Monday

Legion Post Curtain

The American Legion Auxiliary ladies at the local legion post asked me to make a curtain for a divider window. The legion hall holds banquets for the general public and the ladies of the auxiliary offer catering services. Back in the kitchen where the window is it can get noisy and it would just be nice for the customers that are renting the hall to see a pretty curtain over a bunch of people in hair nets washing dishes.

So I went shopping for some home dec fabric. I found a nice 60% off sale and purchased 5 yards of fabric. It is pretty heavy but not too heavy that it won't drape nicely and it is machine washable. The auxiliary ladies only requests were that the curtains had to be on rings so they could slide easily and the rod had to be about 10 inches longer than the window so they could slide them out of the way.

I didn't like the large size of the grommets available for draperies at the fabric shop so I headed to Ikea. There I found some nice medium-sized rings with clips that pinched the fabric to hold the ring on. I didn't want the clips showing so I added a strip of fabric to the back of the curtains to hold the clips. Surprisingly, it took me less than an hour to cut and sew all the curtain panels.

Once they were finished my husband and I headed over to the post where he could install them. When we were at Ikea we also purchased the curtain rod to hold the curtains. The rod had a nice industrial feel that matched nicely with all the stainless ovens, stoves, freezers and refrigerators in the hall. We got to the hall and surprisingly, it took about an hour and a half to install the curtain rod and hang the curtains. That didn't matter, we were just happy they turned out so nicely. Hopefully they will add a nice bit of charm at the next catering event.



Thursday

Floral Patchwork Quilt

I finished the binding on the floral patchwork quilt today. It is such a pretty little quilt. The backing is the same floral print as the border so the pretty flowers are everywhere.

I will hang on to this quilt in case I need a quick gift or donate it to church.

I also have to show off Jeff's work. He installed this beautiful barn door between my kitchen and laundry room. Now that the original door is gone from the laundry room, it's like an entire wall has opened up in there. So much more room. Jeff had to rip down some of the wallpaper in the laundry room to install the new trim around the doorway so I think I just got a good reason to remodel the laundry room - ha! Or at least redecorate it.



Tuesday

What's on the design board?

I'm working on a quilt called Treasured Friendship. The pattern can be found in the Summer 2018 issue of Quilts & More Magazine.

A fabric panel is used in the quilt with friendship stars. The panel has to be cut into 6 and a half inch squares and placed in the centers of the stars. I purposely chose to wait to cut the panel in pieces because they have to stay in the pattern that they were in before cutting. I figure if I put the entire quilt on the design board before putting the center squares in, I won't mess it up.

This is a very modern quilt top with a very modern panel. I like the color combination because it's not what I usually use. It's nice to get out of my comfort zone now and then. I'm hoping to do more art quilts this winter and this feels like a jump start.

Monday

Chloe's Ornament

My granddaughter made this ornament in art class and she gave it to me for Christmas. She was very excited to explain the technique she used to get the paint to adhere this way. Her excitement for her art is incredible. It's her favorite thing.

I was admiring the ornaments on the tree today partly because I know it won't be long before the tree comes down. The last day of the year always brings about some melancholy for me and this year is no different.

As I take stock in all of 2018, I am reminded how lucky I am. I went on 5 trips/vacations this year. I bought a longarmer this year. My husband stayed healthy this year. There were many years he wasn't. Two years ago he was discharged from an inpatient stay at 4 pm on new year's eve. This year had its terrible moments as well. My granddaughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and my daughter lost her job. Nothing ever comes easy for her. We try to help as much as possible and I am grateful that they live at the end of my block.

Usually I take some time to make some quilting goals for the new year but I haven't given it any thought. Maybe I will work on that next week...or next year - haha!

Saturday

Panel Quilt Kits

Last month I took a bunch of kits at our Quilts for Kids meeting. The kits are designed to be a nice jump-start into making a quilt top. They are handed out to new QfK members to help them get started with our group. We've had a few new members over the last year but not enough to ever use up all the kits that are available. There are many of them! 

These quilt kits were cut and assembled a few years ago. Most contain a panel or some border print that coordinates with the rest of the fabrics in the kit. I decided to start taking a few each time I attend just to get them completed. There are so many cute fabrics in them that it's sad to see them just sit there.

In the last week I put together 4 quilt tops from the kits and I quilted and bound 2 of the 4 so far. It felt good to get them totally completed. Both the finished ones have a winter theme so I'll get them turned in next weekend while they are still in "season".



I still have 2 quilt tops to quilt and 2 more kits to put together. It seems like a great winter project.

Thursday

Bullseye Quilt Along

I've decided to join the 2019 Country Threads bullseye quilt along. It requires 48 9-inch, 8-inch, 6-inch and 4-inch squares to be cut before January 1st. All the pieces should be from a medium to dark fabrics except for the 9-inch squares. Those should all be lights.

I cut all the pieces except for the light fabrics. The instructions state to use all different fabrics and I struggle to find 48 different lights big enough to get a 9-inch square of each. So I will do the best I can once I get into the quilt along. Maybe it will be OK to repeat some fabrics for more than one block. I really won't know until I see the first instruction.
The first blog post for the quilt along can be found here

Monday

Merry Christmas

We are totally ready for Christmas and are looking forward to all the excitement the holiday brings.

Everybody is happy, it is a joyful time.

Tuesday

Floral Quilt WIP

I purchased a bag of remnants from a local quilt shop about a year and a half ago. When I opened the bag full of scraps there were cut squares of a variety of fabrics that went together well. I don't know if the shop owner made a sample and these were leftovers but that's sure what it seems like. I liked the pretty colors and I knew that the quilt shop had more of the fabrics in their clearance section so I bought some yardage to go along with the scraps.

I finally decided to see if I could put something simple together with the remnants. So I stitched the blocks together to make a patchwork center and added some borders to the top, bottom and sides. I was amazed that I had just enough fabrics to make a simple top, the backing and the binding.

I decided to use high-loft batting on the quilt and I quilted it using a nice swirl-pattern that was pretty simple. It's a nice change working in these colors with all the Christmas prints I've been using lately. So far I like how the quilting pops with the nice thick batting.