Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Practically perfect

Practically perfect?   Mary Poppins certainly is.

My Farmer's Wife blocks all paper pieced?  Some are a perfect 6" but others are finishing something quite an imperfect 6".

But no fear!  I had already decided on my layout - half the blocks on point and half with sashing.   By cutting my sashing a bit wider than needed, I'll be able to trim my not so perfect blocks to be a perfect fit!

Here are the first 20 - half on point and half with sashing.   I didn't both too much about color placement for this shot.  I'm not going to worry too much about it until I a lot more of the blocks are done.

Putting aside the paper piecing for an afternoon and working on my sashing was a pleasant change of pace.

Happy Stitching!

Friday, August 29, 2014

ALYOF Finish

Finished my circular quilting on this scrap quilt.  I set the stitch length higher than I normally do - at 2.8 - and I really like the stitch definition.

My ALYOF challenge for August was to assemble this quilt top

from this set of blocks I had put together probably two years ago.  (Goal blog post.)

This finishes at 36" and I'm in the process of basting.  I'm going on another circular quilting adventure.

Interested in a tutorial on circular or spiral quilting?  I've started a new blog (more on that soon) and you can find the tutorial here on Elm Street Quilts.

I'll be linking up here

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer is almost over

Where did the summer go?  

My 3 kids are now all back in school - 2 in high school and 1 in his last year in college. 

I love summer.

Summer means not having to nag anyone about homework and no early bedtimes.  Summer means family time at the beach and quiet time as I swam laps in our local pool.   But it was too short.

Now, as the temperature starts to cool and summer winds down, looking forward to quilting time makes me happy.

Another Lovely Year of Schnibbles (and a bit more) starts up tomorrow.  (see here for more information).   I've played along for a couple of years now and so much enjoy the monthly challenge as the opportunity to see how others have taken on the same challenge.   At the end of the month, there is always a parade at A Quilting Life and Pink Pincushion blogs. 

My favorite one from last year is called Buttons and made from a Little Bites pattern called Mites.

What fun it was to carefully choose all that fabric.

Another favorite is called Sparkle made from a Schnibble pattern called Hook.

I don't always do circular quilting on these quilts but the small size makes it a fun choice.

Please consider playing along - check out Sheri and Sinta's blogs ( A Quilting Life and Pink Pincushion) on Monday to see the Sepetember challenge.

Happy Stitching!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Back to the farm for Blocks 18-20

I enjoyed the assemble of these blocks.

First up is #18 - Century of Progress

Then # 19 - Checkerboard

Finally #20 - Churn Dash, a new favorite block

Ta da - the first block of 20!!!

Happy Stitching!