Published February 5, 2016
It is nice to take a break from long term quilts for something fun and easy. I am done piecing the baby quilt – it went quickly – I decided it really should be a baby quilt – for a girl as it is more colors for a girl than a boy in my opinion although I don’t suppose it really matters to a baby right! Now for a name – anything playful comes to mind? It finished at 46 x 58 which means it will shrink down to about 43 x 55 most likely after quilting, washing and drying. I will get it ready for machine quilting today. EDITED: 11:40 am — after several mentioned the name Strawberry Shortcake I thought yes – perfect name – in fact the fabric reminds me of the old Strawberry Shortcake dolls that were out back in the 80’s? I think it was the 80’s. Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict today and Crazy Mom quilts.
I didn’t have enough fabric left over for a border but all that was left over is in the tin and the binding is cut and pressed – ready to go.
Diamonds are Forever was rolled down once again and I love seeing the end in sight.
I did get my Caswell block back out as I decided it needed some changes. I hadn’t liked the flower that I had finished, the petals were too spread out and the lightest blue for the top part of the flower seems too light. I need to go through the scraps for a blue that is darker and change that out. I picked off 4 petals and I’m in the process of stitching them back down. I didn’t notice until I was posting the photo that I had some extra pieces laying across the top of the square – I have some extra leaves that might get put in here as well. I have one petal left to sew back down on the flower on the left then tackle the light blue to switch out. On the flower on the left I will reposition the remaining petals a little bit also so they are closer together and then change that lightest blue out as well on that one. In the end it won’t be exactly like the one in the pattern – but that is ok to me.
Published February 4, 2016
Yes I know I just can’t help myself sometimes – I was getting bored with the quilts that I am piecing right now and had to start a new project – just a baby girl quilt or could be a table topper – whichever when I feel like it. I didn’t want to start something big before I got any of my big quilts finished.
I don’t know how many of you have bought any of the Frivol containers from Moda – I am one of the idiots that joined a club from the Fat Quarter Shop to get them monthly for a year – yes I say idiot. These are really not worth the price you pay for them (right in the small print it says you can not cancel your membership – 1 year that was it). One of the reasons I got it is the tin storage can with the see through top – I love to store things in this type of container – also you were enticed with a free gift in the can with your fabric and two patterns that come with it. The freebies are almost totally worthless in my opinion. The patterns so far have not been new and I’ve seen them around for years and the “freebie” is cheap. The main item in the storage container though is the package of fabric – 42 – 7 inch pieces – each can holds a different fabric line.
This one that I show is box #6 – I’m using #1 for the current quilt but forgot to take a photo before I cut into it. This one is Strawberry Fields by Fig Tree.
What is inside this box (4.5 x 7.5) — draped over the top of the box are two quilt labels, two pattern cards, and 42 pieces of fabric that are 7 inches each .
The quilt I am making with box #1 is fabric from Bonnie and Camille called Hello Darling. Cute fabric and just right for this baby girl quilt/table topper. With some background fabric from the stash I have been making half square triangles.
The 7 inch squares are not all exactly 7 inch square – some I have measured at 6.75 to slightly less than that! so you need to square up when done – I cut my 7 inch background pieces and sew with a 7 inch (or almost) square. I draw the line down the middle and sew a quarter inch out and get two half square triangle squares out of each piece. After squaring up I have 6.25 inch squares.
Up on the design wall the design is taking shape.
And here it is – I intend to work on piecing the top today. It should finish at about 46 x 57.5 – that will be a good baby size I think and it will probably fit the table too if I decide to use it for that – I have a little bit of the white/red dot fabric left over – I had 2 yards in the stash, I need to measure binding off of it and see what is left – I might have enough for a narrow border all the way around – I will decide that after what is here is sewed together.
A close up of the background. I might use all the cans of fabric the same way – half square triangles in different layouts – save all the extras (4 out of this one) and then make a scrappy quilt at the end. I will end up with 12 baby quilts/table toppers and one extra from the leftover scraps. I would be set on quilts for things that come up for awhile that way and if I stick with them easy, machine piece and machine quilt – they would go quickly in between my more challenging quilts. We will see on that idea – I very possibly could change my mind.
If you bought Frivols what did you think of them?
Published February 3, 2016
Well yesterday according to the groundhog we well be having an early spring!! Now of course normally he sees his shadow and we are in for more winter. I set little stock in this as around here we normally have an early spring compared to some of you all anyhow.
Just to show – even though we go back into the high 40’s today after enjoying the 60’s for about 5 days – look at this – spring is coming! The earliest of my daffodils have budded and are ready to open any day now. This variety blooms earlier than any I have seen and when they bloom you know even if you get a little snow and cold weather than spring is not far away.
Here is the row of the daffodils that grow in the ditch on our property line.
The only sewing I did was quilting in the evening on Diamonds are Forever – I was extremely lazy yesterday on the sewing front – maybe I will do more today? I’m actually thinking of taking a quick break from my other quilts and maybe making up a fast baby quilt – just need a little break from all the quilts that I am currently working on and I need to think over the applique border for the Postage Stamp quilt before I get started on it. I am linking to Freshly Pieced today.
Published February 2, 2016
The Postage Stamp quilt in length is finished – now on to the side borders – maybe today? The “body” of the quilt is now pressed, measured and put aside for me to work on designing the border. I just didn’t feel like it yesterday. It is just shy of 97 inches long. I am linking to Quilt Story today and Esther’s Quilt Blog.
Plenty long enough to tuck behind the foot board of the bed. The mattress is deep but there is plenty there even if it shrinks a little bit – if I feel it is needed I can add a strip of white at the bottom after the sides are on. I plan to cut the sides a little longer than needed and trim afterwards.
A little more work was done on the Caswell block – I would like to get it done soon as I know once I start on the border for the Postage Stamp this quilt will probably be put aside for a little bit.
Diamonds are Forever was rolled down Sunday night and more work going across – it is moving along nicely – will it be done by the end of the month – a great possibility.
I found a good oatmeal cookie recipe on pinterest yesterday and made a batch of them. The recipe calls for you to make 8 very large bakery style cookies – but really those are very large! I made about 2 dozen instead. Big and Chewy Oatmeal Cookies – I used what I had on hand – I didn’t have dried cherries or chocolate chips and used raisins and walnuts and about a 1/2 cup of coconut instead. Recipe at the link above.
As a Craftsy Affiliate I can arrange to have a sale on a quilting class for my readers – it would be only me offering through my blog – if I did this what kind of class would you all like to see offered for half price? I’m not saying I will do it but if I do? I would like some opinions. I don’t know if I have enough of you buying classes to take the time to arrange it.
Published February 1, 2016
Yesterday was such a nice day outside that I got very little work done inside. It got up to 71 degrees briefly – we spent a good part of the day clearing out a tree that needed to be taken care of – so nice to do that kind of work the last day of January with no jackets! Colder weather will be back on Tuesday afternoon – so we really did appreciate the 4 days in the 60’s – back to the 40’s soon.
I did get the last row of the Postage Stamp sewed though – but not attached. After I get it sewed to the body of the quilt I will check the length on the bed to be sure – I really wanted to get this part done before I got back to work on Wagon’s West – I should be back to work on that quilt this week. Here is the Postage Stamp quilt once again folded a bit and laid over the top of the quilt on the frame so I could make sure to lay out the blocks correctly.I am linking the Postage Stamp quilt to Em’s Scrapbag: Moving it Forward and Cooking Up Quilts.
In the stash I knew I had some clamshells that I had once bought with the intention of EPP – this pattern though shows you how to do clamshells without doing English Paper Piecing – I’m sure I will take photos along the way when I am making this border for the Postage Stamp quilt. I had never even opened up this package until yesterday when I was looking at the pieces to see if they are the correct size – they are!
Quilty 365 is moving right along I started this quilt November 8th 12 weeks ago so I should have 84 circles and I have 104 circles done – the layout will be decided later when all 365 blocks with circles are finished. My squares are 5 inches so will be 4.5 when sewed together into rows.
Here is a close up of some of them – yes this is fossil fern fabric – all pieces.
Thank you everyone who ordered any Craftsy supplies from the sale this weekend from my links. I do appreciate it.
Published January 31, 2016
The Caswell block that I choose for block #7 is going really quickly and it seems to be a breeze to stitch – the leafs and stems are done and I got started on the blue petals yesterday – I will try to join in for some Slow Stitching today over at Kathy’s Quilts and also to Quilting is More Fun than Housework.
I am working on what I believe will be the last row in length for the Postage Stamp quilt – I have 3 stuck to the wall and 3 finished here on the table that need to be pressed and squared – two stacks of 50 – 1.5 inch pieces ready for the last two blocks unless I think it is too short and then 8 more blocks will be made.
This is what is left in my 1.5 inch scrap box – a dent has finally been made in one of these boxes!!
I was asked what border was it that I was making for the sides of the Postage Stamp quilt – I showed this one a couple weeks ago – It will be something like this one here except longer and about 15 inches wide. This one shown is 21 x 50. I’m not sure if I will be doing the piano key border like this one though – I am talking about the clamshells and the flowers.
Diamonds are Forever has progressed to the point of being able to see the whole end of the quilt now.
A close up of the diamonds and stitching.
Yesterday I was told that I was really tempting some of you with the Craftsy supplies sale with the delectable fabric that they have so here are a couple more of the sales that ends tonight.
These pieces are from Robert Kaufman – 108 inch wide backs in 3 yard cuts – each at $44.79
Kaffe Fassett – 1 – 5 1/2 yard piece for $41.97 this is marked down from $70
An 18 piece fat quarter set from Anthology Jewel of the Tropics for $27.57, half price
Many choices of fabric on sale, many price ranges – on the left side tool bar of the Craftsy fabric sales you can search by New, Exclusive or Clearance – clearance usually has the lowest of the sale prices and also when it is gone, it is gone.
(Thanks to all of you who order through my links –
I am compensated a small amount for sales.)