Sunday, June 17, 2018

just one thing....

seems to always lead to another!  while pulling large yardage pieces off the shelf for the canvas tote, found a 2 yard piece saving for sashing for a jo morton project...well, that could go in the shoebox with the other pieces, right?  then wouldn't take long to cut up the strips for the sashing and be done, right?  then it's out of the stash completely, sort of...this is the project, her s'mores pattern from an old magazine...

on the back burner a while but now officially "in progress"....then finished up the first leg of round robin brown bag challenge for the guild, so that is now "in the bag"....

and since i actually finished something, decided to play around with these blocks to perhaps use for a tablerunner.....
but i think it's going to remain on the design wall for another purpose...and many more blocks of course.  ****  with june flying fast, trying to get this official UFO done and off the list....coming along and most likely it will be finished by the time july arrives....a jan patek pillow received in a giveaway....nice folk art piece she is well known for designing...

i have her nativity wall quilt pattern but haven't started that yet....january maybe?  *** today is cleaning day as tomorrow is guild workshop day to make up kits for the work meeting.  i did get one tablerunner top together and another is in the works. ***  finally saw "the shape of water" and "phantom thread", both really interesting but very different movies.  one is a compilation of beauty and the beast meets romeo and juliet meets splash ("shape") and the other, daniel day-lewis' last movie (so he says) is a quirky and has a bit of an ewwww factor.  couldn't help wondering if his character is based on a real life person....sure hope not!

ADDENDUM:  re those plaid blocks?  i see a mistake...uh oh...time to rrrrip and resew i guess!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

scrap attack success!

one day shy of June's halfway point and my scrap attack goal has been met.  the LL Bean tote is now empty and all the muslin scraps have been ironed and cut for future use.


it's been over 2 years since the bottom of this was seen.  now it's ready for something else...hmm large yardage pieces perhaps?  and these are now on hand for future sewing....

during the cutting up process, this arrived in my mailbox and right away i honed in on this pretty blue scrappy quilt....so with lots of blue fabrics and now plenty of precut muslin squares ready, the plan is to kit this up and add it to the list....it's only 12 blocks and all straight seams, like how long can it really take?   designer is annette plog.....and well, it's blue...


i had made this square, also bricks and cornerstones pattern, from plaid scraps thinking about a manly type quilt, but this might get repurposed for a charity tablerunner....remains to be seen since all the cheddar centers are prepped and ready. 


so i guess i am uneducated but since both are the same block, the bricks and cornerstones, then why is the magazine version "designed by" someone....it's just her version i would think and she doesn't hold the copyright on the block but maybe her version of the block/quilt?  regardless, they are both wonderfully scrappy and equally inspiring!

Monday, June 11, 2018

monday design wall

after auditioning several fabrics for this piece, finally settled on this light gold.  the previous cream background with a tiny red design was too much red so close to the pinwheels....


i like this one much better and there will be a very narrow red binding.....and while watching the Tony awards last night, picked up this UFO that should be a fairly quick finish....it was a giveaway from Jan Patek a few years ago.   the pillow has a red piping and will give the place a folky-artsy touch....


the little red piece on the right is the door.....there are some nice folk-art flowers to go....also been working on the donation quilt and prepping a guild brown bag challenge piece.  it's mostly a quiet week around here that'll usher in mid-june on friday...whew...flying by, i tell ya!

Saturday, June 9, 2018

going, going....

almost gone....this UFO that got repurposed from a wall quilt to a runner.  started eons ago, paper pieced stars with batik scraps and some WOW scraps as well...didn't realize how many batik scraps had stockpiled for this project, way too many than needed of course, so another will have to be found, probably more windmills.


and today at my first farmer's market visit of the season, i found this.....

a gen-u-ine, grown in soil, native tomato....bacon is off the menu of course, but a nice turkey sandwich with mayo and thick slices and maybe a grilled cheese and tomato....some strawberries, summer and zuke squashes came home with me as well...oh yeah, summer is here!

ADDENDUM:  the pattern for the above project is from marcia hohn's website www.quilterscache.com....

Friday, June 8, 2018

it just can't be...

that this industrious little artist movie star is having another birthday today!  time moves at warp speed it seems....i sure do miss cuddling her in my arms or rocking in the chair with her snuggled next to me....but oh so very proud of the beautiful, smart, compassionate, tender hearted, deeply spiritual and funny woman she has become.  abandoned by one parent and left alone too much by an overworked, crisis-juggling other, many heart aches and breaks along the way have refined her into pure gold.......happy birthday my darling girl!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

dulles expo quilt show - part 2



the diamonds on this piece were very small, maybe 1-2 inches max....very nicely done and so visually appealing....






blue and white together are always gorgeous, i think....



started my quilty life as a traditional quilter and i still am!  glad to see others are as well....a hot item at the vendors was this chaise pin cushion and thread holder...i saw several quilters with them and one of my quilty pals gifted me...a real surprise! 


so many people have been generous to me with all things quilty...it truly does humble me.  ***  nearly a week into june and haven't started on my monthly scrap attack project--the muslin scraps in the canvas tote.  the week has virtually disappeared as i adjust to a new schedule without regular rehab but continuing WITH regular exercise.  hoping to catch up on all this weekend....

Saturday, June 2, 2018

dulles expo eye candy - part 1

today was my maiden voyage to the quilters' unlimited show at the dulles expo in VA...after a rocky start to the day, arrived just after doors opened and met up with a couple of stashbuster pals.   i don't use a fitbit but got in plenty of steps up and down the aisles.  didn't really visit any of the vendors. once i'd spent all my energy, sat and chatted with a very nice lady from DE and her bus mates and got to ogle plenty of fabric purchases.  here are some of the quilts i really liked in no particular order.  i do apologize as i did not get makers' names for these 3 very pretty quilts...first up, done in batiks, very striking...

next, a very pretty aqua, red and white quilt...just enough red to make it pop...

and loved this wall quilt done in reds/greens, burgoyne surrounded pattern.  have always loved this pattern but haven't made one.....yet.  just as stunning in a smaller version. 

this quilt by marisela rumberg was near the entrance and many took the opportunity to have their photo taken with butterfly wings...this is my quilty pal, marianne, who "tried them on"....


this is trish nicholson's version of the eclipse.....small but very nicely done....

this is called "wave dancer" by linda cooper....another small but very nice piece...it's how many people feel about the ocean....


chris prestenbach's version of a jen kingwell pattern....such great contrast and bright but not blindingly so colors....there were a few others but this was my personal fave...


julia rouse made this batik quilt of simple shapes but the colors chosen makes it very pretty.....


this is a red/white/blue by kelley davis...only 13 blocks and some simple applique, but pretty...but i like RWB quilts mostly anyway....

and last for this post is libby samuel's snail's trail wall quilt....this is another pattern fave of mine; love her choice of fabrics and colors....

there are more for another post, but i'd like to end with a photo of my quilty pal, marian, and a pair (only one pictured) of wall quilts she made for someone using ties....i was witness to the process and thought they came out very nice.  they are for a relative and hope they are appreciated, but that isn't always the case with relatives....




Tuesday, May 29, 2018

officially summer?

in maine, when memorial day arrives, the residents "hope" it's summer; here in maryland it has already "been" summer for a couple of weeks now....LOL!  my holiday was quiet but productive...

first up the windmill blocks....all 30 are done and auditioned for the border...happy to say that one of the shoeboxes holding red fabrics is now emptied..yes, emptied!


then couldn't help but rummage around in the muslin tote; pulled out all the bigger pieces to put aside for later.   also in the tote were a couple of 2-yard pieces of kona white on hand for backgrounds.


that left the tote half full (or half empty?) of leftovers that'll get cut into squares and rectangles in june, which will be a fairly fast scrap attack....will be pretty exciting to see the bottom again!


in the tote was this dish towel that had cross-stitch on one end...i like the cross-stitch, but with a full quilty plate decided to add some patchwork to the opposite end and call it done.  now it can be used and is no longer UFO....


i probably bought this when i was in my 30s and thought i might live forever and/or have oodles of free time to cross-stitch dish towels...not either!  also spent a large amount of time quilting the donation quilt, which seems to be taking forever.  the gardening angel blocks are just about done, except for a few small pieces and a bit of finish embroidery.  with guild challenges and a few other quilt-related commitments plus the exercise, it's shaping up to be a busy summer.....


Monday, May 28, 2018

nobody but kate

if i live to be 150, i don't think anyone will sing "God Bless America" as good as Kate Smith...i know it dates me but i don't care....on this 150th memorial day as America's fallen are remembered, i think we should remember kate as well....her rendition of this beautiful song made me proud to be an American.....she never showed her thighs, never was trendy and hardly svelte, but she made irving berlin's catchy, patriotic tune immortal.....




Sunday, May 27, 2018

scrap attack oversight

somehow--and it's easy to figure out why--when my scrap attack list was written in january, this behemoth got overlooked (january was 2 months after surgery)...

this is an XL LL Bean tote filled to the brim with muslin pieces that have been tossed in over time....how long you ask?  can't say for certain, but have mostly ignored it until saturday when i was diving for big pieces for a frankenback for a wall quilt.  so the June task just got sidelined for this task because one of the UFO drawers holds this....

it's another reproduction scrappy top that needs lots of 2.5" and 1.5" muslin squares....so those are the sizes i'll start with....the blocks are 6" finished so it SHOULD use up a noticeable amount of the scraps.....and happy to say the frankenback is now ready for the sunshiny day wall quilt, seen here....


and also assembled a frankenBATT for my RWB piece....


with a tiny slip of the scissors necessitating a minor fix....


but at the end of the day, the RWB and cheddar indigo were ready for basting; the sunshiny day just needs some batting cut, the muslin scraps are up next for attacking--and a few other red windmill blocks got sewn.  spent couple of hours on the applique angels too....also had the opportunity to pay it forward and hem a pair of slacks for a resident here....it's my way of giving back as many have helped me in a multitude of ways....and with 2 more weekend days, have left the best most boring for last--housework!