Monday, August 20, 2018

getting started with orca bay quilt

Roll roll Cotton boll is in the quilting cue waiting it's turn. And as much as I would like to completely finish it before starting the next quiltville mystery quilt, it could be awhile. So, I began planning orca bay. I was sure I had the string parts finished, but I can't find them anywhere or any mention of them in my master lists. I don't know how I missed this mystery quilt. I've done parts of all the others. Oh well. Time to start at the beginning. I was just going to cut the foundation papers and be very happy with my progress.

But, then, I wondered, do I really have any blue strips in the strip bin. um not very many, and the next thing I know, I am having a gay ole time digging in the strip bins ( yes more than one).

And the next thing was to see how a few blocks will look. - cute

And, by the time TV time was over, I had 29 finished. The hardest part was finding the blue strips.

I would have preferred to make this quilt mystery style, finishing every clue, but, it is in Quiltville book string fling. find it here at quiltville

I am enjoying my mystery quilt challenge in conjunction with Jo's string challenge here, I have created a page for my challenge here.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

stash report August 19, 2018

I found this bundle at goodwill for 3.00. I bought it for the wool piece. I planned to release the others into the wild ( send it back).

I tried the burn test on the wool and it had acrylic in it so I didn't need it. I was able to return it.

I found 4 yards of this flannel for 3.00 as well, and I knew it would make a great back. I even matched it to a quilt waiting to be quilted.
Otherwise, I would feel bad just adding fabric to my stash, after my daughter helped me get rid of so much fabric. So maybe that is the new rule.  I have to have a purpose for it.

stash report

Fabric Used this Week 309 1/2 yards
Fabric Used or gone from house year to Date: 751 1/2 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 4 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 154 1/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2018: 597 1/4 yards used more than purchased. 

I sewed at least 15 min every day this week except Monday - tooth day

My daughter helped move out 306 yards of fabric. We didn't count each piece, but, we weighed it, and it was a total of 100 pounds. There are usually 3 yards in every pound =300 yards. I know I won't even miss it.

Today I will work on my rug hooking project to slow things down a bit and collect my thoughts on my quilting for next week.

I am linking to:

sunday stash at quiltpaintcreate

15 min to stitch at life in pieces

Saturday, August 18, 2018

orange you glad it's not banana

The plan for this month's birch trees was to do two light and two dark orange, but I didn't have another light orange. I am thinking it might be time to start assembling this quilt. I wanted 42 blocks - 6x7, and I might have that many now. A count is in order. And then a plan.

I worked on birch trees at Friday quilt group. Have you noticed how much faster a project goes when in the company of other quilters?

Since Linda and I are also working on our wedding ring quilts. Sue brought her Mother's double wedding ring quilt to share with us. It was spectacular. We are thinking the fabrics look more like the 40s and 50s. Sue remembers that her Mother didn't want to make the center white in case it would yellow, so she chose pink.

It's hand pieced and hand quilted. What a treasure.

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Oh Scrap

Friday, August 17, 2018

a few more blocks

I'm hoping to find a little progress this week. While I have been working on finishing the last blocks for glitter, I have made 2 jewel box stars as the leader / ender.

I had the pieces for another Christmas snowflake paper pieced. I trimmed, and de-papered them, and sewed the block together.

And I have finished 2 more glitter blocks.

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

glitter blocks

I mentioned last week that I had just a few more glitter blocks to finish before I could start assembling the quilt. I made an effort to cut the background pieces for the rest of the blocks and set them by my machine. I try to sew one every day.

I think these last ones have been the hardest, because, I didn't have any idea what to use as the background, so I just picked something, telling myself that if I don't like them, it won't matter in the big quilt. There are so many odd fabrics and combinations already, it just won't matter.

And a text this week from my oldest son of his youngest was so funny.  I have many, many pictures of my own of my son enjoying the same game. Michael was especially fond of the jello boxes. It is so much more enjoyable when it is a Grandchild.:)

I am linking
needle and thread Thursdays
Oh Scrap

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

more double wedding ring

I've lost a week to a bad tooth. I bit a chip, and it broke vertically. It couldn't be saved, and it was very painful. I had  a week long wait to get it extracted. Either I wanted to whack my head with a hammer, or I took medication and slept. The extraction was scary but so far it hasn't been too painful. I am still trying to get my sea legs, and get back to it.

I am participating in Jo's quilt along for the double wedding ring quilt. I have 45 of these ready for the next step.  I am so grateful for this quilt along to motivate me for doing this quilt. I would have procrastinated for many more years if not for this quilt along. It won't get finished quickly, but Jo said today - "this is a marathon not 100 yard dash quilt. "

and all the squares cut for the next step

And, I had lots of sitting time after my tooth to finish all the cutting. I just haven't felt good enough to spend time at the machine. I counted and figured, and I had already cut for at least a twin, and I was very close to a queen so I pushed to get the rest cut. So, that decision has been made.

My friend Linda is making a twin size, and has all her melons with at least one side attached, and is working on the second side.

Aren't they wonderful together?

After my daughter was here for a visit, she caught the fever, and started cutting for her double wedding ring. And she has cut all of hers. She is making scrappy and bigger size.

I am linking to:


midweek makers

Jo's Country Junction UFO
Bee Social
Silly Mama WIP

Oh Scrap

Saturday, August 11, 2018

orange and tokoyo subway quilt

Time to add orange to my Tokoyo subway quilt. Orange is the color for the month of August at Rainbow scrap challenge. Can it be August already? There were 8 blocks that included orange in them.

just a little bit of another color and this block will be done.

There were two blocks that orange finished. woohoo

I just had to see them sewn together.

I now have four of the 25 blocks completely finished. I am using a fusible grid, and it does seem a little stiff.....

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

catch up

After my daughter went back home to Utah, I was feeling glitchy, unable to focus. So, I played catch up with the little odds and ends laying about. I had four glittter blocks to put together. I almost couldn't remember my method it has been so long.  I did a count, and I need 10 more to finish.

I have 7 more to this stage. Surely, I can push to the finish.

 I had a stack of shirts to put away and I remembered I need another 100 pieces cut for rectangle wrangle, so I cut 40 some.

And there is still plenty left.

I cut more wedges for double wedding ring, until I was distracted. I moved a few things around. My heart wasn't in anything. I will miss her.

I am linking
needle and thread Thursdays

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

dwr quilt along

Today is the new installment of Jo's country junction double wedding ring quilt along. I was following Jo's instructions and "assignment" from last week, and it just didn't look right. Good instructions wrong template. My template is set up a little differently. Why did I keep sewing when it was obvious it wasn't fitting? I was hoping there was some kind of magic in the curve. But, sigh, there was not.

I need 6 pieces for the arc and two more pieces for each end. Then the pieces fit and even stay flat. It helps to read the instructions that came with my template.

I was still concerned that I wasn't reading any of it right. But it will look right when I add the squares in the center. right?

My friend Linda is also doing this quilt along with me and us. She has all her pieces cut, all the arcs sewn and has started adding them to the melon. She is an overachiever.
She is using Jo's templates and it is smaller than mine.

I am really excited to be sewing along and so far it hasn't been bad....yet.

I am linking to:


midweek makers

Jo's Country Junction UFO
Bee Social
Silly Mama WIP

Oh Scrap

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Shop hop

Recently, we had a shop hop in Kokomo, and these are the quilts I wanted to remember for inspiration.
This is a pattern from Crimson Tate in Indy. They are waiting for the printing of the pattern. I was a huge fan of John Denver and this was a quote from him.

Sheepies in wool are so cute, and I love the lamp made from an old sewing machine. Maybe my husband can figure out how to make one for me. LOL

I still have homespun, and recycled shirts, this could be fun....

And, of course, this is my year to get through my Christmas tubs, maybe, this will make a dent. Oh, who am I kidding?.   I didn't buy any of the patterns, but it gets me thinking.

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too cute tuesday

Monday, August 6, 2018

binding ready

In conjunction with Jo's string challenge here, I am doing mine as a quiltville mystery quilt challenge. All I did this week for Roll roll cotton boll is prepare the back and the binding. I like to attach my binding on the long arm while I am quilting it. So, when a place opens up on the long arm, I will get it quilted.

I am so impressed with Jo's finish today, and I would love to make it, but, I don't have any scraps from batiks, only yardage. And I don't think I can just cut up yardage for string piecing. could you?

I have started cutting the applique for stella cyranna. The instructions are vague, so I am having problems figuring out what colors are what. I don't see that I have enough gold for all the pieces that look like I need it, so I may have to dye something similar. sigh...

Sunday, August 5, 2018

stash report August 5, 2018

When whimsicals was a presenter for our quilt guild here, I bought a fat quarter bundle from her because, it was so cute. It was called persnickety. My favorite is the white cats on black.

My daughter is here and is helping send fabric to goodwill, so far we have sent 138 yards approximately.
And just for fun, My daughter in law sent this photo of my Grandson helping my son with the plumbing. Which I am sure I have a picture somewhere of my son helping his Dad just the same.

I have started cutting pieces for a wool applique on stella cyranna for slow stitching.
stash report

Fabric Used this Week 139 1/2 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 442 yards

Fabric Added this Week: 4 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 150 1/4 yards

Net Fabric for 2018: 291 3/4 yards used more than purchased. 

I sewed at least 15 min every day this week.

I am linking to:

sunday stash at quiltpaintcreate

15 min to stitch at life in pieces