Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Before I started anything, I knew I had to clean my machine after stitching all of those Log Cabin blocks with that older fabrics. They fray and shed and create a lot of mess in your machine. I have a small vac attachment (and I use on the computer as well) to get most of this stuff out and then fine tune with tweezers, small brush, Q-tips, and oil.
I wanted to catch up on some of the Tiny Tuesday blocks. Luckily these don't use a lot of 'color' fabrics as I have very little Orange - enough to get these done for the month.
This is a fun block - Bear Paw Bow Tie, very tiny HSTs that I love to make.
With those out of the way early this morning, I can now tackle my main project - quilting the Log Cabin quilt.
My prayers and thoughts are with those in the path of the severe storms and flooding. Stay safe,
Sunday, May 19, 2019
I want to thank SARAH for hosting this event since 2011 and works so hard to gather sponsors that donate 'thank you' fabrics, patterns, books and other quilty items to those that participate. As this project grows and grows each year, I know Sarah works even harder.
My three quilts were completed - although I don't have pictures of a couple in that stage as they were donated before that was a thought. I donated locally thru my quilt guild as we collect for Chatholic Charities for Community Services each year around this time. Our communities are of such need as so many have not recovered from Irene even to this day.
The next two quilts were donated by fellow guild member Diane Warner - no blog. Sarah graciously entered her into the system, so I will save her some steps and post up her quilts here. I'm very proud of Diane as she use to tease me about 'saving' every ones' scraps from the garbage - now she is a prolific scrap quilter herself - AND, she has bravely learned to quilt her own quilts on her home machine. Diane, also, donated locally thru our local guild for the communities.
Please visit the final link-up HERE to see all the lovely quilts so generously donated by so many. I look forward to seeing the grand total of donations this year.
Sharon & Diane
Saturday, May 18, 2019
With so much rain, it has been fun to build a log cabin indoors. Although I would LOVE a real log cabin. Ha - when I posted this set on my Facebook page, I noticed the block that was 'wrong'. I went thru every pile of groups of 10 to check how many were 'oopsies' for repair. Luckily it was just the one and it was easier to just make a new block.
I dug into my gifted plaids and wovens because these blocks needed to be up-sized and there wasn't enough of what was supplied. There has been an on-the-side discussion of the age of some of this fabric. Those pinks and blues have been reproduced several times with a little bit of degree variation. I have so many of the bubble gum pinks from so many decades with some not even 100% cottons.
As you can see, I didn't have enough of the blue/gray plaid so had to use a different one for the last 20 blocks - and that was all there was of that one! Now that all of the blocks are done, I will spend a day putting this into a flimsie and maybe even get the two borders on.
It took me a while to find where I stored my Tiny Tuesday blocks - I had to lay them all out to see where I was with these and what needed catching up on. I just need to make the new orange ones - although some of my yellow blocks are on the orange side. I really am lacking some colors and may have to treat myself to some FQ basics.
I think I will get my little blocks done up before I start back to building a log cabin.....
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
I didn't get lost, just very involved in a number of things right now. Our regional Quilters Hall of Fame has started rolling with a number of events, our local quild has several things going and trying to finalize as we take the summer off, an up-coming quilt show with lots of planning, and a new commission. This pile of scraps was in a plastic bag for years, stashed in a closet - out of sight, out of mind. The poor quilter now has trouble with eye sight and would like the project finished as her last quilt.
Very typical 50's fabrics set into the popular log cabin block at that time as well. Let me flip them....
Her machine had a lovely stitch, BUT she seamed so, so, so close to the edge. These delicate and ravely fabrics will just create burst seams.
New little blocks with proper 1/4" seams are in the works for as far as that pile of strips will go. Depending if I get what I mathed for a twin size, we are good. If not, I have a pink and a blue homespun that works with these and I will be adding another round to size the blocks up - I won't need as many blocks.
You can see the difference. I don't want to use her blocks or even attempt to take them apart to redo. The plan with them is to use a fuseable interfacing to support them and make a couple of pillow tops to go with the quilt. A dense meander will help as well. The quilt will be done with a stitch in the ditch.
We are very cold, very wet - even had snow over the weekend! This is a good project to bury myself into while waiting for our Spring to arrive.