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 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 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 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 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 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! 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 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 looks like fun.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Keeping Occupied!

I have a difficult time just sitting and doing nothing constructive.  TV makes me antsy, even if it is something I really want to watch.  If I am not doubly occupied I want to eat and that can be a bad thing.  When I decided I was going to go to Newfoundland to visit my Dad on his 90th birthday, I knew I would be in trouble if I didn't have something to work on. It had to be something small to work on since I determined to take only one suitcase and my carry on and that included my purse which I packed (empty) and carried my Professional Tote (made a few years ago) with all the necessities of travel in that so I knew I would not have lots of room ( I tend to overpack clothing).

If you have been following my blog then you know that I am a big fan of Sindy Rodenmeyer's work.  A few years ago she posted patterns of various dogs ...freebies....that I downloaded and saved. They are actually 12 inch squares but I used the diagram pictures she used to show placement of the various pieces for actual square size.  Worked out just great.   I picked my fabrics, cut out background squares and put each pattern in a plastic bag, packed them with the various threads, needles, scissors and trusty thimbles in an "Open Wide" bag I had made and off I went.(Wouldn't be hard to guess I am a quilter since everything was hand made)

Well, I was busier than I expected to be and when I had a moment to rest, I did just that. Who knew that visiting family could be so very exhausting. When I got home I realized that I hadn't done too much on my doggies...did manage to finish one square . So now I have some more done and thought you might like to see my "'tit chiens"
This is a Shih Tsu (sp?) on the left and a Dachshund on the right.  
As you can see I have eight of them currently working on a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  Sadly, I do not have a Shetland Sheep Dog....I may grab my courage and draw one myself.  I may be able to get a lookalike of Tigger if I work at it.

The squares will end up either 5 or four inches finished...not sure . I cut them six inches unfinished just to give myself room to pare down.  Bought some really nice Batiks in brown and tan so that will be the sashing. 

On a side note, bought my first Row by Row for 2017...don't plan on actually doing any until after Christmas and have them ready for the Villa Madonna in the spring.  One must keep up a tradition.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Number 90

I've been sewing along with the 150 Canadian Women blocks .  As I did 30 of them (they fit on my "design wall") I would put them aside and start on the next 30.  Here, I am, up to number 90 , only sixty more to go. When I started ,  the three blocks would only take me an hour to I am working about an hour on each one.  Either I am getting slower or the squares are getting more complicated.  Regardless, I am still enjoying the process. It will be interesting to have it all together.....  Cheers!