Friday, September 30, 2022

Friday Finish for a Friend

I finished the longarm quilting on this quilt.  It belongs to my friend.

I quilted it with a design from Urban Elementz called Tumbling Teddies.  I used yellow thread that matched the backing fabric perfectly.

Here's the back.  Love the texture.

Thursday, September 29, 2022

On the Frame

  My friend's quilt is on the longarm frame.  I am quilting Tumbling Teddies with yellow thread.

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

WIP Wednesday 9.28.22

I haven't posted a WIP Wednesday report for a couple of weeks.  Quilting took a backseat to life lately.

I'm happy to say the above Waffle Blocks quilt and the quilt rolled up on the frame with it (Kite Blocks Quilt) have both been finished and have been removed from the frame and trimmed.

I made progress on my stitch along.

I made progress on the Random Ohio Star quilt (free pattern from Bonnie Hunter's blog).

Two quilts came from Indiana to be finished.  I need to quilt and bind both of them.  The first is a vintage Grandma's Flower Garden quilt.

The second is a t-shirt quilt for a student that graduated in 2020.

I'm linking up with Susan for Midweek Makers here.

43 Items remain on the WIP list. (I've had over 90 in the past!). This is PROGRESS!!!

Pieces Need to be Cut & Sewn
 1.  Cheddar Jack cat pattern
 2.  Digging up Bones (Owen's dinosaur quilt)
 3.  HST Three, Six, Nine Quilt
 4.  Picadilly Circle
 5.  ...And Sew On BOM at Quiet Play (one block to go)
 6.  RSC16 Folk Art Birds
 7.  Autumn Stamp Collection SAL @ Pinker n Punkin Quilting, started August 2022
 8.  Leah Day Building Blocks QA
 9.  Dresser Scarf (My Grandma's WIP from the 1970's found 1/1/20
10.  Classic Meets Modern BOM
11.  Gypsy Wife QA started in August 2017
12.  Mod Mod QA (from Block Lotto, circles w/lines)
13.  Unity Quilt Along with Bonnie Hunter (started 4/1/2020)
14.  Rail Fence Blocks (started January 2021 as my leader/enders)
15.  Maroon Sampler Quilt--I found this on 2.6.21
16.  Kite Girl (RSC14)
17.  Amish Country BOM (from Lynn, Johnna's mom)
18.  Kathleen Tracy's 2019 Mystery Quilt Facebook QA started in March, 2019  
19.  2.5" Scraps from Dani -- making "cracker" blocks
20.  Little Houses (2.5" blocks)

 Blocks Still Need to be Made
 1.  Bluepatch Mystery Quilt
 2.  Finding Nemo Scrappy Trip quilt 
 3.  We Can Do It Skill Builder Sampler
 4.  Drunkard's Path Variation quilt

Blocks Are Made But Need to be Sewn Together (and/or Some Sashing)
 1.  Tula Pink's City Sampler 100 Modern Quilt Blocks 5/17/17 QA
 2.  Cruise blocks won from Libby
 3.  Cathy's CRAZY BY DESIGN Dot Dot Dash Bag, Won April, 2018
 4.  Split Stars (blocks won from the Block Lotto, October, 2012)
 5.  African Violet baby quilt (Block Lotto inspired)
 6.  Tall Fly (blocks won from Block Lotto)
 7.  Pre-printed cross stitch pillow sham (May 2018)
 8. Flower Baskets (blue and white with some applique) Block Lotto win 10/1/18
 9.  Random Ohio Stars -- started January, 2022

Quilt Back Needs to be Made (Tops are Done)
1.  Card Trick (pink and blue)
2.  Hunter Green Star Quilt

Ready to Longarm
1.  Bubble Gum Pink & Navy Quilt
2.  Plus Quilt (Be Positive) started in 2016; quilt top completed 1.1.22
3.  Rescue Quilt from my SIL (patchwork squares)
4.  7" Patchwork Squares Quilt CM (belongs to a friend)
5.  T-Shirt quilt for 2020 graduate
6.  Vintage Grandma's Flower Garden Quilt

Quilted, Needs Binding
1. Waffle Blocks (August 2019 -- RSC19) -- on the longarm frame
2. Kite blocks in pink/orange/grey -- quilted, but still on the frame attached to the Waffle Blocks (above)

Monday, September 26, 2022

Scrap Pile Maintenance

When I have small scraps cut from making binding (the little triangle pieces) or other little scraps I throw them on a pile by my desk.  These scraps are usually on their last chance to be made into a project.   Scraps larger than these go into the scrap bin.  It makes a mess for a month or two until I'm in the mood to process them through my Accuquilt dies.  The little red triangles are from making binding.

I needed to add to my. 1.5" HST (1" finished block) stash.  If a scrap can make 2.5" squares, I am a big fan of stocking up on those as well.  Here they are all in their little piles ready to go to their storage bins.

Each shape is sorted by size.  There is a bin for prints and a bin for neutrals.  I made a lot of 1.5" HST this time.  I don't have a project in mind.  It will be fun when one appears.  It's also easy to grab pieces for a leader/ender project when the time comes.

I'm linking up at Love, Laugh, Quilt for Monday Making.

I'm also linking up at Quilting is More Fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap!

Quilting is more fun than Housework

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Pink Waffle Block Crib Quilt Is Complete

The pink waffle block crib quilt is complete.  It will go into the baby girl bin.  

It measures 39.5" by 51".  It was made from 2.5" scrap squares and 8.5" x 2.5" strips of the color of the month during the RSC.  I quilted it using a design board by Urban Elements called Dew in the Garden.  It is backed by a piece of flannel that I had in my stash.  The binding was a piece left over from another project.  When I was finished putting the binding on the quilt I had less than 3" of it left.  That means it was just perfect for it.

Slow Sunday Stitching Progress

A little more was completed on my Mystery Autumn Stamp SAL.


The word "Autumn" is finally complete.  I made a little more progress on the stamp borders too.

I been stitching along with Melissa at Pinker n Punkin Quilting & Stitching.  This is her Mystery Autumn Stamp SAL.  

But wait, there's more.  Friday after school brought beautiful weather for some magnet fishing.  I finally got the kid outside to magnet fish using his temporary wheel chair.  I wrapped his cast in a garbage bag so that he didn't get lake water in it.  He was frustrated at first while trying to magnet fish.  But he has become so patient as he matures into an awesome teenager.  (For those of you that don't know, magnet fishing is when you throw a magnet on a rope into the water hoping to find something metal like fishing lures and such.  He finds some interresting things.  You can check out his YouTube channel.  Here's a link to a video of how magnet fishing helps him learn a lesson in patience:  

...and yes, I know the rake is messed up in my stitching.  I'm going to take the opportunity to do a "design change" and make that a place for a little crow to sit vs. tearing out the rest of the handle.  LOL.  Remember, I'm still a rookie at cross stitch.  But I enjoy it during "wait" times.

I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, September 24, 2022

Blue School Houses

 I finally put my light blue school house blocks together.  The Accuquilt 8.5" (8" finished) blocks went together quickly.  I just needed to find the time to do it.

Next I will decide on cornerstone color and sashing in the background fabric.  I will also decide on borders.

I'm linking up with Angela at SoScrappy for the RSC22 here.

In other RSC news, I have finally finished the longarm quilting of two different RSC projects.  I'm happy to be headed towards a couple of finishes.

Friday, September 23, 2022

Pink Waffle Quilt on the Frame

 This little pink waffle quilt is STILL on the longarm frame.  It's time to get it quilted. 

Oh these bright colors just make me happy.  This quilt does not have a designated home as of right now.  I'll just add it to my baby girl pile.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Ohio Stars Progress

 Progress was made on my Ohio Stars quilt.

This is half of the quilt.  It gives me inspiration if I ever need a fast baby quilt.  I added an extra row to make it a little larger and I made extra stars.  This is a pattern by Bonnie Hunter.  It is available on her blog under the free pattrns tab. 

Saturday, September 17, 2022

RSC22 -- Schoolhouse Block Progress


I'm working on my schoolhouse blocks again today.

Here's a photo of the schoolhouse blocks sewn the incorrect way:

I didn't get as much done on these blocks as I had planned this week.  Our son had his first broken bones.  You can read all about that here.  

I'm linking up at Angela's blog, SoScrappy, for the RSC22.IMAGE NAME

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Unexpected Slow Stitching Time

I'm so glad that I have a sew-to-go bag ready for action when needed.  Wednesday night at our church's youth group water wars, our son injured his foot.  I thought it was a sprained ankle.  It was late and he also had bowling that day.  I helped him walk to the truck and took him home and sent him to bed to get some rest.  

Thursday morning he didn't want to get out of bed.  It was school picture day.  He LOVES school picture day.  Little did I know that our "picture day" was going to be sponsored by Medical Mutual, and the photos were going to be x-rays.  Now I laugh at myself for complaining about the $39.99 charge for the school photos.

The only time his foot actually hurt was when he tried to put weight on it.  After the cast was in place he didn't feel any pain at all.  That's great.  He does have a high tolerance for pain.

He was content to not be in school and play on his phone while we waited in the ER.  I was content to stitch on my Mystery Autumn Stamp SAL at Pinker n Punkin Quilting & Stitching. 

I had trouble seeing with the lighting in the waiting room before we were assigned a room.  I'll be ripping out that orange sunflower.  I would have ripped it out here in the good lighting, but I turned my dangerous little sewing scissors to the security cop at the ER entrance.  I never thought to put a pair of nail clippers in my sew-to-go bag like Bonnie Hunter uses when she travels in airports.  Oh well...  Luckily we were only there about five hours from start to finish.  

Here's a close-up photo of the sad little orange sunflower.  I'm REALLY trying to make my stitches all go the same direction.  It takes practice.  I also tried using a different floss from my grandma's tin instead of a floss similar to the yellow.  I will search for another floss when I re-stitch it.  I can see some of the yellow flower stitches are going the wrong way.  Oh well, where I'm going to hang it nobody will really notice.  I'm still in the learning phase and I am still enjoying the slow stitching.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Unsewing Day

Thank goodness one of my readers (Jennifer that blogs at Life's Little Adventures) commented and told me that part of my house was upside down!  At first I was thinking I would just leave all twelve blocks that way.  I mean they are all the same, right?  Who would notice?  Well, I couldn't sleep due to some sinus drainage (hence the Mucus Relief in the photo... the Aleve is for my knee).  I needed to be quiet becaue it's 4am.  So I grabbed the stitch ripper...  I need that white bar on the bottom of the schoolhouse to be flipped up to meet the roof.

So here's my current situation:

 I was cruising right along on my little Accuquilt Schoolhouse blocks.  I posted this photo yesterday:

I'll have them ripped out before my alarm goes off to get ready for school.  Have a great day!

Oh, and I really am loving this block regardless of making my oopsie.  I'm actually thinking of using it as my primary RSC project for 2023.  I'm thinking of making 12 blocks each month and making a crib quilt in each color.  I need to do the math of how large of a scrap I would need for each house.  I could find a nice neutral and cut all the background pieces and then do a few blocks a week for that month.  I may not do one every month.  I'm down to five RSC projects that still need certain colors of the month.  Those are going to be my main focus to finish for 2023.  I'm whittling down that WIP list!

Monday, September 12, 2022

Monday Making -- Blue Schoolhouse Quilt

 On Saturday I played with my new Accuquilt die.  You can read about it here.  After the cutting was done, things progressed quickly.  I kept sewing all twelve blocks together by completing the step for all the blocks before moving on to the next step.  Chain piecing is so relaxing if you are organized.

Today I am finishing making the rooftop row and assembling the houses.  Hopefully I'll have time to trim the blocks to the nice 9.5" (which finish 9" in the quilt).  There isn't much needed trimming since all of the pieces are die cut.  They fit beautifully together.

I really like schoolhouse and house blocks, but am not a fan of cutting the unusual pieces or paper piecing the spcial pieces like I did in my Cabins by the Lake quilt designed by Fons & Porter.  You can read about it here.  The Accuquilt die was a little bit of a pain to pre-cut pieces of fabrics, but now I LOVE it.

I'm linking up for Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt.

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Random Ohio Stars Progress

More Sunday progress on my Random Ohio Stars quilt.  This is a pattern by Bonnie Hunter.  It is available on her blog under the free pattrns tab.  Today I decided on a layout, added in the extra blocks I had made to make it bigger, and realized I only need to cut two 6.5" neutral blocks and make one 6.5" star block for my next step.

I'll start thinking about the inner border and outer border fabrics as well.  Woohoo.  This quilt is moving along nicely just by paying attention to it a little each Sunday afternoon.

I'm linking up at Quilting Is More Fun Than Housework for Oh Scrap!

Quilting is more fun than Housework

Slow Sunday Stitching

A little more was completed on my Mystery Autumn Stamp SAL.

It was time to move my old, bent, favorite hoop.

I been stitching along with Melissa at Pinker n Punkin Quilting & Stitching.  This is her Mystery Autumn Stamp SAL.  

I'm linking up at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.

Slow Sunday Stitching

Many of you that visit my blog regularly know that this past year I had to move garden, orchard, chicken coops, ocean container storage, fence, and perennials due to a new neighbor that had the property line surveyed.  My items had been on the wrong property for over twenty years and I had no idea.  Below are photos of some of the flowers and plants that are now starting to grow in their new homes.

The black eyed Susan is next to the other hydrangea that I moved.  You can see a lot of new growth of the hydrangea coming up from the root.  I love the color and shape of the leaves on this Corabell below.  

The two hydrangeas that I moved were planted super close to the property line behind the coop.  You can see where the property marker stake from the surveyors.  They are sprouting nicely from the root.  I may have to move those when they get bigger next year.

My pet rooster, Wiggles, decided to lay down while I was doing all this.  He doesn't normally lay down in the grass like this.  Hopefully he was just cooling his belly and not ill from eating too many tomatoes in the garden as I left him free range.

Here's a pic of my grandparents' old kettle that was used to cook apple butter on the fire full of marigolds that need to be deadheaded.  Hens and chicks grow in my first chicken feeder that needs a hole drilled in the bottom for drainage.  A jade plant is doing good after being re-potted.

There are tomatoes and mint growing in the flowerbed by the house.  I wanted to make sure I had tomatoes near just in case I didn't get the garden planted due to the move.  Some of them are volunteers (came up from plants from last season).  That is why they are on the ground.