Yesterday was not much a sewing day for me. I went to the Friday morning quilt group so I grabbed my “Diamonds are Forever” box as I was going out the door as I had used it on Thursday night also – I had not touched this top in close to 3 weeks I think so it was time to get some work on it. Between the two sewing sessions I got part of a row that had already been started back to having some progress on it – I will continue to work on this row again and see if I can get it done by Friday next week and continue working on it again in between other things. Friday afternoon I went for a 3 mile walk at the trails with my daughter, we took our time and when we got back home she had more visiting to do with her dad – so the afternoon pretty much got away from me.
Other than that I had not touched the quilting frame for a couple days due to one reason or another so really no progress on the Patchwork of the Crosses – I did get it rolled down again the middle of the week, and do some quilting last night and will show progress tomorrow this is the area I will be starting on – the middle of this row of crosses.
I did get some more quilted on the baby scrappy quilt – down to this side of the quilt for the border, then I need to go back in and do some line drawing to fill in some empty blanks in the setting triangle area – those areas will not take long – this is already taking a little longer than I had thought it would.
For all of us that like to make quilts from Jelly Rolls here is a link to get free patterns, scroll down through the post to get to the list. At this same link look over to the right on the side bar this is a listing for more places that have free patterns, I know I might have some of them on my blog but this list is longer!
This weekend we are finally getting some spring like temperatures and early next week we might actually get near 70! So ready for it – I do no though that like usual March is an up/down in weather and I’m sure we will have some chilly days too – I just hope it won’t be in the 20’s anymore!!
I mainly just worked on two quilts yesterday The Granny Squares and the Patchwork of the Crosses. I very much am tired of icy weather and we managed to get the truck out of the icy driveway to the cleared off road and went and exercised – it was nice to get out of the house!
Two rows of sashing and blocks put together – might get around to more today – dentist this morning though – time to get a crown on a tooth and the temporary gets put on today – oh joy
The POTC from Monday night quilting
A Flicker came to the feeding area yesterday morning – I normally only see these on the trees instead he perched prettily
What else is there to do when it is cold outside, ice on the ground – for me it is reading, sewing, quilting, sometimes baking – clean the house – yes that had to be done too and toss in some laundry as well. Now maybe it will be warm enough to get out of the house today – hope so!
Yesterday I got busy with the sashing on the Granny Squares. The long strips are just pinned up on the design wall right now – I need to make 4 more strips – 2 for the sides and one each for top and bottom and then maybe I will get started sewing those strips on. After I get done with the sashing strips I will decide on the border – I think I know what I want to do but not positive – I want it to be queen size at least.
More quilting on Patchwork of the Crosses – these areas done on Sunday night while listening to the sleet hit the window of the sewing room
I have been getting quite a few questions again from people seeing this metal “stick” on the quilt and asking what is that sitting on the quilt – it is my hand held thimble also known as a “paddle thimble” link here. Yes it does take some getting used to – when you get used to it you do not want to use another when sitting at a frame – my opinion – you can quilt in any direction you want to go without twisting your body like a pretzel. I have 2 of them – I had three but I traded one to another quilter. I have been using this thimble for years – I really do not remember how long – ages! It is perfect for anyone with joint problems, sores on their knuckles from numerous medical conditions and cannot wear a regular thimble because it rubs your knuckle– or because you just want to use it in any direction you want to go. I wrap the handle with numerous things because in the winter when my hands are cold they feel dry and it tends to slip out of my grip – blame it on arthritis and cold hands. It doesn’t need a “gripper” unless you want to put one on it.
Little further with the baby quilt but I am just picking it up now and then and not working steady on it – that big needle kind of bugs me – big stitch quilting takes some getting used to I think. I am getting close to half way done with the border then I need to go back and fill in the big blanks in the half square setting triangles.
Have a great day everyone.
Sunday was just as they said it was going to be, rain, sleet, freezing rain – I had yet to see any snow as I was writing this last night at about 6:30 and it was dark – I guess I find out in the morning an hour or so after this post pops up.
So first some icy photos – this one was from about 2 in the afternoon – some ice beginning to build up. Looking out the sewing room window towards the bird feeder and the workshop. I guess it was in the 50’s after midnight but Mike got up around 6:30 and it was 42 and I got up a little after 7 and it had already dropped to 34 needless to say it continued to slowly drop in temp all day and all night!
Cardinals loving the feed out in the front yard
More birds on the ground – cardinals and I’m not sure what else. They really went through the seed yesterday I will need to fill both of the feeders back up today.
I finished the sashing in between the blocks on the Granny Squares now to join those long rows together with more sashing and cornerstones.
I finished the 3rd corner of the Floral Fantasy quilt and now working on the 4th corner – moving really slow on this quilt – I have barely touched it in days.
Saturday night I quilted this area of Patchwork of the Crosses
and this area where I picked back up on it last night.
On Sunday we didn’t loose power due to the storm but there are small outages all over the state right now as I write this – I do hope we will be some of the lucky ones and have power in the morning – otherwise the generator will be started and the fireplace going. Keep your fingers crossed! Hope all of my readers are lucky to with this storm and are safe tucked away in their homes and not out on the road anywhere!
I will be linking up to Judy at Patchwork Times in the morning if I am able to.
On Friday I started to read a book by Lisa Gardner and it really held my interest from the very beginning. On Saturday I kept at it – other than a break to run to the grocery store and doing laundry — and didn’t even pick up a needle until evening – after I finished the book. The book is Touch and Go – published last year and right now Amazon for Kindle has it for $2.99 . I have read other books by her but never has one of her books kept my interest where I didn’t want to put the book down. Here is a little synopsis from Amazon “Ten minutes after walking the elite Back Bay townhouse and investigator Tessa Leoni already doesn’t like what she sees. Signs of an abduction. Clearly the work of professionals. At best, the entire family has been kidnapped. At worst…”
I took a few stitches on the baby quilt and got done with the corner I showed yesterday, didn’t work on the Granny Squares but I did work on the Patchwork of the Crosses Friday night after I got off the computer. I finished the row I was working on and now have the first of seven rows of the Crosses finished!! I guess I need to really try to get in time almost every day on this quilt if I am going to finish it by fall which I would love to do.
I can tell already that I will only be doing about a 1/3 of a block at a time now as the little blue squares rest just above the roller so I have to have room to move and couldn’t roll it down as far as I would like to – which means I will get across the width faster but will be rolling it down more often. This is the block I started on last night.
Isn’t this tea cozy just so cute – I have a a page on Pinterest with some really pretty hand work ideas . This cozy is designed by Yoko Sato the link goes to a book of hers—I look at all this really delicate handwork and just want to make it all!! Some of the designs are so complicated looking. She is such a great well known quilter. On my blog sidebar I have a link to Patchwork Pink Caramel– the name of this blogger is Sakae Yoshihara – she does a lot of work that might be designs of the designer above – I’m not sure if the translation is right. Sakae’s work is so pretty and delicate also – her blog is in Japanese but using google translator you can sometimes figure out some of what she writes – but she has such beautiful photos of her work and work of her students (I believe if I understood right) even if I can’t understand all that she writes I love looking at the photos – such beautiful hand stitching. (In My Opinion – Google translator does a really poor job of translating at times!)
We are prepared for the winter storm once again and hope other than being cold it will not be too bad and that we won’t get a lot of ice – but I’m pretty sure we will get at least some ice and then snow – we are all ready for some warmth aren’t we!! At least it won’t last more than a day or so.
Yesterday was one of those days when I worked on one project for about 30 minutes then switched off to another off and on all morning – then took an exercise break, got involved in a book and then back to the sewing for a little bit.
I did have a question on how does this “leaders and enders” thing work different for all of us I’m sure. Here is how I go about it. The other day when I quit I wasn’t thinking and pulled the block out without putting a patch under the foot – so yesterday when I sewed a sashing to a Granny Block I started with sliding a patch under the foot.
From there leave the foot down – just start to sew you next block – when you come to the end of it slide another 2 patch under the foot and you keep going. I keep a small pair of scissors handy and just clip off that 2 patch and set it aside and then clip off the granny block when it comes through
As you see in this photo
I am not always the best of cutters and right now I grab a stack of 2 inch squares and before I begin the days sewing I quickly go through them checking the measurement – I would not need to do this if I was accurate – but there you go – not perfect by any means. At the end of row of Granny Squares attaching to the sashing I had 9 – 2 patches done.
At the end of 2 rows of Granny Blocks I had a bunch to toss in the box with the others – I’m not sure what the next project will be that I will use them for, but sometime down the road another baby quilt most likely will be made from them. By not cutting your thread after each block you are saving thread and less thread on the floor or wherever you tend to toss it.
4 rows of Granny Blocks now attached to sashing.
Mainly working on the border on this end of the baby quilt that the hoop is on – at the top of the photo of the quilt I have some more patches to put the quilting in – but one end at a time.
Almost done with the first row of Crosses on the Patchwork of the Crosses and I hope I finished it last night – but as I am writing this at 7:30 and haven’t gotten around to quilting yet last night I assume I got busy after I got off the computer.
Another ice storm possibly heading our way on Sunday during the day or evening – all depends on how fast the rain passes by us and what time of day the temperature starts dropping – all the way down to 20 they say – so much for spring huh – well so is life in Arkansas – never know what winter will bring – but I keep in mind that it really is almost out of here! Here’s hoping we do not loose our power for the 4th or would it be the 5th time this winter – I have actually lost track!! At least this cold spell is to be short lived – I think by Tuesday it should be back in the mid-40’s and then climbing up for the rest of the week. Seems strange though to be in pollen alerts and a winter storm watch at the same time LOL