Saturday, April 28, 2012

More Sewing and Sowing



Primitive Gatherings Picnic Quilt #2 is back from the longarm quilter. I love what she did with it. I asked that she try to keep a vintage feel to the quilting design and I think she was very successful. Cross-hatching, wreaths and feathers did the trick.
The binding is now sewn on one side by machine and my daughter, Aimee, has offered to stitch the other side down. This will soon be a finish!
Speaking of Aimee, she wanted a table runner for her birthday earlier this month (I made the St. Patrick's table runner for her sister, Angie, last month) and she referenced a small Lori Smith "Fit to Frame" pattern I made last year as something that had the feel of what she would like. So using the small stars that make up that design, I made a few extra stars, added sashing, and cornerstones and modified the borders a bit. This is the end result--just sewed the final border on last night and now I need to get it basted and quilted. I think this one may be in for some straight line quilting. Okay with you, Aimee?
No, Chris, I haven't abandon your birthday gift. It just hasn't come together the way I had planned so it has to wait until I get new inspiration. It is coming, though. : )

I was also doing some sowing yesterday with Randy's Barrister's Sow-Along. (Our Master Sower now has a tab on her blog for keeping track of all of the block instructions!) I have now completed the latest five blocks posted--three regular and two bonus blocks.
These four all turned out as planned.





















This one, however, apparently had a correction posted on the cutting instructions after I had already cut them. I didn't recognize the problem until midway through the making of the block and at that point I was too tired to remake the block. I toyed with it and came up with the border and cornerstones to make it the right size.
  

So now I am all caught up on the plaid set, but I still need to do the Christmas set, which will be even easier since this bundle of Christmas fabrics came in the mail recently from Sio of Scraps and Threadtales blog. My sincere thanks for your contribution!
A shop hop began today that encompasses a 500 mile loop through Northern Utah, Southeastern Idaho and Southwestern Wyoming. It runs for two weeks to give everyone the chance to make the loop. Three shops in my valley (at the south end of the loop) are participating and I visited one of them today. This shop has the best selection of batiks in the valley, so I spent most of my time in the shop petting them and changing my mind over which ones I would get (while DH sat in the car with his Nook).  This is what had to come home with me (the patterns were in the 30% off bins)...
If any of you (Carla) will be visiting the shops in Logan, let me know and maybe we can meet up!

You are all very patient with my lengthy posts. If I would post more often I wouldn't have so much to squeeze in each time. I will leave you with the sight that greeted me from my deck this morning. Our recent record-breaking heat suddenly left us, and a cold rain in the valley meant a new dusting of snow over the mountains.
 Until next time,
Janet O.
p.s. I am approaching my one year anniversary of blogging and I am planning a giveaway for my blog friends in a couple of weeks--so stay tuned! : )


32 comments:

  1. Love your quilt , she did a great job quilting it.
    great table runner, blocks look great
    your view from the deck is amazing! WOW!!!!!!!!
    just beautiful
    Kathie

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  2. You are right - don't put so much in one post - I can't remember all that you get done!! LOL

    Just lovely, everything is just lovely!!!! The plaids are looking great!

    Love the new header picture and the snow!! Oh, that we could get some moisture!

    Have a blessed weekend!!

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  3. The double rainbow picture is awesome but I love your quilt even more! And the table runner with the flying geese border is such a sweetie. No wonder that your family is clamoring for more quilts, every one that you make is a treasure!

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  4. Your quilt turned out beautiful....love the quilting she did.Table runner is great...who wouldn't want it. mountain photo is awesome.

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  5. My goodness Janet, your header picture took my breath away!!! Love, Love, Love that rainbow!!! Also love your quilts of course ;*) You do such beautiful work. We haven't had a shop hop in our area in several years, and I miss them - have fun!!!

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  6. I love that picnic quilt... it is very very cool.... methinks I'm going to have to make one like that sometime... soon! *lol*


    Snow! Hasn't this spring's weather been crazy? I wore sweaters to work this week... and that never happens in late April here. Wonder what weather May will bring us?

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  7. Your picnic quilt came out great and I LOVE your table runner! Of course, I am very partial to sawtooth stars. What a view! That would be awesome to see every day!

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  8. Your picnic quilt is really beautiful and the quilting is just perfect. Also love the pretty table runner - your daughter should be very happy with it! I had a heck of a time with those FW blocks - mine did not come together well and I wondered why in the heck we were making a small block! Now I know that we weren't supposed to be!Guess I better add some sashing to mine too.

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  9. fantastic progress janet! love those plaids and your picnic cloth is beautiful....and congrats on 1 year blogging!

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  10. Those rainbows are what I remember about the last retreat I attended in Jerome Idaho a few years ago in May.
    Love the quilting on your picnic quilt. The table runner is gorgeous. I am envious of all your progress on the sow along blocks. I leave on Thursday next week, so I guess I will have to catch up when I get back.

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  11. I am never disappointed when I visit your blog. Everything is just my style, I love it all. Your quilt turned out perfect! You must be thrilled.

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  12. I love how your quilt turned out. It is truly beautiful. Love seeing what projects you are working on. The photo is breath taking. Hugs

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  13. Picnic #2 is gorgeous......and she did just the right quilting on it! Yay! I love that table runner, too! And your fix on the block is perfect.....well done!

    Has it really only been a year??? It seems like I've been loving your work for a lot longer than that! Thanks for always having beautiful pics to look at, and such fun and interesting things to say! Congrats on the 1 year mark!

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  14. SUCH pretty quilts, Janet! And I don't mind long posts one bit. Been known to do some of them myself, and feel another one festering . . . .

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  15. Can't wait to get my hands on that binding Mom! I love my table runner! It's beautiful and I'm excited to get it on my table. The straight line quilting will be perfect. Glad to know Dad's taking you around again this year. Do you have plans for any other shops down south?

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  16. Your Picnic quilt is to die for, Janet...and so is the table runner. I am so drawn to the simplistic look of traditional quilts. I'd love to make one of these one day.

    And the view??? It took my breath away!!!

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  17. What a great quilt! Assume that is the same Primitive Gatherings that is here in Wisconsin? We are headed over there on May 3rd after checking out the new Wisconsin Quilt Museum.

    Spectacular mountain view you have - ever since we began our trips to Alaska I have craved mountains at home but we are lucky to have rolling hills:o)

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  18. Wow- what a view!
    Loved that quilt as a top and even more now that it's quilted! Great blocks with plaids, too :)

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  19. Janet - I always look forward to Saturdays cuz I know I'll get a bunch of new eye candy when you write your weekly post! LOVE, love, love you quilt projects! YUM! So glad your daughters like the things you make - mine are definitely on a different wave length! LOL Have fun dong the Shop Hop - I doubt I will make it to any of them this year. Isn't this weather crazy? We went from A/C to heat in just a couple of days! Thanks for all the pictures.

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  20. Beautiful view - stunning.
    Almost made me forget the quilts!
    Beautiful quilt you have back - wonderful to have helping hands. Your plaids are wonderful in your blocks. Love the gift projects too. You are always busy!! Thanks for sharing.

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  21. All beautiful!!! Loving the snow too!

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  22. It' s good to be a regular weekly Blogger than to go months without writing anything. Great Quilts. The quilting is too pretty for a Picnic quilt IMHO. I was happy to know you helped Randy get the tabs on her blog. You must have explained it better than I tried to do. Please keep the snow in your Mountains, I have travel plans...

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  23. The quilting is gorgeous! Lovely complement to your piecing, Janet, congrats! Love the table runner too. Changeable weather seems to be happening everywhere--but we haven't had any snow :)

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  24. I can't believe the view out your front window. Just spectacular! And, of course, the quilts and blocks are fabulous. Thanks again for all your TAB help!!

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  25. When we haven't heard from you for a few days we know you are busy sewing and sowing so you can surprise us. And, you never disappoint! I love Aimee's tablerunner and the quilting on the Picnic quilt is perfect. I had to make an unplanned trip to Pocky this weekend and did make a quick stop at 2 shops. I hope to make it to Logan soon!

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  26. Wow, what a fabulous view of those mountains with snow!!! So gorgeous. Your quilt is beautiful, Janet. I love your use of colors and the quilting is the icing on the cake. :) The runner is sure to please your daughter----and those plaids really are calling my name. :)

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  27. Your quilter did a beautiful job on the quilt!!
    Love all your blocks. You are sewing up a storm!!

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  28. OMGosh - what a bunch of lovely projects. The first quilt with that incredible quilting stopped me dead in my tracks, almost, but that last photo??? breathtaking! (Nothing wrong with all the between photos either.) 8-)))

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  29. The quilt looks great with the quilting, and the table runner is charming.
    Your plaid blocks continue to be fun to look at, and you're just getting so much done!! You're putting us slackards to shame.

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  30. PGPQ2 looks great -I've always been fond of crosshatching and feathers. It's hard to go wrong with either one.

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  31. I'm not worried, Janet-- good things come to those who wait! :) These are all beautiful!

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  32. Your picnic quilt is fabulous! I forget - who gets this one?
    Great job with the table runner. I love sawtooth stars.
    Your plaid blocks just keeps getting better!
    Did you do more of the shop hop?
    Can I come sit on your back deck? I'm so jealous! Beautiful country!

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