Monday, July 16, 2018

To Tulle at Yule


I would like to thank SARAH for hosting the 12 Days Hop again this year.  If you haven't had a chance, please visit the prior days and continue to follow along for some wonderful inspiration, idea, and tutorials shared.  AND there are a number of give aways.


When Sarah approached us for sign-ups, I immediately knew I wanted to revisit a project and technique from way back in 2012.  Some improv  with a bit of a twist.  This miniature was made for a swap and now resides in Australia.  Since our seasons are opposits, I went with colorful, modern Christma Trees.  The fun is in the finishing.


First I had to drag out the under the bed tote of Christmas fabrics.  Now this was a challange for me, as I really do not like to work with seasonal frabrics.  Why do I have so much?  Gifted to me and my SIL loves the really sparkly prints for this season.


What did I pull out - just a baggy of squares and a swirly white on white.  Add some organza and scraps of Steam A Seam lite.  Oh, a backing and binding choice from the larger scraps, add a scrap piece of batt as well.  
Simple supplies are what are needed.


I actually reccommend using netting or tulle for this as it is delicate and translucent, yet much easier to work with than organza.


I fused a few of the pre-cut squares with the scraps of Steam A Seam.  Then grabbed my scissors and just made improve cuts.


Just a simple little snowy scene.  This would be a fun kid's project as well.
Once you are happy with your placement, just hot press those piece down good and secure.


 I layered back, batt, and top and using my walking foot, did just a few wiggle lines to hold in place.  As the net,tulle, and organza are not pin friendly - this helped to secure this a bit for the final over-lay quilting part.


I just pinned around the outer most part of the organza.  As you can see, it changes the look of the piece so you may want to take a few fabric swatches to the fabric shop to lay the net or tulle over to see how it plays for your project final look.

It is recommended to use a smaller needle or microtex needle as well as a thinner thread - I used a microtex needle with a poly thread.
I chose to use my walking foot for quilting, but you can FMQ - just know things have a lot of slip.


I used corner hangers and attached the binding to the back.


Then flip binding to the front and machine stitch down.  I like to use the corner hangers and this type of binding method on miniatures.  You can add your favorite type of hanger and use your own method to bind.


The translucient organza was difficult to get a good photo without the super shine, but it gives you an idea of how it gives a little more pop to your piece.  Don't be afraid to play.

I, also, have a give away


A lovely panel


And three half yard cuts of coordinating fabrics.
Just be sure I have way to contact you.
Open until  July 26th.

The Hop List has been updated with some changes:

 Saturday, July 14th
Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th

Monday, July 16th
Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th
Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th

Saturday, July 21st
Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd
Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th

Wednesday, July 25th
Brandy @ Pampered Pettit

Thank you for visiting,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Lily Park


This is the historic covered bridge that leads into the Lily Park near the Old Stone Fort in Schoharie.  We are right there on the end (my SIL in the green shirt) and it was shady all day with a light breeze.



It was nice as just to the right of the bridge entrance was my ancestrial home.  The Fort museum led period costumed guided tours thru the bridge down to the house.  Yes, they knew I was 'related' and I met some nice people strolling thru.



Another bridge vendor who lived just up the road from me and does lovely pottery.

Found out a friend from school (oh, that is long ago) now does stain glass and her favorite items to make are birds.  I tried to convince her husband to make bird houses and feeders to go with her wonderful birds - she had several designs and I bought a cardinal.  He was there as part of the bee exhibit - our county has a great group that is saving the bees and helping to relocate them within the area.



This is the local artist that did the painting that is on my header.  He travels the county looking for and painting local historic buildings and places as a way to preserve history.



Once over the bridge it led down into the park itself.  There were so many activities for kids and all was free.  What a great day for families.



A number of little settings along the Lily Path and this one was dedicated for the honoree of the Park.  You may notice that there were vendors set up in the mix of activities, but I am glad we weren't in this area as it sets in a bit of a 'hollow' and there was no air flow at all!  Got totally unbreathable (and buggy) later on.



Another little area that I thought this little dangling pots center piece to be so cute.  You can see those tall lilies - all those walking paths thru the park lined and some where almost as high as me.



The pony rides were a big hit, of course.  There was a dog parade and obiedance area as well - lots of dogs all day.



The local llamas were there and the kids could brush them or lead them down the path.  These two make a lot of appearances and are very good with kids and noise.



There was an area with birds of prey.  I had to visit them all and was about to walk away when a youngster tugged me to not for get this little guy.  OH MY!!  He was smaller than my hand in this tiny box.

There was a lady bug release at one point during the day.  The kids set them out thru-out the different lily pathes - how fun.  There was a number of crafts the kids could participate in, a treasure hunt,face painting and various games thru-out the grounds.  There even was a spot down to the creek with people showing the kids how to catch crayfish.

A very successful, well attended event, super family day that I will surely participate in next year.  AND on the bridge again.  We did discuss with the committee some ways to draw more people up to the bridge, but as a whole all of the vendors said they had a good sale and would love to come back.

I have yet to touch my sewing machine in two weeks, time to sew.
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Friday, July 13, 2018

Christmas in July

July 14th-25th

I thank the lovely SARAH for once again hosting this event.
Please be sure to visit the participating bloggers.
I here there are lots of give aways.

Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st


Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit

Enjoying a Picnic


This was the check in table for our annual Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame picnic meeting.  Sign in sheet for members attending, dues to be paid by each guild, collecting the baskets that would be raffled off later in the afternoon, and room for any one to layout their quilt show, activity letter, flyers.


There is a block lotto each year with the prior year's committee selecting the 'theme'.  As you can see it was 'Patriotic' for this year.  Any red/white/blue 12.5" unfinished block.


And there were a LOT of them!


And more!  They stretched across the one end of the pavillion and then some.  There were 60 blocks total and they were bundled into SIX groups of TEN blocks each and raffled off in the afternoon.

  
We asked that the winners bring back their blocks in finished project.  Last year we had SIX groupings as well with the black/white blocks.   Five people brought back quilts.  Note - there is a lovely wool scarf on the end for show and tell.  A class some members took on needle felting bits of various wools into a scarf.


One with a lot of 'novelty' blocks and the other very geometric.  Two members from two different guilds and they chose to set them so similar.



And the last one - has my night/day star in it.  Yes, the quilts and show and tell items are hung around the outside of this huge pavillion so you are literally sitting in the middle of a quilt show.


The colorful sampler was a picnic lottory win from 2015.  Hey, she finished the quilt.  And I brought my temperature quilt (unfinished) to share.  I was surprised that no one had heard of such a thing and were intrigued to maybe work on something for a guild project.


An applique done in a class/retreat - fun.  Another sampler that was completed from lottory blocks won in 2016.


A beautiful quilt that was being raffled by one of the quilds.



I fell in love with this one.  So modern and loved the soft color and texture of fabrics she chose.  It surprised me when it turned out to be one of our 'elder' members and the story was that she was inpired by the cracked walk in her flower gardens.

 I missed an entire side of display due to too many people in the way and I had to get the meeting started - so we could eat!  There were lots of show & tell that were hand-shown, but the camera was packed by then.

We also had a rotation of four-station mini classes to participate in:  Cavewomen blocks (improv), French boutis applique, a mini tuffet bowl, and several methods of making HSTs (me). 

No pictures of people as some didn't want their photo on the web, but we had 69 in attendance.  A good day with good food, lovely sharing and lots of inspiration.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon