Sunday, July 23, 2017

Pumpkin Peels

Pumpkin Peels

Quarter section of a quilt I just finished
 by Mary Elizabeth Kinch and Biz Storms

It takes a lot of scraps to make these big arches. I've been slowly going through all my scrap piles and I have been sorting the smaller pieces that remind me of autumn colors into light and dark bags for these arches.  When I think I have enough for four peels I make the blocks. I tape telephone book pages together to make the big arch foundations. 

I try to do a little hand work each night before bed to relax.  Applique isn't my usual type of project but these peels needed to be appliqued to the background fabric so it has been my hand work of choice the past couple of evenings. 

Two down and two to go! 

(And now back to my regularly scheduled hand work projects - embroidery and crochet and quilt bindings until it gets cooler and I go back to hand quilting). 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

I Have the Glitter Blues

I used 3.5 inch scraps for these.
Pattern from Quilt Lovely by Jen Kingwell

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A New Flimsy: Burgoyne Surrounded

 From the depths of the scrap chunks crate arises: 

Burgoyne Surrounded
93 x 93
It's a top! 

Since it's square here it is from another side since the last row dragged on the ground in the last photo.   Since it's square I guess it can be used in any direction. 

And on to the quilting pile it goes. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A Finish: MoROSE Garden

MoROSE Garden
84 x 96
Four inch hourglass blocks using grays and rose-themed fabrics
Free motion quilted with roses

This has been a UFO since 2012.   When I dug it back out last month to work on I had five rows completed and all the hourglass blocks.   I took the five rows apart and started all over again from scratch as explained in my June blog post. 

I had

I was a little scared to start out free motion quilting this big quilt on my DSM especially since I decided to try to imitate Lori Kennedy's (Inbox Jaunt) Christmas Rose.   

When I first started out I thought I was going to quilt this into a piece of cardboard because there was so much stitching.  I went down each column of blocks quilting the roses. I could have added a few more leaves along the way but I'm happy with it especially since a month ago it was all in bits and pieces and had been that way for years. 

And, surprise, surprise...this quilt with all it's quilting doesn't feel like a piece of cardboard. It's got a nice soft texture. 

You know I started out thinking I would use the light gray quilting thread I had on hand for the bobbin and a nice pink,gray, green variegated thread on top.  Well...I ran out of the top thread.  I was on a roll and hate the 20 minute drive into town just to buy thread (or anything else for that matter) and so I used other colors on top that might be a color of a rose - red, yellow, cream.  

I made do. 

I used a 100% cotton sheet I picked up from the thrift store long ago softened with age. 

You can probably see now why I chose to try to quilt columns of roses - similar to roses on a trellis. 

I'm happy this bed of roses can be put to bed. 
The guest bedroom has a rose theme so guess where it's going. 

I didn't use scraps but it's scrappy so going over to party at ...

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Using Blue 1.5 Inch Scraps

From the blue 1.5 inch scraps I made lots of little 3 inch (finished) rail fence blocks. 

And each month I've been making these little 2x2 units from the 1.5 inch scraps.   I had no idea when I started making them what I would do with them. They are pretty versatile. 

I finally decided I would assemble them into blocks of 3x7 and see how I liked them. 

I liked them so sewed all of the little units in the colors we've used so far in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge into blocks 3x7. 

It will still take a lot of these blocks to make a big quilt especially since I try not to make duplicates of any of the colored fabrics. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Patchwork of Daylilies

Patchwork of Daylilies

I love this time of year when all the daylilies in my flower gardens are in bloom. 
It was finally a little cooler today and not raining so I enjoyed a little time working on the garden patchwork instead of the fabric patchwork. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Two More for the Road

Two more donation quilts finished. 
I didn't make the tops but I finished both of them. 

Carol and Beth of the Sunshine Online Quilt Guild organized a recent retreat in Omaha. I was unable to attend but the ladies were expecting to complete 100 quilt tops at retreat made from blocks made all year long called "Omaha blocks" which are ten inch blocks that consist of a 7.5 inch center bordered on two sides with 3.5 inch strips and 3.5 inch square.  They exceeded expectations and ended up with 184 quilt tops! You can read more about it at Carol's blog, Giraffe Dreams.   Actually a couple of us sewed along at home so there are a few more than 184 quilt tops. 

All of the finished quilts will go to the two groups Sunshine Online Quilt Guild sponsor - Quilts Beyond Borders and Wrap-A-Smile. I volunteered to quilt five of them. That's when the retreat ladies only thought they would hit 100 quilts.   So...surprise...I received 8 quilts to finish. Plus I made an Omaha Block quilt sewing along at home so that makes 9 quilts to finish. Plus I had a donation quilt waiting in the wings that needs quilting.   And that's okay...I need practice free motion quilting on my DSM.  

Sorry for the blurry photos. It was starting to rain and I was in a rush to get a photo finish!

Anyway...this is the orange one. I mentioned I use these to practice FMQ on my DSM (because I'm not very good at it) and have been trying new things on each of these quilts. On this one I did these loopy things going across the rows.  I found I did okay when the block row was all 3 inches...

...but when it came to quilting the 6 inch rows I had a difficult time going across that distance consistently. The harp on my machine is small plus my hands don't seem to flow freely across that distance. So if I use this in the future I will try smaller loop de loops. 

I found a stripe fabric with some orange in it for the backing and added orange binding. 

On the red, black, white one with the elephant I tried quilting some balloon bunches...

...because I used balloon fabric on the back. 

My July OMG (One Monthly Goal)  was to finish at least one more of these Omaha Block quilts so I can mark that goal off the list. ( OMG at Elm Street Quilts)

This also completes goals #7 and #10 on my Third Quarter Finish-A-Long list.