Sunday, May 15, 2022

Monday Making

 


I went amiss again!  Several family and personal things came up that had to be taken care of.  Family is always first.  I have been working slowly on my project for the FOODIE hop coming up - so  secret sewing.  It helps to have things prepped by the machine to grab those few minutes.  It will be finished.



I had a few meeting in the mix as well.  The Catskill Mountain Quilters Hall of Fame finally had an in-person meeting in over 2 years.  One of the members brought four old quilt tops.  She was going to pass them all to me, but I said - Hold them up and lets share.  I came home with this one.  Very different from anything in my collection.  I know this as "the Teasure Box' but I'm sure this block is known by other names.

In less than a week, we went from almost freezing and a snow storm to horrid heat and dry.  The flower beds got worked on a little here and there as well as the first mowing of the lawn  OR I should say acreage as there is a lot to mow here.  We are to have three days of storms, so I hope to get more stitching time in.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon 


Saturday, May 7, 2022

Happy Mother's Day

 


I hope you all have (or have had) a lovely day.  We will be very low key as many friends and family members have the new Covid - keeping Mom safe.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

A New Month

 


It's sunny and warm here - a bit breezy, but a good day to be outside.  Tending some flower beds and then the first mow of the year.  Fresh mowed grass - love the smell.

Enjoy Your Day,

Sharon

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

April??

 


It's hard to believe that in a few days we will be flipping the calender again.  Just where did the month of April go?  My goal of working 'three' has taken a hiatis and I need to get back on the horse.  BUT, we had a few nice days after an ugly Spring Snow week.  The Daffs had come out early and the cold and snow took toll on them.


 Then we jumped to a few warm, sunny days and I opted to do some work in the flower beds.  Yes, I have early tulips as well.  All my daffs and tulips are thankful planting of squirrels and chippers.  They are in need of some seperation and new soils.


These have migrated into the lavender, so need moving.  AND the lavender needs a good clean up.



It's turning rainy and cold for a few days, so yard work will wait.  There are 5 quilts that need their binding attached and that will be on my schedule for finishing out April.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Monday, April 18, 2022

Monday Making

 


All of the pieces are cut for some more stars although I am sure I will need more 2.5" squares, but that's easy cuts.




I'm using the flip corner method for the star points - and I am NOT saving the cut-offs.


I like how these look.  Slow going, but progressing.  I need 28 and have 6 done - yes, slow going.  

 


The color hop starts today so please visit Carol  for today's hosts.

We had snow squalls all day Easter Sunday and are suppose to get up to 8" tonight - good thing I haven't put that shovel away.  Uggh!!!, but it won't last as the temps are rising.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Monday Making

 


The diamonds have gotten attached to my Guild's Challenge.  All those little bits of time with prepped work by the machine paid off.  The applique' round looks a little bare, but there are dimensional pieces that will be added once this baby is quilted.


 The next round is 'Stars' and I am repeating that center scrappy star.  Again, I am prepping so many star pieces to have by the machine and grab a little stitching time when I can.


This is one of my Newbies next project.  We were flipping thru some of our magazines and catalogs when this cover quilt caught her eye.  She LOVES color and since she has done a few projects that involved making a few of each type block to complete rows or sections - a row quilt seems like a good fit.  Repetition seems to help her in remembering technique's.


She's made a number of flying geese blocks and units, but these are 'offset' using a different technique' and you can see she is enjoying COLOR.  We're pulling this all together from my scraps right now.  I am glad to see a lot of this get used up.  

She wants to change the pumpkin row and will think about whether to repeat the geese at the bottom or go with a scrappy patchwork instead.  All scraps are being saved for any change of plans.  

At some point we plan a group shopping trip to a LQS they have not been to as part of a learning experience.  Learning fabric lines, designers, and picking out needed sashing and/or border fabrics for projects in progress.  Since this shop is in the Catskill Mountains (and we had snow today), we are waiting for nicer weather.


Joan is hosting the next Blog Hop and who doesn't love to play with color.  Spring is taking it's time to arrive here, so color would so be appreciated in any form.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Diamonds in the Rough

 


All 54 diamonds - or square in a square - are progressing.  The last corner will be blues and they are all cut and ready once some time comes to chain them thru the machine.  Then they will need a trim, sewn into rows, and then added to the round robin project.


April Fools Day didn't play the trick, but waiting a couple of days to surprise us with this.  It warmed up later in the day to change things to rain and it was all gone by evening.  But it was an 'oh, not again' moment!

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Happy April Fools Day

 

Hopefully there will be no pranks today.  Things have been more of a "When"sday - when did I do this, when do I need to take care of this, when did the days *weeks* go, when did I forget about my blog????

March was more of a prankster - cold with snow, warm and sun, wind with heavy rains.  Made for it very hard to adjust body and mind.


All those "whens" put me behind on our guild's next challenge - at home round robin.  I have to catch up on the last 3 rounds.  So I found some ME time to pull scraps from the CW tote (use the smallest bits up first before cutting new please).  Just re-visiting and touching those lovelies made things a bit better.


I like working in groups of 10 - makes counting and time use work for me during all these "whens".  All 54 blocks have had their parts cut and grouped so I can grab my time with 10 as I can find it.

I sorted into possible usage piles for the other two rounds so hopefully it will make for quick work once I have time away from the "whens"days.  I'm really hoping April brings more of a Spring Time weather as I need to do a lot of yard work.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon


Sunday, March 13, 2022

Who's Got Time

 


First, thank you CAROL for hosting this Hop.  Time In A Bottle comes with the changing of the clocks that gets us so confused!!  Jumping forward or is it jumping back?  Our body clocks say GEESH!!!  But I'm sure that we will all be inspired to take a little time - a little stitching time.


 I chose a patterm by the lovely designer, Pam Bono.  She was the first person that I tested patterns for many years ago.  Sadly we lost Pam a few years ago, but her patterns are still being used and sought after.


The pattern is called  "North and South".  The arrow heads are made with the hour glass block while the shafts are simple rail fence blocks.


Of course I had to use my favorite homespuns and flannels with scraps of muslin for the background.  Very 'cabin in the woods' look to it. 


It has a plaid flannel back, quilter's flannel for the batting and quilted by hand with the 'big stitch'.  This is MY quilt and will hang over the banister of the winding stairway.

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March 14


 Sewingly Yours

Sharon

 

 

 

Friday, March 11, 2022

Let It Go

 


Like everyone, I got tired of hearing that song after a while.  BUT I know associate let it go with all these storms.  It just doesn't stop.  While it makes for 'pretty' pictures, it does get tiring on the soul.  We are in for another dumpster storm this weekend.

My quilting projects have been commissions, so no permission - no photos.  I did send out a large quilt of my own to be quilted - just to get something done.  Now I hope power stays so I can wrap up commissions and get the binding on my own. 

I do have my piece ready for the next HOP.

See you on the other side of the snow pile,

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Here We Go Again

 

February wants to go out reminding us that it is still winter.  We went from storm to nice to storm to nice back to storms again.  Stay safe coast to coast people.


The H2H is being temporary run this year by Mari At the Academic Quilter.  If you don't follow her blog, please sign up for her newsletter or put into your feed.  We appreciate her taking on this huge task and want to make it another successful year of giving.  You can find the post on dates, sign ups, specials, give aways, etc.. HERE .


And the next hop is coming up.  Love these hops as they offer such inspiration.

Stay Safe and Keep Stitching,

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Happy 2's Day

 


Yes, celebrating 2's Day here - 2.22.22 is the phenom which we will never see again.  And it happened on a Tues (2's)day!  Progress on the scraps and it's just two simple blocks.


 I piled them up to sew along with our Monday stitching group and even got not only the rows together, but two halves of a quilt top.


Later I put the two halves together and the top is done.  I was going to go with a scrappy border, but it just made it too jumbled.  So no border.


I decided to use up those scraps for a double 4-patch.  All the patches are done and once all pressed. I'll  cut the white patches.  Two quilts from that zip bag of left overs - gotta love it on a 2'sDay.

Sewingly Yours,

Sharon


Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Scrappy Wednesday

 


Going thru some more re-org, I found this baggy of flannel scraps left from a commission a few years ago.  The flannels were yards of various prints that were used to cover hay bales for an out doors  farm wedding (seating).  I made a quilt for the bride/groom (anniversary quilt), one for the bride's mother and one for the groom's mother.  There was a LOT of fabric and was donated to my quilt guild and most was used to make pillowcases for our charity drive.  I saved these incase the family wanted a baby quilt in the future.  Luckily I had tucked the bride's mom's name and number in the bag and called to see if they still would like a quilt.  She said use it as you like.


I'll use this tessalating  design - two very simple blocks thus placed make for an interesting look.  Since the fabric is a 'donation', this will be one of my donations to our guild's charity quilt drive in April.

Using something old, move it along, and it becomes something new - all of my three monthly goals fullfilled.

We are going to have two days of much warmer weather, so I need to get out with the rock salt and chip away at the ice on our walk ways.  Our lane and walks have been sheer ice and we've had to cancel all in-house quilting classes for two weeks.  I'm ready to escape and Mom would like some company!

Sewlingly Yours,

Sharon


 


Sunday, February 13, 2022

In The Pink

 


I'd like to thank CARLA for hosting this Tickled Pink Hop.  Although our Valentines Day is to be back to the bitter cold (and our lane is a skating rink),  it gives way to Spring around the corner.  You have to have some spring in your heart with pinks, reds, roses, and chocolate.


I remembered I had some orphan blocks from a class I use to teach a few years ago.  And I knew I had some scraps left from the fabric line 'More Pink Chocolate'  by Nancy Gere for WIndham Fabrics.


 I made a couple of simple placemats (or you could hang them).  Some blocks now a finished piece and some scraps used up (I have more).


I used  a 'Colonial Pink' thread and just did some simple outline quilting so there are hearts on the back as well - reversable. 


This was the quilt that the scraps came from.  Windham Fabrics offered this pattern as "Chocolate Covered Cherries" to advertise the line. Love the Burgoyne Surrounded pattern and have done three quilts with it - might need to make another.

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Happy Valentines Day
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Hiding?

 


WOW - almost 2 weeks ago I said I was going to be better about keeping my blog to a normal posting schedule as well as reading/commenting on fellow bloggers I follow.  That totally fell away!  I wasn't hiding - just busy with a number of family things that came up, but secret stitching thru it all.

  


Since it's nice to see some quilting on a quilt blog - this piece is one of my 'new' students work.  She's done a table runner and small wall hanging.  The next step up was this quilt which I plan to get quilted up for her today.


This is the book used.  Her sister (quite the quilter herself) sent the book and all the blocks cut and bagged - note that says she can make this.  Well, a big problem with newbies is understanding the terminology and charts.  Some of the processing we changed up to a little more modern and easier way of doing things.  We found one block baggy was missing a cutting and none of the geese bagged.  So we dug thru my scraps to make up our own kits.  The borders came out of my stash as well.

Each is a simple beginner block and the book has a seperate project you can make with each leading up to the last 'big' project using them all.


Some fun coming up and I am ready for:


Monday, February 14th



Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Monday Making

 


Boy it's been a while since I joined BETH.  I'm hoping a little bit of MOJO is coming back and I'm trying to make a better effort with my blog and visiting my blog community.


 I did get my 'move it along' project done.  I was going to add a white border around it, but I think I like it just as is.  And with my 'new' project done for the Polar Bear Plunge Hop, I now just have the 'finish' to get to.


Remember I am working my theme of THREE for each month.  One finish, one move it along, and one new.  This quilt is under the needle for the day.  We do have one day left in January and this is doable.  The binding hand stitching will certainly roll over into February.  Maybe by Ground Hogs Day which we are predicted to have sunshine and into the 40's - HEAT WAVE!


I know so many really got clobbered by Storm Kenan, so I won't whoop too loudly.  We got maybe an inch if that.  Yea, I peaked out the doorway for the photo as it was -2 degrees.   BUT with high winds all night and thru the next day, Sunday was a shovel/plow day of over a foot of snow.  How does that happen when there is just this little bit??????

Sewingly Yours, 

Sharon