Published July 23, 2016
Not much changed on my work since yesterday’s post.
Bricks are lined up to chain piece, ran out of bobbin thread and never did get back to it and all is still sitting here as I left it early in the day.
Two short rows of neutrals are pinned to the wall after I had to unpick one hexie on each row – didn’t count right.
Some squares cut for the next hexie flower – thought I better take a break from the neutrals. This flower will be on the left side in between the dark blue/yellow diamond and the blue/dark blue diamond. Better photo for location on previous post.
Worked on this area of Wagon’s West last and moving to the middle block.
We are off to visit family this very hot Saturday afternoon – a welcome home party for the traveling niece that got back from Kuwait in the Middle East a couple weeks ago – she is a teacher at one of the American Schools over there. She goes back for one more year in about 3 or 4 weeks – I think she is crazy but there you go – my opinion doesn’t count. Also one of my brother’s and his wife recently retired so it is a combination retirement party/welcome home party – I just know it is going to be too hot – I don’t know how long we will stay – I don’t want to be a party pooper but it should be about 95 degrees and I do not handle the heat all that great – outside barbecue – I will find some shade and have people come to me and sneak into the house now and then to cool off LOL. And yes I will be drinking plenty of water!!
Craftsy is having a Christmas in July Sale!!!! And that means it’s time to start thinking about all the incredible handmade gifts you’re going to give come December. So to make things a little easier, up to 60% off kits and supplies. Get everything you need to make something that’s for the holidays and from the heart. Sale goes through Sunday night the 24th! I noticed that the Fossil Fern fabric is now on clearance I wasn’t sure if that meant they were totally discontinuing so I asked and was told they are clearing it out – if you want to stock up on Fossil Ferns now will be a good time to do it. I am so glad I have already purchased all I needed to finish up my quilt The Final Frontier and have the backing fabric to match up with it or I would be searching.
The AccuQuilt sale continues through to the end of the month.
Published July 22, 2016
It was a busy day yesterday hopping from one thing to the next – a high of 95 degrees kept me inside other than an early afternoon break to get some exercise in the A/C controlled building that the fitness center is in that I go to.
I worked on the bricks early yesterday, got a bunch of the white cut and then chained pieced which goes very quickly. No I am not using the AccuQuilt cutter for this – I do not have a strip cutter – I really need to get the 2.5 inch one at least as that is the size I use the most I do believe. But really cutting strips with the rotary cutter goes quickly and the same size strips works for the white too just cut them in smaller pieces. I quickly saw as I went through my bolts of neutrals on the shelf that I had plenty of the white that I used for the Postage Stamp quilt left over. This is about 150 sets here – now to press and set aside and work on more – if I make a queen size I think I need about 560 sets or so – I will measure as I go and make sure I know how many so I do not cut too many. This part goes quickly – it will be the putting together rows that will make the work slow down. I’ll have to come up with a name as I get some up on the design wall.
Handful of Scraps grew a little bit – Melanie was over last night for supper and we were watching tv while we stitched so I got some more neutrals added.
I finished this edge of the row on Wagon’s West on Wednesday night and rolled it down and started on the next area.
This was the next area. Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today and Fort Worth Fabric Studio and Crazy Mom Quilts,.
Craftsy is having a Christmas in July Sale!!!! And that means it’s time to start thinking about all the incredible handmade gifts you’re going to give come December. So to make things a little easier, up to 60% off kits and supplies. Get everything you need to make something that’s for the holidays and from the heart. Sale starts today and goes through Sunday night the 24th! I noticed that the Fossil Fern fabric is now on clearance I wasn’t sure if that meant they were totally discontinuing so I asked and was told they are clearing it out – if you want to stock up on Fossil Ferns now will be a good time to do it. I am so glad I have already purchased all I needed to finish up my quilt The Final Frontier and have the backing fabric to match up with it or I would be searching.
The AccuQuilt sale continues through to the end of the month.
Published July 21, 2016
I think I love scrap quilts best – I might get a bundle of fabric – fat quarters– but when you start to chop it all up it ends up being a scrap quilt – especially when you start to pull other fabric down from the shelves to go with it. I love lots of different colors in my quilts especially mixed with white for an old fashioned look.
I showed some fabric that I was going to start to cut up for another baby quilt – somehow it is evolving to something larger. There is a small quilt that I made a few years back that could be a baby quilt but I use it off and on for a table cover. I love it and told myself for some time now that I should make a big quilt with the same pattern – I thought about making a rail fence pattern that I mentioned yesterday but then I remembered that little quilt and thought maybe it was time with this very hot summer to have another machine piecing top to take up some time. I have plenty of hand work but nothing at the machine since I finished the baby quilt on the weekend.
This is the small quilt – I will make the bigger quilt almost the same but the size will be different – this small quilt the rectangles are 4 x 2 on the big one they will be 6 x 2 (as I had already been cutting with the rail fence in mind) the smaller white squares will be 3 x 2 instead of 2 inch squares. Same type of layout. (I am talking finished measurements)
What I have cut out right now – and now that I know I will be making it larger I will start to pull more out of the fat quarter shelves and the scrap bins. The white will be from the next sale from Craftsy – I will need to check their next sale and see what they have and stock up. I have varied shades of white but most on the shelf do not look like enough for a large quilt as some are marked for projects in progress (Love Entwined being one in a creamy pale almost yellow type of color I keep telling myself to not touch that bolt in case I decide to finish that quilt) and others look like there are a couple yards or so on the bolts. I could go with a variety of white/cream colors instead and I will look and see what I have before I think of ordering more.
More pressed and ready to cut.
Plenty stuffed in these boxes to use I won’t even have to touch the scrap bins! These folded on the shelves in the boxes are fat quarters and smaller bits. Much easier to go through then the scrap bins that are packed tight. As it is some of those boxes are packed pretty tight with folded pieces – most are not a complete fat quarter but have a piece cut off of them that was used in other scrap quilts.
More Handful of Scraps pinned to the wall. I like to pin it back to the wall every now and then to make sure I am not duplicating neutrals too much and to make sure the layout is right – I am working on the part above the brown/blue hexie flower – up to the yellow hexie flower on the left in several big pieces not connected yet. Working on a Hexie quilt reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle.
I was almost ready to let the garden die out when I saw I finally had some new tomatoes growing, still a few peppers on the pepper plants too. My onions look like they got too much water though from some of the storms and really do not look well, I’m trying to decide if I should pull them out and use as green onions now or let them go and then only to find out later that they rotted. The sweet potatoes look pathetic compared to the plants of last year the deer really chewed up a lot of the leaves – are the potatoes growing in the soil or not – guess I will find out in the fall – I will leave them be for now – the only things that still look good are the herbs and flowers! Either too much rain or not enough – such has this summer been. Cooler than usual at the beginning of summer and then extreme heat in July.
The AccuQuilt sale continues through to the end of the month.
Published July 20, 2016
Not much going on here I was extremely busy yesterday with things around the house, exercise, grocery’s etc. I didn’t get around to sewing. I did press a stack of fat quarters & particle f.q.’s – I think these will be used for a rail fence – another baby or couch size to keep on hand. Something easy to make by machine. I think most of these are Bonnie & Camilla, Riley Blake most do not have a name on that portion of salvage that I have. I think they will go really well together for a small quilt. Yes I am trying to use up some of my stash.
Wagons’ West – on to the middle block in this row. I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts today and My Quilt Infatuation.
Cataract surgery can not be scheduled until the middle of August – there schedule is just too busy – I will have to be patient and wait.
Christmas in July sale at AccuQuilt
Published July 19, 2016
Yesterday was one of those busy – had to go some place – kind of days and little got done. Another eye appointment this one to get the cataract taken care of that grew very quickly since I had the retina eye surgery in February. Evidently that is one of those things that can happen with that kind of surgery is that if you have a cataract it can grow very quickly after surgery. So yesterday it was sit and wait at the Cataract Eye Surgeon’s office for all the test and stuff to get prepared for it. Only one eye needs to be taken care of so it will not be one of those things were you no longer need glasses. I will still need them but the right eye will be improved – not perfect as they have to “balance” out I was told. Now they need to get in touch with my insurance and then set up the appointment for me to come back. Hopefully in a couple weeks– then I will need new glasses too unless I could magically wear my old glasses and have them right – wouldn’t that be great! You know with the Chinese years – year of the donkey, the monkey whatever? I think I will refer to 2016 as the “Year of the Eye” have had one thing after another should never forget this huh. Having trouble with your eyes and being a quilter sure makes you appreciate eye sight a lot more – you really wonder how you would manage if you lost your sight or most of it.
I did get a little work on hexies done before we left for the afternoon – not a lot but some – Handful of Scraps – the area above the brown/blue hexie flower on the right is where I am working – a lot of neutrals to go. I am linking to Quilt Story:Fabric Tuesday today and Esther’s Quilt Blog.
the area of Wagons West that I worked on Sunday night and continued on Monday night as the dilating of the eyes was finally clearing up. On the frame it measures 56 x 70 so I will need to be careful with this one so it doesn’t shrink up too much – this one too has wool batting in it. I think after washing in cold water I will let it dry about 15 minutes in the dryer and then air dry it – I don’t want it to shrink too much – for some reason I was thinking it was larger – but no it will be lap size or wall hanging size! The main reason I have used wool lately is because I got it on a good sale awhile back and so I thought I would try it. I have a king size for the next quilt on the frame so I guess I will need to be careful with that one too but I did do over size (105″ square) on that one to allow for some shrinkage.
I had so many comments the last couple of days – thanks for all the kudo’s on the baby quilt – I love it and love how it turned out and so glad you all think so too. Also was asked what quilt goes on the hand quilting frame next – the Quilty 365 – The Final Frontier – a very big quilt and will be on the frame for 4 to 6 months at minimum.
Published July 18, 2016
I got done with the binding on Butterfly Parade and washed and dried yesterday. I love the way it turned out. There was a little more shrinkage then I expected – but I did use wool batting and I didn’t want to have to be careful about washing and drying as who knows who will get this quilt eventually and I want that person to feel comfortable about laundering it. So let the shrinkage happen now! The finish size is 41 x 45 inches (before wash/dry it was 45×51). This little quilt only took about 3 or 4 hours to machine quilt and it took way more than that to piece – always does doesn’t it. I think I worked on it for about a month several times a week – I didn’t keep track of time. It is nice and soft and cuddly and has a zillion little pieces of fabric in it!
Plain cream color for the back – I think it was either a bella snow or kona cotton – they look pretty much identical.
Wagon’s West was rolled down and work on the final row of blocks begins. I am linking to Em’s Scrapbag: Moving it Forward today and Patchwork Times and Cooking Up Quilts, MCM#30.