Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Next project - floral 15 patch

I will start off by saying I am not a floral person, but I made a quilt with a lot of floral fabric back in 2010 and I have some leftovers. This is on my UFO list to use up these strips and leftovers.

The strips are 2 1/2" and I kind of laid them out in sets of two.

I cut the strips in half and put them in sets of four strips

After sewing together the sets, I pressed my seams in one direction and then pressed the unit in half.

Lining up the ruler, I then cut 2 1/2" sections

Here are the two blocks I got out of this unit. They are ready to sew together.

Here are the blocks I have done so far. I will have to dig around my fabric storage room to see if I can find a few more floral fabrics to add to this quilt. This will be another baby quilt to add to the stash.

As of right now I am not going any where for Thanksgiving so I will have lots of time in the studio. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

19th finish for 2015

Here is all done. It is not groundbreaking work, but it will be a memory for some little kid. The quilt turned out 39 1/2" x 50". I used King Tut white linen thread to free motion quilt it and warm and natural for the batting.

I had a piece of gray fabric that has a two tone weave to it for the back.

This is another item off my UFO list. Yes, I still have the scraps to deal with. On to the next quilt!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Binding the one patch quilt

I finished up sewing together the top while I watched the Boston College Notre Dame game. I also got the back pressed, taped down, batting spread out and the top smoothed. Sunday morning I pin basted and then started quilting. After my afternoon walk I sewed on the binding and got started on the hand sewing. I should have this finished tonight.

Would you like to see what the back of the top looks like?

Sunday I also needed to cook something for lunches and dinners for the next few days so I had some frozen chicken breasts. I coated them in a bit of olive oil, threw in some garlic, salt, and parsley and baked them in the oven. The smell was incredible. Maybe that is why I slept so bad last night because all I could smell is that chicken!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Progress on the one patch quilt

Yesterday I got two of the strip sets sewn together, pressed and cut. I am pressing the seams toward the dark fabric so that I don't have any shadows coming thru the Kona snow for at least this part. Eventually there will be seams pressed to the snow. Here I have strips 1 and 2 on the design wall. Once I get all the strips cut I can move the rows around to make the patches look more random.

The pieces to the right of the quilt will be for the binding and the extra bits to the left will go into the next quilt that will use up all the leftover scraps from the zig zag quilt.

So you know what I will be working on this weekend! I also have to try and get the front yard cleaned up. It is suppose to rain on Saturday, but will be partly sunny on Sunday so I will work my walking, sewing, and yard work around the weather.

I just found a bunch of comments from my November 9th post that ended up in my junk mail box. Don't know why that happened, but I want to thank all of you who commented on how you like the pink zig zag quilt.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

My big dream project, another UFO quilt, and a bit of baking

Big Dream Project

My big dream project is me. I bought a Fitbit back in February. It has been a great reminder to at least go for a walk. I have been more consistent in the last few months and yesterday I got my New Zealand badge! It means the total miles I have walked equals the length of NZ - 990 miles! You would think I would be stick thin by now, but I am not. I sure can walk up a hill now so I can feel how much stronger my legs are. My goal was to get at least 10,000 steps a day, but I need to up my game to get in 5 miles a day. For me that is around 13,500 steps as I have a short stride. Only time will tell if increasing my steps shrinks my backside and waist.

After walking I made coffee cakes for the guys at work. I had a carton of sour cream that needed to be used up. While the cakes baked I did dishes.

I finally got into the studio and cut the rest of the Kona strips I needed for the next UFO quilt. I will sew these rows of strips in to sets and then cut the sets.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

18th finish for 2015

Yeah another quilt done! This will go into the stash in case I need a quilt quick. I used Kona snow and a variety of prints from different manufacturers. It was free motion machine quilted with King Tut White Linen. The strips were cut at 4". It turned out 39" x 52.75". It doesn't look rectangular in the picture - I must have tilted the phone when I took the picture.

For the back I use the last of this Jane Sassaman print and added another print to make it big enough. I have notice with the Jane Sassaman prints that the designs are not printed on the fabric squarely. This bugs me. I got all the Sasaman fabric in my stash at a really good price so if nothing else they make good backings. A friend of mine and I made a fussy cut quilt using her fabrics a couple of years ago and it was a trying experience due to the way the fabric was printed.

I will be sewing together the 3" strips from that UFO pile of strips I cut who know how long ago next. I will have to cut more Kona Snow strips. I laid out the strips this morning before I left to work and there is an interesting mix of fabrics - grays and pinks, browns and pinks, and white and pinks. I am thinking of a postage stamp style quilt with these.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Binding is machine sewn on

After work I made flat bread (yes, again!) and then headed down to the studio to cut the binding for the pink zig zag quilt. I now have the binding machine sewn on and the sewn mitered corners done. I trimmed it this morning so I am now all ready to do the hand stitching!

This fabric was on my UFO list, but I still have the skinny strips to make a quilt out of before I can cross this one off my UFO list. Here is the fabric I started out with

I do have a few of the wider strips left so they may get cut down. I haven't decided on a design for the skinny strips, but it won't be a zig zag.