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Monday, July 25, 2016

Pink 16 patch sewn........

I sewed the final seam at almost 10 p.m. last night. Since this one turned out to be 71" x 94" it could be used on a twin bed so the layout doesn't matter very much if part of it is hanging down and not viewed with the rest.  I see one more block I wish I had moved but I'm sure the bed won't care.  As a review, I have a tutorial for the 16 patch which assures all seams going in opposing directions at intersections.  The back of this looks almost as good as the front.

Hopefully the hot steamy weather is gone today although the predicted 89 degrees with lower humidity still sounds hot.  The art quilters are coming and we will be in the basement eating cookies so we won't know what the weather is until mid afternoon.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Final layout.....maybe..........

My favorite double design wall was empty yesterday so I put the 6 rows that were stacked back up and then added the other 6 rows, changing a few pieces in the first half for variety.  I thought I was done, that this was the final layout.  Then in the photo I could see 3 darks in a row, vertical rows 7, 8, and 9 piece 6 going across.  I sewed 7 vertical seams last night and flip flopped pieces 6 and 7 in row 8.  I'll sew the last 4 rows on today and see how it looks.
This quilt top is sewn, all Marcia Derse fabrics from many years of her lines.  It is 72" x 91.5".  It is so much prettier than this photo.











The close up shots capture the intensity of the colors better than the full view.












 I have enough of the purple print with red bullseye circles to make the backing for the quilt.














 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Cleaning up..........

I was vacuuming and cleaning the clutter in the basement yesterday.  When I came to the rail of the longarm machine, I found the parts of this quilt still waiting for me to sew in the contrasting strips. I got them sewn in and pieced the bottom border which is just laying there on the floor.  I need to cut 2 narrow strips for the top border and then I'll sew them on too.

The Weatherbug app said it was 85 degrees last night at 7 and would feel like 94 with the high humidity.  I didn't think it felt that bad so I mowed the front and side yard.  I didn't do the back because it is shady and the grass grows slower back there.  It is going to be hot for the next 2 days and the grass was getting too long to ignore in the front yard.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Colorburst 2 sewn.............

I finished sewing the cross seams on Colorburst 2.  It is 34" square.  I turned it one quarter turn from the way I designed it.









My friend Sharon thinks I should join them together (along with any others that i make) into one large piece.  Colorburst 1 on the left is 30" square.  I could add 2 rows to the bottom of it and sew these 2 together.  It would end up 34" x 64".  That would make a nice wallhanging above the head of a queen size bed (which is 60" wide). 

I now have to switch gears and work on cleaning the basement for my art quilters group that is coming on Monday.  I may get a chance to put the pink 16 patch blocks up on the design wall when i get tired of cleaning.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

5 seams sewn...............

I finished sewing the vertical seams and got 5 of the horizontal seams sewn.  It will shrink 5.5" more in length when all of the seams are sewn.  I changed some of the yellow pieces to a softer golden yellow instead of the bright pieces I had in there in previous photos.






Here is my little bouquet of zinnias along with some more tomatoes ripening on the windowsill.






I love the centers of the zinnias.   It is like a ring of little flowers circling that center.







 I love the view from my kitchen window.  There are more flowers back there this year than ever before.  I have kept it cleaned up this year keeping out the weeds that grow tall.  There a Creeping Charlie carpet in many areas.  I tear it out by the armload but it grows back in.  I also have Virginia Creeper and wild strawberries as well as hundreds of violet plants.  The hostas are doing great this year too.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Pink again...........

I wanted to finish making my pink blocks yesterday....there are 38 blocks in these piles.  Now I can arrange the blocks of the second half of the quilt and get them sewn together.

I have been picking the tomatoes as soon as they start turning color so I can keep ahead of the squirrels.






When I was out pulling weeds and cutting volunteer trees I had to cut down one group of sneezeweed that was in an awkward place.  I cut off the flowers and brought them inside.    I also cut some zinnias but didn't take a photo of them yet.

It was hot yesterday but is supposed to be even hotter by the end of the week.  The humidity is supposed to rise starting tomorrow.  I'm probably done with yard work until next week so that means more sewing time.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Colorburst 2 ready to sew............

I finished filling in pieces on Colorburst 2.  I have changed a couple pieces since I took this photo.  I have also sewn the first 6 vertical rows together.  I have mixed feelings about whether it is done but I'm going to go ahead and sew it.  I plan on making a series of 5 or 6 of these.


This is the progression collage.


I still have colorburst 1 on the wall and I turned it 180 degrees from yesterday's photo on my blog.





My zinnias are so happy.  The Japanese beetles have gone on to other plants.







The tiger lilies have started blooming.  This is the front flower bed.








This is the wild backyard garden, just filled with purple coneflowers and Tiger lilies across the back.