Friday, April 19, 2019

Friday Finishes

I put together a couple of more blocks for a quilt this week - the tortoise and the fox…

The fox block is from an Elizabeth Hartman pattern and the tortoise is one I put together on graph paper.

I haven’t worked on these blocks since February, so I’m glad to get back to them. I had originally hoped to finish off this quilt in April, but that won’t be happening. Maybe May…

The only other thing I did this week was finish my hubby’s socks that I started FOUR MONTHS AGO! Oh my. Well, they are done now and in his sock drawer…

That’s about it in the sewing room. I have been spending a lot of time going through some family research stuff and scanning. We will be making a trip next month to the north and I would like to pass along some of the photos and books from my hubby’s family to other members of his family up there. Hopefully I can get everything done in time.

So that’s about it. We are stormy today but should have a lovely day by Easter Sunday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, however you celebrate!

I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! I hope you head over to see what everyone has been working on.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Making Waves

I have a finish this week! I started this project last Wednesday at a guild workshop and finished it up yesterday afternoon. Here is the finished project before washing…

And here is the project after washing and drying…

Throwing the finished piece in the washer and dryer are the final part of the process for this project in order to add to the texture with the fuzzy raw edges. I trimmed this piece up and pressed it after the washing/drying, but I must confess that I prefer the pre-washed piece more. I just like the “neatness” of it. All in all, it was a pretty fun project and I put everything else on hold until I finished this one. I didn’t want it hanging over my head undone for the next few months (or years?!)

I love the colors and the waviness of the quilting lines in this project, and I am calling it Making Waves, since it a bit of a rebellious piece for me. I doubt I will ever make another raw-edged reverse applique project again, but it was fun to do (and I never would have done this without the class). And best of all, it’s a finish!

I was finally able to pick up some knitting again and I am almost done with hubby’s socks (that I started in December!)  and I have a couple of quilts I am anxious to get back to.

Today was quilt guild day, and the program was by Victoria Findlay Wolfe. She was such a great speaker and she has lots of energy! She works a lot with scraps, and you can see more about her at her website here. She is also having an installation at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY, in July if you are interested in seeing her work in person. I just won two tickets to the Museum at a guild meeting last week, so we may just make arrangements to go when I can see more of her quilts.

Hubby and I also headed over to the Smoky Mountain Fiber Festival this afternoon. It was OK, nothing fabulous. I think if I was a spinner it would have been more interesting. I was kind of interested in supporting local spinners by buying some yarn, but nothing struck me, so we came home with nothing.

That’s about it from here. I hope you have a wonderful Easter week!

I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! I hope you head over to see all of the great finished projects over there.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Slow Sunday Stitching

This past week I took a class on raw edge reverse applique, and I had a really good time. This class was all about color and texture – not my strong points in quilting – so it was fun and I learned a few things.

I made this project in the class…

This is about 18 by 20 inches, so a great size to get the feel for the project, but small enough to finish it in a reasonable amount of time. You start with your color fabrics and sew them into a “quilt top” (or you can use a colorful panel), then sandwich it up to quilt, then lay your top layer on the top of it. Then you stitch shapes (which is actually the quilting). Once that is done, you carefully cut inside the stitching of the top layer of fabric only to show the colored fabric underneath. You just leave this raw-edged and once the piece is washed and dried the fraying fluffs up and adds to the texture of the quilt.

Another aspect of this is to use big stitches in contrasting thread on top to add to the texture and color of the piece. I found a pretty variegated Perle Cotton #5 that matches my fabrics really well, and used that…

This process combines additional quilting with embroidery. I think it will turn out pretty well. I have about a third of the piece to finish stitching, then I need to decide if I am going to add more big stitches inside the machine stitching of the shapes, up next to the colored fabrics. Once the hand stitching is completed, I plan on using some decorative stitching from my sewing machine around the edges as a border, then just square it up. There will not be binding on this, as the fuzzy edging from the raw cut fabric will add even more texture. I’m not into all this texture stuff, but I’m going to go ahead and do the project as it was presented in the class, and get it done – hopefully soon!

This coming week will be a little busy with quilting bee, a guild meeting, and a fiber festival, but I’m looking forward to the busy-ness. Not much else has been getting done in the sewing room here, though “house” stuff is rocking and rolling. We have a few trips to make over the next couple of months, and then we will get some new flooring, so we are trying to get things ready for that.

Today I will be linking up at Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching. I hope you head over to see all of the great projects everyone is working on.

Friday, March 29, 2019

March Finishes

Wow. I haven’t blogged since the beginning of the month. Well, a lot has been going on, I guess.

First, the kiddo moved out (again) so we are empty-nesters (again). This prompted interior painting.

Then, we all got sick at one time or another during the month – very unusual for us! But we are all better now.

I got a new car in the middle of the month, since the kiddo has the car we shared…


And last week we lost our sweet pup…

She was nearly 13, and since she was a shepherd-mix we knew she wasn’t going to be around much longer, but then she suddenly had problems last week. We miss her terribly. She was our last pet, so it is oddly quiet in the house. And here is just a gratuitous photo of her on the day we brought her home, cuz she is so cute…

We have some travel obligations in the next few months and we need to do some fix-ups to our house we haven’t done for 20 years, so we won’t be looking to bring home any four-legged family members for a while. *sniff*

Through the month, I only did a little bit of sewing/crafting. I did finish my One Monthly Goal for March at Elm Street Quilts (I was #9 on the link up). Here is the “Just Coffee” block from McKenna Ryan’s Coffee Classics pattern…

This is a small quilt, about 10 by 11 inches. I may put these up in my dining room once they are all done.

I also did a lot of knitting of dishcloths this month. I finished six more (#11-16 for the #2019yarnhoarderdishclothchallenge)…

These are nice and easy to work on in the evening, even when your mind is elsewhere. I was also able to finish up two skeins of yarn from my cotton stash. Yay!

So, I think that is it for March. This will be another bedroom painting weekend, and maybe a flooring shopping weekend. After 4 dogs, 2 cats, and three people, this carpet has to go! In the next two weeks I also have two guild meetings to attend, an all-day quilting workshop (next week), and the Smoky Mountain Fiber Arts Festival (two weeks away!) Then we will be out of town for a few days later in April. It will be busy.

I hope you all had a wonderful March and have a wonderful weekend! I will be linking up at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get a Whoop! Whoop! along with OMG – March at Elm Street Quilts.