Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday....sewing with the windows open!

Well, I had to shut them a little bit ago as it was getting too hot but the fresh air and birds talking were a fun way to sew this morning!
I got it to this point with all the rows sewn, the trapezoid sections and the corner triangles sewn on this morning.

Then I started adding the borders. Did I mention I really hate sewing long seams?  There is one more border to go with the dark blue but this is where The Century Quilt is right now. I hope to cut and sew the final borders on after picking up the kids from school. This was 78.5x75.5 before adding the 2 inch yellow borders which actually matched what the pattern said! It will be a full size quilt when it is done.

I also did a quick CW block today - Writing from the Cars.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tiny Tuesday.......

I got a quick block made today called Drawing for Our Clothes.

I spent the rest of the morning trying to get three Century Quilt blocks a little bigger to their 12.5 inch  sizes. The seam ripper got a LOT of use this morning. Two of three blocks are now the correct size. The last one is showing on the bottom part of the picture and with all those tiny parts.... I'm going to fudge it maybe with a little white frame. Then I got to cut some huge squares so I could make some hourglass blocks for the setting blocks. Progress is being made but..... it sure is slow when you need to redo blocks you made 14 years ago!

Step 5 of Celtic Solstice was completed during all this sewing today as leader and enders. Just need to snip the tails and then I can start putting block B together!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Civil War catch up.....

I had to make three CW blocks this morning to catch up from the weekend. No sewing this weekend other than a few stitches on some Celtic Solstice blocks on Sunday. I have half of step 5 done - 50 units! I did get Greg to show me the hose connect on the power washer and I got a great start on our long driveway. Lots of black mold and gunk is off and it looks so clean this morning! I'll do some more this afternoon while the kids are out riding their scooters.

The Civil War blocks today are getting interesting as I am running low on some fabrics. I am just pulling like fabrics from my stash to coordinate at this point.
Another Death went together pretty easily. It is not exactly like the book....but close enough.

A Little Broth.... I had it laid out correctly with the 60 degree triangles... and somehow the two lights did not end up seems I put the side rows on wrong. I did not notice it until after I trimmed it. Oops.... I made my own version for this one too!

Infernally Ungrateful went together as it should have.... so I was 1 for 3 today.

I am planning to do lunch with Emily since I completely forgot about it on Friday! Do I go power wash the driveway or sew some more.... ?

Saturday, October 18, 2014


Lots of RSC Samper blocks got made this week. Here are the six blocks in the darks.  I had to modify the cat a bit as I cut it out wrong - so mine is a little chunky on the bottom just like my Sophie!

I also got to sew a few hexagons together this week. Next week is the churn dashes....
I found Kona solids at Joann's fabrics.... I think some birthday $ will be spent on a bunch of black or pepper  next month to start surrounding these hexagons. I just printed out some coupons... so maybe I'll just pick them up tomorrow after work =) They are 'standard' colors so if I don't get enough for all of them.... it should be the same color later..... I hope!

Head on over to SoScrappy and see what other dark colors are being worked with this week.
I created two of the tutorials this week for the RSC Sampler. Clay's Choice is here and Sarah's Choice is here.

Today I am off to work and tomorrow everyone is healthy so we will head to the Pumpkin Pickin Patch. The kids can't wait. They had so much fun last year and can't wait to drag bring Daddy through the corn maze! He has never been with us. Here are some pictures from last year... I can't believe how much the kids have changed. Aidan had his baby top teeth still! 
Climbing on the hay bales fall 2013.

Wagon ride through the patch fall 2013.

Pulling sister in the wagon fall 2013.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday sewing....

Absolutely no time sewing yesterday.... but the house is slightly cleaner than it was!
I made up for it today and did a bunch of sewing this morning. I made two Civil War blocks to make up for yesterday and today. I also got my four RSC blocks done.
Suspension of Furloughs and Americus Soldiers Relief Society on the bottom.

I also finished up the block A of Celtic Solstice. 24 of these are done so it is time for step 5 so I can make the alternate block. Two need some repair as the oranges are not turned correctly. Oops.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Half Way through October....

Since I did not make a Civil War block yesterday I made two today! I am half way through my goal of making one block from this book a day and have 15 blocks completed this month! The pile is growing fast and it is time to figure out how many I need to make a nice little quilt.

Prisoner of War

Incompetent Officers

Busy day today - Emily had a hearing evaluation and as I thought she can hear just fine (especially when you are talking in another room about something you don't want her to hear!). That rules out the last thing so we can just concentrate on working with her daily on her speech for her apraxia. Now I am just waiting for a meeting to be scheduled so we can bump her speech from 2 to 4 days a week at school.
Aidan had an open house for his music class this morning and 25 minutes later was his lunch.... so I stayed and joined him for lunch today. Em had her open house for music a couple of weeks ago and I'll go in and have lunch with her on Friday. Must keep it even you know! I've got 20 minutes until I have to go pick them up.... I think I'll go and put the last few blocks of the Celtic Solstice Mystery together so I can start step 5 soon.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

RSC Sampler - Sarah's Choice

Time for a RSC Sampler block in the black color way! I selected the block called Sarah's Choice from Jennifer Chiaverini's Sylvia's Bridal Sampler from Elm Creek Quilts. I just love the Elm Creek Series - it is a great series of books revolving around quilting if you are looking for something good to read.

I've modified the cutting instructions to use the Easy Angle Ruler and the Flying Geese ruler. This allowed me to pull from my 2 inch strips for all my parts. I used three fabrics - a grey, a black and a black print. The black print is my 'background' fabric. 

Background : A 2 inch strip at least 21 inches long.
Cut 4 - 2 inch squares. Cut 4 of the big geese part.

Light : 2 inch strip at least 12 inches long.
Dark: 2 inch strip at least 12 inches long.

Place the light and dark right sides together so you create the correct 'wings' with the flying geese ruler. You will need one of each color for each of the 'wings'. Continue and cut 4 more half square triangles. (Essentially cut 8 hst's and four split out to wings and four turn into half square triangles.)

Piece the four flying geese units.  Piece the four half square triangles into a pinwheel unit.

Lay out the block and sew together as you would a nine patch.

Your finished block should measure 6.5 inches and finish at 6 inches in the quilt.