Saturday, September 6, 2014

non UFO finish...


the baby quilt is done and it's large enough for a toddler bed too...which is good.  the polka dot backing left enough for the binding AND enough for binding another quilt too, all cut and ready for whenever.  ***  first on today's list is the next block in the marcus bros sew-along.  our summery weather is leaving today so more time for sewing in the days to come.  next is to finish some swap blocks and a donation quilt.  **** with 49 days to retreat, plenty to do while enjoying early autumn weather before snow flies.  autumn is my favorite season of all, so happy that it's almost here!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

secret revealed!

yes, it is project #4 from the "daydreams" scraps....a little quilt made for my "sister swap" package that arrived today in sunny california at vicki's house!  you can hop on over to see a better photo and the other things i sent her from the rocky coast of maine.  across from marden's, which is around the corner from where i live is a specialty cook store, and i found the honey and chocolate bar there.  the postcards i had picked up when mom and i breakfasted in boothbay earlier this summer.  the fabric from marden's of course, and the thread came in the box i had won earlier this year.  the little quilt is a bit wrinkly, but i washed it and hate to put my quilts in the dryer feeling the heat is too harsh for the fibers.  she seems genuinely pleased with all the little gift items, but i liked them too so that is good all around. 

binding day

well, weekend is here once again and today's task is to bind the baby quilt.  it has returned to summer here in maine and the beach has beckoned, but today simply must finish this project.  *** retreat in 51days for me (i leave a day earlier for travel) and i've made my list of what needs to be done to get ready.  once this baby quilt is done, have to finish some swap squares and then a donation quilt is on tap.  i've also been working on the hawaiian still, but may have to put it aside briefly to finish a UFO.  i hope to get the basting done by the end of the year.  *** my portable project is now complete and i can pick up the dargate baskets once again.  that is a whenever project and gets done exactly then.  ***  so surprising that september is here already.  even tho our weather has been summery this week, it's temporary.  the veggie stand run yesterday included squashes galore and little pumpkins.  how did that happen so fast?  a batch of my green tomato pickles is on the september list, plus some corn fritters for the freezer.  they do taste like summer when thawed.  and chopped clams are in the freezer too, along with beef for stew, for upcoming cool days.  hoping frost holds off  to squeeze every moment out of fresh veggie season.  lastly, picked up more lobster yesterday while prices still low....and in celebration of turning 65, i finally tackled a raw oyster...it was good!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

tie dye....er day


it's a gray day here, hot and humid too, so no beach but no problem!  baby quilt is ready to tie.  due to space limitations, this is the way it gets done.  start in the middle of course and then work out either side.  the binding fabric is at hand also...the orange polka dot...so should get completed in the next day or two.  then some swap squares and i can move on in UFO land.  the peek of the pinwheel quilt on the right is the end of my bed, yeah it's THAT close.  i have about the same amount of room on the other side of the bed as well, but formulating some plans to generate some additional sewing/sleeping space.  this quilt plus some applique on the hawaiian are on my list today...and who knows what else....call it serendipity!