Thursday, July 18, 2019

A few quick finishes

I finished the Vintage Miniature Sewing Machine block that I was working on during Slow Stitching Sunday. 
block #10

I'm at least 3/4ths of the way thru block #11 already.  I'm trying to find another Ella & Skysie pattern 'Antique Sewing Machines', to compliment these blocks, but I can't find anywhere to purchase the pattern.  Ella & Skysie don't publish their patterns anymore, and most places are out of stock.  If you know of where I can find the pattern, please let me know. 

AQS is having a cute quilt along, Scoops & Cones.  They released the instructions for the Ice Cream Cone block early and I made a couple of paper pieced cones.
AQS's paper pieced pattern

my 2 ice cream cones

You can also make this quilt using traditional piecing methods. I made these 2 cones as leaders and enders while I worked on the next LOTR/Hobbit blocks.  I'm thinking that I can use some of these ice cream cone blocks to go with my Chocolate 9 Patch blocks from the Treadle On exchange from last year. 

I finished my other leader and ender blocks while I finished the latest LOTR/Hobbit blocks.
pineapple blocks

JRRT block

both JRRT blocks

These blocks went together really quickly.  Now to figure out which block I'll make next.


Sunday, July 14, 2019

Slow Stitching Sunday and lots of projects

I do most of my slow stitching on weekdays, not on the weekends.  Today I did some slow stitching on my Vintage Miniature Sewing Machine block.  This is block #10 of 12 blocks.  I've moved the  hoop since this photo was taken.
block #10

I finished block #9 earlier in July, but haven't shown it before now.
block #9


I've been working hard on the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings blocks.  I've finished 4 different block sets since the end of June.  These are all paper pieced.  The first block is Sting, Bilbo's (then Frodo's) sword.  I'm making 2 of each of these blocks.
Sting

both blocks together

Next I worked on Smaug the dragon.
Smaug

both blocks together

After Smaug, I stitched up Arwen's jewel.
Arwen's jewel

both blocks together

I finished Gimli's Axe on Saturday.  If this block was my first experience paper piecing, I'd never paper piece again.  The pattern doesn't work properly.   Some of the pieces are too small to fit with the other pieces.  If you look closely at the parts next to the red Clover clips, you can see that they just won't fit properly with the rows of pieces between. 
top and bottom pieces are  supposed to finish at the same size as the 3 pieces in the middle

same problem on both sides of the axe

I didn't notice the problem until I was finished with all of the paper piecing and started to try to put all the pieces together.  Thank goodness that I could just add more of the background fabric to make everything fit.  You can see where I had to add fabric on these photos, since there is fabric and no paper.
fabric added along the seam to make it all fit together

fabric added along the seam to make it all fit together

When all the pieces were finally stitched together, it is supposed to be a 12.5" square block.  You can see below that it was much larger than 12.5" square (the ruler on the block is 12.5" square).
block finished the wrong size

Thank goodness I could save the blocks.  I've done lots of difficult paper piecing in the past, but this pattern receives an 'F' from me.
Gimli's Axe

both blocks together

I have four more of these Hobbit/LOTR blocks to make for these quilts.  Thank goodness none of the other blocks were designed by the person who designed Gimli's Axe. 

I've been doing lots of Leaders & Enders while I've been working on these Hobbit/LOTR blocks.  First I stitched the pink HST's for July's RSC19 blocks.  I use Triangulations papers to make my HST's. 
stitching HST's using Trianglulations paper

I have the Purple and Light Blue colors waiting to be stitched up. 

I have my HST's cut and the papers pulled, but I haven't finished making the finished blocks since I'm not using a 1/4" foot while I'm paper piecing.  I also have my stitches set on 30 stitches per inch, while paper piecing, so, I don't really need my stitches that close together on the finished blocks.   I now have a bucket of HST's waiting to be turned in to finished blocks.
pink & white HST's for RSC19 blocks

I've also been doing other Leaders & Enders while I've been paper piecing.  Last December, I was given the striped charm squares from my little quilt guilds Left-Right-Center game at our Holiday party.  The lady who won them didn't want to have to make something with them.  That means that I have to have a completed quilt top by this December.  I have an idea for a cool modern quilt, using circles, so these charm squares are being stitched to interfacing and turned into circles.
striped charm squares
23 finished striped circles (the puffy ones on the right haven't been pressed yet)

I have lots more circles to prep and stitch.

My last Leaders & Enders project is for something that is due August 1st.  Of course, I can't make just one of anything, so I'm making 4 blocks.  The center squares are fussy cut vintage sewing machines.  I'm using strings left over from other projects, that I've collected since the end of May (baby quilts and RSC blocks). 
pineapple blocks (started)

Now to head back to my sewing room and start on the next Hobbit/LOTR blocks and some more Leaders & Enders.  I'm supposed to be basting and quilting those 3 baby quilts, but I just haven't felt like working on them.  Thank goodness none of those babies are here yet. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

RSC 19 & some other blocks

Well I finally finished my RSC19 blocks for May and June.  There has just been too much going on to get these finished until this week.  Hey, at least they are done before July.
May RSC19 blocks

June RSC19 blocks

I didn't bring a sewing machine to the Missouri TOGA last weekend, so I didn't get my blocks made for next years raffle quilt.  I did get my fabric cut out at the TOGA.  These are Double Bowtie blocks.
Double Bowtie blocks

I also finished another Vintage Miniature Sewing Machine block.
block #8

I'm already well along on block #9.  There are 12 blocks total for this quilt.  I'll have to be thinking of the next small hand project to be working on when these are done. 

Monday, June 24, 2019

2019 Missouri TOGA

The Missouri TOGA (Treadle On Gathering & Academy) was this past weekend.  It was a 3 day event.  I only got to attend one day (Saturday) this time.  I didn't think I was going to get to attend at all until I found out that I didn't have to work last Friday.  Hubby offered to go with me, to help drive, so that he could go hiking and camping in the Ozarks while I attend the TOGA.  Woohoo!  (More info on last year's TOGA is here).

The first day of the TOGA, the attendee's had a Quilt & Antique Shop Hop.  They visited 3 different quilt shops in the area, and a couple of antique shops.  The quilt shops knew that they were coming, and presented everyone with goodie bags when they arrived.  One shop even had a demo for the attendee's.  How nice!

Friday and Saturday are the days when everyone sets up vintage sewing machines.  There are demo's, a sewing machine hospital, raffle quilt, raffle table, food, games and show-n-tell during these two days. 

On Saturday, we had show-n-tell early.  I took my String Star quilt and my Crazy Quilt to show off (sorry, I couldn't take pictures of my quilts).   I did get photos of the other show-n-tell items.







her first quilt

On Friday there was a demo on how to make chicken pin cushions.  Both of these girls had made several chicken pin cushions before the TOGA was done.





There were three demo's on Saturday.  Gina taught the Scrappy Mountain Majesties block.


Another lady taught how to make coasters (I didn't get photos since I was at a quilt shop during that time), and I taught several different ways to make Flying Geese.

There were two rounds of Left-Right-Center played.  On Friday, they played for fat quarters, and on Saturday we played for 2 1/2" strips. 
getting ready to play Left-Right-Center

The great thing about TOGA's, besides the lovely vintage sewing machines, is everyone helps everyone else. We had people helping each other with sewing projects and also with repairing sewing machines.




you can just see the raffle quilt on the left edge of the photo




I didn't get a photo of the raffle quilt (sorry, a bit of it is in a photo above) but I did get a photo of the raffle tables.  By raffle time, there were many more items added to the tables.


I only took a few photos of vintage machines this time. 




There were at least 43 people who attended the TOGA (not sure if everyone signed in or not). 

We are already preparing for next year's Missouri TOGA.  I can't wait!