Monday, November 14, 2016

Moving Along

I have been making progress on these blocks:
Making blocks is fun, but figuring out how to put them together is the hard part. I still had lots of the 4" squares that were used to make the quilt, and I had used some to make little nine-patches so I had a head start on this:
Since I took the picture, I've added two more rows. Progress is good. I'm trying to think ahead to the border and at least get a plan so I don't get paralyzed at that step. If I have enough of the 4" squares left, maybe I can just sew them together into a border. If I don't have enough left, I'll have to figure out something else.
Here's a few pictures I took at the Houston Quilt Festival:

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Two More POTC Blocks

I have two more of the Patchwork of the Crosses blocks  done and several more cut out and ready to stitch. It's a good project for watching TV.

It's definitely not a fast process, but I'm enjoying it, and that's all that matters. 

I am still working on the never-ending job of cleaning out the sewing room, and I can finally say I'm making some progress. I have put everything together that goes together and am getting it all organized. I have found more and more projects that need to be completed, and now that I have all the blocks, patterns, etc. grouped together, I should be able to get some of them completed. I found a bunch of completed blocks and have all the parts and pieces together. I think I have enough of them done to get a quilt top together. I just need to figure out a sashing and border that's wide enough to make the most of the blocks I have done (about 42, I think). 

All the completed blocks.

I had better take a closer looks at the blocks; it looks like there's one in the pic that needs to be re-made. 

Tomorrow I am headed to Houston to the International Quilt Festival. It should be a fun day.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A New Diversion

I feel like I'm late to the party (again). It seems like the Patchwork of the Crosses quilt blocks have been a big thing for about the past two years, and I guess I just didn't notice. I'm sure I saw them on various blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, etc., but it never really registered. Until a few weeks ago. All of sudden, the blocks are everywhere I look!

I really do like English Paper Piecing, so it was just a short leap into POTC. I ordered a starter kit from The Featherweight Quilt Company on Etsy, and since Alan had a birthday coming up,  I ordered one for him too. The kit has the papers, enough fabric to make one block, a template, and needles. Cake and coffee were not included.

Here's a pic of Alan cutting his out:

It wasn't a fast process, but I got the block done.

I've gotten a few more blocks cut; cutting is slow too, but it's so addictive! I'm really having fun with it.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The End of Summer

I've always associated Labor Day with the end of summer. I like summer (even the hot weather) and don't like seeing it end. Fall and winter seem so much busier, and the shorter daylight hours don't help. One good thing about Labor Day was the long weekend (four days off for me). I could have used the extra time to sew, but headed to the beach instead.

There were a lot of people who had the same idea on Saturday and Sunday, but Monday was perfect. Not very many people out, and the weather was so nice.

You can still see the tire tracks from all the cars that were there on Sunday.....

We took the dogs along for some exercise; neither one of them really likes the water, but they were happy to get the walk.

I left right after lunch so I could avoid any heavy traffic. I'm glad I made time to go; sometimes it's a nice break to do nothing productive, and that's exactly what I did! I'm considering taking my featherweight sewing machine down there so I can sew if I want to, but I need to replace the motor brushes first, and for now I'm okay with having an occasional unproductive holiday.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pulse Quilt Progress

I'm happy to report that I got the top done for my donation quilt for the Pulse Nightclub shooting victims.

I don't know why I was dragging my feet so much on getting the borders on. It probably took all of 30 minutes. I clearly prefer starting projects to finishing them, which might explain all the UFO's.  

I have a quilt already loaded on the frame, so the goal for the weekend will be to get it quilted and get this one loaded. I haven't figured out the backing yet. I may just go buy about 4 yards of solid white.

Monday, July 11, 2016

3rd Quarter Finish-A-Long

2016 FAL
It's time to link my list of proposed finishes for the 3rd Quarter Finish-A-Long. I managed to get three projects finished last quarter in spite of lots of interruptions and a tough schedule at work. We'll see how it goes this time.

1) Finish the quilt for the pulse nightclub victims.
2) Binding and label for this quilt:
This one was on the list last quarter, but never made it to the finish line.
3)  Binding and label for one I finished quilting last quarter.

4) Finish this monster:

It needs two more borders, quilting, binding, labeling.

5) Get my top made from last quarter's list (it is cut out now):
6) Make a couple of hair bands: 
7) I hope to get at least two more quilts made for the Quilts for Kids charity.  
8) Two American Girl outfits need to be done, and

9) This American Girl doll quilt needs to get completed:


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Third Finish

I had to add a seperate post to link the third quilt. The original post is here.

I don't know if I'll be able to get a fourth finish done or not, but probably not. I'll add everything I didn't complete to my third quarter list. Hey, it was a pretty ambitious list.