I found the magazine/pattern for Holiday Party and it is all boxed, labeled, and put in the project shelves. That is Christmas quilt #3. I am cutting for #4 Homespun holiday. I found it in Quilt magazine Nov/Dec 2013.
I had to try sewing the little friendship stars. They are 4 1/2 in unfinished, but they can be trimmed to smaller.
and cutting began. I am making 2 of every block so that I can swap with my friend Lucy. For one block, I need a 1 1/2 inch strip at least 7 1/2 inches. But I may play around later with smaller pieces that can be combined with others.
I love cutting for a scrap quilt, visiting my old fabric friends. Maybe that is why the block is called friendship star? :)
It's time to report and link with One Monthly goal at Elm street quilts. I had already posted about my lazy Sunday finish which was one of my goals.
I knew I had just 6 days left to finish my goal for Marie Webster quilt. I needed to make a new set of everything to prepare the block. I have one block left to do and then I will decide how to finish the quilt. My goal was to work on it and finish at least one block. I have finished 4.
The last block will be done by the end of the month. hooray.
There was a big snow in the southern part of Indiana. It missed us but hit where my Grandchildren are so we didn't get to visit. boo
Today is both rug hooking guild and quilting guild. Should be a happy day. Do you belong to a guild?
I have progress on my quiltville mystery challenge. I have added the blue borders to Carolina Crossroads. I used a special hint from Jo Kramer of Jo's country junction to measure by draping the top over the longarm frame bars. Wow! It sure saved my back, and was very easy, and I felt like I was doing a good job. I have improved my relationship with borders before through practice, but this is wonderful for me. I might even say I like adding borders.....I might
I have cut the green and gold, and neutrals forHoliday Party. As soon as I find the magazine again - it has wandered off - I will be able to put it all in a box with label for another day.
I have a quilting friend that sent me these, enticing me to swap with her. It worked. We are going to swap 60 each. She is the fussy cutter queen. Aren't they cute? Do you swap with others? I am thinking, as soon as I have the last Marie Webster block hand stitched, I can sit in the evenings with hubby and cut them while watching TV.
A visit to goodwill and I came home with some treasures. I found 2 wool skirts for rug hooking. The light color I can easily dye any color I want or need for a prroject.
I found some shirting, but really chuckled over a packaged quilt backing. Do you remember paragon? They were the go to place and name for women's crafts. Apparently, that included packaged quilt backings.
This week, I included pictures of sorting through my Christmas stash. One comment from Ruth caught my eye. She mentioned having a panel that goes with one of my fabrics. I knew she needed it and might actually use it more than I, so I sent it off to her. I feel lighter already.
Here is an update on my rug hooking project that I will work on in my slow sunday time. I started adding the background to make sure I would like it. I do like it and it is now good to go.
Fabric Used this Week 24 3/4 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 155 3/4 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 4 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 39.75 yards
Net Fabric for 2018: 116 yards used more than purchased.
I sewed at least 15 min every day this week. I cut for 3 quilts.
Today is the rainbow scrap challenge at Soscrappy. And the color is green.
I found 8 - 12 inch pieces of green in my scrap drawer for birch trees. 2 light 4 medium and 2 dark. I really enjoy sewing these. I can get all crazy with the rotary cutter. I have several sets of strings made ahead, and I can just cut them into strips when I am ready. I am keeping with 1 1/2 inches and 2 inch slices so that the leftovers will fit each other to build additional strip sets.
There are lots of great rainbow ideas for beautiful quilts here.
we are going to see our Grandchildren this weekend and I am so excited. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is doing a live streaming concert of Handel's Messiah that will be thrilling, to say the least. Seeing it in person would definitely be a bucket list item for me. I was in the choir for the Messiah once myself here in our community and loved every minute. I can still sing along to most of it.....if no one is watching :)
After the live stream ends, the on-demand concerts will be immediately available in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish (approximately 11:00 p.m. MDT) for on-demand viewing at motab.org/messiah until Monday, April 9 at 11:59 p.m. MDT.
Lazy Sunday is now a quilt to be used and loved. I am so excited.
I added this quilt to my plan in March 2013 when rumors leaked there would be a Bonnie Hunter mystery in the quiltmaker magazine. I grabbed my colors in May. In June I started cutting and piecing and had all the blocks done in July. I didn't start assembling the top until Jan 2014. I had all the borders finished in March of 2014. So it is fun that it was my March goal to finish it this year. I had a few road blocks, but, the love of the colors and pattern kept me going. I really like it finished. Every step closer to a finish makes a quilt look better. Imagine that....
The pattern was a 4 part mystery in Quiltmaker Spring 2013, and then Bonnie Hunter added it to her latest book Addicted to scraps. I quilted it with white in big swirls. It is about 90 x 100.
It's trying very hard to be Spring. Me too. I had ice cream at dairy queen yesterday, and noticed that they had free cones on March 20th. I guess I was a little late. But it was still yummy. The weatherman says we could have a big snowstorm this weekend. It can try to spoil Spring, but it can't.
Still cutting my Christmas fabric. I have loved everyone's comments and stashes. One minute I am singing a happy dance, because I have the coolest fabrics in the universe, and the next minute, I am grumpy because I will never get it all sorted and certainly not in one lifetime. But, today, this minute, I am busy cutting for a quilt. It is called Holiday Party and is in American Patchwork and quilting magazine December 2016 issue.
It uses 1 1/2 inch strips and I have some lime green greens. I have cut the reds ( and my finger)
I really liked the solid khaki color with the red and greens in the quilt, so I searched my stash, since I am trying to downsize, and I found 2 perfect pieces, but neither was big enough, And I didn't want to combine them. sigh.....Time to think...
Right in front of me was this great choice.
It's not solid and it is a border, but the color is perfect. And I own it. And it will help it be useful. And I am singing a happy song.
It's the first day of Spring and I am thinking ....Christmas fabric. I want to know if you have a stash of Christmas fabric. I thought I had 1 tub and maybe a few bits and pieces scattered abroad, but so far, I have found 2 more good sized tubs and more than enough piles. And every time, I clean something else, I find a new pile. ( better quilt cleaning LOL)
I know many of my Christmas fabrics come from goodwill, but it is also hard to resist the after Christmas sales, sometimes, even, 90% off. My memory fails me, And I don't remember that I already have a lot at home. It seems to be the first fabrics people downsize to thrift stores. There has to be a way to mainstream it into the stash. It deserves to be useful. That is the old part of me talking.
I thought I would be dealing with red and green Christmas colors, but, oh no, there are blues
and blacks ( my favorite)
and even pinks
And I still love the 90s country colors.
Remember daisy kingdom?
I have vintage
I have been trying to sort it by picking up a piece, deciding it's fate, and cutting. I have 5 quilts I am cutting as I go. After I cut for that, I am cutting the remainder, if I don't want it, into 10 inch strips and 2 1/2 inch strips. If I still want it, I am measuring, marking, and folding it into a tub. I will probably be at this until Christmas.... of 20.....
So, really, how much do you have? tell me, and do you want to quilt along with me something for Christmas?
I am following along with Jo of Jo's country junction and her string challenge. I am doing my own version, but with quiltville mystery quilts. I have been working on lazy Sunday for the month of March. I began thinking I would have this done very quickly, but it has met a few road blocks. I finished the quilting this weekend, and I am ready for some evening time hand sewing the binding for a finish.
I had a chance to add a little more stitching to snow days. After the churn dash was added I could add the transfer eze to the bottom portion of the block for the upper portion of the tree. I love how crabapple hill designed this to continue into the piecing.
It's official that we are not moving to New York. My hubby does not have a job prospect yet, but we are hopeful.
I will be working on my rug hooking project today after church. I have dyed the green, since, I couldn't find a green I liked in my stash. I want to add a little of the background to see if I like the colors with that. I also like to give myself a little time on Sundays to spin some yarn.
Fabric Used this Week 15 1/2 yards
Fabric Used year to Date: 131 yards
Fabric Added this Week: 3 yards
Fabric Added Year to Date: 35.75 yards
Net Fabric for 2018: 95.25 yards used more than purchased.
I sewed at least 15 min every day this week. I have been cutting scraps and finding flat surfaces again.
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