Monday, December 7, 2015

Christmas is coming.....the pressure to finish projects is in full force!

I have not posted very much but I have been sewing a little here and a little there.  I have been busy because our oldest daughter and son live in Oakland about 1 1/2 hours from here.  Our daughter has been looking at home to purchase in the hot, hot neighborhood of Alameda.  Expensive and safe are the key words to describe the area plus very good schools.  Needless to say, we were busy looking with Erin and August at homes.  

Thanksgiving gave us the opportunity to visit with friends and family.  We had a blast eating a very early lunch with my side of our family and eating with my husband's side of the family in the evening.

These are wild male turkeys.  Always around in November through January.  

Flock of Feathered Stars

Last week I put together the fifth month of the "Flock of Feathered Stars" BOM.

The block is called "Morning Star."

American Summer BOM

The past few days I completed the American Summer BOM that I have so far.  I believe this weekend is the last of the BOM.  I thought I had better catch up!

These blocks are from the 2nd month. I finished one and posted a photo of it. The block on the left is called "Picnic" and the block on the right is "Milky Way."

These blocks are from the 3rd month. The blocks are fairly easy to sew together. They are 8 1/2" (unfinished).
The blocks are called:  "Camp Fire" (top), "Fireworks" (bottom left) and block 8 is called "Pinwheels."

The blocks for month 4 are called "Shortcake" (top) and "County Fair" (bottom).  

I just finished these blocks from month 5, this morning.  The blocks are:  "Swimming Hole" (top left), "Lightning Bugs" (top right) and "Independence" (bottom center).  

There are 13 blocks in the quilt.  I have made all 13 blocks so I assume that we will receive the sashing and border fabrics this coming weekend.


I am having trouble with my computer.  I don't know what is wrong but I had to post this entry in "Safe Mode with Networking."  Very different from the look that I am used to working with.  I apologize if there are any misspellings.  I am not a great speller and I don't know if any corrections are made in this "mode."

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Classic Yuletide BOM - Month 8

Woo Hoo!  I am all done with the Christmas blocks for this month anyway.  I will have to do four more blocks?  I am not sure but I am looking forward to putting it all together.  I love the red, green and white fabrics and most of the blocks.  I saw a sneak peek from Joanna sometime last week and this quilt looks amazing.  

Block #15 is called the "Flying Geese."  This was a fun one to put together.  The hardest part for me was deciding where to place all of the flying geese.  It was fun but I had to pin so many of the geese to be sure that the "wings points" matched at the seams. 

Block #16 is called "Rolling Stones."   
Again, this was a fun block to sew but matching points is difficult without pinning.  I consider myself a "pinner" but lately, I have tried not to pin as much as I usually do.  

There are a few applique additions that Joanna asked us to  do this month.  I have not started it yet but I will post before and after photos (if they look good) when I post month 9.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Classic Yultide BOM - Month #7

Phew!  I am now caught up with this BOM!  I have the current month's Yuletide block of the month to do now.

Block #13 is the "pineapple" block.  It was fun sewing this together.  I like the red and green fabrics.  The green is not quite as good as the real thing.  I don't know why I can't get the green to come out well.  I guess I will have to find out how to do that by reading the manual or something online.

Block #14 is the "bearpaw" block.  I love this block in the smaller version but I must say that sewing it in the 16" size was so fast and I really enjoyed sewing it.

Both blocks are 16 1/2" unfinished or 16" finished.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Classic Yuletide BOM - #6 - Catching Up

I am finally catching up with the Block of the Month projects!  I decided to start with Fig Tree's "Classic Yuletide BOM because I am the farthest out with this one:  two months behind with a current month, #8 just arriving for me to sew.

This is block #11 called "Birds in the Air."  Joanna asked us to leave the four parts unassembled because
"There are different ways that they can be put into a block."  I photographed one of the options that are shown to the right.  She added, "We will make that decision later in the assembly process." 

Each smaller component block is 8" finished or 8 1/2" unfinished so the entire "Birds in the Air" is 16 finished or 16 1/2" unfinished.

The second block of month #6 is Block #12  called "Milky Way."  Joanna made this block easy to assemble because she made one of the side pieces from two half square triangles.  Thank you, Joanna

Each of the smaller component pieces are 6 3/4" finished or 7 1/4" UF.  Sewn together the entire block is 13 1/2" finished or 14 1/2 UF. 


Lastly, I neglected to post a photo of the three border pieces of the "Flock of Feathered Stars" BOM from last week.  I don't know if I mentioned that this block of the month is 18 months in length.  There are 48 blocks in the border.  We sew 3 of these blocks each month so at the end, we will have 48 blocks for the border. 

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Flock of Feathered Friends - Month 4

The first Tuesday of each month is our class meeting for the "Flock of Feathered Star."  Not many of us showed up--only five out of twelve.  It was fun getting to know four of the other members because when all twelve are there, it is noisy and difficult to get to know everyone.

This block is called "Feathered Star No. 5."  This was fun to sew together but so far, my favorite was last months feathered star.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Month 4 - Arcadia Avenue BOM

Wow!  I finally finished something since my last post!  I had to work at the local high school last week.  I subbed for a woman that was sick!  There was some kind of fever, headache and general coughing making its way through the student population as well.  Needless to say, I became sick also with the same symptoms that I mentioned earlier!  It was horrible! 

I cannot believe that I finished one block of the Arcadia Avenue BOM.  The name of the block is "Spiderweb."


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

A Flock of Feathered Stars - Month 3

I came home from work and decided that I needed to finish the 3rd month of "A Flock of Feather Stars" block.  I just love paper piecing!  Here is the block for this month and it is called "Feathered Edge Star."