Sunday, June 19, 2016

Summer Travels, Quilts, and Lazy Sundays

Once again it has been a while since I posted to this blog. That should be changing as things are simmering down now. Last week I returned from San Diego. My youngest grandchild was graduating from high school. 
Sierra was thrilled to have all her siblings in attendance Her sister lives in
 Long Beach, CA, one brother lives in Chicago, and the other in Murfreesboro, TN.
After I got home, I finished stitching the two-sided binding onto the Piccadilly Square quilt. 

This is a sofa quilt for my grandson and his wife. I also have enough of the brown paisley used in the patches and for the backing to make window valances to match. Have lots of scraps from this project and I may make some pillows, too. I will be slow-stitching the label on tonight.

Tomorrow I am going to Sharon's and put my Spool flimsy on her long arm and begin quilting it. I made all the blocks while at my guild's spring retreat. I guess I need to press it again before tomorrow. It has been folded into a project box for a few months.
This wonky spool pattern was designed by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms. It is also a throw sized quilt. I have some really cute, sewing-themed fabric for the backing and variegated thread for the quilting.

Today I am linking up to Kathy's Quilts
for Slow Sunday Stitching.

 May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Slow Sunday Stitching-June 5, 2016

Today I will be doing some slow Sunday stitching on a quilt binding. I am so proud of this binding. It is my first time to make a 2-sided binding. The front of the quilt has a floral border with some blue flowers. I used blue corner stones between sashings and the pattern called for a repeat of the color in the binding.

But, see, there is no blue in the backing. So, it really needed a black binding. I cut the blue binding at 1" wide and the black print binding at 1 7/8" wide. I used a 1/4" to put the 2 strips together. 
Then, I attached the binding to my quilt with a scant 3/8" seam.

My biggest problem was putting the ends of the binding together on the quilt. I soon found that you absolutely must have the needle hit exactly where the 2 pieces of blue come together. 

But, hand-stitching this binding is a dream. It folds so easily on
that seam line.  

A few weeks ago, my blogger friend Rebecca of Quilting Everyday had a give-away and I won! It was like Christmas morning, opening that package. One of the many items was an armrest caddy. 

Not only does the dark brown background exactly match my lounge chair, but it is my constant companion while stitching this binding. It is wonderful to know where my scissors, thread, and needle are. Sometimes, in the past, I have spent a lot of time trying to figure out where these items went. Do you have that problem?  

Rebecca lives in Alaska and part of my winnings was these two unique fat quarters of batiks. They definitely say "Alaska", don't you think?
SOooo, I found a pattern that uses lots of batiks on a black background called Dream Catchers. I do have a collection of batiks, but I did not let that stop me from ordering more. LOL  I will definitely need to fussy cut these special pieces. Thank you so much, Rebecca. 
I think this will be my project when I go on a retreat the end of September. 
Linking to Kathy's Quilts.                
 May all your ups and downs in life be with needle and thread.