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




Saturday, August 19, 2017

Preservation of boyhood memories


My oldest son's father-in-law has asked me to repair his boyhood quilt. He's about 75 so it's from the 1940's sometime.  He lived in a rural part of southern Cache valley and he had a number of brothers.  They all slept together under this very heavy quilt.

It has a really hearty navy blue stripe on the back, almost like ticking but heavier.  The front is made from used wool coats.  The batting is cotton.  The binding is brought around from the back.

I thought I would just repair the worn and moth eaten areas and replace the binding.  But, after rinsing it in the tub 3 times because it was so dirty and smelled like a house that hasn't been opened to the fresh air for years,  I've just about decided to use another backing over the old one.



The wool top needs repairs but the backing is shredded in places.  It was hand quilted loosely across the top with heavy duty black thread .  This was a utility quilt at it's best.  Unfortunately the red wool bled in the cold water rinse and has soaked through to the backing.  Another reason for replacing the backing.

Does someone who has some experience with this type of repair have any suggestions?  Do I repair the wool with wool or will cotton do?  I know I need to replace the batting where it is missing  because of holes in the backing.

I think the boys must have kept the backing next to their skin because it wasn't as scratchy as the wool.  There is definitely much more wear on the backing.

I want to preserve this appropriately but I also don't want to spend an enormous amount of time doing it.

Thanks for any help,
Robin

Monday, August 7, 2017

All four?

Maybe if I didn't try and work on all four projects at the same time, it would look like I am making faster progress.  I guess if I was honest there is another project that sneaks into the mix when I need a take-a-long task.  But, I only took pictures of the "four".



First up is the leader-ender project I cut out and then decided that it would be the actual project instead.  It's is such a scrappy quilt.  I know that's silly to say that but it's quite amazing really.  I've made the 16 blocks and am in the process of making 40 sashing strips.

I'm planning on putting a panel with words on it between the 3rd and 4th row of bears paw blocks.  Not sure whether I will hand applique, machine applique, or block out the letters in patchwork.

It's been a really fun project and a great break from all the hand applique I have been doing.




The 2nd project is the Halloween Eve cross stitch.  It is my "I'm in no hurry" project.  I just work on it at the end of the day for a little while as I unwind.




The third project is appropriately the 3 Marigolds quilt in the hoop.  I hate to have an empty hoop or frames.  It just doesn't feel right if I'm not hand quilting something in those stolen moments while waiting for everyone to get ready or waiting for my husband to wake up after a sleepless night.  This little quilt is from a 'Joined at the Hip" pattern book using the hst from an exchange in my quilt group.  I kind of wish I had used a pale yellow fabric instead of the light beige.  The yellow would have helped the marigolds shine.




And then in the No. 4 slot is the Roseville Album Quilt I have been diligently working on since May.
This is the almost completed right side.  I just need to put a cat in that blank spot between the trees.


And this is the left side with the tree outlines done.  Orange and vermillion bubbles will go on the aqua tree with a slightly different treatment for the folliage on the yellow tree.  There's another cat between the trees and some birds in the upper left corner.  I have kind of slowed down on this project.  Need to get some oomph back.

But, we got some news today that puts a 5th quilt in the queue.  It's a baby quilt and today the proud parents (my youngest son and wife) found out IT'S A BOY!!!




I bought an American Jane baby quilt kit in Wisconsin 3 yrs ago and have been itching for an excuse to make it.  The kit is from the 'Ducks in a Row' line.  I'm so excited to get busy.  Don't you love it when you can quilt all day without guilt?  This baby NEEDS this quilt!!!

Robin

I'm linking up with Design Wall Monday on Small Quilts and Doll Quilts.  Go check us out.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Moving along in Fantasyland~



Just want to show a little of my progress   That goofy tree (from the last post) is really filling out and looks kind of enchanting.  The jury is still out for the bubble tree.  Isn't it interesting how you get a better perspective with a photo than just the naked eye?

I linking up with Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Dolls Quilts.

Robin

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The upward trek

The photography makes this look ghastly.  It really is much prettier in real life.


I've been working on the top panel for the Roseville Album Quilt.  It doesn't look like much but I've already spend a lot of time.  The house is in the center of the panel with two trees on each side.  The one tree with only 3 leaves looks pretty scrawny but it will end up with multiple leaves, long stems, and an abundance of fruit.  I can't decide if the fruit is supposed to be dates or coconuts.  Regardless of what they are supposed to be - I'll be using much more colorful fabric to represent the fruit.






I'm on the final border for my charm quilt.  This should have only taken me about 2 weeks to quilt using the big stitch but here I am almost 2 months in and it's just finishing up.  I'm having a hard time making myself go downstairs and stitch.  It has something to do with the heat.  The unusually miserable heat. . .




I cut out a scrap quilt last week so I would have a leader/ender project.  After it was all cut out I had to laugh at myself because I have no quilt I'm in the process of piecing.  This is it.




The scrappy bear's paw is from Miss Rosie's Spice of Life Quilts book.




I'm using a very random mix of FQs that I had stuffed in a drawer.  I have won FQs at various times through the years at my quilt club.  It seems like 2 or 3 times a year I win a drawing or someone is passing out FQs for part of their presentation.

Anyway, none of these fabric really go together and they are not all quilt store quality but it's a scrap quilt.  That's what scrap quilting is all about, isn't it.



The cute scrappy Bear's Paw block is below.  Miss Rosie has a different set of instructions for cutting out than I am used to.  It's taken me a little while to figure it out but I think I've got it down, finally.

I had a big piece of white kettle cloth (I don't know what they call it now) from the 80's or 90's that I'm cutting up for the neutral in this quilt.  It will be a good use for it.





I've also started a new cross stitch project for fall.  I've wanted to make this sampler for years, the pattern came out in 2011.  I found the sparkly gray Aida and then aged it all for a while.  The cloth isn't long enough to make the whole sampler so until I decided what to do instead, the pattern and cloth when into a box up on a shelf.

I love the sparkly cloth and hate the thought of not using it.  So I finally made myself make some decisions.  I picked out the colors I like, not all are the ones suggested.  I decided to shade the pumpkin differently than the original pattern (below)




And, I am only going to stitch the Halloween Eve part down.  I'm not going to stitch the alphabet and now I have enough cloth to get the most important part (the bird, pumpkin, and cat) all stitched.

Why do we take so long to decide. . . ?

Yesterday the question for the designers to answer on the Moda Blockheads BOW was "Do you wash your quilts?"

When I read Lisa Bongean's answer about never washing her wool quilts I wasn't surprised but, it made me realize that I don't make wool quilts for that very reason.  My quilts are made to be used.  And if that use requires cleaning then I want to make sure that can be done without ruining the quilt.

It's something we all have to decide.  How are we going to use the finished project?

Don't get me wrong, I think the wool quilts are wonderful.  But, I guess I think the wall hangings are even better because they can be tossed into the dryer on low (like Lisa suggested) and get clean without any problem.

What are your thoughts?
Robin

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The stain is gone!!!



I finished the Father's Day block (see previous post for naming thoughts) yesterday and I soaked it in Oxy-Clean.  It took about 4 hrs. but there is no trace of the raspberry stain -whew!  I'm surprised how many raspberry colored fabrics ended up in this block.  It was fun to make.

The large center flower is supposed to be make out of three different fabrics including a center circle.  When I came across this Amy Butler fabric I knew it would be perfect.

Now, I'll take a little break and finish big stitching the quilt on the frames.  Then it's on to applique the top border for this quilt.
Robin

I'm linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Little Juicy Fingers



 I've been working on another block for the Roseville Album Quilt.  I'm calling this one the Father's Day block.  (More on that later.)  I applique at my little rocking settee in the dining area.  The morning light shines in through the window behind me as I sit and stitch.  It is such good lighting but, alas, it is also quite near the food preparation and eating area.  Hince the stains on the top and bottom of my block.  GASP!




I think it was from the grandkids but at this point it isn't about the blame - it's about how am I going to get these stains out.  The block was folded in half so I have a big stain at the bottom and a smaller stain at the top of the block.




This is the delightfully delicious culprit of the the red fingers who touched my block to probably move it out of the way so they could sit on a stool at the bar and continue to nibble to their little hearts content.

You can see the block in the background.  I need to remember to move it into another room when I baby-sit each week.

So. . . .   any thoughts on how to remove raspberry stains?




Back to the block's name - I'm calling this the "Father's Day" block because these little blossoms remind me of carnations.  Years ago when my DH was seated on the stand each Sunday, I would get him a carnation boutonniere on Father's Day.  He seemed to like it.

I've decided to finish appliquing the block and then try and remove the stain.  If it's a stubborn one - I'll just figure out a way to applique over it.

You just never know. . .
Robin

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This is what I did all month. . .



It took me a whole month to applique this piece.  It measures 16" X 48".  I didn't work on it every day.  Not Sunday and I usually skipped another day during the week.  But the rest of the days I spent 2 - 4 hrs stitching.  Whew!  Those trees are just something else...................




I decided to name the blocks as I go along.  The one above is the "Masochist"  (The tendency to invite and enjoy misery of any kind) block for obvious reasons.  I like the block I just don't want to ever put myself through that again.



The left side panel is "The Coloring Book" panel because it felt like I was picking out the most beautiful crayon and while staying within the lines, colored it in with fabric.




The bottom panel I just finished was originally named "The Garden of Eden"  because of the two trees.  Then I started on the animals and thought maybe "Old MacDonald" would be a more fitting name.  It was when I was appliqueing the goats horns and began to think about fainting goats that I came up with it's final title.  I call it the "Not for the faint of heart" panel.




I haven't decided which block or panel I will do next.  But, I do know it will be one of the easy ones for sure.



Harvest/canning season has started at our house.  I've put a bunch of peas in the freezer.  I've made both raspberry and strawberry jam and have frozen a bunch of those too.

At least, the ones we haven't just popped into our mouths right out of the garden - yum!



DH planted some new hollyhocks.  They are something to behold.  Remember making hollyhock dolls as a child?  I'm going to have to find some instructions because these would make some lovely hollyhock brides.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

birds, cats, and a cow



I've been working on this panel all week but it doesn't look like I did much.  I finished the purple bird in the upper left hand corner.




I finished the cat and the shrub underneath her.  I worked on these because I needed a break from all the up, down, and around of the blue tree.  But if you look closely you notice on the shrub branches and the cat's tail and feet . . . it was the exact motion of up, down and around that I had been doing all along.  My applique isn't perfect, that's for sure, but I keep improving.




I finished the cow, an udderly tricky accomplishment.




And here is the progress so far.  I still have 2 horses, 3 chickens, a goat, another shrub, and a passel of birds (as well as the rest of the tree.  For those of you who have made this quilt, you'll notice my panel is a mirror image of the original.  I forgot to reverse the pattern when I traced it.  It won't make any difference in the placement of the blocks and design but I'll have to keep better track of things from now on.




We had an interesting delivery this week.  Above is my DIL's turtle named Romeo.  She's had him since she was a little girl.




My sister came on Wednesday and she had to step over a big shoe box on the front porch to knock on the door.  Inside the box was a much larger red ear slider with a slightly damp cloth on top of her.  She has been dubbed Juliet - appropriately I guess.  Poor Romeo isn't going to get a chance to meet her because my DIL quickly found a new home for her and she's going to a kindergarten class in Logan.  Meanwhile my son and DIL went to St. George for four days and I've got the responsibility of keeping Juliet alive in a outdoor kiddie pool.  I know it's no big deal but when a person is used to only feeding a spouse. . . . . .    I'm afraid I'll forget to feel them -yikes!



And a Happy Father's Day to my DH.  This is one of my favorite pictures of him from our mission to Wisconsin.  It is taken in the Chequamegon National Forest where someone has put chainsaws all up and down about 50 large polls.  (We saw some crazy things while we were there.)

Hope you're having a quiet Sunday with your family close by.
Robin

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Applique, charm quilt, and fabric in the mail



I've been busy appliqueing again this week.  I finished the gold tree, stitched the pig, a cat, and the bull.  I love the fabric for the bull.  The wings and the tail of a bird are in the upper left hand corner - more birds to follow.




I got started on the other tree.  I figured I'd work a little on it and then do an animal or bird.  Then do a little more.  That way it will feel like I'm getting more accomplished and it will be more interesting.







I' put my charm quilt on the frames finally.  I'm doing a big stitch around each diamond and into the border.  I like the way the border looks.  I'm hoping it will go quickly and I can finish it up by the end of June.  But, the appliqueing time cuts into my quilting time.  Although July's humidity is not far away and I'll welcome the cooler temps of the basement where the quilt frames are.





Now here is the fabric saga.  I ordered some fabric from Country Sampler in Spring Green WI last week.  I mentioned it in my previous post.  I got a call two days later to tell me that they only had 1 yard of the lovely fabric that I wanted 3 yrds. of for a border.  So I cancelled the whole order including a book that was on sale.

I was very disappointed.


This is a little washed out.  It is much prettier in person


It was a birthday present in a way.  But I decided to go to the Windham fabric site to see if I could get a better picture of the focus fabric since the pictures on my blog didn't come through very well.

On the Windham site I found other stores that carried the fabric (by Jeanne Horton) and so I ordered some from Threadbear in Georgia.  Yippee!  The fabric was cheaper and so was the postage.  Win, win.

Except I was on my IPAD and having never ordered anything on it before - there was a learning curve.  When I clicked on the Place Your Order tab a screen came up saying there was an error when I sent my credit card information (not very encouraging)  but not to worry.


Artsy photo


I looked for the confirmation email the next day.  It never came.  Frustrated, I just decided I wasn't meant to have this fabric and gave up.  That was Wednesday.


The blue is more gray and the pink is more salmon.


I surprisingly got an email on Thursday saying my order had shipped.

My package arrived Saturday.  To say I was thrilled is putting it mildly.  I will order from Threadbear again and again with that kind of service.


This is the way I imagine the fabric for a border.  Probably not for this quilt but you get the idea.

Pretty, pretty border fabric


This is a picture of one corner of my CW BOW from Barbara Brackman a few years ago.  I appliqued a little border but I've never put it together.

I also found the book I had originally ordered from Country Sampler at Amazon Marketplace for a cheaper price.  Who knew?

Now, I just want to say that Country Sampler is still one of my favorite places.  They couldn't help that the fabric I wanted was selling out so fast.  That's a good thing, right?




And last, but not least, dessert.  This is the way my DH coats his desserts with whipped cream.  There is some key lime pie under all that sweetness.  Too funny!

Hope the day finds you with a needle in hand,
Robin

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