Quilting Work-in-Progress WIP Projects ~ 4 February 2013

After moving to the east side of Sparks (from west side of Reno) to a smaller but sunnier condo, I’ve finally unpacked most of my quilting supplies and fabrics. Set up a small part of the second bedroom with my table and an old bookcase in the closet to house fabric. On one wall I put up the design wall…thank goodness for 3M Adhesive strip hooks!

My small work space...that Princess Feather block was pieced by my GGGrandma in Nebraska.

My small work space…that Princess Feather block was pieced by my GGGrandma in Nebraska.

One half of my fabric stash.

One half of my fabric stash.

I left a big box of civil war reproduction fabrics in the box and tucked it in the back of my closet…another box is loaded with prints of various colors.

My $1 chair I bought over the weekend from a garage sale.

My $1 chair I bought over the weekend from a garage sale.

Now onto the Work-in-Progess quilts ~ (minus a quilt top I made with Kate Spain fabric that I forgot to pull out).

Left: Triangle rows out of Frolic.  Need to add a few onto each row and make it longer.  Right: English paper pieced Grandma's Flower Garden out of batiks.

Left: Triangle rows out of Frolic. Need to add a few onto each row and make it longer. Right: English paper pieced Grandma’s Flower Garden out of batiks.

Cut Frolic triangles.

Cut Frolic triangles.

Hexie wall-hanging made with Lauren & Jessi Jung Flora charm pack.

Hexie wall-hanging made with Lauren & Jessi Jung Flora charm pack.

Farmer's Wife quilt blocks that I'm hand-piecing with Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley.

Farmer’s Wife quilt blocks that I’m hand-piecing with Denyse Schmidt’s Hope Valley.

Farmer's Wife 'Cut Glass Dish' block that I have with me now to stitch together at lunch.

Farmer’s Wife ‘Cut Glass Dish’ block that I have with me now to stitch together at lunch.

English Paper Piecing my Grandma’s Flower Garden Quilt – How To

I’ve had a few people asking how I’ve been putting my batik Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt together…so here’s how I’m doing it!

I found a 1″ Hexagon pattern HERE…at moxyideas. I printed them out on card stock that I bought at Office Depot. I gathered a bunch of FQ’s in batiks and cut them into 2.5″ squares.

Take a square of fabric and place one of the hexies onto it. Fold over one corner and start a running stitch.

Keep going around until all sides are tacked down.

Once you get six of the petals finish and one middle, you place right sides together and start whip stitching them along one side.

Open them up and keep whip stitching the petals onto the middle, one side at a time until they are all on.

NOTE: ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS open up after you’ve whipped stitched one side to see where next side should go. LOL! Believe me. I’ve got to talking or took my mind off what I was doing and stitched where I shouldn’t have…they look like wee origami. Those little stitches are buggers to get out too. 🙂

Cut the middle hexie’s running stitches out and pop the card stock hexagon out. You can pop the paper out after all sides have been stitched.

Now you can either stitch another layer of color fabric around the flower or, like me, just start adding the white hexagons.

I’m not really sure how I plan on finishing this…I still have a long way to go! 🙂

Rambling Monday ~ 24 October 2011

Wow…it’s been a week since I posted anything.

Friday night, while my husband had boxing on, I prepped a lot of hexies so I can start making flowers again.

Spent Saturday up in Virginia City and then at Bowers Mansion. It was supposed to be cooler up in VC…but they lied. We wandered over to our favorite park up there to play a game of cribbage and frisbee. OH! That reminds me…if’n you’re ever in the need of a GREAT frisbee that just ‘feels’ right? Look no further than Del Sol! Just love that frisbee!

Then over to Bowers Mansion for a couple of games of horseshoes and to walk around.

(pictures taken from my Blackberry Torch…not my regular camera)

View looking down at Washoe Lake from the horseshoe pits.

View looking up while laying in the leaves.

View looking up to where the horseshoe pits are.

Virginia Creeper on the wooden fence around the old hot springs swimming pool.
After getting back from our outing I started washing the box of Macintosh apples I got from Apple Hill so I could make applesauce.

I used a recipe I found online at Simple Bites…posted by Aimee on 29 Sept 2010. I liked the idea of leaving the skin on while cooking the apples!


I added two cinnamon sticks, two vanilla beans and two cups of apple cider with my apples.

Here is some of the finished pint jars of applesauce ~ it’s very tasty! Thanks, Aimee!

Start of a Batik Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt

Not sure how big I’m going to get this…it’s now 12″x18″ in size. I find I like hand-stitching these guys using the English Paper Piecing method…until my CT kicks in and my hand goes numb. LOL! I thought I was using 1″ hexies, but looks to be 2″ from tip to tip (1.75″ from flat side to flat side).

Ok…I’m addicted to Hexagons

Hi…my name is Michelle, and I’m addicted to hexagons. Boy! It sure didn’t take long either! I took to hexies faster than to a Hostess Ding Dong! 🙂

I cut out 2.5″ squares of some 1930’s repo fabric that I hadn’t packed away yet, just to play around with. Wasn’t too sure I’d like making them. Not sure what I was going to make, either. Still don’t, actually. But I do know I’m going to be pulling out some of my batik scraps and play with them! I really like hand-stitching them.

The whites look a bit pink because they still have the paper hexagons in them.

Grandma’s Flower Garden Quilt ~ circa 1930’s

I walk into Tanner’s Fleamarket and Antiques yesterday and fondled a full-size 1930’ish Grandma’s Flower Garden quilt that had a $100 tag on it. So I petted it some more and got a business card from the vendor…who happened to be from Virginia City…local for me. 🙂 I thought maybe by the time St. Patrick’s Day/Nut Fest rolled around I could stash enough money away and give him a call.

Fast forward to this morning. I text my friend Aprl.

Me: If you had a chance to buy a 1930’s GFG quilt, really nice shape, really nice size for $80-$100. Would you jump?

April: Seriously, yes.

Soooo…I hop into the truck, drive to the Livestock Event Center, make a beeline to the vendor. The quilt is still there! I pick it up…hug it…and ask if he’d take $80. She’s beautiful, no?! She’s hand pieced and hand quilted.

Monday’s Ramblings ~ quilts, weather, idiot drivers…

Just some rambles today…my head hurts after a little road rage this morning coming into work.

First off…to the idiot male in the small green Ford pickup with a shell that ran me off of the road (cutting me off in the right hand lane while you were in the fast lane) MAY ALL FOUR TIRES BLOW AT ONCE WHILE YOU’RE SPEEDING AND CUTTING OFF OTHER PEOPLE….you ARSE!

Ok…now that’s out of my system, onto other rambles.

Quilting ~ I finished the American Jane “Recess” quilt top (using the disappearing nine patch), and pieced a back out of leftover Recess material. Am binding it now…with Leo’s help.

Saw an email this morning from MaryJane’s Farm…Project of the Week. She’s calling the quilt a Honeycomb…I know it as Grandma’s Flower Garden, but I guess there’s lots of different names for it.

It reminded me that I have to cut more pieces of the Grandma’s Flower Garden hexagons that a friend’s mom gave me to finish up. The blocks came from Kansas. I had pieced all of the extra hexagons that were give to me…but didn’t save one to make a pattern out of. Need to take one apart!

Sunday we had a pretty sunrise ~ then fog ~ then the temps got up to 53F (but seemed warmer than that!). We opened up the windows to let in the fresh air…at 5:07 pm it was 69F in the house still! Felt wonderful.

Here comes the fog from Spanish Springs!

Quails on the roof of the shed…

We are supposed to be almost 60F today…then another stupid storm is coming in dropping us to the 40’s. These constant pressure changes is wreaking havoc on my sinus! I can’t wait for this winter storm pattern to be over…then I’ll bitch about the summer’s heat. LOL! Why can’t it be sunny and 75F all the time?!

Lucy and Leo in the front room with the afternoon sunshine…that’s my wool sock from Ireland next to Lucy, she steals my socks and runs around the house with them all the time.

Hmmm…what else? State of Nevada will be cutting Education by 6.9%. I don’t think I’ll have more furlough hours…will stay at one day a month with no pay. But state workers will go to 4/10 work week…not sure how that will fly here at UNR. I work in a basic science research area…we’re here 24/7…depending on what exeriements are running at the time. I’m about the only one in my department that can do the 4/10 week. Wouldn’t mind having Fridays off…I’m here 10 hours already as it is, and not getting paid for it.

What’s wrong with parents? We went to see Shutter Island the other day and in front of us a mom was buying tickets for herself and what looked like a 10 and 8 year old…for Shutter Island! A Rated-R movie! How on earth did the ticket attendant let her buy the tickets to begin with?! I’m not sure if you’ve seen the movie, but there are some disturbing scenes…scenes I wouldn’t want a kid that age to see! Holy Cow! And then they sat right behind us…you can hear the kids gasping and crying a bit throughout the movie!

Finally am able to watch movies at home again…bought a blue-ray dvd player that was on sale yesterday. We had a Samsung home theatre system, but in the move I found out my husband threw away the speakers because he didn’t want to deal with them anymore. What he didn’t know was that there was no way for me to hook up the dvd system with sound! :::Shaking Head::: There is NO outlet for ‘audio out’…just speakers out. So off I went to buy a new system…only took me a few minutes to hook the new one up and was watching movies in no time flat. 🙂

The Little Things That Make Me Happy ~ November

Sorta been down in the dumps this week…lots of things coming at me from all angles, just want to go home and hunker down.

Between husband’s lack of a job, bills to pay, the woe-is-me dramatics goings-on in one of my groups that I’m a leader of (and don’t want to be anymore), lack of sunshine for long period of time, trying to see if we could foot a very small weekend trip to Monterey (have two tickets to the aquarium but not sure we can afford to spend the night), blah, blah, blah…

So once again, I need an attitude adjustment…Things that make me happy ~

A while back I bought a bunch of wool and bamboo yarn then sent it to my friend Sharon to make socks in her own time…I washed them all last night and put them on the bedroom’s steam radiator heater. I think of her everytime I have nice warm tootsies! 🙂 She’s an awesome lady!

Old quilt blocks that need me! My mom still gets together with the Washoe Valley Ladies (homemaker’s group of some sort! LOL!…I think all they did was get together once a month to eat, drink, talk about the kids, husbands, and drink some more ~ Hee!) and one of them dropped off bags and bags and bags of fabric. These 20 Grandmother’s Flower Garden blocks, with extra 1930’s & 1940’s fabrics, was part of that. I’m going to continue with the hand-piecing of them.

Meadowlarks…I love Meadowlarks, especially in Wyoming.

Family…my niece and nephew with their wee cousin.

A sampler of Sierra Nevada Ales ~ yum. That Chico IPA was delish! 😀

Rays at Monterey…and I want to pet them again, very calming and makes me smile.