Thursday, January 24, 2013

Old Things and New Things-January Report

As I’ve been rummaging through bins of old projects I found a couple that I think I’ll keep out for awhile.  My design walls are covered with several different projects so I took some pictures of them to share with you.  Here's what I've been working on this month:

Nick's T shirt quilt
This young man will get his t-shirt quilt soon.  I just have to add the border and finish piecing the back and then it will go on my long-arm to get meandered.  So, there are 15 of the blocks I've completed this year.

3" finished Bow Ties
I'm up to 103 Bow Tie blocks!  So, only another couple hundred to go.  When I can, I cut for them in groups of 4.  This has been a great Leader/Ender project.  28 of these were done this year.  I'm all out of "Ties" so I have get some more cutting done!

The last 4 Cats

Now I have 80 Cat blocks to put together with sashing.  The sashing will have friendship stars in them.  That would be a good Leader/Ender too, once I get that all cut.

Leaf Blocks
 These Leaf Blocks are my latest "discovery".  I made them with fabric from an exchange eons ago.  It took awhile to find my place in the project again but today I cut some more background and squares for the alternate block and I'm ready to make some more.  It will be at least a lap size quilt but I may have to get creative when I come down the home stretch if I want to make it bigger...I won't have enough background for that.   Not a problem; I'll think on that as I go along and I'm sure I'll have something figured out by that time.  BTW, did you notice that something is missing from these blocks???  There's no stem!  I stopped making them because I didn't know what I wanted to do about it.  Now I, rip, rip.  I'm going to take out the plain square and make a new pieced square with a "stem".  It won't take much time at all and I'll be very happy with them. 

Here is my favorite project this year:  I LOVE making these blocks.  It's better than eating potato chips!  I can't wait to see how each one looks when put next to the others and I can't wait to see it as an entire quilt.  Just jump onto the bandwagon and you'll have So Much Fun!  Bonnie's pattern is here.

Scrappy Trips!

Finally, here is a project I started so I could use some of the Kaffe's I've been hoarding:

Hidden Stars
The closest I could come to a name for this block is Hidden Star.  I saw a picture in a magazine but couldn't find the pattern or a link any where so I figured out what size I wanted the blocks to be.  These are 9" finished.  It goes together like a nine patch with connector corners to make both the star points and the white background.  So the base pieces are cut at 3 1/2" and the connectors are 2" squares. 

January has started out for me with lots of fun sewing.  How about you?  I hope you've had a good start to the new year too!


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Out of Hibernation

Here's a quick look at one of the projects I've brought out of hibernation.  I had started these basket blocks back in 2005, if you can believe; and worked on them once or twice since then.  Then they got placed in a bin and put on a shelf and mostly forgotten.  I don't know what made me think of them now necessarily except I've been doing an inventory of sorts lately.  Mary Huey ( came to speak at our guild last week on the topic of UFQ’s.  She made some good points one of which, if I may paraphrase her, is that in order to Finish Something you need to know what you have. So, it got me thinking about some of those bins put away in the back of the closet; things I really want to work on some day.  Well, today is the day for this little project!

There are (14) 8" blocks and (14) 4" blocks in mostly 30's fabrics.  They are quite cheerful for a wintry day.  I put together kits for another 6 of the larger blocks which I hope to sew tonight.  I like to have things ready like that, don't you?  Since my goal is sew at least 365 blocks this year maybe this project will stand a chance at getting finished!
I hope you are sewing today too!