"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Floating 4-Patch Fun


I viewed this tutorial on The Gourmet Quilter's blog and have been enjoying making these very simple blocks and using up my scraps for floating 4-patch blocks.  Very relaxing.
 Digging in the scrap bag is fun.  

I'm going to use them to make a quilt to donate.  I may or may not put in a sashing; not sure yet. Would they still be floating if there's sashing?
Hope you are enjoying your weekends.  
God Bless.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

A Knitter's Gifts Quilt Top Finish

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This is the completed quilt top for From Head to Toe, A Knitter's Gifts.  
I did use the cheater's method for making the drunkard's path blocks.
 You can not tell by looking at the border here how much work I put into it, but I did quite a bit of floor crawling and seam fudging to make it work.  Not the designer's fault, but mine.  However, it all came together and this top is done.
 I was determined to complete this project, so I feel very pleased.  
I realized that one of my prints is very appropriate.
Knitting needles and yarn images - perfect.

Just Quiltin with Denise Russart's PatchKats BOM begins on March 21.  That one is also very cute.

The sun is shining, the snow is melting and a well earned spring is in the air.

Happy St. Patrick's Day.
God Bless.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

I Love Winter But.....

Where I live, we have been having snowfall at least twice a week at least since the first blizzard hit the first week of February.  This past week we had heavy snow on Monday and Wednesday/Thursday.  It is exhausting, trying to keep the walks safe, the driveway clear, my body from slipping.  And yet, I repeat, I do love winter.  Today is a beautiful winter day, the kind of days we have not experienced for most of 2015.  Sunny, cold, glistening.  But we are turning the corner; next week the forecast is for temps in the 40's, that's at good 10-15 degrees above freezing.  The 3 inches of ice on my front walk may actually melt.  Let's hope!

I apologize for not keeping up with my blogging friends' posts - I'm drained.  Now I know why snowbirds exist.  I may become one.



I haven't been able to get my sewing done because I'm the official shoveler here.  Although I live in the city, this property is not small.  This is the year I've seriously wondered how long I can keep it up.  But in between storms, I've sewn a bit of the border on my From Head to Toe A Knitter's Gifts quilt. (Don't you love Denise's bird header?  I do.)I was not able to successfully make the drunkard's path block traditionally, so I resorted to Jenny Doan's cheating version, the appliqued circles.  Works for me.  Not done yet, but I have one side finished.  Please note, the CatPatch  quilt along info is available.

This is the Footstool block, the 26th block in the Ben Franklin QAl.  

I'm happy to say I'm up to date on this qal, but the setting of the blocks is going to be a choice.  So far we have step one of the traditional.  I'm waiting to see what comes next before I begin to sew blocks together.  

I hope you are well and safe, and enjoying your quilting time.
Take care.
God Bless You.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Crazy Scrap Quilt


Last night I wanted to do some sewing so I pulled out one of my many UFO's and got to it.  I thought the blocks for this quilt were maybe from 2013.  You can imagine my surprise (shock) when after a bit of research I found they were really made in early 2011.  Can that be?  Yes.  I was reading Aneela Hoey's blog one day back in April of 2011 and saw her making this .  I enjoyed making the blocks because it's really a free and easy block, just put your fabrics together as you please.  I did organize my blocks into colors and use the cupcake as the common denominator.  When I saw the striped fabric I had begun to use as the sashing, it almost came out, but last night I went with it and in the light of day I think it worked well.

 That wide strip of navy may have been used differently, but it's fine.
I even like my brown/tan/yellow blocks.

So I'm four years late finishing the top, but it's progress and that's a good thing.

Our next round of funky weather is due to begin in a few hours.  I'll be keeping myself busy making the border for the Knitter's Gifts quilt, which is made up of mini drunkard's path blocks. 

God Bless You. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Knitter's Gifts Progress

I put Grand Illusion aside for a while so I could catch up on this quilt, From Head to Toe, A Knitter's Gifts by Denise Russart   I was very behind on this and finally have the blocks sewn together.  I think Denise will be giving us the directions for the border this weekend or next, so at least I'm ready. 

 The mitten pairs need to have an applique of the cording that holds them together, so I hope to get to that tomorrow. 
I think this design is a delight.  

Stay safe.  God Bless You.