Monday, January 16, 2017

My Leader/Ender Project for 2016

 Over the years, I have been intrigued by postage stamp quilts, but I couldn't imagine having enough  different fabrics to make one.  It takes thousands of pieces of fabric to make one.  Then in my browsing through the internet I came across a postage stamp swap... and I joined!  

The idea for this group is to take a 1.5in WOF strip and cut 25 squares. Do this 25 times for 25 identical sets.  At the time I joined, I was in the process... or just finishing my niece's wedding quilt.... and I had some extra fabric. Perfect! I had to dig through my stash to have the required 25... but I made it work.
I mailed the package off to the group leader and waited. In a short while I received a package back with 25 sets of squares.   There were several repeat sets from each quilter but my postage stamp quilt was born.  

Here are my first 8 blocks (my block is laid out and ready to sew at the top). You can see the remaining packages waiting to be sewn on the left.

Here are the steps I use to make these tiny blocks with 25 fabrics that finishes at only 5inches.....

1. Lay out the squares on my side table.

2.  Pick up and sew the first two vertical rows.

3.  Pick up and sew the last two rows.

4.  Add the center row two the first two rows.

5.  I feed through my main project.
6. Pin last 2 rows to first 3 rows.   
7.  My little block is now "webbed".

8.  I go back to working on my main project.  When I reach a breaking point I fold over and pin the top row to the next row of my little block and feed it through as an Ender.

9.  I feed through my little block, remove the main project.  Now my little block is a Leader to the next step of my main project.

To date I have made 52 little blocks... and I have a few more packages of little squares cut and ready to sew.  Yes, they are a little fiddly to work with such tiny pieces... but I'm having fun... and isn't that what sewing is all about!?

I am not sure what my final project will look like... I'm still searching the web for ideas.  I've found a few I like... I just have to decide when I have enough little blocks made to start.

Monday, January 9, 2017

silly things...

Silly things, like a job, housework, cooking... are getting in my way of completion for the moment. 

I had to stop midway through Step 7 parts assembly because hubby came down looking for food. 

I'll give him credit... he did say he would go grab some KFC for dinner... but I nixed that as we had it earlier in the week and I want to get back to eating healthier now that the holidays are over.

So I was very good and walked away from the studio and into the kitchen....

30 min later... voila!  dinner!

Dinner interrupted my mojo and that was all I got done for the day.

This morning after running around picking stuff up... I put my maid to work.... my roomba did all the vaccuming... while I work on stripping beds, washing laundry, loading dishwasher, paying bills and generally putting stuff life in the fast lane.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

En provence #5 & #6 wip.... and #7 decisions

Christmas and visiting family has slowed down my progress... 
but progress is still being made.

Clue 5 is done.

And clue 6 is done...except for a bit of dog-ear trimming to finish.

Clue 7 is now a work in progress...

I am torn about the yellow... and if FB posts are any indication... so are many others. 

I originally planned on using this bright yellow  but when I laid it out I wasn't so sure about the pale lavender centers.  Then I thought about changing the pale lavender to my bright "lavender" to go with the bright yellow.

I am leaning towards the pale yellow and lavender and those are the pieces I have already made above.  After seeing the bright colors that others have made I think I have made the correct choice.   But, I will need to make up a few of these bright color blocks  to audition before assembling the quilt and regretting it later.

I have really had a lot of fun with the mystery this year and I look forward to a finish in the near future.

I haven't been able to stay close to keeping up since the Easy Street mystery.  That one I finished and is on my bed.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Visiting Family

Every Christmas season we make the trip north to Maryland to visit hubby's family.  With his mother's recent passing and his father turning 93 in February, these visits seem more urgent.  We never know which visit will be our last.


Maggie the cat, coloring books and crayons kept the youngest ones occupied while the three brother caught up on happenings.

Four Generations of Kulis men

After lunch we took a walk across the yard to see the damage done to the barn. 

A huge white pine fell right through the middle of the roof.

His brother was very lucky... the tree fell in the exact right spot and landed between the tractor and the antique car.  There was some damage to shelving and parts, but it could have been much worse.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Cookeville.... Downtown Ice

We are glad to live in a town that is both big enough and yet small enough to host special events throughout the year.

This year they set up in a parking lot... an imitation ice rink and two inflatable slides... one for ages 2-8 the other for everyone else.

What is especially awesome is that our mayor designated a time frame for special needs children and their families... the crowds will be smaller... but the enthusiasm just as great!  Families and children that would otherwise be overwhelmed by crowds and noise had a chance to have fun!


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

En Provence #4 & #5

I stayed up late last night and got up early this morning  so that I could get caught up on this mystery.....   and I did it!  

I loaded up and ran the dishwasher.
I did a couple loads of wash... taking breaks from sewing to switch from washer to dryer
I turned on my new maid (Roomba vacuum) that I was gifted for Christmas and the living room, dining room and kitchen floors were swept clean while I sewed.

Clues 4 and 5 were finished this afternoon.... except for dog-ear trimming and a pressing.  


I am so pleased to be able to catch up with this mystery and may even finish it on time with everyone else!

Check out Bonnie's blog for all the information on this mystery quilt... This is a free gift she gives to her followers every year.  Hurry and download the clues before they are removed for publishing in her next book.  

Now I can really enjoy tomorrow.....going with my grands to participate in the skating and winter slide activities set up in downtown for the holiday.  I love that our town is big enough and yet small enough to do activities like this for families.

I may even have time before the next clue arrives to finish up a customer quilt... or maybe work some more on my postage stamp quilt.