Craft Hope’s New Project

Craft Hope’s new project, Project 8, is collecting wash cloth and hand towel sized cotton cloths for three organizations who have mobilized to clean birds, turtles and marine mammals.  Please check out all the details here if you are interested in doing something to help.

Storm At Sea

Last night I finished the other 4 Storm at Sea blocks for our guilds fund raising quilt.  Again I have to hand it to the quilt committee, these are looking terrific!  Boy, the half hexie blocks on my design wall do –not– enhance the blocks, do they 🙁

Just because I think they are so darn cute, here’s a picture of Max and Pattison from The Owl Box that is/was streaming live video of the barn owls Molly & McGee as they nested and raised their 4 owletts.

Mon – Design Wall Time

Judy from Patchwork Times sponsors Design Wall Mondays where you can link to lots of other blogs to check out projects other quilters have on their walls……be sure to click the link and check them out 🙂

My wall has the half hexagon quilt I cut a while back.   I’m sewing it via leader/enders right now.  I played with different layouts and ended up liking this one which reminds me of the plastic pop beads for toddlers.  Never ceases to amaze me how much “shrinkage” happens when you sew the pieces together!

I sewed the Pinwheel Party block 11 for both the navy and orange PP quilts.  Only one more block then the sashing, yea!!

My mom agreed to work on a quilt with me.  Actually we’ll be doing two quilts one for her that she will start and one for me that I start.  There aren’t many rules…..we’re just going to add a row with fabric from our stash each time we receive it.    I finally got my first row finished!!  I’ll send it along with some extra fabric from my stash in case my mom wants to use it and I’ll wait to receive my mom’s first row.

I also sewed the borders on the Downy Touch of Comfort quilt so it’s ready to be quilted.

And I paper pieced a couple of the blocks for our guild’s fundraising quilt.  I’m not a paper piecing fan.  The problem lies in the fact that it wastes a lot of fabric so to minimize the waste, I cut my pieces too small and then have trouble getting them to cover the area they are supposed to cover.   The kits put together by the quilt committee are excellent, the pieces are plenty big and I had no trouble.  I used the tip from Bonnie Hunter (at Quiltville) to put a dab of washable glue stick for the first piece to keep it in place when you turn the whole thing fabric side down to sew.  Worked like a charm…thanks Bonnie!

Stash Report

  • Added:  0      Cumulative Added:  97 yds
  • Used:  1  (for the mini 9-patch)       Cumulative Used:  16 yds
  • Net Out/(In):   (81 yds)   Not much change but I’m getting close to several finishes so watch out!

Pinwheel Party Parts

I made 36 half square triangles last night for block 11 (D-2) of the Pinwheel Party quilts.  Over the weekend I managed to get all the pieces cut for the remainder of the PP quilts AND mark the sewing lines for the half square triangles.

Dawn-Marie commented on Monday’s post about my perfect points.  They aren’t perfect but they are pretty good 🙂  I used to –hate– squaring up my half square triangles and always had less than satisfactory points which I blamed on everything except not squaring up.  Once I finally gave in and started squaring them up, my points have improved a lot!  It takes less time to square up than to fiddle with the blocks, unsewing and resewing to get them within my tolerance for point-i-ness.

I was lucky with the orange background fabric I used for the second, spur-of-the-moment, Pinwheel Party quilt.  I knew I’d have enough fabric for the blocks but probably not for the sashing and borders……as it turned out I had enough for the sashing but not the outside border (I’m okay with this) with only this much to spare.   Not bad, huh?

I sewed the last two seams on the center of the Downy Touch of Comfort quilt, too.  I have a couple of the 4-patches left over so I’m thinking about piecing them into the backing but maybe I’ll just want to hurry up and get it quilted………