Saturday, June 30, 2012

Added to my fabric stash...........

My sister-in-law's mother was a quilter and I have inherited part of her stash.  That's my cat JuneBug peering through the stacks.
and three more stacks
I already have 3 or 4 quilts swirling around in my head!  Most of the pieces are 1 and 2 yard pieces some as much as 4 yards. A lot of pastels that I very seldom use, but they will take me outside my comfort zone of color.   Too much fabric--JuneBug gave up on her afternoon nap!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

It's Wednesday again...............

I have three flowers for this Wednesday-----
I have 22 finished flowers and have fabric cut for 22 more.  These are 1/12 inch hexi's so it makes an
8-inch flower. I think 44 flowers should give me enough blocks to play around with.
Take a stroll through the flower garden at Karen's blog--such pretty flowers!

The Red Bleeds No More..........

Just thought I'd share some information that might be useful..........

I bought a new piece of red fabric, this time Kona Cotton.  It still bled, but not as bad as the first piece I bought.  I talked with a very helpful lady at Bear Paw Quilting in Coeur d' Alene and she recommended that I use a product called Synthrapol. It is a concentrated surfactant that a lot of people use for hand dyed fabric.  It was $2.99 for a 4 oz. bottle, but you only use 1 teaspoon per gallon of water, so now I have something on hand that will take care of any future bleeding problems.   Anyway, it worked like a charm--no more bleeding.  I even used it on the first piece of red that I bought (the one that isn't as red as it used to be from so many washings) and no more bleeding from it either.

Now I can start on the quilt for my great-nephew!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

One Flower Wednesday

I have been busy the last couple of days working on this bright colored garden.

And today I added two more.............

I'm trying to figure out how I want to put this quilt together.  I want to do some embroidery on it with the baby's name, birthdate and such.  Don't know whether to have a center block for that or  maybe have a solid border to do the embroidery on.  I'm finding it's not always easy to fit the hexi-flowers together the way you want them.

Check out all the other pretty flowers for One Flower Wednesday on Karen's blog.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Feels Like Fall Quilt top done......

I worked on this both Thursday and Friday afternoon--determined to get it finished.

I didn't buy backing fabric when I bought the fabric for the quilt, so now I'll have to go shopping for that.  But probably won't get back to this one until later this year as I have the two baby quilts to get busy on.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

One Flower Wednesday

Two flowers this Wednesday.  I need to speed up production on these bright hexi flowers.  I have a new granddaughter coming in September and thought I would use the bright colored flowers I've been making in a quilt for her.
I also pick up some fabric for another baby quilt.  A great-nephew also arriving in September.

I'm not sure what pattern I will be using for his and I don't know if I'll be using the red fabric.  I've washed it twice and it still bleeds color quite a bit.  I think it needs some red in the quilt though.  Any suggestions?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

One Flower Wednesday

3 orange flowers to help brighten up this gray, wet day!

Besides quilting, what else do you do on a morning like this............

the wind in howling, rain is pouring and it's 36 degrees, hard to believe it is June 6.  But I guess that's northern Idaho for you.

So what do you do?  You bake--at least I did.  One fresh loaf of Honey Wheat Bread.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Cutting out little pieces

I spent this afternoon cutting out the next 4 Dear Jane blocks--a lot of little pieces!  Don't know why, but for some reason it reminded me of cutting out paper dolls when I was a kid.  I've always like cutting with scissors--I'm not a rotary cutter fan!


After every thing was cut, I measured and marked all the seam allowances on each block with a chalk pencil. I did a quick coloring in the block outline with colored pencils in a shade similar to the fabric I was using,  that way when I start to put it together, I can look at it and figure out how to piece it together.  Then I put each block in a ziplock bag.  Now I'm ready to start stitching again.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

I finished my second Dear Jane block.  I know I've only made two blocks, but I'm really enjoying these little blocks.

A-2  One Two Buckle My Shoe


 I've also been working on my Feels Like Fall quilt.  I have 5 blocks completed, this pattern has given me a few more gray hairs, but it's coming along!