Saturday, November 12, 2016

thinking ahead....

last week a friend and I visited a new guild for an amazing program featuring WWII quilts collector Sue Reich...by all means go to hear her and see her quilts if you can....so interesting!   at the end of the evening, my friend won a door prize....this book


but after leafing through it and finding many applique projects (which she doesn't do), she passed it along to me...how lucky!  spied several possible projects (like I needed more!!!) and, with stash in mind, immediately honed in on this one....


tho a pillow is pictured, opted for a small valentiney wallhanging instead....so this morning (up 5 am) pulled out my fabrics and got it started....


hoping this will get done and NOT end up on the UFO list for next year.  along with this, made binding for donation quilt that's almost done, worked on guild's raffle quilt, some housecleaning, made a chocolate cream pie (yummm), cut background squares for a new project, sewed up some units for another project, puttered and organized in sewing space, made a christmas to-do list.....i guess that's about it....and there is plenty of day left so without further adieu.....


Friday, November 11, 2016

never forgotten....

my dad, a WWII vet of utah beach, at rest now for 14 years....he never talked about the war even tho we had a ton of grainy, sepia-toned photos of many fellow GIs....the few comments he made during my lifetime were casual things....scrambling eggs in his helmet, sights seen in paris, a glimpse of bing crosby....but the impact of war on his life was immeasurable with him fading away like most WWII vets from a constellation of ailments and then multi-system failure.  his corny jokes and tender heart live on through us.....just another imperfect human who left a great legacy....one of so many who served, worthy of all our honor and thanks....


still waging my own battle with 365 blocks....4 more added to the pile and still 21 blocks behind...hoping this weekend will afford some time to shorten the gap, eventually to win this war by december's end.  


a peek at upcoming blocks revealed some HUGE challenges....like a tree of life....in 3.5"??? are you kidding???  

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

november and flowers?

yes, even though we have plenty of this in the neighborhood...

this being the northernmost southern state, there are also these still blooming everywhere....some variety of a bush rose....they bloom continuously all summer and into the fall apparently...

drive by these often and just had to snap a photo....these are a lovely pink.....the tree photo was taken at a local state park, Gambrill, about 5-6 miles from here....up a small mountain with plenty of views overlooking the valleys.....built by the CCC back in the 1930s.   lots of picnic spots with grills too....will have to visit next summer and (make note) take hot dogs!!!   ****  upcoming church bazaar means tuesdays are ultra-busy sewing up tied quilts and other items for sale.  have contributed one bed size flimsy with another nearly done, which partly explains why my own sewing is lagging.  quilting on the donation quilt is nearly finished, thinking another week or so should see it done.  then can devote more time to 365, finishing farmer's wife (for which all background triangles have been readied) and the last few westering women.  empty spools are piling up as it has been a banner sewing year for me!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

latest batch...

of  365 blocks, that is...still just under 3 weeks behind on this sew along that is plugging along at a snail's pace.  with the holiday closing in, going to make a supreme effort to be current before family arrives later this month.


funny how some go together smoothly but others are a huge challenge...the bottom row far left was a nightmare, one of the worst of the year, but it's passable and hoping will blend in ok with the finished project.   choosing fabrics randomly also results in some surprises as in the top right.   there are 3 corner blocks that are 12.5" unfinished waiting as well, but thought would hold off and do all at once and use same fabrics.   if your interest in this has been piqued, it's being run again next year--same patterns--for newbies or those on the fence or some who dropped out/fell behind.   even if january is catch up month for me, anxious to get this flimsy done.  hoping to make 2017 a year of wiping out old UFOs....  all in all, have to say in spite of the elephantine challenge, has been interesting and a boon to my machine piecing skills overall regardless of some that are far from perfect.