Sunday, February 26, 2017

N&B Retreat Wrapup

Project Parade

Maybe I just wasn't paying attention, but it seemed like more people were working on bits and pieces this year, rather than working on finishes, so I don't have much to show.

Donna did finish two other things while I was looking the other way -- yes, she works that fast -- but my favorite was Big and Bold (or was it Bold and Bright?).

A simple pattern that shows off feature prints really well. 

The lengths Donna will go to to get a good photo!

Frances made a quick quilt with black and white log cabins, then worked on the quilt I'm sure you've seen that looks like Breeko Blocks to me -- totally uncomfortable to sleep on ...

She likes graphic designs and her fabric choices really highlight the dimensional quality of the design.

Like me, Lisa brought a lot of projects that just needed finishing.  Most of them were done and down before I thought of getting the camera poised.  But this one was a stunner:  Chinese Magic.

Chinese Magic
One of our group who has since passed away made a quilt from this pattern and several S'mores decided this year to make one to honor Judy.

Connie whipped out this sweet baby quilt:

and Marsha worked on these sailboats:

My final project on Day 4 was a real moldie oldie:  Weaver Fever.

Weaver Fever
I started this at a retreat that pre-dates the 2010 flood that destroyed our retreat center.  The secret to success on this one is an accurate and consistent quarter inch seam which is difficult, though not impossible, to achieve when working on multiple machines.  I've decided to get all the blocks made and then find a measurement that will work on the majority before assembly.  I love the graphic nature of this design!

Sew that's it for Nuts and Bolts 2017.  We're scheduled for February 19, 2018; if you're in the area and want to attend, let me know.

5,000 steps without getting on a treadmill!

Handbell Workshop

Day two of the annual Baptist (we're Presbyterian) handbell workshop began at 8:30 Saturday morning.  In years past there have been as many as 20 choirs, but apparently handbells have waned in popularity because there were only six choirs this year -- 2 Presbyterian, 1 school, and 3 Baptist.

Since HPC did not field a complete choir, it was nice to know that the missing notes would be filled in from other choirs!

My spot -- 3 bells B and C (lower clef), 3 chimes, and 2 mallets, all in the space of my music stand: 

By noon I had logged over 5,000 steps on my Fitbit -- just standing and stepping in place!  It was an exhilarating day topped by a worship service where we performed the 4 pieces we had been learning.  (And I'm still humming all the melodies ... )

Saturday, February 25, 2017

OMG - February

How did I do?

My One Monthly Goal for February was to assemble a quilt top from bright orphan blocks.  I'm pleased to report that I finished the top this past Monday when I added the borders.

Spare Parts
I wrote about my process and progress here and here.

It was challenging, yet fun, and I'm really pleased with the final result.  It finished at 45" x 56" and used up over 35 orphan blocks.

Also on Monday I wrapped up the last unfinished item of my January OMG -- putting borders on Holiday Frost.

Holiday Frost
This one was inspired by a quilt in M'Liss Rae Hawley's book, Fat Quarter Quilts.  I can't give you the finished size because I have already handed it off to a friend who offered to quilt it for me in exchange for some fabric I passed on to her several months ago. Win-win!

I am dutifully reporting in with Patty D at Elm Street Quilts.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Get Ready ... Wait ... Wait! ...


Geese Migration
Design by Cynthia Brunz (Quilting is More Fun Than Housework).

Fabric collection begun 2014, mostly Daiwabo supplemented by taupe-like prints from stash.
Blocks begun November 24, 2015.
Blocks Finished November 2016.
Layout and construction begun January 2017.
Final top assembly February 22, 2017.

The sum total of my day's work at N&B Retreat! Looks even better in person. If I weren't at a church camp, I'd celebrate with a glass of wine.  Oh, well, I'll still sleep well tonight.

N&B Days One and Two

Nuts & Bolts

It's a long (and not very kind) story about how this retreat became known as Nuts and Bolts, so I will spare you the details -- except someone ate all the crust off the peach cobbler ... (and wasn't invited back) ...

I headed out early on Monday and after a brief stop at Whittle's for some backs, it was on to Loucon Training and Conference Center near Leitchfield, KY. I like to use retreats to finish up projects where I have plenty of space to properly measure for borders and backs. So that's where I began -- with the inner and outer borders for Zagnuts.

I'm not thrilled with my border choice, but it was already cut and I was here, and WTH, just GO with it! So I did.  Look at the gorgeous floors in this room.  They've been down for at least three years and still show no signs of wear.

Next was the back for Zagnuts, one of the pieces I got at Whittle's.

Zagnut Back
I hope there's a little girl out there somewhere who loves purple!!!

Next I cut borders for Holiday Frost.  But it was getting late in the day and I didn't trust myself to get them on right so I cut the back for it from a wide back from Whittles and sewed the borders on first thing Tuesday.

Holiday Frost
I spent the remainder of Monday night making the back for Star Gazing out of the aqua blue/red berries print, another Whittle's purchase.

Star Gazing with back
The measurements I had taken with me were apparently written down before the borders were added so in the end I only had a sliver left.  I think I'll stop and get more on may way home because I REALLY love that fabric.

As I said, Tuesday began with borders on Holiday Frost.  Then I moved on to borders for Spare Parts Bright.

Spare Parts
Nothing on hand for the back, but I did make the binding out of this piece.

Spare Parts Binding
Next up, borders on this wheelchair quilt made out of leftovers from Trellis Garden.

Wheelchair Quilt
That took care of all the loose ends and provided a great sense of accomplishment.  I finished the day by putting Geese Migration up on the design wall and attempting assembly.

Geese Migration
I'll begin today ripping out what I messed up yesterday -- one row of blocks turned "wrong" (tho who would notice but me) and two setting triangles stitched before the sashing was added.  My tip for the day:  If you have to spread a project out over a long period of time, try to use the same machine and make notes on where your needle is set.  It also helps if you square up your blocks before assembly.  Make lots of notes and READ them!  You can guess how I know this.

So Day Three begins Bloggin' and Froggin'!  After a shower, that is.

PS: WiFi connection here is spotty, at best, so I'll try to catch up on comments, both incoming and outgoing, once I get home.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pantry Challenge Update

I raided my "Adopt Me!' box

Pantry  Challenge blocks
This is an early photo of the miscellaneous orphan blocks I'm trying to fit into a single quilt.  I wrote about my progress to date and how my son prompted the quilt name here.

I have begun combining pieces into 10" blocks, but I felt Pantry Challenge needed some places where the eyes could rest so I pulled some project leftovers out of my "Adopt Me!" box that were more on the neutral side.

I think I need to get a bit further along before I make a final decision on the arrangement.

This project will have to mellow on my wall this week while I'm at the Nuts and Bolts retreat. I need to be close to resources when I work on this so I'll use my retreat time to get borders on several projects and maybe finish up a couple of moldie oldies.

Have a great week, y'all!

Be sure to visit Quilting is More Fun Than Housework to see how others are using up their scraps.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

A New Adventure

Round Robin

I've long wanted to participate in a round robin and my opportunity has finally arrived!

Music City Modern Quilters decided to offer voluntary participation in a round robin this year and 12 of us jumped at the chance.  For convenience, we divided into two groups of 6.  Each person makes a starting block, then passes it on to the next name on the list.  Each person can add plain or pieced borders, maybe all around or maybe off center. Each month we pass what we worked on to the next name on the list and in July we'll have a top of some size.

This is the block I made.  The plain squares are really white -- Kona Snow -- I just can't adjust the color enough. 

Rolling 9-Patch
The block is called Rolling 9-Patch; it finishes at 10".  While it is a traditional block, I think it has a very modern vibe.  I am including the background print in my kit for color inspiration, but it's also available to be used along the way.

This is the block that was passed on to me.

I've already pulled some fabrics that I think will complement it. Now to decide what to do.  I'm already thrown off because I anticipated that I might set the block on point!  Maybe I could pass it on and say I'm done .... No, I couldn't do that.  Maybe some flying geese?  The challenge here is trying to know the maker while letting your own muse take control.  It will certainly be interesting to see what we all get back in July.