Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Wayward Girls

The Wayward Girls had another sewing day Saturday, and as usual we had a great time working on our current projects. Carol was working on a neat lap sized quilt called "Contra Dance." The large fabric block is 8 inches square. After the top is pieced together (photo 1), the top is cut in two diagonal rows and pieced back together (photo 2).

Then the borders are added.  Nice job, Carol..Don't you love the red/purple/green color scheme?

This is a picture of Pam's project (below). She had previously machine quilted it and brought it along so she could finish the binding. The pattern is called "Carrie Nation" and is a Voices of the Past pattern from Kaye England.

The applique is Pam's second project, "Stars Around My Garden" by Bits 'n Pieces. Didn't she do a great job on the stems? She has half the leaves pinned down and is in the process of appliqueing them down. This forms the center medallion of the quit which is surrounded by pieced star blocks, which Pam has already sewn.

It's always handy to have some extra lighting when doing handwork! The headlamp is sold at Walmart in the sporting goods section.

I had several small projects I wanted to work on. Each month at our Thimbleberries meeting we turn in 16 flying geese for a mystery surprise project. I am really liking this setting, and I also like using up some Thimbleberries scraps from previous projects.

I also got caught up with my General's Wives block-of-the-month by sewing 20 of these hourglass blocks. They will be the border of the queen size quilt. It was really odd making them so large...after sewing mostly miniature and small quilts, the 12-1/2 inch size seems huge!

I'm also working on Step 2 of a mystery quilt called "Cat's Meow." I need to make 96 half square triangles that finish to 1-1/2 inches square. I like making them with a 5 inch square of light and dark, sewing on two diagonal lines and cutting the block to make 8 squares at a time.

We tried a new restaurant for lunch: The Crazy Greek. We were pleasantly surprised that it was so nice inside--I was expecting something more on the order of a fast-food restaurant. The food was great...three of us ate Greek food, and the fourth (my hubby) had a wonderful Lasagna.  And for dinner, I cooked my first Mexican meal. Mexican rice and chicken enchiladas, with chips and homemade gaucamole. Yum! Best part is, I have leftovers so I don't have to cook today...that means more time to sew!

Till next time, keep stitchin'.


  1. I love the Contra Dance! What a neat idea! I love stuff like that! My sister-in-law is also doing General's Wives. You have a lot of neat projects to work on!

  2. And a good time was had by all!!!! Hope you ate my left over moussaka (sic). I didn't realize I left it until Sunday.