As we approach the end of this year, I hope to ramp up my sewing and quilting efforts again. I had a couple of weeks off, caused by the use of my cutting table and a dull rotary blade for present wrapping. (Jaye, just so you know, we still have rolls and rolls of wrapping paper from my MIL’s stash to use up before I feel like I can switch to cloth bags, but I am looking forward to that concept.)
Christmas brought some quilty goodness – a puzzle, Angela Walters’s most recent book, a Jaybird Quilts table topper pattern and the Mini Pineapple Trim tool. Yay! My daughters and sister provided some awesome future quilty fun. (And that is without mentioning the awesome puzzle board that my sis sent along.)
And then yesterday there was the gift of sewing time! I started Clue 2 (yes, I am that far behind) of Bonnie Hunter’s On Ringo Lake mystery. I got 70 of the 200 flying geese done but I haven’t taken pictures so you’ll have to settle for the pieces before sewing. (Just a note, a fat quarter of that pink fabric provided those 70 quarter square triangles.) In case you’re wondering about all those little pieces, I used my Kimberly Einmo Flying Geese ruler. It may not be as fast as some methods, but it is very accurate – and when have I ever worried about fast?
What have you been up to lately?
I almost called this Books on Monday, Christmas Edition because that is what today is, but I have a naming convention for these posts so here it is. I hope that you are having a very happy Christmas today, if in fact you are reading this today. If you aren’t and you celebrate Christmas, I hope it was a very happy one!
Today we are looking at Edyta Sitar’s latest book, Patches of Blue: 17 Quilt Patterns and a Gallery of Inspiring Antique Quilts. Although Edyta’s color taste and mine are frequently very different, I like her designs. And of course this book is blues, so our taste differences don’t apply here. And, yes, the link below is the usual Amazon affiliate link.
There are some beautiful quilts in this book. Following the Introduction, there is a 30 page Gallery of Inspiration, blue and white or off white antique quilts. There are many gorgeous quilts of different styles here. Stunning!
This is followed by the 17 gorgeous patterns. Each pattern is well illustrated and the directions are easy to follow. I will admit that sometimes I wouldn’t make some of the units the way Edyta Sitar does, but following her directions on other patterns has always worked for me. And so many of her patterns have my favorite little pieces in them, so there is that. And who doesn’t love blues and neutrals? I certainly do.
The patterns include both tiny piecing and appliqué patterns. And some that are a mixture of both. If you’ve been a reader of this blog for any length of time, you know that I love quilts that include both piecing and appliqué. And, yes, I can see myself making many of these quilts or using parts of these patterns in other patterns. I’m especially fond of the two table runner patterns on page 110. I can see myself making both of those.
So this one is two thumbs up!
I did get a couple of other things done besides purchasing items.
First, I did the blocks for the Getting to Know Hue for the November month so that I could go down and pick up the last blocks. November’s were the green blocks.
I need to change the rotary cutter blade before I get on to anything else quilty, so that makes this the ideal time to use my cutting table and rotary cutter to wrap Christmas presents, so that is in the plan for today.
Here is my best nine from Instagram, complete with guest appearances by Kathy and Nonnie.
Yes, I did. I try not to buy kits, but I bought three yesterday. Three!!!!! Here are links to the kits I bought so you can see how much I caved.
First, I bought a Judy Niemeyer kit. It was a pretty good sale price and I really liked the colors. Here’s a link and the picture.
Next, I purchased another kit I’ve had my eye on the 2016 Summer Amish Medallion Block of the Month.
And finally, I bought a knitting kit. I am not sure if I’m actually knitting this myself or begging/bribing Carolyn to do it for me, but it is a shawl I really like. So.
None of these links are the kind that benefit the blog. I just wanted to share my foolishness!
I am sorry if you missed some Craftsy sale days because I slacked over the weekend. Today and tomorrow (December 11 and 12) are the last two days of the Craftsy 12 Days of Christmas Sale! You have until 11:59 pm MT on December 12, 2017, so go check it out. And if you do purchase through that link, thank you very much for supporting this blog.
Now, on to the Books on Monday post! Today we are looking at Cotton Way Classics: Fresh Quilts for a Charming Home by Bonnie Olaveson, aka Bonnie of Bonnie and Camille. The first link below is to the paperback edition; the second is to the Kindle edition. (Of course, if you purchase using either of those two links, this also helps to support this blog.)
This is a book of patterns, beautiful patterns made up in Bonnie & Camille fabrics. Eye candy for sure! And lots of little pieces in fresh clear colors! All my favorites. There is only one quilt in the book that I can’t see myself making and it is a double wedding ring that looks more square than I like my DWR quilts to look. (I like really round. Remember, I don’t do wonky stars. Round DWRs are a thing for me.) There is even a basket quilt that I can see myself making – and I’m not a big fan of basket quilts either. (For the record, I am most likely to make the cover quilt as my first project from this book. Crown of Thorns blocks! Lots of little pieces!!)
Let me get back on topic here. One of the things I like about this book is that the instructions are clearly written and easily followed, as far as I can tell from reading them and walking myself through them mentally. If something can be accomplished with certain precuts, that shows up in the directions. There are a couple that actually show you the cutting diagrams for layer cakes, so that’s a big plus in my opinion.
Most of the quilts use traditional blocks. I like traditional blocks. There’s a reason they are still around. That being said, there are some fresh takes and some modern colors here. (How many more ways can I say this?) As a pattern book, this one is a win if you like even a couple of the quilts. Seriously.
I really haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, but somehow a lot of sewing isn’t happening. Sigh.
I put the side narrow borders on the Christmas Jelly Roll Race from three of years ago, but haven’t done the top and bottom or the wider borders yet. In case you’ve forgotten what it looked like, here is the picture from 2014 when I made the center. I do hope to complete this in time for Christmas, but I jumped into a few other things, so I don’t know how this will go.
I jumped into the Bonnie Hunter Mystery Quilt “On Ringo Lake.” Her mysteries are intense, and I am not a fast quilter. Of course, I’m already more than a week behind. I did get a start on the 50 nine patch blocks. I’m almost done with those now. Here’s a glimpse of the first few.
Once I finish the nine patch blocks, I need to make the two blocks for my Getting to Know Hue BOM. Saturday is pick up day for the last two blocks but I probably won’t get down to pick them up until Monday. I have started prepping the appliqué blocks, which I think I will hand appliqué. There are four that make up the center medallion along with the center star. Even after I complete the blocks, there is still a lot of work to do on that one.
And I’m hoping to complete Layer Cake Explosion by the end of the year. That’s another very iffy possibility, but you never know! Stranger things have happened!
I hope your holidays are happy ones, whichever ones you celebrate.
This week we are looking at Christa Watson’s most recent book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts: 11 Quilts, 18 Machine-Quilting Designs, Start-to-Finish Success! The links below are to the Kindle version and the paperback version on Amazon.com. If you use them, you will be helping to support this blog. Thank you for considering helping in this way.
This book came along at the perfect time for me. I had just looked around at all the jelly rolls, layer cakes and charm squares that I have around here and started to wonder how I am going to use all those precuts before I become nonproductive. And then Christa answered my question! With 11 quilt patterns I’d be interested in making. All from various precuts.
In addition to the quilt patterns, Christa has provided quilting ideas and directions on how to do the quilting for each of the quilts. If you’ve ever taken a class with Christa or read one of her other books, you know that she is a wonderful teacher both in person and in writing. That makes these quilting designs achievable and way less threatening. At least, that’s how I feel about them.
So let’s look at the book from the beginning using the annotated Table of Contents.
- Introduction – This is the basic Introduction material written in Christa’s usual style.
- Working with Precuts – This includes some definitions of precuts, information about choosing fabrics, speedy sewing and not enough fabric (like if you make a goof or something).
- How Do I Quilt It? – This is some basic information about machine quilting and making decisions about quilting your quilt. It includes some information about basting, Christa’s favorite machine features, and tying off the threads too.
- Walking Foot Quilting – These are the patterns that lend themselves particularly well to walking foot quilting. For each pattern, there is a walking foot quilting suggestion.
- Free-Motion Quilting – These are the patterns that include quilting plans that are free motion quilting.
- Combined Quilting Techniques – Guess what these are! You got it! The quilting plans include both free motion and walking foot aspects.
- About the Author
Disclaimer – I have met Christa and I like her a lot. This may not be a completely unbiased review, but I will say that I am expecting myself to make the main cover quilt and three or four of the others. Whether i ever do any free motion quilting is another matter entirely! Thumbs up for this book though!
Here’s what I’ve been up to for the holiday weekend. Not pictured is my very anemic start to Bonnie Hunter’s On Ringo Lake Mystery Quilt. Hopefully there will be something to look at from that soon.
First up, this is a mat to go under the jewelry tree I purchased for the church auction. The fabric is from the Hoffman Challenge fabrics this year. Yep, that center hexagon is jewels.
I was attempting to take a picture of this table runner, but someone seems to think it is meant just for him.
Finally! I got a quick chance to take a picture of this table runner. It is also for Friday’s auction.
During some football Saturday, I got a healthy percentage of the next round of La Passacaglia Rosette 2 completed and sewed into place. The piece currently has a couple more of the pairs sewn on, but then my eyes gave out and said, “That’s enough of that!”
Not as productive as I would have liked, but something got accomplished.
How was your weekend?
In case you were wondering if Craftsy is having any sort of sale this weekend, the answer is a resounding yes! Starting at 12:01 am MT today, (Thursday, November 23) and ending at 11:59 pm MT on Monday, November 27, this is the link to get you there if you care to support this blog with your shopping.
I finished the wall hanging for the church auction. I am happy with the way it turned out and hope it does well at the auction. I am fairly certain that I am not a big fan of fusible appliqué, although I admit it was quick. I don’t think I will do it on Getting to Know Hue. I’m pretty sure that one will be hand appliqué.
Here’s the finished wall hanging.
I have also been working a bit on the third Rosette 2 for La Passacaglia. It is going to brighten up a bit in the next couple of rounds.
And I decided I was no longer feeling the look of the Kimberly Einmo Spinning Stars quilt I started at the same time as I started Lone Star Explosion. The first star block I made didn’t have enough contrast and I’m not really fond of the other block.
I still like the fabrics so I will repurpose those. I haven’t gained a project box with this move though, because that one is broken and will have to go away. Sigh. But there is one less project to worry about.