A View of My Quilt Life

Friday, September 30, 2016

Flying out from the Center

By Sunday night, I had this:

Woo Hoo!!!  I achieved my stretch goal of starting the top assembly. 

And just before I headed to bed I HAD to lay this out...

the next round of pieces to be stitched.  But there are quite a few joining/background pieces that need to be made for all the subsequent rounds of Bird blocks.

I don't want to jinx my progress on this but I am happy to say that I am more ahead of last year's NQOF entry timeline.  I do need to stay focused on this, as I have a work trip or possibly two work trips that will take me away from a sewing machine.  I am excited to see this quilt evolve!

Oh and THREE more yards of Tahiti Blue batik are on their way!  I am hoping this will be enough with some left over - fingers crossed.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fly Away Home

The weekend flew by.
And the Flying Geese are done!  All of them! 

I finished them in the early afternoon on Sunday.  That left enough time to start figuring out the extra bits required for the layout.  

Would you believe I need to cut more 1.5 inch blue squares?  ARGH!!  And now, after figuring some of the layout pieces (blue, of course!), there's a good chance I'm going to be short on the Tahiti Blue batik! Back to some online fabric shopping.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Art in the Barn Additions to the Studio

Sunday was the second day of the annual 'Art in the Barn' event .

Art in the Barn welcomes you to its 42nd annual juried fine art festival

This beautiful fall festival brings community and artists together for a weekend of fine art, family fun, music, food and entertainment.  Donations from artist and vendor sales provide funding for a local hospital's ongoing modernization campaign and commitment to excellence. 

The DH & I have been attending the past several years. We've enjoyed the event & made some modest purchases.  This year, DH scored a handmade coffee mug of the proper size - not an easy thing to find.  Think needle in a haystack.  

Proper size for his iced coffee is in the 32 oz range.

We also found a cool etching.

And I added some new small art for the studio.

It's by the same artist that did last year's small art I purchased.

I love flowers in Mason jars. In real life, as well as still life.  

A little different bright spot in the studio.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Runs of Runs

Saturday, I had to cut more of the blasted 1.5 inch blue squares.

Hundreds of them.  Three Hundred and Forty-One of them to be exact.

And the I drew lines on every single on of them. But then, happily it was time to sew them into Flying Geese runs. I had the turquoise, the blue & the purple runs to do.

By the end of the day, in between the cutting, a few errands, laundry and some house cleaning, I was down to only the blue runs left to do. 

Woo Hoo!!! 
Sunday Fun Day Date with the DH & then back to the FG!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Friday Night Fun

Friday Night! 

The work week was done & I had a goal for the weekend - STITCHING!!

The real goal was to get all of the Flying Geese units sewn by Sunday night.  But something must always come before the sewing.  And that's the cutting. 
I had been digging around in some sewing stuff during the recent garage purge and found this rotary cutter blast from the past.

How old is it?

Yep, I bought it on clearance in 1994!! 22 years is totally vintage!

Happy to say that this was the pile I ended the night with.

All ready for serious machine time. Except for the 343 more blue squares that needed to be cut. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Short Flights

Some pressing.

Some lines drawn.

Some cutting.  

OK - lots of cutting (and there is still more of that to do!)

I HAD to get some stitching done.  I made one run of the turquoise and one run of the blue to see the color progression.

The colors are brighter in real life - this was taken after dark.

And here are four of the five colors together.

Still need to cut the purples sections and a whole lot of blue squares to get the geese runs complete. The goal is to have all the FG runs all done by the weekends.  

A bonus would be if I could start assembling the top.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Flying from Lime to Teal

It's time to FLY!

The Studio is all about the runs of Flying Geese.  Good thing, because I need to make a heck of a lot of FG. Three hundred and sixty-four of them.

They are not big FG, as they will finish at 1 inch by 2 inches. Rather than wrestle tiny triangle bits cut with specialty rulers, I chose to use the stitch and flip corners. 

The Lime and the Teal runs are done - not pressed & trimmed - but stitched.

I am pleased with the color play of the yellow Birds with the Green Geese.

Hopefully, while I'm working on the FG, I can figure out the missing center squares.