Thursday, May 26, 2016

Square Deal

We had a great time at The Sunshine Club chatting and chomping chocolate! The weather was cool and rainy on Tuesday, but it has since then broken into a torrid summer heat wave.

Seen below is Marge, working on her pink Yo-yos, and her husband, Ernie, who left us in search of a chess partner there at the Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center.

Bev, below, joined in the fun working on her black borders of her soccer-themed Tee shirt quilt.

The big surprise was that she has invested in a new 25th Anniversary Edition Janome sewing machine. Whooo-hoo, it's a beauty!

I was working on hand hemming on the strings raffle quilt to benefit the Center and you can see it piled up on the table in front of me.

Sue, seen above at the back of the room, had agreed to do some of the hand hemming at her house, but she was worried about her skill set when it came to turning the corners.

So I promptly demonstrated how to turn a corner but it turned out to be one of the worst ones I've ever done in my life! We both laughed that this quilt will need to be viewed only by a rider on top of a galloping horse!

By the way, my Tee shirt really does read, "Holy Scrap," with an "S" that's barely visible in the photo.

When I was home and the sun shone, I was able to photograph the little Charm Pack quilt that has no name. Maybe I'll call it "Square Deal." 

It is mostly Moda, in Howard Marcus' line known as "Collections For A Cause; Community", with a Marcus Brothers Textiles striped border by Judy Rothermel.

This was quilted by me on Ellen Peters' longarm even though, at a mere 50" by 60", I could have Free Motion Quilted it.

The quilting you've seen before on this blog. It's sort of a free-handed flower of paisley petals, then echoed back into position for the next blossom. It was taught to me by a fellow Stashbuster, Nancie V. from Texas. Thank you, Nancie!

Thank you, Ila, in Illinois, for the pretty red and orange paisley fabric for the backing. I had just enough to do it and it looks smashing! Thank you, thank you!

It's nice to have this done, even though it needs a label.

Also, I wanted to share with you a pair of pretty potholders that I'd sent to my friend, Marge, in Arkansas as a "Thank you" for her generous gift of sending me Civil War fabrics.

Some of those fabulous fabrics were built right into the potholders to go right back to her, LOL! Poetic justice?

I am Sew Blessed and Scrap Happy, as my little wooden signs say, hope you are, too!

Happy quilting!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Getting Quilting On It

Monday came today with little aches in my muscles of my back and shoulders from quilting at Ellen Peters' studio in Laconia, New Hampshire.

Fortunately, the spa was open and I received immediate treatment from Mr. Felix's magic fingers. I probably smell like a koala bear's (eucalyptus) lunch, but I'm very happy!

Thank you, Ellen, seen below, for loading up the raffle quilt to benefit the Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center!

This heartstrings top came from the combined efforts of the gals who sew with The Sunshine Club that meets there on Tuesdays. Hey, that's tomorrow! I'm excited to bring it in to show it now that it's quilted!

The top was made of 48 blocks set 6 blocks by 8 blocks. Since each block was built upon a 10½" square foundation, made of one of my old worn-out but clean bedsheets, the top was 60" by 80" before the quilting.

I chose a bright red quilting thread  for on top with an ecru thread beneath on the underside of the quilt. My choice for batting was the Pellon's Quilter's Touch 100% silicone-ized polyester batting. It is very low loft and lightweight.

I like Quilter's Touch for donation quilts because it simulates the look of cotton for a fraction of the cost. It is true that it hasn't quite as much drapability as cotton, but it is acceptable.

The quilting was loop de loops the size of silver dollars. If you can remember occasionally getting real silver dollars at your local bank, then you're OLD, LOL! They were nothing like the cheesy Susan B. Anthony's.

After about an hour and a half of solid quilting and a couple of handfuls of York Peppermint Patties, Ellen was helping me to unload the quilt from the big machine.

Soon I was home and I spread out the quilt onto the freshly swept guestroom floor to get at the trimming off of the excess batting and backing.

The backing was two long pieces sewn together, they were odd lots of ecru & tan that seemed to go together for this project.

You may click upon any picture to enlarge it. This shows the quilting on two different areas of the backing fabrics.

And the other area.

Pain to my old knees on the kneeling pad not withstanding, soon the quilt was trimmed, hooray!

I picked out a generic red from my stash and prepared the binding and got it sewn onto the quilt the next day and I'm hand hemming now on it.

In Stashbusters they say that, "Done is better than perfect!"

This pretty little quilt has lots of compromises built into it, but I'm very pleased with it! Tomorrow I hope to involve more folks by getting some help with the hemming by hand.

Here's hoping that you can be pleased with your compromises!

Linking up to Love Laugh Quilt Link.
And linking to Oh Scrap! Link.
And Em's Scrapbag. Link.

Happy quilting!

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Friday Fun!

Yesterday at the Friday Quilters at The Golden Gese Quilt Shop on 22 Liberty Street in Concord, New Hampshire, I had two small, manageable goals.

One goal was to measure and cut batting for the Heartstrings donation quilt over at the Senior Center in Alton New Hampshire. As you can see, I like to use a yardstick and a fine point Sharpie marker to draw my line all the way across before cutting.

The top is a Heartstrings with red focus fabric made by several of the gals in The Sunshine Club that meets on Tuesdays. If you'd like instructions here is the link. Link.

My other goal was to get the Edith top pressed, measured (80" by 80") and folded up to take home. I did get that goal done, but did not take a new photo of it. The snapshot below is the quilt top before pressing, just for reference.

Both Maureen and Beverly were there and they both worked on helping me to cobble up a long skinny side piece to enlarge my batting for the Heartstrings raffle quilt top.

We broke a needle, sewed the seam wrong and re-sewed it, and, ultimately, I learned that all that travail was unnecessary. That batting was wide enough to use without the supplemental strip along the side of it. Thank you, ladies, for trying!

Maureen was still working on her blue Rhombus quilt piecing and it's coming along nicely! If Maureen looks different to you, she is sporting new glasses frames and has lost some weight on her diet. Win, win, win!

Beverly was also starting a Rhombus quilt with three bold colors; yellow, white, and blue.

We did also enjoy some bright purple and blue Birthday cake to help Claire celebrate her upcoming special day.

Sue was working diligently on her Storytellers quilt by Nancy Gere for Windham. Those sure are tiny HST's!

We all had a good day together!

Lest I forget, let's remember Julie K's Log Cabin Lunacy night is tonight! Link.

I really must get back to dropping my blocks on top of my strips for more of these!

Also linking up to Oh Scrap! Link.

Happy quilting!

Full Moon Progress

Wow, the full moon was just beautiful rising in the twilight sky last night, but I have no pictures of it. Instead, I'd like to share my progress on my Easy Hourglass quilt top made from Missouri Star Quilt Company's free video. Link.

These pictures were taken in the new big room of the Alton, New Hampshire, Senior Center. They show that my blocks had been sewn into 9 rows of 9 blocks each.

The fabrics are from a layer cake called "Edith" by Mary Koval for Windham, and I hand cut the plain tan into 10" squares for the background.

Soon I had the rows sewn together for a top, but I will tell you that I took my time to match up the blocks. It took me over an hour and a half to do it! Here is the unquilted top all sewn but not pressed yet.

The blocks are about 10" finished, so the top is 80" square. I struggled with the repetitiveness of this quilt's making and set it aside several times throughout this past winter.

At the Center, Sue was still sewing her grandaughter's "Hip Clips" that she sells on the internet as a fashion accessory.

Marjory worked on her Yo-yo Pillow top in pink while I strewed Hersey's Milk Chocolate Classic Nuggets about on the work table.

Marge also made some decisions about just how she'd like to do her Log Cabin Pillows. Should she go with the lights turned inward towards the center?

Or is it better with the darks turned inward? With 16 blocks made, she could do both; one on the front of the pillow, and the other way on the back of the pillow!

Back at my house, I made a few more Jewel Box blocks.

As I made them, I discovered that I was running low on the 4½" unfinished HST units, and cut some of those to sew.

My very dear neighbor, Ilse, visited me and, to my delight, she brought me four blooming Forget Me Not plants from her gardens! Thank you, thank you!

These are so dainty and pretty!

Miss Emma took a walk with her kitty friend, Mr. Tipper. They both like to nibble at the tips of the lush new spring grass. You'd think that they were cows grazing, LOL!

Miss Tanner liked to just sit quietly and watch them being silly together.

Happy quilting!

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