Saturday, April 30, 2016

Seeing Green

Well, I didn't finish the Green is always Green over the weekend that I last posted on April 9th.  Tuesday, April 26th is when I finished piecing the top.  I'm happy with the way it turned out.

70 X 96 a good size
Now the next dilemma, how to quilt it.  I thought I wanted to have my good friend Rosa quilt it, but now I'm wondering if I shouldn't try to do it myself?  Not that I have any question that Rosa can't quilt it for me, I'm wondering if there shouldn't be some good old "Celtic Knots" and some "Irish Chains" quilted into the netural squares.

Sew today Saturday, I did some embroidery for Advanced Imaging (my second job) to embroider on some hats that I wasn't able to finish yesterday.  After 2 1/2 hours of embroidery I headed up the street to Tomorrow's Treasures to put some 6 foot tables together to pin this baby.  I forgot to take a picture, but Rosa was working, and helped me pin.  Here it is at home all ready for quilting.

70in X 96in
Notice there is a fire starter in the fireplace?  It's 54 degrees, and raining outside!  There is something terribly wrong with that.

Happy piecing, happy sewing,

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Spring Sewing

A cold Spring weekend, husband is away, so what's a Nan to do?  Sew!  We've had rain, and snow, and whipping wind out there.  No sense complaining, but I do not like it, and I have no plans to go anywhere, but down to the sewing room.  I've been working on the River Rock blocks for month two, they are a lot of pieces, and a lot of sewing.  They are honing my piecing skills, which can only be a good thing.
Month two block A 
But I'm happy to report that I have block A finished and up on the design wall.  Also on the design wall are block B and the spacer block for month 2, but they haven't been sewn together yet, but are all cut out.  The Green is always Green has another side sewn on, that's my leader and ender project.  I'm hoping to get the top and bottom on this weekend, and maybe get my friend Rosa to quilt it for me very soon in the month of April.
The Green is alway Green
I was also able to do a test stitch out for my Son in Laws embroidery.  I will have to get some additional colors of thread for a better stitch out, so I won't post a picture of that until another test with better colors.  It's getting late, and tomorrow is another sewing day.

Happy piecing, happy sewing,

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Irons in the fire

Small bits of sewing, that's all I seem to do lately.  I've got lots of of irons in the fire, and I like it, but... I've been thinking I really should try to finish a quilt or embroidery project before I start any new one's.  Here is a small list of some of my bits.
1. The Splendid Sampler, Jane Davidson and Pat Slone's year long quilt along. I really enjoy making these small blocks. This is 3 of block #1, and one each of blocks 2, 3, and 5, and two of block 4.  I'm only using scraps since these finish at 6 inches.
Blocks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2. River Rock BOM I wasn't going to make this quilt, but... Working at a Quilt Shop makes it very hard to resist.  What's not to love about batiks, right?  

Month 1, B Block

Month 1, A Block & Spacer

3. The Green is always Greener, borders(aka Jacobs Ladder) for Erika and Kurt.  I had a different border in mind, but it wasn't coming out the way I planned it.  So I just decided to do piano keys, here is one side finished.  I like this much better,  I think this will be a quilt sometime soon.  

And then of course there is the embroidery machine.  I like it when I can have something stitching out while I'm down there sewing on the sewing machine.  I feel productive even though I haven't a finished project to show here on the blog.  (sigh)
Design Wall 
The Christmas Birds are from Embroidery Library that I bought back before Christmas because they were only $1.00 each.  How could I pass that up?  Someday I hope to make them into a wall hanging.  
But for now it's getting late and this working girl has to get up in the morning.  

Until next time.  Happy piecing, happy sewing,


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