Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Recent Achievements

Early last week (I think) I FINALLY finished quilting the last block of the Thimbleberries Vintage Stitches blocks that I had inherited and had wanted to finish. This included figuring out my own patterns for over half the blocks, hand embroidering 9 of the centers myself, designing patchwork for 4 other centers, and finding matching fabrics. This is the last of the 20. Now I am trimming them and then will sash them together to finish the quilt. Other projects get in the way, so it's a slow process, but I can now see the end of it. Woohoo!

A few years ago, I bought Accidental Landscapes by Karen Eckmeier at 3 Dudes Quilt Shop in Phoenix. This month I made a small landscape from that book. I love the desert scene based on the Sonoran Desert. 


Here's my finished Christmas tree runner, all FMQed.


The biggest achievement of all was my brother Alan's retirement from over 40 years work in mental health services. He has been CEO and president of ReDiscover in Lee's Summit, MO, for 24 years, and worked in Phoenix before that. Left to right are my husband Glen, me, Alan, his wife Chris, and another brother Ron. We have 2 more brothers, one of which has yet to retire (this summer), and then we will all be retired. :) Congratulations to Alan!


Saturday, May 26, 2018

Barn Blocks

I get the Sew Sampler every month from the Fat Quarter Shop. There is always a recipe for a quilt block, and the series right now is barn blocks. We will have 12 blocks when we are done. Pat Sloan decided she was going to make each block, and I decided to quilt along with her on this one. We have received 2 block recipes; I have both finished. My barn doors will be different reds, but the barns will each be different patterns, so that should work out well. I'm ready for #3 in June!


Our Cerro Gordo Quilters' lesson this past week was a Christmas tree runner. Here's my completed top:


and a single block.


Time to get busy sewing again--I'm working on a QAYG--blocks are all done and I am quilting each one before joining them together. Have 15 1/2 done--4 1/2 left to do. It has taken me a year of on-and-off quilting to get to this point. Now that I can finally see the end, I hope I will finish up soon. Woohoo!

Friday, April 13, 2018

A few more projects

I thought I'd share a couple more finishes from the past week...
The first one is actually a 10 1/2" block that I turned into a small wall hanging. This is for Parables Community, a Church of the Brethren church start in Lombard, IL. They are having a fundraiser for their 2nd anniversary and this project is for the fundraiser. (The block is from Michele Foster's first Aiming for Accuracy QAL, and was a practice block for me a few years ago.) Parables' logo is fish, so I FMQed fish in the square. Can you see them?

The pastor of Parables, Jeanne Davies, a friend of mine, had asked at last year's district conference if I would make a purse for her someday, so I sent one along in the package with the block. I loved it so much, I may have to make one for myself. Thankfully, Jeanne likes it too.


Lots of pockets inside.


If you haven't visited the 30 Blocks in 30 Days Blog Hop yet, you should. Below is the entire schedule:

Date
Project Designer
Block

April 1st

Block 1- 4 Patch
April 2nd

Block 2 - Double Stuffed
April 3rd

April 4th
Block 4 - Dutch Door

April 5th

April 6th
Block 6 - Tacked Up

April 7th
Block 7 - Stripper

April 8th
Just Sew Quilter   (that's me)
Block 8 - Staggered

April 9th
Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10th
Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11th
Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12th
Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13th
Block 13 - Reaction

April 14th
Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15th
Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16th

Block 16 - Bounce
April 17th

Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen
April 18th

Block 18 - Yeah Eights
April 19th

Block 19 - Weave
April 20th

Block 20 - Classic
April 21st

Block 21 - Spot
April 22nd

Block 22 - Cross Walk
April 23rd

Block 23 - Opposites Attract
April 24th

Block 24 - Possibility
April 25th

Block 25 - Camper Window
April 26th

Block 26 - Catching Z's
April 27th

Block 27 - Broken Stripes
April 28th

Block 28 - Stockade
April 29th

Block 29 - Dovetail
April 30th


Block 30 - Slow Tee

Saturday, April 7, 2018

30 Blocks 30 Days My Turn


It's my day to share block 8, Staggered, from Carla's 30 Blocks in 30 Days QAL, now Blog Hop.
 To make this block, you need 2 colors and 4 rectangles of each, 3" x 5 1/2". I decided to use some flannel I already had and make a baby quilt.


Next, arrange the rectangles so they alternate. (I don't have a clue why this photo got turned sideways, but there it is...)
Stitch the pieces together. I made 20 blocks for the baby quilt. It was really easy to chain-piece them all.

Then I had to decide how I wanted to arrange the blocks. One way is the way Carla showed on her blog:


But I decided to turn every other one sideways at which time I noticed the blocks made neat plus-sign type figures, so I kept that design. I didn't want borders. Oh, and I rounded the corners (used a spool as a template) so I wouldn't have to make them square. I wasn't keen on binding a flannel quilt, so I made it envelope-style. Then I had to decide whether to top stitch around the edges or not, and I decided not to. My quilting, which is a meander/stipple, goes all the way from edge to edge.

We had sun on picture-taking day, thankfully, but as is usual in central Illinois, the wind was uncooperative.


My husband helped hold it straight. :) I could have taken the photo without his legs, but what for? This way is more fun. :)

Then the wind died down for a bit and I could get this shot.


Here's the back. I used a small green check flannel that was also in my stash.


Thanks, Carla, for setting up this great Hop. I hope all visitors check out everybody's blog, even those who have already shown off their lovely projects.

Here's the list of bloggers and Carla's tutorial for each block:

Date
Project Designer
Block

April 1st

Block 1- 4 Patch
April 2nd

Block 2 - Double Stuffed
April 3rd

April 4th
Block 4 - Dutch Door

April 5th

April 6th
Block 6 - Tacked Up

April 7th
Block 7 - Stripper

April 8th
Block 8 - Staggered

April 9th
Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10th
Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11th
Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12th
Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13th
Block 13 - Reaction

April 14th
Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15th
Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16th

Block 16 - Bounce
April 17th

Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen
April 18th

Block 18 - Yeah Eights
April 19th

Block 19 - Weave
April 20th

Block 20 - Classic
April 21st

Block 21 - Spot
April 22nd

Block 22 - Cross Walk
April 23rd

Block 23 - Opposites Attract
April 24th

Block 24 - Possibility
April 25th

Block 25 - Camper Window
April 26th

Block 26 - Catching Z's
April 27th

Block 27 - Broken Stripes
April 28th

Block 28 - Stockade
April 29th

Block 29 - Dovetail
April 30th


Block 30 - Slow Tee



Friday, April 6, 2018

30 Blocks Hop continues

Today is Day 6 of 30 Blocks in 30 Days!
My day is 8--2 days from now (think I should get started on my post...)!

Here is the list of bloggers, starting with today's:

April 6th
Block 6 - Tacked Up

April 7th
Block 7 - Stripper

April 8th
Block 8 - Staggered

April 9th
Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10th
Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11th
Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12th
Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13th
Block 13 - Reaction

April 14th
Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15th
Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16th

Block 16 - Bounce
April 17th

Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen
April 18th

Block 18 - Yeah Eights
April 19th

Block 19 - Weave
April 20th

Block 20 - Classic
April 21st

Block 21 - Spot
April 22nd

Block 22 - Cross Walk
April 23rd

Block 23 - Opposites Attract
April 24th

Block 24 - Possibility
April 25th

Block 25 - Camper Window
April 26th

Block 26 - Catching Z's
April 27th

Block 27 - Broken Stripes
April 28th

Block 28 - Stockade
April 29th

Block 29 - Dovetail
April 30th


Block 30 - Slow Tee