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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Celtic Solstice and Hexie Progress - slow but sure!

Are you a slow stitcher or a fast one?

Do you get things done really quickly or savor the process?

Do you work on one project until it's done? 

Or are you like me with several things going at once?


Here is where Celtic Solstice is today.  The left portion is all stitched together.  The right portion is webbed and ready for the horizontal rows to be stitched together.

I showed you the first two borders here. The final border is a bright blue.

The pieced border is only stitched into "twosies" at this point.

In addition to Celtic Solstice, my evening hand stitching project is hexies.


When the diamonds are added, they will fit like this.


Of course, I have to add some more neutral to the final points before adding diamonds.  And, I'll have to make 5 more diamonds, too!  I cut more neutral fabric this morning for more hexie variety.

Then, there is the pyramid project that I showed you here.  All of the setting triangles are stitched now, so it is just a matter of sewing the diagonal rows and deciding if a border is needed. 

I need to take a photo of the pyramids now that all of the setting triangles are done.

So which are you? Fast, Slow, one project at a time or working on many projects?  I'd love to know so leave a comment below.

Until next time,
XOXOxoxoXOXO

Lois

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sew Day and Pyramid Building

Last week my friends and I had the opportunity to get together for a day of sewing fun!  Joyce was in the valley for a few days to stay with grand kids.  We met at Diane's as her husband had surgery a couple of weeks ago and we didn't want him to be alone yet.

I made Crock pot Potato Soup and carrot cake for lunch so we were set to sew! And sew we did!

Joyce is working on four patches for a quilt for one of her grandsons.


Now doesn't she look happy!  She got all the ones she had ready to sew that day done!

Diane was continuing a tradition of working on a quilt she plans to enter in the Arizona Quilters Guild Show which is in March.  Yep, last minute, but she always gets them done! And they win prizes, too!


These geese are for the border of her flying geese quilt. these are actually the side triangles, the geese are from various prints that are used in the blocks of the quilt.


We are all working on hexie quilts.  This is the beginning of Diane's.  I had mine there, too, but have a lot more done on it now and have not photographed the progress -- next time.  Joyce did not have hers there that day.  She is working on a larger size hexie, but has now purchased the smaller one that Diane and I are using as she likes that size better now that she has seen our progress.


Joyce made this wonderful bag for me to use while working on hexies.  She made Diane another friend and herself one, too.  She's been a busy gal!


Just look at all of those compartments!  She had rolled up 2" strips of fabrics in the colors I'm sewing my hexie quilt in as an extra surprise!  I am loving sing this wonderful bag. Thank you, Joyce!


I was working on setting triangles for my Thousand Pyramids quilt.


All of the blocks are finally sewn together and the top 5 of the setting triangles on the right side.  None of the blocks are sewn into rows and the 7 setting triangles yet to be sewn are just pieces placed on the design wall.  This quilt began with an exchange of fabrics almost 30 years ago.  I won't say there are no repeated fabrics as there may be one or two, but not intentionally.  I think there were six of us who sent each other fabrics 10 per month in the color of the month until we had a thousand fabrics.  Since we sometimes bought the same fabrics, there may be some that are the same.  I'll tell the whole story when the quilt top is done and ready to be off the design wall!

I need it off the design wall so I can put Celtic Solstice up there! All the blocks are done.  All of the pieced border blocks are done, but none of the rows have been sewn together.  It's on the list, but first I want those pyramids off the design wall.  My design floor doesn't allow me to check out the blocks as well, but I have decided that an Oriental rug would look lovely on the floor in the loft once Celtic Solstice is finished!

So, I'm making progress on 3 quilts.  Yay!

Until next time,

sosoSOSOsoso

Lois






Saturday, January 24, 2015

Mobile Moment - Celtic Solstice progress

It has been a whole since I've updated the progress on this quilt. Only 6 blocks are not quite done. Each of those blocks only need the final two seams stitched. The yellow inner border I cut may be too bright.
The pieced border is partially sewn into "twosies" . I started using these pieces as my leader/enders. The final border will be blue, but I have not cut it yet.
Now to select another inner border and do the final stitching on the last blocks. This was last years Bonnie Hunter mystery. I know - I'm slow!
Until next time,
xoxoXOXOxoxo
Lois

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Bonnie Hunter Class - Cathedral Stars

Here is a look at some of the class I took from Bonnie Hunter a couple of weeks ago.  It was a fun class - no stress as none of the methods were new to me and I was among friends!

Bonnie is a great teacher - one who gets out among the students and helps those who need it and chats with those who are doing okay.  She demonstrates the rulers she recommends the students use and makes sure they are using them correctly.  She is friendly and warm.



She is out among the students, but not too busy to stop and pose!


Strips are essential for a BH class!


Some end up as 4-patch units, others as half-square triangles and others as star points in the Cathedral Starts class.  The pattern is free on Bonnie's Blog. Other patterns are in one of her six books which you can order from the blog or her web site.


The morning was spent on this block.


Some chose high contrast fabrics.


Others chose low contrast fabrics.


And we sewed!


And we sewed and visited!


Amazing how many different people's blocks just go together! The star was the alternate block which we worked on in the afternoon. Sorry no pictures of that - I was sewing!


We shared quilts we had done or were working on.  This one is my friend Diane's quilt she is making for her daughter.  Almost the same star block with slightly different placement of squares.


And Joyce's Lego quilt.  This was made from 1-1/2" strips!  Wow!


And my Autumn Chains quilt.


I know - crazy -- that is the back of the quilt.


Diane brought us to tears with her presentation of these t-shirts.  They say, "Friends don't let friends quilt alone!"  We've been quilting friends for 29 years!


With Bonnie's quilt as a backdrop, old friends and new including Bonnie came together.


The whole class and lots of new friends were made!

Thank you Bonnie for a fun class!

Until next time,

xoxoXOXOxoxo

Lois





















Thursday, January 15, 2015

Mobile Musings

I have a new phone and am hoping I'll be able to post with it. My old phone would only post the text. If I tried photos, it would not post.
I got a new piece of equipment yesterday and I'm very excited about it. With these two pieces, I'll be able to take photos without the risk of jiggling my "big girl" camera. No more blurs from movement!
Have an awesome day.
xoxoXOXOxoxo
Lois

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

While Making Plans, Life Happens!

Yes, I know!  I've been missing in action for some time now!  You know how that goes -- while you make plans, life happens.

Here are a few of the things that have kept me away.

First we had a big celebration.

When we all get together, it is quite a party without additional guests!


Many family photos were taken on Friday night and then there was a dinner the following night with lots of family time in between.

Then there were a few projects that kept me busy.  I made bunting for the Church nursery.


Nursery B windows. These are double.  There will be a tutorial in the future.


This is a mirror for the kids, but a window for the parents who can check from the hallway without being seen by their precious babies.


Nursery A has the same type window.  This is the infant room.


The little curtain hides the collection of DVD's.

Then before I knew it --


It was time to get ready for Christmas!


Lots of presents exchanged!

Fleur de Lis was the theme this year.



The cousins love to get together and there is drama!


And a little fashion help.


And finally, last week, I got to take a quilting class with Bonnie Hunter.  More on that later, too!

That is what happened -- Life!  I've missed you, but plan to be a regular blogger now that those things are in the past!  I missed you all!

Until Next Time!
xoxoXOXOxoxo

Lois










Monday, August 4, 2014

Mini Retreat and Progress on Celtic Solstice

It took a bit of planning, but a couple of weeks ago, friends Diane, Joyce and I got together at Joyce's cottage for a mini retreat.  Coordinating schedules can be hard!  But, Diane and I finally got to escape the heat of the valley to go up to see Joyce for a couple of days in the cool mountains!

Here is the view from the deck early in the morning.  Can you believe we did not sleep past 6 AM any of the days?


In no time, we had our machines set up and were sewing!


It is a good thing we went when we did.  Last week Diane took a bad fall on her roller blades and has several breaks in her right hand and fingers plus scrapes and bruises on the rest of her right side! It will be a while before she will be able to do much sewing!


Diane was paper piecing the blocks for a flying geese quilt.  It is going to be stunning!


Joyce was stitching corners on units for a quilt with some bow tie units as her "leaders and enders".


I was finally putting together the units for the star blocks of the Celtic Solstice quilt a Bonnie Hunter mystery quilt started last November.

We all made quite a bit of progress in addition to laughing, talking, eating and just enjoying being together.  We are planning to something special for our 30th Friendiversary in 2016.  We met in 1986 when we all joined the same chapter of the Arizona Quilters Guild and became fast friends.

Since our mini retreat, I've made a bit of progress on the Celtic Solstice quilt blocks.


All 40 of the star blocks are completed.


The star blocks alternate with blocks that have a pin wheel in the center.  Two are shown above.  Now all I have to do is make 39 more of those blocks, stitch the pieced border and add two more borders.  Yeah, it will be a while before the top is finished, but progress is being made.

So what are you working on?

Until next time.......

xoxoXOXOxoxo

Lois