Sunday, April 26, 2015

Back to Work on a UFO

     Saturday I made a little progress on the dogwood blooms for a bed size quilt.
The pattern is from  by Annette Ornelas
and her workshop on creating curves with straight seams.  You add folded squares and create the curve with the bias folded edge which is stitched down similarly to the curves in cathedral windows quilts.  Most of the folded curves are not stitched down until units are joined so you do not see them in this photo.  Sunday afternoon I have been working on more blooms and have a total of 14. I need at least 7 more. 
I have chosen to use a light background fabric instead of the dark used by Annette in her pattern.


       “Sewing with Nancy” has been on TV for over 30 years and I have watching her show almost as long.  If you don’t watch her on your local PBS channel, you can now watch and/or rewatch her shows online (  ) which I did to figure out how to make this tablet stand from the show on sewing with squares and rectangles (  ).  I made the larger size but might have done with the smaller.  

       There is still more time to sew this afternoon so I'm back to work. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Graduation Gift Finished

      For a number of years my sister Irene and I have shared the task of making each niece or nephew a bed size quilt when they graduate from college.  We each make half the blocks, Irene finishes piecing the top and I finish by machine quilting.  The most recent gift project is finished.  The pattern is "Millennium Star" from Nickel Quilts: Great Designs from 5-Inch Scraps by Pat Speth and Charlene Thode.

I enjoyed quilting the continuous motif on the stars. I think the imperfections just add to the creativity of the design.

Later today I plan to make from some of the leftover fabric a pillowcase for wrapping the quilt.

Then it is back to work on a UFO.  This rainy afternoon will be a great day to sew. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Finish and WIP

       I have a large stash of fabric and have been doing trying to use fabrics in my stash unless I REALLY need to buy something.  However, today I definitely fell off the wagon.  JoAnn Fabrics has their clearance fabrics half price.  Many times there is nothing on the rack that I want.  Today I found too many great tone-on-tone prints at prices I could not pass up.  I came home with 46 yards of cotton plus 2 pieces for purposes other than quilting. 

      The other day I quilted and finished a lap crumb quilt.  The top has been pieced for at least 6 months. 

Then I started quilting on a full size bed quilt that will be a graduation present for a nephew.  I have meandered with cream thread in all the background. 

I have practiced a couple of designs to see what I like for the start areas.  I plan to use a dark gray thread.  This is the latest practice continuous design. 

If I don't come up with something I like better, tomorrow I will start quilting the stars. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Two Wall-hangings Finished

      The last 2 large wall-hangings for Palmetto Health Hospitals of nurses’ blocks are finished.  It was a bit of a challenge because of the different fabrics and embellishments the nurses used to create their blocks.  Thanks to Lynne S. for piecing the top of  # 2

                   # 3 

      Today I will try to get back to work on  a UFO.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Relaxing with Easy Piecing

    I have been trying not to start any new projects but after I worked 3 days quilting on the nurses' wall-hangings. I wanted to sew something different to relax.  I have another big piecing project in the works but it is more complicated.  I wanted something simple.  I started the following quilt top, I'm calling "squares and strips".  I have seen a similar project but don't remember a name.  Mine started with my stash of 2 1/2" squares.  I did have to cut new off-white 2 1/2" strips.  The rest is 4 1/2" squares and strips from leftovers. The top measures about 57" by 65".

I have been cutting up odd pieces ( less than a fat quarter mostly) from my church quilt group.  I came about irregular pieces of a pink background fabric with flowers.  I know it has been used in at least one quilt and the pieces may be what was left when the backing was pieced.  I have been thinking of making a carpenter star quilt and found there was enough for the background.  This quilt top went together easily from HSTs and measures about 49" by 59".

    I enjoyed 2 relaxing days piecing, have 2 more small tops to be quilted and still have to finish quilting one wall-hanging for the nurses. 
Hope you enjoy a Good Friday and Happy Easter!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Day of Quilting for Nurses

     I have finished one large wall-hanging of blocks made by Palmetto Health nurses during Nurses Week 2014.  Today I finished the quilting on the second wall-hanging.  I still need to trim, add binding and a hanging sleeve. 

I used the walking foot to stitch-in-the-ditch for the sashing and border then FMQ each block. 

I basted the third wall-hanging so tomorrow I can start quilting on it. 

     These are not typical quilt blocks.  Many of the nurses did not use typical quilting materials to create their blocks.  One was made from a diaper.  A few nurses used scrapbooking items.  Some used very creative embellishments that caused some problems for quilting but so far I've managed to quilt around them. 

     I also recently helped my older granddaughter finish her second pillowcase.  She gave this one to her little sister who was very pleased. 
Next she asked to make a small quilt for herself.   She loves her grandmas quilts.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

This and That

This is the week for many sewing group meetings.  Monday was Quilt Mavens.  Mary brought this giraffe quilt and asked whether it needed a mane.  We agreed that it did and it is very cute. 

This morning at Comfort Quilts many of us worked on quilting with a walking foot on children’s quilts.  Our guild donates to the local children’s hospital and they want more.  I did not finish but made good progress.  In the afternoon, I decided to make the bunny pouch that my granddaughter requested. 

                                      Here is the back. 

In May I will be presenting a program and workshop for my sister’s guild on “using made-fabric”.   I need more samples so I pulled out some pieces and made a few more anvil blocks with a made-fabric centers.  I love these.  

Tomorrow is sew day for my church quilt group but I hope to spend time cutting up scraps into usable units.   

Enjoy some sewing and quilting time!