Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Yippee I sold a baby quilt on etsy!! Now there is room in the closet for a different quilt. I made 3 quilts all of the same block and setting from this little bundle of fabrics. I backed up photos onto CDs a computer ago and this computer will not read a CD only DVD's so I can't show pictures of the other quilts. I do have them in print in a photo book of all my quilts but what good does it do to back things up when technology won't let you into the backup plan????--Ann--
Monday, June 16, 2014
It has been a dark and stormy morning with the day getting darker instead of lighter and a couple crashes of thunder have made me jump off my chair. Now it is just raining hard, soon it will move to the east and the sun will come out and it will be a beautiful day, only it will be humid since we had rain then the mosquitoes will be out and they are always blood thirsty so I will stay inside and sew.
Patchworktimes DWM and Stitch by Stitch AGM
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The 3rd cut will match the 4 1/4 inch marks on the ruler and the 4th cut will match the 3 inch marks. Cut the 3 inch square into 1 1/2 inch squares. Easy. Always match the diagonal line on the ruler with the crease and check all points before cutting.
Now it's time to play with your block parts and arrange and rearrange until you are happy and sew them back together again. On this batch of blocks I am sewing a 3/8 inch seam for the 4 patch in the center that gives me a little more seam allowance for the first round of triangles and I should have square corners on all the 4-patches. --Ann--
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Yesterday I couldn't find the Buggy Barn book Certifiably Crazy because I put it in a safe spot. I looked in 4 safe spots before I found it. The book shelf, the cutting table, the catch all table, the other bookshelf where I have to get on my hands and knees and look under the table and hold my head at an uncomfortable angle so I can see through my reading glasses and be careful I don't hit my head, then I looked on the first book shelf again. Where was the last time I saw that book???? When I was deciding on a pattern and fabric! I pushed the whole stack of books into the fabric stash closet. The bad thing about safe spots it they move all the time. Things are never ever in the same safe spot as the last safe spot.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Judy's DWM. --Ann--
Friday, June 6, 2014
Thursday, June 5, 2014
The final stitches on the binding last night!! I used the same stripe for the bias binding as the border. I love bias stripe binding. The original plan was to put the beach umbrellas on the tan for the sandy beach I was never thrilled with that plan. The turquoise is so much more alive! I added a couple fish just for fun. They were made with the tri rec tools and a 4 patch. And guess who thinks she should get this quilt!?!! Darling Daughter!! The beach balls are all fabrics that she picked out as a little girl.--Ann--linking to Nina Marie
scroll down to see more of the machine quilting
scroll down to see more of the machine quilting
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Machine quilting this has been fun. A lot of spirals in and out of the beach balls where the stripes go in circles and loops or Vs when the stripes are the other directions. Lots of scrolls for waves in the turquoise. And of course a red hand for Wilson, from movie Cast Away on the black and white ball. It was suggested that I applique a red hand on the black and white ball but I thought that would look too much like the Red Hand of Ulster. Upon finding the link my thumb is on the wrong side for the Red Hand of Ulster. Some crazy Irishmen had a bet on who touched the shore first could claim it for their kingdom, they were racing in row boats, so the one who was behind cut off his hand and threw it ashore. I wonder if alcohol was involved? I free motion quilted sailboats in the borders and squiggly lines between the sails for clouds. Some of the stripes made me think of the setting sun as I was stitching. Now onto the binding. Happy sailing--Ann--
Monday, June 2, 2014
what should I play with today??? First I pulled a lot of weeds from the garden, then I washed all my wool sweaters and folded them neatly and wrapped them in cotton because the wee beasties that like to eat wool (protein) don't like to go through vegetables (cotton) to get to the protein. I also spent a day in my hometown because a girlfriend was home for a few days, she shed a few pounds and looks fabulous I need to try harder, we had lunch and shopped on Main Street. So sad that most of the stores are now thrift shops with the exception of two that are owned by classmates. I bought a new top. I took my oldest son out for supper so nice to have him all to myself that doesn't happen often that I get my boys all to myself. Then I pulled more weeds and fabrics and patterns. Decision Made! I started a snail trail from pastels. The first fabrics I pulled from this stack were duplicate fat quarters imagine that, I bought duplicate FQs then lights and darks for a total of 20 fat quarters and barely put a dent in my stack. I cut 12 inch squares and cut the corners off 4 times then cut the center into 1 1/2 inch squares. It will sew back together into a 9 or 9 1/2 inch block. I might do alternating blocks or add another round of triangles. Linking to Judy's DWM. --Ann--