Friday, April 24, 2015


I keep thinking I don't have anything to show.  But, I sure spend a lot of time stitching so here is what I am working on today.

I'm still quilting the border on this quilt.  It is quite tedious and for some reason my wrist complains a lot so I only stitch for a short time each day.

I love the way it is turning out and am willing to spend whatever time I need to.

Snail's pace here ~~~~~

But it is a comfortable little niche to sew in and it's right in front of the TV.  Now, if they would just put something on that's worth watching.  Getting tired of all the violence and sex.  Give me a show I can watch with my grandchildren.  I watched Alice in Wonderland two days ago while quilting.  It still is the most nonsensical thing ever but it amuses me.

I'm working on the four patches for "Sunny Lanes" the Nickel quilt.  This is just relaxing and fun.

I've started a bow tie quilt.  As you can see it's not very far long.  But, as soon as the Nickel quilt is done I'll plunge into this full-time.  Lots of scraps to try and use up.

I found this elephant pattern from a few years ago.  I still want to make one so it's on my sewing table too.

Have any  of you decided to join Lori Holt in her sew along from her new book Farm Girl Vintage?

I think the blocks on the cover quilt are just so whimsical and cute.  I'm going to join along but I'll use the fabrics from my stash that aren't necessarily the same springy prints as she used.

It's not really a BOM Janet, you could join too in the dark & dirty range.  (Which is what a farm is after all.)

Also, today, I am going to be exchanging blocks in this quilt because there are only two blocks in the whole quilt top with the same black corner squares and I managed to sew them right next to each other.  I didn't think it would matter but I can't leave it alone.  This is the next quilt on the frames to make sure it's done by Halloween.

Sew, that's what I'm doing today.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

after sleeping on it. . .

I've decided not to use the striped border on the Baraboo quilt from the last post.  It was just too much orange.  The stripe also took your eye away from the center of the quilt to the border.  It's a shame, I have 3 yds. of that great striped  fabric left over.

I've auditioned reds, aquas, and neutrals without finding anything satisfactory.  I considered doing applique with all the bright fabics  in vines and leaves.  That sounds like a lot of work and all it would do is draw your eye away from the circles again.  That's not my goal.

I kept on searching and I found a Faye Burgos fabric by Marcus that has "potential".  I have  6 yds. of it so I think I could us it for the border and the backing if I choose to.

Decisions, decisions. . .

Monday, April 20, 2015

Baraboo blocks done

Turquoise block at the top left is leaning on a table leg.

I finished appliqueing the circles on Saturday but didn't finish completing the blocks till today.  I placed them on the floor in a corner of the basement so I can study the color placement.  I've already rearranged a few of the blocks since taking this picture.

Here is the completed stack all ready to press.

The fabric at the left is for the border.  It is the same fabric that I used for the cross in the middle of the blocks.  The camera's eye doesn't give that piece of fabric it's true colors.  The orange stripe looks like it has green dots but they are turquoise and aqua.  The stripe also has that melon color of the block next to it.

This shows the colors a little truer but it's still "iffy".  I think I like the stripe crosswise better than lengthwise for a border.  But I also think it needs a little stop border between.  I had a few ideas about how to make a detailed border but when I got the blocks all laid out I decided it didn't need anything drawing the eye away from the calliope of colors in the center.

It's a work in progress so I could change my mind at any time.

I finally figured out how I wanted to quilt the narrow border on my "Tribute to Faith" quilt.  I have half of the top border done.  It's a little time consuming but this quilt has been totally time consuming with double quilting on each seam and filling in the white spaces.  It looks a little crinkly because I had to dampen it to get rid of the marker.  I hope that's not going to be a problem when I do the binding.

 Just a quick picture of some of the snow we got last Wednesday. We got 6 inches!!! This was taken when it had started to melt and some of the clumps have fallen off.

no window

We got new windows throughout the house on Thursday  It was a cool day but no 50 mph wind (like Tuesday) and no snow (like Wednesday).

Wish my windows could stay this clean all year long,  I do  I do.

new window

I have been reading and truly enjoying The American Quilt by Roderick Kiracofe.  Why I didn't know about this book before I can't tell.  It was published in 1993.  It is a delight to read and see all the quilts.

I recognize many of the quilts because they have been used for inspiration by designers I admire.
Like the quilt above could be a Lori Smith pattern. . . or maybe Jan Patek?

And these two quilts definitely have inspired Laurie Simpson of Minnick & Simpson.

Actually I remember this quilt being designed in red, white, and blue for American Patchwork by Laurie Simpson years ago.

Don't you love the fussy cutting of the tri-hexagons?  It's an amazing addition to this quilt.

Today is my DH 64th birthday so for 46 days he will be older than I am - ha!

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.

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