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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

No new quilts to show

No new quilts to show because I haven't been sewing. I can't say for sure that it has anything to do with my frozen shoulder but I just haven't felt like quilting. I'm not sure of the actual progress on Lane's quilt but I'm probably not even half way. I'm planning on going ahead and put the binding on it now. Hope that doesn't affect it laying flat since it is a play mat for small cars. Will add a picture when I have done that. 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

More progress on Lane's quilt

I haven't gotten nearly as far on Lane's quilt as I intended. It should have been finished at least by the end if July. When I got back from my whirlwind trip to Texas in June, I did get started in the quilt and in fact, got all the blocks finished as you can see in the last entry. After that, we got some fantastic weather and it was just too hot to be in my room during the day and by evening I just didn't feel like sewing, so no progress was made. Well, I have finally gotten the blocks sewn into rows and the rows sewn into a quilt top. I have sandwiched the quilt with pins only and begun quilting. Here's a picture of the pinned sandwich. 
It looks great. Here is a picture showing all the pieces, front, back and binding. 
I'm really pleased with VW bus fabric I found for the back and those polka dots that are also on the house blocks will be perfect as the binding. I'll have to look on Pinterest and see if I can copy a picture of the car pouch I want to make to go with the quilt. This is not the one I thought I had pinned and now can't find, but it will do as an idea of what I want to make. 
That's about it for today's update. I am still working in the hand quilting. Not progressing as well as I'd like. My light in the living room for some reason seems dimmer than before and I'm having a hard time quilting at night which I previously had no problem doing. Maybe I purchased a lower watt bulb when I replaced it. 

That's all for now. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Progress on Lane's Quilt

Yesterday, I got about 2 hours worth of work on Lane's quilt. Today, not as much accomplished in the same amount of time. I'm working on the curved street blocks. That is two curved seams per block and there are 10 blocks. Slowly but surely they are getting done. Here's a couple of pictures of the progress. 
These are the blocks I finished yesterday although I had already finished the top two stacks. 
These are the two curved blocks I have done today. Just need to zig-zag around the white stripe but I'll do that when all the blocks have been sewn. 

Next is the cross-walk blocks and that's the last of the street blocks. After that, the house blocks and any additional blocks I decide to add, ie. school, church, police and fire stations. 
Below you can see the street blocks layed out as they will appear in the quilt. The 6 blank spots are where the houses will go. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Liam's quilt

Another grandchild of Paul. Liam was just born a few weeks ago while I was in Texas but I didn't get to see him before I headed back home. Daddy Willie was in the Air Force, so they decided to do his room in airplanes. I found a pattern on the Internet for some scrappy planes that looks great. Hopefully, I won't have to buy anything but the backing and binding fabric for this one. No picture at all to go with this post. 

This will be the last of my baby quilts for a while. Maybe then I can get started on the big people quilts I have started and promised. Those are the quilts listed on the front page of my blog (I think the list is still there). 

Darling Little Fletcher

Here's a picture of Fletcher when he was born. 
He's a fighter that's for sure. He was born early. My niece, Holly, was having complications with the pregnancy so Fletcher had to arrive before he was ready. That was back in December 2012. He's doing very well now. 
There is a story about his quilt. I had a dream about his quilt. There was a little pirate in the middle with a treasure chest and surrounding the center "panel" were  jewel colored blocks, ie, ruby, emerald, sapphire, etc. Try as I may, I could not find any pirate fabric or even an appliqué pattern that I felt was suitable. Then I bought the May 2013 copy of Popular Quilting and found this pattern. 
It's perfect. I'm going to have to make some modifications in the fabric though. I found all the fabric on the Internet but its just too expensive. I'm going to order what I can from a shop in Sweden and then from there.

* Edited note. I am no longer making this quilt for Fletcher. The fabric was just too expensive and I couldn't figure a way to compromise with plain fabric and retain the pirate theme. I found a really cute quilt to go with The Rainbow Fish, so that's the new choice. Holly wasn't even familiar with the book so a book has been ordered to go along with the quilt. Both Wyatt and Fletcher will enjoy the book. Here's a picture of the quilt. Not sure if there is a pattern or not. 

Westin's quilt

Seems like all of Paul's children are having babies around the same time. BTW, Paul is my big brother. Westin is Paul's grandson, son of Paul's youngest child, Jonathan. I've already chosen the pattern for Westin's quilt. Although Sharlotte decorated his room in camoflouge theme, I did not continue with that idea when I chose this pattern. I try to match quilts to the child in some way. I just saw this pattern while searching and I fell in love with it. I guess it fits Jonathan too and that's what I liked about it. Here's a picture I got off the Internet. 
I've already gotten some of the fabric but can't really get started until I buy the center fabric. 

Lane's quilt

Lane is the son of my niece, Liesl Hudson. Liesl is Paul's oldest daughter and Lane is her second child. He's going to be 1 in a couple of days, so I had better get busy with his quilt. Here's a picture of it from the magazine. 
And here's a picture of the first street block. 
I'm working on another set of street blocks now. I don't like the fussy work involved in zig-zagging the white lane markers to the gray fabric. I'll be happy when these are done. I am making some modifications to the pattern of the quilt. First being that I am making each house different. Second being (I hope) to include some other buildings, ie, school, church, police and fire stations. I haven't found the block patterns yet but I have seen a couple that may work. Then the fun will come when I have to change the street pieces to accommodate the new blocks. Should this not happen, I'll just use the original layout with the different colored houses.