Friday, January 8, 2021

The one you don't want to have to write

I have been a bit adrift lately.  My lovely mother recently passed away.  She was 90 years old, but it came as a shock just the same.

Her passing was not Covid related,but that is not to say that Covid did not have an impact. Safety  restrictions made it so much harder to navigate her final days.  We were not allowed to visit her in the hospital for 4 days, and were only able to have a short visit to say "Goodbye" when her status was changed to Hospice patient.

Her funeral took place outside at the cemetery and only her immediate family were in attendance.  Sharing our grief and finding consolation with a hug was forbidden.  

Mom and Dad were high school sweethearts, and raised a family of five children. They were married for 63 years before my father passed away in 2016.

I do find comfort in knowing that they are together again.

Miss you both.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Hearfelt thanks for our guild president

It's a tradition in our quilt guild that the outgoing president is gifted a quilt made by the members of the guild, when she finishes her 2 years of leadership. The quilt is presented at our June Banquet, the last meeting of our year.

As vice president of the guild, it fell to me to coordinate the making of the quilt for Pat,  our 2018/2020  president.  I chose to make her a pattern of pieced hearts made from 1930's reproduction fabrics, a style of fabric I know she favors. Everything about the quilt is kept secret so we can surprise the recipient at the end of the year.

I used some of my stash, as well as contributions from our members to come up with about 75 different fabrics:

From these, I made up kits that included a square of the 30's fabric, a coordinating white background fabric, and the directions.

Over the course of the last few meetings of 2019, I handed out kits and took names of anyone who wanted to contribute a block.  By February of this year, I had 60 blocks returned to me, each one signed by the maker, and many with lovely words of thanks.

I only had to make 3 extras to get a nice layout of 9 X 7 blocks.

I chose an offset setting and white sashing and managed to get the top all sewn together by our March meeting.

At that meeting, I handed off the quilt top to one of our members who had volunteered to do the longarm quilting.  Thank goodness I had the quilt top finished by then, because the March meeting turned out to be the last one we had for the year. The very next day everything closed down  due to Covid.  (We've converted to having meetings via ZOOM starting this September.)

Karen  contacted me when she had the top quilted, and volunteered to add the binding. She sent me this photo of the finished quilt:

Karen delivered the quilt to Pat with instructions not to open it until the next ZOOM meeting of our guild.  We finally got to see her open it during our October meeting, and it was fun to watch, even though it would have been so much more fun to be able to give it to her in person.

You do what you have to do to keep everybody safe, of course.  Like everybody else, I can't wait to get to the other side of this pandemic.  

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Making do with what you have on hand

As much as I love the Civil War reproduction fabrics, I really wanted to shift gears and work with some brighter, cheerful colors.  I remembered I had bought some fabric samples at my local quilt shop's SuperBowl Sunday sale:

These 3 sample cards were all from the same fabric line, and so they worked well together. The cards measure about 12 X 15", so  there was actually a lot of fabric on them.  Taking the one on the far right and spreading it out, there was all this:

Although not juvenile prints, I thought they would make a nice donation quilt for Quilts for Kids.  So, I played around with EQ software, and came up with this pattern for a quilt:

I needed to add just a few fabrics from my stash to have enough for a quilt top.  

The basic block is just one long rectangle and 2 squares, separated by white sashing.

The best part was playing with putting the fabrics up on the design board:

It looked a little chaotic at first glance, but when I added in the white sashing, it all worked out nicely.  Here is the completed top:

I might add an outer border, but it will have to wait until I can shop again at the fabric store, whenever that might be possible.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Hexies with yellow centers

In addition to the pieced blocks that I made each month for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I made appliqued hexagon blocks.   

Prior to the challenge, I had a stack of English Paper Pieced hexies in a rainbow of hues:

I sorted them out by color and picked a batch each month to applique to a white background:

By the end of the challenge year, I had them all appliqued:

I had purposely appliqued them to an oversized white background square so that I could trim them up evenly when I was ready to sew them together.  Once again, I turned to my trusty Tucker Trimmer ruler to get them perfectly sized.  By positioning  the center point of the ruler over the center of the middle hexagon, I was able to size them all to a uniform  4 inch size.

Now they had a more cozy setting:

I chose to border them with a narrow yellow inner border, and a red outer border with yellow cornerstones.  I plan on using a solid red binding to corral those yellow cornerstones in with the rest of the gang.

I'm going to be make this into a Spring table topper for my kitchen.  Those bright "depression era" fabrics are anything but depressing.  

Another finish that would probably still be in a drawer if it hadn't been for the motivation of the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.   You can see what this year's Rainbow Scrappers are creating here.
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