Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FAITHFUL IS FINISHED!

How long ago did Lori have the Quilt-A-Long for Faithful?  I searched her blog and found out it was October, 2013.  So, it only took me about 1 1/2 years to get this done.  Woo Hoo!

25" square

I have a reason that it took me so long.  First of all, I used the basket block in the center and it is on point.  You can't really hang a quilt on point, so I had to add corners to Faithful.  I had to think about that for a while.  If I added corners, they had to have something in them.  It wouldn't look very good to put plain fabric there, so I thought it would look nice to have lighter fabrics fanning out.


Then, I thought they needed something else and decided to appliqué something on each corner.  So I had to find things to put in the corners.  I got out magazines and books to try to find something and the first thing I picked was the bird sitting on the star.  I love Kim Diehl's quilts and have 2 of her books, although I have never made any of the quilts in them.  I have used them for appliqué designs before though, so I used some of the flower appliqué designs and the bird from her Simple Blessings book.  I'm not sure where the circle and star came from - I know I saw it somewhere.

Backing toile fabric from Boersma's basement.
The last thing I needed was some flowers for the basket, so I took the easy way out and made yo yos for it.  Thanks, Lori, for the QAL!


I finished my stack of little quilts as well and the last 2 are below.  I am on a roll with stars.  I've got a stack of 31 solid stars (not scrappy, in other words) and 9 scrappy stars.  So, I see more little quilts in my future.

21 1/2" x 17 3/4"

17" s 14"
Happy Wednesday to all of you!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

SOME BINDING DONE!

Here is a small pile of 5 little quilts ready to be bound.


This one is a doll quilt or chair hanger.


This is my scrappy star table runner with scrappy strip blocks,


Close up of the quilting.


Three more to bind.


I also made a label for a the basket quilt that I finished last summer.  Lori (and others) are encouraging quilters to label quilts.  It's a chore that gets put off in this house.  I'm going to try to be better.  I usually do it in spurts.  Put it off.  Make a bunch of labels at one time.  It's time to do a bunch now.

I did more hand work this week and my hand feels it.  I can only do a little at a time and then my fingers get numb.  Have a nice weekend, everyone!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WEEKEND AT THE RAINY COAST

This past weekend I went to the coast for a women's retreat from my church.  While we had been having sunny weather for at least a week, it rained the whole weekend!  But I am still amazed when I see the ocean!  We were at Lincoln City, Oregon and the Pacific Ocean was just across the street from where we stayed in this house.  My room was on the second floor and I had access to the porch on the corner from the room!


This is the picture I took from the room when we arrived.  On Saturday, it was even foggier and the rain didn't let up at all.  Nevertheless, we had a wonderful time.  It's good to get away for a couple days to relax, enjoy God's creation and relax with other women of like mind.


Saturday afternoon we had some free time, so I decided to go for a walk.  The rain was coming down, but not really hard, so I put on a rain hat and walked out towards the beach.  When I found the path to the beach, I slipped in some mud and fell partially down.  Here's a picture of my pants.


The ground was soft, so no injury happened.  I walked around more carefully and didn't spend too much time outside, but it did feel good to get outside.

Last week I started quilting on "Faithful" and am finally just about to finish it!


Uh Oh!  When I turned it over, look what I had quilted onto the back!  Too much stuff on my sewing table.  It's off now and yesterday I finished quilting "Faithful!"  Yea!  I'll sew on the binding today.



Monday, March 9, 2015

SCRAPPY STITCHING AND A TOUR

After making the doll quilt with the stars, I decided to get out my box containing some stars already made and fabric cut out to make more.  I found that I had some ready to stitch.  All these stars finish at 4".


Then I was looking through my other pieces and saw that I didn't have enough to make stars of all the same fabric, so I wondered how they would look if I just made some scrappy ones.


I used up the last of some of these fabrics.  I like them!  I think I'll alternate some with scrappy strip blocks.



Guess what!  My "Faithful" quilt is ready to baste!  Finally!!  I just have to sew on the yo yos that are going to be the flowers in the basket first.


I have 3 doll quilts ready for basting as well.




Saturday I went on an architectural tour of some historic buildings in McMinnville, OR with my DIL and DGD.  The first building was the Spanish Restaurant and we got to see the apartment on the second floor.  It was lived in by the owner, but now it's a vacation rental.

Spanish Restaurant building built in about 1894 - I took this picture right before Christmas.
 The following pictures are of the second floor of one of the buildings - it was built around 1911 I believe.  The owners live in the 9,000 sq. ft.  second floor and have restored it to the original design as much as possible.  Included in the apartment is a 1900 sq. ft. ball room as well as a couple large work shops.  Here are some of the items in the apartment.




The following few pictures are of the bathroom.  I love these clawfoot tubs!


A cute frog lives on the edge of the tub.


Dressing table is in the bathroom as well.  
 This Frank Lloyd Wright designed window is in the entry door to the apartment!

 

The Cozine House was built in the late 1800s and is now home to the McMinnville Downtown Association.


As you can see, we had a gorgeous day for the tour!  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A WIN, A PROJECT AND SOME GOOD NEWS!

I recently won a fat quarter and an origami pin from Chantal!  What adorable fabric for a baby quilt!  And the butterfly pin was a surprise.  Isn't it cute?  She said she will post a tutorial on how to make them soon, so be sure to check out her blog.  I love the 30's fabric she used.





The project was a doll quilt, sheets and pillow for an antique bed that someone wanted me to make for them.  I felt honored to do it and sure hope she likes it.  She sent me the fabric to use as she wanted it to look like something made around 1830.

The sheets are folded below the quilt.



At Buttermilk Basin's blog yesterday, she showed some uses for old watering cans and told how much she likes them.  So I decided to show you my old watering can too.  I found this watering can at a garage sale in Prineville, OR a couple years ago and now I'm using it on my front step.  I found an old short step ladder that I'm using to set it on.  Haven't decided yet if I'm going to paint the step ladder or not.  * I'm linking up to Knick of Time for their Vintage Inspiration Party!



The good news is regarding my physical therapy on Monday.  I was very encouraged because of several things:

1.  She said I didn't have a bad case of carpal tunnel
2.  I don't have to stop sewing
3.  I will have therapy for 1 month and then evaluate
4.  She gave me some exercises to do at home and ideas for continuing wellness for many years

So, I feel pretty good about this.  The therapist's mother is a quilter, so she understands and feels that with proper strategies I can do well.  Thanks for all the kind and encouraging words and ideas!  I really didn't know much about it and now I feel a lot better and am glad that I decided not to wait until it got worse before addressing it.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

END OF FEBRUARY

Thanks for everyone's comments and encouragement regarding my carpal tunnel syndrome!  Guess what?  I haven't stopped sewing yet, exactly!  I'm waiting for my first therapy session on Monday and then will see what the therapist recommends.

In the mean time, I put up some of my log cabin blocks onto my design wall.  I finished the blocks quite a while ago and have been occupied with other things, but wanted to see how it would look.  This is only some of the blocks.  I have enough to make a queen sized quilt.  I saw this in a quilt shop when Beth took me on our own shop hop several years ago.  And I decided to make one like it.  It may take me a while, but I will get it finished.  The blocks finish at 4 3/4".


Then, I received an order for antique looking doll bed sheets and quilt from someone and needed to get them finished before my therapy starts.  Below is the pillow, top and bottom sheets that I made from "aged" muslin.  I made the bottom sheet to slip on and button with real antique buttons.


I also finished the binding on this table runner!  I will be linking it with QuiltShopGal's weekly "Creative Goodness" blog.  The table runner will live on my coffee table.






BTW, for those of you who aren't aware, when you add a photo to Blogger, you can leave it the way it loaded (which is medium), or you can click on the picture and then click on "Large" or "X-Large."  I usually make mine "Large", but today I made the picture of the table runner and the log cabin blocks "X-Large."  Can you tell the difference? And when you click on the pictures and it puts them all together to browse through, does it make a difference?  I really like to see pictures larger and hope that if you didn't know about this feature that you will try it.

Friday, February 20, 2015

AN EXPERIMENTAL PROJECT

I'm a sucker for vintage linens and over the years I have bought a lot of them, thinking I would use them to make "something."  

One of them was a partially finished dresser scarf that had 3 motifs embroidered on it with space in each one for something else.  I decided to embroider some old phrases that I found in a book about vintage linens.  I did that a few years ago.



In the mean time, I've seen a few items done by other people and I got out some of the many doilies that I also purchased - mostly at garage sales.

Remember, this is an experiment and I didn't want it to take forever, so I layered it, slapped on some doilies and started free motion quilting on it with no markings at all.  I quilted hooked feathers around the center motif and on each end.  Then I filled in empty spaces with pebble stitching.  I stitched pebbles on the parts of the doilies that didn't have feathers and I really couldn't see where one pebble started and another ended, so I was almost quilting blind.

Lastly, I stippled inside each motif.  It came out kind of wonky, but was a good practice piece.  It gives me some ideas of how not to do it next time - if there is a next time.  I can't decide if I like it or not.  I know I could have done a better job on it, but as I said it was an experiment and I learned a few things from it.  I'm going to post this piece on QuiltShopGal's blog for Creative Goodness link party today.

Now for the bad news.  I have carpal tunnel syndrome and my doctor said I should quit sewing while I have therapy done.  Once I start therapy, I will see what the therapist says and will try to abide by those instructions.  Maybe I can use the time to get better organized, work on genealogy and read more.  I hope the therapy will work and I can continue sewing for many more years.  

Have any of you had this and what did you do about it?


Sunday, February 15, 2015

SOME QUILTING

First of all I need to show you the scarf that my DGD finished.  Last Sunday, she finished it in a restaurant while we were waiting for our food!  I think she had started it on Thursday and just kept at it.  I gave her some more yarn when she left on a trip to visit her boyfriend, who is in the Navy.  I wonder if she worked on it during her trip to the east coast - an all day event.  


I decided to do an "overall" stitch on this table runner.


I love these fabrics - Moda Ladies' Album.


Over the years I have bought a bunch of old linens at garage and estate sales, wanting to make something with them.  This one is a dresser scarf.  I embroidered the "sayings" in each oval and now it is basted for quilting.  It's an experiment, so I don't know how it will turn out or what I'll do for the edge.


It has a couple stains and I'm not sure what I will do with them.  See the spot under this motif?  Maybe I'll turn it into another daisy.  Any suggestions?


 Now, I'm quilting my second table runner that I pieced a couple posts ago.  I'm doing some partial feathers in each triangle and I think I'll quilt a vine with leaves in the border.


Already?  This daffodil is blooming next door!


Are you quilting this weekend?