Saturday, September 20, 2014

{Post 1,429} More Piecing

This AM I sewed the last few rows of the Chevron Quilt together and also pieced 12 more I Spy leader/ender blocks to finish a small quilt top.

My daughter, Susie, is coming to spend a day or so with us, so I want to be free to enjoy her visit.

At some point soon, I'll trim and add borders to the Chevron Quilt.  

The top and bottom row of blocks are not sewn on...I just wanted to spread out the reds in these blocks before I sew them together.

Friday, September 19, 2014

{Post 1,428} Nearly Finished Chevron

I am so close to finishing the center of this.  I've sewn quite a bit today including the secret machine quilting project, so I'm going to call it a night.

Here it is so far...

{Post 1,427} Secret Blog is Up and Running...Again

If you know my secret blog URL, check there later (30 minutes?) for a post on a secret project I machine quilted today.  So fun.  If you want the URL, email me.  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

{Post 1,426} Safari, So Goodie

My progress on the Chevron Quilt so far.  Will sew a little more tonight, but it's time to wind down.

Do YOU have a favorite jelly roll pattern??

{Post 1,425} Center of Tiny Twister Finished

I decided to work from first to last on my UFOs.  So I am using the Chevron Quilt as a leader/ender while I finished the center of my Tiny Twister.  Now I'm going to cut and attach borders.  Nearly finished!  Whew!!

This measures only 11" square right now!!!

{Post 1,424} Ready to Sew Rows

Quilt top, unite!!  I am ready to sew the rows together..  This is a little more time-consuming because it's on point, but it shouldn't take long.  I will finish this and put borders on it before I start something new.  At least I think I will!

{Post 1,423} ...and 45 Minutes Later!

Each block is 4-1/2" square unfinished.  Running to the post office and the planet of fitness.  Will sew a few more strip sets when I return and see if I can get this into a top today.

{Post 1,422} Stop Me Now!

Heaven help me--I have started another new project!  I think I need to go back to the beginning of this train wreck and start finishing my UFOs.  

When I went to the discount fabric store on Tuesday, I had in mind getting a natural-colored muslin for a shirt disappearing hourglass quilt.  I got 10 yards for $2.10 a yard.  Score!  The good thing is that the warehouse sells bolts at inexpensive prices.  The bad thing is that they don't cut any has to buy the whole bolt.  They had some clearanced muslin at $1.65 a yard, but it was a 20-yard bolt.  Yea, yea--I know I'd use it eventually, but...

While I was there, I saw this jelly roll for <$10.  It was colors I don't usually work with, so I thought, "That would be fun!"  When I opened the jelly roll (which I had not closely inspected at the warehouse), I saw that all the creams were one color, and the others were not varied.  All the greens were the same print, and the blues were just 3 prints.  That sent me on a search.  Here is what I'm going to make with them...

I found this easy chevron-from-jelly-rolls quilt.  It will be bright and cute, and allow me to use up all these fabrics instead of having them languishing in my stash (not like that's ever happened around here).

There is no baby sitting in my life for the next 4 days, so I'm going to sew, Sew, SEW!!!!  When I'm not doing things with my son and husband, of course.  ;)

My husband works out of our house all day tomorrow, so I just need to keep Isaac busy.  

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

{Post 1,421} Disappearing Blocks

I backed a baby quilt with this baby blue fabric.  I don't even know how long it's been languishing in my stash, but it will soon be completely gone.  

Have you seen the disappearing hourglass blocks?  You go from picture 1 to picture 2 in just a few easy steps.  I plan to make a shirt quilt from this pattern with muslin.  I was inspired by my friend, Janet.  See her post here.

I have enough scraps for 4 blocks plus a few strings.  I am going to use it all up for this!  I think I'll make 2 of the disappearing pinwheels, too, just for sake of trying them out.  So I'll have 4 12-inch blocks...two of each kind.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

{Post 1,420} Pinterest Success and Flop

Made two things from my Pinterest boards today.  A new banana bread recipe and a two-compartment zippered padded storage case.  The bread was a flop and has been removed from my Pinterest board.

Here are pictures of my double-zipper carrying case.  I think this would be good for electronics that need a little TLC when in the suitcase.  If I made another one, I'd make the lining shorter.  As it is, it has to be jammed into the outer shell.  One of the challenges is that all the measurements were metric.  I should have made the lining about an inch shorter than I did (or 2.54 cm if I was being metrically correct!).

I used selvages sewn onto a piece of very thin fabric for my outer "fabric".  Two blue zippers pulled out enough of the blues in the selvages.  

Guess who, Who, WHO is on the inside?  I have so much fabric around that I try to use up bits and pieces when I can.  Had a little Tigger in my stash, so in here he went.

Fusible batting gives the lining its shape and safety feature.  The case measures about 3" tall, 2" wide, and 6" long.  

Monday, September 15, 2014

{Post 1,419} Top Three Rows Sewn Together

Worked on my Carolina Chain just a few minutes tonight.  I added the last 2 blocks in every row to web the top, then sewed the top 3 horizontal rows together.  It's a cutie!