A Thank you and a Couple More 2016 Finishes

First I want to thank Alycia for the wonderful box of scraps I won.  They have been way fun to sort, pet and mix up with my scraps.  Alycia does a lot of Quilts of Valor (QOV) quilts so there’s a wonderful mix of red, whites and blues 🙂  

scraps-from-alyciaSpeaking of  QOV, I participated in Alycia’s & Dar’s block drive using Jan’s Log Cabin Triangles (LCT) block.  Picture from Dar’s blog as I mailed all 16 of them off without taking a picture 🙁

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I finished a couple of quilts, took some pictures and never blogged about them…..oh wait, I haven’t blogged anything for a long while, oops! 

Up first is, Her Mother’s Blocks, made for Liz from, well, her mother’s blocks!  You know how people want to give you fabric when they know you quilt?  So Liz was cleaning out her mother’s home when her mom moved to an assisted living facility……and she brought me a huge box of fabric.  In the bottom of the box I found 50 or more quilt blocks along with assorted parts & pieces made from…wait for it….Kettle Cloth (who remembers that?!?!) and other fabrics.  I now know the fabrics were dresses made for Liz and her sisters.  Think 60’s-70’s fabrics.  When Liz’s mother passed away I knew I needed to make a quilt from those blocks.  I was able to make her entire quilt from fabric in that box and she was speechless when I presented it to her.  One of the best moments of my quilting life.

her-mothers-blocks-2her-mothers-blocks-backI wanted to quilt this myself but Sophie did NOT like the Kettle cloth and we got into a fight (Sophie & me, not the quilt 😉 ) so Terri Kanyuck did the honors doing a beautiful edge to edge design (thank you for the save, Terri!!). 

Shooting Stars is next.  I used the Tri-Recs rulers for the stars and made the top up as I went along.  I bought all the fabrics for this one in Paducah a couple of years ago.  The background has constellations with colorful stars so I followed that lead.  I quilted this one free hand with a star meander….I’m pretty happy with the results.  True to form, I was sewing down the binding right up until time to gift this so I have one lousy photo 🙁

shooting-stars-2In keeping with the space theme, I used this fabric for the backing:

shoot-stars-backingMy I have a drum roll please???  I FINALLY finished my Topsy Turvy Nine Patch that was started in a workshop with Judy Laquidara in 2009!!!  What?!?!!?  Terri Kanyuck custom quilted this and did a WONDERFUL job.  Terri did a great job enhancing the quilt pattern…..it’s lovely!  So lovely, I might have gone a bit crazy trying to get beauty shots…..hope you enjoy!

ttnp-dragon-frontttnp-on-dragonttnp-top-detailttnp-back-detailttnp-bindingttnp-skewedttnp-dragonttnp-dragon-headttnp-finishttnp-backHappy New Year!!!

Cherie

 

Fun Backing

I used most of the bits left from piecing the Topsy Turvy Nine Patch top in the backing.  It turned out to be a pretty fun backing……

TTNP Backing……colorful, like the top even in this bad pic 🙂  That’s Simontacchi giving it a look-see.

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A finished backing means stash out!!  This might be the first time I net stash out, I’ll have to see if I can keep it that way 😉  Linking up with Judy’s Design Wall Monday post.

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Stash Report:

  • Fabric in: 0 yards
  • Fabric out:  5 yards
  • YTD Fabric in:  0.75 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 5 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): (4.25) yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie

First 2015 DWM

I thought I’d been participating in Judy’s Design Wall Mondays (DWM) for awhile now but I had no idea it was 5 1/2 years!!  Thank you, Judy, for continuing to host DWM‘s.  I’m working on piecing a backing from the leftover bits from the Topsy Turvy Nine Patch so most of what on the wall belong to that.  

DWM 1-5-15I also have a couple finished broken dish blocks which I’ve decided will be one of the blocks I do for the Rainbow Scrap challenge for 2015.

Broken DishesA new year means a clean slate for the stash report.  I picked up a yard of fabric at the First Sat and promptly shared 1/4 yard with a friend (Hi Margaret).

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Stash Report:

  • Fabric in: 0.75 yards (pieces from Quilted Fox)
  • Fabric out:  0 yards
  • YTD Fabric in:  0,75 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 0 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 0.75 yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie

Now That’s Progress

I spent three days at the Threads of Mine quilt retreat in Shipshewana, IN. I traveled there with Darlene and Wanetha from my quilt guild. They were great traveling and quilting companions.  We had a wonderful group of quilters around us including Jennifer who got us stretching every 90 minutes 🙂

I took along the Topsy Turvy Nine Patch to finish. I started this quilt in a workshop with Judy Laquidara, finished the blocks at the first Shipshewana retreat and then ran into trouble. My pieced borders were longer, significantly longer than the quilt center. I removed the inner border and couldn’t cut another, wider border because I was out of fabric. So the top sat. I finally pulled it out again to figure out a plan and got it finished 🙂  i actually like the inner border of background fabric better because it floats the blocks 🙂

At last year’s retreat I was still working on the 2010 Bonnie Hunter mystery, Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll blocks.  This year I got the blocks sewn together.

I took along my Civil War BOTW by Barbara Brackman and got the setting blocks sewn.  I have three blocks that I’m going to re-do and then I can sew them together.   The remaining four blocks that will be in the corners of the borders.

I got to see Jill of Darling Jill Quilts.

Here’s Ruthie, on the left, of Threads of Mine who organizes the Shipshewana retreats.

 A big thank you, Ruthie, for another wonderful retreat.

There was, of course, some shopping time at Yoder’s and Lolly’s.  Here’s the additions to my stash, including some cheddars and greens from Jo Morton for the Grandmother’s Choice BOTW. and a 7 yard cut of a Barbara Brackman prints for the Civil War quilt….maybe for the borders and backing.

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Stash Report –

  • Fabric in:  20.25 yards (Shipshewana purchases)
  • Fabric out: 7 yards  (TTNP top)
  • YTD Fabric in: 138.75 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 73 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 65.75 yards Hmmmm….I need to get RRCB and the civil war tops together!!

Happy Quilting, Cherie


Manic Monday

My DH mentioned the Bangles “Manic Monday” song and now I can’t get it out of my head!  Design Wall Monday’s continue to be a great motivator for me.  My first DWM post was back in August 2009! Hop over to this week’s DWM link up on Judy’s blog here.  I have some new First Saturday blocks on my wall this week. 


I completed the Sept alternate block and both the main and alternate blocks for October, woo hoo!

I’m leaving for a retreat Wednesday and I spent some time calculating yardage for my setting choice as well as cutting the fabrics for the Civil War BOTW quilt by Barbara Brackman.

And here are the three in-progress projects I’m hoping to complete while in Shipshewana…….I can do it, right? The brightly colored project is Judy Laquidara’s Topsy Turvy Nine Patch which I worked on at retreat two years ago.

Here’s to many hours of sewing, companionship and laughter in Shipshewana!

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Stash Report –

  • Fabric in:  1 yards (another GW jumper)
  • Fabric out: 0 yards 
  • YTD Fabric in: 118.5 yards
  • YTD Fabric out: 66 yards
  • Net Fabric In/(Out): 52.5 yards 

Happy Quilting, Cherie