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Sunday, February 19, 2017

A quick project...........

This is a new book from C&T Publishing with some fast projects.  I rarely buy precuts but I have a couple boxes full of 2.5" strips that I cut with a rotary cutter and I have dies for my die cutter for 5" squares and 10" squares.

This is my favorite quilt in the book.  I have a lot of strips from older fabrics, mostly from the 1990s that I need to use because they are getting ravelly in the box.  

I am using all yellow prints for the light fabric.  This is one layout with the fabrics matched within the 4 quarters of the block.

I had to try them mixed too.  I think maybe matched will win on this one.

I wasn't paying attention and got the center strip sewn in wrong on 2 of the 4 quarter blocks in this combination.  I unsewed them and fixed them last night.  This will just be a small quilt, 20 twelve inch blocks.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Finish #2 for February.........

I put the last hand stitching in the binding at 10 p.m. yesterday.  I like this one a lot and think it is one of the best batik colorwash wallhangings that I have ever made.  It is 35" square.  

The photos below show the binding on 2 edges.  I think that print worked very well.

Friday, February 17, 2017


Yesterday afternoon I ditch quilted this colorwash wallhanging that I basted 2 weeks ago.  I chose the binding and hope I like it when it is sewn on.  I left 1/8" of batting and backing extending so I can sew the binding on with a 3/8" seam.  I also cut 2 backings and pieced one of them and cut one batting so I'm getting closer to more finishing.  

My begonias are blooming on the kitchen windowsills.  I think maybe I'll be able to keep them alive long enough to plant them in a pot for the porch in May.

I think I need to re-pot both of these groups of begonias.  The white one has been blooming all winter.  I think I need to pinch them back because they are getting a little leggy.  This weekend when it is warm I may take them outside and re-pot them there to keep the mess out of the garage.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Good sewing day.........

While my friends were here yesterday I sewed the redwork quilt top.  It is 33.5" x 44.5" so one width of fabric is plenty for a back.  How nice to not have to press 5-6 yards of fabric and seam them together.

I quilted this tablerunner several years ago and it has been waiting for binding.  I finally cut it and sewed it on last night.

These placemats are even older, quilted a long time ago.  I wanted to use the same black with gold metallic stars for the binding but I couldn't find the small piece that was leftover.  Then I would find the binding fabric and couldn't find the placemats.  This went on for years.....and finally one day I found both the placemats and the binding fabric and I could finish them.
The fabric on the back has gold metallic on it too. 

It was a good day to sew since it turned cold for one day.  We are expecting 60 degrees on Saturday through Monday.  I plan on trimming bushes over the weekend.  I always want to do the trimming before they leaf out and it is usually too cold in the winter to do it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017


I pieced quarter square triangles and did a layout that gives the impression of on point blocks.

A NO REPLY commenter wanted to know where I got the redwork designs.  They are an old Cactus Punch package from the late 1990s.

Then I turned the quarter square triangle blocks one turn to the right.

I decided this is the better of the two layouts with the limited contrast between the two darker red 30's reproduction fabrics.

This is a better photo of the colors in the prints.  Since the redwork blocks are one way designs it made sense to use the Lily of the Valley one way design for the plain squares.

My two friends are coming over to sew today so I hope to work on this project.

I have some more blooms in the inside garden.  There are 2 orange blooms and a bud close together on this one.

There was one more bud on the champagne color cactus and it bloomed yesterday too.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Top sewn............

The last three seams are sewn!  I got a little truer color in the photo this time but it still doesn't show the richness of the darkest colors.  It ended up 61" x 84" after trimming the sides.  I found another piece of flannel for the back, a half width left over from the backing of another quilt.
My design wall is almost 7' tall and I'm just a little over 5' tall so it was a real stretch to get it pinned up that high.  I usually turn the quilts sideways and pin them to the wall for the photography and just rotate the photo.

If you go back to yesterday's post you can see the side edges that needed to be trimmed.

I started this quilt on February 7th, cutting the tumblers with my Accuquilt Studio die cutter.  The tumblers are 3" and 6" finished size.  Flannel is linty  so I wanted to finish cutting and sewing in short order so I could clean up the studio.  

I'm linking to Scraptastic Tuesday.  Check out all of the other scrappy projects.

Pictured below are some of the quilts that created the scraps for this quilt.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Three more seams..............

The camera insists on dulling all of the rich brown, rust and gold flannels in this quilt.  It is so much prettier than the photo.  I had 3 seams left to sew last night but it was too late to do them.  I started looking for a flannel to use for the back and I have one that is long enough but not wide enough.  That means piecing it so I'm still looking for the other piece or pieces.