Friday, August 18, 2017

Happy Hobbies

Felix's garden is experiencing some deer raiding problems but otherwise our occasional rain is keeping it lush and well watered.

At the Sunshine Club on Tuesdays, Sue was almost done hand tying her huge hourglass quilt.

It is a king size quilt and looks terrific!

Meb was showing us all the lovely small quilts that she has been sewing.

Beautiful blocks!

Here are some that were put together to make a table runner. Nice work!

Here's Mary looking on as Meb does some hand quilting.

Beautiful pattern and it might work as a baby quilt.

Here's another pretty table runner!

Joyce had her table  mat all sandwiched and ready to machine quilt.

She did a great job on the stitch in the ditch and some diagonals, too. Nice work, Joyce!

I did some cutting of Bella solids yardage into 4½" squares for the X blocks on my Arkansas Crossroads top.

Back at home, I got distracted and made a few whirlygig or hopscotch blocks just for fun! Wheee!

Hope you let yourself get off track enough to have a ball just playing in your fabrics!

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Happy Sewing

Last Tuesday the Sunshine Club met for sewing various projects. Mary was turning and finishing a bunch of microwavable bowl potholders. Love that purple!

Sue was sewing up the pages for a child's cloth book.

This is so cute!

Getting the pages lined up into their proper sequence is pretty important!

Mary had gotten permission to use the center's one washing machine to wash up some fabrics from an estate of a smoker to distribute to the Sunshine Club. Here's Marjorie with a nice bagful of free fabrics. Thank you, Mary!

One of the fabrics that caught Sue's eye was a Winnie The Pooh print. She has an idea for applique with this print.

Marjorie is almost finished with her yoyo pillow top and it looks great!

 Then, on Friday at The Golden Gese Quilt Shop, we all marveled at Sue's two finished quilts. Just look at that Hunter's Star!

It is gorgeous and photos don't really do it justice!

Sue's other quilt has yet to be bound but it is a wonderfully complex sampler quilt.

Such craftsmanship went into these blocks!

Tracy Szanto of Dreamland Quilting did a beautiful job on this!

Here's a peek at the backing, too.

Maureen had a pair of beautifully embroidered placemats from her friend in Florida. These look great!

I finished putting the 5" charm pack borders onto my jelly roll race quilt top and pressed it.

Now I have things ready to quilt. Oops, must arrange a backing, too!

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A Visit To Maine

Sunday was lovely weather for my visit to Sanford, Maine for a trip to Marden's department store. Marden's is a chain, but not every one of their stores boasts a fabric department.

I met up with Grace there and we had fun shopping in spite of a bit of a wait time to get to the cutting table.

The cutting table was right beside a big shelf of neatly stacked remnants and I kept finding pretty reds that I had to take home with me!

The highest price that I paid was $4.49 per yard and I had found some very nice neutrals, too. My total bill was $37.67, right on target for my goal to not go over $40.

My only mishap was a stupidly forgotten camera that I had left in the cart as I was leaving the store. Fortunately, the man who found it turned it in to the courtesy booth. I was able to claim it later in the day when I returned for it. He didn't leave his name/number so that I could thank him, but God bless him!

In the meantime, back at the ranch, I've resurrected a project that had been set aside. Remember those endless winter days filled with the construction of Sawtooth Stars? Well, I built quite a stack of them!

These are 8" when finished in the quilt, but I've been dragging my feet to begin making the alternate block of 8" hourglasses. Finally, I broke the inertia and got started.

I have over 60 star blocks so I need 60 of the quarter squares. too. I used 4½" width of fabric strips in red and neutral.

Very carefully, I stacked them up with right sides together, four layers deep.

Then the wonderful Companion Angle ruler made cutting the ready-to-sew stacks easy.

Turn it upside down for the next cut and do the whole row.

The only tricky part of making quarter square hourglass blocks is to remember to feed the parts into the sewing machine in all the same orientation so that each sewn pair is the same with no mirror images.

I was able to get 7  quarter square blocks out of one width of fabric run that was stacked four layers deep. And I sewed the cute little 4½" HST's scraps from the two ends, too.

I laid out one Sawtooth Star with four of the Hourglass blocks on my ironing board so that you could have a sneak preview of the layout pattern.

 Happy sewing!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Quilty News

On Tuesday at The Sunshine Club met and had a lovely time with show and tell. Here's Mary, who finished up her double 4-patch quilt by folding the backing over for a self binding. Good job, Mary!

Sometimes the simplest quilt ideas turn out to make wonderful quilts!

Sue was hard at work machine quilting her black and white strings quilt with straight line quilting. The quilt was heavy to move around for the quilting, so frequent breaks were in order.

Meb took a whole bagful of small finished pieces home to finish labeling them for the Bowls Of Hunger fundraiser.

Mary is still making decisions on how she'll finish her multi-colored strings quilt, but she spread it out for a photo. Great work!

Joyce joined us and was playing with her pretty nine patches made from charm square packs.

I got all my 4½" long sections of the piano key border cut from the Civil War Strip sets.

Best of all, we were visited by Pauline from Tennessee, who is staying with her adult daughter and grandkids. Great to see you, Pauline! Here I am modeling the gorgeous hand knit sweater that she made for me. Thank you, Pauline!!! I love it!

Later in the week, the Friday Quilters at The Golden Gese quilt shop met for yet another work session. Here's Maureen, just finishing up her hand hemming of her binding.

The quilt is a lovely summery design of blues and yellows on white and it just looks so happy and fresh!

Here is her embroidered label that looks so professional! Click on the picture to enlarge it.

Maureen also made another patriotic mini flag that came out great!

Another great project that Maureen shared with us is her cat motif that was carefully crafted using a commercially prepared pattern's instructions. We've never seen a green cat, but it looks so real!

Sue had a great beginning on a batiks block all in blues. This will create a secondary pattern of 4-patches when it is sewn together in the quilt. Very dramatic!

My work was to complete joining up the piano key border sections and get them sewn onto my Civil War scrappy log cabin medallions.

This will make the quilt about 72" square after it has been quilted and I'm thrilled with the look of it!

Tomorrow I'm looking forward to a trip to Marden's in Sanford, Maine, to meet up with my old chum, Grace. Can't wait to see her and give her a hug in person! Since she relocated from Maine to Maryland for the easy winters, I don't get the chance to see her very often.

Happy sewing!

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