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!!
As I try to make at least one Granny Square every day I continue to work on the little 4 patch blocks and I might have enough to start putting a baby quilt together. I have not made a baby quilt in awhile and really need to get a stack put aside. Using the pattern I showed you yesterday will be the one I make first. I was going to lay them all out to see what I have and ran out of space on the cutting table – this is 36 x 24 inches there is a little stack in the middle of the patches that I couldn’t fit – I do indeed have enough to start baby quilt #1 and the way it looks by mixing up with background fabric I have enough for more than 1 right now.
I did finish attaching this row of Diamonds are Forever on Monday night and it is ready to press before I start the next row.
One more Granny Square finished – that gives me 8 more if I do 6 x 6 – I’m still thinking on it – the whole point is to use up scraps so I might go for queen size still.
This much snow out here still to melt –I didn’t realize it until I posted this photo that I caught a bird in flight across the snow. This snow will melt quickly as today is the last cold day predicated in the weeks forecast – 60 maybe by the weekend! I glanced out the window as I drove by the front area of the yard today as I was going to the fitness center and I actually saw more daffodils popping out of the ground – I will take a new photo of them as it warms up some more.
I have not been putting in much time at the quilting frame since I took the Uncommon, Common Bride off of it – my fingertips were sore – the Olympics are giving me the break I needed I think. I’m sure I will sit now and then though this week to work on it – but no new photos of Patchwork of the Crosses right now.
Run on over to Lee at Freshly Pieced and see all the works in progress going on
I got a lot of white hexies printed out on fabric today and ready to use for Diamonds are Forever while watching the Olympics. I had another row barely started and I have been working on them the last night or two and last night have another row just about finished and ready to attach. Just a few more white ones on the end and then the long row to attach.
One more Granny Square completed today also – the outer ring is a batik that was kind of a tie dyed looking thing! Not sure if it looks right – but will try it out on the wall for awhile and see how it goes with the others. At least 10 more to make.
More of the leaders and enders little 4 patches done while I was doing the Granny Block – this is working out pretty good working on two projects at once. I’m not sure what I will use them for – but might use them in long rows in length with applique between – I have a pattern like that somewhere – I will look.
This little woodpecker is pretty darn smart – I didn’t realize what he was doing at first – the wood pole that he is on is treated lumber – there are no bugs in it – I wondered what he was pecking at – then saw he kept going back to the feeder, then back to the pole and pecking – he has holes pecked in the wood – gets a seed brings it back to the pole – sticks it in the hole and pecks at it to break the seed shell open!! What a thought process for a bird – I didn’t know they did that.
We have lost our power again – late afternoon about 5PM the power went out (Sunday) – the electric company said it would be back around 7:30 – by 7:30 we got a text saying by midnight – Mike had a message from someone he knows that said ( he thought ) there had been a fire on a power pole that caused it – I write this the night before so right now — Sunday night at 7:50 PM we (along with 1,900 others in our area) are still without power but today it warmed up – all the way to 34 degrees! it is still 32 right now and with the fireplace going the house is staying a comfortable 68 (thank goodness for a small house huh) – we well leave the generator run until we are ready for bed and then shut it off and with quilts on the bed will be warm and the heat will come back on around midnight I presume - one can hope – it won’t get that cold in the house – crazy huh – 4 times since early December!! Glad it is not supposed to get really cold tonight although Monday night it will and Tuesday. (edited 10 PM Sunday – the power came back on by 9PM – hope it doesn’t do it again this week!)
Another winter storm is coming though and we will get snow it sounds like starting sometime tomorrow – 2-4 inches is possible – glad that the warmer temps today has melted a lot of the ice out of the tall pine trees although there is still some up there.
What a crazy winter – we need to double the amount of firewood we normally prepare for the winter at this rate! We are running low – thank goodness spring is almost here. Everyone I have talked to says they are running low on firewood, – some use it as their only heat source others like us use it as back up to help keep the heat bill down or when they loose power.
Thanks for all the compliments on the finished quilt! and for the compliments on my un-dyed hair LOL
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.
Because I do so much by hand and work on numerous projects I always feel like I have little progress to report – but I did get two more granny squares done and the wall is looking full – I ran to Hobby Lobby yesterday and got the flannel I need to extend my design wall to the floor so I will work on that today and I picked up a couple more boxes for the fq’s as well and they are now all in the pretty boxes. The block on the left is kind of crazy looking with the colors I picked out -
But once it is on the wall with the others – to me it looks just fine with a little rearranging I can get 8 blocks across I think – maybe 7 rows long? not sure on that we will see – right now I am aiming for 8 across x 8 down – queen size no sashing – I might change my mind on that and do a narrow dark color sashing and see what that gives me –I have a batik charcoal or a fairly dark blue batik that I could use – sashing maybe at 1 inch? like I say I am thinking about it. If I do sashing it might be 7 x 7 in rows. (and no dent in the 2 1/2 inch strip scrap box so far!!)
The 5th diagonal line on Diamonds are Forever is completely attached and pressed.
And I think I forgot to show the first corner completed on Floral Fantasy – this was finished last week and I am working on the second corner.
Most of us quilters are in the kitchen as well and Craftsy has just launched a Free Knife Skills Mini-Class! Grab your knives – go to this link — Complete Knife Skills with Brendan McDermott even if a class is free you will need to set up a membership account – you are not asked for a payment though — anything featured Free is free. They have numerous classes on cooking.
I got two more Granny Blocks done yesterday – I had been away from them a little bit what with all the cleaning I have been doing in here.
They do look pretty up on the wall – I still need to stop back at Hobby Lobby to get more flannel for the rest of the wall and more boxes. Looking at the blocks I can get more of an idea what colors to choose – like the middle row that has both red and yellow in it – I need a couple more in those type of colors to balance it all out in the end or that one block will stand out.
The boxes that I am using for organizing my fat quarters and my scraps that I get from Hobby Lobby can be found here they are acid-free. I had a few place concerns about using boxes to store fabric in as they thought they would get stained – I have never had a problem with that but the boxes are acid free as they are intended for photo storage. The couple boxes that are on the shelves now that are regular cardboard will be replaced as soon as I pick up more of the photo storage boxes – I ran out. The cute fancy looking smaller boxes I got at a store here in the US called Dollar General another store here called Tuesday Morning I think has them also – I do not have any link for them and I did a search – I’m afraid I do not know if any place over seas sells them.
Work continues on the Diamonds are Forever – I am connecting the 5th row on here. This is my listening to the news work have to do something enjoyable to get through that it is always depressing!
Status on the Uncommon, Common Bride – on to the last borders! Unless my fingers give out on me I should be done with this one within 2 weeks I think (or I hope).
I think the hydrangea is confused – budding out already from some of the warm weather we have had and here it is freezing cold again for the last couple of days and next week more to come again. I have to start wandering the yard at this time of year to start to see if anything is showing signs of spring – yes the plants are showing signs – besides the hydrangea I found some little buds for leaves to develop on the rose bushes and a couple trees!
Now this photo might look odd but I had a hard time taking a photo looking out the window at night! on Sunday night it was still about 50 degrees at 10 PM and we had moths on the window that had been attracted to the light in the sewing room (excuse the reflections)! they have been coming and going with the cold/warm weather – I’m really surprised they haven’t died!