Friday, February 28, 2014

Ruffled Floribunda complete!

Well, I met my goal of finishing Floribunda by the end of the month. The ruffle edge is a win!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

My first ruffled quilt!

I am on the home stretch today with Floribunda.  It is  not a large quilt, but it served it's purpose of ridding my stash of some floral fabric. I also was able to use up some wool batting pieces that were trimmed off other quilts.  So why not do something new and exciting when it came to finishing it.  I have  never used a ruffler foot, so why not give it  a try.   After watching a you tube video on how to use it, I made what seems like yards and yards of ruffles.

I must say I am pleased at the results, and it was fun to do something different.  Although, it is a lot more work than a regular binding, but it is worth the effort. I have three sides of the backing turned under and stitched so hopefully today I can finish the final side.

 Then I will get out my hexie box. I need more background hexies to complete my six sided shape.  I had to undo one flower this week as I was off according to my map, so I didn't get as much done as I had hoped but it is coming along.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Pink Wonky Star

I was a bit surprised that I was able to squeeze out my one wonky star block. Not much pink left but that was the goal.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

It's a Pink Morning

I am sure that most of you have heard the old saying "Pink in the Morning Sailor's Warning  Pink at Night Sailors Delight! Well, when  I looked out this am this is what I saw:

Yes and the weatherman is predicting rain for tomorrow. So my afternoon won't be filled with slow stitches like usual on Sunday, but my husband and I will head to the back yard to shred up the rest of our fall leaves and use them to mulch the landscaping beds.  It will do wonders for the shrubs and really help them to make it thru the very hot summers we have.

But since slow stitching with the gang of quilters that link each Sunday with Kathy's Slow Stitching Sundays has become such a habit, I will find sometime this evening to put a few stitches in my hexie project.  I was able to get another section almost ready to attach.  This will be side four.  Working on this project has been a bit like doing a puzzle.  I sure hope the last two sides will link up correctly, I think I will be fine as long as I follow my map closely.

I guess I really need to start thinking seriously with what I should do in the center of this project and what will come after that.  Any ideas?

Saturday, February 15, 2014

RSC2014 More pink

 I finished two more pink blocks this week. I love the movement that the black wavy fabric adds to the project.  It wasn't anything I planned, but a pleasant surprise.

I used some more of that black and white toile in this one.  

I had a bit of pink floral left, so I decided to try a cog wheel block. It is a block that I thought I would never be able to do.  

I love how it turned out!  I was also shocked that it wasn't really that hard to piece.  So I guess I will make a few more out of stash fabric, it will fill my need to sit behind the machine when the mood strikes.

Monday, February 10, 2014


So what do you do when the groundhog says six more weeks of winter?  We could spend a lot of time getting mad about it.  The trouble is sometimes the more we dwell on something the more it bothers us.  So, I have immersed myself into my quilting projects.
Yesterday was so enjoyable basting hexies and I was able to finish side 3 of my hexie project.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Slow Basting!

 Thought I would share my progress on my hexie project.  Two sides completed on my six sided project.  Then I need to decide what to do in the center. My original thought was an applique block, but I have also thought about a wonderful hand quilted motif.  I also need to think about what will be added next. It could stay a six sided quilt, or I could add star points the possibilities are endless.  I think that is what I am liking the best about this project.  I can do what I want, when I want, and it will be what it is.

I also like that I can take my little box with all my supplies and work on it anywhere.  A couple of weeks ago my husband had to have a test run at the hospital and I picked up my box and took it along.  Much to my surprise I had taken by needle keeper out to use on another project at home.  So there I sat in the waiting room not being able to stitch.  So I decided I really needed to make another one, when this week a envelope came in the mail. Deb was so sweet to send this little needle keeper with some great pockets in it to keep my scissors and other supplies.  It fits perfectly in my box, so now I don't have to find myself in that situation again.  Thank you so much Deb, that was so sweet of you.

Floribunda is still in the hoop.  I am using some wool batting, have you ever quilted using wool batting?  If not you really should, it is so true that it quilts like butter.  Another plus is the wonderful loft you get that really enhances your stitching.

So my Sunday will be filled with basting hexies and adding a few hand quilting stitches in  Floribunda.  With the Olympics and Downton Abbey on the tube it will be  a very enjoyable day. Of course I always love going to Kathy's blog and seeing what others are slow stitching. 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

In the Pink!

February kind of crept up on me.  I guess I was focused on finishing Stars and Stripes.  Anyway, Monday I went to the scrap bin and found some black and white and pink fabrics for my pickle dish blocks and my wonky star block.
I wasn't a bit surprised not to find much. It is just not a go to color for me.

But hopefully I can squeeze out my four blocks,  I definitely want to use some of the toile that was trimmed off the backing of my pyramid quilt.  It should look great next to a pink, don't you think? 

These blocks are really starting to grow on me. I love the polka dots that I am using for the centers and the neutral background really lets the color in each block shine. I am already looking forward to the end of the year when I will have 36 blocks.  Arranging them in their final layout will be a lot of fun!

Sunday, February 2, 2014


Winter is still in full session! Hopefully the groundhog will bring us some good news.  I really can't complain, as we are only getting rain out of this last storm, and we really can use the rain.  I feel for all you that are surrounded by snow, I know scooping those driveways must get old.

Today I am going to enjoy some hand quilting on my Floribunda quilt. This is a quilt that Bonnie Hunter saw in an antique shop, made with a  block called Jacob's Ladder.  It perked my interest because it was a great solution to use up the floral fabric in my stash., The original quilt was paired with a solid yellow, since mine was a stash buster, I paired mine with a solid green that I had on hand.

So today, while most will be watching to see what Punxsutawney Phil will predict, or maybe watch the Superbowl.  I will be slow stitching and ending my evening with an episode of Downton Abbey.  As usual I will be linking up with Kathy to see what others who choose to stitch will be doing today.