Monday, January 22, 2018

Monday Making

I will be joining BETH today with a little bit of play.  I know I have a lot of projects that need finishing, but after completing a few projects over the weekend I am ready for a little fun.

Our Monday sewing group is having a challenge with a pattern from a Quiltersnewsletter Magazine (2003).  Using the Birds in the Air block and some basic number of sized fussy cuts, it is then up to you laying out your pieces into a flimsy that suits you - so many options!  I decided to pull my box of collected ME fabrics for this one as they have just been sitting for years.

This will be my focus print and will pull pieces that coordinate with it.  It's a 2007 print - I didn't start quilting until 2009.  Most of those fabrics in the box were gifted or 'found' within the baggies of goods I get in the house.  I did purchase a few panels, but it is mostly a collected box of sweet ME's.  It will make a challenge project more of a challenge.

Have some fun today,
Sewingly Yours,

Sunday, January 21, 2018

15 minutes

I am linking up with KATE with my count down.  I am using my 15 minutes to work on on hand stitching projects as I us my machine every day.

Since I have almost a rows worth of hexie temperature rosettes done, I am using those 15 minutes to stitch them to their back grounds.  Each rosettes takes me about 30 minutes to do.  When the last one for the row is done, I will have all of these ready to be machine stitched into the 5th row of this quilt.

I've been on a marathon of doing bindings (by machine) and had some help with this.

It's a little hard to move a quilt while a fat cat is plopped in the middle of it.  But, I got four bindings attached and stitched down - all while spinning a determined furkid.

Hope you got your 15 minutes each day,
Sewingly Yours,

Friday, January 19, 2018

Whoop, Whoop Friday

I've come to the conclusion that  it is my camera as it now is getting tempermental about opening the lens or closing the lens.  As well as the pictures are just so dark no matter what adjustments I make.  BUT, I am happy to say that I am now half way thru the piles of dark/light squares for the Temecula Quilt Co snowball project.

I haven't snipped those flip corners yet and may just wait until I am ready to put the whole thing together.  Or I could just a have a moment that strikes and they are all snipped or I just finish off the rest of the squares.  One never knows once a project gets closer to a finish.

Such a shame a crappy photo as this is such a pretty shade of limey green.  I dug thru both large totes that hold my extra wide and large pieces of yardage for backings.  I think I bought this originally for my Leap Year quilt and then changed my mind.  It was big enough to be cut in two and used for my pink/green scrappy project with the other piece to use for the back of my guild donation quilt (yet to be made).

Moe has decided it will be a good day to keep an eye on what I am doing today.  As it has warmed a little bit  he did go out early and make a partial round of the property (checked all the bird feeders).  Now to cat nap and be out of the way of my quilting yet close enough to get an occassional scratch.

Off to quilt
Sewingly Yours,

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Scrappy Wednesday

We are having more of this!  I know it looks pretty, but with the cold, wind and snow for days on end - I am so over Winter!

This is what is left of the found pink and green 2.5" squares and as much fun it would be to finish playing with them to use them up, I need to move on.  So these are going back into the barrel system.

The quilt top just needs that final border of white - borders - ughh!  Then from the drawer of greens, I will see if there is something large enough for a binding or it may be a scrappy binding.  I want this one ready for quilting on the home machine this weekend.

The newest temperature rosette got a peek at some color change as we had a few warm days to thaw out, but we have gone back to cold.

32 - 46 - 55 - 12 -11 - 12 - 24

And a parting with another photo of the snow.  Thank goodness my brother is on seasonal layoff as he has taken such good care of keeping things cleaned up.  Side walks shoveled and now (you can see the tracks) off with the tractor to start the long 'art' of plowing the lane and park ways.  It is an art as you have to plan where that snow gets pushed/dumped when you might have to go out and do it all again - gotta have room.  Also, when things melt off -  you want it to go where it will drain properly.

No furkid photos of late as every time I open the door (or look out the window) they take off and hide.  No way they want to go out in this either.

Stay safe and warm and go play with some scraps,
Sewingly Yours

Sunday, January 14, 2018

15 Minutes of Slow

I'm managing at least 15 minutes along with KATE as I am still battling the 'sickness'.  I even had to miss my guild meeting as I was too under the weather and really did not want to expose any one to this stuff.  I really wanted to go as one of our members demonstrated making fabric postcards and there is a challange/swap for next month.  I did have a packet of supplies picked up for me and I hope to find time to work on this.

My main purpose of '15' is to work on my handstitching projects, especially this old BOM.  I did get the bias tape stitched and hopefully later today I can get all those leaves cut from that green.  I don't plan to applique all those very tiny circle berries as on the other blocks I have used buttons or beading and want to keep that thru the quilt.

Since it is Slow Sunday Stitching with KATHY (who's also ill), I have been at least tracking the daily temperatures and picking out the 2" squares.  I would like to get this new rosette in progress today once I check the noon temp today. 

Sewingly Yours,

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Scrappy Wednesday

Since I am still a bit under the weather, I am staying to something simple that doesn't require a lot of thinking.  I haven't worked on the Temecula Quilt Co snowballs in a couple of weeks, so adding some flip corners to squares will fill the bill.

Just to hold to my accountability, I made all the necessary very skinny bias tapes for a few blocks on that forgotten BOM project.  Making bias tapes isn't one of my favorite things nor making them this skinny, but they are done and I have one of the blocks pinned and ready for some hand stitching.

The next temperature rosette is done.  We were cold and now going into a bit of a 'January Thaw', but then will drop back to those low temps again.  Oh, and yes - more snow.

20 -17 - 6 -1 -7 - 30 -32 

Keep your prayers flowing for California as victims of the fires are now being hit with heavy rains and mudslides.

Sewingly Yours,

Monday, January 8, 2018

Monday Making

I  have been on such a schedule run that I need a day to play.  Since it is another snowy day, good to be inside and just stitch the day away.  I'll be joining BETH for some Monday Making and finish up these Spring colors into their little 4-patch blocks.  I have 60 done (but not pressed or squared up) and in that old eclair container.   Yes, for a bit of a surprise - that pop of a few black/white prints are being added.

Celebrating my first finish for 2018!!  Hildegard is quilted, bound, and labeled.  A scrappy log cabin border finish and the binding is a left over.
Of course, batting used is a cut off from a quilt trim.

The back is just as fun.  The last piece of an old Folkloria from my grandmother (old napkins).  I hit the 3.5" barrel for two squares to make the corner settings.  

Take time to play today,
Sewingly Yours,

Sunday, January 7, 2018

15 Minutes

I'm not one to graph or chart or keep track of time sewing as I stitch by machine and/or hand every day - hey, retirement and a business.  I planned to use KATE'S 15 Minutes to encourage keeping on track with handquilting each day, but I have some prior schedules to keep on track.

With some blog hops coming up, I needed to power quilt.  Those pieces are now at the stage of completing bindings so that hand stitching time will come into play each night now.  But, as long as the machine is set up for quilting I am going to finish up Hildegard today.

We are still breaking records with the cold, but it looks like by mid-week  we might see a heat wave - in the 30's!  And maybe 50's by next weekend (we shall see about that one).

Stay safe, warm and needles threaded,
Sewingly Yours,

Saturday, January 6, 2018

BOM Challenge w/ Jo

A couple of weeks ago I told you about Jo's challenge to pull out one of those BOMs purchased thru a shop or on-line and you just forgot about it - or gave up on it.  I had won this Album quilt all kitted up in a silent auction years ago and started it, but it got tucked away and I just forgot about it.  This challenge works perfect for me to revisit this lovely quilt and get it done this year.

These are the six blocks that I had finished before it disappeared from my mind.  This will work into my 15 minutes a day, too - although I sew everyday and sometimes have to remind myself to take a 15 minute break.  But there will be a lot of prep work time to set up a block, so even just 15 minutes will help with that.

I simply pulled a plastic baggy from the tote at random and this seems to be kitted up for both of these blocks.  So I have January and February planned with one pick.  There are a lot of little pieces, so a lot of prep work.

She has no button for this (I can set something on the side bar) but take a look over at Jo's Country Junction .  I'm sure you have one of these hiding and wouldn't it be nice to give it a chance to shine.

We are very, very, very cold here today with some very dangerous winds.  Fingers crossed that power stays on as I am power quilting to complete some secret projects.

The furkids are not too happy with this weather either.  Bella for some reason has prefered the office chair for her 'nap the storm away' position.

And Moe - he just naps where ever pleases - which seems to be on the next project I urgently need to get finished.

Stay safe and warm today,
Sewingly Yours,

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Scrappy Wednesday

I have made two Perkiomen Blocks for a special call to assist and comfort the Thomas Fire victims.  The Ventura Modern Quilt Quild has a very excellent post and instructions for the block.  Also, Carole @ My Carolina Home is collecting blocks for this cause.  Please consider this whether on your own or gather some friends, even get your own guild to participate, I know quilters are the most generous folks.

The next temperature rosette is very purple for the week as most of us are in this Artic Vortex.  We were calling Tuesday a heat wave as we hit 20 degrees around 2pm!  But we are to stay in this sub-temp with more snow for some time I am afraid.  I even heard there may be snow in Florida today.  

14 - 7 - 9 - 8 - 4 - 5 -16

I guess with all this cold I am yearning for Spring as I pulled all the springy greens and bits of pink from my 2.5" barrel (I was looking for some more purples for the temp quilt).  I will use these as leader/enders for a new project.  The string tote is out to see what can be used for Hildegard.  I think I am going to put her in a log cabin setting since she seems a bit outdoorsie.  Why cut strips when I have them already - and this tote is getting a little hard to get the lid on.

I have morning errands, mail out my blocks (and bills), pick up a few items at the local corner Stewarts and then I am sewing away the rest of the day.

Sewingly Yours,

Monday, January 1, 2018

Monday Making

Bonnie released three clues in a row so I need some time to get a little up to speed on the 'On Ringo Lake' mystery.  I have enough units for 20 blocks  ( a few extra here and there) and will see how many blocks I can get done today.  BUT first, I am going to give my sewing machine a bit of pamper with the first day of the year.  A good cleaning, oiling, new needle, fresh bobbins to wind, and clean the table she rests on.

**will link up when it is active**

There are some buttons removed from the sidebar and new ones being added as things pop up on the web.  Don't think I am doing all of those projects, I just like to share as someone else might enjoy.

I have to sadly turn a bit of a blind eye to those QALS to go with my mantra for the year - FOCUS.  Last year was FUN and I did have fun, but it created a lot of UFOs that need finishing and flimsies that need quilting.   I'm not counting or listing them, I just know they are there and need to be tackled.

The new RSC18 button is up and the new color is BLUE, but I have a blue secret project in progress.  So I will consider myself a bit ahead of this one.  Even my scraps of paper in the cup with block names can be a skip as my secret project is one of the blocks I wanted to make - I got lucky!

The Pantone color of the year is Ultra Violet.  I always try to make a quilt using their color pick and maybe down the line this will be a RSC18 project.
Kate has started a 15 Minutes a Day Challange (new Button) and along with Slow Stitching Sunday, I will be motivated to tackle that handquilting that has piled up, too.

I have signed up to guest blog for an event as well as an upcoming Blog Hop with lots of Heart.  Those are my secret projects in progress.  The rough draft is written for my coming lecture/trunk show in April and items needed placed in the box or prepped for the box as I go thru the draft.  That will be handy as I have now been engaged for another venue in May.

Sewingly Yours,