Saturday, May 6, 2017

The first week of May....

  I have been quiet.  I have been sorting/clearing  things out.  I have done some sewing.  I have done some baking.   I have done some free motion quilting.  I have done some  fabric cutting.   I like reading that list.  It makes me feel I have been productive....especially when I think I haven't.  


  More rail fence blocks sewn.  This one is turning into a very happy feeling quilt.   I debated on playing around with the setting, but I like this just fine.  I don't do a lot of zig-zag settings any more, as that style setting messes up my sensory input and balance.   No chevrons, please.   This is subtle enough I can handle and enjoy it.





I cut more strips to the 6 1/2'' length and sorted them into light, medium light, med to darker, and dark value stacks.   I will sort and pin them into block units and then put them together.  



   I spent a couple of afternoons free motion quilting the water color throw.  I added an extra row of dark floral fabric strips on the outer border area.  It has a better balance now.   I used an all over large swirl for the quilting.   And I love the over all effect of the light flitting across it all.  Now it needs a trim and binding.


   While I was cutting the floral strips for rail fence blocks, I decided to cut  up the extra short lengths into 2 '' squares.  Whoa.....I ended up with a very large box of squares.  Since I am doing another workshop this month, I had planned to use the extra squares for the class packets I give out.    Needless to say, I have more than enough.  So...........I marked a piece of interfacing with some guide lines and designed this small piece with some of the extra squares.  It needs seams sewn......and border, etc. Designing the top is a good tension easing process for me.

  I also did some errands with Sir Old Man.   This time I found the 90'' wide muslin at the J store......but no Heat and Bond Lite at all.   How can brick and mortar stores expect to get my business if they never have regular items in stock.  I hate running around to several stores to find  regular items.  Sir Old Man complains about the same thing at the home improvement places.  So today I hit Amazon for the Heat and Bond....and a couple of other things.

OH....and I added a new page to the blog----Year of Floral Quilts.  So original, but I reference them a lot and figured they deserved their own spot.
Happystitching.

9 comments:

  1. Wow, I really love that new little one you are putting together! I hear you about chevron designs. They are hard on the eyes and my poor dyslexic brain. We depend on Amazon for a lot of items that we can never find locally - and for us locally is pretty much 25 miles away from home. The nearest real brick and mortar quilt shop is more in the neighborhood of 50 miles from here.

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  2. Your rail fence quilt speaks to me - I love it! Your list sounds very productive so we'll just go with that 😊. Glad you can get what you want from Amazon. Shopping local only works when the stores have what you need. We'll be at Missouri Star later this month and I have a list. Hope I find everything! ~Jeanne

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  3. Good first week of May!
    I agree about brick n' mortar stores - if you don't keep decent stock, I have to get it elsewhere. And have yardage of fusible web/fleece/etc don't expect me to want to buy 3 packages of small pieces to get that I need. I want to support local but once I drive there a few times and still have to buy online - where do you think I will check first next time?

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  4. You have been very productive and your rail fence quilt does have a happy feel!

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  5. You have the most lovely florals to play with and are so creative with them.

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  6. All so lovely and spring like. Especially when it has not stopped raining for day and the tulips are drowned. Your work is gorgeous.

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  7. I'm pleased you added the extra dark border, looks a treat. The rail fence is growing steadily, I love this one.

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  8. The zig zag is gorgeous, I'm happy to hear how productive you've been and having those squares ready for the class is a giant plus. I rarely check the J store anymore although I do buy from them online if I have enough for the free shipping.

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  9. Looks like you have been busy. Glad you are.

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