Thursday, December 14, 2017

Flimsy Glitter


Glitter
66.5 x 73

It's a flimsy!

 Instructions for this quilt can be found in the book Quilt Lovely by Jen Kingwell

This was a Rainbow Scrap Challenge project I started in January 2017.  I made a few blocks each month from 3.5 inch scraps in the RSC color of the month. The points and corresponding pieces were in the color of the month then I used other colors of scraps for the background and four squares. 

I sewed the 152 blocks together randomly. 

I need to find and probably piece a backing and then it will be hand quilted. 

I'm glad to say that getting this to flimsy stage was my December OMG (One Monthly Goal) and my goal has been met! I'll link up later in the month at Elm Street Quilts. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Some Assembly Required

Some assembly required...

...now that I've finished making the 27 Friendship Stars of homespuns and muslin I needed to add to the pile of 38 swapped stars.    But maybe I should iron these first. 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

I Found Another Vintage Quilt I Like So Decided To Make One Like It

I have hundreds of three inch nine patches.  I decided to make a nine patch zigzag like a vintage one I saw.     So far I've made these four columns. They are too long to show you the whole piece which is queen-sized so here's a snippet.  This is easier to make than I thought so I'm hoping to have a quilt top in no time especially if I add a column a day. 


Monday, December 11, 2017

It's a Flimsy: Star Chain


Star Chain
56 x 70

Star Chain was the March 2014 Block Lotto block of the month.  I won most of these. I guess the pile was waiting for me to make a couple more blocks.  Unfortunately two ladies, mother and daughter,  didn't send me blocks like they were supposed to.  That has been the only time I've ever known in all my years with Block Lotto that ladies did not follow through and send blocks.  Some folks are just like that, I guess.   But I can't look a gift horse in the mouth. The blocks I did receive are lovely - even the one that had part of the chain going in the wrong direction.  It was an easy fix. 


Sunday, December 10, 2017

In The Hoop: More Than Three Sheets to the Wind


I finally have a big quilt (84 x 96, I think)  pin basted and in the hoop.   
I'm doing some big stitching with pink perle #8. 
I'm just stitching and not marking. 


This is a VERY SCRAPPY string star quilt. Most of the strings came from the trimming of quilt backs.  Some  Most of the scrappy stars lack symmetry but I don't see that as a problem.  My goal was to use strings and make some stars. I'm definitely seeing stars. 

A lot of the quilt backs were sheets.  So I call this quilt More Than Three Sheets to the Wind. 

I'm also using a nice soft pink silky feeling sheet from the thrift store for the back of this one. You can't really see it here but the sheet is embossed with roses. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Little Gifts


I made a few potholders for Christmas gifts.  For these I used Insulbrite and cotton flannel inside.   The one with mushrooms is for my daughter who loves to forage for mushrooms.  This is one side. 


This is the other side. 


And to go with the potholders...dishtowels, crocheted dishrags and crocheted scrubbies.  I usually use old embroidery transfers and embroider on the towels but this year I added a strip across the bottom of the towels that matches the potholders.   Looks like I'm a scrubby short but I probably have one in my "gifty box".  I try to keep a box of things like these so I have gifts for any occasion but it looks like that box is getting low. 

I made a special set for my good friend who claims she is an African Queen.  (It's a harmless delusion so I play along). She is the complete opposite of me but other than that she is exactly like me. Won't she have a good laugh when I give her some African Queen potholders.  (She gives me gifts suitable for a bonnie Irish lass - my harmless delusion). 

(She doesn't know I have a blog so I can show her gift. I don't want her here visiting. She'd go overboard with gushing even when things aren't really gushworthy. Ah, friends!)

Friday, December 8, 2017

Playing Along


I'm playing along with the Bonnie Hunter mystery makers and making the units called for in Bonnie's clues but making them for one of my UFOs instead of the mystery. 

I had Flying Geese day at my house last week and made a bunch of Flying Geese for several UFOs. And, then, Bonnie's clue 2 called for Flying Geese!  So I got busy and  made more - 192 more. I need about 720  little Flying Geese for sashing for my Blind Man's Fancy quilt.  I think I'm at the half way mark. 

Even though I don't have all the sashings with Flying Geese made yet...

...I had to try some out. Row 1 is assembled.