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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Pineapple Crazy, The Finale!


Here she is.
2016 Finish #1.
The last stitch was taken Wednesday, February 3rd.
I love her so much more now. 


My friend Mel has a fabulous dog named Gordon.
I've never met him but she posts pictures of him on Facebook.
Here's to you Gordon!




Monday, February 01, 2016

Design Wall Monday



 
I'm so thrilled that the quilting on Pineapple Crazy is complete. 2 days of intense concentration! I did nothing fancy, I just quilted a medium meander and the texture that it gives is amazing. The red binding strips are cut and today I they will be sewn on. That is, after I finish trimming it. I used wool batting and a wide back that I was in my stash. Did I say I was thrilled?!?!?  (Thanks Jo for the shoutout!)


Next up, I pulled out more blue and neutral strips for Jamestown Landing. I cut my fabrics into 7" chunks so I can do a good mix up of blue and neutral. I used up quite a few chunks that were left from other projects. 

The neutral strips mostly came from strip swaps with friends at retreats and the a lot of blues came from an online swap. Whenever I cut fabric for something else, I try to cut for my strip boxes--2 1/2", 2" and 1 1/2". 


These 2" neutrals are what I had left from Allietare. I am cutting off the half square triangle ends-they will go into the 2" HST bin and the remaining pieces will be cut up for log cabin blocks that I am getting ready to start for a swap with local friends.

I'm going to go over to Patchwork Times and go Blogland cruising this morning for a while and see what my friends are working on.  I love Monday in Blogland!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Design Wall Monday



Pineapple Crazy is a completed quilt top.
You can read that story here if you like.
I'm still pretty excited.


Remember last week when I showed you my basked to half square triangles.
My friends on Facebook turned my post into a fun little contest.
These are the start of my newest project Jamestown Landing.
Another quilt by Bonnie Hunter in the String Fling book.


I used lots of them as leader/enders while putting PC together.
Afterwards I didn't have anything close to the machine to sew on,
so I started chaining these together.
Pretty soon the basket was empty.
I pressed and trimmed 10 at a time.
Sunday evening I counted.
254! I was shocked.
My friend Mary guessed 257.
Pretty good guesser, isn't she!!
Now I have to get her prize in the mail.
She's going to like it. *wink, *wink

Plans for this week include cutting more HSTs, pin basting PC, start quilting PC.
No plans to go anywhere or do much away from home.
From where I sit on this early Monday morning, it looks like a good week ahead.

I'll start by visiting friends throughout Blogland!
Check out what's happening around town at Patchwork Times.


Sunday, January 24, 2016

TaaaDahhh!


Here she is in all her glory!
Pineapple Crazy is officially a quilt top!
She still needs a good final pressing before quilting.
This has truly been a labor of love!
My friends have all contributed to my scrap baskets 
and that make this even more special.

If you've read my blog for any amount of time, 
you know Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville has had a huge influence on my quilting.
When she first posted pictures of these little 5" blocks, I was smitten.
I'm not sure if this is the first post but I believe it might be.
I knew that someday I would make this quilt.
Here is my first post about this quilt.


Yesterday was a funny Facebook day.
This showed up as one of my memories.
It was from one year ago.
How appropriate and almost scary.
But not really true because I never wanted to quit.

I never considered this to be a UFO even though I started it over 3 1/2 years ago.
It was always a work in progress.
I would pull it out and make a few blocks,
then put it away again.
All the while, saving itty bitty scraps.

Later today I am going to pull out the backing fabric.
I was going to piece a bunch of things together 
but this weighs a ton.
I think a nice one piece backing will be perfect. 

When you see her again,
She will be finished! 


Monday, January 18, 2016

Design Wall Monday





I am deep into Pineapple Crazy again.
I am so close to having all my blocks finished!
I only need 9 more pineapple blocks.
I have 5 triangle border blocks in progress
with the last 10 waiting.
As my granddaughter says,
I'm super duper excited!


It was fun to use the triangles from Allietare for the neutral corners.
Those are gone.


I took a sewing break yesterday to do some cutting.
My next project uses these half square triangles.
I posted this picture on Facebook with the caption of 
I wonder how many half square triangles are in this basket.

My original intent for these were as leaders/enders.
I didn't intend for it to be a contests but my silly friends turned it in to one.
I know what I'll be sewing on soon. 
Guess I'll have to cut more tumblers for leaders/enders.

I'm going to refill my coffee cup and hang out with my friends for a while.
Have a great day!
You'll find me in my sewing room later this morning.



Thursday, January 14, 2016

Allietare-My Official First Finished Top of 2016



When others look forward to shopping on Black Friday,
I look forward to Clue 1 of the Quiltville Mystery!
Look for the Allietare Mystery tab at the top of her page.


I wish I had a place to lay it all out for a good picture.
I will have to wait until the lawn is dry.


 I just love it!


A little help from Miss Polly,
aka The Quilt Police.


One piece went into the garbage can,
the other to the string bucket.
Nothing like having just enough fabric.


Next up is making the backing.
I'm thinking about using all the leftover fabric for that.

Thank You Bonnie Hunter for another fabulous mystery quilt!
Looking forward to the next one.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Design Wall Monday




I cannot begin to say how much I love this quilt!
is now my new favorite quilt, 
replacing Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll on the most favorite list.

Today the setting triangles will be trimmed.
The borders will be added.
The backing fabric will be pulled.


Since I didn't want to set up my big table to trip my triangles,
I decided to make a triangle for Pineapple Crazy!

Check out other design walls at Patchwork Times.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Slow Stitching On Sunday


I'm still stitching along on Millifiore. This is block 6. I was so excited to start and now I'm not sure of my plan for this block. But whenever anyone posts this thought on the Facebook page, everyone encourages them to keep going. So that is what I'm going to do. After I fix a couple of whoopsies and get that last part sewn in.

The purple triangles were not this way in the original design. But I had the extra triangle papers from past blocks so I used them instead of piecing 2 papers to make 1 triangle out of the same tone on tone fabric. I'm sure the original was fussy cut.

I'm anxious to start the next round. I have one set of blocks ready to baste and the second set of blocks still needs a decision for the focus fabric. Right now I"m iffie.....

Maybe by next Sunday the decision will be made.  In the meantime, I'm going to see what others are working on at Kathy's Quilts: Slow Sunday Stitching.

Monday, January 04, 2016

Design Wall Monday and...

...Mystery Monday Link Up, The Reveal!

Not my reveal. I have nothing to reveal other than 2 stacks of blocks--with more blocks in various stages of construction.


There is a method to my madness. I work on 3 blocks at a time. Thursday night, after the clue was released, I sat and clipped block parts together. I tried to keep from having the same golds in a block. That didn't happen though, I didn't have a huge selection of fabrics so that prevented that from happening. It also meant that each block had to be laid out with like golds being kitty-corner from each other.


This is the first time I have laid my blocks side by side. I wanted to just make them, press them and stack them until all the parts were ready to lay out on the bed.  I couldn't believe the restraint I had. I was focused on blocks, that's all.


I should have been more focused on pressing. All of these 4 patches had to have the center seam unpicked and the seams sewn the correct way. I knew I should have double checked those instructions, but nooooo, I just went along as I wanted!!! And then I paid the pressing and unpicking price.

I have 10 gold blocks left to finish 1 is complete, needs it's final press. 1 needs the rows sewn together, 1 on the design board, 1 under the needle and 6 in the pile.

Then it's on to the setting triangles and borders. I'm hoping to have something to show off to the gals on Wednesday. I am amazed at all the fabulous quilt tops already completed. There are so many wonderful color combinations! Thank you Bonnie for another fabulous mystery.

See all the fabulous-ness by touring Blogland today. Check out all the links at Patchwork Times and Quiltville.


Monday, December 28, 2015

Design Wall Monday and...

...Quiltville Mystery Link Up




Allietare Part 5 is complete.
But first I had to complete part 4.
And celebrate Christmas.


Saturday afternoon was a good time to start putting half square triangles together.
I knew I had to do the 4 patches first. 
I would be easy for me to put that part off.
I drew lines on my gray squares while watching tv to have them ready for Sunday.

I am now all set up for this week sewing on Pineapple Crazy.
My plan to have all the blocks finished by the end of the year has long since flown away.
Slow and steady is winning this crazy race.

Blogland fun will happen today.
and