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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Helping another friend.........

One of my art quilter friends is making this Trip Around the World for his granddaughter.  I cut the kit for him last year.  Since we had to cancel 2 dates he hasn't been here to work on it for 2 months.  I talked to him this week and told him I would get the rest unpicked and sew a few rows together for him if that was OK with him.  He had his 86th birthday a couple weeks ago and has several more quilts planned.  Now he can finish sewing this on Monday and get it to his quilter soon.

I also worked on the basting of Rosemary's quilt.  I think I only have 5 lines left to baste.  It is supposed to rain off and on today so I won't be tempted to work in the garden and yard.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Strata sewing.........

I switched two colors since the photo yesterday, the blue and purple.  I sewed more strata pieces last night.  I have one more section to sew and then I can sew them together into the full stratas.  

I went out yesterday afternoon and did some trimming on bushes.  Our first free brush pick up will be the first Monday in April.  I dragged the two piles I already had from winter branches falling as well as an earlier session of brush cutting in February to the end of the driveway.  Today it is supposed to be up in the 70s so I will probably do a little yard work.  This is the earliest I have ever gotten my flower beds cleaned off.  The peonies are peeking out of the ground.  I only saw one hosta starting.  They usually wait until later in April.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Another Trip Around the World...........

My friend and I basted her quilt (yesterday's blog post) for 2 hours yesterday morning and then were able to pull the rest of it up on the table to have it ready to finish the basting.  I will work on it a little each day now instead of all at once.  Last night I started sewing the stratas for an new Trip Around the World with 30's reproduction fabrics.  I haven't decided on the color order yet so I just sewed each group of 4 fabrics and then played with the order.  This is the first one I tried.

All I did was move the yellow strata a few spaces to the right for this layout.  After seeing it on my computer monitor I think I like this layout the best.  I have one more move I'll try and then I can sew the groups together for a complete strata.  I used 2.5" strips and I have 24 fabrics.  If my calculations are right I think this might come out about 70" x 94".

I have to start cleaning the basement today.  After 2 cancellations the art quilter are finally going to come next Monday so I have 4 days to put away all of my stuff.....and believe me, I have a lot of different projects laying on tables.  I also had been doing some sorting so one table is covered with that.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Helping a friend......

I'm helping a friend baste her monster size quilt.  The table top size is 60" x 96" so it holds a little over half of the quilt.  Here is a closeup of one section of it.

I also went outside while it was nice, about 50 degrees, and raked leaves off my back flower beds.  I couldn't bag the leaves because they are wet so they are in piles along the edge of the flower bed.  I hope we get enough dry days that I can take care of them.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Table runner finished...........

I had to watch Dancing with the Stars last night to see David Ross from the Chicago Cubs make his debut.  I quilted this tablerunner and then chose a binding fabric, cut it and sewed it on, and hand stitched the binding finishing at 11p.m.  The runner finished at 11.5" x 33.5".

The back is one of my favorite old red fabrics.  I found a nice stripe for the binding that looks good with both the front and back.  

I also spent time looking for flannel to use on the back of my 9" tumbler quilt.  I found 3 pieces that I think will work.  Most of my large pieces of flannel are kid related or girly so they won't work on that masculine looking group of browns, greens, and blues.

Monday, March 20, 2017


The tablerunner was laying there waiting to be quilted but I opted to knit last night instead.  I am using up some partial skeins of yarn in my dishcloths.

It was warm yesterday so I went to the backyard and broke off the flower stalks of coneflowers and hostas.  Now all that is left is to rake the leaves.  I probably will wait another week before I do that.
One Amaryllis bulb out of 8 from years past sent up a bud stalk.  It has this bloom and one bud that should be open in a couple days.  The bud pod looked small so I didn't think it would have the typical 4 blooms.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

One seam again.............

I played with fabric all day but I only sewed one seam....the final one for the black, gray and white Trip Around the World quilt top.  It is 56.5" x 77", a really nice couch quilt size.  If you had a tall wall it would make a nice wallhanging too.  

Now I have to make a decision on which quilts I want to finish before the end of the month.  I hope to do at least two.  I have more tablerunners to finish too so I may slip a couple of them in.