Monday, February 21, 2011

WEEKEND QUILTING

The weekly Civil War Block comes out on Saturday, and since this was an easy one, I made it right away.

My guild had a workshop Saturday to make donation quilts that will go to the critically ill children at Dallas Children's Hospital ICU.  Below are blocks made by one of our members.  She is making a larger quilt for a teenager.  I made 2 baby quilts using this same pattern with novelty fabric.  I took pictures, but they were blurry, so I'll post them another day.  Each block has 5 squares of equal size and by sewing them together in a certain way, you get the diamond in the middle.  It looks really nice and is very easy and quick, especially when we used 10" squares.
Now I have 3 donation quilts (those 2 plus a string quilt) to baste and quilt.  I hope to get at least a couple of them finished during this next month.

I spent a couple days quilting on my basket quilt, but I'm having some problems with the stitches skipping.  I cleaned the machine, changed the needle and still have the problem.  I think I need a new free motion quilting foot as mine has a rough edge on it that might be catching the thread, so I'm going to go by a sewing machine store in Arlington tomorrow when I go to my Jo Morton class and get a new foot.  I'm sure my machine needs servicing too, but I'm going to put that off and take it to be serviced while we're gone.  The only other thing I can think of for the skipped stitches is the basting glue.  I noticed that there is a little bit of stickiness on the needle from time to time.  I didn't have that problem on the other quilts that I spray basted, though.

Here is my "mini-design wall" with some of my Thread Head Quilt Along blocks.  The Ohio stars in the top 3 rows are ones that I just finished this morning.  My design wall is sandwiched between the door and a cabinet, so it doesn't hold many blocks.
Below are close-ups of 4 of the Ohio Star blocks.  I love easy blocks!  These went together very nicely.  It's a good think JoAnne had us cut 4 1/4" squares for the hourglass part because even that made it a little scant for 3 1/2". 





We're getting our taxes done on Wednesday, so I need to go over the figures to make sure I have everything ready.  Ugh!  Good luck with yours....

12 comments:

Karen said...

I really like the first Civil War block. The stripe fabric gives it added dimension. Good fabric choices.

Katie said...

You've been busy again! The donation quilt is beautiful. I like the Thread Head quilt, too - it's coming along nicely. And, thankfully, my taxes are done and submitted already!

Barb said...

Love all of the blocks!!

Jan said...

Great production - I especially like the first CW block, it really looks old - that is a compliment!

Liriopia said...

Busy, busy, busy! Love everything! That diamond in the middle block looks real interesting. Think you can write a tutorial for that? It has a lot of possibilities.

Liri

Cheryl said...

I love the fabrics you used in your Ohio Star blocks. Wish I had sewn along with the Threadhead quilt. Yours is going to be lovely.

canuckquilter said...

The blocks for the donation quilts are interesting. Can you share how they were pieced. Your civil war block and the Thread Head blocks are lovely. Your fabric choices really work well! Good luck resolving the skipped stitches problem. I know they are extremely frustrating!

---"Love" said...

Okay, get ready, because Saturday you are going to have to give me a lesson on Civil War fabric selection! You alway have such beautiful fabrics, and the Civil War themes are really growing on me! But I need help! ---"Love"

Leanne said...

Your civil war blocks are beautiful, the quilt is going to be stunning when its finished.

Teresa said...

That's a great looking quilt. I think your fabric choices are perfect!

Lori said...

I am really loving the Thread head quilt! The fabric you are using is so pretty!!

Beth said...

Your new block is pretty, I love the colors. Your Threadhead quilt is just beautiful. Good thing I am not closer to you...it might disappear . (Just kidding) I love your colors on it and the alternate blocks.
That charity quilt looks good. You sure it is easy?