Buzzsaw Beauty(s)

I squeezed in some sewing time, and finished up this 60 x 60" Buzzsaw Beauty quilt top.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I've been pondering adding a border, but don't think I will.  I have a friend interested in adding this to her collection, so I might ask her if she wants a border to make it larger.

Initially, I was going to include the the paler block in the above quilt top, but I got to thinking that overall it was just too light, not enough oomph to go with the other blocks.  This block is 30 x 30", and I think I'll order some more blue for a border.

One good think about being a caregiver, I have plenty of time to ponder, between sewing sessions.
May your bobbins always be full,

Buzzsaw progress

Today, I managed to complete one more large Buzzsaw block.  I'm calling these "Buzzsaw Beauty Blocks", because they are really four blocks stitched together, with the inside corners twisted to create an inner Buzzsaw block, the New York Beauty quilts were my inspiration for doing this.

I have one more laid out on my cutting table, it's a lighter toned version, so I'm going to leave it there while I think about it.  If I use all three of these Buzzsaw Beauty Blocks, the quilt will be 60 x 90 inches, if I don't use a border.

May your bobbins always be full,

More Buzzsaw blocks

It's raining "cats and dogs" today, meaning no outdoor photos.  Above are the additional eight Buzzsaw blocks I've put together.  They're each 15.5 inches square.  I'm holding off stitching these to the block below, which is 30 inches square, because haven't settled on the final layout.

I'm really enjoying this process, and hope to be able to sew over this weekend.
May your bobbins always be full,

Buzzsaw quilt top, start

 I finally found some stitchin' time.  Woo Hoo, for me.  I'm really liking these Buzzsaw blocks.  When I have more time I'll get some four patches together to make a quilt top.
May your bobbins always be full,

Delectable Mountain Variation

I finally finished these scrappy Delectable Mountain blocks.  I wanted to try some different layouts for this versatile block, so I added an extra background strip.

Samples A & B above and below, shows the Buzzsaw layout I've been contemplating.  I really love the movement in these.

Sample C is another variation that may work.  I'm going to mull these over, before I start stitching.

May your bobbins always be full,

Knitting is like riding a bicycle

My husband has been in and out of the hospital, he has cancer.  The above photos shows how I left a seam unfinished when we had to dash off to Loma Linda University Medical Center.  I don't think I've ever left a seam unfinished before!

Bob has been hospitalized 10 of the last 12 days, and the current stay has no end is sight.  I was gifted  2 skeins of Classic Elite's Princess yarn a couple of years ago, by Interweave Publishing,  They were promoting their new book, New England Knits.  I learned to knit when I was 20, but haven't picked up my needles in about 10 years.  Knitting is like riding a bicycle, you never forget.

I finished this scarf while sitting at Bob's bedside,  It was a good use of my time, it'll be nice to have it this winter.  I also read and fool around on the iPad, to fill my time.  Today I started knitting a pair of slippers, I'm using bits of leftover yarn, so they maybe patchwork-ish.

Frisco and Ben have been with us for over six months, and they've accepted the new routine.  We have fabulous neighbors, Jan and Randy, and I text them when I'll be late getting home and they are more than happy to walk our dogs for me.

May your bobbins always be full,

Blogger's Quilt Festival

Bloggers Quilt Festival

This is the TENTH Bloggers Quilt Festival I've joined, and this past June maked my 5th year quilting.   

This time I'm showing off this Delectable Mountain quilt made with Lush Uptown.  When I made the blocks I decided early on to make half of them complete blocks and half mixed, with two fabrics. Because I used 21 fat eights, I only had so much fabric to work with. I'm really please with how the quilt top turned out. I ended up with only one orphan block; talk about cutting it close!,  This quilt top measures 76" x 50", a nice size to use for napping or reading a book.

I love the quilt back, too.

The color of the quilting thread is Honey 32607, and the pattern is Old Oakky.  I love working with my long-arm quilter Janiel Miller, on this part of the process.

Thank you for stopping by my blog, browse around if you have the time.  I'm linking up to Amy's Creative Side, she does a wonderful job with the Quilt Festival.

May your bobbins always be full,
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