Thursday, February 23, 2017

Quarter Square Triangle Hourglass Blocks

So, this is the finished product of my idea with using the Kaffe Fassett/Philip Jacobs floral blocks alternating with red and gray hourglass blocks. I like it a lot. So much, in fact that it is going to live here! I backed it with a cozy fleece I picked up at JoAnn Fabrics a couple of weeks ago on sale. The batting I used on this one is Hobbs 80/20 blend, and it is very light. The whole quilt is lightweight, but still warm enough for a lap quilt.

Here are a few more views of it. You KNOW I like red! The one on the lower right shows what a good size it is for covering when you're on the couch. This was before I sewed the binding on it.

I had a lot of fun with this one, and I am so happy with the way it developed and grew and finished. YAY!

There were some oatmeal raisin cookies made here and Mr. Muddling and I both sinned mightily., even filched a piece of one before it made it off the cookie sheet!

I am supposed to be working on a baby quilt, but I had another idea, so I cut 48 each of these 2 1/2 by 8 1/2 inch rectangles. And now I've started sewing them together. I just don't resist the impulse to "go with it" when I get an idea. I've switched up some of the fabrics since I took the picture. Who knows, I may have another one to show you soon!

And Spring is in full glorious bloom around here and I'm loving it! I was taking pictures in the front yesterday and when I turned around, there was the neighbor's cat on our roof supervising! He is a funny boy.

I hope you're having wonderful ideas and lots of pretty things to see and enjoy!

Hugs and kisses,

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cooperative Jelly Roll Race

My friend Sandy finished this jelly roll race quilt top several weeks ago. We decided that I would quilt it, but I have been a little slow getting it done. it is finished now though and I think quite an effective quilt!

I gave it a split personality backing - a little over half tropical birds in jungle trees and the rest underwater life. Buddy thought it would be all right. 

Here you can see both sides of the backing with the front. It IS a colorful quilt!

I stopped work on the half square triangle quilt top because I had an idea. I read on Bonnie Hunter's blog about her setting blocks alternately with hourglass blocks which formed an on point setting. Of course I had to try it. I used my Go! cutter to cut quarter square triangle blocks which I am alternating with 6 1/2 inch blocks of colorful Kaffe Fassett, Philip Jacobs florals. So far, so good! I do love it when a plan I try works! Bonnie's alternate blocks were her Chunky Churn Dash, but I cheated and just used fabric cut to size.

Mr. Muddling is especially fond of this light wheat bread, so I try to keep it on hand. It's really easy since it's made in the breadmaker. I know I cheat!

We had some really cold weather here earlier and it damaged some of our flowering shrubs, but some of them seem to be making a pretty good display anyway. I think I may have lost the pink Angel Trumpet by the chicken yard, but the yellow one on the other side of the back yard is already starting to put out new growth. The azaleas in the front are not nearly so fully bloomed out as in recent years, but I'm still mighty glad to see what's there. Springtime is such a hopeful time of year, don't you think? I am always so optimistic. That's a good thing!

I hope your hope meter is high with lots of good things being expected by you for you. Because you deserve them!

Hugs and kisses,