Monday, August 3, 2015

August Goals

I'm a little late with goals.  I needed time to rest from the weekend and then we had some really bad storms roll thru which made me power down a lot of items for safety.  The good thing about them is the much needed rain and it will drop our temps and humidity.

I am keeping my goals light as I will be using the month to prepare for a very booked next few months.  I even took my calendar apart so I could spread those months out for a better look.. I have more items to fill in as I go thru my paperwork and notes.  Really scarey when you can almost see the end of the year - I thought it just started!

For my Let's Book It project I will be using this Shnibbles book.  And although I could use scraps, I have the need to play with some new fabric.  Well, actually this layer cake has been in that LC tote for a while.

This book is nice as it has the large and small version of each quilt pattern.  I am going for the small version and hopefully can at least get it to the flimsy stage.

RSC 15

This month's RSC15 color is INDIGO with the option to use black.  Since we've had 2 blues already, indigo would make my projects a little heavy on the blue side and I really don't like to make heavy black blocks - especially in charity quilts.  So I may go for deep purple instead.  But these may be a back burner project depending on my time.

  Slow Sunday Stitching

This will come in handy as I have a lot of temporary hanging sleeves to add to some quilts as well as check my labels with the possibility of some being replaced with better ones.  There will be bindings to do, also.  I have some other booked handquilting demos and will using my star quilt and the melon blocks again.  Those might be done by the end of the year.

I had a special request to make a Princess quilt for a classmate of one of my grandsons.  This is actually sandwiched and ready for quilting.  You can read the story HERE.  This is a MUST finish.

I have been booked for an April bag making class.  Yes, I make bags.  But I have to have a prototype done up by Sept 1st so they can show it to the guild for sign ups.  This is a specialty designed quilter's project bag to their requests - one of a kind.  It's all drawn up and sections tested. It should be fun, but I HAVE to get that bag made!

And since my Juki is in the shop for at least 2 weeks, I drug my old back up Brother out and it DID NOT WORK.  I couldn't get it to go - I had trouble with it in the past - and it would cost more to fix (if at all) than it's worth.  So I bought this little cutey.  Plain, simple, a piecer with a sweet stitch and just a few extras on it.  For anything heavy or complicated, I can borrow my Mom's Bernina (which she hates and doesn't use) or use my SIL's Singer.

May your August be as bright as a Sunflower,
Sewingly Yours,

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Slow Sunday Stitching

I am making my weekend a slow weekend.  Although I won't be joining Kathy's Quilts today, I did a lot of handwork yesterday while demonstrating at the local Palantine House Museum.  I am a bit wiped out (don't do heat well), so today I need to empty the car - yeah, I just came home and crashed.  I need to do a little house work and then gather my notes and calendars to be sure I am on track with a number of events coming up.

Some photos of my Saturday (most before the crowd came) - attandance was small (but comfortable), but that was probably due to it also being the first day of the local county fair.

period children's games

some period music

spinning yarn

things set up for for tea time - yes, they had tea and some things they baked in the outside oven

one of the small beds - loved this quilt

there were 3 different looms demonstrated

making rose petal jelly and honey lotion

my spot - hand quilting on the star quilt and had sample melon blocks for people to try some needle turning

 and basket weaving - and these two little girls kept us all amused as they knew every little silly song and tongue twister

Enjoy your slow Sunday,
Sewingly Yours,

Friday, July 31, 2015

Finishing up July - 2015

Like in so many places, the heat has taken it's toll on productivity and creativity.  The occassional storms that rolled thru were not always friendly.  And July saw the 3's - they say things come in 3's.  The car that died (fixed), the iron that died (replaced), and now my sweet Juki (in for repair).  But for every dark cloud there comes a ray of light - so let's see how I did on my July goals.

The Le'ts Book It project almost to flimsy stage - one more border to go.  This one is big and will be sent off to a long armer.  I did pick up backing and binding fabric on my outing yesterday.

The color for RSC15 for the month of July was Red and I completed all my various blocks for 'in-progress' projects.  Now that we are more than half way thru the year, do you get the itch to finish these up?  It is hard for me to wait each month for the next month's color announcement and then just work a few blocks.  I'm eager to wrap up some of these projects.  I was hoping for ORANGE and even picked up some orange FQs on my outing - but it is Indigo or option for deep purple or black.

I needed a little slow down at times and used the Slow Sunday Stitching to finish up the binding on this monster.  I don't normally do BIG, but I love this quilt and it so represents me as a quilter.  As I handled each of these 2.5" squares from the barrel or the bricks from the totes - I remembered the other projects those fabrics appeared in.  And said some sad (and happy) farewells to some as it was their last performance - gone and used up.

And this little piece was a 'slow down' project which took forever to do - I procastinated, not that it was hard or large.

July was a month of clearing out, too.  I passed on some fabrics and UFOs, organized, and put the piles of blocks together.  This one - 'Grandpa's Stars' - was inspired by Jo's Country Junction to finish up one of our Bonnie Hunter projects before her retreat.  Some of you were in shock when I said I was planning borders for this.  It is small and I could make more blocks, but the reason for making this quilt was to use up all those 'stored' HSTs - not make more.

And when you play with so many scraps, you get the itch to play with NEW.  Although most of this is OLD that was sitting on the shelf for far too long.  The Charms gifted and waiting for the right quilt.  A Kona black jelly roll found behind a UFO.  A surprise find of an old fabric that just wanted to be in a quilt.  I rarely make a quilt from cut to finish, but that is what happened with this one.  And I got to have fun with my aboundance of thread - I have a thrill of thead as much as the thrill of fabric.

With the heat, summer activities in the next month, waiting on a sewing machine repair - I plan a little more slow down in August.

"Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability."
-  Sam Keen  

Sewingly Yours,

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Let's Book It - July 2015

This experience has me discovering so many wonderful books and patterns that I so wrongfully have ignored.  The bright, shiney new things dangling before us are so distracting.

There are so many great patterns in this book.  I can even envision using them with other hues or go all scrappy with them.

This was the pattern I wanted to play with to use up all the skinny and scrap neutral browns I had taking over.

And even though I had a helper - of sorts .............

I managed to get two borders on.  The last border will have to wait as I ran out of muslin.  AND my Juki has frozen up (think a sensor has gone) and has to be serviced.

My SIL and I are passing on the group trip to AGS Syracuse - I know, whaaa - but I am having trouble with my hips and a long ride, walk and then ride home - I would be a real party pooper and laid up for weeks after.  So we are going to visit a new local fabric shop, she needs a few things and I will look for some muslin and binding for this. And I need some backing for another project to send off to the long armer - so shopping we go.


Since I will be doing a lot of hand quilting demo's the next month, I chose the Rose Thimble Charm to go with the Vintage Sewing Machine Pin.
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