Monday, June 29, 2015

Black Sea Grand Blocks Done!!!

I did it, finished all nine grand blocks.  I'm getting pretty excited about this.  Now to put that big ol' nine patch together... Black Sea is my version of Judy Martin's Aegean Sea.  I wasn't sure how it was going to be in black, grey and white, but I must say I'm liking it a lot better now that all the grand blocks are complete.
Black Sea grand blocks
 Speaking of nine patches, I've 52 of the *correct* size nine patch blocks done.  Only 28 more to go.  Still not sure what to do with those baby nine patches.  I think there's enough to use as a border for
Old Friends but we'll see.

I love the broken dishes pattern. I  really want to make a full size picnic quilt with nothing but scraps.  This is from a layer cake I had laying around.  I may add on to these, gold and white, not sure.

I did have something on the frame, just pulled it off.  A sweet little panel quilt.  Hobbs 80/20 batting, Premo Soft on top, magna glide bobbins.
Pierre's Famous Circus Panel Quilt

I'm also cutting squares for hexies'.  Two long twelve hour rides to make some progress.  I started my hexie project half way through daughter #4's first year of college.  I'll take a picture and show the almost 4 years of progress when I get back.  Boy oh boy, this one may never finish. Check out the linky parties on the side bar for some great inspiration.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Design Wall Monday 6/21

Oh my goodness it's been such a buys summer.  Just a whirlwind of activity.  It's hard to believe that we are moving are youngest daughter to Maryland in less than 2 weeks.  Work has been crazy too.  If you've left comments on my blog, thank you so much.  I do love hearing from you and I try very very hard to respond to all comments, even if it's a month late :(  I'll have a 12 hour ride out to the east coast, plenty of time to respond, please forgive my tardiness. In spite of all that is going on (someone tell me that June is NOT 3/4 over - shoot where did it go?) I did get a bit of sewing done.  I'm making great progress on Black Sea.  I have 5 grand blocks done and the next log placed on all the log cabins, ready for some chain stitching.
Black Sea Grand Blocks
Black Sea log cabins
I also got a bit of work done on Old Friends BOM.   I was so proud of myself working ahead, figuring out those nine patch blocks.  I have all 80 of them done.  Then was so excited to get the first of the nine patch nine patch blocks (there's gotta be a better name).  Seriously it wasn't until I ironed that block that I thought, uh oh somethings not right here.  What was I thinking???????  Oh boy, I know have 80 really cute itty bitty nine patches.  And 80 larger nine patch that I have to make.  So I'm just thinking, I'm not further behind.  I'm certain I"ll find something to do with those cute little nine patches (let me know if you have any ideas) and I'm really further  along in another quilt that I really new :)
80 cute, but much too small nine patches
Oh boy, that's not gonna work 
Ready to make 80 more nine patches
lol seriously did not think anything about the size until I ironed that block - just off by 50% - my my my
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Sunday, June 7, 2015

DWM - Black Sea grand block

Now that hands 2 help is done, I got to work on a few of my projects.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to work on the Old Friends BOM from Calico Girls or Black Sea so I worked on both.  I'm kinda pleased with the progress.  I have the first "grand block" completed for Black Sea (Judy Martins Aegean Sea), only 9 more to go.  I like in the black and grays.  It's hard to see but there is just a tiny bit of blue in the middle of those stars.  IT's a 27 in finished block, it's definitely "grand".

Block 8 came out for Old Friends Bom, I got that one done and figured out the last one.  Now I  have all the sampler blocks done.  I've got about 60 of the 80 nine patches done.  How about that being a step ahead of the game.

 Nothing more done on the truck quilt.  I did get a fun book that has some great ideas for the borders, but that's gonna have to wait for another day.  Don't forget to check out all the linky parties on the side bar, some thing for everyday of the week!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

May was a great month, now lets see what June has in store for us

Oh my goodness. has this been as wonderful a month for you as it has for me?  I am one year closer to retirement and now only one year away (assuming nothing life changing we know it does from time to time), daughter #4 moved graduated from college.  Daughter #3 is in her final year and tuition is paid, I went on a wonderful vacation with daughter #4 to her new home town, and a group of us finished 13 quilt for Hands 2 Help.  Goodness me oh my, how does it get any better? I dunno.  Ahh, throw in the best garden season of many many years and shoot, my heart is overflowing with goodness I tell you.  So, I'll just share some pics and see what you think.  Here's the final quilts for H2H.  The final tally in case you haven't been watching is 13 quilts - 6 for Happy Chemo, 6 for Sage Cancer Center in McHenry, and 1 for Relay for Life in Richmond.  3 more quilts than my original goal of 10 - AMAZING!!!! Here's the pics and details with the pics

Shirting QST

Ground Cover Pantograph - Barbra Becker I think

Lil Hands by  Patricia Ritter - perfrect for Hands 2 Help don't you think?

Fern by Patricia Riter

Sea of Green
Off Track

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Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day ! And Hands 2 Help wrap up

We had our final session of Hands 2 Help wrap this saturday which was my birthday, what a great way to start a birthday huh?    These amazing ladies finished up 5 tops, I'm letting Meghan keep hers, it was  her first top.  So the totals are here 9 tops completed, 4 tops waiting to be quilted.  6 tops for Happy Chemo.  6 tops for Sage Cancer Center and 1 top for Relay for Life auction - freaking amazing.  What's even more amazing is that all this came from fabric stash, even the backings, and you can even telll :(  Here's some pics
final session of Hands 2 Help drive for us in Mchenry - great start with flowers and Mimosas - love these ladiess

This one will be donated to Relay for Life that my niece runs in our area.  I plan on bringing this one home from the auction, I think I can get it for under 250.
Meghams first quilt, she gets to keep it, what fun!!

Anna' first attempt at the long arm, she did GREAT!!

Veronika's jelly roll, love this with the ombre jelly roll.

here we are with all the nine quilts that are finished 4 more to quilt

Love these ladies and all the help - 3 more quilts will be delivered than planned!!

This definitely got us started

And we're in Washington DC for a few days checking out baby girl Daurio's new neighborhood (she moves out here the July 4th weekend)   We stopped at the portrait museum which was on my must see list and directly across from the hotel (hmmmm how did that happen).  Amazing portraits of the presidents - Lincolns just filled me pride and emotion.  There was also a quilt that had a lot of quilting done (just like a like) but by hand - OMG amazing - how many hours that much have taken.  The detail in the feather wreaths, the 1/4 in grid and the detail in the small amout of quilting on the applique them selves is gorgeious.  I also took a picture from the side, it was such a thin quilt, I"m not sure it even had any batting in it at all.  
seriously amazing in person.  I was actually more moved by this one than George Washington's

Amazing quilt

you know everything I know about this quilt now

Look how thin, it's almost lihe there is no batting at all

I can't even imagine how long this would take by hand.  I know it would take me a long time on the long arm!

Hope every one has a great holiday weekend, we saw the National Symphony Orchestra on the white house lawn last night which was amazing and heading over to Arlington National Cemetery to watch the changing of the gourd.  This is a great place to be for Memorial Day