Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Yellow and green checkerboard

The binding is on the yellow and green checkerboard, so let's call it a finish.

You're welcome.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Two more blocks

Here's another Stonefields block. Now I have two versions of this block.

And here's another Stonefields block. The instructions call for three versions of this block.  I went a bit lively for this one.

And here's Molly helping me sew the binding on the yellow and green checkerboard quilt.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Another Stonefield block

Here's the most recent addition to the Stonefields quilt (by Susan Smith).

And here is my progress so far.

And as I was assembling the blocks, Molly was trying to launch a sneak attack. Here she is looking quite nonchalant. As you can see, the design wall is showing the stress from her regular ascents. But you can also see that it has a simple construction using PVC pipe, bungee cords and flannel.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Teal Lion

Here's a teal lion to add to the pride. And yes, he is very proud to join the Rainbow Scrappy Challenge's February celebration of blue-green or green-blue.

And I'm sure that some of you might be a bit alarmed about lions living in the same sewing room as the sheep.

But no worries. Given the sheep are wearing their winter coats, they are much larger than the lions, so the lions keep a respectful distance.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Baby quilt and Stonefield

Here's a second baby quilt waiting for its binding.

And the Stonefield star block is finished. It has a lot of layers. I cut away some of the extra fabric, but there is still quite a fabric mountain left with this piling on applique technique.

And here is the pink sunrise that greeted us this morning.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Checkerboards and Snowballs

Here is the green and yellow checkerboard quilt. Yes, layered and quilted in one day.

Here is the quilt back.

I know you are wondering how I could get so much done given how meticulous my quilting assistant is. Well...we're having a new roof put on the house and apparently that much noise causes quilting assistants to hide. At least for the morning. Buddy stays hidden all day, but Molly has become more brave and comes out at noon.

I will let you decide what she thinks is worse...the roofers or my willingness to engage in unsupervised quilting activities.

I also used Molly's absence to get a full shot of my grandmother's snowball quilt.

Here's a close-up.

And here are the red fabrics in the quilt. The fabric in the lower right hand corner is a bit different than the rest...a slightly heavier fabric and a beige background.  It seems like it might have been used for home decoration although it is more lightweight than what would be used today.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

More Stonefields

Today was a Stonefields quilt kind of day. I cut my base block a bit larger than necessary before sewing the layers of applique on top.  I will cut the base down to the correct size later.

In many cases, Susan Smith's instructions call for multiples of the same block. In this case I made one that was cute and another one designed to lay back and fade away. Not everyone gets to be a star.

And speaking of stars...most of the blocks in the Stonefields quilt are made from stacking simple shapes on top of each other. This one stacks circles and stars.

 Molly prefers more sophisticated shapes with a feline nature that suggests curiosity and questioning authority.