Monday, May 25, 2015

BOW Blocks Done!

All 40 of my Women of the Bible blocks are finished!  Last Monday, part 1 of the finishing instructions were released including the setting blocks and top assembly.  Today, the pieced border instructions should be released!

I can't wait to finish up this top, I've been working on it for so long, but I've got a deadline quilt that must take priority.  Until then...

Linking up to Design Wall Monday & BOMs Away!

Heather

Sunday, May 24, 2015

My First (and Only) Crochet Project

Last year I was admiring an afghan made by my friend, Debbie.  She told me the pattern was called Leaping Stripes by Tamara Kelly (on Moogly) and it was really easy!  The problem was, I had no idea as to how to read a pattern.  I haven't done any crocheting since I was a young girl (and it was all done by mimicking my nana's stitches), so Debbie tried to teach me how to mimick her stitches.  Well, I tried.  I made several rows over several weeks and got about 18" done by the time I showed it to her...and she tore out almost a foot of those stitches!  All my hard work!  And my aching hands!!!   I guess I wasn't getting the right number of stitches per row (I think she said I was dropping stitches?).
Well, I was frustrated, but I was determined to get it right...so I watched the video tutorial and tried to learn how to changes rows properly.  After alot of practice and redoing many corners...I got it!  Then I tried to match what I was stitching to the written pattern...and I kinda got that!  And, I was even able to stitch the border without any additional help (by reading the pattern)!    

Leaping Stripes
60x80"
Pattern Designer:  Tamara Kelly (Moogly)
Yarn:  Cream & Sugar (100% cotton variegated)

Linking up to Creative Goodness, Can I get a Whoop, Whoop? and Link-a-Finish Friday.

Heather

Monday, May 04, 2015

WOTB BOW WIP

How's that for acronyms?  It reminds me of "Army speak!"  Did you catch the meaning?  WOTB BOW WIP = Women of the Bible Block of the Week Work in Progress!  And, since I haven't posted my blocks in a while...here are the blocks from the past 2 months:
31: Martha & Mary
32: Salome
33: Pilate's Wife
34: Queen of Sheba
35: Adulterer
36: Menstruating Woman

37: Lois & Eunice
38: Syro-Phoenician Woman
39: Elizabeth
















Only one more block left at this point!  Monday will bring block #40 and after that, there are just finishing instructions (filler blocks and several borders according to the photos of the quilt).  So exciting!  Next week, after I've made block #40, I'll post a photo of all of the blocks together (if I can make them fit on my design wall)!!!

Linking up to BOMs Away and WIP Wednesday.

Heather

Saturday, May 02, 2015

May UFO Goals

I'm going easy on my goals for May because I have a few workshops to attend the first week of June that I need to do alot of prep work for.  I also need to catch up on my color challenge spool blocks (both sets) and my Women of the Bible Blocks!  So this month, I've decided to try to finish these 2 projects, Bath House Blues (another Prairie Women's project) and That 70s Quilt (a restoration).

Currently, Bath House Blues is in a state of almost completion.  It's quilted, the binding is sewn to the front side, and the label and hanging sleeves are made.  All it really needs is the handwork done - stitching the label, hanging sleeve and binding down.  That's it...easy enough, right?
Bath House Blues
That 70s Quilt is another story.  First of all, it doesn't really have a name...That 70s Quilt is just what I'm calling it.  Really, if she want's to, my mom gets to name it because, well, my mom assembled this quilt before I was born, with remnants from an upholstery shop she worked at in NYC.  The poor thing has been well loved and well used (by me mostly - I confiscated it when I left home...yes mom, technically you did make me something before the afghan!!!).  So well loved and well used that it's pretty much falling apart.  It's had stains on the backing for more than 20 years, but now the front seams are coming loose causing the fabric to tear.  I really want to preserve it, so I'm taking it apart, block by block, to trim down, square up and reassemble to it's semi-original state.  I've already purchased a new backing (also an upholstery fabric) and washed it with fabric softener to alleviate some of the stiffness.  If I can reuse the batting (who know what's really in there...could be a whole other blanket, hehe) I will, if not...it will take several layers of batting to get the poofy comfy feel that I love about this quilt and that I want to maintain.   I'll re-tie the ties...it was never "quilted."  And, originally there was no binding; it was just turned under.  I'm thinking I'll probably bind it, this time around, for more structure and stability from the wear and tear I seem to lay on it.  I want it to last forever!!!
That 70s Quilt
Well, there they are, my goals for May...Bath House Blues & That 70s Quilt (& workshop prep & & Color Challenge & WOTB catch up)! 

Q2 (Apr-Jun 15) List:
1.  Lozenges
2.  Silent Auction Table Project (for mom)
3.  4-Patch Revisited
4.  Crumb Along
5.  Wounded Warrior Quilt
6.  Thai Ostrich Quilt
7.  Rustic Stars
8.  Soldier Baby Quilt
9.  A Prairie Women project
10.  Collaboration Celebration
11.  Pinwheel
12.  Labor Day Madness
13.  Fan Baby
14.  Ye Olde Schoolhouse (PWSC j4g1)
15.  Orange Crush

Linking up with ALYoF!

Heather

Monday, April 27, 2015

April Finishes!

Three finishes for the month of April!  To read more detail about each project, click on the name of each quilt and it will take you to my original blogpost.
Lozenges - 345 individual lozenge blocks at the beginning of the month have now become a 15x23 block setting with 2 borders.  Panto quilted and finished with a solid black binding.
Ye Olde Schoolhouse - At the beginning of the month, this project was just a [blue] fabric pull and pattern.  I changed my mind about the color wanting to go traditional "Little Red Schoolhouse" and kept the candy stripe border all red to avoid a candy cane look.  Panto quilted with dark red binding.
A Quilt for Charity - This project began the month as a few pinwheel and broken dishes blocks.  After tearing them apart and reassembling with sashing and cornerstones, this simple little table topper was complete. 

Q2 (Apr-Jun 15) List:
1.  Lozenges
2.  Silent Auction Table Project (for mom)
3.  4-Patch Revisited
4.  Crumb Along
5.  Wounded Warrior Quilt
6.  Thai Ostrich Quilt
7.  Rustic Stars
8.  Soldier Baby Quilt
9.  A Prairie Women project
10.  Collaboration Celebration
11.  Pinwheel
12.  Labor Day Madness
13.  Fan Baby
14.  Ye Olde Schoolhouse (PWSC j4g1)
15.  Orange Crush

Linking up to A Lovely Year of FinishesCreative Goodness and the UFO Challenge!

Heather