Monday, September 16, 2019

before and after

you might remember that i made this cute little pumpkin for my friend vic in NH...her birthday is in october and i knew it was something she wouldn't make for herself...i found the pattern on the internet, designer sonja callaghan...

fast forward 2 years (or maybe 3) and look at jack now!

is this the way kaffe would decorate?  could be....it just needs a bit of stabilizing quilting and it'll go to a fundraiser for thanksgiving food baskets...that's if it sells.....stay tuned!  and since i was playing in 'those fabrics' decided to try a couple of little blocks....

these are 4.5" and no, it's not really a new project, just a try and see....but they are cute, aren't they?  and a couple of UFOs got some attention this weekend....

more plaids, a plaid sofa size quilt that's moved closer to the top of the pile, and this project that gets worked on now and then, or at least not seriously until a few things get done and the new england sampler is a completed top...i think of it more as a take along....

last year i visited the baltimore applique society and a program of antique red/green quilts....no, this won't be a quilt, just 4 blocks, but it's going to have some type of swag border....they are 18" blocks....sooo that was my weekend fun....did i tie that charity quilt?  no....did i vacuum and wash my 2 little floors?  no....did i do laundry?  no...there's always another day and with a bit of motivation, i could get all of them done today....or tuesday? 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

seek loving home

as mentioned, here is my offering for the UFO adoption event....

included are some units already assembled, center cheddar circles all basted, plenty of pieces cut and plastic templates....i like it but don't love it....planned for a full size quilt....it's machine pieced so far....would love for it to find a finishing home....postage required but otherwise FREE!   color photo and complete directions included....let me know if you love it more than i do.....

Thursday, September 12, 2019

orphan adoption time!



it's that time again when those no-longer-inspiring UFOs can be put up for adoption and sent along to a good home where they probably might should WILL be finally done!   it officially starts today over here and you can read all the fine print, post adoption items on your blog and link up...easy peasy!  i know i have a couple that i'll be posting, probably tomorrow as today's calendar is full.  but get to start the adoption fun with a real finish of my own, the blue logs scrappy....ready for the donation pile!


Monday, September 9, 2019

binding and bastings

it's monday reckoning after a busy weekend....what got accomplished?  first, the scrappy blue logs got completely tied and the binding is now on and pinned....thanks to a generous quilter, had a perfect backing fabric in the tote that even left a yard for the stash....today it'll get sewn down and crossed OFF the UFO list....
it'll go in the donation pile....sometimes during the winter, a local organization will contact the guild looking for quilts and i never have any to give....so now i'm keeping a few on hand just in case....and with the folding table up, took advantage of the space and got 4 small quilts basted.....the gold backing is a secret until october--guild challenge--but the others get stacked up until a few other UFOs are finished.  but i might cave and quilt the leaves for the fall--no time like the present!  
 also this weekend washed/dried all the new stash with only one sorta casualty.....
i bought this half yard for a couple of small patriotic wall quilts....it did have a white background, but when pulled out of the washer, it was wrapped around a RED batik....so now it's pale pink with blue stars.   immediately dunked it in hot water, some detergent and 2 color catchers that helped some, so i'll give it another go and hope i'll be able to pass it off as blue stars on a cream background, which would be usable for the original plan.  it was the only fabric with white and others didn't seem affected.  it's why i ALWAYS wash/dry fabric, except those charm squares and jelly rolls of course.

ADDENDUM:  any AMC movie theatre fans out there?  i got a gift card online and used it to purchase my downton abbey tickets but erroneously ended up with 2 gift cards, each worth $25.  i used one but don't need the other.  if you can use it and want it, i can email the gift card to you.  you can send me a check or carefully concealed cash or even paypal if you must.   let me know....

Thursday, September 5, 2019

road trip

yesterday a quilty peep invited me on a road trip to visit a couple of shops on her want-to list...one i had been to before and the other was new to me.  we skipped up to PA just across the state line and drove past endless cornfields and open meadows to find this...
a barn quilt on steroids!   covered nearly the entire side of the building!  a cute shop called sewnplace in fayetteville, PA....nice little shop, good selection of fabrics and notions, very friendly staff.  and did i mention?  a serious selection of kaffe fabrics too....the other shop, also down country roads and thru sections of gettysburg battlefield, called needle and thread.  a larger shop, more sale fabrics, lots of dressmaking fabrics as well, plus plenty of civil war era fabrics/notions/patterns, even hoops for your costume!  some free fresh produce greeted us at the entrance!  we lunched downtown at "gettysburgers"....because after a week of chicken a change was needed.  back to the city in time for the bookmobile and 2 kaffe fassett books for me!  ***  afternoon sewing consisted of rainbow scrap challenge blocks for september...purple!  skipped august as was just too busy.  where has the year gone???
again had to pull a few purples from stash for enough strips to make these.  ***  mr. mailman brought another squishie, again "scraps" offered by an online quilty friend.  a collection of downton abbey fabrics that my daughter, DA's most ardent devotee, will swoon over.  mom will probably get recruited to make something....maybe highclere in HSTs?   i thought i ordered a daughter who quilted but my request got ignored...LOL!
after a few hot days, the week ahead promises to be more comfy.  not that the 90-degree days are gone but hopefully only sporadic from here.  one just gets to the point where enough is enough.  time for soups and chowders and long pants again. i absolutely love autumn!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

welcome to meet and greet!

first,  i want to thank Benita for including me in this event for the second time!  if you haven't visited before, then welcome!  feel free to peruse any of the posts or photos of interest to you.  one caveat:  while most of what i write is quilt related, sometimes things that irk and anger me creep in....just saying!  i am indeed humbled to be included in a very talented group of super quilters.  some of the names are very familiar to me and some i've even met in person!  be sure and include your contact information if you post as i hear there are prizes!!!

before i tell you about me, i'll just say a few things that i am NOT.....not a blue ribbon quilter, not a machine quilter, not a designer, not a teacher, not a professional quiltist/sewist anything!  i'm a recent western maryland transplant from new england.  i've been sewing 62 years and quilting for 40 years.....yes, before rotary cutters.  amish quilts were the sirens that enticed me into quilting.....

and scrap quilts are probably those i make most often....

mostly i've been a traditional type quilter, but in recent years have dabbled in modern type quilts and always with bright colors......
often utilizing high contrast.  i have a medium-sized stash and sew nearly every day, am primarily a hand quilter but recently dabbled in using a walking foot for a few small items.  i've been tremendously blessed by this community of quilters in friendship, sharing of ideas, recipient of scraps, books, notions etc.  i pay it forward in many ways--donation quilts, leading workshops at the local senior center, helping others along when needed.  let me show you something i'm working on right now....

a friend purchased this bird print fabric for me in lancaster earlier this year....isn't it adorable? 
if you can't see, the tiny dots are aqua, one of my favorite colors.  right away i pulled a few go-with fabrics from my stash....and they've been sitting on my sewing table until now....
i might use more but will start with these.....i found a birdhouse pattern that i drafted as a 12-inch block.....
the plan at the moment is to sew up some paper-pieced birds, maybe a couple of trees and maybe a paper-pieced sun to create a wall quilt around the bird fabric.  since i'm not really a designer, going along by the seat of my pants a bit here....but that's the general idea.   i have no intention of copyrighting this idea; no doubt many others can do it better, and i wouldn't be at all surprised to pick up a magazine and see it done way before mine.  but for me it's about the fabric and color and what is pleasing to me for my personal use and enjoyment.

 be sure and enter HERE......

Monday, September 2, 2019

a holiday?

for those of us in a certain age bracket, monday holidays are definitely un-holidays....indistinguishable from many other days.  for quilters, tho, it's another sewing day and i've got my projects for today all lined up.  i'll be tying 2 donation quilts and then basting some small pieces if there's time leftover.  already this weekend have 1) finished a small project for guild meeting that can't show yet.....2) got this little wall quilt assembled...

the background fabric is a gorgeous asian print gifted to me--less than a yard altogether. pulled out some cherrywood scrapbag solids for the leaves.  it's a favorite pattern of mine for my favorite season of the year.  only a very small scrap of the asian print left...used as much of it as i could as it's that pretty!  ***  and 3) found this little unfinished piece and couldn't bear to ignore it any longer.  will be on the lookout for a decorative hanger for display.  shudder to think how long it was tucked away but thankfully no longer! 

i have only 2-3 more cross stitch pieces waiting to be finished.  though i drool over fancy samplers on blogs and am tempted to make one, so far the size of my UFO list has held me back, a good thing indeed.  *** hope you enjoy today whether it's a break from work or not!

Friday, August 30, 2019

a freaky friday....

a challenging start involving medications, bathrooms and....well i'll let your imagination finish...LOL!   after a few (ahem) cleanup chores, finally got to sit at the machine and let the hum of needle and thread restore serenity....put some of those recently acquired plaid scraps to use sewing up this festive wall quilt...the phone camera doesn't capture it optimally.
the santas were from a panel donated to the senior center, likewise the light sashing plaid.  the christmas geese blocks were in the baggie.  i did have to sew up 3 more to finish the second border, and of course it isn't perfect...had to do a bit of fudging to get the santas aligned close enough to fit and there might be a couple of geese that are a tad narrower than the others, but once it's quilted, will be a cute christmas wall quilt i think.  i like it anyway and naturally, for this my opinion counts most!   ***  but before christmas comes other holidays and this parade of pumpkins is now done!
also in the goodie box i received was a spool of 28 wt aurifil dark orange. i took a chance and used it as the top thread in my machine without any issues at all and got this quilted with my walking foot.  the bobbin had 50 wt orange.   it doesn't show up much in this photo, though, but nice to try something and have it work ok....  ***  it's a 4-day weekend for me and aside from some very little cleaning and cooking, hope to get some serious sewing accomplished.  a roast chicken is on the menu that'll last way beyond 4 days.  planning to keep the water closet close by as well...just in case....LOL!

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

birthday prezzies...

do i look older?  do i feel older?  absolutely NOT on both counts, but as of yesterday i have crossed over into a new decade, the 70s....huh?  how that can be?  not complaining of course but it seems impossible to me....even more so to my 92 yo mother...she can hardly believe her firstborn has reached this milestone...wasn't it yesterday she was curling my hair and tying my shoes?  surely she thinks so....i spent the day with my dear daughter and awesome son-in-law....we lunched on pizza (ssshhh don't tell the cardio!) and a bit of red velvet cheesecake and hugged and talked and basked in each other's love....i got this for a special upcoming release...
she has one also and i'm thinking opera gloves and a tiara would be required as well; after all, the king and queen are coming to downton!  after we finished celebrating, headed west for the apartment and a mailbox chock full of stuff including these following goodies from some stashbuster pals...

a delicious quilty collection for sure!  was after 11 pm before i stopped drooling and ogling and planning new projects....the bottom photo is the lincoln museum quilt and i have been eyeing that on blogs for some time, on the fence about diving in.  with this gift will definitely be taking this on and hoping can round up a few others who will sew along with me.  the autumn fabrics, the batiks, the new-to-me books are all going to be used...in addition there were a few spools of aurifil and an infinity bag for take along projects.  oh and those kaffe urchins!  2 whole yards of blue/gray/purple excitement!  funny, didn't notice the purple when i first saw this swatch....today back to ordinary days and the to-do list....and it's only wednesday....gonna be a busy transition back to the 70s and autumn!


Sunday, August 25, 2019

conundrum solved and an announcement!

remember this block posted the other day??
this project got started years ago from an oldie but goodie book by jan halgrimson.   i had xeroxed the pattern and assembled a kit of sorts for "someday"....a few times pulled out the kit only to be confounded and stymied by something not quite right.  the pattern says it makes a 12" block but this block measures only 11"....i re-measured and re-measured my pattern and the calculations were right....so decided to pull out the book and check once more...
and the answer was right there....when the page (left) was copied, it skewed the width dimensions of each template piece about 1/8"...not much you say but when added over the entire block with so many pieces, it was significant.  so the tried and true basics still hold.  fortunately i had only one block completed, but there were these...
eight (so far) centers all finished...solution?  from the centers out i'll add the strips of the correct width..for some reason the length of the logs were true....and the block will probably be a skosh under 12" and i might have to make a few more than planned, but they'll all be the same and the project angst has disappeared.  early morning sewing has been productive indeed and i'm already liking this project a lot more!   i think 30 blocks should be enough and the one already finished will go in the orphan pile...as for the announcement, on september 3rd i'll be participating in "quilters meet and greet"....have a special project swirling around in the gray matter, so please do stop by and check it out!
it's a beautiful day in my neighborhood, yours too i hope!