This morning, I stopped to have some fun with those half triangle I was making yesterday. They make the best Churn Dash blocks. Playing gave me the energy to go clean the barn.
Did you see the moon turn red last night? Here are some photos in case you missed it. The first is one I took, but my Iphone would not capture the red color, so I borrowed a photo from the news. It was amazing!
I tried a new to me way to cut half square triangles. First I stiffened my fabric, because somehow drawing on fabric tends to distort it. So on the stiffened fabric, I drew corner to corner both way. Then a scant 1/4″ on either side of that line, I drew a sewing line. I sewed the 4 sewing lines, then drew another line across the middle of the block each way. I cut on those lines as well as the diagonal lines
Then after pressing these squares open, I trimmed them to size. I loved the fact that they didn’t stretch and I got 8 squares out of each larger square.
These half squares can then be used in any pattern using half square triangles.
AND THE LIVESTOCK
The sheep know that when I have done the cleaning for the day, food mysteriously appears in their feeders. As soon as I have unloaded the last tractor load, they are on their feet waiting to eat.
Chickens don’t herd like sheep, but that doesn’t keep Bracken from trying.
I’m for more sewing time this week, though it will be slow while I’m still working on taxes. I hope you are taking time for fun.
These little blocks measure 4.5″ plus the seam allowance, when trimmed, which is 1/2″ These blocks are taking about 1/2 hour each because one first lays the sky down, embroiders, then trims, then the grass, then embroiders that in place. The the lamb is done, and finally batting and backing go on each piece. But aren’t they turning out cute?
I now have these three rows done and another 2 embroidered, but not put together. I may not get it all finished in a week, but I’ll come close. I linking up with Patty over at Elm street quilts
The chickens know a good perch when they see it and the sheep don’t seem to even notice. The girls in this pasture got their mite medicine dripped on their backs today. it beats having shots or oral meds.
I was given this pattern for an embroidery machine Lamb Crib quilt by Heart n Sole. I have been given a week to get it done. I think I can do it, but it will be close. It will make a nice quilt for my next grandchild – if and when.
It is made of little 4.5″ finished quilted squares and then put together. Then a backing is used across the back to cover all the seams and the original was then tied in the corners. Today I made 30 of these little squares. That gives me another 80 to go. Since they are small, and the quilting is minimal, they go fast.
As we enter this next year, I have joined some groups to help me keep accountable. This means that I get to post the photo of the quilt I want to finish each month at the beginning of the year and check in at the end of each month to see if that has been accomplished.
January- this quilt still needs to be quilted and bound
February – Bear paw has been cut out. There are many, many pieces and it will be a challenge to get this top done in one month. But I need to apply myself as lambs will be coming next month.
March – Leg Cozie, a lap quilt
April – babies are mostly here and needing a lot of work, plus the garden needs to be worked. So the aim is to get the teapot miniature done.
May – Glacier is 50 x 70 and I’m hoping things have calmed down enough I have time to finish this top.
June – I still have 14 of these blocks that are finished and need to be set into a top. The plan is to find a baby quilt design into which to fit them and finish the top.
July and August – There are several of these blocks. I plan to finish 2 of them during the hot weather.
September – The garden is still needing lots of attention so if I complete the top, I will be happy. This has been on my radar for about 15 years.
October – Time to start thinking about the holidays. This will be gifted.
November – Garden is mostly done, Sheep are breeding and I will catch my breath. I love Penguins and so do others. This will be gifted.
December and another penguin quilt. These are my month goals and I am connecting with American Patchwork challenge, and others as they come to my attention. That’s my way of being help accountable. And of course, I have told you my plan, so you will also be watching.
Have a very blessed 2019, full of health and happiness.
This teddy bear blanket is the largest left over piece from the quilt I made using some of these parts as blocks. And it must have a satin binding to be a proper baby blanket. It is 44 x 44, so will be useful for some time. Instead of quilting, I bar tacked where she will be put the ties as she wanted a tied blanket, but I don’t know what color, so she gets to do that part.
The ducks are finished and the turkeys started. These are essentially small quilts and the binding is put on the same way as a large quilt, which takes a bit of time.
The garlic is planted and the plants that can’t survive a freeze have been moved. We’re expecting our first freeze tonight and as usual, it barely got done. It’s amazing how deadlines help push one to get things done.
Tomorrow is the dentist and the next day is the optometrist. And another week will be gone, and we will have arrived at week’s end. How does this happen so fast?
I’ve decided that 20 of the potholders will be embroidered and the rest will be pieced. So for the pieced ones, the fabrics have been selected are now cut out. The potholder sewing has started! I’m sure with the other things needing my attention, this will take most of the month. Bias binding is slow for me and many of them will have that.
We watch the coats to see who is growing out of this size to keep their fleece clean and from felting. Several of the girls received a bigger size today and tomorrow some will get ear tags. Morgan, the dark sheep here has been very distrustful, but she is coming around. Today she enjoyed having her chin rubbed
And a finish
I finished the lower cardinal today. Then I put the whole project away for a rainy day. I am not enjoying it as much as I would like. It’s time to do some piecing instead. There is a pattern for a reverse rabbit and male cardinal as well as a moose in the kit yet.