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  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.