Saturday, January 21, 2017

Long Week


Yes, it has been a long week and we are tired glad it is over.  Some of you were shocked at the 20 bobbins thing (and some of you weren't).  I'm retired and sew/quilt every day and almost all day - and sometimes thru the night.  Depending on what you are stitching, depends on how much thread you are using.  Blocks with lots of pieces and seams take more thread and I happen to use a little shorter stitch, so more thread.  And if you are quilting - well again, depending on the design depends on how much thread is used.  


A lot of you participate in the stash accounts - fabric used.  I keep track of how much thread I use for inventory and re-order.  I am a scrap quilter so almost impossible to really track that flow.  This test quilt (ready for quilting) for instant had blocks with 17 seams per block.  Yes, 30 blocks were made and put into a quilt top in a week - mixed with other things.



Like all the blocks for all the QALs.  These are for the Patchwork with Fat Quarter.  Geese were made, rails, 4-patches, 9-patches - easily over 100 blocks this week.


Even the Black Bear was played with.  There was always something under the needle, chaining and leader/ender one project after another.  Yes, you have to be organized and focused - the seam ripper did come out occassionally.


Usually I make more than needed blocks - orphans are handy in other projects.  BUT, I found I was two green bear paw blocks short so the green drawer came out again.  Moe must love this drawer and I can't believe he squished himself into it.

  
And I fought the Queen of the House for this quilt again!!


I won!!  The last border is on and the backing is pieced, batt is cut and I am ready to sandwich/quilt this one for the weekend.  Wonder how many bobbins I will use.


So while the furkids nap away another rainy day (or two), I have two quilts and a wallhanging to quilt.  Best wind those bobbins and get busy.

** linking up with Feline Friday and Whoop Whoop Friday **

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ice, Inspiration, and Instigation


We are in the middle of an ice storm like so many others and their bad weather - what's a quilter do do?  SEW!!!  I am 20th bobbin since Monday and even used a spool of thread up - blocks, blocks and more blocks.


And I guilted myself about those borders, so with the help of my assistant (not), I put one one, then made blocks - put another on, then made blocks.  I have the last of the five to go, but it seems every time I lay this out, Miss Bella claims it and I get no where.  So more blocks, blocks, blocks today. 


Temecula Quilt Co is having a QAL with reproducing this antique flying geese quilt - so many geese a month.  I need to clear some of my reproduction fabrics that won't be used in Barbara Brackman's "Diary" QAL so this works for me.  Besides - I love to make flying geese.

  
And to instigate some more - this beauty is being offered by Wendy Shepard of Ivory Spring.  You could even take a section of this and make a mini if you don't feel up to another big quilt.


I did get out yesterday for a bit (in the pouring rain) to the local library - only like a minute or two from me.  They had a fun class on making an Accordion Album.  I'm sure due to the weather, I was the only one who showed up.  BUT what fun and I have found a project I can share with my grandkids.

I will get new buttons up for Temecula and Wendy soon, and back to my blocks.........

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Monday Making 1/16/17


I will joining BETH with some block making.  Switching from scraps to some NEW fabric.  I love scraps, but there is something about new fabrics to freshen inspiration.  They , also, freshen up the scrap pile.


I pulled some of my Rhoda Ruth and Kona 30th Anniversary solid FQ bundles for a test quilt.  I was going to go scrappy for this test quilt, but I have wanted to play with these bundles - so new it is - actually they have been on the shelf a while.


I pulled my Katherine Ann by Patrick Loose to use for the Patch Work Sampler with Fat Quarter Shop.  They haven't listed the fabric requirements, but I think there is plenty of mix with this bundle and there is 4 yards of the Kona Snow - should be just fine.

Yes, I have several boxes of pay-it-forward to send out today and the large brown box arrived the other day and holds my staple Kona's which should last at least half way thru the year.


My tote filled with supplies for Cindy @ Quilt Doodle QAL.  A Dresdan Plate has been on my bucket list, so this works perfect with my left over 30's, feed sacks, and some new.  I'll be hand stitching this one so will take me a little more time.



Then there was this new and old mix for Pat Sloan's Solstice QAL.


I'm a little behind with this one and finished the cabin block and have the rail fence to make before the new block comes on on Wednesday.

I know, I am procrastinating on those borders, but block making just tickles me.  BUT I will get to those borders.

Wind those bobbins and go play,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Slow Sunday Stitching 1/15/17

Slow Sunday Stitching

I will be joining KATHY today with some slow soothing stitching.  The weekend has become days of 'chores' that must be done.  So to have something that I can sit with for a bit to relax - then pop on to the next to-do on the list - that works.


I have just the black to finish up 'Ernestine' for the Bag Ladies.  You can click on the button on the side bar to read more about this project.  Some of the smaller embellishment areas will actually be done during or after the quilting process.  I plan to make each of these ladies into their own mini wallhanging.  I saved those cut off HSTs from my green scrap geese quilt which will work well for a border with this.


And that should finish up quick, so I have my hexies ready for the next round on those rosettes.

Grab some needle and thread and sit down, slow down, relax,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon