Sunday, January 20, 2019

Black & White Blog Hop

Welcome to the first day of the B&W HOP.  I wish to thank CARLA for setting things up, keeping us all in touch, and sponsorship.  Please be sure to visit all the bloggers hosting today:

                                                              Monday, January 21st

I would like to share my 'confetti' block with you today.  The fun thing with this block is that you can math it to any size you like and even a great block to use up those left over HSTs.

I wanted to use up left overs from other quilts and since I use Kona as my staple solids, I knew that my blacks and whites would all match.  Since I wanted this a large block quilt for the modern look, I made my HSTs 8.5" unfinished.

Another fun part of play with this block is you can place your side sashings either on the dark side or the light side of the HST.  I chose to frame up the dark side.  I used a 4.5" wide cut, but here you can play again.

I chose to set my blocks alternating points up and down, but you can really play with these and scatter them any which way.

With this setting, the only seams I had to match were the block edge seams.  I added a 4.5" wide border around the entire quilt.  Some scattered smaller HSTs in the border would have been cool as well.

There is a lot of wide open spaces to play with quilting, but I stuck with straight line.  Some black thread going with the flow of the HSTs and then some white pencil tracks to fill in.

I set the camera light change so the quilting would show on the back, which is actually the Kona Black.  AND yes, black catches every bit of dust, thread, cat hair, etc...

This finished at 56" square - either a large wall hanging or nice couch throw.

Those of you who are way better at EQ than I can certainly play with this one - would love to see and share them.

Thank you Carla for allowing me to play along with the B&W HOP and please be sure to visit everyone today.

I have a give away as well.  While black and white was fun to play with, I think it needs a little color pop sometimes.  So I have these 5 FQs of fun B&W with a pop of Hot Pink.  Please be sure I have a way to contact you and the winner will be announced on Friday the 25th.  

Sewingly Yours,

Slow Stitching Sunday

It's been a while since I joined in with KATHY for a slow day, but today is a good day for it as our storm continues to rage.

I've been working hard on a lot of B&W quilts for the up coming HOP, but black and white mixed make gray so this is my list finish on that pile of quilts.  Just a thread's length to the last corner and then another thread length to be done.  Then it gets a good going over with the lint brush.

 Black & White Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, January 21st

Tuesday, January 22nd

Wednesday, January 23

Thursday, January 24

My Post is ready, but I hope all goes to draft plans as this is the colors for now.  We are in the white zone, however, we haven't gotten as much as predicted (so far) and it has changed into a freezing rain.  With sub-temps and high winds, it is very nasty out there right now. 

Stay safe and warm,
Sewingly Yours,

Friday, January 18, 2019

Ice, Snow, and Civil War

We are getting our winter all at once it seems.  First an Ice storm then some very heavy Snow - up to 40 inches they say.  Then a few days to clean out when it will start all over again - all while in the single digits (an minus).  So I've pulled my Civil War fabrics out.  Hey, we'll be waging a war against the weather so why not a war with fabric?  I have three projects in progress with these totes; maybe I'll empty them.

The next step on my "Book Hop" project is thirty 9-patches.  I got a start and.....

the rest have been cut, paired, and ready to stitch.  These should go quickly as I can just chain them thru the machine until completed.

Then I'll work on more of those Broken Dishes - I'm half way there.  I'm sure I'll need to cut some more.

My third project is a miniature using the left overs from these two projects - using up every last prescious bit of fabric.

My furkids are not liking this very cold weather and have already been growling out at the ice storm this morning - they disappear when I get the camera out, so I'll poke a little fun at them.

Stay safe and warm folks,
Sewingly Yours,

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Scrappy Wednesday

Just a reminder that the Black & White Hop is fast approaching.  My main project is actually finished and photo'ed, but it has been a real push for me to pull out all my B&W flimsies and get them quilted.

This one I did scrappy as well as I pieced the batting - use it up project.  There is one more quilt left from the pile that I hope to get done.  That will end my quilting marathon as that big quilt will use up the last of my batting. Oh don't panic, a new roll had been ordered.

I see almost every where that people are trying to tackle those scraps with  a vengance.  Well, here is something to help out - Temecula Quilt Co is reproducing this antique quilt with their One Block Wednesday.   360 blocks just might help reduce those scraps!  The button is on the side bar.

Everyone stay safe with all this strange weather,
Sewingly Yours,

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Monday Making

I thought I would take a day to play before getting back into a quilting marathon again.  I reached into that yellow monster and grabbed a baggy of scraps and dumped right out on the table.  A few strattas and a few larger pieces about FQ size, but mostly tidbits that I will start with first.

This is what I am shooting for - a scrappy double 9-patch.  I'll even be able to use up some of my off-whites and biegy scraps in this.  This will be an awesome quilt and quilted up with the old Baptist Fan motif  - perfect.  Another sub-temp day and I am going to enjoy hunkering down with scrappy stitching.

Sewingly Yours,

Slow Spurts

I have been taking a little break from being at the machine for long periods of time.  I do set a timer so I am sure to get up and move around, but after the quilting marathon I just needed to slow down.  Clearing out, rearranging, house work, time with the furkids was mixed with some little spurts of stitching.

I pulled another tote from the stack by the machine and this was in there.  My these were started a long time ago; ribbon blocks with flip corners.  I think I just fell out of love with this because I really had to force myself to finish up these blocks.

This is one of Howard Marcus 'Collection for a Cause' lines - MillBrook.  42 ribbon blocks and 84 hour glass blocks (not trimmed) from the corner snips.  I think I will take these to my next guild meeting and see if someone would like to finish these into a quilt.

Most nights I could be still putting the pedal to the metal, but I have used that time instead to work on my cross stitch piece.  Just a little more backstitching and this one is ready for a wash, blocking, and then framing.

My guild is doing a BOM using various blocks that are to help you improve your skills.  The patterns are charted for 4", 6", 8", 10", and 12" sizes with just cutting instructions so you really have to know your unit/block making to put some of these together.  A few of us hunt the internet for tutorials and instruction to assist some of the others as well as we make them ahead of time to catch errors and suggest tips to help making these.

My SIL gave me a few blue FQs as a thank you for doing a quilt for her and I have a huge tote of blues.  This is the year of blue & white quilts, so it made sense to go with it.

My guild had a program last meeting on a couple of new techniques - Trapunto and Candlewicking.    Kathy did a lot of work prepping for this and had a sample/kit for each member.  I have my little bird stuffed and his echo stitching corded, now I need to add the candlewicking.  

I'm playing with a few ladies in a 'stone soup' project spearheaded by Dawn at SewYouQuilt2.  We are sharing 'ingredients' with the other members for them to make what ever project that inspires them from the packages received.  Some ask for specific blocks, or color, or orphan blocks, etc...  I said " send me your uglies"!    These are a few things I have gotten so far and waiting on a couple packages before I decide where this is going. 

Today will be a slow day with some housework, need to grocery shop (and I don't want to go out in the cold), and get those last few backstitches done on the cross stitch.

Sewingly Yours,

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Carolina Hurrican Quilt Project

Carole of From My Carolina Home has update information for this tremondous project for so many in need.  Whether you just can do blocks, or you have quilt tops she lists quilters who will finish, or you can send completed quilts to a variety of places collecting for distribution.

As an added incentive, Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict, will be adding this as one of the Hands2Help charities.  If you have never heard of H2H, you can read about it on the tab on Sarah's blog.  The H2H19 will be starting soon. 

So add this to your quilt planners, share with your guild(s), and share with your media communities.

Sewingly Yours,

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Scrappy Wednesday

With all of the body stress from the quilting marathons, today will be a good relaxing bit of stitching on those many Broken Dishes blocks I need.  I am gleening thru my CW totes to use up the smallest pieces of scraps first.  yes, they would go lickity-split cut from yardage - but where is the fun in that?

And after seeing so many starting to revisit an old friend - cross stitch - I just had to pull my supplies out, found a nice little pattern out of the many books I have, and just enjoy another leasurely thread art.

I'm sure somewhere in the week I will get the urge to get marathon quilting again, but for now I am slowing down.  It is to be cold and wet, so the crockpot will go on to marinate the house with wonderful aromas as I work a little at the machine and little with needle in hand.

Sewingly Yours,

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2019

With the few red scraps pulled from the yellow Monster's tummy, I managed to get 10 Chandelier Bead blocks done set with the light braces.

Then the blocks set with the black braces.  With these, I am using up my skinny strips of w/w for the smaller beads.  What a different look!

I started a new project that required 38 Red Cross blocks.  Even my Civil War stash is lacking reds, but I squeezed just the amount I needed from the scraps in that tote.

I felt good about starting something new because I finished up another quilt - my second finish for the year.   The finish is for the Black & White Hop and the new is for the  Dust Off A Book Hop.

Linking up with RSC19  and   Oh, Scrap

Sewingly Yours,

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

OMG - January

To help me with the goal of making my PIGS fly, I've decided to join
in the OMG.  Having to post up my goal each month will give me the push to actually complete it.  I find a lot of my pieces are sitting because they need borders.  I hate borders - can do them, but hate them.

For January I am chosing my temperature quilt.  It was started Summer Solstice 2017 and completed Summer Solstice 2018.  I need to print off the label that will go in the upper corner and the temperature chart I used will go in the lower corner.  Then I need to add the border.

linking up HERE

Sewingly Yours,

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Scrappy Wednesday

Red is January's RSC19 color, so I pulled the reds from that yellow monster.  Yes, that small pile is all the reds I could find in that over stuffed tummy.  But I am making the fun chandelier bead blocks a bit smaller than Debbie's so I don't need anything large.   2.5" center bead and 1.5" corners with the adjustments for the white braces.  I plan to make one with a light background and one with the black background.  The black background will have a color large bead and the smaller corner beads will be w/w's.  I will make 10 blocks of each - should I need more later in the year, I can certainly quickly work more up.

I pulled my red shoe box totes which is a slim mess.  Some items mixed went into the appropriate storage and smaller bits were chopped down into the barrel system.  

A few FQ size nice and neat now with pieces for strings stacked.  I had made a red quilt late into 2018. so I will just be happy that I have a clean plate right now.

My first finish of the year!!  This is all I can show as this is my piece for the Black & White Hop.  So you will have to wait until my date - January 21st.

A good start to the New Year,
Sewingly Yours,