Thursday, April 19, 2018

Blooming again...........

I meant to take photos of the newest blooms during full daylight but forgot.  It was such a dreary day so I had lights on earlier than usual.  Even though this doesn't look like a white flower, it is.  I see 2 more buds on it too.
I don't remember if this is the second or third blooming of the champagne color cactus.  I have 2 plants of this color so it is harder to keep track.  There are 3 more buds on this one.

My company arrived safely and the snow didn't start as early in the day as they originally predicted.  I think the storm shifted a little farther to the north but it did start snowing around 8 p.m.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Crazy pieced blocks..............

I am teaching a crazy piecing workshop on Saturday so I thought I would make some blocks in several different kinds of fabric for inspiration for the students.  The 30s reproduction blocks are trimmed with a 6 1/2" square ruler
I decided to make the solid color blocks larger so they will be cut with a 10 1/2" ruler.

I have company coming to stay for a few days so they can attend a funeral so I may only get a few more blocks made.  I have several examples of batik crazy piecing so that is 3 categories down, maybe 2 or 3 more to go.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mid-April in northern IL.............

When I was scheduled to do my trunk show in April (last night) I thought that was great because it will be warm by then.  Wrong!  This is what we woke up to yesterday morning.  Are we done with it?  No, they are predicting more snow Wednesday late afternoon into Thursday morning.  Luckily they are only talking an inch, not the mammoth snow storm that Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan got.  The next 10 days are all predicted to be below normal so I don't need to be thinking about gardening yet.  Maybe that means I'll get some quilts quilted and bound.

Monday, April 16, 2018

One more plaid quilt?............

When I walked past my 3 tier container of triangles I noticed the stack of plaid 6" triangles left over from the Kaffe and plaid quilt.  I had a lot of pieces of plaid that weren't full width and close to a quarter yard so I figured this would be a good mindless sewing project for the next couple weeks.  I got out the die that cuts 4 at a time, 10 layers deep (Studio die cutter) and started cutting.
I divided the darks and lights because this quilt will need contrast.  In a couple weeks I'll start playing with them on the design wall after they are sewn into squares.

Tonight is my trunk show at the Fair City Quilters Guild meeting, Federated Church basement, 403 N. Main St, Sandwich IL.  7 p.m.  $5 guest fee.  I think I am ready.......

I have been having trouble leaving comments on some blogs.  It is making me choose my identity and even though I choose Google profile, it does not print my comment.  Other blogs recognize me automatically and are ready for my comment.  I'm a little irritated that they are back to the photos to prove I'm not a robot.  It isn't good enough that you choose all of the signs in the first group, the word NEXT is at the bottom so you know there is another set to choose from.  Are any of you having problems with the comments too?

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Plaid half hexagon top..............

Here is the quilt top before trimming.  The lighting is much better here than the wall where I was designing it.

This is after trimming off the points top and bottom, 73" x 93".

From this view you can judge the size better.

The photo at the top of this post was taken sideways on the design walls.  With the quilt turned as it will be used it is dragging on the floor about 12".

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Sewing plaids again...........

I finished sewing the last 8 rows of the plaid half hexie quilt.  Now I just need to attach it to the other 12 rows and press the last seam.

I have enough of both of these Kaffe fabrics for the back of the Stone Log Cabin.  I just pulled them out late last night so I'll look at them today in daylight.

This fabric, the same as the center rectangle and 2 borders is what Kaffe used on his.  My friend is going to put it on the back of her quilt.  She eliminated the last 2 borders and is putting a wider border of this one as her final border.

I finished a dishcloth last night that used the ends of 4 balls of yarn.  

Friday, April 13, 2018

Whew! It is sewn...............

The quilt top is so large now I had to hang it sideways on the design walls.  One rectangle center, 20 borders.........I don't even like putting 3 borders on a quilt.  This was a challenge.  There are a few ripples.....I admit it isn't perfect.  I had the most trouble after adding a crosswise grain border after a lengthwise grain border.  Even though the book doesn't mention it you have to cut the black and white stripe lengthwise because the stripes run crosswise across the fabric.  In fact it tells you to cut the binding crosswise when clearly it has to be cut lengthwise.

Here is the view from the side like I showed yesterday.  This ended up 76.5" x 89".  I am so glad I added 9" to the length of the center rectangle.  My bedroom happens to be purple and this size should fit on my bed.  I will try it on there later today.

It was nice and warm yesterday so I got out to the back garden.  I wasn't able to rake leaves in the fall after my pacemaker surgery so there were a lot out there.  I wanted to get the dry leaves picked up before we get rain tonight and tomorrow.  They are even talking snow again Sunday night into Monday.  I sure hope they change that forecast.