Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Simple Simon

And simple it is!  Nice to get one done so fast.

Simple Simon
And here's a shot of all the blocks so far.  They are looking good together!

1st 6 blocks
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Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Spendid Sampler - Happy Happy

Thursday's block is an appliqued stylized flower pot named Happy Happy.  After I adhered the pieces to the background, I sat down at my Bernina 830, dropped the feed dogs and began.  I had nothing in mind other than maybe some herky jerky around the flower coins.  That didn't happen!  As I began to sew, rather than herky jerky, I was making inward pointing little e's, then out came these oval things!  I finished up using machine stitches for the stems and around the pot. Might be a bit funky, but it was what made me Happy at the time!

Happy Happy
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Jack & Aves Donation Quilt

Finally put a quilt on the frame again.  I've been away from it so long I feel like a beginner again.  Here is a 5 yard bundle quilt which came with a pattern called Jack & Aves that I quilted yesterday.  I follow Whirls 'N Swirls Quilting on FB.  She is out of Canada and puts out a short video each day for 100 days.  This is her 3rd year.  I decided to try one of her designs on this quilt.  Easy design, but not such great quilting on my part.  Seems I've lost control! More practice required for sure.  haha 

Jack & Aves

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Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Splendid Sampler - Lots of Love

We had applique hearts, now we have pieced hearts.  This little 6.5" block is really cute!
Lots of Love
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Friday, February 19, 2016

The Spendid Sampler - Wings

This butterfly block is called wings.  Some are embroidering antennae and some are not.  I'm in the not category! Some used all the pieces, some made the 4 patches into one fabric.  As you can see, I'm in the all the pieces category!  Had to do some frog stitches.  I lost a few points with these tiny 1.5" squares!!
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

And We Begin - The Splendid Sampler

The first block of 100 is the Hearts A Flutter.  Cute little 6.5" unfinished block with a heart applique.  Machine applique for me, of course, and I couldn't resist adding some decorative machine stitches.
Hearts A Flutter
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Monday, February 15, 2016

Fold 'n Stitch Wreath

This wreath has been all over the internet.  I caved...resistance is futile.  Here's my rendition of the wreath.  I used hot fix crystals to cover the hand stitches.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Rag Quilt Finished

Thought I'd post a shot of the rag quilt after washing.  Took it to a commercial laundry expecting to see washers with agitation.  Nope.  They were all front loader tumbling machines.  Washed it there anyway since those are heavier duty than mine.  The clips fuzzed up pretty well and will get fuzzier as the recipient washes it.

Rehana's Rag Quilt
Hope she likes it!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Splendid Sampler Quilt Along

Darn Pat Sloan and her friend Jane!  Roped me into another one! haha  First block comes out Feb 14, then every Sunday & Thursday.  These blocks are provided to us free from 80+ designers all over the world!  They will be 6" finished blocks, some pieced, some paper pieces, some applique, some to be hand done (yeah, right...I have a very smart machine! ).  Sure hope I can keep up.

I made the bonus/sample block for this upcoming quilt along. 
Bonus Block
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February's My Secret Garden Block

Killarney National Park Ireland is the name given to Block 2 of Pat Sloan's 2016 My Secret Garden BOM.
Block 2 -Feb 2016
I would have finished this morning except for sewing the 4 red point sections the wrong way. Hate when that happens!!  Glad I found my mistake before completely sewing the block together.

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Rag Quilt & Microwave Bowl Pads

The rag quilt is clipped and waiting for me to take to a commercial laundry for washing.  Guess I should do that this week! I'm sure Rehana is wishing she had this already with all that snow up north.
Rag Quilt before washing
I purchased a pair of Fiscars Rag Scissors.  They made such a difference in the clipping.  Hands still hurt some, but nothing like using a regular pair of scissors.

Finished up some Microwave Bowl Pads for my son.  Now he won't be trying to steal mine!!
Microwave Bowl Pads-Todd
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