Monday, October 15, 2018
Monday I busied myself with quilt guild stuff. We are having a block of the month this year and the first block was a 'mosaic' offered in five different sizes so members can chose what is their taste. Of course I made the smallest size - nine blocks to go into a mini. BUT I am, also, planning to make the 12" size as well - it will make a good sampler quilt for donation.
We had an ornament making, tutorial, demonstration guild meeting with lots of handouts and kits. I'll takle those kits once the mini is done. I'll donate the ornaments to one of the local events.
Saturday we had our first snow - SNOW!!! It was raining, but cold enough that occassionally it switched to those drat white things. Not enough to gather or make for a pretty 'first snow' picture - BUT SNOW - on Oct 13th, really?
Friday, October 12, 2018
This is so true!! I did get a couple of pieces quilted, so I guess that makes me feel less guilty. And I am waiting on a thread order so I can get to the next pile of quilting. I just enjoy something new, something challenging, something creative.
This is a miniature mystery with Lori @ Humble Quilts. "Sajou" Part One can be found HERE and Part Two can be found HERE.
This is one of the many of Carole's Autumn Jubilee offerings during this month. I don't have a lot of Orange in my stash (it photo'ed rather pink), but enough for a couple of the pumpkins for Step One found HERE. I'm thinking just a table runner, although she offers different sizes/options.
My little project for the up-coming Pick A Pumpkin Hop is ready for sandwiching up and quilting. I just might find another quilt to go under the machine as well this weekend. Or maybe I'll pull a hand quilting piece as we are to drop into the 40's and a nice warm quilt in the lap sounds pretty good.
My heart and prayers are with those in Florida,
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
If you would like to see my Mom's students' quilt show at the Schoharie Library, our guild Historian has done a lovely post HERE. The banners were made by the guild and presented the day of the Tea.
Steff, our Historian, also did up a nice presentation of the Catskill Mountain Quilt Show the day we hung the exhibit. You can see that HERE.
In that scrap bag I found this strip of Fall fabrics - a cut off from a project? I got the seam ripper out and seperated those and have a little project planned to use them up. I, also, pulled the 'Harvest House' pattern and plan to make a couple of minis from different sections. I really love this pattern and maybe some day I will actually make the whole thing as is. BUT, it is fun to use bits of a pattern and make good use of some of those smaller scrap baggies of goodies.
** And the found little elder pup has been returned to it's owner. My daughter and I both put out a facebook blip and within hours we got word. The newly opened Senior Complex - a new tenant. I wasn't aware that they allow pets, so now if we come across another lost cuddle we will check with them. **
A good Day to Play,
Sunday, October 7, 2018
I wish to thank so many of you who e-mailed me to see if everything was fine here after my little stay away and then the awful story of the tragic accident in our community went across the news. I am safe, my family is safe, friends are safe. But my heart and prayers go out to the families who lost a loved one.
I was taking the weekend to try and work thru that pile on the quilt rack. I changed up the 'Beginnings' quilt a bit to make it my own. This needs some borders, but for now it will wait. I hate borders.
I did get the borders on the Kim Diehl miniature. This has been hand basted and waiting for hand quilting. I want to use black floss, but need to pick some up - a bit of a road trip is planned.
My Mom's two runners got their binding on - I did go with the plaid.
The two Bow Tie little runners got quilted and bound - again, using up another plaid.
The plaid/shirting quilt got a good pressing and a backing pieced - another large piece of plaid. This will be my Monday Making project.
I had 6 more quilt tops in that pile on the rack. They were pressed (again) and put on hangers with backings; hung were I can see them and finish them. I am waiting on a thread order and then they are going under the needle. And Moe is loving that he has his 'bed' back - he was not the Princes and the Pea sort of sleeper.
And another little heart ache. My daughter came out for a visit, some quiet time from the kids and work on some school papers. We went out for dinner and when we came back, we found this little guy trying to make his way thru the tall pasture grass in front of the house (I thought is was trash thrown into the field - again). He is blind and possibly deaf, an aged little fellow who was very scared and lost. We really think he was tossed as how would such a dog could find his way in the country side or our field. Since I was afraid my cats would harm him, my daughter is going to foster him while we search for a 'possible' owner. If none is found, they will give him a loving home into his twighlight years.
Hold your loved ones tight,
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
I did a simple quilting on these table runners my Mom had made many years ago as teaching samples. I used a red-check flannel on both backs.
Now time to decide if I want that red check for the binding or hunt for something else. My problem being these are old fabrics with such different 'hue' than anything that I have on hand.
I'd like to finish getting all the borders attached to this piece so the hand quilting can be worked on for Slow Sunday Stitching. Yes, border! I have all the scrappy ones made and the plain ones are cut - it's just doing it.
Then it will be a play date with scraps from the gifted bag filled with wonders. I have wanted to work on the 'Beginnings' QAL project for some time, but I wanted to finish up a few things in 'that pile'. So with the runners quilted and (keep kicking myself) the borders done - I can allow myself to start working on this one.
This is from my Mom's B'Day Tea at the library. She was presented a citation from the Legislation by our Assemblyman as well as a service award from the Cooperative Extension for her years of work with the
4-H program and a certificate for service from the local ambulance squad as one of their founder members. In the photo is our Asemblyman, Chris Tague, Mom, my eldest brother John, and her sister Lois (the aunt whom I do the quilting for). The quilt is my Mom's T-shirt quilt.
I don't have a photo of the two gals that came dressed in the T-Rex costumes - so my Mom wouldn't be the only dinasour at the party.
Monday, October 1, 2018
The weekend was filled with quilts. I attended a Crazy Quilting lecture and trunk show by friend and guild member, Betty Pillsbury. It was presented at the Dr. Best House which was the perfect backdrop for this event.
Then the 'gang' that has taken quilting lessons from my Mom put on a quilt show of their works that she assisted them with. A special Birthday Tea was held celebrating her 90th birthday. This is one of Mom's quilts that has photos of several of her past pieces. This was held at the Schoharie Library.
Today is the last big trip of the year. The Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame Fall meeting. The program following the business meeting will be an old fashion Bed Turning hosted by the Board of Directors. I have 10 antique quilts loaded and ready to travel. This should be a treat!
Maybe I'll get to sew when I get home,
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Carole at From My Carolina Home shared a post about her hurricane project. She has, also, prepared a PDF of the split 9 patch block she will be using. It's the same block she used for the California Fire quilts. Stop on over to her website and get the details.
Quilts of Compassion is also making and collecting quilts for the Hurricane Florence victims. Their Facebook posts lists a couple of shops who are helping collect quilts, as well as address for mailing quilts.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
There were several of the guild's 9-patches left from the two banners made for donation to the local library. I rather see them all used, so going to make a small quilt that the library can use for a raffle fund raiser. Since I haven't stitched in almost 2 weeks, this will be a good 'get back in the saddle' project.
I'm going to use this 'new' machine that was gifted on to me by another Hall of Fame inductee while at the show. Love the color!! A Singer 347 and she has a nice stitch. Just needed a little cleaning up and some fresh oil. The hard case cover has a broken handle, but that is ok. No extra feet, but the one on her has a 'true' 1/4" and that's all I need for this gal to do some patchwork. Love how the former owner marked the thread path - what ever helps.
I did get a real new machine that arrived during the week of the show. I upgraded to a higher model of my Juki, which I love. I'll have my old friend in for some service and complete cleaning and pass her on to my daughter. This one will take me a while to go over the manual, play with all the stitches as well as make a stitch diary, make notes - then it is going to tackle that pile of quilts waiting.
I have just one more 'travel' for the year and then I am home! I usually make November and December my ME time, but I am adding October to the list this year as well.
Monday, September 24, 2018
One show down and another to set up. BUT, I survived the first one that was five days of work and that is a good thing. I never took my (new) camera as it wouldn't hold a charge - I have someone passing on photos, so I hope to share the first show with you tomorrow.
I am definitely getting to sew on Scrappy Wednesday!
Thursday, September 20, 2018
I haven't disappeared and everyone is well. Mom is improving daily and I heard from everyone in the flood zone - all safe and above water.
I am just in prep mode for the Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame Quilt Show in Roxbury NY. Quilts came in registration yesterday and today we are setting up. Tomorrow is a Student Appriciation Day with area school groups. Then the weekend is open to the public - 10am to 4pm each day.
I hope to have time tonight to catch up on all my blog reads. Remember that the Quilters Meet & Greet is going on all month - click on button on side bar. This is another item I need to catch up on, too.
Do some stitching for me,
Monday, September 17, 2018
I would like to thank Amy of Amy's Creative Side for once again hosting the Bloggers Quilt Festival.
I have entered one of my miniatures that represents ME as a quilter. I love working with scraps - use it all up is my attitude. Minis can be a fun place to be creative. You can play with a block with just enough satisfaction that it becomes a finish and not a UFO in the back of the closet. You can play with your quilting, too - hand or machine.
These few scraps were too precious to toss.
They came from this Kimono Jacket that I made during one of our local quilt guild's challange/classes.
Small scraps turned into smaller blocks. One inch pieces making two inch unfinished 9-patch cutie pie blocks.
Setting those on point adds to their charm. Larger scrap pieces were used for the border and binding. All used up into a very sweet piece.
Please be sure to visit AMY's to see the other entries. Why not enter something yourself.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
Today is a day to grab a Jelly Roll or make your own strips to tame those scraps. There are a lot of sites offering free patterns and projects. So go play!!!
Today is also the 'Airing of the Quilts' in Schoharie County as one of the promotions for the Quilt Barn Trail.
I had to wait for the morning fog to lift before getting these out.
The house is covered at usual for this event. The grass is really wet!
And a few of my front - the hilly side here hasn't been mown, so had to zoom in from afar.
Prayers for those in the Carolinas and up the coast as 'Flo' makes her damaging way. I have family in the worse area - some evacuated and some rode it out. Waiting anxiously to hear from them.
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
To all of the well wishers, my Mom is improving each day - Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. I did finish up some scrappy before all this went down and didn't get to share. This is the shirt,flannel, and wovens scrap quilt finally assembled and ready for quilting.
The tile block quilt from that old shelved kit was also finished up. I don't normally work a quilt from start to finish, but since this had already sat for so long in the bag I did not want to set it aside in the process of stitching for fear it would get lost in the list of things to do. Yes, big blocks and a big quilt - so not Sharon! Well, each of those blocks has 57 pieces in them.
I've actually added 3 more pieces to this pile on the quilt rack - all waiting to be quilted. This doesn't even make a dent to what is in the big tote! My Juki is down and needs a scheduled maintainance, so the little back up machine is out. It's not something I can quilt with. Yeah, get that long arm up and running. Every time we schedule the 'final' assembly, testing - something more important pops up.
Today I am playing with the Kim Deihl piece. The applique' is done and now on to the piecing of borders. BORDERS!! But I want to wrap this up today as I have a special project to complete by the 29th. My camera is re-charging, so no pics. Yet, the special project you won't get to see until the presentation because some people follow my blog.
Remember to visit the hosts today - a bit of a change to the list
Days Filled With Joy
Freckled Fox Quiltery
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Quarter Inch Crafter
All Thingz Sewn
Sew Many Yarns
Days Filled With Joy
Freckled Fox Quiltery
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Quarter Inch Crafter
All Thingz Sewn
Sew Many Yarns
Monday, September 10, 2018
When CAROL first announced the 'House' hop, I knew I had to join in as I just love house blocks, quilts, and fun little house items. I've made a lot of houses over my quilty, bloggy years and here are just a few:
Name Tag badge for my local quilt guild - 2010
The Christmas Village - Sulky International Pattern
Block for Beth's annual 'Neighborhood' project.
Cross Stitched Homestead - 2013
Or your house being covered in quilts during the the first "Airing of the Quilts" to promote the new Quilt Barn Trail in Schoharie County - 2014
Scrappy Houses with RSC15
Harvest House - 2016 'Let's Book It' project
Wonky House after a terrible 2017 wind storm
So what does 2018 bring?
Block One from the Moda 'Be My Neighbor' QAL
Sometimes just one block can make a statement
Completely all scraps from the bins, left over binding,
back and hanger is an old FQ, scrap piece of batting, and
quilted with old bobbins to finish up that last bit of thread.
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