Saturday, August 19, 2017

small world

For the rainbow scrap challenge, I have added the rest of the churndash blocks to the snow days quilt.

This is a "the world is a small place" post. I had been busy adding strings to phone book paper for a string quilt in my living room. True, it makes a mess, but I have gotten many blocks done by switching my thinking to String/crumb piecing on Saturdays and in my living room. I wasn't overly worried about the mess and what company would think, since we rarely have any living room company any more. And with age comes a certain lack of concern of what others think.
I use phone book paper for my foundation. It is so much easier to piece any kind of string, easier to rip off, and easier on the pocket book. Our phone book pages are getting smaller, so I am on the look out for bigger books for bigger pages. While visiting my daughter in Utah, I brought one of her phone books home with me. the pages were bigger and the book was thicker. It takes a long time to use up a phone book, but I am working on it.

Well, you guessed it. we had company. The missionaries from church arrived one evening. I knew right away, I loved one of the missionaries, as he was interested in everything and curious much like my own children. He wanted to know how the treadle worked, and what I was doing, and how I was doing it. He was from Utah, and the other Elder was from Idaho.

As he was closely examining the diamond blocks, he discovered that one of the blocks had the listing of his parents phone number on the back of the block. How incredible is that?! I had 80 blocks and he found near the top the one block with his parents name and number... in Indiana... at my house... in my messy living room...

How could we doubt that God knows each of us and is mindful of each of us and that we are all connected as part of His family. all of us...every single one of us...any color...any place....
I am so grateful.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

mystery solved

I had the quilting finished before we took off for Sauder rug hooking, so I worked on the binding in the car and motel. A finish. Old tobacco road is a free pattern at quiltville. Bonnie shared this pattern as a mystery quilt in 2008.  The wind last night makes picture taking a challenge. If I continue finishing her mystery quilts, I think Double delight is next. I am pretty sure, all it needs is a backing, binding and quilting.

I shared yesterday some pictures of rugs from the Sauder rug hooking week. We had a wonderful time getting away. Rug hooking is something that my husband and I can do together. As a matter of fact, this trip was for him to take a workshop with Donna Hrkman. I had bought this for him as a Christmas gift. Each year, the event posts the registration for the next year just before Christmas, I knew he would love this class and never do it for himself - gift giving solved. Last year, we had seen her work using the steam punk idea. This won people's choice.

This year Donna Hrkman won the sauder award with this beautiful wool rug - odd she is not in the picture.

 Her work is amazing

Jeff was making steam punkin and loved the class. I am thrilled with his work.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rug hooking at Sauder

And we took a commercial break to bring you incredible rugs from Sauder Village rug hooking week in Archbold Ohio

I almost purchased this one as my next project, but I already have too many next projects.

Midweek Makers
Jo's Country Junction UFO
Bee Social
Silly Mama WIP

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

some parts are just boring

I have a little quilter's ad(h)d - definitely without the h - no hyperactivity here. For Aunt Marys irish chain, I am making flying geese using the quilt in a day flying geese ruler. I am not enjoying the process. It seems like extra work and wasteful. Still, once I committed, and cut the squares, there was no going back. So I have been marking and sewing and marking and sewing and trimming and trimming.

Maybe when all is said and done, the perfect little geese will scream it was worth it, but so far I am not hearing anything. They are cute and tiny - finish at 1 x2, and I need 280 of them.

And then, when I couldn't sew another goose, I started on 9 patch babies made with 1 1/2 inch strips.

And when I was tired of those, well,
I had a fight with winding a bobbin, and just plain stubborness took over and I was determined to rewind the thread, and I found myself an hour later, with this mess. I saved a lot of it but no more. Thread is not that expensive.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Old tobacco road quilt

I have decided to finish this old Ufo a little bit each day. Old Tobacco Road was the third mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter at Quiltville and is still a free pattern on her website. I had the top together and the border pieces made. I just tend to stop at borders... for years. The first order of business was to trim the sides.

 Then I measured and measured for the inner border. In the case of a pieced border, it takes a bit of math to figure the width of the inner border to bring the top size up to the measurement of the pieced border. Mine was an odd size, of course.

And then I was ready for the flying geese border. I added the recommended outer border. So far, so good. I put it on our bed, to measure for the backing, and wait, it is just short of fitting on our bed. I wish I had thought of that before I had added the last border, I could have adjusted it.

If it had not been so close, I would have finished it and been done, calling it a lap quilt. But it is just 4 or 5 inches not wide enough. A little more effort and it could be more useful. sigh.....

I thought of another pieced border, I really didn't want to do that. But, I would, but, I don't want to do that.
Then I looked for fabric for a plain border. With some digging, I found one that I thought I would like. The length of the quilt was already 104 inches, so I had to convince myself that I would be okay with more of the border on the sides and less on the top and bottom. I also didn't like the width of the plain border, if I added another one, so I cut it down while it was on the quilt - kinda crazy.

I made the back and binding and had it on the frame Saturday.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that it will all quilt out and be a lovely addition to the done pile. This is definitely a project of the quilt versus my impatience. I want to like the quilt when I am done, but, really want to just get them done, but that isn't the fun of creating something lovely, and that is the real reason I like to quilt. Not to check it off the list.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Stash report Aug 13, 2017

I added 2 jelly rolls to my stash. They were so fresh and happy and on sale at Missouri Star quilt co.

These shirts are part of the stash now.

With my big finish of Mill girls, I have some fabric to declare out of the stash. which is so fun!

Stash report

Fabric Used this Week 30 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 280 1/2 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 5.5 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 252.5 yards

Net Fabric for 2017: 28 yards used more than added.

For my slow stitching today, it is time I finish my knit the sky scarf. I haven't knit since the middle of July, so I have a few days to catch in yarn. I started in September last year, so I will just bind off with whatever I knit today and call it a success.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

light, low volume

I have added 6 churn dash blocks to this month's project - snow days

I have 2 -12 inch blocks and 6 - 9 inch blocks finished. I am trying to stay very light in the overall effect. Light is perfect for this month's rainbow scrap challenge.

I am also working on neutral string blocks for the future Bonnie Hunter pattern dawn's early light.
I have all the bigger blocks done which is just an estimate. and I am working on the little 3 1/2 inch squares, which are so cute.

 Joann fabrics had a 70% off coupon on batting by the yard. I bought a 15 yard roll of my favorite Hobbs 80/20 . Such a deal.
While I was there, I had a high school classmate say hi. She started talking about other classmates that still live here. I never see anybody from school. I must be living under a rock. As she tossed out names, I could remember them, but I wouldn't be able to list anyone I knew in school.That was many years ago, wow... many years.

For a little more color... more box kite blocks

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