Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Colorado Blocks

While in Colorado last August I picked up the cutest little quilt kit.
There are blocks for Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.

It's applique and I LOVE drawing and cutting out shapes.
I love the fabrics in the kit, but I did have this brown that I liked better for the tree trunks.
And then I saw Lori Holt create design boards on YouTube, but our local JoAnn's is out of white flannel so I just use the plain boards for now.
It is a lot easier to place each block on a board as I sort and cut the pieces. Then I can stack up the boards and Wa La - a nice neat mess.  Hahaha

Have a great day stitching and creating,

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

12 Things I learned from Frolic

12 things I learned while doing this mystery quilt.

When cutting, place the two fabrics together that will be sewn together. Then cut.  Now the pieces are paired and ready to be zipped through the sewing machine. Makes chain piecing sooo much easier and quicker.

How to use my strange looking ruler, the Easy Angle Ruler.

 and the Companion Angle 
and how to switch and turn and flip.  NO waste - love it.

What chain piecing Really is! Zipping through hundreds of HST one right after another without stopping.  (It's actually quite fun!)

The background of a fabric is often how the fabric will "read".  Such as flowers on a cream will read cream or frogs on dark blue will read as dark blue. 
This floral reads lavender.

To take a picture in black and white it to see the contrast.

To read, re-read and mark the instructions with a high lighter if necessary. I did this in college, never for a quilt. However, it was good to realize that is the way to go. You never know what a designer is really saying unless you dissect it.

That I really do like to sew and even better -  Bruce appreciates my passion for quilting and is willing to do whatever it takes for me to continue it. (Dishes, cooking even those bathrooms.)  Wow!  I really lucked out!
What a guy!

How to spin seams. (Hey - I didn't even know this was a thing until Bonnie taught me!)

I learned to think about HST differently. Before I would just do a block - like a star block. Then do a bunch of different star blocks to make a quilt. And this time I realized that if I had a bunch of hst made up I would create my own design by adding other elements, like a four patch or flying geese.

That I may never master that scant 1/4 inch. UGH!!! hahaha

That I have an unbelievable amount of patience to rip, sew, re-rip, re-sew the same seam over and over and over again until those points match up!

And mostly importantly - scrap busting quilts lead to more fabric not less! 

So then my question when I first started was, would I like doing a Bonnie Hunter AKA "Thousands of Pieces Quilt"?  The answer is yes.  It was a challenge and it was hard but it was worth doing. 

Happy Stitching,

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Rolling Instead of Frolicking

  Do you know what happens when you have a silly dog 
and you are trying to measure the length of your quilt?

She lays right smack dat on the tape measure.
 And rolls around 
 becoming a blur.
Gotta love her!

I made this little dress for my daughter's soap bottle.
It was much fun to make with the rick-rack and ruffle.

We decided you have to be old to appreciate this type of thing.
Then my 15 year old granddaughter busted our theory - telling us she loves it too.  Or maybe we just raised her right. hahaha

Happy Stitching,
Have fun staying home.  


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Frolic Update

 I've been sewing geese for the border of Frolic.
Of course one goose always wants to do it's own thing and get sewn with the blue on the left instead of the right.

 I think for the corners of the borders I'll do these blocks. 

And these are all those geese getting sewn up - four borders and four rows of geese being sewn at the same time so that I can chain piece them.

Happy Stitching,

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Little of This & That (Frolic, Walmart Fabric & Pantry)

I've been playing with the borders for frolic.  There is a good chance I'll change it from Bonnie's sawtooth design to flying geese.  I don't think she will mind at all.  I'm just wondering about matching all those points!

I needed to make some masks and while I was at Walmart stopped to see if they had some machine needles.

 Huh..that's a big NO.  There are none to be found. 
 Same for the fat quarters - out.  As are most of the precuts.

And look at the bolts!  Most of the fabrics in this picture are upholstery.  Just a few bolts of cotton left. 

And then I spied these empty cartons with upholstery fabric behind them. I also went by the thread display and there were only 5 spools left.
Yep, I would say Walmart is doing a bang up business.  

I thought I would show you my pantry now that I have it all back together.  I'm very happy with the yellow shelves. As you can see I don't stock many canned items. I do like the see through containers. The lids seal and that keeps the bugs out.  

Hopefully, you are all doing okay and taking care.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Staying at Home

I love staying at home.  I go in to work once a week.
My boss asked if I wanted to come in twice a week.  Really???  Would anyone want to do that?  Honestly, I want to stay home so that I don't get sick or get Bruce sick.  

In the meanwhile, I have been super busy doing all kinds of projects.
A little bit on Frolic.  She's coming along so nicely.  

And we painted the garage.  Okay, not a project I wanted to do, BUT it sure is nice.  And worth the effort!


And after

It was so much work!

The next day Bruce put up shelves.

Of course I don't have a picture of the shelves - just one of Bruce working on them.
And I painted my pantry shelves a very light yellow.  Looks so much better.  They really needed to be painted.

So that's it for me.
I'll be working on Frolic again tonight.

Enjoy your stay at home time.
 Happy Sewing,

Friday, March 20, 2020

FNSI update

I've just been Frolicking along. 
You know I have a love/hate relationship with Frolic.
And right now I'm in the LOVE part.

I love sewing on this quilt. I've been putting the blocks together in rows and adding the thin sashing between the rows.
I did figure out that I measured some of the blocks in the sashing wrong. Yikes! So now I have quiet a few that I'll be ripping out, cutting and restitching. But at least I know what's wrong and why the blocks are not fitting together nicely.
I'll continue on for the rest of the evening then tomorrow I'll be helping Bruce re-organize and paint the garage.  What a job!  But I love him, so I'll willingly help him.  It's a good stay at home project. 

Have a blessed evening,