Saturday, June 6, 2015

Not so Simple WhatNots

Oh, what a slippery slope I am sliding down.  I have to start this with a caveat, I am not a "miniature" quilter.  2 1/2" half square triangles are plenty small for me, but 1" finished?  Oh my!

My piecing and cutting and pressing has been pushed and I have to say, I think because of the Simple What Not's I've become a better quilter.  But honestly, did I have to make this many blocks to get to this point? 


These sashing pieces use 1 1/4" brown squares to make the little triangles on the end of each strip, then the strip is sewn together to make the next round on a 9 patch.  But the 9 patch in 3 1/2 " sq and that's tiny! 


I've got my 9 patches all made for the 16 blocks that make up Cloud Nine.  Some have got the first round of sashing.


Our group that meets once a month has only 3 more to go, and Cloud Nine will be the last one that we do.  I have given them a heads up on the cutting, there is a lot of it, and with all the extra fabric that comes in each kit, they can get a jump on this one. 


So far 5 blocks are finished. There is 1" sashing that goes between the blocks and the outside boarder has some piecing.  For now, I'm just trying to get the blocks together, as I need to put this aside and get cracking on another What Not pattern. 



It's been a great ride, but I'm looking forward to something different after the summer. Have you seen the quilt along that Lori and Karen are going to start in July?  I'm in for the appliqued blocks, anyone else jumping in?

Check out my Instagram posts, they are fast and easy for me so a bit more is going on there
#grassrootsquilting

Thanks for stopping by, hope you get some stitching in this week.
Sharon







Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Doll Swap Reveal

Once again, I've been overwhelmed with the amazing piece  I have received in Humble Quilts Doll Swap.  This year my piece came from Wendy over at The Constant Quilter
 

There are 131 different prints in this piece which is 12" x 12". Each little square finishes at 1" and the center medallion is 4" x 4". Wendy hand quilted the center piece and then machine pieced diagonal lines going into a V on all four sides.


The backing fabric is super cute, it looks to be inspired from a vintage crazy quilt. 


The piece fits exactly onto a little stand I have on my antique sideboard.  It's the perfect place to display this.  The center medallion has been hand quilted and its the perfect center motif.  I don't have an eagle on any quilts that I own.  Now I do!


With a big fresh pink peony beside it, the pinks just pop. 


Whoever thinks civil war prints are dull and drab just haven't seen what can be done with them.  The bright chrome yellows, the double pinks, the purples and greens all play so nicely with each other and really shine. 

And to top it all off, Wendy enclosed a goodie package, I know these will come in handy when making more 4 patches for a future project.


Lucky me, that I get to enjoy this piece for years to come.  Thank you Wendy!

If you haven't participated in a swap, I would encourage you to give it a try.  There are many going on all the time, just find one that suits your preferences and give it your best, you just might get something back that will thrill you!

Thanks for stopping by,
Sharon







Friday, May 22, 2015

Work Shop with Humble Quilts

Our local guild had the pleasure of Lori DeJ from Humble Quilts come spend the day for a workshop and a trunk show, Quilts thru the Seasons.  A lot of cutting for this project, but since I had lots of little blocks in a basket, it wasn't too much to get ready. 


I focused on the 16 patch fabrics, made a few blocks at home and then grabbed the cheddar for the corners and the blue for the zigzag.  Someone I didn't read the requirements, just grabbed what I thought looked good.  Then I ran out of blue.


True to her name, Lori just came over and started sewing the blue scraps that were left over and voilà, I had enough fabric for the last pieces that I needed. 


I used up all the extra strips I had from an earlier project and some of these little 1" finished squares are 'humble' blocks, funny, I just realized that I have 2 the same in the above and below block.  Must have been a strip left over and I got 2 blocks out of it! Plus I dug through Laurie, Linda, and Jane's piles of squares to add a bit more interest.  They had lots of prints I didn't have. ;-)


The center was made by making four patches and then using 4 - 4 patches to make the 16 patch.  Working this way gave me such pleasure as I could spin the seams on all the intersections and have really neat and flat blocks. I love when this happens!


Due to Lee at Two Thimbles finding the shops last remaining FQ's of this blue, I was able to added an extra row and I oriented the quilt so the zigzag is running across rather than up and down.  Now it's in the "hand quilting" pile.  However, I've seen a finished one already and I'm thinking a little machine stitching might just be the ticket to get this done.  Btw, I see a red/white/green one in my future, hopefully it will be done in time for Christmas.

Thanks Lori, for an excellent day of sewing and an evening filled with amazing quilts.  I was the quilt holder,  sorry, no pictures to share of the lecture.  If Lori is in your next of the woods, get your guild to book her, we had excellent feedback from her lecture. 

Hope you get some stitching in over this Memorial Day weekend,
Sharon

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Lots of Little Pieces

I am 1/2 way through the second 6 month series of Kim Diehl Simple What Not's. This has been a lesson of perseverance for me.  I'm not a "small block" kind of quilter, I've been ready to turn a 16 block piece into a 4 block piece, but I have to say, these pieces are STINKIN' CUTE!

When I need 1/2 sq tri's that finish at 1", trimming down is the only way for me to work.  Lots of little shavings gives me lots of accurate blocks.


Here is the center of our June piece.  It still needs it's borders, and I should have rotated the photo.  This piece will finish at 5 x 7.  These certainly are not for everyone, but working in this manner has truly upped my attention to detail.  A definite skill builder.


The last piece in this series has a lot of cutting, and since I'm doing a store sample and then need a sample for my demo class, I've been cutting for two at the same time.  Goodness, a new blade in the cutter was a must.  It certainly makes the task much easier and it's definitely less stressful on my hand and wrist.  All these pieces and partial blocks will become..........

..........these.  1 done and 15 more to go.  This little sucker finishes at 3 3/4".  No, that isn't a typo,  right now it's 4 1/4".  It looks a little wonky in the center because it is!  I'm really working on making these as best as I can.  The good news is that once the piece is all together, the cuteness of the whole piece seems to melt away those tiny issues.


These projects are time consuming, but are definitely worth taking a crack at.  I do believe I've made some improvements in my piecing and they really are cute!

I hope you've had some time in your sewing room, I know the yard beckons us at this time of year.
Sharon

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Boring Blogger

Well, it's been a while since I've put up a post.  It's not that I haven't had needle and thread in my hand, it's just that, well, my days have just seemed to run away from me. 

In a nutshell, I got my guy moved and with Lori from Humble Quilts coming today, we got the spare room organized on Thursday/Friday.  Only 4 boxes got stacked up for later purging.  All photos, ugh. 

We managed to get one walk along the shore since he has moved in, but still haven't crossed the street to dip toes in the ocean.

Customer quilts got a little sidelined with the time spent moving and I have spent the last two weeks staying on task.  Today is a run to the post office with a car load of boxes.  Get your binding ready, ladies!

Flower beds have bags of soil and compost piled up, but that's for Thursday.

Lots of these circles have found a home.  All 72 of them.  A later reveal for this project.

Dad has come back from his winter home in AZ.  This means horse racing has started in Vancouver, BC and with 3 horses in his stable, the track will be my second home on the weekends.  Any day spent with my 80 year old Dad is a great day.  Here he is yesterday, wearing pink in honor of Mother's day.  This is notasimplegal  (Not A Simple Gal) but we call her Gabby!

 

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
Sharon

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Humble Quilts in the House

Lori, from Humble Quilts will be traveling to the Bellingham, WA area to teach and lecture at our local guild, Running With Scissors.  We are 10 miles north of Bellingham, in Ferndale, WA

Please come join us for a day of fun, Tuesday, MAY 12, where Lori will work through replicating a vintage quilt into a small piece.  She's going to teach us how to make 1/2 blocks for setting triangles and the zig zag setting.  I'm thrilled as I've been enamored with this type of setting lately.



Her lecture will be "Quilts through the Seasons". Anyone who has followed Lori's blog knows that she switches out her décor with quilts every season and now you will be able to see her collection up close.  Plus I asked her to bring her Beyond the Cherry Tree WIP

Details
Workshop Tuesday, May 12 at Ferndale WECU .  10 - 4 pm $35 includes evening lecture.
Cant' make the workshop? 
Lecture Tuesday May 12 at Ferndale WECU $10

Please email me or leave a comment if you want to take this workshop and I will reply with details.  If you are in the area, I hope you can make it, the show will be fabulous.

Sharon

Thursday, April 16, 2015

and the Winner is..............

Yes, tax day was give away day.  It's that time of year when those less organized, or those who just plain drag their feet  (me) are under the crunch.  Yes, I was standing in line at the USPS to get my IRS envelop date stamped on the 15th. 

OK onto the fun stuff.  Random Number Generator picked #9 so the lucky winner is Mayleen from Q is for Quilt  Pop over there and see her latest finish, it's spectacular and is on my bucket list! Congratulations Mayleen, please email me your snail mail and I shall get your gift off to you next week.

There has been very little "me" stitching going on.  These stars have been hidden away in a tin for some time, and I finally pulled them out and did a little hand stitching.  I've prepped a lot of these and have no idea what they will become.  I might never know.  :-)


Not only have I been seeing stars, I feel like I've been going in circles due to this move.  With my customer quilts having priority over my own pieces, I like to always have a hand stitching project that is a take along.  Many circles have been prepped over the past few weeks, but very few have been stitched down.  Maybe today a few will make it to the top that they belong to.


Even though we have an amazing location at my guys new place, honestly, we've been too busy to even cross the street, but I'm sure next week will include a few walks out onto the tide flats.  I can see the kitchen counters and the spare bed only has 5 boxes on it now.  I couldn't see it yesterday morning. 

I hope you have some time to stitch this week!

Sharon