Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day 2015

Happy Mother's Day to all of the mothers out there!  As women, we all "mother" at one point in our lives. So even if you have not had children, I wish you Happy Mother's Day since I know you have mothered someone at some point in your life!        

Now on to projects in progress.

Today's binding is on a smallish quilt, more a wallhanging than quilt, that was done in a guild class in 2003!  Definitely from the deep UFO stash!

Just part of it, but you get the idea.  

A group of fabrics that are calling me to create.  There are at least 30 fat quarter, or bigger, pieces and several 3 to 5 inch strips in this group.  I think I have a pattern in mind, but do I REALLY need to start another project?  I will have to think about it!

Finally, the washing machine is on the fritz.  As a result, the groupings of fabric that were hiding by the washer came to light recently as I cleared space for the repairman to work.  There must be at least six potential projects hiding in this organized mess.  


Two more here . . .

And at least two more here.

I know the pictures are dark, but it is kind of embarrassing to find all this and realize I truly had forgotten about it.  I am usually better than that!

The question now becomes one of "where do they reside" until it is time for them to be made into a quilt?  I will ponder that as I look out at the changing view from the living room.

Another week or so and most of the pollen will have subsided enough so that the next pictures for seasons on the deck can come from the deck.  But for now another picture from the living room will have to suffice! The view is getting more obstructed each day as the trees continue to leaf out. Finally spring is truly here!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Just an update

Two months ago the deck looked like this

And this is today

Quite a change, huh?

Now on to today's sewing activity.

Working on the borders for the 2.5 inch strip "Pineapple Blossom"
White borders are on, now onto the pieced outer border.

Another UFO almost finished!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Fun on The Island

And a new temperature report!

It dropped a degree while I was trying to take the picture!

Well the season is progressing and the quilt projects are also progressing.

I just finished two pillows for P & B Textiles for the up coming Spring Market.  Don't know if I can show you, so I won't until I hear it is ok to do so.  But it has been fun working on these projects the last month or so.

In between, I have been sewing bindings on "Grand Illusion", this year's Bonnie Hunter Mystery, 

and this little blue number from almost ten years ago! 

 I am finally getting into the deep UFO Stash and beginning to clear out some things.

Of course I continue to add new projects.

Here is a picture of the newest scrappy block.  It is called "Idaho Square Dance" and is from Bonnie Hunter's Addicted to Scraps column in the May/June issue of Quiltmaker.  I want to make 49 blocks at least.  I haven't decided how to set them, but that is still a long way off since I only have 5 blocks done.

Also waiting for a few hours of sewing time are the following projects that need just a little more attention before they are complete.

Surf and Sand, a pattern from McCall's Quilting.

My project from Sue Pelland's which I took in April.

I am also waiting for a few continuous hours so I can sew some finished blocks together.

This group of blocks used 3 inch squares and is also being done in the 2 inch size. The three inch blocks are completed but I am still working on the two inch ones.

My blocks from a Ninigret workshop in April are waiting to be assembled into a quilt.

"Strip Twist" Blocks made from 2.5 inch strips.  This is a free pattern from Bonnie Hunter and is found on her website under the free patterns tab.

Above are some lime green and black blocks made from "Trail's End", a pattern by Kathy from Candlelite Quilts.  They are waiting to be assembled into a quilt top.  Since they are already pinned into rows, what am I waiting for???

Well the temperature outside has now dropped to 76 degrees. But it is still a sunny day. Hopefully the allergies stay under control or I might not be doing any sewing, just sneezing and blowing my nose!

Until next time...
Happy Sewing and Creating
Louise who is looking the window watching spring unfold on the Island

Sunday, April 12, 2015

55 Degrees at Eight O'Clock and Another Binding

The title of this post says it all!

After a very long winter, today was probably one of the nicest days since last fall.
So much so, that at close to eight o'clock in the evening, it is still 55 degrees outside. 
Maybe spring is finally here!

Tonight's sewing is a binding on a quilt which needs to be shipped out tomorrow or Tuesday at the latest.

An orange backing with a red print binding on a very fall looking quilt.  

Time to get off the computer and on to the binding.

Enjoy this evening and the warmer weather!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Working on My MacBook Air

I have installed EQ7 on my MacBook Air.  Now to try to work on it on this laptop.  Mac's are funny sometimes to a Windows bred blogger.  But I am trying to get used to it - both EQ7 and the MacBook Air.

Let's see what I can do here.  At this point it is definitely easier to work here than on my iPad, but just a bit more difficult (due to the laptop's keyboard) than on the PC.

Ah, the wonders and challenges of technology!

Using the webcam on the Mac to take a picture.  These are two leftover blocks from my latest fat quarter quilt using a basics line that is available at the shop.

Now let's try to incorporate a design from EQ7.

Wow! It worked!
I am still trying to decide if I like this.
Should I copyright it?

Oh well, enough of this for today!  Need to get back to sewing and a quilt that has been languishing.  
Have a great day!

Signed Louise at the Kitchen Table of Island Creations by Louise

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Hotel Sewing?

Binding finished!

I guess this qualifies as hotel sewing.

While we are attending classes with Edyta Sitar I have been too exhausted to do any machine sewing after class is over.  The energy I have been able to muster up has been used for handwork.

Since I have been using this quilt as my chair pillow, it has been coming to class with me each day.  So each day I have stitched a bit on the binding.

Tonight it needed to be finished!

And so it was...

Hotel sewing comes in all sizes and activities

Happy Spring and Happy National Quilting Day!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Slow and Steady in Bedford, PA

Mary and I spent the day with Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts working on blocks for her quilt called "Slow and Steady".  By the way, that is how one needs to approach the blocks for this quilt, slow and steady, as Edyta was continually saying.

Behind us is the quilt called "Slow and Steady".
It is a snail's trail pattern and is classified as an intermediate quilt.  It uses lots of little strips and squares and could put a dent in the scrap bag.

I was able to complete 9 blocks today as well as cutting out several of the 60 degree background triangles.

The center four patch measures an inch and a half!

133 more little blocks to go!

Look for more info on this quilt and others by Edyta in her book called "Handfuls of Scraps Pieced into Amazing Quilts".

Tonight is Edyta's lecture, tomorrow is "Dresden Bloom", a stand alone pattern, and Sunday is "Basket of Scraps", also from the book mentioned above.

Can't wait!