Monday, September 26, 2022

boho monday

I have had a roadblock working on this quilt. I stop and start alot. Last week, I was half way through this section 2, and, I was able to finish it in one evening. It was a great feeling. I am half way through the quilt. I have many of the blocks already done. I just have to sew the pesky vertical sections. I am doing a rainbow colored heart. There are two of us completely done, and, two of us still working on it. And I think the other friend is waiting for me to get closer, to finish hers. She is so sweet, and, doesn't want me to feel like the last man done. This is also one of my 5 quilts.


The nasturtiums are still blooming and making new seeds for next year.

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Stash report September 25, 2022

 I added a couple more charm packs and a new mister to my stash. I really like the misting bottles for the starch. They don't clog and give a more even spray.


Stash report  September 25, 2022


fabric added: 2 yards
fabric added year to date: 97.5 yards 

fabric used: 0 yards  I am close to a finish

fabric used year to date: 170 3/4 yards  

73.25 yards used more than bought. 

I am using a dark blue almost navy for the sky around the moon in my witchy rug called spellbound. I will be working on this for a while.

I sewed 6 days last week, including an open sew day. 

Saturday, September 24, 2022

hunters star

 I used all the blue colors for hunter's star earlier this year for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. SO, I am using this month of light blue to start sewing blocks together for my hunter's star. I used an accuquilt die to cut the pieces, and, I sewed the half blocks together during the month according to color of the month. If I had made this before, I would have realized that I needed to press the pieces differently to get a good nesting of the seams.  I am taking the light piece by color and sewing it to a different dark color. If I am doing blue, I sew to a pink, red, orange, yellow, green, purple, turquoise. Then, I use a red and go through the colors again and so on.

so pretty

It's a matching game LOL

I am surprised how well the pansies have done this year. I usually kill them off by the end of June. We started these from seed in our basement, maybe, that is the difference. And, I have been harvesting and drying the flowers for soaps, and creams. Maybe, keeping the blooms cut off has let it keep going. Now, I will wait for it to make more seeds for next year.


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Friday, September 23, 2022

5 quilts September 23, 2022

I try to work on these 5 quilts until they are done. Their turn in the UFO closet is over, and, they need to be finished one way or another.

5 quilts last report September 14, 2022   

1. Rainbow scrap challenge- light blue - I have all the light blue finished for the month

2. rhododendren mystery - hunter - This is the bottom corner and I have the top corner done as well. I have 1 row of 4 ready to add to the quilt

3. Boho heart -Three more blocks made for section 2




4. I started dotty bow ties. The bow tie  blocks are all ready. I am slowly adding a sashing to each block, 10 at a time




5. circa 1880-  The last time I worked on this was in 2020. I have 8 rows sewn together, which is halfway.



MY  next on the longarm of my own quilts in the 'to be quilted' closet. 

1. EPP green - need back and binding - ironed - frame - quilted - needs binding - found the binding

customer quilt time pause - linda

2. lotus flower? I don't remember this -my notes say it is in the upstairs closet - I have decided not to quilt this one. I may just ask at guild if anyone would like this.

customer quilt time pause

3. blue ridge beauty - 

4. scrappy twirl

5. ugly I spy

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022

scrap cutting

I blogged about making a cutting hit list here. And, I am surprised at how successful it has become. I was able to add to my projects on the list, and, I had a few leftover scraps to add to the scrap users system that has served me well for many years. I have a tray of 2 1/2, 2, and 1 1/2 inch strips.


I have a tray of 3 1/2 inch strips, 2 1/2 x 4 1/2  and 2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangles. I had a few smaller pieces that became 2 1/2 and 1 1/2 inch squares.


Our apples have been falling from our old apple trees. I tried canning them in syrup with a touch of cinnamon. I am not sure why I lost all the water.  But, I am sure they will be yummy.


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Monday, September 19, 2022

circa rows

I had a wonderful sew day with my quilt guild. We met at the library and had a pitch in lunch - yummy

I worked on three projects. I have started making blocks for dotty bow ties ( I need 80), And, I added the third row to rhododendron mystery quilt. Then, I could settle in, and sew triangles to squares until I was too tired to go any further.




I made 2 more rows  and sewed them to the top. I didn't get a picture after I sewed them together circa 1880 was a swap I participated in with my quilty friends.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

stash report September 18, 2022

I love neutrals in a variety and this was a perfect choice. I need a variety in my scrappy quilts.

3 yards layer cake

Stash report  September 18, 2022


fabric added: 3 yards
fabric added year to date: 95.5 yards 

fabric used: 0 yards  I am close to a finish

fabric used year to date: 170 3/4 yards  

75.25 yards used more than bought. 

I am using a dark blue almost navy for the sky around the moon in my witchy rug called spellbound.

I sewed 7 days last week, including an open sew day. 

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

blossom time

I am using leftover strips from my maple leaves quilt for the new light blue blossoms for the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. I made more stems and leaves and 4 patches. I think I will need to carry this project over to next year, to get all the blocks I will need.


We have seen our weather turn cooler, and, then, return to hot. Most of the garden is sputtering. I still have a few blossoms around the house. Nasturtiums are still blooming. Petunias and pansies are still blooming. Our old old apple trees are dropping apples. Hubby picks them up and cuts the bad spots out and they are a lot of work, but they are the best tasting apples. The squirrels are racing us for them.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

5 quilts 9/14

5 quilts last report August 22, 2022   

1. Rainbow scrap challenge- light blue - I have been adding a few zipper blocks as I go along  with the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy.


2. rhododendren mystery - hunter - I finished a row with a set of 4 - 3 rows to go


3. Boho heart -Two more blocks made for section 2





4. I started dotty bow ties. The blocks are all ready. I cut what I need for the idea of sashing I am planning. I may need to cut more if my math is wrong.



5. circa 1880- I needed more triangles for the blocks and decided to add kona snow for the alternate color. I had a 6 yard piece and surely that will be enough to finish this top.  The last time I worked on this was in 2020.




MY  next on the longarm of my own quilts in the 'to be quilted' closet. 

1. EPP green - need back and binding - ironed - frame - quilted - needs binding - found the binding

customer quilt time pause - linda

2. lotus flower? I don't remember this -my notes say it is in the upstairs closet - I have decided not to quilt this one. I may just ask at guild if anyone would like this.

customer quilt time pause

3. blue ridge beauty - 

4. scrappy twirl

5. ugly I spy

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Monday, September 12, 2022

boho monday

We had a fun Saturday with a trip to Danville Indiana for a woolkeepers 'hook in'. The weather was lovely and the skies were blue. The projects on display were amazing and wool was everywhere in beautiful colors. I managed to leave it all behind and spent my money on cushing dye to dye my own wool. I have started dyeing background for my village rug, and, I was afraid, I would not have enough of the dyes I used in the mixture. It is a big rug, and, I will need 6 yards of background.

I had a chance to work on boho again. I am making the blocks from section 2. The current color is yellow/orange.



There is plenty of catnip to harvest and dry for herbal teas. For a cat, it is a happy stimulant. For a human, it is calming. 
soaking

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Sunday, September 11, 2022

stash report: September 11, 2022

 We have more rain, expecting to last all day. I am sure the garden is very happy. I went to a rug hooking event yesterday, and, was inspired with the colors, and textures, and rugs.

I bought dye in case I need more for the background of my village rug.

Since, I had a project this year that needed civil war reproduction fabrics, I realize I have a lot of holes in my colors, and, that, I truly like the look of them. I hope I will use more in my quilting future. I added a tan piece this week, and, I found a lost honey bun.



Stash report  September 11, 2022


fabric added: 2.5 yards
fabric added year to date: 92.5 yards 

fabric used: 0 yards  I am close to a finish

fabric used year to date: 170 3/4 yards  

78.25 yards used more than bought. 

I sewed 5 days last week. 

I have added a bit more spooky moon to my spellbound rug. It is fall like outdoors and I am feeling the witchy vibe. It won't be long, before we are buying pumpkins, and, apples and, waiting for halloween. Still, I will set this aside in favor of my village rug that has waited forever for the background.

boo

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Saturday, September 10, 2022

hole and candy

I have all the blocks I need to make this rainbow project into a top. I have really enjoyed making this. I liked using my smallest pieces to make the string rectangles into something useful. By using the rainbow scrap challenge at so scrappy. the colors are bright and happy. I have moved them to a box of their own and plan to take them with me to open sews for assembly.


I was one block short of having all the blocks I need for the candy quilt. I felt I needed a chocolate in there someplace.



This block has been fun to make as well. The string centers are 4 1/2 inches and the borders are 2 1/2 inches. I have boxed them for assembly as a portable project.

Friday, September 9, 2022

fair and square top

Fair and square is a top. The borders have been added and it looks really nice. Everything fit nicely. I need a big back and some binding before it is ready to be quilted and added to the list. I have not been quilting in a bit, so, my pile of tops is growing again.



I had some baby starts that I added as an afterthought to my raised bed this summer. They have tried very hard, but, haven't thrived. I hope they make it to next year. Truthfully I didn't think they would even make it this far. The front plant is wooly lambs ear, and, the back plant is calendula.

keep growing babies

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

snails a plenty

After working on my 5 quilts, even the parts that have languished. It was time out for fun sewing. I am starting another round of snails trail. I need to cut some more, which I find meditative, and then, I get to line up the triangles which is nice and tidy, then, I have the challenge of making the colors turn which is good for mental acuity, then, I get to wind bobbins which is satisfying, then, I get to chain sew which is efficient, then, I get to iron it flat which is just like Christmas morning surprises, then, I get to starch it which is preserving the lungs. Then followed with a grateful prayer for the wonder of quilting. good times. 


and we have a pumpkin

turn orange little thing

you mean rockefeller who made his money in oil?

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Monday, September 5, 2022

5 quilts: September 4, 2022

 5 quilts last report August 22, 2022

1. Rainbow scrap challenge- light blue

I needed one more candy block to have all the blocks done for this years project. All the colors are done. I decided on a chocolate candy. I am just going to sew them in rows for a fun charity quilt.


2. rhododendren mystery - hunter - I am working on a row with a set of 4

3. Boho heart -I have the next line of 3 blocks made for section 2


4. maple leaves - this one is ready for the "to be quilted" closet. 

It is time for a new project to take it's place. When the new quiltville leader/ ender challenge was announced, I decided to work on my previous starts of leader/ender challenges instead ( so far). I could go back to the very first one and find it as an UFO. Bonnie did cheddar bow ties,  I started dotty bow ties. I didn't need many to make my goal, so, the blocks are all ready. I just need to decide on a layout and start assembly. 


5. fair and square - the top is finished. I just need a back and binding before sending it to the pile of unquilted tops.

New 5. I have decided on a UFO that was part of a swap with quilty friends. circa 1880 I have a few rows already done and I realize that I don't have enough of the original backing that I bought for the quilt, so, I had to work that out in my head. I think I can begin again. The last time I worked on this was in 2020.


MY  next on the longarm of my own quilts in the 'to be quilted' closet. 

1. EPP green - need back and binding - ironed - frame - quilted - needs binding

customer quilt time pause - linda

2. lotus flower? I don't remember this -my notes say it is in the upstairs closet - I have decided not to quilt this one. I may just ask at guild if anyone would like this.

customer quilt time pause

3. blue ridge beauty - 

4. scrappy twirl

5. ugly I spy

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Sunday, September 4, 2022

stash report: September 4, 2022

I have been cutting a bag of scraps in an effort to not buy any new fabric. The idea is that if I see how much I have of just the little stuff, then, I will see I don't need any new fabric to be happy. I can't say it has worked.

1 1/2 inch strips

It seems I have used a lot of 1 1/2 inch strips lately. And, it is my least favorite home cut. So, I bought a few honey buns at a really good sale price. Sashings will be simpler with these. And, there can be 4 patches and 9 patches galore. And, hey, they don't take up much room.

Stash report  September 4, 2022


fabric added: 9.6 yards
fabric added year to date: 90 yards 

fabric used: 0 yards  I am close to a finish

fabric used year to date: 170 3/4 yards  

80.75 yards used more than bought. 

I sewed 5 days last week. 

I have a little more done on my witch rug which I started here in March. I wanted to hook the cat and that was all I have added lately.



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