Sunday, January 25, 2015

One Block Short!

There I was, sewing like mad on my Grand Illusion quilt.  Since this is a scrappy quilt that really didn't need to be laid out in order, I was working in my usual not really organized kind of way, sewing sashing strips to blocks, blocks into pairs, cornerstones onto sashing a few at a time.   This keeps it from getting too boring, and keeps me moving so that I don't sit too long and get stiff!  Anyway, after getting two rows sewn together I decided to actually count out the remaining units and discovered that I was a block short!  WHAT!

 When I sewed the blocks together last weekend I had a few leftover units at the end.  Those units did not include a center square so I assumed I had the correct number of blocks, but I must have been short one of the centers (as well as three of the pesky double diamond units - phooey!)  I ended up making one more block so I could get the center of the top finished today!   I still have to add the borders.  Actually I have to finish the border units first, so it will probably be another weekend before I get the entire top together, but I am very pleased with my efforts today.



Did you have a productive day as well?  What are you working on?  I hope you are enjoying your quilting time as much as I am!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ready for the Weekend

Do you know what the best thing about working?  The weekend!  I haven't been this excited for a weekend in a long time!  I plan on getting my Grand Illusions mystery top finished - I just have about half of the borders to finish piecing, but first I am going to piece the center of the top with the sashing.  Can't wait to see what it looks like!

Then I am going to finish quilting the cupcake quilt - will tell you all about that when it is finished.  It is a very special project and I am excited to get it on it's way!  So hopefully lots of quilting going on here over the next 48 hours.

Here is a quick picture of the quilt top I pieced for the quilt shop this week:  Sweet Escapes.
Isnt' it pretty?  I hate to admit it, but I had quite the time of trying to keep all those squares in the right order and right side up!  I may have had to use the dreaded seam ripper several times during the construction of this top.  I think it is lovely all finished.  I think I will quilt it with an allover pattern, probably just a large swirl.  I have a gallon ziplog baggie full of the cut off corner triangles to make another little project out of, but that will have to wait a bit because I've got other priorities for now!

Hope you enjoy your weekend as much as I am going to enjoy mine!  What are your plans?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hard at Work

I have been working hard the last couple days.  There is too much to do and way too little time, but I keep plugging on.  I have two full days of work at the quilt shop because my boss is off to the Stitches in Bloom show at the Oregon Gardens. I have a long list of "to-do's" for there, too! 

Here is that table runner I finished on Monday:  
You get to see my messy cutting table as well!  No, my little sewing room is not neat and tidy.  It is a mess about 99% of the time!  The piles drive me crazy, but if I put stuff away I forget about it and move on to different projects.  Anyway, it was good to get this finished and off in the mail!  It came out very pretty.

Yesterday I pieced a shop sample.  Did not have time to quilt it, but it will display just fine as a top.  Today I worked a half day at the shop, helping get ready to load for the show.  Then I came home, hemmed a pair of pants for a friend and worked on my Grand Illusion.  Am about half done with the border blocks!  Can't wait to put this top together over the weekend!  I also put the borders on the cupcake quilt (that will get quilted this weekend) and made a mug rug for the Quiltsy Team swap!  Can't wait to mail it out, it came out so cute!  

Guess I'd better hit the hay - have to get up early tomorrow so DH and I can have a walk before I go to work.  It'll be a busy day and no time for sewing, so I'm glad I got some in today!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Off to a Busy Start

2015 has started out to be quite a busy year!  Seems like I have hardly had time to keep up with all my normal routines, much less do any blogging.  I hope to remedy that shortly!  I have a lot of things in my head that I want to accomplish this year, but haven't really had (or made) the time to sit down and put it all in writing so I can sort it out.  

One thing I have been working on is Bonnie Hunter's 2014 Mystery - Grand Illusion.  I have just finished Step 2, and have all my blocks pieced.  I only need to finish the border units, then I'll be able to put the top together.  I probably won't have time to get to that until next week...sad!  
I am loving this quilt and plan to finish it for my bed this spring.  I just adore the happy busy-ness of it!  Plus it is all from my stash - bonus!  I want to find a pretty backing for it that I can use for matching pillowcases. I generally like to make my bed with the pillows on top of the quilt, so pretty cases are a must for me.

I just finished a red and white custom table runner - here is the top:
I am really happy with the results of this project as well!  

Tomorrow I have a sample to make for the quilt shop...this weekend is Oregon Garden and we are vending there.  So it's a must to bring some new kits and samples.  We are struggling to get done on time, but that's the way it is every year!  At least I will have the top done...at least if the day goes as planned.  We'll see how it goes.

Today I had a wedding dress to take in at the back zipper and a red bridesmaid dress that needed laces added to the back so it could close.  Those projects are finished as well.  I don't mind doing the alterations, but they do take away from my quilting time.  I've also been working on a lot of large curtain projects.  At least I get to sew, but again, it leaves less time for quilt related projects for me and leaves me antsy to get into my projects!

This year I have been setting my weekends aside for my own projects, however.  That is how I have made so much progress on the Grand Illusion Mystery!  I hope to get the top done this coming weekend, and maybe actually dig into my drawers and see what I want to get done this coming year.  I still haven't finished my last two UFO projects from 2014 and I would really like to cross those off the list as well.  So I suppose I need to make that list :)

I hope everyone else is getting some quilting done.  It's a good time of year to work on those projects, definitely indoor weather for a lot of us!   Of course, anytime is a good time for quilting, I think!


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving

I am thankful for so many things today...my wonderful family, great food, a few days to kick back and enjoy my grandchildren!  God has blessed me with so many good things and I am truly grateful.

I am also thankful for my little corner of the internet here and that I have a place to post some of my projects and thoughts.  This is my 500th post!  I've been holding out a bit because I wanted this milestone to be something significant.  Kind of silly, I know, but I do think it is important to take note of milestones and this is a pretty good one, at least for me!

I am interested to see where the next 500 posts take me - I can see how much I have learned since I started this blog, and can't wait to see what comes next!  I have so many projects in the works, just need to find some time to work on them all...that's the trick of it all - balancing all the balls in the air just right so you don't drop any and actually make some progress...this blog really helps me to be accountable and when I look back I can actually see that I have made progress in completing projects and getting things accomplished.

I think the turkey has gotten to me, so I guess that will be it for today - a bit of a nap and some pumpkin pie are in the works.  And maybe a game of Candyland!



Friday, November 21, 2014

Some more QDAD designs

Even though I haven't been able to do much quilting this past couple of weeks, I have been keeping up with the Quilt Design group on facebook.  It has been so much fun (and good practice!) to just do one quick quilt design a day.  Some of my favorites this week:
 A feathered star.  Medallion quilts are very fun.  This one might get more borders eventually
 Wheels.  This would be a fun block to try making.  Yes, I like a challenge...

I really like the way these two blocks play together.  This would definitely be worth playing with!

This last one is interesting.  I made it using the baby blocks quilt layout and reducing it to one block.  Then I played with the measurements until I got a shape I liked.  I think it is unique and interesting.

All my designs have been done in EQ7.  I am very much enjoying challenging myself and learning more about what I can do!  It's been a fun relief from the stress of making a difficult set of curtains.  I will be so glad when I cross this project off my list, it's an odd fabric and I'm having the worst time getting the hem to hang straight.  I am going to leave it alone for the weekend and hope to finish up on Monday.  Then maybe some quilting?  Please!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Jazzing things up a bit...

Though I mostly lean toward peaceful and calm shades of blue and green, sometimes I like a little color in my quilts....and red and black can really liven things up!  This is a quilt I made from my friend Chris Malone's pattern - Dad's Downtime  This is a free pattern from Quilter's World.  I made this quilt as a shop sample for Threads That Bind after we ran out of the fabric the original quilt was made out of. This one was just as popular, and now my sample is for sale in my Etsy shop.
I did a simple overall design for the quilting on this one, and the back is a really fun red and plack print print that coordinates with the front fabrics.  This would make an awesome Christmas gift for someone special!


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