Finishes and Starts and Stitching We Go!

Yesterday I was able to sandwich two small quilts. The Block Party quilt for my guild challenge is ready to go now.

Also, the sunflower table runner from Patrick Lose.

Since I'm ready to change out the table runner I have on display right now, I decided to start with that. (My guild challenge isn't due until June, and so I have some time.) I'm using this nice variegated brown in my bobbin, and I'm using it for the flower centers.

There was enough time yesterday afternoon to quilt one of the flower centers. I'm just doing pebbling here, which is my first choice for sunflower centers.

Here's how it's looking from the back. I'm going to want to outline the entire circle of the flower center, but I'm not sure if I want to stick with this brown thread on top or if I want to do it after I've switched to the yellow thread I'm planning to use for the petals. It makes little difference to the back because I'll be using that same thread in the bobbin.

After that, I needed to quit for the day. 

This morning I did the final stitching on the latest Quilting Snowlady block. This is Block #11 of twelve, and you might say I'm getting pretty excited to have these finished. I started stitching the first block on February 12, 2013.

This is what the last block looks like. I expect to have these finished sometime this summer. I love those slippers. Did you know that snow people have feet? And that their feet get cold?

This is the only other block (other than the first one) to include a cat in it. Of course, you know I've included cats in all of them. In the spirit of Where's Waldo, I have half a mind to call this quilt "Where's Kitty?"

With that one finished I made up my next little stitchery this morning. This is Block #5 of The Vintage Kitchen quilt..a free BOM from Jenny of Elefantz.

Before I go on, I want to say that I love her patterns, and I appreciate her generosity in sharing many of them for free. When she announced The Vintage Kitchen, I knew right away that I wanted to make it. Here's Jenny's version of the finished quilt:

I even bought that "Home Ec" fabric to go along with the rest of it. So far, I've stitched the top row of blocks and the apron at the middle left. They are adorable, and they stitch up quick. When I saw this month's design, it left me a little cold:

And I hope that doesn't make me seem ungrateful, because I'm not. Nevertheless, I'm not fond of words on quilts unless they add to the quilt design. This one just doesn't thrill me. After giving it some thought, I decided to go in search of a different image for my own version of the quilt. First, I checked the other designs for subsequent months, and then went in search of something else. I found this image of a mixer that I liked better.

I used my photo editing program to resize it to what I needed and then traced it onto the background.

And now it's hooped and ready to go.

These are small, and so they are stitched in a single sitting. With that in mind, I'm gearing up to make the last of the Vintage Tin blocks. Ordinarily, I would be doing another gingerbread house next, but I really want to finish the Vintage Tin quilt for Erik's October birthday. I think I can make it, but I need to get stitching on the last large block. It's the one at the bottom in the middle in this picture of the finished quilt:

When that's all finished, I'll be ready to start sewing it together. It's a bit of a to-do making up the stitcheries with the Sticky Fabri-Solvy, and so that will need to wait until tomorrow. I think I have enough to keep me busy for now.

It's a grocery shopping day, and I have a little bit of housework to do. After that, I'll get back to my quilting.

10 comments from clever and witty friends:

Carole in Nebraska said...

Shouldn't it be a rocket ship Sunbeam Mixmaster? Oh the memories I have of my mother back in the 50s warning me to be careful with those glass bowls lest they get broken. Never even chipped one! Alas when I was in my 30s (and the Mixmaster was mine), I did finally break the bowl. I bought a new one. My frugal mom thought it a crisis. Glad I didn't live through the Depression but I'm glad that I do know how to 'live poor' if I had to. Thanks Mom. BTW, the Mixmaster was replaced with a Kitchenaid.

Dasha said...

You could use the design you didn't love as a label, or part thereof???

Junebug613 said...

Great substitution! Everyone has different tastes, that's what makes the world go 'round. I'm sure Jenny would like your idea. It's all about making it your own.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

very nice work going on Barb....I love the Block Party quilt!

Sher S. said...

I love the little block that you found to add to your Vintage Kitchen, would you mind sharing with me?? I'm making the same little quilt and I think that the title could go at the top or on the label so I would need another block. Yours reminded me of my Mom also. In fact, I have a Sunbeam mixmaster that I got as a wedding gift 40+ years ago. So it fits perfectly in my mini quilt too. Love your Snow Ladies, that will be a fantastic quilt when finished.

Dixie said...

You are not alone in finding the center block lacking. I have replaced the words in the center with "Wine a bit. You'll feel better" and straightened the art above and below. My file is here https://flic.kr/p/rT4Aia

Lynn - JnL4God said...

That is so cleaver - I didn't really care for that block either but left it alone and stitched it - now I wish I'd been a little bolder and found a different one. Maybe I'll have to do another one. lol and I like the comments above that suggest using it as a label. :)

quiltzyx said...

Every time I see your Block Party quilt I like it more & more! I like the pebbling on the sunflower centers. Of course you're right, pebbling is just right for sunflower centers.
All the stitcheries are looking great. I like the mixer block you made up much better than the offered one. And I, too, think it would be good to use on the label.

Kate said...

I love those quilting snow women, they are such fun blocks. Hope you got lots of stitching time in this week.

Brown Family said...

I also noticed that the snow ladies are very cold because they sleep in their scarves and hats under quilts! Slippers are a must. I tries a product like Sticky Fabri-Solvy and really liked the ease of preparing. I did notice my needle getting sticky, though. I did have an issue rinsing out after I finished stitching. Apparently my printer prints out too dark when I copy an image. One piece had a shadow around the stitching that I have almost removed. One piece had a lot of the solvy in my tight stitches and I had to soak it a lot. For the last piece in the group, I scanned the design into the PC and then printed. It came out lighter so I am hoping it will be better at the end!