Thursday, February 28, 2013

GETTING A LOT DONE THIS WEEK

Yes i am getting a lot of sewing done this week...from the 'old' bags of projects in my basket to the new one that i am going to show you today....
this quilt started because i wanted something more to show off the strings instead of just putting the strings side by side...so i thought maybe stars on the outside of them would be good....then i decided it needed more color than the rust so opted for the green in the white space....this quilt makes me think southwest u.s. or mexico....it is bright in person...my laptop doesn't show colors very well i dont think....there is a bright rust and a brighter green in the picture than shown....

i double stitched to make the triangles for the flying geese so i now have a lot of rust triangle squares and green ones too from the leftovers to make something more....
that makes very little waste in this quilt...the ends of the strips were about the only waste i had....as you can tell i started making pinwheels from the green ones so far just not sure where its going yet lol....

i have just 3 small   UFO quilts left to quilt and maybe will get 2 of them done today then the rest of the ufos will be bigger ones to work on....got to lay out another large batt to be ready as i want to put one of the larger quilts in the frame to hand quilt a diagonal feather design down throughout the quilt....

i made my new challenge item for my sewing group but cant show till they are all shown so that is out but i did finish a ufo topper and the little mini squares quilt i showed in last post ....did all this yesterday....so i hope today is just as productive.....more later....

Sunday, February 24, 2013

NEW QUILTS FROM THE WEEKEND

Well these arent what you might have been expecting to see lol....i had good intentions when i got in the sewing room...first i straightened up my table that took a couple hours this morning.....

Then for some reason i got into the clothes basket under the table where i keep my 'bags of blocks' and started digging....and down in the bottom i knew this bag was there and what was in it but when i opened it i found that i had finished the center and one border.....
the borders are strips sewn together then cut into big triangles and sewn in a row...tricky let me tell ya!!!...i looked through the bag and found more partial blocks for another border....at this point i was wondering why i stopped working on it....but later i think i know why.....

i had to refigure just how to put the second border on and how big to put the plain border...that took another 3 hours of making the border for the outside layer...the corners gave me som grief trying to get them all the same but i gave up...on the first border i see they didn't all come out alike either...so i didn't worry about it..the yellow in the center doesn't match the yellow in the next layer cause i couldn't find the same one in my stash....this project i know is over 30 years old...i remember starting it but i dont remember how i was going to quilt the center and the rest of it....so i will have to figure that out now as its ready to sandwich....

Saturday i had these already in a bag sewn into 16 patch blocks and had no idea what i was going to do with them but i wanted them out of that basket and out of my life!!!...
they were sample cottons from an old 'Princess Peggy' dress factory that used to be in a nearby town ....my MIL gave them to me still on the cards 40 years ago....she was a friend of the factory manager who gave her a lot of samples and scrap for quilts ...i have a quilt made with some of the better samples that needs finished one day....anyway i decided to make those little dinky things into this quilt....my daughter has been wanting something to 'tea dye' so my thought is to give this to her and let her do her thing....it will be just right for her 'primitive' decor....that too is ready for sandiwching and machine quilting....no way would i attempt to hand quilt this with all those seams....there are 96 little squares on each layer....ugh! just glad to get it this far lol.....

These 2 quilts will most likely pop into the posts for a while till they are done as i am working on them....

The quilts i was going to work on today???? well they took a back seat but there is always tomorrow right???.....more later...

Friday, February 22, 2013

FINISHED RUNNERS PLUS

Well here are 2 pictures of runners i finished....i am so disappointed....they are batiks and they photograph bad....in an earlier post i posted one of them and these didn't turn out any better...in person they are fine....i guess that is what counts but they wont look very good in the book i keep pics of my projects in

They are about 12 x30 inches,
the bottom one a little smaller....but i got a lot of practice with my machine quilting on them....

More practice is coming....i have i hope the last of the smaller quilts with courthouse steps to quilt....i could have finished it while back when i mentioned it, as i had a back ready but changed my mind and ordered fabric i saw for the back...


The fabric at the top is the back and the lower one is the quilt....I think it will look great with the variety of color the quilt has....so i am going to work on it sometime over the week end unless i get side tracked....

I made a bunch of labels for my quilts while i was waiting for the new quilting foot to come to replace the one that broke....and now  i have all but 3 sewn in the quilts....guess i should have made more of them....i have a bunch of partial filled bobbins that would be good to use up ready to wind for full bobbins and new quilting....

I took this picture through the storm door of the back porch and yard....we dodged a big snowstorm that was headed to the midwest thursday over night....we only got less than 2 inches....i was glad so i didn't have to shovel snow....we need the moisture and have gotten a lot of rain this winter instead of snow that should help....its blowing and dreary looking today so i suppose the snow could blow...but it looks like we got some ice on top of it .....

well going to sew this afternoon after i figure out what kind of a meal i will have later...maybe something simple so i can sew more....lord knows i need to sew 24 hours a day as many projects i have going at the moment....more pics about them are coming in more posts lol....but for now gotta run.....more later....

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

SOME PROJECTS GETTING NEW HOME

I thought maybe i should come in and post now as i gotta get some groceries and run errands, then wrap my granddaughters birthday present....

Her present is the quilt i made and i made her a pillow complete with pillow form like the quilt also....



then there is the pillow form and pillow like the table runner she wanted too...she already has the runner...


its a small one that she says works over the arm of her sofa so the pillow to match should look good there too...i dont think she will need more pillows for awhile lol....she already bought  some in the colors of the quilt above....both pillows measure 18 inches square so they are good size ones....

Maybe i will get to do a little other sewing later today....i have projects sittin all over right now....its finish time i think before i start anything new....i would like to get the rest of the blocks made for the 'stringy stars' quilt i am working on....i am liking it quite well...no pics yet.....lol...dragging my feet on that....and of course i would like to get the quilting done that i started before my quilt foot broke....so lots of things i should be doing....so i guess i better get going....more later....

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

SLAVING ON THE FLOWER GARDEN QUILT

No i havent abandoned my blog...lol...i have been working steadily on the grandmothers flower garden...slaving away on first one part of it then another....first i went through all the clipped combos and re did the colors as i was getting too many different colors in a block....then i basted a lot of them and then proceeded to finish the blocks complete with half the white that i put around them ready to go in a row....

this picture is one i had before but some of the ones in the pic are ones i remade blocks of this week....i have 30 of them  ready now..i laid out the 2 quilts on the floor so i could see what colors are in both...i found that i needed to go back and cut out more of some of the kinds i already had....

1 strip makes a block and a third of the main color for each block so a strip doesn't go far....and i run out of them often....

tonight my fingers are so sore from holding and maneuvering the hexes around while i sew so i guess i better give them a rest....not to mention the hand that i use to hold the needle with....i havent been sewing anything else all week end or since the new week started....just slaving on the flower garden quilt.....

i havent even checked to see if my new quilting foot fits that i ordered....it looks like the old one did so i am pretty sure its ok....

got to take time out for groceries sometime this week.....the weather is even going to co operate....may get to the 40+ degrees too....that would be a big plus considering i hate getting out in the cold....

the quilt gals want to see the flower garden quilts for show and tell this week so i will pack it all up ready to take with me...i would rather wait till i have more rows done but then they might be too big to handle lol....

i remeasured and i have to have 13 rows across and 11 rows in length so i have a long way to go before they are done....i think i will miss my goal of March for them....so i will aim for next Christmas....lol....for now though i am going to grab some popcorn and watch tv ......more later....