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Monday, June 29, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I'm making great progress on Rosette #1 of The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt.
I'm hoping to have this finished before the end of the month.
Holy Cow! That's tomorrow.
OK, let's change that to the end of this week.
That's a whole lot of hand stitching and I still have 10 rosettes to stitch together.
Then it's all 18 that need to be sewn to the mother ship.
That right there is a whole lot of tv time!

I made 3 different center hexagons before settling on this one.
Sometimes I just have to make a decision!!

I'm working hard to keep my inside pretty.
I'll have to wait to put an iron to this.
Whoops, I see I missed taking out a paper on round 1.
I normally don't catch that until I'm quilting!!!

I never have to worry about a supervisor.
Today it looks like it's Miss Polly's turn.

See fabulous design walls at Patchwork Times.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Design Wall Monday

The Hunting Club had it's annual picnic this weekend.
The elk quilt has a new home with our friend JR.
I was almost in tears by his reaction.
Funny thing is, earlier he had thanked me for making "his quilt". 
Imagine our shock when his name was called.
He said he knew he would be taking it home with him,
He's so cute!!!

I am redoing the center block of Rosette 1 for my Millefiore quilt.

The second hexi group for round 2 is being basted.

My sewing machine time was dedicated to mending this week.
Taylor needed her swimsuit repaired.
Those things are so expensive and so cheaply made!
Gramma did a good mend on this one.
There were a few other things that needed attention.
Mending is done for a while!

I worked on block 25 for my Castle Wall quilt.
I've been dedicating some time to these blocks
while I sneak in some Millefiore blocks.
I need to kit up a few more,
this is the last one I had ready.

Grab a cuppa something and
see fabulous design walls today at Patchwork Times.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I may as well start right out by blaming Teresa at A Quilt and A Prayer for shoving me overboard into the land of The New Hexagon Millefiore Quilt Along.  Almost 6 whole months I have resisted and then I read one post on her blog and I am on Amazon ordering the book and at Paper Pieces ordering the first set of templates.  I am head over heals in love with this quilt!

While I waited for my book and templates to arrive--3 loooong days!--I printed Rosette 1 pages from the website and joined the Facebook group and googled images of  the Millefiore quilt and decided on fabrics to use. I know I will add and subtract and maybe change my mind lots of times on which fabrics to use but I am so excited to get going.

As hard as I tried to resist starting, I had to make the center....just to see what it looks like! I have never fussy cut like this before and think I have done an OK job on this. I used this tutorial on Fussy Cutting written by LuAnn of Loose Threads.  Now I need to put this on hold because I want to finish my Castle Wall blocks. I only need to make 6 more before I am ready to set them into a quilt top. Sometimes staying focused is so hard for me!!!

At the machine, I have a few more quilts to mark off the UFO list before I concentrate (become obsessed) with any one project (Millefiore). I finished this Crossroads quilt using a flannel backing. It is so toasty. Connie at Freemotion by the River has written a great tutorial for this quilt. What will I quilt next???  I know, how about Hanky Panky--it's been lounging around for almost 5 years, now it's time to provide some warmth!

Fun things are happening at Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday today!  I can't wait to play along.

Monday, June 08, 2015

Design Wall Monday

I had one of those weeks where I was all over the place.
I finished this Framed 9 Patch.
I think it turned out very sweet.

I pieced batting for the next quilt.
Even with the table set up, 
I couldn't force myself to layer and pin baste.
It just wasn't in me.
I'm hoping with the temperatures up into the 90s today
that I'll hide in the cool house and get this basted.

What was in me was mindless sewing.
I turned on a movie and started making 4 1/2" blocks.. 
I wonder if I will ever use up all my neutral strings.
I hope not!

See what others are working on at Patchwork Times.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Design Wall Monday

It's hard to stay focused and be in the sewing room when it's been so nice outside. Sometimes I just want to go out and look around or sit with a cup of coffee and take in the silence-then a car goes by and brings reality back into focus. Because I'm so easily sidetacked, it's taken me a few days to get to the binding stage of this quilt. I posted on Wednesday about being having everything ready to pin baste. I had planned a trip to Costco but decided to stay home and get this basted and start the quilting. It was lots more fun than a trip to town. (Costco did happen yesterday--yes on Sunday, with the husband!! Thank goodness that's done!)

I'm happy to say the binding is on and I've started sewing it down.  On a child's quilt, I like to sew the binding to the back and flip it to the front to machine stitch down.

Who is this for? You'll just have to wait to find out the answer to that. Mostly because I'm not sure yet. wink, wink 

Next up for quilting is another UFO. I'm now in quilting mode again so I'm trying to do 2 UFOs and then a new quilt that won't become a UFO. We'll soon see how that works for me!!

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