Mar 27, 2015

finished to flimsy

I am finally finished with the 100 Good Wishes quilt top having assembled the top and bottom halves today and applying a small border of the same muslin that I used to frame the handprint and Grandma's embroidered piece as well as make the 15 inch Patience Corner blocks.

I would have to move the command strip hooks to raise the curtain rod I have mounted on the master bedroom wall in order to get this up off the carpet.  Ain't worth it, McGee!   Maybe you will able to see the fabrics a little better in this shot of the lower 3 rows

Here's the upper portion of it though you saw part of this on Tuesday, LOL

And here's the long shot.    Truthfully it is a bit of a hot mess but that's what you get when you have people giving you fabrics and pieced blocks.  I had to interface the backs of some of them as they were not good quality quilters cotton.  There is also too much poly cotton in here to suit me but no choice there.  I did my best to incorporate the handprint and embroidery pieces.   Best thing, it is done to this stage.  Grandma will meet me next week and she'll have to tell me if she wants another border (Good heavens, I hope not!) and pick out the backing.

It measures 63 x 78 now, certainly large enough for a throw for a 10 year old girl.  I left the extra tables set up around my sewing table "just in case".  I think she wants this "birthed" and no batting.  That part is okay but I think the blocks should be locked in at the very least and bind it even if I am the one that has to do it.

Tomorrow I most definitely have to dust and run the vacuum as it is horrid in here.  The temps this weekend are dropping down to the low 30's-high 20's after 50's lately for overnights.  I've had the heat shut off for over a week but that's gonna change, I'm thinking!

Oscar is wanting to go walk.  I am happy to report that he was a good boy and napped while I got the side borders put on.  I told him he could go in the back yard but he hopped in his crate rather than do that.  He goes to the carport door when he wants to walk and thought I wasn't getting the message.  HA!  I cannot stand the whimpering and whining though.  Only one way to stop THAT---get up and walk!

Mar 24, 2015

Meeting day and so on

Today was Belle's meeting day.  Off I went and on time today even though I still didn't get to sleep till after 1 a.m. but woke without benefit of alarm or nagging cat.  Though it was a little cool early this morning, we were headed to the low 70's and a sunny day.  Oscar could stay outside while I was away.

The others were mostly involved with pinning.  Bev had two adorable baby panels in colors for each sex that she had picked up for a song at a garage sale.  Lois had two tops done from sections they had worked on sew day last month.  She said it is called "Rolling Fields".  I told her she will probably have to remind me when she had them quilted.    I found an image on google search and there is a pattern for sale.  It is jelly roll friendly using two of them- but the girls did them scrappy.  I saw a bunch of my Popsicle Stix leftovers in it.    The third top was an Arrowhead quilt from Quiltmaker Magazine using Anita Grossman Solomon's techniques and layer cake friendly.  The link will take you to a free pdf pattern for this.

I didn't get any pictures today and Shawnee had a pretty one to turn in.  Purples and yellow but we did not recognize the patternm maybe Turning Twenty but there seemed to be at least two different blocks, Shawnee thought there was 4 different blocks.  Linda C had sent the tops some time back and this was one Shawnee promised to finish up. She emailed a copy of picture she took of it but so far it seems to be lost in cyberspace.  I'll get one taken to share if it doesn't show up but the space on the bedroom wall is currently occupied.

I had started piecing the 100 Good Wishes quilt yesterday afternoon, putting the top three rows on the "design wall".  I got 4 blocks done before I packed up the car so I could work on it at the meeting.  I joined the blocks in row one and started piecing row two, joining it.  The others left for lunch though Julie kept me company while she waited for her son to pick her up (he had borrowed her car).  I sewed the two rows together once I got home.

Anyway, you can see where I am sort of headed with this.   I have placed the Oriental fabric squares and blocks around the little girl's hand print at age 3.  Row 3 will carry that out a bit more.  I have to use what I was given and it will be what it is and try to bring some order to all the disparate elements.  I've got 10 more large Patience Corners blocks to make.  Grandmother's embroidered piece goes in row 4.    I should be done by the end of the week.

Other than that, there is not a lot going on.  The days go whizzing by in spite of it.

Mar 19, 2015

this and that

Been a busy couple of days since my last post, mostly dealing with household tasks.  Yesterday, 4 loads of wash including bedding, towels and the usual two loads of clothes.  It is just unusual that it all happened the same day.  Ran the dishwasher--twice actually-- as I decided later in the day to bake some pumpkin muffins and baked oatmeal since the oven was already on.  Today it was errands mostly and some minor food preparation this morning.

In between yesterday's housework I did some sewing,  This was the log cabin block I re-did.  On the left is the scan of the block though the corner got flipped.  I had put the 17 strips in reverse order was I un-sewed it but it still helped to have a visual nd the numbers.  I did not mirror the block when I printed it so it looks different next to the re-pieced now 6 inch finished blocks.  At least I think that is what has happened to it, LOL.   I pieced another log cabin block this afternoon using leftovers from the 4 patches I had cut trying to combine some of the larger squares.  I have one more block to piece, a variable star with a teddy bear center and then five blocks with some minor machine applique to do.  I'll need to swap out machines for that purpose.

Then when I could not get to sleep last night, the idea came to me on how I could handle these 6 inch bits of fabric and/or blocks and still allow for the two odd ones I must include.  Patience Corner but larger blocks than I have done in the past--up to 15 inches.  I could NOT figure out how to it the odd balls in and still maintain the columns of fabric.  This way, I don't have to as it is 18 blocks if I didn't miscount.  I build up the one oddball block to 15 inch squares framing it and put half blocks around it . The grandma piece bumps out to out to 15 x 30 inches.  It will work.  See computer and EQ sketch I was playing around with.   I may slide this up a row higher but the piecing will still be the same.

The sleeping thing?  Or rather not sleeping thing.  Ever since we changed the clocks I have been having problems getting to sleep in the first place.  I am tired when I go to bed and then I just lay there---midnight goes by, 1 a.m. goes by and it is often after 2 a.m. before I go to sleep.    I'm not really worried about anything so I am not sure what the problem is.  Skyler is hogging the bed or bites me when I get too restless and flop the covers around too much.  I made him get out and closed the door but then he just meowed till I let him back in.  One night I went across the hall to the master bed, closed the door and finally went to sleep.  I almost got up last night and sewed, figuring that I might as well use that time if I was going to be awake.  I don't wake up till after 8 so I'm getting 6 hours of sleep or there abouts but still!  This is getting old.  I hope tonight is better as I won't be thinking about this stupid quilt anyway.  I've have a plan and just need to get some fabric for the sashing.  The grandmother sent some muslin scraps mostly but I'm afraid it will not be enough to get the job done or it won't match.
My quilt guild is having a sew-in right now but I have decided to stay home.  Two of the girls are out of town though one will be back late tomorrow and would go if I wanted to go.  Another is having a surgical procedure.  I still need to get my fabric and cut.  I thought my time would be better served, this time anyway, to stay home and get some sewing done.
I see that the NCAA Men's basketball tournament has started so nothing I want to watch on TV tonight.  DJ was really into the March Madness thing, whittling down the brackets, watching the games he was interested in SEC or Big Ten.  I would help him if he missed getting the outcomes of some of the games written down checking on the computer.   Watching the games was his thing though.

Oscar is snoozing on the couch beside me while Skyler is staking out his claim to my bed.  I think I'll read for a bit and try to unwind.  And sew it goes---------

Mar 17, 2015

Tuesday rolls around

 Poor Oscar---he's worn out but I think happy to be back in the house.  We just got back from walking up and down the lane and it pretty warm out with full blazing sun.   (My home thermometer says 74 but my phone thinks its 78.)   He was panting by the time we got back and I was about to join him while we headed to our mutual watering stations once back in the house.   He is conked out near the door and Skyler's scratching post now.  Meanwhile I think I may have sunburned the back of my neck.

Almost offficially spring!  The Bradford pears are open in their full snowy white.  Tulip trees are in bloom and the forsythia bush is open as well.  Today I noticed that my neighbors pink tree is blooming  now too--not sure what it is as first glance it looks like a dogwood but possibly is a flowering cherry??   Pretty.  The azaleas don't appear to be doing anything while the camellia is still flowering.  The daffodils are done but I think the star gazer lily stalks are trying to come up.  Robert hit part of it with the lawn mower today.  Yep, the yard had to be mowed to knock down all the weeds.  He did some of the weed whacking in my back yard dragging out the electric whacker from the shed as his apparently did not winter well.  Meeanwhile I was out pulling some of the weedy stuff up from around the fence and the area out in front.  I started spraying near the chain link fence at his request too.  Rain is due in tomorrow so I'll have to wait to continue with my part of the yard work.  It looks so much better out there now!  

Inside I have been working on the commission piece.   Mostly  I cut yesterday to get the squares down to a uniform size but I bordered the grandmother's embroidered piece after taking the stitching out that kept the piece from raveling while she worked on it.  I needed to get it flat in order to sew on the framing green.  I just pinned the squares that need to be included near it on the back of one of my existing quilts.

The handprint is a special piece celebrating the young girl it is going to as are the Chinese themed pieces as she was adopted from China.  There is apparently a tradition of 100 days of gifts for a child and this quilt is to be made with 100 pieces of fabric that her grandmother collected.  The result will be her 10th birthday present.

 To keep the quilt from getting too huge I have combined pieces by making 4 patches and 3 D bowties, etc.  One block is a log cabin block but I have to remake it--smaller, 9 ish down to 6 inch finished.  I drew it up in EQ so I could use the 17 existing fabrics once I took it apart.   I got a few of the pieced blocks done this afternoon but much more remains.  Unless I have Oscar go back outside, it might be tomorrow.  I've got it down to 72 sections plus grandma's piece but I'll still need to figure how it all fits together from what you see above.

Meanwhile to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, I have been listening to a mix of Celtic Thunder on you tube.  This will take you to "Ireland's Call".  This is one of my favorites along with "Caledonia".  I left my "Kiss me I'm Irish" button put away.  The anniversary of DJ's and my first kiss, one of our memories.   

Not much going on, not much to pass on.  Think I'm heading to the kitchen for a bit.  Peel some taters for corned beef hash??