Monday, July 16, 2007

A productive day!

Yesterday I turned down an invitation to sail on a beautiful windy and sunny day. It has been rainning most of the week here in Upstate NY. However, despite the great sailing weather, I was in need of some "me" time. Summer can be so busy will dd's activities and the need to enjoy the outdoors. So I sent DD off with my brother and stayed home, a hostage to my sewing machine.

As you can see, I have been working on that 2,112 piece puzzle, the Corn and Bean block. I have but the side sections and four (4) corners triangles to sew and the blocks will be ready to piece into a top. Well, that is after I make a couple more burgundy and green sections of the block. I don't know how that happened, but I'm missing a couple of pieces. I cleaned my sewing piles and found nothing. That is quite annoying!

Of course, there's ironing to be done before I sew all the other section, but at least you can see that I have made some progress on this UFO beast.

This is another quilt that I worked on. The pattern is called Pine Grove and is from one of Lynette Jensen's earlier books The Thimbleberries Book of Quilts, a favourite of mine. I've always liked that quilt and decided to make the pattern using fabric strictly from my scrap bin and stash. I have a small framing border to put on the block and I can start working on the sashing.

On this quilt, I took the opportunity to test Essential Threads by Connecting Threads. The price is certainly right at $1.99 a spool! I do like the fact that it is 100% cotton, however it is not my favourite. I do not find it to be a smoothly finished thread.

Here you have all of the blocks finished for my In the Pink Quilt. Yes, I have pieced them together and they are ready to be sewn into a top.

I do like the way the blocks turned out. Word of warning, if you do attempt to make this quilt from the pattern issued by Buggy Barn, read ahead and calculate the number of pieces that is required before cutting, it is not clear! I did make a few mistakes and thank goodness I was able to make it work!

For this quilt, I decided to test the Alex Anderson Master Piece thread. I'm in love!

On a previous blog entry I had mentioned that it worked beautifully for machine quilting. It does equally as good for piecing. I like the way the thread buries itself beautifully in the fabric. It has a smooth finish and just looks so good on the cone. lol

Thanks again for stopping by! Have a great week everyone!


Anonymous said...

My gosh Carole you have been busy stitching. Congrats on the progress. I'm going to have to get my map of the US out and see where Upstate NY is. You lucly woman having water near you. Is it ocean or lake?

Kim said...

You really HAVE been busy! Everything looks great! I can't believe you're nearly done with the corn and beans blocks--that's a big accomplishment!

Darlene said...

Oh, my goodness you've been busy. Can I be jealous? :-) I love everything you've been doing. Thanks for the assessment of the Essentials thread - I've been curious. I have not seen Master Piece thread around here so I'm going to search on-line. I need to give that a try. I do love Precensia thread, however.

In Friendship!

Vicki W said...

Holy cow, you have been busy! I am also a huge fan of Masterpiece thread. I wouldn't throw out other thread that I have left, but on a quilt that needs precision piecing, I use the Masterpiece.

Helen in the UK said...

Those pink blocks are so pretty. Love the tree blocks too - congrats on using scraps and stash for these. Looking forward to seeing the next stages. Definately a productive day :)

Unknown said...

Soon you will have 3 tops ready! You seem to know very much about thread, I haven´t thought so much about it, I think I will start that now.

Jo Raines said...

I love all your works in progress--I love the Corn n' Beans block and want to do a quilt one day for DH in that pattern! Summer is busy for me as well. We're in the full swing of Shop Hop and since I work at a quilt shop, I can't sew this week so I'm having withdrawals!

Anonymous said...

I love to read about your quilting adventures. You are very creative and inspiring. I have tagged you. You can read about it on my blog.

Leigh said...

Wow Carole, what a little wizz! I l;ove all your blocks but the pink and brown one are my favorites.
Worth giving up sailing for all that productivity I think.

Beertje Zonn said...

I love all your Blocks, Beautiful!


Sonnja, from the Nerherlands

Beertje Zonn said...

I look at You Blog and I love it,
You make beautiful Blocks and Quilts to.
I come back to look.

Sonnja from the Netherlands

Melanie said...

You've been busy! The blocks are looking great.

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

great work...and as per your comment to Angela-I'm with you on Harry! Tracey

Wendy said...

The In The Pink blocks are my favourite, they will be a really nice quilt. Thanks for the thread review, it's good to find the right thread. I still like Aurfil thread the best.

Quilter Kathy said...

You have been so productive!
I am jealous of your time to quilt!
Each project is wonderful!

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