Saturday, July 8, 2017
I think I was just a little too casual in my approach of making and then sewing the flying geese into columns. From a distance it may not be as noticeable but my geese don't line up horizontally. I don't really mind too much though. :)
Monday, June 26, 2017
I have already quilted it and it is just waiting for me to hand stitch the binding to the back and I can't wait to get going on that finishing touch.
This is what it looked liked on my design wall. Every time I looked at it while in-progress I just couldn't stop smiling. The pattern is from Missouri Star Quilt Co. and it features charm packs but I used yardage instead.
The instructions are to use the stitch and flip method to make the snowballed pinwheels and you could double sew the corners before trimming but I didn't do that. Instead I just cut them off but I used a consistent seam allowance so that all of my cut-off triangles turned out the same size. Of course, I didn't want to waste them so I started a twin to this quilt. ;) My crumb and string bins are so overflowing that I just want to avoid adding to them if at all possible and I can't throw away perfectly good fabric!
|Using up the blue stitch and flip triangles|
I hope the twin turns out just as Delightful!
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
I just finished making my block (I know...I am always last minute!) and I think it turned out really cute. I got the paper-piecing pattern from here - such a great resource. The theme of my box this month was 'What is your Game?' and as you can see I chose Pacman.
On another note, I have been working away on my crumb quilt and am making some progress. It does take quite a bit of time to make crumb blocks. It also seems to take a lot of time to make the stitch and flip sections as well. I have been double sewing the corners to make bonus triangles but I don't think they are all turning out the same size. :( In any case I am sure I will be able to find a way to use them up as well.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
I have been wanting to make sourdough bread but I didn't have any starter and I wasn't feeling confident about making my own. I mentioned it to my son's girl friend at one time or other and for Mother's Day she gave me some lovely bubbly sourdough starter. She had started a batch for herself on April 3 and she generously shared it with me. :)
I am a little nervous about whether I can keep the starter going but so far so good. I received the starter on Thursday and I put it in the fridge because I had no recipes ready to make with it. When you use sourdough starter you do have to feed it on a daily basis but if you keep it in the fridge you don't have to feed it as often. It's not a problem other than you end up discarding some perfectly good starter during the feeding process. I didn't want to waste it so I found this recipe to use it up instead of throwing it away. Anyway, long story short is that these dinner rolls turned out great. I can't stop eating them.....
I don't think I am ready to make a sourdough bread without yeast yet so I will be making this bread tomorrow. As long as you keep feeding the starter it keeps giving so I just may be baking sourdough everything for the rest of my life! lol
Thursday, May 18, 2017
For the past few weeks my design wall has been a wall of crumb blocks. Over the past year I have been wanting to spend more time working on crumb quilts and I have finally got myself in gear to move forward with it. These strips are 2.5" x 8.5" and I have been trying to decide how to use them. I have ideas to use them as sashing strips, joining them together to create complete blocks, stacking them into long columns with long strips between them. You get the idea...there are so many ways that they can be used but I was waiting for some real inspiration to strike.
Yesterday, I had two friends over for a sew day. Vangie, Rosalie and I were chatting and sewing and Rosalie passed around a book from Missouri Star Quilt Co. and she pointed out a coin quilt that she liked called Kissing Coins. Well, let me tell you I gobbled up her idea right away and started plotting to make a quilt using this layout but instead of single fabric coins I would substitute crumb blocks.
During our sewing time together I got at least 15 crumb strips made but I do seem to spend more time chatting than working. :) I added them to the stack that I already had waiting for trimming. It really doesn't take too long to trim and depaper these strips and I love how they look - so worth the effort!
I did a little test to see if I could use these strips that I already had made. I trimmed a few of them to 5" and it would work but I think that I will just start making a bunch of strips that are 2.5" x 5" specifically for this project. Honestly, I have enough crumbs waiting to be used. I have a huge bin full and it is always growing!
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Now, again, I am not too sure how I want to proceed with the backing.
I do have a large geometric print fabric chosen but I am second guessing myself.
If I do use it as the backing I will have lots left over to potentially make pillowcases - or - I could use the remainders of the border fabric. If I use the border fabric for the backing I will have to supplement it and piece it all together and then what in the heck would I do with that large geometric print fabric!!!!. Decisions, decisions... :)
Sunday, May 7, 2017
I may have been MIA from blogging for the past month but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy working on my quilting! This is such a fun finish - I just love this quilt and I think it will definitely have to stay with me. As a matter of fact, it has already spent a night or two on my bed just so I could break it in and give it the lovin' that it deserves before putting it away for use next Christmas. ;)
Once I had the blocks all sewn together with the sashing it just wanted more from me so I obliged. I designed and added the two outer borders and I think it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself.
The quilt is bound with a striped fabric that I had used in at least one of the sweaters as well as the borders. It goes just perfectly with the front and the back. The backing has a small multi-colour leaf pattern that I think can be imagined into being Christmas lights. ;)
I don't have a Christmas pantograph but I do have one called Hollyhocks and I think it makes it look like it is quilted with feathers and poinsettia flowers. I used a pale green thread for the quilting. My quilt finished at 69.5" x 81.5". Thank you to Lorna for hosting such a fun QAL!
While I was working on this quilt my sister Cheryl found these fun coasters while she was out shopping. Of course, she did the right thing and picked them up to give to me as a gift. So sweet...sisters are wonderful!