Monday, November 12, 2018

QBTS Neo-natal Quilt/Open Sewing Day

I will open the post with my quilt top which I finished in about 4 1/2 hours and measures 39 x 50.  Several people have asked about the pattern.  I originally found it on Judy Simmon's blog where they were using it for charity quilts.  It is quick and easy and fun to do.  

Directions:  Cut 2 inch strips of multiple bright fabrics -- fat quarters are great for this but even those 10 inch squares are good.  Sew a lightish and darkish one together and then cut into 2 in segments.  Make random 4-patches.

Meanwhile cut black and white fabric into 3 1/2 inch x 7 1/2 patches.  Try to get half black on white and half white on black.  Attach four patches to each of these black and white strips.  Sew a row of dark four patch strips and then a row of light four patch strips.  Each strip will finish 3 inches wide so make as wide as you want.  Each four patch/black and white patch finishes to 10 inches long.  Alternate a dark row and a light row, placing the four patch on the bottom on the lights and on the top on the darks.  It goes together really easily.  I don't ever put borders but do put a bright red or green binding on them.

Of course you could substitute light and dark valued fabrics for the black and whites but I would recommend then using the same color four patches throughout to kind of pull it together.  I have seen them with black and white four patches.  Four patches are just a great start to so many quilts I think.

These quilts were already done showing one of the kits available to make.

There were several people constructing tops and several who were quilting already completed tops.

I really liked this pattern and may do this one myself. 

Another version of it. 
Great colors!

Another one of the kits that was available finished! 

These wild colors really worked together!

Finishing up the quilting on this top that was turned in!  I really liked this one -- very muted colors.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

QBTS Mystery Quilt - Top is Almost Done!

My blog got left by the wayside for awhile as my old whiplash injury was bothering my neck and then I managed to complicate that with an annoying case of vertigo.  I have suffered with this twice before -- once it was like this one and another time it was very transient.  It is scary and I always check things to make sure it is not a stroke!

I am on the mend and catching up with chores and quilts.  I finished binding 29 stack and whack quilts a couple of weeks ago.  I am keeping five temporarily as I have a guild program back in Rochester in the spring about stack and whack quilts.  20 are being donated to the Sweet Charity group and 4 are being donated to the neo-natal group.

The above quilt top was a mystery quilt with the clues being given each month since May and finishing a few days ago.  I really had no idea what the final product would look like.  I had originally planned to include orange in this quilt but thought that orange would too quickly overwhelm everything if there was too much of it.  I am very glad I made that decision now and am a little concerned about the amount of yellow as it takes a lot of purple to balance this much yellow.  I will probably do purple quilting in the yellow blocks.  Each of these blocks finishes to 24 inches so the top is currently 72 x 72.  I will be adding borders to hopefully make it about 82 x 82.  It is a little overpowering right now because of these large blocks!!  I am very glad I went the scrappy route though.  I will be doing lots of scrappy quilts this winter!!

I now have to get several of the larger stack and whacks basted and quilted -- I have all the parts, just need to get the together!

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

QBTS October Meeting and Sweet Charity

I was very late in getting back to my Wilmington quilt guild -- Quilters by the Sea.  The first part of our show and tell is always a quick walk through of all the quilts made for the Neo-natal unit at the hospital.  For a guild the size of this one, they do a tremendous number of quilts.  Of course, because of the August heat and Hurricane Florence, there had not been a meeting since July so there were a lot of baby quilts .  Don't you just love some of these!!

 It is hard to get pictures of all the quilts but some people slowed down in front of me.  For some reason, I really liked this quilt a lot!

The following quilts were all part of our Show and Tell.  You can see that Christmas quilts are beginning to creep in!

Pat used the kit from the cancelled September class to make this wall hanging which is just wonderful!!
A very clever wreath.
A good sized tote made with Kaffe Fasett fabrics.

Michelle just got this quilt back from England where it has been for quite some time.  Michelle teaches her techniques nationally and has been our program chair this last year and did a wonderful job!

Another quilt I just love -- scrappy of course!!

 These next three quilts were made as part of the Sweet Charity group.  This was the sample so we new what we were aiming for.

The following two were made in about 3 hours by about six of us.  Four of us were sewing and two were ironing.  It is a very efficient way to work and the results are always so nice and scrappy!!

I worked primarily on this one.
They were basically just triangles with log cabin style strips around the -- just one round though.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The Last of My Vacation -- A Trip to Letchworth State Park

This isn't a picture from Letchworth but was taken on our ride home through Massachusetts and New York.

My friend from Florida has seen many of our New York sights on a previous trip a couple of years ago so I decided that a trip to Letchworth Park would be a nice addition as there are some pretty falls there.  The trees had not really turned very much though.  It was a gorgeous day but unfortunately there was a craft fair going on and the traffic getting in was horrendous to say the least!!  We finally got by the major crowds and enjoyed the many scenic outlooks -- many of which I didn't remember seeing before.  

There was a little color here!  And there was a nice blue sky to help.

It was a pretty humid day and there was a lot of spray from the falls.  As there were so many people and limited parking, we didn't go further down the  Genessee River to get a different view.  We spent a heck of a lot more time there than we had thought we would!

Just another view of the above.

We did see some very bright color with bright blue sky on the way home though.  We don't usually have nice days and colors at the same time in Rochester.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Part IV - Massachusetts and Home Again

We had quite an adventure in Boston.  Our hotel was beautiful inside (and expensive) but was in an awful neighborhood and we had to park our car in a parking lot next to the hotel.  Our second night, we found a space right next to the hotel which was difficult to get into but...  Anyway, at one in the morning, the phone rings and then someone comes knocking on our door.  Seems in this awful neighborhood, I managed to have left both front windows open!!  Luckily, all was okay!  We never left anything of real value in the car anyway.  We spent our full day in Boston taking an all day tour of the area by bus, stopping along the way at various sights.  This was one of the beautiful trees around the Commons in Lexington where the Revolutionary War started!  We had a FANTASTIC lunch at Faneuil Hall . We then headed to the USS Constitution.  I had toured that many years ago so passed on that.  

We were supposed to do a whale watch on Cape Cod but it was cancelled because the weather was too windy to take the ship out which was disappointing but we did spend the day driving all the way out to Provincetown and then back to New Bedford where we spent the night before heading back to Rochester.

We stopped by a lovely beach near P-town where there were quite a number of Greater Yellowlegs -- don't think I have ever seen this many in one place before!

They were quite a ways off and it was very bright and sunny so not the best pics.

This is a Semi-palmated Plover.  There were also some Herring Gulls and Sanderlings on the beach.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Part III - Down Maine - Naples, Acadia National Park and Portland Maine

Our first stop in Maine was in Naples Maine where we took a ride down the river on the Songa Queen. It was a nice day which I can't say for many of our days in Maine! 

This is Mt. Washington off in the distance.

No trip would be complete without some birds.  This is a Common Loon with his winter plummage.  We also saw tons of turkeys along our way by the side of the road.

Our next stop was Acadia National Park which is just outside Bar Harbor Maine.  We first took a bus trip and then drove up ourselves through the park to the top of Mt. Cadillac.  The park is beautiful and not at all what I expected!  I am so used to seeing low lying lands near the water and in no way expected to see nothing but rugged rocky coasts, and mountains with little discernible beaches.  The coastline was gorgeous as was the drive around the park.  Would love to come back when the puffins are nesting.  

 This was a series of pictures taken in our ride through the park.  It was overcast and drizzly.

This was overlooking the bay at Acadia.

We then headed down the coast to Portland Maine.  The weather was just awful there but we took a really fun boat ride on the mail boat which I highly recommend.  It darts to the various islands to deliver mail and packages.  I had no idea that areas like this existed outside of books!  The coast was just dotted with these small islands high up off the water.

This is a Common Eider.  I saw lots of these but the weather was so bad, I only got pictures good enough to identify the bird.  I did get one picture of the very colorful male but it is too blurry to post -- but good enough to clearly identify the bird.  From Portand we headed down the coast to Boston.