Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Rainy Day Sewing

Unlike many of you on the "other" coast with all of your snow, we are enjoying some rainy days here.  It has been sorely lacking this year so it makes for pleasant days of settling in for some fun sewing.

While my sister was visiting she convinced me that I should join her in sewing a Postcards From Sweden quilt.  I'm so glad that she did as it is such a happy, colorful quilt.  I'm not sure how I will quilt it yet, but I really love it.  My sister (IG@alaskanquilter) has already started hers so I am excited to see how she likes it.

It's hard to get it all in one pictures, but you can see the gorgeous colors.

While stitching the rows together I had it hanging in front of a window and enjoyed the leaded glass look of it.

This is the background that I have chosen for it....wild and crazy colors too.

Also while she was down, we played a bit with my years old UFO of New York Beauty blocks.  I don't know why I hadn't sewn these together yet because they are some of my favorite sewn blocks.  Instead of the little bits for leaders and enders that I normally sew, I used these blocks.  The result is finally seeing them together.

I think I may do a Bordeaux narrow strip followed by a Flying Geese border to finish it off.

Marsha (IG@quilterinmotion) is our queen bee this month in our Gridster Bee.  This was her choice of blocks for us.  I love the crispness or a red, white and blue color combination.   I did two blocks, but forgot to photograph the other one.  ;-(

I watched a couple of the little ones this week.  Toby loves it when the kids are here because it is attention overload for him.

Life is good!

Linking up with Quilt Fabrication Midweek Makers, and Freemotion by the River,  

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop

Today is the kickoff day of the Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop hosted by the amazing Carol of Just Let Me Quilt Blog.  I am looking forward to seeing all of the teeny, tiny pieces that will be created for this hop.

I have always enjoyed the challenge of making small pieces in my sewing journey.  It must be that the beginning of my sewing life started by making doll clothing.

For my project, I have selected a paper pieced mini quilt.  The Pineapple pattern has always been one of my favorites and paper piecing makes it so precise and tiny.  The entire piece measures out at 9 1/2 inches and is a completely scrappy project.

For the backing I used just a bunch of small pieces that were in the scrap bin.

If you are interested in trying this pattern, a mini pdf of the three inch block can be found at The Little Mushroom Cap

Another "small" bit of sewing that I completed was this year's 18" doll uniform for the grandchildren's school auction.  This year instead of a full uniform, I did a skort like many of the girls choose to wear.

Other than fabric postcards and mug rugs, another small sewing project that I have done in the past are puzzle pieces.  These are great fun for swapping.

Sewing small pieces is instant gratification.  I am looking forward to seeing what others are creating on a small scale.  I hope you will enjoy them too.  You can find other SMALL bits in these links below.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Quilting and More

I hope I remember how to write a post.  It has been so long since my last one, but life has been full with wonderful times.  My goal to be a better blogger seems to be experiencing a setback, but that works too.  It gets hard to retrace days when it has been so long.

Each month Sherri and Michele are our fearless leaders with the Minis and More quilt parade.  I have been less than stellar in my participation this year, but I do enjoy their monthly projects and ALWAYS have the best intentions.  This month I made it happen.  The pattern chosen was Strawberry Social Mini from The Pattern Basket.  I did a bit of a variation on the pattern to make it my own.

My sister has been visiting so we have had so much fun hanging out with each other and enjoying sharing some quilting time together.  She brought three of her beautiful quilt tops down to quilt so the machines were humming.

On Ringo Lake

Storm as Sea

As well, we took one day to visit Quilt Con in Pasadena and share time with other quilting friends for lunch and dinner.

Monday was my mom's 95th birthday so it has been a week of parties for her.  She has always wanted to put a purple streak in her hair so she got that done too.  Now she wants to do her whole head of hair in purple!

Our February has been an exceptionally warm month until this past week.  We have suddenly plunged into a deep freeze here!  I think my sister packed it in her suitcase and brought it down from Alaska.  I hope she takes it home with her tomorrow.  They even canceled the grandkid's baseball practice yesterday due to snow flurries!!  What is that all about?  One thing for sure, it is making my temperature quilt very interesting.  Just look at the recent week of color.  It is now three full rows and after today I get to add the March block.

I know I must be crazy, but my sister has talked me into doing the Postcards from Sweden QAL.  My fabrics are all ready to start cutting.

Last weekend we attended our granddaughter's horse show up in Fresno.  It's hard to believe this young gal (with our DIL) will be off to college later this year.  Her younger sister will take over the riding while she is gone.  

Meanwhile...... since my lap has not been available this week, this little pup has adopted a pillow for his perch.  Life is so boring when quilting is going on around here.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Fun Busyness

It has been a fun and busy week.  In between it all, I have managed to squeeze in a lot of quilting too.  That's a win/win in my books.

The grandchildren's school auction is coming up in two weeks.  Since last year's quilt was such a hit, my DIL asked if I would do another kindergarten quilt this year.  The room moms helped the children with the blocks and they are now in a finished quilt.

Another great project that I got to work on this week was a Thomas Fire quilt that my sister had sewn.  This will go to a special recipient - the current owner of our parent's old home that burned down in the fire.  We have named the quilt Horizon Sunsets as the home was on Horizon Drive and had views of spectacular sunsets over the ocean.  The backing that my sister made is as beautiful as the front and could easily make the quilt reversible.

My temperature quilt continues to grow as February moves along.  It has finally cooled off a bit, but as you can see, there is another red square meaning it went over 90*.

I had an e-mail from Cher who has also been following along with the Temperature quilt project.  She does not have a blog so I asked her if I could share her photo on my blog.  Look at the difference between our two temperatures.  She is more like my sister's.  I love how she did her 2018.  Thanks for joining us, Cher

A few months ago Gosia from Quilts My Way had a QAL with circular quilting patterns.  It was such fun to play along and it really gave me more confidence in sewing circles.  An extra bonus to joining the sewalong is that I was a winner of one of the prizes.  A special package arrived this week.  Can you imagine how excited I was when I opened this?

The lovely supply of threads will be put to good use and the fabrics are amazing.  Not only are they gorgeous, but they feel incredible.  These will have to be in a special project.  Thank you so much, Gosia.

It will be a good week ahead too.  My sister is coming from Alaska for our mom's 95th birthday and we have lots of quilting plans while she is here.  We are also planning a day at Quilt Con.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Temperature Quilt QAL Update

Month one is down and we are now well into the second month of our Temperature Quilt QAL.  I hope everyone is keeping up AND enjoying the process as we move into February.  We have had exceptionally warm temperatures in our area and my month of colors definitely reflects that fact.  I even had to move into the real reds this past week.  I was able to add the second row to my first and I am really enjoying the secondary block that appears when the two rows come together.

We do need a bit more winter and definitely more rain before our rainy season ends next month.  If you are sewing along with us, how are your colors?  Be sure to check out the other participants on IG at #sistempquilt18 #tempquilt2018 and #temperaturequilt2018

Slowly, but surely, my On Ringo Lake quilt has come together.  I had it all spread out on the living room floor as that was the only place big enough to put it all down.  Thus, I HAD to work on it to clean up the floor!  Good planning, right????  Sewing in bits and spurts, I finally finished it yesterday.  I really love the way it turned out.  Now...to get it quilted.

Of course, all was not easy sailing with a pup who thought the new flooring was quite interesting.  Need I say that there were many pieces displaced in a short amount of time?

The weather has been so warm and inviting all to enjoy the great outdoors.  The roses, despite still blooming, needed to be pruned and sprayed for the year.  Three days later over 100 bushes are done.  Doesn't it look "wintery" now???  lol

A few more blooms from the garden...

We took a stroll on the beach and were amazed at all of the debris that has washed down from the recent rains and slides post fire.

The tide was out and Toby enjoyed the tide pools.

A bit more emergency sewing went on here.  A special little one lost her first tooth.

Our Gridster Bee Queen this month is Elizabeth and her request was for food basket blocks.  She provided the food fabrics and we made the rest with our choice of fabrics.

I've had some really fun mail lately.  The first comes from Sherry.  I had remarked about the darling Mah Jongg fabric that she was using to create cute little origami coin bags.  I was completely surprised and delighted when one arrived in my mail.  The little purse is like a puzzle!  She placed a shiny copper penny in one pocket and it ends up in BOTH pockets when they are opened.

Five of us formed a group called Sewing With Friends a few years ago.  We have done row robins and round robins in the past and this year we are swapping fabric postcards.  This one arrived from Lynette.  The colors are so pretty and the construction is perfect.

Is everyone looking forward to the Olympics?  What is your favorite event.  It's a tough choice between the ice skating and skiing for me.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Missing U

My "u" has decided to play it's own game here.  Perhaps it is marching to its own beat, but it will not appear in my typing unless I stop and specifically push it down....hard!  Do you have any idea how often you type a "u"?????   I think it is time for a new laptop, but we all know what that means.  It's hours of transferring things to a new computer.  UGH!!!

Onto more pleasant subjects....

The first row of my Temperature quilt is now finished and the second row is well on it's way to completion.  As you can see, it has been an exceptionally warm January for us.  It is hard to imagine so many of the 80* color range in January.

My design floor has become a bit more challenging with a puppy following me everywhere.

We had our annual family snow trip last weekend.  We enjoyed two beautiful snows while we were there, but it was COLD this year.  I never tire of the view.  I know our snowmen leave a bit to be desired, but they were fun to make and the little ones had fun with them.

With so many people there, we eat in shifts.  I had to chuckle at the "first shift" photo.  Cucumbers on the eyes????

I always love seeing fancy towel folding when I am a guest.  I should do this at home for my guests.

One final picture from the snow.  The ice crystals on the windshield were so pretty.  I apologize to all of you who live in the cold part of the country for my excitement over visiting it.  I know it has been a really cold winter for many of you.

It sounds like a very boring time around here, but I have been busy with some blog hop sewing, assisting a kindergarten class with quilt blocks and helping a granddaughter make a school mythology costume.  Perhaps I will have more to show next time.