Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A productive day.......

Yesterday I cut the binding, sewed it on and started the hand sewing.  I have one long side done and about 12" on the next side.




While doing laundry I cut another Stack and Slash quilt.  This one will have 20 blocks.  







Although this looks like a rose colored bloom it really is a soft red.  There are many more buds on this plant as well as on both of my orange ones.



I sat on the floor and aimed the camera up under these blooms.  I just love the 2 tone flowers.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Quilting again...........

I was determined to get this quilt quilted yesterday.  I basted it about the 3rd week of January and it has been draped over the bars of my longarm ever since.  I quilted it on my Babylock straight stitch machine.  Three sessions spread out over the day was the right way to tackle it.  I have trimmed it so it is ready for binding.
I tried several reds for binding but the border fabric has a rust background with red in the print and I couldn't find anything I liked with it.  My next thought was a purple but then I saw this green and I like it with both the front and the back.  I'll made a final decision this morning and get it done.

Monday, February 8, 2016

A day of rest...........

After church I did paperwork, cleaned up computer files, pulled some fabrics for another quilt.  While at the computer in the afternoon I noticed the sun from the west picture window shining on this cactus by the east picture window 30 feet away.
Here is the bottom left blossom from another angle.  I am thankful for such fragile beauty in the middle of winter.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Zig Zag - the leftovers............

A reader of my blog contacted me in 2011 and wanted to know if I wanted all of her leftover triangles.  She had made several quilts inspired by the book "Spectacular Scraps" by Judy Hooworth and Margaret Rolfe.  I had also made a few quilts inspired by that book.  I had no idea how many pieces she was going to mail to me.  First I made this quilt in 2011 with them.  She had also sent squares of fabric that were from the same group of fabric so last year I pieced triangle squares from a bunch of them to go along with the leftover pieced squares she had sent.

I put these up on the design wall yesterday and finished sewing it together late in the afternoon.  I didn't measure it but it should be about 39" x 51".
This little batch is all that is left now.  I will give these to a friend.












This was my goal....an empty box.
 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Organizing for a program.........

This has been a very social week so I have only had bits of time here and there to sew.  Yesterday I visited my brother and sister-in-law in their new residence.

I decided I needed to start organizing my quilts and tops for the trunk show program that I will be giving in about 10 days.
I group similar things together so if I'm talking about star quilts, I'll show all of the star quilts at that time. 

I need to decide which ones will hang on backdrop stands.  I have 2 stands that I take and there will be at least one more available if I want it.
 
I have a lot more piles to make so I'll keep working on it over the weekend.  Then I need to decide the order that they will be shown in the program.  I try to alternate quilted ones with quilt tops so the ladies holding them up have a break.  Their arms get tired after awhile.  After that comes the packing of a couple large bags and rolling the rest on swim noodles and tying the roll with strips of fabric.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Very little to report........

I didn't make much more progress but I think I have made my decision to use these pieced squares borders.  At first I thought they were too multicolor but I like them now that all 4 are made.  They aren't sewn on yet.



Here is a reminder of the quilt in "the Modern Medallion Workbook".  I think I may add a 2" border between the border above and the last border.



The outside border takes 2.5" wide pieces so I got out my box of Kaffe collective strips.





If I add a purple border next the outside border will be all reds and pinks.  I found this variety in the box.  I'll look for some more that have red and purple in them.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Cutting.......

I had a busy day yesterday, hair cut, grocery shopping and a long lunch with a friend.  I couldn't make a decision on the border of the medallion quilt so I cut triangles.  I mentioned when I made the other Marcia Derse quilt top that I had some more intense colors of her fabric .

I rearranged some for this photo making larger triangles out of 4 triangles with either color or value matching.  I have used 2 of each fabric in these 2 layouts and I cut 6 of each.  I wanted to put them up on the wall and study the colors together to decide if I want to limit it to certain colors or let it be very multicolor.  

I will try to make the decision on the medallion quilt today so I can continue and make the next border.

Today my first born child turns 55.  He was the first grandchild on my side of the family.  My dad had so much fun showing him around the farm and taking him for tractor rides.