Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Sneak Peak for Shop Hop Quilt!

Late last year, I vowed to get some of those pesky UFO's off of my list.  And if you have been following along on facebook or the Patchwork Plus Thursday Threads newsletter, you will see, that I have accomplished A FEW of them, several as a matter of fact.  But now, we come to those that need much more than just put together or a couple of borders.  All of them that are left need a lot of time to complete.  So since I came back from retreat, the going has been pretty slow.

If you don't know this about me-I work on deadlines.  If the deadline is a few months away, I have plenty of time, so why start on it now.  This leads us to the 2018 Metro St. Louis Shop Hop.  We have ALWAYS made a quilt for shop hop and this year is no exception.  I just finished putting the borders on this this one and here is the sneak peak---

We will be offering a complete kit for our 60" square quilt (we are only using OUR two blocks).
Kits will be $84.95.  If you want one please call and reserve yours with a $20 deposit.  Quilt kits will be available for pickup on Thursday, April 5 or after.  We will kit a limited number of kits based on the amount of fabric we have.

Our kit can easily be adapted as a sampler if you are purchasing the fabric kits from each of the 7 shops.  For this, we will have setting kits available for $45.  These will be on a first come basis.  We will not be taking pre-orders for the setting kits.  These will ONLY be available during the 4 days of shop hop.

So this has taken up most of my time since returning from retreat!!! Hop(e) to see you all at the hop.  Theme this year is "Summer Fun", so come by and we'll have a beach volley ball game.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Last Night

This last night is always bitter sweet.
I can't believe how fast 6 days and nights can fly by,
but I did accomplish a lot.

Contemplating needing this retreat about every 6 weeks- maybe only for a long weekend.
But with almost 24 hour sewing-monthly obligations and UFO's are just flying off the list.

Today was spent completing 36 "major" fussy cut blocks. And it seems like those 144 half square triangles took FOREVER to get squared up.

61 blocks now completed for this quilt.  
Today, I realized there is not enough of the fabric I had chosen for the setting triangles.
I auditioned several other pieces, but kept coming back the the original.

The intent was to fussy cut one flower cluster in each of the setting triangles.  Not working, too much waste and then not enough fabric.

My solution will be to broderie perse (applique) each cluster to a white background setting triangle.  No waste, but more work and will not be getting this quilt finished this retreat.
But in the long run, I will be much happier with the results.  
The applique should go relatively fast.

Also took a few hours out of the day this afternoon to present 2 quilts to a couple of VERY DESERVING veterans today.  Thank you Chris and Marvin for your service!

At long last this day has finally come to an end.  Some packing tomorrow and
handwork to try and finish the little bit of embroidery left on this Snowlady.

Some fill in on the quilt and another month crossed off the list!

Good Night to all!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hump Day

Although I had taken pictures of what I accomplished on Monday,
I also stayed up VERY LATE to start a new (2016) UFO
so I guess I forgot to post.

On Monday, my focus was on Di Ford UFOs,
Montmellick and Antique Wedding Sampler.

English Paper Piecing 12 flowers for the next border on Montmellick

and two blocks for Antique Wedding Sampler
only 7 more to go

Before bed last night I got out my next UFO project.  I have 12 blocks from our
Pizza Box exchange back in 2016.  I have LOTS of fabrics pulled to put them together into a king quilt for our bed using 49 alternate blocks.

A little fussy cutting had already been done but that was it. After taxing my brain to the brink
of pulling my hair out, I finally called it quilts about 3:45 am.

I started fresh on Tuesday morning and realized that the fabric I thought was missing or worst case, I would have to purchase at our favorite retreat shop here in Columbia (and hoping they would have the right color) was right here in another bag.

So I spent all day fussing cutting a stripe fabric to make 36 block centers, green and background to make 144 half square triangles, etc. etc.

I have one set of blocks finished

and the final set partially sown.

  Hoping to finished them tomorrow but I will be gone a couple of hours in the afternoon. 
 I am presenting 2 Quilts of Valor to graduates of Veteran's Court at 1:00 in Edwardsville.

Off to an early bed!

Monday, February 19, 2018

Lazy /Sunday

It was a lazy Sunday at retreat.
Just about the time I woke up this morning, 
it was time to get ready to meander down to
Gallagher's in Waterloo for the Sunday Chicken Family Style lunch.

After a three hour lunch, came back to starch my fabrics for the next project.
While the fabric was drying, I though it wise to nap for about an hour.
Now back to pressing and cutting out 12 Pony Club blocks.
Finished 4 sets of 4" and 8" blocks.

 Set #5 is prepped and almost ready for applique first thing tomorrow AM

And then there is set #6

Notice no picture-that's because after all of the sew in seams, it went to the trash.  This is one that I think will lend itself to EPP.  May get in the mood for that tomorrow also.

But there has been a bonus the last few days.
These have been my leader/enders 

They are 1 1/4" half square triangle sets that will be sewn into 3" blocks. 
Just getting these few pressed and squared up, ready for sewing.

Like I said-lazy Sunday!
Night all