Sunday, August 1, 2021

Monday Making

 


I have the Shoo Fly blocks into their little setting.  I've decided not to put the borders on, but keep it a nice size wall hanging.  It now waits it's turn in the 'to be quilted' pile.

There are a lot of Shoo Fly blocks still in the tote - another quilt - another time.  I need something NEW - well, still using up scraps.


I had a guild member stop in to get some help in how to clean and repair an old quilt and she dropped off some magazines to pass on to our class people.  This quilt caught my eye for sure.   The lovely Wendy Sheppard designed this pretty, scrappy Court House Steps using low volumns and I have lots of those to use up.  This in Better Homes & Gardens American Patchwork & Quilting  Issue #171.


 I dug thru the brown tote for all the Dark Chocolate in a few varieties that  I could find to make those cute Churn Dash framed mini squares.  All the tiny pieces waiting to be played with - and that's my Monday Making for today.

While the West Coast is hot and on fire, we are very cool with LOTS of rain - here and there at times a need to evacuate along the raging mountain feeders (that usually trickle), gushing colverts spilling over, and a lazy low creek that is now a river overflowing banks.  And the deadly Covid Varient is in our area.  Scary times all around.

Stay Safe and Stitch On,

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

  

Saturday, July 31, 2021

OMG July 2021 Finish

 



Patty's OMG for July was used to manage some reorganizing of 'found' blocks.   I do tend to get into block making mode and then they get tucked into totes - sometimes 2-4 projects in one tote.



Scrappy nine-patches set with alternating low volumn squares - helped clean some of that out as well.  It's now in the pile of 'needs  borders' or I can just quilt as is - will depend on what size donation quilt is needed.

Visit the OMG LINKY for some inspiration

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Monday, July 26, 2021

Monday Making


 I hope you enjoyed the GUY Hop and I will leave the button up on the side bar for a few more days if you want to catch up.  I have been re-organizing and re-arranging again.  This is out in the large center hall again.  This is my yardage - yes, yardage.  Covid really had me working from 'stash'.  I can still get a few more quilts out of what is here.


This mess is in one corner of the livingroom.  The shelf unit are all projects that need to be finished - or least work them to the flimsy stage.  The tall white tower I am slowly sorting thru.  It is just like the 'kitchen junk drawer' but each drawer is full of junk.  The little cart under the table is what is left of my thread - going thru that with Covid as well.


 I have pulled one of the totes from the 'need to finish' shelves.  These blocks were either a Bonnie Hunter challenge or RSC (or combo).  I have all the parts in the tote, just need to get this one together.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Guy Hop

 


I'd like to thank Carol for hosting this Hop.  I have a lot of 'guys' in the family as well as make sure there are masculine quilts in the shop.




I had plans for my post, but changed with the suden passing of my eldest brother.  Thus I dedicate to John Ralph Vrooman who was an avid outdoorsman, loved fishing, hunting, took painstaking care of the place (was always on that mower), and had a strong fondness of the mountain regions around our Valley - the Catskills and the Adirondacks.



I had hoped to get the Lincoln quilt done for this hop.  This is a replica of the Lincoln Quilt in the Nebraska Museum.  Shirting from bro-bro (and my boys) are in this quilt.


The train quilt didn't get done either.  My bro and SIL went on one of the Adirondack Train treks one fall and there was a freak storm that covered the tracks with trees/snow that they couldn't go forward or backward.  It took several hours for rescue and then busing back to where their cars were.  A train ride to remember.





I made two of Lorna's Bear Walking quilt pattern.  This reminds me of when my bro discovered the old bear off the mountain came down to eat out of the bird feeders in his back yard.  We let him bend the feeder's bars down right into a semi-circle and sat right in the middle dipping in each one as desired.  Once he was done, he ambled off up the mountain - never did it again.  Of course bro had to get new bars for poles for the feeders.


And the moose quilt has a story.  My Dad and bro were on hunting trip and a moose came into the road and got MAD at the car.  My Dad always said 'don't goose the moose' long after that - don't piss someone off!
Hung on one of the stacks of wood for the several wood stoves on the farm - bro-bro's job for many year.
 

There are many more men's quilts, but I will end with this photo of a tavern in the Adirondacks that my bro and SIL came upon on there many travels into the region.

Please be sure to visit all the wonderful and creative folks along this hop:

July 26

 

Creatin' in the Sticks

Storied Quilts

Quilted Delights

Samelia's Mum

Vroomans Quilts

Karen's Korne

 

July 27

 

MooseStashQuilting

Inflorescence

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Websterquilt

Words & Stitches

Days Filled With Joy

 

July 28

 

Ms P Designs USA

Beaquilter

Lianne Makes Stuff

For The Love Of Geese

Domestic Felicity

 

July 29

 

Scrapdash

That Fabric Feeling

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilt Schmilt

The Colorful Fabriholic

Songbird Designs

 

July 30

 

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Patchouli Moon Studio

Food for Thought


Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Thursday, July 15, 2021

15 Minutes

 


Kate is fabulous as getting a lot accomplished by just using 15 minutes a day.  Being organized and some prep work; you can really acheive a goal.

I've only been able to grab those 15 minutes - not every day, but as I can these last few days.  By having things prepped and/or kitted, I can grab something quick and get it done.


I'm a month behind on The Road To Carolina blocks for RSC21, so some prep work and then grab and sew when I could get a few minutes.  This month's color is blue again and I already have two sets of blue (lights and aquas).  I think I need to lay these out one day and see how many more I need and maybe just fill with colors that will play nice.


I did the last of the Handy Andy blocks using the 15 method, but got an afternoon in with some sewing gals and put the flimsy together.  There are two borders, but they will wait. 

I have a lot of quilts to be quilted, but just not in that mind-set right now.  I may need to pull my largest quilts and 'quilt by check' (pay someone to quilt them).  It will help get some of the pile down and maybe kick start me to get to the smaller ones.

We have had huge amounts of rain, flooding, declared disaster areas.  I rather be wet than facing heat and fires on the other coast.  Everyone stay safe this Summer - looks to be a rough ride.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Sunday, July 11, 2021

Monday Making

 


Remember the baggy of found triangles?  Plans for Bonnie Hunter's fish units (birds for me).  I tested the dark green and the yellow (large floral) and as suspected - melted even with a medium set iron.  They went in the trash.


Handy Andy (or Dove) blocks are being made.  Some in this color setting.


I found a piece of an older Moda line 'Gobble Gobble' by Sandy Gervais to replace the tossed dark and I had a bit of that green leaf (corner stones).  That light brown was that harvest print - you wouldn't know with it chopped up.  That's the only piece of any size 'yardage' (about 8" by wof) left - any of the others were small bits cut down into my barrel system.

These will be the other set of Handy Andy blocks.    Today is finish all blocks and start to set them into  a flimsy.  We are to have another 10 days of rain - so stitching away.  Wish we could send some to the other coast.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon 

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Scrappy Wednesday

 


I know I just showed this as my July OMG and it's together.  I had a day of 'nothing' and just pedaled to the metal.  Now the push  to put on a border and get it quilted for the end of the month.


That allowed me to pull a zipbag from the drawer.  Bonnie Hunter announced the new scrap challenge.  What she calls 'fish' units, I call 'bird' units.  There are a lot of triangles already to be put to good use. - and I clear out a bag! 

We are getting the header of the storm Elsa and looking at several days of rain.  I'll keep stitching and hope we don't need the boat.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon 

Monday, July 5, 2021

OMG July 2021

 


I need a little focus right now and will use the OMG this month to clean up a small on-going project that has been a 'pick me up'.


 I've plugged away on the little 9-patches (to tame that barrel and I probably have more than I need.  I was cutting neutral squares as they dwindled to small size from other projects and have more than enough to start putting this together.  


 I did finish my June OMG - all the stars with the 'found' fabrics from another long ago project.  I even got them into a flimsy (waiting final borders), but life threw a curve ball and I missed posting.  


My eldest brother suddenly and unexpectantly fell very ill and within days passed.  I was making a lot of end of life decissions and now finalizing his funeral.  I will be dedicating his life with this up coming Hop.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Monday, June 28, 2021

Winner of Thumbalina

 


I hope you all enhoyed the Hop.  I need to catch up on the week.

Winner:

I'm trying to figure out how I grew up without knowing anything at all about this story. Thank you for the highlights of this fairy tale accented with the photos of your Thumbelina. I love your doll and its very own quilt and would be thrilled to be included in your give away.


I will be away from the blog for an undetermined time as I am dealing with a sudden family emergency.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Fairy Tales Blog HOp

 


I'd like to thank JOAN for hosting this Hop.  She is perfect for fairy tales as she has a different outlook on life and creativity.  Who else do you know who has toilets for planters and an old car in the pond as a highlight?


I had to look up Faity Tales and found a lot of my own thoughts of stories were old nursery rhymes.  Grimm's tales are a little dark, but I wanted something not the normal without to strange.

THUMBELINA




Born of a flower and growing to only a couple of inches tall, poor Thumbelina  is worried she'll never meet someone her own size, until she happens to catch the eye of Prince Cornelius of the Fairies . 




Just as soon as she finds love, however, it's torn away from her when she is kidnapped by Ms. Toad to marry her son. Now Thumbelina has to escape Ms. Toad's grasp and search for Prince Cornelius.



 Luckily, there's a whole city of animals willing to help her.  Once the birds were ready to travel  in migration in the direction of Thumbelina's home, she rode one's back.


This Tale has a 'happy' ending (Happy Summer Sostice)  - you should look up the story.  My give away for the hop is one of my own design mini dolls and matching quilt.  Please be sure I can contact you - will pull the winner the following Monday - June 28th. (not able to ship over seas)
**this is a collector doll and not meant for little ones**

Please be sure to visit all these talented bloggers duting this hop:

Monday June 21

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Samelia’s Mum

Kathleen McMusing

Becky’s Adventurers in Quilting and Travel

VroomansQuilts

Food for Thought

 Tuesday June 22

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilted Delights

Stitchin at Home

Karrins Crazy World

 Quilting & Learning - What a Combo!

Sewing Up My Fabric

Selina Quilts

 Wednesday June 23

 Websterquilt

Inflorescence

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Just Because Quilts

Domestic Felicity

 Thursday June 24

Scrapdash

That Fabric Feeling

Ms P Designs USA

Quilt Schmilt

Patchouli Moon Studio

Days Filled With Joy

Goofin' Off Around the Block

 Friday June 25

Quilt Fabrication

My Bumbleberry Life

Songbird Designs

Words & Stitches

Life in the Scrapatch

MooseStashQuilting

 Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Wed/Fri/Sat

 


Did that title get you scratching your heads?  I've been scratching mine all week as well.  I hate the mess that Blogger created.  Missing long time friends and reads.  And having trouble even posting.  As muddled as this pile of blocks and sashings.


This is my June OMG and the plan was to get all those stars done - DONE.  I'm trying for a bonus of getting sashings and even first border completed for a flimsy.  Thiere is still time.


 I did find the original project blocks - the reason I bought the bundle.  This was a QAL with Barbara Brackman a few years ago.  I don't like this look and will be taking this apart for a different setting.


I was very excited when I won a pair of cutting mats from OMG -  Ecopec Co.  Things were fine until recently I thought I had a bad rotary blade as I had 'notches' of fabric not cutting clean.  New blade (Olfa cutter & blade) and still happening.  I noticed that when I cleaned my mat the little blue specks and then looked closer at the mat.  Yes, the top layer is slowly sluffing off making 'gullies' so cuts are bad.


And can you see that?  It has a huge warp happening causing wavy cuts.  I have used this table since the beginning of quilting - flat!  My original Olfa mat sat here for years with no problem - it's returned by the way.  Had I paid for these mats, I would be very upset.  I won them so a lesson learned - product tested and it only lasted a few months.


On the brighter side - the new Hop starts Monday!

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Monday, June 14, 2021

Monday Making

 


I've been grabbing 15 minutes of stitch time as I can.  We've had some bad storms and I power down to lower the risk of losing items - it has happened in the past.  Some secret sewing has gone on for the Fairy Tales Hop.


The RSC Purple "Birches" blocks got finished and the last bit of stratta used up.  My days' making will be more stratta that will hopefully last thru this project.  Some blocks are getting one strip, some two strips, and some three strips.  The strings tote is pretty full and needs taming.


A few more Sawtooth Stars got made.  I have 5 more to make and then get to sashing.


A number of you asked for a photo when the heritage rose bush was in full bloom.  There will be a constant rotation of bud, open, and 'snowing' of petals for the next few weeks.    

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Monday, June 7, 2021

Monday Making

 


Today's plan is to get the last dozen Sawtooth Star blocks done.  I did find the other blocks that I initially bought this fabric for - a QAL with Barbara Brackman.  Maybe I can get both projects to flimsy stage this month.

Linking up with BETH - see what others are up to.


I did a 'Rose Garden' photo shoot - the Silver Anniversary is in her glory.


And I always have to look for the little bushes hidden .  They are little roses gifted to my Mom for holidays and then I take them out to add to the flower bed.  Sometimes they make it and sometimes not.  Once the white florals get done and pruned back, I find these tiny treasures. 


The 300+ yrs old bush is just loaded this year.  She is so thorny, that I don't worry about the deer nibbling this one (they ate my climbers by the porch)

One lone open - the rest will follow soon and oh what an aroma will fill the yard!


Have a lovely Monday,

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon