Sunday, February 05, 2017


While finishing up the needed blocks for the times quilt I am cutting for the next solids on prints quilt.
Going very simple here with a woven block. Block finishes 8 inches.
Solid: 2 rectangles cut 1 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches
Print: 3 rectangles cut 2 1/2 inches by 8 1/2 inches

Life is busy now with packing up the house, classes in full swing, trying to visit my mom, and just the day-to-day activities.
A simple quilt is just the sewing I need to help keep me calm.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

circa 2016 Temecula Quilt Co. sew-a-long

Temecula Quilt Company sew-a-long Circa 2016
All blocks done. 
All rows sewn. 
Lots more work left to do.

Center blocks finish 2 1/2 inches. Others finish 3 inches. She gave instructions to make two of most blocks. I made four so I would have the option of making a bigger quilt and knew I wouldn't want to make a mass of them at the end. I only had to make 11 more to come to this size. 
Hers was set on point and was adorable. With the extra blocks I didn't want to think that much and mathematically a straight set worked with the center medallion, so I went with that.

The setting squares are a bit of serendipity.
The fabric is from my late neighbor Lorraine's stash. It is a civil war era reprint and I believe it is a mis-strike as the color is off a bit. Little rosebuds on a blue ground. I cut the piece into 3 1/2 inch squares thinking I would substitute in another fabric for where I didn't have enough. I had just enough for the exact number of squares needed. If I had squared up a strip 1/8 inch more it would not have worked.

There are several favorite blocks. Here are a  couple.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

may you live in interesting times...

The plus/times quilt decided to be times.
On point is working out well, but is a pain in that I need to think as I put it together rather than mindless sewing that I usually enjoy in making blocks into a top.
I thought I had made too many blocks.
Apparently, not.

Friday, January 27, 2017

peripatetic quilts

My sisters and I have a deal.
If any of us sees something from home in one of the other's house that she wants, she can ask for it.
It doesn't mean you have to give it to her, but most often that happens.
You can always ask for it back later!

This is one of a pair of quilts we had on our beds growing up, pieced by our mom of her and her mother's sewing scraps, and quilted by our great-aunt Jen.
Mom enjoyed looking at the fabrics today and telling the history of them.
The quilts had wonderful ball-fringe that over time we pulled off and threw at each other.

Mom gave one to Beth and one to me a few years ago.
Because Andy and I are preparing to move, I offered mine to Beth so the quilts could be reunited.
Janna then asked if she could have them as she is setting up bunk beds for her granddaughters to use.
So, soon off to Wisconsin so Great-aunt Jen's great-great-great nieces can sleep under them!

Janna said she may sew on new ball-fringe.
If history repeats itself, there soon will be more late-night ball fights.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

zip, top completed

That was fun!
120 blocks, set 12 by 10.
Measures 72 by 90 inches
Block finishes 9 by 6 inches
Print: two rectangles cut 9 1/2 by 2 inches; six 2 inch squares
Solid: six 2 inch squares
My design--use at your pleasure!
I have to make backs for this and the framed nine-patch.
The shoo-fly, pinwheels, and geese in flight are at the quilter.
The ships and churn dashes are bound and complete!
In progress: the plus/times quilt.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

plus? times?

When I am a ways into cutting the parts for a solids-on-prints quilt, I try to think of what I will do next, and start cutting for that one too. That way there is a bit of continuity in these quilts And, why not get going on that next one while I have some wild fabric out anyway?
At the moment, I am  far in cutting and sewing the zipper blocks, and have decided to finish out the year by starting a plus quilt, being 2016 was designated (by someone?) as the year of the plus quilt.

I found this very cute version by Tula Pink. She calls it Summer Days.
I can cut the prints from 17 inch 2 1/2 inch strips to yield a block that will finish 6 inches.
Thinking this would be nice on point--would that make it a times quilt rather than a plus quilt?