Sunday, April 2, 2017

Meanwhile, Down on the Farm


The Farmer’s Wife was a woman’s magazine during the early 1900’s, and The Farmer’s Wife is the name of the current Block of the Month at my local quilt shop.  The blocks are a selection of those published in the magazine and the fabrics are all 1930s reproductions.

These are 6” paper-pieced blocks and they range from simple 9-patch to tear-your-hair-out complicated!  If you are not in love with paper-piecing, maybe you should not make this quilt!!


I have almost four columns done so far – only the fourth one stops at the floor.  This is going to be a Very Big Quilt!

I am loving the fabrics in this project.  And, yeah, I love some of the blocks.  Just not all of them.  Ha!

Friday, March 24, 2017


Meet the latest of my creations, Rikki


Rikki is sculpted of polymer clay and she’s a larger size than I usually work with.  That’s because she will only be the head and shoulders.  Right now, she is waiting for ears and then hair and painted details.  The “clothes” are temporary, although I do like the orange against her skin.  It’s a lady’s handkerchief from Australia!


Rikki is the first in a series of classes at A for Artistic, called Children of the World.  I’ve had a lot of fun with this class and am looking forward to doing more in this series.

I’ll show Rikki off when she’s finished and I’m sure you’ll see more of these busts in the future.  Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Houston, we have a problem

So, way back here, I showed you some Stack ‘n Whack blocks.  I finished the blocks themselves and started to put them together in an on-point layout.


Thinking I was about half way done, I pinned it to the wall to see how it looked.  Uh oh.  Let’s take a closer look:


Alrighty then.  A little basic geometry reveals the problem (if not a solution yet).  These blocks are rectangular instead of square.  Thus, the angle is not 45 degrees, which is the basis of the typical on-point quilt.  Well, I never could do math in my head!

So, I will be spending some quality time with my seam ripper and then take another look at layout options.  I do like how the background forms those diamonds, so I think I’ll start there.  Stay tuned for the next installment of Life with the Mathematically Challenged!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

POTC update

POTC = Patchwork of the Cross (see my original post here.)  There has been progress.  I now have nine blocks complete.


These make great portable projects or for watching TV.  I have a small box full of pre-cut fabric and I can baste them to the papers in no time.  Some require fussy cutting, but use of a glue stick speeds that process up, too.

However, this project has been placed on hold for the time being.  Why?  Because of this:


This is one of the blocks for “Paisley Parade” by Of One Mind and the embroidery stitch is called ‘twilling.’  For the seasoned embroiderist, it is also known as ‘palestrina stitch.’  I took a class in November and saw the pattern in their shop and had to have it!

So far I have six blocks completed – out of 12, so six more to go.  There’s sashing and filler blocks so it will take awhile to have a complete quilt top.  Here is what I have so far:


I love paisley!  And I’m finding this stitch to be almost meditative.  And even more portable than POTC.  On a recent road trip, I could stitch as long as there was daylight – or when I was not required to read road signs.  I’m the designated navigator, so it’s always my fault if we go wrong . . . always.  But that’s a story for another time perhaps.

And while I’m working on Paisley, I can decide how large I want to make POTC.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Evening Star

This is the cover of the January issue of American Quilter.  I just love this combination of flying geese and star burst.


I don’t usually make a magazine pattern until long after the magazine comes out.  I will (sometimes) flag the page and (usually) forget all about it until (nearly always) several years later.  But this one is just too pretty to forget – especially when I played around with color changes in Electric Quilt.


I love how it came out and I think it is prettier than the magazine version – if I do say so myself.  It’s about 47 inches square, so I could quilt it on my home machine.  For now, though, I’m enjoying the view while I consider quilting options.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A very long week?

My, it’s certainly been quiet on this blog, hasn’t it?  The last time I posted – TWO MONTHS AGO! – I promised a look at my quilt on the longarm.  Now that it has been quilted, bound, and showed at guild meeting, here you go!



As you might guess, I have lots of other things to show you.  Two months translates into a lot of sewing and crafting!  But, rather than load your computer (and patience) by trying to give it to you all at once, I plan to do a bunch of shorter posts.  Hopefully, by the time we are all caught up, I will have slipped back into the blogging habit.

We shall see, shan’t we?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Best Laid Plans

So, the PLAN was . . .

I was scheduled to do some quilting on the longarm (my LQS rents time on their longarm) and I was going to take some photos of the quilt loaded and in progress.  Even wanted to try posting from my smart phone. 

Technical difficulties turned all those plans upside down!  Tension was all over the place and we had to call in the big guns (ie, owner who had been to training on maintaining the beast).  By lunch time I decided I better pull out another project to work on.


This one!  Another Stack ‘N Whack.  I got all the hexagons finished and started adding triangles to square them up.  As you can probably tell, the fabric is a Finding Nemo print.  It was something my mother bought (I don’t know why!) and I have puzzled over what to do with it.


I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how pretty the blocks are turning out.  Everything from nice subtle patterns like the one above . . .


. . . to wildly silly like these eyeballs! 

I’m working on how to put the blocks together.  There was a lot of this fabric – I have 42 hexagons measuring about 11” – so I will probably get two quilts out of this project!

And maybe – just maybe – I’ll be able to show you a loaded, quilted quilt next week!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Starting a New Year

In hopes for getting back into the blogging habit, I thought I would pop in this evening with a quick update.

Here are the first three blocks of Patchwork of the Cross (to be known as POTC hereafter).  I am making great progress as there are two more blocks almost ready for viewing.  I suspect things may slow down now that there are no holiday specials to watch.  Who knows?

I have a couple of completed quilt tops, but they will have to wait for another post when I have more time.  See you then!

P.S. Happy New Year!

P.P.S.  Suddenly my blogging app isn't connecting to Blogger so this has taken much longer than I planned.  Plus, I wanted to crop the photo so you don't have to look at my cabinet doors.  Not happening.  Sigh.