Thursday, January 1, 2015

Class Prep for Stepping Stones in the Garden at Crazy 9 Patch April 18

Part 1
To be done before class if possible:)

 Stepping Stones in the Garden
Cutting instructions

This quilt can be totally scrappy or controlled scrappy.  For totally scrappy, you will need (160) 4.5" light squares and  (10) 2.5" WOF light fabrics and approximately 4 yards of dark 1.5" strips (WOF)

20 different lights and 20 different darks
Controlled scrappy:
20 different lights: cut as shown out of a fat quarter or .25 yd. each
1/4 yard (9"x42") will yield 4 Double 4 patch blocks (D4)and 2 double 4 patch triangles(T)

Fat quarter yields the same as the 1/4 yd but is easier to cut

Top to bottom is 18", left to right is 22.  Cut two strips off left at 4 1/2", then 1 strip at 5", then 2 (or 3) at 2 1/2

Cross cut first two strips at 4 1/2, second strip at 5" and 2 1/2", and leave rest of fabric at 2 1/2"strips

Cut the (2) 5" squares into triangles
(20) 2.5" strips for center blocks and (50) 1.5" strips for Stripe border

20 different darks: cut a 2.5 strip off of each for center blocks and another (50) 1.5 " strips off the darks for  striped  border. (I used more strips of the darker of my darks for sharp contrast.)


Stack pieces in 2 piles: 4 triangles and (4) 2 1/2" squares for your 20,  4 patch triangles and (8) 4 1/2" squares with the neutral  2 1/2" strips and 1 dark strip from your stack of 20 for 80 blocks.
You will need (2) 2 1/2" dark squares for each of the 20 triangles, but we will cut those after we cut out the striped border as you might have strips left from the border.

 If you have the above done before class, you will be able to get a lot done in class.  The quilt is made up of 3 components: Double four patch blocks, 4 patch triangles and striped triangles.

Bertha approves of the color choices

If you have time, and want to be further ahead, sew 1 Dark strip from 20 strip stack to light strips from one cut set (butting lights along the dark to fill it.  Press toward dark.  Cut into 2 1/2 segments-you need 16.  Stack with the (8) 4 1/2" squares. Do this for each set=20 sets ready to sew.


See you in class on April 18th, 10:30-3:30 at the Crazy 9 Patch! I am providing a large salad and a baguette and maybe something chocolate.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

And Now it is New Year's Eve Already

I realize I have not responded to the comments on the last post-and I will-working is just interfering with my free time:)  Also, I had been feeling so tired I couldn't put one foot in front of the other.  I spent the day on Monday in PJs and back and forth in and out of bed.  In between I packed up the 3 plastic bins of Christmas things and brought out the one bin of winter reds and redid the shelf over our slider in the dining room.  I have been wanting to use the antique corbels we bought in Maine at least 10 years ago but didn't know where they dissappeared-but, my husband did and hauled them in for me.  The red tray I bought at a Paris flea (puce) market several years ago.

We are having 16 people in addition to ourselves in tonight to play Skipbo, eat dinner and pray in the New Year when the NY ball drops-at 9pm for us-Thankfully!  We have a tiny home but if we set up 3 card tables and use our dining table scattered through our living room, kitchen and dining room it works.  However, on Monday every part of my body hurt and I couldn't imagine NY eve happening.  I read the side effects of my 3 meds and one of them listed how I was feeling under the side effects so I notified my doc and took myself off of it.  Went to work on Tuesday at 6am and didn't get home till 5:30 and felt great.  HMMM . . . . . ..

I met with the owner of Paradise Quilting and we clarified timelines and the quilt we will do for the block of the month.  It is from the fabshophop website: 

I will make one of the blocks in several colorways and then choose 1 and make the top for the shop sample.  I am pretty excited about this venture. Neither of us have done a block of the month before-I usually don't like them because they look to me like grandma's sampler quilts-but I like this one! The class will start in April and run for 6 months.

Please have an amazing last day of 2014.  Even with a few health issues, this has been a blessed year.  I am so thankful for so many things this year and they include you :). 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve

A quiet day here.  Had friends over for breakfast, took Lizzy to Petco to pick out her present (a Frisbee of course) and am cooking the turkey we will have tomorrow.  We are trying something different this year.  My friend, Julie is a great cook and for Thanksgiving she cooked her turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy the day before then layered a bit of gravy, turkey slices, dressing and potatoes in a 9x13 pan. Popped it in the fridge, cleaned up the mess, reheated it the next day, and had a nice, quiet unmessy Thanksgiving.  I think that is a great idea-so I am going to try it.  We are having a couple over who don't have family here either and I am hoping it will not be an unpleasant surprise for them.  For sides I have fruit, cranberry sauce, rolls and a roasted butternut squash salad with warm cider vinaigrette which I have made before and it is really good.

I have made progress on the shop sample for the Crazy 9 Patch.  I have chosen my fabrics and have cut the darks and am doing a tutorial of the process so the students who take the class can have a reference after the class is over.

A couple of last Christmas pictures:

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas!

It is time to get back to quilting!  I am still working but we have had our Christmas with the grands in Seattle and I have a few days to sew.  I am teaching a block of the month class at Paradise Sewing in Poway and a regular pieced quilt at Crazy 9 Patch in Ramona in 2015.  I have pulled fabric for the C9P sample and made an appt. to talk to the owner, Jinny, about the block of the month.

Some Christmas Pictures:
I think we were supposed to be watching the kids-Jack the cat is an opportunist!

A Trip to the nursery that turned into a reindeer farm.

Christmas jammies from their aunt.

Too much Christmas?

Love this picture and these girls!

Merry Christmas 2014!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Raspberry Sherbet

The only quilting I have done since starting work is the prayer quilt for my friend, Jackie's daughter, Robin, who has a life threatening condition and whose favorite color is yellow.  This has been a labor of love and I am so thankful for the quilter, Dawnell Muelk and Marilyn Hersey the binder who helped me get this done in a timely manner.  When I heard about Robin from my friend I took her to my studio and we pulled fabric.  I had a sample of a quilt made by Julia Zgliniec that was square so I measured the pieces and drafted a larger size.  The block is an old one call "Children of Israel". It is a two block quilt and fun to make using a Kaffe Fasset large print for the center squares and the border.  I will give it to her tomorrow.

Still working full time  so will check back in when time permits.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 27, 2014

A Little Break

I have hit a wall.  My responsibilities as programs chair for our guild, the opportunity to teach a couple of classes, my involvement in a couple of classes and the starting prep for a tea for 160 ladies was a full plate but then I added an emergency prayer quilt and a special assignment from the district that is requiring that I go back to work for 2 months.  I am drowning and throwing things off the boat as fast as I can,  I am taking a 1 month sabbatical from blogging.  Will see you in December:)

Thursday, October 2, 2014

3rd Quarter Finish Along Completions

i am having some computer issues so can not upload pictures.  Thankfully I had prepared these a month ago to have ready to post. I will just roll my others into next month��
My original post is

1st completion is Lizzy who was entered into the San Diego Quilt Show 2014

2nd completion is Makenna the pillow.

All others will be rolled over to the last quarter!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Little Quilts

Just need to add the binding to this piece I did in Helene Knott's class.  I am doing more small quilts lately and am liking them a lot-instant gratification.

Using some of Vicki W's hand dyed for the binding

I started an art quilt class that meets 2x a month.  Our first project was a 12x12 using the theme, "chair".  It scares me a little that this 64 yr old picture came to mind although I do like the end result.

Inktense pencils on inkjet printed cotton-Day 24 of potty training.  My mom was not a fan of the diaper change.  She was a great mom with a delicate stomach:)
Leaving for Seattle on Saturday.  I am taking PFD fabric, fabric paints and a brayer. I am hoping to get some handprints of the girls for a Mother's day quilt for my beloved DIL.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Helene Knott

My husband left for a 2 week motorcycle trip with friends from high school and I was busy with our first guild meeting of the year featuring our guest speaker, Helene Knott.  I was nervous until after the trunk show which was preceded by a lecture about color and how it works in a quilt.  Helene was excellent and I received several emails telling me so.   The workshop the next day was a small landscape.  Helene had put together many options to choose from and some ladies bought more than one kit.  All in all a great start to the guild year.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First September Finish! Yay!

I had to pull out my trusty featherweight to make the cording for the pillow.  My fancy dance machine didn't come with a zipper foot that would do it.

1947 Singer Featherweight

I love it and think my DIL will too.  According to my schedule, it should have been finished a couple of days ago and I should be half way through making two pig dolls for the grands-maybe they will be Christmas presents.

The flying geese are supposed to be flying in opposite directions

The back works beautifully!

So much better than a gap and it appears that I spent a long time on it:)