Friday, March 25, 2016

Blocks on the Go!

I have been working on Katja Marek's Blocks on the Go for Quilts on the Grow!  I am really enjoying these.  In fact I am enjoying them so much that I am doing a set in Reproduction fabrics as well.  They will not have the outer border and batting.  I will stitch them together once all the blocks have been made.  I will play with the color combos for the best layout.

I am enjoying picking out two very different kinds of fabrics.  I am using Kaffes in the modern one and picking out color combinations which I like for the Reproduction ones.  No particular color scheme going.  I want it to be scrappy and fun.

These blocks are so lovely and bright.  

More reproductions.  I love the little bees in the diamonds and well as the dapper soldiers in the light diamond of the top block.  I am actually all caught up and waiting for April's clues to arrive.  Such a lovely sew along.  Thank you Katja!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Finished Quilt.

My daughter arrives home tonight. I got her quilt done on Thursday night.  It took a whole month to quilt. I did have a week hiatus while waiting for thread to ship to me. I finished two 1200 yard spools and a bit of the third one.  Here it is on her bed, just waiting for her to have a cozy night's sleep.

The quilt is very densely quilted.  Stippled in the snowball blocks.  I used a stencil at the intersection of all the snowballed corners.  I was going to do a more random vine like quilting in the sashing spaces and I started, looked at it and saw that it was not random at all.  I liked it so I just carried on doing the figure of eights.  

I still have water soluble pen marks to pat pat off with a damp cloth.  Got about half of them done.
It is a large queen size quilt.  7 blocks by 8.  I needed it to tuck over the mattress at the bottom of the bed.  I am really happy with the finish and hope she likes it as much as I do.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

It's Here at Last!

I have been waiting so very patiently for my thread to arrive and at last it came today.   Now I can get on with the finishing up of the quilt. 

I have not been lazy whilst waiting for the thread.  I crocheted two more doilies for the wedding. This one is a lovely peach color.  

This one is in Ecru.  I enjoyed making these two doilies and I just love how the edging turned out on this doily.

Friday, March 4, 2016

In The Meantime, Pillowcases!

I am still quilting the big queen size quilt.  Three weeks to the day.  Guess what!  I ran out of thread.  I have used two spools of 1200 yards.  Not wanting to change thread while quilting this top, I now patiently wait for our sweet post lady to bring me some more.

While I wait, I decided to make the two pillowcases that I wanted to do anyhow!  They turned out so nicely.  I used French seams so that there are no raw edges. 

The cuff and trim piece is the same as the binding for the quilt.  I made the binding with a flange of narrow black.  Yes, I made the miles of binding too.  Now I just wait patiently on my thread.  I am so close to being finished I can almost taste it.  Soon, real soon!