Friday, May 07, 2010

It's Friday! Let's take a look back at the week in quilting. Down to the basement on Monday I went to pin this top onto the quilt frame.
Not a stitch has been taken, but at least it's pinned on. This top has been waiting (patiently) for a long time to become a quilt.
Back upstairs to the tree house, I started piecing some blocks.
These are 3" churn dashes - I'm going to need A LOT of them. I'm making a quilt that I saw in an old Fons and Porter magazine. I believe the pattern was called 3, 6, 9, 12 - for the size of the blocks that are used. I say this because I have not yet located the pattern after the move. It's here . . . . somewhere.
Since I plan to just use whatever fabrics I have on hand, I don't need any help with yardages to get started. In the event that I don't find my pattern, I've drawn myself a little guide on graph paper to help with figuring out number of blocks needed and placement.
I've just been cutting for one pair of blocks at a time. While this gives me the satisfaction of getting to the machine to sew right away, I've decided that I need to make better use of my cutting time as well. So I'm going to start cutting triangles, too for something akin to a 1000's of Pyramids quilt.
Why am I so concerned with making the best use of my quilting time?
Because I spend a lot of my day keeping Daisy occupied. She's a lot less of a puppy and more of a Jr. dog these days. The house training is going well. We've developed a bit of a schedule. A lot less time going outside 'just-in-case.'
Still, it takes a lot of play time to get her tired enough for a good nap. We romp, we practice our commands, we take walks, we throw the ball and when I'm worn out (and she's not) I blow bubbles in the yard for her to chase and *pop*
She may be relentlessly active, but she's funny and oh so soft. I think it's a fair trade-off.

37 comments:

Bren said...

Daisy is a beauty!! She looks soft, and fun!
Your little churn dash bloccks are darling. I can't wait to see the others and the lay out...sounds interesting.

Screen Door said...

Way too tiny of blocks for me--- I have clumsy fingers. Daisy is turning into quite a lady... a real beauty.

P.S. we're expecting 305 inches of snow this weekend :(

Lori said...

I adore the little churn dashes!! I can't wait to see more.
Daisy must keep you going!! I'm surprised you can get anything done.:)

Mimi said...

I thnk Daisy would distract me from sewing, too. She is adorable and I am loving your blocks and the quilt on the frame looks like something I would like, too. Enjoy!

Karen said...

Three inch Churn Dash blocks are tiny. I can't remember the pattern from Fons & Porter magazine so will have to wait and see what you do with them.
I like what you said about you getting tired (and not Daisy). Sort of like taking care of a toddler.

About Me said...

Wow Libby! Those are some "tiny" blocks! Can't wait to see all of them togther.

Daisy is so cute and she is growing up right before our eyes. If only we could all have that much energy!

Enjoy your weekend and Happy Mother's Day!

sewprimitive karen said...

And just think how much Daisy loves you for spending so much time with her.

Rhonda said...

What a cutie....and yes, from puppy to adult takes alot of human energy....LOL

paula, the quilter said...

Both Daisy and the churn dashes are darling. Have you decided how you are going to quilt the one on the frame?

AnnieO said...

Glad to know you are getting in your quilty time,in between Daisy training you all day :)

Love the little churn dash blocks!

rainylakechick said...

Wow, those are tiny churn dash blocks!!!

Daisy needs a play buddy. Believe me, I was in the same place in life as you, just 6 months ago. My puppy still needs play time with other dogs at least every other day. Today he is at 'doggy day care' -- playing all day in a friend's backyard with another dog! :)

Carol said...

I think it's a very good trade off! Love those little churn dashes...just LOVE 'em!

Shakerwood said...

The churn dash sounds like a lot of fun. I am always attracted to the more traditional blocks! Maybe Daisy could visit Nelson and Reagan so they could all wear each other out! She is starting to look less and less like a puppy. They grow up so fast.

Barbara said...

Libby....Miss Daisy is beautiful. I would have a hard time getting any sewing or quilting done with her to distract me. But what fun it would be..... hope you have a great weekend.

Jeanne said...

Love the little churn dash blocks! Daisy is growing so quickly, but she's only getting cuter.

Dixie said...

Love your little churn dash blocks - looks like you are creating another winner! Daisy is just so cute and a wonderful companion. Can't wait to see your finish on the quilt on your quilting frame. Have a wonderful weekend!

Quilter Kathy said...

Very cute little churn dashes! What are they going to be when they grow up?!?

Sharon said...

Excellent churn dash blocks. I looked back at your previous post with the 2 clr quilt. It's gorgeous. Where would one get that pattern?

Quilt Hollow said...

Daisy growing up before our very eyes and my leaps and bounds! She sure is a cutie pie and I could easily see spending time with her to be great fun! It keeps you moving anyway!!
3" churn dashs you said? OMG...loving those!!

Guðrún said...

I love Churn dash blocks but I have never done a quilt using them, those tiny blocks will make a gorgeous quilt. Daisy is growing so fast.

WoolenSails said...

You have been getting a lot done. I think if I was going to cut that many triangles, I would get the accuquilt cutter, lol. Daisy sure is growing and her coat is beautiful. Mine is going on 10 and he still acts like a puppy.

Debbie

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

It sounds like you've been busy with your quilts. Daisy is sure growing, and what a cute face! I haven't been online much in the past couple of weeks so I've been catching up on some past posts. It looks so pretty and green there! It seems it was just winter, and now you've got ceiling fans going in. The seasons do change quickly, don't they?
Blessings,
Marcia

Loris said...

Can't wait to see the quilting. Ms Daisy is adorable!

Judy said...

The blocks are cute! Okay, I've always had cats and they are totally different, but what happens if you just stop and do your stuff? Would she just come in your sewing room and lay down to watch you? Or does she start chewing?

Quilts And Pieces said...

Wow! Daisy is growing up! She is soo adorable! Love your little churn dash blocks

QuiltedSimple said...

Daisy is adorable. Isn't it funny how they grow big so quick? And have so much energy? I'm glad you are able to find time to sew!
Kris

MARCIE said...

Gorgeous carpet! Is that new? Daisy is just too cute, as are your little churn dash blocks.

julieQ said...

I have that pattern!! I loved it then and now too, and will be looking for your progress. I have been sewing a lot of 3 inch blocks lately too.

Cathi said...

I love those little churn dash blocks! Almost makes me want to make some. Almost.
Daisy is gorgeous!!

Stephanie D. said...

I love that awkward, growing-into-her-paws stage! And the spikey hairdo she's sporting!

What about doggy day care once a week to give mom a rest? lol

Jenni said...

Lucky Daisy to have someone to romp with. I would happily give u my quilting time for some fun puppy time.

I am a quilter said...

I love watching your puppy grow... with four dogs in my house I understand about outside time...
I want to know if you enjoy your long arm? I keep thinking that if I had one my tops might move along into completed quilts faster. What was your thinking when you joined the "club" Thanks Emily Gail

Michelle said...

Hi! Haven't been by in awhile! hope all is well. The projects look great, as always!

Carole said...

Ya know, I think you're rubbing off on me! I'm loving small blocks! ;o) Sweet project you have going on! As for Daisy and bubble blowing, you might want to get one of those battery operated bubble blowers! They are so much fun! ;o) Cheers!

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Tracey @ozcountryquiltingmum said...

Daisy is keeping you well entertained...those tulips are a great discovery...gotta love hidden treasures in your garden!
The Amish book looks fabulous...have fun with your churn dashes! Tracey

kjquilts said...

At least you are getting some exercise climbing the stairs! LOL! Daisy is getting big. Just like a little kid...needs lots of attention.