Four more blocks done! My math says that I have 61 finished and 11 left to make.
Here they all are on the design wall. Now I need to get serious thinking about what I want to do with them. Wall quilt? Bed quilt? A dozen placemants? Just kidding, no placemats! But if it's going to be a bed quilt it's got to get bigger. Maybe a wide border with smaller circles sprinkled around it. I might even think about some plain blocks (quilted circles) in the center. I don't know. Just thinking at this point. I still have 10 more blocks prepared for stitching.
More moons! I watched football all weekend so I got a bit of stitching done. If my math is right I have 57 finished and 15 left to do. I'm going to have to come up with a new hand stitching project soon. There's no way this project will last the rest of football season.
I think that with 72 blocks that this quilt, without borders would be 64 x 72. Maybe I need to think a bit about what I want this project to be. That size is too big for a wall quilt and too small for a bed quilt.
Time for some planning.
I've picked this one as my favorite. I like the very little bit of blue peeking through the gray. When I cut the moons I did fussy cut a lot of them and I expect that this was one that I fussy cut to get the blue jsut where I wanted it.
It's football season so there's lots of TV time. In the past week or so I've finished 4 more moons! If my count is right I now have 53 done and 19 left to do. I'm going to have to start thinking about a new hand sewing project very soon!
I don't really have a favorite in this group but I bet that when the quilt is done that this particular moon will really stand out.
This weekend I want to get the labels done for the Paula quilts and start another one of my UFO clean-out projects.
I've slowly been making progress on my hand sewing projects this summer and I recently finished 4 more moons. I have not grown bored with this project yet.
I had a tough time deciding on a favorite between this one and the orange one. I'm so partial to orange but I picked this one just because of the unique coloring. I think I dyed it purple first and then overdyed yellow.
I hadn't pulled all of the blocks out since May so it was time to put them all up and get even more motivation to keep going. It turns out that I didn't even have all of them up there! I missed 4 of them. I seriously love these blocks.
I now have 49 done and 23 prepped for stitching. Football season starts soon so this and the vintage flower blocks will start to see some serious action starting in September.
I really dislike July and August. The heat doesn't bother me at all but the humidity and mold here in Central Virginia is stifling. I have my allergies mostly under control the rest of the year but mold is my Achilles heel. That means that I mostly stay inside for 2 months of the year. That's a huge improvement over my situation 10 years ago but boy do I look forward to our Maine trip every summer!
But until then, I'm an inside girl. I'm not good at working on one project at a time. I'll work on one thing for an hour or so and then switch to something else. Watching TV is hand sewing time. Because I sprained my ankle there's been a lot of TV time and this week I finished up another set of moons.
At this point I have 45 done and 27 prepared and ready for stitching. I still don't know how big I'll make this but I'll probably just keep working on them and maybe I'll get more than 1 quilt from them.
I think this one is my favorite of this group just because of the unusual coloring. I like hw the grayish lines blend right into the background. Very eerie.
My transition back into a normal schedule is going slowly but that's all OK because it's delayed because we have guests. We had some of Chris' high school friends here last night as they all prepared for a big fishing trip today. Instead of sewing I made brownies and helped Chris get dinner prepared. We had a fun evening telling stories and reminiscing.
I did squeak in a bit of hand sewing so I could finish off this set of moons. Each moon takes about an hour and a half to stitch.
I love all of them but this is my particular favorite of this batch. I love the orange with the black. if I counted right in the last post I now have 41 done and 31 prepared and ready for stitching. Now I'll switch back to the vintage flower blocks for a bit. I probably won't post tomorrow because our guests will still be here but maybe I'll have something to share by Friday.
I've had a lot of hand stitching time lately and knocked out 4 new moons pretty quickly.
I love studying them as I make them and seeing the interplay between the 2 colors in each moon fabric.
About every 8 blocks I like to put them all on the wall to see how they are looking. I LOOOOOVVVVVEEEE these blocks. I have finished 37 and have 35 more prepared to stitch. I haven't decided what I'm going to make with them. I might do a wall hanging or a big queen sized quilt...or both. I've got plenty of shibori fabric to cut more if I want. I could see making tons more of these. Each one takes a little over an hour to stitch so they go pretty quickly. I have to wear a reading magnifiers over my glasses to work on them so there is a bit of eye strain involved and I have to be careful about that and make sure I have good light. But they are certainly like potato chips, you can't stitch just one!
I'm finally unpacked from our trip and finishing up the last of the laundry today. I've unearthed all of my travel project containers so I can share my 4 new moons.
My evenings in the Denver hotel alone were great from hand stitching these moons.
Today I'm running errands but hope to get back to working on Mom's quilt this afternoon or tomorrow.
I intended to post today to tell you about a beautiful new gradient and the fabric of the week. Instead we had some sort of ghost in the internet last night that didn't want me to do that. But it did finally let me upload these two photographs. Well, I can be flexible so let's go with moons today.
I actually finished these 4 Loony Moony blocks in early December and I just forgot to post them. Every time I make one I'm certain that that one is my favorite. In this batch I love the light blue highlight in the bottom right one and the cross-over patterning of the upper right one. The lower left one is so wonderfully moody and the top one looks almost floral.
Here are all of the ones that I have done so far. With this many complete you can start to see the background effect that I am going for. I have dozens more blocks to make and I could easily see getting 2 quilts out of this set of blocks. I could also make one giant queen size quilt. I'll see what kind of mood I'm in when the blocks are done in about 10 years.
Progress will slow a bit now that football season is over. Once we get the kitchen/family room back together I will make a little progress watching movies and TV with Chris.
We hit a major milestone yesterday with the kitchen. We have officially made every decision that needs to be made. Now it's all on the contractor and I'm really happy about that.
I'll be back tomorrow with a beautiful new gradient!
Loony Moony and other things
It poured rain here yesterday and we have satellite TV and internet. When it rains TV reception and internet are very sketchy. I could get emails but uploading photos was too much trouble so that's why I didn't post yesterday.
Last night I finished another set of loony moons. I can finish one during a football game. Two of these were finished Sunday, one Monday night and the last one last night. Stitching these helps me stay away from snacking while I watch TV.
In other news, I got the borders on my quilt so it's ready to quilt.
This iced dyed fabric is going to be the backing for this quilt. This is like the fabric that you can find in my Tapestries and Galaxies.
Before quilting I needed to do some machine maintenance. I've been having some problems with thread shredding and snapping so I knew I needed to finally do some things. I adjusted the hopping foot height (it was way too high) and replaced the check spring and beehive spring in the tension dial. There are great Innova tutorials for pretty much everything you might have to do so I was able to follow along with my tablet right next to me. Once I got the old check spring out and compared it to the new one I knew I was past due in doing this work. Now that FloMo is like new I can load the quilt today! I should probably get busy figuring out how Imm going to quilt it.
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.