This is the most recent quilt I have finished for Delphine’s Quilt Shop. I did light custom work on it with curls in the white, pebbles on the frames and spirals on the flowers. The back had an inserted panel. It turned out to be so cute!
We went to the Detroit St Andrew’s society games and my husband participated in the tug of war. His team won first place!
The next weekend we went to Sparta and had a very long but fun day. I enjoy the music and dance there. I was able to get a selfie with the MC of the day Liam the extra large Leprechaun. I can see it all from the athletic field and I didn’t miss a thing, which I loved. My husband took second!
I am still adding borders to my 6.5 blocks that were left from my Civil War Diary Quilt and Farmers wife. I am going to run out of border fabric before I run out of blocks! I am going to have to come up with projects for the ones that are left!
I ordered these IKEA panels and they came in. I make them into curtains. I cut them a bit short so I am going to decide if I want to leave them like this or add some lace or get some rings to hang them on. I love the print and the amount of light. I have several decorating projects to do this fall including setting up the new entertainment center we bought while visiting IKEA a couple of weeks ago.
And here is my current long arm project. I have had to load it twice. It was too narrow. I swear this quilt top is growing because now the back is only 4 inches longer than the top. I hope it works out otherwise I may be going to the store to buy some muslin for the back!!! It will have overall feathers on it. I am going to be optimistic that it will work. Wish me luck, I may need it
We have several Highland games left, 2 more in August and then 2 in September. I have lots of quilting planned. I am going to be doing lots of quilting starting in September as I will have more time at home. I have several of my own quilts to do! And guess what I have a couple of UFOs and I am starting Tula Pink’s City quilt blocks. I am having too much fun.
I have decided that I am going to focus on longarming and finishing up UFO’s this year. I have plans to get a self published book in the future but I need a few more really interesting patterns to think up yet! I have also decided that this blog will be my electronic diary as I think that blogging is really out of fashion these days. I am using Instagram for most of my daily posting. It is short and sweet!
As summer winds down, the leaves are starting to change here and school is getting ready to get back into session. Our youngest will be going back to college next weekend…. I feel like a new year is upon me and that is why I am making plans for the next year. I am thinking that I would like to get things wrapped up in unfinished things. Why, well spring is a big decade birthday and I am going to focus more on new things after that I believe. So as in typical new year’s fashion …. out with the old and in with the new!!!
I have decided to start taking the paper off the backs of these blocks orphaned from the Civil War Diary Quilt and the Farmers Wife projects. They are teeny little 6 inch blocks with a 3.5 inch border. I have over 30 of these blocks, so i am going to make several twin quilts in different layouts.
I have started quilting this sample for the local quilt shop. I am making a large curls in white, pebbles in the green frames and spirals in the floral squares.
I went to the community garden during lunch this week and this is what i saw……
I saw butterflies, havent seen them in a couple of years.
Love the glass sculptures
And bees, havent seen many in years
The maze made me feel like i was in Harry Potter
By my works back door ,yeah i am pretty lucky
Another quilt view. Its been a good week
Quilts are loved by so many and it’s really special when adult children ask Mom to make a quilt. Thus is one of those. The colors are perfect and the batiks are so rich. Sue made this for one of her kids, and it should be well recieved!
I did an overall freemotion feather with a leaf like spine in it to compliment the fabrics. I love how it just added texture.
Love this quilt!
Allison pieced this beauty and asked i quilt it for her. I love this moda fabric and decided an all over feather would compliment the florals and curls in the fabrics. I really love this quilt and its on point! Well done, Allison its perfect!
I started the day out with cleaning up the house and quilting a row on my friends quilt. I am finding that I really like doing projects one row at a time, one step at a time, one 30 minute increment at a time and then find other things to do. Then we had an outing planned. I have been feeling a little under the weather with allergies and a cold but I went. I was thinking maybe I should have stayed home but it was such a nice, hot day and getting out was just what the doctor ordered.
All I could think about was this meme…. because people don’t always get my need to be making something all the time.
We went to Frankenmuth to have dinner and prior to dinner we stopped at Bronner’s Christmas store. Yay, I could walk through it today….it’s packed all year long. As is much of Frankenmuth. We stopped at Got Kilt and The Woolen store. I always find fabrics and such. I was tempted to buy the sock monkey book. I also stopped at Best Buy for a sound bar and Toys R Us for fun. Yikes, lots of shopping! But it was fun.
The gardens are so beautiful in this town. Puts my little messy cottage garden to shame, however, I loved these zinnias.
We had dinner at a pub called Tiffany’s and it is exquisitely decorated. I was able to see Jerry off to his adventure in Texas, he is the young man in the picture waving at the camera, he wants to be a firefighter. I visited with my friends and had a great dinner. Most of us don’t live close to each other and making time together is special. What a way to spend a day.
The moon was rising and the sky was lovely on the way home, you may need to click on the picture to enlarge it and see the detail. Summers are too short, I feel the time slipping away already. Had a great day and I was really glad I went.
A few weeks ago I posted how to make the Chop Sticks block on the link posted above. It is a fun, modern block to make and I was using solids and greys for the original block. I love it so much that I am making a full size quilt. But I began to ponder the possibilities of using tartan strips and a dark background. I cut the strips to 1.5 inches to show off more of the plaid. I free hand cut the block on a diagonal and sewed the strip in the new halves of the square. I start out with a 9.5 inch square. Be sure to have strips that are at least 12 inches long because the diagonal takes up more strip length!
The block will be wonky, don’t worry you will square it up at the end. Freehand cut the block in half again across the block with the strip you just sewed in on the horizontal.
Sew the second strip in place and use a pin or wonder clip to be sure the two halves of the first strip line up! Lastly, square up the block to 8.5 inches in a way that is visually pleasing to you, meaning it shouldn’t be centered!
Here is a pic of the first set of blocks started using solids and greys. Have fun, I think this block has inspired me to try several variations. Watch for them on the blog in the future!