Saturday, 18 March 2017
But I am not done with red. There's more to come but it's not presentable yet. So I'll leave you with on last picture, for your information only.
On the last post, I showed the flannel I wanted to use as backing on the I-Spy quilt. It had a good, long soak in warm water "spiked" with Dawn soap. When I emptied the blue tub, look what came out.
Don't have Purple Rain (Prince) but I have purple water in the bathtub! The baseballs remained white because of Dawn. Ask me how I know about Dawn. :^} Now I am not scare of using it in my quilt.
Hope you will join me at Angela's place for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge and see red ... projects. :^D
On Sunday, I'll be visiting Cynthia for Oh Scraps! See you then.
Until next time ... sew red.
Saturday, 11 March 2017
And I hadn't showed you all the aqua sewing from February, so here they are.
Aquamarine, sea foam green and "what's wrong with the pool water?" green.
On to the reds!
The background fabric is a flannel that I want to use for the backing of the I-Spy quilt. Unfortunately, it isn't big enough, so I have to keep looking for another fun piece. I will soak the baseball fabric in Dawn before attaching it to the quilt. Just in case. :^D
Joining Angela at Soscrappy for RSC
Joining Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than Housework on Sunday.
Until next time ... stay warm!
Saturday, 4 March 2017
So here I was, early this morning, outside in this beautiful, bitterly cold, windy day to take a decent picture or two. (-29C or -20F with wind factor)
I did a Log cabin QAL with Cécile & Béa from France. I finished assembling the blocks and that's my first flimsy.
The second flimsy is my March OMG.
The pattern is from Sarah (Confession of a Fabric Addict). It was her first quilt in the series "Stunning Stars Quilt Along" and it is so easy to make. Thank you Sarah for the inspiration. I made it into an I-Spy quilt for my newest found love who is 18 months old. I also have to find a backing for this one, hopefully something fun in flannel. Not sure if I have something that is childish enough for him and big enough for the flimsy.
That is what I'll be hunting for today. Oh and I need,
Even I can NOT work in this mess any longer.
As you can see on my cutting board, I just couldn't resist sewing a little bit of red before the cleaning process begins.
Okay got to go and get more coffee. Then, I'll clean a little bit, check out some link parties and ... repeat.
Linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Angela at So Scrappy
Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework,
Nicki at Mrs Sew & Sow
Until next time ... stay warm!
Wednesday, 1 March 2017
Here's what I did in January;
and 8 more for February;
I made two more completely neutral and I was half way done when I realised that I don't need two more of those. Arrghhh! What I need two more of are the half-and-half blocks. Back at the cutting board to cut more of the neutral strips as I was running low.
Remember that I am using only fabric that means something to me, whether it was given to me by a quilty friend or that it represents something that I love. So a lot of pulling out of fabric and refolding followed.
I manage to do it right on the second try;
That's more like it.
I also need 6 completely bright and they turned out like this;
You can clearly see that I didn't need more neutral blocks. I'm sure I can find another job for them. Somewhere else.
So I am tagging along to Cécile's blog for the traditional log cabin. Béa has the modern counterpart. You'll see on Béa's blog that Lori and I had the same inspiration for this little Log Cabin QAL. Fun! So don't be shy and go have a look.
Until next time ... I ♥ my quilty friends.
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
The February heat wave has messed up my plans (because I only wanted to be outside and kind of forgot I was supposed to be sewing) but I did finish my OMG with only a few hours to spare. Phew!!
The goal was to have all the missing blocks of the Westering Women BOM done.
|Sorry for the shadowy indoor photo but it is already too dark for an outside photo-shoot|
The second goal was to have all the blocks for the I-Spy quilt made.
Eight star blocks and
For my March OMG, what will I do? My intention, last January, was to make the Westering Women in February and finish the quilt in March. But after September, I really need a break from this quilt before I fall out of love.
Never would have thought that September is a troublemaker.
So instead, I'll assemble the I-Spy quilt and baste it. That's all. I mean, the weather is nice and I want to be outside so just a little challenge for March.
Until next time ... breathe in, touch flannel, breathe out, repeat.
Joining in the linky party at Elm's Street Quilts.
Monday, 27 February 2017
Monday, 20 February 2017
As sewing in-set seams or Y seams, is not my forte, my first attempt was wonky. Then I thought it needed to have the seam allowances added to the pattern because the units were too small to finish at 12 inches. So, I thought if I have to start over, might as well do it in the English Paper Piecing style. Did one (almost) (at left) before I realized that the pattern also calls for a plain piece in between the sage buds, like the Bear Paws (November) in the last picture. (!@$$%*@#$!!) (Sorry!) Starting over again!! I saw a few ... okay, many Westering Women quilts finished. I saw one that had 11 blocks. Guess which block was missing? I can sooo relate!! Anywho! Wasn't born a quitter but a kicker, so on we go! (Did my little exasperation dance but I am fine now. I can calmly carry on.) :^D
All the while, my leader / ender was the I-Spy quilt. Did more cutting than sewing on this one.
It is time consuming to get the fabric out, cut ONE five inches square and put the fabric back on the shelf. Start again with next fabric. Once I get to just sewing it, it will surely go pretty fast ... I hope so because February is almost over. Yikes!
The cherry on top of all this is that I am back at work. Since it is a progressive return to work, I still have some time to sew.I'm tired and happy! But it sure feels good to be back at work. :^D
Okay, got to go. My sunglasses are calling me.
Until next time ... I'll be looking up because it is brighter up there.
Joining Beth at Love Laugh Quilt for Monday Making.