Monday, January 22, 2018

Weekend Stringin'

I saw a string quilt some time ago and started on a few blocks and then set them aside. I needed an easy project on Sunday, so I could keep one ear on the playoff games. 
I save string pieces and Linda O gave me a bag of them. I thought I better get busy using them up! And if you don't know what strings are they are long pieces of fabric in various widths and lengths.
I use telephone book paper as a foundation so the blocks don't get too stretched out. You can use muslin or ugly fabric too. 

 My blocks will finish at 4" so I cut the papers 4.5"
 My blocks will be sewn on the diagonal and I want a red fabric in the center of each one. I start by placing it right side up in the center.
 On one side of the red strip I want to sew all light strings. I start by putting my first one on the red,  right sides together. Then sew.
 Then keep adding strings, placing them right sides together on the last sewn strip. 
 Do that until the paper is covered, working out from the center.
 Trim to 4 1/2"
 Admire your blocks. This, like a log cabin, has many settings. 
 I'm doing mine in a zig zag, like the one below.
The one on quiltindex uses 8" blocks.

String or Streak of Lightening. (Maker not recorded). 1901-1929. From Connecticut Quilt Search, Connecticut Quilt Search Project. Published in The Quilt Index,
And I'll have a lot more blocks to make!

Love to you all! Have a wonderful week!

Friday, January 19, 2018

30 Day countdown to Colombia

If you've read my blog for any length of time you know I've been collecting dresses to take with me to Colombia next month.  Since my week consisted of work and end of year payroll, W2's, W3, 1099's....... and NO sewing to speak of, I thought I'd post a few photos from the last mission trips. 

I left my heart in Guatemala.

Coming back from the fields with their big machetes.
And then there was Bolivia.
And Peru

 Quilters and friends, far and wide, were generous. 
 I got suitcase number 2 and it all fit perfectly! (really, it did!)
And now I wait. 
Flights were confirmed, 2 bags will be checked for FREE, Colombian pesos ordered. These 30 days will fly by! Thank you all who donated!!!

Have a fantastic weekend!!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Stitchin' Post Update

Jean Wells, owner of the Stitchin' Post in Sisters, Oregon,  is retiring and along with handing the reins to her daughter Val. The store closed for a few days While they and updated their store look.  I was in Sisters on Saturday which was the day they reopened. 
It was bright and airy and it looked fantastic!

 I saw my online friends, Diane's book, displayed prominently. I love that!
 Saw this adorable display hanging. I thought it was one by Tonye but it isn't.  It reminded me of my long put aside house quilt. You can see it HERE. I need to get back to that!
 The Stitchin' Post will have their grand re-opening on January 27th. 
My friend, Michelle, brought her Cheri Payne Santa quilt for basting. She had also brought fusible batting, which did NOT work with the sf 101 interfacing on the back of her quilt top. It gives the quilt a bit more body when appliqueing wool on cotton. We ended up pin basting it. This is her first hand quilted quilt project! I don't know why I didn't have her hold it up- it is super adorable!!

That's it for today. Make it a fantastic week!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Lincoln Blocks and More!

 I've made a little progress on the Lincoln blocks. I need to get a few Ohio stars cut out now to catch up with the 16 patches. This is a fun bold project to work on!
I got some of this in 108" wide for a backing on the Fall Festival quilt. 
It has made its way to the quilters! Sometimes on an especially large quilt an extra wide backing is so much easier than piecing. 

And then others are pieced, as usual. This is my backing for the Bricks of Wabash Co blue and tan quilt. This one made its way to the quilters as well. 

My Instagram feed for the week. It's been a good week!!

Make it a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Drum Roll..........Pillowcase Dresses

I asked my friends to come and help me organize the pillow case dresses that were made for my mission trip to Colombia next month. I feed them a light lunch and they help me! I think I'm getting the better end of the deal. Christy, in the turquoise shirt, came with me to Peru last year and she is going to Colombia as well! Thank you to all of those who made dresses and donated finances. I am always overwhelmed at your generosity. My plan was to limit the dresses to 50. 
Sometimes plans go awry! LOL  

 We (mostly them) separated the dresses by size.
 This was the "before" photo.  I'm still waiting for space bags to arrive in the mail. 
 I feel so fortunate to be able to bring these dresses. How many? you ask...... 108!!! In Colombia I'll fill my backpack every morning and every afternoon and bring them out with me to give away. I love to put them on the girls when I can. I'll take as many photos as I can too, so you will see them wearing the dresses you generously made and donated. We also prayed for the girls who would be receiving them. 
Bless you all!



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