Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sewing machine may overheat!

As you can tell, I've been busy. First picture is my London Square, which I finally put the outer borders on . . . don't know whyI put it off for so long. It was done in an evening! The outside purple star print border is a perfect complement, and was found in the Eleanor Burns' sale tent in Paducah for only $4 a yard. Not only perfect, but the price was right, also!

Next up is Orange Crush. This is only a portion of it, because it's quite large. I love it! I have sufficient orange left that I will make piping for the binding, and bind it with the floral that I used in the center of the orange blocks. It's so happy, it's delirious!


Finally, the quilt that launched three border projects in one week! This will be a Camp sample (our Retreat is "Hooray for the Red, White & Blue!"), and was made as part of Judy Laquidara's Quilt for an Hour Quiltathon. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and will have some sample components to show how to change the look of the star, for a 54-40 or Fight block, for example. I think this will be called Patriot's Stars". Or maybe I should name it for my 6-great grandfather who served in Lafayette's unit in the Revolutionary War. His name was Honyere Doxtator, and he was Oneida Indian. He is depicted in the movie, "Patriots". Or should I call it by his Oneida name . . . Tehewangeraken . . . he who takes up the snowshoes.

I'm going to turn my attention to the Guild Challenge project, making a quilt top from another's scraps. I have a central applique medallion all done . . . chose a Lori Smith design for that, and have pieced borders nearly ready to apply. I don't know where my digit-head brain was when I made the pieced borders which should have been based in a two-inch grid, but I made in a three-inch grid. I'll just have to re-scale when I trim the block, and then I can begin quilting that one.
I've also completed the applique of my sunglasses, so it's on to the "beach umbrella" blocks and borders for that one. Elegant Garden, block two, has also earned my attention as I stitched another corner of it last night. I carefully packed my applique kit to take with me to Guild meeting, and after completing a bud on it, found that the zip-loc of remaining applique pieces wasn't in my kit. Scard me for fear it was lost, but I found it in the container with the other blocks when I got home. Have one more corner to stitch before the center piece, and then a lovely pineapple applique will be the next in that series.
Since I like to work on multiple things at once, one of my well-aged projects is a star block quilt from a class with Sally Schneider. It's going to come upstairs to have blocks added, and hopefully be placed in the finished flimsy column very soon. I think probably two or three additional blocks will push it over onto the completed flimsies list. I just love looking at the list! I can't believe I've moved so many projects to completed quilt tops just since January.
Not neglecting my sock knitting, either, since I am finishing the second sock of a pair of Monkeys, using Schaeffer's Anne mohair, wool and nylon in a pink, orange and brown mix. I've certainly been infected with "bright" this summer!

13 comments:

Jan said...

You have been one busy little girl. The OC top is great. Love the way the star blocks jump out on it. The London Square is neat. May have to try that one and the Red, White & Blue one is a definite try. All are inspirational

Joyce said...

Three beautiful quilts! I wonder why it's so hard to get to bindings? THey don't take long once started but it seems to be a bit of a hurdle.

Sweet P said...

Great quilts. I love your London Square. I haven't seen that pattern before. It's gorgeous.

Sue H said...

Love all three tops. I've been doing the same thing -- getting the bulk of a quilt done, then setting it aside when all I have left is the borders. And then I'm amazed what a short time it takes to finish! Bravo to you for getting the borders on. They look great!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Wow! You are doing great! I love the patriot star quilt. You've been sewing up a storm!

Laura said...

They are all three wonderful Linda but I definately love your orange crush best. It is so bright, fun, happy, etc. It makes you smile, isn't that what our quilts should all be about.

JudyL said...

I sent you an e-mail about the Quilt for an Hour quilt. I'm going to be traveling the rest of this week and most of next week and wanted to touch base with you as soon as we can. Thanks!

June said...

Hi! It seems you are the only one who has spoken for the "ugly" sock yarn. Please give me your address at shespinswool@yahoo.com if you still want it. Thanks!!
June

Kathy Wagner said...

Wow...you have been amazingly busy and finishing quilts! Love your OC!

Shelina said...

Wow, you certainly have been busy! All three quilts look great - I especially love the Orange Crush! Delirious indeed!

Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Wow, you have been busy, and they are all looking fine. Orange crush really has some zing! Tracey

Marcie said...

Your Patriot Stars is great, and I love the family history to go along with it! Nice job completing your Orange Crush also!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Man you have been busy! I LOVE your orange crush! I love how it looks! And the stars with the diamonds background is great!