Tuesday, September 22, 2015

From One to Four

I couldn’t help myself.  Do you remember my last post where I thought the little Mini Vintage Tulip pattern from our Minis and More project this month would make great placemats?  Well….as I was putting the pattern away to make them later, I thought to myself….”Self, if you put it away you will not pick it up again”.  I can’t count the number of times I have done just that.  So…..I started cutting and stitching.  Ta da…..


The week did not allow for a lot of sewing as we watched grandkids while three sets of parents were out of town – fortunately, not all at the same time.   It was a wee bit challenging to get seven people up and out of the house early with only one bathroom in working order, but we all managed and had a lot of good giggles over the situation.  All I can say is tankless water heaters are amazing inventions.
While we were in San Diego last week I popped into Rosie’s quilt shop with a dear friend.  I fell in love with their little mini quilts that they had on display so I picked up the pattern.  The little pumpkins called my name.

It was fun to pull out the orange scraps and it went up so quickly.  The other designs are every bit as cute – frog, witch, candy corn, etc.

Our California autumn has descended upon us with its typical heat.  The only thing we are lacking is our Santa Ana winds that bring their own dangers.  I have heard that the more winds we have, the less rain we will have.  We shall see.  With the roof all fixed and the drains cleared out we are now ready.  What is the old saying….”If you build it they will come”?????????  Bring it on!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tuesday’s Tidbits

As we enter week #7 of construction around here, I find myself blessed to be able to retire into my own world of sewing.  I’ve had several small projects to work on this week – the first being my small quilt project for this month.  I think these would make incredible placemats and am considering making them in different colors.


Be sure to tune in at the beginning of the month for the Minis and More parade of small quilts.  They can be found at Michele’s and Sherri’s blogs.

As well, I have been doing some pattern testing for Stephanie at Loft Creations.  The pattern is called Paper Dolls and you can see hints of it on Stephanie’s IG account @sadunphy.  I have been playing paper dolls with scraps and loved the way it turned out.  No full pictures yet……


Of course, I had to use up the HSTs so I made a little pillow to go with the doll quilt.


Continuing on the blue/tan idea, I made a scrap quilt top for our quilt guild.  Love the soft colors in this one.  I may have to do another one for here.


We had a few days away on a business convention in San Diego.  Although quite hot and very humid, it was great to get away.  We even grabbed an outdoor concert by comedian Brian Reagan – hysterical!! 

We have little ones joining us for a few days starting this afternoon so my computer time may be quite limited here.  I will be back soon.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Jelly Roll Revisited

Gosh….how many years ago did I do a Jelly Roll Race quilt?  Can it really be that I started it in 2012???  I can now say it is officially finished.


The back is a cross hatch fabric in orange and white to pick up the orange in the four patches and border.


The border is done in a lime green polka dot.  Another quilt top finished – all washed and crinkled.


It’s a three day weekend for us which makes us all smile.  Have a safe one!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

For the Love of Pincushions

As I said on my last post, Ida at My Sister Made Me Do It blog is having a Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade starting today.  Link up a pincushion post with your favorite pincushions and you have a chance to be a winner of some lovely gifts, including a gift certificate from Green Fairy Quilts.

I have a few lot of pincushions in my creative world.  One would think that I would spend no time searching for my pins with my collection, but somehow that isn’t the way it is.  They always seem to hide themselves under piles of fabrics.  I guess they think I enjoy a good game of hide and seek while sewing.  I remember my mom and my grandmother always having pins between their lips while sewing.  Maybe they got tired of looking for their pincushions too.  Winking smile

Here are most of mine in one grouping.


Of course, they all have a certain place where they belong in real life.  Over the years I have received pincushions from swaps...............


as gifts............


Made by my DIL with the grandchildren's thumbprints

Made by a  granddaughter when she was young.  It's filled with little bits of fabric and is a great pincushion.
......and pincushions made for hops.



Then there are two "oldies" in the collection.  My dad brought me the green one when he was traveling and the old red tomato is one that I remember from when I first started sewing - over 60 years ago.  These are treasured and not used.


So........do you have a special pincushion to share?

Monday, August 31, 2015

Monday Madness

Monday mornings with construction in the house is always madness.  The weekends are always so peaceful and then the noise and activity starts for another week.  Another couple of weeks (I think) and I should be able to spend my time cleaning every nook and crevice. 

While I continue to dig up the “oldies” in my sewing haven, I did have fun with a new project this week.  I had a charm pack of Market Road by Windham and loved the colors.  I decided to make a few flying geese and then just started building on them until I got a nice size for the table.  It is 16”x40”. 

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I used the rest of the charms for the back.

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Now for the oldies……another table runner that I finally quilted and bound.

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Remember the fusible grid Happy Jack from my last post?  I finished him AND make another one just like him as a gift.  I really like the way these turned out.

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The little ones have all headed back to school for the upcoming year, but we had fun celebrating the end of summer.  Little says summer like watermelon.

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Why is it that little girls love to dress up?????

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When Benartex had their Christmas in July Blog Hop I was the lucky winner of one of their bundles from My Fabric Relish.  Included in the bundle were two great patterns from Cherry Blossoms Quilting.  I have made several of Cherry’s patterns and they have become some of my favorite projects to display at Christmas.  I’m thinking that this darling Christmas tree skirt might need to be the next addition.  Be sure to check out Cherry’s fantastic designs as they will also become some of your favorites. 

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Do you have a fetish for pincushions?  I have way more than I actually use, but they are so addictive.  If you love them as much as I do, please link your pincushion love up at the My Sister Made Me Do It linky party.  It starts on September 2nd and runs through September 9th.


Friday, August 21, 2015

Digging Up the Oldies

Whilst trying to stay out of the way of workmen, I have been spending a lot of time in my secret (and quiet) space.  I’ve been having fun pulling out some of my older projects to finish off. 

I found this cute pattern, Happy Jack, about five years ago.  Each year I say I am going to make it!  Well….it is now underway.


I have always loved Halloween and have been invited to participate in the Halloween Haunts 2015 Blog Hop so I really want to finish this happy fellow off to share.  Have you done any of these projects using the fusible grids?  I love my Santa and snowman that I have done using this technique.

I also pulled out my Little Letters that was a QAL with Temecula Quilt Company.  I needed to finish my last row of letters and get it quilted and bound.   The colors look a bit washed out here, but the letters are more distinguished looking.


Since the colors were kind of marine-ish looking, I chose to piece the back with a whimsical sea scene.


It’s been a busy week with family birthdays and farewell parties for college bound grandchildren.  Tuesday evening we spent at the Hollywood Bowl.  It is such a beautiful place to spend a summer evening.

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Sorry for the fuzzy cell phone picture.

The big screen was there because they showed the film 2001- A Space Oddessy while the L.A. Philharmonic played the music.  The music was incredible, but the film was rather strange - in my humble opinion. 

The  weekend is here and I am looking forward to the quiet in the house.  The remainder of the grands return to school next week so I guess that means it really is the end of the summer.  How quickly it went this year!  I’m already missing the extra daylight, but I am looking forward to the winter rains they are forecasting for us.   We just need to finish getting prepared for it – tree trimming, roof checked, drains cleared, etc.  Maybe I should get sandbags!!!  Of course, if we are all ready you know it won’t happen.  Winking smile

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Anything But Square

For years I have had a bag of fabric scraps that came from my paternal grandmother’s home.  In the bag was also a pieced top.  I would assume that it was pieced by my grandmother, but of that I am not certain.  I always thought that I would eventually hand quilt it.  With all of the boxing up of things around here for the remodel, the top popped up once again.  I looked closely at it and came to the realization that hand quilting it would probably not be the best bet for it.  It is anything but square – anywhere!  The fabrics appear to be feedsack fabrics.  So….on second thought, I figured I could hide some of those flaws with an overall panto quilting design. 


The size is odd at 67x90.  I thought of taking it apart and making it square.  If I had more of the fabrics, I would have added one more row to its width.  In the end, I left it as it was and I must say that it turned out pretty well all things considered.  It was an interesting way to construct this star.  Nowadays we would do it as a nine patch, but this looks way more complicated with a center square.  There are several different blue fabrics used in the blocks.


There is even a “make-do” block.


The quilting design is a woven Baptist Fan.


Forth Worth Fabric Studios recently had a Christmas in July blog hop with some great patterns.  I thought the Kate Spain Christmas table topper would make a great project. 


It went together quickly and is about 34” square.  On this one I used a design that picked up the poinsettias in the pattern.