Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Stars added..........

I have the top sewn together now.  I added in a 9" wide row on the left which includes the four star blocks.  I had a few 9" (finished size) squares left from the original group cut and I had to cut a couple 6" (finished) squares as well as quite a few 3" (finished) squares to finish it.  It is now 75" x 93".  I would like it a couple inches longer......but I'm done.  I will look for backing when I get home from my appointment in Chicago today.  It looks a lot more yellow to me in person but I think the camera likes to pick up the pink.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A drop in temperature.........

The temperature a little after midnight yesterday was 63 degrees.  I went to church sewing circle in the afternoon and drove through light snow flurries on the way home. 

I got 3 more low contrast stars made to add to the one from yesterday.
Shortly after I got home I went out and rescued my flowers from the accumulating snow.

I thought it was probably done snowing around 5 and took this shot of a bunny cleaning up under a bird feeder. snowed for a few more hours and I got a shot of another bunny around 7:30.

This is not abnormal for us to have snow in April.  In fact in 66% of the over 100 years of records there is a significant snowfall in April.

Flowers with snowy backdrop.

Monday, April 14, 2014


Yesterday in the comments Marie suggested star blocks to make the quilt wider.  I love star blocks so I decided to experiment.  Since all of the blocks in the quilt (see yesterday's post) are multiples of 3" (3", 6", and 9") the stars would have to be the same so this is the first 9" block.  I want to make them all low contrast so the stars don't jump out at you since they will only be along one side of the quilt.  I just happen to have the die for the star point section in both 2" and 3" so I can make 6" and 9" blocks.

I think I need to mention again that if you have a Google+ account there is a 95% chance you are a no reply comment so I can't answer your questions.  Only about 5% of the + people have figured out how to enable their email address.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Playing with borders and blooms........

I was playing with the extra rows on this quilt top.  The center section is 54" x 87", really long and narrow.  I added 2 rows of 6" blocks on both sides, and then because they were already cut I added a row of 3" squares on top and bottom.  If I sew them on it will be 66" x 93".  That is still a little small for a twin bed although it would work on a bunk bed or one with wood side rails and a foot board.  I could take all of this down and just make one more vertical panel to add on the width.  I can see it will be on the design wall for a few days.
My forsythia bush right next to the house on the west side had a few blooms.  The one in the front barely has buds.

Now that these are in bloom I wonder if they are Jonquils instead of Daffodils.  I bought an assortment of bulbs many years ago and they haven't been very productive the last couple years.  I suspect they need to be dug up and separated.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Time for progress.........

I finally decided this top wasn't going to finish itself so I got the borders done last night.  First I added the strips to the 2 sides so the color wasn't touching the edge of the quilt.  then I added the 3 rows of strips to the top and bottom.  I wanted just a touch of color in the first 2 strips with the outside one being just the light neutrals.  Now it is about 76" x 95".  In the book it didn't have any borders.  I wanted it to be more rectangular so it could be used on a twin bed.
I think these two fabrics will be on the back.  I'll probably divide both pieces into 2 different width strips and sew them together alternating.  Then I don't have to worry about getting anything centered when I quilt it.

Friday, April 11, 2014


I took triangles to sew into squares to the sew-in yesterday.  I have 311 squares that will finish at 3" right now.  I want to make more so I can make a quilt 20 squares x 25 squares or 60" x 75".  I have another option that would include 2 borders so I'll work out the math on that one too.

I wanted to work in the basement last night but this is the time of year that it is cold down there.  In the winter it is the warmest spot in the house and in summer, the coolest.  In spring and fall the heat doesn't come on as often so it gets cold.  I decided to just finish the last dishcloth I had in progress instead.  There is one little dot of green dye on the yarn and I didn't want to cut it and knot it there so I left it in.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Outside happenings.....

I started cleaning up the front flower bed yesterday.  I could hear some crows and didn't pay much attention to them and then I heard another noise so I turned around to look at the tree they were in.  That is when I saw the other bird.
From this high perch he could probably see all the way over my house into the backyard where the bird feeders are.

This crow just decided to fly over by his pal when I snapped the photo.  No leaves yet on our trees.

Last night I was gathering pieces for the project to take to the sew in today.  When I got it all packed I finished this dishcloth out of 3 partial balls of yarn.