Thursday, December 14, 2017

My sister's stars

Another top from my sister.  she said she was cleaning out a closet or something and found this one...forgot she had it. She chose red thread for the top and black for the bobbin. 

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I haven't known her to make these blocks, so it must be from some time ago. usually now she just does squares or rectangles.

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It is 56" square.

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The back is a black and white print.

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You can't see much of the quilting. I used an oldy but a goody panto from Michelle Wyman called Star Swirl.
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Glide Ruby and So Fine Black thread.

I'm going back next week, so it will go home then. The good thing about quilting for my sis is I don't have to do the binding. hahahaha

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Broken Diamonds

I have lost my note, and don't remember where I saw this pattern. I THINK in a magazine....might have come from someone here on MQR.  Don't remember the pattern or quilt name...so made one up. the mind is a terrible thing to lose. haha  It hasn't been too long in the making...several months.

It is about 72x87. it is all ruler work and i was sick of it before i got half finished. i have no patience any more these days. so, it lived on the frame for way too long. and there are a few thread bobbles on the back that i didn't catch until it was finished....so, they stay, too. I'll find it a home. .... somewhere.

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The border is a dark brown. I am trying to catch up on my growing piles of scraps. My favorite quilts to piece these days are those that take hundreds of scraps. hahaha  And there are still so many scraps left that I could start a bonfire and burn down a small village.

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Some of these fabrics have been around for years....and been in many quilts.....how are there still pieces left?????

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When I started, the ruler work seemed like the thing to do....after a couple of rows I was wishing i had done a panto.

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Thread was a Glide Chestnut for the top and So Fine brown for the bobbin.

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Ugly Old Lady Quilt

This quilt top was made to use up some large floral prints....the kind old ladies like. haha   stuff that people gave to me.

LisaE showed a quilt in WIP on November 15 that was a QOV i believe. the setting was perfect for using up large floral prints. So, once again, I borrowed her idea and made one of mine. It is 78x96

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After looking at the pic, i think i should have used that gold in the border for the yellow in the sashings, too.

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I really expected it to be butt ugly....but it is kind of growing on me and i'm thinking it's not as bad as i thought it would be. i guess that makes me an old lady. hahahaha

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It will most likely get a large panto and get donated somewhere. 

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At least some more not so great fabrics came out of the stash.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

2018 UFO Challenge with Judy

It's that time of year again.....time to make my list of what I hope to accomplish in 2018. Judy Laquidara is graciously hosting her UFO Challenge once again. Rather than just number quilt tops from 1 through 12, i'm going to try something different this year. The to-be-quilted cabinet is stuffed full of about 75 or 80 tops ready to be quilted.

I'm going to take Judy's number each month and count off that many tops...and do that one. for instance, if January's number is 10...i shall count down to number 10 on the shelf and that is the victim for that month. but, to make things interesting, if February's number is 3, then i count 3 twice, and use that top. If March's number is 11, then I count 11 three times and do that one. got it?

I also have my UFO boxes numbered from 1 through 12 and will pick one of those, also, for the month. These boxes have all the pieces cut out, they just need to be assembled.

And, to be even a bit more crazy, I have 12 embroidery projects numbered 1 through 12 also.

So, each month I will quilt a top, assemble a UFO, and embroider a project. Of course, that only puts me further behind. For every top that i quilt out of the to-be-quilted cabinet, 2 more projects will be in there to take its place. But....if i also actually quilt the UFO that I piece.....and quilt the embroidery project, then I will be ahead.

We'll see how that works out.

This year I actually didn't make a couple months on my list. One project just got thrown out...and another was substituted for something else. I guess I might as well resign myself to the fact that I will die without ever emptying out the to-be-quilted cabinet. If you hear of my death, please come and rescue a few tops from the cabinet and quilt them in my honor....ok?  hahahaha


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lazy Geese

OK....raise your hand...those of you who knew this was coming. hahahah   I blame all of you wonderful quilters on MQR for showing these delicious quilts...that I just have to make. hahaha
First, it was Nancy's fault....then, Riley jumped on the bandwagon...and you know, if Riley is doing it, then you HAVE to do it, too. 

Thanks, ladies, for feeding my obsession.

I added a 6" border. it is 72x87". The background is a dark navy blue.

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The FQs came from my latest purchase at Jackman's. Once or twice a year they have a FQ sale for 99 cents each. who can pass that up, right? the last time you were limited to buying only 50.  this time there was no limit....so I got 100.   i go for the graphic prints.

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I haven't quilted it yet, but i know what i want to do, so it might not sit in the to-be-quilted cabinet for too long.

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Now, if I don't see any more wonderful quilts that I want to copy....maybe I can get to the quilt that has been on the longarm all week and i haven't touched it. haha

Monday, December 4, 2017

Life is not All Black and White

This one took a chunk out of the white and black selvage bins. The circles are leather....and represent the things that happen in your life. Big circles for major events...marriage, childbirth, ace job, retirement....the little circles and other things that happen....sickness, job change, more children, moving, job promotion....all those things in life.

When the circles are on a sashing....that is a point where you must choose which path to take.

It is 68" square. I know how i want to quilt it, so it might be quilted quickly rather than languishing in the to-be-quilted cabinet for years. Or not...who knows. haha


And you always need a dog...right?


And chocolate...what is life without chocolate.


A close up


Multiple layers make selvage quilts heavier than normal.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christmas Tree

Thank you, Kim, for giving me an idea to use my orphan blocks. I would take them out every once in a while and try to get an idea of how to use them....and just put them back on the shelf. When I saw your tree, it just made sense on how to use them. I changed it up a bit and made it simpler....and used about half of my orphan blocks.

Three days of fun came to this...

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It is 66x88. the top stars and hexies are stitched down. then i made rows by the size of the height of the blocks. 

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There's a couple of 4 patch posies....a pink and brown embroidered block...a couple churn dash....a paper pieced volcano...some geese....some yellow selvages

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Even a Sunbonnet Sue with her cuckoo clock from Germany...a 16 patch...a star...a black and white that i decided after 2 that i didn't want to make any more. haha

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Even a fuzzy corduroy alligator

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And that concludes my Christmas spirit for the year....HO HO HO....it might get quilted by next Christmas.

And now, back to my regularly scheduled program.

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