Turning a Corner

Finally!  I have finished hand-quilting all 12 blocks of Sue Garman’s “Bouquet For A New Day”.

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Now I can start the border!  I had my stencil picked out for the outer border and I was raring to go.  I must admit, the half-square triangles had me a bit stumped.  I know I could just quilt in the ditch, but I know myself well enough to know that boredom would quickly set in!  So I decided on circles.  Lots of circles!

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The stencil I chose for the outer border did not fit the border exactly so here is what I did to make it fit.  The stencil does have a nicely turned corner so I didn’t have to figure that out!  First, I drew a line at the centre point of the border.

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Next, I started tracing the stencil at the corner, and continued until I reached the centre mark.

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Then, I flipped the stencil over and continued tracing.

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And this is the nifty little design I ended up with at the centre of the border!  Spiffy!

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And guess what?  When I got to the next corner, it fit perfectly!!

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Til next time…

Kerry

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An Intriguing Ostrich!

Even in this heat, I am still managing to get some hand-quilting done!  Here is another block from Sue Garman’s “Bouquets for a New Day”.

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With only 2 blocks left to quilt, I am starting to give some thought to the borders.  The half-square triangle inner border has me a little stumped.  Not sure how I will quilt all those triangles!  The good news is, I found a stencil that I love for the outer border.  Not only do I love the cable design, it fits the border perfectly!

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Now that I (0nly!) have 5 blocks left of Civil War Bride, I am getting really antsy to finish it!  I love this next block!  I must say I really don’t know too much about ostriches.  But I find them intriguing, just the same!  First I started with the stems and some leaves.DSCN4052

Next, I added some pretty pink flowers.

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I used Ultra-Suede for the legs and beak.

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Next came the fun part!  I found this fabric in my stash (of all places)!  It is one of those landscape fabrics that looks like tall grass.  It has stripes of different colours and shapes of grass, which I think is brilliant.

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I turned the fabric upside down and here is what I saw….ostrich feathers!

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And here is one very intriguing ostrich!

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Til next time…

Kerry

Echo Quilting

Every night around 9 pm, I stop whatever I am doing and take my usual place on the couch and hand-quilt for an hour or two.  It isn’t a lot of time, but it sure adds up and I am making some  steady progress on Sue Garman’s “Bouquets for a New Day”.

The block I am working on needed a bit of extra-special quilting.  The  cross-hatching in the background causes anything that isn’t quilted to puff out and look baggy…like the vase.

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I am using beige quilting thread for the background.  When I am quilting on top of a shape, I like to match the color of the thread to the color of the fabric.  If I can’t find the color I am looking for in  Dual-Duty quilt thread or YLI quilt thread, I use Mettler 40 weight, which is a machine quilting or hand-quilting weight thread.  Mettler 40 weight does not have a coating on it like true hand-quilting thread.  So, to make the thread glide through the fabric easier and to protect it from knotting and shredding, I use Thread Heaven.

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First I quilted around each point of the star, and then surrounded it with Echo Quilting.

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And here is the finished block!

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Til next time…

Kerry

How Crazy Am I?

As I work away on Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”, I keep asking myself…”How crazy am I?”  These teeny, weensy pieces are a little…..tiny!   This is the actual freezer paper pattern.

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First I made the tiny outer blue circle.

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Then, the teeny, tiny yellow inner circle.

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Here is the flower, before the centre is added.

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And here is the finished flower!

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This is what I have accomplished so far!

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I have been working very steadily on Sue Garman’s “Bouquets For A New Day”.  Here is another finished block…

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…and here is what I have completed so far!  It is starting to have an “almost finished” look to it!

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Til next time…
Kerry

So darn excited!

I am really excited to be working on the next block of Sue Garman’s “Friends of Baltimore”.  When I finish this block, I will be able to stitch together another row, which I can then add to my first completed row!  I am going to start hyper-ventilating real soon!

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First I started with the vase.  The dark brown piece at the top was the first one to be stitched in place, and then the pieces below it followed.

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Next, the remaining dark brown pieces were stitched in place.  The long edges will be covered by the light brown sections, so the edges do not need to be turned under.

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And, finally, the last section is added.  The top edge looks odd, but will be covered with flowers and leaves.

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Next, the handles were added and some stems and leaves.  Please allow me to gush about these leaves! I fussy-cut  each leaf with the lighter green “veins” running lengthwise.  I am pleased as punch!

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Now that the berries are in place, I can start to fill the vase with many, many flowers!

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I can’t think of a better way to spend the cold winter evening than hand-quilting Sue Garman’s “Bouquets For A New Day”.  Here is another completed block!

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Til next time…

Kerry

It’s the little things that amuse me!

Believe it or not, this is a freezer paper template!  Pretty tiny!

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And this is the prepped piece.  Stop the madness!

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Some of the pieces in the block are smaller than the scraps in my garbage container!

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Here is where the itty bitty piece goes…

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…and this is the rest of the flower!

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It is a little slow-going, but it is starting to look like I am accomplishing something!

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I have not done much hand-quilting since before the holidays.  It is time to get hand-quilting again!  Bruin joins me every evening as I sit and stitch the (very chilly) evening away!

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Til next time….

Kerry

No room to sew!

I am very lucky to have a room that I can dedicate to my quilting hobby/passion/obsession.  I store all my stuff in the room…fabric, patterns,  books, batting, notions, and 2 ironing boards!  (I don’t actually use both ironing boards, I just keep fabric on them!)  I do not have any room to have my sewing machine set up or a decent place to cut out fabric.  (To be fair, it has been brought to my attention that if I tidied the room up, I would have more space.  But that is another story!)

So when its time to do some cutting and sewing, I move to the dining room table.  And, of course, I have lots of company!

These are the blocks from Grandmother’s Choice BOW.  I am a teeny bit behind with these blocks, but I will catch up!

I have finished hand-quilting another block of Sue Garman’s “Bouquet For a New Day”.

Christmas is fast approaching and it is time to bring out the Christmas quilts.  This is my daughter’s Christmas quilt.  It is called “I Believe” by Pat Sloan.

Instead of appliqueing my initials, I stitched the word MOM…..

…just to remind her that MOM upside down, is WOW!!

Til next time…

Kerry