Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Sewing and Catching Up

I have to confess. I like Sunday Open Sew when there are only a few of us. Then I can actually sew.
Today was one of those Sundays.

I was able to sew two tops together
They are both only about 54 inches square. Not too big and not too small.
Just the right size for a lap quilt or a shop sample.

May I present.... Tower Bridge, a Villa Rosa pattern. This quilt utilizes 18 light ten inch squares and 18 dark ten inch squares to make the 36 half square triangle blocks which are set 6 by 6 in the quilt. 


Tower Bridge "A" and 


Tower Bridge "B"

Two tops webbed and rows sewed during today's Open Sew session.

These blocks had been completed and trimmed, and had sat waiting to be sewn into a quilt top for some time.
Originally bought as two kits, I had intended to sew them altogether into one bigger quilt top.
But somewhere along the way, I got sidetracked on these again, until today. 
Today the decision was made to forgo the large top and make two smaller tops.

I think they look pretty good.

Happy Sunday of Memorial Day weekend!

Louise, on the island, pleased with today's accomplishments

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Getting Sidetracked

I said I wouldn't let it happen. 
I said I would stay focused. 
I said I would stay on track.
But what is that saying about good intentions....

Last night at my guild meeting, I put ALL of my tickets into the cup to win this group of things.


And, guess what? I won!

I had thought I really just wanted this group of quilted squares, 


but when I looked further I found magazines from 2013 and 2014.


Now anyone who knows me, knows that 2013 and 2014 were very stressful years for me.  Mother and Mother-in-law were quite ill and living in their own homes, about a mile from each other, both home bound, both needing constant care and supervision to ensure their comfort.

Not a lot of time for quilting and shopping. And did I mention? - neither had internet to use for on line shopping!

I was seriously out of touch with new publications!

So imagine my delight when the bundle from last night's winnings includes magazines from 2013 and 2014! All of my favorites, none of which I had seen, or at least can remember seeing!

As I looked through the bundles, this magazine caught my eye.


I now have my next project.


Off to find the solid roll ups I have been hoarding!

Oh, didn't I just say that... 
I wouldn't let it happen. 
I would stay focused. 
I would stay on track.
But what is that saying about good intentions...

Louise, on the island, getting sidetracked, again!




Sunday, May 7, 2017

100 Days 100 Blocks 2017

I thought I would give it a go this year.

100 blocks in 100 days what could be so hard about that! After all they are only 6 inch blocks!

So we started...

But first,...

I would like to thank "The Quilted Crow" in Bolton Massachusetts for their wonderful selection of fabrics for this project. Sue and her staff set the "City Sampler" quilt from Tula Pinks's book "100 Modern Quilt Blocks" as a block of the month program awhile ago. The kits have been staring at me from my to-do list. So when the sew along was announced, I decided this would be a great time to get it done! Thus far I haven't needed to substitute any fabrics. We will see what happens in the future.

I have just submitted the first block so I can show it here.


Look for the next blocks in a future blog post.

I think this will be fun!

Louise, on the island, working on blocks for the sew along 




Saturday, April 29, 2017

Redecorating!

The classroom samples and displays needed a redo. Redecorating needs to be done once in awhile.
Yesterday was the day!

On your right when entering the classroom...


"Snug as a Bug" using a jelly roll from the Moda line called "Karma". The original quilt is by Christine Sharp and Rachael Wright and is approximately 40" wide by 52" long. I found the pattern in a recent issue of a Fons and Porter publication. It is now available as a download on their website.

Next to it is....


"Tiffany", a Villa Rosa pattern using an older batik jelly roll.  The pattern is available in the shop next door, Piecing with Poppers Quilting Center. Any colorful jelly roll would work in this pattern.

By the ironing stations...


My "Limey Squares", is a pattern which can be found on the Missouri Star You Tube channel called "The Quartered Squares Quilt". It uses a little over a yard of any striped fabric. Sharon is running a class at the end of May, called "Triangles Fun with Stripes". If you are interested, give the shop  a call.

On the back wall, on the right...


"Rainstick", a pattern found in th Spring 2014 issue of Quilting Quickly.  This quilt uses 2.5 inch strips, 80 of them! I chose two jelly rolls by Quilting Treasures, the Matrix and the Tempations line to make this quilt. Sharon still has these jelly rolls available for sale in the shop.

And next, on the back wall, on the left...


"Sun and Sand" was a free pattern from Quiltmaker when I did the top a couple of years ago. It is now available for purchase as a PDF download from their shop. I used a variety of scraps and yardage that I had available in my stash. A fun quilt to do that reminds me of summer and the warmer days ahead.

A little bit of show and tell, and redecorating, to hopefully get your creativity flowing!

Louise
On the island, enjoying the warmer days









Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Moving on Towards May

The months have a way of moving quickly when you are busy. I looked up today and it was already April 25. Can you believe it?!!!

Most of this month has gone by so quickly and now I am looking towards a new month. May! Wow!

But on to quilty things.

I have been trying to finish those almost completed quilts.

A border here...


A group of blocks that needed to be put together there..


A completed top that didn't look quite right until I added a second and third border.


A kit that has languished for several years, but one that only took three days to get it to finished top status! An early kit from Eva Paige Quilt Designs, as my friend Barbara pointed out to me, and one that has a 2006 copyright date on the pattern and on the selvedges of the main, floral print. Did I say several years? How about a decade plus one year! However, the top is now completed and out of the UFO stash.


First flowers from the beginning of April
Miniature daffodils


White and purple crocuses


Don't know if I posted these from the end of March.


A border finally on this top that was made in a class with Kimberly Einmo maybe five years ago at "The Gathering" in Manchester New Hampshire.


And finally the binding is complete on a flying geese quilt made from a Craftsy kit.
I will post a picture of the top in my next blog post. I couldn't find one in my picture file.

It has been a busy month in my quilting world.
I am pleased with my progress with my UFO stash.
Here's to hoping that the rest of April is just as productive as we move on to the month of May.

Louise, on the island looking towards May










Monday, April 3, 2017

I missed all of March!

It is now April. Time to catch up with you and let you know what is going on here on the island and elsewhere.
No big things to report. Health is good (knock on wood!). A family loss that set me back a bit and oh, yes, the snow!
But April is here and the sun is shining. Time to take advantage of spring in the northeast.


Finally the crocus plants are blooming! 
(Notice how I worked around the plural of crocus. Is it crocuses or croci? Spell check and autocorrect say crocuses and change croci to crock. I have never been able to figure that one out. Suppose I should consult a dictionary, huh?)

I was fairly sewed out when I finished "Idaho Square Dance".
It is shown here as a corner on the right and then as the whole top on the left.  It is now at the long arm quilter's studio waiting its turn.

I finally got the borders on this top. It was made in a class with Kimberly Einmo a few years ago. Sorry I took the picture a bit too close to show the green print border going all around.  It is not too big, a wallhanging size. I feels nice to get this one done!


Most of March consisted of working on "Idaho Square Dance" as I said previously. But I did manage to complete these two table runners which used a charm pack from the Moda line called "Plush". It always amazes me how the fabric companies will combine diverse color ways in order to get to the required 42 pieces for a charm pack of five inch squares.

The pattern for this is found in the book "The Big Book of Table Toppers" from The Patchwork Place.
For those who are local,  I think Sharon still has some copies in the store.


This is the next table runner on the docket.  It will be for my sister who has always liked this daffodil fabric.  I am hoping to work on this today.


A bit of binding has happened ...


Sorry about the dark picture!

A bit of snow has happened ...


But the birds are still flying 


And remind us all that even through adversity, life goes on.

I always loved this photo and my friend Pam reposted it recently.


Yes, Spring is peeking around the corner.

Life goes on...

RIP Steve. You are missed.

Louise, on the island waiting for spring










 


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