Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Blink! Where did February go?

Blink! It was January 2017. 
The retreats were beginning.

Blink! It was February 2017.
The retreats were over, finished for this year.

Blink, February 21, 2017! What happened to February?!

I know February is a short month, but really???

On to February finishes and PhD's

Kate's table runner, "Candy Dish", a free pattern from Laundry Basket Quilts.

Dottie's log cabin cabin table topper.

My version of "Raspberry Swirl" from Pam Lintott's book," Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts" using an older line of fabrics from Moda. Lots of browns in this one, so it may become "Chocolate Swirl".

"(B)Limey Squares" is now a completed quilt, only needing its binding finished by hand.
Ok, it also needs a label.
My 2017 resolution? Labels on all of my new quilts and hanging sleeves for all smaller quilts.

To that end ...

Labels! Pre-printed ones!
Maybe if I use the preprinted labels I will be more successful reaching this goal.

On to PhD's...

"Autumn stars", a kit from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, 8 out of the needed 20 are finished.

"Dotty", blocks for a quilt from a pattern from Linda Warren Designs, using her tool called "The Learning Curve". Only 6 completed here out of the needed 24.

It has been challenging for me to do the curved piecing required to construct these blocks. Challenging but rewarding as I watch them come together. 

Piano keys border pieces for "Idaho Square Dance", a Bonnie Hunter pattern from her book "Addicted to Scraps". All in groups of ten and all scrappy greens.

One of the 49 "Pineapple Blossom" blocks stacked and ready to be sewn tonight. 
This is another Bonnie Hunter pattern. But this one is available on her website under the free patterns tab.

A container of flying geese for another project.  Some sewn, some stacked and ready to be sewn, and a short stack of triangles trimmed from the corners. 

Seen enough?

There are many other projects floating around here.  Some rise to the top, or come to the foreground in the quilting cue, while others recede into the background, tucked into their tote bags waiting for another day.

I am getting better and not starting so many projects these days. I am trying to finish some things up before adding more. Sounds like a plan, but blink!

Just found this bag of goodies ready and waiting to be cut.

Do I dare?

Louise, on the island, really trying hard not to blink!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Reflecting on January 2017

The month is almost over, just two days left to go.  I sit here relaxing and reflecting about the month.
My health is ever improving - an important observation for me who loves and lives to quilt. The hands work and the hips are great. Nothing to stop this quilter in 2017!

The third Quilter's Weekend Retreat has been completed. Each weekend always leaves me in awe as I watch a total of almost 60 talented quilting women (ok 59, one is a talented cross stitcher at the weekends) work their magic in the hours from Friday morning to Sunday afternoon.

We eat, we sew, we eat again. Eventually we sleep, so we can rise and do it all again the next day!

It is a labor of love and gives us laughter and comraderie. The trials of life are set aside for a few short days as we sew, we eat and we sew again. Oh yes, we sleep so we can rise and do it all over again the next day!

A sampling of projects follows. Enjoy!

Mary's blocks using partial seaming.

Jeanne's patriotic stars

Nancy's falling charms made with fabrics she purchased in St. Lucia

Carol's lovely creation

Mary Beth's lovely quilt created for her church's upcoming raffle

Peggy's Tablerunner made from a pattern by Sharon Mayers of Piecing with Poppers.

Beverly's lovely quilt made for her daughter.

Peggy's table topper made with the hex 'n more ruler from Julie Hermann of Jaybird Quilts.

A future raffle quilt made by Evie for the South County Museum quilt show in September. Only half of the quilt top is shown here.

A table runner made by Louise

A table runner made by Kate called "Candy Dish". It is a free pattern from Laundry Basket Quilts.

Potholders made by Lynn. Love the lobster fabric!

Pinwheel blocks made by Carol.  The alternate block is hidden below these blocks.

String blocks being trimmed by Mary. Most of what she needed was completed this weekend.

Projects from the second Quilters Retreat weekend

Joan' "Candy Dish" Tablerunner using the free pattern from Laundry Basket Quilts.

Carol's diamond quilt masterpiece

Earleen's lap sized quilt using pre-printed squares and stars in the sashing.

Joanne's cute lap quilt for an upcoming new baby with her original border treatment.

One of Audrey's quick baby quilts.

There were many more wonderful, beautiful, awe inspiring projects that were begun, worked on or completed at the three Quilters Retreats that were held this Jauary 2017.

I have only captured a few pictures that I have shared with you today.

My apologies to the talented quilters whose works I forgot to immortalize with a picture. May you continue to create within the confines of your own studios or with the quilting friends with whom you meet.

January 2017 is almost a wrap.  It has been a fun month in what is often a long, tiring month for me.
The sun will rise in the six o'clock hour and set in the five o'clock hour this week. I have made it!

Another January is about to be placed into the books.

Happy Quilting!
Louise, on the island looking towards February

Monday, January 9, 2017

Quilt Retreat Withdrawal

After having spent the last three days totally immersed in my sewing, I am having quilt retreat withdrawal!  Yes I am sewing today in the comfort of my own home, 

But there is something to be said for the comraderie found when sewing with other Quilters.

It just isn't the same.

But on I sew.

Log cabin blocks which are the alternate to "Idaho Square Dance", blocks which are already completed.

Part 6 units for "En Provence"

Probably about one third finished.

The never ending (it seems) chevrons from "Celtic Solstice" 

And a few more "Garlic Knots" blocks, all stacked and ready to go!

They will be added to this pile of completed blocks. 

At this point I can't decide if I will stop at 64 blocks or continue on to make 80 blocks.  But that decision does not have to be made today.

I enjoy sewing these units and blocks together without thinking about the end product.  I know this approach isn't for most people, but it works for me and my at home sewing.  Little bits that eventually add up to something.

Oh, yes, by the way, can you tell that I am a Bonnie Hunter groupie?

Louise, sewing at home, while the wash runs and I recover from quilt retreat withdrawal 

Sunday, December 18, 2016

More Snow and What Has Been Happening Around Here

More snow!? Yup!

And ice. This is from a few days ago but this is how it rolls in winter. Just wish I could be elsewhere watching it on the news and not living it!

But anyway, that is enough whining for now!

On the quilting side of life, we have some finishes as students try to wrap up their holiday gifts.

Roxanne's "Card Trick" wall hanging 

And a close up view.

Red and green scrap wreath - forgot whose it is, but it is lovely, don't you think?

Roxanne's two quilts for her granddaughters.

One of my works in progress which still needs an outside border. I am planning on using the navy blue used in the corner stones.

A sister's choice block quilt top. My last twelve blocks which had pink and purple triangle points.  My original plan was to make at least a twin sided quilt but I got really tired of making sister's choice blocks.

I have 49 with green triangle points tucked away somewhere and that might explain why I got tired of making this block.

But I recently decided that not very quilt I make needs to be a queen sized quilt!

A layer cake top ready to be webbed. I found this in the block stash the other day. I can't remember the pattern or what my inspiration was when I made it!

Today's finished top is another "Fat Quarter Quilt".  I need to find a backing and get it into the "to be quilted" pile. 

Last night I cut out the pieces for 20 more "garlic knots" to add to this group.  This block uses 2.5 inch strips. My goal is close to 100.

Tomorrow (unless I get sidetracked on to something else!) I will begin to see the rows and assemble this quilt top called "Lake to Lodge".

It uses a "cutie" collection that I bought from Tara Of Amelia's Garden of New York.
The pattern is from the Quilt Basket, LTD. of Pawling, New York.
The cutie collection consists of 16 fat eighths and was created to work with the many patterns that the Quilt Basket has developed.

Give me a few days and I will let you know how it works out. This is the first of their patterns I have actually made, even though I must have all of them tucked away in the to-do pile.

Well, tomorrow is supposed to be another cold day and my plan is to spend the day sewing. With the exception of a few phone calls, that should not take too long, there is nothing pressing for me to do.

Let's hope the day works out according to plan.

Louise, on the island planning tomorrow's sewing activities.