Sunday, April 22, 2018

caught up!

that would be on the 'antebellum album' sew along....

with the april block due to be posted next week, was a bit late in getting march's block done, but now it is and can relax for a few days.  with weekend half remaining have made so-so progress on my list.  the small UFO is all quilted and needs to be bound.  the QOV flimsy is in progress.  the house stuff is done and food and clean clothes at hand--always helpful.  hoping to get at least 2 civil war blocks done and spend some quilty time on the donation...oh, and the always must-do exercise slot...pretty sure that'll fill up the day plus leave some time for outdoor sun...who said being retired is boring??

Saturday, April 21, 2018

second thoughts

remember this?  the beige that looks gray, is called gray by the manufacturer but in person is really beige?


remember the retailer agreed to take it back?  had every intention of returning it, but frugality dictated otherwise.   it's a "name brand" fabric, very good quality, was on sale at $5 per yard plus shipping so originally cost $20.  it would have been probably another $5 at least to return it, so $25 would have been spent for zip.  decided to keep it and semi-planned another project for its use.  so washed and dried and went into the stash pile.   fast forward a couple of months.  out of curiosity decided to audition a small piece for my "midnight at the oasis" quilt and here is the result...

this is just the tiny center 6" square but the kaffe fabrics completely take over the gray cum beige and the entire issue is a complete non-issue.  wish i could put everything else aside and play with this, but not possible.  this weekend's quilty list includes labeling and mailing doll quilt for swap, finishing up a small UFO, putting together a QOV flimsy for the guild service project, quilting on the donation quilt, some civil war blocks....think that's enough?   plus cooking-dishes-laundry and squeezing in some personal care--yeah, i think that's gonna use up the 48 hours and then some.  *** my rehab plan for next week is getting ramped up a bit so a couple of naps might be needed...hard to believe i've hit the halfway point.  it's been an exhilarating/exhausting/challenging task so far and it just might be the cardio man won't recognize the new me!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

more skirmishes...

and 2 more victories....am really enjoying this project way more than when it was first started. 


this time around have even been thinking of how to set all these blocks.  the book shows them with sashing but that makes it a very large quilt....still have time to mull over.   the other big positive is that all these fabrics are from my very own stash.  even though each block uses a small amount, lots of fabrics are getting used that haven't seen the light of day since they were added.  ***  another busy day so no time to waste....hoping warm weather arrives soon!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

civil war (sewing) continues...

and, in fact, has lasted way longer than the actual war did...eeeeekk!  happy to say there were four skirmishes saturday with four victories!

for this block, the diagram shows the color as purple, but the photograph of the block shows a purple background with white circles, which completely changes the color.  and my photograph completely washes out the tan fabric used next to the purple triangles.  




whoops, this last one needs a couple of clockwise turns to match the photo.  have to say am enjoying this project a lot; half the fun is choosing the fabrics and then the construction is always something of a challenge.   it was another summer-like day but that's it for now.  think it's safe to say our snow is gone for the foreseeable future.  ***  up early and already quilting on my little doll quilt swap that should be ready to mail by midweek.  it's another jam-packed week with no significant downtime--meaning whole days--until next saturday....daylight approaches so better get movin!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

short and sweet....

a very brief post on this summery saturday morning.  the quilty to-do list awaits and no household chores to do (except laundry)!  between rehab and my regular diversions, the weeks fill up fast and thanks to rehab, so far able to keep up.  last night finished the lap robe top just waiting for a final press...
my NH pal vic had gifted me a jelly roll of pastels and i pulled out all the greens and pinks to go with the fabrics from the group.  they really give it a zing i think....shorts are on the wardrobe today and plenty of fabric fun!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

scraps, she said....

but they sure don't look like my scraps....someone asked if i would be interested in some chintz scraps....not much to work with, she said......


guess i'll be spending time with graph paper and quiltmania mags this weekend to come up with a medallion worthy of such spectacular fabrics.  then some shopping in the stash for some "go with" fabrics too....good thing the kitchen got cleaned yesterday....LOL!   ***  and my brother has a small farm in Maine where he raises shetland sheep; it's lambing time and so far he has 8 brand new ones hopping around.....aren't they cute?



had my usual poultry dinner last night after a rousing rehab workout....jammies and some quilting ended the day perfectly!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

quick confession....

bonnie's post today tweaked my conscience, so 'fessing up here to keep myself honest....the book i saw this little quilt in was "the blue and the gray" a book of reproduction quilts by mary etherington and connie tesene....photographing the quilt and then making my own seemed harmless and, honestly, copyright laws didn't even cross my mind.   this was the only thing in the book i really wanted to make and the frugal yankee in me could not justify purchasing a book for one pattern.   even now, i think that everyone probably does it at some point, but in reality it is still wrong.  most everything i make is public domain stuff or my own interpretation of ideas i see on the internet.  sigh...life was so much less complicated when magazines and shows were my only source of inspiration...

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

early to rise means...

early to sew of course!  housework on hold until after lunch (and ? nap) so first thing did some sewing on my to-do list.  my small group does a HUGE amount of charity sewing and, worker bee that i am, glad to contribute.  was handed a jelly roll and a packet of precut pieces for 2 lap robe tops.  all i have to do is get the tops ready and somebody else will machine quilt--a truly win/win situation.  now one caveat, you may want to shield your eyes before you look too closely.  i chose the baggie with the brightest colors and wasn't at all disappointed....see what you think.


was instructed to sew the 3 pieces together, lay them out and turn, and this is the finished top.  bright primary colors with plum to boot...how good is that!   the jelly roll is soft pinks, greens and creams and isn't quite ready to show.  then here is the tabletopper that grew up to be a tree skirt for my little christmas tree....all done and ready to tuck away until needed.


and since christmas has been gone awhile now, probably time to take down these as well....


i left them up to remind me there really WAS a christmas, since the cardio grinch sorta stole mine.  i'll save a couple of special ones and put them away with the tree skirt for december's enjoyment. 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

they're heeerre!

despite lingering cold - for us for april - the cherry blossoms have reluctantly popped.  no doubt they were hesitating, waiting for warmer temps, but it'll be late this week before that happens...

you can almost see the half-hearted attempt at blooming in this photo, but traffic prevented me from taking others....and despite a lackluster saturday, did manage another block finish...

it was fate as all 3 fabrics happened to be on the sewing table....also got my doll quilt swap project ready to baste and worked on 2 donation lap robes for my WV group.  i only have to make the tops as somebody else will machine quilt them.   ***  still recouping from last week's jam-packed schedule, but did make a pot of tuscan tortellini soup....very delish, low in calorie and totally heart healthy.  still have a full to-do list for today, though....funny, still feel a bit of panic when sunday comes when had to finish all house chores before the work week started...but then relax as realize can take my time and even goof off if desired--a terrific realization! ****

and i love this quote from annette funicello, a woman whose fame and financial comfort did not insulate her from many years of severe disability; it always humbles me--

 isn't that the truth?