Mimi’s Grad School: October

October 23, 2016

The painted bunting was this month’s bird. He’s very colorful. I managed to leave my project box at home so couldn’t display my block. He’ll show up next month.


A cartoon-ish purple martin was the next block. Kay substituted a woodpecker and totally changed the rest of the block to support him.


With this post, I’m caught up on the grad school blocks. I’ll try not to let the next one’s slide.

This month we also decided what next year’s project will be. I’m really excited about it. That’s all I’m going to say about it until January.


FCQ Sew-in

October 22, 2016

Back in the late 1990s when I joined Faithful Circle Quilters, we had sew-ins every month or two. We had to stop when the church where we meet was undergoing renovations. When we started having sew-ins again, they always seemed to be on the second Saturday of the month so I couldn’t go because that is Jinny Beyer Club day. Then the sew-ins stopped again.

Our current president is trying to get the sew-ins started again and scheduled one for today. Usually a member presents an optional project for people to work on. I was able to go but had no intention of doing the project. This was the perfect time to get the borders put on Allietare, Bonnie Hunter’s 2015 mystery quilt.

What do you see when you look at the quilt below?


This is the project that Nancy presented – galoshes. I saw the boots and didn’t think anything of it. However, the Jews in our guild who are children of Holocaust survivors immediately saw swastikas and found it offensive. I found a picture of one on the internet that was gray, black and red and that one definitely looked like swastikas. I can’t find it now to post a link to it.

Caren worked on Flying Home, the Missouri Star Quilt Company video from several weeks ago.


The ladies working hard:

A few others came later in the morning. It wasn’t a huge turnout but it was a nice number of folks which gave everyone plenty of room to work.

I finished getting the borders on Allietare after lunch. I had cut two lengths of fabric for the outer borders several months ago but didn’t have enough space at home to comfortably measure and place the inner borders for mitering. I should have measured the width of the outer border strips before I sewed them to the inner border because when I added the other two borders to the quilt, they were bigger than the first two. Oh, well, better too big than too small. I’ll have to carefully fold the top to trim those edges before taking it to the quilter.


I love this! I changed the inner border to use the same color as the side triangles because I like the way it ties them together. There were lots of compliments on the color combination. My colors were based on the Hoffman floral fabric shown below:


This is a closeup of the outer border fabric but the color in the photo is lighter than it really is. It has streaks of pink and purple in it so it went perfectly with the body of the quilt. This is a Jinny Beyer print as is the inner border fabric.


I hoped to get the back finished as well, but that didn’t happen. I made pieces for the back several months ago when work on the top halted. I couldn’t complete the back then because I didn’t know how big it needed to be until the top was done. I was able to get some of the panels cut to the right width and sewn to each other but there’s still a lot of work to do to finish the back. That’s the agenda for this week. I have to get Allietare to the quilter before this year’s mystery starts next month.



Mimi’s Grad School: September

October 22, 2016

The nuthatch was the block for this month. Mine’s on the top right of the first picture. He’s not stitched yet.


The painted bunting is the next block.

Mimi’s Grad School: August

October 21, 2016

The August block was the raven, substituting for the yellow-headed crow.



Kay’s raven is sitting, reading a book on ¬†Edgar Allan Poe’s tombstone with the rose and cognac left by the Poe Toaster.


The presentation block for September was the nuthatch.


Mimi’s Grad School: July

October 20, 2016

The bird for this month was the Scarlet Tanager.


I like the ones where they have the female and male pointing in different directions. I wish we’d thought of doing it that way.

Patty and Sue had the yellow-headed crow block but decided to substitute the raven, because this is Baltimore. Patty tucked a football under her raven’s wing. Sue’s doing a tree and her raven is sitting on the fence to the left of the trunk.

Mimi’s Grad School: June

October 19, 2016

Our bird for June was the Blue Jay.


My team presented the Scarlet Tanager. I found the bird’s plumage coloring fascinating. The females are olive green and yellow. The breeding season males are scarlet with black wings and tail. The juvenile and non-breeding season males are the same color as the females. Who knew?

We decided to add the female to our block. Linda made the pattern and Barbara L and I presented the block since Linda was out of town on family business. I think my block is the one on the right.


What happens when you think you aren’t doing anything

October 19, 2016

I haven’t sewn at all in the past 2 weeks because I’ve been down with a bad respiratory virus. Although I’m not fully recovered yet, I feel much better this week. I don’t feel like I’ve done much sewing since I got back from Illinois in August. But, I had a pile of blocks I hadn’t documented yet so here’s what I’ve done since the last batch of blocks I showed.


Two Wild and Goosey segments.


A bunch of leader/ender spools.


Six string blocks.

Some T blocks for Becky and Bill’s quilt. I took the blocks I had with me in August to show her and she liked it! Even wants it queen bed sized. Now I need to cut more blocks.

A bunch of Dutch or double 9-patch blocks. The following two WordPress wouldn’t display the same as the others and apparently, wouldn’t save the cropped version of one.


The rest of these blocks. I finished the last of them yesterday. Now to lay them out and assemble the top. Silly me, I thought this one would be a quick weekend project.


Some bonus triangle blocks produced by the blocks above. I still have a bunch of bonus triangles to assemble into blocks. I’m going to make some bigger blocks to mix in with the smaller ones.

That was a lot of blocks, right? They add up even if you only sew two a day.

Mimi’s Grad School November meeting was moved up to October 31 because of Quilters’ Quest. I’ve got to get my bird block ready for the display ¬†wall on Monday. Oh, wait, I’ve got an extra week before Halloween. Whew! (wiping brow). Still, I’m going to try to get it done this week. By done, I mean the pieces prepared for applique and pinned to the background.

Mimi’s Grad School: May

October 18, 2016

The Mountain Bluebird block was the assignment for May. Blocks for past months that weren’t done on time are also displayed.


The Blue Jay was presented as the next block.


Mimi’s Grad School: April

October 17, 2016

Our block to make for April was the Robin.


Genie showing her tree progress.


Mountain bluebirds are for May. Kay and Patty are just holding the blocks while listening to the presenters.


Mimi’s Grad School: March

October 16, 2016

These are two images of my February block. The bird for February’s block was supposed to look like the one on the left. I liked the colors more than the bluebird that was substituted by the presenters, but it doesn’t look good with the flowers and foliage I made. The bluebird on the right looks better. I’ll keep the green bird. He may turn up as a lost bird somewhere on the quilt.

Everyone’s blocks displayed. It appears one person was catching up with the Oriole.


Eleanor added a worm to her block.

Someone else added some embroidery to the center of her flowers.

The Robin was presented as the next block.