Sunday, January 17, 2016

Mid-Month Update

You may remember that I had 7 finished items in the first 7 days of January. Well, today is the 16th and I most definitely do not have 9 more finished. But I have 9 that got worked on or finished. 
First up are the remaining 3 small wallhangings. 

I also got my January blocks done for the Mystery Quilt Along

Then I had this bright idea that I could do a quilt-as-you-sew table runner, on my longarm machine!
Basically it's the stitch and flip method that I've done on my domestic machine. I really just wanted to prove to myself that I 'could' do it. The three main blocks were from a workshop I did with the Community Sewers back in Green Bay, WI. I did apply the binding to the top while it was still loaded on the rails, all except for 12 inches. That's the amount that I needed for making a bias joining. I did that and the final decorative stitching on my Viking 500. 

I got a potato pouch finished for my neighbors. 

Then I decided to make a One Block Wonder quilt. This consists of hexagons made of 6 equilateral triangles. You stack 6 identical cuts of fabric, align them precisely, cut strips, cut the strips into triangle-sets. You then take each set and make a hexagon. These are then arranged in some pleasing to the eye design and sewn together. Borders can be added. There are a few variations of the blocks that I might do. Here's a group picture of the beginning fabric, triangle sets, and the first 15 hexies up on my design wall. 
I have made more hexies, but my design wall can't display them all opened out, so this next photo shows 33 half-hexies. 

I'm trying to keep similar colors close together. I have 114 full hexies to make, along with some variations with other fabric. This will not be a quickly finished project. But, it is something I've wanted to get started on for quite some time. So it's a start, towards a finish, and I'm happy with that. 

I started this little coaster a while back, and it is now a finished piece. 

I've done some hand stitching on my jacket. It's an ongoing project to keep my hands busy at mtgs.

So that makes my project count at: 6 finished, 2 more having substantial progress made on them, and 1 with a little something added.  I'm satisfied. Actually, I'm pleased. 

So now it's your turn. What have you been up to? Leave a comment, and if you have an active blog leave its address so we can all come visit you. 

May God bless the work of your hands, and the words of your mouth. - Luann


Terry said...

Luann, how cool that you pieced and quilted that little quilt all on your longarm! You continue to "get er done" at such a good rate! Yesterday, I finished stitching the December clue for the online mystery and I have about half of the pieces on my river secured to the stabilizer. What a good idea for people to share their blog links! Mine is: Today, I'm stitching with a friend. Perhaps, I'll get the paper ripped out of the paper piecing I did or I'll make some progress on my hexagon tree. hmmmm Isn't it great to have choices??--Terry

Luann Fischer said...

Terry, I must apologize for not responding sooner. I've been a bit sidetracked, but I'll get back in the groove. Thanks for stopping by, and yes, it is important for me to have enough varied projects to move amongst as the inspiration and attention span dictate.
Have a wonderfully productive week-Luann

Monica said...

Good progress, Luann. A lot of my time and energy has been taken up with 2 granddaughters (we made paper yesterday) but they go back to school next week (the little one starts pre-school), so I'll have a lot more time to put into textile arts. However, since Christmas, I have made myself a denim handbag, nearly finished another bag (made from the fabric left over from the first one) and started making a quilt from old jeans. I've also been experimenting with my Artistic Edge cutter to make "felties" for the Young Stitchers group and applique shapes for Anna (little sister in Frozen) dresses for my granddaughters. I also have 2 hand embroideries and a knitting project on the go. The knitting project is progressing very slowly.