Quilting Fun

While I love the satisfaction of finishing a quilt, it isn't the only way to have fun with quilting. Fun also comes from the great outings with girlfriends, shopping expeditions with Grandma, or just sitting in my "thoughtful spot" chair perusing magazines and books. The thrill of the next project waiting just there on the horizon...

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Orphan Box

Orphan blocks - those lonely blocks that for one reason or another get put to the side, unused and/or unwanted. I have a box full of them, and if memory serves, I found a box of orphans in my grandmother's sewing things, as well.

I came across my orphan box one day last week when I was digging for something else, and I thought it might be fun to share some of what I have stashed away there. Most of the blocks are quite pretty, yet for whatever reason, I have chosen to hide them away. I might have to get busy on a sampler quilt and use these blocks for it.

Let's take a look at what I've got.

The box is a flat-ish puzzle box, large, but still some of the blocks have to be folded over to fit. I've just opened up the contents to a random spot and pulled out two. The top block is a leftover from the scrappy 16-patch stars I recently had quilted. The lower block is just a random 9-patch waiting to find its purpose.

There are more 9-patch blocks - many more, in fact - and they come in a variety of sizes. Here is just a sampling of them.

Some are made with KF fabrics.

Looks like 3-4 alike of this one in primitive fabrics.

This one is rather small.

Another made with KF fabric and white-on-white.

It appears I have a goodly number of miscellaneous stars in the oprhan box, also. A couple of these go way back, and I fear I don't even remember making others. 

And then we have the wildly random blocks that just seem to be stuff made for the sake of making them. Why? Just because, I guess! A quilter doesn't need to have a reason, right?

I remember thinking that this Churn Dash did not have enough contrast to suit me.
I remember 'unsewing' this block numerous times trying to make the points match.

Some aren't wildly random at all; this 4-patch is about as simple as they come.
There you have it - respresentative blocks from my orphan box. Maybe a goal for next year will be to use them. We shall see; we shall see.

I've been MIA these last few days. DH and I took a nice day-trip on Friday to eastern Ohio. Our original goal was to drive across the state on Old Rt. 40, the historic National Road. We ended up being sidetracked by genealogy-related stuff in Belmont County, where we traipsed around 4 cemeteries looking for surnames in my mother's branch of the family tree. We had a wonderful day and are already planning to go back.

Then over the weekend DD Erin and her husband Jeff were here with their cat. We watched a movie that the kids recommended: Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds starring Brad Pitt. My first Tarantino movie; good story line, but lots of gruesome bits, too.

Overall, we had a relaxing and laid back weekend, and I just didn't have the 'umph' to do even a simple blog post. My mother joined us on Sunday, and with the big cool-down in the weather, we had a beautiful day to sit on the screened porch and visit. I helped her finish a valance for her kitchen and attempted to fix an old sewing machine she'd brought with her (no luck with any fixes!).

Monday was devoted to syllabus writing and copying. With classes beginning for me today (8am and 12:30pm), I needed to be ready to go. And I was; the hardest part of the new semester will be getting up for that early class--it's been a long time since I've needed to keep those hours!

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Erin's New Project

I alluded to the project my DD had begun earlier this week, and indicated that it must be a mystery because of  her lack of details. Well, I now have the details, and there's nothing at all mysterious about it.

We stopped by their place last evening and this was laid out on the table. Erin has the one corner unit all stitched up, and it looks mighty fine. She tells me this will be a Christmas wall hanging. I asked her about the jump from square blocks to triangle blocks, and (wisely) she says she is taking it slow to avoid messing up.

Her DH Jeff said she'd hauled him to the quilt store with her to buy the fabric, but that she was quick about it; hopefully the experience wasn't too painful. *grin*

Here are links to Erin's two previous quilting efforts Auggie's Quilt and Landon's Quilt.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Sharon's Going Around the World

Behold the beauty of Sharon's latest quilt, Trip Around the World. Both fabric and pattern are by Kaffe Fassett, and we are never, ever disappointed with his stuff.

This is a kit Sharon bought some time back. She has a few more rows to attach, but it is looking spectacular, and I cannot wait to see the finish! It definitely gives me ideas about how I might use some of my KF stash; I don't need to bother with a kit, that's for sure.

The pattern is in this book - Heritage Quilts. And here is the picture of the quilt from the book.

What a delightful quilt - both to look at and to make. I definitely want to keep this on my radar for the (near) future.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Random Bits

Without anything terribly interesting to share today, it seems as good a time as any to throw some random stuff out there that I've collected in recent weeks.

This expresses my opinion about house work rather perfectly. I found it on either Pinterest or Facebook.

And I really like this sentiment from Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Years ago, I read a book (or two?) by her. I ought to read her again.

A week ago, DH and I spent a day doing family stuff. Part of that meant we had the twins for the day. They are getting to be such big girls now - 8 years old (9 in October!) and going into 3rd grade. Here they are loving on their Aunt Jayne. *love*

I believe you have met Rocky, the sweet kitty belonging to my DD Erin and her hubby Jeff. Well look what arrived in a message several weeks ago.

He apparently likes hanging out in the quilt basket in their apartment. Isn't he  handsome? That quilt rolled up is Broken Dishes, a Kaffe Fassett quilt, which I gave her for a wedding shower gift back in 2014.

And speaking of Erin, a couple of text messages just last night indicate that she is starting a project, which must be some sort of mystery because she was not giving up any details.

This was a Christmas gift from her dad and me which she'd just opened up. Wow. What a nice gift. She sure is a lucky girl to have such thoughtful parents. *grin*

It looks like the beginnings of something wonderful! I will keep you informed as she shares additional details.

I'm a bit late getting a post up today, Peeps. I hope you'll forgive. DH and I went out for our somewhat-regularly-scheduled morning walk  (he actually runs a part of his routine) and I did 5 miles! I am still recovering. Whew! Felt good, though, and I'd like to do it a few more times while the weather is so nice.

Thanks for indulging me with my random bits. While I was out on that walk this morning, I got a few pictures from Sharon P. of a recent finish of hers. You will love it - and if you'll stop back by tomorrow, you will get a look-see.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Gift Fairies Have Been Busy!

Sharon was here to sew yesterday. Our project for the day was to begin a wedding quilt for the newlywed daughter of our friend and former co-worker Dee. The bride is Liz, whose wedding colors were peach, mint and gray. Our quilt will pick up those colors and will hopefully provide impact with large yet simple HST blocks.

We are using solid colors - Kona cotton ordered from Hancock's of Paducah. Here are the wonderful colors.

Our inspiration is a quilt we found on Pinterest. The simple, large and graphic blocks make quite a statement; they do all the work and no prints are necessary.

Depending on how the blocks are laid out, the look is either a pinwheel block or a square in a square. Above are some shots of our early blocks.

We did all the cutting, drawing of diagonal lines, stitching, cutting apart, and pressing today. We began sewing some of the HST units together, but not many. When we get together next week, we hope to be able to have a finished quilt top.

Our sewing days will be switching to Mondays starting next week. Starting next Tuesday, I will be heading back to teaching Freshman Comp at OU-C, and my classes are T-Th this semester. 

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Amazing Find

Thursday night I went digging around for a project to take with me to quilting on Friday morning with the Frankfort Girls. I didn't have anything immediately ready, unfortunately. I rooted around for awhile and came across a tub containing a UFO that I haven't touched since 2006.

I remember putting Meadow Lily away because I'd made a mistake. Stops me every time. But after 10 years, I don't even have a clue as to what the mistake was. So I took it with me Friday morning to see if I could sort it all out.

This is the quilt from the picture in the book - At Home With Thimbleberries Quilts. Are you surprised that I'm doing a Thimbleberries? I have done so, so many of them over the years, and I continue to go back to these patterns because of the great instructions and fast construction.

Take a look at the progress I made so many years ago. It amazes me that I had so much done. I wish I didn't let mistakes affect me so.

So many flower units are made! Why did I give it all up because of a mistake? All the setting blocks are made, too. I shake my head at my lengthy denial.

The photo below is likely where I will find my error. In the bottom of the tub are all the little yet-to-be-assembled pieces. It looks like what I would have been last working on.

I have not yet totally figured it out, but my guess is that I sewed a whole batch of HSTs on the wrong way to the little brown and background unit. I could spend a few Friday mornings unsewing these, if that is the case. I find that I am rather eager to get back to this quilt. I still like the fabrics and the pattern. With so much of it started, it seems ridiculous not to "get 'er done."

But Meadow Lily will have to wait. I need to spend today working on Elisa's quilt. Yes, I am still plugging away on it. I am so bad at procrastinating. Or maybe I should say I'm good at procrastinating and bad at diligence! *hah!* I would love to have it finished before the end of the month, and with some diligence, I could.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Remember That Resolution?

It was back in January that I made the resolution to get a quilt quilted every month for the year of 2016. I am woefully behind in my goal, but the few that are quilted are some of my favorites and are no longer just hanging out in the closet never to be enjoyed.

Several weeks ago, I got two quilts back from Terry and even though I still need to get the binding on them, I thought I would take the time to let you see what is waiting in the wings for my attention. I am chomping at the bit to have them finished.

This scrappy 16-patch block with stars in the sashing is a pattern of my own invention. With no particular plan in mind, I hand stitched the blocks with random 2.5" squares over the course of several months. Most were done while sewing with the Frankfort Girls at our Friday morning get-togethers. When it became time to decide how to use the blocks, I thought of using navy sashing strips with off-white cornerstones. Then I came up with the idea of adding those triangles to each end of the sashing strips to make star points. Voila! I love how it all came together.

Eventide has a long history. The longest part of its past is the Roman Holiday fabric, which I'd had in the stash since the fabric came out - possibly more than 10 years ago. In the spring of 2014, I believe, I made the decision to use the Roman Holiday in the Eventide pattern by Miss Rosie's Quilt/Carrie Nelson. What a joy to make. The gorgeous fabric and the great pattern seemed like a perfect marriage. I am thrilled with this quilt.

Let's see them on the bed. Those pictures above were taken when Terry returned them to me from being quilted, and were unfolded in Sheryll's kitchen.

Do you notice the quilt or the cat first? I just didn't have the heart to disturb Gracie when I went upstairs to take the picture. My activity in the room did awaken her, though, and her look tells me she was none too thrilled about it.

Because Eventide is just so darn gorgeous, I will give you lots of different angles and closeups on it. No cat in sight, either.

To recap my resolution: January-Breath of Avignon; February-Scrappy 16-Patch; March-Eventide; April-Abby's Wedding Quilt; May, June, July, August - no quilts. Now the 'glass half empty' folks would find fault with 50% completion of a goal. I, however, am a 'glass half full' kind of gal, and I see 4 quilts done that otherwise would still be hanging in the closet. A goal was all I needed to get some quilts moved out of that closet and onto a bed.

Happy Quilting, Friends!