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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Weekly update: it's a flimsy!

This has been a challenging week. My husband was admitted to the hospital on Sunday -- a week ago -- and is still there.  Hopefully he will be released to rehab tomorrow.  I will not go into details here, but you can understand that visits and concern have kept me preoccupied.

I love to see the sunrise over the lake. I took this picture Friday.    I'd hoped to get a picture of the full Harvest Moon rising over the lake on Saturday but it was cloudy.
 There was a touch of frost in the nature preserve on the way to the lakefront.

Sewing is a respite during stressful times. (Unless, of course, the stress is caused by a stalled project!)

I forged ahead and made ten more blocks for my Rainbow Scrap challenge.  I repeated the monthly colors with one exception. I used regular gray rather than "grayed purple."  Each of the blocks used 8 HSTs.  Since HSTs come in pairs I had 160 spares.

  I thought I would use them for the border.  When I auditioned a few I thought that the mixed-up colors detracted from the intensity of the one-color blocks.

I searched my stash and found that I had enough of this bright floral print to cut 4.5" borders.  (I've used it before: here and here.  There is still a chunk left -- I wonder if I can get another border out of it.)

The flimsy is 58 x 68 and used 4-1/4 yards.  (And I have 160 HSTs for another project.)

I'm linking up with
So Scrappy  (Rainbow Scrap Challenge)
Oh, Scrap!
 Monday Making
 Main Crush Monday
 Design Wall Monday

Monday, October 10, 2016

Weekly update: Winter Stars and RSC

It turned out to be a week of quilts! I  didn't go to my P.E.O. chapter meeting on Monday because I gave my quilt history program ("Every Quilt Tells a Story") for another chapter. I only knew one of the members (she's also in AAUW) but, as always with P.E.O., I was warmly welcomed.  (I am reimbursed for mileage. In lieu of an honorarium I ask the chapter to make a donation to the Lulu Corkhill Williams Friendship Fund which provides emergency assistance grants.)

The Northern Lake County Quilters Guild meeting was Wednesday. We had a members' rummage sale. Anyone could purchase a table for $20 to sell quilt-related items.    I made $69 -- less the $20 for the table, that's $49 -- and busted 30 yards of fabric!   I was too busy at my table to take photos or to buy anyone else's fabric.

On Thursday Jonnie and I went to the Quirky Quilters guild in Hebron, Illinois (33 miles straight west of where I live) to sell tickets for the NLCQG raffle quilt and promote the November quilt show.  It was interesting to see how another guild operates.

On Friday evening Karleigh came to pick up her t-shirt quilt (see previous post). She loves it. Yay!

I can boast of two finishes this week.  The first was the t-shirt quilt. The second is Winter Stars. This is the AAUW holiday raffle quilt.  My goal was to have it completed to take to the AAUW district conference on October 22.  I was pleased with the way the quilting on the stars turned out.

  I decided against using blue-with-snowflakes as the back because the winner might want to use the quilt year-round. I chose a faux-batik print (another long-term resident of my stash).

The back and binding used 3 yards.
(3 yds + 7 yds (t-shirt quilt) + 30 yds (rummage sale) = 40 yards busted this week.)

And, one last accomplishment:  here's my Rainbow Scrap Challenge block.

The Monday line of linkups:
RSC 2016
Oh, Scrap!
Monday Making
Main Crush Monday
Design Wall Monday

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Burp! t-shirt quilt is done

One bite at a time, I wrote a couple of days ago.
The last bites of the t-shirt quilt were gobbled down, hence the burp.

I quilted the sashing on Sunday (while watching Poldark).
No sewing on Monday (I gave EQTAS -- Every Quilt Tells a Story--to P.E.O. Chapter LG on Monday evening).
I quilted the borders on Tuesday while watching the vice presidential debate.
I stayed inside on this lovely, sunny, early-fall Wednesday to attach the binding and the label.

Here it is!  (7 yards used for sashing, borders, backing, binding).

Take note! This is my declared OMG for October and it is DONE on October 5!!!

I'm joining these Wednesday linkups:
Midweek Makers
Let's Bee Social

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Weekly update: One bite at a time and September stash report

"How do you eat an elephant?"
"One bite at a time!"
That's my approach to quilting the t-shirt quilt.  The first bite was piecing the backing (photo to come).  The second bite was basting it. (I used almost all the basting pins).  An 82 x 86 quilt sandwich is hefty!  The third bite was quilting all the t-shirt motifs.   I started in the center and quilted three motifs down, then went to the right and quilted three down, to the right again and three down. I turned it over and, from the bottom center did the three columns. Then I rerolled the quilt sandwich and, sideways, quilted the motifs in each corner.   That took Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

This evening (Sunday) I will quilt the sashing. I may get started on the border.

The week to come is busy -- I'm out MTWTh evenings and have daytime meetings T and F -- but I am determined to get this quilt finished this week!

Meanwhile, here are sixteen basket blocks for a group quilt I'm participating in.

And here are nine Dresden plates for the October Block Lotto. (I re-read the instructions. The wedges are supposed to be light-dark-light-dark so I will need to make five more with the correct orientation.)

As for the stash report?
I indulged in September. Oh, wow, did I ever!
September fabric in: 56-1/4 yards, $371 ($6.22/yd)
Fabric out: 14-1/2
YTD fabric in: 345-1/4, $1338 ($3.88/yd)
Fabric out: 215-3/8 
I'll blame that on free shipping -- I placed two orders with  They provide free shipping for orders over $50.  Go broke saving money . . . but I did get both the fabric I needed and some that I really liked.

C&T offered free shipping for orders over $50 with their warehouse sale.  I took advantage of that.
Most of these books were $5.00. A couple were more and a couple were less.

See what other quiltmakers are up to!
Monday Making
Oh Scrap!
 Main Crush Monday
 Design Wall Monday

Raffle quilt

I'll bet this grabbed your attention!  No, it's not on my design wall.  This is the Northern Lake County Quilters Guild 2016 raffle quilt.  The design is "Flowers for My Wedding Ring" by Judy Niemeyer.  It is 87 x 100 and is all batiks, machine-pieced and exquisitely machine-quilted.

Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The drawing will be on Sunday, November 20, at the conclusion of the NLCQG biennial quilt show.  (We'll ship the quilt to the winner.)

If you'd like to buy tickets, leave a comment.   If you are a no-reply blogger be sure to include your email address.

Proceeds from the raffle benefit NLCQG programs and also  Lake County PADS (services for the homeless).

Thank you! 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

OMG finish for September

My OMG for this month was to piece the t-shirt quilt.  I finished it just in time!  I had to order more sashing fabric. It arrived on Wednesday.  This afternoon (Thursday) provided sewing time.  This is a big quilt -- 82 x 86.
I have 4 yards of  yellow/gray/black floral but that won't be enough for the back. I'm auditioning possibilities of other prints to go with the floral.

I s'pose that I can go ahead and declare that quilting this will be my OMG for October!

Here's the linkup at Heidi's blog:

OMG September


Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekly update: pinwheels and asters

My favorite part of our lakefront is Camp Logan, the middle unit of Illinois Beach State Park .  Yesterday there were whitecaps on the lake.  On my trail walk I saw a frog in the grass. The asters are beautiful.

I won the giveaway in Cynthia's Orphan Adoption. Isn't this FQ bundle cheery?

I ran out of sashing fabric for the t-shirt quilt (see previous post).  I needed two strips for the top and bottom border.  Two local quilt shops did not have that specific print so I ordered more online.
While I wait for that I went back to the scrappy pinwheels.  

What I thought I'd do was make a skinny dark inner border and use the cream-on-cream fabric for the outer border.  However, I cut the setting triangles much larger than I needed. I didn't have enough of the COC for borders.  I could have no border, but I'd like the quilt to be a bit larger. (The flimsy is about 46 x 66.)

 I went to two visitations and a funeral last week for a 28-year-old woman (daughter of friends) and two friends' husbands (aged 68 and 80).  Sorrow and memories of lives well-lived.

Monday linkups:
Oh Scrap
Main Crush Monday
Monday Making
Design Wall Monday