Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Scrappy Wednesday

 


Simple scrappy 9-patches set with various low volumn squares worked up quickly.  It just waited for enough fabric for a border, back, and binding (all the same) .  I picked that up at a recent estate sale and now this lovely is finished.


It's been rainy and cold, so photos had to be taken inside - especially with a very white quilt.  This is the pattern  DOGGO by Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts and was offered to those participating in the Hands2Help 2021.  This worked up so fast that it could easily be a day project, but I did the cutting and piecing one day and quilting/binding the next day.  That worked in my schedule of Mom's care and house needs.


The purple has sat on my shelf for a long time and I don't remember where it came from - time to use it up.  There was just enough for the heart around the eye and the back.  I think I had a small strip that was cut down into my barrel system.  The binding was pulled from the 'left over' binding drawer - just enough (sweating).

I'd like to make another Dog quilt with a tan backgroud and blue (or maybe green) accents.  If you are looking for a quick baby quilt - this is it.

I need to take a day to update the blog and side bar - so many new things going on that I am missing - but I like to share.  At least with the cold (and rainy) weather, I am in the mood to quilt some long waiting tops.  My piecing is only getting done on Monday from 1-3 when one of our sewing groups comes in, but a little is better than none.

Keep stitching and stay safe,

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon 


Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Scrappy Wednesday

 


Fall is my favorite season - cooler temps, calming colors constantly changing, the crisp smell of the air, and the seasonal fruits and veggies I love.  It has come at time that I need a little 'calming' with the loss of my brother and the more time consuming care of my Mom.  

It has me pulling out quilt tops that have long waited their turn for 'finishing'.  This is a Missouri Star Quilt Co pattern - I looked but couldn't find.  I think this was a challenge a few of us bloggers took - use your least favorite color - to make this pattern.  It was for layer cakes, but I just used up my accuming oranges (I don't use much).


I have gathered, bought, estate sales, and gifted a number of large pieces of fabric for backs (another reason these quilts sat - waiting on backing).  This very large floral print worked out perfect for this quilt.  I did just a large open meander using a thread called 'mellon' (goes with the season)  and framed it off with a black binding.

I've decided to sit out the rest of the year from participating in the Hops - I love to do them, but I need to get myself back on track.  I miss my daily blog reading, updates, keeping a fresh list of activities on my blog's side bar - so blogging needs more attention.  AND I am desperate for some ME time.  I am glad that our local guild has started back up from Summer break, as well as doing a few travel teaching classes before the snow falls.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon 


Sunday, September 19, 2021

Falling For You Blog Hop

 


I would like to first thank Joan of Moosse Stash Quilting for hosting this Hop.  Fall is my favorite time of year.  The brilliant change of colors, the fruits and veggies of the season, the smells, and the cooler temps.

This hop was perfect to push a finish on a quilt top that I made during Carol's "Autumn Jubilee" quilt along last year.  She is hosting another Jubilee all October and you can read about it HERE



A fun row quilt of Fall inspired blocks.  To compliment it I added a patch work of green wovens for the outer border and just quilted with a large open meander in a thread called "Corn Silk".  Hey, they are harvesting the feed corn now in our valley - so it seemed appropriate.




My favorite blocks were the fussy cut for the stars and scrappy clean up for the points.




I had this rust, orange backing in my stash for many years (Connecting Threads 'Heritage Bouguet') and glad I found a quilt to use it with.  I used it for the binding, too - a little more orange to round it out.

Please be sure to visit all the folks contributing to this hop:

Monday September 20

Creatin' in the Sticks

Samelias Mum

Quilting Gail

Vroomans Quilts

Quilt Schmilt

Tuesday September 21

Just Let Me Quilt

Just Sew Quilter

Days filled with Joy

Kathy’s Kwilts and More 

The Morning Latte

Wednesday September 22

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 Thursday September 23

Karrins Crazy World

Words and Stitches

Patchouli Moon Studio

Karen’s Korner

That Fabric Feeling

Scrapdash

 Friday September 24

QuiltFabrication

Ms P Designs USA

Lianne Makes Stuff

Quilted Delights

MooseStashQuilting

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Weekend of Fun

 


Today is National Sew A Jelly Roll Day so take some time to play.  There are a lot of free patterns on-line or make it up as you go.  No Jelly Roll!  Make Your own by pulling some fabrics and cut some 2.5" strips.  And make it a weekend of fun sewing - why just one day.


Then get ready for some Fall Project(s) inspiration.  My favorite season and colors.

Sewingly Your,

Sharon

  

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Quilt Guild Fun

 


On Saturday I taught the minature selvedge piece to members of The Cairo Piecemakers quilt guild.  We talked about the selvedge and I had pieces from early fabrics right up to the newest lines - simple to works of art.   



A Tula Pink lover and I love how she chose the Tabby Road and her silohouette was a kitty.


Some great color going on here and she is planning a herd of deer across the piece.


Another - many  that were so different due to the fabric stashes  used by each member and silohouettes again represented the quilter.  There were butterflies, cats, several birds, animals, and Fall fruits.


AND on Tuesday my quilt guild - Schoharie Valley Piecemakers - had a class on reverse dyeing.  I will share more on that as I get more photos sent to me.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Scrappy Wednesday

 


Yes, I know it's Thursday but this didn't schedule post so had to release it a day late.  

Getting things ready for a Saturday class on working with selvedge.  Step outs, supplies, notes. props, etc....


This is the little piece that started it all, but new selvedge, colors and a different sillohette is changing the sample piece.  Looking forward to an in-person class.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon 

Thursday, September 2, 2021

September Already?

 


I haven't done much stitching the past several days due to a 'summer cold'.  There were days that I just slept!  Now it's a raggy cough and stuffy nose - but that could be my allergy to Rag Weed just as well.  Yes, that pesky Fall weed who's yellow flowers spread the heaviest pollen.


 Those small scrap projects laid around, waiting their turn for a finish and finally I mustard strength and got them done.


I had an extra court house steps block from the large quilt and made it into a pillow, so that is cleaned up.

I need to work on cleaning up my blog, side bar, and catching up on some NEW stuff coming out this Fall season - it is my favorite season after all.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon  

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Monday Making

 


Storm Henri didn't make as big an impact as expected in our area (thankfully), but it made me play with the scraps left on the table from the Court House Steps quilt.  I could easily have put them away or discard some of them - NO not even those 1" x 1.5" bits.


I have one star block to make and then I am caught up on the President's Guild Challenge blocks.


Those little bits worked into a different kind of Bento Box block.  I dug thru the totes to use up a piece just big enough for the back.  I'm thinking a black binding to frame those popping reds.


This one with it's backing - that aqua will be the binding to use it up.

So I have a star block to make and two small pieces to quilt and bind - and the table is cleared off.  Then I need to seriously start pulling quilts/backs to either quilt myself or send out to be done (or both)- that pile is just too BIG.

Prayers for all in Henri's path,

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Orange You Glad Hop

 


I'd like to thank CARLA for hosting this fun HOP.  I don't use a lot of orange nor have a lot of orange in my stash so this was a push for thinking outside the box.  I like those kinds of pushes. 


With Christmas Season fast approaching, I went to my 'go to' patterns for a little fun.  This crayon roll up pattern can be found HERE and are great to use up scraps.  Pair them with a coloring book or activity book and you have a nice little gift with hours of fun.


Another scrap eater and quick project is the 'wristlet' pattern found 
HERE.  I usually put on the clip off wrist strap - to double as key chain, but I couldn't find my hardware so made an attached strap.


Don't fear zippers, they aren't that hard and this tutorial has great visual for the process.  Fill you little purse with some personal touch items and you have another quick gift.

Please be sure to visit all the participants:

                                              Monday, August 16th


Tuesday, August 17th

Wednesday, August 18th

Thursday, August 19th


Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, August 16, 2021

Monday Making

 


All the blue blocks are finished and today will be about getting this one laid out and the rows sewn - maybe even a whole quilt top by day's end!  I don't do big blocks or big quilts, so I think this has to go on my year's goal list of NEW .

Another hot day, but our nights have been cool making for better sleep.  I think I will take some time to pick the apple drops and maybe run up the road to a friend's farm to give the goats and donkeys a treat.

Have a safe day,

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Whooping Friday

 


I can't believe  I am still sticking to this, especially since they are 18" blocks.  The greens are all done now.


And the purples are almost finished.  That will leave me with the blues and this will be ready for a layout and then sew together.  By having everything prepped and by the machine, it was simple to just chain a few strips thru as I had time.


Our rainy season ended with a few days of hot and dry weather to make it possible for us to finally lay my brother to rest.  The family gathered and we rode up the mountain to the old hunting cabin.  As the last of the ashes were scattered along the hedge row in front of the cabin (were we laid our Day), two yellow butterflies fluttered out and flew around the group for a while and then went down the hedge row and out into the favorite hunting field.  It was surely a sign that both souls united and found peace on the mountain they both loved.  

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Monday, August 9, 2021

Monday Making

 


All of the mauvy/pinky blocks are done for the court house steps quilt.  I'm making the full size 16" blocks, but you could go less rounds for smaller blocks.  I don't normally make big blocks, but I am using this lovely pattern to eat up a lot of lite strip scraps.


All the other blocks are set up in their cuttings - blue, green and purple.  Keeping them by the machine for a quick grab of 15 minutes (or more).




  I have to get my Orange project quilted up to be ready for the next HOP.


Sewingly Your,

Sharon

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Scrappy Wednesday

 


All of the cute little churn blocks were finished up on Monday Making and then I pulled out all the strips, scraps, string tote - well, emptied half the shelves.  I didn't photo the extra table as you would shake your head at the mess.  BUT that's the way I work scrappy - it all comes out to play.  So far I have two full blocks done and setting up two more.  Working in twos allows for chaining everything right thru the machine until 'boom' all is done - unless you have to stop and wind some bobbins.

We have a few days of no rain, but cool temps - sweats being worn during Summer!  BUT I love the cooler, more fall temps and will make sure to get out for a few walks inbetween scrap play.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon  

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