Friday, February 28, 2014

Quilter's ADD-Do You Have It?

As a retired nurse I should know better than to self-diagnose. But, I have come to the conclusion that I have Quilter's Attention Deficit Disorder. I'm pretty sure that is a real disease. You see, at the beginning of this year I decided I was going to write down all my UFO's and participate in some of the fun, quilty stuff online. I had big plans to participate in a Quilt Along. I was going to do a scrap challenge and participate in a ufo challenge in my quilt guild. Yes, I was going to be organized!

Well, I did participate in the UFO Challenge in my guild. I made and presented this quilt top. Item #5 on the list. Cool. It is not quilted yet because in reorganizing my sewing room last week, I have no idea what I have done with it. It's in there somewhere. So much for my organizing skills.
Then, the number 12 was drawn. My #12 was to finish cutting out and piecing a Sister's Choice. But, then, my friend and I decided to make the herringbone quilts. My attention went to that.  I had planned to make a beautiful quilt called Delightful Stars Quilt Along. But, the designer got sick and apparently did not have things planned out ahead. Her directions might show up this week or maybe not. Maybe post early morning and maybe late at night. For this I had paid a fee. So, with my Quilter's ADD, I again got distracted. I found another quilt I want to make with those fabrics.

I made one block in the Scrap Challenge and just before the February color was announced, I took all that particular color scraps to my friends sewing room. Are you seeing a pattern here? I guess I am easily distracted (Quilter's ADD).  I seem to do better just sewing on what I feel like at the time. The planning ahead stuff just does not work for me. They will get done eventually. But, I can not tell you what I'll be making next. There are just too many quilt patterns out there to distract me.

FYI: I'm also a slow quilter and a slow blogger, too. After 3 years of blogging this is my 101st post.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WIP Wednesday-02-26-2014

Yesterday I had an opportunity to go to Joann's in Murfreesboro, TN. I had a 50% coupon that was burning a hole in my pocketbook. It was one of those rarest of rarities when some of their quilting fabric was not on sale. I could actually use that 50% off coupon. Yay!
I picked up a nice piece for the backing of my son's Triangles of the Past wall hanging. Earlier in the week the Perle cotton thread I had ordered for this project came in the mail. It's kind of a muted orange #12, but looks really bright in this photo above. So, I am ready to begin the hand quilting. It is not my first adventure into hand quilting, but it will be my first venture into big stitch quilting with the Perle cotton. I love this video by Sarah Fielke. 
I am linking up to WIP Wednesday at Fresh Pieced. Click on the link below to check out what others are are working on.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Monday, February 24, 2014

Scraps and Dogwoods

Yesterday I got together with quilty friend Sharon for what I have begun to call our Sunday Sewcial. If you haven't read about it before, we are making Maureen Cracknell's herringbone quilts. You can find the tutorial hereDespite the fact that Sharon still does not believe we have cut enough 2 1/2" strips, we marked 4 or 5 lines at 45 ° that are 2" apart on our batting strips to get us started. Then, we began sewing. Our strips are 72" long. Sharon is using 8" wide strips of batting and I am using 10" strips. This is a quilt as you go quilt. Here is my first strip. 
The strip is too long for my wall, so I photographed it on a bed. The edges are rough cut right now, but will be rotary cut later. I will have 6 strips and Sharon will have 8. I will probably add a couple borders to mine. I need it to fit a twin sized bed. 

It's kind of funny. When Sharon first began quilting she was sure that she wanted low volume quilts with colors that "blended". After her first quilt she has changed her mind. Now, she wants really, really bold colors...the bolder, the better, so we are really having fun. The best part about doing a scrap quilt with a friend is that you get some different fabrics than just what is in your own stash. Now, we can hardly remember whose fabrics were whose.

For a of couple years I have had a layer cake of the "Dogwood Trails" collection by Moda. I saw a simple quilt on Pinterest I thought would work well with these pre-cuts. So, I cut 10" squares of white fabric to go with the layer cakes. Here are a few of the large, half square triangles I made in no time at all.
I plan to use this simple layout. Then, I am going to hand quilt it. I may use pink pearl cotton thread in the white triangles. I think it will be lovely.

What is on your design wall? Share with us today on Judy's blog at Patchwork Times.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Letter of Apology

Dear Friends and Followers,

I recently made a mistake. I know you find that hard to believe. LOL I have so enjoyed all  the comments that have been made on my posts. They are better than receiving a gifted wrapped present. When I joined the Grow Your Blog, I got lots of comments. But, some people could no longer comment because I had changed to Google+ comments. I hated it!

It has taken me forever to figure out how to rid my blog of Google+ comments. But, I finally disabled it. The unfortunate news is that any comment on my blog that was posted while Google+ comments was being used, have gone away, too. That just rips my heart out. So, please! Come back and leave your comments. I really look forward to them.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Slow Sunday Stitching- 2/16/2014

My friend and I spent several hours cutting more 2 1/2" strips for our herringbone quilts. She is just sure we still have not cut enough strips. So, we started sorting them out. There are stacks and stacks of strips. All shades of greens, blues, aquas, pinks, purples, yellows, reds, and odd pieces are there. I'm thinking we have enough. 
Now, that I am back home, I am going to relax and do some more hand piecing on the Triangles quilt. I haven't worked on it much lately. My son and I had talked about putting my Vintage Star quilt on his wall. But, this quilt actually has all the colors in his living room. So, this will eventually be his. 
I did note one problem. Looks like I may have put one piece on wrong. Can you see it? Kind of a glaring, isn't it? Oh, well.
Go check out Kathy's Quilts to see what others are hand stitching today.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

We Have 2 Winners!

For the last several weeks I have enjoyed visiting blogs of others who participated in the Grow Your Blog. And, I have had comments on my post from people around the world. What fun!

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2014-02-15 14:59:12 UTC

I have tried and tried to get the comments be automatically numbered, to no avail. So, I put all the names into an Excel spread sheet and put them in alphabetical order. With Google +1, the comments were constantly changing position, so this was the best way to do it.

Now, let's see who those winners are...drum roll, please. 

6. Brenda Hulsey- "I love the quilt on your bed! Beautiful. I haven't done one of those yet. I live in western KY just south of Owensboro."

14. Diane Wingo- " Love that quilt.  I was born and raised in Nashville, after moving around a bit have now settled in Mt Juliet."

Oh, my, these ladies live very close to me. One is in a suburb of Nashville. The other is in an adjoining state.

Congrats!Please contact me with your mailing addresses. You can use the contact form on the sidebar.

Monday, February 10, 2014

A Reminder and Stripping

Grow Your Blog

Here's a reminder that I will be giving away 3 batik fat quarters to 2 winners. The deadline is February 14, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. CST. To get your name in the drawing click here and leave a comment.

I haven't done much sewing this week. I have spent a couple of afternoons in friend Sharon's sewing room. She and I have been cutting lots and lots of 2 1/2" strips of fabrics for a quilt we saw on Maureen Cracknell Homemade blog. Check it out here. This is a Herringbone quilt as you go quilt and is made by sewing diagonal strips on 8" lengths of cotton batting. We are thinking of using flannel as the backings because they won't require much quilting at that point. We both have flannel yardage we need to use up.