Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Halloween

It's beginning to look a lot like Halloween at my house.  Here is the front outside flower bed decorated with ghosts, tombstones, lights and pumpkins.

I made my tomato cage ghosts the same as in the past.  You can find my tutorial HERE.   

I have the ghosts lit with white lights, and the bushes are all orange.  It's pretty easy to find the white Christmas lights this time of year because a lot of stores have all of their Christmas decorations out.

One of the ghosts is made from a sheet.  I couldn't find another sheet here that was all white.......so I used a piece of my Kona cotton.  The faces are drawn on free hand with a permanent marker.

Here's how the tomato cage looks with the lights wrapped.  I also used tent stakes to hold the bottoms in the ground so they won't blow away.  You can pick those up in the camping department at most of the big box stores.  I also used big binder clips to hold the sheets onto the back of the tomato cages.  I did that after we had a big storm and the cages blew over and the sheets came off.  

I've been doing a little sewing but have been working on other things lately.  More on that later.  I'll show you some of my other Halloween decorations in the next post.

I hope you're finding some time to stitch today.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Friday, October 3, 2014

EPP September Meeting

A couple of weeks ago our English Paper Piecing Addiction group met at Back Door Quilts.  Here are my show and tell photos:

This first quilt is Michelle's Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Stars.  I love this setting!

This is Michelle's Dresden Plate quilt.   I like this setting, too.  I like everything that Michelle does.  

Here is another of her Dresden plate quilts with an on point setting.  

This one was from a class that she took with Pat Sloan.

I love this Christmas table runner with fussy cut Santas and red pinwheel blocks for the border.  I'm sorry that I don't know the name of the quilter.

We show everything related to quilting at EPP.  This is an embroidered pillow.  I also don't know this person's name.

This is Sue Daley's Antique Sampler.

And Sue's basket quilt.  They were on loan to Back Door from Sue, and they were just ready to send them back to her.  
Sue Daley is starting a new Jigsaw Club with paper pieces and directions for blocks.   These next two are Marti's blocks.  I love her fussy cutting.  

One of the girls (I think Linda) is stitching this cute wall hanging.

This is Marlene's block from a Sue Daley pattern.  Her blue fabrics are just beautiful.

Linda and Terri had just been to a quilt show, so Linda did a little show and tell of the quilts that she was unpacking.

I missed the photo of the full quilt, but it looks great just like it is.  I love the bright Kaffe backing.

Jack's chain.  That one is on my bucket list.

These are just half square triangles set with tan fabrics.  I think the setting is interesting.

Cars - a cute children's quilt.

I love anything with nine patches.

This is a Sue Daley pattern called Cassie's Quilt.  

English Paper Piecing is always fun and interesting and full of inspiration.  

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Making Six Pointed Stars

I didn't realize it had been so long since my last post until I had a nice email from one of my readers.  Things are going ok here; I've just been busy.  I also had to take a long day and clean up my sewing room after finishing my Rotherfield Greys quilt.  I had really pulled out lots and lots of fabrics.

I'm back to making six pointed stars again.  I have had these stars cut out and glued to the papers for so long that I don't remember what most of the fabrics are.  The bottom left star is Amelia by Jo Morton.

I've been thinking a lot about setting ideas for these stars.  This is one of my ideas.  I like that it makes a hexagon!

Here are a few more that I've done.  

When I sit at the machine to sew, I have been working on some little nine patches that will finish at 3 inches.  Right now there is no plan for them.  I have a lot of projects to work on.  I just need to pick something and get busy.  

It is beginning to look and feel a lot like fall here in the Midwest, and it is great to be outside. Until next time...........

I hope you are all finding some time to stitch!

Thanks for visiting! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rotherfield Grey Quilt Finish

My Rotherfield Grey quilt top is finally finished.  I've been working on the applique' of the outside border for what seemed like ages.  Those are English paper pieced 1" stars that are appliqued' onto the background squares.  

Here are a few photos of different parts of the quilt.  This center was my first attempt at broderie perse.  I love how the flowers look.  Those center hexagons are 1/2".

The braid was all appliqued' on by hand.  The hexagons in the border below are 5/8".  

I loved cutting up some of my stash to make the rectangular framed border.

Each of the outside stars has 3 of the same brown points and 3 of various other colors. I fussy cut the brown star points so each would have a flower at the point.  After I took the photo below, I tore the corners off and fixed them.  All of the borders that have a star in the corner are facing the same direction.  The corner stars in the outside border were twisted the wrong way.  Probably no one besides me would have noticed that.  

This was the outside corner of the rectangular round. 

This top was a huge finish.  I've been working on this one off and on for about a year.  

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I Could Have Had More Fabric

I'm still unpacking a box now and then, but I can see light at the end of that tunnel.  So yesterday I took a field trip downtown.  I made a stop at a quilt shop there called Crimson Tate.  They specialize in bright fabrics so I bought some Amy Butler and Tula Pink and a couple other pieces for an upcoming project.  

I could have bought another $20 worth of  fabric, but instead I'm going to have to use it to pay this parking violation. Sure I only put 15 minutes on the meter, but I was just going to run in the shop and buy a few pieces of fabric.  I should have known better.

The parking meters downtown look like this.  

I very seldom go downtown, so this little sign on a stick was new to me.  I can't tell you how many great parking spaces I passed up before I finally pulled into one of them and read the instructions.  I thought this space was reserved for number 2362 so I kept circling.  It turns out you either call a phone number or install an app on your phone where you enter your credit card info and email address.  I installed the app and then I put the green number on the sign into the appropriate space and entered how much time I was going to put on the "meter".  It supposedly sends a tone to your phone when your time is up and you need to add more minutes.  I guess I was too busy looking at fabric to hear that sound.  I didn't notice the ticket in the bright, yellow envelope until I was going about 70 down the interstate and saw something flapping in the breeze.  It was fastened under my windshield wiper, and luckily it made it home with me.  Otherwise the fine doubles if not paid in 7 days.  I can't figure out how someone knows when my time is up by looking at this, but trust me.....somehow they found out.  

Thanks for stopping by today!

I hope you are finding some time to stitch. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Almost Unfinished Unpacking

I've been doing a little more unpacking.  I found some things that are finished or are nearly finished.

This first quilt called A Distant Star was published in the Dear Hannah book by Brenda Papadakis.  I'm on page 35!

Here's a Halloween quilt that is almost finished.  I just need to do a little more quilting in the border and add the binding.  

Here's a close up of the center.  The pattern is from Sentimental Stitches.  I did echo quilting around the redwork center and the pinwheel blocks are quilted in a curvy straight line.  I set my Bernina to stitch number 4 (a zig zag), and my stitch width to 4 and stitch length 3.5.  That sews a soft curve instead of doing a stitch in the ditch quilting line.  

Here's a table runner from a class I took years and years ago.  The strips are woven with fabric that we sewed into tubes and then pressed.  I think it is too long to be a table runner, but I have no idea how to take it apart to make it smaller.  So I did a basting stitch around the edges.  I should add a border, but the runner is thick so don't know whether to put some batting or flannel in the border.  This is a UFO that I'm not sure really how to finish.  I may just add a binding and call it finished.

This is one of Carol Doak's patterns.  It is from the book Easy Stash Quilts.  

As I was folding it, I noticed this nick in the binding so I put it in the UFO category.  You can see it in the photo above at the bottom almost in the center.  Here is a closer look.  That fabric is old, and I don't have any more of it.  So I will probably take this binding off and use another fabric.  Then that one will be finished.  

Thanks for stopping by!

I hope you have some time to take a few stitches today.  

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Table Topper and Blocks

Hello Everyone  I've unpacked another box and wanted to show you what I've found.

This first photo is definitely a UFO.  This is just snowball blocks and nine patches with the light blocks of the nine patches in the "fives" position.  I think it will need some kind of a border.  I really don't have a memory of even making this......

I don't think the rest of these are technically UFOs.  I have a habit of wanting to make a pattern, and whenever I find what I think is the perfect fabric I put all of it together into a large baggie even if I've never taken a stitch.  What do you call these?  They aren't UFOs because there isn't anything started, right?  They aren't PIGS because they aren't really Projects in Grocery Sacks.  I guess these are just someday ideas.....

Here are part of my Elegant Garden patterns by Edyta Sitar with some fabric in a bag.  

The rest of the patterns and this one block were in a notebook.  I should really finish this quilt because I like the one block that I finished.  Maybe I will do just one block each month.

I think this was a block of the month.  I have all of the appliqued block kits for Old Voices New Impressions by Jeana Kimball.   What you see in the photo is about as much as I have finished.

These are all of my printed Sally Post blocks.  These can be found at Sentimental Stitches  I have all of the patterns and the fabric in this bag.  I haven't started this project yet. Gay has a lot of great things over on her web site!  

Here is another plan.  Antique Sampler by Sue Daley.  I have my focus fabric and background in a bag with the pattern.  Nothing started here either.  

Another box unpacked.  I'm getting closer to the end.  I've stopped in between unpacking to sew a little.  I'll show you that in another post.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Hope you are finding some time to stitch this weekend.  

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