Monday, March 25, 2019

little sewing

mostly have been cutting up fabrics for a friend but did manage to get a tiny bit of sewing done on this honeycomb quilt top...made with cherrywood solids....it's couch throw size...there'll be a 5" navy border as i've a feather stencil been wanting to use....
all the side triangles are sewn in and now at the bottom of the honeycombs....did have to cut a few different colors...hoping this coming week will be able to add borders...and then there's this little sewing....

a new baby boy just has to have some fun bibs!  backed with flannel and velcro tabs, done in a flash!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

it's heeeere!

it's the annual UFO adoption day...looking for somebody else's treasure to adopt?  hop on over to cynthia's blog to see what is available....what's that?  you say you already HAVE  UFOs?  well, dear readers, who doesn't??? but you just might find that dream project already started that you can finish up lickety split....i had a couple of UFOs had thought about putting up for adoption but can't quite part with them yet...maybe next year (if they aren't finished by then..LOL)....spring rains here today but no matter, it's a sewing day for me...

Monday, March 18, 2019

new week, new finish

spent a good part of the weekend finishing up this wall quilt....my apartment is industrial beige from floor to ceiling in every room so guessing that is why have been gravitating to bright colors more than usual...the camera doesn't do it proper brightness justice tho....
went with the navy binding to tone down the yellow which is a screaming YELLOW....a color i seldom use.   title is "sunny day" and today is very sunny....spring is here for certain as daffodils are starting to bloom....so another UFO is history, off the list....

Sunday, March 17, 2019

plastic!

with spring cleaning in full swing, the sewing space is not exempt.  whereas in past years have hung onto these, their time had come to go.   a bag full of pattern templates carefully fashioned out of template plastic...

the large baggie (also plastic) was full, each held together with pins, for future use.....until the rotary cutter arrived on the scene!  only occasionally did they get used but never in the last (at least) 5 years....so they are going the way of rotary phones, 8-track tapes, subway tokens....gone but not forgotten.  ***  and this being st. patrick's day, the aroma of corned beef is wafting thru the building....though it's a no-no for me, did get a slice from the deli to go with my vegs.  i promised the cardiac surgeon i would not squander the gift he gave me and aside from tiny, very occasional foodie indulges, i'm keeping that promise....the gift of life is far too precious!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

finished!

not an official UFO but done and daughter is delighted!  didn't bust much stash on this at all but some is better than none....and still plugging away on this, slow but sure....applique on the stems will commence this week....

car still on sick list for another couple of weeks i guess...so have a ride to the store today...off we go!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

M is for.....

March!  as in all people quilt's March Madness Pillowcase Sweepstakes.....and then M is for MODA!   yes i won!  a fantastic gift package from Moda....arrived today on this our first real spring day....a big box waiting at my door....how good is that?

a real treasure trove of all things quilty!  should really be thanking my mom, who gives me the subscription to the magazine where the info to enter was found....but can also be found on facebook....a terrific surprise and will be thoroughly enjoyed....

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

wednesday report

while i have been sewing since the last post, have also been tackling spring cleaning....vacuuming, washing floors, dusting, cleaning the fridge, collecting thrift items, moving furniture....it's been a while since i could do all this in just a few days!   most of my sewing has been hand quilting, hand piecing and cutting up...but this morning betty and i finished these blocks...


barbara brackman's "stars in her crown" sew along....one for each of queen victoria's children...there is a similar star-like border but not going there...gonna dig thru the stash to see if there's a nice border print to finish them off....
for hand sewing, picked up "midnight at the oasis" to stitch up the next step....these "wow" triangles and their setting pieces....
still in my kaffe groove obviously...just can't get enough of these gorgeous fabrics.....at some point in my travels going to be looking for a lime (batik maybe?) print for the narrow borders in this large wall quilt....as for cutting,

cutting up this pile into pieces for future quilts for a friend....now that the fairies wall quilt is just about done (photo later), this project and assembling the QOV top are the last two commitments on my list...2 more UFOs are already in the hoops--a wall quilt and a bed quilt--so continuing on with my goal to FINISH stuff this year.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

marooned....

meaning the car is on the sick list...spending much more time in the sewing space browsing thru books....meaning more projects?  could be...in kaffe fassett's book on quilts from the V&A, saw this...actually had seen it before but another look was electrifyingly tempting.   love, love, love it...it's big at 94" square but the borders are 10" so the size issue can be remedied...
on hold until more UFOs are done and maybe then it won't be as tempting?  **** and it's the beginning of the end for this project...
the upside down border diagram section has been righted and the applique can commence...for which i'm thrilled...i think it was 1988 when i saw this pattern at a NH show, bought the pattern and have been inching away on it every so often...this could be the year it will finally adorn my wall!  *** and (gulp), did actually start a few new small projects from this tantalizing siren betsy chutchian book...

all this plus quilting on dear daughter's cross-stitch wall quilt, which should be done in another week?  should be anyway....especially since i'm MAROONED!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

easy sewing green

it has been a topsy-turvy week so it felt comforting to sit and sew a bit today....car issues, cable TV issues, prescription issues, non-sleep issues all added up to a discombobulated atmosphere that hoping will settle down now. 
this month's rainbow scrap challenge color is green...naturally!  in between snow bursts (again this weekend!) , we are already seeing green with daffodils up about 4" and pansies blooming!  and once again, the strip tote held very few green fabrics so had to pull some stash to finish these blocks.  did manage to use up a couple of small pieces plus the strips i found.  after the blocks were done, added them to my RSC pile and set about clearing the decks, putting away and tidying up.  emptied an elfa drawer by consolidation creating space for stuff that was just lying about and causing chaos.  this block got unearthed and thought about what to do with it....

it was a senior center donation nobody wanted.  i knew the fabrics were old and contacted the local heritage society, but they refused it without a definite provenance to the county so i kept it.  it isn't perfect and badly stained, a triple irish chain block, only one.  decided that it'll get finished potholder style and displayed.  somebody made it, sewn by hand.  it's my way of paying tribute to an anonymous quilter.  *** and if you are a reader who likes a good yarn, a quasi-mystery with a cast of unbelievable, humorous and unconventional characters, can heartily recommend carl hiaasen and this one i'm currently reading...

it's an older book of his, but all those i've read so far are thoroughly entertaining....like his latest, "razor girl", about a nefarious couple whose job is staging car accidents to collect insurance money.  the girl is the driver, plowing into unsuspecting (male) drivers of expensive cars.  when the fuming victim pulls over and gets out to find out who hit him, he sees the girl shaving her very private parts, hence the title.   when i need laughs, colorful characters and a harmless mystery, always pick up a hiaasen novel....

Friday, March 1, 2019

not quilty....

a brief trip back in time to march of 1961....this little miss joined our family....and fast forward to today, her birthday....she has had a very tough go for over a year with lots of serious medical issues, admittedly some due to her own stubbornness, but even so, things that would knock many down for the count.  with 12 years between, we haven't been awfully close as siblings but she's important to our family....happy birthday dear sis...hang on tight and struggle like mad!