Friday, September 30, 2016

October 2016 Goals

I am slowly on the mend and looking forward to a new month.  Only one more event and then the last three months of the year are for me.  I want to get some mumms and a couple of pumpkins for the porch this weekend.  Heck, some apple cidar donuts even sound good.

Starts Sept 3rd

A lot more claws need to be made for the Mod Bear Paw QAL.  I'm going scrappy browns with the paws so this also counts toward my Scrap Challange.

The last 'Circa 2016' blocks for Temecula Quilt Co QAL came out and I was feeling good enough to handle simple 4-patches to finish them up.  We will be putting this one together thru October - better find my setting and border fabrics.

 Slow Sunday Stitching

Some hand stitching sounds good for stay at home weekends.  There are the circles for the '365' quilt and my 30's hexie project is at the stage of working the basket blocks.

For October's 'Let's Book It' I want to make some of these - stinkin' cute!!  I've had the TUTORIAL bookmarked for a long time and I know two grandsons that would love these.

There are lots of scraps in bags yet to work along with the Scrap Problem Challenge as well as Bonnie Hunter's HourGlass Block Challenge - playing in a pile of scraps is like kids jumping in a pile of leaves.  Super October play!

And I have yet to get my frame set up - a must because it will be crucial for November and December. Yes, I am planning that far ahead because.....

We are predicted to have a long, cold, snowy winter and it is clear to me that is sure to be the case when these two are already snuggling together on the couch among the blankets and pillows.

Sewingly Yours,

Thursday, September 29, 2016

September Ends - Thank You

It was a very long and busy month that I am so glad is over!  Mental note - do not book events on every weekend of a month ever again!!  And I paid the price for it - 10 days of being sick and hopefully on the up swing from it.

I got very little self time and got very little sew time in.  It seems that once the Harvest Moon crest, we went right into full blown Fall season.  We've had a few nights of frost on the pumpkin and days went from HOT to sweat shirt/jacket weather.  I love sweat shirts.

Didn't finish my Let's Book It project

Got started on the Mod Bear Paw QAL, but not as many blocks done as planned.  This one is to enjoy, not rush.


Did get to visit a local shop.

Some scrap play with Bonnie Hunter's HourGlass Block Challenge.

Kept on schedule with the '365' circles - done on my travels.

I laid out all my Circa 2016 blocks - think I am missing a few.  I have more than enough HSTs for that outer border, but they need trimming.

The new Westering Women block came out today, but I will be re-drafting that one so no stress of Y-seams.

And worst of all - I did not get to my Granddaughter's big girl quilt.  And no Birthday kisses for her as I was too contagious for grandie time.

Yes, glad September is over,
Sewingly Yours,

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Festival of Quilts - Part Two

The Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame consists of 11 guilds in the 5 counties of the Catskill region.  This show was open to any member of the 11 guilds, special exhibit of the inductees years 2013 and 2015, and the special memorial exhibit. 

This Feathered Star was made by our Guild inductee - Betsy McComber.  That is a standard plaque size frame (her induction photo) so that gives you the idea of how small these were - and she quilted this herself.

This was our other Guild inductee - Betty Pillsbury - who also was featured with her first book and book signing.

And sweet Debra Steup (whom I bought the used frame from) was an inductee - her show piece.  Those are the tiniest yo-yos I have ever seen!  Not only on the little dresdans, but in the curved border, too.  Debra had a special exhibit set up of her 'Broken Mother' quilt for the 9/11 exhibit - her piece was chosen as a permanent display in the memorial. (the glare on the glass just wouldn't let me photo them)

I had more photos, but such poor quality.  Hope you enjoyed the diversity of these wonderful quilters.  And I was happy that I got to meet several of them, too.

Sewingly Yours,

Let's Book It - September 2016

Dust Off Those Books
Let's Book It is about using those books, magazines, saved files, gotta make patterns, etc.... that we have gathered, but yet to play with.  It doesn't have to be a finish and larger projects are used for monthly progress.

This was a free pattern insert in one of the subscription mailings from AQS.  I tried to attach the pdf once before and it didn't work, but if you do a google search of Rubix by Stacey Day you will find it.

I had a lot of mixed blues and pinks solids scraps and just the right size yardage of solid background for this project.  The 'unit' blocks went together quickly.

Then they are sashed - another easy and quick step.

I had planned to get these into rows and the into at least a flimsy (hopefully a finished quilt), but the I fell ill - life happens with all of us.  But this is well on it's way to a finish for next month.

This month's charm for our Road Trip pin is the Spinning Star


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Festival of Quilts - Part One

I have been busy with our Hall of Fame show - and then I  got horribly ill.  It started with the sniffles the first day and progressed each day of the show, and then I just dropped.  I will post this in two parts and I didn't get photos of all the quilts or displays.

There was a lovely display and tribute to three very talented members of CMQHOF that passed in the last year.

My photos don't do this piece justice - those bits of sparkle or accents are not hot crystals or beads - they are ALL French Knots!

I will have Let's Book It post later today
Sewingly YOurs,

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mod Bear Paw QAL

Starts Sept 3rd

I totally forgot that yesterday was the first day of Fall.  I spent the day in the Catskill Mountains delivering quilts to the Hall of Fame Show.  I saw bits of color, but mostly yellows.   Being we are into a new season, it is appropriate to work a new QAL.  I LOVE this pattern!  And you can join in any time as Lorna will have instructions and progress link ups on-line thru out.

I'm going scrappy with this and have 6 blocks done.  The little centers will be constant and are a black with a real tiny dark grey dot.

I have 6 more blocks cut out and will grab some machine time along with catching up on some little bits of house work (has to be done and those furkids are on strike).

Have a great weekend,
Sewingly Yours,