Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July UFO - DONE!

Whoa! I am back on track with my goal of finishing UFOs in the month in which they are assigned. I missed out, sadly, on finishing the June UFO - and I still plan to get 'er done - but I went ahead with July and now I can boast a finish. Let's check it out.

This is Wishes - a quilt begun in January of 2014. The Fat Quarter Shop and its accompanying blog Jolly Jabber hosted a quilt-along in which each month quilters were given a block to make along with directions on setting and border. I was all in on this until October of that year, and then I just plopped it all in a tub and stored it away. I think I got busy with Christmas-oriented things, and found that I just had no time to keep up. Here are a few links to read about the progress made previously: January '14; October '14.

Fast forward to January of 2017 when we Frankfort Girls decided to do a UFO-each-month challenge. This came up as my task for July, and now it is done - hooray!

I spent the most aggravating time on doing these borders, made to look like checkerboards. I sewed one on wrong, and you'd have thought I needed to call in a support team because I just could not get the final border to fit properly. Eventually, after nearly wearing out that seam ripper, I did get it right. Whew. It might be a long time before I think to do another checkerboard border.

Here are some additional looks at Wishes. The fabric is an early line by Fig Tree Quilts/Joanna Figueroa and Lisa Quan for Moda called A Day in the Country. I mostly followed the pattern provided. My changes are in the use of cornerstones, the placement of two blocks and the color separation in a block or two. With a sampler quilt, those concerns don't really matter much, and I am pleased with the results.

Now what to do next? I sometimes get that lost feeling when I finish a quilt, as if I will never decide on my next project. This time, however, it is all decided. I must finish the second of this summer's commissions, and then I will truly be free to work on whatever I want.

Hope your day is productive!

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Lending a Helping Hand

I am a 4-H alum from the 70s; my kids were active 4-Hers in the 90s. The club the girls belonged to is called Buckskin Stitchers and Mixers, one of the oldest clubs in Ross County, OH. The adviser, Sandy, lives just around the bend from me here in Buckskin Township, and has served as adviser for many years. She called me a couple of weeks ago to see if I would lend a hand as the group is preparing to decorate this year's fair booth. Of course, I said I would. That's part of the 4-H pledge:

"I pledge my head to clearer thinking,
 my heart to greater loyalty, 
my hands to better larger service, 
my health to better living 
for my club, 
my community, my country 
and my world." 
(I googled it; only one word off; not too bad!)

The activity for the meeting was to recycle old blue jeans into bags that would decorate the booth during fair week, but that could later actually be used by the members. Sounded like fun! While the members embellished, a couple other volunteers and I managed construction. Tables were heaped with sequins, ribbons, glue guns, cording, flowers, rick-rack, beads and any other manner of decorative bits one could imagine. It was so much fun watching them collaborate with one another while engaging their imagination and creativity. The pictures show just how artisitic and productive we were. Enjoy!

Have a great Monday, quilting peeps! Hope your hands are busy today!

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Slow Stitching on a Sunday Evening

I always look forward to stitching on Sunday evening in part because there is such great programming on PBS. Tonight I can stitch while watching Grantchester. Over the past several years, DH and I have enjoyed quite a number of shows - Wolf Hall, Victoria, Mercy Street, and Poldark to name a few. We are looking forward to the return of Endeavour. If I prepare, I can stitch a few hexagon shapes while watching; otherwise I sit with the iPad in my hands and waste time.

For tonight, I have prepped enough hexies to make most (if not all) of a POTC block. I have it ready to take downstairs in a little box. First I will have to glue a bit, but I still should be able to stitch a good portion, as well.

I will be sure to share the progress in an upcoming post. I am linking to Slow Sunday Stitching; click on Kathy's Quilts to go have a look.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Projects from Claudia

You long-time readers remember the sewing lessons that I gave to a local woman Claudia, and later her friend Denise. Well, both of these quilters have progressed so far and so fast that I am not longer needed for teaching purposes. They have become quite prolific. I hope at some point to get a picture of the quilt Denise entered into the Hillsboro quilt show I attended last week. As I was prohibited from taking pictures, I must acquire a photo some other way.

I can share some things that Claudia has recently finished, as she sends regular emails with updates on her many and varied projects. Let's have a look.

These visors are simply glue-appliqued projects they made, presumably for their many dog shows. Being out in the sun, I am sure a nice visor is a welcome accessory.

These two quilts are called Crumb Quilts - from a pattern I helped Claudia with several months back.

How do you like this long, narrow wall hanging? I am certain we all have wall space that would fit something like this perfectly. Claudia's use of colorful fabric for the butterflies does not surprise me in the least, as I have learned that she is a color-junkie. She does not shy away from color, ever.

That is evident in this herringbone quilt that she made in a class she took at Quilt Beginnings in Columbus. I showed an in-progress picture of it here. She took this quilt and some others down to that little shop in Cynthiana that I wrote about last winter. Mendlebrights is a shop I plan to visit soon, as I have decided that I am going to see about doing those baby quilts I need to finish on her long-arm machine. (I am digressing, but she rents out time on the machine, and since I would like to learn, it seems to make sense.)

While I stitch endlessly on these 4-patch blocks for the border of my Wishes quilt (aka July UFO), I hope you are being productive, as well!

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Progress on July UFO

After missing my goal in June of finishing my UFO, I am determined to complete my July UFO. I have finished the final 2 blocks, and later today I am ready to sew borders. I prepped a big pile of 2.5-inch strips to be formed into little units that become a checkerboard-type border. I am chomping at the bit to get started. Here are the last two blocks, November and December. Click here to find additional information on this quilt's background.

I will also have to do a quick fix-it job on that December block. I don't mind that I occasionally lose points on my intersections, but the base of that basket is just too far off. I will definitely be picking it out and fixing little boo-boo.

All of that must wait until this afternoon, however, as this morning I am prepared to head over to Hillsboro to deliver the memory quilt to Shirley. I ended up adding more quilting to it yesterday, and I am much happier with how it looks. Much more 'finished-looking,' I believe. My mom and sister are going along for the delivery, so we will have a nice visit. Then this evening, I have agreed to help my neighbor with a 4-H fair booth project. My neighbor is the 4-H adviser for the club both my girls were in, so when she called a week or so ago for assistance with a booth project, I was happy to help. I will try to get pictures and share with you all the youthful exuberance in a later post.

Have a productive day!
Happy Quilting, Friends!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Elizabeth's Memories Quilt Finished

It was my hope to share this post with you yesterday, however our internet had other ideas. We have no idea what was going on, but we were in and out of service all day long. What a bother. It wasn't worth waiting through, so I chucked it all together. So we shall try today!

Long-time family friends - and I mean this family and ours go back a couple of generations - asked me earlier this year to make a quilt to honor daughter Elizabeth's 40th birthday. That happened a while back, and the quilt didn't. But it is done now, and I will share today.

I had been dragging my feet on how I would quilt this. (Proof) I have the backs of two nylon cheerleader jackets, the front of one cheerleader top, a baby dress, a squishy doll front, and a pocket to contend with. It was just too much to ask a long-arm quilter to deal with, so I determined that I would do it myself, but how??? Finally, I decided to just quilt in the sashing and borders. It is finished, at last, and it went rather quickly. It certainly won't win any prizes for exceptional workmanship, but I think the owners will be pleased with it.

One of the nylon jacket backs.

The baby dress above the other jacket back.

The cheerleader top above the block with a pocket.
The two keepsakes that will go into the pocket.
The beloved squishy doll and a Bengals shirt.
At this point, my problem-solving brain cells have all been used up for the month, and from here on out I will do only straightforward stuff according to directions provided. No inventing for the foreseeable future. Until I get back to Flag Day Farm, that is. I am creating that out of thin air - aka my brain! (Very thin air, there! Ha!)

Okay, that's all for today, Peeps. I have another t-shirt quilt to get busy on!

I am linking up with Finish It Up Friday -  have a look at some other of this week's finishes.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Hillsboro Quilt Show

Over the weekend, nearby Hillsboro (my home town) had a quilt show sponsored by the local guild. I didn't even know about it until the last minute, and found a bit of time available on Saturday to go have a look-see.

I was majorly (is that an actual word?) disappointed to be prohibited from taking pictures. The guild offered a CD with all the quilts pictured on it for minimal cost - I think $5 or $10 - but, gee whiz, I want to take pics of the ones I most admire and skip the rest. Oh well, I can't have my way all the time, I suppose.

I did see some quilts that were familiar to me, though, and I can pull one of them up from my files to share.

My cousin Marilyn entered her gorgeous applique quilt which I'd seen in April at her local quilt show in Peebles. This quilt continues to leave me in awe of the workmanship; it's just gorgeous from the careful applique to the fantastic custom quilting. It actually won first place in the machine quilting category of the Hillsboro show. Here's the link to the post about the Peebles show.

Not only did I see Marilyn's quilt, I also got to see Marilyn! She was there along with some of her quilting buddies. One of them also won in the small quilt category, so the Adams County group did well in neighboring Highland County.

The other exciting thing to happen from this quilt show is meeting pattern designer and EPP queen, Annette Williams. I stopped by the vendors (of course) and noticed that one particular shop was promoting her patterns. I asked the gentleman in charge some questions about his shop, and went on my merry way. I later came back and asked him if he was affiliated with Annette. Ha! I think he was her husband! He pointed behind me, and there was Annette in person! Wow. What a delight. They have an on-line business out of their home in Jeffersonville, OH, which is just a half hour from me. I had a wonderful chat with her and made a small purchase.

She was gracious enough to pose for a picture in front of a couple of her quilts. She had a little station set up in the booth where she demonstrated her techniques for appliqueing; these were fascinating. I look forward to seeing her again in a couple of weeks at the Circleville show sponsored by Good Time Quilters.

Later on Saturday, while browsing Facebook, I saw that a high school classmate had tagged me. Imagine my surprise when I saw the photo above. Talk about a small world - get this - the woman pictured is Helen Sprinkle, Kathy's 99-year-old mother, with a quilt I definitely remember noticing at the quilt show; it had been voted the People's Choice Award! Here's what Kathy tells me about her mother, "She did those quilts almost 10 years ago...she is so very proud of getting that award." Aww, so sweet! In Kathy's FB post, I learned that Mrs.Sprinkle is no longer quilting, but when she was, she hand-quilted all her quilts. Isn't this great!? And, like so many, Kathy says that she never realized that quilting has been such a fulfilling pastime for her mother. I suspect that many could make that same statement.

Here in my quilting room, I am very nearly finished with the first of two t-shirt quilts I agreed to make and should have a finish to show you tomorrow.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Finishes - Frankfort Girls

 All six of us met on Friday morning at Sheryll's and we had some finishes to share. Terry and Jan had been successful in producing completed quilts this week, so let's have a look.

Terry stitched the binding on this Kim Diehl pattern called All In a Row. Remember the little challenge we had at retreat a year ago? It was loads of fun. Here's a link if you want to look back.

Jan was the busy bee for the week. She had four finishes to share! She bought the country scene panel the previous Friday in Indiana, and now has not only a quilt top, but it is quilted, as well. The same holds true for the snowball quilt just above. The fabrics are crayon-themed, and she said that she whipped this up in just a few hours. The center picture is a composite of two table runners - one with honey-bee theme, the other Christmas. How nice to have 4 really nice projects finished in one week. 

I hope I can share a finish with you this week. Monday always fills me with optimism! We shall see.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Slow Sunday Hexies

This past week has been one that was rather productive for me and now I reward myself with some slow, relaxing handwork. The EPP possibilities continue to fascinate me, so I am ready to work on some more.

For our Friday morning group - Frankfort Girls - I glue-basted this wonderful little stack of elongated hexies for that waterfall-type quilt I want to make. The two fabrics are those random ones I bought at Pohlars in Indiana a week ago. The waterdrop blue is a fabric I bought back in April for this quilt; that stack will be glue-basted after I cut the hexie points. Below is a picture of a few of the hexies put together in random fashion. It's hard to make this look like water with such a small sampling; I definitely need more blues.

Then, I have also been hankering to do another POTC block, so I have this center for a start.

I have a wonderful piece of Marcus fabric which lends itself to fussy cutting. I definitely need to work on perfecting my fussy cutting skills.

So besides stitching, I will also spend a good portion of the afternoon with my friend Cheryl poolside. Rest and relaxation, ahhh. 

I am linking up with Kathy and her Slow Sunday party.

Happy Quilting, Friends!