Friday, January 20, 2017

Inauguration Day Sewing

Today is a day that makes USA proud as a new president is inaugurated.  Whether you voted for the new president or not, it still shows the greatness of our country and as the newscasters keep saying, the peaceful exchange of power.   I just pray that all goes well for our peace keepers on this day, and I pray for our new president, vice president and their families.  God bless America!

This morning I spent my time hand quilting:

Wreath quilt project - working on border
 This afternoon I have been working on  my Star of Bethlehem quilt.  The star blocks are English Paper Pieced and there will be two of 6 different colosr, one on a pink background and one on a yellow. I have completed all the hour glass blocks made that separate the star blocks as well as the HST that make up the borders.  That outer dark color is actually a dark pink, with light pink and yellow flowers. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Patchwork of the Crosses

I did not realize I had never posted pictures of my Patchwork of the Crosses quilt after it was quilted until I received a nice letter from a Shelly asking to see a picture.  Then I realized I did not even have pictures of the quilt once it was quilted.  The quilt is rather her large and heavy, so I spread it over my guest room bed to take these pictures.

The quilt was quilted by Donna Sawyer, of Heath Springs, SC.  She did a marvelous job, custom quilting each block with a motif that I selected and then doing a lovely border design. 

The off white border around each block are made with a variety of shirting fabrics, which I fell in love with during this process. 

This motif was quilted on the back of each block

Monday, January 16, 2017

Eli's quilt continues

So here are the blocks in process showing the colors I used.  Its funny, but when I downsized the blocks so they would not take so much memory, the colors dimmed.  They really are quite bright.
7 colors (counting the teal and blue as one color - Blue, Orange, Green, Yellow, Red, Purple and Brown
 I laid the quilt out on my design wall to make sure I was getting a good balance of colors.  And of course, I liked it on the design wall, but when looking at this picture I realize I have some shuffling to do.  This is actually sideways as it fits better on my wall that way. 
Swap yellow on bottom  with one of the browns on the row above, move teal over beside the red and yellow above the red.  Have to study picture some more to see if I need to move anything else.
 My "plan" was to do a "quilt as you go" adding a black 1" sashing between the blocks.  But now, looking at them on the design wall, I really like the secondary pattern that is formed when the blocks are next to each other.    I wanted to quilt concentric circles over the blocks, and not sure I can manage the free motion on my domestic machine.  I could just do a grid, but I really like the idea of circles.
What would you do ?????????
Gonna set it aside for a bit and think about it.

Sunday, January 15, 2017


So I am sewing away on Eli's quilt - and realized that I had sewn the white fabric on WRONG!  The one on the left is correct, the one of the right is WRONG.  Dagnabit......
I have 60 of these strips to unsew and resew!!!!

By the way, the pictures are showing sideways - they were right side up when I uploaded them.  Go figure.
One hour later......blocks all fixed.  Watched two episodes of Fixer Upper while is did some Fixer Uppers myself.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Star of Bethlehem quilt block

Spending my days with my husband in the hospital and now in rehab.  He just had his second back surgery this year  since October .  He is doing great and pain free for the first time in many months.

While here I have been working on my current English Paper Pieced project- Star of Bethlehem . I need to make twelve of these blocks, and this is block 1.

I have designed this quilt using EQ7 and it will have 12 star blocks, using 6 different color
combinations for the star ring. The center star is fussy cut and will vary with each star.  Each color combination will be made up using a pink background on one and a yellow background on the other.

This is a rough layout of the quilt top.  The plan is to use the fabric that I fussy cut for the star centers also as the outer border on the quilt.  I am sure the plans will change as the quilt evolves.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

New Project - Eli's Quilt

Back when I had only 3 grandchildren, I started a tradition of not only making each new grandchild a baby quilt, but once they moved out of the crib into a bed, they got a big boy or big girl quilt.  I now have 10 grandchildren and an 11th one due to arrive in June - and yes, I am behind.  I need to get two big boy quilts made, not to mention the baby quilt for #11.  We don't know the gender of the new baby yet, but gotta get ready :). 

I also make each of my children a wedding quilt when they marry, and yes, my daughter and son-in-law have been married 3 years now, and they are still waiting on their wedding quilt.  So that is my resolution for 2017.....get caught up!  My daughter chose a Bali Wedding Star quilt for her wedding quilt. Hmmm...could she have picked anything any harder?  She does not want it in batiks either, so we have to go shopping for fabric.  I promised her we would do that in January.

I have started a quilt for Eli and having fun doing it.

This is the block I have selected for his quilt.  It was part of the Aurifil BOM for 2016, and I played with using a black and white background with color strips.  I thought this a great block for a very energetic boy.
Each block will have a different color strip with the black and white background - all bright happy colors.  Using 7 different colors, and each color has 2 or 3 different fabrics. 

Each block has a black and white pinwheel in the center.  Quilt will be 5 x 6, or 30 blocks total. That means I need 120 HST triangles.  I have them made, and am squaring them up now.

My organization.  All the strips are cut and sorted into individual trays, labeled with size and letter identifier used in the pattern.  My friends will tell you I am an organization freak when I am putting a quilt together.  I just love having everything laid out like this.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Aurifil BOM 2016

I have participated in the 2016 Aurifil Block of the Month sponsored on Pat Sloan's blog.  Seems like each block required a little different skill in making the block and that made it fun to do.  I chose to go with batiks and I do love bright colors!   I am thinking that I might try a quilt as you go method in assembling this quilt.  I just purchased a book, "Quilt It As You Go" from Annie's Quilting and am anxious to try it out.

All 12 of my blocks, not necessarily in the right order.
Block 12 - Something gone terribly wrong!  This is what happens when you sew C to A instead of sewing it to B like you are supposed to.  You would think I would have seen this error BEFORE I sewed the entire block together!

Block 12 as "re-sewn"