Thursday, March 23, 2017

Whoop Whoop Friday 3/24/17


Well, I caught up all my blocks for the various QALs and then went looking for something I could move along to the next stage.  I found a lonely looking plastic shoe box tote with no clue - surprise!  My Temecula Quilt Co 'Circa 2016' was hiding in there.  Luckily all the parts, yardage  , and my notes for final assembly were in there.


I have no problem setting things on point, but I remembered several people struggled to get things to 'work out' with assembly.   I am working mine in a different way than they had shown - so it will all go together without a lot of curse words.  I think I delayed on this piece, because it is like adding row upon row of "borders" - that dreaded word.  But I am going to get this thing done at least to it's last border - only because I don't have a fabric for that last border.  So it is important to get to that flimsy stage and then I can make a trip to the LQS that carries my beloved 'Marcus' fabrics to pick out that final border.

It is to be a wintry mix of snow, sleet, rain, and wind for the next few days - BUT, we are moving toward a warming trend.  Several days of good stitching weather and then out and about  - cabin fever!

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It's Block Day


Wednesday is Block Making Day!  I am following a number of QALs that have their blocks released on Wednesday and I love that I can put the old machine thru her paces; as well as work a variety of techniques.


The hexie flower baskets are all done and it is time to put them into their on-point setting corners.  I have each matched up with some fun fabrics - a mix of American Jane and Feed Sacks.

The Geese will fly for Temecula Quilt Co, some more plaid patches, the newest Solstice block and then I had my arm twisted.  Blockheads with Moda's Cutting Table - I mentioned I needed to work more in taming those CW tubs.


The new baggy for storing selvedges is getting stuffed pretty quickly.  Some are from yardage, but most ore from FQs that I am trying to use up.  And I am excited to see that thread cone getting down to 'skinny'!!  Remember, I keep a thread inventory instead of a stash use report.  Being a scrap user, thread tells me how much fabric has been used up.

It's a cold, blustery day - a good day to stitch away,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Monday Making 3/20/17

Grab button Monday Making

With a weekend reserved for catching up on handwork projects, I need to hit the sewing machine.  I will be joining BETH today with some creative making.


I want to complete step three of 'TWO STEP' (button on sidebar).  I have half of the background/scrap HSTs to go and then the few two color scrap HSTs.  I am trying to use up my very over-flowing tub of CW prints.  This photo doesn't show the huge pile on top or the other tub.


Since that won't take long to do, I have my next mini from Bleeker Street ready for quilting.  This should go quickly, too.  Binding is ready and some embellishments to add after quilting.

I have some light housework to do and a quick errand in town, but I am going to enjoy my day of Making.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Help for Hexie-Aholics


I think SARAH has me looking for Hexies to play with.  Did you notice my one tree in the next Bleeker Street piece?  Our guild had the pleasure of Sarah's class and trunk show and think she has turned a few of us to the dark side.



Here is my pile of large rosettes so far.  I really need to find something that ties these all together as I am getting down to a few layer cakes and I want to be sure I have what I need for a finish.  I really would like to start putting this one into something more 'solid' so could use some suggestions.



And because it is was also Feline Friday the same day as 'Hexie', I thought I would put Moe into the spotlight (not sure where Bella is).  He was helping me prep some fabric for my Monday Making project.  Actually he wouldn't let me touch anything I laid here (and the scratches tell the tale).  So I would sneak something and cut on the other table.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Head Above the Snow


Yes, I think we have our head above all that snow.  This storm is more typical of our NorEast winter weather, we just have gotten 'soft' as there have been too many mild ones.  So what does one do when snowed in?


Actually I had this little piece done before the storm, but I wanted to wait for WENDY to put up her post of all the photos people sent to her.  This is part of the Bleeker Street QAL - a free pattern.  I have plenty of large quilts in progress, so I am using parts of this to make a few wallhangings instead - and using up my scraps.

  
She has part 2 posted and I am working up an idea for another mini with the pattern.   I am enjoying this QAL by just adding some fun to it.


I think this is my 'storm' project.  I quilted this when we had the horrible lightening/thunder storm and did the binding and label during a snow storm.  This is a free pattern on Connecting Threads (page 3) that I had saved and used as one of my Let's Book It projects long ago.


The next Solstice block got made with that 'ghost trees' scrap in the center.  I have just a 4" square of it left and that will get worked in another block - used up.  A binding ready for another H2H charity quilt (the one Moe was laying on, on the ironing board).  Twenty more geese blocks for the Temecul Quilt Co QAL.  And 10 more plaid patches - yes, those are really tiny plaid prints in cocoa and it is used up.


The next set of blocks prepped (actually made) for the Patchwork Sampler QAL.  These work up really quickly - as long as I do them while the furkids are napping.


And I got further along with Millicent.  I hope to get her finished this weekend so I can start putting her into a mini.  I have some scraps and orphan blocks pulled with a plan.  She's got a bit O'green - 

Enjoy your St. Patty's Day
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Stella


 My favorite view just off my back porch and to give you a start to Storm Stella.  We were almost snow free when this rolled in around 2am.


Yes, a bit tilted as the snow was blown half way up the door and I got it open enough to stick my arm out for a shot.  The furkids couldn't understand why Momma wasn't opening the door all the way for them or what was this wall of white doing there.



Toward my brother's house and getting ready to go out for the second round of shoveling.


There is a walkway from my porch to half way to this barn and then the walk runs to the big grey barn to my Mom's porch.  I felt like I was shoveling 3 miles of walk!
  
My brother out in this awful stuff plowing constantly.  And the snow coming down harder.  Where did the walk go?  My Mom's porch buried, again.


And it got worse - finally it was declared NO TRAFFIC and county plows were pulled off the roads (several of them went off roads) because it got impossible to see.  That's when we said 'enough' - we will start again in the morning.


Trying to get out the backdoor and porch so I can start shoveling.  We got 30" of snow, then high winds that just made mountains.  Its was brutal out there.


We start all over again.  Bits of work here, then there, eventually it was all cleared.  Snow was blown pretty well off the roofs - not that I was about to clear them.  But we cleared out dryer vent and other special areas - our county Emergency Website had a list of items to check - they were getting a lot of CO2 calls.  There were two local dairy barns that collapsed from the weight of the snow and a church was lost to fire (heavy snow on the lines).  Now we wait to see how much we get with the weekend storm.


The furkids - Bella spent most of the storm in the guest bedroom - under the bed - (she is afraid of the winds) and Moe just took comfort where ever.  How he got on my ironing board (again) without knocking it over?

I hope to get out for a bit in the morning (and no not to shovel snow, but probably will have to) for a few errands.  I will share my sewing time pieces tomorrow.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Monday Making 3/13/17

Share What You Are Making

I will be joining BETH today with some busy 'making' time.  I have a couple of small charity quilts that need quilting.


First up is the Sophia quilt and my own princess seems to like this one as I just cannot get her to stay off.  Maybe I'll prep the other and use my SIL's machine (her;s is at my house) to get that quilted.  Although she probably will switch places - I can jump from one machine to the other as the kitty naps on which ever.

We are expecting a real blizzard in this area (like so many others), so if I go silent - we lost power.  Then it will be hand work.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Slow Stitching & H2H

Slow Sunday Stitching

I have had a rush on to finish up two wallhangings and one very large quilt, which I will share later this week.  Today I want to join KATHY for some slow-down time.


I would really like to finish 'dressing' the next bag lady - 'Millicent' - as well as get those bags done.  Maybe even the kitty in the pocket.  That will leave just a few items for next weekend - or maybe one of those frightful windy nights again.


I get so excited for this project each year.  This is H2H's 7th year and I have participated every year.  Today SARAH has the three charities listed or you can follow her guidelines (very relaxed) as well as a form to sign up.  Signing up is not required (but it helps Sarah know roughly how many are participating), but there are several dates and steps along the way - with give aways.  Charity work is very dear to me as a quilter, please consider joining H2H this year.  Thank you Sarah for all the hard work you put into this venture each year.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Thursday, March 9, 2017

The Wind is a Blowing


Boy it has been blowing and nasty cold for the last few days!!  This old big brick house shook some nights, which made for some rattled furkids as well as myself.  Wednesday is when a lot of my QAL/SAL items come out on the net, but we had a high-alert from the State and power companies - so I powered down as much as I could.  There was hand stitching (when I wasn't shaking) to do while in a safe place.

So Thursday I put the pedal to the metal...........

  
My RSC17 red piggies.  I don't do red very often and any gifted bags of scraps are small bits.  I had to hunt for these few.  Luckily this pattern doesn't require a lot of fabric and it made me get creative.  The button print was actually in my 'blue' scrap tote.


The cornered 4-patches in reds (I had to really scour all my scrap storage system for these).  BUT I managed 10 with light corners and 10 with dark corners.  And 10 more Puss in the Corner blocks.


My hand work - the next set of three rosettes.  I have all the outer hexies prepped for the next round, but I had trouble holding that needle.


More geese for the Temecula Quilt Co project.  I pin everything (and work that bundle too) in groups of ten.  10 light geese and 10 dark geese.  And a stack of 10 plaid blocks.  That blue is gone!!  It was horribly misshaped (you know those plaids that make you think you are looking around a corner), full of holes and bad spots.  I worked around what I could and used it up.


And the next Solstice block (shudder) - a big block!!  I might start putting some of this one together so it isn't a total 'puzzle' at the end.


When these two sleep next to each other - it's to comfort each other when they are stressed - I rarely see this, but they have been doing a lot of close quarters without fighting while weathering this weather.

I need to get back to bindings and labels for some finishes.  Wind calm down - I need to hang on to that needle!!

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Of Cats & Dogs


I belong to a wonderful guild of some very talented and dedicated charity quilters.  Our President - Kathy (plaid shirt) - had a Summer break challenge of making either a cat/kitten or dog/puppy block.  These blocks would be then put into a quilt(s) for donating to our local animal shelter's annual auction.  That's Sandy and Ginny in the background.


The St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Middleburgh, NY, offers this lovely large room with  use of kitchen  for not only our monthly meetings, but to schedule a Saturday 'sit-n-sew' or special program.  This is Emily and Edna at work.


We are very lucky to have four men in our quild and two are very proficient long armers, too.  This is Ron who power sewed 'flip' corners like a mad-man.


Diane and I tag-teamed making a number of 9-patches.  You won't see me - I'm behind the camera!


Ta-Da --- the dog quilt in progress.  Dollar Store flannel backed plastic tableclothes make for a great portable design wall.  There is a couple of borders to go on this one.  


And the cat quilt.  We actually got this one into 'almost rows' before we had to pick up.  The nice thing with the portable tableclothes - we could just roll them up and they could be carried home for a final finish.  Photos were taken of the layouts just in case someone ran astray.

Two of our guild long armers will quilt them, I think we have volunteer binders, too.  These will be ready in time for that auction and I hope to have 'finished' photos for you.

It was a lovely day with some friends on our coldest day of the winter.
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Monday Making 3/6/17

Grab button Monday Making

I will be joining Beth today for some fun making play time.  Of course I have to put a few lengths of thread into that quilt binding, too.


This is my original play time with Wendy's 'Bleeker Street' QAL.  I am using sections to make minis and trying to use up some scraps from that one tote.  We're starting with the house and first tree.


Not sure I like that black strip.  I pulled my shoe box of bonus HSTs and I think they might play nicely with this.  Now to have a little fun.

Find time to play today,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon


Friday, March 3, 2017

In Like a Dragon


As one of my quilt guild members stated - March has swept in like a Dragon.  She is so right as a Lion cannot match the roar and chaos the Frost Dragon has brought upon us.  We had a few teaser days in February that made us hopeful, but let's not forget here in the NorEast - it is still Winter.


I'm using the time to play with a few more Puss in the Corner blocks with my 1.5" scraps.  I do one or two of these; then.....


I will do one or two thread lengths on the new Bag Lady - Millecent.  The polka dot dress has given me ideas for her mini.  And hard to see, but she has a kitty in her pocket.  She's also a crazy quilter - hmm, so stitching in the border?


I have the binding on this baby.  This was one of my Let's Book It projects from a couple of years ago.  It sat in that large tote hidden because it needed that last border.  I had my long armer do a tight meander because of the long skinny bias strip piecing - oh, I love this quilt. 

Well, one or two threads are going into this binding during the weekend with the other mix of projects.  It will get done, Millecent will be happily on the go, and those blocks should get finished.


Just to show what it took to get the last binding on - while rotating a cat along with the quilt.  Luckily neither furkid was around when I did the other.


This Saturday our quilt guild is having a sit and sew.  The main object is to get our member blocks of cats and dogs (yes, there is one racoon) into two quilt tops - one of the dogs and one of the cats.  These will be quilted by members and binding finished off in time to donate to the annual raffle/auction for the local Animal Shelter.  

Members can use the time to work on their Charity quilt(s), or other project, or use the nice long tables for basting a project.  It is to be bitter cold, but some social time along with sewing time is going to be good.

** linking up with Whoop, Whoop FridayOh, Scrap, and Feline Friday **

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon