Wednesday, September 28, 2016

bit o' basting

you've seen this little flimsy before but now it is officially basted and ready for quilting....also basted my cabana daydreams quilt top too...next up is the peacock garden wallhanging....


and two more blocks for farmer's wife are done and in the pile...


i'm keeping up with the posted blocks but also went ahead and printed out a few others to see if i can wrap up this sew-along.   sure do like paper piecing for getting those points sharp! and it looks like 90 degrees is pretty much history.   loving the cooler temps and mild breezes....poor vic said there was frost in NH and my sister had to scrape frost off her windshield the other day....not here!!!

mr. jack is back in view!   he has forgiven me for keeping him in storage and out of sight for too many autumns.  fortunately is no worse for wear from those horrible times....as soon as leaves started falling, ran right to my decorations box and set him up.  


he looks pretty good for 37 years don't you think?   cannot believe my dear daughter was in kindergarten when attended a craft club and we made these stuffed pumpkin decorations.  he seems to like the apartment and his perch atop the cable box, warm for his bum....lol!

not quilt related....

pet peeve of mine....as one who has been overweight for some time, it has been my extremely bad fortune to have met several people who dispense weight loss, nutrition, exercise advice ad nauseum aka fat police.   there have also been several others who think they know what is best and/or "God's will" for me and my life, but that's for another day.   these fat police include medical people, of course; not the same ones who used to smoke in hospitals back in the day.  but it is their job and, being purveyors of judgments of every type, they often wrongly assume becoming thin solves every problem.  they, like the weathermen, spout these pronouncements based (often) on statistics.  did you know, for instance, that woody allen's father died a chain smoker at age 99?   obviously genetics trumped behavior....i could rave on and on but brevity dictates otherwise.  my hope for today is that all those do-gooder nutrition mavens have a really rotten day, and that the next time they decide to spout their self-righteous and usually unwanted advice to one who probably already knows they are fat, someone hauls off and whacks them in the knees with a baseball bat, hopefully producing a cure. 

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!