Monday, September 18, 2017

In The Making

I have a commission for two different size special bags for a young lady who loves horses.  I had just picked up this horse print (ESP?) and had this wonderful feather print from Wendy Sheppard's de-stash.  I have one bag done and the second is in the 'scratch pad, math' mode and hope to have that completed in the next day.  

I have another commission for a photo memory quilt, too.  That I can't show without permission.  I would like to have that done by the end of September as October is a very full month of events.  AND then November/December I hibernate as usuall!!  OMG - thinking to the end of the year which is fast approaching!!

I did manage to get the JR Race quilt top done for the Jelly Roll Day.  It's a little plain, but I like VAL'S raw edge flowers and may add some to this for a little perk-me-up.  But that will have to wait for a later time.

The next block for the Patchwork QAL came out - Grandmother's Choice, which a great heritage block to play with.  I am working these as leader/enders while I am making those bags.

Mother Nature is making quick work of the changing seasons.  These maples will change in a blink of an eye and then be totally bare.

This tree has been dead for a long time, but the old grape vine loves to use it and we leave it for the wild life and birds.  Once a wonderful green  now going into purple, it still is pretty.

I zoomed into the neighbors.  Those maples are actually our property line - coloring out.  And you can see bits of color in the mountains as well as the corn in becoming 'golden' - harvest time.

One of my guild members had gotten a wonderful photo of my Hall of Fame plaque block.  Here is the scrappy pineapple in all it's glory - finished block size is 12.5", so yes those are little blocks.  I wouldn't want to make a whole quilt with these, maybe another mini down the line though.

And I am very proud of my daughter - she passed her test (soon we will be calling her doctor) AND got word that she is entered officially into the Boston Marathon!  And to think - I hated school and couldn't run across the lawn if I had to!!

Sewingly Yours,

Friday, September 15, 2017

Finishing & Fun

I'm am so much happier with this finish for the Temecula Quilt Co Marvelous Monday Minis.  It's sandwiched and ready for some hand quilting.  I have machine quilted the Baptist Fan, but never hand - now is the time because I think it is perfect for this one. 

All of the rosettes finished so far have been appliqued to the backgrounds and now two rows are ready.  This is such a fun project and I used SARAH'S idea of laying out left to right one row and then right to left the next row.  That way the 'temperatures' flow with the year.

Our guild had a Summer challenge of making library totes for one of our local libraries.  Friday we presented 44 totes.  Pictured from left to right are Kathy Livingston - guild Program Chair, Catherine Caiazzo - Head Librarian, Me - guild President, and Stephanie Liddle - guild Historian.
We had a few members absent our first meeting from Summer break, so I am quessing we will have a bit more to contribute.

We, also, got to watch a little reading group present at the time and the children got to have first pick from the totes.  It was fun to watch them select the 'right' one, silly pose for a photo, and then proudly march out the door with Moms to take their prize home.

We gave the option of members to create a tote using Jelly Rolls or own strips to participate in the Project Jelly Roll with Moda and our picture was submitted to their web page with story.

Since it is National Jelly Roll Day, I plan to play.  This JR (Whitewashed Cottage by 3 Sisters) has been sitting on my shelf for years (?).  I won this participating in an on-line event and sadly so long ago I don't remember which one.  It's not really my color palette, but it will make for a nice donation quilt.  I plan a quick JR Race quilt so I have a day's flimsy finish as I have some commission work coming in and need to buckle down.

Today is a day for fun,
Sewingly Yours,

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday

I may have a scrap problem after all.  After being tired of searching for different things, I decided it was time to start pulling things from the shelving units and get a better grip on it all.  It worked out to find some real 'yardage' for making the pillowcases and then grew.

I even hit my rolling cart drawers.  The green drawer I just pulled!  Three green quilts this year and this thing is still stuffed.  And there are things across the couch.

I invited the Monday sewing group to come 'shop' at their leasure - PLEASE!  Some fabrics, kits, panels, etc... went out the door.  Seriously - if you are not going to be able to use it up, pass it on.  Styles change, tastes change, and some things just don't fit in your Mo-Jo.

I put the remainder back neatly on the shelves and into drawyers.  I have a pile of things that just will get cut down into my barrel system.  BUT, I have a large pile of lighter browns that just need to be used up.  I'm thinking of strip sewing onto telephone paper to use later as a neutral scrappy sashing.

The latest temperature rosette.  Since I am using scraps up on this, I may not always use the same fabric for the same 'temp', but a close range of that hue.  Again we are cooler than norm, but I love this kind of weather.

I haven't had a finish in such a long time.  I am trying to resolve that by completing the Temecula Quilt Co Marvelous Monday Minis quilt.  I didn't like their wide sashing/border finish as to me it took away from the style of 'mini'.  Skinny sashings and then some smaller outer borders is more to my liking.  Well borders aren't to my liking, but this is a mini and will not rattle my nerves.

I hope to catch up on my blog reads/comments.  I have been bad with this too.  With the Hall of Fame business ( a few more events before relaxing), our local guild starting back up after Summer break, and over the next few days being sure all the Hurricane donations get out and a special local delivery done.  I might be able to breath.

Sewingly Yours,

Sunday, September 10, 2017

CMQHOF Induction 2017

I was deeply honored by my quilt guild (The Schoharie Valley Piecemakers), sponsor (Kathleen Livingston), and the Hall of Fame judging committe to be chosen as one of the 2017 inductees.  The official ceremony was Saturday and it was hosted by our sister guild (Pieceable Days), so it was a hop over the hill.  My mother was inducted in 1987 and it was announced that it was the first mother/daughter into HOF.

And now for for my crummy pictures.  They nicely displayed a few quilts by the inductess around the chapel where the ceremony took place (United Methodist Church, Cobleskill,NY).  This Celtic Knot was fabulous!  And the hand quilting was just phenominal.  Sue just branch out into miniatures so had a sample to share.

I felt bad about not getting Dolly's wonderful Palampore (people dashed in front of me as I clicked).  It's a quilt I want to make (have the materials) so it was wonderful to see one up close as well as get some insight from her on working this.

A super King size Bargello that would have made my head spin to keep track of pattern layout.  Those mitered corners in the border were spot on.  You can see a bit of the One Block Wonder - a class that Cindy teaches in her travels.

I wish I had better pictures, especially the close up kind.  The hand work on these two quilts is metallics and lots of beads.  Both of these Judy entered in the Vermont MQX show and the black one took a ribbon.

My blurry two - oyi!!!  What a variety of quilting tecnique, style, and fabric choice in the inductees examples of work.

The host guild made these wonderful 'corsage' keepsakes that I think are super.  And the silver special engraved, handcrafted HOF thimble.  I don't take good enough photos for you to see the detailed work on this sweet thing.  My mother gifted me the ribbon quilter's pin.

The certificate!  I need to get a special frame for this.  I totally did not get a photo of the finished pineapple block that I made.  That will go into the official plaque with personal photo and bio to be hung in the HOF center.  I will be down there in a week for another event, so maybe I can get a picture of the full plaque.

Again, I am extremely honored,
Sewingly Yours,