Tuesday, May 31, 2016
My applique class last week was so much fun! All the ladies are making this block, I anticipate seeing the finished ones soon! They were such a nice bunch and we enjoyed each other's company very much. I totally forgot to take pictures but will post them if I get some.
My sewing room has been a little lonely lately.
I found a box that I had forgotten about with lots of leftover pieced things.
Leftover wonky butterflies....
A whole bunch of half square triangle! I can't wait to do something with these....
Some other blocks from I am not sure what....
These were cut off sections from a basket quilt I made a few years ago. Maybe this week I will get some time to throw these up on the design wall.
Doesn't today feel like Monday? This weekend we went over to my brother's very cool old house. Check out this wooden transom that is all hand carved. Isn't it beautiful? Underneath is a curtain rod that they used to block off the living room from the dining room.
It has huge windows and gorgeous woodwork, and parquet throughout. Every room has a different floor design.
All of the original light fixtures are still in the house (over 100 years old). This one was a brass gas lit fixture rewired for electric.
It also has a widow's walk! My brother, sister and I were up there taking selfies! Look at the beautiful wrought iron along the edge. It was quite a view!
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
I just have to show you this beautiful bracelet I bought for a birthday gift. I love it so much I want to keep it but I can't! Christine at QuirkyNook makes gorgeous, one of a kind jewelry. She has a passion for her work and goes to the ends of the earth to find the unusual and most colorful beads ever! Every piece is made by Christine and the quality is outstanding.
I love the dangly beads at the clasp, it gives this bracelet just a little extra special something that says "handmade". The little charms are hand stamped and also add another fun element (pun intended). I love to support independent businesses and I will be ordering again! If you think you want to buy something do it fast, these do not last in her store!
FYI------ In case you are wondering, these are my own thoughts and opinions and I was not compensated!
Monday, May 23, 2016
I made this little mini quilt on Friday when I couldn't decide what to work on. I had a table full of stuff that needed to be cleaned off, so I took them and added some scraps from my newly cleaned out basket and came up with this. Sometimes it is just fun to sew without any idea of what you want to make.
I used plain white thread to quilt it up, using a #3 stitch length on my Bernina and random widths.
I am also working on a basket block in the laziest way ever! I found this from a start and stopped project that was in my leftover basket.
next I dug out 2 leftover HST that were in the same basket.....
added some sides.....
and trimmed it.....not too bad, especially with all my leftovers!
Now I am appliqueing the handle free form to give it an organic look.
Happy birthday to my grandson Elliot! He is 9 today!!!
Friday, May 20, 2016
Today we have an absolutely gorgeous spring day! The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the temperature is a heavenly 73* I could live with this weather year round. Above are some of my Dame's Rocket which are about the only thing blooming right now in the garden. We need some sun longer than one day!
I came across this book recommendation on Instagram and immediately went to the library to check it out. She is a fabulous author. I read her book These Is My Words years ago and it still remains one of my favorites. If you are looking for a book, go for it.
When I do go to the library I very seldom leave with just one book........how about you?
Now for the giveaway......I had enough to make up 5 packages! Anna, Stephanie, Lynne, Jean and Linda have all been contacted, please be sure to send my your address. I will get them out in the mail on Monday.
I will tell you I love reading all the responses from the beginner quilter to the quilter that can't fit one more piece of fabric in her sewing room but will try anyway. Yes it does seem like someone else's scraps must be better than mine, I think that all the time! I also enjoyed reading about the size scraps you use and why. The quilting community is the best and I am glad to be a part of it! Don't worry to all of you who did not win, there will be more scraps down the road of that I am sure!
Thursday, May 19, 2016
So yesterday I visited this lovely place........for 3 days my head was so itchy and I was convinced I had lice. I am scratching my head as I write this.....
For $30 they did a head check, running a very small toothed comb through my hair to see if any little critters were in there. I did not have them, thank you very much, it was worth the $30 to set my mind at ease!
This is my public service announcement for anyone that has ever had to deal with it. They are amazing! They do a one time treatment with no harsh chemicals and GUARANTEE you will be lice free. Now you do have to follow their instructions at home but why wouldn't you? It is expensive, $199 but I remember the stories of people dealing with it and I would have paid anything to be rid of them. I have 4 children and none of them ever got them, thank goodness! If you want to be totally grossed out check out Google Images for lice, it will make you gag. Moving on....
As I was cleaning up last night I came across these stars and put them up next to the checker board blocks. Not bad but it's not going in that direction, I just had to take your mind off the lice!
I am also prepping for an applique class I am holding next week in my home. Our guild had an auction and I donated an applique class for 4 ladies. It should be a fun day and I think they will like our pattern.
This is your last day to enter the scrap give away. The pile grows ever bigger! I think I may have 3 or 4 to give away. Come back tomorrow and find out and be sure to enter your comment over HERE.
Ok now a little rant....my computer automatically upgraded to windows 10 I feel like I have no idea where anything is.....any suggestions? My pictures took forever to download and then find. I need a tutorial. Does anyone out there like the change?
Monday, May 16, 2016
Seriously is it May? It feels more like October here. We even had a frost last night, thank goodness I have been too lazy and have not had time to put any plants in. I know it would have been a disaster for my tomatoes.....
I cleaned out my fabric shelves and can see all those pretty fabrics in there! The solids still need my attention but I will get to that another day.
As I have been cutting strips I am also adding to the scraps that I will give away on Friday. At this point it looks like I will easily have 2 bunches to give away, maybe even 3! If you would like a chance to win some of my scraps go here and leave a comment. Part of the reason I want to give them away is that I feel all my quilts are starting to look the same.
I cut out 206 ten inch strips and it took a long time. I still have to cut out the low volume strips. That will go much faster as I am only using about 12 different fabrics.
This is our raffle block for the Lancaster Modern Quilt Guild next month. It was fun to make and I look forward to seeing them all together. The requirements were a blue background and a yellow star.
So do you think this looks "manly"? This is a bee block and you know for sure it is not mine! I had a hard time finding any brown in my stash.
Now I need to put all 206 of those fabrics back on my newly organized shelves!
Thursday, May 12, 2016
I just had to start with a non quilting picture. My granddaughter, Madison made her first communion a couple of weeks ago and today was their May Procession. The school has all the 2nd graders wear their communion outfits to the procession. At least they get 2 wearings out of them! She opted to leave the veil at home but the crown got the thumbs up! I just love this age.
I posted this on Instagram....we had a speaker (I can't remember who) and she told us to pick out your fabrics, mix them all up and throw them on the floor. If one color is not working it will stand out. I just realized I use this method all the time without even thinking about it. Notice there is purple in there! Have you ever done this?
Here they are all nicely ironed waiting for me to sew them together.
I follow Red Pepper Quilts and I love everything she makes! When I saw this rectangular postage stamp type quilt I knew I wanted to make it. I decided to try one block to see if it was for me. I think so.....it would be a good retreat block where you just sew and cut, sew and cut, little thinking required.
So as I decided to start yet another quilt, I really feel anxious about all these scraps. Here you see some sorted by colors.
Strips in a bin. mostly from assorted jelly rolls.
Another basket that sits on the floor next to my machine. I really do need to come up with a system that works for me and stick with it! For today it's just too much for me to deal with! So I decided to clean them out with a giveaway. I will not guarantee any sizes but there will be a variety for sure! If I can't stuff them all into one envelope I will have 2 to give away.
To win, leave me a comment and tell me what is your favorite size strip(s). Be sure to leave me your email address if you are a no reply commenter or I will not be able to contact you. This is in the US only because of the price of postage. I will pick the winner next Friday 5/20, I need some time to clean out those scraps! GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!
In the wings are some more that need borders and quilting..........
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Oh my goodness I love a rainy day or two but this is ridicules! I really try to never complain because as a gardener you always want that nice spring rain to get things going, but it is cold too!
Today was my guild's thank you luncheon for our volunteers and it was held at my house. This was my centerpiece and it does make me feel happy to look at it and hope for a sunny day soon.
I started a simple quilt for a baby boy that is due this summer. It was fun to go through all my novelties and pick out "boyish" prints that would be fun for a little child to look at as he gets older. I love the busyness of it too.
My neice is getting married this fall. I bought her some practical needed things but also wanted to give her something more personal. I love these paper pieced lipsticks from Sew Scatter Brained. I thought this might be a fun thing to take on her honeymoon to keep sunscreen etc with her on the beach.
They are pretty small but sewed up quickly.
Hr favorite color is yellow so I went all out on the inside. I love how perfect that zipper comes out every time!
My dogwood trees are spectacular this year! It makes up for all the flowers waiting for some sunshine to bloom!