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.


  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.

  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

  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?

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

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

  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.

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

  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.

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


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