Wednesday, August 15, 2018
I finished up the flimsy of the R/W/B scrappy donation. This will be sent on to someone for probably a need to add another border or two to up size for QOV.
Today I want to do something with this tote full of 'stuff'. It held parts made and in progress pieces for Bonnie Hunter's last mystery which was interrupted with many squirrels. And I started stuffing other things into it. Now it is time to do something with all of these little jewels.
If it ever stops raining, I hope to get some outside photos of our apples, flowers, and the mini garden mixed in the flower bed (which has taken over). Wish we could share all our East Coast rains with our West Coast friends.
Monday, August 13, 2018
From my Scrappy Wednesday bit of work, I managed 20 churn dash blocks in the R/W/B gifted scraps. I pulled some yardage from the shelf - also gifted somewhere along the way - to start making strip sets for the sashing setting.
Then the snoopervisor took over! I am working on rows before and after the one he is napping on. Hey, the show must go on.
And don't forget to get those loveable characters in your quilty world. Remember, entries in catagories:
Cat on Quilt
Dog on Quilt
Other pet on Quilt
Pet themed Quilt
There is still time to link up over at Lily Pad Quilting.
My two have gone on strike this year, hence the Pet themed Quilt had to make a solo appearance.
Friday, August 10, 2018
This is a quilt made on commission by a mother for her daughter and SIL who have raised a number of German Shepards. She wanted it to be a memory quilt of those pups sent to new homes and older dogs that had passed on. She brought me a number of photos which we sorted for those that would best work on printing fabric.
I showed her some on-line samples to expain to a non-quiter what blocks and construction I was talking about. With the use of EQ, she chose a log cabin setting as they own a beautiful log cabin home deep in the woods - of which mom brought pictures of. Using that photo, we pulled scrappy greens and light browns. She loved having a part in this planning process.
I chose a 'polaroid' block setting to frame the printed 'photos', the paw print block is their logo, and a block that is the label which the mother made up. I printed an instruction sheet on how to write in the 'polaroid' white strips and then set the ink, supplied a special pen, care instructions. This way the daughter could write in the names of the dog(s) in each photo - a way she could participate in the construction of this quilt.
I received a lovely Thank You note from the Mom and beautiful letter from the daughter/SIL. It was a pleasure to work on such a different memory quilt with this family.
*Entry in the Pet Theme Quilt Catagory*
link up with Lily Pad Quilting
Tuesday, August 7, 2018
Well, I'm suppose to be adding borders to some quilts. I hate borders. So I dumped a new box of scraps on the table instead. Bella took up napping rights in this new nest.
Moe on the other hand preferred the box. Ah, my 'Moe in the Box' - just love it. They want to remind you that the Pets on Quilts Show is starting on the 10th, so get those cameras snapping.
There are a lot of blues in this pile with some w/w that I can get a few of these Churn Dashes made. It will be a good start to a Wounded Warriors quilt come the December winter games in Windham. The smaller bits will go into some tiny 9-patches that will be used in something else.
We had a sudden storm with wild winds and heavy rains yesterday - my poor vegies got clobbered and I hope I can set them straight. More rain today and tomorrow which means we will be on flood alert again. I will keep my nervous furkids comforted and sew the days away.
Monday, August 6, 2018
I worked all weekend swinging this gal around on a quilt. This is my Aunt's "last" quilt and I wanted it to be ready once the family is all settled with travel, vacations, etc ....
Such a simple pattern, but so attractive. I'm not a purple person, but this is so pleasing in the lilac tones. The border fabric is also the backing and binding. I think she found this on Missiouri Star Quilt Co if you are asking.
The UFO 'trip' is finally a flimsy and if I can find a backing - it goes under the needle for quilting.
The red boxed squares had the rows already to attach into a quilt top. I think thes needs a stop border and then a scrappy border to bring it up to a larger size. I do have something in the tub for a back which is a plus.
My Mom brought over two table runners for me to finish off. They are 18" wide and 56" long. I'm tempted to shorten them up as I feel they are too long. Also, being older fabrics I am having a hard time finding something that works in color/print for the backing and binding. I may have to go with a muslin back and search more for bindings.
My day is cut out for me. It is to be very hot and humid so a day indoors with the AC works for me.
Friday, August 3, 2018
I have just three rows to add to the 'Trip' quilt, but someone has fallen in love with this one. It's a dreary, rainy day - so good napping weather. Eventually he will move and I can get this finished, but I want him to enjoy his nap.
Moe, also, wants to remind you that the wonderful 'Pets on Quilts Show' is opening link ups on August 10th. Both Moe and Bella have had a chance to be Kind and Queen for a year. If you are new to this venue, please visit Lily Pad. Catagories of Dog on Quilt, Cat on Quilt, Other pet on Quilt, Animal themed Quilt, and lots of other ways to win prizes.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
There was a good start on the 'Summer Scraps' project yesterday. All 40 light lozenges were finished and the 40 dark lozenges just need their last flip corner. Then they get a good pressing (I finger press all this small stuff) and I can get the center section of that quilt together. But I need to move on to something else as this got a little tedious.
In my on-going effort to clear out sitting projects and empty some totes, this was found. This Trip Around the World variation has sat for too long. Just eight more rows to finish it off. I had stacked and clipped those rows, but didn't number them. It shouldn't be hard to figure those out and I hope to get the rows sewn up this morning. I have a noon trip and when I come back home I can get this into a flimsy.
Like so many, I can't believe we are in August! BUT - I am so happy to see July gone as you can see. There were a lot of 'side' items taken care of during July that were not on the calendar. August will be a home time with a lot of computer work, phone calls to make, and letters scheduling for business/meetings/show for the Quilters Hall of Fame. I will have more time to clear more projects and empty totes.
Bella will be glad I will be home more. She is such a creature of habit and gets very grumpy when things are not her normal routine - like Mom home at her side all the time.
Moe, will be happy I am home more now, too. He will sit at the end of the sidewalk or lay in the drive where I park my car waiting for me to return. His favorite thing to do - lay in an open tote or box of fabric scraps for some supervising.
Monday, July 30, 2018
First I wanted to show the finished Broken Dishes mini. Always amazes me how scraps most would throw out make for such charming little pieces.
I grabbed a shot of the Shoe Fly on the sale rack so it isn't laying flat, but another fun piece from throw aways.
After an exhausting weekend, I need a day to play with more small scraps. The plan is to work the lozenges section of this Temecula Quilt Co. pattern called 'Summer Scraps'.
The tote of CW skinnies and the larger tote of the bigger scraps of lites to start off with. Cutting is simple and the piecing can just chain thru the machine without too much thought. My kind of day!
Friday, July 27, 2018
My snoopervisor says my table is too crowded for a good place to nap - "need to make more progess on those projects, Mom". Also, he reminded me that it is time to announce the winner of the 12 Day of Christmas in July give away.
I will send a private notice for mailing information, but mail out will be on Monday as I am busy.....
Wednesday, July 25, 2018
This is the back of the Wild & Goosey miniature. I'm very set in making those seams press nice and flat - pressing the back first and then flipping to finish with the front.
Scrap bits of black for sashing and cut down a 5" square for the tiny corner stones. A FQ pulled from a tote for backing and the binding is from the leftover drawer. These little blocks that lanquished who knows how long in a little container our now in a happier place.
Then it was the hour-glass blocks turn. Something simple, yet classy.
There's that pretty back!
The binding needs stitching down and label added, but well on it's way to a quick finish. I'll add a few old shirt buttons down that light panel for a little fun.
I started on the Shoe Fly blocks, but didn't like where I was going, so that will be de-stitched with a new play date.
So I pulled this old salad container that is holding a few different blocks - only 4 Snow Balls, 40 Bow Ties, and 40 red 9-patches. I'll just cut the Snow Balls down to squares for the barrel system and then play with the Bow-Ties.
Today is the last day for the 12 Days of Christmas in July and don't forget to visit CAROL'S Christmas Hop.
We are on flash flood watch with the Valley Dam full to capacity and many of the streams and creeks to the banks. Predicting three more days of heavy rains, so there is sure to be some evacuations and I hope nothing too severe in damages. I was suppose to vend locally this weekend, but that could change under the circumstances.
Stay safe and stitch on,
Monday, July 23, 2018
It feels good to get back in the groove and I pulled a small container to play along with BETH.
I will use these to make three miniatures. I need one more Shoe Fly block with that set. Something to add to the broken dishes. And there are enough Wild & Goosey blocks (some needing wings) for a cute mini.
Since the W &G's needed the most work to complete, I started on those first. Now to sash, border and onto a finish.
The best thing - an empty container!
Sunday, July 22, 2018
I've decided that the only way to end the 'bemuddled' feeling, was to just grab a project and work to a finish. Or at least to get a handle on where I left off and arrange it into a more workable system. The first thing was to catch up on the Temecula Quilt Co. summer sampler blocks. I've been waiting for at least four to be posted before pulling those CW totes as the blocks only use small bits.
I haven't been dedicated to the RSC18 this year, but I noticed the Red tote was overflowing so I grabbed it and of course - dumped out on the table.
My go to block is the Boxed Squares when marrying a lot of same tone scraps. These go together so quickly and once started they work great as a leader/ender.
I have half the blocks made and the other half pieces cut and laid out on my mini design wall board to set by the machine. The tote is now much thinner and neater.
Of course, the smaller scraps got cut down into my fabric food chain. All the size squares into the barrel system - 1.5", 2", 2.5", 3.5", and 5".
I missed the linky to report on Val's Piggy Bank Challenge success. I moved my change into a smaller 'barrel' as the big one became impossible for me to pick up. I throw change and bills in and raised a total of $325 (and I know it got dipped into a few times). Val has started the new year if you would like to join in. I think I will take this small stuff to the coin machine to start fresh.
I've lost the rhythem of hand stitching at least 15 minutes a day since the temperature quilt was finished. BUT, I have been babysitting the grands one day a week thru July and have been taking time to work on my hexie diamonds. Normally I can get one of these totally completed, but we spent time playing out in the yard to enjoy the wonderful weather.
On Friday I had to take some travel time for the Quilters Hall of Fame, so I met up with a friend to travel with me and she took me to this lovely new quilt shop in Margaritville, NY - BloomQuilts. It's a small store, but packed with wonderful fabrics, patterns, notions, yarn, and art supplies. A super class room and you need to check her website to see the Retreat area.
Not that I need any more fabric, but this caught my eye (and my friends) - 'Zentagles' by Nancy Smith for Benartex. You can leave them plain or color them. The store owner said she had clients that were embroidering on them for a wonderfully striking look. There is also various cats and woodland creature panels like this. I want!!! I didn't get those this trip so I have an excuse to go back and take my SIL with me - she will love this store.
We are expecting days of heavy rain and we need rain, but I hope it stays just overcast today as I want to check out another new place not far from me.
Take time to enjoy those little side adventures,
Wednesday, July 18, 2018
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,