No quilting this weekend. I got home from Virginia late Friday – we hiked 15 miles on Saturday and then went to a friend’s house for dinner. Hiked 15 miles again today and after eating take out I started to work on a hat and scarf for my Mom. The hat is crocheted but I’m knitting the scarf.
Keith will be traveling this week from Tuesday through Saturday so I hope to get some quilting time in while he’s gone.
I’m back in Virginia for the week and Mom had her 2nd cataract surgery this morning. It went well and we’ve just been sitting around this afternoon – I’m feeling lazy so I’m working on a knitted baby afghan rather than quilting.
It’s Saturday night and we decided to come home after dinner rather than in the morning so I had a chance to get started on my 1 hour Pink Quilt.
I had two fat quarters with a white background and I debated whether there would be enough contrast to use them for the blocks. After sewing up one set of 1/2 square triangles I felt there was enough contrast to see the block pattern and since I have limited fabric choices for this quilt I decided to leave them in.
As you can see from the picture I used Thangles to make my half square triangles. I use them for block sizes 4 inches and smaller otherwise I use the square method – drawing a line and sewing on either side of it to get 2 1/2 square triangle blocks.
I also rummaged through my stash and found two light pink fabrics that can be combined for the backing – I was afraid I wouldn’t have anything that would work and would need to buy more fabric. Since I piece almost all of my backs from my stash I was glad I had something that would work – after all my goal is to use what I have whenever possible!
We’re up at Big Canoe until Sunday morning so I can’t start my 1 hour quilt yet but I did do some knitting this evening watching TV. I’ve been working on this baby afghan a while since it stays here at the condo and I don’t usually do more than a few rows at a time.
So many Stash Quilt members share their wonderful applique projects I thought I’d share one of mine. My favorite quilts to make are scrappy, pieced patterns but every now and then I like to do some simple applique. I’ve tried several methods but pretty much stick to one now – I pick large simple pieces, I use fusible web, and then I blanket stitch them by HAND. I dislike machine applique and I don’t have the patience for intricate needle turn projects.
This quilt was made last year from one of the McCall’s magazines and I gave it to my sister Ann. For some reason I don’t have a picture of it with the binding on.