... where I ramble on about my love of quilting with my work in progress, share some of my day's doings, and offer some sewing tips along the way... You can find my completed projects on my web page at www.kwiltnkats.com. Comments make me smile =^.^=...
My QQAL project finished, well just about as it needs Kerry's magic next. The picture is not the best. It will have a gray backing and probably aqua or maybe black binding. This project called Elvira by Gudrun Erla of gequiltdesigns.com will be gifted to Greyson. Greyson is due in about ten weeks...plenty of time to finish and mail off to Virginia. This one will head to Arizona just as soon as I have Kavort ready to go.
Speaking about Kavort. I have it into three sections that will come together today. Will be needing to cut off the tips and add three borders before it will be done. The units of the pieced borders are already done so it will just be about assembling them. When you see it tomorrow on my Design Wall I hope to have the first solid border in place.
I finished Sunshine Quilt Guild Challenge UFO#1 for April...complete with the label. I think we might do a virtual show and tell since the meeting was cancelled due to you know what! You can't see it well, but I got brave with the quilting on this one. Had to do something with that big center square so I did free hand stars with red thread. I made a template, penciled the likeness and sewed on the lines. Pretty pleased with myself! There is just one more challenge left. UFO#6 is back to the two-step design.
Yesterday's mail brought me a package from Arizona, Kalypso and second charity quilt from mom's UFO. (Mom's UFO was the red/black polka dots.) Kalypso is from a 2018 Road to California Quilt Show workshop with Janna Thomas of BlocLoc making the Magic Mariner's Compass. Kavort stepped aside so that the binding and sleeve could be attached to the two new arrivals. Love to bind and these two will keep me busy while watching Star Trek: Picard. We took advantage of the one-month FREE CBS All Access app. We are through the first five episodes of the first season. Liking it! Of course my hands must be busy =^.^=
I also took advantage of a FREE Primitive Gatherings pattern called Village. It will do perfect to use up scraps making the many houses. Kerry mentioned Bonnie Hunter is offering, starting tomorrow, an eight week mystery project to keep us happily sewing. Check out Quiltville blog tomorrow if you want to be involved. I am trying to resist...I don't need to be starting anything new right now 😊😊😊😊😊😊
This week I am very happy to change the numbers. QQAL Elvira completely from stash. Take care!
The Live broadcast schedule of the Quarantine Quilt Along at GE Designs with Gudrun Erla was lots of fun. On average there were 1.7K viewers from all points around the globe. Amazing what technologies we have these days. There promises to be more to keep us busy from her site during these times of quarantine while this dreadful virus gets thwarted. The FREE pattern is available on her site for download. I am not certain how much longer it will be available for FREE. So let me show you the fruits of my day's labor.
My Design Wall layout of QQAA Elvira!
You can just see Kavort poking out from behind (yes she's still waiting for me...)
The Elvira project was so easy and came together quite quickly. It presents itself well to focus on large prints. So if you have a chance pick up the pattern and pull out all those fabrics that you've been holding on too. You shouldn't be out and about right now so clear out your stash!
I've been talked into, of course very willingly, to a Quarantine Quilt Along hosted by Gudrun Erla on Facebook. It is to begin 7am Pacific. This means I was getting ready for it selecting the 12 FQs that would be needed for a crib size. (Guess whose to get this...)
These are the fabrics selected.
This is the layout...
This isn't what was planned to happen, but we must be flexible when something as fun as this comes along. Kavort will just need to wait to be claimed...perhaps next week.
My free hand quilted stars turned out very well. I am pleased with myself, but as I mentioned to Kerry, there's nothing to worry about in getting more of my projects. I would much rather use my checkbook. I will be working on binding after the QQAL; the used fabric is for the binding on the UFO. This one came with a back. Return tomorrow to check out my Elvira project on Design Wall Monday post. Take care everyone =^.^=
Today I had an appointment to have my hair styled. Kaityln was under the weather last Wednesday when I was originally planned to be beautified. When today rolled around all kinds of virus affect came into play. At this point many didn't want to venture out unless necessary. My company was in full swing to have us get ready to work from home. Needless to say...Monday's styling was cancelled. By this time I'm at least a week out from the miracles that happen with our hairdressers. Oh I hope I can get in to see Kaityln soon.
This weeks trip to Virginia for the Baby Shower honoring my niece and her first born was cancelled too. Just a bit to risky to travel. The event is still going to take place so hopefully a bit of magic can be figured out to make it virtual. Lots of family was to travel for this shower...too bad so many would have been there, but had to back out. I'll post some photos if a virtual shower happens. I sure wanted to be there as a surprise.
So quilting with all that's been going on hasn't been happening too much. I worked on my Sunshine UFO #1 and have it nearly complete. I'm experimenting with the quilting; a bit of free hand stars. I'm very apprehensive and a also excited if I can pull it off.
Here's the kit for my Sunshine UFO #1 Challenge project. I'll be making Jenny Doan's Diamond Pavers pattern. She has a youtube video of it HERE. I've got the light blocks done and plan to work on the dark blocks next. The dark on the top and the solid white go together and the print white goes with the green. The red goes with the ribbon candy for the outside border and the large piece in the front is for the back. There will be a total of 12 blocks to work with for a fairly good sized quilt. Christmas will be here before you know...right?
Friday I received the thread kit for Beware! It's Halloween project. I also had them send me needles and a threader for the larger threads. All I can say is WOW! Midway Wool Company is the quilt shop where you can find this project and all that it takes to make one of your own. I'm still working on Kavort aka Frolic by Bonnie Hunter. The horizontal rows are together now with the sewing of the rows next in the project's journey. Photos tomorrow so I hope you come back and check out my Design Wall Monday post. No changes to stash this week =^.^= Used this week: 0 yards
Two different angles to share of Kavort aka Frolic by Bonnie Hunter. Everything is sewn excepts the vertical rows. There was a lot of rearranging the blocks so far, but it looks from these photos that there might be more. Not sure I like the three very similar ones in the right top quadrant playing together. Maybe one of the darker ones needs to switch places.
Time for a change of scenery on my Design Wall! =^.^=
Lot's of completions to share today. Mom received the table runner made for her St. Patrick's Day decorations. I haven't seen how it looks on the table; photos promised!
Sunshine UFO #2
The Sunshine Quilt Guild UFO Challenge has been met for March. The meeting is Tuesday so I am all set.
Kruella 2019 UFO
Kruella was one of three projects that came from Kerry recently. Only 12 inches square is this wool project. I am pleased with how it turned out.
Flying Geese Demo UFO
Several years ago the Flying Geese Demonstration at Sunshine Shine Quilt Guild yielded all kinds of green flying geese. I made a few more and this project came together. It isn't very large, but I'm sure will be loved by someone. It will be for the charity the guild supports.
UFO from Mom #1
The first of two projects from the polka dot four patches finished. It is just so funny that after the two tops were made that Mom found the pattern they were intended to be used. These four patches and the red fabric languished not only in Mom's sewing room, but then in mine for years.
So I have some yardage used to take a dent out of my stash this week.
This BOM project, Beware! It's Halloween!, first units arrived on Saturday. You may recall it is a project that I joined in January at Road to California Quilt Show. The words at the bottom of the pattern are descriptive of how I feel about this wool project.
The first units are two of the designs in the top middle block. The cauldron and the cat with the bats. I'm loving the fabrics that came in the kit. Now I need to see if I have the threads required. I may just end up buying the thread kit.
Did you enjoy your one extra day? I was catching some hours at work instead of using vacation time for two days last week. Boy did I have a good day without interruption.
I did pick up some wool when I was visiting family in Tampa. My brother took me to Sweet Darling Quilts. A nice store tucked in the corner of a strip mall in Lutz which is a community in the Tampa area. It will be used on my Wooly Nutcracker project. I do think I have everything I need for this project. The other two pattern and notions kit come from Sewing Center of Wesley Chapel, another Tampa area community. I just couldn't leave them in the 1/2 off discount basket.
The pattern, The Picnic, has been on my list of projects to work. It is by the same designer Paula Ashworth Lewis as Kastaway...which has a little bling thing started. Mom enjoyed adding the bling! Sort of hard to see, but there is silver in some stars and jewelry along with a sparkling bow and eyelashes.
Although I did the preparation for blocks 5 and 6 of Fit to Frame, not much progress was made. There is a bunch of stitches on the tree trunk and the ground is stitched down. I haven't anything to change my stats from two weeks ago. I am anxious to get back to my sewing room. =^.^= Used this week: 0 yards