Tuesday, March 24, 2015

I think summer is well on the way

I love when everything begins to bloom around my house.  This weekend the roses came out in full force.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Design Wall 3/23

This week has been pretty busy.  I have two projects to share.

First, is my Tumbling Blocks.  I am happy to say this on is NOT on my design wall any longer.  I was able to finish the top over the weekend.  I have about half of it pinned and will finish it tonight.  Then the hand quilting can begin.  It is my hope to finish the quilt this year, but it may not go as fast as I would like.  Summer is rapidly approaching and it is too darned hot to hand quilt.  I am going to use this quilt as my lunch time project at the office.  It makes the day go easy when I have that break to hand quilt for an hour over hte lunch break.

Second, I am making progress on the Blue Moon of Kentucky quilt.  All the 1 inch squares are scattered all over my sewing room.  The pile seems to be diminishing.  I have a little over half of it done and the top is finally starting to look like something.

I am sure there are a lot of great projects to be seen this week at the Patchwork Times.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

February Block Winner

Here we are!!!  The winner of the Honey Bun is #1.  So that would be Susan.  Please email me your address so I can throw it in the mail.  

I will have the April block up and the link up for March on April 15.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Return to the Double Wedding Ring

A couple of years ago I started a Double Wedding Ring.  I always wanted to try one and decided that would be the new technique to try for the year.  Things went along pretty well for a short time....then it jumped on the UFO pile and stayed there.

The need to find a new leader and ender quilt prompted me to dig out the DWR and see if I can make progress on it this year.  This is one that I would like to hand quilt when the top is ready.  I used my Go cutter for the pieces so that was pretty simple.  The fabrics are just from my rather large bin of 30s prints.  My one dilemma is that I only have a little of the white left and cannot get more.

So far I have about 23 of the football shapes done, but have not tried piecing those together yet.  Perhaps this weekend I will find a little sewing time and try it out.  I am anxious to see how they look.  Right now I just have a few pinned on my design wall.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Perfect for St. Patrick's Day

Fittingly, I was able to finish my first Celtic Knot block yesterday.  I have wanted to do a Celtic Knot quilt for years, but felt I was not ready to try.  This year it is a new technique I am learning.  Online resources have been a tremendous help as I muddle through.

I am making 12 total Celtic Knots for a green and white quilt.  I made the bias strips 1/2 inch finished.  The fabrics are Fairy Frost so they have an excellent sheen to them.  It is really not as difficult as I expected.  However, it is certainly not perfect but.....

This is a perfect post for St. Patrick's Day!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Design Wall Monday 3/16

Cherry blossoms
The Ides of March are passed and spring is fast approaching. It has been so nice here in Las Vegas with 80 degrees. All the trees are in bloom and it looks like we will have some great fruit this year.   I have cherries (pictured), plums, apples, peaches, limes, lemons, oranges, pears, and pomegranates.  Quite a selection.

The sewing room has not been as active as I would like. I have mid terms this week so the weekend was dedicated to studying. Not as much fun as sewing, that is for sure. I was able to complete the top for my current leader and ender quilt. I have been working on it since last September.   This quilt was the result of a bin full of 2 inch strips I found in the closet.  It is a simple log cabin and I did not use a pattern.  It went together pretty fast.  I chose not to add borders so it is a great lap sized quilt. 

Rather than start a new one, I am trying to finish some of the UFO tops I have piled in my sewing room. After I get a couple of those done as leader and enders, I will start a new project.

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

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Military BRAT Quilt Along part #3

Here we are in March already!   It is amazing how fast the weeks pass.

This month I did not get a gift certificate from the Fat Quarter Shop since we are such a small group, but I do have a great honey bun for the posted block winner.  It is Clementine by Me and My Sister fabrics.  Such fun and happy fabric.  I will draw the random winner on March 22.

This month I am also doing the block a little different.  I did design a block, but decided that I wanted to do a star in a star design so I cannot take credit for creating the pattern.  This is a block designed by Pam Lincoln that was used in a quilt along hosted by Moose on the Porch some years ago. 

Aug 1986
I chose this block this month for a good reason.  In many military families we are BRATS, but we are also parents of BRATS.  And grandparents....  The military tradition is often generational.  My dad was in the Air Force, my husband was in the Air Force and now my daughter is going into the Marines.  We are stars within stars within stars.  There are many families that go back multiple generations.  I found out just recently that my daughter has her entry date in September (thus the block choice for this month).

My parents had three daughters and I have three daughters.  Often it is the sons that enter the military, following mom or dad, but sometimes it is also the daughters.  Usually the daughters, like myself and my sister, marry into the military.  We marry who we date, and we date those in our environment.  For us, it is on bases all over the world.  I actually married a young man who worked for my dad.  It was interesting. 

And now I have a granddaughter who can also proudly say she is the child of a service member!  Who knows, we may end up with a fourth generation BRAT as well.

In honor of the choice of Marines over the Air Force, I used fabrics in blue, green, and red.  That way I can cover all branches of the service in one block.

Our block this month is pretty simple.  Once you have the block completed, just add the 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 
The block is found here.
Here is my main block and the alternate color option.  I used a background that is a little busy so you may want something a bit calmer. 
One of these days I will learn how to take photos that come out straight, but clearly I have not yet!
Please post your link and I will draw our winner in a week.