Saturday, February 18, 2012

thanks bonnie!

the other day bonnie posted a photo of some little basket blocks and i immediately thought of my civil war repro stash.  fortunately i had a pattern for 4-inch baskets and so whipped up these little cuties.  far less pieces than the 4-inch houses, which i also love, so quicker to piece.  and yes, the bottom basket does have a fade line on the right but hey, they're "antique" and besides, no quilt police live here.  i'll probably make more even though they don't bust much stash at all.  first up, though, is finishing the orca bay top.  ***** our spring weather continues even though the calendar says winter.  but you know what, it doesn't smell like spring; really, spring has its own smell and this isn't it.  if winter doesn't return, though, i would imagine the spring smell will be here soon.

Friday, February 17, 2012


yes, it's Friday Night Sew In again!  i'll be putting borders on my orca bay...yes, i got all the rows done!  that was my goal for the weekend and it looks like i'll be able to meet it.  that means i'll be able to work on something else with a clear conscience, knowing that orca bay is a flimsy, whew!


this quilt is missing!  it belongs to scrap maven sally schneider and was last seen jan 26th of this year in albuquerque, new mexico.  knowledge is power and so i am posting this at the request of bonnie in order to alert quilters to be on the lookout.  i am hoping it was not stolen, just saddens me when people abscond with handwork items.  ****  and what am i up to this friday?  orca bay of course.  i'm also working on a small challenge piece using jo morton's 'variety' line.  i also spent a bit of time playing around with my civil war fabrics.  **** first thing this morning hit joann's fabrics to get a few quilty necessities at 50% off PLUS an additional 10% with the coupon.  now back to the regularly scheduled project!  

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

more "just takes 2"

i's valentine's day and i should be using RED fabric but, well, i'm using brown civil war repros.....go figure!  as you can see, i'm making real progress with this challenge.  i've got nearly 8 blocks done of 12 and tomorrow more patterns will get posted.  i realize brown doesn't have the zing that red does, but i am kind of liking how these blocks are turning out using a color i've got in my stash but often gets bypassed.  later today or tomorrow i'm getting back to orca bay and make it a priority.  february is fleeting fast and i would like to see this finished before march dawns.  **** our spring-like winter continues all week....and i'm lovin' it!

Monday, February 13, 2012

monday sewing

here is the feathered star flimsy, ready for marking.  the photo doesn't really show that gorgeous navy paisley i used for the large "arms" and border.  it is really beautiful.  this is for dd/dsil and their lovely home.  they've plenty of wall space and good thing, it's about 45" square.  came out really nice, even with setting in all those pieces.  today i also prepped the binding so it'll be ready when the quilting is done.  i love it and hope they will too.  **** what else?  well, worked on an upcoming swap piece that will be paper pieced.  it's another small quilt, 16 blocks 6" square.  got papers ready, patches cut and now to sew.  also worked a bit on a challenge piece using jo morton's "variety" line, another small wallhanging.  ***** here it is mid-february and i've only 1 UFO finish so far.  my  name is creeping up the list so tomorrow's sewing will focus on orca bay and getting that flimsy ready to tie.   i still have the last border on the amish center diamond to mark but need some space for that.  i would like to have that done by end of march if possible and then maybe get another big quilt finish before warmer weather...what am i saying?  it's nearly that now what with 40s temps all this week.  this has been the mildest, least snowy winter i can recall in my entire life.  as a school girl, i remember thigh-high drifts this time of year. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

my hexies....

are bigger than YOUR hexies!  but as you can see, they need to be for this amish honeycomb quilt top.  aren't these colors luscious and rich?  most are cherrywood hand dyes.  not sure what color thread i'll use yet.  the first border is navy blue and it may be the only border, not sure yet.  if so, i might use navy blue to quilt the whole thing.  the solid drawer was full so had to use some up.  this is a portable project with no set finish date.  there are a total of 202 whole hexies and 12 half hexies.  so if you see me on my next train trip, i'll be working on these.  **** today i finished pinning the triangles/corners for the feathered star and attached another row on orca bay.  and, today i was surfing blogs and saw a perfect quilt for all my repros, but something tells me i'm going to need at least a few patterns to make a dent in my newly-enhanced civil war stash. 

a little quilt

i recently joined kathleen tracy's yahoo group on small quilts.  this is made from the february pattern she posted.  some work from her book 'prairie children and their quilts' and others make an alternate she posts monthly.  for this i dug into my stash and pulled out some FQs of moda's "grace" fabric line.  it's about 20" square and just needs basting/quilting/binding at this point.  yesterday i also added some corner squares and triangles to the feathered star, which i might finish today and get those borders on.  i've another little quilt in progress but the top isn't quite ready to show yet.  i also did some paper piecing prep work on another small quilt that is for a swap.  trying to keep busy every day.  ***** it's frigid and windy here today but back into the 40s on tuesday.  we had 40s weather the past couple of days also.  we've about 6 more weeks of "winter" and i use the term very loosely as it's been anything but winter the majority of the season.  beach weather will be here again soon.  regardless, i'm thankful for another day with all my faculties and good is that?