A View of My Quilt Life

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Full Steam Ahead into June

Hard to believe it's already June! So much has been going on the last few weeks but not a lot of impulsion to post. Well, let's get busy & see where I left off on my Unity quilt. The round of shining little stars was the last picture I shared. 

The next round was a stop border of turquoise solid batik, before a round of blocks. 

The block were pinwheel stars. 

You may notice that I used both navy & cream for the 'background' triangles. This ended up creating an interesting secondary pattern that I wasn't expecting and it diffused the effect of the pinwheels stars. I'll show that round next time.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Little Stars Shine!

Ever onward with the Unity quilt! The big dahlia quilt sandwich has no progress  - it's just sitting in the corner waiting on me to get back to it. And it's going to have to sit there a bit longer. I was behind in keeping up with the Unity quilt parts so my free time focus has been stitching pieces into parts. 

These parts become stars. All except for one block, that is. One of these is NOT like the others! 

It was the second to last one I stitched up. Thankfully! Happily, it was only one block that had to be unsewn. 
Love these small little shining stars! And the stars joined together into orderly rows.
Couple of slightly wonky edges but those will be hidden in the seams. And the rows where attached to the quilt center.

Getting there!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

How Could it be Thursday Already?

Time seems to have a mind of it's own these days and it's making me a bit nuts. I mean, Thursday already - How?? I've been trying to write this post since Monday and it's now Thursday?
Time Warp. It must be some kind of Time Warp. 
Anyway, on to some PROGRESS!!


Became this.

I LOVE the turquoise stop border!  But I have a confession. It was a design choice made in part because I am short on the cream fabric. I was using one constant fabric per color in this quilt. That may change. 
Okay, so it did already but you're going to have to wait to see what happened.  

Now, you may be saying, "That's It??? She sewed on four narrow strips with cornerstones & we're supposed to be excited?" I know that may not seem like much but I've spent a bit of time cutting pieces and drawing diagonal line behind the scenes and no, there aren't any interesting pictures of that to share. Trust me. They don't exist.

But I will share what I did with some of those new pieces.
More coming! 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Unity Part 2 - PROGRESS!!

I was starting to think that Part 2 of my Unity quilt was forever going to be cut parts and a few random units. 
Not Sew!

I still need to add the plain narrow border strip to truly finish this round but I'm pretty sure I can get that done tomorrow!

Now on to cut my parts for Part 3. I'm gaining ground here!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Virtual Kentucky 3 Day Event

The 2020 Kentucky Three Day Event was cancelled. It was suppose to be held over the past extended weekend.  I've gone twice - 2018 & 2019. This year I was going again but this time with two horse owning friends. Obviously, we go to see the various events but frankly, the shopping aspect is a huge draw! 

This year, the organizers live streamed the horse events of years past, while many of the vendors created special online sales with discounts to help recoup lost revenue & give us access to their fabulous products.

I didn't have a huge shopping want/need list, especially with the pandemic. It was going to be more about the going, watching, experiencing this year. But I did have 1 item I wanted to get. It was going to be a special order item and I was thrilled I could order it online & get a discount. 

We've experimented riding without using a bridle. You control the horse by using a neck strap and your legs & seat. It's a challenge that's both amazing and a little scary at the same time. A neck strap is something I didn't own. Below is a stock photo to show you the concept. 

I wanted a nice one and that's what I ordered. Black leather with royal blue padding for comfort. I get exactly what I want and I supported a small business in the process.

Monday, April 27, 2020

There are Unity Quilt Parts Somewhere Around Here...

Last week, I was working on the Unity Quilt Project, though I'm a bit behind still working on Part 2. 

But then on Wednesday night, FB messages were flying back and forth from a few friends in need of fabric face coverings.  
One friend works in a hospital lab as a phlebotomist, the other is a librarian dealing with the recent loss of her husband. Both of these incredible ladies are accomplished seamstresses (everything from Elizabethan costumes to a wedding dress) but the stress of the pandemic on top of their personal stress have taken a toll on their sewing mojo. The third friend is in the Armed Forces. 

My Unity pieces where pushed aside as I took up mask making again. Eighteen masks where sent on their way to GA, MI, IA and MN!  

I am so thankful that I have a deep quilt cotton stash (already prewashed & dried) and several Vintage Singers that sew thru everything I shove under their needles. Yes - the Featherweight handles the layers & pleats of the masks with no problem, though she is due for a cleaning & oiling after Saturday's session of even more masks! 

Hoping now that I have some extra made on hand, I can get back to working on my Unity quilt. 

Monday, April 20, 2020

Weekend Working

The weekend was dedicated to working but for work. Chore list was longer than I would have liked but oh so necessary. Banking (online), Bill Paying, Laundry, Cleaning, blah, blah, blah...
Sunday dawned sunny & bright. Since it was going to be a beautiful warm Spring day, I knew I needed to get going early.  On a whim, the DH joined Odie & I for a morning romp at the conservation area. It was wonderfully empty! After dropping my boys back at home I headed to Wal-Mart for the few things we needed. Going early was great! Got our stuff and got the heck out. 
I decided that if I was going to do some cooking, I was going to do some cooking! No sense making a mess in the kitchen for one thing. Ground beef has been tricky to come by sometimes so I grabbed a 5 lb. roll. With the recent closure of meat processing plants, I want to get some put by.

Some for us and some Odie, all cooked and in the freezer! Along with that, I stripped down a rotisserie chicken breast and portioned it. 

Each little baggie contains 4 oz. and that gets mixed with 48 oz. of cooked elbow macaroni for homemade dog food. Odie gets half cup on top of his kibble, twice a day. So much easier to have things prepped and ready. 
By the time I got everything cooked and the kitchen cleaned, It was after 1pm.  It was time to get busy. I thought I was going to sew. Or at least cut fabric, now that I have the cut list for both Part 2 & 3 of the Unity quilt done. I can't show those pics because there are sizes listed, obviously. Suffice to say, there are a LOT of pieces to cut. And Part 4 is to be released today. I will get there!
So what did I do? I got OUTSIDE!  Too early to do anything in the yard. But since this weekend was suppose to be Midwest Horse Fair in Madison, WI and I'm having tack sale withdrawal, I took advantage of being able to get both saddles cleaned and oiled. 

They still need a treatment with leather balm w/ atom wax to seal and shine. All in due time and with the nice weather this week, I should be able to get them finished up. Then we need to get out of quarantine so I can use them!