Monday, March 1, 2010

Blocks sewn, flowers blooming...........

The blocks are all sewn, a few moved to a new location.  Now it is time to get it off my design walls because I need to get to the space behind them.



I take an old calendar and cut off the numbers that I need for 14 stacks of blocks.







I remove each row from top to bottom, keeping the top piece on top and pin numbers on the stacks.

I usually just remove the rows as I am sewing, 1 & 2 to start, then 3 to add to them, then 4 to add to 1,2,& 3, etc.  This time I needed the whole quilt off the wall so I did it this way.




The third bud stalk on this bulb is finally opening.  One flower open, another soon, and 2 more buds a little later.  The first 2 stalks on this bulb had 5 flowers each but this one only has 4.


AND look what else is blooming, my Christmas cactus.  It bloomed for almost the whole month of Dec. and I have about 7 buds on it now.  I think it likes my east picture window!

34 comments:

Debbie said...

Such a great idea with the calendar, Wanda! The triangle quilt is looking wonderful.

jovaliquilts said...

Flowers blooming INdoors -- for a moment there I thought you meant outside! That would have been amazing! Good idea about the calendar. I just scribble the numbers on a bit of paper, which I always mean to keep and somehow never do ...

*karendianne. said...

Oh my gosh that is the coolest idea! Thanks for sharing. The flower. Wait. Let me go back to that. I got all sidetracked with the great idea. Early morning light bulb moments throw me off... hee. The blooming bulb is so neat and all I can think to say about the Christmas cactus is gosh that's so amazing!

A Quilter Awakens said...

Cool! Your use of the calendar numbers rocks. Simple ideas are the best. The quilt is gorgeous. Karmen

Jeanie said...

Great calendar idea! I just pulled off "February" and will not throw it away. Thanks!

Vicki W said...

The calendar tip is excellent!

Jackie said...

The quilt looks just fabulous! What a great idea with the calendar. I usually use little sticky notes, but this is so much better. I can't believe your Christmas cactus is blooming again, just beautiful!

Julie Bagamary said...

Great Calendar idea. The quilt is fabulous.

Fiesta said...

Wanda this is coming along so good. Was there a specific pattern you used?

Martys Fiber Musings said...

Your blooomin' flowers are a delight...in your container and in your quilt. Can't wait to share the calendar idea with my quilting friends at our meeting Thursday.

Thanks for sharing your step-by-step quilt construction on your design wall. I can't wait to get cutting.

Darlene said...

LOVE the calendar idea! I spend so much time arranging my quilt blocks, and then always manage to mess them up when sewing them together! Not anymore! Not to mention it will save me running back and forth between the sewing machine and the quilt! Thanks!

The flowers are gorgeous. Just what we need in the cold, gray, seemingly endless winter. But it's March now, so there's hope! :D

Terry@quilt-nut said...

What a great idea to use an old calendar. Great recycling! Terry

Rhonda said...

Wow,this quilt is my favorite this week....I love HSTs......love them and you have really done a great job. BTW, thanks for the tutorial of taking the rows down and keeping up with what's what!!!

Needled Mom said...

The hst quilt looks just awesome!!!

I love the idea of using an old calendar to mark the rows.

The amaryllis is such a gorgeous color and I have always loved the Christmas cactus. How nice to have color like that in the winter!

NeverBored said...

I love the idea of using a calendar for row markers and I've always got more calendars than I can use. I'm going to punch a hole in the center so I can lace the pin through that area. That should make the numbers last longer....maybe even laminate them with some clear Contac first. Thanks for the great tip!

Kim said...

What a lovely blog......I just spend a great hour looking at your creations..thanks for some new inspiration.

Beautiful quilts!

Happy sewing

Maria said...

What a great idea using the calender, thank you for sharing once again.
Your flowers are beautiful and help make the house look lovely and bright.

Judy said...

Couldn't say any better than the others but the calendar idea is great!

Gerry said...

Wanda, using an old calendar page sure beats my 'old' way of cutting and numbering.
Thanks for the great tip!
Gerry

Sharon said...

What a great idea with the calendar! I'll take that to guild and give you credit!
You definitely have a green thumb, the blooms are amazing!

Quilter Kathy said...

Fabulous idea for sewing the blocks...thanks for sharing it!

Chris said...

You are such a smart cookie! thanks for the great idea.

Laura Wasilowski said...

What a great use for an old calendar. You always amaze me!

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Great tip for using numbers from an old calendar! With all this blooming going on spring can't be far away!

wackywoman said...

You the bomb girl. Love that quilt. I have been collecting ethnic. Think I may be making 1/2 square triangles soon. And, I will NEVER thow out another calendar.

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed watching 'triangle' in progress. It is another beautiful creation.

Good tips, using old calendar numerals. I save the calendar photo's and cover my phone book covers with them.

As always your blooming flowers year long are always luscious.

J~MT

Cathi said...

What a brilliant use of an old calendar!! That is a fantastic idea and one I'm going to adopt!

bingo~bonnie said...

what a super clever idea about reusing the calendar cut up to number your rows! How smart!!! Thanks for sharing this tip!

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

Marilyn said...

Thanks for sharing your idea with the old calendar numbers. Great idea! Love your flowers as always.

hetty said...

There are flowers blooming all over the place at your house - in your quilts and in your pots. Thanks for sharing the calendar idea!

Kathy said...

Using the old calendar for your labels on quilting pieces is a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

esquiltingpassion said...

Beautiful, Beautiful!!!! I have been following your journey.
Elaine

Cheryl Arkison said...

Thta's exactly how I stack and move blocks too. I also make sure to put the number in the top left corner so I know which is the top left corner.

Andra Gayle said...

I love the calendar idea!