Monday, December 19, 2016

Merry Christmas

 Wishing everyone a very
Merry Christmas 

and Happy Holidays.

Enjoy the time you 
spend with family and friends.
Remember that
all the effort it takes
to make the holiday special 
is worth it 
when it brings smiles 
to young faces.

Me and my sister, Jane

Merry Christmas-

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Rawr Means Happy Holidays in Dinosaur

Generally, this isn't the time
of year when our thoughts go
to dinosaurs. 

But if you're a 5 year old
and a 2 1/2 year old boy

you're searching for them constantly.
Maybe,  just maybe, you'll spot one.

We were lucky.

Not a dino, but a mastodon
with a dinosaur quilt!
What a lucky sighting.

The boys were hoping
this big guy would be friendly and 
be willing to part with his quilts,
just for them.
 Funny, this mastodon's Nana
uses the same pattern that this Nana
uses for her quick and easy kiddos quilt.

And she even made them extra long.
Of course, her little mastodon would 
need that to keep his toes covered.

How perfect.

Every quilter must love using a 
striped fabric for the binding.

And look, even dinosaurs quilted in the corners.
I guess it just goes to prove
that dinosaurs are popular 
no matter the time of the year
and with those big and small.
"Fa, Rawr, rawr, rawr, rawr"
Until Next Time-

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Gentle Lapping of Ocean Waves

After reading my title
did you think I had escaped to some
exotic warm tropical island?

I could only wish, but instead
with the busy holiday season and
a dilly of a holiday season cold,
I've been working on my 
vintage ocean wave blocks.

Minus one block
the center blocks for the quilt 
have been stitched.

You can tell right away 
these 30's and 40's prints
do not create the same graphic design
that you typically see with this pattern.
 The fabrics are not very high contrast.
So there isn't the dramatic distinction between lights and darks. 

As compared to
  this antique Ocean Wave 
with early 1900's fabrics
I repieced and quilted in 2011.

The 30's fabrics make more
of a mosaic pattern with all
of the prints and colors meshing together.

I have more half blocks to piece
and then I think I'll have enough leftover pieces
for a simple border.

Hand piecing has proved for me the only
way to handle the inconsistent seam allowances.
After marking the finished size triangle
on the wrong side of the fabric 

the seams have varied from 1/16th to 3/8".

It's simple been the matter of 
carefully matching and pinning 
the marked sewing lines and
stitching on the line on both triangles.

I don't stitch the seam allowances down,
but rather allow them to flip
 to one direction or the other.
This allows me to get right up to the spot where
I need to match points.
I'm in the habit of making a couple small
back stitches with a knot on one side of the seam, 

passing through to the other side, 

 doing two back stitches with a knot
 and then continuing on sewing.

It may seem like a lot of extra steps
but it adds some extra security that it
won't come undone at the seams and it
keeps the seams snugged up tight together.

It's the rhythm of my hand piecing.
Just like the soothing sound of the waves
lapping on that warm sandy beach.
Until Next Time-