Finish #4………….

I finished the hand sewing on the binding late yesterday afternoon on this Stack and Slash quilt, the 4th finish in 10 days!  It is 62″ x 76″.

I am going to try to remember to show the backing on every quilt this year.  That is as far as I will go with New Year’s resolutions.

Here is a better shot of the quilting.  The wavy lines go the long way on the quilt, top to bottom.

I had the most wonderful day yesterday.  A friend who I used to see a lot in the 1990s and her husband who I met on Bee night at her house over 20 years ago drove out to Sandwich.  It was so good to see them again.  I showed her lots of quilts and my work spaces.  She brought 2 quilts to show me too, one of them is here.  She also brought me this box of candy.  It is the most delicious chocolate I have had in a long time.  I started on the ones with the crunchy dots and then I noticed another layer underneath with letters on top of each piece.  There is a little guide inserted in the box to tell what flavor each letter represents.  I love that, no surprises! 


Borders #5 this month………..

I pulled out four more quilts that need borders.  This Stack and Slash top had the border and backing fabric hanging with it so it was a no brainer which one to do.  The border is navy blue even though it looks like black or charcoal gray.  I thought this quilt really needed a border to contain all of the color and also to make it a little larger.  It is 62″ x 76″ now and will shrink a couple inches with quilting.  Here is a link to a post that talks about the Stack and Slash quilt.  There is a link on it to another blogger’s tutorial for it.

I had a leisurely lunch out with three friends yesterday, a perfect day!

January 2014 recap……..

I finished 4 quilt tops, 2 started last year and 2 started and completed in January.

One quilt top is mostly completed; I want to add some pieced borders to it yet.

I quilted and bound one quilt.  Started in the late 1990s.

Seven mug rugs were completed.

Five dish cloths knitted.  The top one is the end of 3 different balls of yarn.  I need to knit some cheerier colors this month.

One more quilt top done, another on the way…….

I moved a few blocks to new positions and decided it was time to sew it together.  If you haven’t been following along on this one, here is the link to the tutorial.

Both of these new Stack and Slash quilts are about 56″ x 70″.

I have 6 of the strip sets for the Twisted Rail quilt sewn now and pressed.  I took 2 of them and layered them like I show in my tutorial and cut them.  These are ready to take to the machine.

If you have your machine in a cabinet with an insert around it or have a table that fits around your machine to create a flat surface you shouldn’t have any trouble with stretching on this seam.  After I sew it I take it to the ironing board and set the seam by setting the iron on top without sliding.  Then I press the seam to one side pressing with the grain of the fabric, not with the bias seam.

I had two reasons to make this pattern again.  One was because I need a few fast flannel quilts for gifts and the other was to try out another layout.  This is the original layout in the tutorial which works really well when you have an uneven number of blocks in one or both directions.

This is another layout that would work in a quilt with an even number of blocks in both directions.  I’m planning this one 6 blocks x 8 blocks so I may use this layout.

My orange cactus is still blooming and has a few more buds.

The pale pink one that has bloomed twice already has just started blooming again. Unfortunately in the photo I cut off the open flower at the bottom.  I have a 2 tone pink and white and a red one with buds, and the cutting from my mother-in-law’s plant has buds.

I fought off a headache all day yesterday so I hope it doesn’t hit me today.  Snow predicted tomorrow and the headaches sometimes come with moisture storms (and barometric pressure changes).

On the design wall……….

All of the barometric weather changes in the last week have zapped my energy.  I know we are in for a few more changes this week too.  Yesterday I managed to get these blocks sewn together and up on the design wall.  I was too tired to decide if this is the final layout so I’ll look at them again this morning.  There are 4 blocks of each of the fabric combinations and I have them in diagonal rows right now.  I think they might need mixing up.

While watching the 10 p.m. news I started sewing the strips for the Twisted Rail quilt.  I have 4 out of 12 sets sewn.  I’m using 3″ strips for this one.

Quilt top one and number two progress……….

I finished the blocks for Stack and Slash 1 and got the top sewn together.  Most of the reds are more of a burgundy and only one is a true bright red.

Then I got the first step done on the blocks for quilt number two.  I always make a positive/negative combination of blocks from each two fabrics that I pair.  I cut all of the fabrics at once, then choose pairs, sew the blocks and then choose five piles of four blocks I like together for the stack and slash part.

Cut, cut, sew………….

I finished the cutting for two flannel quilts yesterday.  This is the first one.

I used 5.5 yards in each quilt.  The leftover section of the 4.5″ strips was cut into squares for another quilt.

Last night I watched Netflix for almost two hours and got the first part done on this Stack and Slash quilt.  Then I sorted them into groups of 4 and they are ready to stack and slash and shuffle.