I went to my once a month quilt group for a change last night – for various reasons – mainly winter weather or not feeling the greatest I missed about the last two or three meetings. I was amazed to see 22 people there last night – that is a lot more than usual – sometimes we are lucky to have 12 show up. Everyone must have been glad for decent weather and clear roads finally and wanted to get out.
I brought the last two applique quilts that I made to show and there were a lot of other quilts there as well. Needless to say I haven’t a clue who made them!! I only knew about half the ladies and sometimes I can’t even remember all their names!! I am horrible at names and always have been–no one wears name tags at this group. I couldn’t keep up with it But here are the photos and I will show progress on my own quilts tomorrow. Most of the quilts are tops that aren’t quilted yet and I do think that mine are the only hand quilted quilts most everyone around here has someone machine quilt their quilts, very few do their own.
I really liked the wildness of this one – so scrappy! And I’m sorry I didn’t catch who it belong to.
Cross stitch in the middle of this one and I believe the flowers are appliqued
Some nice sampler blocks
A Grandmothers Flower Garden in progress and I should know the name of the lady that was working on this as she was sitting next to me but for the life of me I don’t remember.
This was a quilt as you go – I didn’t catch how she was doing it but it is not done so she must be doing it in strips.
I thought this was a cute pattern
I chopped the top off of this one and I thought I had it all in
My Traditional Red and Green Applique
And my Uncommon, Common Bride
I didn’t stay late – it was just so crowded and noisy, I don’t enjoy it so much when it is like that and I prefer a smaller group – plus I was just plain tired! There was hardly room at the tables to work on what we all brought with us to work on. I do have my Friday morning group to go to this morning and it is a much smaller group – we have not met for the last two weeks as there were other things scheduled for the room that we use at the church so it will be nice to get back to that one.
Well after 100 hours of quilting give or take an hour this quilt that was started in August of 2012 – I didn’t keep track of the amount of time the top took but estimate of around 100 hours for that too is probably on track. Hand piecing, machine piecing, needle turn applique and hand quilted.
Washed and dried finishing at about 70 x 73 inches. I used the Select Quilters Dream Batting which is the medium weight. The center of the quilt pattern is from the pattern called “Common Bride” by Edyta Starr. Fairly soon after I started the top I knew I had changed my mind and didn’t want to make all of it – I didn’t want another small quilt so changed it up a bit and ended up with this.
I do not care for the backing fabric at all – but there you go – the quilting doesn’t show up on it at all and it is much darker than I had planned. But then as I say the back will not be shown all that much will it.
Glad it is done! and now on to Patchwork of the Crosses this much done so far.
The birds looking pretty in the snow
Maybe a warm up finally today before another cold front/snow storm hits us on Monday afternoon – evening? It didn’t happen yesterday – 30 for a high out at our place, Melanie and I did make it in for Greta’s book signing (link to her book on previous post) though so that was great to get out and visit for awhile – even got the grocery shopping done – I need to run back in to the store today though as I forgot printer ink and I have more Inklingo hexies to print out on white – have to make sure I have enough to work with – I will be doing a lot of these I hope while the Olympics are playing.
Greta signing one of two books for me – presents for my girls! I don’t know if I had mentioned on my blog that I was growing my hair dye out – here it is – this is what it looks like now – no more dark brown hair – it just gets too hard to cover up when it has this much white and gray.
Uncommon, Common Bride is done – well that is the quilting – I’m working on the binding! I can’t believe I finished it a month after I put it on the quilting frame – keep in mind the center medallion was quilted in the hoop – I had already put in about 40 or so hours of quilting on it in the hoop before moving it to the frame – 63 more hours of quilting on it there – I put it on the frame the last days of December and here it is done.
I spritzed most of the blue lines out when I took this photo but a lot of them came back over night – just proving that you do have to get them really wet to get rid of them – and I was kind of heavy with the blue pen at times I admit. I will get another picture of it when it is washed and dried.
I got one and a half sides of the binding done yesterday while staying in the living room where the fireplace is it is darn cold and the house doesn’t stay all that warm with an electric heat pump when the temperature doesn’t get above 22! and that didn’t happened until about 5 yesterday evening. Finally today it is to get above freezing and then by Tuesday we are supposed to get another storm – this is some February we are getting – those daffodils aren’t going to finish popping up out of the ground until middle of March to the end of March at this rate! We actually might run out of firewood – we have been using it a lot more than normal. We will have to cut down a couple hardwoods this spring and get wood stacked to dry for next winter.
I think I mentioned awhile back that the backing fabric I had for the Bride quilt wasn’t what I expected when I received (only the second or third time an on line order didn’t meet my expectations and I get most of my fabric on line) – I thought it was whiter and the print a bit of a different color but I used it anyhow – after all how often do we really look at the back of the quilt? I thought I had saved a piece of green for the binding that matched the sashing and it was not to be found so I grabbed another piece instead. Not first choice – but there you go – this quilt is getting done.
Lucy Boston, Patchwork of the Crosses is waiting to be put on the quilting frame – I just didn’t feel like getting to it yesterday and normally I get another quilt on the frame almost immediately – but I have help coming to get this big quilt on the frame today – now that our daughter Melanie is back in our area she is coming over this afternoon for a visit – and she will help get it on the frame like she used to do now and then – it really helps to have a helper with the big quilts. Just a plain white backing for this one – the back will have the look of a whole cloth quilt like the Red and Green quilt did – and it’s cheaper this is a piece of moda white wide back bought on sale from Hancocks of Paducah – I got it for about $25 for 3 yards – I think it is 110 inches wide? something like that.
I really need to tackle the underneath of the quilting frame in the upcoming weeks and organize more! But the quilts do hide it most of the time so that is good.
The bird feeder froze shut again and the bird seed is scattered on the ground – Mike ran into town yesterday for some things and came home with a big 20+ pound of Black Oil Sunflower seeds for me as he saw my storage box (I have 2) was getting low! And we had a little dry snow fall yesterday – no accumulation although it was coming down lightly all day.
I hope you all are warmer than we are!
Almost forgot – before I could get the quilt squared up and binding cut I had to make the granny block that was sitting on the cutting table – so one more done
I thought I would give an example of my scrap cutting for those that asked how I decide. Yesterday morning I put in my hour or so working on them and I am down to only the black fabric that was left in that stack! I am so glad to see an end in sight for those pieces (I won’t forget the scrap basket but not doing it now) I have no patterns in mind when I cut my scraps. I find that I develop the pattern in my head after I get started or after I see a pattern on line that I know will go with the sizes I cut.
Here is a fairly good size piece that I have but less than a fat quarter
I squared up the ends and decided to cut three 2.5 inch strips out of it. Now you see the piece left over – kind of odd ball size – but still has a lot of pieces in it.
From that I got about 7 – 2 inch squares and I think that is 5 – 1.5 inch squares – very little was tossed.
I have gotten so many scraps cut that I had to start another box of 5 inch charm pieces!! They are a very good size to keep on hand – you can use them for patchwork or applique. They make excellent baby quilts when mixed with white squares.
I got started putting the 6 diagonal row together for Diamonds are Forever – it has been neglected lately as I work on the last area of quilting Uncommon, Common Bride which I will show tomorrow after I take it off the frame yes it is finished!! Now to put Patchwork of the Crosses on the frame! I am excited to work on that today although I’m sure I will be quilting it much slower than this one went. It is a big quilt with tons of pieces I am really not sure how I am quilting it and will decide soon.
The 2nd corner of the Floral Fantasy has been finished and this I the 3rd side – they all look the same so didn’t bother to take a photo of it – I will be putting in more hand work while the Olympics are on as I do watch a lot of the events for the winter games.
I did get another Granny Block cut out but not sewed – I don’t even remember now why I didn’t get around to it – maybe because I actually got in some exercise yesterday? Some of the orangey color fabric from the first photo got put in this block.
Moda – new free patterns available for quilts now! I don’t know how many of you get newsletters and notices from Moda but I am on a mailing list of theirs and got the note yesterday that new free patterns are available at the link above.
I am going crazy with scraps of fabric. I was down to about 1 yard of the Kona Cotton Snow that I am using for the Granny Squares so I set out to cut it all down so I would know how many squares I can make or if I will have to buy more. I have enough white to make 39 squares – so I think I will make 36 squares and put sashing in between the blocks and then do a border of some more scraps in what design I do not know at this point. It might not be queen size but it will be close to that in the end. I rearranged the blocks on the wall once again so it would be 6 x 6 rows so I will know what I have. This is still not the final arrangement – I will wait to change blocks around until they are all made – only one block made yesterday the last one in the 4th row.
I have been spending an hour or so a day trying to cut scraps – the last wire basket that I was working on plus what was not folded in among the fat quarters is laying on part of the quilting frame – I keep trying to work on them – so this scrap box of 2 1/2 inch strips is growing instead of decreasing – I keep adding more to it!! Eventually I will go back through them and put them neatly in the box so they won’t be a wrinkled mess. I have another box to fill if needed.
All of these to cut still and then the big wicker basket.
For my leaders and enders I already have 50 – 3 inch blocks put together – squared up and pressed. This might not be the way some do this project, but I find after I sew so many 2 patches together I like to match them up with another two patch and they get tossed on the table to press and square as I make the Granny Blocks – two quilts done at the same time. I do not know what pattern I will put these little blocks in.
Uncommon, Common Bride is coming along – about half the last border is now finished and I sprayed the lines out so you could see it better.
This much left to do. It will be done this week!!
We started out the day yesterday with having to call the repairman to fix our heater! At least every other year we need this old unit fixed at least he was able to come out quickly and it was a fairly inexpensive fix as those things go. Glad we have a fireplace for back up – it was cold outside but nice and sunny.
It started out at about 56 yesterday morning and it was down to 36 at 9 PM – snow will start today and maybe some ice – yuk – I might be home for a couple days depending on if it is ice. Yesterday I was tired and just feeling kind of worn out. I did run to town to pick up whatever we needed in case of ice but I wasn’t gone long – back home – read a little and started to do some sewing.
I put a couple of the leaders/enders together into four patches just because I felt like it – they need to be trimmed but I just tossed them back in the canvas box under the sewing machine table and will do that when I get more of them gathered up. I’ve got one there I see that I might pick out and re-stitch – the dark brown with the darkish green – I want that to be reversed light/dark – darn I just saw another – I will need to be more careful with that ok I picked the box up to dig out those two and found another one as well! oh well they are small and won’t take but a couple minutes to fix and remember to watch that next time I start to put any together LOL – lesson learned?
Some applique done on Floral Fantasy – working on the green areas – 2nd corner.
And of course last night I got to the quilting frame for a couple hours and made more progress-3 more days and it should be done. Uncommon, Common Bride: in this area I had to stretch the design out just a tad to fit – it is noticeable in the blue pen but when it is washed, dried and shrunk up a little it will be fine – I had to do it on the other side as well. I probably have about a 60 inch stretch of quilt left to work on – it will be done this week!