Thursday, June 25, 2015

A new toy

For years I have wanted a quilting machine.  I do not remember a time when I didn't.  Finally, I was able to get a small, home quilting machine and I am thrilled.  We set it up (as in my sweetie and the mouse in his pocket) last weekend and I am ready to go.  I still have a lot to learn as this is all new to me, but I am confident I will eventually get there.

To get the ball rolling I tried practicing on scrap pieces.  Once I had the feel of the stitching, I mustered my faith to load a real quilt project on it.  Since my skills are rudimentary, at best, I am trying out simple swirls and loops.  As time goes on, I will venture into more complex patterns.

I can't wait for this weekend to try more.  This is the first weekend in a long time where I have not been sick or out of town.  WooHoo!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Leader and Ender update

My current leader and ender is coming along faster that I thought it would.  In fact, it is about a third of the way done already.  I have not even been doing that much sewing!  I plan to add two more rows of the braids and then the borders.

For the borders, I am still up in the air.  I think I will do something more than just plain brown, but have not decided what.  Either way, I really like how it is turning out.

It has been hard to get sewing time in of late.   My oldest daughter and granddaughter came for a six week visit.  I am not used to having a 20 month old running around the house.  This little one has one speed:  FAST!  She literally runs until she drops.  Oma is exhausted :)  But she is so fun.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Military BRAT quilt along block #6 and a winner

First of all I must apologize for the delay posting this block.  I am finally on the mend.  I will say that cold kicked my behind.

Next, I need to post the winner of the drawing.  It is the first block posted which is Sandie.  Please email me at cditz42607@aol.com and I will make sure you get your prize.  Congrats to you :)

I wanted to add a block that reflects the icon most military brats have adopted.  It is a flower.  A dandelion, to be precise.  We are like the dandiloin.  We are thrown to the winds and we sprout where we land.  We have to have that level of resilience since we move all the time.  We have to find new friends and make new connections.  It is a part of who we are.

Our block this month is pretty simple.

You need:



Background:  (20) 2 1/2 inch squares

(2) 2 7/8 squares

Color 1 (Red): (4) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 (4) 2 1/2 x 6 1/2

Color 2 (blue):(4) 2 1/2 x 4 1/2 (2) 2 7/8 squares


Once you have the block completed, just add the borders.
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 

You will make the following segments:









Now you lay out your block.  Follow the image below:


This is the finished main block.




 This is the finished alternate block.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Military Brat quilt along block #6

This has been a very difficult couple of weeks and so I do not have the next block ready to post. 

The beginning of June is very difficult as my husband passed away on June 5.  It is always a hard time for me.  This year was not as bad as some other years, but I have a really hard time getting motivated.  In addition, I have been felled by the flu for a week now.  Long story short, I have not had the energy to make the block.  I have the design chosen, but not completed.

That said, I will have the block done and posted this weekend.  If you do not want to wait, please make your favorite 12 inch star block and use it for Block #6.  I cannot apologize enough, but I am just human.

In the comments add a link to your Block #5 (May) and I will draw a winner for the prize on June 22.

The prize this month is a $25 gift certificate to the online fabric shop of your choice :).

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Block #4 Winner

First, I would like to thank everyone for the kind words about the recent loss in our family.  It was much appreciated.  Of the comments, there were four blocks posted so.....

Yes we have a winner!!!    JUDY!  Please email me at cditz42607@aol.com and I will get your prize to you. 

This month our prize is a $25 gift certificate to fabric.com.  I have found so many excellent fabrics there and I hope you do as well.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Looking toward Christmas

This year I plan to make all the kids quilts.  Between the children and grandchildren, I am looking at 14 total.  It is quite an undertaking.  The only chance I have of reaching that goal is to start NOW.

To make 14 quilts in this next few months I chose to make very simple patterns.  Many of the them will be the Take 5.  A top can be finished over the course of a weekend easily.  This is the first top on the list.  The fabrics have been in my stash for years just waiting to grow up to a real quilt. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

BRAT Quilt Along Block #5

First of all I must apologize for the delay posting this block.  My grandfather passed away on Friday and I have been in a slump all weekend.  I just couldn't find the motivation to get the post up.

Oma and Opa
The loss of my grandfather was sad, yes.  But he was 92 years old and had lived a long and good life.  The impact to me and my sister was another issue closely tied to our military life style as children.

Military children do not have a home town.  When asked where we come from we get the deer in the headlights kind of look.  We just do not really have that one place.  For us, that one constant place that we always went back to was Oma and Opa's house.  The loss of my Oma two years ago was hard and now Opa is gone.  We have lost our Opa and our home town.

But like I said, he had a great life and leaves children, grandchildren, great grand children, and even great-great grandchildren.

Our block this month is pretty simple.  In fact, this block looks complicated but whips up in about an hour and half, start to finish.

You need:


Background:  (4) 4 1/2 x 2 1/2
(6) 2 7/8 squares

Color 1 (center): 4 1/2 inch square

Color 2 (black):(4) 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 rectangles (12) 2 1/2 inch squares (4) 2 7/8 inch squares

Color 3 (beige print): (8) 2 1/2 inch squares

Color 4 (green)  (4) 2 1/2 inch squares (2) 2 7/8 inch squares



Once you have the block completed, just add the borders.
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 

You will make the following segments:






Now you lay out your block.  Follow the image below:



This is the finished main block.


This is the finished alternate block.
I did not get the final borders on before taking the picture.


The linky is not my friend today so please just post a link to your block in the comments.  I will try later this afternoon again to see if it work.

I will post the winner of this month's mystery prize on May 27.  It is later than usual, but I will be off the grid for a few days.