Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday


If you have a problem with dealing with scraps, SARAH has been very helpful each week.  Today she has some insight to 'JOY' - you want to go read her thoughts and shares.


Wednesday is the day I play with all my little block projects that are attempting to use up my scraps - or least tame them.  And look!!!!!  I emptied that cone of thread and opened a brand new one - power sew on day.


My problem is - the scraps keep coming in faster than I can use them.  All of this has to be processed before the weekend as I have a secret, rush project that will require my full attention and time.  I like a clear work area - well, really - I don't want any 'squirrels' in plain sight.

We are into a cold and rainy period - time to power sew the rest of the month away.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Good Weekend


Saturday was a rainy, cold and dreay with just the short trip for recycling.  I got to power sew all day!   First completing the April release of Two-Step.  Just 12 blocks - a set with the hour glass units added and the other set with the bricks added - easy.



Next, I made 20 more plaid blocks.  Luck has it that my SIL picked up a commission to make a Memory Quilt with the lady's late father's shirts - she doesn't want the scraps, so I have some fresh plaids.  I have half the amount needed and this is starting to out-grow the new container I put them in already.



I added 20 more geese to my Temecula quilt in progress - about a 1/3 of the way with this (my count and my size blocks).  Geese and HSTs are my favorite units to make.

Then We had a marvelous warm and sunny Sunday!  Out for a walk first and then got crackin'!



I pin basted "Arsnic & Old Lace".  Yes, that backing is actually a gray (a lovely Jo Morton print).  A verigated gray thread for the top and dark gray for the back.  And I quilted with no furry interruptions because they were out hunting all day.



DONE!!  I took it outside for natural light to show that it really is gray.  Yeah, I opted for no outside final border.  Not that I slacked, just thought it looked better.



Just a simple cross-hatch quilting which I felt that is all it needed.  It's washed/dried and in the shop.  Finished size 50" x 60" - nice couch throw.

I have everything picked up, machine oiled/cleaned and new needle.  My SIL will need the extra large table for her project all week, so I have my hand work to catch up on.



I put Gertrude aside to get so many things finished.  She just needs her 'flesh' and hair stitched.  I have this 'loopy' thread from long ago and will sew that down rather than all those french knots - and I didn't want to give her gray hair - enough playing with gray!  I have a little patriotic 'runner' that I am going to cover up that bra in the bag with, but will do that with the quilting process.

Fabrics and design are waiting to turn her into a Memorial Day mini.  Her buttons and other embellishments will be added after quilting.  She's my week's project - oyi - April almost gone! 

Check out Judy L's Patchwork Times
and
Beth's Monday Making

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Friday, April 21, 2017

Whoop, Whoop Friday 4/21/17


I will be joining SARAH and the gang in celebrating some finishes.  It doesn't have to be a finish, just something you are happy to have accomplished on your to-do list - and we all have a long one of those.


This was one of my Let's Book It projects over a year ago and it sat waiting for the final borders.  Those got done finally and I sent it out for long arming.  Then it took a while to stitch that binding - I don't make a lot of big quilts.


This pattern is from the book "Beyond Neutrals" and was an attempt to use up that abundance of browns.  A lot of skinny strips put into a 3-bar braid for lovely look.  I had Barb do a tight meander because of those skinnies and I love the affect.


And I finished off the confetti baby quilt.  Organic line quilting just gives texture and comfy.


I joined three 1/2 yard pieces of 'Good Neighboors' for the back - that is now used up.  And a scrappy border of some of the solids that were left from the front.  This is in the washer right now and then a pop into the dryer.

Today is to be another rainy day, so I plan to catch up on all those block releases for my QALs and dream of sunshine and warm weather.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Scrap Wednesday


Funny how those scraps and bits and wedges just never seem to go down in the pile - in fact, I think they multiply!  But I have been enjoying  SARAH'S tips, techniques, patterns, and ideas so far this year.  Even this old dog has learned a new trick here and there.


I have found there is a need to tame some of my shoe box totes that I just cannot close the covers on.  The grays jumped at me (I actually knocked it on the floor too many times) and using many in the Winter Solstice QAL, but that isn't enough.


So I paired them with a 'found' gifted mini charm pack and started to make boxed blocks - easy and no stress.  The fun thing with these blocks is you can change them up for so many looks.  Larger center square with skinny boxes, 4-patches in the center, even make them rectangle instead of square by making the top/bottom strip wider or start with the center as a skinny rectangle and box it.  Just play!!


Half the quilt is assembled and I will work on the other half today and marry the two.  I have a large piece of gray on the shelf that is going for the final border.  Yes, I said a border.  I'm thinking of naming this one 'Arsnic and Old Lace ' as that is all I can think of while sewing all these grays.

** linking up with Sarah and Lorna **

Find time to play today,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday Making 4/17/17

Grab button Monday Making

I will be joining Beth and others with some Monday Making.  After a long over due and most wonderful time away, I am ready to get back to my machine.  I have some catching up to do!


First I caught up with the newest Solstice block.  This went easy as I had a lot of 'cut-offs' from other blocks and I just used them up - easy-peasy, but a big block for me (shudder)!


I had to calm myself - lets work tiny please,  The next block for the PatchWork Sampler.  These don't take a lot of fabric and work up quickly.


Since I need a huge number of tiny blocks for certain projects - I need to up the ante.  I was working 10 a week, but I am going for 20 a week with them or they will never get done.   This cleared out the last of my 'dark' plaids so I really have to hit the  thrift store again - maybe with the warmer weather of late some 'closet' clearing happened and there might be something of interest. 


Here are 40 (20 lite and 20 dark) geese ready to chain thru with a breeze.  I love making geese! 


All those pieces needed for 20 'H' blocks - lovin' these!!!!


And lastly, prepping pieces for the 'Puss in the Corner' blocks.

20 blocks of each might sound like a lot to some of you,  but these are tiny pieces and just fly thru the machine in no time.  My worry is keeping those fingers clear - this is how I put 3 stitches thru my finger before I realized it!  But I am power sewing the day away!!

Sewingly Yours, 
Sharon

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hands2Help Check In/Link Up

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

SARAH does such a fabulous job with this event.  Regular check ins on progress, assistance with needs, and setting up guest bloggers along the way.  You want to visit today as Carol has a great way to make a quick quilt using an orphan block.

  
I hate to say, I NEVER took completed photos of my two quilts and they have already been gifted on.  I opted to donate locally this year as we have a huge need in our communities and our Quilt Guild does such a fabulous job with this project.  I delivered 48 quilts to our Community Services Office from the guild.  


The other quilt I made was with a cute and colorful kitty print and some matching solids and mini prints using this easy pattern.  The skinny sashings I used a Kona white, but I did change the outer to a full border of white at 2.5".  Absolute NO photos of this even in progress let alone the finish.  Guess I was in a hurry.

Hope everyone enjoyed a Blessed Easter,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon   

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Whoop Whoop Friday 4/14/17


I had wanted to move this project along with getting the sashings completed.  Well, I went further and put the semi-flimsie together.  I am working this differently from the original pattern.  The large setting corners will have applique in them, so they are not attached as they are not finished yet.  The I am adding two borders - this one will take a little longer to grow, but I love what I am seeing already.


This has been in my folder for a long time and I almost deleted it.  The newest mini with Wendy Shephard's Bleecker Street QAL.  I have too many large projects going, so I am using this lovely free pattern and Wendy's monthly QAL tips to make some cute minis.

No Feline Friday pics as the furkids have been in-out-in-out-napping who knows where.  Bella is feeling so much better with the meds and our improving weather - we were starting to forget what the Sun looked like!

I will take the day to catch up on blocks and then the weekend I will be away for some family time - Happy Easter.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Playing with Flowers


I wish it were real flowers, but those are in the distant in our neck of the woods.  Today is the day that so many blocks for QALs are released, but I want to move my Grandmother's Flower Basket project further along.


All the HSTs are made for the many sashing units and I want get them assembled and hopefully on for a semi flimsy.  These little units are just too tempting for one particular furkid - before they are scattered to the winds - they will be sewn!

That's all on my agenda as my son is coming down to have help with his tax forms.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Monday Making 4/10/17


I will be joining BETH and friends today with some simple play that will hopefully clean up a few scraps and found items.


This is my overflowing mess of gray scraps after digging for pieces for my RSC17 piggie blocks.


I've been doing some purging and reorganizing and came across this lone pack of mini charms.  I used the Modern Background in lite tones for my Leap Year Quilt - these are the 'Ink' collection.


Simple boxed squares to marry these two should do the trick and we shall see what interesting finish comes from the day's play.


All the pieces have been cut and paired with their little mini charm.  Now the rest of the scrappy grays are folded neatly into that plastic shoe box - and I can close the lid!

Take time to play today,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Friday, April 7, 2017

Whooping Friday 4/7/17



I'm a little late to the pary with SARAH. but the day got away from me with errands, sick cat, and waiting on a delivery.  I did get my RSC17 piggies done.  Working odd grays because I need to tame those grays.


The 'Temecula Quilt CO' geese units got made along with the plaid patches.  I've been keeping these little blocks together in a container, but soon I will have to put them into their own totes as they are growing in counts - but only about half way there.


Gurtrude is 'dressed', but she may wait a while for finishing because there are some higher priorities on the board.


The newest Solstice block went together pretty easy and I just used some of the left over scraps from others.  I am ready to wrap this one up.  I started to put 'sections' together with Pat's diagram, but I am suddenly missing my black/grey patchwork pieces.  And as I go thru areas of shelving and storage I find I am missing other items.  I think I have someone 'grazing' my stash again.

  
My delivery - WHOOP!!  The long arm arrived this afternoon after several re-routings due to all the tremondous storm areas.  My brother and SIL helped me set up the frame, but it is missing a part.  I contacted the person I bought it off of and she is hunting, but thinks she used it without (she bought is used herself).  So either a new one will have to be ordered or my bro can make one.


And my sick kittie - Bella.  She went back today for further tests and x-rays.  They had to sedate her, so she was there all day for monitoring.  My furkid has allergies which are worsening and now diagnosed with asthma.  Daily medications are on order - that should be fun as she is horrible to give pills to.  Hopefully this will help or my poor furry will use up her 9th life in her 9th year.    

We are still on flood alert thru the weekend, but it is suppose to warm up and dry out over the next week - we all hope!!

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Scrap Wednesday

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

I am enjoying using my scraps in most of my projects.  I have a lot of areas that need taming and I may have to go further than just a few blocks at a time, but right now this is working and making me happy.


My only RSC17 project this year are these cute piggies.  This month is multi-color or those really odd fabrics that don't fit a catagory.  Since I am trying to pull those fun pieces in their color, I was thrilled when I saw a few people were going with the idea of using gray.  Now I have a lot of gray and no way is the Solstice quilt (and the next block will be out) going to use those scraps up.  So I will dig for those grays with some color/design in them for my next 4 piggies.


Even though the 30's strips started out as a fresh Jelly Roll, they are technically scraps now.  I could cut into some fresh FQs to make all the HSTs I need for Grandmother's Baskets, but I want to use these up rather than stash them away.  Once they are gone, then I will look at those FQs or find some more hidden 30's in other locations until I have my full count.


My Civil War scraps are ready for digging thru for more geese as well as the plaids for that other project.


This is the year of letting goals 'go' and just enjoying, but I am staying on track with the monthly Bag Ladies.  Our new gal is 'Gertrude'.  I was a little put off that there was a bra in the bag with the flag - that I don't get.  I will get creative and either cover that with some fabric or lace.  I'm am seeing Gertrude as more of a patriotic madam rather than a losey-goosey (and that's a duck).

I would like to get my black bear further along (borders) and ready for quilting.  And my Leap Year quilt basted out so I can start hand quilting.

Today is Moe's turn to visit the Vet for his annual shots.  Mr Moe Macho cries like a baby the whole way in the car and thankfully it is just a mile up the road!  Then maybe in the afternoon my brother can come down and we can start getting to work on the frame - the room is ready.

We are on flood alert thru Saturday - not a word you want to hear in this area.  All these April Showers better bring lots of flowers.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday Making 4/3/17

Grab button Monday Making

 I will be joining BETH and others with some Monday creativity.  And you really want to visit her as she has those fun 'H' blocks laid out - scrappy goodness!!  I have half of mine done, but I have something else that needs some play time.


I want to get a start on all those HSTs for the Grandmother's Baskets sashings.  Since I have a lot of left over strips, I will use the Easy Angle ruler to make them.


And some of you asked about Bella.  She hates the camera and knows that sound of it being clicked on - runs!!  I caught her for a bit before she got away.  She has her annual shots with the Vet today - and some tests on a cough she has.  You won't see her for a while again; and probably not me either because she can hold a grudge.  Both furkids love their Vet, but hate riding in the car.  Luckily it is only a mile up the road.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon