Sunday, March 1, 2015

February recap......and TAW progress......

I had 3 finishes for February, one from 2014, one from 2013 and the flannel top finished and quilted in February.  
 I finished 2 quilt tops which I hope to quilt in March.  My goal is to quilt at least 2 older tops and these 2 new tops this month.  I also plan to finish piecing the last blocks for both the Blazing Star which I started last year and the Hunter Star which is more recent.
This is a portion of the latest student's quilt.  There are a lot of neat larger prints used in this one and they create a lot of interest.



















I finished unpicking all of the loops for my TAW and last night sewed 4 of the top to bottom long seams.  I want to finish sewing this together today.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

box of blocks...........

I needed a little springtime in the basement.  With temperatures going below 0 again last night it feels like winter will never end.
I was emptying some boxes and one of them was Strips that Sizzle blocks from 2009.  I just did a quick layout and then went back to my posts in 2009 to see some other layouts.  Here is one and another with these blocks.  Here is one more layout.  There are some pink and green blocks too and I put them together in several layouts here.  I also tried a vertical zig zag layout.  I'm not crazy about this on point layout so I'll probably go back to one of the ones I previously tried in 2009 and get the blocks sewn into a top = one empty box.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Third finish for February........

I finally looked for binding for this flannel quilt and chose a dull red plaid flannel.  It is lightweight so it worked fine for a double binding.  I am going to settle for just 3 finishes for February.  I need to clean the basement for another class and I don't feel like rushing to finish another quilt.  This one is 56" x 75.5".

 
You can see the camera is confused somewhere here.  With the black background backing exposed the quilt has a pinker cast.  The real color is half way between these 2 photos.










Here is a closer look at the binding.  It looks like a stripe but is really a plaid.












Last night I sewed a strata for a couch size TAW.  I was going to do another zig zag but I need to plan the fabric order differently for it.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Another non-sewing day..........

I only had the last 100 pages in this book to read so I finished it yesterday.  It was every bit as good as his first book "The Kite Runner".  Now I have to find the second book and read it.  I'll check my library today.

Now that I'm down to the last three days of the month I have to get serious about the binding on the flannel quilt and a possible 4th finish for the month.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Not a stitch.........

I came across a whole pile of old quilt magazines (oldest one 1997) so hoping that I could get rid of some I started looking through them and marking a few quilts that I might want to make.  Only 3 magazines are getting tossed out.
A couple days ago I received a package with some new fabrics in it.  I am not fond of a lot of new lines of fabric but this group got my attention and I needed some half yards of them.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

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

I quilted this flannel quilt with a really big meander so that the quilt will be really soft.  I had a 60" wide brushed cotton print that feels like suede to use on the back.  I'll show that tomorrow.  I need to pick binding fabric today and get it sewn on.
I have been sorting and moving some of my Kaffe fabrics.  Someone said there weren't many light fabrics in his line but that is not true.  I have them sorted into 4 groups and will be thinking about how I am going to use them.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Second finish for February...........

The blue batik 16 patch is finally finished.  I made a series of six 16 patch quilts between May and September in 2013.  This is the first one I made and the last one to be quilted.  It ended up 70" x 93" after quilting.








I originally thought I would put a darker blue backing on this quilt but as I looked through my backing fabrics this one just asked to be used.










All of the fabrics that appear pink have some blue in them and were included so the quilt wouldn't be "too blue".  I have a problem with staying on a theme and want to include SO many fabrics.  There are 108 blocks, each with 2 fabrics.  Most combinations were used twice so there are at least 100 different fabrics in the quilt.  
Now for the indoor garden.  Both orange cacti are blooming.








The white with pale pink has one bloom and a few more buds.








The red one has been blooming for about a month and I think this might be the last bloom.