Saturday, May 21, 2016

River Rock BOM - Month Five

I just finished Month 5 of the River Rock BOM (Block of the Month).  I just love these blocks because they are large and made from batik fabrics.  I again apologize for the poor quality of the photographs.  I am not a photographer and I am trying to do by myself, without much success.  For some reason I can not make the batik blocks look better.  They just look "cartoon-like."

Block A - 20.5" x 20.5"

Block A - 13" x 13"

Spacer 7

The post that I last published, I neglected to post a photograph of the three border blocks from the Flock of Feathered Stars BOM.

Each block is 6" x 6" finished

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Flock of Feathered Stars - Month 10

It took about two weeks to finish the "Feathered Star Variation" block for the month of May.  I have been working full time and so tired when I arrive at home at 4:15 PM, that I don't want to sew.  Can you imagine that I don't want to sew?!  I am exhausted so most of the time I nap and then I am woken up about 5:10 PM, when my husband calls me to let me know when he is coming home.

This is a beautiful block that I loved to sew together.  I enjoyed sewing it and love the end product----the block.  It is 12.5" unfinished.  I am hoping to finish the three border blocks tonight.  

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Baby Quilt

I am making a baby quilt for a friend at the high school that I work.  I work part-time only but that changed two weeks ago.  The week before the incident, I was working a few hours every day proctoring the CAASPP tests at our local high school.  It was tiring but I forged on because the school needed my help and I really like working with high school aged people.  To make a long story short, an employee at the high school was caught doing an unacceptable act during school hours.  It wasn't anything sexual but very intolerable behavior coming from an adult.  Needless to say, she was dismissed and I was asked to work one week to help in the Attendance Office.  I accepted because I had the exact same job eight years ago.  I do sub in this office when needed so I did not hesitate to say "YES."  With only four weeks left in the school year, I volunteered to work full-time until the school year is over.  I don't really enjoy those long days.

I have had practically no time to sew.  I have to tell you that sewing is a relaxing hobby for me.  I find comfort when I sew and I have something to show for it.... quilts.  My friend at the high school just returned from maternity leave. With very little time to sew I finally finished the top this morning.  I have to add a backing and batting and quilt the three layers together.  I usually make smaller baby quilts but this time I didn't.  I used 10-inch squares and made half square triangles to make the blocks.  I really don't know why I made it large but I hope my friend will like this "very pink" quilt.  She had a baby girl.  

The quilt is 58" wide and 73" in length.  The photograph does not do the quilt justice.  The lighting wasn't great tonight so the photo isn't great either.  

Sunday, April 17, 2016

River Rock BOM - Month 3 and Maui Photos

I really enjoy sewing these blocks together.  They are made from batik fabric and the piecing is fun because they are large pieces of fabric.

There were three blocks that had to be sewn:

Block B - 20 1/2" x 20 1/2" Finished

Spacer - 8" x 13" Finished

Block A with Spacer - 13" x 21.5"

In addition to the large blocks, this BOM is particularly fun because you are given a layer cake (10" pieces of fabric) and you have to go through and determine which fabrics to use for each block.  Instructions on the cutting of each fabric are included so make it easier.  I enjoy the process of sorting through the fabrics.

Maui Photo outside our hotel in Ka'anapali.  A storm was rolling in and there was a light rain and wind.  

On our way to the airport we stopped at Iao National Park.  It was a wonderful green and lush place in the mountains.  It isn't that high up but it was beautiful. The island of Maui is pretty dry at sea level but this is where is rains over 250 days a year and the water collected from four rivers produce water for the entire agricultural area of West Maui. 

This is the needle at the top of Iao Park.  It was used as a lookout for King Kameamea's men in his attempt to unify Hawaii.  There was a fierce battle here where King Kameamea defeated the natives Maui islanders to unify the Hawaiian islands.  One of the signs in the park stated that so many men were killed in this battle that their bodies blocked the water.  Ewww!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Flock of Feathered Stars - Month 9

I finished Month 9 last night.  It was so much nicer sewing this month's block compared to last month.  It was easier because the "feathers" were larger.  This month's Feather Star block is called "Feathered Star No. 2."

This block is a 12" block - finished.

These are the three blocks for the border.

This one made me happy that I like to paper piece!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Mariner's Compass

A couple of months ago, I read a blog (I don't remember which one because I read several everyday) that touted a new method of piecing a Mariner's Compass by strip piecing and NOT paper piecing.  I was intrigued.  I went to the website mentioned:   I read the blog and decided to order one of the two offerings that Robin Ruth had just to try it out.  I ordered the FAT ROBIN which looks like the points are shorter and fatter.  I thought that it would be easier to long wings.

I ordered the set which includes the book, ruler and circle templates for all of the compasses and centers.  The book explains everything in great detail. Robin recommends that you "practice in a block size between 12" and 18."  Robin uses the 18" block in the instructions for you to follow.  I did make a 10" size block because I had fat quarters that I wanted to use.  She uses the length of the fabric, 42", for the larger blocks.

I made the center circle by ironing under the edges and sewing the edges because I could not find any fusible interfacing.  Thus the not so round center. I will try to do the larger compass and post a photo of it.  I will have to go and purchase some fusible interfacing ASAP.

I must say that it was fairly easy to do.  My only concern is that you have to be careful making the cuts for each "wing" or you will make an error.   I like to do faster projects (I am easily bored) but this is a beautiful block so I had better slow down.  Maybe I will finish the blocks faster once I am used to all of the cutting that has to be done.  The book has great illustrations to make this block. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Vacationing in Maui

My husband is attending a conference in Maui this week.  We arrived Sunday and the weather was in the mid 80's and it was humid.  It was very tolerable and perfect. As I would expect most days to be  in Hawaii.

We are stayIng at the Hyatt in Maui. This is one of the views close to our room.  It is a beautiful area in Ka'anapali north of Lahaina.

This is the view through the glass of our "back door."  On the other side of the hedge is the area in the photo above.  Surprisingly, there has been very little noise when the pool was full of children and adults.  

Our oldest daughter and her husband have visited Maui previously and gave us a list of their favorite places and things to do in the Kihei area.  One of those things was to go to Foodland and buy Poke (raw fish).  There were at least 8-10 different poke to select. Yum!

Of course. I have to go to the local quilt shops close by.  While in Kihei, I visited the Maui Quilt Shop.  

I purchased a yard of fabric of sea life in Hawaii and a six fabric packet of batik fat quarters.  

It was a fun store with two very friendly women while I was there.

One last photo of a storm coming through yesterday. It was very windy and misty.  Just enough to add moisture in the air.

This photo was taken yesterday in the front of our hotel looking east towards the mountains.  There was enough moisture in the air to see a beautiful rainbow.