Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sister Quilting Time

My sister has been down visiting family this week from Alaska.  We always manage to spend a couple of days quilting and visiting fabric stores.  This time she brought along two quilts to quilt.  The first one was a quilt top she made to place over her couch for the dog.  I just loved her colors she used - so calming.   It's a gorgeous "dog quilt". 




The next one was a quilt top that her sister in law made.  She is a new quilter - taught by my sister - and I think she had a great teacher.  The quilt seams matched perfectly and quilted up beautifully.






The Bloom SAL continues and this is the newest block.  I think I need to start doing them at the rate of once a week instead of once every two weeks.  You can see others HERE.






The weather has been so chilly and we've have so many frosty nights this year.  So many plants are showing signs of frostbite.  Fortunately, it has not affected the citrus.  The trees are all packed with fruits and it would be such a shame to loose it.  We have three more cold nights forecast for this week.


Tangerines

Naval oranges

Tangelos


We have grandchildren and a grand dog staying with us for a few days.  We've had so little sunshine lately, but the dog has managed to find the little sunshine that there is.

Amazing how well he matches the color of the carpet. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

Good Fortune Finish

Today starts the final link up party for our Good Fortune mystery quilt.  You can see all the wonderful finishes at the Quiltville blog HERE.

I managed to finish mine up over the weekend and took a couple of photos of it today.  It has been such a rainy season here so I haven't had a chance to get an outdoor shot until today.





After adding an additional 6 inch strip border, the quilt finished at 84" square.  The quilting is fairly dense since that last border has a lot of bias edged strips when sewn together.




I love seeing all the texture after quilting.



 
The backing had the perfect colors.



Blue seemed like the best option when it came to binding.

It was a great pattern this year.  I can hardly wait for the next clue in about nine months.

It has been really cold here lately.  We've had very rare freeze warnings.  I'm finding myself covering my tender plants each night.  Where is spring?   This morning we awoke to another day of frosty lawns and ice in the rain puddles from yesterday.  Those poinsettias are frost damaged today and will be gone tomorrow.







Sunday, February 3, 2019

Hello February



Hello February.  Seriously?  I'm sure there are more than a few of you eager to get this winter behind us.  It has been chilly (for us) and rainy this year. I know that I am ready for some sunshine myself.  Everything is beyond saturated - including myself!

Rainy outside means more sewing time inside.  The Scrappy Mountain Majesties blocks have gone from a UFO to a completion.  I ended up finding the perfect border fabric in my stash.  I loved all the colors that were brought out in the quilt when I added the borders.  Final size of the quilt is 72" x 82" and it will go to a grandson who requested a quilt for his college apartment.





Today is the day to share our second block of the Bloom SAL, hosted by Cheryll.  I have so many vintage 30s fabrics as well as some of the reproductions so thought this would be a good time to use them. I am mixing older and newer together and hoping to make a dent in that bin.


 
Our Queen Bee in our Gridster Bee for February is Elizabeth.  She is doing such sweet little houses.  I'm looking forward to seeing this one finished.



We finally had a sunny day last week and I was able to get out in the garden and finish pruning my roses.  These poor little buds were still barely hanging on, but it was nice to have a small bouquet to bring in the house in February.




One advantage of all the rain is the lush green that is now our world.  The hills have gone from the dead brown to the living green again.


One of our granddaughters is studying abroad in Florence.  She texted me a picture of this wine bottle that she said reminded her of me.  I wonder why.   I think I need one to use as a vase in my sewing room.




I loved this cute cartoon that was on our guild's FB page.  I have no idea who the author is, but it spoke to me when I saw it.  lol


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Monday, January 28, 2019

In With the Old

January is suppose to be out with the old and in with the new....right?  I am so tempted by "new" projects being shown on IG and blogs, but I am determined to finish some of my older UFOs.  I have told myself that I can start something new AFTER I finish two old ones.  I don't even want to count how many UFOs are hiding here.

That being said, I did participate in the yearly Mystery Quilt at Quiltville.com.  I changed mine up color wise.



Once I finished it, I decided to make it a bit bigger by adding a paper pieced strip border to it.  What's fifty two more paper pieced strip blocks anyway?  It now measures 84" square which will make a nice sized quilt.



I can honestly say that not one new fabric was purchased for this quilt.  YEAH.  I just don't understand why the stash does not appear to have gone down any.  

Now for the "old" project.  I have had a stack of Scrappy Mountain blocks sitting on my ironing area F-O-R-E-V-E-R!  I refused to remove them for fear they would end up in the dark spot.  I played around with a few layouts and decided on the second, but the first one intrigued me too.




Several years ago Lori Holt had a Bloom Sewalong.  I had all of my templates and a stash of old and new retro fabrics, but never managed to get my blocks sewn.  This year Cheryll is using the same pattern for another SAL.  I dug out my fabrics and templates and then  managed to get the first block sewn.



On the gardening side of life, January means rose pruning here.  Although it cuts into sewing time, it is a great feeling to get them finished.  It won't be long before they are blooming again.   Inside, the amaryllis sent up a second bloom of four more flowers.



To close I will leave a picture of what happens around here when one leaves a quilt on the floor while auditioning borders.  I think I need a design wall!


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Black and White Blog Hop



Today is my day to share my project for the Black and White Blog Hop.  Thanks so much for our super talented host, Carla, for organizing this hop.



I went a different route for this hop by creating a Figet Blanket.  These are used in memory care facilities for the patients who enjoy the textures, colors and interest of the blankets to occupy their time and give them something to handle with their busy hands. At approximately 15 x 20 inches, it easily fits on a lap or table top.

The recipient of this one is a long retired teacher who continues to love to read words.  She was also a seamstress.  There are so many wonderful text prints out there now so I dug through the stash and picked some that I thought would be interesting for her.



Once opened, you can see all of the items of interest to handle and feel.


Starting in the corner, there is a working watch sewn onto a clock fabric background.



There are keys, a spring and a velcro tab with a chalkboard background.



More word fabric that has news stories of perhaps distant memories.  There is also an old wooden spool with red "thread".


Hiding out in a lower pocket is a finger puppet of a little mouse.  The pocket has added buttons and applique for more tactile stimulation.



Lions, links and letter beads......


There's a zippered pocket that has a zipper pull for easier access and can hold treasures - a plastic room card, a comb, a toothbrush and a squeaker toy.  The added prairie points throughout add even more texture and interest. 



The middle finishes off with more text fabrics of sewing terms and cats with red umbrellas.  Sewn to that are multiple strands of textured strings - ribbons, ric rac, lace and cording.



Should you know of someone with memory issues or should you have a memory care facility near you, I recommend that you search your fabrics and bits to make a few.  They are enjoyed for hours each day.  A hint if you make them would include sewing things down well.  I stitch down all knots so they cannot be untied, thus making the items removable.  You do not want small objects becoming choking hazards.  They are really fun to personalize if you know the recipient's interests.  

Please be sure to check out the other participants in this weeks Black and White Hop.  I know that I am looking forward to seeing all of the creations.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Good Fortune Flimsy

My Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt is now a flimsy.  I really enjoy making a quilt this way with all the pieces sewn first and then made into blocks.  I know how bored I can get making block after block. 



I've never been a fan of applying borders, but these were the biggest nightmare of my quilt.  I sewed my blue and neutral border on and then three of the green HST borders.  The green was on upside down, but I was fine with that.  I actually liked the corners better.  BUT......when I got to the last border, I realized that my blue borders were on wrong.  Rip, rip, rip.  Green borders off.  More rip, rip, rip.  Three blue borders off.  What's that?  Only one blue border was wrong?   Of course it was the one that I hadn't ripped off yet.  Sheesh.  How stupid can I be?  I was especially glad that I had shortened my stitch length for all those borders!!  NOT.  I finally stepped away from the machine for the day. The next day I was right back where I started the day before.  In the end the borders all fit on well, even after all of the handling. 

This was when I threw it down in a heap after realizing that un-sewing would be required.



To add insult to injury, as they say, I also got my finger a bit too involved in my stitching and broke off my needle threader on my sewing machine.  I'll have to go back to the aiming game until I can get a new one.


Throughout the whole ordeal, my sister (IG alaskanquilter) and I were texting with each other.  She is also doing the Good Fortune quilt.  Her version is very elegant looking in teals and reds.  It was especially nice to have a sympathetic ear during my trials.  I'm sure she saved this from becoming an UFO.

I'm still contemplating adding 6" neutral strip blocks for a final border to make it a bit larger.  It would bring it up to 84" square. It was another great pattern from Bonnie. 

We've had such dark and rainy days for the last few weeks so the pictures outside will have to wait.

Be sure to check back on the 21st to see my Black and White project that I stitched up for the Black and White Blog Hop hosted by Carla at Creatin in the Sticks. 




Monday, January 7, 2019


My last post was December 13th!  I can't believe that so much has happened since then.  I won't even try to catch up with all that has happened, but we had a fabulous Christmas.  There was lots of entertaining, cooking, cleaning and all that goes along with the joyful time of the year.

We also did a lot of germ sharing which easily spread through all of us.  They do say that holidays are for sharing!

Winter has settled in here with unseasonally cold temperatures.  I'm ready for some of those warm temperatures we had last year.  As you can tell by looking at my temperature quilt from 2018, it was a warm one.



The colors are not really true in the photo.  A truer color is below, but the winds were blowing too hard to get an outside photo shoot.



It's nice to have the new year with a clean slate for some stitching.  I am not one to make lists, but I hope to get some of my UFOs finished up this year.  In between I will be participating in a few blog hops - the first one will be the Black and White blog hop starting on January 21st.

Once again, I will be a member of two bees this year - the Gridster Bee (IG #gridsterbee) and my Sewing With Friends swap group. Our January Gridster Bee block is for colorful trees.

 

In our Sewing With Friends group we are finishing up swapping table runners this month.  Ida's request was for a Christmas themed topper.




I have slowly been stitching the Good Fortune Mystery quilt clues together.  It will be fun to see the blocks come together.


My hope is to do a better job with my blogging this year.  I wish you all a wonderful 2019.