Monday, September 22, 2014

Design Wall Monday - Catcus Wreath

Catcus Wreath

The Friday Night Sew-In gave me the boost I needed to get some log cabin blocks finished. After I was done, there were a couple of them that I did not like but seeing them all laid out makes them look better. I have one more set of blocks to do and then I can start sewing them all together. I might finally have a quilt that doesn't have to sit around for a couple of years to be finished!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Unblocking of Perfection


It is fun to have time to relax and do some quilting, though trying to obtain the perfect 1/4 inch and seams matching can sometimes be frustrating. Last week I finally took my spool quilt in to be quilted. I had agonized over the border for so long, but when I looked at the pattern the border was similar and I loved that quilt enough to make it. I was watching a show and one of the people on it said that writer's block was caused by trying to be perfect and you are never going to be perfect so just keep on writing. I realized that the same thing could be said about quilting, so I got my Spools quilt out, made the backing and sent it off.

 Cactus Wreath Log Cabin

I participated in the Friday Night Sew In. I worked on some binding, my red work and some of my Log Cabin blocks for my Catcus Wreath quilt.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Design Wall Monday - Catcus Bouquet

I have all of the catcus flowers done now for my Catcus Wreath. I am really happy with how they turned out. I would love to have a bouquet of these! Now I need to start working on the log cabins.

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Not Sharp to the Touch

Here are my Catcus Wreath blocks in various stages of completion. I can tell that it is a quilt I will enjoy using and cuddling under. Definitely not sharp to the touch! I am also working on binding another quilt right now, and I always have to be careful where I place the needle. My children like cuddling with me while I bind quilts and I don't want them to get pricked!

As an aside, I was on the way home after a day trip with my children the other evening and it had gotten dark. My daughter had been reading, so when it got dark she used her DS as a flashlight so she could keep reading. I was quite impressed with that.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Allure Continues - Catcus Wreath

I got all of the individual sections sewn together, so I decided to put together one block to try out my Catcus Wreath quilt. I really like it. It is gratifying when all of the care and attention in putting the smaller pieces together ends up with the block being the right size. I can tell it is going to be a lot of fun. I think the hardest part will be deciding which greens to put together.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Oh The Allure!

Oh, the allure of a new project! I think it is so enticing because you get to start fresh ; no mistakes have been made. Everything looks perfect and there is always the hope that nothing will go wrong. Normally, I start a new quilt every summer but I thought I would be able to resist this summer but I was incorrect.

I bought this fabric in June at a quilt show. I had originally intended the majority of it for a watermelon log cabin quilt but the pattern called for smaller sized strips, and I was not sure if I wanted to cut them all individually. I remembered a pattern I have had for quite a while that used the 2 1/2 strips. I have really enjoyed making the Cozy quilt patterns. I find them intricate but not too difficult to do.


I did have some greens in my stash but decided I wanted to add some more variety. I used a gift certificate from work to buy some more of the greens. New fabric is always part of the allure as well!

For me, one of the longest steps, but one of the most important is the cutting. Everything is ready to go! I think the hopes, and dreams of a quilter should be bottled and called Allure! It would definitely be a beautiful scent!