Tuesday, August 23, 2016

More Allietare!

When I pulled out Allietare to begin sewing yesterday, I didn't know I hadn't pressed open all the half square triangles...so I did that first.

The I made a pile of these little units - I did a pretty good job of matching points and corners...

While was busy, the doggies decided to share Cooper's bed and wrestle a bit.

I have now made enough parts and pieces to see what the two blocks will look like!

I really love this pattern! I need to make more units (especially the ones I made Sunday). I scaled up my version of Bonnie Hunter's pattern - based on 2.5" strips instead of 2" strips. So I knew I would make fewer blocks than she called for. And I'm not planning for my quilt to be as big as her's either. 
I'm basically just winging how many units I need. So I'll start making blocks, and making more sub-units until......I have enough!

I also made a double batch of Chocolate Banana Bread - I found the recipe on Pinterest here - it's SO good!

Today is Hexie day!!!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Machine Piecing!

Since I wanted to rest my hands yesterday I cut and stitched the next Allietare clue - Clue Number 4 in done! You know, I've always said that I'm not a good piecer. I really need to stop and measure MORE! Most of these units are a bit off - this was the best one and even at that it's a bit wobbly.

And guess what? Today's schedule calls for Allietare! The pieces for Clue 5 are already cut - some are half square triangles that were made in Clue 1 - so that will be easy to jump into this morning.

I'm loving the progress I'm making on ALL my progress. And I like that I have hexie scheduled for more days than the other projects. Once a project is complete, I'll move something else into the rotation. It's working!

Mickey was my helper yesterday...always underneath a quilt.

Sunday, August 21, 2016


Yesterday was all about hand work! I finished quilting the first block of Lollypop Trees - made this photo big so hopefully you can see the quilting.

Last night I began work on the second block. I decide to put my first initial, 'J', in the quilting. Can you see it? It's a bit subtle...wondering if I should outline it with a chain stitch? What do you think?

This is typical around our house...I was eating breakfast..and someone wanted a bite...

I also worked on my needlepoint yesterday and basted a few hexies.

I think I need to give my hands a rest today... so I'll work on something else. Hmmm...maybe I will cut out the next pieces for my Allietare. And maybe some hourglass blocks? We'll see.

Have a great day!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Hexie Stitching

This happening yesterday! Machine stitching hexies together.

AND I basted more hexies!

And now it's the weekend. According to my new schedule it's my choice today and tomorrow. Hmmm.... I think I'll work on hexies, AND hand quilting Lollypop Trees, AND a bit of needlepoint. Sounds like a plan to me!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Upholstered Cushion

This is a window seat in Daughter 1's home. This is her office - should have taken more pictures because it is lovely. Lots of white with touches of gold. She found this fabric with a bit of gold. Perfection! And fun!

And I came home with a cot type bed that their dog doesn't really like. I put Cooper's bed on top of it and he loves it! Have you ever seen a dog look more comfy?

Our daughter came by this morning and took Cooper back to her house for a few hours to play with Scout. What a fun day he will have. But I miss him already!

I didn't get many hourglass blocks done yesterday - it was just one of those days...today hexies are up again! I'm excited!!! But first I'm putting dinner in the crockpot...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Quilting, Quilting, Quilting

Yesterday's first priority was to finish the latest chemo hat/scarf. DONE! These are reversible - love the two prints on this one! It's for an attorney - I figure she wears black pants often.

And since it was a day to work on Lollypop Trees, I chose to continue with the hand quilting. What was I thinking?! Yes, this will take a bit of time. But it will be worth it in the end!

As you can see above, I quilted a spiral in it yesterday. That got me thinking...maybe I'll quilt my initials in it?

I've been watching a lot of Netflix this week while I sew. I've watched the movie, Mean Creek, the documentary, Twinsters, and a couple of episodes of Longmire.

Today the hourglass block are up to bat. I know...these are supposed to be a Leader/Ender project, but I don't piece a lot of quilts. So a Leader/Ender project would never get done around here! I plan for this to be a small project - maybe a wall hanging, or a few pillows...we'll just see how big it gets.

I'm headed to my daughter's home later this morning - she's on vacation for a couple of days so today I'm helping her upholster a window seat cushion. Should be fun!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Hexie Happened!

First up yesterday was machine stitching a pile of hexie pieces that were already basted. DONE!

Then I basted a pile of hexies that had no curved piecing. DONE! (Don't you love those fussy cut lions?)

Here was my helper. Mickey snuggled up in a hexie quilt in the comfy sewing room chair.

I also worked on the chemo hat yesterday. I'll finish it today! And according to my new schedule, today is slated for Lollypop Trees. Fun!

Have a great day!