Thursday, March 15, 2018

Stitch, Fabric & Thread by Elizabeth Healey, A Finish, Binding Progress on Two small Quilts

Getting the binding, in Moda's Grunge Dot red, ready for the final 'sew down.'

Mt. Rainier on a sunny afternoon from the Kent valley, last week.

My Violet Sampler, finished 2018, started in 2015.

It's been gently washed and pressed lightly from the backside.

Happy Thursday, from the Renton, Washington highlands. Where we've had frost at night and clear sunny days. And it's almost St. Patrick's Day, Happy St. Patrick's Day to you!

I've been slowly working at getting the binding pressed and pinned for the final 'sew down' on both baby quilts. Yes, I take time to press and pin, I like the results doing it that way. Some people, I know, don't pin or press binding as they're sewing it on. That's fine, everyone has their own go to method and reasoning.

I finished the Violet Sampler started in 2015. I ordered it from the French Needle, which specializes in beautiful counted cross stitch patterns from France. I'm happy about finishing and soon I'll ship it off to it's new home, DD's, on the East Coast.

Queenie , my blog friend and stitcher extraordinaire, recommended this book, Stitch, Fabric & Thread by Elizabeth Healey. I agree with her it's a beautiful inspiring book for all those curious about or enjoying all things having to do with stitching, a great buy.

That's the news from the shire, where the young deer and rabbits are making appearances on the edge of the wood. 
Have a great day and remember to share a smile.
I'll be by to visit.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Baby Quilt Binding, Block Arranging, Barbara Brackman's Material Culture at QuiltCon 2018

Final arranging, now to trim blocks to size, then sew them together.

I'm sewing the binding strips together for the two quilts for my grandsons.

Binding in Moda's Grunge Dots made for both quilts.

Squared and ready for binding, 48" x 42".

Close up, trucks, trains and cars.

Happy Friday!
From the Pacific NW where we are staying with family, helping and sightseeing on the side.

This week I made progress on details for three quilts. Binding was made for 2 baby quilts and final arrangement of log-cabin blocks decided on and those trimmed to size before sewing them together. That was a long sentence.

I also visited Barbara Brackman's blog, Material Culture. She went to QuiltCon 2018 in Pasadena, CA with her sister, who has an art degree, and gave fun comment on what she found there. Barbara's blog is a good read and I enjoy her research, historical facts and insight into quilt history. She is a great resource, stop in to see.

And I'm linking up with Linda and Julie for Sew Stitch Snap Share #21. Where progress of the stitching and sewing kind are featured, stop in to share and be inspired!
Thanks Linda and Julie for hosting.

That's the news from the shire where things are getting done, slow but sure.
Have a great weekend and I'll be by to visit!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Log Cabin Blocks, Small-Large Scale, AHIQ #30 Challenge, Jera Brandvig Designer

These log cabins are built on a foundation, I basted the centers down.

The small blocks at 4" the large blocks at 7 1/2".

Playing with layout possibilities.

Happy Thursday! 
from the Pacific NW where it's still winter and we have rain and cool temperatures.
Happy March, spring is coming. The neighbor's miniature daffodils are up and looking cheerful in yellow.

And it's time for Ad Hoc Improv Quilt challenge. Where Kaja and Ann are hosting the current challenge that has to do with scale. 
I'm working on a small, 28" x 28", log cabin quilt, with large and small blocks so I think that fits into the challenge. 
Thanks Kaja and Ann for hosting. Stop in to share and get inspired!

And Jera Brandvig, author and fabric designer, who blogs at 'Quilting in the Rain' has designed very beautiful fabric reminding me of spring. If you're longing for a spring color fix, visit and see for yourself.

Share a smile!
I'll be by to visit.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Piecing Blocks, Traditional and Liberated, Pink Flamingo and Poodles

Last week I was pressing and trimming.

This week I finished the two lower blocks for my traditional sampler, 10 1/2" blk.s

Logcabin blocks, 4" & 7 1/2", on the left, Pink Poodles and Kona Pink Flamingo, bottom.

Hello from the Pacific NW, where it's cold outside!
'Come on in and sit, while I knit, click click, by the fire.' Anybody ever read that children's story to their kids when they were little? Now I'm reading it to my grandkids.

This week I haven't been knitting but I'm piecing blocks and finishing machine quilting a grid on two baby size quilts.
It just takes time and while I'm plodding away I'm thinking and dreaming of other projects and dreaming of soaking in a hot tub, ahhhhh!

I'm following Angela Walters' YouTube tutorials on machine quilting. They're easy for me to understand and I can watch several times over at my convenience. She's got a great sense of humor.

The little pink poodle fabric caught my eye in the fabric store and I knew it would work with my charm pack of Kona Pink Flamingo. It will make a perfect doll size or twin quilt, I haven't decided yet, for my granddaughter.

I'm linking up with Linda and Julie for Sew Stitch Snap Share#20.
Stop in to share your projects and get inspired!

That's what's happening in the shire, cocoa anyone?
Have a good week and I'll be by to visit.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Baby Quilts, Log Cabin Blocks, HST's and Angela Walters' Tutorials

Sewing logcabin blocks together this week, 4" and 71/2" blocks.

I'm machine quilting 2 baby quilts, don't you love Moda Grunge Dots?

This cute map panel is on the back of both.

I'm also working on HST's for a traditional sampler quilt.

Hello and Happy Monday!!

I hope you're getting inspired and getting lots done on your projects. This week I've been slowly machine quilting two baby size quilts for my two grandsons. I'm quilting them in a grid and I like to go slow and use lots of pins, a little bit gets done everyday, I quit before my neck bothers me.

Then some more HST's got pressed and trimmed to 2 1/2". They're for a traditional sampler quilt I started last summer from Piecing the Past Quilts.

And my log cabin blocks were added to and trimmed. There will be 12 larger squares and 16 smaller squares. I'm using Tonye Belinda Phillips'  pattern 'Welsh-Folded Log Cabin.'
These blocks are pieced on a foundation. I'm adding my own spin for color and strip sizes.

Angela Walters, machine quilter extraordinaire, has some excellent machine quilting tutorials on youTube.
She's good at getting her ideas across, practical with gorgeous results.
Take some time to be amazed!

Have a wonderful week and I'll be by to visit!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Welsh-Folded Log Cabin Pattern, Color Inspiration, Lichen/Moss.

Front yard moss in the morning mist.

Moss growing on bark in the backyard.

Lichen and moss growing on a tree in the back yard.

Welsh-Folded Log Cabin pattern by Tonye Belinda Phillips. 

My chosen fabric inspirations for log cabin blocks.

Happy Monday!!
This morning was misty and grey but I was determined to find color inspiration just outside my door.
And in the grey mist I found moss and lichen growing everywhere. I think I heard fairy voices too but they heard me coming and ducked out of sight.

I found the Welsh-Folded Log Cabin pattern online at the Stitchin' Post Quilt Shop  in Sisters Oregon.
I liked the colors Tonye Belinda used on the cover photo and the different size blocks she used too.
And so I ordered the pattern, which I'll use as a general guideline.

Pattern and color inspiration photos in front of me I found some fabric scraps that are a good start and I'll keep them in front of me during the piecing process.

For the butterfly of the month I suggest you visit my blog friend, Mary Ann  to see her butterfly project, with beautiful embroidery.

That's the news from the shire, where umbrellas get used often.

Have a good week and I'll be by to visit!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, Fabric Shopping, and Quilt Top Finishes

Doll quilt top finished for my 'grand muffin', 5" blocks.

My 'summer improv' top finished with final border, 30" x 38".

Panera Bread, this is where I ate lunch, I like their hazelnut coffee.

Jo Ann Fabric store, I stopped in here, I had some good coupons.

 Big selection inside.

Always great books and magazines at Jo Ann's.

Sharon Boggons' beautiful book.

Happy Tuesday! From the Renton, Washington highlands.
Where we enjoyed a cool sunny day.

My blog friend, Carin, aka Queenie Patch went to the 17th Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2018 with friends and has shared her photos here! . What a fabulous quilt show, stop in to see the beautiful quilts!

And to celebrate sunshine after about a week of clouds and rain,
I had to go out and enjoy the sun and do some shopping on the side.
While at Jo Ann Fabrics  I bought enough flannel to use as a design wall.
The floor is very hard on my knees.

This week I pieced together a doll quilt for my grand daughter, her birthday is soon. I was watching an episode of 'Man Sewing'  and saw Rob and his daughter, Ruby, so sweet, doing a tutorial for a doll quilt and it was so cute I had to sew one up.
I also sewed on the final border of my 'summer improv' small quilt top.

I got a few things done this week and some play time in.
Because if I don't get out of the house once in a while everything gets dark and grim.

I hope you're having a productive week and taking time out to play.
Where do you go to play?

I'll be by to visit.