Monday, July 17, 2017

Button Season


Ta-da! I have bound this wholecloth quilt, and added a hanging sleeve.  I have also placed buttons randomly in some of the spaces. So far, no duplicates.   I plan on adding more, so it is not quite a finished quilt yet, but am waiting to get more from Mom first.

This is hanging on the railing of my front porch. Note that the railing is now white.   I have finally painted the railings. I got help with the roof. I will work cleaning up paint spills and then staining the floor next.

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Promised Block Pics

About a month ago, I promised I would show you some pictures of some blocks. Better late than never, here are the blocks I was promising to show you.

1857 Album Quilt


These three are from the 1857 quilt. The last of the blocks have been released, but I am way behind in getting them ready. These blocks have been prepped but have not been sewn down yet. You see a shadow under all of them because they are all stacked up and you can see a different block underneath each of these. When there is batting underneath, I don't think that will be a problem.





 

 

 Circle Block 191 


The reason I delayed showing these to you was because I thought I would be able to add to this. None of these blocks wow me. But I don't have anything new to show you.

 I have been cleaning and finishing up remodeling projects around my house. With my surgery, I did not get any chance to do any spring cleaning. I am also working on transforming my house and my life to be more low-maintenance.

 One day last week, I was drawn to reading an old post of mine. It was the first post from 2016, and in it I mentioned that I was working on following the book by Marie Kondo and touching every belonging in my house and deciding whether I should keep it. This has turned out to be a long-term project.

I have been living here for a very long time. I am not planning on moving, but the basic premise is that I am moving out of the house and moving back in without hiring a moving truck. What would I put in here if I was starting all over again.

One of the problems is I bought a couch as part of this process. And every time I pass it, it beckons me to take a nap.

Friday, June 30, 2017

June Favorite Pictures

It is that time of the month when I look into the June folder and share my favorite pictures I took this month.  I try to take pictures every day, although that doesn't always happen, and usually when I take one picture, I wind up taking several pictures that day. This month I found eight I want to share with you.


Requisite sky picture.   The striated clouds are interesting. In March, they identified new cloud formations for the first time in 30 years. Who knew there is a Cloud Appreciation Society?


Most people would probably discard this picture, but I really like the brightness of the yellow flower - just pure translucent color - and how the leaves and buds show all the little hairs. Sometimes the interesting things happen in the background.


Everytime I look at this picture, it looks like something is wrong - like two photos were overlapped or something. But this is a digital camera. The leaves just happen to form such a straight line that it looks like two different pictures.


This one makes me think of a secret garden.  The white flowers and leaves invite one to look further inside to see the pink flowers and whatever else is hidden back there.


This is a traditional picture. I like the combination of the white and pink flowers and all those little buds. They plant summer flowers at the school and they tend to look this fabulous after the school lets the kids out for the summer.


The weather has been pretty nice lately,so I've kept the air conditioner off.   Zeus still likes to stake his spot in front of the fan.



I like the shadow this bench makes.

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There's a baby raccoon in the neighbor's roof! It took over the space after the squirrels were vacated.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Button Season Quilted

I've finished quilting Button Season.  Some simple straight lines.


I think whole cloth quilts are highly underrated.  When you find a pretty fabric, you don't always need to cut it up just to sew it again. This backing fabric has 2006 written on the selvedge.


Next I have to bind it, and then add the buttons. This fabric is newer, and has pretty little birds on the selvedge.


I think I bought this last year or the year before when I bought other border fabric for another quilt.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Button Season

I told you my train of thought I am using to stop feeling guilty about having so many unfinished projects.  When one moves forward, the rest in the line all get to move up in line too.

So please don't tell anyone in line that another quilt snuck to the front of the line. I had an idea and I just ran with it.  It is a whole cloth quilt, and look it has been sandwiched already! Simple straight line quilting will make for a quick finish.


Zeus saw I had a quilt on the floor and the camera out, so he knew it was time to get to work as a quilt model. He needs no directions. Note that he turns his head to avoid the flash and therefore green eye.


It really won't be as quick and simple as I described. The plan is to open the button jar and put a button underneath each tree. I decided to quilt before adding the buttons since some of the buttons would get in the way of the straight lines. That means that the stitches for the buttons will show on the back of the quilt, but I've decided to be okay with that.

Those swirls are calling for some hand quilting, but the machine stitching will be enough. After adding all those buttons, I doubt I will want to do any hand quilting.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

May Pictures

It is that time of the month when I go into the folder and pick my favorites of the photos I took last month.  Here are my favorite May pictures.


I really like the texture of this tree stump, and have enjoyed watching it deteriorate over time.


 Election Day. The flag looks like it is drooping, but the reflection looks like it is flying proudly.


Requisite sky picture.


I decided I didn't have to limit myself to one sky picture.


I took lots of pictures of the clematis flowers in my backyard.


 I decided I didn't have to limit myself to one favorite clematis picture.


These remind me of fireworks, especially with the dark background.

Stay tuned. Next time I will show quilt blocks.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

January February and March Pictures

There didn't seem to be enough photos from January, February, and March to have their own post. Here they all are, all in one post.

January



 My happy dog running to me.


Leaves frozen in ice puddle.

February


You wouldn't recognize my blog if I didn't show you a trees and sky picture!

March



Thursday, May 18, 2017

April Pictures

I don't have anything exciting to say, but I didn't want you to feel abandoned, so here are some pictures. I've been working and haven't had much quilting time. I decided to give you pictures from April since I haven't shown those yet. Most of these are pretty nature springtime shots.


Love the beautiful white flowers against the blue sky background.


I like how the flowers are overtaking the bare tree in the background.


I like the texture of the tree.  There are lots of heart shapes in there.


This is from an art show. This is a miniature bedroom.  All those tiny books are made by hand.


This is a shot from above so you can see all the petals that fell on the ground.



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Going Around in Circles

Sometimes when I am working on a particular quilt, I feel guilty about not making another one.  I've realized that this guilt comes from feeling like my quilts are in competition, like a race. When one is "winning," the others are falling farther behind.  I feel much better when I think about them in an unruly line.  Sometimes they manage to sneak up or down the line, so it isn't a straight line.  The important thing though is that, when I am moving one quilt forward, this means the rest of the quilts in line get to move one step forward too.

Block 188


I was going to piece this, but the brown fabric was too skinny, and it was easier to applique. It was also going to be an X, but this reminds me of a Brownie sash, so I left it as a diagonal.

Block 189


This is a leftover piece from the improv quilt.  I cut it in half and sewed it together to make a wider piece, then cut it into circles.

Block 190


This is the other circle made from the improv piece.  All three of these pieces are obvious circles, for a change of pace. 

All of my WIPS and UFOs get to move up three steps in line!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Zipping Along

I'm still zipping along with my fifteen minutes of sewing a day, feeding my machine whatever I can find to feed its ravenous appetite.  What else can I sew?


 I've found that I can't spend too much time thinking about what to sew, because that seriously cuts down on the fifteen minutes.  Just do it. Don't think about it.


I have a big list of things I can work on, but the circles have taken priority at the moment. I blame Cynthia. She said, ' I can't wait to see all of your "circles" together.'  Well, Cynthia, I can't either!  I originally kept joining the circles together so they stayed in order and didn't get lost.  Then I found a box to keep them in, so I didn't worry about them getting lost And I broke the rule about them having to be in chronological order. Then I found that with different size blocks, I had to add the rows in a certain way so it would fit. So that took away all the incentives to sew the pieces together as I went along.


Then there were some odd shaped pieces that required some thinking about proper sizes and where to put adjusting pieces, etc.  And then I needed a certain number of pieces sewn together, and I didn't have that number. Rather than unseam something, I figured I would just add more.  This paragraph is really why they weren't put together yet.


Well, with the hungry machine, and the just-do-it attitude, I started zipping along and joined the rows.  This is actually a good thing, because that is how the first few rows were put together. And because it saves my poor tired brain. I was able to add two rows to the original piece.


There is an obvious blue adjusting piece on the left, because apparently, I did not follow my original plan that my tired brain had gone through the trouble to figure out, but it works out. I think I had made some blocks smaller to accommodate the applique piece which I didn't add here.  I'm going to put tiny dots on that adjusting piece, and  no one will know it is an adjusting piece. I have some blocks left over that will go into the next row(s).

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Elephants Pushing and Shoving

My Elephant Parade quilt was started the same year as the Life of Plenty, and both were quilt-alongs where the blocks were revealed gradually. As a result, since I worked on both quilts at the same time, at least for a few months, these two quilts became related in my mind.  And the Elephant Parade became like a pushy brother who kept wanting attention every time I worked on Life of Plenty.


I've been spending my fifteen minutes of quilting time sewing down applique - on Elephant Parade, as well as old prepped but not sewn down circle blocks, new circle blocks, and anything else I can find. If it needs to be sewn down, the machine is ready for action.

Block 186


I had this block turned another way when sewing, but it is turned this way for the photo op. Who knows how it will wind up in the quilt!


Block 187

This one is to copy the porthole blocks Tanya is making with Liberty fabric.  This of course in no way looks like her blocks, which are neat and beautifully made.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

The Circles Continue

Since the top has been put together for A Life of Plenty, it is time to do a little bit of tidying.Some people make up rules about how big a piece of fabric has to be in order to not throw it away. Mostly it has to do with how much fabric will be left after the seam allowances are taken into consideration.  But I am not one of those normal people, and try to use up my trash in my trash circles. I don't have to throw it away if I can find a way to use it.

These are four-inch square blocks now and will be 3 1/2 when they are pieced together.

Block 180






I tried to keep the shapes pretty much the way they were cut out. There aren't any rules though, and if I don't like a particular shape,  I am free to change it.

Block 181





 Mostly it is a matter of taking a few trash pieces and seeing if I can put them into some arrangement that looks good to me. I try not to overthink it or worry about finding the right piece of scrap.  There are a lot of blocks to make and I want to let the process flow naturally.

Block 182





These circles were originally going to be used for A Life of Plenty, but I decided to needle turn the circle block and I wasn't about to needle turn this many circles, eight! I thought about separating these to make more blocks, and needle turning just a few, but they wanted to stay together. I also thought about separating them and making more than one circle block, but ... they wanted to stay together.

Block 183





This one makes me think of one of the space movies, not sure which one.

Block 184



This lady has lots of circles around her neck. She's  not from A Life of Plenty. So sue me.

Block 185




I know some of this will get hidden in the seam allowance. Sorry for the blurry picture. I want to focus on making the blocks, not showing them off.  I have more blocks prepped, so hopefully will be able to show them soon.

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