Monday, May 2, 2016

Minimal sewing, garden walk..........

I love hostas.  It is so much fun to see them come up every spring.  In the bottom right photo you can see that violets, cone flowers, Lily of the Valley, dandelions and Creeping Charlie are all competing for that spot.  I will probably have to dig that one up and clear the area and replant it.
 Jack-in-the-Pulpits are popping up in several places now.  The leaves are finally coming up on the ones I showed about a week ago.
The Tiger Lilies are getting tall as well as the peony plants.  Lily of the Valley has invaded my whole backyard garden.

The Red Penstemon plant in my front garden is so pretty.  

All of the volunteer Lungwart/Pulmonaria plants are doing well in their little pots.  I need to find someone who wants to start a patch of them in their garden.

The sewing I did yesterday was minimal and not worth getting the camera out for it.  It is time to plan for the new month now.  I need to add a few more things to my blog shop, Wandaful Quilts, later today.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

April recap............

I had three finishes in April, a Marcia Derse fabric Stack and Slash, a trip around the world tablecloth, and a wonky block baby quilt.
 I completed four quilt tops.  I'm calling the hexagon star finished but I still may explore border ideas for it in the future.  I could have sewn the colorwash rectangle wallhanging together but I decided not to rush it.  It is more fun to take my time and enjoy the process.
It was time to face the clean up around my die cutter yesterday.  I sort the scraps into similar sizes for future cutting of smaller pieces.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Little stuff........

I was at the repair place until almost noon.  Brakes are silent now and they didn't charge for fixing them.  It has only been 6 months since they did the original brake job.

I spent a few more hours listing some more items for sale on my Wandaful blog.  Then I got busy cutting batting for some small items that I have been working on.  It has turned cold again so I didn't work outside at all.  

I am disappointed that I didn't get another quilt quilted this month but I just couldn't decide which one to do.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Clearing off the design wall...............

I needed to take some photos of quilts yesterday so I took down the colorwash that has been on the design wall for over a week.  I got up with a headache yesterday morning.  Storms had rolled through after midnight with thunder that woke me.  I didn't get much accomplished beyond listing some items for sale on my Wandaful blog.  I was in bed early compared to my normal late schedule.  This morning I'm taking my car into the repair shop to fix the shrieking brakes so I'll take a quilting book to read.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Triangles 1 and 2..........

In March I drew two triangle quilts on graph paper while I watched TV.  I wanted one more orderly and one a little wilder in design.  Above is Triangles # 1 with its drawing.  I ended up turning it a quarter turn to the right and left off the last row of triangles around the perimeter.
 This is the wild one...Triangles #2.  When I draw out a quilt it usually looks interesting on paper but when I make it with fabric, it sometimes loses its appeal.  In this case I think both of them turned out rather nice. 

I didn't sew a stitch yesterday.  I did laundry and looked through quilts and quilt tops to offer for sale.  I have had several inquiries lately about new items for sale.  For the new readers, I have a link on my right side bar for my blogshop, Wandaful Quilts.  I haven't listed anything new for quite awhile.  I will start listing today with small finished pieces.  I should have the first batch on there by noon Central Standard Time.  Hopefully I will get some quilt tops listed by the end of the day.  I have to do a lot of measuring and checking to see if I need a new photo or if my previously posted one is good. 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tablecloth debut...........

My new quilted tablecloth looks great turned diagonally on the table.

Now I think I need to make some more accessories for the kitchen from the same fabric line that I used on the border.

It will look great flipped over too with that big polka dot print on the back facing up.

My two friends came over yesterday to sew and I worked on Triangles #2.  I made the last 2 sections and then got it all sewn together.  It measures 49.5" x 70" right now.  Here is the previous post with the drawing that I worked from. 

Thank you to all that took time to comment yesterday.  I enjoyed all of the comments and the voting for your choice of orientation of my little wallhanging.  I'm still undecided but it will be #2 or #3 and I'm leaning toward #3.  The overwhelming choice from my readers was #2 with #3 in second place.  I could revise my thoughts about the quilting and put a hanging sleeve on both top and bottom and then it could be displayed as #2 or #3.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Binding done, another which way is up?....................

I finished hand sewing the binding on the tablecloth last night.  I'll take a photo of it on the table today in the daylight and a full view on a design wall.

 I want to quilt this small piece and the orientation of it will affect the way I will quilt it.  If you have any strong opinions of which way is up please leave me a comment.  They are top row left to right #1 and #2.  The second row left to right is #3 and #4.