Saturday, May 20, 2017

it's about time...

recall that old TV show?  it's about time, it's about space, it's about *** and the human race, or so went the opening theme...well, last week somebody on quilting classifieds, a selling site, posted a pattern that tweaked my conscience...so nothing else to do but dig it out and take stock....and look what happened!


the bottom and final panel is ready to baste so it can be appliqued....this is new england sampler, a pattern i bought back in the 1980s--yes, 1980s--but perfection fear kept me from working on it long before this...i took some applique classes and tackled the flower blocks and the house panel, but oh those vines...severe vine phobia!  a month or so ago hung this on my design wall to "remind" me and today got out my bias bars and found the vines weren't so scary after all.  am now determined to finish this in 2017.   there's a narrow inner border then a sorta wide muslin border with more flowers and vines and then about a 3" final border.  it isn't bed size but rather a largish wall piece. once basted it'll be rolled up for portability.  after this, there are just a few really old UFOs on my list....recall the civil war diary?? 

3 for 3...

lap robes for the guild, that is...i belong to two guilds and already made 3 for one guild and now 3 for the second...except for the QOV, taking summer hiatus from charity sewing...


the top fabric was a jelly roll from the guild, but the backing, batting and binding came from my stash...haven't quite finished sewing down that binding, but today should do it...no pattern and no rhyme or reason to blocks, just made a bunch of blocks and put 'em together....the gold fabric has some metallic in it and i would choose this one if it was up to me... ***  as you can see, i've put up the folding table again and have to say, love having an extra, spacious work surface.  also got some basting done of both UFO flimsies and some applique.  ***  our mini heat wave has abated for now with comfortable temps into next week, but now that may's end is here, it's only a matter of time until the summer muggies arrive to stay.   time just flies by like crazy, doesn't it?

Thursday, May 18, 2017

what's in the box?

well, this is what WAS in the box yesterday morning....with an entire day ahead, thought perhaps could wipe out this box of batik scraps...


and by late wednesday night, this is what was left....


the trash was full of colorful itty bitty trimmings and this was on the design wall....finally...


once complete, it'll fit perfectly on the inside of my apartment door...i think i should call it 'lifesavers'....and the vacuuming?  it did get finished but you can hardly tell now....threads and snips all over the place.  having and taking an entire day is a terrific way to stay on task and make real headway into finishing these UFOs....i've another one already lined up for another such day which could be saturday or sunday.  try it, you'll like it!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

this and that

monday awoke with every good intention to tackle some housework....only takes a couple of hours and wanted to get it done for the week....but my quilty mojo had other ideas.  while tidying up to vacuum, spied this stack of leftovers of cheddar and indigo and wondered what i could use them for....recently saw a doll quilt done in a braid and decided to try it...


yep, these will do nicely and should almost bust this little pile, but back to vacuum....before could pull out the machine, checked email and once again saw my stickie note about "wild turkeys"....plus ads for christmas fabrics...yikes, christmas already?  better get my turkeys done first....so located the templates i had prepared and went to the stash for fabrics....found these nice plaids and some fallish cottons and next thing i know, here they are ready to applique....but back to the vacuum....finally! 


by evening after supper AND vacuuming was done, sat for some TV with this project...the senior center's QOV.   this quilt was in the frame when i arrived last year with the intent of everyone doing the quilting, which didn't happen.  before you could say "red white and blue" i volunteered to finish the quilting, so it's my early summer project.  have a good head start, and we are hoping for maybe a july 4th presentation or veterans' day if not....


today's plan is to finish up the housework--honestly it is--and then more sewing of some sort...so nice to have plenty of choices!

Monday, May 15, 2017

monday finish

it's the rambling rose wallhanging now ready to hang up in my apartment!  the institutional everything beige walls will set this off nicely....when i used the dark brown for the geese, i thought they were too dark in comparison to other shades in this layer cake.  but once the green border was on, they toned down nicely and i'm glad i chose to use that color sparingly.  i'm a fan of fabric designer sandy gervais and her color combos and this is no exception....


looks like summer is headed our way this week with temps at 90 on the horizon.  and hope your mother's day was as awesome as mine....just being able to be with my daughter and SIL was priceless!  no real plans for monday except household stuff and probably sew...how good is that?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

worthy....

of all my love and honor today and every day....


since i was the first, aka the 'trainee' child, she'll tell you she was more strict with me than the sibs, and even now at age 90, she'll point out her mothering faults....but i've got no complaints whatsoever.  in fact, as we grow older together, i see more and more of her unconditional and unfailing love and devotion, wisdom and compassion.  as we honor our moms today, can't forget there are those for whom today is a heartbreak for absent mothers, for mothering dreams unfulfilled....makes me feel just a tad guilty for still being able to talk, chat, laugh and send blessings to mine....