With my good sewing machine tied up with quilting the BTG quilt and the other machine up at the camp, I haven't worked much on the 501 Project lately. But the old machine is back home now and there's no excuse not to get back at it. I was actually feeling a little guilty about not working on it more faithfully. There for awhile I set aside one day a week to work on it, much like I do hexies and zentangles. But that kinda fell by the wayside. Anyway, here's the latest block.
I couldn't wait to try out the batiks. There isn't quite that amount of contrast in real life but I'm still happy with the block. I want to do 9-12 blocks in this color scheme.
I also finished two more Sunbonnet Sue blocks. I didn't realize until I was ready to take a photo that I hadn't sewn the feet but they're done now.
It's that time of the week again when a group of us show our hex flowers/garden. I love to see what others are doing and I get lots of ideas for future gardens. Check them out at Journey of a Quilter. Here's my flower this week:
A few of my fellow '15 Minute' buddies (and you know who you are) have reminded me that it's only 3 months until Christmas. Are you ready? Do you have a plan? I don't. I made a bunch of quilts and pillowcases last year for the grandchildren. What can I do to top that? Do I want to try? Thanks for the warning, girls.
I was able to get at least 15 minutes of sewing done each day this week. I've got the last 3 sections of the BTG quilt sandwiched and ready for quilting. The sections are somewhat smallish so I don't think it'll take too long to get them quilted (once I start). My Grandmother's Flower Gardens are moving along as well as the scrappy quilt blocks for my bed at camp. With all this, who has time for Christmas?!
To see how others have done on their 15 Minute Challenge, visit Kate at Life in Pieces.
I took my white Grandmother's Flower Garden to camp with me this weekend with the intention of attaching more white steppingstones. Good idea....but I forgot the steppingstones. So I sorted the scraps I'd brought last week and worked on making fabric. Why do I do this? That's a very good question. It's very time consuming and not really a good use of my time but I do like the randomness of it. Here's what I completed:
Progress on the camp continues. I've plugged up all the possible points of entry for miscellaneous critters. However, I was awoken a number of times last night by 'something' in the attic....and it sounds BIG. I checked outside to see if there was any way that a larger animal could gain entry to the attic but can't find one. It's possible it's just a chipmunk or squirrel setting up housekeeping for the winter. I'm too chicken to go up into the attic to find out...and I don't have a ladder. Perhaps some other day.
It took only a few hours to complete the first Christmas Sewalong. When completed, I referred back to the example posted for the SAL and realized that I sewed my snowflakes a little bit differently. I like the example better. I'll have to pay more attention next time.
The directions have you affix the drawn block to the batting before sewing. I had some leftover iron-on batting that worked beautifully. It was stiff enough to sew without a hoop.
As I was scrolling through some blogs the other day, I came across this:
As some may have noticed, I've had a renewed interest in embroidery lately. This project not only satisfies my interest but also gives me a nice decoration for Christmas. The project started today. Go here for more details. I'm not officially joining in the project because I don't want the commitment but I do want to follow along on my own. The first pattern, issued today, is a Santa with his pack.
Back awhile ago, I purchased some fat quarters that were batiks. I love, love, love them but they can be pretty expensive (at least for my budget). But at JoAnn's, with 50% off coupons, they're more reasonable. This is what I bought:
for a very important date
no time to say hello, goodbye
I'm late, I'm late, I'm late'
Today is not Wednesday. Life got away from me and I wasn't able to get around to One Flower Wednesday until now.
I didn't actually make a flower this week but started another 'garden' with the leftover flowers from my Grandmother's Flower Garden. Here's what I've sewn so far on the new garden:
As with most things, I don't really have a plan, I'm just sewing along.
As for the GFG, I'm still working on adding the white hexagons around the edges (boring!).
When I've added all I need, I'm going to cut it square without cutting into any flowers. Then I'll add a border or two to finish it off. I was originally going to do the whole thing with flowers (without borders) but it's a little too 'white' for my taste. I think some borders are just what it needs.
Laura Harms of I am the diva issues a Zentangle or Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA) challenge each week. This week's challenge is based on the Pinwheels for Peace Project. The string for our tangles is a pinwheel. The thing I love about pinwheels is that you can look at them in a couple of ways, choosing whichever is most pleasing to you. Here are two that I've drawn.
Because I work so much with fabric, I found this challenge somewhat easy. To see other entries in this challenge, go to Weekly Challenge #40.
Well, not done, done...but I've finished the last block needed to complete the Brown/Tan/Green quilt sections.
I sandwiched one of the smaller sections, started and finished quilting it.
Three sections down, four to go. I'm finding I'm not enjoying the quilting on this quilt as much as I did on the Scrappy Quilt. I like the look of the paisley pattern I'm using but it is labor intensive. Because I'm quilting it in sections, I have to keep looking back at the original section to make sure I'm still quilting the approximate size and density.
At the camp over the weekend, I painted the ceiling, two coats of paint on the bedroom walls, two coats on the bedroom door and two coats on the back door. I spent a little time raking a path out to the back of the camp but my back can only take so much. What is it they say? How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
The camp came furnished. As I tackle some of the projects, I've been removing or relocating pieces. Against the back door is a dresser. Up until now, it was holding the door from falling over. The door is padlocked to the trim, which was swinging in the breeze and the hinges had been taken off. I moved the dresser away from the door so I could paint it and discovered that a section of the bottom panel had been cut out. You don't suppose that's one of the ways that the mice are getting in. I haven't actually seen them but I have seen some evidence. My goal is to fill every hole I can find before winter sets in. Most nights I sleep with a fan so I don't have to hear them if they happen to be around but the weather the other night was so cold, I slept without it. I didn't hear anything out of the ordinary. The camp has been vacant for quite awhile so some parts of the camp are a little scary. But I'm pleased with the changes I've made.
I set up a sewing/ironing space in the kitchen so I can spend some time sewing while I wait for paint to dry. I thought I had everything I needed for sewing since I have duplicates of just about everything but when I broke a needle, I realized I didn't. I also needed a seam ripper so...on the list they go.
I pieced some 4 inch blocks then sewed some of them together to make a valance for the bedroom window. I don't really want curtains for the camp because I don't want to have to spend much time washing and ironing them but I did want something to cover the mechanics of the mini-blinds I installed a few weeks ago.
You can never have too many, right? Over the winter I want to make a quilt for my bed at the camp. I want to use my scraps (and I have a lot) to make it. I made up some 8 inch blocks of fabric and used those and the cutting instructions for a 501 block to make my first block.
The block certainly has the scrappy look however it does lose some of its translation for the design of the block. Under normal circumstances the scrappy parts would have been a dark fabric, with the solid blue being the lighter color. I'll have to give this quilt some thought. I may be better off to just make 8 inch blocks of my scraps and sew those together to create the quilt. I think I prefer the 501 blocks look as they should.