Thursday, November 27, 2014

ABC Crazy Quilt

A new idea just came to least, i don't remember making it before. haha

How about an ABC crazy quilt?  that could work.  so, i ran over to the studio and put together 4 blocks.

After all, we don't want the UFO pile to get too low, do we? hahahahaha

A...alligator, argyle (sweater), apples, airplane, ants, Alabama (license plate), ambulance, anchor, angel, accordion, bananas, button, bicycle, bone, birdhouse, bus, baseball, birds, butterflies, candy canes, candy corn, crayons, cat, cupcake, chips, cattails, camel, crab, cherries

D..dolls, drum, dinosaur (2 of them), dog, donkey, duck, dance, dragon

They are 6 inch blocks. will probably set them with a sashing so all the craziness is not right next to each other.

What do you think?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Nickel and Dime

I love going to quilt class.  but i am going to blame this little sidetrack on my friend, Mary...who teaches the class. she keeps showing us stuff....and i want to do it. haha

This is another little raggedy quilt....called Nickel and Dime. i think i have seen it before....somewhere.

Anyway, you place a 10" square down.....put a 5" square in the middle of it....right sides up on both.  sew all around the 5" square.


Then cut it in half....both ways.  make a whole bunch of them.


Then sew them back together....mixing them all up.


I think i made 35 of them last night. they go really fast. want to make 35 more tonight....guess i better get on it. 

She showed us another little jewel, too. i'll share that one in a day or is genius.

Now go make some of know you want to.  quick Christmas gift.

Moroccan Pottery

This poor little quilt sat on the frame for a week....waiting for me to get back from the Duck to finish the borders.

It was pieced March 6, 2013 and quilted November 24, 2014.  seems like i pieced a lot of these last year. 

I think it might have been a panel that i took apart and re-sewed...not sure.


I just SID around the log cabin blocks and put an X in the middle.

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All the other blocks got stitching around the jars...  with something in the empty jars. on a couple of them i did a background meander.

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I have been watching some Jamie Wallen videos. so, the borders got his cross-hatching. he starts at the ends and works toward the middle.


Then you leave a space in the middle and put something special in there.  i did some feathers...working from the inside out.


And feathers in the corners, too....working from the outside in.


Back is a dark brown with leaves that was in the stash.


Glide on the top....a weird color....kind of salmon...kind of gold....Bottom Line in the bobbin....a copper color.

Color Love

I am interrupting this run of quilting for a bit. 

I KNOW not to open emails from quilting places. but it is hard to just throw the Keepsake Quilting catalog into the trash without opening it and drooling some.

I saw this....oohhhh, i want to do that....BUT it's a block of the month...$65 per month for 6 months....or buy the kit for $300.  Uummm...i don't think so.


So, out came the graph paper and colored pencils.....and brain work and head scratching.  here is a quarter of it.

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Then into EQ to draw out the blocks and figure out how they go.

The center star...12"


There will be some of these...4"


A bunch of these...4"


A few of these...4"


And some of these...6"

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So far, i have this much done......and a whole lot of tiny pieces cut out, too.

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There are 4 applique pieces around the center....6x12"; and some blocks that are 4x6".

It will all come together somehow....i hope.

I'll probably play with it for a few days and then get back to UFOs and quilting. 

Sigh......i am so weak. hahaha

Friday, November 21, 2014

More alphabetizing

Well, i was at the Duck for 4 days but didn't do a blessed thing there. oh, i unloaded the stuff that i took down there. walked through the house and checked on things. is cold in here. left and went to the Beast. at least she has heat. haha    i did that twice. not one nail hammered at the Duck....not one bit of paint brushed on. it was just too dang cold.

But....i did work....only it was work at the Beast....for my sister.

She is working on more book shelves in the sunroom for the continuation of the library project. 

So, i pulled K and L books and alphabetized them. they are piled on the floor in the library...around the walls...awaiting shelves in the sunroom.

They continue around the corner...

And down to the next corner

Then i pulled the Ms and Ns.  the Mcs, Macs and Mas are all on the dining room table. 

The rest went stacked up next to the wall in the dining room.

That should keep her busy for a bit. 

Don't know when i will get down there again....depends on the weather. i'm a sissy in the cold. 

I did take my sewing machine with me and made  about a dozen crumb blocks. i am doing them in colors now....all orange...all red...all green, etc.  have about 50 finished all together.  just 450 more until it becomes a quilt.  that will be my 3rd crumb quilt....might be the last one. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Raggedy Pinwheels

It was not a was not in the to-be-quilted cabinet.

Started November 11, 2014
Finished November 16, 2014

WooHoo!!   i think that is how you are supposed to do it. hahaha


When i was at class last Monday, our teacher showed us how to do these little blocks. there is no piecing. you cut up two 5" squares and put the pieces on the top of four 5" squares and sew them down with 1/4" seam. .. leaving the edges loose. put those 4 pieces together to make a large pinwheel.


The pieces on the corners create small pinwheels in between the large ones. sweet!


I loved it so much i had to come home and make it. i just happened to have 5" squares already cut out so i just used what i had. this came out about 40" square.


Glide pink on the top and a salmon Bottom Line for the bobbin.

It is really tempting to do this again.  but i better get back to my regularly scheduled program. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

X Box

This is UFO #28. i only had 1 block made but all the background squares were cut and a pile of selvages in the box. so, i started last night. Plan A was to make it queen size....110 blocks.  8" in size.  i made about 50 of them and said to myself.....i need a Plan B.

So, i cut it down to 63 blocks and it is now 56" x 82"...perfect couch size.  and it got all pieced and got a border. 

It was pretty simple and fast....just sew a selvage across one way and then the other way. 

Lots of browns cut up for backgrounds

Will probably get quilted with a panto....something swirly

This is the picture that i saw somewhere that started this madness. 

At least this UFO was fairly easy and fast. 

I had hubby give me another number for the next UFO....he chose #1....aaaccckkk!   that is a 3 star project. very time consuming. pattern and fabric is in the box....nothing cut out.....probably bought the fabric 3 or more years ago. guess i better go get started cutting up that fabric.

I am picking the next number. he picks all the hard ones. hahaha

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Gone Fishin'

This little baby was pieced on March 10, 2013 and quilted November 11, 2014.  a great wallhanging for a fisherman in your life. it is 46x63"; using 5" squares.  i added a sleeve to this one for hanging.

Glide gold thread on top; So Fine dark green for bobbin

There are fishing lures, fish, camping items

Used Plush panto by Lorien Quilting

Back is a dark green; binding is made up of leftover fabrics from the top.

The next one in line is a bit larger....gonna go load it up and get started. hahaha

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Empress, the Goddess, and the Lady

These Asian ladies were pieced on April 18, 2013 and got quilted today, November 9, 2014.  they didn't have to wait long at all.

It is 46" wide and 44" high. a good wall hanging size.

The Empress Mari

The Goddess Barbara

Lady Lisa

I did straight line background fills around the ladies

Found the designs in a Japanese design book

And did a curvy design in the border

The back is a neutral piece that i had. the stitching shows better here.

And a closer shot.

The next stack of tops are a little larger. more in the 60" range.  if i want to do one a day i might have to quilt faster or do some pantos. 

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