Monday, June 27, 2016

circa 2016 progressing

Temecula Quilt Co. is having a sew-a-long.

Once the center medallion was completed, she has been assigning a 3 inch finished block every Friday. We are to make two versions of it. I have been making four each time as I intend to make a larger quilt. There are 76 of those little blocks finished.
I have caught up on my blocks missed while traveling. I am loving this! I could do with fewer 3/4 inch finished pieces...

Sunday, June 26, 2016

orange! 25 patch/framed nine patch quilt, completed

I participated in a faculty exchange with a Dutch nursing professor. She was with me in October and I was with her in May.
It was a very rewarding experience to be with students in a different system. Angela and I enjoyed working with each other's students and colleagues, and living with each other's families.
I gave her this quilt in appreciation.

25 patch/framed 9 patch
Made with 2 1/2 inch cut squares (finish 2 inches) and frames cut 2 1/2 by 10 1/2 and 2 1/2 by 6 1/2.
I continued with the 25 patches for a border.
I love this quilt!

I had bought the fabulous orange online for another project. The color was not what I was expecting, so I decided to use it for the back and binding of this quilt--a very appropriate color for a quilt that will live in the Netherlands.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

graduation! paint box quilt completed

We have another high school graduate! Lane Tech graduated close to 800 students.  Seth met up with us at a gas station, an odd but efficient place for pictures!
I finished my Paint Box quilt for his gift.
Details of making this quilt are at this post:
The blocks finish 4 1/2 inches.

Friday, June 24, 2016

basket medallion sew-a-long

After a spring of way too much travel (Andy to China and me to the Netherlands for work-more about that soon!) and family weddings in Connecticut and Iowa, and Seth's graduation from high school, I hope to have some serious sewing time before I start preparing for fall classes.

Lori over at Humble Quilts is doing another sew-a-long. It is a free formed medallion with a basket theme, inspired by Gwen Marston's style.

I free-cut some shapes with graph paper, then used Pellon middle weight 40 sew-in stabilizer to make faced shapes, cutting an X in the back and turning them right side out. I made some bias stems.
It is machine appliqu├ęd with a straight stitch.

At this point it measures 18 1/2 inches. The next step theme is childhood--I'm thinking pinwheels!

You can see the other basket blocks at:

Humble Quilts

Friday, April 22, 2016

dead women's notions

I stopped by an estate sale a few neighborhoods away from ours after class this noon. My friend Sharon Sikes refers to the sewing supplies we find at estate sales and thrift shops as "dead women's notions".
I find myself at these estate sales tidying up their sewing areas. Today I had the workers move the cams boxes from one machine to the correct one. I made sure the right bobbins were with each.

Mrs. Kahler was a woman who loved her neighbors--she had a Altoids tin filled with clippings of estate sales, real estate listings, and death notices of her neighbors. A Sucrets tin held her labels for projects beyond what she completed.
There were lots of spools and buttons and an iron I was interested in but when plugged, didn't work.

So I came away with just this beautiful little Wiss scissors.
Violet, I will take good care of them and use them well.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

circa 2016 sew-a-long--center completed

FINALLY, a chance to do a bit of sewing. Only knitting and some bindings have been worked on since February.
I stole away the morning to finish the center of the Temecula Quilts sew-a-long.
These blocks finish 2 1/4 inches. Instead of the instructed setting pieces, I cut the side triangles from 6 inch squares cut both ways diagonally, and the corner triangles from 4 1/4 inches squares cut diagonally once--but I should have cut those squares closer to 5 inches as they just barely fit. Then I squared it up to 14 inches and added the hourglass blocks.
I look forward to catching up on the 3 inch blocks.

Tulips are blooming and I'm wearing my new hand-knit socks.
Thanks, Janna for the bulbs, Seth for planting them, and Marcia for the socks!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Up in the roof--259 East Erie

Looking southeast.
Another in a series of rooftop views, this time from Green River restaurant.