Saturday, November 4, 2017

RSC - Final Month

November is the last month of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and I sure have enjoyed participating in this with SoScrappy and all the others.  I am doing Brown only for November rather than Black and Brown.

Once these are done, I will have enough nine patches to complete my Jack's Chain quilt.  I hope to have the quilt completed and ready to give to my wonderful brother Jack for his birthday in September. 

I have already completed 11 of the Jack's Chain blocks - with 35 more complete blocks and 35 partial blocks to go. I counted up the pieces that were needed for this quilt yesterday, and kind of wish I hadn't - as it is quite overwhelming:

Large Hexagons - 52
Half Hexagons - 16
Connecting Triangles - 470
1 " Squares - 3, 198
Total pieces = 3,788

Thankfully, I only have 20 more nine patches to make and that is the bulk of the pieces.

I am thoroughly enjoying the process though, and I know I will be a little sad to see it come to an end.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Moda Blockhead Update

Catching up with pictures of my Moda Blockhead blocks.  I have been getting them done each week, but just have not yet posted these pictures.  Just completed Block 35 - 13 more to go!
Block 31
Block 32

Block 33

Block 34 - was supposed to be primitive applique; but I decided to machine paper piece mine

Block 35

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching

Its a dreary Sunday afternoon, chilly outside and the perfect time for some hand quilting and Halmark Countdown to Christmas movies.  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Galaxy Star

 Last couple of days I have made progress on my Galaxy Star quilt.  I am struggling with these quarter inch seams coming out just right so that the star points line up right with the checkerboard center.  I measure, I check the seam width, I check the finished piece and dang if I am not off!!!  Not off by much - maybe 1/8 inch or a touch more, but it shows up so much against that black. 

The black is actually a batik with black background and deep blue dot swirling around. So progress is slow, but I am determined they will line up correctly.  I have nine of the twelve star blocks completed and all the sections made for the remaining three stars.  Hope to get that done tonight. [ I share a room with my husband, so what you see in the background is his stuff :)]

Pink is the color for Octorber in the RSC.  I could probably have used 100 pinks and still not used all in my stash.  I don't have a lot of yardage in my stash, but I do have a lot of pieces 1/2 yard or less (mostly less) that I can pull from.

I have 15 of the 33 blocks I need to make in October completed.  We will be going to WVa next week, so I will have them done by the time I get home - at least that is the plan. 

This is my work tray that travels with me. It sits in a larger tub where I have all my Jack's Chain blocks in process.

Monday, October 2, 2017

September Finishes

I completed three quilts in September.  The actually piecing on two of them was completed in March, but I did not get them quilted until September and then got the binding on with the help of some friends. 

Bali Wedding Star - gift to my daughter Ellen and her husband Adam. It is their wedding quilt, they celebrated their 3rd anniversary this past June.  Once all quilted and gifted, the oooops was discovered in the top left corner.  I call that my signature, haha.  Quilted by Donna Sawyer, Heath Springs, SC

This will be a Christmas gift to my grandson Eli as his "big boy" quilt.  I make the grand kids a big kid quilt when they move from the crib to a bed.  Eli turned 8 this past February...hmmm think I am a little late with this one too.  Quilted by Donna Abbot, Michigan

Nosegay quilt - I took a class in this at the SC Quilter's Piecable Retreat in October 2016.  I am looking forward to taking it to the retreat this year and showing that I finished it!  Quilted by Donna Abbott, Michigan

Friday, September 29, 2017

September Wrap-up

September has been a fun and busy month. Thought I would just show what I have been working on as a "catch up".  Tomorrow my daughter said she would help me get pictures of three quilts that were finished, with the help of some friends who long-arm quilt, this month. 

In August, I took a class in machine quilting on your domestic machine offered by the York County Quilters and taught by Linda Hungerford, of Flourishing Palms. The class was great and I could hardly wait to try out some of the techniques learned both in quilting with the walking foot and in free motion quilting.  I decided to use the Aurifil Block of the Month 2016 blocks I made last year and quilt each block individually.  I will be teaching a workshop in January in Quilt-As-You-Go (QAYG) and thought this would be great blocks to use in my class.  I have completed the six blocks that follow, using strictly the auto feed (walking) foot on my Janome 6600.  So much fun, and I plan to do all twelve of these blocks with a different pattern using the auto feed foot.

In another guild sponsored workshop  on the Galaxy Star quilt, and taught by Anita Bowen.  This was also a fun class and I am excited about my quilt.  I completed one block in class and today I decided to set aside the work I have been doing preparing for classes I will teach in October, to just have fun and work on the Galaxy Star.  I have been completing "pieces" of the 18" block , so nothing to show other than the one block I finished.  when the blocks are joined, they form a smaller star in the corners.  I plan to do the QAYG method on this quilt as well, and will do some free motion work in the black areas, cross hatching and outline on the stars.  This will be a little more of a challenge, as I will not have sashing on the front and I need to make sure those stars line up right.

September also saw me complete some more of the Moda Blockhead blocks: Blocks 28, 29 and 30.   Hmmmm these don't look so pretty all together, but they really do blend in well with all the other blocks.  I am using either the dark green or the blue in each block.

Last, but not least, is my Jack's Chain using the RSC.  The color for September is Orange and I had the orange nine-patches completed by the middle of the month.  So I began assembling more of the Jack's Chain blocks - so progress being made. 

When I list it all out like this, seems like a lot to have gotten done.  I love being retired so that I have time for my quilting.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Cathedral Window kit giveaway

Anyone interested in a Cathedral Window quilt kit? Finished quilt will measure 78 x 84 (if I remember correctly). I used to teach my method for making Cathedral Window quilts that I call Yes You Can!.  This is the project that I used in teaching the pattern.  I don't intend to teach this class again, and I know I will never finish the quilt.  I have already made one, and making a second is just not how I want to spend my time.

So I am giving this one away.  All the pieces are cut and ready to put together.  I will include a copy of my pattern so that you can see how it is done.  All sewing is on the machine, with the exception of the little flower inserts.

I will ship it to you, at my expense!

Any takers???  I need this project box for a new project I am getting ready to start - Pemberley, by Katrina Hadjimichael.

Thanks, Teresa