Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Scrappy Wednesday


All of the 16-patches are made, but I need twelve 3x4 blocks.  So the 1.5" squares have been dumped on the table again.  When I find 4 like pieces, they are set into groupings for the Easy Breazy leader/ender project.

  
I have quite a pile of the white scraps pieces bundled so I can pair up with the tiny squares.  I'm not really working these as leader/enders, but doing up 10-12 at a time.  Right now I have 50 blocks done and have another 10 ready to whip up at the machine .  This is a year long project, so I might set this aside for a couple of months.


Poor Moe got caught outside in the storm from yesterday afternoon until the blow over the next late afternoon.  Well, he must have held up in one of the barns and sure he 'fed' himself.  I gave him a special treat and lots of pets & scritches.  Then he hunkered down in the middle of my work.  It will make me slow down the process, but sometimes we need that nudge to take it slow.

So many areas were hit hard with storm Isaias and NY was in the eye for some time.  While areas around us had extensive damage and power outage, we stayed 'lit' and hopefully damage free - I won't know until I assess things later.

Stay Safe and Healthy,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Christmas Winner


I thank you all for such lovely comments on the Christmas (then&now) in July Hop.  The winner of the sparkly layer cake is:

The Mystery QAL is cheerful and bright! I like your setting. Your blogs have been inspiring. Thanks so much for sharing.
I will send her an e-mail for posting these gorgeous fabrics out.

Acouple of new Hops to look forward to:
My Favorite Season

Making Small Gifts

Stay Safe, Healthy, and keep stitching,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, August 3, 2020

Monday Making


Today I am going to play with a new pattern.  This is another design by Lorna @ SewFreshQuilts called Triceratops.


These are large blocks (with some tiny pieces) and I need to make 6.  This will help clear some things out of my FG totes.

Hope every one along the East Coast stays safe as Hurricane Isaias rolls on up.  We were on tornado watch last night.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Saturday, August 1, 2020

OMG - August 2020


The OMG has been so helpful in progressing a project or lately, getting that 'to-be-quilting' pile tackled.  I will use August OMG to get a top quilted so I can set aside for donation to the Wounded Warriors Winter Games.


This is held in Windham, NY at the local ski resort and many of the local quilds donate so each participant receives a quilt as a thank you.
The Games are still on schedule, but we shall see.  I'd still like to have this one ready.


AND I am so happy that by using OMG, I now have one empty large tote!  Of course there are two more that need emptying.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Fun Stuff to Survive the Heat


I know it is the first of August, but these quilts were finished in July.  It was a brutally hot and humid month for many.  For me to survive the heat (and the Covid lock down), I have mixed some fun and whimsy with my serious stitching.  Chicken Gumbo not only gave me 'cackles', but let me play with my much loved homespuns. 

 
They aren't really a fabric I recommend for 'hot' work due to their weight, but I have A/C so it didn't matter.  They have such a down home, comfort feeling - and we can use that in these times.


This was Bella's much beloved quilt while in progress, but look who showed up to make a claim while I was trying to take pictures!!  He had fun diving back and forth behind the quilt, rolling around the bottom, and even pulling it right down.


There was much discussion over our quilting buddies and I think this really explains it all.


This is another one of Lorna's @ SewFreshQuilts patterns - Ostrich Stretch.  These just cracked me up with each 'bird' that got stitched up.  It needs a fun, colorful border and then to quilt it up.

So if the heat is getting to you or the troubles of 'now' - try  a little fun or bright color to give you a smile (and keep the sewing mojo going).

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Quilting Buddies


Quilters who have cats will relate to this.  Mine get attached to certain quilts and you just can't get them to stay away or off.  Bella really tested me while I was trying to finish off the last 'to-be-quilted' pieces on my monthly list.  Apparently homespuns are a fancy - or maybe it's the reds.


And my daughter's family just got a new kitty.  He has taken his job as quilt cat quite seriously already.  She had the same problem as kitty claimed this quilt thru all it's processes.


Please visit our quilting buddies as today is the last day of the Hop

July 27
  
July 28
  
July 29
  
July 30
  
July 31

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, July 27, 2020

Christmas in July Blg Hop


I would like to thank CAROL for hosting yet again another fun and inspirational Blogger's Hop for us to enjoy.  This one was greatly looked forward to  - it has been so ghastly hot and humid that to think a little Christmas can certainly help.

THEN

My early blogging years introduced me to so many quilters world wide as I joined several swap groups.  I miss these folks, but postage got so terribly espensive that it ended them.  One of my favorites was the Secret Santa Sack Swap, they really made my Christmas special. 



The Miniatures Group did theme and seasonal Swaps.  I adore miniatures and have some wonderful pieces from around the world. 



NOW

July 2 - 30

I don't do a lot of mysteries, but this one came along just when I signed up for this Hop.  Hosted by MODA - Fat Quarter Shop with a weekly block reveal.  All the blocks are there and the last block with setting doesn't come out until this Thursday, but I wanted mine done for the Hop.


The last block is the center and I went with just a simple 9-patch.  Not sure if they are setting a border, but I wanted just a little more and it made it come out to a 50" square throw size.  Will be fun tossed across the couch.


I don't like to work with 'heavy sesonal' prints, so chose this bright polka dot, accented with the starry print, and the background is a white-on-white mistletoe print.  The star print will be used for the binding (made).  These are all pieces that have been 'gifted' to me over the years, and I'm glad they have found their place in a quilt.


Since I am a scrap quilter, yardage is a premium.  I knew these three pieces were going to be 'squeekers' compaired to the yardage chart.  And yes, they were!!  This is all that is left.

GIVE AWAY


A layer cake of a 'gilded' mix of Holiday prints.  There are two of each print and at least 42, but there might be more (I can't count).  Every time I counted I got a different number, so I threw a few more on the stack.  I will pull the winner next Tuesday, August 4th - be sure I can contact you.


Be sure to visit today's list of hosts:

July 28

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Sunday, July 26, 2020

OMG - July 2020 Link Up

Link Up




My goal for July was to finally quilt the Moda 'Patchwork Sampler' - a Quilt Along in 2017.  This was done in a Patrick Lose fabric line - Katherine Anne and Kona Snow background.


Backed with this Windham gray floral - a lot of grays in the prints.  I must like this as I had 3 pieces in the extra wide tote.


And I was worried I had made enough binding as I have none of this line left and would have trouble finding more.  Well, I didn't need to worry.

Please be sure to visit the link up HERE

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Friday, July 24, 2020

Into The Weekend


I so appreciate the shared produce and things have been processed and/or eaten.  There is nothing like a cool,crisp salad on a hot day made from all fresh things from the garden.  I don't can any more, but I have found a lot of recipes on-line to prep foods for freezing.  Some of this will be enjoyed during the winter days.


I'm still in quilting mode as well as did up some quick, small commission pieces.  My furkids have learned to stay out of the mix.  Actually they are usually melted puddles on the porch, but my Bella has taken to laying in the doorway during the worse heat of the day.  Yes, I prop the outside door to accomodate her - she has me well trained. 

And to give you some relief from all this heat lately, remember that we have a NEW Blog Hop coming up:


July 27
  
July 28
  
July 29
  
July 30
  
July 31

Enjoy your weekend,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Winner


I have filled a box and even stuffed a few more things in there.  Happy to have these moved out of house and to be happily used up by someone.

winner is:  Joyce Carter - will send an e-mail for snail mail info.

Just for a little more 'photo' in the post........


They say there is a coin shortage (I must have it all), but did you know that the 2020 quarter has a bat on the back?  Now you are all gonna' look!  A guild member is a bat specialist and has us all checking our change as she has included a 'bat' coin in her July mail orders.  Brilliant idea!!

Stay Safe and Healthy,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Scrappy Wednesday


Well I had the goal of getting at least another 20 blocks done, but I make a mess when I scrap quilt.  Things cover at least two tables and the ironing board.  I would have just 14 more to make the required amount needed for this project, so I just sewed!!!  That project now has it's own tote. I need to clear the mess as I have a binding to do for a client and  try to get another top quilted before the end of the month.

I do have two quilts to share that my daughter just finished.


 Yes, they have a new kitty who has learned to photo bomb.


And I have some cucumber salsa and some zucchini relish to make - and that means I'll have a kitchen to clean up, too.

So whether you are scrapping away or enjoying the garden produce, stay Safe and Healthy.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Monday Making & Give Away


I've been doing more reorganizing which involved some scrap processing.  One jar full now cut down into either the scrap barrels or for specific leader/ender projects.  The pretty old glass jar now holds selvedges.  I have always saved those and shipped off to others, but I have a small project I would like to do at some time.


The very messy string tote was gleened for those leader/ender projects.


Very happy that this is now neat and tamed - I hate making string blocks so glad most has gone into feeding other projects.


And I thought I had used all my triangles up.  Some are squared up , most are sewn, some bagged as left overs from specific projects.  Everything from 1.5"  to 4.5" unfinished.  I am giving these away!  You have to take them all.  So if you are interested, just note in a comment.  Only shipping in the US - closing comments on Thurs, July 23 (8pm est) and pull winner that evening.


Since I am trying to tame the 1.5" barrel (I added more with my reorg), I will work on more 16-patches.  I need 84 and have 50 done.  Hopefully pedal to the metal will produce 20 more today.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

I Scream-You Scream


Today they are predicting to be the hottest day of the year - the heat index dangerous.  We have been seasonally cooler than so many areas, but we are HOT today.  

AND how fitting that it is National Ice Cream Day.  Many places offer free or discounted ice cream - just treat yourself!

Stay Safe and Healthy
Sharon

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Scrappy Wednesday


Today I will work on the leader/ender blocks as my display board is stacked high and I keep knocking the piles over.  Yes, I went thru that stuffed baggy of scraps.  Some where used for parts for this project.


The rest of the bag was cut down into my scrap saver system.  I actually put the sqaures away a couple times before this last bunch - I was knocking them on the floor.  All the squares have gone into my barrels, but the strings will wait as I plan to cull thru that tote next for more scraps to feed the leader/ender project.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Monday Making

LoveLaughQuilt


After a long quilt session with the Black Bear Walking, I need some time to play before tackling the next quilt.


I'm digging and pulling the last of my Patrick Loose to use in the 'Ostrich Stretch' pattern by LORNA @ SewFreshQuilts.


The bodies will all be the black which is the Ginko Leave backing trim from the Bear and the ruf  The wings are a muted/mottle Patrick floral that I used long ago for a border (has a little bit of gold fleck thru it).  They are making a fun 'feather' look for these cute birds.  The beak and eyes are another PL fabric that I had just enough of.

It's to be another stormy day with our temps dropping several degrees for a few days - yeah!  Good day to stitch away with a little bit of humor.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon