Saturday, August 21, 2021

What A Wonderf World: Part Two

Finally getting this quilt blogged.
I mentioned a couple of posts back that my group, Erie St Quilters, did a challenge based off the song, What A Wondeful World, sing by Louis Armstrong. 

This was my result. I basically did something similar to a Temperature Quilt, where I assigned each guitar chord in the song a fabric color and then constructed the quilt from there. 
The backing fabric I found at a thrift store. Something like 4 yards. I just love it. 
The fabrics were all hand dyed, mostly by a former member of my quilt quilt and some cherry woods. 
I washed it when I was done and completely forgot about hands dyes running. They did run a bit, but didn't really ruin anything. 
It was also supposed to finish 30x30. It's smaller, which must be from washing. If we decide to enter these somewhere as a group, I'll have to see if I can block it. 

I've started blogging from my phone, so that seems to be going OK. At least I'm blogging again!

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Mini Sews: Simplicity 88403

Miss Mini turned 8 in July. 
She asked for a sewing machine and I was more than excited to make that happen!!
I got her a nice Janome. It was a nice price and I've been really impressed with my Janome machine. 

She immediately got to work sewing a quilt. More of those pictures later. 

Today she finished a stuffed cat.
I would highly recommend NOT letting fuzzy minky cats be your child's second sewing project. But, we survived, and Mini is happy.

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

What a Wonderful World

I'm part of a group of 10 women that get together to sew monthly. The Erie St. Quilters. Last summer we decided to do a challenge based on the song sung by Louis Armstrong "What a Wonderful World"

We shared our finished quilts at our last meeting. 
The rule was that it was supposed to finish 30"x30" with a more modern look.

Mine is this last one pictured. Somehow it ended up too small. It may have shrunk when I washed it?

I'll share details of mine next time.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Duck Obsessions: Drake Lake Quilt

It started in early spring with WD. He started the infatuation with ducks. 

I came home one day and he had done all the research on raising ducks. 

So we decided to give it a go.
They are actually easier than chickens in quite a few ways. We started with 10 ducklings. Lost one to a hawk, and just put one in the freezer. We will keep 4-5 in total for eggs.
I will have to get updated pictures, because they are actually full grown and white now.
So, then, one day while I came across all the fabric, half pieced blocks and book for this quilt. I finished it and quilted it and just gave it to my duck obsessed boy.
I had to finish sewing the ducks together, they were already pieced. I then made all but two of the reed blocks. All with the bundle that had come together. 

I hope the woman who stated this is would be pleased to know it's done. 
Hard to tell, but this duck is made of sparkly fabric. Just fulfilling the vision....
I pieced a white duck for the back, since ours are white Pekins.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Elvira Quarantine Quilt Along Finish

Its been a couple weeks since I finished my Elvira quilt - so its about time I get it up here on the blog!

I started it back in March when Gudrun Erla of GE Designs hosted a quarantine quilt along (her first of 3, now)
I pulled from all my Wiscsonsin fat quarter fabrics. And actually managed to get the top together in less than a week. You can read more about that HERE
I did some simple straight line quilting, echoing the 60 degree slices through each rectangle. 

This is the really fun back that I put together.  It has two panels and a fat quarter that I couldn't bear to cut up.  It has most of the leftover strips, that I didn't use for the binding, cows, pigs, and a civil war toile print.  

I've had the quilt on my bed since it was finished and washed.  Love it so much!
Finished size is 88" x 102".  Batting is a Pellon cotton, fairly thin, but great for summer.  Thread was all Aurifil cotton 50 wt.  

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Really Random Stuff on a Random Day

Some random things to share while I've got some time to sit at a computer.

A friend from the my Gridster Bee sent me this great pouch.  Perfect for putting projects into and then forgetting them :)
Progress on my New 10 year project.  These are all the dresdens that have been appliqued down.  I have about 175 plates in total. 
Its been a pretty hot summer here in WI, with multiple days over 90.  We spent one of those evenings getting pizza and hanging out at the lakefront. 
My industrious middle child spent a week or so picking black raspberries, that we froze each day, until there was enough for an actual pie. 

Seriously one of the best pies I've ever had. 

I didn't actually know what this plant in my garden was until there were monarch caterpillars all over it. 
They really stripped it of most of the leaves, and poop everywhere.  I actually had to sweep. 

We brought two in to watch them emerge. 
I ended up lining this corner cabinet one evening because it needed fixing and was empty for that.  Not what I had planned, but I love that its done.  Hard to do any matching on curves and corners though!
New pourings of beeswax for my Etsy shop.  I love watching it cool.  Makes the coolest patterns.

I had seen this collection when it first came out at Joann, before the lockdown.  Scored a clearance mug the other day!
And I never got a finished picture of this little quilt, but put together a signature quilt for a dear friend and our Pastor's wife who has retired.