Thursday, December 31, 2009

Will I finish?

The body of my double delight quilt was completed yesterday. All that is left is the borders. No idea whether I will get the chance to complete it before the new year. I hope to do so.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Christmas update

Well, Christmas was good for quilting treats. I now have two scrappy runner patterns, a new template, some odds and ends and two quilt kits.

The first is called All Squared Up and is in batiks. The other is a flannel Into the Woods. I'm looking forward to completing them.

I've made progress on the red hearts wallhanging/pillow. I hope to finish the quilting today.

I'm going to be in the city in January, so I hope to get the Hawaiian piece basted so I can take it for working on.

I also got another GFG patch pieced and one partly done.

Monday, December 21, 2009

5 more...

Didn't finish the blocks for the DD on the weekend - got pretty busy. The blocks are in the process of assembly, so they should be completed today. And then the task of assembling the quilt top starts. Luckily I found the layout instructions through a cat mishap. Runner jumped on a pile of stuff in the sewing room and knocked it all over the place. Included in the pile were the missing instructions.

My zazzle order arrived today. I bought a stainless steel DD mug. It's pretty. It was my Christmas gift to myself. Bonnie's new book is already ordered - since it's due out in February, it's going to be my birthday gift to myself.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

10 More...

I have 10 more rolling star blocks to finish and then I can start assembling the double delight. I might just get the top done before new years.

The next challenge is the borders/binding. I have enough orange left for an inner border (or binding). No yellow at all. And the green print - I could make a smaller border with it, but am not certain I like the idea just yet. Binding will be a challenge - I am thinking I do not want to use the orange. Maybe a dark green if I can find one to match the border, unless I use something else for the border, but I really don't want to. I'd like to keep as much of this quilt to stash as I can.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Almost done

I'm almost done the bear's paw. Just a little more stitchery - I think I want to correct a few lines and it will be ready for binding. Just in time - I needed to take the frame down for company.

I probably won't get to finishing it until the new year. It will by my first (and maybe only!) completed UFO in 2010. So far, I have 3 finishes in 2009. We'll see - still have a few weeks yet.

The almost-last clue of Bonnie Hunter's Carolina Christmas mystery came out yesterday. I was thinking about making it and am now hooked. It's definitely on my To-Do list. I'd been collecting fabrics for it, so I may start doing the HST units as leaders-enders while I finish other projects. I have decided to finish the Double Delight top and the Red Bird top before I start anything else. Next after that I have to either finish and quilt my Mom's log cabin quilt or start and finish the flannel kit she bought and then gave to me to do for her when she read the directions and went "Huh". The directions aren't that bad, but she feels they may be beyond her.

Friday, December 11, 2009


I'm almost done the 20 double-nine-patch blocks for the double delight. I'm on the last 6 so maybe by the end of the day.

I've almost leader-endered another 3D block. I cut out three more, and think I can get maybe another 2 cut. I threw the thing into EQ and played around - I need to get more fabric. I want to do a 3by4 layout - the 6 blocks just isn't enough. Hopefully I can get more fabric next Friday.

Next I've got almost 24 rolling star blocks to piece. I haven't finished all the square in a square units for those yet, so it could take a while. I'm thinking of doing 20 of the SNS units at a time and then piecing 5 blocks, then 20 units, etc for variety. I'll be so glad when this quilt is done. I can't believe I've been working on it for almost a whole year.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

progressing slowly

Well, I continue to progress - I've managed to make 10 - 20 31/2" 9 patches a day for the last little while. I have almost completed all of the 9 patch units for my double delight quilt. Then I'll start putting block A together - there's 14 more i need to do.

I am almost done quilting the third quadrant of the bears paw quilt. I hope to finish the third quadrant tonight and at least mark the fourth. I don't expect to be able to work on it again until Friday or Saturday.

I also put together a 3D block from the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks book. I really like it - I think I have enough of the 3 fabrics to make 3 more blocks, so I may make a little quilt of 4 blocks and a border - it will measure out at 36 inches square. Not big, but good enough for a baby. The block is really complicated and time consuming to make - took 3 hours to make one, but is really effective - my son loves it. I think I'll cut patches as much as I can and put the hsts together leader-ender style. That way, it may take a while to finish the little quilt, but it will get done as I work in my DD.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Back at Double Delight

I cleaned my sewing room this week. GAH.

I found the Hawaiian applique I did - and the fabric that goes with it, so hopefully some time next week, I can finish up the top of the wallhanging and maybe baste it for quilting.

I did find a leftover Hearts piece that may be a wallhanging or large pillow - I haven't decided yet. I basted that to take with me for my trip to Emerg Monday night. I wasn't long for a change - I was being treated with a ventolin mask within half an hour of arriving.

And I've gone back to working on my double delight quilt that I started last new years. It would be nice to at least finish the top before next new year. I've got about 100 31/2" nine-patch blocks to finish, plus 52 SNS blocks to finish before I can assemble blocks. It would be nice to get this one done. I do remember why I set it aside - it's so fiddly (I pieced 10 of the 9-patches today and NONE of them squared up and I cannot figure out why - measurements are fine, just one of the squares goes wonky and that's it). It is very frustrating, but I will persevere.