Sunday, August 13, 2017

Renamed: Finding mistakes...

This weekend I put the binding on the "Ex's & Oh's" Quilt...



I actually used the left over binding from the Dinosaur Quilt.  I think it went great!


I pieced the backing for the witchy quilt...


I love this tweedy gray.  I think it goes great with this quilt.  Off to quilting!



I am working on this quilt.  So far I am not pleased with it.  Ever have something just NOT turn out the way you thought it would?  Well, this is one of those.  I am trying to salvage it, and my interest in it.  I so love this fabric too!  Bummer!

.....aaand  I just saw I so screwed up that last row!  Holy smokes!  Back to the drawing board.  Grrrrr!  I will get through it! (EDIT:  I did not screw up, it just looks weird in the picture.  When I turned it I saw the pattern again.  WHEW!)

Keeping you posted on the albatross front.....

Gentrie

Sunday, August 6, 2017

A week of no sewing

No sewing this week.  Instead it was the fair.  I also worked on some business plan stuff.


These are the best donuts ever.  Have to get some every year, even with a 30 minute wait.


The anticipation of the next ride......it was a rail biter!  Hehe!  Love Hailey's scowl in this picture.



It was hard to tear this little one away.

Tomorrow is 8th grade registration.  School is soon upon us and summer behind us.  Soon cool fall breezes and falling leaves of many colors will surround us.


Always,

Gentrie

Sunday, July 30, 2017

New Hanger & Solution...

I know this has been driving you all crazy, so here is my answer.... (drum roll)....I am leaving the witch quilt as is.  Whew!!!



I just cannot find the right fabric to add as a border so I am leaving it where it is.  Hubby even pointed out it will be good to snuggle with while sitting in the chair.

Wow!  Now I can move on!  So I got this new quilt hanger from Connecting Threads.  It is a table top one.


Difficult to see in a picture without a quilt on it.  It can fit a 12" x 12" mini quilt on it.  I got it because I wanted to take it into my office at work.  So then I had to pick fabrics.


The are 'Rustique' by Michael Miller.  I don't know if you can see it in the picture, but there are deer heads on the blue and the octogon fabric.  I love this line.  I am not a fan of the mauvey  pink, but I new I needed it in there.

Then to select a block....

This block is called weathervane.  Cute huh?


Here is the block top complete.....



Here it is finished and hanging on my new rack!!  I am digging it, and I think it is perfect for hanging in my office.  Cute, but not overly feminine.

I think the binding really makes it.  See, I told you I would need that pink!  It is also the backing.

I think I want to try a convergence style quilt with these fabrics next.  Ricky Tims does them, Google it, they are cool.


I will let you know how that turns out!

P.S. - Still no binding on the second camp quilt!


Always,

Gentrie



Monday, July 24, 2017

A Finish and A Dilemma

I have yet to bind the second camp quilt.  I cannot decide what fabrics to bind it in.  They have to come from my stash, that is the rule.  True, my rule but......

I did get the table runner/wall hanger quilted and bound though.  Don't look too closely at the quilting I am not very good yet.


I have a couple threads to bury yet.  What do you think?


I did a scrappy binding.  I am really liking the pattern and the results.

Which leads me to the next project.


This is such an awesome panel.  Hocus Pocus by Moda.


I got the charm pack and a cut of one of the fabrics in the line.  It is supposed to be a wall hanging.  Although, when I made it, it was too big to hang on a wall in my house.

So then I thought, I don't have a Halloween throw!  It will end up a lap quilt.  It is wide enough but too short.  So now I am in a dilemma, do I leave it or add to the top and bottom?


I would either have to go get more fabric from the line or find something from my stash to work.  Dilemmas...

Always,


Gentrie

Sunday, July 16, 2017

A finish, A top and a ready to bind

This weekend I actually managed to complete the binding on the first camper quilt.


In fact, I am snuggling under it right now.  It is a little chilly in here at the moment.

I also got the second camper quilt back from the quilter.


I like this one too.  I think it turned out great.  Now to bind it...


That is a flannel on the back that looks like aspens in winter.  Very light and bright like the quilt, but still cozy and warm.

I also got the Rebel Roses top complete.


The pattern is my own.  It is a table runner or long wall hanging size.  I might do a combination of hand quilting and machine quilting on it.


What do you think?  I like how it turned out.  I love these roses.

It seems quite stormy tonight.  It was over 100 today.


This was going on behind me while I was taking the last photos.  A little thunder and lightning in there.  The BIG dragonflies  were out scooping up moquitos!  I love them!

Good night all!

Gentrie

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday Sneak Peaks

I have a couple sneak peaks of what is being made this week!


And this........


And this just my kitty being naughty......


She gets in trouble when she gets on the ironing board.

More to come....

Always

Gentrie

Sunday, July 9, 2017

A Productive Day

I finished the second camping quilt top.  I have the backing fabric I just need to piece it.  (The center is made from a bow-tie block exchange I did with 'Fun With Barb').


It is a little bit short, but it will work for snuggling.  Off to the quilter's this week.  I am pleased how it turned out.


My girls really like it too.  Today  I also cut a bunch of left-over fabrics into 2-1/2" strips, 5" blocks  and 10" blocks.


I also cut the binding for OUR quilt for when it gets back from the quilter's.

.....and  sewed them together....

Binding ready to go!  Just waiting on the quilt .

This binding got sewn on today, now I am just hand stitching the back.

The quilting  looks a bit like pine needles.  It is loosely quilted, which is what I wanted so it would be more snuggly.



NOW......these fabrics are calling me.  These are 'Rebel Roses' for Henry Glass.  I have had them quite a while, probably 8 years-ish?


Normally I am not a flower type girl, but I love this line.  It will be a wall hanging for this one.  So I can see it all the time.

I will keep you posted on what I come up with.

What are you working on?

Always,

Gentrie

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stressful things...

I am not very far on my last camper quilt.  Once again life has risen it's ugly head and interfered.  I got one more row of borders on this morning.  I really didn'the have time but I squeaked it in for my sanity.


It took about an hour to piece the scrappy rows then sew them down but I did it!!


This is where we are now.  Width is almost right, but I need a lot more height, like at least 2 feet. 

My Mom'a place sold this last week so now I have to get it empty.  We had a sale this weekend and while a lot of stuff went there is still a lot more.  It is so stressful.  I need to meditate......and sew.


Soo many memories coming up.  What an emotional ride.  I WILL see it through!  This quilt WILL get done!

So much to do, so little time.  My laundry room is shouting at me....

Always,

Gentrie

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Next camper quilt

When I decided to do camper quilts I made a deal with myself not to buy any new fabrics to make these quilts.  The other deal was that they needed to be scrappy and easy.  (The last is so I can actually get them done!)

So the woodsy one was easy, I have a lot of that fabric.  Now what?

I still have 80 bow tie blocks from a block exchange I did with Fun with Barb about a year ago (maybe 2).  These are perfect.  Already made, they make a cool pattern and I can throw a few easy borders on.


The color options were bright modern or civil war.  I don't feel I really fall into either category but my kids like the brights and I like modern more than civil war, too depressing.  (Just my opinon, no offense.)


I also had quite a bit left over, enough for borders and such.  A few months ago (before retreat) I had bought the lettered gray for background and borders for these bowties.  I had taken them to retreat.....


This is what I have so far.  Some of these fabrics I do love.  Others not so much, but together they work.


I get nervous doing block exchanges, it's a judgement thing.  This was anonymous, so that eases it a little.  This is the center, what do you think so far?  My 13 year old already loves it.

P.S:  I suck at scrappy, so these being random and nothing alike helps me!!


Always,

Gentrie





Sunday, June 4, 2017

One down....? To Go..

One camper quilt is down.  I actually managed to get this completed in 2 days!  That is fast in my world of kids and working.  Easy-peasy pattern  meant for quick sewing.

I had 2 packs of charms of the same woodsy fabric from years gone by.  It was a Moda, Holly Taylor I am sure.  I also had a lot of woodsy fabric to go with it.


This quilt is what I call a lap quilt.  It is about 6' long and about 5' wide.  This is a good snuggle size for my family, we are tall.  The row on top and bottom is called Birds in the air.  Fun Block.
(That is Hailey's foot sticking out. She is a little over 6' tall.)

I will now pull from my extensive flannel stack and piece a back together for it.  I want to use wool batting in it.  This quilt will be warm and snuggly and will breathe.  Perfect for snuggling around the campfire!

Always  

Gentrie

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Camper Quilts

Next on the to do list is a couple camper quilts.  Some snuggles that are OK to be dragged in the dirt to the camp fire chair, warm and snuggly.

So I went to the stash.  Nothing is better for a camping quilt than a pine quilt right!?!  Am I right?  Well it is in our area anyway.  Land of the pine tree.  Throw in a bit of fishing fabric, and there you go!

I thought I would just sew the charm packs together for the center and throw on a couple of borders on.  Simple, simple, simple, and functional.


In other news, I picked up these gems yesterday.  Cute huh?  The bears are cards.  They are so adorable!!!

Can never have too many herb books for reference.


I also got "Dad's corner" set up.  He was very proud of that saddle, and that is his military burial flag there.  Grandma's  wash picture is in there also.  Miss him tons!!


HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!!!

Gentrie