Wednesday, March 22, 2017

More RxR progress

No # 4

This is of course representing Germany. Two of Berlin's best known symbols: Berliner Tor and the bear. I also tried to find fabrics for the little squares which symbolize Germany a little bit. Not easy these days when most things come from the same source and go all over the world. I also had to change the pattern (background) somewhat since I found the original somewhat "untidy".

Overall I am quite pleased so far and think it goes better then I expected. Of course the lay-out will be different then in this picture most likely with sashing in-between.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Row by Row progress

Finished # 2 as much as I could. I think the eyes of the bears are going to be little black beads. Don't know what to do about the sleeping bears nose. Any suggestions?

I am quite happy with the whole thing for somebody who is a piecer and not an appliqué-er.

On to # 3 - London !

Skyline traced on heat-n-bond light (as the pattern said).

Nest and Dove etc all traced too. This is fun.

Had the little stitching done last night and the Union Jacks are prepared too. This whole Row is in honor of husband James who was born and raised in Windsor, England (not too far from London).

I decided I needed to put the things like the stitching, the flags and the bees for #2 in a good place so I find them after the whole thing is quilted.

All ready and laid out for the appliqué stitching. NOT my favorite but ... I think I am getting better. Isn't that the goal?

Saturday, March 18, 2017

OMG ... time is ticking

Last year in June and July I had fun looking for Row by Row patterns. When traveling my husband was patiently letting me stop at some quilt shops. Some quilting friends and I did a little shop hopping. I really love this program.

I even got rows rom England and the only one from Germany! I laid out how I wanted to make a quilt. On the computer! A story about my husband and me. I am all excited. But it come to a stop.

Suddenly I realized ... the next Row by Row will be soon. I have to finish this before then!!!!!

So many are appliqué though. Not my thing. I am a piecer. I had a 9th row one (a kit) all pieced and even the appliqué ironed on ... and stopped.

But yesterday I decided to tackle it. I am quite happy with the outcome of this one. 
This one is finished!

I decided that appliqué is like everything else. You just need to do it. Practice, practice, practice!

I had to figure out the stitch first and decided on this one. I took a photo so not to forget. One of my problems if I want to do something again - how did I do that?

It seemed to get easier after a while.

No. 2 !

It also had all been cut out and ironed on ... and stopped. Here as I found it!

Since I was in such a good going I kept sewing. I finished the green floor and the tree. And then the owl. I am ok how that went too.

This morning I went back to it .... since it went quite well last night. Grrrrr. Not so good. Had to do some ripping here and there. Practice, practice, practice. OK here is that part. The bees are little buttons. I have 5 but hubby said 3 is enough. What do you think?

Only 7 1/2 Rows to go!

I might should mention that the 9th Row kit came from The Quilters in Fairfield VA.

The "Home is where the Honey is" came from Absolutely Fun, Murfreesboro TN.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Another one?

You will ask "What is it with her and Advent calendars?"

Ha-ha, yes, I really like them. No wonder when I saw one at Kate"s blog I fell in love. Kate was very nice and answered my question where she had found the pattern. The Advent calendar seems to be a family affair. She has more mini quilts then her 25 places (original pattern). The family decides each day together which mini should be used to fill that day's place.

It's a design by Denise McKenna of Meadow Lily Bridge.

I was so excited and ordered the pattern on Dec 24 but it didn't and didn't arrive. Here is why:
Hi Christa,
I am very sorry to hear that your pattern has not arrived yet.  If I can, I try to send patterns from Niagara Falls, NY, but I live about an hour from the border in Canada.  I received your order on the Dec. 24th and unfortunately, I couldn't get away.  As a result,  the pattern was sent by Canada Post.  Their hours are very limited over the Holiday Season.  They were closed Dec. 25, 26, 27, 28, as well as Jan. 1st and 2nd.
Did you know that the Canadian postmen (and postwomen) are so lucky?

Well, the pattern had arrived while I was gone and I could start "playing" when we came back. I had not paid attention that all the mini quilts were paper-pieced (sigh) but I kind of have other ideas anyway.

And here is what I have so far. I really changed the pattern a lot. Being German the 24 numbers had to be somewhere. I made myself a page with 24 outlined stars and put the numbers in them. Then I printed that on a "Fabric Sheet for Ink Jet Printers". Ironed on Pellon 805 Wonder-Under, cut out, ironed onto the 4 1/2 by 4 1/2 inch squares and machine stitched around.

The wallhanging is done and I have to decide how I want to go from here.

It is roughly 31 1/2 by 21 1/2 inches.

I have made three "test minis" and working on a third.

This one is a "regular quilt" with regular batting. It doesn't want to go very nicely into the square. May be if I did "regular quilt binding"?

These two I did with Pellon Flex-Foam 1-sided fusible stabilizer. I think this is the way to go. After experimenting some more I will report back to you! The size has to be very accurate though. The stitched angel (which I happen to have laying around waiting to be worked with) was a little (1/8 inch?) too large first.

The next one to try out.

And now ... sadly ... I have to probably lay it aside for a while because other projects are waiting.

Wished I could tell

Ahhhhh ... Cotton Robin. See link on right!
A secret. Can't show any photos until the big reveal (probably in June). I had made and mailed the center in January. I had received somebody else's center and hung it on my design wall. What to do for the first border? I looked at it for quite a while but always had the same thought and finally went with it. Quite pleased with it. Hope the owner will be too. It's mailed to the second-border-person. Now I am waiting for my next step to arrive. Eager!

I can tell about this though. Made the February Block Lotto block. I really liked it and saved the added directions for "4 flying geese at a time" for later use. Didn't win and sent my block off from Nashville. I have an idea for a "row" quilt and might use this pattern.

Yes, a row quilt. I found directions for this block online but it was too small so I wrote myself directions to make it much larger. This will be fun ... when I find the "Round Toit".

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

A helpful Tip

All those corner triangles!

When you do those you can either draw I line from one corner of the little square or put a crease in with an iron. Both methods are somewhat time-consuming. 
If you use the “draw a line” method you have to have the appropriate drawing tool depending on the color of the fabric.

With that method or with the ironing method you not always see the line  good when you are sewing.

This is what I DID!

Lay the little square on the big square.

Take a stiff piece of paper (greeting card is good) and lay it across from corner to corner.

 Slide it under the sewing machine until the needle touches the paper making sure that the paper didn’t slip.

Make a few stitches and make sure the bottom is aligned properly. Sew just next to the paper.

As you can see … I didn’t need to do any trimming.

(Of course you do cut away the two bottom layers)

I rotate the fabric so that I can again sew from the top edge down to the middle. Works best for me.

There were lots of corner triangles when I made the ribbon quilt. This worked great for me. If you would like it, here is the PDF to download.

Hope you find this helpful!!!

My Ribbon Quilts

Well, I finally realized that I can't post about every lace meeting or quilters meeting I go to. And I am not even go to that many. But it adds up in photos I am sharing. I soooooo love show+tell and admiring other people's work ... as much as I like reading other's blogs.

So, I came to the conclusion and resolution that I will just post about what I am doing ... so that I can remember what I did when ... and what I wanted to do, ha-ha. We all have UFOs, right.?

I am very excited about my last big quilting projects. It started with making this scrappy quilt at the Thursday Stitchers (the charity sewing group).

We have three bins there with 2.5x2.5, 4x4 and 5x5 inch squares. I took the 2.5 inch squares and thought about what to do with them. I like scrappy quilts the best because I think that is the original purpose.
I liked the quilt so much that I actually purchased it to keep.

Then one of the other Stitchers asked me to write down how I had done it. And so I did. And got carried away. I wondered how it would look with "regular" fabric. I found easily fabrics in the Stitchers vast supply and the cutting went fast. 

Last Thursday was not my day though. When I noticed just before lunch that I had sewn on a whole row in the wrong direction (the green ended up where the light blue was) I just packed everything up to take home (which I usually don't do).

Guess what? I was short one ONE little square. Luckily it was the right Sunday when some Stitchers meet and I could run in and get it. I am so happy the top is pieced now.

Yup, done!

When I wrote the pattern directions I couldn't help myself again. I had to try it with just 4 different ribbons. I found the material in my stash and the piecing of the top would have only taking me ONE DAY cutting and sewing if I had not gone for a walk because the weather was so nice.

And the trouble is, I might have to do it again. I would love to see how it looks in batiks ... or pale baby colors with one ribbon down and two ribbons across less. What do you think?