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....

Sunday, March 26, 2017

I Finally Have a Plan!

Westering Women has been on my mind since I completed the blocks and I think I finally have 'the plan' to help it on its way to completion. The biggest problem for me is that with just 12 - 12" blocks it doesn't really make a quilt of usable size. I like to make quilts that are at least big enough to snuggle on the couch with.

I have gone through several design ideas and trying to figure out how to execute them as well as making sure I have enough fabric to do so can be a real challenge so some designs have been rejected.

If my plan works I will be sashing the blocks and bordering the quilt with these 3 fabrics. It is not a very complicated design and I hope I can make it all come together into a cohesive and, hopefully, attractive quilt!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Off the Frame

Weird photo angle but it is the best I can do with the space I have!
No, not one of mine but one for Joy and I think she is going to be very happy with her quilt. I am trying to remember the name of the pattern or design but I can't quite remember what she told me. I do recall that it has something to do with garden.

With the word 'garden' in the name and the florals in the fabric, Joy chose a very pretty panto called Hollyhocks for her quilting design and a pale green thread.  I finished quilting it yesterday and just this morning trimmed it and tucked in the threads. I love a quilt made from simple blocks and with this quilting design it just looks wonderful!

beautiful texture
Joy used a wide backing from Northcott's Stonehenge collection and I think she is going to use it for the binding as well. So pretty!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ready for Borders

I still need to trim the setting triangles along the outer edges.
I finished putting all of the blocks together the other night and I love it! Since then, the top had been languishing pinned to my design wall while I try to figure out the borders. It's not like the borders are going to be complicated so I don't know what my problem is. Really they are just narrow strips of the plain solid greens and gold plus this gorgeous flower print that will be a wider outer border.

I guess I am having trouble deciding if I want to include both greens or not or exclude the gold or not...I just don't know. I can't seem to make a decision on whether I like the sequence of colours when I try them combined together. Something is bothering me about them so here I am pondering away and trying to make a decision!