Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Third in a Series

Pokey probably best describes the speed at which Anna Levens is proceeding, but there is a little progress to report. My third large hexie has now been added to the finished pile.














This will likely be the centre of the star of hexies that anchor the quilt. The cream fabric was the first piece of fabric that I bought knowing that it would be for this quilt. It's been a couple of years already but nice to see it in it's place now.












And I just adore the turquoise that the smaller border hexies are made from (is it wrong to love fabric that much? 😏 ). It's probably the last piece that I bought but it's going to really make the quilt, I think. I've got plans to change the design somewhat as I go and am hoping to find a place to let more of that fabric shine....M

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wait A Minute...

Do you see what I see? My last post had pics of the next block to be appliquéd but when I went back to take a look at it I realized that I had pinned it incorrectly.














There should be three hexies running across the top of the block rather than the vertical placement that I had.














Just a little more maneuvering around the larger print to get things just so and we're now pinned and ready to stitch. Whew - that was a close one! This could be a long, long process unless I get my act together....M

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Hibernating

Yesterday was a beautiful day but my how things can change in a few hours - today is lousy. It's snowy and windy and just a cold slap in the face compared to the last couple of weeks - a perfect day to find some hand sewing distractions indoors.














I decided it was time to take the next step on the large hexie blocks for the centre panel of Anna Levens. This is my first one. It needs a good press, but happily everything lies nice and flat.














The large floral blocks are to be cut 10" and then appliqué a ring of paper pieced hexies over top. I wasn't quite sure what I was doing here because I'm a rookie at EPP so I was pretty generous when cutting the 10" blocks and I'm glad that I did because it gave me lots of room to maneuver. Once it's appliquéd you trim the centre panel seam allowance to 1/4".








What I need to figure out now is whether I remove the basting stitches on the small hexies - if anyone knows I'd be happy if you let me know. If I need to remove them I'll wait and do that after all of the large hexies are together. I think once the centre seven hexies are joined I will revert to adding the remaining hexies the way that I usually do, just eyeballing my seam allowance. I just find it so much easier.







So my second block is pinned and ready to go.

















I put a little dab of Roxanne's temporary basting glue at the inside point of each hexie once everything is pinned and so far it and the pins have kept everything where I need it to be. Fingers crossed that the second one goes as well as the first!...M




Saturday, November 19, 2016

Better Late Than Never

My post bazaar sewing seems to be taking me into the land of finishing up a few UFOs. Remember this Halloween table topper? It's been stalled at the 'how do I quilt it?' stage. Well, it's been sitting on the back of a chair in the kitchen for a few weeks now and I decided there was no way it was going back downstairs without being quilted, so I dove right in after I finished quilting the silver and gold Christmas star runner that you saw last time.









I started with a cobweb design but after the first round or so I wasn't convinced.















Then I found some wonky inspiration in one of the prints so I ripped the first quilting out and went on to option two.














It's easier to see the stitching from the back; I filled in a few more rows towards the centre of the web after this pic was taken.














It's okay, but I can't say that I'm thrilled with it - maybe I'll like it more when it's bound. Sometimes I like it and sometimes it looks like a really bad job of quilting. Good wonky can be tough to do :). I think I would have liked it just as much quilted with a grid pattern or even following a 1/4" on either side of the seams, but it's going to stay as it is. I think the scale of the strips is what is setting me off - if they were a little narrower I think it would be more to my liking.






It's now got a green binding on it and is ready for the final hand stitching. There's college football on tonight and our first big winter storm brewing so I suspect that the Official Cookie Tester and I will be snuggled in front of the tube. This one is too late to use this year so I'm just going to say that I'm really ahead of the game for next Halloween....M