Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Optimism outcome

I posted my todo list for the the weekend and am pleased with what I got accomplished.  Some of it was done this week but I made really good progress.

I quilted Mom's version of the Patchwork Sampler the other weekend and spent a large part of Saturday watching recorded tv programs and stitching down the binding, label and sleeve. 

Moms Version
My Version  Same quilt pattern

Dad has a quilt display rack with a fixed display rod. It works well for quilts that drape nicely but for some you lose part of the design doing that. I took the fall wall hanging mom made and add a sleeve with a zipper. I used a zipper that has been stored in the supplies for a long time.
The sleeve has been made for a bit on on Saturday it also got added to its quilt. I'll find out in a week or so if it works the way I think it will. Mom had been quilting a lap quilt with two strands of embroidery floss. There wasn't a lot of quilting left to do -- just the borders. I ended up with two strands about 18 inches long left once all the quilting was done. It has a label but no sleeve. Need to look for something to use for the sleeve.
I thought I had her template for the hearts but couldnt find it. So I put a piece of newsprint under the quilt and used a pin to poke a through the already quilted shapes into the newsprint and create templates. On Monday night, I got started on this weeks 365 blocks and started to play with the fabric from Elaine. Tonight I finished this weeks 365 blocks and played some more with the fabric from Elaine.
So while not everything on the list got done, I knew it wouldn't. I'm really pleased with what did get done.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

International Quilt Day Optimism

So this morning as I looked at the things I set out for today, I decided I'd better make a list. Not much hope that it will all get done today or even this weekend but there should be some progress.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Quilt Retreat

On the weekend I went to the guild quilt retreat at Elmhurst Inn and Spa.  It was a really nice weekend.  The food was great (some issues but the staff dealt with them swiftly); the massage was wonderful after a long day of sewing; I got to know some members at little more; and I'm pleased with what I accomplished.

On Friday, I worked on block number 3 of the Splendid Sampler  I had it cut out, marked and ready to piece.  When I first joined the guild, once a year there was an exchange of 6" piece of fabrics.  You brought in 12 sets of 12 and went home with a different 12 sets.  I've never done anything with the stack of fabrics I ended up with so decided that I'll use that for the sampler since the blocks will all be 6 inch blocks.  I wonder how much will get used.

Block 3Block 1 & 2 prepared earlier

As leaders and enders I started stitching pairs of 6" blocks from an I Spy bag I took from the community outreach table at guild last month.  The bag looks like it was probably made from the 6" pieces of fabrics we exchanged.  Over the weekend, I got 9 - 9 patches made.  I need to fix one then give them a good pressing, square them up and I'll cut them for disappearing 9 patches tops.  Need to look up the sizes for the outreach quilts.  Once I see what the blocks look like completed, I'll decide which size top to make.  There are still lots more squares in the bag that I can use as more leaders and enders to make more 9 patches.

Friday I also worked on the guild block of the month.  I got the Hudson bay blanket stripes completed and the log cabin row started.  Saturday I finished the log cabin row and made the dawn over the mountain block.  When working on the log cabin row, I noticed the copy right on the middle fabric.  Guess that fabric has been aged long enough :)
Dawn over the mountain
fabric aged long enough?

Hudson Bay blocks
Log cabin row.  There are 8 log cabin blocks
Guild rows so far on top of many other things
noon over the mountain (made previously)

I took the snowflakes from the flakey friends quilt and got 4 more snowflakes stitched.  Its been a while since I worked on these but fortunately I wrote the setting I was using on a scrap of paper that some how didn't get lost.  I've attached it to my practice piece now and taken it photo just in case.

flakey friends so far  8 done.  12 to go

The other project I looked at was the Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt from 2014.  The double diamond blocks are now stitched in their pairs and some are trimmed.  Need to trim the rest.  I spent some time going through the pattern and what I had done and now have a good idea of what's left to do.

While I didn't have any big tada moments where a top or quilt got finished, I moved several things along which was my goal. It was fun to spend the weekend with the other ladies and to see the quilts they worked on and be inspired by their quilts. I'm looking forward to seeing some of those that weren't tops as show and tell at guild.
Linking up with Esther's WOW.  Looks like she has painted some stencils then quilted them.  Looks intriguing.