Thursday, February 23, 2017

Beat the Blues Days 20 & 21

Monday I worked on a quilt for Quiltmaker. Of course I can't show you the whole thing but here's a little peek.

Tuesday I loaded this quilt for a special friend. She doesn't know I'm quilting it so I'm anxious for next week.
Here's a peek of this one.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Beat the Blues Day 19

This morning I finished this quilted wall hanging for Barbara

I  how it turned out and she was happy when she picked it up thus afternoon.

I loaded this 103" x 90" top and am quilting small, medium, large spirals from the bottom to top.

Way more than 20 again today.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Beat the Blues Days 17 & 18

Yesterday I quilted these 3 quilts for Darle. I'll work on the binding next week. I haven't taken full shots of them yet.

Today I went to a guild sewing day for a few hours then visited Camp Tecumseh Quilt Camp. Came home and worked on this quilt of Barbara's. 

Ok, now I'm caught up again. 

Beat the Blues Days 15 & 16

So, on Wednesday and Thursday I quilted these two quilts for Stephanie. They were both large quilts and took a good part of each day.
 Turbulence quilting on this one.

Square Spiral quilting here. 

Wednesday evening was Common Threads guild meeting with a program by Margie Towry, one of the founding members of the guild. She hasn't belonged for years but does beautiful appliqué.

Thursday evening was the Blue Star Mothers meeting.  Always a good time planning how we can help our deployed troops.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Beat the Blues Day 14

This was a busy day, quilting and otherwise. I loaded Mary's Buffalo Bubblegum quilt and started quilting first thing.  This one got custom quilting. Something I don't do very much of. I had a good start on it and took a break to browse a Facebook. There was a post on Jamie Wallens page and in the comments he was talking about doing all the SID first. I was still towards the top of the quilt, so that changed plans and did just that.

I can't wait till tomorrow t take a full photo of this one.

I got a haircut today, got some healthy groceries and even cut some squares out of some more scraps. Oh, and it is Valentines day so we had a nice dinner along with a glass of win for me.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Beat the Blues Days 12 & 13

Yesterday I tackled a scrap bag. I didn't take a picture of it full, but here it is empty.

I cut many strips, 2.5", 2", and 1.5" and have several piles to cut squares. If you do this, at what length do you just cut squares?

Janet bought me this 2.5" strip holder last year. I wonder if they make them for narrower strips?

I loaded Loretta's 110" x 88" Twister quilt and got started on it.

I quilted it with Turbulence pantograph.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Best The Blues Days 10&11

More than 20 minutes each day.

Yesterday I quilted this beautiful bow tie quilt which Carla made. She participated in a bow tie block swap do all the quilters had the same blocks to work with.

Siberian Iris quilting with Maple Omni thread.

I stared at Mary's Buffalo Bubblegum quilt to figure out a quilting plan. I finally gave up and this morning I got Loretta's quilt ready to load.

Today I packed up my sewing machine and spent the day with Quilters United. We make quilts for several different organizations. I put binding on these 4 today. Yes, two are the same. They will likely go to the Peyton Manning Children's hospital in Indy.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Beat the Blues Day 9

I finished the center of the birthday stars and debated whether to add borders.

It is 67 x 90 so I think I'll Quilt it and call it done.

I completed step 1 of a QOV mystery quilt. Loaded a customer quilt and did one row of quilting.

 I also cut about 4" stack of light and dark triangles for hourglass blocks for my leader/ender quilt.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Beat the Blues Day 8

If this doesn't get me back into the habit of blogging, I don't know what will.

Today's 20 minutes plus 2 hours was spent laying out the blocks, sashing and cornerstones in a bigger space. My sewing room is only 10 x 10 so not a lot of floor space.

My original plan was to use assorted black/white prints for the setting triangles. I had them all layed out but not sewn onto the rows when Dan came home from work.

I said, or I can use the same fabric for all of them. After some discussion I decided on this:

I only have 2 more seams but I think I'll finish tomorrow.

I went to Pepe's for dinner tonight with Jim, Julie and the kids. Such a great time!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Beat the Blues Day 7

i may be slow to post but I am sewing/quilting for at least 20 minutes a day.

Today I layed out the birthday stars with sashing and cornerstones. After guild tomorrow I will start sewing them together.

I loaded and quilted this sweet baby quilt Carla made.

I chose Angel Wings panto because of the butterflies in the fabrics.

Beat the Blues day 6

well, yesterday I worked on these. Put some of the birthday stars on the design wall with sashing and cornerstones. I think I'm going to like this!

I finished the 2 quilts of valor and actually took them to guild tonight to hand them off for the binding. They both were quilted with Star and Crescent.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Beat the Blues Day 5

Last evening and this morning I quilted this wall hanging that Elaine made. I guess I worked on it for several hours, yet the actual stitching time was only 25 minutes.

I like to use So Fine thread when I'm stitching in the ditch .

I also quilted almost all of this QOV today.

Beat the Blues - Day 4

Yesterday I went to my granddaughters cheer competition in Indy. It took lots of time away from my sewing/quilting but well worth it. They took 1st place and it amazes me to watch them.

After the awards ceremony we stopped at Quilts Plus. Everything in the store is on sale and I picked up some purple/lavender fat quarters for a new quilt for granddaughter Calise.

Then it was a stop at Panda Express for a late lunch and finally home.

Once home I worked on my sashing and cornerstones some more. Here is what I have done so far.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Beat the blues day 3

Yesterday I spent way more than the required 20 minutes sewing.
I cut strips and got these sashing pieces sewn. I figure I need 2-3 times this mant strips. I

t's a start!

Here are more photos of Mary's cross quilt, as the sun comes in and covers the quilt. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Beat the Blues Day 2

One of my #8 UFOs is a pile of birthday blocks from an online group many years ago. We got to choose our color preference and everyone made a lemoyne star variation in those colors.  I wasn't sure what to do with them but I think I have a plan.

They are arranged like this:

The sashing will be 3 piece rails in assorted colors with 9-patch cornerstones. I saw this quilt photo last year that I'm using for inspiration. I'm not too sure how it will look with the white rail fence strips right next to the blocks with white backgrounds. We'll see how it goes. 

I also started quilting Mary's cross quilt. More photos tomorrow. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Beat the February Blues

One of my online groups is having a February challenge to Beat the February Blues by sewing for 20 minutes daily. I don't think I'll have a hard time keeping up with that.

Today I added borders and sewed together the backing for this memory sweatshirt quilt. The owner of the shirts was an avid animal lover, especially dogs and cats.

I also made this iron caddy for a friend who does a lot of charity sewing for our community.

I finished quilting Mary's mothers quilt today with Baptist Fan quilting.