Sunday, October 5, 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching

Today is Slow Sunday Stitching over at Kathy's blog - Kathy's Quilts. I haven't linked up in a while because I haven't been doing very much hand work at all. How lucky for me that things changed this week.

I did finish a hand applique Dear Jane block and I blogged about it here. I am so excited that I have picked up this project once again.
quilt back

Today I will be spending some time doing some hand quilting on my blue Seven Sisters quilt. Kathy blogged about using big stitch with red thread for her current project. Well, I can't say that I have done any big stitch quilting intentionally but I have stepped away from my usual neutral quilting thread and I am using blue thread for this quilt.

closer look at the back
There really isn't a lot of contrast so it doesn't stand out a lot but I think it does look pretty good with blue stitches.

What hand work project will you be working on today?

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge

The colours that we are working with for the month of October are brown, black or gray. In my scraps I found some fabric that has a black background with a brown motif and I made some 6" churn dash blocks with it. I had started working on a churn dash quilt last year and even though I haven't made a lot of progress I do have a few blocks already made. I have no plan at this point other than to use a variety of 12", 6" and 3" blocks in the design.

These are the blocks that I have made so far. It appears that I am missing a 3" block or maybe I didn't have enough scraps available to make it at the time. Hmmmm...I will have to keep an eye out for it. In any case, I still have a long way to go before I have enough blocks to make a quilt.

I am linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge over at soscrappy's. Stop on by and check out the other links - you just may be inspired to dig out your scraps and join in!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Winding Ways

It sure doesn't look like 96 block segments!
Yesterday, I spent quite a bit of time piecing these curved block sections for my pink and brown winding ways quilt. I did pretty well and I got 96 done and that is enough for 24 more blocks. I am now finished all of the pink with brown corner sections and I am ready to move on to sewing the rest of the sections that are brown with pink corners and then of course I still need to add the center sections. I do already have quite a few full blocks completed and I am hoping to streamline the process with the final blocks.

I wasn't too sure how I felt about these blocks but once I put the finished blocks up on the design wall I was relieved to see that it does look better than I anticipated. I hope it all works out because it is quite a challenging block to piece. It is also a bit tedious and time consuming to sew all of those curves. :Q

Way back when I first started sewing these blocks I used three pins on these curves but on these block sections I have got it down to just using two pins. Good thing for me that my sister Cheryl cut these blocks for me using her Studio cutter because those notches really do help with alignment. Honestly, I try to avoid using pins whenever I can but I really cannot get away with it for these blocks!!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Dear Jane - Jane's Tears (C-9)

It has been such an incredibly long time since I have worked on these blocks!!  On Wednesday, I went to my Moraine Guild meeting and of course I went early to take part in the sit and sew.  I decided to take Dear Jane with me instead of hauling my sewing machine and all of its accoutrement. I have found that I don't really get too much sewing done so why bother with the hassle of lugging all of that stuff around with me. So Dear Jane it was...oh I have missed you!

So far, I have been sewing these blocks pretty much in order but I chose to skip a few blocks because I wanted to take applique with me instead of hand-piecing. The pieced blocks usually have so many pieces and I didn't want to get any teeny-tiny pieces lost.

I think my block turned out pretty cute and pretty well considering I still classify myself to be a beginner with hand applique and I am really out of practice. :)  When you compare my block to the real Dear Jane block there is a larger gap between my applique tear drops but it did turn out more in line with the pattern from the book. I think I would have liked it better closer together but I am happy with it regardless.

On the home front - my husband had his surgery a week ago on Monday and he is making great progress. I really hope that things have settled down enough around here for me to go back to some wonderful routines that I really do enjoy. You know...things like quilting and blogging!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Rainbow Scrap Challenge - Orange

Angela had posted two blocks recently for the Rainbow Sampler and I have finished them with only a wee bit of trouble. The first block - Plus - went together without any problem at all but Ribbon was another story completely. I got it all together and then ended up having to take it all apart because I didn't have the correct fabric placement. I thought I had followed Angela's instructions but somehow I mucked it all up. :)

My Ribbon block turned out a bit wild and crazy looking and it is difficult to see the 'woven ribbons' but I guess that is what happens when you try to use whatever scraps are on hand. For the Plus block I used 3.5"and 2.5" strips from my bins and for the Ribbon block I was able to use a few 2" x 3.5" rectangles and 2" squares.

I also made some pinwheel blocks in orange just because I could!

Pop on over to soscrappy's and check out the links from other participants in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Saturday, September 20, 2014


Happily, it is not all work and no play around here! You know that when you have been away from quilting and blogging on a regular basis that it can be very difficult to get back into the swing of things. So, I have been putzing around working on this and that and also making these little pinwheels for a future quilt.

I had started piecing some of the hsts way back in May or June and then just set them aside. My sister Cheryl had cut all of the neutral 2.5" background hsts for me quite some time ago  - yaaay Cheryl. For the pinwheels I am using hsts that were precut and in my scrap bins. As long as I have sets of 4 of the same fabric they are all game for this quilt. Originally, I intended them to be a leader/ender project and I am not in a hurry to get them done but it is something to work on while I organize my sewing studio as well as my thoughts.

I really need to make a new list of projects and plans and ideas. Taking a step away really does give a new perspective on current and not-so-current quilts and has allowed me to look at some things with fresh eyes.

Friday, September 19, 2014


I am still working on organizing my sewing studio so that I can at least get in there, sit down and sew! It is a long and quite tedious business and I just want it behind me. I don't know why I let it get so out of control. I am tired of having to shift stuff and fabric and whatever just to be able to sew comfortably. The good news is that I have made progress ....

Don't these string and crumb bins look like they are full of fun? I can't wait to dig into them.

It has been a very long time since I have been able to see the floor under my cutting table!  I had a ton of stuff underneath these tables. There were bags of old jeans, boxes and a laundry basket of fabric that came from my MIL's home. The fabric had belonged to her and her daughter Wanda and I figured it was just about time that I got it sorted out. I was surprised to find pretty much a whole box of vintage fabric hidden underneath a small stack of solids. I am in the process of washing the fabric and getting it ready to go into my stash. I will have to think about how and when I will use these pieces of fabric. I wish I had taken a picture of the fabric but it will have to wait until I have cleaned and ironed it.

Over the next little while I will also spend time cutting the jeans apart and into usable chunks of fabric. This will allow for ease of storage and I won't have to commit to cutting it into quilt parts until I have decided on a pattern. I already have a lot of jeans cut into squares and rectangles waiting for me to make a quilt or two. I know it doesn't look like much when the pieces are just sitting in a bin but can you see the possibilities?

Maybe I will get one started soon because I would like to have a nice heavy quilt in the car over the winter season. I think it would make a perfect quilt for all seasons really - wonderful for warmth but also a great picnic or beach blanket.

So many quilts to make but so little time!