Friday, July 21, 2017

Heritage Day

I will be away today vending and demonstrating quilting.  Well, it's only a 1/4 mile from my house.  Still, it took me most of the day to pack everything up and load the car.  I have the camera charged and hope to share the event with you all.


I made up a few new hearts to hide around the grounds with the project ifoundaquiltedheart.  We, also, have a group in the County that has been painting rocks with quilt designs and leaving them around events to be found.  You can either keep them or paint in another area and hide at another location - fun.


I hope you have been enjoying the Hop.  If this hasn't lengthened your 'to-do' list!  SARAH has announced that due to a family matter, the winners of the give aways will be delayed until August 4th.  Many blessings for her and her family.

I missed yesterday and will post today's list as well as Sunday's as I will need a day of rest - please be sure to visit the following hosts:


Friday, July 21st


Saturday, July 22nd


Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Temperature Quilt


Per my temperature chart, my greens or the cooler days and you can see we have gone into a bit of warmer.  Actually, the humidity has been the pits.  That comes from so much RAIN.  Shouldn't complain because other areas are dry and on fire - not something I would want to have to deal with.  I am using the NOON temperature read for our area as we are still experiencing such a difference from evening to mid-afternoon.  
Temps: 82,79,68,75,83,84,78



My rosettes ressemble my flowers.  I don't have a lot this year as I lost a lot of perrenials - I went with herbs this year.  BUT I have a lot of Sunflowers here and there around the house thanks to the chippers stashing seeds in any hole they can find.  Usually they only stalk or just are small floweres, but I have a couple that really took off.  They remind me of my Dad who planted all kinds of sunflowers for the birds and wildlife to enjoy.


I always scatter marigolds thru beds to help as natural pesticide and the munchy critters don't like them either.

You can visit SARAH and see her temp quilt in progress as well as others.  Everyone has a bit of a different color chart they are using, so each will be unique.


Even with the heat (Aussies are into their Winter season), don't forget to visit the other SARAH and today's hosts:


Thursday, July 20th


Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday



Today Temecula will have you make four more geese, but I made 20 or 40 each week to get them done.  Now I am putting them into 2 x 4 setting with dark geese flying north and light geese flying south which will make them into 8.5"  unfinished blocks.   And I am thinking I will randomly put these into a flimsy rather than sticking to the 'row' thing - we shall see when I lay them all out.

I have a meeting in the afternoon - at an Ice Cream place.  Where better to hold a meeting especially on a nice day?  Our guild's new program committee putting together the next 2 years' meeting activities.



Since I had no post yesterday, please visit both 7/18 & 7/19 hosts: 

Tuesday, July 18th


Wednesday, July 19th


Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday Making 7-17-17


It seems it's been a long time since I had a good Monday (and look - three 7's today) and there is a real need to power up that machine.  I will be joining BETH today to catch up on some serious block making.


The Patchwork Sampler QAL(button on side bar) just came out with the next block, so those will be tackled first.  These go together pretty quickly so I have another couple projects lines up.


Temecula Quilt Co just released the next Monday Marvelous Mini block.  Again, they don't take long to make.

I have a few more 'hatchet' block units to finish up for Kevin's Mystery - again, quick.  I have some in-town errands to do this afternoon, so I may finish the day off later with some slow stitching to finish up the Yankee Dairy heart and hands block.


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Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Piggy Bank Challenge


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I love participating in  VAL'S Piggy Bank Challenge each year.  You can sign up:
  1. All's you have to do is create a post this week sharing your "piggy bank".
  2. Include your goal of what you'd like to purchase with your savings come this time next year.
  3. Include the linky button above to help spread the word to all your followers. 
  4. Return and link your post here anytime this week until August 1st.
  5. Start "penny pinching". (Coins and bills are allowed)
  6. Next year we'll  all empty our piggy banks on July 6th and create a post exclaiming our totals, share what quilty purchase we're going to make and link up here once again to celebrate!

I've been able to save quite well with this method.  It gets dipped into thru the year for some emergency monies (car repair), but has been handy to purchase those quilty items without being sure you 'budgeted' them.

I used this method when my kid's were young - they loved dropping coins in and watching grow.  The money then was for summer vacations and summer camps.

This would help with saving for Christmas presents , too - which leads me to:

 

Please be sure to visit Today's Hosts

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Little Jingle


My entire banquet table is all laid out with stacks of sorted gifted fabrics.  All the smaller bits were processed down into my fabric system.  I am going to pull from these for the 'Trip' quilt along with SARAH.  Yes, I have never made a Trip quilt before and it's a perfect time to get her done.


Remember to visit today's Hosts:


Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Thursday, July 13, 2017

It's Christmas In July!


It's finally here!  This has been like waiting for that magical morning and dashing down the stairs to see what's under the Christmas Tree.  First I want to thank SARAH for pulling this all together - a lot of work that gal does.  And she has gathered some beautiful things to gift over the 12 days - you just have to visit each of the blogs, leave a comment for them and have some fun!!

I share today with:





When Sarah asked for some possible projects for children, I had to raise my hand.  My three grandkids love crafting and I was gathering supplies to have a NaNa project to do with them next visit.


Supplies for this project are real simple and easy to gather.  Lots of stickers, glue (I found some fun glitter glue), ribbons, pipe cleaners, and any little fun crafty item that makes you happy.  AND a box of CD's.  I found all of these items in various Dollar Stores, so a very inexpensive craft project.


We are making Ornaments with the CD's and supplies.  I worked with a 3 yr. old, 6 yr. old , and 10 yr. old - so this shows you can work this project with different ages (recommend more serious decor for older kids).  My granddaughter LOVES stickers and anything sparkly.  It didn't take her long to figure this whole thing out.


I did have to help out with some of the 'harder' stickers, 


but the delight was discovering we could design on both sides!


We were watching a movie, too - sometimes that needed more watching than crafting.  And my daughter is in the middle of a kitchen/diningroom re-hab, but our temporary set up worked just fine.  While she spackled and painted we glued, glittered, and stickered.


Ah, back to work.  This guy was pretty good at cutting some of the items to make some design changes.


The glitter glue was VERY popular and we had to use every tube, even though there were two of each color - yup, each opened and used.


Just some of the finished ornaments - their second side drying.   Then their ribbon hangers can be added.  You can use a dremel to drill holes to a little more advance crafting with the older crowd.  Even craft paint can be used - I kept it simple with the smaller ones.  Just gather supplies and some kids and you will be surprised what they will create on their own.

Thank you for visiting and please be sure to visit each day.


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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Christmas is on It's Way


The wonderful Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict has done it again.  Christmas in July Hop to help get you inspired and fired up to start your Christmas crafting/sewing done ahead of time.  

She will be having a quilt along for a lovely Holiday quilt. She has, also, lined up some great give aways.  To be entered, you just have to visit each Blog hosting for the day and leave a comment.  A Name drawn for each day of the hop with a grand prize winner at the end. COOL!!

I am hosting on the first day with something NOT quilty - surprise ya'?
Here is the list of participating Blogs and I hope you join us each day.

Friday, July 14th


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday


The third rosette for the temperature quilt is done.  I need to start thinking about what background I want to set these on.  I have a lot of muslin scraps as well as white scraps - maybe a mix.  Temps at noon this week were 77,75,71,75,76,80,77.


I came home Monday with some gifted bags of scraps as well as some were dropped off here.  I need to go thru these and I think a lot is going into Bonnie Hunter's new scrap leader/ender challenge - rail fence blocks.
And I have a few things from my Demo to put away.

A little housework is also scheduled and some furkid time as they are still holding a grudge because I left them for a day.


Sewingly Yours,
Sharon


Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame


I haven't been posting as often or visiting/commenting as often as I normally do, but I have been very tied up with activities with CMQHOF.  As this terms Secretary, I have been sending out a lot of e-mails, hard copy mailings, phone calls, and meetings these past 6 weeks.  Then there was a special event that I will share later.


It was their Spring Meeting/Annual Picnic Monday and this is just the bustle of arriving and setting up.  Everyone was in motion and with over 80 people - a bit confusing and noisy at times.


They line the outer portion of this wonderful pavilion at CD Lane Park, Maplecrest, NY (outside of of Windham NY where that wonderful fabric shop is) with Show & Tell and any guild's raffle quilts.


I just managed to get the raffle quilts as I got rather busy as the event went on.


Yes, you needed to bring some serious cash with you.  Four raffle quilts, raffle baskets, quilt blocks - and then time after the picnic to hit that quilt shop.


There was a rotation of four stations of demonstrations and I taught how to make my little pincushions with soda bottle caps.  And then I had kits made up so everyone got to take one home.  I, also, shared those fun hearts I saw on BARBARA'S post about I Found A Quilted Heart.  My  sample hearts were placed around the  Park after our event was over. 

Good food, wonderful projects shared, super quilters, LOTS of talking.  Good weather added to a great event.

And the official announcement of the newly inducted members - that special event I had to attend was the judging of sponsored members for possible induction.  I sponsored someone as well as was sponsored.

Yes, I am one of the five newly inducted Hall of Fame members.  Special ceremony will be in the Fall.  ALSO, I am on the slate for next term  running for President.  That vote goes to our Fall meeting

Now I have time to get back to my regularly scheduled program - first being to catch up on you folks.  Then I need to re-connect with my machine.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Piggy Bank Savings

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I've been participating in VAL'S piggy bank challenge since I discovered her blog.  It is time to report how we've done for the year.


I use one of my large snack barrels with a pretty cover which was put on to hide how low or high the monies were.  One of my purchases was this Black & Decker "Classic" reproduction of the classic iron - love it!


There was a little fabric purchasing a little while ago as well as a few months back I did some Extra Wide backing shopping on a great sale.


And some of it went into the 'pot' to purchase my long arm.  Sadly this hasn't been set up YET as I am still waiting for some heavy furniture removal.  The frame is up and ready, but I need to move and set it up on the side of the room where the furnishing is.  I'm not putting the machine on the frame until it is set and leveled - permanently in place. 


And I always roll over what is left into the next year's challenge which you can sign up for on July 13th over at Val's Quilting Studio.    Go see how some of the others did with their Piggy Bank Challenge.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

Hope all my American friends had a safe and lovely July 4th.  This is one Holiday weekend I just do not travel and prefer to stick close to home.  I held down the fort while everyone else went to parades, waded thru crowds, sat in traffic jams, and put up with all the noise.

Paper work and house work with a walk or two outside with my furry companions suited me just fine.  But I managed a bit of stitching.


 There were two blocks for the Monday Mini's with Temecula Quilt Co - The geese and broken dishes centers.  These are small so they are being worked with the small bits and skinnies left over from othe CW projects.


The limey greens don't photo well, but the next rosette for the temperature quilt is done.  72,76,82,81,79,80,77

We are a lot cooler than other areas, but that is fine with me.  AND I love that our nights dip into the 60's which makes for better sleeping.


Since the tub of blues was sitting and waiting to be played with for Kevin's Mystery - I pulled a few smaller pieces that were a bit 'flowery' for that project and made up my next four piggies for RSC17.

The 'scrap problem' is more my 'tame it' problem and it seems every time I get things a little under control...........


more comes in the door.  I really am not complaining though!   But when someone says they have some things in their car and you go to help pick up - it's a trunk full.  

I sorted out the table clothes, bed spreads and comforters to be washed and then donated locally.  The huge bag of batt scraps has found a home.  Now the fabrics to be sorted and they are all large pieces.  But this is more than I can process, so their sorting will go into my 'list of friends needs'.  We are, also, having a sit and sew with one of the class groups to make library totes - we are using as much of this as possible.


More of the donation that Moe thought was the purrfect place to take a nap.  I think he tried out every pile and box - but this 'was just right'.


Bella preferred to hid out in the kitchen.  Actually I have kept the two a bit 'stoned' with catnip as the noisy fireworks all around us since Friday was taking it's toll on all of us.

Today is a local run-around errands kind of day (need groceries too), but hopefull I can get a block or two made later - and a little fabric sorted.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Oh, Scrap


Do you feel like you are losing the battle with your scraps?  Are they taking over?  I'm a scrap quilter so I don't want them gone, but there comes a time that a certain 'group' needs to be tamed.  Luckily Kevin's Mystery (side bar button) will use up a lot of those blues - theres more blues believe me.  BUT, it is also the color for this month's RSC17.


The Temecula Quilt Co's "GEESE" project is getting closer to working a flimsy.  I have my count of units for the size I want my quilt, but I may make 10 more of each lite/dark units just because sometimes I can't count correctly.  This project was to tame my Marcus and CW scraps.  I didn't really tame, but I can at least close the lids on those totes now.


The Puss in the Corner blocks are taming my 1.5" squares - slowly.  This is a year long project that I am not rushing and I have half of the number blocks and it being half the year mark - on track.


The 'H' blocks is taming 1.5" squares and my skinny strips.  This is another year long project and the count is half there at the mid-year mark - another project on track.


The plaid blocks are all worked into foursies to move on to the next stage.  That is after I check them all!  Geesh - after I made the statement of watching for the deer in the road, I still managed to work a few units in the wrong direction.  I did stick a note in that tote - "STUPID, check your work"!!


OH. SCRAP - a belated Happy Anniversary to my friends to the North!!  I have enjoyed watching you all work the anniversary blocks and seeing the finished results.

I looked back and discovered I haven't had a 'finish' since April.  That is something that needs to be 'tamed', too.  First will be to finish those cute FQ Bag Ladies into their mini quilts.  Then the mini from Bleeker Street.  Small project finishes are a quick satification and inspiration to keep at it.  I have quilts waiting for quilting, too.


I'm not traveling but plan to have a 'stay-cation' so will be off-line until after the 4th.  Please stay safe and have a Happy!

** linking to Oh, Scrap **

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon