Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Lap quilt

Great accomplishment!

First of all my hand applique on these to borders is coming along,  On one of them I have all the vines and leaves and berries completed leaving only the 3 flowers. On the 2nd I have most of the vines completed. It was an undertaking to switch from machine applique to hand.  I love the glue basting and it makes it so easy to applique the prepared shapes which had used Kim Diehl's papers as support or the templates from Karen Kay Buckley for the berries.

Secondly, I not only finished the flimsy for this Veteran lap quilt, but also did stipple quilting on it for the weekend. I like how it turned out and am glad to be ahead of the November 8th deadline to finish it. 

And to think it is all from scraps and yardage I had on hand!  Even the batting was a leftover.

Linking up with : and  my quilt infatuation.

Friday, October 20, 2017

More blocks

It's Friday and I have had a little time during the week as well as this evening to sew.  I even got to pick out dinner I liked and chill by myself as hubby had a concert  in Madison.

So progress:

Here are all the rest of my pink blocks for my rainbow scrap challenge. Then all that is left to complete are brown squares and a few odd colors I have found and cut out. And THEN I can assemble the quilt. this gives me a total of 9 pink blocks.  The more I make these pinwheels the more precise I am getting with the centers. Matching all those triangles can be a tricky and need to be resewn a time or two.

Next up are the 2 latest Blockheads blocks. Dutchman's puzzle was quick to assemble and I even accidentally got it spinning in the right direction. The 2nd block I cut out the wrong colors and had to remake a the half square triangles.  But it turned out nicely in the end.  Again these are 6 inch blocks for a total of 33.  All of mine are in Kansas Troubles fabrics.

Lastly I am making a lap quilt for a veteran for a wheelchair. Here are 8 friendship star blocks to start it out. They are 6 inch blocks.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Meadow mystery

Here is the piecework for the next step of the Meadow Mist Mystery.

This step required matching left and right triangles on the end of rectangles so there are 8 of each color.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Falling into fall

September is gone and October is here!  Fall leaves have either accumulated on the ground or hung tightly to their trees.  My grandsons love to crunch, crunch, crunch them on our walks around the block. Misty rain has arrived dampening all outside and finally bringing some beautiful color to the trees.

I have been looking forward to this  October week for some time.  I took off several days of work for it as my spouse and I will be caregivers for the grandboys from Monday night through Sunday as 
son and daughter in law are going to a destination wedding in Jamaica. I have many activities planned, food and craft supplies prepared, and even  a safety gate ready to prevent a tumble down the stairs at night.  We even had a trial run on a Saturday to make sure the little one would sleep at our house, something he was reluctant to do previously.

Here is the photo I arranged to be taken complete with matching outfits for them.  It is tough to take pictures of little guys... and I even had a 9 a.m. appointment.

I feel like I haven't gotten much done for quilting, but am constantly in completing the blocks stage.
This week is no different:

New Blockheads:

New color for RSC : pink

But here is my row to start for the row by row at my quilt guild this week.  O.K. here are the blocks that went into the row quilt.  I forgot to take a picture before it started on its journey.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

All things bright and beautiful

In the aftermath of the tragedies of the last few days from Las Vegas shooting and the remains of the hurricanes in the Caribbean and the South, I cannot understand how other lives might be. My heart aches for the pain and loss many are feeling. My students and their problems growing up only pine next to the conditions of others. The wide smiles of my grandchildren and their enthusiasm when they see me only make life so much better.

On a different note, Monday I suddenly realized it was the new month and I have a new color for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge, which I was fully aware of, but a new request for the Stash Bee. It was nice to be the receiver of blocks last month.  I will post all the beauties of the tulip blocks.

Here are the blocks I have made for Hive 6. I had fun selecting many brights and a contrast to go with it. It was quick to cut out and the I used this method for half square triangles. Block:2 inches  plus 7/8ths inch and 2 =====5 and 3/4 inches. ( not my photo).

Then cut vertically and horizontally creating 8 triangles.

Here are my 4 blocks completed.  I only had to take out a few intersections where those points meet ( o.k. a little exaggeration).  Love how they turned out.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pumpkin RSC and more blocks

I am all caught up with my Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 14 blocks completed for September.
Each block is 6 and a half inches.

And now I have all my Blockheads caught up, too. these blocks are also 6 and a half inches.   Total all blocks thus far  81!!!!!!!
All are made in Kansas Troubles fabrics.
( I haven't measured the triangles to see how far off I am yet. )

These little triangles are terror for the substitute applique for number 28.  Lisa Bongean said she was able to put it together in 45 minutes. 

I only wish...                                                                 It doesn't want to lay flat although I pressed it.
the amount of seams are crazy on the back. 

Here is number 29 in purples and reds.  The lighting was not cooperating.