved to make room for the pallets the two oldest slept in.   Today I cut some of the scraps I had thrown on the ironing board focusing on the strips I'm now cutting for the class I had yesterday.

Folded fans by Dorinda Evans of Jackson MS

closer view
This was a great class and she gave a fabulous lecture the night before at our Contraband Guild meeting.
     This quilt is made with dark, medium and light strips you sew together.  I thought I was covered with strips for this class.  I went to the 1.5, 2, and 2.5 strips  Turns out I don't have a good collection of dark, dark strips.  Basically I have a stash of mostly mediums and lights.  I do want to make this quilt though because it will be a good stash buster, and I like the effect the fabrics make.  I haven't done a quilt like this before.
Cassie and her quilt

Adian and his quilt

Alex's quilt

Andrew's quilt

Progress on the Blue ridge
Where I am now with the Blue ridge quilt before I had to move the room around.  And lastly eye candy and inspiration from Dorinda Evans.  Some more of her wonderful quilts.