Thursday, February 15, 2018

What to do?

What to do?  What to do?  What to do?  Decisions, decisions, decisions.  I'm playing the 'what if' game again with my snowball top.  Something different has been swirling around in my brain.

This appeals to me, but maybe three loops would be better on the ends and four loops on the longer sides?
 Or what about these loops on two corners or four corners?  Oh, decisions, decisions, decisions ....
"What if' my loops were slightly smaller ..... not so much 'in your face' size?  Since I have two of these rulers, the smaller loops were drawn onto paper and my vines pinned in place.
Can you see the difference on the left border?  Smaller is better.  The 'what if' game continues ......
Despite our cold, snowy weather, sewing in the garage still continues.  Not everyone can attend, but those that do go to the garage have a fun day.  After a sewing marathon in the garage last Friday and Saturday, 11 baby blankets were made for the NICU at our local hospital.  Darlene made 6 and I did 5.  We were determined to work entirely from our stash and that is a good thing.
Have a great stitching day!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Almost done with snowballs!

Technically, my snowball quilt-along with Temecula Quilt Company ( is DONE!  They are in week #9 and my top is done!  Yippee kiyay!

I'm so glad that extra rows were added to this top.  It is now a nice size:  70" wide x 86" long.
But, I'm not done.  Not yet.  This top looks good as is.  Yet ...... ?  Those wide borders are saying ..... applique, applique, applique!  So, applique it will be.

Have you ever hunted and hunted for fabric and couldn't find it and then went back to where you thought it was in the first place and then find it?  Well, that happened to me.  This fabric was hiding on me ..... shame on you!  Now, I can get busy making lots of bias strips. 
Extra, extra ..... my quilts to bind just went up by two more quilts!  While I was in Toronto this past weekend, my lovely LAer dropped these off at the hotel where we were staying.  So, that is six now to do.
There are just not enough hours in each day ...... or I need to clone myself!  LOL

Have a great stitching day!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

More snow and snowballs

We have had a dump of snow yesterday and today.  The January thaw helped to reduce the height of the snowbanks around town, but with this new snow, the snowbanks are back to being high again and with that comes extra caution when driving around town.  The unseen suddenly comes into view and braking on ice and packed snow is tricky.

Well .... what to do about that ..... except work on making snowballs.  The fabric kind, of course! 

Now, these blocks are supposed to be worked in batches of 16 per week as per the quilt-along through Temecula Quilt Company ( and we are in week 8, but I decided to plunge ahead and just get my blocks done.  With 40 ufo's on my list to work on, there is just no point in dilly dallying.  So, here is a show of my progress this week.

The right hand side is what needs to be finished.  Before, they were done two's and three's at a time, but now they are done in batches of eight to ten.
One batch completed, time to do another batch.
Then another ...
Until all the blocks were done!  Phew.  Think it is time for a cup of tea.
Tea breaks over, time to start sewing those blocks into rows. 
Section by section, the rows were sewn.
Three sections to be sewn together.
Together at last!  Not bad for one week of work!  I've been thinking about doing some applique in the borders.  Playing time begins!
Whoa .... hold the horses.  I've decided to add two more rows to the top and bottom to make this quilt longer.  Here I go again ......
Might as well just get at it and get those blocks done.  Watching t.v. and working on the tiny squares is a good time to get them done.  I use a Styrofoam board on my lap and work away and this is where I leave my progress until next update.
With all the piecing going on, it is relaxing to do a bit of applique to round out the mix.  One more border for my hexie top to do.  Progress, progress, progress.
Have a great stitching day!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

First Finish

Well, one of those five quilts is done!

It was dropped off to my neighbour this morning.  She is recovering from surgery and she will find comfort with this quilt.

Top size: 62-1/2" x 74"
Finished quilt size:  60-1/2" x 72-1/2"
Started:  May 2017 and finished January 2018.
Machine quilted by me using a simple grid pattern.  Simple but effective.

So, one done .... four more to do.

Have a great day!

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Five quilts ....

... to bind!
All machine quilted.  One by me and the others by a LAer.  The quilt (second on left) will be first up.  Binding is already sewn on.
These should keep me busy for a while!

Have a great day!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Doing a bit of applique.

I'm moving forward on the borders for my hexie top.
The left hand side is done.  Making progress.  It feels so good to get this far so quickly.
I do like this filigree border look ..... actually quite a lot.  This is something that I will be playing with in future quilts.  Yum, yum!

Have a great day!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Thinking ....

Oh my .... so many thoughts are flitting through my brain.  Border designs.  For my hexie top, I wanted something airy and different.  Hmmm ..... yes, this works!   What you see is a paper mock-up, but I do have enough of the navy inner border fabric to do the applique.
Only one more flower to do and then I can start stitching the bottom section to the main section.  Then, I need to get serious about these borders.  A good start!

Have a great day!