Friday, August 28, 2015

You Knew I Had To...

Yup... after cutting the pieced for a "I'm a Farmer's Daughter" quilt the night before, I just had to stitch some pieces together. I was so happy with this! Then I tried to pin the next piece to it and it didn't fit!!! What did I do wrong?

I finally figured it out... there are two kite shapes in the pattern and I stitched these together using the smaller one. Turns out this template is only for the setting triangles around the outside edges of the quilt. 

So I put it aside and cut 8 pieces with the bigger kite template.

This is how far I got yesterday - hard to tell, but this is definitely bigger than the first. So fun! And a great way to use some old, old scraps - many of them quite ugly on their own. I want to cut out several more blocks so I have little kits at the ready when I'm in the mood for them.

I'm paying for all my many hours of hand sewing hands are a bit sore this morning. It happens. I always listen to my hands! They are asking for a couple of days of rest. Today I need to do lots of computer work anyway. And I'll spend some time with my lovely BERNINA, too.

So what else is on the schedule? Putting sheets on a couple of beds, lunch with a friend, trip to the bank.... yada, yada, yada.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

So Many Quilts!

Yesterday I was a BUSY BEE, buzzing from one thing to another. I actually worked on 11 different quilts yesterday! How can that be?

1. I worked on the necktie project.

2. I cut out seven quilts! Okay, so it's just going to be big squares sewn together, but still, seven quilts!

3. I worked on next year's BOM. Trying to get ahead on this one!

4. I worked on my clamshell UFO.

5. I started this quilt. Yes, I know! I can't believe I started another project!!! I saw this pattern when I was in Atlanta last week and couldn't resist. I rarely buy patterns - I usually design my own quilts. But this Jen Kingwell pattern absolutely spoke to me. The directions start out by saying, "This quilt is not for the very beginner. Hand piecing is recommended." Okay, I'm up for the challenge!

I have LOTS of scraps to use in this one. And those neutral grays I bought earlier in the week? Those will be my background fabrics.

Yesterday I used template plastic to make all my templates for this. And I hand cut one block. This will be a long term on-going project.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

More Fabric???!!!!

Okay. So here's the story behind my new acquisitions.

Yesterday I need to drive to Columbus, GA, to pick up the wedding dress. Off I went bright and early with my breakfast smoothie in my cup holder.

I won't go into all the details about spilling said smoothie in my lap halfway there, squeezing my knees together for 5 miles (to keep smoothie from getting on car seat) until I (finally!) found a place to pull over and clean my lap with anything I could find in my backseat. Luckily there was a stray towel back there. Oh dear, I think I just went into all the details. Oh well.

After all that, I decided I deserved a trip to the quilt shop in Columbus (which happens to be close to the bridal shop). I stocked up on some light gray neutrals - my favorite! While shopping, I carefully held my purse in front of the smoothie spill on my pants.

Then it was on to the bridal store to pick up the dress. And that was my morning. Back at home I changed pants and promptly spill lunch down my shirt. It was one of those days...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Clamshells UFO!


Yesterday was the day! I finally pulled out another UFO to work on! I added two more rows of clamshells, and now have only ONE more row to go. This will be the center of a new quilt I'm designing, and YES, there will be hexies in this! You knew that already, I'll bet!

Today's list includes going over the next issue of Hexie Love one last time. September 1 is almost here! Maybe I'll stitch a few more clamshells, and I'll also work on my necktie project. Should be a fun day!

Our weather is still HOT, but not sweltering. Maybe Fall is just around the corner? I sure hope so. I went outside for just a minute or two yesterday afternoon to get the dogs in. When I came back inside, I had 7 mosquito bites and an allergy attack. And this is why I'm an inside girl... UGH!

Have a great day!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Hexies Galore and Doxie Love...

The photo is a bit dark, but how cute is this? Old man, Prince, was thoroughly bathing Mickey. And Mickey enjoyed every second of his licking bath.

Yesterday was a productive day! I finished the September BOM, including the perle cotton stitching. Not only that, but I added the sashing to the last three blocks and sewed them to the main quilt. Only three blocks to go!!!

I spent a couple of hours working on next year's block of the month project, too. AND, if that's not enough, I worked on my necktie project.

Today I have to take hubby's car back to the shop. Darn, the thing they fixed - is still broken. If they get done quickly enough, I may be driving over to Columbus, GA, to pick up a wedding dress... I'll be finishing up a section of the necktie quilt, too. And maybe more block of the month fun....

So glad to hear that I'm not alone in having multiple projects in various states of progress all going on at the same time. Have a great day!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Hexie Helper

Prince was my hexie helper yesterday - that's the September BOM. He the old man - almost 15 and deaf, but still full of energy and zest for life. Lovely gray, distinguished face! This block WILL be finished TODAY!

Another item I accomplished yesterday: I tidied my sewing cart! It was such a mess! It took almost an hour to do this - well worth the effort!

I'm planning on spending some time in the studio today - more machine appliqué anyone? I'm getting addicted to this...  And later I just might pull out my necktie project.

Okay, so here's a question for you:

How many projects do you have going at one time?

I have a friend who works on only one project at a time. She finishes it all the way, including quilting and binding. And then, and only then, does she start something new. I am just the opposite! I'm working on this year's BOM, next year's BOM, the necktie project, and soon I'll be starting next year's progressive quilt for Hexie Love. Almost forgot about the wedding quilt! And this doesn't include all my UFO's! I do think it's time to attack another UFO - I've only finished two of them so far this year. I'll put that on my list for today - to decide which UFO is up next.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Machine Applique and Puppy Sitting

Yesterday I DID fit in some studio time! Yay for machine appliqué! Turned out nicely, don't you think? My BERNINA makes this so easy. She (all sewing machines ARE female!) even told me when I was using the wrong foot. What a wonderful friend she is!

I took a quick pic of my settings because I'll be wanting to remember them for other similar projects.

I had to take hubby's car into the shop yesterday morning early. They had the cutest shop puppy! Her name is Scout and I entertained her for the thirty minutes it took to fix the car.

Then last night hubby and I puppy-sat for our grand-dog, Scout - two Scouts in one day! What fun!

Today I need to go to the grocery store. No food in the house! And there may be more machine appliqué... And a bit of perle cotton embroidery on the September BOM. Have a great Saturday!