Thursday, November 15, 2018
We woke up to snow today which is early for my neck of the woods. They said it would stay on the grass, they lied! We have about 6" and traffic is a nightmare! They keep saying it will turn to rain...we'll see!
Yesterday at my guild we had Diane Knott as our speaker. I have followed Diane for a long time and even made a pillow out of her book, Scrap Quilt Secrets for a blog hop. Diane was as warm and friendly as she comes across on her blog, Butterfly Threads Quilting She also has a wonderful southern accent which is so charming! Everyone enjoyed her quilts and we look forward to her new book coming out soon, Strip Quilt Secrets.
Every year in November we have a bake sale. It is a tasty fund raiser and the members love it! I made apple dumplings.
The ladies at Undercover Quilters were very welcoming to me on Monday night. It was a long rainy ride home but worth all the nice people who welcomed me and seemed to enjoy my quilts. Now I need to put all these quilts away and clean up my room so I can work!
My friend, Stephanie gave me some good books to read. Right now I am reading the top one, Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell. So far so good, it's a page turner! The other two look good as well. I love the feeling of a stack of books waiting for me.
I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week, it feels like the Halloween candy isn't even gone yet!
I know it is early this year but still...
I have some grandchildren who have reached the age of gift cards )-: I know that is what they want but it feels so impersonal. At least these will make them feel more festive.
This week I am planning my Thanksgiving and trying to get some projects planned so I can sew when I have a few minutes here and there during the busy holiday season.
Do you have any holiday projects you are trying to finish up?
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Love that twirl!
Some easy Sunday sewing. I have been a little under the weather so this took some effort. But it was sunny and that lifted my mood.
I am working my way to the next block. All pieces are cut out and waiting for me.
This area also needs my attention.....it's amazing how quickly that happens!
I'm loving these Grunge fabrics (top) and wondering what took me so long? The bottom are basics by Zen Chic. You can find the at the Quilt Block in Exton PA.
If you are a local and want to see my quilts, I am having a trunk show tomorrow night for the Undercover Quilt Guild. You can go to their website here Undercover Quilters
The meeting starts at 7:00 PM the address is
Christ United Methodist Church
600 East Duttons Mill Road
Brookhaven, PA 19015.
Friday, November 9, 2018
I love 4 patches! The centers are very easy to swirl too. They are so versatile and so easy to make. If they are scrappy they will also give you an interesting design.
There is something soothing about matching the pairs and chain piecing them under the foot of the sewing machine. Almost automatic. Before you know it they're done!
If you haven't learned how to chain piece go find a You Tube video now! It will save you time and thread. Once you are set up it goes very fast.
So as you may have guessed this is going to be a baby quilt. There is only 1 juvenile print in there to keep it from being too "cutesy". The solids squares are a pretty yellow dot print on white.
I have been painting but not as much as I would like to be. My friend and I commented the other day that there are just not enough hours in the day! All my interests take a lot of time!
So Rose or Peony? I'm not sure either!
Don't hate me.....but yes I have got a jump on my Christmas shopping. It makes December so much more enjoyable. It's also my birthday month and it's no fun 12 days before Christmas stressing out about gifts or any other details.
Do you decorate before Thanksgiving? I've seen a lot of that on Instagram. I am more likely to do it the weekend after as you will not find me in a store on Black Friday!
Monday, November 5, 2018
I know I am the odd man out but I love a rainy Monday! I always have so much to do so it doesn't bother me at all. I also am very productive.
I found this wonderful vintage quilt and just could not leave it behind. The blocks are small, 4 1/2" finished and they are all hand pieced! A true labor of love. It's big too, 283 blocks a perfect size to use as a throw quilt.
The fabrics are varied which gives it a lot of life! The solid fabrics in the center of the quilt are red and along the edges they are pink. I am guessing either an artistic choice or a ran out of fabric choice!
So the question I asked on Instagram.......it needs to be washed. Do it before or after it is quilted? Give me your thoughts.
I am also making some baby quilts. This one is for my niece who is not finding out if it is a boy or a girl. I feel like that is becoming a trend again? It's all washed and nice and snuggley.
|sorry for the bad picture|
I changed up some of the fabric, as it was a kit. I like the polka dots. The pattern is by one of our Modern Quilt Guild members, Rachel Rossi. You can buy the kit and the pattern at The Quilt Block.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
My friend Stephanie makes these ghosts every year for her neighborhood kids! I want to go to her house! I just love it and think they are fun and easy. Thanks for the good idea Stephanie!
We only have 2 kids in the neighborhood, so I whipped these up for them today.
I usually go all out for them because there are only 2. They loved them!
I have another block made from my Christmas Figs book. I am a little unsure about the red. In the overall quilt though it looks fine.
I have started block number 12 and hope to finish it up this week. The blocks are addictive.
I bought a quilt kit from my local quilt shop, The Quilt Block. It will be a baby quilt.
It's a pretty simple pattern and the prints are fun. So do they looks, boy, girl or neutral? I have 2 nieces having babies in the beginning of next year. One is finding out if it's a boy or a girl and one is not. I want to get a start on these before the holidays get going. What are your thoughts?
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
I am really enjoying making these blocks. As I said they are not hard but there are a lot of pieces and they're big! I am not following the color suggestions in the book which is also adding to the extra time cutting.
This is the latest, the bow tie block. I just love those added green and white polka dots in the background pieces as they are unexpected.
Here is the finished Lily block and I really, really like it! I am also happy with my color selections because I had something else picked out and changed it at the last minute.
I am not sure what happened here. The stems were supposed to be up higher in the corners. As long as they both match it looks like it was intentional!
This is the selection for the next block that has a million half square triangle! Only 11 blocks to go!
Friday, October 26, 2018
I really love red and green together. It feels so fresh and crisp. I know it says "Christmas" but to me it is a lovely combination. This is a 3 Lilies block that I now want to make an entire quilt with! It is not sewn together because I still have to applique the stems.
The blocks are fun and a bit intense. They are not quick and fast though not hard, you just need patience. That block in the bottom left hand corner took an entire day! Lots of half square triangles!
I am using lots of different shades of green and red and a white background, not cream or off white.
I do like the sprinkling of polka dots throughout the blocks.
This is supposed to be done as a block of the month. I am just doing it at my own pace. I am also using up my stash as I have plenty to work with!
This was a page turner! It also gave me a lot of anxiety about both of the main characters. I think that makes it a win!