Wednesday, June 29, 2011

One Flower Wednesday

It's Wednesday again already!?  My how time flies.  This is what I've been doing the past day or so.

To see how my Grandmother's Flower Garden is coming along, go here.

To see other flowers, visit Karen at Journey of a Quilter.

Hope you're having a good day.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I'm a winner of an Origami Bag!

Chris of Quilt Talk, asked for suggestions to fill the Elvis Origami Bag she made for a friend who's retiring.  Can you believe suggestion was chosen!  As a prize, Chris had also sewn an Elvis Origami Bag for me.  It arrived today.  Very cool!

This is what was inside....

.....instructions for making the origami bag and chocolate.  Can a girl have too many bags or too much chocolate?  Here's what I'm going to use the bag for:

... some of my Zentangle supplies.  It sure beats a ziploc bag.  Thanks Chris!  I love it!

Hope you're having a good day.

15 Minute Challenge

I love this challenge.  There are days when I just don't want to sit down and sew.  Can you believe that?  Of course there are other days when I don't want to stop sewing for any, sleep...errands...whatever.  But I was able to spend at least 15 minutes each day working on one project for another.

Tues.  June 21 - hex pincushion
Wed.  June 22 - Sunbonnet Sue applique
Thurs. June 23 - 501 - World's Fair Puzzle, applique, scrappy quilt
Fri.     June 24 - 501 - Zigzag, Wagon Tracks
Sat.    June 25 - GFG
Sun.   June 26 - GFG
Mon.  June 27 - 501 - Tonganoxie Nine Patch

Hope you had a good week too!

To see how others did with their challenge, visit Kate at Life in Pieces.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Decisions, Decisions

I spent a good portion of the weekend working on my Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt.  I've been so undecided about how to proceed.  Continue to square it off?  Add borders?  How many?  What color?  How to quilt?  How to section for quilting?   These questions have been so much on my mind that my dreams last night were filled with them.  Needless to say, I didn't get much sleep.  I had to take a nap today to make up for it.  Anyway, here's what I have thus far.

Here's another 501 block.

Tonganoxie Nine Patch
Hope you had a good day.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Two more blocks

I put together two more blocks on the 501 Project.

Wagon Tracks

I don't know how much sewing I'll do today.  I'm continuing to scan old photos.  It's funny, at the time, the photos we took seemed so clear but compared to today's digital photos well...but they are memories just the same.

Hope you have a good day.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Challenge #27 Duo Tangle

Our mission should we choose to accept it was to draw a Zentangle or ZIA using only the two tangles Verdigogh and Dex.  These were both new to me so it took a little practice.  Here's my submission.

verdigogh, dex

To see other entries in this challenge, visit I am the diva.

I've finished another block in the 501 Project.  I cut it out a couple of weeks ago so it didn't take long to do.

World's Fair Puzzle

 And believe it or not, I've sewn another zippered bag.  This one holds the threads, needles, scissors and thimble I use for applique (aka 'the applique thread bag').  This bag travels in the 'applique bag' which holds the book, applique blocks and fabric.  I told you...a girl can never have too many bags.  Actually, I just love zippered bags.  And they're a good use of some of my '501' blocks.

Applique Thread Bag

Oh!  And before I forget, here's the photo of my hula hoop that I had trouble uploading the other day.

Don't you love the colors?  If' I stand just right, I can do this in my livingroom.  It's a little tricky but I haven't got the nerve to do it in the parking lot by myself.  I mean seriously, a 57 year old woman hula hooping alone.  'She's a little wierd.'

Hope you have a good day.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

To Wash or Not To Wash...

I was asked the other day if I always wash my quilts when they're finished.  Yes.  But I didn't always.  Years ago, when I first started making quilts, I only tied or hand quilted them.  In those days, I used cotton batting and didn't know about recommendations for quilting spacing.  It was a long time before I became aware that the batting shifted and/or bunched after washing.  Only one person had the nerve to tell me. And she wanted to know how to fix it.  I was totally embarrassed and disappointed.  Later I switched to Bonded Polyester Batting and was relatively happy with that.  But for most of my quilts now, I use Fairfield's Quilter's 80/20 Batting.  I like the way it looks and feels after washing.

On the scrappy quilt, I originally thought this would be enough quilting for the border.  But after thinking about it for a few days, I remembered that I'd done quite a bit of piecing the batting throughout the border.

 So this morning I added more quilting to be sure it wouldn't shift or bunch.

Now for the 'after washing' photos.  First, the back of the quilt.

Ignore the white spots (dirty lens?) and the fact that I didn't tuck the pillows neatly.  I like how the back came out but it was totally unplanned.  I originally bought the fabric for a different quilt.  For this one, I used each color until it ran out, starting with the dark brown.

Don't you love how crinkly it is?  You can see the joining between the brown and green section.

crinkly border

Here are some photos of how crinkly the front is.  It's so soft.

Hope you have a good day.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

One Flower Wednesday

Actually, I didn't sew a flower this week.  But I took two previously made flowers, stitched them together and filled it with rice to make a small pincushion.  I was reading Linda's blog,  Buzzing and Bumbling and she just had a  post about her new pincushion, Miss Bumble (a cute little bumble bee) and different fillings.  I've used fiberfill and cut up quilt batting before but the fiberfill pincushion is too light and constantly falls on the floor.  The cut up batting pincushion had dense spots making some of the pins difficult to press in.  I thought I'd try something different this time around.  I like the feel of the rice and the way the pins stand up but a comment from one of Linda's readers mentions that using something edible may cause bug problems.  Quite a few comments mentioned crushed walnut shells so I may try that next.  This pincushion, while cute, is a little small but I can use it on the end table next to my chair.  Or with a little elastic attached, it'd make a cute wrist pincushion.

one side

the other side

To see other hex flowers, visit Karen at Journey of a Quilter.

I wanted to show you the hula hoop my daughter made for me.  In purple (my favorite color).  However, after multiple tries, I'm unable to upload the photo.  (Or I'll end up with multiple photos)  

When my daughter first told me that she'd made a hula hoop for me, I wasn't too sure about it.  The last time I used a hula hoop was a few years ago with my grandchildren and it was a disaster.  I just couldn't do it.  I was disappointed because I used to be quite good.  But this one is the perfect size and I was able to do it with the first twirl.  She used these instructions to Make a Hula Hoop.  For reference, I'm 5'3" and my hula hoop goes up to my chest.  Try it! You'll like it!

Hope you have a good day.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

15 Min. Challenge and a finish

It's been another full week.  I was able to do some sewing everyday this week.

                       Tues. June 14 - hex flowers
                      Wed. June 15 - applique
                      Thurs. June 16 - scrappy quilt, applique, GFG
                      Fri. June 17 - scrappy quilt
                      Sat. June 18 - scrappy quilt
                      Sun. June 19 - scrappy quilt
                      Mon. June 20 - scrappy quilt

To see how well others did on their 15 minute challenge, visit  Life in Pieces.

After 5 days of quilting and re-assembling the scrappy quilt, I'm finished.  Yea!  It still needs to be washed but I couldn't wait to get it on the bed.  I love the weight of it.

This was the first time using QAYG for quilting and assembling the quilt.  There are a number of different methods for QAYG.  Using this method, top stitching the joins with decorative stitching, there are some things I need to practice and perfect but overall I love the effect.  I won't point out all the flubs.  I can't imagine quilting a queen size quilt any other way.  In the photo below, you can see the decorative joins.  

Here's the whole quilt:

The quilt includes:  501 Project blocks, sample applique blocks, monogramming, decorative stitches, 4 inch blocks cut using Accuquilt Go!, pieced batting and 'made' fabric using scraps, including some from my grandchildren's quilts, fabric given to me over the years and fabric from clothing.  I didn't plan this quilt, it kinda just happened  but I absolutely love it.  I intended to take a photo of the back but didn't want to unmake the bed to do it.  Maybe after I wash it.

Hope you have a good day.

Friday, June 17, 2011

On my way

Yesterday, I took apart the scrappy quilt top so that I could start quilting it in sections.  This completed portion was quilted in two shorter sections then stitched together.

I have the rest of the sections sandwiched together ready to start quilting.  Can't wait to get back to it.

Hope you have a good day.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Where do I go from here?

Over the past day or so, I've been a little bummed because I want to move forward on my 'scrappy quilt' but am unable because I don't have any place to lay it out for sandwiching.  But I've come up with a solution -- a little out of order.  I'm going to use a version of  'quilt as you go' (QAYG).  Last year I tried a practice piece, planning to use this method for a BOM I was involved with.  Here's my practice piece using two of my 501 project blocks:

At the same time, I quilted it testing some of the various stitches on my old machine.  I've had that machine for about 10 years and have never used any stitches other than straight and zigzag.  I've since bought a new machine.  But I digress.  Here's what the stitches look like from the back.

So this morning, I pulled this sample out to look at the finish on the joining to see if it's okay for what I want.  It is.  Then I thought maybe I should find a use for this practice piece.  Guess what I came up with---a zippered bag!  (how original)  I need someplace for this Sunbonnet Sue applique project I've started:

So here it is...

Did I show you this photo of Little Girl modeling one of her sun hats?

Hope you have a good day.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

One Flower Wednesday

I have to tell you that this week I created 'only' one flower..............incorrectly.  You know, of course that I've created this wonderful little kit of hexagons ready to be sewn into flowers.  So I picked out a grouping of six light pink patterned hexagons and a center that I'd previously set aside.  I sewed the center and three petals before I realized that the final three petals were not patterned but plain.  I didn't want to take it apart and start over so I just went ahead and stitched the plains along with the patterned, finishing the flower.  And in true quilter's fashion, I incorporated that flower into something.

I don't know what it's going to be when it grows up but I have a vague notion of how I want to incorporate other flowers.  Notice the 'offending' light pink flower at the bottom.  This morning I realized just what a time savings this is....take out one petal or create a whole new project.....hmmm?!

I mentioned in last week's One Flower Wednesday that I had a bag planned for my hex blocks.  I finished it and posted about it here.

To see other 'One Flower Wednesday' entries, visit  Karen at Journey of a Quilter.

Hope you have a good day.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

15 Minute Challenge

Every week I've been so faithful to document what I've worked on each day so that I can record it here.  This week I forgot all about it and had to go back and read my posts to figure out which day and what.

Tuesday, June 7 - hex flowers
Wednesday, June 8 - hex flowers
Thursday, June 9 - hex bag
Friday, June 10 - made fabric, used for square in stars blocks (2)
Saturday, June 11 - created two more square in stars blocks, sewed four blocks together
Sunday, June 12 - created scrappy quilt top
Monday, June 13 - quilted and finished square in stars wall hanging, created pieced backing for scrappy quilt.

I sewed a hanging sleeve (my first) to the back of this wall hanging after quilting and binding it but I don't have a way to hang it yet.

I'm not sure if I'm finished with this backing yet.  I may add a little more to it.  Then I'll have to put it aside until I can find someplace where I can lay it out and sandwich it together.

That's it.  Seven days of sewing.  Between wanting to have something to post each day and this 15 minute challenge, I've been busy as a beaver.

To see how others are doing with their 15 minute challenge, visit Life in Pieces.

Hope you have a good day.