Tuesday, December 12, 2017


the other night during a brief period of energy, paired up most of my christmas stash for trees...and they are still waiting....

every morning have to take the new meds that nearly totally flatten me.  often i must nap and then feel draggy the rest of the day.  not complaining, mind you, as they keep (almost) everything moving and help my heart/body to heal, but for a person who was used to jumping out of bed eager for the day, it can be discouraging.  yes, have had a few small pity parties, but mostly feel thankful i've done so well in just 6 short weeks after such a grueling and brutal surgery.  whereas i often used to start  sewing right after breakfast, instead i take these meds (4) and then wait for the cannonball to hit.   i make a to-do list halfheartedly knowing it's a fool's errand.  any dedicated sewist would feel the same, i'm sure.  my previously go-to caffeine hit has been banished, so it's cold turkey with just juice and water....very poor substitutes!  plus it's another 3 meds in the evening, so it's often a double whammy.  many tell me one day i will feel absolutely terrific, much better than before the surgery, but it isn't today.  i know others might not be faring as well, for which i feel guilty and blessed...but betty is waiting and we need to play, not just to make trees but for my own mental comfort, way better than anything from a drugstore.....don't you agree?

Friday, December 8, 2017

a christmas forest

had a bit of extra energy today...and who wouldn't after 2 naps...necessitated by some required activity and recovery from a brief cardiac procedure on thursday with mostly good result.  pulled a stack of christmas prints for more scrappy trees....i am really liking how these are working up.

have been wanting to use up some of the christmas prints and this seems just the perfect project.  thinking might eliminate half of what's on the shelf; first have to decide the final size.  these blocks will measure about 7' x 9" finished and will need to accommodate a backing 72" x 90" or less.  also quilting a small piece in spare moments that will be gifted at christmas.  ***  in the meantime, recovery continues slowly but steadily.  i still get quite tired with any sustained activity and had to pass up some fun things this week due to being just plain wiped out.  next week will be six weeks from surgery and will be discussing cardiac rehab at my next follow-up visit.  i'd prefer the magic wand fix, like who wouldn't?

Monday, December 4, 2017

net surfing too much?

probably, but there are just soooo many things that tweak my quilty muse...for instance, saw a christmas tree flimsy done with scraps (of course) that just had to try.  before you can say "hello betty," i'm at the machine with some stash pieces....leading to these

can definitely see this becoming a new christmas quilt.  i had planned one using the christmas cracker pattern but liking these trees a whole lot more.  plus they work up so darn quick.  even with my abbreviated sewing time, was able to make these four pretty fast.  these aren't exactly like the top i saw, but they're my version and i'm happy with them.   ***  busy weekend that included that dreamy shower and some laundry, new post-surgery tasks for me.   weary of baby steps progress but that's how it goes.  each PT session finds me walking further but still requiring that daily nap to recoup.  managed to put up a few christmas decorations today too.  tomorrow might even manage to put away halloween stuff!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

fun with betty

my machine has been feeling neglected and why shouldn't she....aside from some hand sewing and a bare few minutes at the machine, she's been idle, waiting patiently.   this morning before zombie meds take over, wanted to play a bit.  during my first hospital stay, a friend brought me this thrift store book.  inside was a very pretty plaid quilt that immediately caught my eye.  with a significant plaid stash, always on the lookout for ideas to use them. i especially love the spiral binding too!

these are a great size for quick paper piecing.  when i returned home for good, traced out a couple of triangles and pretty happy with the result.  this will be a quick project and good for hand quilting.  thinking a flannel back will make it ultra cozy. 

this is my 3rd new start this year, but still hoping to knock off a couple of small finishes before year's end putting the 2018 UFO list in good shape.  my OT kindly put up my folding table as hoping to baste a flimsy this weekend to start quilting in january.  ***  in addition to basting a quilt this weekend, laundry needs to be done and that longed-for, dreamy shower is on the list as well...hoping to eradicate the remaining tape residue from various places and feel more like a person and less like a patient....always good!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

november swan song

today was my first day back at the senior center quilting group since october...was great to see mostly all my quilty peeps again and get caught up with them.  i brought along the honeycomb project and got quite a bit done for all the chatting that happened.

i wanted to get the side rows done to see exactly how large this center portion will be and can now fill in with the units left and hopefully get the colors placed evenly.  you can see the navy setting triangles, which are very small, but there is a narrow navy blue border all around, probably 3" finished, and then a wider border all around, which will probably be 6" finished.  not sure if there's anything in my stash large enough for the outer border but then i don't need it today either.  hoping to shop the stash when the time comes.  ***  got to thursday without any daytime naps but really needed it this afternoon.  it has been a busy week with must-do walking, a few fun events, homecare people and visitors.  my first doctor follow up garnered lots of surprises with regard to my progress.  the only one who expected more is, of course, me.  i've been home a couple of weeks now and managing pretty well with dressing, basin baths, meal prep, dishes and picking up, but laundry is starting to accumulate and still waiting for that first, dreamy foray in the shower....tomorrow maybe?   the bookmobile came this week so finally have some good reading on hand.  really itching to sit down at the machine and try some things i've seen online.  and i've a quilt that needs basting to start the quilting.   maybe this weekend will give me some extended time for both.   now that december is here, want to pull out some holiday stuff too.  my gift list is down pat, just hoping to focus on increasing activity level and getting beyond the recovery stage.  everyone tells me it comes eventually! 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

sewing drought over!

finally after 36 long days without a needle in my hand or my foot on the pedal, have done both today!  woke early this morning feeling fine so after breakfast, my required walk and a facecloth bath, sat down at the machine and worked some on potholders.  didn't plan on sewing long, just a bit to get back in the sewing swing of things.   then, pulled out this aging UFO to see how much could get done today.

this is another project languishing in a drawer started to use up some cherrywood solid scraps.  it isn't a large quilt per se; borders will be 6" i believe, but colorful and great for hand quilting.  the meds i have to take right now pretty much flatten me, so up until now have just been taking up chair space too much of the time.  at least now the time on forced rest should result in some sewing progress.  and time spent in "toil of the needle", as hawthorne called it, is never wasted.  ***  chilly, sunny and windy today.  still no driving for me but soon and then it's cardiac rehab.  have noticed a bunch of little improvements as a result of my surgery and expect more will come.  but the biggest is just delight and grateful to be alive.....it IS a wonderful life!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving wishes

grateful beyond measure on this Thanksgiving day.   Though recovery is still snail's pace, progressing each day.  in past years the focus was on the sumptuous meal, but this year each breath and step remind me being a recipient of bountiful blessings.  i'll be fixing a small meal of some holiday favorites but thinking always of my loved ones and the care and protection bestowed upon me by a loving, benevolent Heavenly father....

Sunday, November 19, 2017

easing back...

by spending a few minutes putting away the last of the fabric piles into shoeboxes.  picked these up before the "halloween surprise" and wanted to finish the job today.  recovery continues at a slug's pace but each rest is fruitful in a bit more energy.  friday and saturday were busy and sure were too much, so today is kick back, keep up with exercises and do a few things around the apartment.

now all the excess stash is filed away for easy access and viewing. ***  it seems that some morally bankrupt turnip head in this complex continues to feel i am their personal K-mart....my ikea bag for recycling has walked away as has my kitchen timer.  the ikea bag was their 79 cent big blue tyvek one and it was perfect for managing stuff for recycling, not expensive but still ikea isn't close.  this person needs a refresher on the golden rule.   sad that housing situations, like marriage, are a mystery until one actually moves in and lives there.  was fortunate to escape a bad marriage and hoping at some point do the same from this place...but certainly not today.  the sun is shining brightly on this temperate late fall day and basking in a life that abounds in blessings.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

the gift

first post in eons due to unexpected surgery....the lifechanging kind.  God is so very good all the time. Recent cardiac visit revealed 100% block of main vessel, calcified over years.  thanks to miracle workers all along the way, have undergone surgery and out of hospital doing recovery.   strength rebuilding and activity are very slow but progressing in the tiniest of increments each day.  after many years of complaining of shortness of breath to providers who saw only my overweight status, it's time to up your game.  I could have been spared much discomfort and on the road to recovery years ago.  catching up on hundreds of emails and starting life anew with the humblest of gratitude and feeling like the luckiest person on earth.  

Friday, October 20, 2017


now that the senior center quilt is done and gone and well received, too, i might add...the next thing is to finish potholders for an upcoming fair...ran low on selvedges so had to pull stash and cut more.

they are looking good i think....using leftover bias binding pieces on hand to bind the edges with.  hoping to generate enough funds to purchase a walking foot for my machine...we'll see.  and in the hoop is a temporary project.  waiting on a backing for the next one, but in the meantime this small quilt will suffice.

it's another of my amish style quilts with no particular destination but possibly the maryland vets' home, which is in need of twin quilts.  nice to be quilting something that doesn't require any repair work along the way.  i doubt it will be done anytime soon, but nice for a change.  the real next is an antique repro being donated to my local DAR chapter.  on my income, mostly unable to donate funds but figured can give back with a quilt that can generate same.  it helps me from feeling like a charity case or somebody always with my hand out, which can happen with long-term penny pinching, not pride rather self-respect.  ***  our excellent autumn continues with cool nights and daytimes around 70s....leaves are slowly starting to turn and, if predictions prevail, it's going to be another warm winter.  perfectly ok with me if the down coat stays in the closet...lol.  

Monday, October 16, 2017

my weekend...

despite some nice weather this past weekend, didn't venture out even once as i was joined at the hip with this project...

it's the senior center quilt that i volunteered to hand quilt and delighted to say it is done, done, done!  it'll be handed off to another to wash and get ready for giving.  unfortunately, the quality of the construction isn't fitting for an official QOV, but it will find a good home i'm sure.  it was hand pieced some time ago--none of our current ladies worked on it--and while quilting had to reinforce several corner seams and more may come undone with the washing, we'll see.  also had to replace 2 squares as i found holes in them.  i did manage to get some laundry done and pick up some clutter, though.  it was worth taking the time to finish.  now i've potholders to finish for an upcoming fair.  even with my little job, grabbing a few opportunities to make some cash going toward eliminating debt. ***  also this weekend made the decision to look for new housing.  am simply disgusted and hugely disappointed in having to do this.  it's a nuisance and costly as well.  two weeks after i moved in here, i had gotten a call from my first choice, which was closer to the shore.  even though i love this area and have community ties, the negatives far outweigh any positives.  it'll be years, of course, so i can keep working and continue to abolish debt. hoping my health isn't compromised any further.  plus the thievery is making me downright angry.  i thought i had left the homeless shelter riff raff behind me but apparently not. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

new stash sewing

busy morning on a cool, overcast sunday.  first thing braised a small pork butt for this week's meals...onions, cider, mushrooms, apples and spices....yummmm!   it was on sale a few weeks ago and lucky to find one under 2 pounds as most were 6-7 pounds...yikes!  then took a mini-break from the senior center quilt project to do something absolutely different.  had some black fabric on the shelf i'd been saving for this and jumped right in getting 4 squares done lickety split.  this is going to be another totally-from-stash quilt using more of my solids.  you've seen it around the net done in different colorways but mine, of course, is going to be kitchen sink scrappy.  the first one i saw was done in mauves, dusty dark blues, grays and it was stunning.  always makes me think of high school art class somehow...

finally got my hands on this goodie...am hoping sue grafton is solidly into the last of the series, the "Z" book...kinsey milhone is an old friend and am thrilled i've read them from "A"....

and even tho it's fairly early, the nasty natives have already lit up their horrid e-cigarettes.  am thinking this vile perp needs a C6/7 fracture, you know, the kind where your arms are only good for pushing the little lever on your electric wheelchair.  yeah, it's THAT miserable and annoying.  mind you, i am not the smoking police per se, chain smoke all you want outdoors stipulated by the lease, but mr. entitled is somehow exempt i guess....and there isn't anyone with authority who cares to enforce...i am convinced all these property managers are schooled in hell..so far haven't dealt with one that has any integrity....

Friday, October 13, 2017

a find!

had to visit a small quilt shop downtown to pick up a gift certificate donated to our guild.  it's a lovely little shop with a very old stone fireplace smack dab in the main room.  i was hoping to find something to redeem a birthday gift sent to me.  lots of pretty things and plenty of jo morton fabrics too!  i found this FQ of a print i had never seen; must have been before my day as a jo morton devotee...a gorgeous paisley that i certainly would have bought more of had i seen it...

have no idea what line it's from but isn't it gorgeous?  i've got plans already of course....and it's cooled down here but still not cold enough for christmas.  even so, santa made an early stop and this was in my mailbox from a maine quilty pal.  she obviously reads my blog...a very sincere friend with a full plate but her glass always seems half full if not overflowing with inner joy.  already i've been trolling the internet for some background fabrics and making plans for some of my next paycheck...isn't that how it goes anyway?  really excited about this project, which is helping me get thru the senior center's quilt that is almost done.  this week will see it outta here finally and me free to go on to another quilting project, hoping for at least one UFO finish before january. 

i am so humbled by this gift which was totally unnecessary but delightful regardless.  this person's friendship is more than enough gift for me anytime....

Sunday, October 8, 2017

book reviews

one of my job perks is first look at new things...saturday these were on my cart but never made it to the shelf...first up, a nice scrappy book by the author of "sunday morning quilts"...i loved that book but felt all the projects were too time consuming.

this book, however, has projects that incorporate small and larger pieces.   lovely full-color photos, sections for each shape--square, triangle, rectangle, strips, snippets--that jump started my quilty muse.  if you need inspiration or are over-run with a particular size, you'll get great ideas here.  the next new book is tula pink's...

this book, too, has luscious color photos, some rudimentary information, detailed construction info plus innovative patterns--no surprise there--plus some really detailed machine quilting ideas.  about the same number of patterns as the first book (i didn't count) but more involved for somebody looking to venture outside of a wide comfort zone.  i offer these reviews simply as my observations, without author obligation and no remuneration whatsoever except that of inspiring and informing fellow sewists...caveat:  not a repro print in sight either!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

well done quilters!

a post on stashbusters' yahoo group from betty at the West Houston Quilt Guild:

Thank You to Stash Busters
After putting out an appeal to the Yahoo group, Stash Busters, concerning our loss we have received donations from all over the continental US as well as from Hawaii. These generous ladies have donated dozens of quilt tops (with/without backing), numerous complete quilts in every design possible, several hundred yards of fabric, rolls of batting (count is up to 6), jelly rolls, complete quilt kits, miscellaneous tools, and assorted 1 to 1 1/2 yard pieces, gift cards and checks.

Friday, October 6, 2017

charm-ing surprise!

thursday's post brought me this little surprise....

a small packet filled with big color....a charm pack of kaffe blues/greens...this will go directly into the pouch with my applique project and the other kaffes that came last week...what a lovely surprise after a sorta chaotic week...culminating with taking miss subaru in for some maintenance and a search for that awful odor that, unfortunately, could not be narrowed down.  more tests were recommended but alas, the car repair budget is busted so will have to muddle along hoping that it's nothing life threatening.  then a quick trip to farm stand for cider and last-gasp little cukes...have put off fall veggies until all the summer ones have gone by.  *** this weekend devoted to apartment tidy, a bit of work, some much-needed sewing (for my mental wellbeing) and relax for medical tests next week.  nothing serious, just regular life-stage monitoring.  summer is back for a few days so gotta find those shorts!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

the awful truth

such a beautiful october day belies the ugly truth that i had NO finishes this month at all...have sewed plenty but didn't quite get anything done.  not for lack of trying, certainly, but now that the last quarter of the year has arrived, must knock off at least ONE UFO at the absolute minimum.  the QOV will ABSOLUTELY be done but it isn't one of my official UFOs.  no doubt in the ever-growing flimsy pile is something small that will work.  but the day is just too gorgeous to spend much time perseverating on this, so i'll close and get back to leaf peeping from my near-penthouse across the vista to the catoctins....

Saturday, September 30, 2017

a postal prezzie...

friday was a picture perfect day but just when i thought it couldn't get better, opened my little cookie-cutter mailbox to find this beautiful bundle!

first a few oranges for the orange mod....these are perfect and will blend with the others quite nicely.  i think with these and my own scraps, will just about use them all up...always a good thing!
along with the orange scraps, were these....oh, my heart began to quicken despite the calming  gentle breeze around me....none other than (wait for it).....kaffe scraps!

the gift giver, miss janet of utah, the mini quilt construction phenomenon, actually apologized for sending scraps???  huh???  how did she know that this was sitting on my someday shelf?

it's a floral applique pattern picked up some years back (of course) from the now-closed Kathie's Quilt Shop on a mini-hop with a maine quilty pal of mine.  as you can see, the background blocks are cut and waiting patiently for some kaffe action.  i've promised myself to finish a couple more things before i start on these, namely the new england sampler, which is my current big applique project.  i was inspired by patterns of kim mclean i'd seen....gorgeous and heavily appliqued things using only the kaffe fabrics with mostly white backgrounds that made his vibrant colors pop in psychedelic style splendor...but they are quite large projects/quilts and i sought something smaller with the same effect, which i think this will be.   ***  so i am guilty of quilt planning-itis, a muse at warp speed despite hands/eyes/fingers that move in real time.  *** back to reality and while most of my life is going along uneventfully, my car is once again on the sick list putting my independence and job in jeopardy.  next to family and friends, health and a sound mind, a car, housing and my little job are important to me and serious contributors to my well being.  i had my days in the city with no car, but much prefer the freedom dependable four wheels provide.  just because i live in a senior complex named (incorrectly) village, doesn't mean institutionalized.  some here think it's assisted living, a commune or a reform school but to me, it's just an apartment in an apartment building.  and anyone who thinks i shouldn't be independent, able to work a bit and go where i want, is worse than a grinch.  you don't have to live in new hampshire to be free....

Friday, September 29, 2017

texas update

this morning while reading messages on yahoo's "stashbuster" group, this was posted and i wanted to share it with you...

From Betty and Nita at West Houston Quilters Guild:

A huge Thank You goes out to the StashBusters for their donations to West Houston Quilter' s Guild after we lost over 200 charity quilts, preemie quilts, stockings and an estimated $10,000 worth of fabric.  Donations have included: probably 400+ yards of fabric (large yardage, Fat Quarters, bundles, charm packs, etc.), 60 quilt tops (with/without backs and binding), 13 completed quilts, rolls of batting, kits with all fabric included, 2 cutting mats, Hobbs labels, gift cards and checks plus all sorts of quilters' tools and notions.

Our storage will be available on October 1 and it will be wonderful to see it filled with all the "goodies" that other quilters have so generously given to us. We have a guild sew in planned for mid October and lots of these donations have been put into kits for guild members to make into quilts on that day.  Again, I don't know how to express our gratitude except with a sincere "Thank You."

And adding my own personal thanks for those of you who responded thru this blog.  with postage rates climbing ever higher, your generosity has even greater meaning.  you have all made a huge difference to our quilty community!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

dream quilting

no doubt every quilter has projects stored away in the mind, dream quilts for that "someday" and i am no exception.  when i first started quilting, it was amish style quilts and by now i've made several with a couple in the works.  but recently--like in the past year--i've been bitten by the jen kingwell (designer) bug and especially this design of hers....midnight at the oasis.

this quilt has everything that zings for me...polka dots, patchwork squares, some applique, bright colors....i've discounted making it all the while slowly considering the same by thinking about colors, fabrics and mentally calculating the time involved against my own UFO pile.  it brings me back to something my brother said to me when i was pursuing my college degree at midlife, saying "how old are you going to be if you don't do it?"....so i am making a sort of, probably, tentative commitment to seriously thinking of making this quilt.  i already know what the background will be.  i'm mentally choosing from my pile of kaffe fabrics and ignoring the finished size.  until i get the pattern, put scissors to fabric or bank card to online shops, i'll be hacking away at the UFOs. there, i feel better now for pretty much deciding.  how about you?  what are your quilty dreams?

Friday, September 22, 2017

halfway to flimsy

with the addition of another row, the orange mod top is now halfway completed.  am liking this more and more as the blocks get added.  no border is planned, and have plenty of orange binding leftover from the hawaiian ready for the finish--once the quilting is done, that is.

have a spool of aurifil's variegated orange/yellow thread that might be just the ticket...except for the gray design that'll get quilted with white probably.  and even though i *thought* i had plenty of orange scraps, might have to actually shop for some...but will do my best to avoid any retail acquisitions if i can.   *** spent most of today on the QOV trying for a september finish and i just might make it.  eager to move on to something else that 1) isn't orange and 2) isn't patriotic....i did work a bit today on a repro UFO just for a change of pace. ***  summer has returned to maryland with very warm days and nice, cool nights....tipping over into 90s for the weekend.  ***  lastly, so very thankful no storms came near us and my family who met Irma all got thru safely.

Monday, September 18, 2017

monday design wall

even though spent most of sunday quilting the QOV--10 blocks to go!--just this morning finished up this little piece that used waste triangles from the orange mod.

saw the pattern in this issue of American Patchwork when it arrived last month....and although i would have preferred to make it in the blues, the oranges were at hand...but it works and saved the waste triangles from the trash.  not sure what i'll do with all the rest of them, but they are kinda small for other uses.

and remember those roasted tomatoes?  well, put them in the chopper, added some basil and parsley, some chicken stock and a bit of heavy cream and it's soup!  it's the first time i've made my own creamy tomato soup and it won't be the last. a great way to use garden bounty....it's a bit chunky which is my preference.  try it...you'll like it!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

it's a winner!

my guild's opportunity quilt for this year won best of show at the great frederick fair!

proud to say i was a contributor to this beautiful autumn quilt.  i made some of the paper-pieced leaves and then appliqued 2 sections of the outer border.  we used all batiks and the fabrics were gorgeous!  the fair is a big deal here in frederick.  it started yesterday.  one of my quilty peeps from the senior center entered 3 quilts this year.  ***  just spent some quality time with dear daughter....every time we visit, it reinforces my decision to move here closer to her and her dear hubster.   not just mother and daughter, we're now at the friends too stage and i couldn't be happier or more blessed.  ***  with no real household chores this weekend, hoping to make big progress on the senior center quilt and some orange blocks too, even though would really like to play in the stash and start some new things.  just have to be disciplined i guess....

Thursday, September 14, 2017

oh santa.....

pretty sure it isn't too early to appeal to the jolly old elf....i watched this "how to" video again today--i really shouldn't--but i was drooling after about a minute....

it's the ulmer quilt frame and has a hefty price tag but oh my stars....it's the rolls royce of quilt frames i do believe.   watch the demo if you dare!!!  http://www.ulmerquilter.com....(audible sigh)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

by george...

i think i've got it!  or as they say in new england, "light dawns over marblehead" meaning marble head...lol.....have been staring at this work in progress all summer and wondering why it was so problematic for me...but today pulled out the book and fabrics to make more blocks...that's when a red marker at hand proved to be the problem solver...

as you can see, i had marked off the individual blocks with pencil to erase later but wasn't definitive enough to allow me to construct individual blocks with ease....after i did that, it came to me that, duh! all the blocks are exactly alike!  my creative gray cells were overthinking them because of the alternate gray fabrics for the design...well, after that got 2 done lickety split.  and now can go on from here without trepidation...whew! 

anxious to spend time at the machine and get this top done as well.  *** today while channel surfing looking for something to watch suitable for those with IQs over 50, happened on one of those mongrel movie channels advertising a movie with de niro and philip seymour hoffman called "flawless" about a macho ex-cop, now suave man about town, who suffers a debilitating stroke and his drag queen neighbor who gives him singing lessons to relearn speech.  subject matter aside (i prefer lighter entertainment while sewing), watching these 2 A-list actors was mesmerizing.  hoffman was clearly at the top of his craft in this sleeper movie, all the more sad due to his own early demise.  there are drug thugs and stolen money involved as well, but honestly, the performances were first rate.  i was just lucky they weren't running "donovan's reef" for the billionth time...i see it nearly every day in the tv guide.  now back to my own personal "mod" squad......

Monday, September 11, 2017


all florida relatives safe and well....huge answer to prayer!

irma sewing

instead of just mindlessly staring at the weather channel, figured i could get something done...pulled out the selvedge shoebox to proceed with potholders for upcoming gift giving..

been stockpiling these for a while and even gifted some by vic in nh....did make a pillow with some a while back and some little needlecases too....

these'll get turned into nifty potholders...they make great gifts....all from scraps!   *** another beauty of a day....popped a quiche in the oven to use up some milk and laundry is also on the list.   keeping busy while waiting to hear from florida gang...i know they are safe but will be reassuring to hear all the same.  even though it's september 11th, only irma seems to be on everyone's mind....

Sunday, September 10, 2017

southward prayers

my heart and mind are focused on florida....sending prayers for safety to family in irma's direct path....

Saturday, September 9, 2017


moira had a giveaway over on her blog and wow, i won!  it's one of those fabulous quiltmaker 100 blocks issues...

it's the fall 2014 issue but no matter, sure it's chock full of quilty fun.  moira often designs blocks for these issues and that is awe-inspiring to me as i am not a designer in any way, shape or manner. i follow patterns, that's about it.  ***  another perfect late summer day.  first thing roasted a whole cookie sheet of fresh tomatoes for soup.  i'll puree these a bit, leaving some chunks of course, and pop in the freezer for cool winter days...just add some stock, dried basil and parsley and a bit of milk/cream and it's ready!

did some other veggie cooking for the weekend....that leaves only laundry--piles and piles of laundry!

Friday, September 8, 2017

attention all quilters!

LONG POST BUT IMPORTANT!!!!  for many years now, i've been a member of the yahoo group "stashbusters" whose mission was to encourage us to use our stash...as you can imagine, mine has grown exponentially since so in that sense, the group is a complete failure...lol!   BUT, i have met many wonderful quilters including the famous bonnie hunter thru this group and a few even in person!   this was posted just a day ago and i wanted to share with you.  i've already sent along 2 quilt batts thru amazon, a super easy thing to do.  am including the contact info for betty as it just might be that some of you will be able to help as well...imagine if ALL your stash were lost, your UFOs, your quilts....not life threatening of course, but devastating to a quilter nonetheless.  nobody is going to check up on you or make you report back, this is entirely voluntary and for you to act as your heart prompts.  many of us, even with personal daily struggles and challenges, are blessed beyond measure...i know i am...even just recently with that astounding gift of aurifil thread.  happy to pay it forward....


Gosh, how do I ask..

The storage unit with about 40 full sized disaster quilts, 80+ Nursing home quilts, 60+ Linus Quilts, Christmas Stockings, a new roll of batting, about 40 Preemie quilts, and untold yards of fabric, cutting boards, shelving,, and so on were lost due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

One of my best friends (Nita Beard - chairman of WHQG Comfort Quilts) is just devastated. They had over 4 feet of water in the storage unit where we store this stuff... The Storage place said it is a total loss as it has been under water for over a week, and is too toxic to even come and look at, and is still underwater (at least 2 feet) as long as the Addicks reservoir is still releasing water.

Of course all Nita's Bee members have donated a bunch of fabric. but, this was a storage unit 10 x 20 foot FULL of fabric.

Last week, I asked for jelly rolls for Tri-County Quilt guild. They had OVERWHELMING success. Standing room only, making jelly roll quilts.

This is for West Houston Quilters Guild. Our meeting location (Bear Creek and in the the middle of the Addicks Reservoir) is under several feet of water. Closed until further notice. The storage unit is in the midst of this.

The Comfort Quilters will begin again. We are starting from scratch. Nita had about 40 kits in her car,, and that is what we have to start with.

We have some Hobbs UPC codes to try to get some batting again.

****We could use:
--Hobbs UPC codes - ANY Hobbs product.
--Yardage to get us started again.
--Quilt tops
--Finished quilts

Just devastated at what we lost, to help others.... Very discouraged. Nita with her positive attitude says that all will be well, and that God will take care.

***Any donations can be sent to me or I can give you Nita's address.

Betty Baker
Attn: WHQG Disaster
17412 Bobcat Trail
Cypress TX 77429

We will start over... gosh, still grieving over what was lost. Our Thursday Bee is starting with a sew-in in a next week to piece tops. A couple of Bee members with longarms and I have volunteered to quilt anything that comes in.

This is a different group from Tri-County. I am a member of both.

Cypress TX
www.TShirtQuiltsTX. com

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

not too soon

now that pumpkins and halloween candy/costumes are everywhere, not too early to think about christmas....took a tiny sewing detour and made this sunburst tabletopper for guild raffle basket.

and thanks to free craftsy videos yesterday, just might tackle machine quilting this one.  matchstick machine quilting has always intrigued/tempted me, and so meandered over to craftsy and watched a terrific how-to video.  am thinking this might be quilted in a spiral to echo the starlight mints on the fabric.  practice will come first, and a walking foot of course, but could be just right for this piece.  ***  gorgeous late summer day here but cooler for the rest of the week.  spaghetti sauce is on the stove for the freezer and maybe a clam chowder for later in the week.  otherwise back to the machine and more orange piecing!  the tumbler top has found another home and thinking my next one will be kaffe reds/magentas with a pale pink alternate....to keep for me!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

sorted greens

while at the dollar store yesterday, picked up a few clear shoeboxes to get my greens/reds finally put away.  knew that the 3 i bought wouldn't be enough, but would be a start.   quite happy today to see that the 3 are just enough for my pile of greens!  now just the reds pile is left and pretty sure 3 will be enough for them as well.

now they are in plain sight and easy to access....with the demise of the bookcase earlier this year, happy to find a more thrifty solution than replacing it...takes up less room as well....

and this very nice birthday surprise was in my mailbox yesterday.. many who blog are familiar with janet in utah, an expert at miniquilts and known for her kindness and generosity too.  vic from NH and i met janet years ago  (that long....really?) at keepsake quilting when she was visiting her daughter...we had already been friends online and meeting in person kicked that friendship up several notches...  she makes this lovely and fragrant soap and those dots????   i love them!  she is a gem of a friend for sure who handles her many cares mostly privately while flitting about the blogging world.

the dots are grunge dots and i had never seen them before, but oooh i'd love to have some yardage of the tan and gray to start with...thank you so much, janet!  you are definitely on santa's nice list this year!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

down to the wire

it's the eve of the 31st and my summer UFO blitz is winding down....just today, though, finished this tumbler top and although i had planned a border, have decided not to as it's just big enough to hand quilt and finish.  i have a nice red print that i might use for binding....might, that is.

i love these scrappy tumblers and after it's final press, it goes in the finish pile with the others waiting on me...course, it hasn't diminished the stash pile much but that was a given before started.  *** looking back, pretty happy with what got accomplished these 3 short months, actually 2.5 due to my vacation.  even so, there are 4 empty drawers in the UFO cabinet, a few less plastic baggie UFOs and a few less cross-stitch UFOs.  not to mention the few small finishes that are no longer in THAT pile.  two flimsies were sold and found new homes and didn't even make it to the finish pile.  pretty good progress overall, but can't slack off.  the orange mod top didn't get done so that is up next.  plus some selvedge potholders.  plus finish the senior center QOV......etc. etc. etc.!  meanwhile, planning to ease into september and autumn's arrival.....and forgive me for veering off quilting, but this photo came to us a few days ago and am completely gobsmacked by how beautiful my mom was...this was 1945 and she is still beautiful at 90, but wow, she coulda been a pinup gal...

Sunday, August 27, 2017

sewing prezzie

yep, today marks another year in existence for me...my mom is astounded to realize she has a child who is 68 years old!  in our family we don't think much about years, just keep on keeping on, and so far it has worked out pretty well....among other things, this arrived as a gift...

so the place is packed with aurifil thread now and the machine gals will be purring and whirring with delight!  i was really bowled over with this generous gift, but have promised to pay it forward as i've always done anyway.  and yesterday, this also arrived in my mailbox....not a gift but a harbinger!

was surprised as here in the northern south, we are still in summer mode. i did read that the new england foliage was predicted to be over the top this year...i just love autumn!  and even tho i'm not venturing back to school, some old habits die very slowly so indulged in these, feeling very rich indeed to have 2 boxes!

actually i thought the new blue would be included, but it wasn't yet.  opened them up and inhaled that heady wax aroma that only brand new crayons have.  packed away i have the box of 64 and a commemorative tin too...even as a youngster, color tantalized me so the segue to fabric was a given from early days...finally, this project progresses on with the hopes of finish by end of august september, possible presentation on veterans' day. 

with the summer UFO blitz, the finish pile is, well, piling up and time marches on...now, though, time to bake a small chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting and some pretty sprinkles on top...no candles are allowed here but not needed as i'm only as old as i feel....how about you???

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

the day's fun

before heading off to dreamland, wanted to post a wednesday report....first up, a small finish...bonnie hunter's wild and goosey pattern, the mini version...

at some point, she posted a photo of a large antique done like this but i opted for a smaller version for a quick (don't laugh) finish....i really love this and if i were 30 instead of ??? i am pretty sure i'd do a bed size...and this also got finished today....

found a home on the antique sled where some small quilts are displayed...really happy to see this finished....and continued working on the tumblers which work up super fast...this top is now just about half finished...and was able to avoid drooling on it while "witness" was on...one of my fave movies....harrison ford and amish quilts?  what's NOT to like????

actually pulled FQs and cut more pieces for this....always good feeling to shop the stash!   i do like this a lot and itching to get to the fun part, the quilting!  ***  can't believe labor day is around the corner and my very favorite season....autumn!  but first, a birthday cake to make for you-know-who!