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!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Staying Cool

Here's a quick peek of what's been going on over at The Sunshine Club at the Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center. Mary continues to make progress on her hand quilting project of scrappy double four patches.

Meb had some nice potholders to sew plastic rings onto for hanging and they look great!

Sue decided that it would be faster to just tie her quilt and got it all done in one week. Now she's working on the binding in a solid brown cotton.

As for me, I stabbed along for a few needles' worth of hand hemming the binding on my little red string quilt.

Then, on Friday, at the Golden Gese Quilt Shop in Concord, New Hampshire, Maureen had another beautifully embroidered Navy seal on a mini flag wall hanging. So cute!

Sue was working on some hourglass blocks in a Christmas fabric that is from Australia, so it has zero snow included.

Here's what the block looks like opened up. Nice work, Sue!

I did some pressing of my log cabin medallions.

Then I was able to sew the cream print inner borders onto the top and remembered to ask Maureen to help me measure the top. Right now it is about 64" square.

 That's a little small, so I'm planning some scrappy piano key borders for it.

Hope you can stay cool and dry and have some fun quilting!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Quilty News

There was lots of fun over at the Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center on Tuesday as we met after a nice breakfast there. We often spill into the big room and use the ping pong table for layouts.

Sue was sandwiching her layers of a big quilt that she plans to hand quilt and it looks terrific!

Mary has hers in the hoop and is making steady progress as you can see.

This looks good as she quilts along!

I was cutting and measuring the red outer borders for my Starstruck quilt and everything was a jumble as I took this picture.

The fabric is a Paula Barnes design from her Heritage Reds line from Marcus Brothers.

Miss Tanner likes to lay out in the afternoon shade on the table on my deck.

On Friday, the quilters at the Golden Gese Quilt Shop were all very impressed with Maureen's big finish as she did the binding.

Maureen owns an embroidery machine and she tried a metallic gold thread to emblazon her label with dazzling results.

Also at the next session of the Friday group, there was a whole lot of Half Square Triangles being made by Sue for a Christmas star medallion quilt. Good going, Sue!

Maureen made an embroidered star flag that is so cute!

She's also working on a set of four placemats that are octagonal.

After a few false starts due to "pilot error" on rethreading my Singer Featherweight, I was able to complete sewing those red outer borders onto my Starstruck top. Yippee!

Thank you, Maureen, for your help in getting a photograph of me with it and then folding it up.

We forgot to measure it, but it it quite large and I think that it is around 88" or 90" square.

Mr. Tipper welcomed me home by lifting one eyelid as he napped in the shade.

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! We enjoyed fireworks by the lake and fed a few mosquitoes but had a great time! Big juicy burgers with all the trimmings are on tap for our supper. Yummy!
Last Friday, at the Golden Gese Quilt Shop, Claire had a wonderful finish of her scrappy tumblers. Yeay, Claire!

Sue was working on some summery garden fabrics that are so pretty!

Beverly got the last row assembled of her navy blue and white Hunter's Star and spread it out to be photographed.

But, wait, something is off kilter here! Two rows have mistakes. Poor Beverly!
This block is wrong.

This block is right.

Claire helped Beverly to see where she had sewn rows together wrong and Beverly will fix it. But oh, the disappointment! She was near tears. Nevermind, Beverly, fix it now and it will be forever right!

Maureen had a neat little patriotic piece that she is doing in traditional fabrics. Hooray for the red white and blue!

I just love those cheddar borders!

As for me, I mostly socialized but I cut and measured a couple of inner borders for my Starstruck top.

Have a safe and happy 4th!

Happy sewing!

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