Monday, September 30, 2013

Got It Done - September 2013

September was a more productive month for me.  Here's my Get It Done list:

1.  Knit washcloth.  For more information, see my previous blog post (here).

2.  Craftsy BOM.  The August block was creating the basket.  This month we made the applique flowers.  I blogged about it here.

3.  Bind three baby quilts.  I donated these quilts to a pastor friend of mine who will find good homes for them.

4.  QOV star quilt pattern.  I have most of the instructions worked out but still need to add some finishing touches on the pattern.

5.  Scrappy Asterisk Baby Quilt.  All the blocks are made.

Now, Here is the list of things I'd like to accomplish in October.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WIP Wednesday

Before the end of the month I'm hoping to complete the applique flowers and leaves on the Craftsy BOM for September.  I chose to use the no-melt mylar for the templates and it's worked well so far.  After cutting out the fabric pieces I hand-stitched a gathering thread close to the raw edges.  I sprayed the piece with starch and then pulled the thread to ease the fabric around the edges of the template. 

I was thinking that this block will make a pretty sewing machine cover.

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           Happy Quilting,


Monday, September 23, 2013

Design Wall Monday - Sept 23, 2013

This past week I've been sewing asterisk blocks for another baby quilt.  A few months ago I cut all the leftover scraps needed and made a kit for myself.  At this point, I've completed the first step of the block assembly, sewing the triangles to the diagonal sashing strips.  There are more squares to be pressed and trimmed before I lay them out on the design wall.  Next step will be to add the vertical and horizontal sashing.  I think this will be the third asterisk baby quilt I've made.

Another piecing project I'm working on is a tumbling blocks baby quilt.  Recently I made a large tumbling blocks block (approximately 18" square) which I plan to use as the center of the quilt.  After making a test block I now have templates to use in cutting out scraps for the smaller individual tumblers that will surround the larger block. So far I've cut pieces for five green blocks and one orange block.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'm linked up with Patchwork Times.  Happy Quilting!


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tumbling Blocks block

I finally got the Craftsy July Block of the Month made.  This is my first Tumbling Blocks block.  The thought of using just three colors/fabrics for the blocks seemed boring to me so I spent a little time going through my leftover fabrics and came up with these combinations.  All the fabrics have been used in recent baby quilts.  This will make a good center block for a future baby quilt.

I'm linked up with WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced.

Thanks for stopping by........Happy Quilting!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Got It Done - Summer 2013

I thought it would be best to combine my Got It Done posts for June, July, and August since I really didn't accomplish much.  

For the past five years I've been blessed to be able to spend the summer months at Pine Point, our single-wide mobile home located on a lake in northeastern Washington state.  Even though I took lots of fabric and my good sewing machine, it was hard to get motivated.  The weather was awesome.  Lots of friends came up to camp and fish.


Here was my list for June:

1.  I was able to get all of the interior of the QOV star quilt pieced.  Then I set it aside until I was satisfied with the border design......finished on September 8.

2.  June washcloth

3.  Craftsy BOM

4.  Inchelium Star quilt.....not started.



Even though my goals were more realistic this month, I still struggled......But, the fishing was GREAT!

1.  July washcloth

2.  Craftsy BOM (Tumbling Blocks)......not started



This month was a little more productive.

1.  August washcloth

2.  Craftsy BOM.  This month is the foundation basket.  September will be making and applying the applique flowers.

3.  Baby quilt. I did the quilting on "Boy It's Spring" baby quilt which I finished piecing in May.

4.  "9-Patch Posies" baby quilt.  This top was pieced in March and finally quilted in August.

Design Wall Monday September 9, 2013

This Quilt of Valor top is finally done!

I began designing and piecing this quilt back in April and May.  In the end I decided to scrap my original idea for borders and went with simple red, white and blue.  A shortage of dark blue fabric pretty much drove that decision and I wanted to keep from buying yet more fabric.  I know, that's a job most of us love, however a recent inventory of my fabric stash has me concerned that I have way more than I can possible sew up.

I'm planning to donate this top to our local QOV group and have someone else do the quilting.

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           Happy Quilting!

Friday, September 6, 2013

On The Needles, Sept 6, 2013

After last week's honeycomb scrubby I found this dishcloth pattern online at Little House In The Suburbs.  The stitching that creates the honeycomb effect is different so I thought I'd try it.  I used size 7US needles and Sugar'n Cream Blue Jeans 100% cotton yarn.  The finished cloth measures 7-1/2" x 7".

Recently I watched a YouTube video on the Buterfly stitch which helped me out when I came to row 6 in the instructions.  I hope that I did it right.....looks like to me.   

I'm linked up with On the Needles over at Patchwork Times.  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Knitting!


Monday, September 2, 2013

Design Wall Monday, Sept 2, 2013

Here are the quilt labels I will be putting on some baby quilts I recently finished quilting.  The labels will include the quilt name, my name and the date.  I considered printing the labels but will write them out by hand using Micron pigma pens instead.

I made templates with word processing software and will use the printouts to trace over the lettering.

Thanks for visiting.
I'm linked up with Patchwork Times "Design Wall Monday".

Happy Quilting!


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