Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday Sewing and Mad Men Cocktails

I like Wednesdays, it's the one day I don't have to be anywhere early in the morning. Somedays I don't even leave the house, like today.
I got one block of Facing East made and I love it. It is all paper pieced. You will notice this is not my normal color pallette. I daresay it looks sort of festive and fallish.

The center in the top picture is not sewn down. I am not sure if I will needle turn it or do this other method. Sew around the circle with a light weight interfacing, make a slit in the center and turn right side out.

Press well into a perfect circle. Next you can hand or machine applique it down. I am leaning towards machine sewing.

I finally  broke down and made my red binding for the Lone Star quilt.

There was a lot of clicking of the beads as it was squared it up. It took me over an hour. I was so afraid of cutting it wrong.

On the home stretch now.

Lots of people asked for the cocktail recipe so here you go.....It's especially good if you have a Mad Men type pitcher complete with a glass stirrer.

Jalapeno Spiced Paloma Cocktail (makes 1)

1/2 tsp of Agave sweetener (or you can use simple syrup)

1 oz of lime juice

2 oz of white grapefruit juice

1 1/2 oz of club soda

2 oz of jalapeno tequila......Here in Pennsylvania we have state stores, that means a very limited selection. So I improvised and poured 16 oz (I was making a pitcher) of tequila in a canning jar, next I sliced in half 2 jalapenos and threw them in and let it sit for about 24 hrs. It did the trick.

Rub glass with lime, twirl in some Kosher salt, garnish with a lime and if you are real brave, float in some sliced jalapenos! Enjoy! I put a lot of ice in it as they were very strong.

On another note, I am not getting comments emailed to me from mostly Yahoo users. Does anyone know what's up with that? The same thing happens when I leave a comment for someone who has a Yahoo account, it bounces back. Thanks!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nothing New?

My friends and I discuss that there really isn't anything that is "new". At some point or other it has been done, we just maybe aren't aware or haven't seen it. Take this fabric, it is from my feedsack stack, that means it was produced in the '30s or 40's.

Once again you can see the very loosely woven fabric.

These are new. Notice how it is an exact replica except for the colors....I find this interesting.

I got this book at a quilt show, I love it and would like to make everything in it!

This one really caught my eye, but not the solids so much. I think I don't want to replicate it.....

but I do want to make it.....


Monday, August 18, 2014

Miscellaneous Monday

Thank you for all the wonderful comments about mixing the old and new fabrics. I think it could turn out pretty nice, we will see!
This is an old and dirty piece that I want to include in the Bowtie Quilt. It looks like some of the vintage inspired fabrics that are on the market now, with the vibrant colors and pattern. The white part looks dingy though.

I won this as a door prize and never thought I would use it as much as I do. All you do is add it to some water, stir to dissolve and submerge your fabric. Let it sit, rinse out and voila......

The dinginess is gone! There was a small amount of green in the bowl but not much. I am so happy to be able to use this piece. I have heard of people using Restoration on old quilts with good success too.

Shark Week
I made this for the party over the weekend and the kids loved it! Most of them were watching Shark Week on tv so it was a hit. It is not hard to make, just messy. As you can see they ate the Swedish fish and gummy sharks first....

The Chinese Lanterns were a HUGE success. We didn't set them all off at once but a few at a time which made the experience last longer. Even the little kids could do it with supervision. They are on the list for sure next year.

We also installed a new Mayor of Hawk Hill to our neighbor, who always gets the ball rolling and organizes our annual event.

I have planted zinnias for many, many years. As I was picking flowers for the party, I noticed the little yellow stars. How did I not see them before?
The Jalapeno cocktail was also a hit, I will post the recipe later this week.


Friday, August 15, 2014

"Make New Friends.......

but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold" That was a girl scout song from way, way, way back when. I wonder if they still sing that one?

I am always on the lookout for vintage fabrics (old friends). At quilt shows I find great selections.

The colors and....

the prints. They are just so charming.

I would like yardage of this one. Notice though how open the weave is, care is needed when sewing with these. That is not a stain but another fabric underneath.

Now enter my scrap baskets of neutrals (new friends). Boy these do come in handy at times.

So that's the plan, mixing my old and new fabrics to make a bow tie quilt.

I like the juxtaposition of using these fabrics.

The plan is to make 100, yes there is enough fabric for 100 of them and no repeats!  All the bowties will be in vintage fabrics and the background will be new fabrics. I need to take a project to a get away this fall. This will work, no math is involved and it is simple sewing. If it is too complicated I can't sew, eat and talk all at the same time!

Today we are having the most beautiful weather imaginable for August. It's 70, sunny and breezy, I am feeling a little chilly! I went into the sewing room and the wind blew all my squares everywhere. I heard some places this morning were in the upper 30's!

I will leave you with this.....jalapenos soaking in Tequila. This weekend is our neighborhood block party, yes all 3 neighbors (haha) get together every year and we have a great time. We do invite others or we wouldn't be able to play volley ball!
These jalapeno infused tequila is for a cocktail (I love that word) called Jalapeno Spiced Paloma Cocktail. There is grapefruit juice and some other things in there that could be good. I will let you know.
Oh and there will be lanterns (the kind that float up in the air) this year. I will try and get a picture.
Have a great weekend!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Blue Hexies

This is my last mini raffle quilt. I love this and it will be hard to part with next spring. I guess I will have to buy some tickets.
I found this blog called Modern Handcraft . I loved how the hexies had a space in between them. It made it look just a little bit more modern and a little bit less grandmother's flower garden.

I didn't trust myself to follow her directions. I drew a grid on my background fabric. The next time I may still do a grid but differently as you will see soon.

After I made my hexagons, I pressed them with a hit of starch and let them dry.

Take out as much thread as needed to get the paper out. Next you want to use just a smidge of glue making sure it does not go to the edge. I used a tacky fast drying glue, just make sure it is something you can sew through.

Now you can see how I used the grid. See how the bottom ones are sort of like a guess as to if they are in the right position or not? The ones on top have a point on the bottom and top line. This would involve math or heaven forbid algebra?

After they are glued down, I used my ruler and a Frixion pen to draw lines down the middle of each one. I did not trust my eye to get them straight. Sandwich a batting and backing together and you are on your way.

First I did all the vertical ones (alternating each to bottom, bottom to top). Next I drew line going from left to right and then right to left, again alternating each way to keep it from getting wonky.

I fussy cut a few, I love that fish in a bag! I even like how some of the light ones fade in and out

The design on the back is cool too. I spend a lot of time picking out a back to go with the front of the quilt.It feels like putting a period at the end of a sentence.

Same thing with the binding. I wanted a light binding with a touch of color, this fits the bill.
I am pretty sure there will be more of these in the future, it was so much fun to make!


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Oh Cherry!

I love this little mini cherry quilt. It is going to be in the mini raffle quilts at our quilt show next year. The pattern is from Fig Tree and Co.

I even had this cherry fabric in my stash for a backing, perfect!

Instead of putting a sleeve on these minis, I am using the triangle corner method which is fast and works well with this size (18 x 18). All you do is push a dowel in the corners and hang it up.

The pattern instructions had the quilting done in a crosshatch pattern. At first I didn't think I wanted to do that but decide to give it a try. I think it was a good pick, and it went fast. I used 40 weight Aurifil and lengthened my stitch to 4 on my Bernina.
I wanted to use the same red polka dot border fabric the binding. I didn't have enough and chose this one with a white flower, I like it better than the polka dot.
Hopefully I have one more to show you tomorrow......


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In The Pink

It was a stretch for me to find some pink fabric for this baby quilt (-: It was fun to just indulge and make it all pink, pink, pink! Sorry for the dull pictures, it is pouring here today.

It is for a special momma that I know.

I put this Little Red Riding Hood block in the it!

I didn't use a lot of little kid fabric just lots of pink.

A favorite block, I love this fabric.

I was originally going to use the polka dot in the border but decided that was too predictable. I do have to keep myself entertained while I sew! I think this text fabric is just perfect. I used my Flying Geese Tutorial to make them.
I can't wait to give it to the momma!