And Then There Was Wool

animals, Postage Stamp Quilt, weather

I have been changing off projects a bit the last couple days and that is a good thing – less time to become bored with a project.  Really it is because the hexies can get tedious while putting together big sections – can not work on that one every day!

So I dug out the wool for the Postage Stamp quilt border and got another cluster of flowers fused in place and another bird and a butterfly.    I will need to add some embroidery of course to make these little creatures look more fun.

015

As you can see – I’m saving all the little bits of wool right now – that stuff is expensive and it needs to stretch!  You never know how little of a piece you might need LOL – it all gets put back in a zip lock bag.

016

All of these are now pressed in place – embroider some legs on the bird and antenna to the butterfly and some fun  decorative stitches to the flowers and it is amazing how the look can change.  I’m kind of getting addicted to this wool – and I can’t it is too expensive to work with.  I might be putting a call out to blog readers to see if they have any very light weight wool skirts or other light weight 100% wool no longer in use that they can cut apart  and mail me LOL (actually that is a pretty good idea – any takers?)  I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of person and have no wool in my closet – I’m actually kind of allergic to wearing it – makes me itch a little (wool socks has not bothered me).  But working with it like this has not bothered me in the least.  I wouldn’t mind learning how to felt 100% wool and dye it myself to use in quilts like this.

017

Stretched out on the floor so you can see the overall appearance – I need to add a little more to the left side – it looks a little bare – but I will wait, I need to get the quilt back out and measure the border by it to make sure it is not too long – or short before I get anything too close to the edges.

019

This morning when I looked out the sewing room window towards the garden (I’ve become in the habit of this after seeing the deer eat the garden) I saw this large hawk!!  Isn’t it a beauty – I had seen him a couple days ago in the backyard – well I am assuming it is the same bird – they are territorial aren’t they?

003

and then it moved to the wood pile near by.  I was taking the bird shots through the window plus screen so not the greatest but I was so excited to take the photo and didn’t want to scare it away by going outside and possibly having any noise startle it.

014

We had a rain storm come through unexpectedly yesterday mid-afternoon.  One of those that pop up in the heat of the day and turn out to be stronger than you think they will be.  I noticed the sky clouding up and thought rain – maybe the temperature will drop – I went out on the porch to enjoy it only to come back in the house quickly 5 minutes later.  The wind picked up something awful, rain started pouring so hard it was flying up on the porch covering the chairs.  I went in the house and the racket – thunder, lightening – power flickered off and on several times, internet went out – we ended up having just under 2 inches of rain in 45 minutes, the wind blew dead branches down out of the trees, I had a minor river running through the front yard in minutes LOL – but the temperature dropped from 87 to 69 in a matter of 10 minutes and it stayed at under 73 all evening – now that was nice!  And with in two hours all the puddles were gone – the ground had been so dry we had been getting brown areas in the yard.  The ground  drank up that moisture fast.  It was needed – not just all at one time so quickly though!!

5 comments

Handful of Scraps

Handful of Scraps, Wagon's West (dresden plates)

Yesterday I mainly worked off and on with hexies.  I do not find it hard to work on parts – but when attaching to the whole! that is another story.

Handful of Scraps:

on the couch taking a break – at that time attaching the coral pink to the body.

003

pinned back to the wall – I went and forgot to put the 3 neutrals that would attach the yellow to the gray – it would have been easier I think, now I must do that area working from both the yellow side and the gray.

004

A close up of the area I was talking about on the left – and then need to attach neutrals to the bottom of the blue and then attach that area as well.  I think after that I will do the cluster of neutrals that go above the gray diamonds but need to look the pattern over first.  I wanted to get some neutrals done before I go back to color to break that up a bit – lots of neutrals in this, I will get tired of them I’m sure.  I am linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Sew Fresh Quilts and Quilt Fabrication.

006

Quilting Monday night ended here on Wagon’s West.

002

6 comments

Butterfly Parade

quilts, Wagon's West (dresden plates)

Thanks for so many of you stopping by to visit the last couple of days.  A few questions asked on Wagon’s West – yes I am marking the cross hatching as I go and no they aren’t all straight LOL – I’m fudging it a bit here and there.  Overall most are straight – but I wash and dry my quilts so there will be shrink up and that usually hides mistakes pretty well.  I find the chalk rubs out so much that if I mark in advance lines rub out and the blue wash out pen doesn’t show up on the gray.  Overall it is going pretty well though.  If you want perfection do not do as I do LOL – we all know I do not enter contest and shows – I make for my enjoyment.

004

Butterfly Parade – I was asked for a close up of how I put the blocks together – I know the photo from across the room doesn’t always show a close up of that – here is how I line a block up at the machine to make sure all is facing right.  I put the first two blocks together, then the second pair and continue a chain of about 10 blocks then cut apart and press, and then put the final pairs together.  There is no rhyme or reason to color – this is scrappy and I grab half square triangles and 4 patches and see if I like them together – if I do I sew if I don’t I grab a couple others.  (I press the seams open as these are small blocks and a lot of seams – it will help to cut down the bulk on the back when it comes time to quilt)  I am linking to Quilt Story today – My Handful of Scraps hexie quilt is one featured today.  I am also linking to Esther’s Quilt Blog.

001

Right now I have 8 rows by 8 rows when sewing the blocks together it should be about 32 inches square – I will be doubling this at least I hope.

003

I have all these blocks cut as if you remember I had planned on doing a different pattern – cut all my pieces out then changed my mind.  So I really do want to use up all these blocks so I will just keep on sewing and try to use them all up.

005

I have not found a pattern for a sleeveless blouse but I haven’t looked too hard still.  I did briefly look at Wal-Mart when I was grocery shopping today but they sure don’t have much.  I will look at Hobby Lobby today – that is it for sewing selections in this town.  I might not ever find what I really want and there you go – I’m not much at sewing clothes.  I will keep looking this week though to see if I find something I like.  I mainly just have knit t-shirts and tanks though so nothing in the  closet that I could use for a pattern.  I did look on pinterest and found a couple that I kind of liked so might go back to them if I can not find one tomorrow in the patterns selection.

Last day of The Sale on Kits and Supplies  includes Fabric, Notions, Batting – great savings at Craftsy thank you to any who have ordered from my links – I appreciate it.

Craftsy

5 comments

A Blouse Perhaps

quilts, Wagon's West (dresden plates)

I usually do not make blouses, shirts whatever, I am not very good at those, but I see this fabric that I got for a very, very good sale some years back just sitting on the shelf and then I see a nice sleeveless pullover tank/tunic style shirt in a catalog and think “can I make this” it wouldn’t be a big waste of money if it didn’t turn out because I could then cut it up into patchwork – right LOL – first I will look today to see if I can find a pattern something like it today before I see if I can just start to cut – wish me luck!  I don’t do buttonholes – never turn out – this has to be a pull over the head style!  Obviously from the photo I would need to make the neckline wider front and back to have it pull over the head.  This is just cotton fabric not a knit.  I have made clothes in the past just not much in recent years.  I need a really simple pattern.

001

Progress the last several nights on Wagon’s West – when I roll it down and start on the next area up to the sashing it will be just about to the half way on this quilt – the sashing at the top of this row of blocks is the half way!!  I am linking to Bit’s n Bobs today a link from the other side of the world.  Also linking to MCM#26 and to Em’s Scrapbag .  Here is another link up that some of you might like Podunk Pretties and Love Laugh Quilt and Patchwork Times and Tweety Loves Quilting (a totally new to me blog).  You might wonder why all the link ups – I like linking up – you can find more blogs to read that might be of interest to you and also new readers find you.

003

This is the area to be worked on last night before I sat down to quilt.

004

A stack of half square triangles to be pressed and squared up today for Butterfly Parade.

002

The Sale on Kits and Supplies  includes Fabric, Notions, Batting – great savings,  continues today and tomorrow 28th at Craftsy thank you to any who have ordered from my links – I appreciate it.

Craftsy

19 comments

Lazy Weekend

Handful of Scraps, quilts

What are you doing this weekend? I’m doing a little sewing and a lot of reading.  I saw a new Kindle book the other day that I got – I hadn’t seen anything from the author in a long time, maybe I had just missed them – a fun Victorian romance/mystery by Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) one of my daughters and I used to read her books all the time – “Til Death Do Us Part” nothing deep, just amusing.  I hadn’t seen her books in years and must admit I had kind of forgotten her books.  I’m having a fun weekend reading this one.  It is new  – your library might have it – but I have some credit given to me by Amazon for some kind of screw up they did in overcharging I think so I have some ebook credit to use.

Early in the afternoon yesterday I finished the 13 blocks I had ready for the Butterfly Parade and have them up on the wall.  I am linking to SoScrappy today and Quilting is More Fun Than Housework.

001

It is kind of small still as you can see from a distance – the wall has plenty of space to fill in still.  But it is growing – square by  square.

002

Other than that I was basting some neutral hexies for Handful of Scraps and I will continue on that today for Slow Sunday Stitching with Kathy.

003

Sale on Kits and Supplies this includes Fabric, Notions, Batting – great savings,  through the 28th at Craftsy

Craftsy

18 comments

A Little Progress on Several Quilts

Postage Stamp Quilt, Wagon's West (dresden plates)

A little progress made on several quilts yesterday – not a lot but better than nothing!  Laundry also got done, 5 pints of pasta sauce which can take up a whole afternoon it seems (although this time I put it in the crock pot instead to keep the kitchen cooler) and the lawn cut and garden taken care of – not enough hours in the day sometimes at this time of year it seems.  We were lucky late afternoon yesterday to have storm clouds move in lowered the temperatures but we didn’t get the rain – but at 82 degrees last night I got the grass cut without breaking out into a sweat too much – I had put it off for days intending to have done it earlier in the week.

Thank you everyone that took part in the sewing room/fabric conversation yesterday – I’m still not getting my comments from my blog directed to my email for some reason – some come through but not all – I try to answer all of you but I know I might miss some of you but that is the reason why.  We have tried everything we can think of to fix it with no luck.

Wagon’s West – the quilting is moving along in the evening – it is my relax and unwind in the evening project.

005

13 pairs of half square triangles and four patches ready to put together into blocks to join those on the wall – which will then make Butterfly Parade a 28 inch square I think just guessing.

006

Half of one border for the Postage Stamp quilt, I still want to add a couple bees and/or butterflies

001

The newest bird – mot perfect by a long shot but this is whimsy!

003

My pasta sauce looks more orange then red but I guess that is because it is natural and no artificial color added?  I also put more veggies in it then just tomatoes – I guess you could call it a veggie pasta sauce – this one has tomatoes, zucchini, onion, basil, oregano,green pepper,  garlic and one small yellow squash, one can of tomato paste – I chop all the veggies up – take the skins off the tomatoes, cook it all down and this time thought I would try putting it in small batches in the blender to have a smoother sauce, not necessary but felt like it.  I didn’t want to get the canner out so these are in the freezer – not filled to the top to allow for expansion.  One container in the fridge for supper tonight.

004

Sale on Kits and Supplies today through the 28th

Craftsy

Have fun shopping! thanks in advance if you shop through my links I do appreciate it

6 comments