Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Beginnings and Endings

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My Block of the Month is all done for this month. I made 4 versions of the Star Blocks, one for each corner. The only other block this month was Flying Geese. I only made one of those. I've already made 5 blocks out of a total of 16. Each block measures 12.5 inches square.  I feel like I'm doing good with this project.

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I made a label for the Double Wedding Ring. I bought a new sewing machine over the summer so I'm still trying to figure out how to use everything. The label only took me one try. Not bad!!

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Here's my table topper that I finished a little while ago. It looks perfect in my formal dining room. The blue in the topper picks up the blue walls, I like how it looks in this room. So glad I made it!

Friday, October 12, 2018

New Quilt Guild BOM

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The guild offered a new Block of the Month this year and I joined in! Here are my 2 first blocks. I'm using a fat quarter pack of floral fabrics. I think they're the state flower fabrics. The quilt consists of 12 blocks which will be set up as 4 rows of 3 blocks. I decided I wanted to make mine 16 blocks so I could make 4 rows of 4 blocks. I like symmetry and 16 blocks would work better for me. I decided to make 4 of the Star Block which is the first block we're making. I'll place a Star Block in each of the 4 corners. I have 2 finished blocks which you can see in this picture. 

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This whole quilt is made of  Half Square Triangles. I used the old tried and true method of drawing a diagonal line and sewing 1/4 inch from each side and then cutting on the line.

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Here are my blocks before they're sewn together. I trimmed each square. I love making them a little bigger and then trimming them down to size. I feel it's so much more accurate this way.

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Here's a sneak peek at my next 2 Star Blocks. These squares still have to be trimmed. I was too tired to trim them. Maybe tomorrow after work!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Feathers on Dream Big

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I was off this past weekend which is a rarity for me. I thought I would get so much done! I did a little free motion quilting on the Dream Big panel. This picture shows one of the leaves quilted with feathers and pebbles surrounding them. 

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This is a much smaller leaf. I just did a little wishbone in it.

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This was a much larger leaf. I made a feather with pebbles in the spine.

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This was just a portion of a leaf poking through. I decided to just make swirls.

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This was also a smaller leaf. I tried to make hook feathers. One seemed to have become squished in the process! 

That's all I did! I think I'll like it when it's done but it's a little frustrating to me. The leaves can be good sized or small. I feel as though I just get comfortable quilting in that space and it's already time to move on! I'm using this panel as a teaching tool. It's fun to be able to use the many different feathers I've seen over the years. I just wish I was more comfortable with all of them!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Dreaming Big!

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I've had the Dream Big panel for awhile but finally got around to quilting it. I'm finally getting my energy back from that awful cold. I loaded this quilt today and started to quilt it. I started in the middle. 

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Before I loaded it, I tried to outline a flower in the middle. I quilted pebbles in the round center. I outlined the flower petals and just echoed inside each petal. 

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Just a quick overhead look while I was loading it. It's not too large so it was quick to load! I'll be working on the larger petals next. It should get interesting!

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Some Progress

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This is all I have left to sew of the binding on my vintage Double Wedding Ring. It was the only good thing about being sick. I sat on the couch and did hand sewing. That's about all I could do. My energy is coming back and I'm feeling better. I've been to work and not getting as tired as I had been at the beginning of the week.

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I found this fabric in my stash. I thought it would be a better backing for my Dream Big panel. I think my quilting will show up better. I love the look of this fabric. It reminds me of marbled paint. The backing is all pieced and ready to be loaded. I'm hoping to get to it soon. I've been too tired to do much after work but I think I'll be better this coming week.

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I found this pattern and couldn't resist buying it. It's so stinking cute! I think it will be to make for the holidays. I just need to get some zippers! 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Knit Stellaria Shawl

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I finally blocked the Stellaria shawl I knit for my mother. I thought I should get it done since the cooler weather will be here soon. The outer edge measures around 120 inches. 

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This is a closeup of the lace edge.

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This picture shows you how I blocked the pointed lacy edge. You can't even see the pattern until it's blocked. The stitches are just all close together and look rather messy until they're separated .

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Here's the shawl all pinned on my formal living room carpet!

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I had to cover the shawl with towels to keep my cats from pulling out the pins! They think it's funny to pull the pins out and run all over the house with them!


Monday, September 24, 2018

My Piecing Remedy!

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I finally felt better today. I don't have a fever anymore but I bet this cough will be sticking with me for awhile. I wanted to sew and just get something done! I haven't worked on Carolina Chain in quite some time. I thought it would be perfect for today!

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I decided to make 2 blocks. That means I had to make 8 almost 9-patch blocks! The hardest part is choosing the fabric. That's 56 pieces that had to be cut. The cutting takes forever!

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Anyways, I ended up with 2 blocks. That brings my total to 20 completed blocks. I only have 52 left to make! I consider this a long term project. It's fun to use fabric left over from previous projects.It doesn't really tame my scraps at all but it's nice to pretend that it helps!

Beginnings and Endings

My Block of the Month is all done for this month. I made 4 versions of the Star Blocks, one for each corner. The only other block this ...