On Tuesday night as I was sitting watching the episodes of NCIS (I watch both shows) I got out my box of hexies and got back to work on them. I really need to get back to working on Diamonds are Forever once a week at least like I had done earlier in the year.
Five more done which was enough to put another stack of ten together in the box with a pin.
140 Diamonds – I have 2 more put aside – I do 10 and pin them and put them in the box so I now actually have 142 diamonds and I need 230 total at least – if I counted right!! There are all different colors in these stacks – a lot of blues/red/tan prints – some yellows and orange – I am almost ready to prepare more hexies so I will be going through scraps to find more variety of colors. With 88 left to do there is still plenty of time to mix in a lot of color/prints.
A little more work on the Red and Green before we drove into Little Rock to visit with Melanie and to go shopping – which by the way we are done with our Christmas shopping for family now to decide what to do about us
The last of the applique on the borders of Uncommon, Common Bride was completed and I will do the corners now on this border and then go back to these areas and grid work. I know other hand quilters feel the same way as I do about white on white prints (or tan or any other) anything that has a print “painted” on it makes it difficult to hand quilt through and although I love the look I hate it as I do the quilting. It takes twice as long to get done with a quilt it seems. Also I am not in love with the backing and that is causing twice the frustration with this quilt. I fear I will hate the quilt by time I get done with it!
this is the first corner I will work on – shouldn’t have used the flash the photo color is too blurred with light.
It will be quilted the same as the center was done – shown here.
We had a long day out which we needed after being in the house so much from the winter storm. It was just getting dark when we got home yesterday so I didn’t see how much ice melted and as I write this post the evening before it is posted I do not know at the moment how much ice we still have on the trees and ground – it got up to 41 while we were gone (Mike has the thermometer set to show him) – when walking across the porch you could see bits of ice all over the place from where it fell off the trees – so we will see in the morning – the warm up is coming even if the nights are still below normal being in the low 20’s.
The Red and Green is coming along nicely even though I mainly just work on it in the evenings – I don’t know why that is just my routine and I am a routine type of person. Lately I haven’t been working on much of any kind of quilting in the daytime – half the time I don’t even know what I do in the daytime that passes my time other than routine housework and reading and some times quilting/sewing!
Next time I roll the quilt down (end of the week?) I will be able to finish these blocks and then work on the border.
And because around here the ice storm is still interesting here are two cardinals in the tree yesterday. We did get the car out of the driveway and got to my appointment and then we went to the fitness center and got in a work out after being at home for 3 days it felt good to be out. Glenda at Patchwork Dreams – Australia here is a photo for you of two cardinals!
The roads were all clear but there is plenty of snow and ice – all the trees are still covered in ice the temperature only got up to 33 for a short while but the ground believe it or not was still warm I guess as we have some melting going on in the yard even with such cold temps.
Yesterday I showed that I would use the mini packs of fabric with Inklingo and the tumbler pattern – had some questions – yes they should iron down to the freezer paper and stick – occasionally I have had a run in with some fabric that doesn’t want to stick but if that happens I will just make a sheet of freezer paper templates without seam allowance – iron the paper to the fabric and draw the seam around in pencil by drawing around the template and also draw a quarter inch seam around the piece. I use pre-cut freezer paper that I order from a company called C. Jenkins comes in packages of 50 sheets and 100 sheets. You can find this same freezer paper from some on line quilt shops and maybe your local quilt shop? I have always order from this company – I don’t’ remember how I found them – just did and have good service – sometimes though if I am ordering from a quilt shop I will check and see if they carry freezer paper and if they do and the price is right I will order a package of it. It is a little thicker than the rolls of freezer paper and I find it works easier for Inklingo but some use the rolls and say they do not have a problem. If you go to Linda Franz’s site there are tutorials and explanations about almost every question you can think of to ask her. I love using it for hand piecing but you can use if machine sewing too – some people combine the two – hand and machine. I will begin to print out the mini squares soon as I would like to have some ready to start working on at the beginning of the year – I will show progress on that then.
In the beginning of the year I really want to get back to work on Love Entwined also – there will be a lot of hand work going on in 2014!! Diamonds are Forever will continue, The Mini Tumblers, Floral Fantasy – some Fancy Dresden Plates also from Inklingo – I’m sure I will be making small tops on the machine at the same time my hand quilting will be on Patchwork of the Crosses and the 2nd of my Dear Jane quilts – I hope to quilt them both next year on the big frame. I will keep cranking out more and more quilts because that is what I do – I have basically no other hobbies – this keeps me happy.
Wow, we are still not above freezing temperature! I didn’t even go outside yesterday. I will today – I have an appointment (yearly mammogram) and the plows were out scraping the roads clean – Mike tried to see if he could get the vehicles out of the driveway and he could – so today to town I go! I have gotten done with a bit though and that is good – progress on quilts is always a good thing. Today maybe we will get up to or above 32 degrees I sure hope so – by the weekend we might be up to 50! major melting all week long although nights are to still be in the 20’s for most of the week so well freeze again at night – yuck!!
More work was done on Carousel – still taking it slow with it – haven’t really been able to get into it for hours and hours – but slowly it is getting there and only 5 hours of work on it actually! I have trimmed the sides away from the areas that are finished – you can see I have three whole white block to do and then 1 corner and 4 sides – those areas go faster than the blocks on the inside. (and still need to do the prints of course)
Do not have a photo but I have gotten done with 3 of the borders of applique on Uncommon, Common Bride – just the stitching around the applique pieces – next I will do the corner blocks on that border of the stars and then grid .
What have I been reading the last couple of days – Executive Orders by Tom Clancy – Mike had gotten his newest book on kindle and said something about it which made me realize I hadn’t read one of his in years so I picked this one off the shelf as it was the last in the Jack Ryan series that I never got to – it has been out for years – I had just stopped reading his books for some reason.
Yes that is right 874 pages and the print is not super huge although in this photo it looks big enough it actually is smaller than it looks. After trying to hold this book in bed the first night I was reading it I said to heck with it and ordered it for my kindle LOL – it was so heavy I couldn’t hold it comfortably – what a wimp I have become I am plodding through it, skipping a little here and there as I always do in the technical parts (they bore me) and then on to the more interesting parts! The kindle will be so much easier to bring to the fitness center to read this week – I have to get back to exercise after being home 3 days in a row and I don’t remember why but I didn’t exercise on Thursday last week either – lazy! I don’t care for audio books – I am the type that likes to go back a couple pages every now and then to re-read something and I find it hard to find the right spot in audio.
The rose bush covered in ice with a cardinal on it to brighten it up
I decided with my mini packs that I have been collecting for a good part of the year I will be making a tumbler quilt with 2 inch tumblers – charm quilt. This will be hand pieced just for fun (yes I know some think I am nuts but those of you that like hand piecing totally get me) – I might sew the long rows together by machine but haven’t decided on that part. These three pieces are laying right side down as they would on freezer paper – this is Inklingo – I printed out the 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece on regular paper to see if I would be able to easily iron the mini’s on to it and I will be able to get 12 on a sheet – print then cut the rows with rotary cutter and they will be ready for hand stitching in between other projects like I am doing with the hexies. I think for arrangement I will do light tumbler/dark tumbler. This quilt will have about 2,500 pieces in it I think and hopefully they will all be a different fabric! (the lines you see on the paper is what prints on the fabric – seam line and cutting line makes hand piecing so easy)
Birds continue to flock to the feeders – I will need to see if I can get the feeders loose today and refill them although they have been happy getting the seed off the ground anyhow. – that is a woodpecker on the wood pole – he is pecking around at it I have a pair of them hanging around this one has the red crown – Downy (?) male the little hanging water dish is completely covered I will need to clear that off
Colors of Christmas and of the quilt of course! And this is not a Christmas quilt but I bet every year I will have it out some place at this time of year.
I love this flower! It is so big though that I had to do quilting in it and it makes it look puffy – like trapunto – nice
Almost as big as my hand
I got four more Diamonds done for Diamonds are Forever – I haven’t worked a lot on this bunch in awhile but I’m sure I will do more soon
Stitching done around the applique on this border for the Uncommon Common Bride with the pink flowers but it didn’t show up in the photo – on to the second border. I will quilt around each shape and then put a grid on and get to that step – this one is taking awhile isn’t it. You can tell I haven’t been working a lot on it.
The light Blue-Green skinny part is appliqued in place and beginning on the print/leaves – area for this Floral Fantasy block.
And finally I got back to work on Carousel yesterday – still plugging around on the white square areas – more than half way done on those and the print areas still to go.
So the last couple of days work has been done on all the projects except Love Entwined which I believe I mentioned I will pick back up on in the New Year. Hopefully by then I will be done with Carousel and the Red and Green Applique.
We are in store for an ice storm according to the weatherman as all in the states have most likely heard by now – starts late afternoon through Friday morning for us here in Arkansas and then again maybe on Saturday night. We are as prepared as we can be. We have fuel for the generator, cat litter to put on ice, firewood, groceries, bottled water in case something happens to the water company (has happened a time or two in the past) – I won’t be surprised if we loose our power for at least a day or so although I hope like crazy that we get snow and not ice or if we get ice it is just a little bit and won’t do damage – and that we keep our power! For 5 days at least starting on Friday we are below normal temperatures for our area and will barely be in the low 30’s some days and teens to single digits at night – very odd for us in this part of the country (and we are not built in this part of the country for temperatures like that – water faucets will be dripping at night to make sure they do not freeze) – if you do not hear from me Friday through whenever – it will be because we have lost our internet service – I will be in touch when I can and most likely will get a post in on Friday by writing one tonight and let you all know what is going on in my neck of the woods stay safe everyone!
I worked on and off all day yesterday drawing the design on the quilt getting it ready for machine quilting. I was finally satisfied with it after having spritzed the design off several times because I messed up on it. There will be more quilting in the print areas but will decide on that when the white areas are finished. I crawled around pin basting for an hour – it didn’t really take all that long – the quilt is about 61 x 74 right now. Of course now I have no quilts to baste when I take the red and green off the frame hopefully sometime next month – I guess I need to whip up another top! I said when the frame was empty I would baste one or more quilt tops on it and not have to crawl on the floor.
My lines to follow – yes there will be starts and stops – but this is the way I want to try it – we will see how it goes – you know me – I will finish it, might be awhile but it will get done. Sometimes when I get started on something I just keep going until it is done – I would like another finish before the end of the year.
Here is an old quilt that I washed and dried earlier today – made back in the 90’s hand pieced/hand quilted – polyester batting before I learned how much I love cotton. This one just gets folded up and put over a rack, I don’t really use it anymore I have so many.
The quilt is in pretty good condition but I found this one red spot on it – I sprayed and rubbed and some came out, I think a red marker got to close to this quilt at one time and it won’t come out anymore I see a loose thread too, it looks like a knot popped out.
I was able to roll the Red and Green quilt down again on Friday night and got the left side border area done and ready to move on the blocks – and look more and more of the last border is in site – it is a wide border, one more time and it might all be showing. I love the 2nd block from the left! those twirls
I have been trying to remember to change quilts out on the bed and this time I decided to take Joseph’s Coat back out and put it one the bed. It is a heavier weight quilt and we will need it – chilly all week – night times in the 20’s to 30 the news says. I took the Star Quilt at the foot of the bed back off the wall and washed it to get all the dust off (that is an old one – 90’s again but I did use cotton batting on that one). The Christmas quilt is now hanging in the living room in preparation for Christmas – I don’t decorate early but it is the only time of the year I hang the Christmas Baltimore Album up so put it up early. I’ll show that after I get Christmas decorations up.
Do you sometimes have weeks that seem to fly by faster than others? This week just flew by for me for some reason. Friday was a fairly busy day. I got a bit done - First was Friday morning quilt group – I brought the Hexies along to make more diamonds for Diamonds are Forever a project that has been neglected for the last couple of weeks or so – I now have 133 diamonds made – I need at least 97 more!
Stacked and pinned in groups of 10.
Waiting for me when I got home was this beautiful book – a splurge for me as it cost more than I normally spend on a quilting book, but it has so many lovely patterns. Di Ford is a quilter from Australia – the book is by Quiltmania so it is in English and French. It has wonderful full pullouts of patterns in it. I had heard so many good things about this book and I have seen so many working on her quilts that I knew I wanted to make one (or more) of them too. Are any of my readers working on any of the quilts in this book? Which is your favorite? I’m having a hard time deciding!!! If modern quilting is your thing this book is not for you – historically looking quilts for sure! Here is a link to a group blog Secret Sewing Sisterhood that Di takes part in – this link leads you to a post about the showing in France where they had the opening for her book and her quilts are on the walls for all to see.
More quilting was done on the Red and Green
I didn’t work on Child’s Play – I was having some pain in my neck and shoulders so taking a day or two off before I finish it up. No rush!
I took the Floral Fantasy pattern back out to trace patterns for the next block and I have the paper freezer paper templates cut out and ready to work on. Hopefully I will get the fabric picked out and cut the patterns out today. After this block – 3 more blocks and then the border! Seeing as I am getting towards the end of getting the main part of this quilt done I will probably work on it more for awhile. I like to see finishes for the year coming to a close soon.
I made a cake and I will share the recipe and photos tomorrow – and the cake didn’t stick in the pan this time! I made sure of that. A nice big Chocolate Pumpkin Cake! One of those kinds of cake with vegetables in it to add to the moisture but you really don’t taste the pumpkin just the chocolate.