Showing posts from July, 2019

What I'm Working on Wednesday--July Ends

Well this has been a busy month, it seemed to last a good long time because of that.  We have been lucky out here in SoCalif that the summer weather has been typical for us, morning low clouds and fog burning off by late morning or early afternoon, mid-upper 70's at the beach with a nice breeze, just a bit warmer inland.  We'll try to remember these good times when the heat and humidity are likely to show up in August and September!    I  haven't spent much time in the sewing room yet this week, but there was some slow stitching accomplished this Wednesday. I finished the Blackwork Slave Quarters panel I was working on--finally.  I have one of the two remaining panels already traced out and will commence with that immediately.   Caught this checkmark in the sky over the weekend, it was an appropriate symbol for another accomplished task, sanding down the doors to our bathroom vanity in preparation for paint.  It did take almost 20 minutes to find the palm san

Scraps and Piecing

For relaxation sewing after the Fair Entry frenzy, I turned to my Log Cabin Loonies project box for some scrappy fun.  Julie from JulieKQuilts blog started this sewalong last August and I jumped in, happy to have a place to use all the 1.5" wide scraps.  That is the smallest size I save, but Julie made her blocks from 1" strips.   So many great fabrics there.  I see my contrast isn't the best in some of them, but  in the quilt the humble blocks will go!  I planned an 8x10 block quilt but these Loonie Log Cabins keep multiplying as leader-enders and I'm not sure when the scraps will give out.  My blocks finish at an odd size of 7.5" but it won't matter when they're all sewn together.  Cutting for the alternate hourglass block also got done for the Chunky Churndash quilt, using Bonnie Hunter's Essential Triangle tool.  I paired up strips cut to 3.5" wide and was able to get 10 triangles out of this, which makes 5 blocks.   Mini is a

Design Wall Monday--Fair Entries

It's Design Wall Monday.  I've been busy in the sewing room finishing up entries for our County Fair, so my Design Wall is now empty.   Some projects I entered were already in progress and one quilt I borrowed back from the new owner.  A brand new project also jumped into the mix.  I finished an embroidery some months ago and decided to make a quilt with it.  I have a book by Pat Sloan that is all about novelty fabrics and includes what to do with panels.  I had some trouble with the math but the worst part of the whole process was when I could not find the shank attachment for my sewing machine feet, having taken off the walking foot.  It took easily 15 minutes of searching before I finally checked the box the walking foot came in, and there it was!  I pulled the border fabrics from stash.  After auditioning numerous binding options, I picked an Alison Glass fat quarter, mostly because it was wide enough to help me enlarge the backing as well as making the binding. 

Fabric Hunt--Chunky Churndash

I have completed all the Churndash blocks for my version of Chunky Churndash, a free pattern from  Bonnie Hunter of I'm making for my dad.  I showed him some stash fabric choices for the alternate hourglass block, and darned if he didn't pick a favorite of mine! I have no recollection of where I found this fabric, I just loved the pomegranate and leaf on the pretty blue.  It has not been in stash long.  However, I only  have a one yard piece and need another yard.  I have been unable to find any online as this collection is from 2016, and Kim Diehl's recent collections do not contain a similar blue. I've been searching for a similar background color, but the slightly grayed down blue is quite elusive.  While shopping at my local fabric store today, the clerk went round and round pulling bolts and having no luck except for a tonal solid, which I didn't really want.  Giving up, I perused the clearance bolts and decided to change gears entirely whe

Design Wall Monday--Placemats

Design Wall Monday rolls around again....Off my design wall are the placemats for daughter Erica.  She had picked out some stash neutrals to go with the one mauve print in a jelly roll she liked. There were enough jelly roll strips for the mauve to bookend the neutrals. I assembled all 6 placemat front pieces in one sweatshop sewing session!  My comment to Erica was that these looked like ice cream :)  I made the backs from the rest of the jelly roll pieces; Erica left the layout and fabric choices to me so I changed the orientation to horizontal.  It was easiest to sandwich and quilt them in batches of two, since she wanted them to be all alike.  I used specialty quilting stitches on my machine, with cream thread.   In total there were five different stitches used; I kept track of the stitch number and setting information on an index card to ensure the placemats were uniform.  Fortunately this was the only part of the job that involved ripping.  There may have been colo

Rocking and Rolling and Sewing in California

Our Fourth of July started off with a bang from an earthquake yesterday midmorning--the epicenter was 180+ miles northwest of us in Ridgecrest but the house was swaying and rocking pretty well.  I was in my sewing room when my husband yelled "Earthquake!" just as I realized one was happening.  It lasted a good long time, the curtains on the sliding glass door swayed on and on.  We did not have any noticeable aftershocks of the 6.4 earthquake yesterday, though they were occurring, per the news.  Then this evening a second one hit harder.  I was in the powder room handwashing a tablerunner and held onto the sink until the swaying stopped, then joined my husband in the living/dining room where the chandelier and hallway lights were swinging.  No damage, but it was unnerving.  We soon learned it was a 7.1 magnitude quake, meaning the 6.4 yesterday was a foreshock, and tonight's was the real shock.  The basketball game in Las Vegas my husband was watching was postponed, and w