Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Better than I thought

I wasn't sure if I liked this quilt when it was just a flimsy hanging on the wall. But now that it's finished, I love it.





Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Quilting has begun....

I had the top hanging on the wall for a week trying to decide if I wanted to add another border. I decided against so this morning I put the sandwich together and started quilting. I don't know exactly what patterns I'll be using but I like how it looks so far.









Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Lily's Blanket

On September 7, my youngest grandchild, Lily will be starting first grade. Our dilemma has been that she doesn't go anywhere without her well-worn, well-loved blanket. Actually she has three exactly the same and she's numbered them. She's had them since she was about six months old. It's our understanding that she won't be allowed to bring her blanket to school. So Lily gave me blanket #3 to cut up and make into something small enough to fit in her backpack. Here's what I came up with.


The top right is cut and bound with the original binding. The bottom one is a little smaller and bound with a kid print. The remainder has not only the original binding but also a baby print. I think one of the smaller ones will work out the best. Time will tell.

Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat



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Friday, August 19, 2016

Quilt of the Week

As I was reading my previous blog posts, I was reminded of quilts I gave away, as well as those I still have. I always have a quilt on the back of the couch (just in case I want a quick nap). Most of the time it's one of two quilts but I was thinking about the other quilts hiding away in the closet. I don't really have a lot of space to enjoy them. So I've decided I'm going to have a 'Quilt of the Week' display on the back of the couch. This will get them out of the closet so I can enjoy them plus give them a wash and re-folding. The quilt this week is my Grandmother's Flower Garden.


I've been in a hexie frame of mind in the evenings while watching tv. Here are some I've completed. I also have quite a few left over from a number of hexie quilts and projects. I'm thinking I may start another Grandmother's Flower Garden.


On another topic....I've been receiving error emails regarding comments I've left on various blogs. The message basically says that Google doesn't recognize my Yahoo email address. It looks like my comments are being posted so I'm assuming the blog owner is not receiving a notification email. The emails I'm receiving suggest I contact the Yahoo Mail Administrator. I didn't want to go through all that trouble so I created a gmail address. Everything in my life is connected to my Yahoo email address and it would be a nightmare to change that. The gmail address is strictly for blogging. I'm not sure if this will resolve the problem. If, by chance you do get an email and notice that I come up as a 'no reply' blogger, please let me know. I love getting comments on my blog and always try to respond to each one. I feel bad when I'm unable to respond due to the 'no reply' blogger issue.

Enjoy your weekend.

-- Pat


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Existing blocks

I went through my 'blocks' box and found six that would work well as a lap quilt and could be put together using my existing fabrics. This is what I have hanging on my wall.


It isn't a great photo. My design wall sags. I don't think I have any fabric suitable for a backing so.....I guess I'll do some shopping. Twist my arm!

Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

A finish

The three blocks I added borders to a week or so ago has ended up to be a table runner instead of a wall hanging. I really enjoyed the process of making the sandwich, quilting it and sewing on the binding. I forgot how much I enjoy each step along the way.


Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat


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Friday, August 12, 2016

Pay Attention

When I set up my sewing machine for piecing a week or so ago, after at least a year off, I totally ignored the notes I had taped on the machine. They didn't make sense to me. So I put the 1/4 inch foot on and jumped right in. As I've been working on these blocks, I've been having a problem with points. I figured I was just out of practice. As I was working on the sixth block, I noticed that my needle was not centered in the hole of the foot. Then....the notes made sense. In order to get a truly accurate 1/4 inch seam, I have to adjust the needle to the numbers I had written down. I tested it and now have an accurate 1/4 inch seam. We'll see if that relieves any future points problems. For now, I'm living with the blocks as they are. Here they are sewn together.


At this point it measures 24 x 36. I guess I need to figure out what it's going to be....quilt, wallhanging or table runner.

Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fabric

My order from Connecting Threads arrived today and I've spent most of the afternoon washing, drying and ironing. The photo shows the fabric but not all of it has been ironed yet. I forgot how much work it is to prep fabric for use. It doesn't help that I'm basically starting from scratch on a new stash. The colors and patterns of the fabric are just exactly as I hoped.


I picked up a few storage bins and a new ironing board cover yesterday at Walmart. I never gave the pattern of the ironing board cover a thought until I put it on the ironing board. Stripes! What was I thinking? It makes me cross-eyed.


Fortunately I have a pressing board I use for pressing my quilt pieces so I don't notice it so much but I'll have to keep pattern in mind next time I buy a new cover.

I finished another two Double X #4 blocks and I can see some nice secondary patterns coming together. Very cool!


Hope you had a good day.

-- Pat


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Monday, August 8, 2016

Busy Day

I walked, journaled and practiced piano before 8 am this morning then drove over to the church. I vacuum and dust the sanctuary level each Monday morning. After that I went home, had a quick breakfast and headed into 'the sewing room'. I received 'Quiltmaker's 1,000 Blocks' book late yesterday afternoon and thumbed through it but I'm going to need to spend more time with it before I choose a block to sew. Instead, I pieced 'Double X #4' from the '501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks' book by Judy Hopkins that I used for the 501 Project. The block is one of my favorites.


After I finished the block and had a late lunch, I headed over to the Soup Kitchen to serve supper. I serve with a great team once a month. We have a lot of laughs.

When I got home, I rearranged the sewing room again because the flow wasn't right.

Note to self: Do not buy any more furniture unless you get rid of something first.

I think I'm ready to collapse now. How about you? How was your day? I hope you had a good one.

-- Pat



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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Bittersweet memories

I've just finished reading all my blog posts from the beginning. I was amazed at how much I'd forgotten. And all the wonderfully kind and encouraging comments left for me. There are so many quilts I've given away.....some I wish I still had. If I feel as though I place too much value on a 'thing', I give it away. Or there are times when a person will 'wish' a quilt was theirs and I give it to them. While I'm not sorry I gave them away, they are bittersweet memories. I've reminded myself that I can always make another quilt.

As I was reading my posts, I realized that I finished the sweater I referred to here.





And the sweater for Little Girl mentioned in that same post.





I've only worn mine a few times because it's too warm. And I don't think Little Girl has worn hers much because she's more into novelty sweatshirts now. Needless to say, I haven't knit any sweaters since. But I was happy with how they turned out. Most of all, I enjoyed the challenge.

I received an email yesterday that my fabric order from Connecting Threads has shipped. I can't remember exactly what fabrics I ordered ( I could look it up) but from the color descriptions, they're fall colors. Imagine that...me choosing fall colors!

I've been basting more hexie petals and thumbing through my 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks book as I wait (patiently?) for my 1000 Quilt Blocks book to arrive.

I hope you're enjoying your weekend.

-- Pat


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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Looking Back

It's been so long since I've blogged faithfully....basically since I finished the 501 Project. I was scrolling through some of my old posts and ran across some that described frustrations/solutions to many techniques I was trying. So to refresh my mind, I started with my first blog post and have read all posts and comments up until Aug 2011. My head is swimming and I'm exhausted just reading about all the blocks, quilting, hexies and zentangles I've done. Is it any wonder I needed to take some time off? I'm amazed at how many quilts I'd forgotten about and where they ended up.

I went to Joann's this morning to buy fabric. I was happy to find the fabrics I wanted at such great sale prices. As you can see, I'm still drawn to fall colors. I got right to work washing and ironing it.





I've ordered a new quilting book 1,000 Blocks which is supposed to be guaranteed delivery for tomorrow. What's with this delivering on Sunday? It would be much easier for me if they delivered it on Monday when I'll be home all day. Anyway...I'm hoping the book will give me some ideas for a project to get started on. If not, I have a couple of blocks I particularly like from the 501 Project that I can start with.

Enjoy your weekend.

-- Pat



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Friday, August 5, 2016

Getting Ready

Today has been a busy day. I accomplished everything on my list -- walk, piano practice, journal, log my food intake (WW), baste hexies and re-arrange the spare bedroom for sewing. I was able to set up a table for sewing, a station for cutting and still leave the digital piano in the room.









I'm so pleased. I sewed at the kitchen table the other day but I moved to this two bedroom apartment in 2013 so I wouldn't have to. I'm more motivated to sew when I don't have to set up and take down.




I hope you had a good day.

--Pat


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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Can I Be Retrained?

Hello loyal followers,

A lot has happened since I last put up a blog post so I'll give a quick update.

--- Haven't sewn in awhile
--- Took more active role in my church
--- DIL had heart surgery
--- I had back injury
--- Unable to take care of Bailey (my dog)
--- Found new home for Bailey
--- Downsized my fabric/quilting things
--- Backfilled into my sewing space
--- Bought digital piano and started lessons
--- Spent lots of time reading, computer games, Netflix, piano practice
--- missed creative outlet
--- ordered more fabric
--- discovered photo-less blog posts
--- remembered deleting album
--- deleted all photo-less blog posts
--- blog cleanup (retraining and in-progress)
--- re-organizing spaces to accommodate sewing/fabric
--- pulled out saved quilt blocks
--- sewed borders on three blocks
--- photo taken
--- blog post
--- waiting for fabric/batting order

And there you have it. A snapshot---my life in review. Jan 2015 to August 2016











Hope you have a good day.

-- Pat


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