Saturday, February 23, 2019

Lights and darks...............

My view of the design wall yesterday.  I have decided to make 2 quilts.  The dark one is 7 blocks tall and 5 blocks across on the bottom row and that is the proposed size now, approximately 50" x 70".

I tried something different with the 4 new light blocks.  Can you spot it?  See below.  

I only got 4 of the 12 started blocks done because I had to cut more fabrics.  I was tired of repeating the same ones over and over.


Friday, February 22, 2019

Pineapple progress...........

This was my view from my sewing machine last night.  I put the 12 new dark blocks up on the design wall.  I still haven't removed the light blocks as a border since I haven't made any decision of layout yet.  I wasn't sold on the light blocks as border before but now that it is 4 dark blocks wide in the center I do like it better.
I had 2 light blocks started before and now I have 10 more started so there will be 12 blocks to put up on the wall tonight if all goes well today.  If I make 2 separate quilt tops, one dark blocks and one light blocks, I will need 35 blocks of each.  If I use the light blocks as a border I will only need to make 1 more dark block and 3 light blocks after I finish the group I am working on.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

4 blocks done.............

I spent hours yesterday pressing fabric and cutting pieces for these blocks with my GO! pineapple log cabin die.  I got one more round on all 12 blocks but only finished the last strip and corners on 4 of the blocks.  My bobbin thread ran out and it was close to 11 p.m. so I stopped at that point.

Luckily the temperature got above freezing yesterday and melted off the inch of new snow with ice pellets on top of it.  It sounds like we are going to get a couple sunny days now with temperatures above freezing.

Clarice, I showed 2 quilts on that blog post and I don't know which you are asking about.  Could you email me with the address on my sidebar?

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Errand day and sewing...........

Yesterday the sun was shining and the roads were clear so I ran some errands.  It was still below freezing but didn't feel so bad with little wind and lots of sunshine.

Last night I started working on pineapple log cabin blocks again.  On the left are 4 light blocks and on the right are 12 dark blocks.  They still have 2 more rounds plus the corners.  I usually only make 4 blocks at a time instead of this many.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Quilt finish #3 for February..............

The red and white star quilt is finished.  I pieced the top in January and used my very best red fabrics.  I knew I wanted to make a quilt with the white and black prints again and this was perfect for them.  It is a small quilt finishing at 43.5" x 67.5".

The backing fabric is mostly red and white with little tiny yellow and orange birds on it.

We got about 4" of snow all day Sunday and into the early hours yesterday.  My snow plow guy came around 10 a.m. and plowed the driveway and then the sun shone most of the day and melted off the residue.  It is clean for a couple days....more snow predicted early Wednesday morning and then freezing rain later in the day.  What a winter!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Red binding..................

I was planning to make more pineapple log cabin blocks yesterday but changed my mind and finished the quilting on this red star quilt.  I had a half yard of a red print that wasn't used in the quilt so I cut it for binding.  I have the hand stitching done on 3 sides and have started the fourth side.
We had snow most of the day yesterday.  I don't see crows in my backyard too often but the black against the white snow under the suet cages caught my eye and I snapped this photo before it flew away.  

Sunday, February 17, 2019

One more layout................

Here is one last layout before I start making more blocks, dark blocks in the center with light blocks as a border.
This layout is one I showed last week with the opposite layout, light center with dark blocks as a border.

In a comment yesterday someone said if I make 2 quilt tops, one dark and one light that they could be the front and back of the same quilt.  One problem with that is that these are batik fabrics, tightly woven and it is already hard to quilt through the layers of seams so it would be a real nightmare to have double the seams on top of each other with pieced both front and back of the quilt.  It would definitely be 2 separate quilts from the tops for me.

I spent a lot of time going through sewing related stuff in a 3 drawer cabinet.  I pitched some things, pulled out patterns that I will never make and found $40 in a bank envelope in the bottom of one drawer.

There is snow scheduled for today so I cancelled my art quilters gathering for tomorrow.  There must be a warmer dry day coming up soon.........