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

update

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....