Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Bemuddled


With not sewing a thing for almost two weeks, it really throws off your rythmn.  Even if I only got that 15 minutes in, I had a flow.  It is taking some time to get things back into a more comfortable working style.  
I have so many projects on the go, but I knew what was what and where - not now.  

Then I added this on top of it to muddle things more.  1000 triangles from my Mom during her big sale.  I do have a plan and you can see I quickly stitched up 170 HSTs.  The problem is there are more dark triangles than light - so I will add to this with gifted scraps.


The hexie diamond project has been my carry-along project while I do all this traveling this month.  BUT, I have used up the last JR strip of cheddar and have to hunt up the baggy of gifted cheddars from guild members so I can carry on with this.  I hate having to hunt up things that once were at hand - bemuddled!


Then I made the mistake of dumping that big bag of gifted scraps to look for some lights and other items to add to projects.  Was so tempted to play, but I slapped my hands and put some of the fabrics into the scrap user system and the rest went back into the bag.

I hope you folks can help me with another bemuddled search.  I am looking for a Block a Week that I think was run by Moda (?) some years ago.  Blocks designed by many people, but they were charted for 4 different sizes.  I know I saved the printed pdf's (not saved on the computer), but cannot locate.  So if you know of which BAW I am talking about and how to find it again on-line - thank you if you can help. 

I hope the mud clears soon - I'm far behind the eight ball,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, July 16, 2018

To Tulle at Yule


I would like to thank SARAH for hosting the 12 Days Hop again this year.  If you haven't had a chance, please visit the prior days and continue to follow along for some wonderful inspiration, idea, and tutorials shared.  AND there are a number of give aways.


When Sarah approached us for sign-ups, I immediately knew I wanted to revisit a project and technique from way back in 2012.  Some improv  with a bit of a twist.  This miniature was made for a swap and now resides in Australia.  Since our seasons are opposits, I went with colorful, modern Christma Trees.  The fun is in the finishing.


First I had to drag out the under the bed tote of Christmas fabrics.  Now this was a challange for me, as I really do not like to work with seasonal frabrics.  Why do I have so much?  Gifted to me and my SIL loves the really sparkly prints for this season.


What did I pull out - just a baggy of squares and a swirly white on white.  Add some organza and scraps of Steam A Seam lite.  Oh, a backing and binding choice from the larger scraps, add a scrap piece of batt as well.  
Simple supplies are what are needed.


I actually reccommend using netting or tulle for this as it is delicate and translucent, yet much easier to work with than organza.


I fused a few of the pre-cut squares with the scraps of Steam A Seam.  Then grabbed my scissors and just made improve cuts.


Just a simple little snowy scene.  This would be a fun kid's project as well.
Once you are happy with your placement, just hot press those piece down good and secure.


 I layered back, batt, and top and using my walking foot, did just a few wiggle lines to hold in place.  As the net,tulle, and organza are not pin friendly - this helped to secure this a bit for the final over-lay quilting part.


I just pinned around the outer most part of the organza.  As you can see, it changes the look of the piece so you may want to take a few fabric swatches to the fabric shop to lay the net or tulle over to see how it plays for your project final look.

It is recommended to use a smaller needle or microtex needle as well as a thinner thread - I used a microtex needle with a poly thread.
I chose to use my walking foot for quilting, but you can FMQ - just know things have a lot of slip.


I used corner hangers and attached the binding to the back.


Then flip binding to the front and machine stitch down.  I like to use the corner hangers and this type of binding method on miniatures.  You can add your favorite type of hanger and use your own method to bind.


The translucient organza was difficult to get a good photo without the super shine, but it gives you an idea of how it gives a little more pop to your piece.  Don't be afraid to play.

I, also, have a give away


A lovely panel


And three half yard cuts of coordinating fabrics.
Just be sure I have way to contact you.
Open until  July 26th.

The Hop List has been updated with some changes:

 Saturday, July 14th
Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th

Monday, July 16th
Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th
Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th

Saturday, July 21st
Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd
Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd
Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th

Wednesday, July 25th
Brandy @ Pampered Pettit

Thank you for visiting,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Lily Park


This is the historic covered bridge that leads into the Lily Park near the Old Stone Fort in Schoharie.  We are right there on the end (my SIL in the green shirt) and it was shady all day with a light breeze.



It was nice as just to the right of the bridge entrance was my ancestrial home.  The Fort museum led period costumed guided tours thru the bridge down to the house.  Yes, they knew I was 'related' and I met some nice people strolling thru.



Another bridge vendor who lived just up the road from me and does lovely pottery.

Found out a friend from school (oh, that is long ago) now does stain glass and her favorite items to make are birds.  I tried to convince her husband to make bird houses and feeders to go with her wonderful birds - she had several designs and I bought a cardinal.  He was there as part of the bee exhibit - our county has a great group that is saving the bees and helping to relocate them within the area.



This is the local artist that did the painting that is on my header.  He travels the county looking for and painting local historic buildings and places as a way to preserve history.



Once over the bridge it led down into the park itself.  There were so many activities for kids and all was free.  What a great day for families.



A number of little settings along the Lily Path and this one was dedicated for the honoree of the Park.  You may notice that there were vendors set up in the mix of activities, but I am glad we weren't in this area as it sets in a bit of a 'hollow' and there was no air flow at all!  Got totally unbreathable (and buggy) later on.



Another little area that I thought this little dangling pots center piece to be so cute.  You can see those tall lilies - all those walking paths thru the park lined and some where almost as high as me.



The pony rides were a big hit, of course.  There was a dog parade and obiedance area as well - lots of dogs all day.



The local llamas were there and the kids could brush them or lead them down the path.  These two make a lot of appearances and are very good with kids and noise.



There was an area with birds of prey.  I had to visit them all and was about to walk away when a youngster tugged me to not for get this little guy.  OH MY!!  He was smaller than my hand in this tiny box.

There was a lady bug release at one point during the day.  The kids set them out thru-out the different lily pathes - how fun.  There was a number of crafts the kids could participate in, a treasure hunt,face painting and various games thru-out the grounds.  There even was a spot down to the creek with people showing the kids how to catch crayfish.

A very successful, well attended event, super family day that I will surely participate in next year.  AND on the bridge again.  We did discuss with the committee some ways to draw more people up to the bridge, but as a whole all of the vendors said they had a good sale and would love to come back.

I have yet to touch my sewing machine in two weeks, time to sew.
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Friday, July 13, 2018

Christmas in July

July 14th-25th

I thank the lovely SARAH for once again hosting this event.
Please be sure to visit the participating bloggers.
I here there are lots of give aways.

Saturday, July 14th

Selina @ Selina Quilts

Sunday, July 15th


Monday, July 16th

Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts

Tuesday, July 17th

Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Thursday, July 19th

Danice @ Homespun Hannah

Friday, July 20th


Saturday, July 21st


Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts
Moira @ Quilted Snail

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th


Wednesday, July 25th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit

Enjoying a Picnic


This was the check in table for our annual Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame picnic meeting.  Sign in sheet for members attending, dues to be paid by each guild, collecting the baskets that would be raffled off later in the afternoon, and room for any one to layout their quilt show, activity letter, flyers.


There is a block lotto each year with the prior year's committee selecting the 'theme'.  As you can see it was 'Patriotic' for this year.  Any red/white/blue 12.5" unfinished block.


And there were a LOT of them!


And more!  They stretched across the one end of the pavillion and then some.  There were 60 blocks total and they were bundled into SIX groups of TEN blocks each and raffled off in the afternoon.

  
We asked that the winners bring back their blocks in finished project.  Last year we had SIX groupings as well with the black/white blocks.   Five people brought back quilts.  Note - there is a lovely wool scarf on the end for show and tell.  A class some members took on needle felting bits of various wools into a scarf.


One with a lot of 'novelty' blocks and the other very geometric.  Two members from two different guilds and they chose to set them so similar.



And the last one - has my night/day star in it.  Yes, the quilts and show and tell items are hung around the outside of this huge pavillion so you are literally sitting in the middle of a quilt show.


The colorful sampler was a picnic lottory win from 2015.  Hey, she finished the quilt.  And I brought my temperature quilt (unfinished) to share.  I was surprised that no one had heard of such a thing and were intrigued to maybe work on something for a guild project.


An applique done in a class/retreat - fun.  Another sampler that was completed from lottory blocks won in 2016.


A beautiful quilt that was being raffled by one of the quilds.



I fell in love with this one.  So modern and loved the soft color and texture of fabrics she chose.  It surprised me when it turned out to be one of our 'elder' members and the story was that she was inpired by the cracked walk in her flower gardens.

 I missed an entire side of display due to too many people in the way and I had to get the meeting started - so we could eat!  There were lots of show & tell that were hand-shown, but the camera was packed by then.

We also had a rotation of four-station mini classes to participate in:  Cavewomen blocks (improv), French boutis applique, a mini tuffet bowl, and several methods of making HSTs (me). 

No pictures of people as some didn't want their photo on the web, but we had 69 in attendance.  A good day with good food, lovely sharing and lots of inspiration.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Sunday, July 8, 2018

On The Road


Saturday I had a scheduled event, so had a day away from the big Quilter's Sale.  I was scheduled to help with selling raffle tickets at a town street festival for this beautiful quilt made by many of the the Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame inductees.  Some made the log cabins blocks, some did the piecing, some did the applique, some did the hand quilting and one finished up the double binding.  A lovely group effort that acheived such a gorgeous quilt - "Flowers in my Catskill Cabin".  The winner will be pulled on our last day of the HOF quilt show in September. 


There was a little parade, lots of small museums with displays, little musical groups on greens, horse drawn wagons thru the town.  Some of the local quilters had a lovely display in one of the churches, so I also got to enjoy a bit of a quilt show as well.


The quilt in the forground fascinated me as it was made by the local school with the 6th grade class making each block one of the counties in New York State with a button marking the county seat.  There were a few blocks that represented some of the counties produce.

The sale is over and a crew is coming to help with the clean up, but  I have a road trip today with the Hall of Fame picnic meeting.  I hope to have some photos to share.  It's not as hot as the past few days - I got a horrible sunburn at the raffle venue - luckily the picnic area is under cover and I really enjoy this 'social' meeting with the group.

Hope you enjoy your day,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Quilter's Sale


The pictures are all dark as we are inside a large, dark barn.  But the sale is on - on the hottest days of the year.  Lots more books and patterns and magazines were added.


Every time I think we have them all, she comes up with 'another storage' of them and since this is a 5 day sale, we will bring more out as room allows.


Some wool and super high loft batt she no longer uses.  Time for another home.


Scrap quilters' delight here.  Garbage bags filled - $1 a bag!!  And there is more.

AND LOTS OF FABRIC





I so appreciate her sewing students (and family) that helped with the pre-work.  We had a great first day, even though being it was the 4th. Hey, we cooked hot dogs and shared with the crowd as a thank you for spending part of their Holiday with us.  Today will be some sorting, refolding, and making those empty slots so more can come out.

Well, back to the barn
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon