Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Embroidered Appliqued Burp Cloths

I did these tonight for one of my feinds that I work with. He & his wife are expecting baby #1 in October. It was a free pattern from You Can Make This dot com

The only one that is not appliqued is my least favorite. I didn't get it centered correctly. Well that's not entoirely true. I did center the embroidery design on the diaper, but I didn't get it in the center of the cloth. but they are super cute & they will WORK perfectly. After all it's for a baby to puke on! And........I have like a dozen more I WANT to make. Soon. My nephew & his wife just had baby #2 so they are next on my list! Sam

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Everlasting Wreath Progress - Well MORE Progress!

I am 39 blocks into my neverending Everlasting Wreath Quilt! Yay! It's looking guud!
I honestly have no clue (again) how many blocks I'll need, but I'm going to make 100 & go from there. The pattern does not suggest it, but .............since I always think out of the box like to mix things up, I am going to make partial light blocks to create the beginning & end of the "wreath" design. This over achievement idea design element is not part of the pattern & is an addition to the all dark blocks, but I really think it will add some calmness to the whole design. And also be the challenge I know I'm up to I always seek! Aren't y'all excited that I found the STRIKE THROUGH button??? Yah I thought so. Going to sleep now! Sam

Monday, August 12, 2013

Flying Geese Came Home

Many years ago, I don't even remember HOW many years. Maybe 7 or 8, I started a bunch of blocks for a quilt. The blocks were my 2nd set. The first set was a 2 tone quilt that I made for my daughter Sarah. And I wanted one for myself. So I stared another quilt........... Well.........I got a little sidetracked & the blocks were not all the same size & then I got disgusted & put them away. Figuring that I would try to tame the beast some other time. You know, put them away & then try to work on them another time with a fresh sense of finishing??/ Yah, well that never came. I carried the blocks from Alabama to Tennessee in 2008 where the blocks have sat , and sat & sat. I had them in my scrap bin & dragged them out exactly twice. The first time I took them out while cutting up scraps & thought "Self you really need to try & finish that quilt!" The 2nd time I took them out, I gave them away along with a lot of fabric from my stash. I gave the blocks & the fabric (and by FABRIC I mean I purged about 2 huge garbage bags of fabric, one piece still had a tag on it from 1993! To say it had AGED in my stash was well...? vulgar almost...) Anyway, I gave them to my freind Diane (Miller) that makes a boatload of charity quilts. Lot's of them. Many of them. More than I could make in 2 lifetimes, I think! Well....Diane took those blocks .....AND...squared them all up, sewed them together & added borders and GAVE IT BACK TO ME!!! Can you believe that? Do you know how often a QUILTER gets gifted a QUILT ? Almost never, that's how often. I am SO proud! I never, ever thought these blocks could look as nice as Diane has made them. Without further ado, here are the pictures of the quilt (top) that Diane returend to me. These pictures were taken tonight at the conclusion of my quilt guild meeting.

I will send it off to get quilted & then once I have the binding on it? I'll post more pictures of this beautiful quilt in natural light. It's beautiful! Sam

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Ta-Da ! The TOP Is Done!

I took a very long & well deserved NAP today! And I also finished the top of the quilt. I took photos outside so that I'd have natural light. Oddly enough, the side setting triangles look GRAY against our very green grass.....go figure!

Long Day

Yesterday was a long long day! It rained all day so I sewed. I was determined to finish my quilt. Well the first half went together fairly easily, but this 2nd half was a booger! Know why? Yah, cuz I screwed up in the first few rows. Not only did I have to make TWO additional blocks to complete the layout, I messed up... Not bad, just noticible to me! Turns out that since I was setting the rows on-point, I was concentrating on the LEFT side of the layout. Well, as we all know, it's all in the details. Well, ONCE I figured out what I had done, it took twice as long to get the remaing rows sewn on. Add to that , I was running short, as in literally sqeaking by on the material for the sashing. I thought to myslef..."Self IF you have any left over sashing strips you can fix those 2 rows! Otherwise, leave them, no-one but YOU will know what is missing there!" order to get enough sashing strips to COMPLETE the remaining rows, I had to dig in my trash can to get the left over peices from cutting the sashing strips. I had to peice together 6 strips. 3 peices of 1.5 in strips, no longer than maybe 2.5 inches. I am VERY glad that I don't empty my trashcan in my sewing room until a project is finished!!!! Peiced them together to finish the quilt. Figured if I had to make THOSE for the remaining rows, I needed to fix the other 2 rows. I'm glad I DID, but it took me til 12:30 AM to do it! Today I only lack getting the corner triangles on. Hopefully I can get that done without any hitches. We shall see! Sam

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Test Test TEST

Test Test Test - I don't tknow what the issue is but I am unable to type in the body of a post without changing th setting to HTML...what's up with that????