Monday, September 26, 2016

abandoned!

that would be magic of christmas...for these reasons:  1)  i love the fabrics but they are not working together as i anticipated, 2) my quilty plate is pretty full and indecision and remaking of blocks is eating up time, 3) buying other fabrics is not an option, nor is there any guarantee the results would be better.   the focus fabric is the problem, i think.   it's been hanging around a couple of years because i love it, but this doesn't seem to be the right project for it.   sooo....the blocks so far go in the orphan pile; will continue to download the whole 25.  even pulled a bunch of christmas-y fabrics to re-start, but time just isn't available to do that...before reaching this decision, pulled out the 2 least favorite and took this photo....a better combo but the dark green is soo dark, even tho the contrast really helps the focus fabric...


and our agricultural fair is done but not before this happened....


yes, my hawaiian got a first place blue ribbon!  i didn't care about a ribbon, just wanted to show it off...but really the credit goes to the nancy chong video...without the tremendous help from the video, never would have achieved such stellar results....now back to 365 to catch up before october arrives!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

saturday sewing....

woke up to downright CHILLY air but ooooh so refreshing!  did a bit of sewing yesterday to show....first up "carolina" block for farmer's wife....


think there are about 17 left to do on this sew along....then came christmas!  might rename this "cotton candy christmas" because of the colors....


still haven't swapped out the blah green one, but it's a work in progress....although i love that michael miller print, am finding it is really difficult to work with in a project like this....may end up redo on more of these than i'd like....or maybe stick to the red and green solid?   or keep it as an example of color gone wrong?  but this next piece came out just right!


with pumpkins aplenty floating all over facebook and yahoo, jumped right in and sewed up this little piece.   the triangle units and stars were already on hand from previous swaps, so an aha moment reminded me to use them up!   the flash on the camera shows this lighter than actual, but not as dark as the pattern, which was more primitive-y...it'll get hand quilted and displayed with other fall theme items....i toyed with the idea of more string type pumpkins, but time didn't permit.  ***  and now that housework is done, time to tackle 365 and maybe a pot of soup....sounds good!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

time for a finish...

but first, my little blueberry clock is back on the wall after 1.5 years in a box and then getting new hands....so happy to have it home at last....


and the lady of the lake swap blocks have been finished into a donation quilt...they are sooo pretty and glad i opted for 2 rounds to give me enough for a good sized flimsy....



closing in on another finish but not sure it'll be done before september flies....seems so warm to me for september, hovering around 80s all week...but, as john belushi says, but nooooo!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

saturday surprise

it was about 4 pm when finally got dressed (yeah, i know) after sewing a good portion of the day...decided to mosey on down to the mailbox and look what was waiting....


a fat 8th bundle of jo morton's "gratitude" with coordinating bella solids AND aurifil thread!!!!   you can bet my quilty to-do list just got a tad longer....oh yes, thinking of a di ford project here...these are soo beautiful...i confess i had a 15-minute pity party this afternoon after a very nice day sewing and roasting a chicken.   the job hunt has been a bust and some pressing big ticket needs were on my mind.  a chat with an internet pal cancelled that party pronto and then this.....i'm humbled, thankful, blessed and feeling totally unworthy of such blessings and guilty for even 15 minutes of the poor mes....

Saturday, September 17, 2016

video recommendation...

yesterday morning getting ready to sew, popped in this video i found on the bookmobile...only an hour long but it was jam-packed with inspiration, ideas and enjoyment.  can heartily recommend it to see...five minutes in and my fingers were itching, my brain was whirring and the old viking and i were in sync...


reminded me of that oldie but goodie "quilts in womens' lives", another video well worth watching.  i  was block sewing of course, but the video gave me a sense of freedom and serendipity that took my "in the box" blocks to a new level.   first up was the next christmas block. this high contrast block was exactly what was needed.  have decided to replace the 2 blocks to the left....the polka dots are nice but too distracting from the focus fabric.  the lime with red/white print is a washout....the fabrics are nice but it takes more than good fabric to make a quilt work.   magazines show us quilts all the time that are ho-hum just to feature a fabric line, which defeats the purpose.   the 2 duds will go in the orphan block pile...anxious now to see the changes and a project with a bit more va-voom, if you know what i mean....


at day's end, my creative muse had been satisfied and 5 more blocks for 365 got finished as well....today's agenda includes some farmer's wife blocks along with 365....or maybe a quilt to be tied?   now into the shower to get this day started!

Friday, September 16, 2016

show and share...

today linking up with cynthia's orphan adoption day....two littles looking for a new home....first is a small set of churn dash blocks made with jo morton's red variety line...i've made a couple of wallhangings with these fabrics that i love and maybe you will too.    next is another small project, some precut plaid hearts gifted to me.   again, made 2 wallhangings with these and hate to see them relegated to the back burner.  these are FREE to a good home only, and will even pay first class postage to your US destination.   but they MUST be loved and FINISHED; would love to see a photo from you when they are....any takers?



now hop on over to see what else is available to adopt!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

eleventh hour post....

had a busy day and after arriving home, had a teensy weensy nap and then a bit of caffeine, so got a second wind.....wanted to show my latest blocks.   now into september with these; skipped over the sept 1st 12" corner block as another will be posted in a couple of weeks, so will do them both at once.


figured would continue with these since the pile of dark fabrics are at hand and no room for a different pile on the table.   ***  at the senior center today, our little group spent time going thru fabrics on hand and lots of donations that had accumulated over the years.  some had to be eliminated as not appropriate for quilts or other projects, but it was heart wrenching to see.  mostly others did the weeding out and i tried not to look....my frugal dna was in overdrive, even though i knew they were doing the right thing.  my sufficient stash at home helped keep the fabric rescuer in me at bay.  ***  an empty schedule tomorrow means a full day of sewing....aaahhhhh!

Monday, September 12, 2016

scraps dwindling???

on my ironing station is a pile of dark scraps i've been using for my 365 blocks....and what the hey?? they are actually disappearing....albeit slowly, but disappearing nonetheless.   will have to go shopping in the stash and pull a few more as there are more tiny dark blocks in my future.   here is today's batch.   one more little block and i'll be in september.   the september 1st block is the first large corner block (12") of the final border, so the end is in sight.  


one little block a day didn't sound like much in january, but mostly doing them in batches and--no surprise--it has been more time consuming than it sounded.  ***  as for farmer's wife, i'm 22 blocks from being done and not sure the sew-along will be done by then, but hoping i can wrap mine up by the end of the year.  before september ends, have another donation quilt to tie and bind, and before october ends, another donation quilt has to be completed.  ***  and don't forget, UFO adoption starts friday over here !  might have a few small projects than need new homes.....

Saturday, September 10, 2016

slow progress but progress...



another little block done for MMC  (modern magical christmas) because of an uber-busy week with lots of time spent at various meetings and some mundane tasks.   the digital camera has grayed out this green background fabric, which is much brighter in person but looks oh-so washed out here.  guessing the flash wasn't enough with window blinds closed.   i'll keep it in, just not close by the one above.  loving this color palette....21 blocks more so it'll be pretty colorful when all together!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

quick show 'n tell...

got few more blocks done, farmer's wife and another magic of christmas, which i'm calling magical modern christmas....blistering hot rest of week so no doubt will get more 365 blocks done and MMC #4....have a good day and stay cooool!