Friday, April 27, 2012

I feel like I’ve been moving in slow motion this week, but at last I have a little progress to share.  Here is Jane Stickle triangle, BR 13, Argyle.  This one required my undivided attention and I had to keep putting it down and coming back to it.  Doreen’s tip to cut the outside edges of the units slightly larger than required so there was “wiggle room” to trim it up was a life saver.  Here is a link to her tutorial.

Country Hearts is also complete.  The pattern showed it embellished with a button in the center of every star, and I felt like it needed this touch.  I hate sewing buttons!  This little gem has 16 of them.  I am ever so happy it is bound, labeled and done!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Juggling Projects....

Yesterday ended up being a sewing day, and I completed two more Jane Stickle triangles.  Here are TR3, Checkerboard, and TR5, Michigan Dunes.  The one on the right looks somewhat distorted because I did not flatten it very well when I put it on the design wall.  However it just did not go together as cleanly as the one on the left.  I finally decided, after repeatedly trying to true it up, that “finished is better than perfect” and stopped ripping out the border and top seams before I damaged the fabric. Maybe I was just working while I was too tired.  If it ends up being too skewed I can always give it another try later. 

I also quilted my country hearts wall hanging.  All the machine work is finished and I am ready to begin binding, labeling and embellishing it.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Jacob's Ladder is Bound, Labeled, Done!

I finished the handwork on the Jacob’s Ladder quilt binding last night.  Since it was completed during bluebonnet season here in Central Texas, I’ve named it Texas Blues.  This was a relatively inexpensive project since everything except the backing and border fabrics came from my stash, and two of those were purchased on sale. 

Friday, April 13, 2012

Sewing With My Friends

Our house guests left early Monday and I had to scramble to prepare for Sit ‘N Sew Day Tuesday plus an additional 2-days of sewing Wednesday and Thursday.  The LQS sponsored an in-house sewing retreat where everyone went home to their own beds at night.  I don’t do well with complicated projects in a retreat setting so I pulled out a little wall quilt kit that I had picked up for a steal at the “Bits and Pieces” booth at a quilt show.  According to the envelope it came in, someone had purchased it in Iowa and it had lived in their stash until it arrived in central Texas and was donated to the guild.  I thought it had a cozy country feel to it and it was a relaxing project.  The pattern is by Little Country Quilts.

I had also kitted up some Jane Stickle blocks and managed to complete two. They are blocks H13 and J7.  I still have several more waiting in the wings.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

No Quilting, but We’re Having Fun!

We are enjoying visits from family this week, so very little quilting will take place.  Activities yesterday included a long back roads ride to enjoy the wildflowers.  One member of our group had never been to the Central Texas hill country before.  As we were leaving I remarked (tongue-in-cheek) that I wanted to find a photo opportunity of a Texas longhorn steer in a field of bluebonnets.  Much to my surprise, we did!  To my mind, there are few things more iconic of this area.

Here are two more pictures.