Thursday, March 5, 2015

Almost done............and 3000 posts........

Yesterday afternoon I cut 4.5" squares from my flannel scraps for another quilt to work on at our twice monthly sew in today.  Then last night I started sewing this TAW together.  I have about 5 more strips to add and then I can press it and photograph it.  I'm thinking about bordering this one to make it a little larger.

This is my 3000th post.  It is amazing.....I didn't think I would have enough to write about when I started my blog.  I consider it my public diary and a reference; I have looked back many times to see when I did a particular thing.  It is also my photo album, full of progress reports on several hundred quilts over a 7.5 year time period.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Last strata............

After two classes in a three day time period I was ready to slow down yesterday.  I finished the last strata for my current Trip Around the World and that was all.  I petted lots of fabric though.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Students' quilts........

This is the one that I didn't get a photo of at the last class.  It is a lap/couch quilt size.  Be sure to click and enlarge the photo to see all of the fabric choices.

I love how they look sewn together after the unpicking is all done.  Check back here to see this one in progress on the design wall.

The left side of this one is sewn and the right side was unpicked yesterday.  

A lot of class time was spent with fabrics the students brought.  We put them in order and figured out the cutting sizes for their future projects.

I put a pile of my fabrics on the table and had them work on an order for them.  The top row is the way they were when the students left.  I looked at them later in the day and decided to add one more light fabric and one more multicolor and pulled out 2 of the black/charcoal gray fabrics (the bottom row).

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lots of stitching......

It took several hours yesterday but I finally finished sewing this top together at 11 last night.  Today is the part 2 of one of my TAW classes.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

February recap......and TAW progress......

I had 3 finishes for February, one from 2014, one from 2013 and the flannel top finished and quilted in February.  
 I finished 2 quilt tops which I hope to quilt in March.  My goal is to quilt at least 2 older tops and these 2 new tops this month.  I also plan to finish piecing the last blocks for both the Blazing Star which I started last year and the Hunter Star which is more recent.
This is a portion of the latest student's quilt.  There are a lot of neat larger prints used in this one and they create a lot of interest.

I finished unpicking all of the loops for my TAW and last night sewed 4 of the top to bottom long seams.  I want to finish sewing this together today.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

box of blocks...........

I needed a little springtime in the basement.  With temperatures going below 0 again last night it feels like winter will never end.
I was emptying some boxes and one of them was Strips that Sizzle blocks from 2009.  I just did a quick layout and then went back to my posts in 2009 to see some other layouts.  Here is one and another with these blocks.  Here is one more layout.  There are some pink and green blocks too and I put them together in several layouts here.  I also tried a vertical zig zag layout.  I'm not crazy about this on point layout so I'll probably go back to one of the ones I previously tried in 2009 and get the blocks sewn into a top = one empty box.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Third finish for February........

I finally looked for binding for this flannel quilt and chose a dull red plaid flannel.  It is lightweight so it worked fine for a double binding.  I am going to settle for just 3 finishes for February.  I need to clean the basement for another class and I don't feel like rushing to finish another quilt.  This one is 56" x 75.5".

You can see the camera is confused somewhere here.  With the black background backing exposed the quilt has a pinker cast.  The real color is half way between these 2 photos.

Here is a closer look at the binding.  It looks like a stripe but is really a plaid.

Last night I sewed a strata for a couch size TAW.  I was going to do another zig zag but I need to plan the fabric order differently for it.