Thursday, January 18, 2018

January OMG Finishes

 I have finished my units and have begun assembling the blocks.  Next I will finish assembling the blocks with the sashing and border.
 I also finished my last two Kathy Schmitz BOM blocks.
These mini quilts were great to have around.  The stitchery was always something I had on hand as a grab and go project.  One always wants these to have handy for waiting for appointments or short trips to have for some fun.  I needed to do these because I started two mystery quilts.  I love them but it pulls me away from my UFO's.  I was feeling guilty for abandoning my UFO queue so I needed to a couple of quick finishes.  To be continued......

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

On Ringo Lake Mixing the Clues Creation with Block Construction

I have not finished clues 4 and 6 but once I saw the reveal I was anxious to move on to block construction.  I have made which is 10% and sounds like I am making progress.  Meanwhile I am amazed at the number of quilt tops I see posted.  Great job everyone.  I think I will bounce back and forth between making patches and making blocks.  There is still a long way to go.  But as Bonnie says it is not a race.  I am enjoying the process.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Flying Geese Next because Clue 3 On Ringo Lake FINALLY DONE!!

Finally, clue #3 is done.  This was challenging for me.  As I sewed the patches would jam in the plate.  I tried leaders an enders but it still happened even when chain piecing.  Urghh!!!  Then when I tried to separate the patches the thread would come loose and I would have to restitch.  I changed the tension but then whenever I turned the sewing machine off I forgot to set the tension again until the problem happened again.  When I tried to press the patches the fabric seemed to stretch and the end of the patch seemed to no longer be a square corner.  While I was struggling with this I decided to change up my method for the brown flying geese.  I am making 4 at a time.  I am cutting one square that is 1.25 inches larger the finish width (in this case 3 + 1.25 = 4.25) and 4 squares that are 7/8 inch larger than the height of the goose(in this case 1.5 + .875 = 2.375).  I made a set of brown geese for one block to give myself a break from clue 3.  I figured out the square inches needed for the geese and I picked a fabric that I had enough of to make them all.  I made some Brave New World blocks so I could layout a sample block.  When I got done, I realized that I think I would rather have scrappy than uniform.  I have now pulled out my brown fabrics and now I need to find some more lights and I will start on the geese.  When I made my first set I cut my 4 squares 2.5 inches and it worked just fine.  I think I am going to cut my larger squares a generous 4.25 inches because my sample set was cutting it a bit too close.  I want a little extra.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

January OMG

I have laid out one block of Bonnie Hunter's On Ringo Lake Mystery.  My goal for this month is to make all the patches for the 50 blocks of this quilt.  The block is laying on top of my sister's UFO that I am in the process of quilting.  Gina Perkes Mastery Ruler Series should be posting a new lesson in January so I also want to keep up with that project as well.  I also want to finish a Kathy Schmitz Calendar Block which reminds me...My December block is still on display....
 and it is January....the snow banner so appropriate as we are in the midst of a blizzard.  I surely hope we do not lose power.  It gets so cold in the house when we lose power.
 A shout out to Patty at Elm Street Quilts for hosting OMG,  Come join in and work on your UFO's with us.  I enjoy seeing what others are doing.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

On Ringo Lake

I am working diligently on clue 3.  I am making progress.  I need about 50 more patches.  This patch I am finding arduous so I decided to make some other patches.  I decided that I am making my brown geese 4 at a time.  I am cutting a 4.25 inch brown square and four 2.5 inch lights.  I tried it using my Clearly Perfect Angles Cling and it worked quite well.  I pressed the wrong direction so one of the first group was a throw away.  I am using my Bloc Loc Flying geese ruler to trim.  I decided to use my hand dyes for the teal and melon parts of the Brave New World Block.  I quite like the result.  I did not intend to stitch this together because I decided to make my flying geese duos all different.  To make the Brave New World Blocks I am using my Accuquilt to make the teal square and the brown half square triangles.  They measure 3.5 inches so it's a go.  Tomorrow I will get back to mass producing Part 6 and the brown geese.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

December OMG Bonnie Hunter Mystery 2017-18

My goal this month was to participate in Bonnie Hunter's Mystery On Ringo Lake.  I am having a gay ole' time piecing the units.  I even have a box of bonus teeny half square triangles to use at some point.  This month I have been busy.  I deconstructed a quilt that had been started by my sister and never finished. She had started free motion quilting this quilt and gave up on it at some point. She has decided that quilting is not for her and gifted my sister Paula and I with her quilting stuff. 

The UFO was a wonderful find.  The first thing I did was to take out the free motion quilting and take the layers apart.  I replaced the light backing to the right of the batting with a gold homespun. go I think the light fabric would show all my quilting mistakes so I went with a darker fabric that would match dark gold thread that I will use for quilting.
I took all the  blocks apart.
Then I sliver trimmed them to a uniform size using my half square triangle Bloc Loc ruler.  A tool that was not available to my sister when she was making this quilt.
I have stabilized the quilt using some water soluble thread which I ditch stitched on the seam lines.

You can see some of my quilting that I have done so far.  I am using Gina Perkes Mastery Ruler Series to quilt this quilt. This 10 month program teaches you how to use quilting rulers.  I am quilting on my Bernina with my #72 ruler foot and Gina Perkers rulers.
This quilt has another red border that I have yet to attach.  This has been a great learning experience.  I am enjoying this UFO project.  I need to finish it because Bonnie Hunter just posted a part 7 the day after part 6 was posted.  I need to get piecing.

I want to take a moment to thank Elm Street Quilts for hosting OMG.  The place to be to help you get your quilting life in order.  

Monday, December 4, 2017

On Ringo Lake Interleaved with Garlic Knots

Here is my progress thus far.  I am using my BlocLoc Flying Geese Ruler.  I ordered the Simple Folded Corners Ruler but it has yet to arrive.  While I am making my units for On Ringo Lake I am stitching together 2 inch squares for Leaders and Enders.  I laid out a Garlic Knots Block and grab pairs of patches as I go.
I am using the INTERLEAVE CONSTRUCTION to make good use of my scrap box.
After I made my first few Garlic Knots......
 I went through my scarp box to find sextets of 2 inch square scraps.  Once done I went back to select a companionable duet to complement the sextets.  I emptied most of my 2 inch section.
I used those fabulous 1/4 inch clips to keep the patches together.  Some of the patches or more traditional looking and the others are bolder.  Not sure if they all belong in the same quilt.
   Meanwhile my sister is coaching me via email about value and construction.  It is so much fun to quilt together if we are doing it long distance.

Here are my bonus itty bitty half square triangles from the corners of the flying geese.  I wonder what this will be? Come join the fun at On Ringo Lake Mystery and link up your progress.  My OMG for this month is to keep up with the clues for Bonnie Hunter's Mystery Quilt. Come on over to Elm Street Quilts and join us by monthly goals for our quilting projects.  See what the others have accomplished.