Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Shut-In

Why "shut-in" you ask? Temps are again in the triple digits and what better excuse to stay in and sew. Except for brief trips out to take care of my dog's needs, I'm sewing.

I have some UFO's I'm working on, and I have a few finishes to share.

This is the last of the half square triangle blocks! I will finish sewing the rows together today.






Here is a backing I pieced for this top. I used chunks of fabric left over from piecing the blocks.

Stash reduction in action. Woo-hoo!













Here is one of the finished tops. The other should be finished by the end of the day today.











And........this top is finally done!

I have worked on it off and on for over a year and I felt like I really couldn't start any new projects until I finished it. It feels good to have it done and ready to send it off to be quilted. It is 90" square and more that I want to wrestle with using my sewing machine.

I like to sew my own bindings on, so once it comes back and I've got the bindings on I'll take pictures.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Next Step....


Here we are!

Finally have all the blocks sewn into rows.

Starting today I will be sewing rows together.

We are nearly there!
I have already gathered fabrics for my next project and it's been sitting over there in the corner waiting patiently (can you see that bit of orange showing in these pics? ~ that's it!). I have to tell you a bit of a secret....it's a simple pattern with fabric that lends to making it look un-simple...lol. I have my buddy in the big apple, Victoria, to thank for helping provide a push and some fabric to get me started! Thanks, V!!
This Saturday is part 2 of my serger class. My fervent prayer will always be, "Please, God, don't let this machine become un-threaded!"
And the following Saturday I will be attending all-day class at Traffic School. Yes, I got a ticket, and No, I don't want a point on my record. This is a sore subject, but it will pass and I'm working hard on not getting a resentment. Thank goodness that I have fabric therapy to get me over the hump. You all understand that, don't you?

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Parts

Parts ready to assemble. All piecing is complete.
This next part is always tricky. Were my seams consistent throughout? Will the sashing match up to the cornerstones and then when sewn together will it all fit the block?









Started sewing the sashing and cornerstones into rows.....barely started.














These are the horizontal rows with side sashing ~ 5 rows.
Now they are waiting for the horizontal rows of sashing and cornerstones.
Meanwhile in my head I'm working on the next quilt.

I will have to shift gears for a bit on Saturday....I have a class this week and the following Saturday learning how to use my serger. I need some pants and can't find the ones like I bought in Mexico....so will make my own. I want to make them quickly and assembly-line style, so I needed to get a serger. Melody at Fibermania has been answering my questions about sergers and I got one made by Janome because I like my Janome sewing machine. She has a Janome serger and likes it.

This quilt top and another quilt top I've made will be off to Tennessee for long-arm quilting.

Happy stitching.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Gifts...

















































This quilt was made by my sister, Jill for our Uncle Bob and was given to me after he died. I love it because my sister made it, and her quilts have always inspired me.