Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Little of Everything

The last two mornings I have had to wait for a moose to cross the road when driving into town for my morning workout. This morning I had my camera ready and sure enough I had to stop for a moose...again! Moose have a very high opinion of themselves...they expect the world to make way for them...not even a quicker step when they see your car. 

Everything finally came together for quilting to commence on my midarm. Loving it. 

I am so close to finishing the Hunter's Star quilt...that's good because Breakfast Club is just a few days away...sure would like to share this at show and tell. One more section of the border to add to all the sides.

Stitching away on a stocking and starting two companion ornaments.

Sunset a couple of nights ago. When I walked into our great room with our picture windows of this view I was momentarily terrified I was seeing a forest fire. Our winter was so mild...not much moisture in the area. I'm sure Alaska will have many fires this summer...we had some bad ones last summer.

It was a spectacular sunset...about  9:15 p.m. Loving our longer days!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Blocks Becoming Rows

I am actually still putting together the blocks...but I'm doing that as I put the rows together.

Lots of points to deal with so going slowly for accuracy.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Friday Finish

I love having a Friday Finish...that just doesn't happen often enough!

This is a quilt of my own design. "Sparklers." It is about 85-inches square.

Not my usual colors. It is my goal to have it quilted by the Fourth of July...2016!

I have also been repairing some of my older Bucilla stockings. I had to replace the linings of 13, on which I had used an adhesive backed felt. I had no idea when I started making these stockings more than 20 years ago that I would get addicted to them and keep adding to the stash.

I will now try and finish the March Breakfast Club quilt which is a Hunter Star from a version designed by the Missouri Star Quilting Company. The most tedious part so far is trimming all the half square triangles. Very easy to sew the HSTs together incorrectly. I've done it twice already and have only finished two blocks.

I'm super excited about April's Breakfast Club project called "Himalayan Pink." It's a fat quarter pattern and I knew instantly I had a set of Moda fat quarters that had been aging just long enough to be perfect for this pattern.

I think it is fabric line called "Dragonfly Summer." I actually bought half yard cuts...I guess I really liked these fabrics! I tried several times to come up with a pattern of my own but never got there. My main design challenge was working with a line of basically medium values. Everything looked mushy together...I think it won't be a problem with this design as some mushiness in the colors seems to enhance this design. And it is a super simple construction method. We get to use a 60-degree ruler which I already own. 

And I am still working on "Spring Cleaning." My sewing room got a good cleaning last week...though I do see some areas of dust I missed as I write this. Cleaning never ends...

Friday, April 1, 2016

Show and Tell

I can't believe it has been over a week since the gathering of Breakfast Club in March. 
We had a full classroom so lots of great show and tell!

In December and January we did a mystery quilt from Debbie Caffrey. Tops were completed by three more ladies and one brought in her quilt completely finished!  

I think this was a pattern from October's Breakfast Club, "Strip Lash." Two of the ladies brought in their completed quilts.

And February's project was the apron!!!
 One of my favorite projects. Two more ladies finished theirs.

The pattern for March...Hunter's Star. Here's the class sample.

Fun unrelated quilt projects! A baby quilt with 3D ears on the elephants.

The backside of the elephant quilt.

A stunning quilt...the maker didn't know the pattern source right off hand so we are hoping to get that info at April's Breakfast Club.

A fun mini quilt.

A work in progess. The maker was tossing around border ideas.

Too many projects to work more chatting!