Friday, August 26, 2016

hide and seek...

the other day went looking for a pattern i had "put away" and did eventually find. but before it came to light, i also unearthed these UFOs that had been out of sight and out of mind. 


first, these 7 blocks...made these when this line of fabric first came out, maybe 5 or 7 years ago?  it's jo morton's "variety" and happy to say some is left in the stash...one more block and it's a table topper.  next found these...


from last year, part of a box of gifted stash.   one little wallhanging was made and finished, just these are left.  then this work in progress...


vic had gifted me a tiny tumbler and these charm squares were also from last year.  not sure what this will end up being; still have quite a few charm squares so....and then found this


another small piece with batting pulled and ready to be joined.  it'll get basted in the next week or so....maybe?   these are wild and goosey blocks BEFORE the W&G craze on facebook.   bonnie hunter had posted a bed-size antique and i loved it but decided to go small for a quick (???) finish...need i say more?   and last this little fella, a (hopefully) soon-to-be candlemat.  bought the pattern for a swap a few years ago and decided to make one up for myself.  recently gifted carrot button nose...shooting for a winter finish on this..


the number of wrinkles are in direct correlation to the time these have floated around the studio.  so you can see why my bigger projects are still in limbo here.  of course, it's been a topsy-turvy year with moving and homeless most of last year; well that's my excuse story and i'm sticking with it.  making a vow to myself to make the supreme effort for more progress.  and the 365.   and the farmer's wife.  and the magic of christmas.  and charity sewing.  as mr. bill would say....oh nooooo!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

birthday blues....

a nice squishie from victoria in NH....if you recall she had already sent me a birthday bundle earlier....and now these arrived today.....aren't they bee-u-ti-full!   judie rothermel indigos....be still my heart...i love them!  and a lovely lavender sachet she made as well....and congrats to her for winning a yummy gift certificate in the keepsake quilting quiltfest!  my guess before you can say 'jo morton' she'll be there scooping up some new reds!


got just the project for these blues tho.....a nice little tabletopper to start with.   has been a gorgeous weather week so far but heat/humid coming back for the end of the week.   still, there is a definite autumn harbinger about.  sorta busy day binding little projects, working on another lap robe, binging on law & order (the original, my favorite) and planning a few new quilty things.  can't believe i've lived here 5 months already and it is still wonderful.  so many blessings to count and me with fuzzy math skills...who knew?

Monday, August 22, 2016

the monday list

monday once again and very fine in the weather department....61 degrees at 7 am!   there is a hint of fall in the air, and the kiddos are back in school as of today.   the cooler air is invigorating so got right at it, but first a tiny finish....the pink virginia reel is done via sparse machine quilting (the only kind i do) and leftover binding.  not perfect but it'll make a great placemat and stains won't phase me.

 
basically i wanted to try the little blocks and found they are too small for my liking, but it's pretty and useful, if not perfect....next was to baste the 12 days.  pulled out a piece of fleece that was larger than needed and remembered another small thing that was ready for basting, so was able to bust the entire piece....


these will be sparsely hand quilted and bound...both are smaller than the pink and will use up only about a yard (if lucky) for all three, BUT it's 3 dones from the UFO list.   and over the weekend washed/dried my versailles giveaway pile...these are straight quarter yards and not FQs but not an issue at all...and they look sorta dutch chintz in a way, don't you think?   at least the colors are....thinking about making 4 feathered star blocks or maybe some lucy boston POTC blocks, which would really highlight the fabrics.  


would love a few more yards of the tiny blue dots....makes great background fabric!  ***  it's going to be a very nice late summer week culminating in my birthday, my first in Maryland....