Monday, June 19, 2017

"¿QuĂ© Pasa?"

So what IS happening?
I read the comments and you are asking about Dave and the Dawgs...they're sleeping alot. When Dave is doing well, he is sleeping and when he isn't doing well he is in pain, so not much to say about that. I hide myself away in the sewing room, just quilting along, mesmerized by the moving needle and listening to NPR on the headphones to block out the machine drone.  I'm making up quilting designs as I go along and this quilt offers plenty of open space to doodle. The Bosna series is one I plan to continue, and someday I hope to have a bunch to offer for an exhibit. Big plans...ha! It's so good to have a project to work on that requires no angst.



 How 'bout photos of the garden? In front it is going mad for color. The Stargazers are short but the flowers are huge, while the gladiolas are tall and the flowers are short lived. The gaillardia did not disappoint and I am pleased at their continual blooming.
Thank heaven for nasturtiums which fill in the gaps and flourish even without much care.


 
I planted hyacinth beans against the trellis and just now they are starting to look enthusiastic and sending out climbing tendrils. The trellis is supported by sunken iron rods covered with PVC pipe and cable tied to the trellis, no nails involved. It stays up even in high winds.
The hosta are happy in their shade and this winter I will divide them and continue the bed along the house.

 We saw this bike wheel-daisy idea on Pinterest and Dave quickly mounted two of the five we had in the garage. The patio garden is doing so-so. Some plants are thriving while my peppers are wimpy. I guess it is not enough sun, for long enough. But the tomatoes have already ripened and I have loved eating those. Green beans too, but still kindy wimpy compared to our previous gardens. O well. 


 I bought a big potted Husky tomato plant and that has been producing continually while my bedded tomatoes are still green. I am patient. It's only June for heaven's sake! 
Our doggie fence didn't keep little Tony from jumping it and running down the alley. So we have to be out there with them to keep them safe and at home.
Life is calm and pretty darn satisfying. The last house in our  neighborhood was finished last week and the people moved in, so we are pretty much done with construction. Yay!!! There are condos being built one street over but they are far enough away to keep trucks from blocking our street. 


Friday, June 16, 2017

Bosna #6 Quilting

Is this an unusual color scheme for me? You bet! Bosna #6, 58x65". Some of the fabric is my hand dyed cotton sateen, which has a satiny surface, showing the quilting better.


Monday, June 12, 2017

Bosna #5 Completed

Bosna #5, 58x65", hand dyed cottons, commercial cottons, machine pieced and machine quilted.

Bosna #1
Bosna #2

 The rest of the series, Bosna #1 was gifted to our churches previous pastor, Diane Stocker. Bosna #2 and #3 are yet to be quilted and then Bosna #6 is also unquilted. This is a good start to the series which I plan to continue.

Bosna #3
Bosna #4, quilted
Bosna #6

Friday, June 9, 2017

Quilting this week

I'm currently quilting Bosna #5 with lots of space for fancy design combos. 



 Wreaths and ferns.
 Arcs. And wreaths again. 


 And Swirls!

Monday, June 5, 2017

Bento Box sample

The next demo I plan to do is the easy log cabin variation called Bento Box. First I made 9 sets of orange blocks and 9 sets of blue green ones.

 Then I cut each square into four and began playing with the arrangements. 

 This would work but it didn't make the same expected Bento box pattern.
 But I had to try it out on the wall to be certain.


 This is a fun setting but for beginners, it is probably a little too off base.

 Finally I just went for the standard layout.

Friday, June 2, 2017

16 x 16 Finished

 With my newfound confidence I decided to quilt wreaths for the turquoise squares, with half wreaths for the outer triangles. 

 And after watching Margo Clabo's video several times, I decided to do a red faux piping binding. It is such a great video with lots of super tips, including a great way to connect the binding at the end. I learned so much.

Here's the finished quilt, 35" square. This quilt used 64 five inch squares, made into sets of two, sewn and cut to make 8 half square triangles.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

16 x16 HSTs

 Each block is made from 16 half square triangles, in various solids. The HST blocks are 2" before assembling them into the bigger block and the finished blocks are 6.5". The solids are the same size and the top before quilting is about 35.5" square. This is my first time to do precision piecing and it really, really makes a difference. Starch and trimming to size is the key.  I am gaining confidence to make quilts that have always intimidated me in the past. And now I think that I don't have to make a whole bed size version, just a quilt big enough to say I've done it. A big Thanks! to Margo Clabo for her advice.

 I'll probably be quilting this top today. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

A New Project

 I'm making a huge bunch of half square triangles (HSTs)  for my demo on Friday. I decided that I would do a once a week thing at my sister's store and this will be my first lesson. A lesson for myself as well as the participants. 
Beginning with a set of STARCHED charm squares, all in solids, the HST blocks are made 8 at a time. Draw a diagonal line from corner to corner, both ways and then stitch 1/4" seam on each side of the drawn line. Cut on the lines and then carefully cut again into two. Voila! a nice half square triangle. The lesson for me is to carefully trim the blocks so they all measure the same, in this case, 2".
I hope to have a small quilt finished by Friday and there are so  many possibilities. See my Pinterest board.