Monday, March 18, 2019

A few finishes

The Camp Tuckabatchee quilt show is coming up at the end of March. I promised to donate several project bags.  Here are the 7 project bags that I finished.

back of the last 2 project bags

I'd made these project bags last fall, but hadn't gotten the binding stitched on them.  Now they are DONE! 

My Treadle On vintage people powered sewing machine group has several block exchanges each year.  It's a great way to get people to use their hand cranks and treadle sewing machines.  Since some of the collectors are just learning how to sew with their machines, the Spring and Fall basic exchanges are a great way to learn.  This year, the Spring basic block exchange is Rail Fence blocks.  I made 4 sets (one set in each color), and they are waiting for me to get them in the mail.
Rail Fence TOBE blocks

These blocks were made on my 1927 Singer 15 hand crank. 
1927 Singer 15 hand crank

I have another finish, but I haven't gotten any pictures of it yet.  Hopefully I'll get pictures this week.  It is also for the Camp Tuckabatchee quilt show.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

RSC blocks (February)

Yea, yea, I know I'm behind.  I finally finished my February RSC19 blocks last Saturday (March 2nd).  Only 2 days late. 

I'm stitching all of my RSC19 blocks on my hand crank.
1927 Singer 15 hand crank

My March (Green) blocks will also be late.  I'll be using them to teach how to web blocks, for my little quilt guild. 

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Kevin the Quilter

Kevin the Quilter is coming to both of my quilt guilds in May.  Kevin will be the featured quilter at Pride of the Prairie quilt guild on May 16th.  On Friday, May 17th, Kevin will be teaching a class for Pride of the Prairie called Crazy Crumb Stars
Crumb Star (Kevin the Quilter)

If you will be in the Naperville, Illinois area and want to take this class, I think we still have spots available.  Let me know and I'll get you in touch with the ladies in charge of programs. Info about Pride of the Prairie workshops is here.

Way back in May 2015, Kevin came and spoke to my little quilt guild, Wego Quiltin'.  What a great presentation from Kevin.  This was in his early speaking days, and he didn't have any classes yet.  Well, since Kevin is already coming back for my larger quilt guild, we decided to have him stay an extra day and teach a class for Wego Quiltin'.  Kevin is going to teach String Star on May 18th.

String Star (photo borrowed from Kevin's blog)

I know that there are spots available for this class.  If you will be in Oswego, Illinois on Saturday, May 18th, and want to take this class ($25 per person, pot luck luncheon), then let me know and I'll sign you up.  My email address is listed under my profile (top right on this blog).

Kevin stayed with hubby and I last time he came.  We had sew much fun!  I can't wait till May, when I get to introduce Kevin to new places and people. 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Giraffe Baby Quilts, etc.

I've been busy the past few weeks, trying to finish up some Giraffe baby quilts.  I have one more to quilt and bind, but that baby isn't due until April.

First, hubby was invited to a diaper shower downstate.  The new to be father is a hiking buddy of hubby's.  This baby needed more than just diapers.  Everything but the backing fabric was already in my stash.

The backing is orange Minkee, and the binding is the same fabric I used for the binding for my son's wedding quilt.

The father to be's mother is also a quilter.  I was invited to come quilt with her during the diaper shower.  What fun!  I got to check out her vintage sewing machines, and also meet up with one of her quilting buddy's (Sharon) who also reads my blog.  What a fun day! 

I also finished another Giraffe quilt for my granddaughter's first birthday.  Gwendolynn loves Sophie the Giraffe on TV.  Since Sophie the Giraffe is in regular giraffe colors, Gwendolynn's quilt needed to be regular giraffe colors, too.  I'd found this great backing, minkee type fabric, at a thrift store, and had all the other fabrics in my stash, including the binding.

Since I don't free motion quilt, I decided to try some new things with my walking foot for the quilting on both of these quilts.  Really simple patterns in the blank spaces above the giraffe's heads, and I just outlined the inside and outside of the giraffe bodies.

The pattern is Lorna's from Sew Fresh Quilts

I've also been working on my Harry Potter: Project of Doom blocks.  I've finished these two blocks.

Week #3, 2nd block finished
Week #7, 2nd block finished

I've finished another block, but haven't washed the wash away product that I used for some of the embroidery.  I'll show it soon.

I'm almost finished with my RSC19 Yellow blocks.  Hopefully they will be done later this morning.  I'm also hoping to finish my Crazy quilt this week.  It will be in a quilt show the last weekend of March.  The Camp Tuckabatchee 'Little Cabin in the Woods' quilt show will be March 30 & 31, 2019 at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Ottawa, IL.  If you are anywhere near here, I'd love to have you come.  It's a great quilt show.  This is my first year to help with the quilt show.  I've attended the show many times over the past years.  

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Harry Potter: Project of Doom embroidery (so far)

I was asked to show my Harry Potter: Project of Doom blocks (so far).  I started making these blocks back in 2013 and got the first 12 blocks made.  I also started embroidering the titles on the books in 2013.  Bad me, I stopped making the blocks the week before my oldest son graduated college, and I stopped working on the embroidery that September.

I do think I know why I stopped working on the embroidery.  One of the titles 'disappeared' while I was doing the embroidery on it.  I'd stitched 2 words, then the rest of the letters I was stitching over just vanished.  I couldn't figure out what to do, and just dropped the project. 

Saturday I pulled all the blocks out and took photos of them.  I prepped the last few blocks for embroidery, and I took the stitches out of that one block where the lettering disappeared.  I started over with a wash away product.  It is now waiting it's turn to be stitched.

Here are the blocks I have completed so far.  I've made 2 of each block, but some of them still haven't been embroidered.

Week #1, one block done
Week #1, The Standard Book of Spells (Grade 1-6) by Miranda Goshawk, Sonnets of a Sorcerer, Unfogging the Future by Casandra Vablatsky

The 2nd block of Week #1 is the block that I took the stitching out and started over with wash away (purple book with lavender thread).

Week #3 (I'm currently working on the 2nd of these blocks)

Week #3, An Anthology of Eighteenth Century Charms, Flesh-Eating Trees of the World by Hugh G. Forrest, Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander

The Week #3 block was my slow stitching today.  I'm almost done with it.

Week#4, one block finished

Week #4, Nature's Nobility: A Wizarding Geneology, Numerology & Gramatica
Week #5
Week #5, Intermediate Transfiguration, Magical Drafts & Potions by Arsenius Jigger, Twelve Fail-Safe Ways to Charm Witches, Madcap Magic for Wacky Warlocks
both of Week #5 blocks finished

Week #6
Week #6, Asiatic Anti-venoms, Achievements in Charming, Saucy Tricks for Tricky Sorts
both of Week #6 are finished

Week #7, one block finished

Week #7, Spiders & Their Habits, Magical Water Plants of the Mediterranean
Week #8

Week #8, The Healer's Helpmate, Sites of Historical Sorcery, A History of Magic by Balthilda Bagshot, Jinxes for the Jinxed

Week #8, both blocks finished

Week #9

Week #9, both blocks finished
Week #10

Week #10, both blocks finished
Week #11

 Week #11, Handbook of Do-It-Yourself Broom Care
Week #11, both blocks finished

Week #12

Week #12, Prefects Who Gained Power, Magical Floral & Fauna, The Boy Who Lived (Twice): The Real Story by Rita Skeeter, Predicting the Unpredictable

Week #12, both blocks finished
Week #12, Prefects Who Gained Power, Magical Floral & Fauna, The Boy Who Lived (Twice): The Real Story by Rita Skeeter, Predicting the Unpredictable

The next block to be made is the Monster book of Monsters.  I wasn't looking forward to making that block, since I was thinking it probably needed to be done in faux fur.  Well, I've been re-reading the series, and discovered that the Monster book of Monsters has a green leather cover.  On Friday, I finally found a fabric that looks like green leather.  Now to get back to making blocks for this quilt.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

RSC19 & Giraffe's

This is the first year that I've participated in the RSC challenge.  I'm a bit behind.  I finished the last three January blocks Friday night.  These blocks are called Cut Glass Dish.  They are the same blocks that Mari at The Academic Quilter is using. 
January RSC19 blocks

I've pulled some yellows for February's blocks.
yellows for RSC (February)

I've been stitching half the weekend on the Giraffe baby quilts.  Now I have Giraffe bodies to go with the Giraffe heads.

I still need to stitch up the necks for all 3 quilts.  I need to have these quilt tops finished before next weekend. 

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Giraffe's & a Win!

About the only time I can get much machine stitching done is on the weekends.  I need to have 2 baby quilts done before the 23rd of this month, and another one done soon after that.

I decided to make 2 of the quilts the same color way and the 3rd one in a different color way.  The hardest part is getting all of them cut out. 

I started sewing the first blocks together last weekend.  I'm making the smaller Giraffe quilts from Lorna's Sew Fresh Quilts pattern. 
3 sets of Giraffe heads
The Giraffe head blocks are the hardest, since there are so many pieces and so many stitch and flip corners. 

Hubby made me a seam ripper holder last year, and it has gotten lots of use with these quilt blocks.
seam ripper holder with stitch and flip blocks

I'm piecing these quilts on my 1927 Singer 15 hand crank.  I realized that I really didn't do much stitching on my hand cranks last year, other than exchange blocks and paper piecing.  It's time to make some quilts on my hand cranks again. 
stitching Giraffe pieces

Henry Glass had a giveaway on their blog in January.  Guess what?!?!?  I WON!  There are 13 half yard pieces of fabric in this bundle (all blenders).

These will be fun to use.  I can always use blenders for my projects.

I did finish one of the RSC blocks for January, but I still have 3 more to finish.  I'll show them all together when I get the last one's done.  Now to start on February's yellow blocks.