Saturday, February 27, 2021

Into a Rainy Weekend -

I finished the hand quilting of the second neutral background corner last night.

Two big corner sections and one small side fill in left to go.

The borders are also being quilted while the hoop is in the right vicinity to do so.

I have had questions on how I'm quilting the background areas - and if you look closely you'll see that rows (columns) alternate with one column being quilted along two sides, the next column over is quilted with X's through each hexie, then another row of outlining, then another row of X's until the space is filled.  

It has added great texture. The center hexies of the border have a 3 line burst quilted in them - again, more texture.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Speaking of Labels and More....

I am posting something quilty at the top of this post.

Something that makes me think of sunshine and spring.

And no, the blue project and the snails trail project are still not done - in fact, no sewing happened at all yesterday.  It was just one of those days.

But I AM planning on the next UFO to dig into as soon as the blue project (and the snails trail project) have at least reached top stage.

I am gearing up for a weekend ahead of pedal to the metal, baby because I'd like to see that happen. In one of the above mentioned projects.

And then THIS ONE will be moved to the front of the line - because, it has spent too many years in the "ehhhh!" pile.

I love string piecing more than anything.

You know that.

And the huge Rubbermaid bin by the side of my cabin cutting table is burgeoning.  Like seriously.

Anything 3/4'' on up to around 2'' gets dropped in there as I am cutting things out.

It's like an archeological dig because things are in that bin in layers - dig down a few inches and you'll find the strings left from projects I was working on 6 months ago.

I plan on this "Rocky Road to Kansas" variation being as big as the yellow triangles I've cut allow me to go.  I have a few more of these vintage-y yellows in my FQ's and yardage, but not many.

Chrome yellow is one of those things that comes and goes and never stays in vogue.  And that's okay.

And I have no problem mixing in batiks and modern fabrics with the vintage style ones.  It's a fun montage.  I rather like it!

I LOVED reading all of the comments on Yesterday's Post about where the danger zone of stalling out on any project hits you, and what you do to work your way through it.  Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! 

Something else to talk about!

In response to the photo I posted of the back of Casden's denim quilt HERE - a discussion arose around labels, what to use to write them, when to write them (before or after attaching the label) and different things folks like to do regarding labels.

In this case I didn't write my label yet, as I'm not sure what I'm going to say yet.  it's not that big of a deal to me, it will probably say something like "Happy 5th birthday, Casden" my signature and the year. Basic.

You can always write on your label BEFORE you sew it to your quilt. I know handwriting can be imperfect and sometimes shaky - but I would rather have a quilt with a real signature than a computer-printed one. If you DO print your labels on a printer, or embroider them with your machine, please leave room to at least SIGN your label - in your own hand. It's the most valuable thing you can do for your quilt.

As far as what to sign it with:
These pens do not drag on the fabric when you write - they have a bold black line.

You can find them HERE in the Quiltville Amazon Affiliate Store. Along with the other goodies in the Quilting All the Time category. They run $6.88 for a 2-pack and of course, we love our PRIME shipping.

What you put on your labels is up to you.  How you write/embroider/computer print your labels is up to you - but PLEASE include your own handwritten signature for future generations.

Feel free to add your thoughts on labeling quilts to the comments section below!

Peggy is sharing her recent Grassy Creek finish:

"Thank you for giving us mystery quilts.  I really like this one.  

Here is a photo of my label where I wrote about what the colors mean to me. We like to find, pick, and eat wild mushrooms and clams in the fall so had to include them.  

This quilt is so  pretty on our old cedar fence with the 2 1/2 feet of snow we got in 2 days last week."

This label has so much meaning!

In her own hand!

I love that she has included what each of the colors brings to mind for her.

I hope this encourages someone to include more info. I know I am thinking of including more memories and feelings - especially feelings - in my labels.

Thank you for the inspiration Peggy!

If you haven't started in on your own Grassy Creek quilt yet, it's not too late! Grassy Creek is now available as a PDF pattern booklet, including all of the tips, tricks, hints, helps and optional construction methods for each unit as presented while our mystery was running.

It's also a great time for me to remind everyone that along with Grassy Creek,  ALL digital patterns in the Quiltville Store are 25% off through February 28th using coupon code DIGITAL25 at checkout!

Please remember to type DIGITAL25 in the coupon box and hit APPLY before you complete your purchase.  There are no refunds if you forget!

Oh - and don't forget to enter our February Quilty Box Gift-Away ON THAT POST!  Drawing happens on Monday!

As to my exciting appointment day that left no room for sewing yesterday?  The highlight of the day?  Buying new doormats for Quiltville Inn and the QPO studio.

I am short one. There must be a run on doormats.  Social distancing has us hyper focusing on the weirdest of things!

Oh, and there is little to NONE when it comes to St Patrick's day stuff - but Easter stuff has exploded.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

You've got to bend and roll with the circumstances, baby!
Have a wonderful Friday, everyone!


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Projects in a Holding Pattern -

I'm at that stage where I am in the "middle"  of two projects.

As in - there is much already accomplished, but so much ahead before I start really seeing progress.

This is when projects seem to stall out for me.

I've reached the danger zone.  Do you have a danger zone too?

I know once I find myself past that half-way mark - getting closer to 75% - on the downhill side of things, and ready to set blocks together there is no stopping me.

But here at 50% I'm teetering on the edge and there are new things I want to play with. Different colors that are pulling at me as Spring draws near.

I'm not bored with what I'm working on - but it feels like other projects are passing me by. LOL!

Maybe it is spring fever?

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Good Things Come in Blue!

Yesterday was a work SEW from home kind of Tuesday!

It all came about due to the Hubs needing to be in Winston-Salem for the day - leaving Zoey's care up to yours truly.

Rather than haul Zoey to the QPO studio to do stuff there we stayed at the cabin.

And it was such a LOVELY day (Highs got to mid 50s! Whoowhooo!) that it seemed a shame to keep her inside at the QPO where she couldn't run and explore due to the busy road.  She has 42 acres to play up on the mountain.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

February '21 Quilty Box Gift-Away!

Look what arrived yesterday!

I have had my fingers crossed all month long that it would come!

Nothing says SPRING like a beautiful Quilty Box featuring Jennifer Sampou's gorgeous Spring Shimmer fabrics!

Jennifer's fabrics with Robert Kaufman are printed in Japan with pearlescent accents on vibrant, fresh spring colors designed with quilters in mind. 

And the February Quilty Box includes a curated bundle along with the pattern (In the included Bundles of Inspiration Magazine) to make the beautiful  Butterfly Window cover quilt!

Monday, February 22, 2021

Weekend? What Weekend?

Does this look like we were packing for a picnic?

We weren't - we were bugging out and heading over to Quiltville Inn to wait for Monday's propane truck arrival -

I mentioned a couple of days ago that the propane tank to the cabin was dangerously close to running on fumes.⁣
Saturday afternoon when I came back from working at the QPO I was told by the hubster that the time for bugging out and staying at Quiltville Inn until the tank could be filled on Monday had come - We were under 12٪ and with temps in the teens overnight, and barely getting above freezing during the day we were likely to run out that night.⁣