"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Borderless is Decisionless

The Country Cottage quilt top is finished, but not without much too much time spent trying to come up with a border that I like.  Yes, there is much to be said for a borderless quilt, for the simple reason that no time is wasted trying to come up with one.  If now you are thinking, "gee, what did Joanna finally create?"  Yes, what spectacular border did I finish with? 
 How's that for simple?
 This really is a beautiful quilt top.  I ordered a blue wide backing for it, and as soon as it arrives I'll start the quilting.  
 I had spotted a log cabin border that I loved, but it took me too long to make the sample block, so I ditched that idea.  However, I have to try it on something because it is a beautiful border.
Then I tried big flying geese, but they were just too large.

 Then I saw this in a Thimbleberries book, Quilting for Harvest.  The border is really flying geese set side by side.  I love this look.

  This border is just two fabrics, the green and blue.  I didn't have enough fabric, but this is another border I like and want to use in the future.

While I was looking for ideas for borders, I found this in the same Lynette Jensen book, and I think it's going to be my next Let's Book It project.  It'll be nice to work on an autumn project during our next heat wave due this week.  
  I have butterfly bushes and phlox that attract butterflies every year, and this year there seem to be quilt a few visiting them.  The other day there was one with beautiful blue spots, but I didn't get a picture. 

I didn't plant this sunflower, but it grew from a seed from last year's flower.
 Sometimes it pays not to  keep an overly neat yard.

I've fallen behind on some of my qal's, but even a not perfect garden requires attention and the grass just keeps on growing.  
Hope you are all having a wonderful day.
God Bless You.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A Cottage Year With a Different Look

 I put together the blocks for the A Cottage Year quilt.  I used a soft aqua blue and brown as the common colors and have only two rows of the border fabric.  I am using a layer cake for the borders and just don't have enough to make a third row, and that's fine.  I have to come up with a fabric to use for the sashing, and I think that will be challenging.  

I uploaded Windows 10 and have lost the photo editing features I was used to, so these are the best pics I can get right now until I figure out the new process.  

Enjoy your quilting time.
God Bless.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Coffee Grounds, A Year of Cottages and Kats

 I'm showing off my lily because this is the first year in about 4 or more years that it has bloomed, and the secret is coffee grounds.  This poor plant has been attacked by small red beetles every year, and nothing I did worked (I do not use poisons, just bee friendly, butterfly friendly and pet/people friendly things.)  I always throw coffee grounds in the garden and this year I threw them directly on this plant, just by accident.  I noticed after a few days that there were no beetles (after I picked off one.)  So every day this lily was covered by coffee grounds and every day it grew.  And it made me happy by blooming.  Now I'm using coffee grounds directly on any plants that show bug damage.  It's pretty darn good.

 This month we sewed a small portion of the non-black kats bodies together.  So I'm up to date on this project (PatchKats designed by Denise Russart.) 
 A week ago I completed the last little house in the A Cottage Year quilt, designed by Kathy Schmitz and shared with me by Lesley of The Cuddle Quilter.  I devoted whole days to getting the embroidery done and felt great when I cut that last floss.  But now I have to put them all together.  Not sure what I'm going to do.    

I like the way this looks, but have to get the right fabric mix for the log cabin strips that finish the block.

My apologies to Sharon of Vroomans Quilts for leaving out the quilt block charm from my "Let's Book It" prize.  When I opened the package I was so happy with the sewing machine that I stopped looking for anything else.  Isn't it neat?

I have a few more Lynette Jensen books that I'm drooling over, and I'm loving her quilt, "Twilight Village."  It's in The Thimbleberries Book of Quilts published in 1998, and it fits right in with the current house block designs that are popular.  I will probably work on it along with the Cottage Year quilt.  That should keep me busy for awhile.

Hope you are enjoying your quilting time.

God Bless You.
Canterbury Bells
A clowder of kats.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Bird House Finish

In A Thimbleberries Housewarming this design is called Hide Away.  My version is a bit brighter due to the yellow fabric.  
Besides having a sweet wall hanging, I was the lucky quilter who this month won the Let's Book It pin that Sharon of Vroomans Quilts awards to one of the participants.  This pin is the cat's meow!

How cute is this?  It reminds me of my grandmother's peddle Singer.  Thank you, Sharon.

I'm hooked on Lynette Jensen's designs now, and got this book from the library.  
I love the cover quilt.

It's a simple star block, but the color usage of the background neutrals just makes it different.

But, I also borrowed a Kim Diehl book and want to make every quilt in it.
As soon as I can get my head out of these books I'll start another project.

I'm recuperating from cutting the grass this afternoon; I picked the most humid day to do it, but I finished before the thunder storms moved in.  

Hope all is well and you get some sewing time.

God Bless!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Bird House for Let's Book It

After completing the binding on the Stash Buster quilt this morning I began a new project.  I noticed that this is the Let's Book It week at Vroomans Quilts, and since I had pulled out my Thimbleberries' book to make this wall hanging, I got to it.  

I have everything cut out and the house put together.

It's going really fast and hopefully my next post will have the finished project decorating a wall.
God Bless.

Another UFO Hits the Dust

I finished this quilt top, Stash Buster by Linda of Linda's Quiltmania, in January 2014.  I began quilting it shortly after and accomplished quite a bit, then stopped.  When I quilt a sampler quilt, I like to quilt each block differently.  That makes it a slower process, so when my creativity dried up, I put it aside. 
Last week I resumed and got it finished.  
Some blocks look great with some heavy thread work, like these:
I like the way the prints are raised when the quilting is thick like this.

 And some blocks have a spare amount of quilting, like these:

On a few of the blocks I tried the long stitch hand quilting technique, using embroidery thread, and I enjoyed that, but this is a big quilt and holding it, even in the large hoop I use, was clumsy.
I was uncertain about doing something in the sashing, but decided to back away and let it be.  
The backing has almost as many pieces as one of the blocks:)

I have a few more tops that need quilting, and of course, there are new projects to begin, so I think I'll go and find something work on today.
Enjoy your week ahead.
God Bless You.