Monday, September 1, 2014

Back Burner

School started this week and I'm back to work so quilting is going to the back burner.  I had the wonderful big push last weekend to keep me inspired.

It was rainy every day this week and it made it hard to get out to garden.  Finally we were able to pick produce and oh my goodness!  Lots of beans, tomatoes and basil.  I was going to stop making pesto but, I guess not.  The garden has kind of put a crimp in my sewing time.  But I did do some.

I did decide it was time to head back to Celtic Solstice since Bonnie has been talking about how she is working on this year's Mystery Quilt.  I'm so excited.  Really would like to have this quilt top done before she announces this years.  I am on Step 4, making green and orange 4-patch blocks.  I have 10 done, only 290 left to go.

I've been trying to use greens and oranges that I have in my stash, plus the few that Jeanine gave me from Quilts From The Bluffs stash.  This quilt is going to QFTBs when it's completed.  Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I'm still off work today for Labor Day.  Back to work tomorrow.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Another Finish

I have another UFO finish!  UFO # 9, my table topper, called "Summer Breeze".  It was a kit and I've had the top done for a while.

I did some curvy lines on this topper.  I love the look of them, it reminds me of a waterfall.  I'm ready to quilt the little quilt I made from the pattern "Moondance."  I'm thinking I'm going to use the same technique.

I did quilt 2 other quilts this weekend too.  First one is a "Charm For Charity" quilt that we do at the local quilt shop, Cut Up & Quilt.    This is part of the Quilts From The Bluffs outreach to the community.  We take 99 five inch charms and create a quilt.  We meet once a month in the evening and in the afternoon.  We cut squares, make kits, sew or finish quilts.  They go together very fast and make a nice quilt.  I just did a cross hatch corner to corner.

The last quilt I "quilted" I didn't really quilt, I tied it.  I'm not a big fan of tying quilts, but this one called for it.  I used the 6.5 inch ruler as my guide and at each corner, tied the quilt.    

A bonus, I had a decent size box labeled "Crochet Thread" in my closet.  Since I don't really like to tie quilts, I'm keeping one ball of white and one of beige.  The rest are going to Goodwill. (I've never really tried to crochet with that small of thread and since I really love quilting, I probably never will.  So it needs to go.)

Friday, August 22, 2014

Catch Up

I'm playing a little catch up today.  I've been working on Nicki's quilt and it is done!  I was taking picture for you as I went, just wasn't getting it posted as I should.

This is how I created the square spiral:

 I used a Clover chaco-liner roller to make the lines.  It fits right up to the ruler and lets you make a straight line.  

 The lines are a little hard to see. 

All done!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


Finally, I started quilting Nicki's quilt.  It took me a long time to decide what to do.  Then yesterday I had the idea to check and see what other people have done.  So I Googled "quilting on a BQ quilt".  Love all the images of these quilts.  You'll have to check it out.  But lots of them haven't been quilted yet.  Or they did what I did the first time and stitched in the ditch.  But I wanted to do something different with this one.  I did find one that inspired me.

First I stitched in the ditch a big grid to keep the quilt stable while doing the other quilting.  So using painter's tape that is one inch wide, I started taping my quilt.  The space between each strip is the width of a yardstick.

In the big blocks I'm going to do a square spiral.  I'll show that to you when I tape that part.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ten More

I have ten more "Hard Tack and Coffee" blocks done!  Only 60 more to go!

I've been work on this as a leader and ender.

I am amazed at how much a quarter inch seam takes out of the piece.  Look at the difference!  The HST are one and a half inch square and finish 1 inch square.  This is one of the smallest things I've ever sewn.  And I've never really been into miniatures that much, but this has been fun.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Saturday Fun

My sister came over on Saturday and we had fun sewing together.  She cut out 5 pillowcases and got 3 of them sewn together.
A pretty floral.

"Where's Bart" fabric.

 I worked hard to finish up 10 more blocks for "Hard Tack and Coffee".  They need squaring up, but came out the right size.  Woo Hoo!

It's always fun to sew with someone else.  And it inspires you so!  Now I need to dig through my stash and see if I can come up with some pillowcases.  Love the look that they add to the bed and the room.

P.S.  Did you notice how I happened not to mention that I didn't do any quilting on Nicki's quilt?  Guess what my goal is for this week.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


I know, what's up with that title?  I have to share a great idea my sister, Deb shared with me.   I love the magazine section of the paper as I always fine good recipes I want to try.  I save the little piece of paper with the recipe and when I decide it's time to make it, I can't find the paper.

Deb suggested I go to the web site and pin the recipe to my Pinterest board.  What. A. Great. Idea!  I love it.  So "Relish" magazine had a recipe for "Herbed Chicken Tray Bake"  Went to the site and pinned it to my Board.  No more bits of recipe papers hanging around  hiding  waiting for me.

Herbed Chicken Tray Bake

Thanks Deb!