Monday, September 5, 2016

Fifth of September & Design Wall Monday

I had started a quilty post on the first, side-tracked myself to my DOOW blog, and here I am at the fifth...and today is my grandson's sixth birthday! I wish he was close enough to visit.

Two of the star blocks.
On the wall.
I have the Star Block done on Allietare and am now working on the second block.  It's component 9-patches are done and I have pinned so the first parts can be sewn to each other.  If I remember correctly, Bonnie Hunter releases her colors and fabric requirements around the end of October for the next mystery quilt, so I'd better get busy and get more of that sewing done!!  Once the blocks are done, then they can be sewn block to block, then row to row, and then a flimsy will be done.  There are the pieced setting triangles to sew as well.  I have those prepped and pinned too.  Slow progress, but progress none-the-less, and for me, it hasn't been a race.  

pinned elements
more pinned elements
oh my, I see a problem - note the direction of the lower right corner unit - oops!
My bowtie units were sitting around in a bin and were accidentally knocked to the floor one spilling them all over the place.  I picked them up but just plopped them back in the bin.  One day I decided I'd better straighten them up and re-group them.  They are now all matched up and I discovered I have plenty to make a good-sized lap quilt.  Maybe I already knew that, but it's been long forgotten.
Now that the Allietare component pieces have been pinned, I need to get them sewn.  I'm hoping to work on that sometime this week.  Some of these bow ties are not complete either.  Come to think of it, I have a lot of "incompletes" in my sewing world, and one is my grandson's quilt.  It's layered and pinned; I need to decide just how I'm going to quilt it.

Connecting at Judy's Patchwork Times.  What's on your design wall?

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Stash Report Sunday, Week 32, 7 August 2016

While away on my two week vacation to the north, I visited only one quilt shop, a favorite, Jane's Fabric Patch in Tillamook, Oregon.  While there I bought all of two yards of a neutral fabric to add to my stash.  Due to time constraints requiring us to be home, I had to miss the quilt show in Newport, OR that my aunt and I usually go to.

Used This Week: 0 yards
Added This Week:  2.0 yards
Used 2016: 0 yards
Added 2016: 13.6 yards

Linking at Patchwork Times.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Design Wall Monday - Week 29, 18 July 2016

The weeks are slipping by.  I won't be posting much over the next couple of weeks (no surprise?) as Nick and I will be headed to the wet land in just a few days, staying at my aunt's when we get there.  She has limited band-width, so I will do my part in the consideration area and not use up her allotment!

I squeezed some sewing in this past week, though not as much as I should have.  I was working on the gray/neutral/black corners for the one block of Allietare.
Bonnie had us press the seams a specific way on this but that just wasn't working for me.  So my 'compromise' was to do something I often do when I'm attempting to match up triangle points, I snipped into the seams so that I could see the points I was trying to match up.  Prior to snipping the seam, I tried just placing the pins, and drawing a little line where the first pin went in, but that was really a pain, not to mention finding the point in the first place and keeping the seems nestled.  The pair of scissors I use is not very pointy which keeps me from accidentally snipping the seam. 
I apologize for the blurry photos, seems my camera just didn't want to focus well.  You should still be able to see that I stick a pin straight into the point, then - what you can't see - stick it into the other piece's point that it'll match up to.  See how I laid the snipped portion of the seam in the opposite direction, thereby leaving the rest of the seam as Bonnie instructed so that it can match up later.  I find by snipping and laying this way, that the point seams nestle better too - less bulk.  I've done this often in projects, and have never had a problem with the seams opening. 
With the first pin still straight into the points, I then take more pins, placing on either side of the seam and pin the pieces together.  This keeps the seams and points in their properly aligned places.
This shows the first pin from the back side and how it is aligned with the point on the second piece. 
Now, with the points and seam properly aligned, when I sew the two components together I don't have to guess whether I'll hit the point or not, I can SEE where I'm hitting, because face it, my 1/4-inches aren't always perfect in order to just line up the edges of the fabric and run them through at a scant 1/4" - I do a lot of wiggling and adjusting when I sew, and in the end, it all comes out right and flat.  It's amazing how off things can be by just a thread here, or a thread there.

That's what's on (off) my design wall this week.  When I get back, I'll get those seams sewn - they're only pinned at the moment, and then I can begin connecting all the components so that they become actual blocks.

Linking up at Patchwork Times

Monday, July 11, 2016

Quilt Camp Blues

At this time during the previous three summers, I enjoyed going to quilt camp near Sisters, Oregon.  Last year was especially hot, and a large number of ladies had come.  There were some gals, very sweet and lovely, yet they had a habit of humming.  Stuff like that doesn't bother 'normal' people, but I have least that's what I'm learning about myself...because it bothered me to the point of going out and buying a personal CD player to which I attached my noise-canceling headphones and listened to my own music.  Sometimes perfumes and fragrances bother me - vanilla of all things, and that was worn by another gal last year.  I also wanted to spend a little more summer-time with my son this year as he's going to be a Senior in high school.

I suppose I was just feeling I didn't want to bother with attempting to tolerate those issues this year, nor making others feel bad by my efforts to block out the things that bothered me, along with having been gone from home just a couple months ago, that I decided to not go this year.  My cousin-in-law, who is the acting Dean this year over the group, has been posting pix on social media, and I'm almost regretting that I didn't go.

The hummers didn't sign up this year, the group is only 17-strong, and the weather is down right perfect for quilting with temps in the 60s.  They've even had some rain and lit a fire in the meeting room stove!!  Instead of Wednesday through Sunday noon, camp was extended for those who desired until Wednesday - a whole week of quilting and relaxing.  Yep, I'm thinking I'm singing the blues about having stayed back this year.  

There's always next year, Lord willing.  I'll be planning for that ... hoping my quilting mojo returns!


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Design Wall Monday - Week 24, (20 June 2016): LATE!!

Better late than never; my posts are sporadic at best, but I'm not ready to call it quits.

Not directly on my design wall - that's the same as last week with the two Allietare blocks - but on the pinning tables!  Close enough.

My friend Panda was at my house yesterday because she had a small quilt that needed to be pinned and I have two tables that can be set up side-by-side.  So while the tables were up, I decided I could get the quilt for grandson (who is now almost six) pinned.  That's at least one step closer to being finished.  
Tiddly Winks
I gave all the information on this pattern way back in this post from May 2015.  Yeah, I'm slow as molasses.  That may be my new nickname.

Panda then treated Nick and I to dinner (Marty's out of town on business) at a favorite local Chinese restaurant...oh yum, and there are a few leftovers in my fridge that I plan to go have for lunch as soon as I post this.  

Linking up at Patchwork Times.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wasn't In The Mood

On Monday, I posted what was on my design wall and that to finish Step 4 of Allietare, I needed only to sew the seams of the matched sets of headless geese, the units with the black, red, and neutral - the halves were termed headless geese because they're similar to flying geese blocks, but they don't meet at center.

I clearly was not in the mood, or mindset to be working on sewing.  The time just dragged by.  It seemed more a tedious chore to do all those seams, and then press, than the joy it should have been.  After a little over two hours I had accomplished my task, and was thankful it was done.  Quilting mojo will eventually return...I hope!
A sample of how the block will look.  I'm happy.  All seams came out well and I didn't have to rework any of them.  I think the next step has me putting together the black square with the gray & neutral triangle blocks for the corner sets of the other block. 

Monday, June 13, 2016

Design Wall Monday - Week 23 (13 June 2016)

I'm still working on Allietare of course.  

I could get a little sewing in today; it's been a week again.  Panda and I aren't meeting today as she's out of town, but we will meet next week, so I need to make some progress.

A couple of pics: 
The pieces that go into the 'white space' are the ones I'll be sewing the last seam on today. 
Then I'll be able to sew the four pieces together which make up the corner units for this block.

The link is up at Judy's Patchwork Times.
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