"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11 (NIV)

Friday, January 30, 2015

Debating on what to add to this.............

I was given this block as part of a bunch of UFO blocks.   And am planning to make it into a tablerunner.   But as it it isn't quite long enough for what the approximate length I want.   I need to add about 10-12 inches for that.  

To get that length I'm debating just add a border around the whole thing with wider ones on the ends.   Or adding blocks of some sort on each end.   I don't want to make a whole new panel like this because then the runner would be too long and I'd have to draw up the patterns for it.  

Any ideas on what might look good on both ends?

Gratitudes:
1. Appointment with the ENT to get this 5 month old infection taken care of.

2. Drivers Ed Instructor training class going ok even with all the technology issues that the school has had with the collaboration software we have to use.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Finishes..........

Have finished up two of three belated Christmas gifts, and the second of the bible / Alphabet blocks that I said I'd make.  

The skirts are for my niece.   And are from a pinstriped denim and a herringbone tweeded suiting.    Here's hoping that they fit!





The biblical block was made to represent the letter "R".  And Moses crossing the Red Sea is  what was wanted.   I made lined flaps that can be opened to allow Moses to walk across the dry land.  

I added shiny tulle att eh bottom of the water with itty-bitty shells in it to give added texture to the block.     And the stash had the sand, water and sky prints that I used for the block.  Moses is made from two colors of felt and attached to a piece of ribbon so that kids can play with him.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2015 Mystery Quilt, Step 2 Clarification

I had a friend ask me about the fabrics used for this step.  The entire quilt is set up to use 2 "neutrals" and 6 different coordinating fabrics.  

The dark green I used in step 1 for the block borders was one of my neutrals (I have a dk green and a dk pink for them). 

For this step I used one of the floral prints (one of my coordinates) for the addition to be made second step.

In the future, I'll just tell you to choose one or more of the coordinates w/o telling what "number" coordinate to pic.   However, all six will be used but I'll let you decide what order to put them in.
 
Following steps will be using multiple of the coordinates and/or the neutrals to complete it.  
 

But above all things, you can always truly decide what colors you want to use and differ from my instructions.  =)

2015 Mystery Quilt, Step 2

Step 2 of the mystery will have you working on the actual quilt top and start adding to it.

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5. Layout your blocks in a 2 square wide by 3 square long setting.  Play with the layout until you have them laid out in a pleasing to you pattern.

6. Sew your blocks together as you have them laid out and then press the seams flat.

7. Using your choice of technique, Place a large circle made from one of your coordinating fabrics (note....not meant to be one of the neutrals) onto the quilt top so that it spans 2 of the blocks.  Stitch the circle onto the quilt top using your chosen technique.

NOTE: I used one of my bowls to trace the circle I placed on my quilt top.   The resulting circle was 6.5" in diameter.

Set aside till the 3rd step is released.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sewing again.....yeah!

Finally some quilting to show, I began to think I'd never managed to get anything done this semester.   And well I've not gotten anything done on the commissioned sewing that I have to do but that's another story altogether.   Hmmm, maybe that's what I should multi-task with during my online class......lol.

First thing completed was a block for a friend who moved.   The pattern was out of an earlier volume of 100 Blocks by Top Designers and is a chicken.   All who made blocks and the recipient are part of a list called "QuiltChicks" hence the chicken block.

Second block completed was a 20" block that is destined for a quilt for Down's Syndrome kids at the church my friend attends in the Indy area.

The quilt squares are  going into a quilted book I think.....but maybe in a quilt.  Not real sure about that.    They are representing scenes from the Bible that relate to the letter of the alphabet.   I volunteered to make two of the blocks - "M" and "R".   The pic to the left shows the completed "M" block.   The manger is brown velveteen, the baby Jesus is felt and is on a ribbon so it can be removed and put back into the manger.   The angels at the top have felt bodies and faces and gold lame wings.   The star is also felt.  

The "R" block will be of the Red Sea opening up for Moses.   I've got some ideas for it just need to find one more fabric so that I can work on it.

The next pic shows the quilt top I put together from brown and cream tonal strings.  At this point it is 40" square.   I still need to add a border to the quilt top.   It will be donated to Sunshine Quilts.





The next quilt top I finished up in the last week started life as a set of four pillow panels.   I've had them more than 10 years now and struggle to know what to do with them.   Finally realized that the colored strings that were with the brown ones above where the perfect colors to go with the panels.  A cream-on-cream and navy Kona round out the fabrics in this quilt top.   It is about 49" square and will be donated to Sunshine.



The top I finished up this morning started life as a small stack of scraps of the bunny fabric given to my be a friend.  I added a white-on-white fabric for the sashing, and the pink and turquoise fabrics.    This finished out at 40" square and will be donated to Sunshine.

Gratitudes:

1. A house that doesn't have too many cold spots in it.

2. For the insurance that is available to me through my job.

London Tea Towel Quilt Progress....

And the quilt has finally decided to start cooperating again with me.  

I've cut the scenes in the towel apart and fused them to a cream tone-on-tone fabric.  Squares are based on a 3" finished grid to help make things easier to put together in the end.   I then satin-stitched around the edges of the scenes with a matching thread.

Now to figure out what to use to fill in the empty spaces.  I know I'll be adding some fabrics that I received from a reader of my blog in England.   Just not sure how I'm going to feature them.

Gratitudes:

1. 2-hr delay today and a 'snow' day yesterday meant that I could get some quilting done.

2. Yet another med has been prescribed to try to lick the sinus infection.   Thankful it is one that hasn't caused side effects so far.