What Are You Doing This Monday?

quilts, William Morris in Applique-Floral Fantasy

Another week has gone by and here we are the last week of January already! Where does the time go – it flies by so quickly.

I managed to get my stars done this weekend for Ciera’s quilt – I didn’t get the design wall out though and get started on the border.  Mike and I watched a movie yesterday afternoon instead and I worked more on the Floral Fantasy quilt.  It was so windy yesterday although it was up to 50 degrees for awhile the wind made it feel so cold out and the sun disappeared early in the day and was a cold blustery day – just right to stay inside, sew, read, watch a movie etc.  I am linking up to Judy’s Patchwork Times today and Sherri’s A Quilting Life.

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Here is the photo so you can see the next step – I will figure out the color placement for the stars and then start to get the fabric strips around the blocks – I don’t know if I will need an additional border around the this – we will see what the size is when I get this much of it done

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One leaf is almost done on this set.

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And the Kansas Twister was cranked down one more time and I am now on row #6 out of 14 to the blue twister there marks the half way point.  This quilt is moving quickly because of the ultra simple way I am quilting it.  If I had been using templates and quilting something complicated on each spoke of the twister it wouldn’t be near this far – but I think a simple quilt like this needs very easy quilting – just my opinion.  I have seen some that had been machine quilted and they had every square inch of this quilted.

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Are we all yearning for warmer weather yet?  LOL I know I am – I found a dandelion outside and didn’t have my camera with me on Saturday – I meant to find it and take a photo of it yesterday and then it was so chilly I never even stepped foot outside all day!!  The early daffodils are beginning to peak up too – I need to get a photo of them too – maybe today if I remember it later on.


Although there is technically  no official sale going on at Craftsy I happened to look at the supplies – fabric etc yesterday and I saw a lot of good bargains – don’t forget everything is actually on sale all the time — a Mystery box of RJR holiday prints 40 fat quarters is marked down from $110.00 to $44.97!! Plenty of other good deals too.  I need to start looking things over again – I only buy on sale (most of the time that is) and sometimes the prices make things too good to pass up!  Prices are always marked down at Craftsy – just sometimes more marked down then other times.

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I’m Seeing Stars

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Yesterday I worked off and on – with plenty of breaks – on these easy stars for Ciera’s quilt.  They really are quite easy to make.  I have 13 of the 20 needed now done and squared to the 9.5 inches that the pattern calls for.  I will get all of the stars done before I start to arrange the color strips around the blocks.

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Remember this pattern?  I had ordered some thread & embroidery needles to go with this pattern and a pen for transferring the design to the fabric — my package came yesterday.  Work will begin on transferring the design sometime in the next couple weeks.  I thought the embroidery might be the perfect project to work on when I go see my daughter and the grandchildren in March.  I know I well need something to keep busy in the airports and on the planes and thought this might be the thing.  It won’t take up a lot of room and there isn’t a lot of supplies needed to put in a work bag to keep track of.   I’m not sure when I will start the log cabin blocks that I intend to make to go around the quilt instead of the stars and pinwheels.  I do need to look for a pair of blunt edge scissors that won’t be confiscated in the airport.  Can I bring a whole package of sewing needles with me or just one or two stuck through a cloth?  I’m really not sure – usually I just bring my kindle but I remember about 3 years ago when I flew up there due to delays I was in one airport for almost 5 hours so thought I better bring some stitching besides the kindle.  Yes I am kind of planning way in advance aren’t I LOL – excited to spend time with them!

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For Slow Stitching Sunday I am sure I will be putting in some time at the quilting frame and maybe on the applique Floral Fantasy.

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Productive Day

quilts, William Morris in Applique-Floral Fantasy

I skipped the fitness center yesterday – after 3 days in a row of walking 3+ miles I had to give in to achy knees and hips and say no exercise for the day.  I still got in close to 5,000 steps though by using the ironing board in the kitchen and going back and forth frequently to press pieces of fabric and just the usually roaming around the house while doing housework and sewing.  It was quite chilly yesterday I am glad it will warm again for the upcoming week – it looks like January will be going out in the 50’s daytime and 30’s at night – not bad at all.  I do wonder what February and March will bring – most likely we will finally get a snow storm somewhere in there.

I now have 6 of my 20 stars made for Ciera’s star quilt.  These are such easy stars they really go together quickly if it is the only thing a person is working on they would be done!!   I took Love Entwined down for the moment so I could put the stars up there while I make them – I don’t know if I will take the tumblers down as I make more stars or just use the floor – take that back I have forgotten my portable design wall – I will use that it is plenty big enough – I will just lean it against the cupboard wall in the kitchen.

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The Kansas Twister is getting worked on almost every evening and I am now on Row #5 out of 14 –  by keeping the quilting design so simple it is moving fast – I am so glad I decided to stay simple and not go crazy and use a stencil of some sort.

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Finished this last of the blue flowers on the borders for the Floral Fantasy.  I will now work the stem and leaves on this flower setting and then move to the last flower setting on this quilt!!  Amazing how quickly something can go once you set your mind to it.  I have totally put aside the hexies for now and concentrating on getting this one done when I watch tv in the living room.  Two years of work is coming to a close on this quilt.

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No big surprise  – I decided to order that book I mentioned in the previous post – now will I make anything from it?  That will be the question.  It will be awhile if I do.

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Steadily Working

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I just keep plugging away on the same old quilts so really nothing new to show.  I did start sewing on the stars yesterday but I got sidetracked and never got back to them after I got done at the fitness center with my exercise.  I will be trying to get more done today.  Working on the star points first.  I am linking to A Quilting Reader’s Garden and Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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I made a small batch of orange marmalade – Mike doesn’t care for it, just me and it is so easy to make – I cut the recipe in half and and got 1 1/2 pints – I didn’t bother with the processing, I will keep it in the refrigerator and it will be fine.  A small batch like this takes one lemon and 2 oranges- sugar and water – plus some pectin.

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This is a new quilt that some are making – it is called “La Passacaglia” – (I think I spelled that right)  this is the book that it is from – how many of you have seen this one? – it is from a Dutch Quilter Willyne Hammerstein.  I don’t care for the colors on the book cover but – go look at Wendy’s Quilts and More!!  look at the colors she has chosen to make this quilt –scroll down through her post from yesterday and you will see the English Paper Piecing that she is doing with this pattern.  She also has it featured in the header of her blog.  You can find the book and templates at Paper PiecesThere are 20 quilt projects in this book – I find this very interesting – and I don’t paper piece!  I might get the book and really think before I jump – for sure I would need to finish a few things before I think about starting something this difficult and would I be able to hand piece it instead of EPP?  I tried EPP only once and really didn’t care for it.

BEAUTIFUL EPP projects and Paper Pieces makes the papers to reproduce them!' Paperpieces.com

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Stars Continued

quilts, William Morris in Applique-Floral Fantasy

I spent a  good part of yesterday morning finishing up cutting the pieces for the Nancy’s Stars quilt.  It isn’t that there were a ton of pieces to cut – it is just that I can not cut sitting down and I can just stand so long cutting before I put it all down and go do something else – the quilt is now ready to be sewed!  It took me 3 days at least to cut the pieces for a lap size quilt!  I’m not very fast for that.

All the colors lined up.  I had so many things on my cutting table that I took my other cutting matt (my worn out one) to the dining room to cut out the background pieces.

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It is such a delight now to have this room to work in too. Plenty of sun comes in but not enough to go without the lights turned on.

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Back to the sewing room shortly before I stopped to eat lunch and head to the fitness center – all the pieces lined up according to size and ready to sew.

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Work has started on the 4th and final border of Floral Fantasy!  So glad to get this far, I believe I started the new year with only one and a part of the second border started so to get the 2nd and 3rd border done before the end of the month is a good feeling.

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I started work in this section of the Kansas Twister last night – this quilt too is moving quickly right now.  Well it continue to move at this pace – I don’t know – so far it isn’t bothering my quilting hand working on it almost every day for an hour or two.  I think it just really makes a difference in that the fabric is soft and easy to go through so less pressure on the fingers.

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Rain today and a drop in temperature – good bye to the high 50’s – 60’s and back to the 40’s/high 20’s.  Oh well we knew it wouldn’t last – it is January after all.  Have you all in the northern states been getting much snow?  Here we had a snow in November and nothing since.  It is not unheard of to go without snow here for a winter but more than likely we will get some in February or March.

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Not Much New

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Although I seemed to be busy all day yesterday I didn’t seem to accomplish all that much.  The house is kind of clean, the fireplace ash has been removed, and exercise was done, and what else?

I got a little more of the cutting done on “Nancy’s Stars” – still about 5 more more 5 quarters to cut and the background for the stars.  The pieces lined up by color to make sure I do not forget any of the pieces.

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More quilting on the Kansas Twister I think this photo shows the simple quilting I am putting in this quilt.  That is why it is going nicely.  I am linking up to Freshly Pieced Modern today – and I guess this quilt is pretty modern looking isn’t it and I am also linking up to Sew Fresh Quilts – there are a lot of quilting links to look at between these two sites if you have time.

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And I got an airline ticket booked for March – that took some time –looking through all the prices and times trying to figure out what was best.  But I did it and now I am going to see Jessica and the kids for sure in March unless I get sick or they get sick or something drastic comes up —  this time for a change seeing as it will still be flu season I went ahead and got the insurance for a change so that if I need to cancel I can still get my money back.  I could have planned to drive but for me that would be 2 days for sure (2 times when you think you got to drive back home too) – I just can’t drive 12 hours plus stops to stretch and eat in one day –  you are talking two 7 to 8 hour days behind the wheel for sure – and once you get further north there is more of a chance of snow covered roads or snow storms  – well I do not even want to think about it – it has been years since I have driven much on snow and would rather not.  I guess I would rather chance the delays at the airports.

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