Thursday, May 25, 2017

30 minutes to sew on frames

I have all of these 9-patches made up and I thought they needed a finished look. To be honest I saw a picture on Pinterest and really liked it. I can't giver any credit because none was listed. 

They took either 2 inch squares or 2.5 inch squares and made the none patch blocks as I did. Then I took a 1.5 inch strip and made the frame around each of the blocks. Sewing opposite sides one after another and then sew the other opposite sides. 

Alternate light and dark frames and just keep sewing. Baby quilt, lap quilt couch quilt, or any size bed quilt will eat up scraps and strips really fast with this. 

It is all about the scraps and how to use them to cover the ones we love. Chris

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

I'm here

That isn't saying much. My allergies/cold yes I think I have both going on is draining me. I do a few things and have to sit down.

I slept a little better last night, but was drugged to sleep. I have gone through abut 6 big boxes of tissues.

It might be taking a turn towards getting oveer this. I think it is about 7 days now, enough is enough....


Sunday, May 21, 2017

To do or not to do

I recently bought some neutral fabrics and I should wash them because of my allergies. I know this is an age old argument. But do you prewash? Or do you sew and wash afterwards? Also do you use chemicals or Dawn or Color Guard Sheets?

I have tried two of the methods. Prewash with Dawn and also the sheets. I have this bottle of chemical, but afraid of it. My grandkids are allergic to a lot of things also. I think the Dawn or the sheets are my options. 

I use the sheets anyway if I wash a quilt because if you knew how much dye released even after multiple washings you would be surprised.   

Growing so fast and the teeth are really getting to her. She chews on everything and yet she isn't fussy. She is a good baby. 

Trying to get my act together because my allergies are on overdrive right now. With all the wind and trees blooming it is pure HECK!

Hope you have a good day. Chris

Friday, May 19, 2017

Making star points for Wonky Stars. I have all the 9-patches made and thought I would break it up with Wonky Stars.

Here are a few of them. I used small pieces leftover from muslin cuts. I have use neutral cuts before, but this one is using up scrap pieces laying around.

It is rainy here. Mt allergies I think have turned into a sinus infection. I woke up at 2:30am and stayed up until 6am. I slept for about two hours and I will try starting this day over again. Taking heavy duty sinus meds so maybe another nap/.

Have a good day. Chris

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Getting back to the finishing

This is almost 3/4 finished with the quilting. I need to get this one finished. 

This is the wonky star blocks. I alternated them with regular 9-patches. 

Here are some blocks left over from the quilt. I just need to start making more of these blocks because I have a ton of just 9-patches made. 

I used small pieces of off white muslin for the center and the bits for the corners of the other 4 centers. Using up lots of pieces that way. 

We had storms last night, but we didn't have any damage. Much cooler today in the 70's instead of 87 like yesterday. Chris 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Clear back in March I washed all the Batiks. I wanted the worst of the stray dye to be washed out. I know that they will continue to bleed so I am prepared for that. 

I now have the chore of pressing all of them. I know the feel of the fabric is stiffer than regular cotton fabric. Should I press with spray starch or sizing or just spray with a water mist and iron until dry? 

This is one fabric I don't have much experience with. I have used smaller pieces in scrap quilts, but I have found an idea that will use up a lot of the fat quarters. 

I guess they just aren't something I am wild about. I will use them because it is nice fabric and sure they cost more than my thrift store finds, but I stumbled over them the other day and thought I need to get this taken care of. They were in my Mother's stash. She bought them not knowing what she was going to do with them. 

Suppose to storm today and boy can I feel it. Woke up at 3:20 am and on my second cup of coffee. 

I have laundry going and needed to pay a couple bills so that is done. 
i think a nap is on order today. Chris

Sunday, May 14, 2017

More scrap ideas

Happy Mother's Day to everyone. This is a Tree Peony my sister bought me a couple years ago. The flowers are the size of a pie plate. It got broke off during window replacement so wasn't sure it would come back. 

Here are two of the Scrap Vortex from Crazy Mom Quilts blog. I will work on more when I start sewing again next week. It is a quick way of using up small pieces. 

This is another block, but it has y seams. So not as fast as the other blocks previously shown. If y seams don't intimidate you then it is a neat block. I made two to see if I liked it. 

Today I am cooking. Fried chicken and BBQ chicken on the grill. Loaded hashbrowns and lettuce layer salad. I also have pink frosted soft sugar cookies. They are made with sour cream. Not fancy, but filling. 

Hope everyone will have a Nice Mother's Day. Chris