Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Orange Peel


My mom had surgery a few weeks ago so I have had some added time for a little hand stitching.  I contemplated doing some Grandmother Flower Garden flowers, but decided instead on some Orange Peel blocks.  I enjoyed working on the ones in my Trifle Dish quilt.  There is a fun QAL going on through the summer for the Orange Peel blocks.  This is what I have so far.

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We managed to slip away for a few days for our annual family fishing trip.  I was not great with picture taking this time, but here are a few shots of the kids and grandchildren with whom we made memories. 

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Son #1 and family.
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Son #2 and family.
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Son #4 and family.
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Daughter and family.
These pictures were taken the night before we left and son #3 and his family had to leave early to get home in time for a summer camp date and a horse show on Sunday. 

There is nothing quite as relaxing as having a pole in the water, waiting for a nibble and enjoying a view like this. It recharges the body batteries!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thoroughly Thursday


The weeks are just zipping along here.  Here we are in the middle of July already.

After working on the Trifle Dish QAL, I thought many of the rows would make great little table runners.  With July’s RSC14 color of red, I decided to make some red posies.

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These became this making a nice 16x46” table runner.  It's been a great year for fabric selecting from my scrap bins.

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That is about all of the sewing that I got done this week with houseguests and celebrating our country’s Independence Day. 

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Our quilt guild had Gyleen Fitzgerald come and speak this week.  She was a great speaker – so witty and a wonderful quilt show too.  I had participated in her Pineapple Challenge about four years ago and enjoyed her technique.  You can see my Pineapple Quilt here.

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I’ve had some exciting mail lately that I must share.  First was a win from Sherri of A Quilting Life.  These gorgeous fabrics arrived in my mailbox.  The colors are soooo pretty.   The fabric is Moda Printemps Pond.
 
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As well, I was the lucky winner of three Gigi's Thimbles patterns at A Little Bit Biased.  I really think I need to try the Fresh Cut design as I think I have a few granddaughters who would claim it right away.   Thanks, Amber.

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Onwards with July!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Controlled Wonky


It was so interesting to read the different comments on the border for this quilt.  I appreciated all of them.  To me, it felt unfinished, but I knew I could not add another full sized border.  I liked the "wonky" of it being offset.  In the end, I made it into a more controlled wonky finish.  Be sure to visit Moda Bake Shop to see all of the different quilts for this sewalong.

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It’s a big quilt, finishing at 80” x 107”.  With all of the unsewing I did on this one, I am ready to be finished with it.  Thanks to Moda Bake Shop for the fun Trifle Dish SewAlong this summer.

I have a few of my orchids blooming in the house.  They always look so elegant.

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We’ll have houseguests for the next five days so computer time will be limited.  Have a safe and wonderful July 4th.  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Weekend Sewing

I guess I am continuing on my pink and orange kick with the fabrics I selected to make a dress for one of our granddaughters.  She turns four years old today and is a very “girly” girl who loves pinks and twirly dresses.

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Of course, I couldn’t stop there.  She has a very tattered “loved” little “Chi” monkey and I happened to find twin “Chis”.  All babies need their own quilts….right?

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The final pattern came out for the Row by Row QAL.  I wasn’t sure I was going to like it on my quilt, but decided that I might try it on one side and across the bottom.  I actually liked it better than I thought I would and am trying to decide whether I should do all sides or leave it wonky and only do it on two.  I added another row of sashing between the borders so it is currently 74x95” – plenty big in my opinion.  If I added the other two borders it will add another 10" in both length and width.  What do you think?  Does it look incomplete?

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Linking up with Freemotion by the River Linky Tuesday.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Saying Goodnight to Irene


It’s time to put Irene to bed.  This brings an end to the sewalong that Terry held for Goodnight Irene.  It was fun to dig out the 2.5” squares in the autumn colors.  I hope to get it quilted before the cooler fall temperatures set in here so we can snuggle down with it in front of a nice fire.  I’m pleased with the way it turned out.

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                            (Oops….I see I have a smudge on my camera lens.)


I’ve also done a bit of un-sewing the last few days.  I finished all eight rows of the Moda Bake Shop Row by Row QAL and sewed them together.  They looked perfect.

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Now….who would imagine that today the sewing the rows together instructions were released and there was to be sashing between each row????????  Rippit, rippit, rippit!  However, I do think I like it better with the sashing.  I guess that is a good thing.

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The border instructions come out on Friday.  I wonder what that will add to the top.  I think my favorite rows are the flowers and the diamonds right below the flowers.
 
I have some birthday sewing to do now.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Mellow Yellow


There has been a bit of yellow sewing continuing around here.  This month’s color for the RSC14 is  YELLOW so I have added some yellow posies into my Moda Bake Shop Row By Row project. 


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These, along with some orange and pinks, were added to make the next completed row.

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Which color combination came first – the blocks or the garden????  Could I have a one track mind?

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One last question……how many times have you ripped out the same seem?  Not that I would know anything about that, but am simply curious.  Winking smile

Onto the next row…….

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rows and Road

How’s that for a title???  Before we hit the road I managed to get my blocks made for the current row in the Moda Bake Shop Trifle QAL.  I did not sew them together as I wanted to contemplate the arrangement while we were gone.  Do I do them mixed up or matched???

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With blocks bouncing around in my mind, we headed off to Northern California for our grandson’s wedding.  Since our SIL could not make the trip we took our daughter and their four little ones in our car.  These were the smiles before the nearly 500 miles/ 9 hour drive.  We made many stops to “stretch our legs”, but it is still a long time to be buckled in car seats.

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The wedding was beautiful and the happy couple is now off on their own.

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Coming home, I jumped back into the QAL.  It is a very fast moving QAL with a new row coming out every other day.  Mine is all done using scraps that I have.

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I’m running out of design floor!!!