Saturday, September 9, 2017

surprise!

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....

THIS IS THE MESSAGE THAT WAS POSTED IN RESPONSE TO QUERY:

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.

Betty
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!