Friday, December 2, 2016

Tongue Twister

The Fruit Loops flimsy is finished (you try saying that three times fast). Here it is draped over the wing chair in my sewing studio.

Here it is stuck up on the design wall. I'll bring it to work tomorrow so I can maybe get a picture of it outside. 

I am really happy with this and am very eager to get started on one that has light to medium blues and teals (blue greens). I have a vision of another one in dark blues and deep raspberry and purple. For some reason, the working title of that one is "Blueberry Buckle" even though I haven't cut into fabric yet. Too Funny.

In other news, my Chicken quilt, Too Much Chicken, has been accepted into the AQS show in Daytona Beach Florida early next year.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Halfway There

I've got half the Fruit Loops flimsy sewn together. It's amazing to think the colored pieces of these blocks came from the little scrap bins.

I have twenty-one little bins, and I cleaned out five of them. Guess I have at least three more quilts in there!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Fruit Loops Grows

I sewed more of Fruit Loops together last night. That big panel of 36 blocks on the upper left is all sewn together.  It's coming together quickly.

I changed the needle on my sewing machine and it no longer makes that banging sound. The thread cutter now almost never cuts, but that's what scissors are for. Thanks Mary, for suggesting I call the guy and ask when I can bring the machine in for a quick fix and if he can wait a bit longer after hours for me to pick it up. I'll do that.

I've also been sewing the binding on the pink Deco Rose quilt while "watching" TV. I want to get that to the prettiest granddaughter in the world by Christmas. 

Her mother is pretty too!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Busy Weekend

This is my pal Kathy French, one of the SSOBB members, who visited me on Saturday. She and her husband stopped by on their way home from Vermont. We had a nice visit. Isn't the color of her jacket terrific?

I sewed a few of my scrappy triangle blocks together. The bottom photo is back side of the block.  All the backs of my quilts look like this. Neat, with no straggly threads.

My sewing machine has to go back to the shop. It doesn't cut the threads consistently and it makes a noise when I sew like two pieces of metal are banging against each other. Bummer. The guy opens and closes within my normal work day and isn't open any evenings, so it means a Saturday visit and a week without my machine. Argh.

I spent a lot of the rest of the weekend organizing a calendar of my quilts for 2017, doing a bit of online shopping, paying bills and reconciling the checkbook. I've been neglecting the avalanche of paper on my desk, and at least now I've made a dent in it. The shredder will be getting a workout soon.

Oh, and whoever asked about making "slabs," here's a link to a blog post where I talk about how I do it.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Not Skittles

I spent Friday morning cutting the side triangles for the scrap slab blocks, and the afternoon and evening sewing the blocks together. There they are at the bottom of this photo.

I started arranging the blocks, and soon got to this. I had a lot of blocks left, so I made it bigger.

This is it, and finished it will be about 60" x 72". I'll sew the blocks together in the next few days. Looking at it, I also realized it has new name.

Fruit Loops.

Yes, I will continue making scrap slab triangle in other colors, cleaning out the little accessory bins. I really liked the red layout in yesterday's post. I'll definitely use that one for another version.

Friday, November 25, 2016

More Scrap Triangles

Thanksgiving Dinner was a success, and after my family left and the kitchen was clean, I went into the studio and sewed side pieces to my green slab triangles.  I have decided to continue with the "Skittles" idea and not add any more colors to this particular quilt. I'll keep making the slabs in other colors, but they'll go in other quilts.

Since I couldn't really add them to the layout, I just arranged them differently. These arrowheads could be a way to arrange a quilt with blue and purple, for example.

Or this.

After I made all the green ones, I started adding the side triangles to the red ones. This would make a terrific layout also.

These triangle in a square blocks are 6-1/2" per side.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Skittles, Maybe?

 After I got home from work last night, and after I made dinner and cleaned up the dishes and did a couple of other little things, I grabbed a few of each of the colored triangles and added the side triangles to them. Then I threw them up on the design wall with the others.  I also started to sort some blue scraps, but didn't get very far.

If I kept going with just these colors, I think I'd have to name this quilt "Skittles."

But I'm going to keep going.

I think.


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Scrappy Slab Triangles

I sat down at the sewing machine to make a few of the scrappy slab triangles into blocks and threw them up on the design wall.  This is all I have, and it will surely change, but I think this is going to be cool. Speaking of which, I think the next color needs to be a cool one - either a teal or a medium blue.

Plans for Thanksgiving have been made, groceries have been purchased and recipes printed. I've made the cranberry sauce, cornbread for the stuffing, and some turkey stock. I've vacuumed the house and cleaned the bathrooms. I even washed the Fall House Top quilt that covers my dining room table.

That's all well and good, but I am really looking forward to making more of these blocks in the long weekend afterward!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016


A couple of weeks ago I wrote that I wanted to post about two things, and one had nothing to do with Quilting. That was HAMILTON.

I don't know how you could NOT have heard of the mega hit, award winning Broadway show written by Lin-Manuel Miranda about the life of the guy on our ten dollar bill, Alexander Hamilton. Tickets are on sale now for August 2017!!!

Anyway, I had been aware of the show long before it opened on Broadway, and finally bought the CD of the original cast recording. I also bought the book on which the play was based, Ron Chernow's Alexander Hamilton.  Or at least I thought I did. It turns out I bought Hamilton: The Revolution, which was the story of how the play came to be and the entire libretto (the "book" of the play).

Well! Even better!!

To say I was blown away is an understatement of epic proportions. The music was awesome, and it was wonderful to follow along so I could really understand what was happening.

And the story, and the way it was told, with actors of color playing Alexander Hamilton, George  Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others "because that's the way America looks now," impressed me.

I love Hamilton, and hope to see it on Broadway someday. I've been listening to it a lot, and enjoying it immensely.

That's the post I wanted to write.

The contrast of Hamilton with the election was especially striking (I had bought the album a few weeks before Election Day), and somewhat frightening. Everything out of Trump's mouth was opposite to what our Founding Fathers sought independence from England for. I'm not the only one who felt that way. Apparently the cast of Hamilton "could barely go on stage the day after the election."

A couple of nights ago Vice-President Elect Pence attended Hamilton, and the cast had some words for him. Brandon Victor Dixon, the actor who played Aaron Burr, said this:
“We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights,” he said. “We truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us.”
I feel the same way.

 You can read the article, and see the video here.

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Barns Come Home

Almost two years ago, Julie asked me to build a barn. I built two. This is the second barn I made, and the one that inspired it is less than a quarter mile away from my house and I drive by it every day.

I sent Julie a pieced block, and she had it quilted, so I've only seen the finished barn in pictures. Now it's home and I get to enjoy all the details.

I'll be teaching a barn class some time next year at Quilted Threads. Speaking of which, here's my first barn, which is located right across the street from QT.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Three More Inches

I worked on the backing for my Black & White Slashed Squares quilt, adding fabric to the top and bottom of the backing. Now that I lay the quilt on top of the backing, I see that I need to add another three inches.  No problem, I can do that. Then it's off for quilting.

Having made three sizes of the Slashed Squares blocks, and having seen them play together, I think I am not finished with this idea...

And I need a better title. "Black & White Slashed Squares" is too much of a mouthful, and woefully uncreative.

The bright colored version of the Slashed Squares quilt I finished last week, The Grand Prismatic, is flying toward its new home as you read this. The recipient does not know it is coming. That should be a grand surprise. I can't wait!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Did You See That?

Last week the florist delivered this arrangement for our lobby. I was walking down the hall from the other direction, when I noticed something.

 I backed up a few steps and looked outside from the lobby and saw this.

Do you see it?

I keep telling you that interesting things are all around you and that you should pay attention when you  notice them. Coincidences are also something to notice.

Yes, the shrub on the right is a burning bush. Usually they get a lot redder.  The yellow tree is a Maple tree, but I am not quite sure what kind. It could be a Norway Maple.

Monday, November 14, 2016

I Guess So!

I didn't like the mini blocks jammed right up against the big ones, so I put a strip of black on either side of the big blocks, then sewed the minis to either side. But I still needed almost 12 inches on either side. That's the top of the quilt laid out on the floor at the bottom of this photo.

Since I had cut a lot of 7" squares of white and black fabrics to use in the main blocks, I decided to use those to fill up the space. I also had a lot of those fabrics cut into 4-1/2" strips, so I used those too. It's for the back, so I didn't get too worked up about it.

So this is as wide as it's going to get, and yes, I have been wondering if instead of just the back I was making another quilt. From reading all your comments, I guess so.

I need another 4" across the top, and about twenty at the bottom to give Chris, my longarm quilter, enough room to work.