Thursday, December 31, 2015

Seeing Stars

I have been making string stars the last few days.  These blocks all come from the 7.5 inch string blocks.  All the others (and there are lots more) are 8.5 inches.  Add to this my effort to reduce the amount of 2.5 inch strips and we have funky stars.  There are four more to assemble.  Since they are so wild I'm thinking about sashings and connector blocks.  They are beautiful.  This picture does not show them well.



Back to sewing...

Frog Quilter

Monday, December 28, 2015

UFO Haunting

Have you ever had a UFO that haunted you?  I have one.  It used to stay in the bathroom storage and every time I would go,get batting it would,star,me down... Then it moved to,the long arm table and I saw it everyday....  I'm sick of seeing you!  So I finished it up early this morning at 7am.  By 8am it was finished.  I had to add a backing piece as I had under cut the correct amount, so now add more batting and quilt away.  I am so glad it's done.  It even has the binding stitched and waiting it's turn for hand stitching!!!!  Yay!





While I was on a roll I quilted a baby quilt needed for a coworkers wife due in January.

It also has the binding stitched on.  Lots of hand work for a couple evenings.

I did stitch a little on part 5 of Allietare Mystery.  Almost there!

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Saturday Update

Christmas Eve my son and family spent the day here.  We all had a fun day.  My grand daughter and I baked Chinese chewys which came out perfect.  We all enjoyed them.  

I also introduced Caitlin my GD to quilting.  She took to it right away and wanted to make more little quilts lol!

Here she is proudly showing her creation!


And the back.


I quilted this top which is a gift for Dennis.  Last Christmas I gifted Dennis and Dot with a quilt.  Well Dot has fully adopted the 2014 quilt, so I made one for Dennis.  I know he will get to enjoy it!


The back..  This picture was taken in the late afternoon sun.  The binding is waiting to be stitched down.


For the cat lovers, my kitties had a blast with all the wrapping papers.


Today I have been working on Allietare Mystery by Bonnie Hunter.  I hope to finish the current step tomorrow.

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Weekend Update

I finally finished Lynn's T-Shirt quilt made,with her deceased sons clothes.  I have made three or four so far.  Each quilt is so special.



The back has Jesse's baby blanket and favorite pillow case.  It is made so that when Lynn snuggles the quilt, the baby blanket will be up close.


So sweet!

Lori of Humble Quilts sent me a quilt top to finish and donate.  Here it is, it only needs the binding stitched down.


The back with a wild print.


I will do another post later today with my Allietare update.

Time to sew,

Frog Quilter

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Allietare Mystery

Here is my progress for step four.  I had so much fun pulling out fun fabrics for these four patches.  I was even giggling.  See the ants underneath a watermelon type red print lol!





To see what other quilters are doing with this quilt along go to 
Quiltville

Anxiously waiting on the next mystery installment!!!


In other quilts news I have been experimenting with a four inch drunkards path block and scrappy of course.  I think this would be great for a little one as there is so much to see.





Lucy always does a full inspection of each top OR set of blocks.


Next scrappy quilt will be four patches in boy colors and then one in girl colors.  I'm trying to use up bunches of scraps...the bag secretly regenerates over night while I sleep lol.  

I don't have any babies due in the near future but it always good to have tops ready to go.

Time to sew,

Frog Quilter

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Being Creative

Our guild had a Christmas holiday gift exchange that started in July.  We all brought 1 yard of Christmas fabric.  It was sliced and diced and you ended up with a bag of fabrics and a name.  We were to make our named person a gift.

I thought my fabric said 4 patch and they did but I used one fabric as a focus and built around it with four patches.  It is quilted, bound and has Bevs name and other information monogrammed on the backing fabric.  I understand that she loved it.


I will show mine from Bev tomorrow.

Frog Quilter.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Allietare Mystery

All of step one is sewn and trimmed.  Step two is sewn and the units have been trimmed.  I still need to cut the grey and black units.  I'll do that another day.


My grey fabric is a topo of lake and creeks that have fun names.



I'm really enjoying this mystery.  See what others are doing 
here

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Project Updates

I have been very busy lately.  adding more blocks to the stain glass strings.  I like how it is progressing.


Next up is Allettiare, the Bonnie Hunter Mystery for 2015.  My gray is a topo map of lakes and creeks.  I've had fun reading all the fun names.  All of step one is finished and sliver trimmed.  I have a good start on start on step two.  I would have been finished but I had to squeeze in a Christmas present for our guild holiday.  More on that later.



Temecula is having their mini Christmas mystery.  The small blocks are SO CUTE.  I am only behind two blocks!  Janet are you participating?



Lastly Christmas came early for the kitties.  They got a new kitty condo and they love it!



More tomorrow as I will be off from work Yay!

Frog Quilter

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Folding and purging

In between cooking today I have been folding fabric, getting rid of the ones that are not 100% cotton and any that don't appeal to me.  I have been trying to move all the piles of fabric from the bathroom tub as I know, sometime soon the bathroom will be remodeled.  I expect my contractor to call any day now.

I really enjoyed visiting all my lovelies.


The closet will be filled to the brim when I finish.  The big yardage is on the bottom shelf.  Next shelf up is two plus yards.  Above that are one yard pieces.  There is even a colum for half yard cuts.

I will need to go through my drawers looking for pieces larger than one yard.  

Still to fold are two big piles.



And 



I put the biggest yardage on my empty bolts.

Almost time for turkey breast and all the fixings.  The pumpkin pies are baking now.  Yum!

Have a great evening and tomorrow morning is the first clue of Bonnie Hunters Mystery for 2015.  I'm ready!

Frog Quilter

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Slow Stitching Sunday

Between yesterday and today I have sewn 92 6 inch crumb blocks.  This got rid of a big bag.  

They will make a great quilt for someone.  They will join the other bagged blocks until I need them.



For the slow stitching part I am working on the last two hearts on my sprouts of love.  I thought for the longest time about the top border.  One day I thought "sprouts of love", they need heart flowers.  Perfect!



This quilt makes my heart happy.

The top is brighter in real life.  It was cloudy outside when I took this photo.



I am going to finish up the appliqué on these two hearts tonight.  Linking up with 
Slow Stitching Sunday




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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Spool Top

I finished sewing the spool rows together this morning.  The cats were having too much fun re-arranging them lol and I got tired of looking at the rows on the floor.


I thought 500 spools would be bigger than this...  I love it though.  Now borders or not?



I continued de stashing a bag of crumbs and strips today.  I'll have a final count tomorrow after I trim them.  I bet I have enough blocks for a quilt top.

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Friday, November 13, 2015

500 Spools

This is what 500 spools looks like.  This is a 6 X 8 setting.


Lots of scrappy goodness.  I'll show it sewn together later.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lake Marion Piecemakers

Yesterday I had the pleasure of teaching the Lake Marion Piecemakers quilt guild my stain glass string quilt.  They all did really well and loved the no stress sewing.  They now have a new outlook on what you can do with string fabrics.  There were experienced quilters and new quilters in the class.

Their blocks on the wall.

And the class sample.

Thank you Joan and the Lake Marion Piecemakers.  I had a great time today including the yummy lunch and my "star".

Until next time,

Frog Quilter

Friday, November 6, 2015

Spools Explosion & Sprout Update

I have sewed my way through the second bag of 100 spools.  I will soon run out of wall space.  These are amazing.

This is where I left off last weekend.


After last night and this mornings effort.



Wow.  Lots of scrappy goodness!

My sprouts of love have progressed as well.  This morning I sewed the last column and the bottom borders.  



Still contemplating the top border and side borders.  Any suggestions?

Today is another rainy gray day.  It might be grey outside but it's bright and colorful here in my sewing room.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Spools came out

Yep all 500 of them.  They have been sitting in a drawer just waiting...

I suspect this will become a queen size quilt.  I'm sewing them together in groups of nine.


I'm also working on a wall hanging that will be a Christmas gift.  I know she reads my blog so can't show it.

Enjoy your stitching today, it's pouring down rain and very grey outside.  Inside I have plenty of color to keep me happy.

Frog Quilter

Saturday, October 31, 2015

A quiet day

I spent a quiet day yesterday, the anniversary of my son Johns passing.  I let needle and thread soothe me all day.

In the process I completed 19 red string blocks and there is still a pile of red strings.  I think they reproduced while I sewed lol.



Today's priority is finishing the directions for the string stain glass quilt.  Then if there is time I will tackle some sewing.

Sew a stitch and soothe your heart.

Frog Quilter

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Sunday Sewing

I meant to get this posted sooner but, but....

I finished sewing and trimming my four patch in a square blocks.  Now they are ready to assemble into a flimsy, the fun part.


 
Sunday I started a new stain glass string quilt top.  Have two pink blocks done and a whole lot of string blocks.



Back to a few more sprouts.

Frog Quilter

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Saturday Sewing

First of all the last post was delayed getting out.  Don't know what happened...  You get two Yay!!!

Today I have been chipping away at completing four patches in a square.  I'm almost done.  







See Maestro on the right.



My area.  With these together I can begin to assemble the top.  But before I can do that I need to write a pattern for my stain glass string quilt.  I'm teaching it November 9.  There are a few other things I have to do as well.

More stitching tomorrow.

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A little update

I have made it through a cancelled vacation, major flooding which we were very fortunate to have no damage and a great quilt retreat which was wonderful.

I have been steadily stitching my sprouts.  Only four pairs left to sew.  I think I am going to do some small 4 patch on the sides.  Then I will see what the quilt wants.  Maybe it will say "I'm done".



Last night Hubs was watching a nature program and the two Manx kitties were watching too.  There was a bird talking.  Amazing that cats watch TV!



I know the picture is a little dark.

This morning I have cleaned my quilt room as it looked like a hurricane came through.  It is lots better now.

More progress later.

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