Tuesday, December 27, 2011
And here is a pile of them chain pieced! It reall is more organized than it looks.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Here is the link to Bonnie's blog head there now for full instructions and join the fun
haha and look what they do while you sew them! I have never gotten to see this because usually my little helper is in the middle of what I am doing. But she was outside, it was a beautiful warm sunny day here in Wyoming.
This is what normally goes on! Tilly believes she has to check my seams.
Monday, December 19, 2011
I use my scrap master ruler by Judy Hopkins to make these little baskets.
The measurements of the ruler are perfect for the size block I am doing, you could add an inch to all the measurements to make a bigger block. You would need to use a different ruler if you choose to do that.
I was shown how to do these a long time ago and have become addicted to them. I have not as yet done a full quilt with them. I have used them for table runners, pot holders, pillows and candle mats. They are quick and easy and I dare you to make just one.
For each little basket block you will need two rectangles measuring 4 1/2 inches X 6 1/2 inches. One is for the background and one is for the basket.
Decide which one you want to use as the background (mine is the rust print that reads solid) from this rectangle cut one 3 7/8 in square, cut this square in half on the diagonal to make two triangles. Cut two 2 inch squares.
From your other print cut one 3 7/8 in square, cut this square in half to make two triangles too. Save one
From the other cut a 1 inch strip from the bottom, this will be your basket handle.
Cut a 2 3/8 inch square from this rectangle as well then cut it in half on the diagonal to make 2 triangles..
Now pin the strip to one of your background triangles and stitch about 1/8 inch from the outside edge, take the folded edge to the outside and stitch it down using an applique stitch.
Now you have your handle on you can stitch the rest of your basket together. Tune in tomorrow December 20 for more pictures and directions!
Today I have got to catch up on my Orca Bay 5 clue. I have all of my triangles cut but I got side tracked on those dang little basket blocks. I decided to cut more pieces for my scrappy hand pieced basket quilt, then of course I just had to watch football and piece some! I don't really watch football, it is just an excuse to do hand work. I did get four of the little blocks done though so Sunday was not a complete waste. I got a batch of Rocky Road done too, like I need to be eating high calorie chocolate goodies!
Thursday, December 15, 2011
This is Kimber who LOVES to have her picture taken, she sees the camera and runs to get in front of it. I guess beautiful beings always do.As you can see she is very beautiful and she uses that beauty to get everything she wants!
This is the living room all dressed for fall, as you can see it is very small.
Went to Sundance Clinic this morning for followup concerning Larry's eye and the metal he got into it last Thursday. It was not healing as well as the doctor felt it should. So off we speed down the interstate to Gillette! My little Focus prefers NOT to run at 75! Well that isn't really true I prefer not to fly down the road at 75 the car likes it fine. She still gets 41 mpg and does so comfortably. But I do not like going that fast! So we speed west right into a snowstorm, not severe just enough to make one nervous. REALLY NERVOUS. We get to the specialists office and of course wait-not very long actually and the doctor is not nearly so worried as the doc at Sundance. He does prescribe some drops and wants Larry back in two weeks. Another day spent dealing with something that could have been prevented if only the man had worn his safety glasses!!!
Monday, December 12, 2011
Finally about four in the afternoon we each had 20 blocks done. Of course we would have had more done if we had not played around and had so much fun. BUT it would not have been so much fun if we had not clowned around. These sewing days are meant for fun after all and believe me we live up to them!
Here are the strings we are doing. No wonder red is my favorite color!
NO those are not the strings we are working on!
Some progress starting to show!
Then we started to sew!
Friday, December 9, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
quiltville.com you will find not only the ORCA Mystery but a wonderful tutorial on the use of this ruler!
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Not one stitch yesterday! Had lots of plans but it was one of those days that just did not go well for stitching! I did finally get all of the apples peeled, cored, sliced and cooked into apple butter. The house got cleaned and lots of folks dropped by. One of my quilting students came for another lesson and we managed to get her three little wall hangings layered and basted for quilting. I cannot post pictures yet because they are for Christmas Presents. YES Christmas...... not holiday presents! They are adorable though and her own design so keep checking back I will post pictures when I can. Today I fully intend to get some cutting and stitching on ORCA!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The first clue is hour glass bolcks in blacks and neutrals.Here you can see my quilt partner Sheryl is working on her first blocks, she finished them yesterday. Isn't she adorable? We stitched non stop for two days and giggled till my checks hurt!
The second clue is little blue string blocks. Using up these scraps is terrific. Check out Bonnie's web page! She is terrific and this year's mystery is there. It is Blue Orca and great fun! Just go to your search engine and type Quiltville.com