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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Another Quilt

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I’ve been doing pretty good just working on the quilts already in progress without starting anything new but – I’m starting one that actually is on my 2015 list of projects to get done with.  When we visited our daughter and family in Wisconsin back in September our granddaughter asked if I would make a quilt for her that was from a pattern and fabric that her father’s mother had bought.  Nancy had died a year ago at that time and this quilt will be made in her memory and be from both of Ciera’s grandma’s – one that bought the supplies for the quilt and the other (me) making it.

I’m calling it Nancy’s Stars –  Nancy had bought a kit for this quilt — she bought it close to 10 years ago – and it is for a crib size – I was with her when she bought it as we had attended a show together but at that time she didn’t really discuss who the quilt would be for as she said she didn’t know if she would ever really make it as she referred to herself as a “wannabe” quilter.  Was it to be for Ciera – I don’t know – but I know a crib size is not big enough for a 12 year old LOL – so referring to the pattern for a change of size I am adding more fat quarters from my shelves and making it lap size instead.

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I have about half the colors cut out and then I need to get the background for the stars cut – that fabric was included in the kit and I think it is enough for the larger size actually – I will need to measure first of course.  I hope it won’t take long to piece and then machine quilt it – I had told her it would have to be machine quilted or she wouldn’t get it for some time and she said that was fine with her.  I plan on going to visit the second half of March so I would like to get it done and bring it with me when I visit.  I should get all the pieces cut out over the next couple days and then get started.

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I rolled the Kansas Twister down again – I have 3 rows completed now – there are 14 rows to quilt.  I am linking to Free Motion by the River today and to Quilt Story: Fabric Tuesday I am also linking up to Esther’s WOW.

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Mini Tumblers & Floral Fantasy

Mini Tumblers - "Tumbling Into Insanity", putting together sections of tumbler blocks, quilts, TUTORIALS, William Morris in Applique-Floral Fantasy

I was asked did I sew the sets of tumblers  for “Tumbling into Insanity” that I have finished by hand to the main body of the quilt or did it by machine — how did I do that? – so here goes –

First I sew 10 rows x 10 rows together by machine – I had meant to do this whole quilt by hand but arthritis got in the way so now it is machine work instead.  Here I line my rows up that I just finished to the section of 20 that I had on the wall.  First a mention – I am sewing the 10×10 rows as I find it easier than sewing a row of 102 mini tumblers and then having to sew those very long rows together – my preference.

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I pin the first tumblers together just at the seam – 1 pin only

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I do take a couple back stitches to make it stronger and sew to the seam.  Use your fingers as much as you need to – to keep your fabric straight.  Keep the needle in the down position throughout.

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Then I lift up the presser foot and turn the fabric just a tad – it doesn’t need much turning and sew to the next seam – I don’t even bother with pins now – it is easy to hold the seams together these are small pieces.  Sew to the next one.

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Lift the presser foot and put the fabric together to the next seam – you have to turn the fabric just a little bit at the end of each tumbler.

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Here the 10 rows are sewed to the body of the quilt –

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Press it and lays nice and flat and you can’t even see where you joined them.  The point is to go slowly and just joint to joint turning the fabric slightly as you go – and like I say no pins are even needed after the first one that just holds the two pieces together until you get started.

Easy – peasy!!  I am linking to Cozy Little House today who has a lot of very interesting links today.

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Some have forgotten what Floral Fantasy looks like as I have not shown the whole quilt for awhile now – here is the quilt  I have 3rd border almost completed – one more leaf to do and then the 4th border!  almost done.  Next time I try one of Michelle Hill’s patterns I will use her tutorial on machine applique which you can see here.  Michelle is from Adelaide, Australia and  does spectacular machine applique and her quilts are award winners – she has 2 books — William Morris in Applique and More William Morris in Applique and she now has a fabric line as well.  The books are wonderful  – besides the patterns you get some history of William Morris too – I only have one book right now but plan on getting the other one soon.  The patterns really are meant for machine applique – but you know me – I have to be different so I did mine needle turn – but with the darn arthritis I will be trying machine applique next!  It has been so much fun for me to correspond with Michelle over the last couple of years and get pointers from her.  She must think I am never going to finish this quilt.

The border at the top needs to be completely done and the border on the right side I am almost finished with.  I am linking up to Patchwork Times today

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Beautiful January Day

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I’m linking up to Slow Stitching Sunday,  after our hike yesterday I need to chill today and let my hips and legs rest.  Melanie will be over later to watch the Green Bay Packers with us and I will have time to stitch.  I think the other day when I showed this flower I didn’t have the fabric resting right – it doesn’t look so lopsided now and it is fine – today I will start to work on the leaves (one border left after this one) Floral Fantasy is coming along pretty good once again.

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I am trying to go through the quilting book shelves once again and see what do I want and what don’t I.  I’m not sure when I looked at these and it is time to check them out and see what is in them – they are favorite patterns from the Better Home and Garden quilting magazine – volume 1, 2 & 3 from 2001, 2002 & 2003.

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Yesterday was supposed to get in the low 60’s – it was time to get outside and soak in some natural Vitamin D  – what better then hike in the Arkansas mountains – we headed to Petite Jean State Park and the 7 Hollows Trail – just short of 5 miles – we might have pushed it too much on this rough trail.   Believe me we were tuckered out at the finish but at 62 degrees it was jeans and sweatshirt weather.

It had been so cold for about two weeks that any water coming off the bluffs was frozen – and it is melting this week – chunks of it were on the ground

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One of the many small caves in the area.

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a bubbly little flow of water with ferns near by – icy water!

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Huge bluffs all over in this area – 7 hollows trail goes up and down in 4 of the hollows – which of course mean up hills coming up out of them.

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The kids always referred to the rocks out here as turtle shells – and they do resemble them and some of them are huge.

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We had just come up from this steep area panting and needed a break and catch our breath – turned around to get a photo of the people going down what we had just come up.

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Like I say huge rocks all over – just beautiful.

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Perfect time of the year to hike here when we have a warm spell in the winter – in the summer it is so humid the sweat is just dripping off you and you have to carry several bottles of water with you – today just one bottle of water for each of us worked – now I wish I had thought to brought a energy snack along – that’s ok – we stopped for Chinese on the way home – yum!

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More Applique and Quilting

quilts, William Morris in Applique-Floral Fantasy

I figure it really is time to Floral Fantasy finished – I have been on and off working on this top for  2 years!! I can’t believe it has been that long – I had to go back in the archives of the blog to find out when I started this quilt and it was two years ago this month!   I don’t know if it is the way I have this laying or if the flower really is this lopsided  – I might have to go back and fix the yellow part.  But then I have a few other spots to fix before I move on to the fourth border when I get this section of leaves done.  I haven’t been quite as neat with my work lately in my rush to get it finished – I need to either take my time or take another break!

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I was asked what color thread was I using on the Kansas Twister – King Tut of course out of the stash of thread that I have this one is #906 – I love variegated thread.

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Almost ready to turn it down – the second row is almost finished.  While quilting I am watching the series Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck and Donnie Wahlberg.

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