Tag Archives: projects

Prep & Progress

ItPBG02XSoCdvUpSSioEAw (Medium)

Lots of prep has been going on here.  Saturday I leave for the mountains for the Fall Quilt & Sew-In! Even though I’ve been doing retreats for thirteen years, I still get a little antsy and anxious a few days before it begins.

75U6n6L8RGCx5ZBCs0sYRQ (Medium)

Blocks have been prepped for the charity quilts from the bin of precut scraps above. There are a couple of layout possibilities for one:

And here is the layout for another quilt:

rftpchjttoytbaattwchgq-medium.jpg

A bucket of blocks with instructions are available for anyone who chooses to complete one or more blocks. They then put their name in for a drawing and on Show & Tell night names are drawn for prizes. I and another quilter put the blocks together for a quilt –  it certainly helps to get more Hospice quilts completed!

My projects – I always bring more than I could possibly complete. When you are the facilitator, time sewing is reduced. I love it though, and wouldn’t have it any other way! First and foremost, I plan to work on my Tula strips.  I already have several blocks complete and all is very organized (completed block above).

img_1641.jpg

A nine patch I worked on at a recent sew-in is also in the queue.  The plan is to do a disappearing nine patch, but I just haven’t decided which pattern I will be using.

img_1639-medium.jpg

For when I don’t want to actually sew, there is this bin of half-square triangles that need to be trimmed to size.  There’s a bunch, so trimming a little at a time will make the task less daunting.

IMG_1631 (Medium)

And finally, a bin of 3 1/2″ squares for a leader-ender.  I recently spent two (exhausting) days sorting my batiks by color.  There is now a bin full of scraps, and six bins of larger pieces.  The batik squares will be paired with black and white squares.  I think this will be quite stunning. I love to have a leader-ender project going – makes me feel so productive!

IMG_1640 (Medium)

A fun and productive week is ahead! I can’t wait to share all that is Quilt & Sew-In!

 

A Finish & a Bonus!

IMG_1634

In May of 2018 I finished my Big Shabby Chic.  There were lots of blocks leftover – enough for a small Hospice quilt and enough for a throw. Good news for me, another WIP is done! The long armer used a pretty swirly pattern.  Unfortunately, rain outside left me no choice but to photograph this quilt indoors.  It is definitely a low volume quilt and its destination is going to be as a gift.

IMG_1636

And now for my bonus! Several years ago my daughter acquired an antique chair and had it upholstered with Kaffe fabric.  I have always loved this chair! She recently decided that it no longer brought her joy. Good news for me – it now sets proudly in my living room.  AND…it’s comfortable!

img_1638.jpg

I have no doubt that this chair will bring me joy for a very long time!

img_1637.jpg

Two Weeks – Week One!

Whew! I’ve been gone for the last two weeks.  The first week I went to a sew-in with some great gals, came home on a Saturday, and left on Sunday for a week vacation with hubby! Some careful planning made it doable and it was all totally worth it!

First, the Sew-In.  A good friend planned this time for us at the same place where I have the Quilt & Sew-Ins – at the Meadowbrook Inn in Blowing Rock.  This place is like a second home to me so I was thrilled that we gathered there.  How convenient it was that my sleeping room was just around the corner from the sewing room!  There were only six of us so it made it very intimate.

auuofdigryeekn9xf2_fhq-medium.jpgDebbie had the first finished project. This is such a cute mini.cx-bqbztskqzt3tmcrxz0a-medium.jpg

Another Debbie creation.  This pic does not do this beautiful log cabin justice. The fabrics were just glorious!

9cewtjncta6byqhixlttvq-e1570975667695.jpg

Pam’s wine fabric casserole carrier sure is classy!

dpn4LnUQRFO_DxedEwr8-g (Medium)

Yes, Debbie was quite productive. This flimsly was mostly done before the retreat – a few more seams and border – colorful and fun!

ucIoZTmRSiKwiHoy2hCvVg (Medium)

Pam made this bag using a preprinted batting and precut strips.  I love the way the strips meet on the sides. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll be getting some of this batting.

nf3da0g2rf-npa3bewlqda-medium.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love this scrappy block pattern that Sue was working with. The block is rather time consuming and she made several. This is going to be one beautiful quilt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three table toppers! Sheranna tackled the 10 minute table toppers – one Christmas, one St. Pattrick’s Day and one very elegant and formal.  Full disclosure – they take a bit more than ten minutes!

IMG_0098 (2)

And yes, I did sew.  I worked on blocks using some of my batik stash for a quilt called “Katsura” from Modern Quilts Illustrated.

IMG_0100

I also put together a pile of nine patches with a pile more to go.  I’m going to split each block but have not decided which method to use yet – something different from the most used split nine patch.

img_0099-1.jpg

I also managed to complete a flimsy for Hospice.  This will be a 2020 contribution. How nice to have a bit of a head start!

It was a great week! Along with sewing I enjoyed talking, laughing, swimming, walking, dining at a few fine restaurants and lots more laughing.  Now back to reality…

Baby Strings

In May I worked on a string quilt while at a retreat.  The leftovers have now been put to good use.  Originally, this was the layout:

image

I decided, however, to change the layout and I like this much better.

img_1564.jpg

The string sections are quilted with a loop pattern and the white sections are done with straight lines.

img_1566.jpg

Another finish feels really good, but I don’t want to just add it to my pile of finished quilts. It’s too small for a Hospice quilt, so I will be donating it to my guild because they  give quilts to the hospital. I’d love this to go home with new parents and their precious little one, or a baby in need of extra TLC.

And here’s my September wrap-up.  Much of my time has been spent sorting through stuff some reorganization.  Sewing has definitely taken a back seat. I enjoy sewing more when all is in order!

Sept WIPS

Linking up with:  Oh ScrapMonday Making

I Got Mail & a Finish!

img_1514.jpg

Recently the best box of goodies showed up at my doorstep.  A reader from Kansas contacted me.  Her mother, who was an avid quilter, passed away. Just like most quilters, it was no surprise that she had WIPS in her stash that her daughter now wanted to pass on to the Hospice ministry. And WOW! First, was this hand pieced, hand quilted piece. I needed to take it apart a bit to make it into a square, but because she used Georgia Bonesteel’s laptop quilting method, it was easy. I took it apart, rearranged some blocks, sewed it back together, put on a binding and look! A finished Hospice quilt! What a wonderful and loving way to honor the memory of her mother. This finish will be passed on to Hospice this November and shortly thereafter will bring warmth, joy and love to someone in need.

img_1510.jpg

All that hand quilting – WOW!

img_1512

There were a couple of block of the month kits with the blocks all made, needing to be sewn together, and the patterns given to us too. Another amazing treasure was the Sunbonnet Sue blocks and yes, hand done. There are even the cardboard templates included! A few blocks were complete and many, many pieces were prepped ready to applique.

The below quilt was also a block of the month – all put together.

And yes, another quilt all pieced.  WOW – so much excellent work!

I was tickled to see this scrappy quilt.  I can only image all the quilts that were made resulting in the scraps for this one.

Thank you to this most generous reader.  Our group is honored to have your mother’s fine works and will endeavor to do you proud!

Sew-in Fun!

Last week I had the good fortune to spend four days in South Carolina with a group of talented and fun quilters! Everyone brought their own projects and worked away all day and into the night. Mostly we had hot sunny days and were able to enjoy the outdoor pool.

img_1480

These hat pin cushions were made and gifted to each of us by Judy. I absolutely love mine and am so thankful for her thoughtfulness and efforts.

img_1497.jpg

Here’s Laurie with her very impressive bin full of 1 1/2″ solid scraps.  She’s turning them into the now popular spinner blocks. What a great use of scraps!

img_1498.jpg

Debbie lives nearby and is the one who introduced us to the Homeplace B&B that we were at. Thank you Debbie!

img_1495.jpg

Studious Susan is carefully planning her next project. (Something I need to get better at)

img_1496.jpg

Sandy really worked away consistently.  She not only machine sewed but also worked on some English paper piecing.

img_1492.jpg

This square in a square quilt tells Susan’s life story. The grits block was definitely a favorite!

img_1494.jpg

Lots of trimming and squaring up. Sandra was another who sewed, sewed, sewed!

img_1489.jpg

A log cabin quilt for a friend of Laurie’s who recently purchased a log cabin! She’ll add a border – what a wonderful and thoughtful gift.

img_1490.jpg

Judy is cutely peeking out from behind her 30’s print quilt. I love the design this layout makes.

This is such an impressive paper pieced beach quilt! Lorel isn’t finished with it yet. She’s planning on adding on some amusement – shells? crabs? beach balls? Can’t wait to see the finished quilt!

img_1487

Debbie brought her very impressive woven (from bed sheets) rug. Wow!!

img_1483.jpg

Sandy finished this Frozen quilt top with a special little one in mind. How cute!

img_1484

This minimal and very striking modern quilt was completed by Susan. I can’t wait to see this one quilted.

img_1485

Five O’Clock Coffee Time!

Unfortunately, some did not get into the picture, including myself. There were eleven of us and I do believe a good time was had by all. Lucky me to be a part of this group of fun and talented ladies!

All The Bits and Pieces

img_1477.jpg

There was a fair amount of flannel fabric left after piecing hubby’s cat quilt. The large pieces were used for the backing and there was still a fair amount of pieces left. Right then and there I cut them all up into 2 1/2″ strips and began to sew!

img_1478.jpg

A patterned fleece is the backing, with no batting. Isn’t that backing jazzy?! Using the walking foot, I quilted using crossing wavy lines. Originally I was going to gift this quilt to someone, but it wasn’t quite large enough for the person in mind, so off to the pile of Hospice quilts it goes!

I call this one a double win!