Monday, September 30, 2013

Design Wall Monday - 9/30/13

Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. at Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))

Now that my Floral Applique is FINALLY off my sewing room design wall -

I have moved the top left corner section of my LHQSQ -
Left-Handed Quilter Sampler Quilt -

From the design wall in the hallway -

To my sewing room design wall -

Where I can reach it - ;))

And because I’m not a big fan -

Of trying to wrestle long rows of blocks -

I’m going to try to work on it in sections - ;))

We’ll see how that works out -

And we’ll see if I can get it off the wall -

Faster than I did my Floral Applique - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Sunday, September 29, 2013

QJ - White & Yellow


Pre-quilted Panel
Baby Quilt
Completed - November 1996

Made for Grandson #2

Our daughter wanted yellow -

And I found the prettiest white eyelet pre-quilted panel -

I simply stitched on a ribbon with yellow woven through the holes -

Added a yellow backing -

And bound it in yellow - ;))

QJ - 1996

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Just puttering -

And I DID decide to work on something else -

Surprise - surprise - ;))

I found a cute FREE pattern - HERE -

Printed off the pattern and template -

Chose my strips -
CT - Bits and Bobbins -

I was supposed to cut the strips down to 2” -
But - of course - I forgot until I sewed the first two together -
So I trimmed them after sewing -

The instructions say to sew the strips together -
Make a set -
Fold the set in half -
Place the pattern on top and stitch around it -

The pattern is only as wide as a sheet of paper -
8-1/2” MAX -
One section for the top -
One section for the bottom -
For a total of 17” plus some just because -
Say 20” total is used -
From a 40” strip -

So - only half of the strip is actually used - right? -

WHY am I trimming the WHOLE strip down to 2”? -

Seems like a waste of perfectly good strips to BOB - ;))

So BOB decided to fold the strips in half - FIRST -
Trim the selvage -
And cut 9” off the selvage ends -
Then trim THEM to 2” -
Saving the rest of the strip for something else - ;))

I had two sets of strips to sew -
No problem -

Pressed one set UP -
Pressed the second set DOWN -
And layered them -
Trying to “nest” the seams -
With the pattern on top -

And rather than trace the pattern onto template plastic -
I traced the pattern onto freezer paper -
Because I have NO idea where my template plastic is -
And my box of freezer paper is on the bottom shelf of my cutting table - ;))

Pinned it all together -
Trying to match the seams on the layers -
Stitched on the line -
Leaving an opening for the stuffing part -

And saw another squirrel - ;))

At that point -

I decided to take a break and dig through some fabric -

To see if I could find something suitable -

For some more Sudoku Quilts -

For Halloween and Thanksgiving - ;))

These might work -

But I want/need to dig some more -

See what else I can find - ;))

I'm pretty sure that I've told you before -

That I have the attention span of a gnat -

And I have the UFOs to prove it - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Friday, September 27, 2013

LHQSQ - Final Sashing

Before I start to work on the setting triangles and corners -

For my LHQSQ - Left-Handed Quilter Sampler Quilt -

I need to finish the sashings on the end blocks - ;))

Because of the way I do my sashings -

The blocks on the left side -
Need one more sashing strip on the top left side of the block -

The blocks on the right side -
Need one more sashing strip on the top right side of the block -

The blocks on the top row -
Need two sashing strips -
One on the top left side of the block -
And one on the top right side of the block -
And a cornerstone on top -

And -

The blocks on the bottom row -
Are already done -
Woohoo!! - ;))

So anyway -

That’s my plan for today -

Unless I change my mind -

And decide to work on something else - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, September 26, 2013

QJ - Kitty, Kitty Cats


Machine Pieced
Machine Quilted
Baby Quilt
39-1/2" x 39-1/2"
Completed - July 1996

Made for Grandson #1

Pattern - "One Patch" - Quilts for Baby-Easy as ABC - Pg. 18-19
By Ursula Reikes (c) 1993

Won 1st place in the County Fair in August 1996 -

Again - they bunched it up and stuffed it in a case -

So that you couldn't see the whole thing -

Entered in a local quilt show - January 1998
I liked how they flipped one corner -
So that you could see the backing - ;))

QJ - 1996

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

BOB's Tuesday Toast - 9/24/13

Here’s to bloggy buddies who send you their scraps -

May they continue to do so - ;))


When my bloggy buddy LindaJ sent me Sergio’s New House - HERE -

She included some AWESOME scraps - ;))

The M&M’s scraps, of course, grabbed my attention -


I just HAD to make a new mug rug -

For my M&M mug - ;))

So I did -

And RED really likes it -

It's much roomier than his old one - ;))

I LOVE M&M’s!! - ;))

And I’m pretty sure that it’s not just me - ;))

Monday, September 23, 2013

Design Wall Monday - 9/23/13

Check out all of us who link up with Judy L. at Patchwork Times on Mondays.
We have some awesome stuff on our walls!
Well, THEY do - ME - not so much sometimes - ;))

Two more 6” sampler blocks -

That you can make using -

2-1/2” squares -

And anything else -

That finishes at 2” -

Three across and three down -

Variations of the basic NINE-PATCH -

The sewn block will MEASURE 6-1/2” -

And FINISH at 6” -


Block #98 - Summer Winds

Block #99 -Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Block #99A - Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - Yummier Variation - ;))

And that makes 99 - ;))

99 - 9-patches -

On the wall - ;))

I still have some re-arranging to do -

Some more sashings to sew -

Some setting triangles and corners to cut -

Some assembly -

Some borders -

And who knows what else -


WOOHOO!! - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Sunday, September 22, 2013

QJ - Stained Glass Bird

Machine Quilted
10-1/2" x 10-1/2"
Started - August 1996
Completed - August 1996

This was an experiment -

I found a stained glass pattern of a bird -

And layered fabrics of various colors -

With the darkest color on the bottom - ;))

I traced the pattern on the top lightest color -

Cut down to the color I wanted -

And satin stitched the opening - ;))

The black satin stitching looked like stained glass leading - ;))

It got very thick and stiff - ;))

Won second place at the County Fair in August 1996 -

I entered it in the "wallhanging" category -

Even though it had no hanging sleeve -

And was rather small - ;))

QJ - 1996

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Sergio's New House -

Looky what my bloggy buddy - LindaJ - sent me!! -

She made THIS!!! -

It’s Sergio’s NEW HOUSE!!! -

With his NAME on it and everything!!! - ;))

THANKS, LINDA!!! - ;))

She has been working on it for a while -

And posted on her blog on Sunday that she had finished it - HERE -
I was working on the serger cover for my friend the lefthanded quilter when Skyler decided to inspect the inside of mine. I didn't realize that it had hit the floor and there he was! That is the only picture I can or want to share right now till I know she has received her package. The project is finished up, the box packed and I will take it to the post office tomorrow. I finished up a little too late on Friday to make it in there before the 4 p.m. closing time on Friday.

I left her a comment -
OOOOOHHHHH - I can hardly wait!!! I haven't told Sergio that he's getting a new house - he would be on pins and needles - and we all know that sergers don't play nice with pins - ;)) THANKS, LINDA!!!


When LindaJ mentioned that she was looking for a serger -
I told her that I had one -
And that I had named him Sergio - ;))

And then I told her all about him -
Gave her a link -
And all of that stuff - ;))

Now you have to understand -
Just because I HAVE a serger -
Doesn’t mean that I know how to USE a serger - ;))

I have turned Sergio on exactly ONCE - (pun intended) -
And am TOTALLY intimidated by the thought of having to thread him -
Silly, I know - but intimidated nevertheless - ;))

Then -

Dang (PG version) if she didn’t get herself one just like it!! - ;))

When she made a cover for hers -
She offered to make one for me -
If I asked her nicely - ;))

I asked her VERY nicely -
And she made Sergio -
A NEW HOUSE!!! - ;))

His OLD HOUSE is plain old vinyl -
And very hot - ;))


Pockets in the front -
For stuff -

A pocket on the LEFT side -
For stuff -

A pocket on the RIGHT side -
For the foot pedal -

She even included a little zippered bag to match -
All cute and color-coordinated - ;))

AND she put in a zipper on the top of Sergio's house -
For access to the carrying handle -

Sergio calls it - AIR-CONDITIONING - ;))

I knew about the zipper -
Because she asked me if I wanted the zipper pull -
To go from left to right or from right to left - ;))
She is a truly a Right-Handed Friend of A Left-Handed Quilter -
To even think to ask! - ;))

And I CRACKED UP when I saw the LINING -
IT'S M&M'S!! - ;))
WHAT A HOOT!! - ;))

Now Sergio has all of the M&M’s that he can eat!! - ;))



I suppose now that Sergio has a NEW HOUSE -

He probably expects me to MOVE him -

To a table where I can SEE him - ;))

And then he probably expects me -

To watch those dang (PG version) videos again -

And learn how to THREAD him -

And then learn how to USE him -

Which I probably should have done -

A LONG time ago - ;))

Don’t get me wrong -

Playing with Sergio is definitely on my "want to do" list -

But I like playing with my scraps, too -

And they are seriously out of control at the moment - ;))

Then there's Free-Motion Quilting -

MUCH more fun than learning how to thread Sergio -

Especially if he wants to get snotty about it - haha - ;))

So I think that I’m going to let him get settled -

While I play with all of the SCRAPS that she stuffed in the bottom of the box!! -
She emptied part of her scrap basket for me -
And boy, that lady can stuff a box!! - ;))


Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Friday, September 20, 2013

A recent conversation -

I don’t know about you -

But I truly believe that my quilts TALK to me - :))

I’ve been working on my Floral Applique (FA) for quite a while now -

And we have had some lively discussions along the way - ;))

Our latest one went something like this -

FA - So WHAT exactly are you going to do about my borders? It’s been a while now - and you keep staring at me. Nothing you have come up with seems to be working out - what IS your problem?? -

Me - I have no idea. It seems like everything I try just doesn’t look right -

FA - Well, your idea for the double colored border was pretty -

Me - Yeah - but the leaves look like Christmas bulbs - and the vine is starting to pucker from all of the stitching - that part isn’t pretty -

FA - But the colors are nice - and I like the grays - with a splash of color to tie them to the rest of me. You don’t want them to look like an afterthought, do you?

Me - Of course not. I want your borders to complement your center - not detract from it. I put a lot of time and effort working on your center section - that's a LOT of hand applique - and I don’t want everyone skipping that part to check out your borders. And I want your borders to look like I planned them that way all along - but I'm fresh out of ideas -

FA - So what if you took the leaves off altogether?

Me - OK - what do you think? -

FA - Naw - I still need something - I don’t feel finished -

Me - Yeah - I agree -

FA - So - what else ya got?

Me - Well - I have some left over HST from adding the top panel and changing out the gray skinny strips -

FA - You could use those to add a splash of color -

Me - And I have some of that gray with leaves that I used on your back when I thought I would stop at four blocks - that might work for adding gray to the border - but I would have to work around that fade line down the middle of the yardage -

FA - That shouldn’t be a problem - the back section doesn’t have the fade line - only the yardage. You could split the back section horizontally for the top and bottom borders and then use the yardage for the side borders -

Me - I have an idea -

FA - Maybe less is more?

Me - Exactly!! -

So we agreed -

And we got the borders on - ;))

This top is officially DONE -

And after 16 years -

I'm going to miss working on it -

Maybe - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -


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