Saturday, April 11, 2015

Just the right piece

I have wanted to make this Nickel quilt ever since the 1st book came out.  My quilt group had a nickel exchange years ago and I squirreled away the squares in my little niche.

I've been making hst and 4 patch units for a couple of weeks now and was finally able to start making them into blocks yesterday.  The units go together so fast and it was pure joy putting them together.

The quilt is Sunny Lanes from the first Nickel Quilts book by Pat Speth and Charlene Thode

The second book below has some great patterns too and I even made one - but I still longed to make Sunny Lanes.

 This is the pattern from the second book that I made.

And here is the quilt using a line by Barbara Brackman called "Patterns in History" if I remember right.

But, it didn't satisfy by need - I still wanted to make Sunny Lanes.  You know how you think you've gotten over wanting a pattern, or a specific line of fabric and all of a sudden you see it on pinterest or another fabric will remind you while you're shuffling through looking for something else?

Well, I never quite got rid of the desire to make Sunny Lanes.  I've seen numerous quilts online from this pattern and they're all great and they just increased my desire to make one someday.

The only hitch is that I've been clipping the background pieces from my Baraboo circles and cutting them into 5" squares for Sunny Lanes.  Now, I have other neutral pieces but I want to include these specific ones in the new quilt.  So, I am madly trying to finish the applique on these circles so I can trim the backs off; motivation in it's truest sense.

The things we do to get the exact correct special right piece of fabric for something!!!!


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Here we go. . .

My version of "Birds of a Feather" by Blackbird Designs.  I call it CHIRP after a nickname I had years ago because my name is Robin. It has a prairie point border (any tips on how to keep the points from wrinkling up in the wash?)

Here are a few individual pictures with a better view of the quilting.  I apologize for some that are a bit blurry.  It's hard to get a good picture at 7:30 am inside on a rainy day.

The tall block on the right has my initials at the top and the year at the bottom.

These pictures show the border a little better.   It is only 62" X 75", a small quilt for me but, it took 3 months and more to quilt it all.  There are a lot of stitches, pricked fingers, callouses, and eye strain in this quilty item.

It feels good to have it done and hanging.  One regret is that the bottom third of the quilt is hidden behind the couch.  I may have to rearrange the living room.

Ahhhhhhhhhhh!  It's finished (see previous post).


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

I am all stitched out!

I had forgotten how long it takes to complete the quilt after finishing the actual quilting.

I haven't finished a quilt for about two years.  I did piece two quilt tops and quilted another while we were on our mission but I didn't actually finish any of them.

There are five finishes in a quilt (if it will be hung on a wall).
1. The applique and piecing finish.
2.  The quilting finish.
3.  The binding finish.
4.  The label finish.
and finally. . .
5.  The hanging sleeve finish.  GASP!!!

I guess there are really six finishes if you count the cutting out.

This project seems to be taking a long time.  I know part of it is because it is such a pretty quilt and I am anxious to see it done.

The other part is I AM AS SLOW AS PUDDING!!!


PS Hopefully tomorrow I can post about a complete and absolute finish with a picture.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Baraboo and 55 rabbits

Here is a quick peek at my Baraboo quilt.  These colors are just so fun to see as I sew them together.  These are 5 of the colors that will be circles in the quilt.  I have 10 more.

Easter seems to have exploded at my house.  I set out some of the Easter decorations and it looks like I'm in a gift store.  I should make more of an effort  to display things creatively but I probably won't.

My mama rabbit with her seven little baby bunnies.  The ceramic bunny on the left is so adorable, she stands on a penny.

Seven crocheted bunnies in potteryware from Seagrove, North Carolina.  My oldest daughter made these for me last year while we were in Wisconsin.  I had them in the supply room but I didn't display them out for anyone else to see.  So cute. . .

My Roberta doll dressed in a similar Easter dress that I wore in the 1960's.  My hair was short and my mom tried to keep it curled including those dreaded permanents but my straight hair always won out.

This is still a flimsy but I hung it up anyway.  It's too cute to hide away. (Pattern my Jan Patek)

Have you see anything lovelier than this?  My geraniums inside are in full bloom and so is the forsythia outside.  Spring just glows, doesn't it?


Monday, March 16, 2015

Sweet peaceful day

Still plugging along on Birds of a Feather.  You can see the top border in the upper left hand corner so I'm getting closer to being done.  I was looking in my fabric closet for my grandmother's partially crocheted bedspread and I found a box marked bindings which I had forgotten about (because I was gone for 18 mos).  Inside was the binding I had set aside for this quilt.  I love it when things like this happen.  I didn't even have to go hunting for it!

I've decided I don't do things fast any more.  My mother used to accuse me of working in low gear.

The Baraboo quilt is coming together.  I've been seeing a lot of circle quilts in blog land the last few months and I decided to join the throng.  Go here and here from Audrey at Quilty Folk Blog and here  from Kathy's Quilts blog to see some of them. I bought the dotted stripe years ago not knowing what I would do with it but loving it all the same.  I purchased fabrics that pick up all the colors of the stripe and gleefully squirreled them away.

A week ago Saturday I was creating quilts in my subconscious when "Eureka"! I figured out what to do with my preciously purchased treasure.  I'm making it 7 X 8 which makes 56 circles I need to hand applique.  I've cut out all the blocks and machine basted the circles to the backing.  I finished 6 blocks so far.  It's so pretty. I'm not sure what will come next, a border, some more piecing, the binding. . . ?  I'll just play as I go along.

See the empty space behind this pile of neutrals?  It used to be occupied by a rather large bag of neutral scraps and cast offs.  I decided I was tired of the bag using up the space and I wanted to cut out 5" squares for a future Nickel quilt project.

So, I sorted through the bag (which is now empty) and pressed the pieces so I can continue cutting.  I'm cutting 5" squares, 3" squares (for 2 1/2" HSTs) and strips for a future string quilt.  If it doesn't fit in one of those categories it's going in the trash.

Here is my small stack of neutrals.  It will be bigger very soon and it feels so good to have that scrap monster bag out of my closet.

This is what I woke up to this morning along the Wasatch Front.  It was delightful.

The good looking fellow in the background is Grandpa.

We went to Sam's with my daughter and kids.  They talked me into a box of ice cream sandwiches.  It was a small price to pay to insure that the two yahoos below would stick close by.

The sky continued to dazzle through out the day.

The apricot tree is in bloom just like the sky.

Guess I'll go do some handwork.  It's almost time for dinner but we didn't eat lunch till 2:00 so neither one of us are very hungry..

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I am feeling a bit saintly. . .

or maybe just smug because I have only purchased 1 yd. of fabric since October.  It feels so good to see some of the stacks of fabric go down.  Perhaps I'll be able to fit everything into my sewing room at the rate I'm going.

And then my sister hired an organizer to help her clear out stuff she doesn't use or need and I received 2 large boxes of fabric.  So, I guess my fabric non-purchases have left room for some of this.

One box contains Christmas fabric, chicken fabric (I really thought I was done with chicken fabric), lots of unmatched FQs, a quilt all cut out and in progress, and even some clown fabric.

The second box is lots of CWs.  It has FQ medlies, 1/2 yd shirtings, pieces over a yard long.  It's all lovely and I'm tickled to have it.

As I rounded the corner I noticed the light dancing in the living room. The little anniversary clock was sending rainbows all around the walls.  There was just a sliver of sunlight peeking between the wall and the curtain but it was enough to make me stop and admire the show.

I'm continuing on with my bird quilt.  It's been 9 wks. now - why is hand quilting so satisfying and frustrating at the same time?  As I got to this block I noticed something amiss.  Can you spot it?

Here let me push up from underneath.  (Hey, How did that camera strap get in the picture?)

How frustrating!  That's all I can say.

I decided to refrain from quilting around the wing and wait till I'm all finished with the rest of the quilting and the quilt is off the frames.  I will unpick my applique, scoot the wing well under the breast of the bird, and re-applique it down.  Then I will quilt around the edges.

I'm just glad I found it now so that a repair can be made and not have it be a worn out spot at some future time.

I've started cutting out a new applique project.  I'm going to call it "Baraboo" because the Circus World Museum is located in Baraboo, Wisconsin and the colors in this quilt remind me of a circus.

Baraboo, Wisconsin

Audrey at Quilty Folk inspired my choices for this new project. (Pictures at a later date)