Friday, December 9, 2016

a cheesy gift...

meaning cheddars of course!   was surprised yesterday with a gift of these gorgeous fabrics...and that makes me one happy quilter!  thank you, again, mystery giver....

been an ultra busy week here with guild parties, senior center activities and a bit of holiday fun and, last but not least, elvis was in the building!  other than some christmas sewing, no blocks have been assembled but that will soon change.  also finalizing up holiday plans and some baking and the tree are on the to do list as well.  no bad weather or travel as of yet in these parts, but if that changes, the larder is stocked and the 365 is waiting patiently.  happy as the proverbial bivalve to be spending christmas with my dears aka DD and DSIL....that is priceless indeed!

Monday, December 5, 2016

beginning the end

of the 365, that is....finally on sunday finished ALL my little dark value blocks....and a couple of nasty ones too.  will definitely NOT miss the 7/8ths inch flying geese!!!   they are horrible to make for my short, chunky fingers.  but they are done and it's on to bigger blocks of light fabrics.  sorted all the dark scraps and tossed the too-tiny ones, rest in the scrap basket.  so december is really catch up and finish month...including the 4 corner blocks that haven't tackled yet.   here are the last of the littles....

once the deck was cleared, moved on to bonnie hunter's mystery clue #2....oohh those lovely kaffe magentas!  aren't they beautiful???   haven't done clue #1 yet but will get them done as leaders/enders while light blocks are made, now that the thread color has been changed on the old viking.

bonnie's quilt designs are all about scraps so these should fit in nicely.  in addition to these and the little blocks, pulled out some christmas decorations and lined up some christmas sewing that is on my to do list.   plus squeezed in a bit of a nap as well since woke up at 4 am.  it's another busy week with some holiday fun included.  hope your week is similarly scheduled.....

Saturday, December 3, 2016

first party

the frederick guild held their annual christmas meeting and it was delightful!  our meeting room at the art center was festively decorated and the gustatory offerings were beyond delicious!   some games, door prizes and drawing the winner of our raffle quilt topped off an enjoyable evening.   we also got a sneak peek at the exhibit of quilts currently on display for the month at the request of the art center.  two of mine are an ART center no less....lofty environment indeed!

in addition to all the food offerings, collections were taken for toys for tots and food items for locals in need.

lastly a photo of the tied quilt from my scrappy solid flimsy, which made its debut at the church bazaar yesterday.  these blocks are now OUT of my house and on to a good home.   next up are the scrappy log cabin blocks, another longstanding UFO that should be outta here by end of time for mystery sewing AKA bonnie hunter's clue #2!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

last minute finish

whew, just in time to say sayonara to november, got this throw finished.  this is a donation to a favorite charity as a fundraiser.   my limited budget prevents me from giving as much as i'd like, so a quilt to raise money has to substitute.  new hampshire pal vic gave me a jelly roll of these beautiful moda fabrics, and wanted to use them up quick, so found an easy internet pattern.  some strips did end up in the 2.5" shoebox but used a lot for this project.  she also gave me a layer cake of the same fabric line AND about 3 yards of one print suitable for backing.  a wallhanging is planned for more at some point.  oh, and the name of the line?   it's grace....

it's given with no stipulations other than to generate funds, and once it's given, have no say to its ultimate destination.  this is my philosophy for all quilts that are given, regardless of to whom.  cannot agonize after the fact about what happens to them--it's pointless and robs me of the enjoyment of the process.  cannot be the quilt police either during or after, only hope that someday and somewhere they are appreciated and used.  another quickly took its place in the's the milky way masquerade!   i love this vibrantly colorful quilt--no plans for its destination right now, but hopefully to a worthy recipient.   ***  so early in the day but blessings abound....especially warm temps and much needed rain!


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

getting closer...

to finishing up these teeny tiny blocks; think i have 8 more to make and honestly, will NOT miss those 1" finished half square triangles one single bit!  cutting a gazillion 1.5" squares and pairing them up gets old fast.   but here's the latest stack and catching up once more since december is bearing down and the light at the end of this tunnel is beginning to break through...

once the little blocks are done, will have to go thru my dark scrap basket and toss anything too small and then pull out the lights.  after that, the corner squares for the dark border will be made so can put on the final 2 dark borders and then attack the light blocks.   this is one heavy flimsy so far and not even complete yet.  have not yet decided how to finish and what to do with it, but after such an extreme effort, might have to just keep this one if a place can be found for storage.  ***  thanksgiving leftovers are gone and plans in full swing for the holiday season, which will be low key probably but still joyous.....

Saturday, November 26, 2016


not!!!   not when 365 needs attention....latest stack....excited to be nearing the end of this year-long challenge.

the 6" block is the next-to-last of its size for the dark border....just the one more 6" dark block and 18 smalls to finish the dark squares, then move on to the last and light border.  skipped over the tiny tree of life and chose a bonus block that was posted for those who needed one.  even if had funds to shop, simply no time.  have a small christmas gift list that was finalized before this weekend, so no impulse buying either.  much more enjoyable playing in the stash than fighting for parking spaces, standing in store lines and elbowing crowds.  the holiday season has begun!  i'll be linking up with oh scrap! because quilting IS way more fun than housework!

Friday, November 25, 2016

not too soon....

to pull out the christmas quilt as my first holiday decoration.   arriving home after wonderful turkey day (although we had ham) with my daughter, son-in-love and my mom visiting from maine, went to the quilt pile.  it is a smallish quilt so put another underneath, the amish pinwheel with the wool batt.

this is a true scrappy as even the background white fabrics are a variety of scraps.  my other christmas quilt is a double wedding ring done with solid forest green and cranberry.   ***  blessed holiday and visit with my mom.  wednesday we went to gettysburg battlefield which is GINORMOUS!   spent 3.5 hours driving thru reading many informational plaques and monuments as we took in the enormity of the casualties, the battle, the landscape (which was mostly woods at the time) and the general atmosphere of such a hallowed place.  normally chatty, it overwhelmed us into reverent silence for the sacrifices of so many and disgust as, in today's world, many tramp on those sacrifices because of their own agendas.  the plaques listed the action over the days of the battles, the number originally sent, those killed or wounded and the many missing whose remains must rest below the earth in such a solemn place.  urge you to go if you are ever nearby.  then a quick trip to harper's ferry and finally home to relieve our fanny fatigue.  ***  thankfulness continues with post-holiday sewing time and finally mystery clue #1!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

365 so far aka seam-mageddon!

next task is to make the corner squares, obviously, and finish up the little blocks so can get the last 2 dark borders attached.   adding these 2 has re-ignited my mojo for this project.  no fabric was purchased for this project at all, entirely from stash.  explains why there are lots of empty spools.

managed to keep my bare toes out of this photo but going to be a challenge to photograph when the top is done.  would have loved to used a particular color scheme on this but have to say scrappy is not entirely un-pleasing.  you can still sign up for next year....just search for 365 on facebook!  this has been a HUGE machine piecing challenge for me.  some of the blocks are perfect, some are awful and a lot are not bad, but it has ramped up my skills and (so far) glad i tackled it....  ***  ah, november 22nd, a day boomers will never forget.  walking home from 9th grade thru downtown and passed appliance store with several televisions on--black and white of course--seeing that JFK had been killed...seemed very unreal but horrific at the same time.  then four days of nothing but funereal dirges and nonstop TV watching of ensuing events.  no school, of course, so days seemingly endless hours of ceremony, dignitaries and then actually jack ruby walking right up and killing!   that was REAL reality TV....

Monday, November 21, 2016

fast finish

only busted half a yard but another UFO is of the many little quilts that got sewn up last year when had no real sewing space but compelled to sew something!!!

actually made a couple of these using different fabrics, one was amish and completed previously.   also closing in on another finish and, no surprise, have started quilting on another--the milky way masquerade.  ***  ready as can be for bonnie hunter's mystery starting friday.  won't get much sewing done until then, but the weekend is dedicated to 365.  all the little blocks have been posted and the daily blocks now are for the final border, so imperative to get caught up so can finish on time.  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

super saturday!

exactly as weatherman had predicted (how spooky is that?) about 2 pm it turned dark and very windy and temps began to 3 hours went from 68 degrees to 40 matter to me....was engrossed in this that the mailman brought...

which had tons of eye candy and great articles, not to mention this...a gorgeous quilt by jo morton...

which had me drooling, but with laundry done was time to start supper....and what better for cold and blustery than this....clam chowder!   the simple new england kind with NO celery, NO flour, NO crazy herbs of any kind....just chowder with a dash of leftover cream added....mmm mmmm good!

will taste even better fortunate that my local market carries the chopped sea clams normally used, since fresh, whole, shucked are exorbitantly priced.  will provid needed sustenance for mega cleaning before company arrives early next week....