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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Loving Spring/Summer!

I am still here.  I have been taking advantage of the beautiful weather at this time of year.  Love to be outside in the spring!  Mowing the lawn, planting my garden, 
pulling weeds, going for hikes, 
bird watching, 
enjoying the flowers 
and a trip to the zoo 
all take me away from sewing.  I'm fine with that.  

I'm glad I took a photo of my peonies a couple of days ago because today they are getting washed away in the rain.
I'm very excited the poppy I planted last year came back again!

The last time I was working on my quilt I was very excited about almost finishing.  I only had the 10" borders left to add.  So I kept working late into the night trying to finish the piecing.  I really need a door on my sewing room so I can lock it at a certain time of night.  Seriously, when I work too late I always make a mistake.  Usually just something silly and corrected with a rip of some stitches.  This time it was a little trickier to fix.  Instead of cutting my miter at 45 degrees I cut one of them with the 60 degree measure.  
Now I could have easily patched in a piece to fill the gap, and I considered that option.  But, it seems to me I've put a lot of time and fabric into this quilt and didn't want to have a patch where there shouldn't be one.

I decided to order more fabric.  After a week I received an email notifying me they didn't have enough of this fabric left.  I was glad I had used so many fabrics in the quilt all along.  Using something different for part of border isn't even noticeable.  I think the fabric I ordered looks good. 
 It finally came last Friday but haven't had a chance to work on it until today.  Today is raining so a perfect day to sew.  All four mitered corners look perfect now, well except for needing a good pressing.
Off to work on my Jinny Beyer quilt and the red work quilt for the afternoon.  Hope you are enjoying your day.
Have a creative day
Janet

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Progress!

Slow and steady, wins the race or at least it gets the quilt finished.  I am working slowly on this quilt but I really don't want to rush.  I get sloppy when I rush, I'll be the first to admit it, my seams get a little wonky.  I limited myself to four a day.  I am a half square over halfway now!  36 out of 71 finished.  

With my limit it gives me time to play with other quilts as well. 

 I am almost finished piecing all the hexagons for my One Block Wonder quilt.  

I even had a chance to make one cube.

I have more incentive to finish the wedding ring now so I can get the one block wonder up on my design wall and play with the arrangement and make some more cubes.

I didn't forget my Craftsy Block of the Month with Jinny Beyer.  I think I'm improving.

Have a creative day
Janet

Monday, April 13, 2015

Piecing, and planning!

Here is the final arrangement.  I decided to have the joins blend in with the rest of the rings.  I like all the rich color.
I was encouraged, when I pieced the first block, it laid flat!


Here are the first four blocks.  I decided if I do four each day I should be finished piecing by the end of the month.



I have eight finished now and am getting better with each one.  I should be a pro by the end of the month.

If you follow my blog you know I can't be tied to one quilt at a time, and usually have several going all at once.  Well, my distractible mind came across this gem of a quilt the other day.  I saw it on Facebook but Liz wrote a blogpost about her quilt and you can see it here.  I ordered several prints of a panel so I can try this.  She also told me there is a group on Facebook for people who make One Block Wonder quilts.  So I joined!?!  Wow, there are some beauties on that site.  Looking through all the photos reminded me I wanted to try and make one with blocks in the design, such as this.  Of course I have a UFO that will fill this need perfectly.  

I bought this fabric soon after I pieced my One Block Wonder

I cut it out and started looking at the design and decided maybe it wasn't the best fabric for this type of quilt.  (Small design) so I set it aside until I could decide what to do with it.  I pulled it out yesterday and started sewing the pieces together. (After I finished my four blocks for the wedding ring quilt, priorities in the chaos). 
This is about a fourth of the hexagon's.  These quilts go together very fast.  I needed something I could actually see completing before I turn 70.

Now to find some fabrics for the blocks, I want to add a little M. C. Escher in this quilt.  
Have a creative day
Janet 


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Who's counting?

Me!  I'm counting!  I don't think I have ever made a quilt with this many pieces.  I finished all the flying geese for my Judy Niemeyer quilt, Flowers for my Wedding Ring.  There are 780 pieces in the flying geese plus another 20 for the four corners.  800 so far

Yeah.  March goal complete, on to my April goal.  I need to decide how to arrange the rings and what fabric to use for the joins and begin putting it all together.  There are 8 pieces of fabric in each A unit of the rings.  There are 71 A units making the total 568.

There are 10 pieces of fabric in each B unit.  71 B units add up to another 710 pieces.  I haven't added the ends yet as they are the "joining" pieces for the rings.  I can't quite decide whether to have them blend in or stand out.  Way to many decisions involved in this quilt for someone who is normally not inclined to be decisive.

142 center pieces

71 melon pieces

26 quarter square triangles

4 10" border pieces.

Grand total so far 2,321.  I haven't even started the flowers yet.  But, who's counting!
My first thought for arranging was by color, but once I tried to fit the blueberry in, well it just didn't work.
So now I am trying a melting pot of colors.  I think I like this better. I am going to pin it all on and hang it up so I can look at the whole quilt.
I am stuck right now trying to decide on what to use for the joins.  Might have to hang it up for a few days while I work on my Craftsy BOM.  Sometimes if I walk by it enough times it suddenly becomes clear what would work.

I did finish my second redwork block for my Christmas Twitterings quilt.  Trying to get one block a month done.

And finally here is a picture of my son in his new chef's coat.  
Have a creative day!
Janet

Monday, March 23, 2015

Another new adventure!

Lately I have been working hard trying to keep making the flying geese units for the border of Flowers for my Wedding ring. I am enjoying making this quilt but 26 of the same unit can get a little tedious. Until I get past the midpoint there is every possibility this quilt will go back to my UFO pile until I am ready to work on it again. I have 16 finished now though so I think I am safe. 

I did give myself a new challenge today. Refreshes the soul to have a different experience!  I made a new chef coat for my son. He wanted it two colors.  Sorry, I only have a female dress form.

 All done except for the buttons (10 of them, all black) and buttonholes. I could have bought one easily but it just seemed like a fun thing to try. And it was!

Have a creative day
Janet