Monday, March 02, 2015

Blog comments

Just a note to say to those of you who have posted comments about the quilt along.  It IS still going on.  Please continue with us.  I am not sure what the monthly prizes will be so we will all be surprised together!!! 

I could not email this directly to those that do not have email available to me :)

The new block will be on the 15!

Design Wall Monday 3/2

Another month.  Another Monday.  Rainy and dreary in Las Vegas.  We do not often get rain so it is a good thing though painful to drive in.  The traffic at 4:30 am when I head to work is just insane.  I would have preferred to stay home and quilt all day had that been an option :)

On my design wall I have some progress on the Blue Moon of Kentucky quilt I started this year.   I have wanted to make this quilt for years and bought the kit at least 5-6 years ago.  It patiently waited for me in the closet.

 It has a million little pieces all piled on my ironing board.  I figure each completed block leads to a smaller pile but I am not really seeing it yet.  I hope to get that pile organized one day, but maybe I will finish the top first.  There is always hope.

I never made it online yesterday so I will add my stash report.
Week in: 0
Week out: 4.69
YTD in: 43.94
YTD out: 47.5
To reach 50 yard goal: 46.44

Be sure to check out the other great design walls at the Patchwork Times.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A new flimsey

This is a slooooowwwwwww quilting year.  Last year at this time I already had seven quilts finished.  Yes that is SEVEN.  This year so far?  Nada. Well I have finished three tops.  But I will say that last year I had a lot of quilts that were almost finished at the beginning of the year.  Five only needed bindings. 

I did manage to finish a top last weekend.  This is the Back to Square One mystery that many quilt bloggers were doing in 2013.  I do like the top for the most part.  I wish I had chosen a little more contrast in the fabrics but too late for that. 
I am just a little slower than most.  In any case, it is finally a top that can be sent off to my LAQ.  In my mind, it is virtually done.  One to the next one.......

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Quilt Along

pieced Celtic Knot top
I just wanted to say that I am continuing with the quilt along, I am just not asking for prizes from the Fat Quarter Shop.  Their sponsorship was great, but it just doesn't seem appropriate to ask with such low numbers.  There will, however, be prizes.

I wonder how many quilters consistently do Leaders and Enders.  I have to admit I cannot image not doing them.  I have completed 6 quilts from start to finish just adding that one little piece each time and it is like a little bonus surprise each time.  Last year I actually finished TWO.  I was kinda impressed with myself at that feat.

Finished Trip Around the World
The first of the completed L/E quilt last year was a pieced Celtic Knot.  It was 2025 pieces, 2.5 inch squares.  I had to use a grid an mark off each piece I added to keep track.  I started the quilt on 1 Jan and finished binding it on 11/16.  The top was done in early July.  I loved it!

The second L/E I finished was a Trip Around the World quilt.  I started that one 7/19 and finished the binding on 11/5

.  The blocks were 4.5 inch squares and it was far less piecing than the Celtic Knot.  It was still a fun quilt.  I finished the top in Sept and started my current L/E.  This one is a Log Cabin.  I have about three blocks left to go.

If you have not tried a Leader and Ender quilt you should!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Block #1 winner

Whoo hoo.  The number drawn by a random number generator is #1.  Yay.  I will contact Kay about the gift certificate. 

However, I must say that I cannot justify asking the Fat Quarter Shop for a prize each month for only three participants.  It is just not right.  So, with a sad heart I say that I am continuing the quilt along (because I love it) but I will not have the monthly $25 gift certificates.  I would love to have others join in, but either way, it moves me to keep my quilt progressing.

On another note, as it is Sunday it is stash report time.

Week in: 8.72 yards
Week out:  1.17 yards
YTD in:  43.94 yards
YTD out: 42.81 yards
2015 stah busted:  -1.13 yards

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Finally getting somewhere

This has been a slow year fro finishing any projects. I seem to be doing a lot of a little and not getting very far.  I have also been focused on more hand quilting and embroidery this year so far due to travel and such.

Last year I had many projects that were really close to completion that I could quickly finish up, but this year not so much. I do have a couple that should go fast.  In fact, I have one top that just needs the last border.  If I can find time this weekend, perhaps I will be able to post it next week.
I was excited to finally at least get a top done.  I am also eager to get some finished quilts on my list.  I have two with my LAQ so those are virtually done.  Binding is one of my favorite tasks so it goes fast.

This was a block of the month with the Fat Quarter Shop from last year. I just need to finish piecing the back and ship it off for quilting. I love Civil War fabrics!  Now that I have the two BOMs from last year to the flimsy stage, I can start on the BOM for this year.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

BRAT Quilt Along part #2

I am looking forward to seeing the first blocks.  The linky will be open un Feb 22 and I will randomly draw a number and post the winner that day.   Up for grabs each month is a $25 gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop.  I really cannot say how much I appreciate their support for this QAL.

This month our theme is Family!  Family is the strength of the military family.  At our center is the service man/woman that we follow around from one bast to another.  We quickly learn that our home.....no matter where it is.....is our sanctuary.  Usually the core is the non-military parent that keeps the day to day going. 

My mother is a German girl who met a service man at a train station in Landstuhl, Germany.  They were married in March 1965.  They were married for 47 years when my dad passed away.  My mom kept our lives as normal as possible while my dad was gone A LOT.  I remember when he left for Vietnam even though I was only 2 or 3 at the time.  I also remember when he came home.

I have so many great memories of growing up.  When Dad was gone, Mom did not let us look at it as an overwhelming bad event.  She made sure we had fun and did not miss him too much.  I know it was hard on her and I have always had incredible respect for the example she was to me and my sisters.  When I was a military wife, I tried to do those same things to decrease the stress on my girls when their dad was gone.

So this month our block is a star with paths leading to it.  The star is family and all paths lead there.


Block #2 Family Star
I have two variations of the block to show.  One is in military themed fabrics and the other in 30s prints.  I really want to illustrate that you can use any color way and have a great quilt.



 Cutting:

background:
  1. 2 squares 5 1/4 inch
  2. 8 squares 1 1/2 inch
  3. (8) 3 1/2 x 1 1/2
  4. (8) 2 1/2 x 1 1/2
Color 1 (the green)
  1.  2 squares 5 1/4 inch
  2. 1 square 4 1/2 inch
Color 2 (the red)
  1. 4 squares 2 1/2 inch
  2. 16 squares 1 1/2
 
borders:
  1. color 1:  (2) 1 1/2 x 12 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips
  2. color 2:  (2) 1 1/2 x 14 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2 strips
  3. color 3:  (2) 1 1/2 x 16 1/2 strips, (2) 1 1/2 x 18 1/2 strips 
  Sewing:

1.  Use the 5 1/4 inch squares, and make hourglass blocks 
  1. draw a diagonal line on the back of the lighter color
  2. Stitch on either side of the line
  3. Cut in two and press 
  4. Repeat 1-3 
  5. This gives you 4 hour glass blocks






2. Make the corner units with the 1 1/2 inch pieces in the following combination:
row 1:  3 1/2 plus 1 1/2
row 2:  2 1/2 plus 1 1/2  plus 1 1/2
row 3:  1 1/2 plus 1 1/2 plus 2 1/2
row 4:  1 1/2 plus 3 1/2
Use the image for the correct placement of color

3.  Construct center square in a square block:
  1. Draw a diagonal line on the four 2 1/2 squares of color 2
  2. Stitch each corner
  3. Trim and press



 4.  Sew the star together in a nine patch then add the borders to the block.