Friday, April 20, 2018

Twiling and Star of Bethlehem

My guild is so fortunate to have a member, Sherri Turevon, who is an excellent designer and is chairing our monthly block challenge.  She has come up with a Block of the Month for embroidery each month and then framed in a pieced border.  The blocks are beautiful, and we stitch in the stitch of our choice.  I am doing some twilling and back stitch on mine.  I have seen several other ladies' work and they are all equally beautiful, all done differently, so far.  I was thrilled to discover I could do this work even with my wounded hand.

Here are my first four blocks:

January - Snow Crystal

February Hearts

March - Shamrock

April - Butterflies

With the help of my husband, I was able to get my Star of Bethlehem quilt wrapped on the boards for basting, and then two friends, Darlene and Brenda, came over and helped me get it thread basted.  Its now on the hoop, ready for quilting which hopefully I can start soon. 

I was so excited to discover I could do some paper piecing, that I kind of overdid it one afternoon, sitting on my porch and stitched for over two hours. Needless to say my hand was swollen and hurt a lot when I stopped.  Went to therapy yesterday, and was told to take it easy - that I had actually set my progress backwards :(   Soooooo...have to limit hand sewing to 30 minute intervals, followed by 30 minute handrests for the next few days.  But it sure was fun!

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Determination is a Flimsey

It's a Flimsey!  Nothing left to do but the quilting.  I had thought about sending it to a longarm quilter, but I really want to quilt it myself.  I get all this hardware off my wrist and hand on Tuesday, so hopefully it wont take me too long to get the strength back in my wrist/hand to do the quilt basting and machine quilting.

I also have the binding made and wound on my binding bobbin.  My husband made these for me  after I saw them in Nancy's Notions Magazine.  He had the wooden people looking pieces in his woodcraft supplies, and had to drill the hole in the bottom and cut the slit.  My daughter, Ellen, painted them.  A ponytail holder keep the roll tight until I am ready to sew it on.

You put the bobbin on the extra thread spindle and sew away, no tangled, twisted binding to fool with :)

I usually wind it a little more evenly, but this was the best I could do one handed.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Making Progress

The first strip is done and I am excited about how this is turning out.  This quilt
just shouts Spring to me.  It also has special meaning in that Fred, my husband, has helped so much in its construction.
Its actually longer than this picture shows - there are 19 4-patches in each row and this will be a vertical row.

I finished the March block called Shamrock.  This took me all month to do, and would normally only take a few hours.

Its definitely not my best stitching, but I will always remember doing this one with a broken wrist and the greater appreciation and empathy it gave me for people with handicaps they overcome to achieve their arts. 

This past weekend we made a quick trip to West Virginia to attend services for Fred's Uncle Glenn, who passed Wednesday last week. It snowed while we were there, and our ride home was so beautiful.  Living in South Carolina we don't get to see snow very often and even then, seldom in this quantity.  I must admit to being scared as we don't have the equipment to clean off the roads when we do get the freak snow storm.  But when we left on Sunday to come home it was a winter wonderland and the roads were clear of snow and ice.  I took lots of pictures from the moving truck so they aren't the best
but I wanted to share some of them anyway. 

Friday, March 16, 2018

Determination Quilt

DETERMINATION is the name I am giving this quilt.  I am used to getting up each morning and enjoying some coffee and doing some quilting.  This broken wrist has put a kink in my morning fun time.  After doing a lot of reading, studying up on EQ8, being on the computer with facebook, blogs and games, I was determined to come up with ways I could make a quilt.

I have this tub of 2 1/2" squares I use when teaching Cathedral Window quilts or Hexagon EPP quilting, so I decided to just start making 4 patches I could use when I make this quilt I designed in EQ8.  This takes 152 4-patches.  That should keep me busy for awhile.

A couple days later, they were done, and needed to be squared up......but try as hard as I could, I could not use a rotary cutter with one hand :( 

So my wonderful, thoughtful, smart and PRECISE husband to the rescue.  Using a 3 1/2" square ruler, he squared up all the 4-Patches,  He also cut 310 3 1/2" squares and then cut them diagonally to make the corner squares,  and once I get the corners sewn on, he is squaring those up to a 4 3/4" unfinished size block, using the Creative Grids Square in a Square ruler.  That is what he is doing in this picture.  He has already cut the 3 1/2" x 86" strips I needed to go between the vertical rows of 4-Patches.

I think he got tired of all my muttering and "southern sighs" because I could not master one handed rotary cutting.  Or maybe he just did not want to see me cut off a finger.  Either way, I think he is enjoying helping :)

I am a blest lady!

4 Patches

Corner Squares

Before and After Square in a Square

Alternate Strips
Adeline and Lorelai Coming for a visit....Woohoooooooooo!

Monday, March 5, 2018

February Hearts Block

February has been a long month with breaking my wrist limiting so much of what I am accustomed to doing. 

I have tried EPP and that did not work out too well, although I did get a little done on my Jacks Chain.

So then I tried embroidering on a BOM of the month I started in January.  This is the February block, appropriately named Hearts.  I had it a little less that half done before my fall.  I found that by balancing the hoop on a table I could stitch one handed,  but after just a bit of trying to undo knotted thread, rethreading needle and not so good stitches, I gave up on this too.  The heavier stitching is twilling, and the other is backstitch. I did finish the block!

So now I am trying to do a little machine piecing 4 patches. 
I have a tub full of 2 1/2 inch squares and have recruited a friend and my husband to cut scrappy off white and white tone on tone squares for me.  This is fun, and I can even press the seams open.  I have just been sewing twosies so far, but that is a start! 

I learned how to layout a custom quilt in EQ8, so I spent this morning designing my 4 patch quilt.  Going to have to teach hubby how to square the 4 patches for me, but he seems to be enjoying working with me on the quilt. Here are my designs.  The 4 patches will be scrappy, but I just used the same block in the design.

This one is my favorite so far, but that could change.

Least favorite, maybe too messy looking?

I like this, but it seems off balance to me - think it needs one more column of 4 patches to match the first vertical row.
Had to laugh, hubby asked me at supper how long it would take us to finish "our" quilt.


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Moda Blockhead 2017

An EQ8 drawing of how I intend to layout my Moda Blockhead Blocks, once I can sew again.  I have been studying EQ8 beginners manual, and have learned to scan in fabrics and photos into EQ and then use them in quilt design work.  I love the option to scan in images of all these blocks to scale, and then use the actual fabric and block images in the quilt design.   Hopefully, I can start sewing in about 5 weeks.

Following are images of the last 9 blocks I made, as I realized I had not posted these yet.  These are the images I cropped out the seam allowances in the scan.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

EPP one handed

I figured out how to EPP one handed, by bracing my stitching against my thumb, and using a clover clip to grip the fabrics. I cannot grip yet with my left hand, but this is working for now.    Been working on my EQ8 as well, there are quite a few changes to the updated version, and that probably not new, but I did not know about them before.