Monday, September 18, 2017
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!!
Friday, September 15, 2017
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,
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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.
Sunday, September 10, 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,
Saturday, September 9, 2017
I finished the Easy Angle blocks for the Sapphire Mystery Clue #3. These are easy to make, but not my favorite block to play with. I have the ruler ( 3 sets actually?), but rarely use. The whites are a mix of w/w - to use those babies up! Being a scrap quilter - my scraps are much smaller than some of what Kevin calls 'scraps' and I have really had to dig for size.
The strips were another part of Clue #3. And the smaller units were a 'bonus' clue. Those bits are more the size I like to work with. I don't have a huge definition of light, royal, navy blue - my blues are more in the range of medium blue. So all of my 'match 4 house units are the same fabric. A group of 10 mix I could get.
I should whittle down some of my CW fabrics as the next step of the Yankee Diary is to make the patchwork units and number of squares needed for the outer borders.
I have been going thru my shelves, pulling 'yardage' to make some pillowcases to send to Sarah @ The Glade Church for their collective efforts for Texas. I'm sure there will be a call for Florida and other areas to come, too. My Quilt Guild is uniting to add to the quilt, pillowcases, and pet bedding drives.
This afternoon I have an event to attend and will share with you all tomorrow.
All my neighbors to the South (and those affected by the fires) - you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
The latest temperature rosette built from scraps. As you can see, we have been on the cold side. I pulled a few bits of darker Aqua and even some blues and added them to the shoe tote that homes this project. 71,70,60,61,53,74,68
I'm working thru Clue# 3 of the Sapphire Mystery - a few more for the right side, then press, and then chain away the left side.
Moe is still finding napping in my blues to be delightful and since Kevin released a 'bonus' clue for some bits, I will pull those from my barrel system. Why cut bigger pieces down, when I have the size right here!
Just to show they are done - two strip bags from scraps. The little sweetie can pick the one she likes and the other I will give to my granddaughter - who loves pink and purple, too. I chose to make velcro closures instead of buttons/holes for little fingers to handle better. BUT, I will go thru my stash of buttons and add something cute - just for fun.
Keep the prayers flowing for Texas and Florida,
Monday, September 4, 2017
I don't know if my photo skills are getting worse or if it's because my camera battery is low. However, today I am keeping it simple. I need to finish the last orange piggie so they can debute Saturday. I have my pieces cut for Clue #3 for Kevin's 'Sapphire' Mystery and will chain them thru the machine. AND I have a request from a sweet young lady for one of my little strip bags in pink and purple.
This guy is supervision from the reclined position today. We have had a couple of nights of heavy frost - YES, frost! His nightly prowls have had him come in for some extra cuddle time to warm up those toesies and earsies. I'll be sneaking some of those bits from under him to cut some strips for Kevin's second part of Clue #3. (do you think he will eventually push that tub of blues off onto the floor?)
Like so many, our communities are actively collecting donations for victims of Harvey. Several businesses have set up trailers to load specific donations that they will transport later this month. Our guild is collecting quilts and items which we will mail out to centers delivering directly. AND we are on watchful alert - Irma! We certainly don't need another and where she will land ??? - there will be another need.
Friday, September 1, 2017
I worked thru the last of that baggy of scraps and managed to get 10 more Rails Fence blocks and 10 more Log Cabins. There's another grocery bag of scraps that will get worked into this project and may just make enough for a complete quilt.
I worked the brown Broken Dishes blocks as leader/enders with the Rails & Logs. Another 10 of those. That may be how this project comes together - as a leader/ender amongst something else.
My poor Earlene is going slowly as there is a lot of small areas requiring changes of color (and bitty stitches). A bit at a time will get her done OR I might just dedicate those stitches thru the weekend.
And I did a bit of retail therapy. I would prefer to shop and support local, but my car was in the garage most of August. Besides, Connecting Threads had some super sales and then threw in a 20% of your entire order - TOO TEMPTING to pass up. Some fun fabrics for binding and two extra wide backings - will need those as quilts get finished up here soon. I bought a few w/w's, but they are had to to photo. I needed to restock my 'basics' that are required to tie all those scraps together.
And there were FQ color bundles on sale. I checked my color totes and ORANGE had a few scraps (not FQS). So I got the orange - ESP, as the RSC17 color this month is orange. I don't use a lot of orange so these should last me for a few years!
September is (Inter)National Sewing Month - go be creative,
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
I worked the last few days on finishing up the library totes for my guild charity project. Kitties, owls, and bears - oh my!
And I had these two pieces of panel left overs that I was saving for pillows, but they make cute totes.
And I did get the pineapple blocks done and into their mini, but will share that when presented.
The next temperature rosette completed. It's fun to see the other temp quilts grow as each uses their own color chart for their region/season. As you can see, we got rather cold over the past week.
It's been a difficult few days with pain for those in Texas and then realizing as locals were posting on FB photos of the flooding in our own Valley from Irene - the Anniversary of storm Irene no less. Also, my Dad's birthday fell into this mix and I miss him every day.
Today I will find some solace in playing with these again. Using up those last few scraps from that larger baggy to make log cabins and rails with Bonnie Hunter's challange. These should make short work of those few left overs, but no fear - there is another baggy to dig in to.
There is a new button on the side bar for Amy Ellis' Bloggers' Quilt Show. This year there will be no voting or catagories - random draw for give aways.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
This month's 'color' for RSC was neutrals. Our quilt guild's Summer Challenge and Charity project is library totes. I had just enough of this cute Kitty neutral for two fronts and handles (add a strip in the back). I pulled apart a solid jelly roll to match up some of the color in the cats. And a neutral lining with 'fur' spots to round them both out.
I have a few more cut out and prepped - using up my brights and slimming down some other kitty stash. My weekend project mixed with some housework projects.
No piggies this month. I want bright and fun little oinkers, so my neutral is the piggy (pen) barn. I know some of you wondered what block I would put on the barn - simple and a bit colorful - to match the piggies. Plus, they were scraps laying on the side table waiting to either be put away or used - I used.
My heart, soul, prayers are with those in the wrath of Harvey.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
I love having scraps and playing with scraps, but it got to a point of being over whelmed - so I shared some of my gifted and own pieces with our sewing ladies thru the weeks. Things laid out on the long banquet table and come help yourself. Oh, I could keep it - stuff the boxes, totes, shelves, BUT never to be used up or seen. Sharing is more fun.
I have plenty of scraps to play with, like my bits of CW fabrics that I have saved right to the smallest piece. They are coming in handy with the Temecula Quilt Co Marvelous Minis.
Even my temperature rosettes are being made with scraps. I chose to designate the eclipse in this weeks as it was a special event for the year. 76,73,74,77, 80,E,80
Someone asked to see how the Rolling Nines block looked set together, so I set them out. The prints are from a FQ bundle, but I am using up some Kona White that was cut offs from a few quilts.
My smallest bits of throw aways from that snip bag - eight pineapples done and I need to make eight more. These are paper pieced and 3.5" unfinished. Todays project!!
Now go play,
Monday, August 21, 2017
I went MIA for a bit as I had a guest and other company. My daughter needing quiet and workable space to complete a test and finals heading into her disertation going into her PHD - hard to do at a house with three very noisy and needy small children. And then my youngest son and GF stopped in and my frame/machine, furnishing and othe items got moved and set up so progress can be made in setting up my long arm and moving all sewing upstairs into it's own room.
Since I knew I wouldn't be able to run my sewing machine for 'quiet time', I took advantage of catching up with long over-due hand stitching. I finished the Yankee Diary block. The small heart was suppose to have a cut out, too - BUT after tackling the one in the big heart I said "NO WAY". The light blue is suppose to be a hand - will accent the fingers with stitches after quilting.
And this Yankee Diary block needed the flag added. I had held off on this one as it bothered me to put the flag backwards and then I felt it was off-balance with the block. The flag was too big, so I trimmed it down and got her done.
I got a lot done on Earlene of the FQ Ladies Club. I hope to finish her up tonight so she can be into her mini quilt by the end of the month.
At one point I had some time alone in the house and quickly powered thru the next block - Rolling Nines - for the Patchwork Sampler (button on sidebar). I think it takes longer to cut the fabric than to sew these little blocks up.
So today I have things back to normal - Bella is so happy; she was very stressed with the change of the norm of the household. I will quickly make the new Marvelous Mini with Temecula Quilt Co. with my Civil War scraps. Then I am dumping those colorful prints, panel bits, scraps - I need to make my donation to our quilt guild's Sumer charity project. We are making book totes for donation to the local Library. Mostly for the kids to encourage reading, but some are making for the seniors, too.
And today starts the voting for Pets on Quilts - be sure to go vote for your favorites as there are so many wonderful pets and quilts.
I will catch up on all my past blog reads and comments later today - missed all you creative peeps!