Monday, March 30, 2020

March mini and a HUGE finish

Shelter in place... who came up with that phrase??
I'm sure it'll be in Wikipedia before you know it!  And the history books!

I hope everyone is remaining healthy and safe!  And not going sitr-crazy. I meant it when I said that it's a great time to be a quilter... I LOVE having to stay home and being able to sew sew sew!

I did get a March mini made.  This was a little kit I purchased from Cyndi Black at The Busy Thimble in Maine. This one's for Wendy Reed! (constantquilter)

I also got the binding sewn onto a quilt from at least 5 years ago.  I did the quilting using Barb's (FunwithBarb) stencil.  I finally got to the binding this weekend.

I added binding to another quilt but I need to find thread that will match.  Might have to wait...

My big accomplishment is that I finally got the half square triangle outer border sewn and attached to this Primitive Gatherings project.  You probably can't tell but those little hsts fnish at 1/2"!!! They are SMALL.  And there are a LOT!!  

Here's a close up of the center:

If anyone has any interest in this pattern, please let me know.  I'd be happy to pass it on.  I KNOW I won't be making it again.  Each center is wool appliqué.  It's a large quilt, although I think you could just make a  pillow out of any of the separate blocks!

Take care of yourselves!! Stay healthy and strong!!


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Good time to be a quilter

I have been a very bad blogger.  I am going to be better and I really do appreciate your staying around and being devoted to me.

I do hope you are all healthy and handling this pandemic as well as can be expected.  Sharing finished quilts may be in poor taste..  I hope you won't mind.

My husband and I left California and fled to our cabin up in Oregon early last week so we've been staying home in a beautiful area.  We are both healthy and washing hands constantly!  I'm feeling a lot less stressed here, although you still can't find toilet paper or rice!  Go figure!

The silver lining to all this is that I've been able to finish several quilts that had been waiting my attention.

I want to first thank my friend Wendy Reed who sent me a charming little mug rug months ago to thank me for participating in one of her sew-alongs. Super cute!

I did finally finish my Temecula Scavenger Hunt, which really took me weeks.  I love how it turned out and it is on its way to my long arm quilter.

That is also on its way to the quilter! In reality, it's not wavy.  I pressed it really well after I took it down.

On the drive up to our cabin in Sunriver,  I finished another block in the Primitive Gathering Twilight Garden quilt project.  I had to move the center flower because it wasn't centered.   I need to perfect my skills! While looking at the picture last night, I also realized that I put one of the flower centers on the wrong flower (too large) but oh well!

I was participating in Bea et Cecile's sew along for 2020 (stars) and got them all assembled.  I used a large applique block that a friend had gifted me years ago and I think it works perfectly.  I also had fun using one of DiFord's stripes for the border.

I primarily used a French General fabric line for this quilt and decided that I didn't want any leftover fabric so last night I made a Yellow Brick Road top out of the rest of the fabric.  Sadly, my small quilt group which made quilts for kids has been put on hiatus so I am going to quilt this myself and submit it to Hearts2Help.

I think the good news is that everything is large and the bad news is I haven't done any minis for February or March.  I may work on that this weekend.

I hope this finds everyone handling this well.  I read an article that said that people can get depressed because of the isolation.  I'm sending everyone big virtual hugs!!  This too shall pass.

Much love,