I have been working on the last block of the 2012 Designer Mystery BOM and have begun the finishing kit.
I love these blocks, but I especially love the Vintage Modern fabrics by Bonnie & Camille. I have also added the first two borders.
It isn't quite straight on the design wall, but it is really coming out right on target for size. My borders are actually fitting! I think I am getting more and more accurate with my piecing. Practice helps. Tomorrow I will make the pieced border and be ready to send this out to my long armer. Whew. Another finish for 2013.
I have happily continued piecing blocks for the Great Granny Quilt. I have completed 30 blocks (5x6) and begun to add sashing.
This has been such a fun quilt to piece together. I have other things in the works, but I just couldn't seem to stop working on this one. I have some detail photos.
These are the main fabrics that made up my 'precious' stash. I just couldn't seem to cut into them because they were being saved for a 'special' project. Duh!
Don't we just all love green and pink? Have I grown up yet? Apparently not. These were also in my precious stash.
I got the light blue fabric from DIL. I really love it. There is a touch of green in there that really makes this fabric span the 90's with new, fresher fabrics. I combined this blue with some DS fabrics that I am currently hoarding in my new 'precious' stash. I need serious therapy.
I will be finishing this top ASAP so I can move on to other projects that are on my 'to do' list. Thanks for stopping by.
DH and I returned from NYC last night. Have I mentioned before that I hate dealing with airlines? If not, make a note of that. I won't mention it again. On a brighter note, I had a great time with the grandsons. They are growing so quickly.
Anyway, I returned to find: Blue Ridge Beauty back from the long armer, Amish with a Twist BOM installment, and the last block in the Designer Mystery BOM installment. I really intended to get the binding on the Blue Ridge Beauty, but I sat down to sew more Great Granny Squares and just couldn't stop. These are really fun blocks.
Twelve done so far. Look at what I found in my stash as I was digging for fabrics to cut up for this project.
I don't know how to turn this around. Can you read that selvage? 1978. What is wrong with me? I think I have some kind of sickness. I probably need therapy. I have now cut it all up and whatever I don't use in the Great Granny project will go in my drawers of precut pieces for another project. I also cut up the remainder of some of the fabric I used in the Double Wedding Ring that I finished in 1993. I have one fabric remaining from that project. I could just cut it up, but I probably won't use it in this project. I don't want to OD on greens.
Lots of projects to work on. What project will I work on tomorrow? I will decide when I get to the sewing machine.
I am so behind the times. I have started Lori Holt's Great Granny Along (see the link in my sidebar), but the 'along' has been finished so long ago that I am doing it by myself.
These fabrics have been in my stash for about 20 years. Seriously. The peach/green/beige fabrics were kept aside for a very 'special' project. I just never decided on what project. The blues and pinks are just old. It is definitely time to USE these fabrics. This is a fun project. I intend to make this big enough for a full sized bed.
Leaving for NYC in the morning. I'll have lots of grandson time. Can't wait.
Look at what I have been up to. The Star Struck quilt top is packed up and will be mailed to Missouri Star Quilt Company tomorrow. I have been taking a Craftsy class from Camille Roskelley. This is such a cute design, I just couldn't wait to work on it.
She calls it Hashtag. I am really enjoying learning some tricks from her, like the way she makes sure that the Hashtags all line up. It sounds like a simple thing, but I have made many quilts with sashing strips and then found that my blocks didn't line up well. If you have been on the fence about taking this class, I highly recommend it. I have to get border and binding fabric. I want to get fabrics from this line instead of winging it like I usually do. I don't want to order it yet because we'll be out of town for a few days. I will order it when we get back.
I am pulling together fabrics for Swoon. She covers that one in this class too. I never get tired of seeing Swoon blocks. I have never seen one that I didn't like. I hope I can put together fabrics that will look as good as some of the finished Swoons I have seen.
DH's b'day today. I am cooking. I'm making salmon. No cake. We never eat it fast enough and end up throwing most of it away. We'll have a birthday cookie for dessert. We really are old farts.
I have finished assembling the blocks for the Star Struck quilt.
I used the method suggested by my Left-Handed Friend (see the button on my sidebar). I assembled the blocks as four patches; then sewed together those four patches into larger four patches. I found it to be a much more enjoyable process than sewing blocks into rows and then assembling the rows.
I think I will be adding borders. I want to add a narrow, solid navy and then add a wider dark print. I don't think I have the right fabric because I just finished my Blue Ridge Beauty with lots of blues. Oh dear. I might have to go fabric shopping.