Archive for January, 2017

String Heart

January 16, 2017

Those that have battled cancer may remember these days. 6 treatments left out of 33 total!  Counting down. Trying not to sleep this day away.  MLK thinking of you today.

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I move between my ironing board downstairs and the sewing machine in a side room and the hallway. That is my exercise for the day.

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I reworked two corners so eventually the red heart will float in a sea of white, cream and touches on pink.

I seem to be focusing on hearts this weekend. img_0162

A glimpse through the office door.

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Ready to sew onto the quilt. Row eight complete!

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And row nine in the making!

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Happy sewing!

Adding Kitties to the Scrappy Bargello

January 16, 2017

I had fun last weekend with a visit from my sister. She came in town and did a sleepover. We went to a flea market and then to a few antique shops and then came home and she made homemade pizza. I wanted to go see her this week. She just purchased a home and is going to have 3 residents living there that she will provide care for. I wanted to be a part of her setting up the house but… it didn’t happen. I am on a countdown for may last 6 radiation treatments for breast cancer. It is a journey that began the end of March. I am too tired to drive. She sent text with some pictures of the kitchen wallpaper yesterday. I enjoyed being a part of her adventure even if from afar.

My niece offered to come and get me and bring me to visit mom but it would be a 3 hour drive for her and I did not want to inconvenience her.  So I did a little cutting and planning and just a little stitching and mostly  pinning fabrics to the bottom of the Scrappy Bargello. This is me after a 2 hour much needed nap!

img_0224I am sitting on a stool in the hallway deciding what color needs to be added next.

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I worked on fussy cutting cat fabrics to put into the quilt.

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and some nice sets of squares ready to be added to the project. img_0142

In an attempt to stay organized if I find a fabric that is already in the quilt I pin it to this hanger to use on other projects. img_0146-001

yes every once in a while I find a duplicate. No duplicates allowed in this quilt! img_0151

Having fun.

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Yesterday I found a spot for each of the kitties.

Once I get a spurt of energy I will sit at the machine and start sewing some of these together. There are nine blocks going up and nine blocks going down. I iron one strip upward and the next strip down so they line up nicely when sewing the strips together. I have the top set up in panels right now. The first 3 sets of nine are sewn together and then the next two and the remaining are just sections of nine. It is easier to work with the strips under the machine.

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My 10th panel is still in the infancy stage. I just added the 11 rows ending with the leaf fabric which is from Grandma Susan’s skirt and shirt outfit.In her memory. Love you Susan.

img_0202When I look up from my stool I see a curtain of color.

Scrappy Bargello

January 2, 2017

I started this quilt the week of July 4th 2008. It has been 8 years in the making!!! Wow.

Here is my progress shot from yesterday  Dec 31 2016

Happy New Year Everyone!

Scrappy Bargello 2016

It is the Scrappy Bargello from Quiltville.com by Bonnie Hunter.

It takes some time because I am making certain I rotate the colors

Red Blue Yellow then Orange Purple Green

And then sprinkle in some black, brown, whites, creams, and pinks

As well as adding stripes, polka dots, the cat fabrics, florals, music fabrics, 30s repros, patriotics, batiks, metallics, vintage pieces, etc…

Patchwork makes me so happy!

The design goes nine squares up and then nine down. I prefer where they meet that it not be the same color. The strips are 1 1/2 inch making 1 inch finished squares.

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Here is my son trying to pull down that 10th panel! The wind was not cooperating with our photo shoot!

NOTE: I decided on a 10th panel this past fall after laying the top down on my queen size bed. I want to allow for shrinkage when this beast is quilted! I sewed that panel together yesterday so I could hang it for the photo. I had it pinned to a design board but it needed to be sewn. Today I cut 4 more kitty fabrics I have.

My most recent purchase Dec 7 2016 for this quilt is the wonderful blue fabric below from JoAnn Fabrics. The scale of the kitties is just perfect for this quilt! This is the start of a third row of cat fabrics along the 10 panels of the quilt.

I set in the start of a 3rd row of cats in the scrappy Bargello. I stopped at JoAnn's yesterday and found the blue cat fabric to the right that is the perfect scale for this project.

Another row of kitties in the Scrappy Bargello

Sept 4th 2016 fussy cutting another set of kitties to go in the quilt and setting them next to coordinating fabrics. Just for fun!

August 6 2016

Back at the Scrappy Bargello

“I have done a lot of checking of strips to see if the fabric is in the quilt top already or not continually over the past few months and then I would pin the strip to the top hanging on a wall going down into the basement. This week I sewed strips together and sub cut them. Last night Aug 5, 2016  I brought the quilt up and hung it in my hallway since the ceiling is higher and I can work on the lower portion of the quilt.”

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August 6 2016 Hallway shot -here is a shot of the quilt after I moved it upstairs to the hallway leading to the back rooms. The ceiling is higher so it allows me to sit on a stool and work on the bottom of the quilt.

For me. Years in the making.

October 18th 2015 hanging along the stairwell to the basement.

A STEP BACK IN TIME OVER THE PAST 4 YEARS!

Airing out the quilt

July 5 2015 – I love working on my quilts outside. On this day I was able to pin on at least 100 more blocks to the strips.

Enjoyed adding to the 2nd column

Nov 25, 2014

I enjoyed adding length to this 2nd panel. This quilt is my pride and joy. At this point I had been working on it for 5 years. . It  dawned on me that I may finish about 5 quilts all around the same time since I bounce from one project to another and work on many of my quilts simultaneously. In this picture I had  taken it off the wall  and set it on a table. This is the lower quarter of the quilt and my wall is not high enough. There are 5 panels of 2-3 columns to make it easier to sew on.

Note to self: The bottom portion looks lighter than the top on film.

I occasionally have the women in my quilt group look over the quilt to see if any fabric has been repeated anywhere. I audition each fabric to make certain it is not already in the quilt. Having a few more pairs of eyes to check on it is helpful! The gals donated oranges and purples and I know they are excited to see where they end up in the quilt.

The Babes to the rescue

Sept 4 2014 – all of these were given to my by one woman in my quilt group. It is so exciting to work these into the quilt!

Added a touch of orange

June 27 2014  I added a touch of orange. Yes, I took out my seam ripper and made room for more orange. It is so much better now. I am happy. I know…. silly me.

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April 27th 2014  here is a shot on a rainy day where  I worked on sewing the vertical strips together and finished all the dangling strips on the first three panels. This shot makes my heart beat faster. Just look how wonderful it is!

My Scrappy Bargello

March 27, 2014

Confessions of a QUILTER!

“I have it hanging along the stairwell. I like to work in the same room as my family when they are watching Tv but I tend to make a really big mess. It drives my MR crazy but overall he handles it alright. You should see the mess I have right now. Searching for fabrics that are not already in this quilt.”

That entire panel on the right has 20 squares pinned to one piece that need to be sewn together and then added to each of the nine strips.

I have the quilt in panels so it it easier to sew. I calculated the size was 72 squares wide by 79 squares long. Each square is one inch. I just read that a queen size quilt can be 90 X 108. Well if I add two more panels of 9 it will end up at exactly 90 and then I only need 29 more squares for length. I will no longer be able to hang in from a wall in my basement due to the low ceiling.

Working these thrifted fabrics

Quilted Thrifted! March 26, 2014

“Working these thrifted fabrics into my scrappy bargello. yellow tags 50 percent off. I saw this last week and decided I would get it if it was still there this week. Sometimes I think the fabrics start looking dull. These will add some brightness.”

TWO YEARS EARLIER:

Done for the day...off to football

Sept 27 2012 –

I made a little progress.

Fussy cut the 4th set of kitties

Fussy cutting Kitty fabrics

Autumn colors and kitties are drifting into the quilt top today

And some puppies too

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I have worked on many other projects over the past 8 years. I am getting to the point of finishing one quilt top a year. Maybe 2017 will be the year for this one! Maybe!!!

Happy New Year to you.