Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Procrastinator!

Call me a procrastinator! I really should have made this block much earlier in the month but I guess I got all caught up in my 'finishing quilt tops' goal. I need to make a block for my Guild Pizza Box Challenge and my topic this month is Leisure Time and, naturally, I need it for tomorrow.

What do I do in my leisure time if I am not sewing you ask? Well, I have been known to spend time putting jigsaw puzzles together, playing brain games like Sudoku and logic puzzles, reading, in good weather I poke around in the garden, and I also play computer games.

Hmmm....computer games....so, I went looking for a game design that wouldn't/shouldn't be too difficult to translate into a quilt block. The blog Fandom in Stitches came to my rescue and I found an Angry Birds paper pieced pattern that I thought could work. The pattern calls for lots of tiny paper piecing and I thought that would be just too much for me so I am going to do my best to applique it.

The only other thing that I 'have to' do today is go to a medical appointment so I think I should be able to get it all finished and hopefully make it look good too!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Time to Tidy Up

So, it is now April and I have completed my January goal. ;)  I am not disappointed with my progress though because I didn't just want to rush through to finish the three quilt tops that I had prioritized to finish just for the sake of finishing. Blue Cheese didn't want any extra lovin' but Ugly Christmas Sweaters and Westering Women did so I obliged and I am so happy with the results. Westering Women and Blue Cheese still need to be quilted but that will happen soon. The backing for both quilts has been chosen and washed. As a matter of fact, the backing for Blue Cheese is in the dryer right now so I will just need to iron them both and they will be ready to go.

Now that those tops are finished it is time for me to tidy up the scraps and put everything away. I am using my Go die cutter as much as I can but my rotary cutter is getting a good work out as well. I know that clearing up those scraps and clearing off my tables is so important for me to be able to work on something else. There is nothing that blocks my creativity more than not having space to work! :)






Friday, March 31, 2017

Taaa Daaa!


Westering Women
My Westering Women quilt top is finished! The photo does not really show a true representation of the top though. It is a dreary, rainy day so the natural light is pretty much nil and there are a lot of shadows showing on the top from the overhead lights - including mine. :) I used the flash and it just seems to change the colours of the fabrics as well. Hopefully, when the quilt is finished I will be able to take some better photos. Some good news though is that I was able to make this quilt top a more useful size for me. It is currently 80" x 91" - I know that it will shrink a bit after quilting but I think still a good size.

Yesterday, when I was working on adding the blue border I wasn't feeling very confident about my choice. I took photos of different options and sent them to my sister Cheryl. We talked on the phone and she totally reassured me that the blue I had originally chosen would look just fine. She was right!

I needed to cut the blue coping border to size in order to make the hst border fit and I had another delay. I really need some coping skills. ;)  I actually did just fine on the first try but it took me quite a bit of time to gain the confidence to cut the strips and sew them on. I had calculated the sizes the day before and I was good until I rechecked my measurements yesterday. For some reason, unknown to me, I was coming up with different numbers. I guess we can call it brain fog because I decided to go with the original calculations and everything fit perfectly.

After all that second guessing and putzing around I ran out of time to finish adding the rest of the borders simple as they are. I did get the strips cut before I went to bed though and this morning I sewed them on.

I am totally amazed at how these 12 individual blocks suddenly turned into this beautiful quilt top. Of course, it took a little time and lots of fabric and some effort but it sure was worth it!

I have totally enjoyed the process of turning those simple 12 blocks into a top and I can't wait to do the quilting and turn it into a quilt that will be enjoyed!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

More Progress

Still too small - only 52 x 68
Oh my....I am getting quite excited about my progress with the Westering Women quilt top. Oops... you can see in the photo that it needs a really good pressing . :)

I spent some very productive time in my sewing room yesterday stitching the sashing to the blocks and then working on my border. At first, I was thinking of doing flying geese but I decided to go with the hsts instead. I have them all made and sewn together into four strips but I need to make a coping border before I can attach them.  My thought was to use the blue that I showed the other day but I haven't done any testing with it yet so I don't know if it will work or not. I hope it does because at this point I don't have a plan b.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sashing Westering Women

Yesterday was a fairly productive day in my sewing room. I managed to get my Ugly Christmas Sweater quilt ready for hand stitching the binding and I worked on my Westering Women quilt as well.

I took a photo of some of the blocks on the design wall with the sashing laid out around them. I think it is going to work just fine. When I design a quilt layout I am never really sure how it is going to look when my ideas are actually put into action. Happily, so far so good!

This is a very simple sashing treatment that will help to get my quilt blocks turned into a quilt with a finished size that will work better for me.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Off the Frame....


and loving it! It took me a little longer to finish the quilting last night because I had more quilting to do than I thought. According to my calculations I should have had only 6 more rows to go when I posted my progress to the blog but in reality I had 7 rows plus a partial row to do before the quilting was finished. It is all done now and I couldn't be happier. I waited until this morning to trim it because I just don't want to be in charge of a rotary cutter when I am tired. ;)

beautiful back texture
When I finished piecing this quilt I had turned all of the scrappy bits into strips and pieces for my parts bin. So, when I was thinking about binding options this morning I started digging through the 2.5" strip bins to make a scrappy binding but I found a strip of one particular fabric that I thought I would really like as the binding. I checked my stash cupboard and I had a piece that turned out to be just big enough to do the job. Isn't it wonderful when things work out!

The binding is attached and so is the label and since it is starting to get a bit late in the day I plan on stitching the binding to the back of the quilt while I spend some time in front of the TV.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Hankering for a Finish...


I have been putting in a lot of time over the past few months to get some quilts to the finish line. I have got my Ugly Christmas Sweater quilt and my Blue Cheese quilt tops to the ready-for-quilting stage and a couple others almost to the flimsy stage. After all that work I am feeling the need to see at least one completely finished!

I decided that my Ugly Christmas Sweater quilt would be the one. I already had the backing chosen so I just needed to choose a thread colour. As you can see, I chose a pretty green that I think works with the front as well as the back. I love the backing fabric - it is actually leaves but if you use your imagination you can turn those leaves into Christmas lights. :0

The quilt was loaded onto the frame earlier today but I only just got to quilting it this afternoon. I have two rows done and I just need to do about six more....