The Start of Something New ~ Baby Quilt

The news of great grand baby # 7 didn’t surprise me. My husband use to joke our daughters were in a race for the coveted “Breeders Cup” every time one of the five girls announced they were expecting. What a legacy (sadly he passed many years ago and does not get the joy of experiencing each new blessings) but here I am again, with an August due date for a baby girl.

My grandson Kris and his partner Alice are – unconventional – edgy – funky –

Living in Texas, Kris works on those ‘huge’ windmill turbines and Alice is a cartoon graffiti artist for the lack of not knowing how else to describe her style.

I needed to do something edgy yet girly, out there but traditional, bold yet babyish

Before I proceed with this, I did 3 practice blocks (hand stitched of course ūüôā and welcome some feed back please

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I have lots of the Curious George bright and bold yellow material, enough to do the backing with this material too. At an estate sale sometime back, pre COVID-19 shopping, I had picked up quite a bit of the two pink fabrics. The pinks were precut into 4″ x 7″ oblongs. The inside block is measuring 6″ x 6″ with border 9 1/2″ sq

When I first put them together I thought, omg, no way but those blocks are growing on me. I think it just may be what I was looking for with funky, unconventional, out there, bold, cartoony and fun!

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Also using up some of the material on these smalls (3 x 3) for gifts. I thought I might include with a Mothers Day card for my girls  

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How is everyone doing in this new age of COVID-19 living? While so much has changed in our day to day life, I feel like I can honestly say ‘it’ has afforded me a free pass in a way not to feel guilty to sit and quilt more. There’s no need to come up with an excuse to turn down an invite to lunch out with the girls because I want to quilt instead (for example)

And while all else is failing right now – this quilters saying never seemed more apropos!

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HQAL: Capital T Quilt Update

I’ve ¬†been busy the last 3 weeks and I have enjoyed the endless hours of hand stitching this sheltering in place has given me. I finished 5 more blocks for the Capital T Quilt

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I now have 10 of the 16 blocks quilted

 

 

 

 

 

6 more blocks to complete, hopefully by next check in.

 

Welcome Monica to the group

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Please take a moment to stop in and check out the other amazing works in progress of the others in our group. The links are below

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.

Kathy, Margaret, Tracy, Deb, Susan,  Nanette,  Edith, Sharon, Karrin, Gretchen, Kathi,  Bella, Daisy, Connie and Monica

 

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HQAL: Capital T Quilt Update

The three weeks has flown by, they always seem to. I have remained busy at home during the ‘stay at home order’. The other day my OH and I talked about friends saying they are bored, I can’t even get to everything I want to do during the day done. Thinking about it, I am wondering if it is more a case of anxiety over boredom? I am thinking we need more hand piecing and quilting going on – that would help.

I have completed 2 more blocks of Capital T

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I love the color combo’s of both of these blocks but this pale green is my favorite

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I have completed 5 blocks out of the 16

Time to do some blog hopping and see what everyone else has been working on and the  progress they have made. Stay well and safe

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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.

Kathy, Margaret, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Susan,  Nanette,  Edith, Sharon, Karrin, Gretchen, Kathi,  Bella, Daisy and Connie

HQAL: Capital T Quilt Update

Three weeks has brought some changes and I find myself moving right along. I received the batting I had ordered from Joann’s website.

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With batting and backing material I was ready to sandwich it all together and get quilting.

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I am using a Coats & Clark extra strong hand quilting thread in a cranberry colored to match the backing.

Next, the hand quilting actually began and I have completed 2 blocks, moving on to a 3rd already. I have only been quilting the inside of each block. I can tell already that I will be going back through once that is done, quilting the outside border of the larger block.

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It’s ¬†difficult to see the stitching on the blue block.

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With the coronavirus here and causing great concern in our area we have pretty much socially distanced ourselves from our community. We have not been out since the 4th, except for 2 trips I have made to the grocery store. My husband has severe emphysema. It was critical I take pro active measures immediately.

One of the up sides to this, was that plenty of quilting had been getting done.

To all my quilting friends and family, sending out a prayer for calm healthy weeks ahead for us all as we navigate through this crisis. While we are distancing ourselves from one another physically let’s remember to reach out to friends and family and check in on one another. I look forward to hearing from you all on the next check in.

Now time to go and blog hop ūüôā

Kathy, Margaret, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Susan,  Nanette,  Edith, Sharon, Karrin, Gretchen, Kathi,  Bella, Daisy and Connie

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 above.

Hidden in Plain View then stashed out of site ~ shame on me!

I was doing some light cleaning and came across a book I had picked up some time back.

Hidden in Plain View by Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard, Ph.D. 

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Remembering I had started it, loved it, how could I have forgotten about it and not finished this? ¬†Had I shared this with you? Checking back through my post I didn’t spot anything so here I am with a nod to this wonderful, fascinating book published in 1999.

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I have been to Charleston, had we not thought to stop at the Marketplace? Shame on me.

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We had admired the gorgeous sweet grass baskets that adorn the streets, the stands along the way that dot the highway, had we not thought to stop and purchase one? Shame on me. (Thankfully I had made time for a few pictures)

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ahhh – sweet grasses (not my photo)

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Just last year was my first time using the Flying Geese pattern. Called for in the blocks in ¬†the Capital T quilt I am currently working on, I felt like I was on a drunkards path trying to get it right. I tried special rulers for the geese, 3 different ways to piece the geese together, you tube video’s…finally success. (blue block = successful geese ūüôā

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The book traces the flight from slavery to a place where a safe haven awaited through the use of quilts.

 

So with a good pair of reading glasses, time purposefully set aside to devour this fascinating book, I began again.

Fascinating, informative, historical, introspective, heartfelt, educational, fun ~ all words I would use to describe this.

If you have the chance to find this through any of your favorite bookstore vendors, used or new, I know you would love it ~

HQAL: Capital T Quilt Quilt Update

I am excited to share this 3 weeks update with you. Since starting this Capital T Block quilt over a year ago, I hav finally finished piecing all her blocks together.  Here is where I was at our last posting.

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A week of heavy snow and home bound, I really got so much accomplished. Here is where I am now with the top totally put together.

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I have ordered a flat sheet in the maroon and I hope the color I choose will be a good match. I have not added the two side border pieces yet but they are cut out and ready to be attached. On that bottom left corner block, a tad to small, I will add a small extension piece and it will be fine.

Not always thrilled with my color choices as I was working with this, I am happy with how it has turned now.

Thank you for stopping in and checking on my progress. Please take a moment to visit the pages of the others in the group. There’s so beautiful hand work being done.

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.

 

Kathy, Margaret, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Susan, Nanette, Edith, Sharon, Karrin, Gretchen, Kathi, Bella, Daisy and Connie

Winter Snow

Sunday night our first snow hit us in the great northwest corner. It’s been a constant battle to keep the bird feeders filled. We knew it was coming and I was prepared. A first light dusting and a shake off of the bamboo was needed and each day since (kitty cat path)

 

More snow everyday but I am not complaining. My daughter in Alaska just chuckles and says I love it. My daughter in Okinawa cries and says I miss it and I say perfect time to hunker down and get a lot of crafting done.

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Backyard stream is running high and strong

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Tranquility

Lots is getting done on the Ornamental Pumpkin cross stitch and I hope to have the Capital T quilt top totally pieced together for our next show and tells (last postings pictures)

My favorite guy ~ Dusty Doolittle Johnson

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HQAL Update: Baby Quilt & T Quilt

This is our first posting for the year 2020 and I am

pleased to report I have a finish with the baby blanket.

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I would have liked to have quilted around each of the triangles but with the time restraint to get it in the mail to the shower in time, I opted for only quilting the inside and outside of the square blocks. Originally I intended to add a small gray pompom embellishment with the border but it just didn’t have the look I had envisioned.

Simplicity won out. She’s in the mail for shower which is next Saturday.

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My other hand project is the ongoing T block quilt. At our last posting I had shared I had begun stitching the blocks together. I really had no idea my direction with this but I was able to get a really good look at what was going on ~ a bunch of mish mosh un squared off mess of blocks.

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Back to the drawing board, blocks squared off and sashing added, ¬†much better. I feel like I have something worth piecing together. There will be two more rows for a total of 16 blocks. The blocks measure ¬†15 X 15″ ¬†and the sashing is 1 1/2″ wide.

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I hope you’ll take some time and visit the others in this hand quilt along group. There are some fabulous projects in the works. We post an update on our projects every three weeks. If you would like to join along, please contact Kathy at the link below.

Kathy, Margaret, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Susan,  Nanette,  Edith, Sharon,
Karrin, Gretchen, Kathi,  Bella, Daisy and Connie

HQAL: T Quilt & Baby Blanket Update

In my last post I shared I had finally and joyously finished all of the blocks for the T Quilt

Beginning to piece it together I ran into some problems with the block sizes. They are not all uniform. I tried adding and removing borders on some of them. Using my design wall curtain, (the only work space available in my home if you can believe that other than on the bed) you can see I had run into some serious construction problems.

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Initially I decided to not use sashing, thinking maybe a patchwork kind of feel would work because of the 4 different T patterns along with my lack of uniformity in the size of the blocks. But it was simply a mess. In looking back at when I began this project it is evident now that the basic 2 color choice was called for: red & white, blue & white ~ something traditional

This T block quilt has been a claw in my side since I began but a true skill stretcher for me. Wanting to get her done, I have told myself – no rush, take your time, get her right, as right as you can and then get her done.

Starting over I squared up the blocks and went with a maroon 2″ wide sashing.

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This just may work.

Baby Quilt

I have also been working on the baby quilt and I may have it completed in time for the baby shower in mid January. I have finished piecing it together.

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All three layers are together and I have begun the hand quilting process. ¬†I am stitching ¬†around the inside square of each block with the plan to then stitch around the inside of each larger square by the sashing. I’m using a light gray thread. All the inside squares are done and I have begun the outside squares last night.

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Wishing everyone health and happiness in the coming new year and a big thank you to Kathy for hosting this Hand Quilt Along. Thank you to every one for your encouragement over this last year.

Holiday Greetings

 

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.

Kathy, Margaret, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Susan,  Nanette,  Edith, Sharon, Karrin, Gretchen, Kathi,  Bella, Daisy and Connie

HQAL: T Block Update

Time once again to post our progress. Looking back, it appears I started working on this  in November, 2018. Wow РI can hardly believe a full year has flown by since beginning this.

I have completed all 16 blocks for my “T” block quilt. Below are the last 5. (Actually I miss counted and I have 17 blocks in all, 2 of the same one)

 

 

All the blocks

 

 

Now to begin to think about putting her together

Please take a moment to blog hop and check out the amazing hand work of the others in the group ~ enjoy!

Kathy, Margaret, Emma, Tracy, Deb, Susan,  Nanette,  Edith, Sharon,
Karrin, Gretchen, Kathi,  Bella, Daisy and Connie

This Hand Quilt Along is an opportunity for hand quilters and piecers to share and motivate each another. We post every three weeks, to show our progress and encourage one another. If you would like to join along please contact Kathy above.