Saturday, August 19, 2017

summer UFO train....

chugging along emptying more drawers before autumn arrives...with 12 more days hoping to end up with the orange mod as a flimsy....today's progress is the scrappy 9-patch with reconfigured border...


still not perfect but improved over the previous 2 borders.....glad i made the effort for the unsewing and resewing....was going to donate to the thrift store but i kinda like it so maybe i'll just tie and finish and use it for charity.   waiting in the wings and already in the machine is the repro tumbler scrappy....


four rows were already done and have lots of tumblers already cut in the UFO drawer.  again, destination uncertain but i have envisioned hand quilting this one.  it'll need a border of some sort, not very wide, but a neutral and then a dark print to bind.  i could definitely snuggle under this one.   and unearthed a couple of cross stitch pieces needing finishing.  framing is too pricey, but decided to make a decorative pillow of this one.  it was done back in the 1980s and was sad to see some discoloration that didn't come out with washing.  i really like this piece and sorry i left it unfinished so long.  when i made it, i had the house and lots of


decorating dreams, but have found the perfect place for it here in my new home....so the time seems right.  the other piece is a serenity prayer that will also become a pillow after some eyelet trim is purchased.  it, too, was made in the 1980s during the ex's first go-round with AA. we split not long after, so lost interest in finishing.  lastly, DD came for a visit last week and drooled over this wallhanging, even offering to BUY it, but mom had a light bulb moment....


remember the sampler christmas stocking?  half done at this point, so made a deal with her and she will finish the cross-stitch, and i will quilt the basket wallhanging and give to her. she is a perfectionist with her cross stitch....synapses really firing that day!   now back to that moving train!

[new header photo is marsha mccloskey's north wind from her book "quick classic quilts"....i loved making this and love the result and love that book as well...flimsy was donated to vermont flood relief a few years back]

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

wednesday finish

finally, have gotten back on the sewing track and finished up this little christmas baubles piece...it's a moda bakeshop pattern and although i like it, the original was done with green baubles and a more neutral background....but it's done and not totally disagreeable looking...it'll look more festive in december i'm guessing....


and the other day was fashioning a chair cover for a friend....it needed lots of bias binding, which i made from stash.  and if you know me, you KNOW i didn't measure how much i'd need beforehand, just cut a stack of bias strips guesstimating how much was needed....well 'shiver me timbers' but when i got to the end, it looked like this....


now, there HAD to be at least 5-6 yards of the binding in all...but like the eclipse, this could never happen again in 45-50 years at least....true binding karma!  ***  a gorgeous late summer day here in mid-atlantia with temps rising incrementally as week progresses....boy do i feel blessed today!

Monday, August 14, 2017

monday scraps

this post contains a variety of photos....first up, went to a local quilt show yesterday and snapped these few that caught my eye...there were plenty more but these were a few of my faves...

don't see stained glass quilting around much, but this one and a couple others were quite nice....


this was a panel but sure didn't look like one....the colors appealed to me....


i liked the silhouettes on this little piece.....and managed to sew a bit myself before venturing out.  the senior center is having a placemat workshop in september, which is shockingly just around the corner.  first attempt while doing some baking resulted in a block the wrong size, but the do-over came out just right...


the leaf fabric in the top one is a hoffman, naturally....their designers always turn out gorgeous prints...and a couple of vacation memories...was it really two weeks ago??


the famous ken's seafoods in scarborough, maine, and my own selection of yummy fried clams in batter....a decadent and delicious choice!   last but not least, a couple of local flora pix....the first is of these floral bushes that are everywhere in an array of colors from pink to lavender to fuchsia....when in full bloom they are gorgeous!  they look like a lilac variation of some sort...


and a look to the future with a photo snapped last year at a local state park.....i know i couldn't live anywhere that didn't have an autumn....


now off to start the week....on my list?  hope to finish a couple of small pieces, plus the scrappy 9-patch border and tackle the QOV to see if that can be an august finish....