Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Going 4 first border

Thanks to Ramona, Roseanne, and Marsha for ideas.

My decision is to do the green border but with triangles in the corners to finish the pattern . This still gives a nice break from busyness.  ( Gotta love Pinterest for visuals and ideas.)

Next up: piano keys for the last border.

Also  long overdue, THANKS to Sarah Craig at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. She recently held a   challenge for Hands to Help Charity.  I completed my Squarely Red  ( if you want to see it)  for the Lakota Indian Tribe for my church who supports them and wanted warm things for winter.  I think the homespuns and flannels will fit the bill.

And here is what I got as a reward.  Remarkable! I feel blessed!

Now to be inspired to finish my Quilt of Valor.  ( peek if you want) The top is done. The fabrics are pulled for the back, but need to be combined to cover the back.  It will be a bit of a puzzle.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Going to get "Go 4 it" done...

Monday funday: when there is no school.

I made my list for the week, already getting side tracked by other projects.  No, not the quilting: the cleaning and organization.  Who would have guessed ?

So 6 donation bags later, I have a Closet and book shelf cleaned... more coming.
Need I digress; this is about quilting.

So I finished the blocks for a layout.        

Notice I need one more:

Now decisions ??? Borders, for sure But What?  I have more of the green.  For that matter , I have more of almost everything else, too.

Ideas anyone?  It is only 4 feet by 4 and 1/2 feet currently. It is just for a throw in my bedroom.

Toes showing, ooops.   Yep, the floor is  my design wall.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Saturday play day

I am finally stitching  away at my yellow/gold Rainbow Scrap Challenge for June. As my colors are muted in hue, I am going with golds. My fabrics are mostly Thimbleberries. 

So here are four blocks.

I am still working away at my Go 4 it I GO.  Six more blocks this morning: total up to 62 blocks and counting. Too bad they are only 6 inch blocks.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer fun

I am back home and getting to the new groove.
Project list made for cleaning, t to did around the house, and sewing.

So far, keeping on track ; Car cleaned, fridge sorted and cleaned, and a few errands.  ( Quilt blocks for stash bee finally mailed.)

And back to go 4 it. 50 blocks made so far.  Woot. Woot!

I am even caught up with my blockheads. 14 and 15... DONE !
Little by little. But by bit...

Little by little. But by bit...
Things are progressing.

Even had some fun with this guy at the library and then playground.  What fun!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Slow stitching in Canada

School's out for summer! Today is my first official day off. Hooray!

My first trip is/was to visit my mom who lives in Canada. After driving through Chicago and around the bottom of Lake Michigan II met my sister in Detroit and  we finished the trip up through the peninsula of Ontario together up to Bobcaygeon.  It has been hot as is much of the Midwest. But it is the first heat for them in Canada ( in the 30s Celsius)..

We visited my favorite lake: Stony Lake near Lakefield, Ontario. My family had a cottage there and we would go up for the summers. So beautiful, so peaceful...

Just love the view of the islands and trees; there is nothing like it. Here is my sister and mom where we ate.

        I miss these tall Northern pines. They peek out above the rest of the trees.

So in between going here and there, I have been doing lots of embroidery all weekend.  I almost have this panel finished.  Making HUGE progress.... almost finished with this first of 3 panels. Crabapple Hill design.

Here is a greatshop in Bowmanville, Ontario.  Very cute clothes, gifts, jewelry.  Loved it! 
AND in the back was a quilt store... what a surprise!

 My sister found the store online.  She didn't know about the quilt store. But I was thrilled. And I found some wonderful fabrics and a pattern for the  150th celebration for Canada rock Inuits.  They have 3 locations: Campbellford, Peterborough, and Bowmanville. 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

UFO: Go 4 it

So it's Sunday. And I felt like working on  something different. The bag with the pieced squares was sitting on the side of my sewing table and it called my name.  The project was inspired by American Patchwork and Quilting several winters ago.  There were many layouts from Lissa Alexander, April Cornell, Edyta Sitar and more. O.K. it is from 2015.   NOT to long ago.

I have not been able to work on any UFOs since January. And I have been ahead on a few other piecework projects.


These are colors are from the leftovers of my summer quilt.   Of course, I purchased a few more Fig Tree prints to increase the variety of scraps. Love the buttery  yellows, peaches, and greens. One of all time favorite fabric lines was Dandelion Girl also  by Fig Tree.

I am playing with the layout and what to do with it.  Lots to still piece.
14 blocks of 16 patches of 2 inch squares.   12 blocks of the criss cross  

But it is pretty and refreshing. And I hope to finish it this time.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Zentangle experiment

My quilt group has a challenge each month. And this month is zentangle inspired quilting. So a searched pinterest, found this basic design, traced it and had a go at it with various stitches. The block is 9 inches.

Now, what to do next with It? 
Maybe a pot holder?

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Enough Green

Thursday was a productive evening for sewing. (So much for the cleaning projects on my list.)
I finished all the rest of my green rainbow scrap challenge blocks totalling 12 for the month.

Another finish: Blockheads number 13. This is 4 bow ties put together in a ring. My knot in the center of each had only used 1 inch squares; if I were to do it over again , I would increase the size.  Looks good though.

Show down for squarely red

It has been bad timing/weather for taking  my outdoor photos. I finished the binding Sunday night. And I finally can show you this comfy quilt.

I really like how it turned out and hope that whoever receives it will snuggle in it ion cold wintry days.

After work, I saw the new stash bee design and quickly whipped up two blocks. The colors are classic and will make a great quilt. So easy.. These are 16 inch blocks.  They look quite orange on the blog, but in person are much redder. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Memorial Day weekend

Hooray for the weekend and it is a  long one.!

This week has been long for me.  I just felt blah!  I don't know if it was overload from the quilt retreat, catching a low key bug, or what.  Even people at work were saying I look so tired. Finally by Thursday I felt more like myself.  So absolutely NO SEWING all week.

I didn't even unpack my sewing machine until Saturday.  I have started on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge of Greens.  Nine blocks have been cut out and ready for most of the month. Hope to get them done today.

Saturday was absolutely beautiful. The sun was shining and so warm.  It seems strange for our weather of late!   We have had such a wet and cool spring.  So my hubby and I went to the farmer's market and bought great cinnamon rolls, and my zinnias for the back porch.  Then we attacked the yard.  I weeded the front beds and removed buckets of winter leaves  ( and a bunny nest no longer in use).

And last night we went to my favorite Mexican eatery by the lake.  Ahhh the first margarita of the summer. And the sunset on the water... the boats running back and forth ... the kids in the sand... the water.   Yes I love, love watching it.

And now it's Sunday and it started out raining.  But about noon it cleared and hubby and I cleaned out the back flower beds. We must have pulled about a hundred Buckthorn. Ugh.  From a couple inches to a couple feet.  And all the leaves and brush are mostly gone. We quit after about 2 hours.

So I then started sewing.  Yeah!  I got several of my Rainbow scrap challenge blocks done.

As a review each block is 6 and 1/2 inches; that means 8 half square triangles of 1 and 1/2 inches each. My method has been Thangles.

And now for my Slow Stitching Sunday.  I trimmed my homespun Squarely Red quilt and attached the binding.... Now for the hand sewing.  I am going to get the TV going.


I am caught up for the blockheads group. The individual blocks are 11 and 12, maybe 10 and 12. I got behind and did 2 last weekend. Those little itty bitty triangles are beautiful , but really, really puts, and took lots of time. I am definitely improving my piecing skills.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Quilt retreat

One of my favorite things to do is go for a quilting retreat. I am leaving after school on Friday for the weekend.  And I will join many other ladies who have shop hopped along the way to arrive in the afternoon.  Yeah, some of us have to work.

But the great news is I will have 2 and half days of glorious sewing, laughing, eating, and having the best of times with a group of quilters. Could you ask for anything more? Oh, did I mention eating: we bring treats to snack on  And we have a chef who makes food for us to eat family style.
It is a UCC Church Camp on Green Lake in Wisconsin and they have quilt retreats from September to Thanksgiving, starting up again later in January through May. Different guilds and groups come.

So the weather didn't exactly cooperate: gray, cool, and off and on rain: more time to stay indoors and sew.  Here are two pictures of the sewing rooms with various tables for each person's area, cutting table on stilts, and an ironing station.  Right next to which was a bar of  snacks, to partake from: chocolate and salty, and homemade cookies, too.

There were 25 of us each with so many creative ideas, combinations of colors, patterns, and techniques. So much fun: stay up late?  get up early? you choose. The cabin next door housed our rooms with single beds. ( I actually did both the first day, but needed a nap the next afternoon.)

So here are some of the fabulous projects people were working on in various stages:



Show and tell was after I left.  Again, some of us have to work on Monday. :(    The rest of the group was going to stay a 3rd night and leave early afternoon on Monday.

So what did I do?
1) First I caught up on my Blockheads:  ( These are 6 and a half inch blocks.) These are weeks 10 and 11. The star took a long, long time for those tiny pieces. This was called Lisa's Star and designed by Lisa Bongean.

2) Then I made 2 sets of curtains for my daughter in law. It is just a navy print to go with the quilt I made them.

3) Then I experimented with 1 and a half inch squares and used a  fusible grid on a thin pellon sheet to make 2 valentine hearts:  It worked out pretty slick.  They are both the same size; the wonders of photography.


4) And lastly I have 7 transportation vehicles cut and ironed out for my Grandson's quilt.
I didn't machine applique, yet and  I have more to make. These are all at least 9 and a half inches tall or wide; some are a little taller or longer.


Sunday morning: the sun came out the the lake was beautiful.  Here is the view going left and right from our work room windows.


All in all, it was a productive and fun weekend.