Wednesday, August 2, 2017

A quilt for August.

 There is something about the colour that I put i the borders that just called my name. The picture is pretty true to its value...a gorgeous teal blue. I decided since the row by rows were all different and unusual I could use a traditional pattern for the quilting in the border.  Nothing more traditional that twisted rope.
Here it is, just beginning for the month of August.  I don't know if I will get it all quilted by the end of August but I sure will give it the old college try!...that will mean 3 quilts done this summer...wish me luck!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Meeting My Goals

On the 9th of July I put this quilt in the frame and set the goal of having it quilted before the end of the month.  Since it was all straight stitching except for the border it wasn't a big challenge.  A couple of hours a day and voila, it is finished. I bound it tonight.
 Here it is with the scrappy binding I put on it.  I used up all the ends from bindings for other quilts....waste not want not...right?
Tigger approves.
A lovely lady that visited out guild last year told us how to fold and store quilts so that they would not have permanent creases in them.  Here's how!

Most of my quilts are square so it isn't a big deal to fold the corners to the centre...much like making an envelope.
 Here are the four corners meeting in the centre (or close to it) .....this puts the bias on the outside edges. I then folded two sides to the centre......
 as it shows here.
Then another fold lengthwise to the centre again.  This still uses the bias in your folds and prevents permanent folds and creases.  I have started going through my quilts....am on week number three using a different quilt on our bed. When I take the quilt off to put it away again, I make sure I use this method to fold...you just never know when I will be getting around to using the quilt again.  Eventually I will have all my quilts folded like this...I will let you know when that happens and what the final tally will be. To tell you the truth I am not sure just how many quilts I have stashed away in this house.  Sad, isn't it!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Something different for me.

 Here's the Dresden Plate I showed you last time.  This time , however, it is bound.  What makes this so significant for me is the fact that normally I sew the binding on the front, flip the quilt over and finish binding by hand.  Takes 4 to 5 hours of constant stitching. Actually, my favourite part of quilting, especially on a cold, snowy night.

Tonight , just so you know. It took me less than an hour to bind this.  I sewed the binding on the back....then flipped it over and sewed it on the front by MACHINE with my new binding foot for my Pfaff. Not totally sure that I will do this again.  If I was to put a quilt in a show to be judged, I definitely would not use the binding foot. However, this  pain in the patootie is going on my bed and will be used as "just a quilt" so I am not being so very fussy.
I discovered that I actually like the back of this quilt...I like the sunflower look of the quilting.  Maybe it will get reversed now and then.  You just never know these things.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mission Accomplished!

I put this quilt in the frame to be quilted just before Christmas.  I spent a couple of hours working on it , just to get it started then I lost interest. A few weeks ago, I decided it was time. I've been working on it steadily .....just to get the darned thing out of the frame.  I am tired of it and I don't really like it. However despite  calloused fingers  and a moderately severe arthritic thumb(according to the Doc) I finished quilting it tonight.  I will bind the doggoned thing (with the same fabric that is in the cornerstones) and put it on my bed. It is heavily quilted and should be a cool summer quilt It will be a serviceable one to say the least.

AND now on to another quilt!  Only have 5 or 6 waiting....let's hope I don't get bored with them..

Sunday, July 2, 2017

It's Time!


I have too many quilts! there ! I said it out loud.  It's true , I have way too many quilts. If I put a different one on every week, I would spill over into the next year....I'm embarrassed to tell you how many weeks. The shame of it is that they don't get used.  They are folded up in cupboards, closets and even on the floor of some closets. It's ridiculous! I can't remember how many I have given away.  DD's both have a collection of "Mom's Quilts" so it is not like they want any more...DD # 2 said she had one for each month and maybe a spare and did not want any more.  DD #1 is making her own and very prolific at that. Now it has reached the point that she wants her own quilts on her beds instead of Mom's...she is a "modern" quilter although she has a bit of the traditionalist in her blood.   What is a girl to do? To start I could use them instead of keeping them hidden in a cupboard.  Here's my start...this is "Butterflies in my Garden"  done ages ago...next week I shall put another in use.

I saw a couple of miniatures at the Fabric Cupboard in Moncton a while ago and it put the bug in my ear.  These are leftover tips from HST's that finish up at one inch. Hated to throw them out.. The minis I saw in Moncton , I think, measured 1/2 inch squares finished...and were extremely well done.  Something to strive for. Plus I bought the binding foot for my Pfaff and tried it out on these...Needs some practice. Not sure I will use it for larger quilts but it is definitely quick and convenient.





                                                                                 On a lighter note I thought you might like to see some of my garden beauties.  I have two clematis plants. This one is the youngest and most prolific. The flowers are huge and so pretty. Then there are the peonies...my absolute favourite. They smell divine!  I have one planted outside our bedroom window and at night that gorgeous smell just wafts right in. All together I have three peonies and plan on getting a fourth. I have white, pink and fucshia. I am hoping to find one of the deep burgundy peonies.   I have seen the yellow peonies but only at one place  and only for a couple of years before it disappeared....not sure if someone stole it or it died but I do they exist.  Sure do love the flowers!



Monday, June 26, 2017

Dog Days are here early!

Got my "I love Dogs" wall hanging put together. I originally had a Boxer in there but for some reason it just didn't look right....plus...I did not have a Sheltie and that just wouldn't do.  Since I had no pattern for a Shetland I had to draw one.  I took the nose of the Dacshund which is nice and pointed like the Sheltie and then I improvised....what do you think? does it look like a Sheltie?...close enough?

If you are wondering what the dogs are...starting from the top left corner they are:  Border Collie, Jack Russell Terrier, Chocolate Labrador, Golden Retriever, Siberian Husky, Cavalier King Charles, Shitzu, Shetland Sheep Dog, Boston Terrier, Schnauzer, Dacshund and the Afghan. The hardest one to do was the husky...not sure why...it just took me all evening to applique.  I used back basting applique all the way through.

This is my "To Do" pile.  An old clothes hanger and three bars have a quilt in need of quilting and the  front  one....
 well, it has two quilts...one is a wall hanging so that is not too bad. It won't take me as long to quilt as a full bed size quilt.

  Now I shall have to add the dog wall hanging.  I plan on cleaning this thing off before starting another project....and if you believe that I have land in Arizona with beachfront.
Then there is this thing.  I drafted this on EQ and put it together...BY HAND!..no less!  and now I have it in the frame and I can't stand the thing. I am determined to finish it this summer though and put it on my bed...just for spite. It is heavily quilted so it won't be a heavy quilt...great for summer nights...at least that is what I am telling myself in hopes that it will motivate me to finish.

I do this to myself all the time...I overload myself with projects.   Including those I've told you about, I also have the 150 Canadian Women on the go, the Canada Mystery quilt , and now I am collecting 2017's Row by Row. Makes me wonder why I feel the compulsion to have all these things to do.......then I realize it is because I hate housework. That works for me!

You know, DD # 1 is working on the Farmer's Wife quilt...it looks like fun.