Today was the first day that I have been able to find time to sew all week and boy oh boy did it ever feel good to get into my sewing room. I worked on the scrappy pink Project Linus quilt and I sewed the 9-patches into groups of 4 and added white sashing all around. I want it to be big enough to be considered a "child's quilt" rather than a "toddler quilt" and in order to do that it needs to be at least 60" long. It isn't quite that long - only 56" so far so I need to add another little border. I have decided to just use some of the extra 2.5" squares to make up the difference. I do think it will be really cute when it is all done and it is a great way to use up a lot of scrappy bits.
Things have changed a little bit this past week - I have started working part-time. I don't know what came over me but in December in the spur of the moment I contacted a former employer to see if he needed anyone on a part-time basis and he said he would contact me in January. Well January came and went and I didn't hear anything so I thought that was it but recently things did start happening and I started working last Monday. I had already had a very heavily scheduled week planned including an overnight trip visiting with one of my sisters, a couple day trips to Toronto, add in spending time researching and buying a vehicle and working at the new job meant that I had no time left for sewing or anything else for that matter! I am hoping that things will settle down quickly and I will be able to get back to my sewing routine - I had so many goals set for this month that I was not able to achieve - c'est la vie!
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
I did it - I got it done! I love the fabric I have chosen to use for this little block. It is a reddish orange and from a distance the motifs make me think of flames and embers - perfect for Cathie's Campfire. I finished sewing this block last night but after having a look at it I was not impressed at all. I can forgive many different transgressions when it comes to piecing these blocks - I am not perfect and neither are my blocks - but...this one had a hole where a group of seams came together and that is not acceptable ever.
|Yikes - very bad sewing job!|
This morning, I undid the last two seams where I had sewn the sub-units together and resewed them and I think I did do a little better job of aligning things together.
When I first started this project I thought that I would follow the design of the original Dear Jane quilt and use similar colours and layout. Yesterday, I was thinking about my Dear Jane journey and decided that I really do want it to be my Dear Jane quilt so now I am going to use whatever fabrics/colours/placement that I want to.
There is a big change in the weather today. It is a little cooler, darker and dreary with rain. Kind of the way I have been feeling the last little while. I am still not feeling great and I am beginning to think that I actually have food poisoning and not a virus.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
I have a few things that I want to work on today - I have not made my Dear Jane block for this week yet so that is top of the list and I still need 8 more crumb blocks for another Project Linus quilt. Those 8 crumb blocks show up on my to-do list every day but they never seem to get done. I hope to change that today. I did get all of the pink 9-patch blocks made - there are now 48 - and I just need to decide how I want to set them with the sashing. I am not sure if I should add sashing around each block or group them into 4's and then sash them. I do really like the idea of grouping them into 4's so that just may be the way I go.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
|Cutting Maple Leaf|
This little block was fun to make - I used a combination of traditional piecing on my Singer 301 machine and the stems were paper-pieced on my Janome 6600. I really did not have too much difficulty putting this block together other than my stems are not aligned perfectly at the center of the block but I am okay with it. I really didn't notice that they were "off" until I had it all together and I was pressing the block. This block is also called Maple Leaf and is made up of 65 tiny pieces!
|First 4 blocks I have made.|
Monday, March 19, 2012
Yesterday started out great - I had all of my quilting plans made and first on the list was to make 7 more of the pink 9 patches for the Project Linus quilt. Once I had them on the wall I decided that I would add another 6 more blocks and just as I was going to start sewing them together I got hit and hit bad with I don't know what. I had been feeling quite tired the past couple days and that should have tipped me off that something was heading my way! I got in my bed for a little lie down and things just got progressively worse. You don't need to hear the details but needless to say I am feeling a little better today. So yesterday, I spent the whole day and evening in bed or on the couch watching The Walking Dead marathon - love that show. I had been to the hospital on Friday for my mammogram and I wash my hands really well but it seems I picked something up anyway. I have so many things that I need to get done so I am glad I was able to get up and get going today even though I was still feeling "off" - I can assure you that I have taken many little rests!
Sunday, March 18, 2012
|They look so much prettier in real life!!|
I finished making these blocks at just around midnight last night so I am a little late posting for the scrap challenge. As it stands, once sashing is added, it will finish at 36" x 50". I was undecided whether to make any more blocks but as I write this I think I will make it one row wider and then it will be big enough for a child. I think it is going to be so pretty - I had nothing as a child and I know I would have been ecstatic to receive something like this. I have made one other Project Linus quilt so far and it felt so good to drop it off for donation. I plan on making many more!
Friday, March 16, 2012
|Second batch made....almost done!|
|Are these extra??? Nope...still have lot of blocks to make!|
Happy birthday to my youngest son, Eric. He turns 22 today!! When Eric was born my husband and I were thinking that we might want a third child and we decided that on Eric's first birthday we would make our decision. Eric was and still is a joy but as he was attacking his first birthday cake my husband and I both looked at each other and said "uhn uhh" no more. Eric was quite the handful right from birth - a real go-getter - he pulled himself up into a standing position 10 days after he turned 6 months old and started walking on his own when he was 8 months old (as did his older brother Adam). Eric has turned into a wonderful young man and we couldn't be prouder!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
|Strips ready for sewing and cutting.|
|Extra strips to stock the strip bins.|
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
This little block looks so sweet and innocent, doesn't it? Looks can definitely be deceiving! Well, what can I say about this little charmer. I certainly had some lessons learned with this one. I have to admit that most of the issues were my problem..okay...all of the issues were my problem.
Things started off great - I followed the usual process of making my little template pieces and I started sewing them together. This is where I faced my first little challenge. You see that little cross piece in the center, on my first try I did not pay close attention to the alignment when I pieced it together and my cross had a crook in it. So, I decided to rip it out and resew it. That is when I realized that I have been a little careless with my 1/4" seams and they have been getting narrower and narrower. When I removed the stitching, the brown strip really started shredding so I had to make a replacement piece. That went fine and I was able to match up my cross "good enough" and I learned that even though the pieces are very tiny I still need to be really careful with the seam allowances. I am not quick at sewing these blocks together - it does seem to take me a very long time to get each block done, so, when I finally added the last piece I was very happy.
As I admired the finished block, I had a thought that I should trim it so that the seam allowances would be a little more even looking - remember I have been eyeballing the 1/4" seam allowances so they really are not accurate. I proceeded to trim the block and I trimmed 3 sides before I realized that I had actually trimmed them to the sewing line and I had cut off the seam allowances. Now, how dumb was that??? uuummm the question is actually rhetorical! You can't believe how unhappy I was with myself. I just left it as it was and took a bath - a nice long hot soak. When I got back at it I removed the little edge pieces, recut them and sewed them on and now it looks so much better! Now that I have confessed my ineptitude I guess it I feel like I have "come clean".
|See how I trimmed it...|
|What have I done to my poor block!|
Monday, March 12, 2012
|Basket, Broken Dishes, Churn Dash|
I am so excited about this quilt, and the blocks that I have made so far, that I could hardly wait for Randy of the Barrister's Block to post the latest instructions. I kept checking her site on Wednesday in anticipation and finally I was rewarded! I had no trouble making these blocks, as a matter of fact, I think it probably took me longer just to choose my fabrics. Bonnie Hunter has posted an alternate paper-pieced basket that has a handle that she used instead of this one. I did print it out but I kinda like the one I made so I am keeping it! I hope to make this quilt using only fabric from my stash and so far so good but who knows if I will stick to it. I do have a fairly good selection of blue and brown fabrics so it shouldn't be too much of a problem although I am sure that if I went shopping I would definitely be tempted! Another thing that I am really happy about is that I am sewing this quilt on my vintage Singer 301. I am happy that I bought this machine and it didn't cost too much at all.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
|Blocks 51, 53 and 52|
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Some of you may have read in earlier posts that I am making a series of Seven Sisters quilts for my six sisters and of course, me. All seven of these quilts are being sewn by hand and they will all be hand-quilted as well. I have shown bits of my progress on the first quilt - at this point it is called "the green one" and I have almost finished quilting it! I have shown a little bit of progress on "the fuchsia one" that I am currently piecing, and I have also shown the completed flimsy of "the paisley one". This is the first time that I have shown "the blue one".
I have completed all of the blocks and I am currently making and adding the sashing. I had originally chosen a different blue fabric but you know how it goes....lay it down and it gets used for something else! So, last year?? I bought this replacement blue fabric and I really hope it works. In the photos it looks extremely dark but in real life it does look much better. I just finished sewing the sashing to the center blocks and I have cut the sashing for the sides of the outer blocks and a few horizontal pieces as well. A little more cutting, a little more sewing and I will have another finished flimsy ready for basting and quilting! This is definitely a long term project, a labour of love, and I know it is not a project that will be completed overnight.
I have to put it away for another day though because I am going to visit with my sister Glenda today and I really do have to get some chores done before I go!!
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
|Total of 31 finished blocks!|
While I was sewing the latest batch of blocks together I was thinking about my nephew and somehow I got the name for this quilt - Jacob's Ladder of Love....I am so sappy!!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
To me the easiest part of making this block was saying I was going to make it! I learned a lot - first off - I have never appliqued before and I did find it challenging. I cut out my little melon shapes from the fabric and then my next thought was oh! now what do I do??
|I ended up not using these at all!|
I decided that it would be easier to use the back-basting method. So, I put those little shapes aside and I proceeded to tracing the melon shapes on the wrong side of the background fabric and then realized that I had them oriented incorrectly.
|Look closely-you can see the incorrect markings.|
|I had to remove one of these melons!|
Monday, March 5, 2012
|Weeks 1 & 2|
|Contrary Wife, Basket Weave, Big Dipper|
|Calico Puzzle, Box, Autumn Tint|