Friday, February 16, 2018

{Post 1,581} Center Complete, Plus a Little Border Action

Timmy’s big-boy bed quilt is nicely under way. The center is complete. I added one fabric for an inner border. Now I’m chopping up shirts and squares quickly to keep a variety on my sewing table. I have two more checkerboard strips pieced and ready to sew on soon.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

{Post 1,580} Grandson’s Quilt

I posted about these blocks a short time ago. I was going to use them to make a small baby boy quilt. They are just so cute that I decided to make more and use them for a twin-sized quilt for my grandson, Timmy. He is the grandchild I see the most. He stays with us for days or a week at a time often. He video calls me fairly often, too. Here he is from this morning asking me if I can see him, ha ha! He is three years old.

Yes, yes I can, Timmy!! <3

Here are the blocks I have pieced. We (his mother and I) have decided to use the denim-centered blocks for the top of the mattress, then add enough checkerboard squares to be the drop all around. The denim-centered ones will also be a pillow tuck. I think it’s going to be marvelous. I just LOVE shirt quilts.

I am adding one more vertical row of blocks on the left end to make it long enough for the pillow tuck. I am waiting to hear from her how long to make the drop, but I can start cutting more 2-1/2” squares, because I’m sure I’ll need a lot of them. I have many, many shirts, so there’s no fear of running out. I will have three 6-1/2” denim squares left after the extra row. I’m thinking of a pillow sham, maybe?

For Sit ‘N Sew tonight, I’ll be deboning more shirts. Last week I got 15 deboned and folded. I have over 20 green shirts alone, so that will keep me busy. I am LOVING this time with my friends, chatting white we cross stitch, crochet, hand quilt, etc. I wish I had started doing this many years ago. I don’t serve any food or drink. It’s 7-9 PM, so I assume most have just eaten supper. Most bring their own beverages. Very fun and relaxed time. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

{Post 1,579} Scrubbers

Over the years, I have crocheted many pot scrubbers from nylon net. Since the introduction of Pinterest, I’ve seen a few new patterns. I also saw “Scrubby” yarn the last time I was at Walmart. Our store has it under the selection of knitting needles and crochet hooks.

This past weekend, my husband and I had the delight of going away for 24 hours for a “Sweetheart Getaway” at a Christian camp about 2 hours from us. It was so relaxing, the meals were delicious, the speaking sessions beneficial, the music glorious, the company so fun...

I crocheted the round scrubber on the way there. It is all Scrubby yarn. Actually, I made two of them with the intention of giving one to a new friend. And I did.

The rectangular one I did this AM. It uses cotton yarn plus the scrubby yarn for the last third. Both these are on my “Joan Parker” Pinterest page under crochet. The darning needle is there for size comparison. The round one is 3” across. The other is about 5” long by 3-1/2” wide.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

{Post 1,578}

Just put the last stitch in my Valentine season wall hanging. Here it is in our foyer. I have already planned the next one for this same spot. It also involves applique. I shall work on it during my weekly Sit ‘N Sew times.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

{Post 1,577} String Trees

As I was working on some of my Christmas 2018 blocks, I had an idea.  I think it was a good one! The trees are cut from a piece that starts 7" wide. I had some big chunks left over from last year's Christmas quilt. I experimented with using up the chunks as strings...I like it!! I am going to do the same with the large red innermost blocks when I run out of the ones I have already cut. I think it adds a lot of interest to the quilt, and it's more who I am. What do you think?

I got the idea from the block in the above picture that is the second row down. The second Puss in the Corner block has a pieced red center. The piece I had left over from cutting other blocks was a-l-m-o-s-t big enough. I added just a tiny corner to "stretch" it. That's when it hit me--I could do the same with the greens I had left for trees. 

Pressing onward!

Friday, January 26, 2018

{Post 1,576} 2018 Parker Christmas Quilt Started

I have seen this pattern floating around magazines and Pinterest for many years. I finally ordered one, and here is what I've got after a couple days of chopping up and piecing shirt scraps.

The blocks are 8-1/2" square. I opted to go completely scrappy, as you can see. The tree in the fourth row down is pieced from scraps as well. I figured, why not?

Here is the original pattern. I am only changing the fabric selection. I don't know what I will do for the outermost border yet. Stay tuned! Hopefully, I won't be quilting this one the week of Christmas like I did the one for 2017! I won't be putting that one yellow star on there.

I am firmly blaming Julie and Bonnie for my shirt addiction. Not only do I have the following picture to "debone", but I bought 8 more shirts today, all large, long-sleeved. I needed the colors in the new shirts, in my defense! That's my story, and I'm sticking with it.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

{Post 1,575} Not Progress After All

Well, I was just bragging on my speedy piecing skills. It's kinda like a long trip when you realize you're making great time, but you're completely lost. My quilt is composed of A and B blocks. A's have dark squares on the corner. B's have light squares. Instead of making 7 more B squares, I made 7 more A's. So now I have:

1.  A quilt that will be twice as large, that needs 14 more B blocks.

2.  A baby quilt that still needs 7 more B blocks.

3.  Another long-term scrap project, because I need another project like I need another hole in my head (to quote my grandmother).

4. A headache-free head, since this easy piecing has helped my headache of 3 days go away!!

Stay tuned to see which is correct. This was not a test. Just a fun piecing morning. This gives me the opportunity to add in some more brightly-colored squares as well. Win/win.