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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A little bling for the middle of the week

I finished up the "gold" section of the upper border on Pageant Kings, so that's 3 down, 2 to go in that area. Here is my latest progress and then a closeup shot.

I haven't put in the beads yet, and I'm actually thinking of waiting until the end on this piece. There aren't very many, and since I am trying to backstitch as I go when I finish a section, I'm not leaving a ton of boring work for the end (though the backstitching just brings it to life!).

Saturday, May 25, 2013

More Neapolitan goodness

Another quilt that reminds me of Neapolitan ice cream - chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla, yum!

I finished piecing the rows together and put the final borders on my quilt this afternoon. It ends up being about 58 by 73 inches. Now I need to pick up some backing flannel and take it to my longarm quilter. Mini-happy dancing on this one! :)

Thursday, May 23, 2013

A little fire in my week

Here is my current progress on the element Fire in Mirabilia's Deco Spirits. A little hard to tell she's Fire at the moment, but that will come.

I'm going to put her aside for the time being and bring out Pageant Kings next. A reader emailed me a question about the pattern and the beads, and I've decided it's time to stitch on them for a little bit now.

One more day until a nice three-day weekend!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

GFG and block of the month quilts

Two new rows completed since the last progress photo.

I also worked a little on my SSS block of the month quilts for 2012 and 2013 this weekend. Here is one alternate block pieced for the 2013 quilt. I have 49 of these to make.

I love the blue fabric in this one.

And here is my first row of the 2012 quilt pieced.

I hung the side sashing strips up on either side of the first row to see how it's going to look when put together. I can't wait to get this one put together and see the completed top.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Fall Frolicking in May

I have finished block H and two more of block M (it looks like I'll have 3 more of those to make), and here they are.

Every time I make those block Ms, I go ahead and make little 1½ inch HSTs from the scraps that are trimmed, so here are the ones from this time.

And I finally got the heel flap of my new sock knitted and began turning it this weekend.

We went and saw Iron Man 3 today and really enjoyed it! Looking forward to Thor: The Dark World in November, and Star Trek Into Darkness in a couple of weeks. There are quite a few movies coming out this year that we want to see... Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Now You See Me, World War Z, Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Elysium, Ender's Game, and Jack Ryan to name a few. Looks like we might have some interesting new television shows to check out this summer and fall too. Hoping that many of the sci-fi shows do well, including a reboot of The Tomorrow People. Fingers are crossed for for some good new shows.

I'm working on putting the SSS 2012 block of the month quilt top together this weekend too - not sure if I'll have time to finish it tomorrow, but I should definitely have the chance to finish it by the end of the month. Hopefully I'll get some pics of that to post tomorrow. Things are really starting to come together on several quilts, and I'm feeling really good about that.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

May's chunky churndashes

Here are May's blocks, picked up and pieced together today. The bottom left looks smaller than the others, but that's because of the angle of the photo and how I rearranged it in my graphics program. They are really all the same size.

I picked up the finishing kit part 1 today for this quilt, and hope to do at least a few blocks each month so I don't have a whole lot of them to put together at the end. When I get a couple put together, I'll show them to you - they will be blue and cream hour glass blocks, and I really like the fabric that Quilter's Attic chose to make available to us.

And just because I can't stop looking at them - here are my 8 Eldon stars on the wall so far.

Roughy is now an indoor kitty, instead of being the indoor / outdoor boy he was until day before yesterday. Thursday I noticed that he wasn't feeling all that well - when he came inside in the afternoon, he went straight to the craft room and laid down in the "bottom bunk." He didn't ask to go back out after dinner, which was unusual. Friday morning, I noticed he was limping slightly (not bad), so I kept him in all day. When I got home from work, he was limping a little worse, so I tried to take a look at his leg. He squirmed, and I didn't get a good look but couldn't see anything with a cursory inspection. After I put him down, I decided to go ahead and take him to the vet (we had been through something similar last year). Apparently in his squirming, an abscess on the back of his heel burst, so it was a good thing I had already called the vet - they had an opening immediately, and into surgery he went. I was amazed it was that bad, because he had shown NO signs of anything before Thursday.

We got to bring him back home Friday night, so no overnight stay. The doctor must have told him to keep his leg elevated, because he was doing that all last night and today.

He is feeling much better, but of course, we will have to get through the unhappy kitty being told he can't go out stage... hoping it won't be a long one...

Thursday, May 09, 2013

How many hexies?

I have been working on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt the past couple of evenings, and I was curious just how many hexies I have sewn together so far. As of the end of tonight, the count is 962. The quilt is just over halfway now. I completed another row tonight, and plan to finish one more before taking another progress photo.

Just one more workday to get through, and then it's the weekend again! And this is the weekend we get to pick up my block of the month, and my wool felt block of the month will probably be here soon. So much to look forward to!

Sunday, May 05, 2013

I love weekends

Especially when I can go play in my sewing room a bunch during them...

I have been working on and off on the purple hexies that I started in Cincinnati last month. I finally got enough basted and put together to call it a block for the new quilt I want to make - Over the Rainbow by Tacha Bruecher. I haven't trimmed it yet or put the border on, but here is my first purple hexie block.

I plan to pull out my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt soon and work on another row. Did I mention that I finally got my hexie die? Now I can quickly cut out the fabrics (perfectly), and it keeps me from having to use scissors (which can aggravate RSIs).

Saturday morning I decided to get started on my June Country Baskets block and just couldn't stop. I finished the paper-pieced basket bottom, and prepared the appliqué top. Last night while watching television I blanket-stitched most of the pieces down. I finished the rest of the blanket stitching this afternoon.

After I finished the machine stitching for the Country Baskets block, I looked at my table full of fabrics and could not resist cutting additional strips and piecing them into strip sets for Eldon. I now have all of the strip sets I need to complete the diamond stars for Eldon.

I actually only needed to make 7 more sets, but after I made the 7th one, I started picking up fabrics to move them and realized I had pulled out another set earlier in the week and then forgot about it. I couldn't leave this set out (the teal-to-yellow set, far left in the last photo above), so I went ahead and stitched it up. I think I might use my class block as a pillow top or put it on the quilt back.

And now I am going to pull out my cross-stitch and do a little slow Sunday stitching. I think I'll work a little on Mirabilia's Deco Spirits.

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Binding stitched, happy dancing

I finished stitching the binding down on the Rockin' Rail Fence just a few moments ago, so I am happy dancing (and so is CC). His new quilt is now finished!

This picture shows off how nicely the backing, binding, and top go together, plus you can see a little of the quilting pattern (Ruth did a fabulous job, as always).

That backing is flannel, so it is extra cozy, and has already been kitty-tested and kitty-approved by all three of the furry children.