Monday, November 16, 2015

Smile Worthy

Recently I joined in on the fun at Whims and Fancies where there's a trunk show going on.  I think this is the first time I've taken part in such a display.  I'm enjoying the comments as well as viewing the many other displays.

One of the quilts getting the most reaction is this one:

I wrote just a little bit about it here before I switched blogs.  The pattern is from Eleanor Burns' and is Quilt In A Day "Double Pinwheels".  This one in the image is huge, measuring 91" x 113".  It's shown on a full/double bed.  It was tied as it was a 'many hands' quilt after the piecing was done, with perle cotton which I prefer over yarn.

What makes me smile about the comments on this over at the trunk show, is that everyone thinks it is a black and white quilt, and certainly the photo lends to that impression.  The "black" is actually a very dark teal of a packed hydrangea patterned fabric.
This close-up block shows it a little better.  My apologies for the photo quality; my scanner doesn't want to work with this computer so I had to take a photo of a photo.  Another thing I liked about this quilt was that I had found a white-on-white fabric of which the pattern was a bit like scattered windmill blades fitting in well with the pinwheel/windmill block.
Now I'm thinking I just might have to make it in black and white...just not so big!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

A Special Trunk Show...

A blogger I was heretofore unfamiliar with is hosting an online quilt trunk show.  Whims and Fancies is where you can find this fun show.  And she has pictures of the cutest cat under her "About" tab :)  =^--^=

Online Quilt Trunk Show | Whims And Fancies 

It started with this one...

progressed to three of these

Oh the joy of Friendship Stars and QSTs (quarter square triangles)

This was the third, and final, tree.

A Stack-N-Whack

A second Stack-N-Whack

Flannel case for a large floor pillow

And for the second pillow
A quilt for missionaries - the piecing was all mine, but other hands helped tie & bind

A second quilt for missionaries - my piecing, multi-hands for tying and binding

A third quilt for missionaries with the same M.O.

Same pattern, different colors and smaller size of the second missionary quilt, but scrappy pinks rather than 3-fabric only.

Cathedral Windows from a class.  Click on the photo to see the buttons - they had stars too.

"Jack In the Pulpit" for our pastor

And a matching table-runner for his Mrs.

My piecing - multi-hand finishing, for soldiers and/or their family in our fellowship group.

Same as the above Rail Fence.
And last but not least, a special gift for a special friend who house-sat and took care of our special needs kitty for several summers.  And, she had given me most of the fabrics in the quilt when she was cleaning out her 'clutter'.
That's my contribution to the show, I hope you enjoyed it.   Head over to Whims and Fancies for many more. I'm going to go do some browsing there now.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Design Wall Monday, 09 Nov 2015

Frankly, I still have the same project on the design wall as has been there for what? A month? Two months? with no progress on it.  So I won't show a picture of it.  Just know it hasn't been worked on.  Nor has any other sewing project.

However, I am itching to get started on quilting this for my friend:
I know, it doesn't show much, but I didn't want to unfold it until I'm ready to take some pins to hold the blue tape in place, so that I can stitch the first diagonal lines as 'place holders' or guide-lines.  I need to load some bobbins with the correct color (and move my stamp collection off my sewing spaces).  She had dark brown thread in the supplies she gave to me, so I will use that.

Do you see that 'patchwork spread' underneath it?  I wanted a patchwork blanket back in the late 1970s, so I got a variety of plain old yarn - probably polyester at that - and crocheted these blocks, then whip-stitched them together with yarn.  Kinda hokey now, but I still like it and still use it - it's incredibly warm and my kitties love it too.

Hop on over to Patchwork Times and see what all those other fabulous quilters are working on.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Stash Report Sunday - Week 45 or 46

Well, I don't know if my Smart(?) phone is correct or if Judy's correct, but I suspect we both are because we're using different calendars and/or starting points.  My phone gives this as Week 46 beginning today.  But the argument could be that 46 is the beginning of the week and the report is based on the last week, so Week 45 is probably the correct annotation for adding to or depleting one's stash.  Still with me?  Good, you can decide for yourself which week you want it to be.  They're all beginning to run together anyway.

Once again, I've neither added to, nor used from, my stash.  It hasn't been   Soon, hopefully. 

Used This Week: 0 yards
Used Year to Date:  11.4 yards  
Added This Week:  0 yards
Added Year to Date: 56.69 yards  
Net Used / Added for 2015: 45.29 yards

Linking @ Patchwork Times
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