HQAL: Log Cabin

At our last posting I showed you this picture of the my log cabin quilt. I had finished piecing all the blocks together.

As you can see above it looks like I created sashing but I haven’t. It is the blocks. In my construction of this I should have added that step.

For this posting, first I added on to the bottom and right side with the coordinating material of the block to balance the off balance look (of the photo above) I lost the look of a larger block since that light green material looked like the sashing once I pieced it all together. I am not unhappy with it, it’s a lesson learned πŸ™‚ Next, from my stash I found the perfect fabric and added a (real) 3″ border. I now have the top portion completed.

Below is a close up of the perfect coordinating fabric I chose.

I have two different fabric choices for the backing. I may have enough of one to use but if not I am going to split down the middle and have the backing with two different fabrics.

I hope everyone is beginning to lean into glorious spring weather. I am looking forward to more sunny warmer days here. It’s still a bit colder than I like and far too much rain still. Now, off to visit the pages of the other hand quilters and catch up on all their wonderful projects. Until next time πŸ™‚

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnie, and Sherrie

World Wide Quilting Day 2021

It’s world wide quilting day 2021. I wouldn’t have known it unless on my facebook page a memory from last years day popped up on my feed. I haven’t really mentioned anything about the Pandemic we have collectively worldwide gone through this past year. It certainly has bound us together just as quilting binds us together as a community. Quilting this last year has taken on a new meaning, it has gotten me through a stitch at a time. At times of uncertainty – I quilted. At times filled with fear I quilted. At times filled with tears I quilted. When prayers were needed I quilted. I belong to two wonderful groups, a HQAL and SAL. Each posting at three week intervals our progress on your projects. Those involved are worldwide and I can’t stress enough what the groups have meant to me. Total connection when we had to isolate, quarantine and social distance ourselves. I can honestly say I never felt those things. I always felt surrounded and connected through 2020. Thank you quilting blog friends.

Because it is worldwide quilting day I thought it would be fun to post just a few pics of quilts I have worked with over the years. All of my work is hand pieced and hand quilted unless other wise written.

Wishing You Good Will – a goodwill store quilt top find I backed and quilted.

1970’s – My quilting mentor – Alma Ayres (middle) that’s me seated on the end surrounded by her 2 sons, daughter and son-in-law and 1 grandson. Because of Alma – I quilt!

The Gift of Fabric & Pachanga Update

About a week ago a friend asked me if I would be interested in some fabric she had that she wasn’t and wouldn’t be using. She also had a Quilt ‘N Go Lap frame unused. My initial reaction was shipping fees. Was it worth sending or maybe just donating locally. Diane is in NY and I am in WA. No problem – she said. No problem – sure!

Boy was I surprised, blown away was more like it when the box arrived.

Back tracking a moment, I had been ordering ceramic patio table tiles. The box was so heavy and at first I was a bit confused. I thought the box contained tiles. Had I not received all the tiles and more arrived? My OH thought perhaps it was a replacement for returned broken tiles. No they had all been received. (yes I had forgotten the expected fabric box)

I was blessed by the fabric gods through my dear friend Diane. I have been thinking about our friendship. We met as young teens 56 years ago. We were next door neighbors growing up with a friendship that has stood the test of time.

On January 11th, 2021 I started Scrap Dance Pachanga Mystery Quilt Along

hosted by Carole ~ From My Carolina Home ~ https://frommycarolinahome.com/2021/01/08/scrap-dance-pachanga-mystery-quilt-along/

The idea is that this is a mystery and I have no idea what pattern I will be making. Who doesn’t love a great mystery? Twice a month, on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. Carole will post a new direction for the construction of the quilt. No deviating or changing the directions πŸ™‚

I haven’t posted my progress and thought it was time to show you how the construction is going. While most are machine stitching, I am staying true too may passion and hand piecing.

Above my original fabric choices

New instructions posted today and I am anxious to get started.

HQAL: Log Cabin

It’s our standard 3 week check in time. I always look forward to visiting everyones page and seeing what’s going on. This 3 weeks has brought us into March. Can you believe it? Three months into the new year already. Hoping everyone’s been well and enjoyed great progress. At our last check in I was here. I had all of the blocks completed.

For this check in I have a flimsy

During the night I started thinking about her and decided I possibly needed an extra border before going ahead. This morning taking a good look I realized before a border I still need to extend the border that was created on the top and left side to the bottom and right side. Then the additional border, perhaps. My thought for that is, I want make this a bit larger. She is measuring at 4′ x 4′

I am sure I have mentioned I have 3 panel quilts I am also hand quilting right now. Another Dahlia panel for a cousin and two Nat’l Park panels. I have been alternating between the four projects.

Time to do a bit of blog hopping, visiting the other quilters. Have a great three weeks and see you next time πŸ™‚

This hand quilt-a-long is organized by Kathy at the link below. It’s a great way to keep motivated on your project. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join us please contact her.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnie, and Sherrie

Pinwheel Progress

Back in April 2020, I shared these photos of pinwheel blocks I was working on. The material was left over from another baby quilt I had made the year prior.

Over the months I have continued – slowly – working on it. The blocks are all hand pieced however I decided to get some use out of the machine and to put her together.

white out photo πŸ™‚

I didn’t have enough of the turquoise sashing to work the entire project. However I found material in my stash I thought would look ok mixed in. A sweet bunny and carrots on a very soft turquoise background. ( the color isn’t true )

It wasn’t until I photographed the flimsy that I noticed something. Have you spotted it yet? Last row – oops how in the world did I miss that? I am leaving it in, as is, a conversation piece πŸ™‚ for the future and mentioning future; this is not for anyone right now but being made for a future grand-baby. This baby quilt reminds me of spring.

There’s 24 more days until spring. I live in WA state where we enjoy all the four seasons so anticipation of the change of weather is exciting. The daffies and crocus flowers are up. I have even seem tulips along my walks and while snow is most likely past, it has surprised us in April.

Time to get back to a few other projects on the burner.

HQAL: Log Cabin

At our last posting I showed you my progress on the Log Cabin Quilt. I had completed 7 blocks of a re-design of the kit Arbor Lane. Using the original material that was included in the kit, I added the green, a perfect online purchase match.

Winter weather is the perfect time for quilt creationing. I was able to complete all the blocks needed to now turn it into a flimsy. It is measuring a little over 4′ x 4′

Turning to my fabric stash I was delighted to find a few yards of a perfect brown patterened Concord Fabrics Inc material to use for the backing. One seam will do it. I was not able to get a ‘true color’ picture of the fabric with the poor lighting so I passed on showing you it. It is very similar to the brown pattern in the block only instead of tiny leaves it has a tiny flower pattern.

And now to spend some time visiting the pages of the hand quilters at the links below. Please join me πŸ™‚

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.Β  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

HQAL: Log Cabin

At our last 3 weeks posting I made the decision for my next project. I decided on a kit I’ve had for some time. Arbor Lane

Once I got it out, read the directions, I knew I was going to tweak the design and go with a basic log cabin. Below is the material the kit came with.

Using the dimensions on this chart, I made my templates and pieced together my first trial block. As I began cutting out the rest of the material for the blocks, I quickly discovered there wouldn’t be enough green.

I had some green fabric on hand but it was flimsy and had a slight sheen. Another practice block told me ‘no’ right away. Trying to avoid in store shopping, I took a chance and purchased two additional greens from Joann’s. I was delighted I had one perfect match.

Lighting and space is always an issue but I love the colors and look of these blocks.

Here’s a shot showing the true colors and patterns better.

Now to do some blog hopping and visit the pages of the other hand quilters. Please join me πŸ™‚

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.Β  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

HQAL: New Project Decision Time

I am standing at the cross roads of decision making for our posting for the HQAL.

At our last posting I had completed The Dahlia Project. A cousin, who I am very fond of, fell in love with it and asked me to make him one – he’d pay. “Of course you won’t” and together over text’s and photos we found a panel he loved and the perfect backing material. I’ll be working on hand quilting that but its not my pick for my new project.

I purchased two beautiful panels off of the Zulily site in November. They are Riley Blake DesignsNational Parks by Anderson Design Group. Denali for a daughter who lives in Alaska and Zion for another daughter ~ a special memory of summers spent at our Utah cabin situated between Zion and Bryce Canyon.

For the backing material I ordered off of Joanns online and found two fabrics I think will work nicely with them. I have used different batting over the years, with not all batting the same (as we know) but for these projects I am using Fairfields 80/20, also from Joanns. It works well for me. Both will be hand quilted projects.

BUT – I needed a new hand quilting project for the HQAL and both of these will be easy for me and I wanted something that would be challenging and a bit out of my comfort zone. I do have the tulip quilt which was a big contender, but haven’t purchased a backing material yet. I decided to leave her on the quilt rack for later.

Looking for inspiration for my next project I kept eyeing the precious table runner on my coffee table sent to me by Susan of https://desertskyquilts.com I love the log cabin pattern and have never pieced or quilted one.

My thoughts jumped to an old and I mean old Quilt Block of the Month kit I picked up at the Goodwill in 2011. Looking through my stash I found it. It wasn’t exactly what I remembered.

I like things simple and do better with visual directions rather than written and once I opened the kit and began to read through the directions, a cloud of doom and gloom descended over me. With just a few pages of the directions shown below, this in anything but simple. In fact, I am pretty sure I don’t have everything I need.

There is quite a bit of precut material – – – – I decided I am going to work on piecing 12″ basic log cabin blocks using this precut material.

I’ll make my own templates using these directions

It’s decided, I will be starting my first log cabin quilt. I made a practice block, adding a sweet brown/leaf material to the mix. Hopefully I will have enough material to make 16 blocks all the same. If not – well let’s cross that bridge when I get there.

Now I am off to visit the posts of the others in our group. Please join me in taking a look at their fabulous hand quilting projects in the works.

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

HQAL: The Dahlia Project ~ Completed

I totally surprised myself with this finish. Here is where I was at our last posting. I only shared sections of finished leaves.

I had filled in quite a few of the outer layers of leaves with just about half dozen or so to finish. Before I knew it I was creating my own bias tape for the border using the backing fabric. I cut out 4 ~ 1t yard strips ~ 2 1/2″ wide plus a bit more, sewed together, pressed down the middle, then folded both sides in to middle and pressed…homemade bias tape πŸ™‚

View of the backing and the bias tape

And here is The Dahlia project finished

Thank you for all the encouragement. I started this in July. Six months of working on this payed off. It was slow going at times as other projects took center stage for completion but I truly loved working on this.

Not sure what I will be working on for my next project. I did buy two other panel pieces, one highlighting Utah and another highlighting Alaska and if any of my daughters are reading this I may have just given away a surprise. I also have a gorgeous tulip quilt top I picked up at out local goodwill ions ago that is very sad and begging to be finished. You may remember it:

I imagine the decision can wait till our next posting. For now wishing you good health and happiness, a lovely blessed holiday season. Stay safe and keep on hand quilting…..

Hand Quilt Along Links

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate one another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another.  If you have a hand quilting project and would like to join our group contact Kathy at the link below.

KathyMargaretDebNanetteSharonKarrinGretchenDaisyConnieMonica and Sherrie

Wrapping Up

Wrapping up my Holiday gift giving crafts for this year. I have added a few more cross stitch cards, tea towels and mini pillows filled with love.

I made two of these. Poinsettia’s are a favorite and I couldn’t resist making a second instead of another pattern.

Most people throw out their plant at the end of the season but have you ever kept your poinsettia plant? Just google the directions. It’s easy and fun to see the plant come back to life.
Small Pillow and Tea Towel will be a gift combo. These pillows are so quick and easy to stitch up whether by hand or machine. The pillow is pieced in the Friendship Star pattern, just perfect from a friend.

One last tea towel finished

This year was difficult for so many. A second wave has hit our country and the numbers infected are rising, additional restrictions are being enforced and for the first time since this began, friends I personally know and am close with have become ill with the virus. Thankfully a vaccine is on the horizon. As I continue to hunker down and nestle in for a long winters nap I will continue to craft with gift giving in mind. It’s easy to spread some happiness around, not just through the holidays but throughout the year. Be safe out there!