Sunday, October 21, 2018


Slow Sunday Stitching

Right now on my handwork, I am working on Cheri Payne's Angel Quilt.  My backgrounds are red, green and gold.   These are going to be a Christmas gift for my oldest daughter.  I have appliqued 6 angels right now. Only 12 more to go.   Love the feel of these flannels!  They make applique so easy and soft.  

I'll be linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy's Quilts. 

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Yesterday, I was able to put together my Fall Into A QAL blocks.  I designed the center section myself.   I am quite happy how it came out.   The blocks were designed by a group of designers, Partners in Design and every 2 weeks we received a new block.  I love all of them, and appreciate the effort the partners put into making these.    I will be linking this up with Vanda @Quilting with Vanda.  

Getting this quilt to a flimsy stage was also one of my goals for this quarter in the 2018 Finish-A-Long, and I will be linking this up in January at the end of the quarter.  
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fall Into a QAL, 2018 Finish-A-Long

Block 12, the last block of the Fall Into a QAL came out this week, designed by Vanda Chittenden @Quilting with Vanda,  It is the cutest little owl.  Thanks so much Vanda for your design.  This is my little owl:

I am now in the process of setting my Fall Into a QAL blocks.  I am linking this up with Quilting with Vanda.

Also this week I finished item #2 on my 2018 Finish-A-Long list, to get my Crow's Foot Quilt, designed by Cheri Payne, to flimsy stage.

I plan to probably hand-quilt this the first the year.  I have too many Christmas items I want to finish first.  

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Wednesday Wait Loss #89

Jennifer @The Inquiring Quilter this week is featuring Halloween quilts.  I have made about 3 Halloween quilts, but have given away 2, and I am not sure I even have pictures.

One of the first quilts I made was a primitive Halloween quilt.  I called it Fall Pumpkins.  This was one of the first quilts I made, in 1995.  It was from a book by designers Gerry Kimmel, Linda  Brannock and Jan Patek called Collections Two.  I took a class at the local quilt shop, and as soon as I saw it posted, I had to take it.  So this was probably the second quilt I made, and I quilted it myself the best I could.  I still love this quilt!

The second quilt was also a quilt I took a class for in Sisters, Oregon during their quilt show inJuly2005.  I call this one All Those Pumpkins.  I can't remember the two women that taught this class right now, but I really enjoyed this one also, using a different background and different fabrics for all the pumpkin blocks.  

I'm linking up with Wednesday Wait Loss @The Inquiring Quilter.   Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Making Progress. BOM's Away Monday

I have been slowly making progress on the Great Pumpkin Quilt.  This UFO was from 2006.  I started here in July working on this quilt.

At that time, I had 4 blocks that had 4 blocks that were ready to machine applique, and I got those done as part of my Finish-A-Long goals.

I have been slowly and steadily working on these BOM blocks.  

I have now completed the 12 blocks, and I need to work on the top border strip. I'm really excited to be finishing this. 

Last week in looking for a particular fabric, I came across 4 more BOMs, 3 never started/.  I'm going to be busy for a long, long time!  LOL!!

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching

I've  been busy the past working on my Crow Quilt by Cheri Payne from the book Wednesday's Best.  I finished the applique this morning, and now am doing some feather stitching on the wings, and a crow's foot in the skinny green border on the outside.  I'm ready to finish this one up, hopefully tonight, because I already have the pieces prepped and ready to applique on the Angel Quilt, from the same book.   I'll be linking up with Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching

Joy@ Days Filled with Joy right now is having 31 Days of Getting Organized, and asked how we store our pearl cotton threads.  I mentioned that I had a chest my DH had bought me some years ago, I think at Harbor Freight.  It is 20 inches long, and 16 inches wide.  

 The top of  the chest opens up, and I have my specialty threads I use mostly for crazy quilting projects.  

The inside has 8 small drawers and a big one at the bottom.  This is where I have my pearl cotton balls.

I also have a drawer for my sparkly Kreinik metallics.

I have a drawer with very wide silk ribbon.  Sort of looks like a mess right now.

This is the bottom drawer with more pearl cotton/

That's it for right now.  Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

2018 Finish-A-Long, Quarter 4 Goals

The following are my goals for the 4th Quarter of the Finish-A-Long:

1).   Angel Quilt by Cheri Payne.  Finish for my daughter for Christmas.  I have everything cut out, have pieced the blocks and need to applique the angels on, put it together,and quilt.

What I have done

What finished quilt will look like.

2.  Finish Crow Quilt into flimsy.  It is pretty much done now  I have some berries and my initials to applique on.   I'll try to get a better picture outside when I have finished,  

3.  Doll clothes for Klara's new baby for her birthday October 29th.   Didn't finish this one last time, but will do this in the next week.  I have some of Klara's old clothes I am going to cut up and make baby clothes with.  

4.  Redwork Nursery Rhyme blocks.  I am going to embroider at least 3 more of these blocks for my SIL, who will be putting them together for her first grandbaby.  She is an elementary school teacher and doesn't have much free time right now to do this.  This was a BOM I had, and had done 9 out of 20 blocks, and asked her if she wanted it.  She was excited about it and I told her I would finish the embroidery.  I thought I only had a couple of blocks left, but at the time I had 11 left to do.  I am down to 6 now.  I plan to get at least 3 done this time.

I'll be working on the Man Who Had Naught, Old King Cole, and Pussy in the Well.

5.  Redwork Table Runner for my daughter Katie.  I have the redwork prepped already, just need to complete it for Christmas/  Really bad picture but hard to take a good picture of the design that is traced on the fabric.

 6.  Finish Great Pumpkin Quilt to flimsy stage.    I have prepped the last 4 blocks, they are ready for machine applique.  Then I just have the top border to do.

7.  Assemble Christmas Panels for Christmas.   I bought these two on clearance from Hobby Lobby probably 9 years ago.  I planned to make them for my daughters, I thought the grandkids would enjoy them.  I plan to put them together this year.  

8.  Do 2 more sections of Sweet Land of Liberty.  This is what I have done so far.  

9.  Put my redwork ornaments together for Christmas.  I made 3 sets of these about 10 years ago, gave my daughters theirs, but mine never got put together.  I keep coming across them in my pile of finish-ups.  I want to hang them on the tree this year!

10.  Get my Fall Into A QAL quilt blocks put together into a flimsy before November 13th.   There is one last block coming next week.  These are my blocks so far.  

I think this should keep me out of trouble the next 3 months.  Thanks for stopping by! 

I am linking up with Marci Girl Designs.

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Hand Quilt-Along, October 7th

This past 3 weeks has flown by and I have accomplished a lot. I did finally finish my Flourishes block, and I hand-appliqued the next block too, just in time for my 2018 Finish-A-Long goal for quarter 3.

I started working again on Sweet Land of Liberty by Cheri Payne.  I had done one block 7-8 years ago.  

I found out Susan and Edi were starting this, so I asked to join in.  I pieced 5 economy blocks.

Then I hand appliqued the saltbox house Susan had found.  I had to rearrange things a bit to get them to fit.  I also pieced my USA.  The S gave me fits, but I am finally satisfied.

In the process of looking in the closet for some primitive and patriotic fabric, in a bag, I found that I had a class a number of years ago on another Cheri Payne quilt called Crow's Foot.  It was in the book Wednesday's Best.  I had 13 out of 36 blocks made, so I went ahead and pieced the rest of the blocks.  Right now I am working on hand appliquing the crows, berries, flags and branches.  I probably should have used a darker black for the birds or used a lighter border, but I really liked the crinkle on the lightish black fabric.  

My daughter was over and I was showing her this quilt and we looked at some of the other projects in the book, and she saw an Angel Quilt in the back she really loved.  So I cut out the pieces, since I had the fabric out already, and have pieced part of it.  I am in the the process of prepping the angels for hand applique also.

This hand Quilt Along is organized by Kathy@ Sewing Etc.  This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another.  We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to joint our group, contact Kathy at the link below.

Welcome to Gretchen for joining us!

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

2018 Finish-A-Long, Q3 Results

My quarter 3 Finish-A-Long list was rather ambitious for me I realized after I made it.  My original list was here.  I realized I had a lot of hand projects to do and I did accomplish part  of them, and had new projects added after I completed my list.

1)  Embroider 3 Redwork Nursery Rhyme Blocks.  COMPLETED.  I plan to complete this BOM and send them to my DSIL to put together for her first granddaughter.  I have already given her part of them.  I have 6 more blocks to do now.

2)  Great Pumpkin Quilt- I wanted to get 4 of these prepped blocks machine appliqued down,  COMPLETED.  I actually sewed the 4 down here:  

Then I prepped and sewed down 4 more

3)  Prepare and hand-applique 2 Flourishes Blocks, Block 8 and 9.  COMPLETED.

4)  Put together a Quilt of Valor quilt,  with some red, white and blue blocks I have.  NOT COMPLETED.  These are still just blocks.

5)  Crazy Quilting Project.  I wanted to finish up this and send the block back to a friend.  Didn't have a chance to work on this yet.  NOT COMPLETED

6)  Make doll clothes for grandddaughter Klara's new baby for her BD October 29th.  NOT COMPLETED.  This will be done by her birthday

7)  Make cushion for granddaughter Kyleigh's dorm room.  COMPLETED.  

Then I made her this one, with the mermaid so kindly provided by Joy@Days Filled with Joy

Then I made her one to match her graduation quilt I made here:

Then I also made her two pillow cases.  Kyleigh loves the ocean as much as I do!

8)  Sweater for Klara.  I had hoped to start and finish this sweater for Klara's BD.  NOT COMPLETED.  I did start it, and realized this might be too complicated a pattern for me.  So I found a simple vest pattern I haven't started yet.

9)  Penny Rug Project.  I wanted to buttonhole stitch these parts together and attach to the backing fabric.  NOT COMPLETED.  I did 2 sections while I was in Boston, but that was it.  I was not able to see properly with airplane lighting, so I could't work on it on the plane.

So I completed 4 out of 9 of my projects.  I am linking up with co-host Marci@Marci Girl Designs.

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