Thursday, April 9, 2015

Scraps and Hexies!

The good news...I finished cutting up my scraps!
I have my cutting table back!!!!
The bad news...I am going to need a lot more scraps if I am going to make 169 little log cabin blocks!
And now onto those little 1/4" hexagons...this is how I have been basting them...
I started off with a 1" square and cut off the corners...
Fold the first side over...
Then make the first corner fold...
At that point I clip just on that folded side and corner and take my first basting stitch...
Just keep going around, folding the corners and basting until you have about half the corners done. At this point it is stable enough that you can take the clip off (it gets in the way eventually...) and keep folding over the corners and basting.
The last fold is the hardest. You'll want to make sure that each corner is tucked in properly.  
And now it is ready for sewing!
When I began sewing my little hexies together, I thought my 100 weight silk thread would be perfect!
But after getting one flower done with a medium grey I realized the threads showed too much.
So the next flower I tried a bit of a darker grey...still not great... it was just too shiny of a thread!
Next trusty Aurifil...darker grey for color to color, lighter grey for color to white or white to white.
Much better!
Another flower started!
My next step is to try removing the papers from the inner rounds so I can reuse them!
 I'll need some really small tweezers to get that job done!
These little hexagons are easier than you'd think! Give them a try!
Happy Stitching!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

I must be crazy...

I started another project - I just couldn't resist!
 Tiny 1/4" hexagons...and they are small!!!
It turns out they are easier that I thought!
The Clover clips really help when basting!
Maybe next time I'll show my method and give a few tips!
A flower is started!
A larger flower!!!
The Pattern is from Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine- the Spring 2013 issue.
I'll be working on it for a while! A long while....
In the meantime I have been cutting scraps...another project that takes a while!
But my pile is getting smaller.
Soon I'll be sewing scrappy log cabin blocks!
And yes I am still I'm on the borders!
It took a while to get back to it after my finger mishap but it is coming along again!
Happy Stitching!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Saying goodbye!

It's time to say goodbye to an old friend!
 I think I made about 8 or 10 of these little must have been 12 or 15 years ago. They travelled all over the country making their way to some friends and family! For myself, I kept a blue bag and a brown bag. The blue bag was gone years ago and now it's time to say goodbye to the brown one.
It's had a good life though! It's carried quilting things, library books and lunches and it's travelled allover by car and air...and so I say goodbye to my faithful bag companion and ...
..I realize this gives my the perfect reason to make a new bag!!!
I finished my snowman! He is so cute. I'm hoping to make a few more before Christmas!
And, another quilt top is finished! I am happy with the results but I am REALLY tired of brown!
I know have a backlog of three quilt tops to machine quilt so I better start collecting backings.
Happy Stitching!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Oh No!

Although I've been busy quilting away on my applique quilt, I am NOT going to get it done for the quilt show at the end of April...especially now...a finger injury... on my thimble finger..
I've just started the borders and there is a lot more work than I thought!
And I would rather enjoy the process than rush through it.
There is always another quilt show...
I have been working on a few other things as well. I am needle punching this cute snowman for a Christmas gift (yes, I am already making presents) Don't look to close - it's the back and I am MESSY! The fun thing about needle punch is that you can get something done fast.
And this quilt is ready to start putting the rows together.
After this is done I am ready for a challenge.
And a weird thing happened. I dropped my scissors and this is how they landed!
Now that just doesn't happen every day so I thought I'd better record it in history!
Happy Stitching!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

A few things done..

I had some production the last week or so...
I finished hand quilting another block!
I LOVE this quilt!
The binding is done on my churn dash...
I tackled the Kitchener stitch again and got my toes all closed up on two pairs of socks!
(Now that was just PURE PROCRASTINATING that I didn't do these sooner!)
Then I finished piecing the giant apple core quilt. It will make a beautiful wedding gift.
I normally quilt my own quilt tops but I have a few that need to be done so I think this and a couple others will be gong to the longarmer to get finished!
But before this one goes, I decided to stay stitch the entire outside edge. It was a lot of curves and I didn't want them distorted.
Now back to hand quilting!
Happy Stitching!