Archive for the ‘quilts’ Category

A quilt finish for me!

August 14, 2017

Finally, a long term project is done.  Is it perfectly done?  Oh heck no, I had many sessions where I told myself “done is better than perfect”.

This quilt is very loosely based on a quilt I saw in late 1990s perhaps.  It was gold & black, with square quarter-log cabins and a border print sashing between the blocks.  It was the use of border print sashing that really caught my eye.  I saw this rose fabric in Cottage Rose quilt shop in Marion, Iowa (no longer a physical store presence), loved it, bought it, and had no clue what to do with it, until the memory of that gold/black quilt popped in.  After several rounds of thinking, drawing, using EQ,  this is what I ended up with.  I modified that gold/black quilt to use diamond shaped blocks, hoping it would look more like rosebuds, and used the border print  only between the columns of blocks.  I only have selvedge from the dark green fabric and it’s dated 2004, sadly I don’t seem to have saved the rose print selvedges for some reason. (more…)

QOV #6 Progress

July 16, 2017

Here’s QOV #6, the blocks are sewn, but not to each other yet.  I’m debating whether to put sashing between them, or not.  I kind of like the blue.  This particular red is too dark, maybe lighter red?  But no sashing and just a border to bring it to size means it will be finished and turned in for quilting faster. (more…)

June Shop Hop & Cute Trouble

July 7, 2017

I hope all had a good July 4th.  And a good Canada Day for anyone reading from up there.

I started writing this June 18th, and never got it posted, so if it rambles and wanders about, apologies.  I’ve been using vacation days this week.  As usual, way too much on the to-do list, not enough done.

I’ve started QOV #6 this week, another kit from the group.  I think I need to move the controller on the Necchi from the cabinet to the floor.  After spending an entire day sewing, my sciatic nerve was giving me fits for the next 2 days.  Or just not sew all day?  I got the blocks about 2/3 of the way assembled, and need to press before continuing to finish them.  Then there’s putting them all together, border, etc. (more…)

Quilt tops DONE!

April 16, 2017

News from the sewing front –

The American Jane quilt top is DONE!  I wish I knew when I started it.  I got the pattern and jelly rolls and started sewing the blocks fairly quickly to the half hexagon stage.  Then they sat for a few years because I had no good place to lay them out.  Needless to say – I am so happy I made the design wall.  Any way, here’s the completed top, the colors are truest toward the bottom left – (more…)

Days Off Progress

September 9, 2016

I’ve been off work this week, using vacation days that must be used or lost by the end of the month.  As usual, I haven’t gotten nearly as much done as I planned.  One day had an unplanned excursion to Mt. Pleasant antique thresher & tractor show.  Now I can say I’ve been there.  The old machines were very cool (or rather very hot with all the wood smoke and steam), but LOTS of walking and noise.  At least it wasn’t too difficult to find a bench to sit on for a few minutes when my legs needed a break and it wasn’t 90+ degrees like it so often is.  Another day was lost to financial ponderings, I’m not too happy on this and will definitely let the money guy know!  The mystery Union Special machine has remained untouched, I’m beginning to think this one will be a candidate for a new home. (more…)