Showing posts from August, 2016

Block 28 etc.

I finished the interwoven block on Thursday.  The preparation was fairly easy once I got things cut out.  But, it took a really long time to sew everything down.  I like how it turned out.

I used pink and yellow for this block because I felt like I need to repeat the yellow found in the upper right block and the pink in the block just below.

 It is a commanding block and draws attention to itself right away.

I am linking up the Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.  Not because I sew on Sunday (I don't) but because the slow stitching part is definitely part of my quilting life.  AND, I enjoy seeing what everyone else it working on.

I made the first quilt with the basket and house in the middle.  It was a BOM at Thimbles & Threads in Draper (wow! has it changed since then) a long long time ago.  The 2nd quilt has a large star for the middle with an appliqued vine in the border.  (see above)

I've been working on this Women of Grace & Charm quilt by Blackbird Designs all su…

It's working!

Another time I think I'll try using multiple pieces of regular freezer paper pressed together to make it a little thicker.

This process turned out to be much easier than I was expecting.  It will still be a little tedious getting all the donuts into position and sewing them down.  But, overall, I'm glad I tried this new method of starch basting.

Upward and onward to all of you who haven't done this block yet.
Don't let it discourage you.
It isn't as hard as I thought it would be.

a couple of intermediate finishes

I finished appliqueing one of the four August blocks for the 1857 quilt.  It turned out better than I thought it would and that is always a bonus.

I'm starting the most difficult of the four blocks.  It has intertwining circles to make up a larger circle.  It can't easily be done with back basting applique which is my preferred method.  So I am trying the starch basting applique.  I just happened to have some "Ultimate Applique Template Paper" by Pearl P. Pereira Designs that is thicker and a little waxier than freezer paper.

I hope it turns out alright.  And, isn't as tedious as I expect it to be.
I'm doing it in a pink/yellow combination.  The yellow looks very gold in the picture but it's the back side of the fabric and not an accurate representation.

I finished the applique lettering on the aptly name "Zip a dee doo dah" quilt top.  I needled turned the letters and it was pretty awkward in the center of the lines.  If doing this starch bast…

1857 finishes and shortbread

I am starting to wane on this project.  I think it's because I'm working with dark hued colors and need a little variety.  I'm not sure I'll do the circles block this month.  It will take some energy to figure out the placement and I don't think I'm up to it.

We will be working 3 days a week for the next 3 weeks because it's corn season at the cannery and I plan on coming home exhausted each day.

Now on to the aroma in my kitchen. . . .

There is nothing like a shortbread pan to make me feel like I've made something spectacular

It's cute enough to display without using it for the purpose it was designed.

And here is the final product.  I need to remember to press down more firmly in the corners.  Two of them didn't brown because they were too shallow.  I pressed raw sugar into the dough before it baked so it came out with a double crunch.  I made these to go with the peaches my husband sliced up - YUM!

Our hibiscus at the bottom of the back sta…

Creativity thrives on outside influences

It all started by reading Alla Blanca's most recent post here where she gives a list of all the links she's been saving in her head - so now all she has to do is return to her post for reference.                                                 
She suggested we go read Felicia's STASH LESS series in the third paragraph.

And so I went to read about ways to "Stash Less".  It's a fascinating series and well worth the time to read each and every post!

One of the posts I particularly liked led me to the whole cloth quilt Felicia made.  The idea is so creative and quirky,  not at all like what I normally make.  I am a 100% quilt-weight cotton girl.   I don't use wool and I try to avoid polyester (except for batting). The thought of making a quilt out of linen never occurred to me but I love the drape of the fabric on this particular quilt.  Felicia excuses her newness to quilting and lack of experience but I think that her amateur status is what makes this quil…