Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A New Flimsy: Burgoyne Surrounded

 From the depths of the scrap chunks crate arises: 

Burgoyne Surrounded
93 x 93
It's a top! 



Since it's square here it is from another side since the last row dragged on the ground in the last photo.   Since it's square I guess it can be used in any direction. 

And on to the quilting pile it goes. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Finish: MoROSE Garden


MoROSE Garden
84 x 96
Four inch hourglass blocks using grays and rose-themed fabrics
Free motion quilted with roses


This has been a UFO since 2012.   When I dug it back out last month to work on I had five rows completed and all the hourglass blocks.   I took the five rows apart and started all over again from scratch as explained in my June blog post. 


I had


I was a little scared to start out free motion quilting this big quilt on my DSM especially since I decided to try to imitate Lori Kennedy's (Inbox Jaunt) Christmas Rose.   


When I first started out I thought I was going to quilt this into a piece of cardboard because there was so much stitching.  I went down each column of blocks quilting the roses. I could have added a few more leaves along the way but I'm happy with it especially since a month ago it was all in bits and pieces and had been that way for years. 

And, surprise, surprise...this quilt with all it's quilting doesn't feel like a piece of cardboard. It's got a nice soft texture. 


You know I started out thinking I would use the light gray quilting thread I had on hand for the bobbin and a nice pink,gray, green variegated thread on top.  Well...I ran out of the top thread.  I was on a roll and hate the 20 minute drive into town just to buy thread (or anything else for that matter) and so I used other colors on top that might be a color of a rose - red, yellow, cream.  


I made do. 


I used a 100% cotton sheet I picked up from the thrift store long ago softened with age. 

You can probably see now why I chose to try to quilt columns of roses - similar to roses on a trellis. 



I'm happy this bed of roses can be put to bed. 
The guest bedroom has a rose theme so guess where it's going. 


I didn't use scraps but it's scrappy so going over to party at ...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Using Blue 1.5 Inch Scraps


From the blue 1.5 inch scraps I made lots of little 3 inch (finished) rail fence blocks. 


And each month I've been making these little 2x2 units from the 1.5 inch scraps.   I had no idea when I started making them what I would do with them. They are pretty versatile. 


I finally decided I would assemble them into blocks of 3x7 and see how I liked them. 

I liked them so sewed all of the little units in the colors we've used so far in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge into blocks 3x7. 



It will still take a lot of these blocks to make a big quilt especially since I try not to make duplicates of any of the colored fabrics. 


Friday, July 14, 2017

Patchwork of Daylilies

Patchwork of Daylilies

I love this time of year when all the daylilies in my flower gardens are in bloom. 
It was finally a little cooler today and not raining so I enjoyed a little time working on the garden patchwork instead of the fabric patchwork. 







Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Two More for the Road


Two more donation quilts finished. 
I didn't make the tops but I finished both of them. 

Carol and Beth of the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild organized a recent retreat in Omaha. I was unable to attend but the ladies were expecting to complete 100 quilt tops at retreat made from blocks made all year long called "Omaha blocks" which are ten inch blocks that consist of a 7.5 inch center bordered on two sides with 3.5 inch strips and 3.5 inch square.  They exceeded expectations and ended up with 184 quilt tops! You can read more about it at Carol's blog, Giraffe Dreams.   Actually a couple of us sewed along at home so there are a few more than 184 quilt tops. 

All of the finished quilts will go to the two groups Sunshine Online Quilt Guild sponsor - Quilts Beyond Borders and Wrap-A-Smile. 

Okay...so I volunteered to quilt five of them. That's when the retreat ladies only thought they would hit 100 quilts.   So...surprise...I received 8 quilts to finish. Plus I made an Omaha Block quilt sewing along at home so that makes 9 quilts to finish. Plus I had a donation quilt waiting in the wings that needs quilting.   And that's okay...I need practice free motion quilting on my DSM.  



Sorry for the blurry photos. It was starting to rain and I was in a rush to get a photo finish!

Anyway...this is the orange one. I mentioned I use these to practice FMQ on my DSM (because I'm not very good at it) and have been trying new things on each of these quilts. On this one I did these loopy things going across the rows.  I found I did okay when the block row was all 3 inches...

...but when it came to quilting the 6 inch rows I had a difficult time going across that distance consistently. The harp on my machine is small plus my hands don't seem to flow freely across that distance. So if I use this in the future I will try smaller loop de loops. 


I found a stripe fabric with some orange in it for the backing and added orange binding. 


On the red, black, white one with the elephant I tried quilting some balloon bunches...

...because I used balloon fabric on the back. 

My July OMG (One Monthly Goal)  was to finish at least one more of these Omaha Block quilts so I can mark that goal off the list. ( OMG at Elm Street Quilts)

This also completes goals #7 and #10 on my Third Quarter Finish-A-Long list. 



Monday, July 10, 2017

Enough of the BS


With these four Burgoyne Surrounded blocks I now have enough to start assembling a top.  I used the free pattern at Quilted Twins which calls for 25 blocks and sashing.  I used scraps from my scrap chunk crate (scraps less than a FQ) to make the blocks so ended up with some wild combinations of fabrics in some blocks.    The sashing calls for 3 inch nine patches and I have plenty of those already made in my "Parts Department" so will pick through there to find some to use.  I think I will have to cut into some yardage for the neutral sashings but other than that...a LOT of scraps and some uglies have been used and the chunky crate is a little lighter.   


And as a side note...block look familiar?  This is Candy Necklace from Edyta Sitar's book Scrappy Fireworks Quilts.    I think I see a use for some strings in there and I may have already started this. 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Two Sets of Finished Pillowcases


These pillowcases were stamped for embroidery and hemstitched ready for a crochet edging.  My daughter found them in her mother-in-law's things when she passed away and asked me if I wanted them.  Sure!  (I received several unfinished sets and did finish one set a while ago for my daughter and son-in-law).   Can you tell I like variegated threads? 

This set I purchased at a thrift store ages ago.  Since I'm working on finishing up a few rose themed quilts I figured I might as well finish up some rose themed pillowcases to match. 

I probably should have used a smaller crochet hook to go with my #30 thread (11 instead of 8) but I can hardly see to crochet with an 11 hook. I think the edgings turned out just fine. 

I picked up the #30 thread I used for the crochet and the crochet edging books at the thrift store long ago too.  I'm finally getting around (now that I'm retired) to doing something with all those thrift store finds.   I have several more sets to embroider that will probably go into the grandkids' hope chests. 

And on a final note...one of my garden roses. Ahhhh...the scent!

Looking through rose colored glasses today and

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Lady Sings the Blues

Lady of the Lake (Sings the Blues)
10 inch blocks
I used 2.5 inch scraps on the side HSTs and went to the scrap chunk crate for the middles. 
They are kind of overlapping in the photo so look a little wonky but aren't.
(Not much room on the batting covered cutting mat I prop up and cover with blocks for photos). 

July's color is blue
Sing it!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Peacock Fans


I've finished the fan applique on the last eight of twenty blocks for my Peacock Fan quilt.  


I haven't worked on these since September 29 last year while sitting in the waiting room at the hospital during my husband's fourteen hour surgery.  Now this quilt will always remind me of that day. 

Now I'm ready to move forward with next steps. 

Pattern is called Antique Fans and is from the book The Best of Fons and Porter. 

Hmmmmm...what to do with the leftover scraps?  Ideas are forming as we speak. 


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Making Waves


I have two completely different Ocean Waves quilts in the works (aka UFOs). 
I've made a few more blocks of each to add to my collections of blocks. 


This Ocean Waves quilt was inspired by one I first saw at Q is for Quilter.   I found a pattern for it at Quilter's Cache but resized it to fit my 30s reproduction scraps which were mostly 2.5 inches.  It takes a lot of HSTs to make a BIG quilt. I use an Easy Angle ruler to cut my HSTs.  I've found this to be the best method for me to make HSTs. 

I started making these when I was looking for something to do with a small box of waste triangles. I've named these blocks Confetti Waves. These blocks are the same dimensions as the Ocean Waves blocks above (16 inches finished) but I used waste triangles on the corners of 2.5 inch red squares as my HST substitute. 

I think Ocean Waves will be queen sized and Confetti Waves will be twin sized (someday). 

Just trying to use up scraps any which way I can. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Third Quarter Finish-A-Long Goals

 Time to declare goals again for Finish-A-Long Third Quarter. I don't always meet my goals but I do advance the quilts listed as goals further along.  I always think it's a good idea to have goals. 

1. Roman Stripe - needs quilting. Thinking hand quilting with perle #8 right now.  I have a couple of spools of yellow thread but haven't found a backing yet. 
 2. Coin Toss - need to find a backing and get it quilted. I'm thinking machine quilting in rainbow colors at this point. I want to get this finished for the farmer's wife widow who lives with her son down the road. She is ailing. 
3. Selvage Yard - need to find a backing and get it quilted. I'm thinking fmq on my dsm.

4. Rosebud.  Need to find backing then get it quilted. I'm thinking of quilting on my DSM. 

5. STARZ. Blocks from a really, really, really, really old swap. Needs sashing and top made then quilted. 


6. Snowball's Chance. I've got it pinned to the backing. It needs some machine and hand quilting. 

7-12 Donation Quilts matched up with their backings. They need quilting and binding. 

13. A really, really, really, really old mystery quilt. I THINK it is pinned to the backing and I just need to get it quilted. 

14. Old MacDonald Mystery Sampler. Need to find backing then I'm going to hand quilt. 

15. Butterflies. Need to find backing. I'm tending toward hand quilting this one. 


16 - 17. Finish 2 I Spy ABC quilts.  I've already finished two of four. Lots of family babies due this year!

18. 30's Chunky Churn Dash from swap. I think I'll combine with a calico spools swap. Need to make top and finish. 

19. Floral Chunky Churn Dash Swap. Combining with butterfly (scrap) snowballs. Need to make top after I make more snowballs. And then need to finish. 

20. Fall Chunk Churn Dash from swap. Combining with framed four patches and flying geese. Need to make lots more flying geese and then find backing and finish. 

21. MoROSE Garden. Need to find backing and get quilted. Not sure how I'm going to quilt it at this point. 

It's always good to have goals!
Good luck on yours!