RSC 2018 is a Flimsy!

Good evening from South Texas where we have not seen the sun since Sunday!!  We are now in a rainy spell, or just overcast skies!  This type of weather does not bother me, especially if it stays in the 50’s and 60’s during the day!  So much better than the 100’s.  Life is good!  The first part of the week I was wearing sweats.  Today I wore my shorts and walked in the rain!

Today I have completed RSC 2018 Sampler quilt!  I would like to also thank Mari for providing block suggestions each month – that was a lot of work on her part!  I must say that I really enjoyed making this quilt making 3 blocks a month and catching up last week with August, September and October.  Gretchen suggested to me to set the blocks on point and I am so glad I took her advice.  It really made this quilt pop!   I love the white background fabric I used in making the blocks and thought about using the dark blue/violet 1” border with a white border, but I am not a favorite of a lot of white in my quilts.  So I used the light complementary blue!  I am a happy Quilter!

Next, I finished Block 7 of A Bountiful Life!  I am on a Roll.  This week 2 flimsy’s and one more BL block – I am closer to my goal of finishing prior UFO’s from the last couple of years!  I can now start on Block 8 tonight or tomorrow night!

For my day projects now I am going to finish making the 1/2” hexagon flowers for the border on Mountmellick and then the remainder of the quilt will be pieced blocks!  I also want to work on sewing the corner hexagons on the Center Medallion for Brinton Hall.  Once that is complete I will applique it to a background fabric and I believe I may have to make some more hexagons to complete the Medallion.  But the bottom line is that I will be doing hand work on both of the quilts concurrently in order to get to the point where I will be piecing blocks!  I am hoping to finish them by the end of the year or sooner!

 

The next border has a vine and hexagon flowers with leaves! I just need to finish the flowers.

 

Brinton Hall Medallion – Corners need to be sewn together

I am also behind in quilting some of my quilts, so in between I will try to load a quilt and attempt to quilt all my finished flimsy’s.  I counted 4 tops that will be hand quilted and about 10 that need to be quilted on a long arm.  I have 3 that will be custom quilted and entered in local Quilt Shows.

Have a great week-end.

Nanette

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and 6 in 6 in 2018!

Merry Christmas (belated) and a Happy New Year – 2018 is 4 days away and I could not be happier to see this year over with!  14 days sitting in the chair, not wanting to do anything of value is on a downhill slide – Still have to continue taking  it easy so my immune system can get over the shock and awe of the wonderful 2017 Type A Flu!  I do not recommend this trip for anyone – In fact, carry a container of wipes and hand sanitizer around your neck along with a mask.  Run from anyone coughing!  If you see a nut job in public with all these goodies hanging around their neck it is ME!  Thank goodness for HEB Curbside!  Go on-line, order groceries, drive up and they load you up!  I will be doing that until the Flu Season is GONE!

We had a quiet Christmas (all cancelled due to illness).  But Santa was good to us.  I upgraded to an iPad Pro 12.9″ with 512GB and purchased a Space Black Milanese Loop watch band for my Apple Watch!  Then as a bonus for being sick, I ordered a Dooney and Burke handbag!  Santa brought Clay some things that he had on his list and a 1950 Kenmore Heavy Duty sewing machine (coming today or tomorrow) for his leather work!  Talk about 2 spoiled kids!   We will share our Christmas with Melissa this coming week-end!  Santa has left some gifts for her also!

OK – now back to the world of quilting, and hopefully I will have a very productive year!

I am going to attempt to do the 2018 Challenge – 6 in 6 in 2018.  This will fit right in with my very low productive 2017 year of quilting.

So here goes:

6 UFO Projects from 2017

  1.  A Bountiful Life (version of Civil War Bride)  I have 6 blocks completed, 4 ready for applique and a remaining 10 to finish the quilt.
  2.  Nesting – 2 blocks completed – remaining 2 blocks waiting for applique
  3.  Stonefields – About 6 blocks waiting for applique (they are small blocks) and Section 5 will be complete – AH half way through the 10 Sections
  4.  Sweet Stitches – trying to convince myself that I love the black embroidery thread (although getting bored with it)  6 more blocks to embroider
  5.  Brinton Hall – I really need to get with the program on this one – just more hexies for the side panels and then I will be piecing the remainder of the quilt.  I would like to have it completed by May – not sure if this is doable!
  6.  Mountmellick – Will be starting Border Number 3 in January – This one is a must finish if I am going to enter it in a quilt show this summer.

6 New Projects for 2018

  1.  Aunt Bea’s Parlor – Embroidery – I am looking forward to working on this one as it will be multi-colored thread – not just black!
  2. Star Dance by Jill Finley – Piecing
  3. Plantation Stars by Heartspun Quilts – Piecing (hum could be the blue and white quilt)
  4. Afternoon Delight by Sue Garmen  A mixture of applique and piecing
  5. Work on my Stars and Churn Dash Reproduction quilt – it will need a design setting also.

There could be some changes for the new projects and will update as I make the final decisions.  But as you can see I am really behind on my hand work.  Could it be those pesky surgeries?  I have more projects that I am thinking of working on, but will wait until I am at 100%.  I would also like to participate in OMG and 12 in 2018.  Maybe I can do without that 8 hours of sleep……

Have a wonderful day – it is nice and cold here in South Texas – 38 degrees for the day and no sun.  It will be this way for a week.  I am enjoying winter so far – much better than the 100 degrees each day this past summer!  Now for more rain!

Brinton Hall – a Labor of Love – from a Quilting Nut!

Well, we are still in the wonderful summer time in South Texas.  The heat high will just not move….. We are experiencing 100’s by 4 PM and in the morning it is 77 with high humidity.  The pretty green grass is slowing turning to a light green and without rain will, of course die off again.  But we are lucky – at least the hot summer days did not start until the 10th or so of July rather than the 1st of June!

Brinton Hall and I have been the best of buddies since last week.  I have finished all of the “flowers” for the Medallion and am just thrilled with the outcome.  As I worked on the 7 blocks – I found that by spraying the center fabric with some sizing and pinning the “crowns” onto the fabric that it was a little easier to applique.  The fabric was easier to control (no wrinkles) by using the sizing and pressing the freezer paper to the back side of the fabric.

Backside with Basting Stitches and FP Template Stabalizer

Backside with Basting Stitches and FP TemplateStabilizer

Here is another trick that I found to be a time saver  – mainly because the Hexies have to be in the correct placement or one may mess up (OK this step was a necessity for me once I messed up 2 and had to “rip” them out and re-sew).  Not fun with those tiny stitches!  I used the template that I made to “fussy cut” the 10 1/2″ blocks.  This worked great by placing the Hexie’s on the outside.   I used non-stick tape so the hexies would stay put.

Crown Setting

Crown Setting

Then I used the clips to hold each Hexie in place before sewing the crown.

Hexie Crown Placement for Sewing

Hexie Crown Placement for Sewing

Here they are – enjoy!  I know I am a tired, but happy camper this afternoon.  To be able to complete this in a week is great.  The rest of the work will be done at night and tomorrow I will be cutting out the remaining 300 + hexagons to complete the Medallion – Boy I certainly hope Quiltmania #108 doesn’t get here until August…. (LOL).  Here are the finished blocks on the design wall with a few of the “white” hexies around the Green Crown.

Brinton Hall Quilt 2015

Brinton Hall Quilt Medallion Flowers

And here are pictures of the individual blocks.

Purple Crown

Purple Crown

Pink Crown

Pink Crown

Maroon Crown

Maroon Crown

Liliac Crown

Liliac Crown

Block 1 of Brinton Hall Medallion

Green Crown

Gold Crown

Gold Crown

Yellow Crown

Yellow Crown

This quilt will not be one to just “breeze” through.  It is a wonderful challenge quilt that my Carpel Tunnel and Dorsal Wrist will remember for a long time! (LOL).   It will definitely be entered into Quilt Shows starting in 2016.  Cutting the fabric was not a time consumer, but preparing and sewing the Hexagons and Hexie Crowns were slow and time-consuming — at least I thought they were until I started appliqueing the Crowns to the block!   Just to applique the Hexie Crown on to the 10 1/2″ square took 1 (one) hour per block.  I did not count all the hours, but I have not stopped working on this project since last Thursday to finish the remaining 6 blocks.

PS – Of course while looking at Karen’s blog yesterday (http://faeriesandfibres.blogspot.ca) she showed a quilt called Gardens of a King, a pattern that she tested for Missie Carpenter of Traditional Primitives. The pattern is now available from her shop.  (http://traditionalprimitives.com/).   I think I may really be nuts if I decide to order this pattern, but the quilt really caught my eye.  Missie is very easy to contact if you have any questions regarding the quilt.  So pretty!