Saturday, November 18, 2017

A Civil War finish and my garden Gnome

My garden Gnome holding up my finished top


I finished my version of a Civil War sampler commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War from Barbara Brackman's Civil War Blog in 2011.  I call it "Succession to Emancipation" because it starts out with the seven sisters block representing the seven states that originally succeeded from the Union and Emancipation because I have little ladies all around the quilt with different skin colors representing freedom for all races.

I did many more blocks and even bought the book here that has more block patterns but this is the way the quilt top  ended up.  And now it is #19 in the 'Big Top' closet downstairs.  Although I'm in the process of putting a quilt on the frames and there is one in the hoop so there are actually only 17 quilt tops waiting in the closet.  17 sounds so much better than 19, don't you think?




Bonnie Hunter's Mystery QAL is starting next Friday.  It is so fun to participate in these QALs.  It is called On Ringo Lake and requires aqua, coral, chocolate brown, and neutrals.  I don't have enough of either aqua or coral  and prefer using something I already have.  I do have some fabric that I  collected to make a watermelon quilt.  I think I could substitute the green for the aqua and the red for the coral - using black instead of brown.

I would call it On Ringo Lake Eating Watermelon - ha!

I'm still thinking about it.




I am continuing to big stitch the baby quilt.  This project is taking longer than I expected.  I work on it almost every day and thought it would be done before Thanksgiving.  Sigh. . . 

My hands are so dry.  The skin on my thumb cracked last night.  It's from quilting and doing dishes (I've been cooking up a bunch ahead in preparation for next Thursday).  The turkey, stuffing and broth for gravy are all in the freezer to be thawed next week and then heated through.  I bought a roaster oven.  I've been married 44 yrs. and had never used one.  It is really slick.  I think it will get a lot of use when I'm planning big dinners because it is an extra oven.  It even cooks pies (so it says).




Just thought you might enjoy seeing my real live garden Gnome.  He is planting tulip bulbs.




It's actually DH getting the yard ready for winter.

We got snow yesterday.  You can see a little of it in the first picture with the quilt top.  It was a great day to stay indoors and sew - thus the finished top.

I'm linking up with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.

Thanks for checkin' in,
Robin

Friday, November 10, 2017

as of today in South Jordan Utah

The gold berries really pop out but they mimic a gold tree that is a few blocks away.


You know, it seems like I have a needle in my hand every day but when it comes time to show my progress it is pitifully slow.

I finished the block above for the Roseville Album Quilt.  I've been stitching a block a month and even a panel a month sometimes.  This block took me 2 months to finish.  It must have been late summer.  It always catches me unawares. . .


This looks very wrinkled but it show the true colors of the piece.  I'll press it when I'm done.


I didn't finish my cross stitch project by  Halloween but I'm still plugging away at it.  It's just so relaxing in the evenings.  And it's a project that no longer has a deadline so I can work leisurely.  I changed the pattern of orange in the pumpkin.  Here is a picture of the pattern cover so you can compare.



I also changed some of the leaf colors.  I am planning on making the house a deep blue shade instead of the mustard and chartreuse of the original.



I'm in the process of making a baby quilt.  It's from a kit I bought in Wisconsin in 2014.  I remember it being a lot cuter. . .



I'm big stitching in red with outlines around the figures and just a X in the neutral spaces.  It is crib size.  The backing is the same red as the border and it will have prairie points around the outside.


Sunflower backing

  I finished up the "Yellowstone" quilt  (see here) and gave it to my grandson yesterday.  His birthday is today and he is 11 yrs. old.  It will make a great camp blanket.

I'm putting the binding on the charm quilt (above and below) that's been waiting for months.  I used some 6 1/2" strips that I had in a drawer so that the binding would be varied like the center of the quilt.  I'll get another picture when it's all done that will show it better.




My husband and I wound some grape vines around a frame that he made to form a tree.  I want to flock it and add some white lights for outside decorating.  I found some snow at Michaels and sprayed a little on the front.  But, it's the kind of snow you spray through a stencil on the window, not flocking snow.  I'm at a loss as to where I can buy a can of flocking spray.  Lowes and Home Depot don't have any.  I can buy some online but I'd like to support my local stores so the search is on.







An amusing thing happened the other day.  I have these dala horses from Sweden that my brother sent home when he was on his mission in the 70's.  I keep them high on a dividing wall between my living room and dining area.  They never get direct sunlight.




I was sitting on the couch in the living room and noticed this shadow up on the chandelier.  How curious.




What had happened is that the light shining from my backdoor on to my kitchen counter top was reflecting up on the horses




You can see the two shafts of light from my very reflective counter top forming shadows on the ceiling of the other room.

This happened once before but it was the reflection off of my son's truck windshield through the open garage door .  The light went through the window in the garage then through my round window at the corner of the entry forming a shadow on the opposite wall.  (Were you able to follow that?)  I think these horses are enchanted somehow~

Sometimes it can be discouraging to see what others have accomplished and I'm still working on the same projects.  And then, a friend of mine was looking at my blog for the first time and exclaimed, "Do you quilt every day?"

I'd like to.

Robin

Thursday, October 26, 2017

3 Marigolds



I finished quilting this little quilt.




It's easier to see the stitching in this picture.  It took longer than I wanted it too because of the quilt repair project from my previous post.  But it's done now.  I'm not sure why I decided to do regular hand stitching because it is just a wall hanging.  But, it did turn out nicely so I'm not sorry I took the time.



I quilted a number on each pot.








And three little flowers in the space between words.  I've decided to give it away to a sweet little lady in Wisconsin for Christmas.  I can't wait for her to see it.




The fall colors continue to dazzle.  These are the trees I see from my kitchen window.




And, I'm a lover of clouds  so here are a few pictures of the display yesterday.  So fascinating!





I'm  linking to the AdHoc Improve Challenge.  Go and see what other quilting innovators have done.

Robin

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

So pleased to be done!!!

The 1940's wool quilt repair project is done done done.  It is such a heavy quilt with a top made out of old wool coats and corduroy pants and the original wool batting.  Whoa!

I originally started this undertaking here around the middle of August.  I actually got the quilt in July but it has taken me forever to decide what to do with it.  I rinsed it 3 times in cold water in the bathtub, let it drain over night, and then spread it out on a sheet over the grass in the back yard.  The red fabric bled terribly but it didn't bleed onto the adjoining fabric - just the original backing.

The dot in the middle is lint on my camera lens.
 I put on a new back keeping the old one and the original batting.  Then I had to quilt it together.  I used rather big stitches and they aren't very uniform but I have to tell you. . . . . . . . quilting through 4 layers of wool (the maker often didn't stitch in the ditch and I followed her original quilting lines) is a hand wrenching experience.


This quilt belongs to my DIL's father.  He made the label for it above.  Click to enlarge.  When my SIL saw the label she said that this quilt went from being a ratty cast off to becoming an heirloom.  I'm pleased to be part of that process.

This holey and weakened area needed a lot of attention.


There were a number of moth holes all over the top of the quilt.  I used matching tulle and tacked it over the holes so there wouldn't be any more fraying.


The white in the upper right is paint not a hole.  You can faintly see the patch job here.

I got better at it as I went along.  Perhaps I should replace the first few patches but I'm not going to.  Done is done.




NOW, I can get to the projects I had planned before this one came along.  I can't say it too strongly, "I am so pleased to be done!!!"


Walnut in front of Maple so you can't see how dazzling it is.


We are having a gorgeous fall.  We went to see the fall colors in Sardine canyon a few weeks ago and that was especially nice.  But, the trees around my house rival anything the canyon can produce.

Cutleaf Weeping Birch

This is another angle that shows the Locust in front and the pretty Maple behind.

Usually the Locust turns yellow and drops it's leaves before anything else starts changing so it's an exceptional fall - one that hasn't happened before.

I hope you're having a stitchy day!
Robin

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Ad Hoc Improv Quilters challenge


I just noticed those two orange HSTs in row 2 that are side by side - gasp!  I may need to do some rearranging.


All the things that are going amiss in the world make quilting seem rather insignificant.  But, it is what I turn to when I want some peace.




I finished the top for the Ad Hoc Improv quilters (see link-up here) quarterly challenge of using words in a quilt.  The blocks made me think of bears (Bears paw) and when I think of bears I think of Yellowstone Park.  This was going to be a camp quilt from the start and what better place to go camping?




I used a random mix of unrelated scraps and fat quarters.  There are cows and maple leaves, violins, tape measures, chili peppers, sunflowers, apples, and uglies.  It measures 76" X 90".




I've been stitching a little on the Marigold quilt.  I just love the play of light and shadow when something is hand quilted.




Looking at it just makes me happy.  I only have the words left to quilt and then I can bind it and hang it up.





We went on a trip to Kentucky last week to visit our son who is stationed at Ft. Campbell.  We arrived in pleasant continual drizzle.  It was kind of like those big round shower heads - a leftover of Hurricane Irma.  So, so sad.  It just gave them rain in the Kentucky/Tennessee area unlike the remains of Hurricane Harvey that flattened fields of corn with the wind and flooded fields and basements with the constant rain.

 I took my "Rising Sun" blocks to hand piece while sitting in the car.  I was able to finish 9 blocks!  That's amazing for me.  I finished one block while we drove through a snow storm in Wyoming on the way home.  It helped me to relax as I sewed instead of watching the road.  Here are the previously pieced blocks with the new ones.




This was the "rising sun" one morning as we were driving east.  I wish I could have captured the bright orange glow it was producing.  It was pretty special.







And then, the whole point of going so far - the grandkids.  Too cute!







We went to Ft. Defiance in Clarksville Tennessee for a reenactment but only got to see some of the cannons and a few people dressed in period costume.  Oh, and we got to see the remains of the original earthen fort.  I didn't realize the Confederacy was trying to defend themselves with only dirt for walls (that's all they were able to quickly come up with).  No wonder the Union won that particular battle.




I haven't been working very much on my applique.  I've started another basket block.  It will have a large center flower and 3 more petals on each side fanning out.  It kind of looks like a moth with those feathery antennae and the hovering wings.  I'm hoping to get it done by the end of the month.  That's doable, I think.




Another view of the Yellowstone Park quilt top.  I don't know when I've had more fun making a quilt top.  I gained energy from the colors, I was using up scraps and cast offs so the fabric was free, it made me think of childhood trips with my family, and it is cheerful.

Off to get more done,
Robin

Friday, August 25, 2017

Okay,



I finished the top panel for the Roseville Album Quilt just now.  Whew!

I need to make a doorknob and there's a large circle that goes on top of the plant in the lower left corner.  So, when I get my circle making stuff out again for another block I'll make those two extra.

I've decided to name this block "My Full Time Job".  Working on it everyday felt like a job sometimes.

I laughingly call this quilt the Co2 quilt because there are so many bubbles (circles) on it.   I didn't put the circles on the lower or left panel thinking I could get away without them.  But, I can't so I'll have to go back and make them carbonated as well.

Hope you have time to put in a few stitches today.
Robin

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

a little challenge

I wanted to participate with the Ad Hoc Improv Quilters  this quarter because they are adding words to their quilts.  I started this quilt and it would have been great but the addition of wording has taken it to a whole other place - I love it!

It was going to be just a scrappy Bears Paw quilt.

But now, with the addition of words it becomes something unique.

I'm not as creative as some others when it comes to IMPROV but I am having to change things up to fit the words in and add a few borders like the green swirl above.  (Actually that green swirl reminds me of a turtle shell close-up.) So, I'm getting a few creative juices going.  One step at a time I guess.

I have put words on quilts before.  I think it adds so much interest to the quilt.  It also reveals my thoughts and frame of mind as I come up with the right words.

The quilt top below is still in progress but I wanted to put words to a song my mother sang to us when we were children.  This is what I came up with.

 I appliqued the letters on after the top was completely pieced.  I'll plan ahead next time because it was really awkward.

It still needs a border treatment and maybe a bluebird or a sun or . . . .



My Birds in the Air quilt signifying freedom.

The picture above was my first attempt at putting lettering in a quilt.  I made bias strips and just folded them into the shapes of the letters and then appliqued them down.  I wanted a message that represented the civil war fabric I used in the rest of the quilt top.



This is a pattern by "Joined at the Hip" but I added a double row of hst instead of one large row and I also added the pots and lengthened the stems so I could use up as many of the hst as possible from an exchange.  This is the quilt that is in the hoop right now.

I'm enjoying this challenge and I'm linking up with Ad Hoc Improv Quilters at Sewslowly.com

Go check them out.
Robin