Sunday, March 31, 2019

Closing Up the Month of March

There were some great projects ladies shared at the Breakfast Club.

Here is Meg's One Block Wonder.
 I scolded her for not having the original, uncut fabric with her so we could compare.

Jackie's adorable Bears in Birch Trees quilt. I don't know the actual name of this pattern.
Her lucky grandson will get this beauty.

Joyce made two iron caddies, one for Marlene and...

one for herself.

This is Jackie's quilt from our January pattern, Rocky Road, from the book,
 "Perfect 10 Quilts," by It's Sew Emma. A layer cake pattern.

This month's project was, "Make It 8!" 
The pattern calls for a feature fabric, background fabric and 8 fat quarters. 

Marcia's class sample with a lovely border treatment.

Rona had her top completed prior to class. A lot of these ladies meet every Tuesday to sew which is great for me because I get to think about options for mine.

Joyce had her feature blocks completed before class and got the fat quarter blocks done and all her rows sewn together. 

Laura made her quilt before class and cut the number of blocks to make a lovely baby-sized version. 

After seeing Laura's version I decided my blocks looked perfect for a baby quilt. I might actually make two or three baby quilts since I had already made 17 feature blocks when I came to this decision. And I have plenty of background fabric to accommodate three baby quilts. 

I couldn't wait to tryout my blocks on the design wall when I got home. It wasn't quite like I pictured in my head once I saw it on the wall. I loved the colors but the large sizes of the fat quarter fabrics overwhelmed my feature fabric blocks. usual...I took an easy pattern and made it so much more difficult
because now I had to pull out my seam ripper.

Below...a new version with dark purple 2-inch centers.

After seeing the other quilts made in this pattern I came away with the observation that the 2-inch center square color made a big difference in the quilts I liked the most.

This is the same version with yellow centers.

A little hard to see the moose in my feature fabric so here is a closer look.

I even made changes to my design plan for the quilt on my midarm frame. I don't like it as much as my initial drawing but because of all the seams in this tiny area I was having trouble executing it as I imagined so I simplified and succumbed to stitching in the ditch along all my HST 1 1/4-inch squares. Tedious. Two more corners to tackle.

I'll finish all the black areas before moving to the star center.
 I was hoping to finish it by the end of today but it's too pretty outside to spend the whole day quilting. The top is just under 40-inches square.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Spring Groove

We are having a very warm March. 
Most of our snow is gone. 
I'm all for an early spring.

I have all the blocks made for the, "Baby Honu," quilt.  I need to move some turtles around...or maybe they will move around for me.  I'll have to check my blog, but I think I bought this kit in 2016. I don't know why I bought the kit because I proceeded to change over half the fabrics.

I am planning to attend Breakfast Club this week. The quilt shop website shows they will be making the pattern, "Make It 8." You take eight fat quarters, a background and a theme fabric. It was so easy to pull this group from my stash that I figure it was just meant to be that I attend this class. 

I got three more animal sets done for the Bucilla kit, Noah's Ark Animals. The monkeys and the deer went pretty quick but the giraffes took four evenings. So stinking cute! One of the gals on my Facebook page suggested I do a theme Christmas tree next year with all the animal ornaments. 
Love that idea!

Will I actually get a quilt on the frame and done by the end of March?
 It could happen.
 I have spent a long time pondering a quilting design for this top...a couple of years.
 I am finally ready to commit to stitching.
 It is just under 40-inches so I can do it! 

I find all that doodling before I start stitching helps with my muscle memory when I actually step up to the machine.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Project Updates

Thank you all for the lovely thoughts you shared with me on the passing of my father. 

My father chose to be cremated and asked my sons to fly to a location of their choosing to spread his ashes in Alaska. My father always spent several weeks with us in the summer until last summer when he became too ill to travel. We will be celebrating his life this summer when all of us will be in Alaska together. As we say in Alaska, or actually in Hawaii, we will, "talk story," about GP. 

I'll be traveling soon to spend some time with my mom but I have a few days to organize projects in my studio. Busy work helps the mind sort through thoughts.

My recent Bucilla project is turning into a long term event. I am making a set of 50 Noah's Ark animal ornaments. There are twenty-five different animals, a male and female for each type. I am past the half way point. Ten more sets to make. I filled up a fat quarter with the first 15 sets.

Hubby and I spent 10 days in Palm Springs in February. I finished three more cross stitch Santa ornaments on that trip. We encountered cooler temperatures than normal and a couple of rainy days so I never quite got around to taking photos of our vacation locale. We will try visiting again next winter and give the city a second chance.

Below is the set, Victorian Santas: Saint Nicholas, Sinter Klaas and Father Christmas.

I toted this UFO, "Baby Hono," to the February quilt retreat but didn't touch it. The Material Girls set a challenge at the retreat to work on a UFO before our May retreat dates. I guess this is what I am going to tackle for the challenge. The turtle bodies are 3-D with a shell stitched on top. The body parts are not stitched down. I had the bodies created when I stopped working on the quilt so I officially finished 16 blocks this week.

Next up is to make 14 Monkey Wrench blocks.
 I am already thinking of making changes to the pattern...I tend to do that!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Tough Day

My father, retired Gunnery Sergeant, USMC, Johnny Tex Jones, died this morning.
 He had advanced bladder cancer and was also suffering from dementia, both possibly related to chemical exposure in the drinking water while we lived on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He served two tours on the front lines of the Vietnam War but only told me silly stories about stealing ice cream from the Air Force. My husband and I called him King Putz...he was always working on a project. One of his most successful projects was restoring a 1978 Corvette. My sons called him, "GP," short for grandpa. He loved that special nickname. He took great pride in his two grandsons...they were who and what he talked about the most the last few months of his life. He always called me princess. I couldn't have had a more loving and supportive father. He had many obstacles in his life but he never quit moving forward.