Gaa Barge

It has been fun designing all the 32 pieces in the Gaa Barge series.  I have enough scraps taken from the wastebasket or swept off the floor to finish the remainder of my challenge.  I had originally planned to make one a week for a whole year, but gardening got in the way and the series wasn’t finished. Maybe, I can finish the series next winter when the snow flies.

IMG_0473The cat and dog pieces were made with purple and other dark fabrics for the background and tan fabrics for the animals.  The made fabric was made in the mile a minute method.  The patterns for the animals came from a child’s coloring book.  The cut out animals were fused down and then zig zaged around the edges with tan thread.  The lines of the drawing were zig zaged with black  thread.

IMG_0472Shortly after I made these two pieces, I taught a class on this procedure at a local quilt shop.  The pieces were my sample pieces.  They were at the shop when a photographer came to take a picture of the owners.  One of the pieces was grabbed and put under the needle of a sewing machine.  The colors went with a piece that was on the wall behind them.   I enjoy seeing my animal in the picture on the wall when I go to the quilt shop.

Have a great day and happy quilting,

Stay At Home Round Robin

Our prompt this week was a wonky star. Years ago, I made a wall hanging with a wonky star. I thought that I had invented a new block, but now realize that there is nothing new in quilting. That wall hanging now belongs to one of my beloved daughter-in-laws. She loves it. It was fun to make. No matching or cut off points. Just twinkling stars.

If we did not like wonky, we could make any star pattern. The checkerboard row was busy, so I thought that the wonky star row should be coping strips with just a few stars in the corners.

The colored SAHRR has just four stars, one in each of the corners. The wonky star is a nine patch. I wanted a narrow row so cut the patches 1 1/2″ square. That made a 3″ finished star. Running the pieces through assembly line method for the points was quick. I had Ginny Beyer fabric scraps leftover from the flying geese and the medallion center so used it for the points.

The black and white quilt is still is my favorite of the two. It is fun to just use value in choosing the fabric pieces. The fabric that I choose was too short to go the length of the row if I just had a star in each corner. I didn’t want to piece the length of the row. The corner of the previous row was 2″ not the 3″ measurement of the stars. It was time for a design element. The row would be 3″ wide so a 3″ star block would be fine in the corner. On each side of the star would be a 2″ x 3″ striped block. Then another star block. With all four corners made this way, I had enough length to piece the center of the border. That piece was strip pieced in the same configuration as the 2″ portion.

The 2″ flower block between the star blocks is a happy little accident. It looks as if it belongs there and I planned it.

I’m looking forward to the plan for the next row.

Now, It’s time to get some of the quilt thoughts out of my head and onto fabric. I have a lot of fun planned.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Some things almost finished

This has been a productive week. The Morehead mystery quilt reveal came last Thursday. This quilt was easy to put together. It consisted of several A and B blocks and one C block. The only matching seams were the corners of the blocks. The Morehead Mystery is a very pretty quilt, but it doesn’t have a border. Several participants have said that they are going to add a border. I’m trying to decide if I will add one or not. I do have enough red, blue and green fabric to add a border. There is very small piece of white left over but I can’t remember where I bought it. I’ll have to do a bit of research to find it. If I had more white, I could piece a border. I don’t want it to look as if I just added a border because I could.

What do you think? Does it need a border?

The border could be one of these fabrics or a combination of them. Decisions, decisions!!! In the meantime, I’ll work on something else and just think about it.

On Wednesday morning, I realized that I hadn’t checked for the next row of the Stay At Home Round Robbin. The prompts come out on Mondays. This week, the prompt is a checkerboard. Checkerboards are fun to make.

Two 1 1/2″ fabric strips are sewn together. They are pressed, cut into 1 1/2″ segments and sewn back together with the colors reversed. This is the fabric that I used for the lighter part of the checkerboard.

When it was cut, it looked as if I had used multiple fabrics. I paired it with a darker fabric. When sewing the borders on the quilt, I found that I was one checkerboard short and all the darker fabric was used. It was time for a design element. With a bit of unsewing, and adding a solid piece to the middle of all four sides, it worked out. The corner squares were fussy cut from the center of the flowers .

The colored piece is a little larger than the black and white. I wanted a calming border so chose not to use the Ginny Beyer border fabric. The hand dyed fabric was Ombre dyed and gives subtle color tints and tones.

The Quilt Guild had a secret valentine exchange. Those who participated received a name with some background of another quilter. Each one either bought or made a gift for their secret Valentine. We had a wonderful exchange party. Three of us wore masks and social distanced. It was so good to have other people in the house, even if it was for a little time.

Absolutely beautifully made wall hanging from Adriana. It will be on my wall for the month of February.

From Teri

I received this in the mail from a very dear friend.

Happy Valentines Day.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Stay At Home Round Robin

This week’s stay at home round robin was hosted by Anja Quilts. She chose a flying geese row. I like to make flying geese so this was fun.

I spent the better part of an afternoon trying to design a curvy flying geese. I wanted a narrow row, so this didn’t work. The curvy geese needed the space of a wider row.

There are several ways of making flying geese. One is to make a rectangle and sew small squares on the diagonal on each end. No specialty rulers are needed.

I have two flying geese rulers. When I want a single flying geese, I use Kimberly Einmos flying geese ruler. I used her ruler to make the Temperature quilt. For that quilt, I made one flying geese a day for 365 days. That was a fun quilt to make. One flying geese a day didn’t take long to make.

My other ruler is the Lazy Girl x 4 flying geese ruler.

You can make four flying geese at a time with this ruler. All the math is done for you. To make four flying geese, you cut one large square from the solid lines and four small squares from the dotted lines. The ruler makes several sizes of flying geese. I chose to make size B which finishes at 1″ x 2″.

I wondered what would happen if I fussy cut a large square from the Ginny Beyer border fabric. This was a “what if” that came out better than I expected. I’ll use this technique in another quilt someday.

You Tube has several tutorials on this method of making flying geese. The tutorials tell you to cut large and trim down. With the Lazy Girl, there is no trimming. With accurate cutting and sewing, the flying geese are the correct size. You do have to remember to divide the number of flying geese by four to get the amount of geese that you want. If you want twenty geese, you sew five. This is a fast and accurate method.

Draw a diagonal line on the small squares. Place two on the larger square as show in the picture and sew 1/4″ on each side.

Cut between the two sewn lines and press.

Add another small square with a diagonal line. Sew 1/4″ on each side of the line. I used two different fabrics because I wanted each side to be a different color.

When using two different fabrics, you will have a mirror image. This was perfect because I wanted the geese to fly up on opposite sides of the quilt.

The black and white geese were flying in no time. Both skies were the same color. I chose to have them fly around the corners of the quilt.

It’s different planning a quilt with just values, not tints and tones of colors.

It is fun to make two quilts using the same criteria.

I look forward to each Monday to have another prompt. It’s fun to see what the other quilters have done with the same prompts. Everyone has a different idea.

Deb Tucker also has a flying geese ruler, the Wing Clipper. The flying geese is made in the same manner as the Lazy Girl, but the block is made large and trimmed down.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Yippee

Last year, 2020, was an unusual year to say the least. My summer in Maine was delayed because I could not cross the border until the end of June unless I quarantined. I had to buy groceries so I delayed my summer. Gardens were overgrown and beyond hope. It was discouraging. Then I decided to sell and one of my daughters bought the property. It was a quick move and I was back in N. H. on August 31st. Combining two houses into one was interesting. Some of my “stuff” is still in Maine in the garage to be sold at a yard sale next summer.

After I settled in, I decided to work on Dear Jane. Row A and row B had been completed and I thought that I would sew them into the main body of the quilt. But, they were missing. Did I leave them in Maine or are they in the N. H. house?

Since September I have been checking and organizing every cupboard and bin. My fabric is neatly organized and I know where most thing are now. The rows were still missing. I have just three places to look.

The pile of batting. I had found another missing piece in the batting pile before.

The bins of wall hangings, and the dreaded attic. If they were up there, they would never be found. It’s to cold to go up there now for a search.

I took two bins of wall hangings down. As I was checking them, I decided to divide the wall hangings into two piles, hand quilted and machine quilted. The last wall hanging in one of the bins was a green piece that I made last year for March – St. Patrick’s day. As I started to pull it out to put it into the machine quilted pile, I noticed another piece inside with circles. What joy!!! It was the missing Dear Jane rows.

Now, another puzzle. How did they get there? Why were those two pieces together in that bin? The answer was simple when I looked back into the pictures on my iPhone. I took pictures of the two pieces the same day in May. I must have folded both up and put them away in the wall hanging bin not noticing that Dear Jane was in the middle of the wall hanging. Dear Jane never did go to Maine with me last summer like I thought.

I’m attaching the rows to the main body of the quilt so that I won’t loose them again. I’m working on the blocks that are missing in the upper right. When they are finished, there will be just three more rows to make. Of course, there are the triangles that go all around the outside. This is a long, long, term project.

I’ve finished the second row of the pandemic round robin quilts. This row had to have a cross.

The gold is darker on this row. This fabric was dyed in an Ombre dyeing class. As I go out, the gold will be darker in each row. It’s a happy, unintended, design element.

I have to pay attention to value with the black and white.

One of my UFOs. It was a sample for my mile a minute class. The mile a minute blocks were cut into quarters and an inch sashing was inserted. The block is the same size as it was when I started. The inch insertion is fun to do. I’m quilting the UFOs using the chapters in Angela Walter’s book, Background fillers. This was the second chapter. Loopy meander. I finally figured out how to do it by the time I finished. It’s not my favorite background filler, but I might use it in another piece.

I think that I’ve figured out how to finish all my UFOs. Have fun, learn something new when finishing them, and just get them done.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

An Adventure In Quilting

I have had an adventure in quilting for the last three days. It has taken a quilt community to get me this far. I was working on a few ufos when I read Laura Kate’s blog, Daily Fiber. Laura Kate is awesome. She quilts, makes the most wonderful knit products, and does water color painting. I admire her very much. When her blog shows up, it is the highlight of my day. Laura Kate led me to another blog SAHRR 2021 chrisknits(wordpress.com.)

Chris and a few fellow bloggers are making a Covid round robin. This is similar to the traditional round robin, except that the quilt never travels out of your house. Each blogger gives weekly challenges to the group. They show their progress on their websites.

The round robin starts with a single block. Any block that you want. It can be an orphan block or a new one. I checked all my orphan blocks, but decided not to use any of them.

I had bought 5 1\2 yards of a Ginny Beyer border print for $2.00 a yard at Mardens. This would be my focus fabric. I like to fussy cut the prints. There would be enough for a border. I hadn’t used any of the hand dyed fabric that I made two years ago. I had ombre fabric and graduated dyed fabric. The colors that I chose seemed to go very well with the focus fabric.

Ginny’s block

Ginny Beyer has lots of quilt block patterns, so I chose on that I could do fussy cutting in the center. Things were going very well. Pieces were cut and sewed. It went together very well. Then, I looked at it. It was awful. I did not like it and knew that it would go into the ufo bin, never to be seen again, it I didn’t do something. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong, but it had to be the colors.

The center was nice,

That night, I saw a black and white block on Pinterest. I have a challenge of a two color quilt so this would work. It was a total turn around. I found a block on EQ 7 and made the block. It was so much better than the colored one.

Chris chose Piano Keys for the first round. She decided that the block needed a coping strip and then a small 1 1/2″ finished border. That would be easy.

The blog picture showed only two border sides, so that’s what I did. I made two borders. It was different. Then I looked at the blog for finished blocks from the other bloggers and they had all four sides. Chris’s block just wasn’t finished.

I had four quarter square triangle squares left over so used them in the four corners of the black and white block. So far, I like this quilt.

Now, back to the colored version. My quilting buddy daughter and her husband came for lunch the other day, Of course, it was show and tell. She took one look at the block and said that the red was the wrong color. It needed to be changed. I unsewed the block and took out the red points. It was much harder to insert the new points. The fabric stretched a bit with the unsewing. I can quilt out the puffiness. I also removed the border print borders and replaced it with piano keys. What a difference. I think that I can save it now.

I’ll make two Covid round robins.

Each new challenge is presented on Monday. This project can rest for a few days and I can work on something else. First, I have to clean up the mess that I made making these two blocks. It’s much nicer to work in a clean room.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Happy Birthday, Miss Molly

Miss Molly will be celebrating her birthday on January 16th. It doesn’t seem possible that she is 11 years old. She was such a cute puppy.

waiting for Max to finish. Maybe there will be some food left over.
Graduating from her first class
Molly’s hole
If I don’t see lightening, it won’t hurt me.
checking out the new fabric
Inspecting the Canadian 150 quilt.

Miss Molly is a great companion. She does love my quilts.

I’ve been busy sewing on various quilts during the past two weeks. Three more Dear Jane blocks are finished. It’s enjoyable to piece and quilt a small project.

Two quilts have come back from the long arm quilter.

Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt.

This is my first and my last Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt. Now, I can say that I have made one. I found a large piece of fabric that I had used in the first border and used it for binding. It is completely finished.

This is an old quilt. It was almost an antique before it was quilted. I hand pieced in the first five years of my quilting journey and this one is hand pieced. I like the idea of a quilt block in the middle of another quilt block. I may make another on like this. I’m looking for fabric for the binding. If I had made binding when I made it, it’s long gone. I’ll look for something today so that I can finish this quilt.

I’m up to date on the Morewood Mystery quilt. Next clue is in February.

I have more ideas in my head than I have time for. It’s a good thing that I’m staying home and working on a few of them.

One of my daughter in laws asked me if I had some fabric that she could use for a project. What a question!!! I sorted all my fabric drawers and pulled out two bags of scraps for her and two bags for one of my daughters. My daughter makes the most beautiful Grandmother Flower Garden quilts and can use small pieces. My daughter in law will have to show me what she’s working on when we can finally get together. She lives in another state and can’t cross the border until the quarantine is lifted. All the leftover fabric is folded and neat. I don’t imagine that it will stay that way for long, but it looks great for a while. In the meantime, I decided to organize the sewing room again. It was such a mess. I didn’t want to go in there and sew. Most everything is back in it’s place and I can find what I want.

I’m enjoying this new plan of not planning what I’m going to do. Quilting should be fun.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Happy New Year

I’ve been asked what my plans are for 2021. I thought about making a list, but decided not to do that. This year will just flow with whatever I feel like doing at the moment. There will be finished ufos, or maybe not. There will definitely be new quilts. Maybe a new look to the blog. Who knows? It will be a journey and the trip will be interesting.

There has been a plastic bag in the ufo bin, I bypassed it many times and decided to look into the bag. It was a project started in a John Flynn class many years ago. The laser cut fabric pieces were jumbled up.

Some were pinned together. There were three finished blocks. I remember when I took the class, I didn’t like the colors of the fabric. Now, I love them. Tastes change. I don’t have the instructions, but I can figure out how to put the blocks together by looking at the finished blocks.

I remember that we had to buy another fabric for the background. It must have gone into another quilt because it’s not with these pieces. Will I finish this quilt? Maybe, but not now. It would be beautiful If I did. I’ve checked John Flynn’s website and this quilt is nowhere to be seen. If I run across the instructions in the depths of my note books, I might start it again, one block at a time.

The ufo bin produced a little pieced house. I originally made this block as the center of one of the Miss Rosie quilts. Then I decided to make a Christmas quilt.

The original house block was put aside. When making this little quilt, I decided to try a new technique from Kari M. Carr’s book “Just Around The Corner”. It teaches quilts with easy mitered borders. I pieced the mitered border and then added a striped second border. The little house came alive.

The Christmas house
The original house

My plan of cutting up leftover fabric after finishing a piece hit a snag. My original plan was to not put the leftover fabric back into the fabric stash. I would cut it up into small pieces and make a small quilt. It was no different. The box of 1 1/2″ squares was overflowing. It doesn’t really make any difference where you put the leftovers unless you use them. That led to three days of sewing tiny pieces. Now that box is empty

Dear Jane has been in the sidelines for a while. I forgot how much fun it is to make these little blocks. Maybe I can finish this quilt in 2021. Also my oldest hand quilted ufo. The Amish Thistle is 35 years old. I’ve been quilting on it in the evening. I can see the end in the far distance.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

Still UFOs and a new quilt

I’m still working on ufo’s. The pile doesn’t seem to get smaller. I spend too much time trying to decide what to do next. The other day, I looked at the ufos on hangers in the closet. There was a lap quilt that I had inherited from a friend’s sewing room. It was layered and pinned with backing and backing. It was a perfect quilt to finish. This quilt is one of two that are just alike. The second quilt is in the pile in the blanket chest. Now, the first quilt is quilted and ready to be bound. One down and many more to go. I should layer the second quilt and finish it.

I have a stack of orphan blocks. Some are from blocks of the month tutorials that I designed. Others are blocks where I wanted to try a new procedure. Most are not color coordinated with each other. I decided to make placemats for Meals On Wheels. Six are pieced, quilted and ready to be bound. The binding has been cut. We expect a big snow storm tomorrow, so I can finish them while I watch the snow fall.

I still have a lot of orphan blocks left to work with. If I put sashing around the blocks and quilt them, I can put the blocks together in the lap quilting method. It would be a quick and easy way to take them out of the ufo pile. An added bonus is practicing new patterns of free motion or ruler quilting. It’s a thought for another snowy winter day.

My blocks have come back from the Block Robin Project. I am so pleased with them. The ladies did a wonderful job. There are a total of 14 blocks to work with. I thought of making some extra ones to complete this project, but I found a picture on Pinterest of a quilt with fourteen blocks. The quilt had a large block in the center. It was perfect. The top is finished. I’m trying to decide if I want to quilt it myself or send it to the long arm quilter.

The Morehead Mystery quilt blocks for December are finished and in the basket waiting for January’s clues. This has been a fun mystery quilt. The clues can be sewn in a day or two and then I don’t have to think about them until the next month.

The little four patches made from the leftover 1 1/2″ squares are adding up. I saw a clever way to put them together and will start making larger blocks with them. I also have some strips that are leftover from projects. I have a plan for the strips also. Every little piece adds up to pretty scrap quilts.

Have a great day and happy quilting.

THREE UFOS

I have finished three small ufos. Now, I can start a new quilt. That is my new rule for a while. Who knows how long it will be in effect.

The first ufo consists of four samples from my mile a minute class. All four samples were made with the same colors. The sashing and borders were all different colors. This sample was to show that the color of the quilt made with this block with so many different fabrics is determined by the color of the sashing. The sashing color picks up its color from the mile a minute block.

These four little pieces were fun to quilt. I decided to use the built in embroidery pattern on my machine.

One of my favorite embroidery patterns is the briar stitch. I call it chicken scratch. It looks like chicken footprints.

They were quilted using the walking foot. The chickens wandered all over the quilts. It was fun to not have to line up the grid.

The second ufo is part of a jelly roll race quilt. The rows were stitched in the ditch using the walking foot and a built in embroidery pattern. This stitch is a basic utility stitch.

I found these twelve string pieced blocks and made a doll quilt. Fortunately, I found a piece of the turquoise print in my stash. It was a lucky accident. I found another embroidery stitch and quilted with the walking foot.

This is the new quilt. It is a doll quilt made with the leftovers from a mystery quilt. I designed a mystery quilt for the guild. The first two clues have been revealed. I can’t show the end result until after the last clue. I will say that I have made four mystery quilts and have plans for another two. That quilt is addictive.

I’m on a roll with quilting with a walking foot and built in stitches. It’s the quickest and easiest way to finish ufos. There is usually some reason why they weren’t finished when they were pieced. That has to be overlooked and the quilt just has to be finished. Most of the ufos will go into the give away bin. They have to be finished quickly and still look nice. The bin is getting full. It will probably overflow before the pandemic is gone and people can come to visit. In the meantime, I’m going to use my time to finish as much as I can this winter.

Have a great day and happy quilting.