Monday, October 3, 2016

What's Happening in October

First, here's a little doll quilt I just finished.  It's a project for the retreat that I go to in Shipshewana every fall.  The ladies at our table challenged each of us to make a little quilt using any nine of the Jane Stickle squares in it.  Jane Stickle squares are 4.5 inches, but they wanted the little squares to be 3 inches or smaller.  I made my nine squares to finish at 2 inches, but the quilt looked very small with only nine squares, and I didn't want to make any more - 2 inches is tiny!

So, I used some half-square triangles that I had to enlarge the quilt a little bit, and added pink and brown 1 inch hst's around the edge.  It is machine quilted very simply and last night I put the binding on it.

The quilt measures 12.5 inches by 12.5 inches.  I am looking forward to seeing the other ladies little quilts when we meet in November.

Secondly, I've been keeping up with the 365 Challenge of either 3 inch or 6 inch blocks.  The blocks have been mostly 3 inch blocks, and yesterday's block was one with mitered corners.  Ugh, I always have trouble with mitered corners.  I cheated and used hst's instead, and it went together very easily.  Here's a picture to show you what I mean:

I drew lines through the picture to show me how to convert it from mitered corners block to a simpler block using half square triangles.  I also used a small print fabric so the seams didn't show very much.

After 9 months of making blocks every day, I look for the easiest way to make them.  

Thirdly, I made binding, and am sewing it on a picnic table sized quilt that I made. The quilt is made from left over pieces from an aborted mystery quilt project from two years ago.  I started Bonnie Hunter's "Grand Illusion" and became disillusioned with my quilt.  The pieces and parts were made into four quilts.  This is one of them:

The quilt is about 55 inches square, and I have another one just like it.  I intend to use them as picnic table covers at the cabin.  I enjoy hand binding, and it will be relaxing work in the evenings this week.  What are you working on?

As usual, I'm linking up with Design Wall Mondays (Here)

Monday, September 19, 2016

365 Challenge Quilt Blocks Progress

Here's the block I worked on today for the 365 Challenge Quilt:

It has 45 pieces and finishes at 3 inches square.   It reminds me of the old joke about the definition of a quilter:  A person who cuts fabric into little pieces and then sews them back together again.  It sure is fun though.

What is on your design wall today?

It's Monday, so i'm linking up with Design Wall Mondays over at Judy Laquidara's blog:  (Here)

The whole 365 Challenge quilt layout can be seen here:  (Here)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Happy September Sewing

What have I been doing?  Well, I've been very busy, visiting friends, and having fun with friends that have come to visit us.  My quilting has been in bits and pieces, here and there.  But now it's fall......glorious fall, and my sewing machine will start humming again.

Here's the results of some of this summer's block-a-day blocks.  I am playing catch-up on the 365 Challenge project:   If you are interested in the project, go (Here)

Week 22

Week 23

Week 24

Week 25

Week 26

Week 27

Week 28