Sunday, May 21, 2017

Quilt retreat

One of my favorite things to do is go for a quilting retreat. I am leaving after school on Friday for the weekend.  And I will join many other ladies who have shop hopped along the way to arrive in the afternoon.  Yeah, some of us have to work.

But the great news is I will have 2 and half days of glorious sewing, laughing, eating, and having the best of times with a group of quilters. Could you ask for anything more? Oh, did I mention eating: we bring treats to snack on  And we have a chef who makes food for us to eat family style.
It is a UCC Church Camp on Green Lake in Wisconsin and they have quilt retreats from September to Thanksgiving, starting up again later in January through May. Different guilds and groups come.

So the weather didn't exactly cooperate: gray, cool, and off and on rain: more time to stay indoors and sew.  Here are two pictures of the sewing rooms with various tables for each person's area, cutting table on stilts, and an ironing station.  Right next to which was a bar of  snacks, to partake from: chocolate and salty, and homemade cookies, too.

There were 25 of us each with so many creative ideas, combinations of colors, patterns, and techniques. So much fun: stay up late?  get up early? you choose. The cabin next door housed our rooms with single beds. ( I actually did both the first day, but needed a nap the next afternoon.)

So here are some of the fabulous projects people were working on in various stages:



Show and tell was after I left.  Again, some of us have to work on Monday. :(    The rest of the group was going to stay a 3rd night and leave early afternoon on Monday.

So what did I do?
1) First I caught up on my Blockheads:  ( These are 6 and a half inch blocks.) These are weeks 10 and 11. The star took a long, long time for those tiny pieces. This was called Lisa's Star and designed by Lisa Bongean.

2) Then I made 2 sets of curtains for my daughter in law. It is just a navy print to go with the quilt I made them.

3) Then I experimented with 1 and a half inch squares and used a  fusible grid on a thin pellon sheet to make 2 valentine hearts:  It worked out pretty slick.  They are both the same size; the wonders of photography.


4) And lastly I have 7 transportation vehicles cut and ironed out for my Grandson's quilt.
I didn't machine applique, yet and  I have more to make. These are all at least 9 and a half inches tall or wide; some are a little taller or longer.


Sunday morning: the sun came out the the lake was beautiful.  Here is the view going left and right from our work room windows.


All in all, it was a productive and fun weekend.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Squarely red

I am happy to say that this donation quilt has been layered and quilted by ME in an all over stipple. Hooray.
My shoulders are a little sore, but there is a big smile on my face.
I wanted to finish it Saturday, but I completely emptied one large spool of Gutterman thread. And I didn't pick up the refill until after work today.
The top is 100 percent stash. I did buy the border and a large flannel back. The binding is cut. So all that is left is attaching it and hand stitching it down.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Slow stitching for Mother's Day

Mother'day: A My mom is many miles away and I miss her. She did teach me to sew.

B My two kids, hubby and I are going to Devil's Lake to hike , climb rocks, and have a picnic. I don't know the last time we had just the four of us for an outing. It is our favorite park. I even made fried chicken and chocolate chip cookies to take.

But I will have a couple hours to stitch this Crabapple hill design. I have had 2 evenings this week devoted to it. So I am making slow progress.

Happy Mother's Day to all!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Quilt for 3 year old grandson

Last year my 2 year old grandson graduated to his big boy bed, as his little brother needed the crib. I had the coordinated fabric from his brother's baby quilt to make one for him.

So they moved to the new house! Hooray!  And then 2 year old got his new bed.  Mom and Dad used the quilt I had made for Dad's high school graduation.   It is nice to see it being used.  So I let this quilt go for a while. And,  I did  had leftover fabric and made a coordinated pillowcase for him. 

And now he turns 3 this month.  And I still have the fabric. And of course, many pinned ideas for it on Pinterest. 

A) He likes vehicles.  (Definitely my grandson, as Dad did too.)   So I thought I would definitely applique different ones to different squares or rectangles.  Here are some of the ideas for blocks,  I even think that a stop sign, stop light and cones would be great as small blocks.

Cute Cars Digital Clip Art Transportation Clipart by YarkoDesign:

B) I have been collecting bright colors for patchwork to go in between the blocks. My creative thoughts are to frame the appliqued blocks with a solid like color and then add squares of all the colors in between.  I am picturing it kind of like either of these 2 quilts. And then border it in the print. 
Idea for boy quilt of cars/trucks instead of baskets.: baby quilt:

Sunday afternoon I had time to myself. So I opened pinterest and google images and started drawing patterns for blocks: a car, a bicycle, a fire truck, an ambulance, a train with cars behind it, an airplane, a helicopter, a front end loader, a back hoe, etc.  And I then used a straight edge and protractor to make the shapes neater.  

Now I just need to trace them with a marker.  And start cutting the colors to applique.

I have all the materials assembled and ready to take for retreat in less than 2 weeks.

 Can't wait!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Stash bee and more

This week I have not sewn much.

I have successfully finished 2 weeks of walking for a mile every morning at 5:30 a.m. Yes , 5: 30 A.M. ( ONLY  a half hour earlier).I am happy to be getting progress on removing that winter padding I gained from eating extra sweets.  It is progress, not results.....yet.

And that has left me with little energy to sew at night. ...yet.

So last night I assembled the 4 colorful 9 patch 9 inch Stash bee blocks to mail off. The only hard part was getting 8 squares cut for each color.

And then I made the BOM for my guild, easy peasy 3 and a half inch squares.

My RSC blocks were cut out for April, (multi-color was my version of rainbow) but didn't get assembled and photoed until today.

At least it is a start for May.

Friday, April 28, 2017

April progress

So 30 days in April, and they are almost gone.   What have I completed?

Actually several things:

1) My totally done project was the baby quilt I made for my sister to give away.
Very blue and modern, with some details in the quilting.

2) Finished the Bulls Eye lap quilt.  I am not really happy with the quilting.

3) 9 blocks so far for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge

4) Stash bee blocks: 2  blocks of 9 patch to the 3rd power

5) Blockheads a total of 8 blocks : 5 done done this month including an incredibly complicated pieced 6 in block with 48 pieces,

6  Visited 3 quilt shows: First one in Sun Prairie, WI., 2nd one in Rosemont, IL., and then my local quilt guild in Mukwonago.  Plus the visit to a quilt shop in Wayne, MI.  called Bits and Pieces.

7)  2 Birthdays   Here is the grandson's picture from yesterday.  He was such a good host and friend to the attendees and had so much fun with all the kids.  He had not taken a nap, but fell asleep on the way home at 6:40 never to wake again.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mini Cake stand !

I have 2 donation quilts I need to get quilted.  It looms over me, but I feel unmotivated. I need to piece a back for one of them, and I need a medium gray to quilt the 2nd.  But I can't seem to get myself to doing it.

 Instead, I have decided to try and complete a UFO for April.  Here is the lay out of my Mini Cake stand quilt. This is little.... each block is a mere 2 and a half inches.  The instructions were online during a summer from Temecula Quilt Company in California. 

So I pieced them all in my stash of fat quarters of Kansas Troubles fabric.  The bottom left rows are together. I am missing 2 squares of the background and will look for them tonight. 

The layout is also one they have suggested, although 2 others were also shown.

And I also completed 2 more Rainbow Scrap challenge blocks. This month I am doing multicolor.