Saturday, March 21, 2015

International Quilting Day 2015

IMG_3810What are you doing to celebrate this International Quilting Day today?  I plan to work on a fabric purse/bag that is taking more time than it should but I am determined to finish it so am stitching a bit more on it each day.  I also have 2  hexi projects that I am also working on as I sit and watch TV in the evenings.  I do plan to share them with you but will wait until they are finished.

The sunbonnet girl appliqued square above is a 4” block so is pretty small.  It has been finished to this point for many years and pinned to my design wall.  I hand appliqued it soon after I took a needle turn applique class to practice all the things I learned but here it sits, unfinished. Someday I hope to put it in a quilt or project of some kind but until then I can enjoy looking at it.IMG_3811The pattern for it came from this book 501 Quilt Blocks by Better Homes and Gardens.  The book was a gift from my brother one Christmas and although I have not directly used it much it is a great source of inspiration as I love traditional quilts and it is filled with traditional blocks.  It has lots of 4” blocks….duh, guess there are 501 of them like the title says!  There are pieced as well as applique block designs in the book but no patterns.  The block pieces can be traced for templates or you will have to figure out the sizes for any strip piecing.  Most of us can do that if we have the finished sizes so that should not be a problem.IMG_3812This is the page where I got the design for the little sunbonnet girl picking the flower.  I just thought she was so cute and even at the 4" size it was an easy applique to do.

My challenge for you is - get up and play with some fabric today!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Nebraska State Quilt Guild–Fay’s Block

Fay’s quilt is the last of the challenge quilts in my group for me to work on.  Two other gals added borders before I got it.  Fay’s original quilt consisted of nine 3” blocks, Kay added the bottom and left side borders and Janet added the diamond top border.  I hung it on my flannel wall for a while to study and figure out what to add next.IMG_3781
The only shape required that had not been used in the borders was a pinwheel so that was what I decided to make.  The 2” pinwheels were fun to make and made five.  To fit them to the border I divided the excess length by 4 to determine the size of the sashing between the blocks.IMG_3780
This is what Fay’s quilt looks like at this point.  She may want to add more or different borders and will be fun to see what she does with it to finish it.

As a reminder here are the challenge rules -It is a round robin challenge with a team of 4-5 quilters of your choice.  Each quilt will start with a 9” finished center block.  You will build around the center block using borders with the following shapes—pinwheels, circles, diamonds, applique, and some embellishment.  The front of the quilt must have at least one of each shape listed but you may use more of these shapes if you wish.  Each quilt cannot exceed 120 total inches around.  It must be quilted, bound and a label sewn on the back.

I am getting anxious to get my own back to see what my friends did with it.  

Until Later,

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Orlando Trip

The last week in February, John had a convention in Orlando to attend for 2 1/2 days and I went along thinking it would be great to have some sunny warm weather for a change.  We stayed about 3 more days after the convention was over with one of my cousins and saw a few of the sights around Orlando.2015-02-25-15.32.33 We had a great time while there but as far as sunny and warm, that really didn’t happen after the first day there.  The temperatures stayed in the 60s most days and one day was mid 50s, windy, damp and down right cold. IMG_3443One of the best places we visited was Blue Spring State Park.  The warmer water of the spring attract the manatees during this time of year.  The water was so clear and we spent a lot of time watching them.  It was a beautiful place and we were so glad we got to see them.IMG_3516The Kennedy Space Center was really interesting and we could have spent much more time there even though we got there by 10:30 and left at closing time.  Loved seeing a moon rover, Saturn 5 rocket and all the the rest.IMG_3559
IMG_3585Look at the size of the people walking under the live oak tree at Leu Gardens.  We couldn’t get over the massive size of those trees.  The blooming camellias were gorgeous as well as the other blooming flowers and bushes.  A great sight for Nebraskans after a long cold winter.flowersVisiting family was a highlight of our trip – it was wonderful to see my cousin and her husband and spend some time with them.   We had a great time, despite the cold weather and know there are lots more places to see in Florida so just guess we need to plan another trip.  

Until later,

Sunday, March 15, 2015

I Won - Thread!

IMG_3704I am so excited to have won Rachael Dorr’s blog giveaway and the prize was 5 spools of Superior thread.  The pink and green smaller spools are King Tut thread; the red small spool and the one large cone are Rainbows trilobal thread and the light green thread is So Fine thread. 

I love King Tut thread but have never used So Fine or Rainbows although I have used trilobal thread and loved it. Am looking forward to new adventures with them.

I can’t wait to use them in a project but what to make?  Thank you, thank you, thank you Rachael!



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