Saturday, April 21, 2018

BLOGGING IN MY MIND DOES NOTHING FOR YOU!

HEY AGAIN, GUYS!!!

I've been blogging in my mind for weeks.  I know this does nothing for YOU, but hopefully it will be somewhat worth the wait.  I'm working daily to make progress on my challenge blocks.  Also working nightly to make progress on my hexies project.  My third commitment for this year is a quilt by Art to Heart called Be Attitudes.  I won't show you my progress on this quilt just yet.  Although I have blanket stitched 3 blocks (January, February, and March) and have till the end of the month to finish April.  I am contemplating changing April and going radical.  More to come on that.
My hexies are piling up!  About 85 so far and I'm still excited about them each day.  I never know how long the enthusiasm will last, ya know?   

I am finding less and less time to work in my sewing room.  Spring brings so many activities--from lawn and garden work to grandchildren soccer and baseball games.  I'm not complaining but do enjoy a good day when I have nothing to do buy turn on some music and get some sewing/quilting done.

Here is my newest group.  I have papers enough for 9 before I have to remove them and start a new group.  I remove the papers first, then spray them with Magic Sizing and then press with a hot iron.  The edges press out straight and smooth with sharp corners as you can see below.





I then press my papers flat and smooth ready to begin again.  The backs of my flowers don't have to be beautiful.  I cut my fabric pieces for each hexy big enough so that I never feel short of fabric as I am stitching.

Below is my latest group as they will look placed directly next to each other in a setting.  Who knows how I will decide to set them.  To get confused I just go to Pinterest and type in Hexies.  Oh my---such possibilities.  It's mind boggling how much inspiration I can find there.  So much that I find it impossible to get started doing something--anything because I might not be able to make up my mind.  So I sit and do nothing with them.  How silly is that.?
There are also so many different ways to make hexies that can be found on Pinterest.  I think there are as many ways to make them and put them together as there are people who are doing it and that is "oh so many".  There is only one perfect way--the perfect way for you--your way is your perfect way.


I'm moving on to my "Cakestand blocks".  Remember that I am involved in making 3 different challenge blocks.  Two from Buttermilk Basin and one that is just a challenge on my own -- Art to Heart "Be Attitudes" quilt.  One block per month until they are done.  I changed my mind I will show you these blocks for January, February, and March.  Stitched out but the hand embroidery is not done yet.

The Cakestand blocks are almost done through March.  I need Eighteen blocks to be caught up through April.  I now have 10 almost finished and several more cut out and ready to stitch.  They are so much fun to put together.  I think I love scrappy quilts because even if your making the same block, the different fabrics keep the process all fresh and new each time.  I find myself getting anxious just to see the finished product. ---then I just sit and admire it.
Flock of Geese blocks are 17 in number.  

Hopefully next time I can blog that I am caught up on all my challenges.  I want to be to the point that I am actually making one block per week as was the project suppose to progress.  I got started late and am in a constant state of "hurry up and catch up".

I hope there is something about this post that you enjoyed.  If there is some aspect of any of this that you would like to know more about, please leave it in the comment section.  I appreciate your stopping by and giving me a glance or a moment of your precious time.  I hope it was worth your stay.  If not, please let me know how I can be of service to you.  All the thoughts here are completely mine.  I give credit where credit is due if I am using someone's patterns but my own.

Let me close by saying that none of this would be possible if someone hadn't loved and died for me.  I have a Savior.  His name is Jesus Christ.  He is my LORD.  He rules my life.  He makes all things possible.  He blesses me in so many many ways--I can't possibly tell you about them all.  I can love because He first loved me.  He Lives and because He lives, I can find hope in also living again with Him someday.  
See, God has come to save me.  I will trust in Him and not be afraid.  The Lord God is my strength and my song; He has given me victory."  Isaiah 12:2

For God chose to save us through our Lord, Jesus Christ, not to pour out His anger on us.  1 Thess. 5:9 (NLT)

LOVE AND BLESSINGS OF GOD TO ALL OF YOU!

MOLLY









Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Loving the Process!

I told you all about 52 week Quilt Block Challenges that got me excited about making blocks HERE.  I am still "LOVING THE PROCESS"!  I almost always go "scrappy" with any quilt, but this time I decided to make my Glying Geese blocks scrappy but stay in the same color range within the block.  Pieces as small as 2 inches can be worked into a block!  It's awesome.  I have been cutting and sorting fabrics into color stacks and auditioning blocks within the blocks, not sewing them together until I absolutely love the way they look.  I have 5 Flying Geese blocks finished, but larger and smaller half squares and fabrics for many many more half squares cut and ready to be sewn together.  

 This is my January group--------one each in brown, green, rust, blue, and gold.
JANUARY-- UP ON THE BOARD!
 BROWN!
 BLUE!
 GREEN!
 RUST!
AND GOLD!


 Here is my sewing machine table with pink sets being auditioned and 2 1/2 inch squares ready to be sewn into half squares.  Making sure no fabric that I don't absolutely love goes into each block.  I had to search for pinks that I would use to put into a quilt as I am not a pink lover.  Ten more blocks to be caught up with this challenge then on to the

 CAKE STAND blocks.  I have this darling wicker basket where they will soon be piling up!!

 I have the pieces cut and bagged--enough for 14 more blocks which will be thru March.


And last but certainly not least, is the Quilted Moose Quilt Shop 2019 ---9 inch double 9 Patch block.
All I have done for this one is cut strips.  All scrappy blue, I can't wait until their turn to go to the sewing machine table.


Here is my stash of cut pieces to use for scrap quilts.  I cut different sizes of squares from scraps instead of throwing them away.  This stash has really come in handy for these challenges.  This triple decker stacker is a Christmas Ornament storage box.  You need one!!!

This is the reason I have not gotten  all my challenges done!   This quilt has been in a box waiting to get a finishing touch.  It finally got it.  My grandmother made a Burgoyne Surrounded.  I wanted to experience making one for that reason.  It was an experience.  Let me just say I am glad it is finished.

Love to all my quilting friends (if you are still out there)!

Have a great week!!!  BE BLESSED!

MOLLY

Monday, March 5, 2018

GRANDMOTHER'S FLOWER GARDEN (Hexies revisited)

My sweet blogging friends!  have we had some weather in Texas this winter.  Some of the coldest and wettest I've experienced.  But today has been very pleasant, in the upper 60's and sunny!  I love sunny days.  I am appreciating the sun more right now because for about 3 weeks, we have not seen any--only rainy and wet, wet, wet!
This leads me to today's post topic~~~~~~~~




English Paper Piecing---A method of using paper to stabilize small pieces of fabrics as they are folded and tacked around the paper then sewn together in small groups and then sewn together to accomplish your desired project.  Grandmother's Flower Garden is a pattern that became very popular in the 1930s.  I began mi GMFG as a TV project.  Small pieces of fabrics that would otherwise be discarded can be made use of in this way.  Small flexible card stock is my paper of choice.  The kind you find as an advertisement in a magazine.  Possibly as a magazine subscription card.  Each side of my hexagon shaped template is about 1 inch.
  I searched out a tutorial and finding it, I also found this precious Travel Kit.  I was hooked-- my heart fell in love with this quilt making process, although I have not put one together, I am still just making EPP flowers!
 The tutorial and the pattern is awesome and is the best travel kit I've ever had.   The size is great!  It holds everything needed with room to spare.   The biggest plus is it is absolutely adorable!  At first glance you know what it is for and what is inside.  By using your favorite fabrics, you can make it your own  Mine closes with one of my favorite pearl buttons!

The inside has 3 convenient compartments.  I put my finished hexie flowers in the front pocket and still have two compartments for other supplies. 
The sides are accordion style!!  This is about the best design I've seen!  No matter how much you stuff into this little kit, you can bet it will fit!  Even a small light.

An extra pattern for a delightful little pin cushion is also available.  I made one and attached it to the inside flower.  I can put the pins in sideways and still close my kit.  The magnetic closure is one of my favorite features.  



Here are a few of my sets waiting to be stitched. Picking fabrics for my flowers-----AAAAHHHHH--  I love the fact that all my favorite fabrics from different projects can be used together so that I can be reminded of them all.  I love auditioning centers until I just can't wait to get the flower made to see how precious it looks.  (I know you all think I 'm a little crazy).  


Let me show you my process~~~~~
 I use to use a glue stick to attached my hexie pattern to my fabric, but have resorted to a pin.  It makes taking those papers out so much easier.  I fold the corners right under left going counter clockwise, continuing all the way around, tacking as I go.
 Then I begin whip stitching the hexies together starting with two petals, then add the center.  I use matching thread, but here I have used contrasting thread so that you can see the stitches.  My needle is a straw and I pinch the hexies together as I go so as to keep the sides matched.

 As you are stitching around the center, you will need to travel your needle to another corner.  Start at the corner you ended with to the adjacent corner you need to go to traveling under the fabric being careful not to go through the paper onto the front of the flower.  In above pic see that where I entered and exited from the back of my hexie.
 Sometimes you will need to bend one hexie to get to your stitching point but that is OK!  It seems to me that the more I use my papers the better they work.  They become flexible and have a memory so that they know exactly what to do and when to do it!
When I get through with 4 or 5 hexie flowers, I take the papers out.  Most tutorials tell you to leave the papers in to stitch them together, but I have found that I like taking the papers out so that I
can use them again and I don't have to have so many papers.  After the papers are removed, I take my flowers straight to my ironing board.  I spray them with Magic Sizing and give them a good press.

Aren't they pretty!!


"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?"
– Matthew 6:25-27

Until we meet again!

Molly


Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Challenge is Always a Good Thing!!


The new year has brought much renewed quilting enthusiasm.  Projects started and laid away have been picked back up with the desire to "finish".  I don't want to leave this world with many ufps (unfinished projects).  I am hoping that I can also use my blog to report as I make progress.  Maybe there will be something here of interest to you that will bring you back.  When I left my blog years ago (when Pops was diagnosed with cancer) I had a fair amount of followers but now---- very few.  I am hoping to find new friends and kindred spirits to share my quilting journey with.  If you see something here you would like to share on your blog, please feel free to do so and in so doing, help me to get word around that I am back.  I have not been so good at posting regularly but am trying to find a way to "get it all done".  I have a new computer--a Microsoft Surface Book and am learning how to use it.  I am trying to find out how I can use the pictures I take with my IPhone with said computer.  I have remembered that I have lots of pictures on Google that I thought I had lost  ~crazy woman~.

Excitement was experienced when I found 2 Challenges for the year by Quilted Moose Quilt Shop, 2018 and they still have patterns for their 2017 block challenges also.  The challenge is to make one block a week.  The same block week after week for one year, or as long as it takes to get the amount you want for a quilt.  At the end of the year they promise a quilt to encourage you to use your blocks.  They each have Facebook and Instagram pages where you can post your blocks and see everyone's blocks.  What Fun!  I love to see different fabric combinations.
Here are two of mine.  The Cake Stand (2017 Challenge) and 9 Patch.
 Piecing 9 patches in rows that leaves the rows connected is such fun and so much easier for me to get the accurate blocks that I strive for.
 One finished block that is totally scrappy.  I am thinking that I will start again and use one color fabric for each 9 patch within the 9 patch.  I have been watching on Instagram and using #52weekquiltblockchallenge--- you will be totally enthused to get started....without worry that you are completely behind ---Whoops!

Now for the Cake Stand which is the 2017 challenge.  I have completed one but have also cut pieces for putting together a massive amount at an upcoming quilt retreat  with friends on March 3rd.  If I get the pieces cut I can see some quilt results.  On Instagram use #52weekquiltchallenge or #cakestand.

 The block is 6 inch which makes it so stinking cute!  And the pieces are pretty quick to cut.
 Here are a few of my stacks of block pieces.  But I have cut many, many more by now.
What a mess is my fat quarter shelf stacked and unstacked as I dig and dig, deciding which two fabrics will make the perfect block.  I know, I should just grab and go with it----sorry, it ain't happening!

When cutting the pieces, pattern calls for one 3 7/8 inch square cut in half for the bottom stand plus 1 -2 3/8 inch square cut diagonally for the part of the bottom stand that is joined to the 2 x 3 1/2 inch background pieces.
 I discovered that after cutting the larger square in half that the other half would be waste.  I tried cutting the other two sections needed for the bottom out of the same fabric out of the other half of the 3 7/8 inch square (I actually cut mine 4 inches).
You can see that the top edge of the triangle is on the 2 1/2 inch mark on the ruler.  Visualize in your mind that this is the same as 1/2 of a 2 1/2 inch square.

 I turned the remainder around and made the same cut on the other side.  See the point on the 2 1/2 inch measurement on the ruler?  Only a small waste in the middle.  Approximately 1/2 inch.
I laid two of the cut pieces from another fabric on top of the larger triangle that they were cut from so you could visualize more clearly what I did.  I hope this helps.  There is a difference in the side which becomes the cross-grain rather than straight of grain, but since all sides are sewn into another fabric and not on the outside edge, I can't see that it makes a difference..

If you go to their challenge web page and decide to take the challenge, maybe you will come back here and use my cutting technique.  It probably won't make much sense unless you actually are cutting the pieces with all your mind in!  If you know what I mean.

Have a great new week beginning tomorrow.
I am worshipping my God not only in the morning but all the time as He is my redeemer and has given me eternal life.  Because He lives, when I die I actually continue to live.  I know that--because He allows me to know that.  His Spirit tells mine.

MOLLY

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