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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Making the most of a 4-day weekend

Yes, two posts in one day!

Here is my Block B and the first four of Block M (there will be 19 of those) - and I am caught up on two Block of the Month projects now.

Block B

Block M (4)

These were made using the method of placing a square in the corner of the block (with a line drawn diagonally) and stitching just to the far side of the line, pressing back into the corner, then cutting away the 2 extra pieces behind. Since I really hate throwing away fabric - and they looked like they would square up just right, I sewed up the leftover triangle pieces into little 1½ inch half-square triangles and pitched them into my box full of pieces and strips that size.

Thanksgiving holidays a nice respite

I have had a nice 4-day holiday weekend as a really nice respite from the work project that should be wrapped up in another 3 weeks, if things go as planned.

We have eaten too much, visited with family, gone to the movies, and played at home (CC with his new video game, me with a new quilt).

I have been itching to start the new wool felt block of the month project Fall Frolic, and finally got my chance this weekend.

Using the tracing paper that Teresa recommended I try, I traced my pattern for the first block, then I traced and cut out my fusible web (Shades Softfuse), ironed it to my wool felt pieces, and began placing and fusing them to the background.

Here is the block entirely fused and ready to work.

And not looking much different from a distance, here is the block appliquéd.

Closeups of sections, left, center, and right - a little dark because the pieces are fairly dark, but you can see the blanket stitch around them. I used the recommended Valdani perle cotton, a green/black variegated color (0540, I think).

This was October's block. Now I am working on November's block, trying to catch up, and because it's so fun to stitch. Of course, I have had to make a note to myself - for the next block to REMEMBER to REVERSE because I'm fusing the pieces. I did fine with Block A, but completely forgot to do that with Block B. Fortunately, Block B will look perfectly fine either way - but the point is, I don't want to forget to do this again with other blocks.

I hope that everyone has had as relaxing and enjoyable weekend as we have.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Presenting Pineapple Blossom


Tonight it will be going to its new owner, hopefully keeping her warm for years to come.

Last night I finished (at least I believe I finished) ripping out all of the puckered quilting stitches on CC's Sunshadow quilt, and tonight I pulled out my little frame to hand-quilt it to the finish. It will have a combination of machine and hand quilting, and we're both just fine with that.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Start of a new quilt

Yesterday I managed to make a few blocks in a new quilt, High Cotton by Kim Diehl. Here are a few blocks in my new quilt. I am making this entirely from stash, and I'm thinking this will eventually go to my Dad.

And I'll have to take a photo tomorrow when it is light. I finished binding Carolyn's Pineapple Blossom quilt tonight, hooray!!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Around the World, part 6

As with everything else it seems, I am a little bit behind on the Around the World in 80 Stitches stitch-along, but I finally finished Part 6 this week (and Part 8 has just been released!). Here is this little part of the design.

And last night I managed to finish another block in the Blocks From the Past quilt, Cakestand

These blocks are 6.5 inches square. I can't remember how many are in the quilt, but I have 9 done now. :)

Today I am going to start a stash quilt. I have a whole list of my quilt projects, both started and not-yet-started, so I have a lot to look forward to in the next couple of years.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy dancing!

I was able to finally finish the binding on the 10th placemat last night, so they are now ready to head over to my mom and dad's, hooray!

And I finally put the label on Gerrick's Feathered Fantasy quilt this morning, so I can call it finished.

One more thing to share - I actually finished my November block of the month this month, Marbled Chocolate Bark. It's a slight variation on the block, because I didn't fully realize until I had it all put together that I substituted two light background triangles where there should have been dark brown ones. That's okay, I like it anyway.

Now I think I'm going to go rest a bit - I've been trying to organize and put stuff away in my sewing room, and that is quite a task. But I almost have all of my quilting projects back in their respective boxes, so I can actually see my ironing and cutting boards.

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Kitty-tested, kitty approved

I attached the binding to the front of the Pineapple Blossom quilt today.

This afternoon I started hand sewing down the binding to the back of the quilt while watching a little football and racing. Then I got a really nice surprise - Roughy decided to join me. He isn't much of a lap cat, but he snuggled right in on top of the quilt, which was on top of me (backing side up).

Kitty-tested, kitty-approved.

Oh, and here is October's block of the month (Super Second Saturdays Sampler), Chocolate Turtle, finished yesterday.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

A stitch here, a stitch there...

And we finally have a finish!

A little slower than I had hoped for, but finished nonetheless.

Oh, and I've finished binding placemats 7 and 8 - just 2 more to go there. I'm going to try to work on my block of the month for October today, and perhaps make the binding for Carolyn's quilt (Pineapple Blossom), which I'm showing at my quilt guild on Tuesday.

Work continues to be crazy (and will be for at least another 6 weeks), but I do have Thanksgiving to look forward to, as well as my quilt guild meetings - and I'm trying not to work as much on the weekends because my mind needs a little time to recover from the intensity of the week.

And the positive in this - I've already built up nearly 3 weeks of comp time that I am REALLY looking forward to taking off after the first of the year!