A pretty star quilt

My friend Carol made this lovely star quilt. It is the perfect combo of a great focus fabric, a big contrast with the black and pop of color with the batiks.  I was thinking about using a light colored thread but then I pulled out the purple and that was it!

I made a flower and spiral pattern. I love how the purple stands out but doesnt litter the stars.  It turned out to be a sweet quilt! Sucha great project to be a part of.

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Vicki

A pretty star quilt

My friend Carol made this lovely star quilt. It is the perfect combo of a great focus fabric, a big contrast with the black and pop of color with the batiks.  I was thinking about using a light colored thread but then I pulled out the purple and that was it!

I made a flower and spiral pattern. I love how the purple stands out but doesnt litter the stars.  It turned out to be a sweet quilt! Sucha great project to be a part of.

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Vicki

Fall bring winter prep

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Yes we really do have to get things done around here before it snows or else it waits until spring. Some people get their wood to heat with in, others can their garden’s harvest. On our list, is yard clean up. We have to get the leaves raked, cut back perennials and the lawn mowed before the first snow. Other things we have been doing is moving furniture around, taking things to a storage unit, getting large trash items like boxes ready for waste pick up and cleaning. Yes cleaning! There are some items that have to be done in the spring like wash windows and done again before it snows. Mostly for me it is getting the tasks done that involve being outside. Do we get all this done every year before the first snow? No way, but this year we have had some beautiful October days and I think we are gonna get this list completed.
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I have been doing a ton of quilting and sewing. I am feeling “caught up” now and I expect to get a few quilts from customers before Christmas. I have way more time to quilt now that we aren’t travelling as much and I am getting used to my new work schedule with commuting several days a week. I am knitting too. Here are a few pics of what I have been working on.

 
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Feeling like I am making progress! I am also getting to the gym 3 times a week, I am making a goal to go 4 times over  the winter months and three times over the summer with an outdoor walk in good weather.

Now my big concern I how to cut my hair in a couple of weeks. It’s falling out and feels thin. So maybe shorter. I hope that I can find something that works.

Vicki

Really Big Block!

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I made this really big block. I thought it would be a change of pace to try some larger size sewing. I have done small block sewing for a while and I am ready to try something different. I am also liking the quilt block on the barn look with  this square.

The center is 12.5 inches and the half square triangles are made from 7 inch squares. I am thinking about making this the center of another star. I am thinking about it. I have a eq7 drawing and with some borders it would be 66 inches square.

Or I could make a large size block sampler. I will think about it.

Vicki

 

 

Everything is a learning experience and today is no exeption

 

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I have to say I love the look of on point quilts. However, whenever I quilt one I get this dilemma. I call it Beauty and the Beast. It all starts out flat and pretty — a real beauty. Then as I roll, the ripples in the border become apparent and then with much stretching, pulling and flattening,  I think it will all be well. Until the last row, this is the beast. On this quilt, I even tried to shorten the borders and rebuilt the mitered corner. I love that my new Janome sews without a foot pedal, just hit start and stop. Yes, I was on the floor with a  quilt still pinned on frame. I learned that on point quilts are very, very difficult to make flat. All that bias is really tricky.

 

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All that to have a couple of pleats and some ripples in the finished quilt. However, this is a very pretty quilt.  I love the blue and white. I chose a large feather to quilt it. I am happy that it is such a beautiful finish. I think that it looks beautiful.

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After all that work, I celebrated with my husband Shephard’s Pie and my apple crisp. Today I moved on and loaded another quilt on the frame. I am learning that a dark thread on this  star quilt looks great. I am going a bit free motion crazy on it!

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I took out my new fabrics from my stash and started to think about what I want to do with it. Nothing comes to mind yet. Tomorrow I will share a block I sewed this weekend. It’s huge!

Vicki

 

I have time but the weather won’t cooperate

Isn’t is always true that when you have time to do an outdoor project the weather doesn’t cooperate? You know, the grass needs mowing, the leaves are starting to fall and need raking, the flower beds needs to be cut back. I have to start the great organization project of 2014-15. I am going to at least get things sorted this weekend. If the rain doesn’t stop to take things to the storage unit,  I will be very sad. We have sentimental items that don’t need to be thrown out, but I want to have my 2 spare bedrooms and front porch to be useful and not dumping zones anymore. This will be a winter long project.

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We have also been struggling with our vehicles. Last weekend the wheel bearing started to scream in the my husband’s Explorer, again. They have been replaced at least 3 times in our tenure of owning it. My van has some issues and driving it 78 miles a day three times a week isn’t good for it. So after much research and agonizing over the budget, we bought a used car. It is very luxurious for me. I am getting used to the modern dashboard. It isn’t without problems, of course we discovered them while taking delivery of the car at the dealers, at they will be fixed next week. One big one is the climate control on the passenger side. Another problem, is a chipped windshield.  I tell you,  used cars are the bane of my existence. Lets hope this one lasts as long as the last ones -many years. I just can’t see paying so much for a new car because as my great grandma used to say– “I didn’t pay that much for my first house!!!”

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I am working on a quilt I call beauty and the beast for a customer. I love it . It is a classic tulip like block in blue and white,  but the on point setting is causing rippled borders. Lets hope for a good outcome on this one. I am going to get this off the frame this weekend one way or another, for better or worse, sink or swim …. you know what I mean!!!

 

Here’s too a great weekend no matter what the car or the quilt or the rain says — it’s way better than working!

Vicki

Making quilts

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I bought this Janome a couple of weeks ago. Straight out of the box it sewed perfectly. I am finding that it sews beautifully through several layers of fabric, if needed. Putting blocks together is much easier, I didn’t realize how worn out my old machine was. This machine is perfect for what I do and it is easy to use. The stitch selection is more than what I will ever use…. I am very happy with my new machine!

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I had enough fabric to make 8 blocks in the mini chevron. Ugh, I hoped for 9 so I could do a 3×3 setting. I remembered another purple and green block that I made that was in with my orphan blocks. It looks very nice as a center. Now to decide what to do for the next round. It currently is only 36 inches square.

Vicki