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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Paper piecing leap of faith!

150 courthouse steps blocks are done! Whew! Here is the last of them.



I'm trying this new product from Quilters Select. It says you don't have to remove the sheets and they will soften when washed. Did I try a test sample? No! I'm having a leap of faith. These blocks are so small that it will only be a wall hanging a bit less than 30" x 45" so I am not concerned with the 'cuddle' factor! 



After completing these last blocks I decided I had better baste down the edges before trimming. I used a water soluble thread because once I start piecing the blocks together I may want to remove some of the outer edge of the backing paper that is in the seam allowance. Water soluble thread will be so easy to remove!

Here is a block all basted and trimmed! 

And here are many blocks trimmed.


Next step is to get my portable design wall out and start arranging.

I am loving this! 

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Progress!

I've been busy but have managed to squeeze in some sewing and prepping!

Here is part of my next border pinned down on my whimsical flowers quilt! 
It has me thinking...do I do embroidery? Do I add texture with big stitching and perle cotton? Do I add beads? Too many decisions! 


And another 10 courthouse steps blocks have been sewn!


 I took a bit of time to pin up the groups of blocks so that I could see what colors I need more of. I still have about 50 blocks to go!


I finished off a punch needle project. The pattern was from the Spring 2012 Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine. It still needs to be antiqued and framed but I am undecided about the antiquing - Do I do a little? A lot? None? 


Finally I filled my case for making my little hexagons.


 I'm just cutting little squares. 


And then when I baste I just trim the corners off.


It's a pretty easy way to do it. 

Now I have enough to get my next round done - 24 little flowers all around! 

Happy Stitching!



Sunday, June 18, 2017

Another round of hexagons!

I was at my dad's house again this week for a few days so out came the hexagons! 


This round was actually 3 rows of hexagons (neutral, green and neutral) that I sewed together and added to each side. I didn't take a picture but I will next time. The next round will be all flowers! 

And this trip I took my applique quilt. I finished one border this week.


I will have a few more pieces such as leaves to fill in the borders later. I plan to do some embroidery as well and thought I should add more applique to the border once I have figured out the embroidery. I am going for a whimsical look. So if it works out there will be embroidery and maybe some beading. The quilt will be big stitched in a variety of colors! 
I can't wait to get started on the embellishing but first I had better get the appliques done!  

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

New Hexagon Project

I am at my Dad's quite often for a night or two at a time. It is nice to have some kind of handwork to do while I am visiting.  
I decided to start another hexagon project! 
This one is using 3/8" hexagons.



I am replicating the design of an antique quilt I saw on Pinterest. 
It is from a collection of quilts at the Wales National Museum  
Click on the name to see other pieces in their collection!

couverture de table de Patchwork:

Isn't it fabulous!!! Definitely a long term project!

And my tuffet is in use. 


I love it so much that I am planning the second one. I might try it in leather or wool from old men's jackets. Time to start looking at the thrift stores to see what I can find. The foam I used in this one was very dense so I didn't make it as rounded as the pattern showed. This suits me wonderfully.

Happy Stitching!



Sunday, May 21, 2017

Secret Projects

Where have I been for 2 months? 
Mostly I have been working on a couple projects I can't be showing...yet! 

But things I can show...

My applique quilt is back home from the quilt show and hanging on my sewing room wall where I can enjoy it while I sew.


At the show it won a first place in the hand applique category! I had also entered my scrappy log cabin quilt in the scrap quilt category and won a second place. As I was writing this I discovered I don't have a photo of that finished so I'll have to get one eventually

Now that one of my secret projects is done I got back to my 2-3/4" courthouse steps blocks!


They take time and I will need a lot of them but it will be worth the effort in the end.

And I have been making a tuffet. I have finally gathered the final supplies I need to get it finished. 
Here are the legs freshly painted. I should be able to show off my finished tuffet soon!


Happy Stitching!