Easy Street Update part 4 and 5!

Good morning! I know I’m behind on my Easy Street updates, but I am not behind on Easy Street! I was on a last minute trip to Indiana and was just too exhausted to get round to blogging.  Let’s have a look at how it went. 2012-12-17 19.31.35 I started out with The Shop Around The Corner.  I do like Jimmy Stewart. He’s such a fine looking guy in black and white. It was a cute movie and the flying geese simply zipped through the machine while I was watching him.  I don’t know if you can see it but I have a stiletto that’s actually a dental implement of some kind. I think my dad gave it to me when he was working for an orthodontics manufacturer. Regardless, the thing is wicked sharp and works well for keeping those points in line.

2012-12-15 10.11.002012-12-15 10.11.07When I was in Indiana visiting my grandfather, we stopped at an antique shop. Oh, they had just some wonderful things.  There was a gorgeous double wedding ring quilt that someone did a beautiful job quilting. It didn’t come home with me because I’m not really the quilt collector type… not yet anyway.

I did find a working iron that I thought was a total bargain. It was only $16!  There’s no steam and my goodness this thing gets hotter than Hades and it’s not even on Linen. I pressed a goose and normally with my “Kenmore 1600 watt plastic I’m a great iron” iron, I’ll slap my hand down on the piece I’m ironing to be sure it’s as flat as I’d like… with this one GeezO’Pete! I nearly burnt my hand!

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So, there are my flaming geese. It took me a while to get through the trimming. no matter how accurately I measure a seam, sew slowly, press carefully, it’s always off. At least it’s too big 99% of the time but it’s never the same spot so I can’t accommodate for it. It’s just random.

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I decided to work on Alice for the next unit. What did Bonnie call them? Squatting turkeys? Whatever they are, they’re flying geese with long tails.  I do like them but just look at all the brown in this quilt! At this point I’m thinking the brown should have swapped places with the orange. 2012-12-24 07.45.56

As much as I love them together, orange is my favorite.  Maybe Bonnie will surprise us with a purple and black on white step. I think she said on quilt cam that we are done with the turquoise now, which is my brown pieces. Speaking of Bonnie, you should go check out everyone’s progress right now at Quiltville!

Thanks for stopping by and have a happy Christmas!

Easy Street Update – Clue 3!

Can I just say that I never thought I would actually get to the clue this weekend? It was stuffed full of all kinds of things. Fabric shopping, machine cleaning, some horrible news and some Christmas shopping just about sums up the whole weekend! On Friday morning I started cutting my fabric for this week’s clue.

2012-12-08 22.39.06That evening (I believe) I caught Bonnie on the QuiltCam. Oh, I was SO happy that there were only 64 bits to the clue this week! You can see my fabric bin there. I am using brown, green and orange in my quilt because… I LOVE luv orange. 🙂 2012-12-09 18.16.23

When I finally got back to it on Sunday evening, Bonnie wasn’t around so I has to settle for Castle. I know. It’s a rough life but someone’s got to lead it. There we were then sewing away. I think I got to within 20 of the finish line though! WOOT!

2012-12-09 21.10.44Look how cute! I know I will have to do some squaring up but I don’t mind so much when they are bigger pieces. 2012-12-09 21.10.04 Oh! And if you look back there at the first pic, you can see my non-slip ruler secret. It’s wicked simple. I take 2 pieces of painter’s tape and loop them sticky side out like you’re going to stick it to the wall, you know? Then When I put it down on the mat, it doesn’t wiggle.2012-12-08 22.39.27  Eventually the tape loses it’s stickiness but it still keeps it from sliding. I don’t know how people keep their “naked” rulers from slipping, I think I just have the worst grip or something.  I’ll have more updates this week about the fabric shopping, etc… right now there is present wrapping to be done. I love everything but the wrapping, however, I am thankful for having things that need to be wrapped.  Oh! and don’t forget to hop on over to Quiltville and check out everyone’s progress!

Orca Bay Top Complete

I am happy to announce that I have finished the top for Bonnie Hunter’s Orca Bay mystery from 2011. Yes, I was working on it down to the wire and I pulled it off on November 21st. I am calling it Daphne.  I started this thing a few quilts ago where I name the quilt after one of the television series I am watching while I make it. This one is named after Switched At Birth. The main characters are Bay and Daphne. I think you can figure it out from there!

 

This quilt was not the most fun thing to put together. Well, I take that back. I LOVED it until the 750 black wing triangle bits. Really, I don’t know if you know this yet but I am not, not, NOT the most precise piecer. I enjoy zipping through and fudging the bits that don’t quite fit which is why I’m not a big fan of triangles. lol

I have to say, though, when I was actually putting the rows together they weren’t as off as I would have imagined. There was some stretching from the bias parts but all in all, it could have been worse. there are points that are so cut off they aren’t even close to pointy.

That small inner border made everything fit perfectly!

My edges were totally wonky and I thought the border would never fit. I actually thought about leaving it off but since I already had the black wing triangle bits done, I decided it was better to use them then to toss them out.

I really adore it and I am wicked proud that it’s not another UFO.

 

 

 

Easy Street Update – Clue 2

This clue was not my favorite after buzzing through all the bazillion triangles for Orca Bay!  I persevered though!  I haven’t finished the ironing but I’m calling it a success. 2012-12-02 18.36.30As you can see, I was surrounded by quite a few triangles. They really are brown. It’s not the picture quality! Purple isn’t my favorite color so I have brought in a substitution. There are quite a few different browns, too. I have a 30’s and a Civil War repro there. There’s also this wicked mod brown with dots. I love it. You can see my set up. I have the iPad set up with Netflix, headphones and make sure it’s plugged into the charger and then I just buzz through the TV shows while I sew. I rarely watch TV when it’s on…TV. 😛

Because of that obsession, I frequently name my projects after one of the TV shows I watch when I’m making it. I wonder what Easy Street will be called when I’m done?  So far I have only watched season 1 of Once Upon a Time. Please watch it. It’s fantastic.

If you already enjoy Once Upon a Time and you want more of this sort of mash up of fairy tales and real life, you should pick up the graphic novel called Fables. It’s really not your average comic book.

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Easy Street isn’t the only thing I have worked on this weekend. I was digging through my 2.5 inch squares scrap bin to make up a quilt for a friend’s daughter. She’s got an American Girl doll that needs a good cuddly blanket.  I just popped them in as leaders and enders and now need to just add a border and quilt it up quick.

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I think I can get it out before Christmas easily.

I also went over to the Quilted Crow this weekend because they were having a 30% off sale.  I got a wide back fabric that I have been putting off purchasing online because I’m lazy. 🙂 The cost was comparable to buying it online with the shipping included so I figured I couldn’t lose there.

My husband and I went Christmas shopping as well. Does anyone else feel like they go out and buy out a store yet come home with nothing? It’s like that every year and when Christmas Day comes, I get overwhelmed with the amount of stuff we have bought!

My dear son let me know (in no uncertain terms) that he would like to have Cinnabons on Christmas morning. He’s autistic so he’s very set in his ways and enjoys routine. My husband told me I have inadvertently started a tradition in our family. I am so happy about that but really, going to pick the things up on Christmas Eve AT THE MALL isn’t my idea of fun this year.  Of course, I will be going because that’s what we moms and dads do for our kids. 🙂

I do hope you all are enjoying Easy Street and the holiday season. Remember to step on over to Bonnie’s blog at Quiltville to see everyone elses’ progress!

Farmer’s Daughter November

Here we are again! It’s time for another Farmer’s Daughter update. I have to say I haven’t exactly been concentrating on it this month with everything else I have been working on but I do have some of my blocks done for the month.

I completed 84. Spool. I used a coffee bean fabric for my spool color and a stripe to look like thread. Although, it could totally be a bowtie. lol I thought about slightly tilting the stripe so it would spiral down the block but I forgot when I was cutting it out and I am happy enough with it to not go back when it was done.

 

 

Then we have 81. Snowball. This one went together in a snap. I liked choosing the snowy colors for it. Couldn’t you see a whole quilt done in these colors? Something with an alternating applique snowflake or snowman?

 

 

 

 

And here’s 41. The Friendship Star. I had to fussy cut all the “friends” and stick them all on the star.

It came out looking very baby quilt but I an sure that it will play nice with everything else I have put into the quilt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t completed 9. Box because I keep cutting the fabric pieces too big so I need to go back and print the template again.  So the count is now 7 down 104 to go!

 

October’s blocks are:
16. Calico Puzzle
21. Contrary Wife
70. Prairie Queen
72. Railroad

November’s blocks are:
84. Spool
81. Snowball
9. Box
41. Friendship Star

December’s blocks are:
69. Practical Orchard
29. Economy
10. Bowtie
2. Autumn Tints

Easy Street – First clue!

Good Morning everyone!  Welcome to Easy  Street!  I just came off my Orca Bay quilt so I am really looking forward to digging into this new quilt. I especially loved the part where Bonnie Hunter said it would be easier than last year. Thank goodness, too. I barely pulled the other one off within a year!

I am making a concerted effort to be as precise as I can with this quilt because I want the next few weeks to NOT be filled with frustration. I think I am doing pretty good so far.

The first clue was the grey with the black and white pieces. I think I might have to get more of the grey if we are using it in another step. I cut a couple of my strips too small and I am now short of my 2 yard requirement.

All this “being precise” is a bit tiring though. I am getting through this step pretty slowly. I sewed through the strip sets and now I’m alternating pressing and sewing my “foursies”.

This arrangement wouldn’t even look bad by itself as long as there were some colorful borders around it.

To join in or just look at everyone elses’ progress, go visit Quiltville!

Thanksgiving and the Quilt Museum

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday if you are in the United States.  My husband had to work on Thanksgiving so it was just me making dinner. I quite enjoyed it but when everything was prepared, I was extremely ready to be done. We do have a very traditional Thanksgiving meal because that’s what we all know and love which makes the process much easier.

After much feasting and some sleep, I took a trip to the New England Quilt Museum and the American Textile History Museum. I went with a couple of quilty friends and can I just say WOW! The quilt museum featured an exhibit called Great Quilts, Great Stories. The quilts were chosen not because they were the most gorgeous things but because there was a story associated with the quilt. It just goes to highlight the importance of telling the next generation the tales of your life.

This quilt is a Civil War potholder quilt which was actually used on a wounded soldier.  The pictures just can’t capture how lovely they really are.

I turned and saw this HUGE redwork quilt and, of course, immediately thought I needed to make one. (It will have to get in line with everything else!) I don’t know why I didn’t take a picture of the entire quilt but it was wonderful.

This one was just fun to look at and with all the red, white and blue quilts that my guild has done, it’s nice to see something “different” with the same color scheme.

I am in love with this one. It’s all just scrappy 1890’s through the 1930’s. It was done by a couple of sisters and makes me feel so much better about my own haphazard piecing. Who needs points when you can have a quilt that’s done!?

There were quite a few of the chocolate brown and pepto pink quilts. This one was a queen size I think.  The quilt was one of a larger collection that had been sold off at auction. The quilting was marvelous.

There was just such imagination in the quilting. I am certain I would never have thought of something like it. The quilter just used all that open space and really gave you something to look at.

Check this guy out! A mariner’s compass that isn’t complete! Don’t you feel better now!? Even your UFOs are museum quality.

This quilt has the distinction of being pieced by a young boy whose mother later quilted it and gave it to him as a wedding gift. It’s amazingly simple but still so much fun to look at!

One of my quilty buddies liked this one very much. I quite liked the clam shell quilting in it.

 

For lunch we went to the Club Diner and (oh my heck) was it delicious! I highly recommend the cheeseburger with sweet potato fries.

All in all it was a very long couple of days but I enjoyed every minute of them.