Tuesday, February 27, 2018

More Dusty Miller Blocks

I really like these blocks - so much fun to put them up as they are finished.
The weather has been so dreary - cloudy - overcast - foggy - drizzly.  
My pictures aren't great in sunny weather but it is what it is.
More blocks in the works!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Veteran's Prism Star

Thanks to insomnia - I finished these blocks in record time.
Since I had all the triangles, I just had to sew them into four patches and cut squares from red, white and blues.  The blocks were easy to sew four patches.

The blocks measured 48 x 64" so I decided to add a 4" border.
The quilt will be 56 by 72.  
Now for a backing. 

The block looks like a prism at times so I decided to call it a prism star.

Late in the afternoon, I carried a couple of quilts down to the little house for quilting.
I had time to load the Patriotic quilt I finished in January and quilt one row.
I'm out of practice---------- but at least it's a start.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Another Mystery Block

Well - 
A whole box of 2.5" half square triangles.  I do have a project in mind for them but this isn't it.  
I sorted out those that I felt wouldn't work in the future project to use here.
 I plan to use it as a veteran's quilt.

I saw a version of this while cruising around pinterest one day -   
I originally thought I would use 3.5" triangles but decided they would be too big.

The blocks are 8 inches square.   
Taking a break from my paper pieced project but will get back to it as soon as I take the paper off the backs of my segments.


Celebrating Em's 20th! 
All the family that could make it met at Tuscan Blu at the depot in Raleigh.

Ben was trying to get the trees outside  - it was pretty cool sitting up next to the windows.  And I mean it was cold outside that night.

We went to the chocolate shop around the corner after dinner and dessert. 
 Shane treated us to yummy ($$$) chocolate bars.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Paper Piecing Practice

 Several months ago Sylvia had asked me to do a paper piecing demonstration for our Undercover bee group.   After much procrastination I committed to do it at our January meeting. 
However I hadn't actually done any paper piecing for awhile so I eventually chose a block from a quilt I had on my Someday list. 

It is in this book.  There are also directions for regular piecing but I cannot imagine sewing all those pieces together with out the paper piecing.

I love the block.  Joyce has also asked me to teach it at Ladybug in April.  Hope to have all the blocks done by then.

This is a picture of four blocks that were made by Jane Hall - she published this pattern in one of her books.  
She just happened to be our guest speaker at Pine Tree Quilters this month. So cool - love her colors.
These blocks are about half the size of mine.

Monday, February 19, 2018

It's Been Awhile -

It has been awhile since I've last posted - January17 (seems like longer)  and it's  been awhile since I've sewed on this little box of little blocks, March 28, 2013 to be exact. 
Quilting friend Connie had a small quilt that she had made in this pattern. As usual - I wanted to make one like it also. If it has a name we don't know what it is.

The block is 4 by 6 inches.  A 2.5 by 4.5" center rectangle surrounded by (8) 1.5 by 2.5 smaller rectangles.  I cut out kits for lots of blocks.  The center rectangles plus 1 light and 1 dark strip 2.5 by 6.5 inches for each block.   I sew the light and dark strip together, press and cut it into (4) 1.5 inch segments.  Sew them to the center rectangle as shown.  
The only trick is to be sure you sew them all in the same orientation.
I then sew 6 of these small units into a 12 by 12 inch block.

A crookedly picture to be sure
 I have made 17 blocks - that will get me a 48" square.  I think I'll try for 60".
Might be a veteran's quilt - time will tell. 
My interest in this one is waning.

 On the home front - the girls and I went out for a remembering Papa night on his and our anniversary.  We ate at Trattoria Kitchen in Cameron Village  - don't usually take food pictures but

love their selection of little tacos. Wish the roasted beets were warm but they were tasty too.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Snow So Sew

A panograph from the new deck.

It started snowing at our house at 10AM   
One of those rare snows with lots of huge puffy flakes.  I wanted to just sit and take it in.
But I have been trying to catch up on making backings and bindings for the recent tops I've finished.
I have three large and one lap size.

Made this for the 88 by 88" churn dash.  Also cut and sewed the fabric for binding which is the same as the  inner border

This is for the Square in the square patriotic - used some leftover blocks to enlarge the width.
I had some navy binding already made - hurrah.

I made a strip of 15" blocks to make this 99 by 99"backing for the red quilt top that I just finished.  
I will use a red binding for this.
It was about 6:30 when I finished.

  I took down part of the outside lights this week (the ones I could easily reach).  Kind of glad these were still up as they looked so magical in the snow!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Sew Day with Molly

Molly came over for a sew day before she heads back to RPI in NYS.  
Her time for sewing while at school is limited but she loves the creative aspect of it.
We decided to just jump in and pull out one of my UFO's and sew.
We threw the blocks on the wall and started from there.

Oh my - we need the lint brush before lunch out at Agave and a short trip to Ladybug Quilt shop in town.

We took turns choosing and cutting while the other sewed and trimmed.

This is where we ended and went to dinner with Tracey and Paul in Raleigh.  Maybe I'll make a few more blocks and make it big enough for a donation quilt - hmm?

Made four more blocks and I hope to get this sewed together when I sew with C & S.