Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Button Season Quilted

I've finished quilting Button Season.  Some simple straight lines.


I think whole cloth quilts are highly underrated.  When you find a pretty fabric, you don't always need to cut it up just to sew it again. This backing fabric has 2006 written on the selvedge.


Next I have to bind it, and then add the buttons. This fabric is newer, and has pretty little birds on the selvedge.


I think I bought this last year or the year before when I bought other border fabric for another quilt.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Button Season

I told you my train of thought I am using to stop feeling guilty about having so many unfinished projects.  When one moves forward, the rest in the line all get to move up in line too.

So please don't tell anyone in line that another quilt snuck to the front of the line. I had an idea and I just ran with it.  It is a whole cloth quilt, and look it has been sandwiched already! Simple straight line quilting will make for a quick finish.


Zeus saw I had a quilt on the floor and the camera out, so he knew it was time to get to work as a quilt model. He needs no directions. Note that he turns his head to avoid the flash and therefore green eye.


It really won't be as quick and simple as I described. The plan is to open the button jar and put a button underneath each tree. I decided to quilt before adding the buttons since some of the buttons would get in the way of the straight lines. That means that the stitches for the buttons will show on the back of the quilt, but I've decided to be okay with that.

Those swirls are calling for some hand quilting, but the machine stitching will be enough. After adding all those buttons, I doubt I will want to do any hand quilting.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

May Pictures

It is that time of the month when I go into the folder and pick my favorites of the photos I took last month.  Here are my favorite May pictures.


I really like the texture of this tree stump, and have enjoyed watching it deteriorate over time.


 Election Day. The flag looks like it is drooping, but the reflection looks like it is flying proudly.


Requisite sky picture.


I decided I didn't have to limit myself to one sky picture.


I took lots of pictures of the clematis flowers in my backyard.


 I decided I didn't have to limit myself to one favorite clematis picture.


These remind me of fireworks, especially with the dark background.

Stay tuned. Next time I will show quilt blocks.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

January February and March Pictures

There didn't seem to be enough photos from January, February, and March to have their own post. Here they all are, all in one post.

January



 My happy dog running to me.


Leaves frozen in ice puddle.

February


You wouldn't recognize my blog if I didn't show you a trees and sky picture!

March



Thursday, May 18, 2017

April Pictures

I don't have anything exciting to say, but I didn't want you to feel abandoned, so here are some pictures. I've been working and haven't had much quilting time. I decided to give you pictures from April since I haven't shown those yet. Most of these are pretty nature springtime shots.


Love the beautiful white flowers against the blue sky background.


I like how the flowers are overtaking the bare tree in the background.


I like the texture of the tree.  There are lots of heart shapes in there.


This is from an art show. This is a miniature bedroom.  All those tiny books are made by hand.


This is a shot from above so you can see all the petals that fell on the ground.



Thursday, April 27, 2017

Going Around in Circles

Sometimes when I am working on a particular quilt, I feel guilty about not making another one.  I've realized that this guilt comes from feeling like my quilts are in competition, like a race. When one is "winning," the others are falling farther behind.  I feel much better when I think about them in an unruly line.  Sometimes they manage to sneak up or down the line, so it isn't a straight line.  The important thing though is that, when I am moving one quilt forward, this means the rest of the quilts in line get to move one step forward too.

Block 188


I was going to piece this, but the brown fabric was too skinny, and it was easier to applique. It was also going to be an X, but this reminds me of a Brownie sash, so I left it as a diagonal.

Block 189


This is a leftover piece from the improv quilt.  I cut it in half and sewed it together to make a wider piece, then cut it into circles.

Block 190


This is the other circle made from the improv piece.  All three of these pieces are obvious circles, for a change of pace. 

All of my WIPS and UFOs get to move up three steps in line!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Zipping Along

I'm still zipping along with my fifteen minutes of sewing a day, feeding my machine whatever I can find to feed its ravenous appetite.  What else can I sew?


 I've found that I can't spend too much time thinking about what to sew, because that seriously cuts down on the fifteen minutes.  Just do it. Don't think about it.


I have a big list of things I can work on, but the circles have taken priority at the moment. I blame Cynthia. She said, ' I can't wait to see all of your "circles" together.'  Well, Cynthia, I can't either!  I originally kept joining the circles together so they stayed in order and didn't get lost.  Then I found a box to keep them in, so I didn't worry about them getting lost And I broke the rule about them having to be in chronological order. Then I found that with different size blocks, I had to add the rows in a certain way so it would fit. So that took away all the incentives to sew the pieces together as I went along.


Then there were some odd shaped pieces that required some thinking about proper sizes and where to put adjusting pieces, etc.  And then I needed a certain number of pieces sewn together, and I didn't have that number. Rather than unseam something, I figured I would just add more.  This paragraph is really why they weren't put together yet.


Well, with the hungry machine, and the just-do-it attitude, I started zipping along and joined the rows.  This is actually a good thing, because that is how the first few rows were put together. And because it saves my poor tired brain. I was able to add two rows to the original piece.


There is an obvious blue adjusting piece on the left, because apparently, I did not follow my original plan that my tired brain had gone through the trouble to figure out, but it works out. I think I had made some blocks smaller to accommodate the applique piece which I didn't add here.  I'm going to put tiny dots on that adjusting piece, and  no one will know it is an adjusting piece. I have some blocks left over that will go into the next row(s).