Monday, April 17, 2017

Ricky Tims Legacy quilt..April

Here is the April block for Ricky Tims' Legacy quilt.

It wasn't hard....but it wasn't simple, either. took a lot of watching...and a few rippits.


Why does it seem like guy quilters like to do the harder stuff....Y seams....and angles.  is it the carpenter in them?  just wonderin'



But I am keeping up and it is coming along. by the end of the year, i'll have a couple BOMs to put together.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Zippers and lace blocks

While doing the trim blocks, i thought of my laces leftovers....and the tons of zippers that i have from de-constructing leather..... and another block idea is born.

I used 1 1/2" strips that i had left over from previous projects. blocks are 8". i made 7 in yellow.  i am thinking this will be a good 'busy' baby quilt. the next row will be in pinks.

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And how about a 2-fer

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I am keeping the zippers out of the seams, so am putting corner pieces in to cover the ends of the zippers.

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These are pretty quick and easy and i am having fun with them.

But, i also have started 2 more projects today....one i saw on Facebook...and one from Anita Shackelford, in her rescued quilts. 

If i stayed off the computer, i maybe could finish what i start without starting even more projects.  haha   is there medication for that?  hahahah

Two more crazy block ideas

I saw this on Facebook....their colors were different, more muted, but i like bright and shiny. the black circle is wool felt.  i got new circle cutters from AccuQuilt, so i HAVE to use them...right? patchwork circle is 5"...black circle is 6".... block is 8". I'm going to use my machine to applique it down...probably in variegated colors. 

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And this one I can blame (um, credit) to Anita Shackleford....in her rescue quilts. 

Leftover selvage blocks become baskets....to be filled with quilted flowers. the plain half is feedsack. blocks are 9"...will be set on point.

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OK...maybe i'm done...for now.  i really need to get to quilting. 

Trim in the middle selvage blocks

I've been running with the 'trim in the middle' selvage blocks and have made 17 of them before i had another idea and abandoned the trims for zippers....and lace. hahahaha

Here is what i have so far.  the blocks are folded so you can see the trims easier (i hope).  the blocks are 6". i tried to use mostly the whites of the selvages and keep the color down so the trims show up better.

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If you have a piece of brown velvet ribbon that is not q u i t e long enough...not a problem. just cover the corners.

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I'll get back to these one day...hopefully soon.



Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A new idea was born

I was sewing some selvage squares together last night....and just the way i put one piece down, gave me a new idea.

I have lots of trim....from the crazy quilts....that i've been thinking of for a few months.....how do i use those up. 

So, now....here it is.....a use for all those trims.

The middle piece in selvage blocks.

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And here are some trims i pulled out in a quick search at the house...i'm sure there are more.

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then.....what to do with all that extra lace. hahahah

Monday, April 10, 2017

Yellow and black selvage stars

Another selvage top was pieced this week. i am so determined to use up all those selvages.....but i think they are winning. haha


I have another selvage quilt idea....borrowed from Mary Johnson at maryquilts.com    I don't have many red selvages left.....and i think this next one will take care of them. we'll see.

Grandma's Country Album I .. Robert Callaham

Yet another Robert Callaham pattern. the third, I think, ...and, the last, i hope. haha

I finished piecing this on February 23, 2014 and it finally came up in the quilting line. Most blocks are applique, with his signature hundreds of tiny squares for sashings. I quilted Xs in them this time.

I was about finishing up the border and thought....i better look to see if i missed anything. sure enough, there was a small block unquilted.  then i went back and looked again....and found another spot that i missed going around something.  let's look one more time....this time i added a bit more to something that i thought needed it.  ok..done...finished....if you see something i missed...i don't care. haha

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All blocks had SID, with sometimes a line in a leaf or into a flower. 

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I tried for different background stitching in each block

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It started out at 70" square and became 69" .... or a bit smaller...at the end.

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Back was a muslin

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Don't look too close. i am not that particular any more about hitting the exact right spot. 

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Top thread was Glide cork and bobbin was Bottom Line oatmeal

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This was the first thing i got quilted in April. compared to March, i am quite the slacker this month. but i have been piecing tops like crazy....5 for the month so far. haha   But i did have to piece together the rest of my UFO challenge quilt for the month....and it's up next. hopefully, i can finish it by the end of the month.

Friday, April 7, 2017

A slow quilting start this month

Here it is....a week gone already in April....and i haven't finished quilting anything yet.  I have a quilt on the frame....and it will be another 2 or 3 days before i am finished with it....then i can start my April UFO challenge quilt. it's a quilt with lots of stars and lots of white spaces. gotta come up with a good plan.

But, i have been busy.....i've pieced a few things this month already.

Mitosis... i am eager to quilt this one....but it might not happen this month.


Manasses .... this is my UFO Challenge quilt for April....so it will get quilted next. i need a plan. it's the last quilt that my friend, Mary, designed for our class before she retired.


Signs of Spring .... i saw this somewhere....i think on MQR....and had to make one, too.


Birch Trees.... this came from a blog that i read occasionally. another one that i saw and had to make.


The mowing is starting....and the gardening is calling my name. so, there might not be much quilting this month.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Slices of Life

I got this one done a couple days ago...another March finish.....but the computer was out of commission so i couldn't show you.  It is made with yellow and brown selvages.

The selvages are sewn onto strips of muslin. I finished piecing it on February 24, 2015.

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I was trying to quilt a ribbon like thing.....i kind of got it for a row or two....but couldn't really wrap my head around how to do it...so, i just gave up and did some curves. no sense getting a headache over it. haha

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It is 76 x 88"  I did SID around the blue strips

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The yellow pieces are sunny days of life...the brown pieces, days that are not so great. but, the yellow pieces far outweigh the brown. such is life... see, there is even a smiley face.

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back is from the stash....more of the Christmas fabric from 2 years ago on sale at half off. I have lost count of how many backings i have made with it.

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Thread was Glide Sienna for top and So FIne gold for bobbin

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Every time i look in the to-be-quilted cabinet...there is another selvage quilt in there....they never end. you can just bury them with me ...ok?

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