Friday, September 19, 2014

Scrappy Little Stars

Cleaning off the ironing board gave me an excuse to try another block with the Hugs & Kisses scrap HSTs - the Friendship Star.

I debated as to whether I should make them out of just a single print with the white or mix things up, or maybe make the centre block the same in all of them; I opted for the mix.

They are quite charming and will be nice with the other blocks that I've made so far. And they will finish up at 5 1/2" so they aren't too big either. Fun! I'm almost finished trimming and pressing all of my Flying Geese but this was a nice diversion....M

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Iron Maiden

This is where I've spent a fair bit of time lately. Not a bad little corner really, especially now that I have hung one of the beautiful heart garlands that my niece Julia made me, but let me back up a bit.

My ironing board sits to the right of my chair in the sewing room at table height, making for easy pressing. For quite some time now this has been the view from my chair - just beyond the iron the trimmings from Hugs and Kisses, which I would play with occasionally, and then piles of flying geese. They have been perched on the far end, waiting for me to have the urge to spend some quality time with the iron. You know how it is - you have to be in the mood. I knew it would happen, so I just enjoyed seeing them there as I worked on other stuff.

Now that Sea Glass is at the quilter's I was anxious to work with more colour. I tend to leave my projects in piles around the room so that I remember to pick them up again (when they get put into a drawer they don't have a chance), so I didn't have to look too far to have my choice of something to do. Bonus - the pattern was there too!

So I spent a fair bit of time pressing open the seams and trimming the sections that are pieced - most of them are in units of 6 or 8. Not until I was almost finished did I realize it would probably make things easier if I pressed all the green seams in one direction and all the red in the other, so it's back to the board before I begin to put them together.

That hot mess that you see behind the pile of trimmings is a scrap of batting that I used to keep my cutting board clean - it looks like heck but works like a charm....M

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Newbie Joins the Fold (or is that Newbies?)

Betty and Jane have been getting together almost annually with friends that they worked with years ago, and this year was no exception. This summer, while they were at Jane's cottage, Sandy became intrigued as Jane hand stitched her Danuta's Garden. Sandy has been into scrap booking for years and it looks like she's now going to be a quilter as well - how fun!

A few days ago she sent through an email to the gals to share the news. Here, in her own words, is the beginning of her journey:

"You girl (Jane) have so inspired me! My friend and I were out today, and I mentioned how much I'd like to try quilting ... and, she said she'd been wanting to try it, too. So, off we went to our local quilting shop. Needless to say, we were overwhelmed, but thought we'd jump right in. Next up ... I think I'm going to wash my pretty new fabric!"

And a few days later..."Holy crap ... I can't believe you gals used to cut all the pieces out with scissors! I love my handy dandy rotary cutter! So, now I have my piles all sorted and organized for the 20 blocks ... with a little leftover in case I stab myself and bleed all over my pretty fabric!

Tomorrow, I start to stitch. Yahoooo! No doubt I'll be bugging you for tips along the way! I've been cruising the Internet and it seems everyone has their own way of doing things..."

Welcome to the fold, Sandy (and Glenna!). You've picked beautiful, bright colours to begin your new journey and we can't wait to see your project progress!....M


Tuesday, September 09, 2014

True Blue

Miracle of miracles! I sat down to sew a few Sea Glass blocks together on Sunday and before I knew it I had the entire top together, so I have a few photos that show it in a better light than the dull, greyish tones you've been seeing from the basement.

I'm really happy with it. I was a little leery of trying to join all of the white strips accurately because I noticed that a few of them had shifted slightly off centre when I was sewing them, but it worked out. Because the edges of the blocks are all trimmed on the bias there was lots of give if I needed to adjust.

There is only one join that I am not totally happy with but, short of making an entirely new block and inserting it, this one will do. In my mind that's what makes it a quilt (how's that for rationalization?!).

The final size is 56" x 70" and I draped it over the love seat just to see if it will be larger enough to catch a nap under; it's perfect. Whew!

It has since been pressed, the backing washed and sewn together, and on Friday I'll take it to the Roberta to work her magic on the long arm. It sounds like she is going to be able to have it ready for early October so I might just meet Jean's deadline after all....M