I’m not quite sure how I feel about the “Safer at Home” order in Los Angeles (and probably soon for all cities in LA County),… Read more “Safer at Home”
Hi All! Thick in the midst of Christmas and family birthday festivities, I finally came up for air so I could get the promised patterns out. There… Read more “Serendipity Finishing Directions”
Hi everyone. New month…new block. I just love this one. So here it is Serendipity – Geese Block 2.
Oh Boy, did I have fun with hand quilting last week! I felt a physical sense of loss after I was done. Yet also, strangely enough, relief. It’s always nice when a chore turns out to be so much fun! I can’t wait for the next block to be finished. Don’t get me wrong, I love my sewing machine. But we are not always on the best of terms. And wrestling a bed-size quilt into a little 6-inch space doesn’t thrill me. Hand work just seems to suit me better. Although, I’ve noticed that I’m like a child and have to be entertained at every moment, so either the TV is on, or the radio, or I’m listening to a book, whatever. When the kids were small (and loud), I used to crave hand-stitching for the quiet and to escape. Now that they’re almost grown, I go crazy when it’s too quiet and crave background noise. Too funny! But stitching is still an escape.
I hope that the change of seasons brings welcome relief to you. I know it will for us. Yesterday was 104 degrees, so I’m looking forward to cooler weather.
Serendipity block 5 is ready to download.
The center block from the quilt can be ordered on my site at the pattern shop or at Patternspot.com
I have been busy working on a quilt for my daughter who is having knee replacement surgery in August, just 3 months after having her right knee done. She is amazing!! She reminded me in May that she is the only child who has never had a quilt from me. I felt bad about that. And now seems like the perfect opportunity to put one together for her. She is such a sweet young woman and always cheerful despite physical challenges. So I wanted to put together a quilt that would be fairly quick to sew (so I can send it to her before her surgery) and also pretty. Now, it’s a fact that I’m in love with Variable stars, as evidenced by this year’s BOM, but I’m not such a fan of triangles. So I decided to use Jodi Barrows’ square in a square method for a quilt called Triangle Galaxy and it was really easy and really fun. Here it is sans borders:
There are, I think, 24 triangles in each square and I didn’t have to fiddle with a single one! Lovely. I find that I tend to sew with a generous 1/4-inch seam, so my blocks (for just about every pieced quilt I do) end up smaller than the pattern says. So, for instance, these blocks should have measured 11-1/2″ square, but each one only measured 11″ square. I’m just glad that they were all consistent. lol I even tend to shrink blocks when paper-piecing! How is that possible?! It’s a gift, I guess, or at least some quirk of my own that I’ve learned to embrace. I’m going to big stitch quilt it and even found the thread I’m going to use at my LQS Bolts in the Bathtub. It’s a wonderful gold-colored perle cotton, probably about a size 5, maybe 8. And if that doesn’t work, I bought some size 12 DMC perle cotton in black. I’m hoping the gold will work though.
Ack! I’m a day late and dollar short, but finally able to post Serendipity – Corner Block 3. Off to bed for now.
Hi all! Serendipity – Corner Block 2 is up and ready for download. I hope you all enjoy it. I have been having a blast learning back… Read more “Serendipity Block 2”
Happy Spring! It’s been so beautiful lately that I almost can’t stand it. Such lovely warm days and cool nights. I want to stave off summer for… Read more “Serendipity”
Hi all, I’ve finally gotten around to writing up the finishing directions. You can download the Longmeadow – FINISHING DIRECTIONS here. The quilt as a whole will… Read more “Longmeadow Finishing Directions”
This month we have Blocks 5 and 6 the inner and outer border corners.
The inner border corner is the beautiful little blue sun block. A perfect little hand-piecing project. And the outer border corner is the little Rose of Sharon flourish. You’ll need to make 4 of each pattern – 1 for each corner, of course. I got turned on to hand-piecing by Linda Franz of Inklingo fame. I saw her hand piecing video online somewhere years and years ago and was enthralled. I bought the Quilted Diamonds 2 book and the hand-piecing DVD was included, so I studied it by watching it a half dozen times. Hers is still my go-to method. I use freezer paper templates, mark the lines on the back of the fabric and trim 1/4 inch away. Match the seam lines and stitch, loading the needle with a few stitches, then backstitching before I load a few more stitches. It’s good contemplative work and most enjoyable when something good is on the television, or I have a book to listen to. Or even just a good album. My family and I went antiquing the other day and I found a couple of old Doris Day albums that I immediately bought (for a whopping $6 for both). I love, love, love!!! her voice. I love her movies too, so maybe that’s what I’ll watch while I sit & stitch.
It’s cold blustery, rainy weather outside and cold inside as well. We’re trying to cut back on our propane use as it’s so darn expensive. Something we weren’t anticipating with our move out into the country. But there’s space heaters for the bedrooms that keep us warm and toasty at night. If we ever bought the house, we’d consider a wood-pellet stove to warm the house. But for now, we’ll just use plain old electricity. I remember ages ago that my parents had an electric blanket and I thought it was the most wonderful thing ever. That was long before I knew what a quilt was.
I hope your safe, healthy and warm wherever you may be.
Longmeadow – Block 4 is ready to download. I hope you all had lovely holidays with lots of family and friends and wonderful things. I’ve been watching… Read more “Happy New Year!!”