Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Final layout............

I put the blocks up on a double design wall, thought I had the final layout 3 times and each time found either a stripe next to the same stripe or a duplicate square near the other one.  After moving a few blocks I made the decision that I'm done designing and took the rows off the wall stacked and clipped together.  I need to get back to quilting a wallhanging today and may find time to sew this together too.  I have the wild idea that maybe a 6" border of a large print would look good around this.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blue and green

It's time to reveal the blue/green quilt top now that the art quilters have seen it.  It ended up about 60" x 78" which is a nice size couch quilt.

I finished sewing all of the rest of the blocks for the quilt in progress that I showed yesterday.  They need to pressed and then I'll move all of the blocks to a double design wall.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Starting a layout........

I have more than half of the blocks made so I thought I would put them up on the design wall and see if there is anything I would change.  I think I might cut a couple more stripe fabrics as I'm getting bored with this same variety being used over and over.  This is not the final layout.....I need to move it to a double design wall after my art quilters group leaves this afternoon and I will need to mix in any new stripes that I add.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Starting to sew...........

I start sewing the 6.5" squares and a 2" x 6.5" sashing strip together.  I sewed 12 blocks in the first group last night.

Then I sew 2" cornerstones onto 2" x 6.5" sashing strips.

Then I sewed the cornerstone/sashing strip combination to the top edge of a sashing strip/6.5" square combination.  Now I can play with layouts since when they come together the sashing is complete except at ends of rows and on the bottom edge.  As soon as I confirm a layout I'll add the end of row sashing and cornerstones to the last block in each row.  I'll do the same for the bottom edge of the blocks in the bottom row.  

As I look at it I'm thinking the gold makes it pretty bright.  Maybe I should have done lots of colors for cornerstones.  

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Working in the basement...........

Work a little, play a little, or maybe this was really work and I thought it was play.  I did some cutting for kits a couple years ago and had 2 shelves of batiks not in any kind of order.  I needed them sorted by color, just for my sanity, and yesterday was the day.   Another shelf has the browns, multicolors, light, and reds.  It was fun so I'll call it play.
Also while down there I finished cutting my striped sashing pieces and chose a cornerstone color for another quilt.

This has been up on a small design wall for 4 months and it is time to actually finish designing it and sew it.  I think it will be about 54" x 69" and maybe I'll add a border instead of making more blocks.  It all depends on how much fun it is.  If it is lots of fun, I could certainly add a couple more rows of blocks in both directions.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Continuing on........

I'm still sewing cross seams on this quilt.  I get about 2 a day done and there are 12 seams.

Quilting continues on the first spin wallhanging.  I'm about a third done with it.

Meanwhile the vacuuming is done in the basement and 2 tables are cleaned off.

We got a little rain overnight into yesterday morning.  I went out to check the rain gauge, a little less than a tenth of an inch, and checked the tomatoes at the same time.  This is my second big Brandywine Pink tomato.  I gave the first one to a friend so I don't know if they taste any different than the others.  We got another shower, again a little less than a tenth of an inch.  Areas around us got 2-4".

Thursday, August 21, 2014

A couple side-tracks...........

 I got a new book, so I had to take time to glance through it.  Then it was time to go to lunch with friends and then to stop at an antique and collectibles store.
When we came back to my house we looked for more Monarch caterpillars and there weren't any but later in the evening I went out and there was a new one.  It is smaller than the ones I saw in previous days.

The stems near the top of the Swamp Milkweed were covered with little orange wiggly things.  I looked it up on the Internet and they are Aphids.  One article said they will suck the life out of the plant and that guy just hoses them off with water.  I'll take another look this morning and decide what to do about them.