Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Playing in the stash department.........

I was looking for a certain fabric on my brown/rust/gold shelves and I noticed some of the piles were messed up.  I decided to go through and re-stack them.  The big print is one of my very favorites.  I decided that while straightening I would pull some fabrics that coordinated with it.
Then I came across another favorite.  The turquoise version of this was the Hoffman challenge fabric back in the late 1980s.  It is really a rust, not red as it looks here.  I pulled a few fabrics to go with it too.  Now I MUST use these fabrics and not leave them for my estate sale.

I dug out weeds and volunteer trees, dug up the hosta I showed a couple days ago with all of the other plants smothering it out.  I cleaned up the area around it and replanted it.  I also transplanted 2 purple coneflowers and a Pulmonaria.  I dug up the Tiger lilies that were growing right next to my sidewalk and I need to either plant them in pots or back in the ground today.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Design wall time............

I decided to empty another box in the basement last night.  In it were two groups of Strips that Sizzle blocks.  I put these up on the design wall, 2 pink edges, 2 green edges but it was too predictable.

I turned some blocks a half turn and came up with this.  There were 74  blocks in this color range and this layout uses 70 of them and will make a quilt about 40 x 56".  I think I made the blocks in 2009 so they are ripe enough to use.  There are 84 blocks of the other color combination in the box.

There was only one TV show to watch last night so I started sewing the colorwash quilt.

I mowed the grass late afternoon yesterday while it was still cool.  I'm happy for all of the rain lately and today I hope to do some digging.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Minimal sewing, garden walk..........

I love hostas.  It is so much fun to see them come up every spring.  In the bottom right photo you can see that violets, cone flowers, Lily of the Valley, dandelions and Creeping Charlie are all competing for that spot.  I will probably have to dig that one up and clear the area and replant it.
 Jack-in-the-Pulpits are popping up in several places now.  The leaves are finally coming up on the ones I showed about a week ago.
The Tiger Lilies are getting tall as well as the peony plants.  Lily of the Valley has invaded my whole backyard garden.

The Red Penstemon plant in my front garden is so pretty.  

All of the volunteer Lungwart/Pulmonaria plants are doing well in their little pots.  I need to find someone who wants to start a patch of them in their garden.

The sewing I did yesterday was minimal and not worth getting the camera out for it.  It is time to plan for the new month now.  I need to add a few more things to my blog shop, Wandaful Quilts, later today.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

April recap............

I had three finishes in April, a Marcia Derse fabric Stack and Slash, a trip around the world tablecloth, and a wonky block baby quilt.
 I completed four quilt tops.  I'm calling the hexagon star finished but I still may explore border ideas for it in the future.  I could have sewn the colorwash rectangle wallhanging together but I decided not to rush it.  It is more fun to take my time and enjoy the process.
It was time to face the clean up around my die cutter yesterday.  I sort the scraps into similar sizes for future cutting of smaller pieces.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Little stuff........

I was at the repair place until almost noon.  Brakes are silent now and they didn't charge for fixing them.  It has only been 6 months since they did the original brake job.

I spent a few more hours listing some more items for sale on my Wandaful blog.  Then I got busy cutting batting for some small items that I have been working on.  It has turned cold again so I didn't work outside at all.  

I am disappointed that I didn't get another quilt quilted this month but I just couldn't decide which one to do.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Clearing off the design wall...............

I needed to take some photos of quilts yesterday so I took down the colorwash that has been on the design wall for over a week.  I got up with a headache yesterday morning.  Storms had rolled through after midnight with thunder that woke me.  I didn't get much accomplished beyond listing some items for sale on my Wandaful blog.  I was in bed early compared to my normal late schedule.  This morning I'm taking my car into the repair shop to fix the shrieking brakes so I'll take a quilting book to read.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Triangles 1 and 2..........

In March I drew two triangle quilts on graph paper while I watched TV.  I wanted one more orderly and one a little wilder in design.  Above is Triangles # 1 with its drawing.  I ended up turning it a quarter turn to the right and left off the last row of triangles around the perimeter.
 This is the wild one...Triangles #2.  When I draw out a quilt it usually looks interesting on paper but when I make it with fabric, it sometimes loses its appeal.  In this case I think both of them turned out rather nice. 

I didn't sew a stitch yesterday.  I did laundry and looked through quilts and quilt tops to offer for sale.  I have had several inquiries lately about new items for sale.  For the new readers, I have a link on my right side bar for my blogshop, Wandaful Quilts.  I haven't listed anything new for quite awhile.  I will start listing today with small finished pieces.  I should have the first batch on there by noon Central Standard Time.  Hopefully I will get some quilt tops listed by the end of the day.  I have to do a lot of measuring and checking to see if I need a new photo or if my previously posted one is good.