Sunday, February 7, 2016

Unplanned Detours

Some days I just feel so unorganized and seem to wonder where the heck my day went.  Case in point.  Just an hour left before wrapping up for the day and I needed to make a back.  It all started off really good.  The top had a note pinned to it with measurements of what size I needed.  Why I didn't make the back when I did that, who knows?    Grabbed some yardage, cut it down the middle, added a strip inset. OK, back is made, simple enough.

Then I realized I used this cream star print on some liberated stars with homespun, so I dug out the bag to put the scraps together.  First mistake was to tip the bag out on to the cutting table. 

Then I started looking at what blocks I had already made from this bag of scraps.  I've made 2 quilts from this stack of homespun fabric, but both have been given away and this bag of scraps is my last chance to have one for myself. 

Once I realized I had big chunks of fabric in the bag, and the iron was hot from pressing the backing, well, I got to working on this.

There was a zip lock bag with parts and pieces already cut.  I couldn't resist whipping up one of these cute little 4 1/2" star blocks.

Along the way I was separating the bits of red.

Pressed them and cut up that remaining cream star print into squares.

Too frugal to cut into those big chunks that I just ironed so I pieced the center square.

All neatly pressed and threads cleaned out from the seams. 

And added this 12 1/2" block to my collage of stars. 

No wonder I didn't get the vacuuming done! 
Keep stitching ,

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Doing it Right

Because I am a registered business with a license and I charge sales tax to my customers, I must do this once a year. Yup, I hand over every penny I collect to the state of WA. I'm not sure what happens to this money, just know it's what I have to do.

Because I have this business, I get the pleasure of working on quilts like this one. Can you say Fabulous? This is a Pam Bono pattern, Flowers in the Cabin.

Quilt measures 88 x 102. How many pieces are in each block?  Not even going to guess, I just know there are a lot of strips and squares of different widths and lengths and only the most organized quilter could keep this all straight.

That little pink square in the center is part of the sashing that just blends into the blocks.  The piecer, NT, did not want feathers, but liked the idea of wreaths of leaves.  Of course, stitch in the ditch was also a big part of the machine quilting.

I think this was a great choice and I just can't get enough of this quilt.  Leaves were quilted into the brown border as well.

French General for the back........ so nice.

This is such an fabulous pattern and one I have never seen made up.  If you have it, go for it, the results are beautiful.

It will be worth your time and effort, sorry for over posting pictures, but seriously, I L-O-V-E this piece and I'm so glad it's going on my friends bed so she will enjoy it for many nights.

Yup, this is the reason we don't by a 'bed in a bag' We make our own and this is why.

Keep stitching,

Monday, February 1, 2016

Retreat Wrap Up

After putting away my Carolina Christmas, :-( I pulled out my next project. I had the 2 1/2" strips all precut and the mock up of the layout pre done. Strips were just in a pile, so I did the sorting and sewing of the strata's.  I stitched up the first blade of the star, and it went together so quickly, I realized I could get all the blades done before closing time. 

OK I have no idea why I see a little picture beside the big one????
Usually when making a lonestar, I baste along all the seams where they intersect, take it out from the machine and check every seam to see how far off I am and re adjust for the second sew.  This time I used my good judgment, pinned at each seam, told myself this was not for show, and stitched a permanent seam.  First blade looked good so I started the chain piecing!  Brave, I know, considering the last experience I had!

And here are all the blades together.  I put the top half in one direction and the bottom have the opposite direction.  I anticipated the top layout would be my final decision.  The reason for that is that the non batik teal green would be a bit dull as the full circle.  I thought the movement of the batik would be far more interesting as the ring.  Plus I thought the printed light was better in the center.  More interesting.

And here is the final layout.  Nope, I didn't even start to sew the blades together, that would be for another day.  Got it all packed up in a box and moved on.  Still time before we packed up.

Last under the needle, the pink and brown hourglass blocks.  These are from a long ago swap and I like the secondary pinwheel that shows up when I use the darker blown.  Again, I must pay attention to the orientation.  I stitched together a few locks, and laid them out on the bolt of fabric that was the same that I had cut for the alternating plain block.  I like this zigzag look and the 4 patch on point. 

I have a few more in this box to sew together........

And  few more piled by my machine.....

And since I felt I had a great plan for these blocks, and it was now 11:30 pm, I called it a day. A long one, a very productive one, and one that will stay with me for some time.

There is nothing better than sewing with another amazing woman. My gal pal, she just lets me ramble, we chatted about nothing and everything, we drank a lot of coffee and we planned a lot more quilts. We are already looking forward to our time together in the fall. But in the meantime, I committed to showing up at her studio and purge for her. It's always easier when someone else is there who has no attachment to your stuff.

Keep stitching, and can you believe it's February???