I got the top all together (albeit not pressed yet) and now, aside from pressing, just need to sew a stay stitch or whatever you call it around the edge to keep seams from popping open. Then I will get a back together and off to be quilted it will go! The blocks are 10" and it's 8x9 so a good size quilt. I think there were 3 blocks left over so will get those in the back. I love the riot of color!
I've been taking from the pile and sewing 4 blocks together for a few days now and have gotten this far. I'm leaving them in 4 patches so that I can move around as something 'wonky' catches my eye.
Got 6X6 at the moment and the ultimate plan is 8X10. This is going to be a colorful, wild quilt and I'm really loving it.
In the meantime, I'm cutting more fabric to make the Jamestown 1/2 square triangles and string blocks as I'm needing more diversity in the fabrics. And while I've got the blues and neutrals out, I'm also cutting for a QOV to be made soon.
ready for quilting. Naturally I did the easiest one first!! HA But if I get it to her now, I'm quite sure it'll be ready to hang next Christmas (if I do any decorating). There are still way too many needing work but I'll only get them done by working on them. Maybe some should go to guild and find new owners! I know no one in my family will be interested in any of my quilts when I'm gone. Sad but true.
I'm continuing to make decent progress on Jamestown while I'm also working on a few other projects. Looks like I'm currently at 30 blocks and Bonnie's size is 42. I've contemplated 56 (a 7 by 8 setting) but will see when I get to 42!! HA
I had TWO of the large under the bed storage boxes that had been sitting in the garage since I moved in here 6 1/2 years ago!! I knew there was sewing stuff in them and finally dragged one in the house a day or two ago. OH MY GOSH!! MORE FREAKIN' UFO'S!!! This was a completed top that I've semi ironed so seriously all it needs is a backing and trip to the longarmer (and more time under the iron). GOOD GRIEF, what kind of quilter does this?!!!
when these cross plus blocks were all the rage? Probably if I scrolled through posts from the past, I'd remember when I jumped on the bandwagon. I knew they were somewhere and searched for them earlier today--I have quite a stack (yet to be counted). They're so pretty and colorful that I had to sew a few together. Yet one more project needing to be worked on and finished but at least I have a really good start and probably not too many more required for 'done'.
and 9 more to go. I got this 3rd one together quickly as these were all blocks left over from past rag quilts. As I cut for the individual quilt, I get enough squares plus enough for one more from each color. Those are sewn with the rest and then saved to be used later. I counted all my squares the other day and had enough for a quilt and then some. YAY! So now I've finished rag quilts for one quarter of the year..that sounds like way more than have really been finished. HA.
I just hope someone loves them enough to want to wrap their little baby in it to keep them warm. Not sure what today's generation likes in their newborn's quilts/blankets.
We've had a wild couple of days of weather. It's been nice and unseasonably warm the last week or so and yesterday it was 70-ish. We had storms roll in late in the afternoon (we wound up with nearly 2" of rain!) accompanied by tornado warnings (our sirens were going off but nothing, thank heavens). Then it got REALLY chilly over night and it started snowing this morning. Good GRIEF. Tomorrow it's supposed to be 60 again. I took a video of the snow but can't get it to open here..oh well.
I've been working on a variety of things the past couple of days. I got my February baby rag quilt done since I knew I'd be out of town and didn't want to risk missing my goal! 😄 Also continuing to cut/sew my house blocks (will be a donation), my Jamestown Landing blocks (will NOT be a donation), my So Scrappy blocks (cutting several different colors for 2 scrappy quilts which will both most likely be donations), Christmas blocks (using the HOB block) and blocks for a QOV. Too many balls in the air or irons in the fire but that's kinda the way I roll and how I get into so much trouble with UFO's!
Those lighter blocks are actually a green zigzag but doesn't show up so good in the photo.
I was in one of the 3 sewing rooms (3 bedrooms taken over by quilting!!) and found a couple of UFO's that are going to get done! I have NO CLUE why this one wasn't finished (some I have 'excuses') so I'm just going to put a colored border and call it done then get it to the quilter. My intention was for this one to be one in the rotation that hangs in my living room. The Thimbleberries pumpkin quilt has been up there through fall and now winter--sigh. So this next Christmas will actually have a Christmas-y quilt on the wall though I doubt that'll make me like Christmas any better.
I also found a jelly roll race quilt in red, white and blue for QOV but it needs enlarging. I'm going to put some stars at the top, I think, in the Just One Star vein (or vane/vain) and it'll need a border which I'm thinking will go on first and then the stars. That should be 2 relatively easy finishes, I hope.
11 to go! I am hoping to do 12 baby rag quilts this year..I certainly have enough flannel for them!! I had just started sewing the first blocks of this one and they've been lounging in the machine for quite some time. So over the last 3 days, I finished em up, stitched em together and clipped. The best part is washing and drying--love that fluffiness. So here's to number 2. I'll need to at least get a start as I'll be gone half of next month.
I really find it hard to claim this as a 'finish' since the only thing still lacking was hand stitching the binding to the back. But it's done and I love it. I should probably give it to a vet but as I began the hand stitching, I noticed a tiny little slash in the backing. How that happened or when is a mystery but I stitched it closed and then made a tiny little patch to cover just in case (I guess, not sure why). This was a few years in the making as are so many of my quilts so it's hard to put a firm date on a label. Maybe I'll just put a ? mark for the start and 1/3 as the finish date. It's washed, laid in the sun for a bit then dried, ready for the closet. 😕
I've decided there are several things I'd like to accomplish this year (trying to get things done and moving them out!) and one new thing I want to participate is So Scrappy using a different color every month. I saw a couple of projects that caught my eye, these plus signs being one.
This month's color is green so I dug through my scrap bags and found several pieces of green that were big enough for these in addition to digging out the neutral scraps. There was another project that caught my eye so I'm cutting scrap pieces for that as well even though I didn't get a green block done yet for that project (but I will!!).
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Books I've Read
1 Widows by Lynda La Plante
2 Under Your Skin by Sabine Durrant
3 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
4 Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong
5 The Buried by Kathryn Casey
6 The Thief of all Light by Bernard Schaffer
7 Playing Dead by Julia Heaberlin
8 The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens
9 City of Bones by Michael Connelly
10 The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
11 The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor
12 Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
13 The Baker's Secret by Stephen Kiernan
14 Educated by Tara Westover
15 Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
16 The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian
17 Before She Was Found by Heather Gudenkauf
18 Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
19 Bear Town by Fredrik Backman
20 Not a Sound by Heather Gudenkauf
21 The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni
22 Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline
23 Between the Lies by Michelle Adams
24 The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
25 Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
26 Beneath A Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
27 The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
28 The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
29 Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
30 Home Front by Kristin Hannah
31 Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin
32 Cardiac Event by Richard L. Mabry, MD
33 These Things Hidden by Heather Gudenkauf
34 Burnt River by Karin Salvalaggio
35 A Life Intercepted by Charles Martin
36 The Gone Dead by Chanelle Benz
37 All The Light There Was by Nancy Kricorian
38 As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner
39 The Devil Aspect by Craig Russell
40 Dead of Winter by Annelise Ryan
41 A Lethal Legacy by Heather Graham
42 The Body in the Wake by Katherine Hall Page
43 One Night at the Lake by Bethany Chase
44 Cold Woods by Karen Katchur
45 night road by Kristin Hannah
46 American Predator by Maureen Callahan
47 The Territory by Tricia Fields
48 This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
49 Into the Savage Country by Shannon Burke
50 Wolf Pack by C.J. Box
51 Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
52 The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
53 All Rivers to the Sea by Bodie Thoene
54 Call Your Daughter Home by Deb Spera
55 Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
56 The Bitterroots by C.J. Box
57 Desolation Mountain by William Kent Krueger
58 Heaven's Keep by William Kent Krueger
59 An Unsettling Crime for Samuel Craddock by Terry Shames
60 Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
61 Savage Country by Robert Olmstead
62 Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
63 Little Mercies by Heather Gudenkauf
64 Copper River by William Kent Krueger
65 Dog Tags by David Rosenfelt
66 Damaged by Lisa Scottoline
67 Below Zero by C.J. Box
68 Cold Shot by Mark Henshaw
1. Assassin's Revenge by Ward Larsen
2. In Too Deep by Lynn H Blackburn
3. See that My Grave is Kept Clean by Bart Paul
4. Tamarack County by William Kent Krueger
5. A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais
6. Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger
7. Northwest Angle by William Kent Krueger
8. A Minute to Midnight by David Baldacci
9. Clawback by J.A. Jance
10. Crooked River by Preston & Child
11. Home by Harlan Coben
12. Find Her by Lisa Gardner
13. One Minute Out by Mark Greaney
14. The Disappeared by C.J. Box
15. The Reckoning by John Grisham
16. Out of the Deep I Cry by Julia Spencer-Fleming
17. The Guardians by John Grisham
18. Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason
19. Thunder Bay by William Kent Krueger
20. Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
21. Agent in Place by Mark Greaney
22. This is How I Lied by Heather Gudenkauf
23. Masked Prey by John Sandford
24. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith
25. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by KM Richardson
26. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes