Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It's Wednesday???

Well the 3-day weekend was lovely, but as always seems to be the case, I totally lose track of what day it is. I did a little yard work and cross stitched a bit, had a good time at Taste of Cincinnati, and enjoyed a cook out at my older son's home. I spent a little time thinking about what quilt project I wanted to do next...and was very very very tempted to start a new quilt but in the end, I straightened up my sewing room and got back to work on my APQ Go 4 It quilt. You can read about theQAL here. I started this back in February and...

Ta-dah!!!  81 blocks are sewn together.

My design wall still has the Phillip Jacobs Stack N Whack on it so I had to photograph it on the floor. The ridges you see are the rug underneath it. I was too lazy to move it. Big Dude dropped by to give a quick once over and seems to approve... however there may have been a bit of an incentive in the kitty treats I offered... just saying.

At this point it measures about 81" square. I want to get it up to about 86" and plan to add some scrappy random low-volume borders.

There is quite a variety of fabrics in this one. I should have keep track of how many fabrics I selected but I didn't...oh well. And you may remember that I dithered  and moaned about wanting to have all the directional fabrics in this quilt point in the same direction...ummm...fugeddaboudit! The more I sewed all I wanted  was to get these blocks finished! Right side up, upside down,  cross ways... I DON'T CARE anymore! My only criteria was that I didn't want the same fabric to touch and I think I succeeded in that regard. However Big Dude may have to make a closer inspection to verify that conclusion.

I do know there is a healthy amount of that cute little chick fabric scattered liberally across the top... and that makes me happy!

Now to get the borders on and get this one off to Terry to quilt...and give Big Dude a few more kitty treats!

happy stitching-
carol fun

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Everything's coming up......

petunias!! Hit it Ethel(Merman)... LOL! Okay so the song doesn't exactly roll off the tongue but everything is coming up petunias at my house.

I finally got the sleeve sewn on my Stack N Whack petunia quilt and got it hung in my living room. All of the hexagons were cut out of the fabric in the border, a Phillip Jacobs print from a couple of years ago. Phill does great florals...he is also the designer of the Spiral fabric I'm using for the Stack N Whack on my design wall which you can see here. I LOVE his style.

Terry Finnerty of the Walking Needle quilted this one for me in an all over swirl. You don't see it clearly on the front on the back it is easy to discern.

You get so many different hexagons with this large scale fabric...

I think my favorite hexie is the one that looks like a peppermint...

And in keeping with the Everything's Coming Up Petunia theme here are some of the pots I planted...

I've got those yellow and white striped petunias I was hunting down all over Cincinnati in the pots on the porch railing and in the window box I have purple and white striped petunias mixed in with the hot pink geraniums. I know they are a bit hard to spot in this picture but they are they and I'm hoping they will fill out nicely as summer progresses. And speaking of summer how is the weather in your little spot of the world? We've roller coastered again from the 80's to the 60's...and this morning it is downright chilly. The high is only expected to get to the upper 60's today but I saw an 88 in the forecast for next week so I know this is just another dip on the ride.

Memorial Day is did it get here that quick? Don't have any big plans yet except for going to the local food festival, Taste of Cincinnati. Plan on going first thing on Saturday before it gets too crowded... and there will probably be something on my grill before the weekend is over. Other than that I plan to take it easy... sew a little, knit a little.

happy stitching-
carol fun

Monday, May 18, 2015

Trying not to spiral out of control....

So I've sewn all the hexagons I can from stacking and whacking this piece of Phillip Jacobs fabric...

and this is how it looks...

Now there are 54 hexagons here and I was able to sew a total of 63 hexagons from that repeat.  To keep the pattern going in this layout you need 12 hexagons to make 2 rows so I'm  3 hexagons short of adding another 2 rows. I could cut full hexagon shapes from the remaining fabric but right now I'm leaning toward leaving this as it is... no need to let it spiral out of control and get bigger and bigger and bigger... as I am normally inclined to do. The potholder to twin size quilt incident in my past still haunts me... LOL!

In looking at the photo of the design wall I think I have too many hexagons that read light on the right hand side. I can change out a few with the ones I have left over. Not making this bigger gives me options... and options are good...right?

I got some great spinning designs out of this fabric...

Now to buckle down and sew the rows together and get this done. The crafty ADHD is quite strong right now as I have 2 new layer cakes begging to be cut into... and at least 6 other projects in various stages of unfinishedness. I should hang my head in shame...but I won't...when it is their time they will see the light of day again and get finished. What did Descartes say, "I think, therefore I am"... for me it is "I have lots of UFO's, therefore I am...crazy... LOL!

happy stitching-
carol fun

Sunday, May 17, 2015

LMNO...on Slow Stitching Sunday...

The title "Slow Stitching Sunday" seems to be a bit of a misnomer today as I have been rushing around trying to tie up some loose ends on several projects. I have had some nice evenings of stitching in the past week while I listened to baseball games that weren't easy to take. My beloved Reds stink and there isn't much hope that improvement is in the offing... so stitching makes those multi-run games easier to take.

This is Blackbird Designs' "Early Morning Read"-from their book Weekend which you can see here. It was published in 2011.

I love the colors in this sampler, Crescent Colors Calico Kitty, Cinnamon Toast, Perfect Pie Crust, Tennessee Red Clay and Used Brick. I have no idea what the linen is I am stitching on, but it is the most beautiful shade of peach-y marigold. It is a hand dyed and it is hard to capture the true color in a photo... the closest I can explain it is, it is a lot like DMC 3827. I wish I knew what it was because I want more!

After stitching a few letters I wanted to see how the border would look and off I went. So far, so good and I love the shape of these flowers. This one I stitched  is in CC Perfect Pie crust and it reminds me of my newest rose bush...

this is a David Austin rose called Charlotte. It starts out a deep yellow and fades to a creamy white. I love the shape of English roses as they remind me of peonies, another favorite flower that has too short a life span in my opinion. With these English cabbage roses I can enjoy the shape of peonies all summer long.

Hope you are having a nice Sunday...I'm having the newlyweds over for dinner... looking forward to watching Mr. Selfridge and stitching the evening away.

happy stitching-
carol fun

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2015 - ROYGBIV

I just figured out...okay I just saw this on someone else' blog and  read all the info Amy posted about the Blogger's Quilt Festival...and realized I could enter 2 quilts...yeah! This quilt is my entry in the ROYGBIV category...Postcards from Kaffe, Brandon, Phillip and Mary!

I got the idea and the pattern for this quilt from Debbie at A Quilter's Table and you can view her tutorial here.

When I first started this quilt I thought I could keep it small ... wall hanging size... but in the end it is a nice lap just got away from me! This happens to me lots...once I set out to make a potholder and it ended up being a twin size quilt...I have issues with self control - LOL! Anyway, this is 9 blocks wide and 15 blocks long. All the colorful prints are either Kaffe Fassett, Brandon Mably or Phillip Jacobs and there are no duplicates. So in a way this is a scrappy charm quilt too!  I LOVE bright colors and these fabric make me very happy! I've collected black and white text prints for a while and I love how they look when you pair them together.

I used a tiny block and white dotty print for the separating strip on each postcard and I used it for the binding too. The quilt was quilted  in a bright variegated thread by Terry Finnerty of The Walking Needle.

So you may have identified prints from Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably and Phillip Jacobs but are you scratching your head about Mary? Well, I'm talking about Mary Engelbreit.. and this is my favorite postcard message...

I've had this black and white print in my stash for a long time and it made the perfect postcard... don't you agree?

Thanks so much for stopping by... if you like what you see and have some time please read my other posts... I have lots of interests...quilting, cross stitch, knitting, making cards and jewelry... notice cooking and cleaning are no where on that list. I do them but under duress...LOL!

happy stitching-
carol fun

Friday, May 15, 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2015

Oh it is that time again... The Blogger's Quilt Festival...and there are so many wonderful quilts to see! Thank you to Amy for putting this all together and thank you to everyone who stops by here to see my quilt. This quilt is hot off the press... hot off the long arm machine (thank you Terry Finnerty of The Walking Needle)... and hot out of the dryer! All warm and crinkly and smelling like summer!

The pattern is Mahalo by Fig Tree Quilts which you can see here...and the fabric is from Abi's Hall collection On the Wing, which you can see here. I think it is a match made in heaven!

This quilt measures about 85" square so I'm entering it in the Large quilt category which you can view here. I love all the different prints  and it has all my favorite colors... yellow, blue, gold and orange! Such happy happy colors!

These blue bird prints make me smile from ear to ear... I have a special place in my heart for all types of fowl (chickens are my favorites as you can tell from my blog header - LOL!)

And if you look closely or make the pictures bigger you can see it was quilted with a bird panto in a variegated yellow/orange thread...birds birds and more it!

This quilt is a match made in heaven for my bedroom...the walls are blue and the drapes are a golden yellow buffalo check... see?

I even made pillowcases to coordinate with the quilt for a complete ensemble...oh I am getting fancy schmancy here...LOL!

Hope you have enjoyed looking at this quilt... there are so many lovely ones to see... I'll be glued to my laptop for quite a while checking out quilts and new blogs. I love how seeing a quilt opens up a new world of blogs to investigate. And if you have some time please poke around my blog too... I have lots of crafty interests and ways I avoid cooking and cleaning...LOL! No one on their death bed said "I wish I had spent more time at the office" or "I wish I had cleaned more toilets".

happy stitching-
carol fun

Monday, May 11, 2015

I think 3rd time is the charm...

This is the 3rd arrangement of these Stack N Whack hexagons I've played with, and I think this is the one!

I wanted something different from my standard layout of these blocks. I like how you get rings of hexagons and one blends into another.

I think it will show off the individual blocks nicely. This is by no means the final placement of the hexagons, as I will want to distribute the colors across the top.

I've got a ton of things I want to play with this week, including this quilt top and the modern TV Dinner one I had on the wall last week. There is that cross stitch sampler I started yesterday...I have 3 letters stitched...woo-hoo! And I have a bunch of flowers I want to pot up... petunias, and geraniums, and plants I don't know the name of, but they were pretty!

However, I should get to this pile of quilts too...

I got three quilts back from Terry Finnerty of The Walking Needle and they all look great. Need to get the bindings on and pop them into the washer and dryer.

So many things to do... so little time! I think I'll forgo cooking and cleaning and laundry and just do the fun stuff!

happy stitching-
carol fun