Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sign of the Times

Hillary Clinton's campaign logo
It was a rainy day and I was sick as a dog, so I drafted a pattern of Hillary's campaign logo and sewed it up.  Decided to sew it to the back of my jeans jacket . . . my Fall Colors, so to speak!

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Rainy Day Sew

Really blurry shot!  Sorry!  I must've sneezed or something.  LOL
So it's the day after Kissmess and it's Sabryin's birthday!  Unfortunately, it is raining and it is expected to rain until Monday at which time it might snow or perform what is known as a "wintery mix" (which is atmospherical for "we're not sure but it's gonna be bad").  Great time for working on a quilt repair chore.  This is David's quilt which I made for him when he was a teenager and he just turned 27 Kissmess Eve.  So, he's had it for a while; long enough for it to be the victim of some obvious abuse.  He claims it was the dog, but there is light damage so it must have been near or in a window for some time.  It has probably been laundered and put in a drier many times, as well.  A definite recipe for disaster when it comes to a quilt.   I think he was ready to throw it away, but I told him I could fix it and that's what's happening in the photo. 

When I think of all the hours I put into this, not to mention the cost of the fabric, batting, and quilting it adds up to $550 (using minimum wage, no benefits) and I'm probably underestimating.  So it is worth trying to salvage.  Most of the quilt is in good shape; most of the damage is in the middle.  For reference, it is a queen size quilt. 

So far I have replaced eight or nine of the 3-1/2" background squares and I have removed four entire blocks.  To do this, I have had to pick out all the quilting stitches one at a time, then pull out the seam stitching to remove the patches or blocks.  I was SO lucky to find a yard and a half of the background fabric in my stash (LESSON:  always buy more than you need, because you will never find it again); I could not find anything remotely similar in the fabric stores.  I had to make four new blocks and they are fitting in just right.  As you can see, the stars are made with navy/dark blue fabrics and I still had some of these left in my stash.

It's likely I will complete the job before the snow flies, but now my dilemma is this:  should I give it back, in light of the abuse it has suffered? 

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Delectable Mountains . . . Done!

Thirty Years Old and finally a quilt!!
Finished yesterday while watching "Breakfast at Tiffany's".  I had to make two additional blocks but FINALLY IT'S DONE!  I would have to say I took apart and re-pieced at least half of these blocks and if there are any points that aren't cut off I would be surprised.  However, it is no longer a part of my dwindling collection of UFOs.  It's 64" x 80" without a border, which I will probably design to add 6" to the width and length.  I'm gonna say it:  (a) I had more fun making the blocks than making the quilt; and (b) it's not perfect, but it's done! 

Happy Fall All!  xoxo

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Thirty Year Old UFO

Delectable Mountains pattern, in case you wondered.
Back in the early 80's I started this quilt, assembling over 80 blocks.  During the past thirty years I have tried to sew them together but they just didn't fit.  Long ago I didn't worry so much about squaring up the blocks.  Maybe it's something I learned to do because I spent so much time putting these blocks together (most of them are hand-stitched, not machine stitched) but they weren't all the same size. . . they varied from 8" to 9-1/4".   Last month I finally figured out that I could just square up each block to 8-1/2".  Except for the center block, that seems to work.  I had to take apart and resew the center block four times so that it would fit the 11-1/2" space in the center. 

And you know what?  I don't even like it that much.  The mellow gold fabric is so boring and there is SO MUCH of it!  But the triangles are made with wonderful fabric treasures from the 50's, 60's, 70's and a few 80's so it's a treat if you can get past that bland gold.  I think this has a rather 19th century look about it.  What do you think? 

Saturday, August 1, 2015


3-1/2 x 6-1/2" Flying Geese blocks + 6-1/2" mini blocks
In my never-ending mission to complete the hundreds of UFOs I have in my projects stash, I found a basket full of these flying geese blocks and underneath it all a bunch of these little 6-1/2" mini blocks from a long-ago swap.  What to do? 

How about put them together and make a bunch of 12-1/2" blocks?  Here's the first one, which went together pretty well.  The only unfortunate thing is the overwhelmingly brownishness of it all.

But then we are only six weeks away from the autumnal equinox, a time when the brown and red color scheme seems appropriate.  I think I will wind up with eight of these . . . one short of a nice lap quilt size.  So now I will be searching through the rest of the stash (could take years) for one more 6-1/2" mini block -- or I will have to make one from scratch. 

Have a happy summer day while it lasts!  xoxo

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Brown Bow-Tie Baby Quilt

 Another UFO bites the dust!  As is the case with most of my UFOs, I wound up making additional blocks to round out the size, which turned out to be a neat 37" x 37".  When I started, I had 14 of the 4" bow-tie blocks.  The original blocks were made sometime during the 90's, I'm sure with the background fabric being tone-on-tone muslin. 
 I have a LOT of brown prints dating back to the 70's and some were traded pieces.  The alternating blocks is a cotton print purchased in the 80's.  Ditto for the accent frame and binding.  I used to do all my bindings by hand, but I have been practicing doing it by machine and I seem to have developed a knack for that! 
As for the quilting, keep it elliptical, baby!  Just freehand melon slices on the grid.  The backing is a tan cotton tone-on-tone that is very subtle and soft. 

This is a great size for a baby quilt, table topper, or wall hanging.  I'm thinking about putting it in the etsy shop. 

For the record, today is the hottest day of the year here with  97% humidity.  Not exactly quilt weather. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Snowy day = another quilt

Scrappy Log Cabin

Close-up for fabrophiles.
Another snowy day and there are two things that go very well with snow:  baking and quilting.  I did the baking yesterday (chocolate chip cookies and chorizo & jalapeno strata).  Today as I was watching Don Matteo I poked around in the UFO pile and found a bag of 16 Log Cabin blocks.  I must have put these together over ten years ago because it is obvious they were sewed using the Singer 99K (which I haven't used in over ten years).  These are what I call "thread-saver" blocks.

Next step is to decide what color to make the border.  I thought about using a strip of blue, then brown, then green and finally red, but perhaps that's too much.  So, if you have an opinion about it, please leave a comment.

And, stay warm!  xoxo