Sunday, February 25, 2024

Working on project 2...............

Yesterday I mentioned that I wasn't sure if I was going to leave the 4 patches in the layout.  When I looked at it yesterday morning I realized it was the 2 light squares that were bothering me, not the 4 patches. The comparison in this collage of the 2 photos shows I was right.

By 8:30 p.m. this was the layout of 10 rows out of 12.  I was watching a movie on Peacock so I started sewing rows together.

I decided to sew the top half together and now I can move those bottom rows up and get the last 2 rows designed.  The bottom half isn't as dark as it looks in this photo.

This is the total amount of snow from Friday night.  It was in the mid 30s yesterday and now we're headed back up to the 50s and 60s.

Look at that furry tail on this "bird".


Saturday, February 24, 2024

Working on 3................

All of the X and O blocks are sewn now but not pressed yet.  I need 17 O blocks and 18 X blocks so I just realized I'm short one O block.  I can just sew a seam on the other side of an X block and rip out the original seam and I will have an O block.

I took those stacks of 4 blocks off the design wall and started a layout of 6" finished squares with a few 4 patches thrown in.  I need 12 rows for the length and I'm short 14 squares for the required size.  There are 2 squares alike of 27 of the fabrics and more squares alike of the rest of them so I will need to wait to mix in the 14 new fabrics before I proceed.  I'm not sure I will leave the 4 patches in it or maybe will group them all together in one area.....just playing at this point.

When I was done with that I sewed four stratas for 16 patch blocks.  Now I need to turn on the iron and press everything.

It started snowing last night and it was sticking on the grassy areas.  I checked back in previous years' photos and the Sedum are about a month ahead of their normal growth.  I'm not going to clear away the areas around them yet.  It's just too early.

Friday, February 23, 2024

3 more sets to sew.........................

These are all sets of 4 big blocks in a stack pinned to the design wall.  I got 4 sets sewn last night to add to the 2 sets that were sewn the night before.  Most of them are 4 blocks alike but a few have 1 block made from 3 parts the same and one different.  I will move all of this to a larger design wall for the final layout.

We got up to 63 degrees yesterday and there may be snow on grassy areas by tomorrow morning.  Then back up to 50 by Sunday and 68 a few days later.  I hope the Redbud trees don't think it's time to bloom because there could be several more freezes coming.  I have lived in this house almost 52 years and I only remember 2 years where the buds froze and we had very little or no blooming.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

6 of the 8 final sets..............

I cut 8 sets but only brought 6 of them upstairs to sew last night.  I was too stiff and sore after doing a little over an hour of outside work to go back down and get the others.

I got them sewn last night and will sew the other 2 sets before I do any pressing. Then I can mix them all in with the the ones in the layout on the design wall. 

I tore out all of the tomato plants and pulled up the cages and nested them.  Then I picked up branches that have fallen in the last 2 months.  One of my shoulders has been bothering me and pulling all of those dead plants didn't help it.  I need to remember to take the Advil before I go out to work.  Friday and Saturday are going to be colder and now they say Tuesday for 69 degrees.

While I was in the backyard I checked out one flower bed and the Sedum is starting to grow.  This is up fairly close to the house.

Then I checked the 6 Sedum plants by the front of the house and they all have new growth too.  It's really too early to clean up my flower beds because we could have some more freezing temperatures in the next 10 weeks. 

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Flannel progress.............

 Last night I started sewing sets of 4 blocks that are identical.  I have chosen the last 8 fabrics for more blocks but haven't cut them yet.  I will want to mix those colors into the layout before I sew any more sets of 4.

I had strip sets prepared for 24 sixteen patch blocks so I sewed them too.  I may combine my rectangle blocks with the 16 patches in one quilt.  The rectangles are 4" x 8" finished size and I have a good size stack of them already cut.  I just need to do some figuring so I know how many of each I will need.

We are on the way to being the warmest ever February in Chicago (60 miles from me).  Today may go over 60 and they are saying near 70 on the weekend.  I guess I should go outside and pull out the tomato plants and cages that I didn't do in November.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Second February 2024 finish.............

This quilt was made from a pattern I purchased, Interweave by Springleaf Studios.  Here is a photo of the pattern.  All of the black and whites are batiks and the red and orange prints are mostly regular quilting cotton prints with 2 Philip Jacobs fabrics and 1 Martha Negley fabric.  It is 57" x 81".  Binding is done all by machine, straight stitch finish on the top.

The backing is a batik I purchased on sale in 2018 in NC.  The batting is Hobbs 80/20.  The binding is the same Martha Negley print that is in the quilt top.

Click for a closer view.  There are some fun black and white batiks in this one, a lot of them from 1990-2003.

When I cut the elongated hexagon flannel pieces, there is a triangle at each end left over.  Yesterday I decided to clean up my die cutter table and cut 2" finished half square triangles from those waste pieces.  I will have some more when I get the next 8 fabrics cut.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Flannel again............

Yesterday morning was cutting time.  I also cut for two more quilts than the two I'm already sewing.

I paired triangles with elongated hexagons.  I have enough triangles cut now for the rest of the blocks I need to cut.

Last night was sewing time.  The blocks on the left are piles of 4 alike.

I took one block of each sewn combination and started a layout on the design wall.  After I make the remaining blocks I will sew duplicates of the X and O blocks because I have 4 alike of most of the blocks.  I need to cut 8 more sets of 4 blocks so I'll be going through the stacks of flannel again today.