Sunday, December 31, 2017

tally up!

reckoning day has arrived....the numbers have been duly crunched....and the result is.....40 yards USED and 21 yards ADDED for 2017!   even with my fuzzy math, that is a net used of 19 yards!  those yards are gone and outta here....some went for lap robes, some went for finished UFOs....these figures do not calculate the UFOs still waiting for a finish or the 3 projects started this year...only 3?  remarkable restraint, considering how easy it is to get sidetracked with tantalizing internet photos.  not included in this tally was fabric used for doll clothes and some minimal fabric used to finish up cross-stitch projects, probably the most satisfying finishes as they had been tucked away in a tote for so long, too long.  time is fleeting, bodies age, faculties diminish, so it's imperative to use time wisely, live each day to the fullest, spend those minutes and hours and not let them just slip thru our fingers.  a happy quilting/sewing/stitching new year to you all!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

my 12 "scrap attack" list

when i posted this, neglected to list my 12 monthly scrap tasks....i've listed them in no particular order, but will be starting with the orange mod flimsy in january to empty the shoebox and get it in the "baste and quilt" pile.  it's half done so should be a quick finish.  the scrap basket project is listed twice for obvious reasons. 

1. cut up scrap basket scraps....empty basket
2. finish inchie project in progress using 1.5" scraps and empty drawer!
3. empty selvedge shoebox making potholders
4. make scrappy DWR flimsy using scraps
5. finish repro bricks project and empty drawer
6. pull out 2.5"strips shoebox and get a top done
7. sew up 4-patches using 2" squares already cut
8. cut orange peels from jo morton charms
9. finish up cheddar/indigo scraps on a wallhanging
10.  make flimsy triangle plaid scraps
11.  finish mod orange flimsy and empty shoebox
12. cut up scrap basket scraps...empty basket AGAIN!

this list is pretty daunting but won't consider it etched in stone with some wiggle room.  whatever scraps get used up will be a plus!   now off to start my household to-do list and finish another UFO before 2018 arrives!

Friday, December 29, 2017

calling all quilters!

earlier this year, I posted information to help those affected in Texas by Hurricane Harvey.  Another opportunity has come to light to help California fire victims....

Ventura (CA) guild is collecting blocks to assemble quilts for fire victim relief efforts.   At first I thought they were looking for orphan blocks, but instead have requested the above pattern be used.   if you've got scraps, won't you take a few minutes and whip up a few and send them along.  for additional information or to learn more, go to:

while we all go about our normal daily routine, these fires continue to rage and destroy and displace families.  we as quilters have always risen to the call for a need, and i'm guessing the need will be ongoing for some time.  feel free to share this on your own blog or with your guild. 

Thursday, December 28, 2017


with the passing of my last remaining paternal aunt on monday, my father's family of origin is now once again all together in heaven.  my grandmother, the pastry cook; my grandfather whom I never knew;  aunt dorothy, the sensible devout one; aunt lillian, the bossy can-do one; aunt madeline, the worry-wart energizer bunny; uncle ronald, the pampered one; my dad, the outgoing farmer at heart; aunt beverly, the compassionate and caring one....all now joined by aunt carol, the baby and self-absorbed one.  these are people with whom I spent most of my growing up years.  We were quite a gang at holiday dinners and beach outings.  From them I learned to embroider and knit, family secrets from long ago, corny jokes, met missionaries and talented musicians, spent time with their chickens and in their gardens.  peonies, sweet peas and hollyhocks will always remind me of my grandmother's favorites.  I was her designated donut shaker and donned a nurse's cap to bring her pills when she was sick.  my aunts would take me into the wild surf and pull me up high to jump icy waves.  special dresses were sewn for me by them. from them I learned to love piano music as two of them played.  it was inevitable, of course, that this would happen.  saying good-bye one by one tricked me into thinking it would never be so, but it is.  only photographs remain and the void, of course, that can never be filled. 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

scrap attack for 2018

sarah is spearheading this 2018 challenge and although i am already committed to stash busting, attacking the scraps isn't far behind.  it does appear, though, that hers are more out of control than mine (or does it?) with the exception of "the basket" that has had to wait until i'm cleared for serious rotary cutting. 

and i do happen to have a scrappy DWR in the works as well.....

then there are those constantly reproducing selvedges i use for potholders, a project that got set aside earlier

and then there's this drawer full of inchies, 1.5" squares, that also multiply like rabbits no matter how many one uses......

and lastly this stack of precut scraps just waiting their turn to be used and escape their plastic prison....

so am i in with this challenge? it appears i have met the to join in the fun?

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

onward to 2018!

Christmas is over...mine was very quiet with no big celebration for various reasons, so i began the new year purge. went thru desk drawers and tossed stuff, cleared away clutter from when i was recuperating, snacked for meals instead of cooking anything, put up the 2018 calendars, reorganized some of the sewing corner.  later this week can get reacquainted with vacuuming and mopping--not a moment too soon!

the start of a new year is always exciting to me, this year especially so.  with bypass boot camp ahead (also known as cardiac rehab), hoping to be 110% afterward--just in time for mid-atlantic spring days.  though there are ever-present financial challenges, still feeling totally blessed after this very long surgical siege.  every day feeling more and more like myself and doing more and more of my normal stuff.  many told me this would happen and even tho couldn't believe it some days, it's becoming a reality.  praying for God's continued watchful care today, tomorrow and every day ahead.  now back to UFO busting!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

the tree and me...

wish everyone a Blessed Christmas!  Even though my unexpected surgery wiped out everything fun from Halloween on, made sure got my tree up and decorated.  though you can't see them, it has 4 long strings of pretty lights on it making it pretty festive. 

it'll be a different sort of Christmas celebration this year, but doesn't change the reason for the season.....and just for a chuckle....

There was an old man of Blue Hill
Who when church was quiet and still
At Christmas Eve mass
Liked to pass gas
Toward a candle, just for the thrill!

Remember, as Chuck Swindoll says..."don't sweat the small stuff and most everything IS small stuff"!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

holiday finish

another UFO is escaping the 2018 list....this wallhanging of little baskets is done and ready to be gifted.  had purchased a FQ bundle of Margot Krager's Dargate Indigos and could never decide how to use them sooooo cut up the entire stack into these little applique baskets with the intention of making a large quilt, which is still on the planning list.  there were plenty to make this small piece for a quick finish.

with no real plans and iffy weather coming for Christmas, might possibly knock off one more UFO...have 2 small pieces that would like to see done before 2017 is history....but without my usual caffeine habit that could be an over-ambitious goal.  i really, REALLY miss my diet pepsi big time....

Thursday, December 21, 2017

the forest thickens....

with the addition of more tree blocks....i am sooo liking the look of these so far and all from stash too!

it'll be a fun christmas quilt when done.  ***  whew, the calendar may say december but here in maryland the mercury has been hovering near 60 and 50 for the past week or so.  it has started to cool down some but definitely no white christmas.  this former new england gal has seen quite enough snow and i am loving the maryland winters a whole lot!   ***  gonna be a low key holiday here, but the real reason for the season can always be celebrated...

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

too early?

that would be to think about quilty goals for 2018...i don't think so!   there's a party going on over at jetgirl's blog with some super being the quilter's planner.   have ogled this for some time but simply cannot justify spending that much money on something that might not get used to its fullest...after all, i want to sew in my free time, not journal/write etc.  anyway, thought YOU might be interested so i'm doing this post to alert the quilty masses!  course i wouldn't turn down the other delish prizes like aurifil thread, patterns, mags etc.... as for my personal quilty goals, it's about the UFO list, the stash and just plain keep on doing what i've been "new normal" lifestyle requires regular exercise, but i'm betting there will be more energy that goes along with that, which means more time to sew/quilt/create than previously.  it's been a tough journey to this point with more work ahead that'll hopefully lead to more fun as well....a friend whose journey has been more challenging than mine always says we are not promised tomorrow and we aren't....but can enjoy THIS 24-hour slot with hope and fulfillment whatever we do...

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

crafts of christmas past

even though i started quilting nearly exclusively in 1979, prior to that i was a serial crafter.  each year when i unpack my ornaments, those years come wafting back to me in wonderful memories.  here is a sample of what's on my tree....

oh the hours this sampling represents!  felt and sequins and beads, oh my!  made lots of those.  the bandana ornaments were in a family circle mag eons ago.  the bell and blue were kits.  the cross-stitch ones came from a pattern--have made a ton of those and given many away.  then there was the year in ceramics...the angel, the stocking and the 3 wise men yet to be unpacked.   the pinwheels are more recent, as is the fabric star with sequins...that was a swap with the jo morton yahoo group (i made 2 of them...overachiever me)....the felt monogram mitten was just my idea using iron on alphabets.  and then there are these...

as a child, my daughter was fascinated with gumball machines and i found a kit with 2...and the butterfly was a freehand idea of mine for a niece.  we used to live near a yarn shop that carried a lot of these felt kits with sequins and beads.  she has an advent calendar--another kit--of a tree with 24 pockets each containing a little ornament for the tree...more sequins and beads....and a nice big star for the treetop.  she also has a nativity set done in crewel that came in several kits and finally got finished about 10 years ago.   now that i pretty much only quilt, my ornament days are mostly past.   luckily i get to revisit them every most of you, no doubt.  give me any old tree--even the cheapo fake amazon i have now--but load it with lights and my ornaments and it'll always be christmas!

Friday, December 15, 2017

only 30 years or so

that's how long i've had this pattern and this quilt in the works...not that it's done yet, oh no, but i've gotten it this was the applique that held me back and then i just decided to do it and if it wasn't perfect, then so what.

first saw this done at a show in new hampshire and bought the pattern.  i loved it then and love it still. next comes a narrow blue border, then wide muslin border with more appliques.  the fun is definitely in the process.  ***   and did manage one more tree block, a pear tree of course!

and remember my post about this?  my ikea bag and kitchen timer?  well, surprise surprise, they have

mystically re-appeared.  this has been going on since i moved in here.  somebody with a twisted sense of humor is playing cat and mouse, the invisible invader who comes into my apartment and takes inconsequential things and then returns them...things like stamps, like freezer container lids, like CDs, stuff out of my cupboard, polident tablets, a mitten, others i can't recall now and then the ikea bag and timer.  wonder if it's the same vile violator who followed me around massachusetts and stole 3 purses, tampered with my old cars, stole mortgage checks off my mailbox, a gold sand dollar necklace from a safety deposit box (plus the keys), utility and other bills from my mailbox, an amy grant CD out of my glove name a few.  those items never found their way back--one was an especially nice leather purse from the thrift--but here at violator village they usually do.  maybe the perp thinks that redeems them....guess again.  it is never ok to violate my apartment and car whether or not things are taken and later returned.  i don't do it to anyone here and it shouldn't be done to me.  unfortunately that is life with infantile people of nearly zero integrity, not everyone here, but one is too many.  it just isn't right at all.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017


the other night during a brief period of energy, paired up most of my christmas stash for trees...and they are still waiting....

every morning have to take the new meds that nearly totally flatten me.  often i must nap and then feel draggy the rest of the day.  not complaining, mind you, as they keep (almost) everything moving and help my heart/body to heal, but for a person who was used to jumping out of bed eager for the day, it can be discouraging.  yes, have had a few small pity parties, but mostly feel thankful i've done so well in just 6 short weeks after such a grueling and brutal surgery.  whereas i often used to start  sewing right after breakfast, instead i take these meds (4) and then wait for the cannonball to hit.   i make a to-do list halfheartedly knowing it's a fool's errand.  any dedicated sewist would feel the same, i'm sure.  my previously go-to caffeine hit has been banished, so it's cold turkey with just juice and water....very poor substitutes!  plus it's another 3 meds in the evening, so it's often a double whammy.  many tell me one day i will feel absolutely terrific, much better than before the surgery, but it isn't today.  i know others might not be faring as well, for which i feel guilty and blessed...but betty is waiting and we need to play, not just to make trees but for my own mental comfort, way better than anything from a drugstore.....don't you agree?

Friday, December 8, 2017

a christmas forest

had a bit of extra energy today...and who wouldn't after 2 naps...necessitated by some required activity and recovery from a brief cardiac procedure on thursday with mostly good result.  pulled a stack of christmas prints for more scrappy trees....i am really liking how these are working up.

have been wanting to use up some of the christmas prints and this seems just the perfect project.  thinking might eliminate half of what's on the shelf; first have to decide the final size.  these blocks will measure about 7' x 9" finished and will need to accommodate a backing 72" x 90" or less.  also quilting a small piece in spare moments that will be gifted at christmas.  ***  in the meantime, recovery continues slowly but steadily.  i still get quite tired with any sustained activity and had to pass up some fun things this week due to being just plain wiped out.  next week will be six weeks from surgery and will be discussing cardiac rehab at my next follow-up visit.  i'd prefer the magic wand fix, like who wouldn't?

Monday, December 4, 2017

net surfing too much?

probably, but there are just soooo many things that tweak my quilty muse...for instance, saw a christmas tree flimsy done with scraps (of course) that just had to try.  before you can say "hello betty," i'm at the machine with some stash pieces....leading to these

can definitely see this becoming a new christmas quilt.  i had planned one using the christmas cracker pattern but liking these trees a whole lot more.  plus they work up so darn quick.  even with my abbreviated sewing time, was able to make these four pretty fast.  these aren't exactly like the top i saw, but they're my version and i'm happy with them.   ***  busy weekend that included that dreamy shower and some laundry, new post-surgery tasks for me.   weary of baby steps progress but that's how it goes.  each PT session finds me walking further but still requiring that daily nap to recoup.  managed to put up a few christmas decorations today too.  tomorrow might even manage to put away halloween stuff!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

fun with betty

my machine has been feeling neglected and why shouldn't she....aside from some hand sewing and a bare few minutes at the machine, she's been idle, waiting patiently.   this morning before zombie meds take over, wanted to play a bit.  during my first hospital stay, a friend brought me this thrift store book.  inside was a very pretty plaid quilt that immediately caught my eye.  with a significant plaid stash, always on the lookout for ideas to use them. i especially love the spiral binding too!

these are a great size for quick paper piecing.  when i returned home for good, traced out a couple of triangles and pretty happy with the result.  this will be a quick project and good for hand quilting.  thinking a flannel back will make it ultra cozy. 

this is my 3rd new start this year, but still hoping to knock off a couple of small finishes before year's end putting the 2018 UFO list in good shape.  my OT kindly put up my folding table as hoping to baste a flimsy this weekend to start quilting in january.  ***  in addition to basting a quilt this weekend, laundry needs to be done and that longed-for, dreamy shower is on the list as well...hoping to eradicate the remaining tape residue from various places and feel more like a person and less like a patient....always good!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

november swan song

today was my first day back at the senior center quilting group since october...was great to see mostly all my quilty peeps again and get caught up with them.  i brought along the honeycomb project and got quite a bit done for all the chatting that happened.

i wanted to get the side rows done to see exactly how large this center portion will be and can now fill in with the units left and hopefully get the colors placed evenly.  you can see the navy setting triangles, which are very small, but there is a narrow navy blue border all around, probably 3" finished, and then a wider border all around, which will probably be 6" finished.  not sure if there's anything in my stash large enough for the outer border but then i don't need it today either.  hoping to shop the stash when the time comes.  ***  got to thursday without any daytime naps but really needed it this afternoon.  it has been a busy week with must-do walking, a few fun events, homecare people and visitors.  my first doctor follow up garnered lots of surprises with regard to my progress.  the only one who expected more is, of course, me.  i've been home a couple of weeks now and managing pretty well with dressing, basin baths, meal prep, dishes and picking up, but laundry is starting to accumulate and still waiting for that first, dreamy foray in the shower....tomorrow maybe?   the bookmobile came this week so finally have some good reading on hand.  really itching to sit down at the machine and try some things i've seen online.  and i've a quilt that needs basting to start the quilting.   maybe this weekend will give me some extended time for both.   now that december is here, want to pull out some holiday stuff too.  my gift list is down pat, just hoping to focus on increasing activity level and getting beyond the recovery stage.  everyone tells me it comes eventually! 

Sunday, November 26, 2017

sewing drought over!

finally after 36 long days without a needle in my hand or my foot on the pedal, have done both today!  woke early this morning feeling fine so after breakfast, my required walk and a facecloth bath, sat down at the machine and worked some on potholders.  didn't plan on sewing long, just a bit to get back in the sewing swing of things.   then, pulled out this aging UFO to see how much could get done today.

this is another project languishing in a drawer started to use up some cherrywood solid scraps.  it isn't a large quilt per se; borders will be 6" i believe, but colorful and great for hand quilting.  the meds i have to take right now pretty much flatten me, so up until now have just been taking up chair space too much of the time.  at least now the time on forced rest should result in some sewing progress.  and time spent in "toil of the needle", as hawthorne called it, is never wasted.  ***  chilly, sunny and windy today.  still no driving for me but soon and then it's cardiac rehab.  have noticed a bunch of little improvements as a result of my surgery and expect more will come.  but the biggest is just delight and grateful to be IS a wonderful life!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving wishes

grateful beyond measure on this Thanksgiving day.   Though recovery is still snail's pace, progressing each day.  in past years the focus was on the sumptuous meal, but this year each breath and step remind me being a recipient of bountiful blessings.  i'll be fixing a small meal of some holiday favorites but thinking always of my loved ones and the care and protection bestowed upon me by a loving, benevolent Heavenly father....

Sunday, November 19, 2017

easing back...

by spending a few minutes putting away the last of the fabric piles into shoeboxes.  picked these up before the "halloween surprise" and wanted to finish the job today.  recovery continues at a slug's pace but each rest is fruitful in a bit more energy.  friday and saturday were busy and sure were too much, so today is kick back, keep up with exercises and do a few things around the apartment.

now all the excess stash is filed away for easy access and viewing. ***  it seems that some morally bankrupt turnip head in this complex continues to feel i am their personal ikea bag for recycling has walked away as has my kitchen timer.  the ikea bag was their 79 cent big blue tyvek one and it was perfect for managing stuff for recycling, not expensive but still ikea isn't close.  this person needs a refresher on the golden rule.   sad that housing situations, like marriage, are a mystery until one actually moves in and lives there.  was fortunate to escape a bad marriage and hoping at some point do the same from this place...but certainly not today.  the sun is shining brightly on this temperate late fall day and basking in a life that abounds in blessings.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

the gift

first post in eons due to unexpected surgery....the lifechanging kind.  God is so very good all the time. Recent cardiac visit revealed 100% block of main vessel, calcified over years.  thanks to miracle workers all along the way, have undergone surgery and out of hospital doing recovery.   strength rebuilding and activity are very slow but progressing in the tiniest of increments each day.  after many years of complaining of shortness of breath to providers who saw only my overweight status, it's time to up your game.  I could have been spared much discomfort and on the road to recovery years ago.  catching up on hundreds of emails and starting life anew with the humblest of gratitude and feeling like the luckiest person on earth.  

Friday, October 20, 2017


now that the senior center quilt is done and gone and well received, too, i might add...the next thing is to finish potholders for an upcoming fair...ran low on selvedges so had to pull stash and cut more.

they are looking good i think....using leftover bias binding pieces on hand to bind the edges with.  hoping to generate enough funds to purchase a walking foot for my machine...we'll see.  and in the hoop is a temporary project.  waiting on a backing for the next one, but in the meantime this small quilt will suffice.

it's another of my amish style quilts with no particular destination but possibly the maryland vets' home, which is in need of twin quilts.  nice to be quilting something that doesn't require any repair work along the way.  i doubt it will be done anytime soon, but nice for a change.  the real next is an antique repro being donated to my local DAR chapter.  on my income, mostly unable to donate funds but figured can give back with a quilt that can generate same.  it helps me from feeling like a charity case or somebody always with my hand out, which can happen with long-term penny pinching, not pride rather self-respect.  ***  our excellent autumn continues with cool nights and daytimes around 70s....leaves are slowly starting to turn and, if predictions prevail, it's going to be another warm winter.  perfectly ok with me if the down coat stays in the  

Monday, October 16, 2017

my weekend...

despite some nice weather this past weekend, didn't venture out even once as i was joined at the hip with this project...

it's the senior center quilt that i volunteered to hand quilt and delighted to say it is done, done, done!  it'll be handed off to another to wash and get ready for giving.  unfortunately, the quality of the construction isn't fitting for an official QOV, but it will find a good home i'm sure.  it was hand pieced some time ago--none of our current ladies worked on it--and while quilting had to reinforce several corner seams and more may come undone with the washing, we'll see.  also had to replace 2 squares as i found holes in them.  i did manage to get some laundry done and pick up some clutter, though.  it was worth taking the time to finish.  now i've potholders to finish for an upcoming fair.  even with my little job, grabbing a few opportunities to make some cash going toward eliminating debt. ***  also this weekend made the decision to look for new housing.  am simply disgusted and hugely disappointed in having to do this.  it's a nuisance and costly as well.  two weeks after i moved in here, i had gotten a call from my first choice, which was closer to the shore.  even though i love this area and have community ties, the negatives far outweigh any positives.  it'll be years, of course, so i can keep working and continue to abolish debt. hoping my health isn't compromised any further.  plus the thievery is making me downright angry.  i thought i had left the homeless shelter riff raff behind me but apparently not. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

new stash sewing

busy morning on a cool, overcast sunday.  first thing braised a small pork butt for this week's meals...onions, cider, mushrooms, apples and spices....yummmm!   it was on sale a few weeks ago and lucky to find one under 2 pounds as most were 6-7 pounds...yikes!  then took a mini-break from the senior center quilt project to do something absolutely different.  had some black fabric on the shelf i'd been saving for this and jumped right in getting 4 squares done lickety split.  this is going to be another totally-from-stash quilt using more of my solids.  you've seen it around the net done in different colorways but mine, of course, is going to be kitchen sink scrappy.  the first one i saw was done in mauves, dusty dark blues, grays and it was stunning.  always makes me think of high school art class somehow...

finally got my hands on this hoping sue grafton is solidly into the last of the series, the "Z" book...kinsey milhone is an old friend and am thrilled i've read them from "A"....

and even tho it's fairly early, the nasty natives have already lit up their horrid e-cigarettes.  am thinking this vile perp needs a C6/7 fracture, you know, the kind where your arms are only good for pushing the little lever on your electric wheelchair.  yeah, it's THAT miserable and annoying.  mind you, i am not the smoking police per se, chain smoke all you want outdoors stipulated by the lease, but mr. entitled is somehow exempt i guess....and there isn't anyone with authority who cares to enforce...i am convinced all these property managers are schooled in far haven't dealt with one that has any integrity....

Friday, October 13, 2017

a find!

had to visit a small quilt shop downtown to pick up a gift certificate donated to our guild.  it's a lovely little shop with a very old stone fireplace smack dab in the main room.  i was hoping to find something to redeem a birthday gift sent to me.  lots of pretty things and plenty of jo morton fabrics too!  i found this FQ of a print i had never seen; must have been before my day as a jo morton devotee...a gorgeous paisley that i certainly would have bought more of had i seen it...

have no idea what line it's from but isn't it gorgeous?  i've got plans already of course....and it's cooled down here but still not cold enough for christmas.  even so, santa made an early stop and this was in my mailbox from a maine quilty pal.  she obviously reads my blog...a very sincere friend with a full plate but her glass always seems half full if not overflowing with inner joy.  already i've been trolling the internet for some background fabrics and making plans for some of my next paycheck...isn't that how it goes anyway?  really excited about this project, which is helping me get thru the senior center's quilt that is almost done.  this week will see it outta here finally and me free to go on to another quilting project, hoping for at least one UFO finish before january. 

i am so humbled by this gift which was totally unnecessary but delightful regardless.  this person's friendship is more than enough gift for me anytime....

Sunday, October 8, 2017

book reviews

one of my job perks is first look at new things...saturday these were on my cart but never made it to the shelf...first up, a nice scrappy book by the author of "sunday morning quilts"...i loved that book but felt all the projects were too time consuming.

this book, however, has projects that incorporate small and larger pieces.   lovely full-color photos, sections for each shape--square, triangle, rectangle, strips, snippets--that jump started my quilty muse.  if you need inspiration or are over-run with a particular size, you'll get great ideas here.  the next new book is tula pink's...

this book, too, has luscious color photos, some rudimentary information, detailed construction info plus innovative patterns--no surprise there--plus some really detailed machine quilting ideas.  about the same number of patterns as the first book (i didn't count) but more involved for somebody looking to venture outside of a wide comfort zone.  i offer these reviews simply as my observations, without author obligation and no remuneration whatsoever except that of inspiring and informing fellow sewists...caveat:  not a repro print in sight either!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

well done quilters!

a post on stashbusters' yahoo group from betty at the West Houston Quilt Guild:

Thank You to Stash Busters
After putting out an appeal to the Yahoo group, Stash Busters, concerning our loss we have received donations from all over the continental US as well as from Hawaii. These generous ladies have donated dozens of quilt tops (with/without backing), numerous complete quilts in every design possible, several hundred yards of fabric, rolls of batting (count is up to 6), jelly rolls, complete quilt kits, miscellaneous tools, and assorted 1 to 1 1/2 yard pieces, gift cards and checks.

Friday, October 6, 2017

charm-ing surprise!

thursday's post brought me this little surprise....

a small packet filled with big color....a charm pack of kaffe blues/greens...this will go directly into the pouch with my applique project and the other kaffes that came last week...what a lovely surprise after a sorta chaotic week...culminating with taking miss subaru in for some maintenance and a search for that awful odor that, unfortunately, could not be narrowed down.  more tests were recommended but alas, the car repair budget is busted so will have to muddle along hoping that it's nothing life threatening.  then a quick trip to farm stand for cider and last-gasp little cukes...have put off fall veggies until all the summer ones have gone by.  *** this weekend devoted to apartment tidy, a bit of work, some much-needed sewing (for my mental wellbeing) and relax for medical tests next week.  nothing serious, just regular life-stage monitoring.  summer is back for a few days so gotta find those shorts!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

the awful truth

such a beautiful october day belies the ugly truth that i had NO finishes this month at all...have sewed plenty but didn't quite get anything done.  not for lack of trying, certainly, but now that the last quarter of the year has arrived, must knock off at least ONE UFO at the absolute minimum.  the QOV will ABSOLUTELY be done but it isn't one of my official UFOs.  no doubt in the ever-growing flimsy pile is something small that will work.  but the day is just too gorgeous to spend much time perseverating on this, so i'll close and get back to leaf peeping from my near-penthouse across the vista to the catoctins....

Saturday, September 30, 2017

a postal prezzie...

friday was a picture perfect day but just when i thought it couldn't get better, opened my little cookie-cutter mailbox to find this beautiful bundle!

first a few oranges for the orange mod....these are perfect and will blend with the others quite nicely.  i think with these and my own scraps, will just about use them all up...always a good thing!
along with the orange scraps, were these....oh, my heart began to quicken despite the calming  gentle breeze around me....none other than (wait for it).....kaffe scraps!

the gift giver, miss janet of utah, the mini quilt construction phenomenon, actually apologized for sending scraps???  huh???  how did she know that this was sitting on my someday shelf?

it's a floral applique pattern picked up some years back (of course) from the now-closed Kathie's Quilt Shop on a mini-hop with a maine quilty pal of mine.  as you can see, the background blocks are cut and waiting patiently for some kaffe action.  i've promised myself to finish a couple more things before i start on these, namely the new england sampler, which is my current big applique project.  i was inspired by patterns of kim mclean i'd seen....gorgeous and heavily appliqued things using only the kaffe fabrics with mostly white backgrounds that made his vibrant colors pop in psychedelic style splendor...but they are quite large projects/quilts and i sought something smaller with the same effect, which i think this will be.   ***  so i am guilty of quilt planning-itis, a muse at warp speed despite hands/eyes/fingers that move in real time.  *** back to reality and while most of my life is going along uneventfully, my car is once again on the sick list putting my independence and job in jeopardy.  next to family and friends, health and a sound mind, a car, housing and my little job are important to me and serious contributors to my well being.  i had my days in the city with no car, but much prefer the freedom dependable four wheels provide.  just because i live in a senior complex named (incorrectly) village, doesn't mean institutionalized.  some here think it's assisted living, a commune or a reform school but to me, it's just an apartment in an apartment building.  and anyone who thinks i shouldn't be independent, able to work a bit and go where i want, is worse than a grinch.  you don't have to live in new hampshire to be free....

Friday, September 29, 2017

texas update

this morning while reading messages on yahoo's "stashbuster" group, this was posted and i wanted to share it with you...

From Betty and Nita at West Houston Quilters Guild:

A huge Thank You goes out to the StashBusters for their donations to West Houston Quilter' s Guild after we lost over 200 charity quilts, preemie quilts, stockings and an estimated $10,000 worth of fabric.  Donations have included: probably 400+ yards of fabric (large yardage, Fat Quarters, bundles, charm packs, etc.), 60 quilt tops (with/without backs and binding), 13 completed quilts, rolls of batting, kits with all fabric included, 2 cutting mats, Hobbs labels, gift cards and checks plus all sorts of quilters' tools and notions.

Our storage will be available on October 1 and it will be wonderful to see it filled with all the "goodies" that other quilters have so generously given to us. We have a guild sew in planned for mid October and lots of these donations have been put into kits for guild members to make into quilts on that day.  Again, I don't know how to express our gratitude except with a sincere "Thank You."

And adding my own personal thanks for those of you who responded thru this blog.  with postage rates climbing ever higher, your generosity has even greater meaning.  you have all made a huge difference to our quilty community!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

dream quilting

no doubt every quilter has projects stored away in the mind, dream quilts for that "someday" and i am no exception.  when i first started quilting, it was amish style quilts and by now i've made several with a couple in the works.  but recently--like in the past year--i've been bitten by the jen kingwell (designer) bug and especially this design of hers....midnight at the oasis.

this quilt has everything that zings for me...polka dots, patchwork squares, some applique, bright colors....i've discounted making it all the while slowly considering the same by thinking about colors, fabrics and mentally calculating the time involved against my own UFO pile.  it brings me back to something my brother said to me when i was pursuing my college degree at midlife, saying "how old are you going to be if you don't do it?" i am making a sort of, probably, tentative commitment to seriously thinking of making this quilt.  i already know what the background will be.  i'm mentally choosing from my pile of kaffe fabrics and ignoring the finished size.  until i get the pattern, put scissors to fabric or bank card to online shops, i'll be hacking away at the UFOs. there, i feel better now for pretty much deciding.  how about you?  what are your quilty dreams?

Friday, September 22, 2017

halfway to flimsy

with the addition of another row, the orange mod top is now halfway completed.  am liking this more and more as the blocks get added.  no border is planned, and have plenty of orange binding leftover from the hawaiian ready for the finish--once the quilting is done, that is.

have a spool of aurifil's variegated orange/yellow thread that might be just the ticket...except for the gray design that'll get quilted with white probably.  and even though i *thought* i had plenty of orange scraps, might have to actually shop for some...but will do my best to avoid any retail acquisitions if i can.   *** spent most of today on the QOV trying for a september finish and i just might make it.  eager to move on to something else that 1) isn't orange and 2) isn't patriotic....i did work a bit today on a repro UFO just for a change of pace. ***  summer has returned to maryland with very warm days and nice, cool nights....tipping over into 90s for the weekend.  ***  lastly, so very thankful no storms came near us and my family who met Irma all got thru safely.

Monday, September 18, 2017

monday design wall

even though spent most of sunday quilting the QOV--10 blocks to go!--just this morning finished up this little piece that used waste triangles from the orange mod.

saw the pattern in this issue of American Patchwork when it arrived last month....and although i would have preferred to make it in the blues, the oranges were at hand...but it works and saved the waste triangles from the trash.  not sure what i'll do with all the rest of them, but they are kinda small for other uses.

and remember those roasted tomatoes?  well, put them in the chopper, added some basil and parsley, some chicken stock and a bit of heavy cream and it's soup!  it's the first time i've made my own creamy tomato soup and it won't be the last. a great way to use garden's a bit chunky which is my preference.  try'll like it!