Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Quiet Winter Day

My painting hours have fallen by the wayside with all the power sewing I have been doing. I needed to send this to someone who requested a painting. I am excited for her to receive it. It does feel spring like!

My husband is a huge fan of candy. I found these adorable bags at Michael's. I think the kids would like them too.

I have been working on these churn dashes like it is my job! The cutting is the most tedious part, they sew up pretty fast.

Now that's a pile of blocks! Thirty six to be exact. I have 3 blocks that are 2/3 done, I can't count!

Now for the red ones. I only have to make 18 of them......
Snow tomorrow, maybe I will get them done!


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cool Tools

How cute is this fabric? It is by Cotton and Steel. I am participating in a swap. We are to make a One Hour Basket and fill it up with some goodies. We are swapping with the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild. It really did only take an hour except I was taking pictures and I do a bit more pressing than it says in the directions.

This fabric is like a heavy linen and perfect for this project.

 This is like a linen cotton which was the first time I have used this in a project. It worked well!

To make the handles was pretty easy overall.

I bought this heat proof ruler just for this reason. I can never get those edges even and looking nice.

Look how nice and perfect they look!

It made it super easy to fold over, press and stitch.

Here is another come in handy kind of tool. A pressing stick for small areas that are hard to get the iron into so you can get crisp seams.

 Look how nice and flat that seam is, yeah!!

I also have a whole bunch of churn dashes to make before March. I do a few every day so it is not so overwheming.

I cut my strips in half which added to my workload but definitely are more accurate. It was worth the extra time. So they were 20" lengths instead of 40".

I am getting ready to do something I haven't done in a very, very long time! So far so good!


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tuesday Sewing

So we can kind of say this was a commission! My daughter asked me to make this for my granddaughter's 1st birthday that is in less than a month. It is the biggest project I have tried and I learned lots of lessons.
I am going to frame it and they will hang it in her bedroom.

The annual Fun With Barb swap is in full swing. This year we are making 6" churn dashes. I think I am going to change the background though everyone else said they liked it. I want it a bit more quiet. The swap is full but you can go to Barb's blog for directions and sew on your own or do it with some friends.

Temperature Quilt update----It is the first day of the year that it will be above freezing! Yeah! Though I am waiting for the roads to melt from the freezing rain we had yesterday to go out and do some errands.
While I don't love today's combination I think in the end they will all go together just fine.

I am cutting off and sewing all the corners from the flying geese. Who knows it could become a quilt!


Thursday, January 4, 2018


It is snowing and freezing here today. I love scrap quilts and have lots of scraps so I have decided to work on using some of them up.

So in honor of all the snow today I made some snowballs. They really are cute and will be a fun and easy project to make here and there.

I struggle with contrast. I have had this Color Tool for a long time. The red thing is called a Ruby Beholder. You look through it to see if you have enough contrast and it will jump out at you or blend in if you don't. It is very helpful!

I promise I am not going to show this every day but I am loving it so far. Not the weather but the colors. As you can see there is a white goose for the snow today.
One of the things I want to do this year is not complain about things that I have no control over like the  weather, people or circumstances. Yes it's cold and no I don't want to leave the house. Every season has it's good and bad points. I feel like winter is a time to hibernate (a bit) and work or create things inside. Reading is another great time for winter along with sewing. Too often complaining becomes a habit before you know it. A good one to break!


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

January Cold

My swap quilt is almost complete. I have to take out the papers, which is not fun but this is small so it won't take too long. I am not sure how I will quilt it. Any suggestions?

Have you heard of Temperature Quilts? You make a block a day of your choosing that reflects the high and low temperatures for the day. A lot of quilts I found were with flying geese blocks and it's a favorite of mine so I went with that one. You also can have the geese flying down for below freezing and upward for above freezing!

Here are my two for the past two days. I need to get one done for today too. I am going to put white in them for the days it snows (tomorrow!). Probably in the goose spot.

The Christmas decorations were all put away on New Year's Eve! I was a very happy girl on New year's day. I did keep my deer out as they look kind of wintery.

I love having my many, many, many pincushions out. They are in a little corner of my kitchen with the 2 clear toy candy pieces left from Christmas.

We had a few trees fall in our woods over the summer. My husband is not only a very skilled carpenter but can climb trees too! He has started milling and drying out the wood to make things He made me a cutting board out of our very own black walnut and maple trees! It is in the process of being oiled but soon I will be able to use it!

Just like summer, winter is another time for reading. THERE JUST IS NOT ENOUGH TIME! I cannot do books on tape I don't have the attention span and I enjoy holding a book.
I am really itching to read the Trials of the Earth. Are you on Goodreads? They have lots of good ideas if you are looking for something to read.

I always get too many but at least they are from the library and essentially they are free! The added bonus is if one is not that great you have others to choose from right at your fingertips.
I picked The Light on the Water for our book club in February. It is a bit tedious and the main character is whiny to me.
Hope you all on the east coast have a pot of soup on and your woollies!


Thursday, December 28, 2017

End of Year Post?

The holidays are just about over and as usual I am happy to go back to "normal" whatever that really is! I was excited to hang this quilt again and enjoyed making it and finishing it last year! I Was Motivated! I could use some of that about now.

I received this lovely pillow that my friend Cynthia from Arkansas made for my birthday. I just love those little birds and the colors go perfectly with my living room. Thank you Cynthia! You always make the nicest things for me!

I also got EQ8 for Christmas and so far I love it! I have heard that it was hard to use but the new version is very user friendly. Even I can figure it out!

I have already designed 2 quilts and both of them will become a reality in the near future. I can see how this is one of those things that you can spend a lot of time playing  with and never make the quilt.........I already have some of the basket blocks made so stay tuned.

My husband bought me some new brushes and paper to continue on my watercolor journey. I got my first commission! OK it is a family member but hey she was willing to pay! I will be sending it to her as a gift (-:

Those who know me know that I am a list maker and checker offer. I like to do it on paper with a pen, the phone is too abstract for me. I need to see it in front of me every single day and for the days ahead as well. This was expensive but I am going to give it a try, I will let you know what I think at the end of next year.

Apparently my children want to make sure we are who we say we are! This is going to be fun, I wonder if there will be any surprises that we didn't know about. Have you done it? Do you have any good stories to tell?

This is the state of my sewing room right now. Not bad you say? I am not showing you the other side. If I felt better today I was going to tackle it, for now it will have to wait.
Look closely, see the striped fabric on the left? It is our challenge fabric due in February, wait until you see what I made!

I am going to do a paper piecing demo for both guilds in the next 2 months. I have some examples I am working on. These are so bright and cheerful.

I am also in a Modern Quilt Guild swap. We are to make a mini quilt no larger than 24" x 24". I loved how this turned out but it was a lot of work using up all different colors but still making it look cohesive.

I am pretty sure my swap partner does not follow my blog so I am not worried she will see this. They kind of look like very pretty butterflies! After I sew these together I will do some simple machine quilting.

May the new year bring you many pieces of fabric and lots of fun sewing. Happy New Year!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November - Thanksgiving - Color!

Wow Thanksgiving is in 1 week! I love it and it's my favorite holiday. I really look forward to the next few years to see the babies grow and become "little people" and all the joy they bring.

I never decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. I love the earthy colors that represent bounty and autumn. FYI that green sprawling green plant is my sweet potato vine that roots in water! Who knew!?!

I have been painting and sometimes it is painful!  The green pepper turned out better as it dried. My husband thought the red onion was a beet! This is hard stuff!

I love the colors of my apples and am happy with them and the lemons and limes. It really is so different than quilting and much faster!

 I am happy to say a few people have been inspired to pick up their brushes again!

I hung this up in my hallway and it makes me happy every time I pass by it.
I think it even fits right in with a fall theme.

My African Violet was all but given up for dead! As with all plants it is all about finding the spot it loves in order for it to grow. I moved it and it is in it's happy place. Those purple blooms are amazing!

Last July I picked this up at Target. It is a 5 year diary that only has a few lines to fill in each day. It's very doable and I am enjoying keeping up with it. I am looking forward to looking back on it in a few years to see what I was doing.

The Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild is having a mug rug swap and this will be mine. People who know me will laugh with all the pets on it. I am not an animal person, but I know it will bring a smile to the person who gets it.

This is our challenge fabric for February 2018. I have picked out an awesome pattern and am starting on it now. You will have to wait for February to see it, but I think you will like it!

This is how my sewing room looks right now. Usually I do a massive clean up but I think it will have to wait until winter this year.

I really thought I would not be doing any holiday type sewing this year but I love this block! It is paper pieced and a lot of fun! It's called You've Got Mail and you can find it on Craftsy.

For those of you who blog you know how much time it takes. When you add the frustrating part of downloading your pictures etc it makes you less likely to blog. I really am going to try and do it more often. If for no other reason than I will learn how to figure out the downloading process!