Friday, October 12, 2018

A Christmas Quilt Finish

Woo Hoo!
A Christmas Quilt finished before Christmas.

OK, so it took a whole year, but hey, you can't win them all. 

Looks like that was the last time I mentioned the top in my blog.  Well, as you can see, I did add some more borders, I wanted it to be big enough for Mini's bed.  My goal is someday to have a Christmas quilt for each bed.  At the rate I'm going, the kids will start moving out first...

The finished product!  The pattern is called "Take 5".  You are supposed to start out with 5 pieces of 5/8 yard coordinating fabrics. 
 The whole quilt is flannel, front and back.  I quilted in a large loop.  Partly because it was easy, partly to warm up for the Log Cabin quilt that I quilted, and mostly because I used a polyester batting.  A fluffier one, so fancy quilting is unnecessary.  Why fluffy polyester?  Someone gave me a bunch of batting.  Use what you've got!  And it does make for a very warm and cozy quilt.
 I pieced a bunch of scraps into the back.

 Including chunks of the selvedges.  Now I'll always know the fabric line.  :)
I even remembered to get the label on.  Just need to get that filled out.......

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Somewhat Random Thursday - Late Summer and Early Autumn

I really love the Autumnal season.  As long as it behaves itself!  We've actaully had a rather warm and rainy one, but here are a few photographic highlights.

 One of the most amazing things we've seen is three male deer in our yard.  Generally male deer do not hang out together.  With three young bucks together, I'm thinking the mythical 30 pointer must be out there somewhere.....

I've been doing a little bit of preserving.  I made four fruit jam.

And Wild Grape Jelly!!
Cook and smash
Giant seeds from the grapes.
And lots of jelly.  It's surpisingly good.

 Beautiful colors seen out during one of my walks.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The 10 year Hexie Project - Major Update

The first mention of the hexies I could find on the blog was *here* in May 2012
I have been carting these babies all over the place.  To many states, in trains, planes and automobiles.  Swim lessons, violin lessons, piano lessons, cello lessons, ballet class and many sporting events.

They are now all together.  Still basted to papers.  Ready for some kind of a border.  Perhaps a thin strip of yellow and a large of blue?

I even know how I'll quilt it.  

More to come.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

A Quilted Log Cabin - For a Friend

 It's been a rough summer.
Time has slipped away.
BUT, I am reclaiming the things that I love to do, and one of them is this blog.  So let us get to it!

This quilt top was NOT made by me.  I have been talking with the acquaintance who did make it for a couple of years about it.  She had made the top about 10 years ago when a friend of hers showed her quilting.  Then that friend moved away and the top sat.  (we all know this story)
I had offered to quilt it for her a while ago.  Recently, she decided to pull it out and see if she could do the quilting herself.  She got the back made, got it all basted, started some stitch in the ditch, and ended up with puckers.  Back into the closet it went.

I told her to bring it to me, stitches and everything.  She did actually take out the stitching, but I unbasted, re-ironed and re-basted the whole thing.  Proably using at least twice as many pins as her.

Trying out some thread choices.  She had included some coats and clark brown - but I wanted to do better for her than that.  It's not like I'm going to run out of thread anytime soon.
I went with the light brown aurifil.  It blended in perfectly with the neutral areas of the quilt and is fine enough to sink in to the areas where it does contrast.  A good wash will help with that, too.

 She really made a lovely back, too.

 The quilting is a large all over meander/stipple.  For some reason this comes pretty naturally to me.  It is also fast.  She had suggested stitch in the ditch, but that's easier said than done with log cabin.  Too many stops and starts.

The approximate size of this is 68" x 80".

I also now appreciate the quilting for others aspect.  I don't have to trim and bind.  My job here is done.
It is 83F here in Wisconsin today.  40 on Thursday.  Such a strange Autumn so far. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Gridster Bee 2018 - Pixie House Blocks - Finished Top

Rolling around to this year's Gridster Bee, May was once again my month.  This really works pretty well, as I get mail all month and its my birthday month!

I had asked each member to make one of each house from the Pixie House patterns by Intrepid Thread.  I had sent out the neutral background fabric and asked for fussy cut windows and doors.

 It was great fun to pin them up as they came in the mail.  A couple members made me neighborhoods :).
 I worked on piecing trees for the neighborhood.
Planning the layout.
And the finished top!  I barely squeaked out enough of the background to get this put together, but I was determined not to go buy more! 

One more top to the pile.....

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Gridster Bee 2017 Blocks - A Finished Top

Way, way, way back in 2017 May was my month for the Gridster Bee.

I asked for paper pieced honey bee blocks.  Each person in my bee duly made one and sent it my way.  And even though I had grand plans, they sat.  For a year!

The last post that showed them all together was in November.

I finally got them out and put them together.  

 Exactly the right number!!
 Auditioning middles.
 Auditioning letters.
The final top.  I did the lettering with my Silhouette machine and heat transfer vinyl in chocolate brown.  There is much debate as to the meaing of this quote, but as a bee keeper, I think it is apt. 

Looking forward to getting it quilted and finding a place to hang it up.

If you are interested in making your own bees, the pattern is found here.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Random Tuesday Catch-Up

I read once, that a blogger shouldn't apologize for not blogging.
So I won't apologize for missing an entire 2 months.

Here's a quick rundown of what's been happening, with more and better detailed blog posts to come.
 End of the season ballet performance.  You can always tell my kids: they are the tallest.
 End of the season cello recital.  Love the building where the lessons are.
 Vacation for 11 days.  AR, TX, MO
 Husband in hospital for 6 days.  Home, better, but still in recovery mode.
 Middle child turned 10.
 VBS at church with all children (and me) participating in various ways.
 The Fourth of July!
 Eldest daughter went to Bolivia.  (coming home in 2 more days)
 Painted the living room.
Youngest child turned 5. That is a rainbow lady bug cake.

Now we are all caught up and my pictures have been gone through. 
On to more posting.