Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Quilt Update

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Round Robin (RR) blocks (14)  for pink/purple made and put into row, attach, and mail - yes
MY Round Robin - both rows attached - yes
BOM blocks (3) complete -  yes
Easy Street (ES) Clue 8 - no
Orange Crush (OC) ripped out, re-sandwiched, quilted and bound - no
Bow-Dacious (BD)  area ripped out, quilted, labeled, binding on - no
Old Tobacco Road (OTR)  - Clues 4, 5 - no
Quiet Book for Ophelia Made - yes
Jennifer's 9 patches unstitched - yes
Christmas blocks - appliques ready and all small blocks finished
Additional quilt made - Disappearing 4 patch for Ophelia
Started a Block a Day project - yes, I'm insane

1st -  It's June --- OMG!  We are almost half way through this year already.  Goodness.  It is also one crazy month for us so I may not accomplish much.  I intend to give it the good old college try but am also a realist.  Cross your fingers everyone.  Since school is out, that means that summer camp at my house for grands begins.  Today is day one of session one and I pick up Jared down in West for a week of fun together.  Once we get back home, he builds a man cave under my hand quilt frame and it becomes his new favorite spot.  He wants some quiet time to read and play games so I work on my quiet book pages.  While in Hillsboro, I was able to find some appliques and buttons to give the pages a little added zest.  Now to figure out where to put all of them.

2nd -  Good morning.  I have my blog post from last month up and now am going to work on this quiet book some more.  Jared wants another quiet day and so I am here to oblige.  It's rare  for him to get to just hang out and do nothing.  I am able to totally complete four pages of the quiet book and have many more almost finished.  It's coming together finally.  For the afternoon, Jared and I decide that we need chocolate, chocolate chip cookies.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Disappearing Four-Patch Baby Quilt

My friend Roberta has started a new Facebook group and has issued a challenge for everyone to make either a jelly roll or charm pack quilt.  I don't have any jelly rolls sitting around but I do remember receiving a couple of charm packs as gifts at the last retreats.  I pull them out and see if they will even go together at all.

The colors are bright and look like fun -- perhaps this can be done.  Now what to do with them?  I start sorting them into four-patches and am going to try the disappearing four-patch block.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

My Quiet Book Adventure

So I have this crazy idea to make a "quiet book" for my granddaughter as a present for her first birthday.  This should be easy and fun right?  I watch a couple of videos and grab ideas from them and then find Pinterest full of more ideas.  Before I know it, I have written down about 25 "idea" pages.  I head out to the studio to see what I have for background fabric and find lots of broadcloth that needs to be used up.  I have some felt, but head to the store to make sure all colors are present and accounted for.  Then I start cutting.  At first it seems pretty easy --- simple shapes and ideas.  The first day goes well and I have this page to show for it.  The butterfly parts are buttoned on and the shapes velcro on to their mates.  The edges are all hand blanket-stitched and only the pieces actually attached to the broadcloth are machine sewn on.  I will keep that pattern throughout the book.

Day two has me working on a "lacing" page.  The hope is that this book will teach skills as well as provide entertainment.  The other half of the page is a lady bug that zips open and has her spots inside.  Pretty simple, yes?

Ribbons of Love Summary

Welcome to my very first mystery!!!!  I could not be more excited.  I hope you have a great time with it and please, please, please share what you have done.  I can't wait to see.

I am gathering all of my mystery posts and placing them here so that you can link up and find what you want easily.  They will each open in a new page, leaving you access to this post.  You can always find this page by clicking on the tab at the top of the blog.  Please become a follower and you will always know when the new post is up.  Welcome to you all and comments are always appreciated.

Post 1:  Introduction
Post 2:  Clue 1
Post 3:  Clue 2
Post 4:  Clue 3
Post 5:  Clue 4
Post 6:  Clue 5
Post 7:  Clue 6
Post 8:  Clue 7
Post 9:  Clue 8
Post 10:  Clue 9
Post 11:  The Grand Finale -- Clue 10

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Let's Rip a Seam!

After discovering that I have to "unstitch" 46 nine-patches, I decide to actually take the time to learn how to use the seam ripper properly.  I'm sitting in an airplane en route to Salt Lake City at 10:00 p.m.  Doesn't that sound like an appropriate time to learn something new?

After practicing the whole flight --- I think I have it down.  This is soooooo much faster than picking out seams or even snipping every 5th one and pulling threads.  AND the tiny threads to pick out are minimal as well.  Here's a quick video my daughter shot after arriving at her house.  Hope it helps.