Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Monday, August 30, 2010
I love this blue block. Yes, I know, I don't usually "do" blue. But this scrappy one I love. Can't say why, just do. I am having fun going through the "Around the Block" by Judy Hopkins... just picking out 12" blocks and trying the pattern- correcting some. (Sorry Judy- but, honestly, the only mistakes I have found after making about 75 different blocks are the quantity of pieces- and if you look at the pictures, you can figure that out.) I think this block would be great set with other blocks just like it in the same colors. I do like a blue and white quilt.
I have two more blocks to go and then I will have enough to sit in the closet(Not me silly, the blocks!)...until I get around to setting them. Need a medalliaon for the middle of the quilt. And I also need setting fabric- plenty, as I plan on setting the blocks on point... after coping strips. I've been using only scraps from the scrap drawer- lots of fun to use up some of the surplus.
Have any big plans for the week? My friend, Kathy, is coming over with a quilt for me to quilt- haven't quilted in nearly a month so this should be fun. Hope I haven't lost whatever I had. Really need to clean the quilting room- it has fallen into a state of confusion while I have been playing. That's life. I think the second apple tree is ready to give up her fruit and apple sauce is ready to be made. And then I plan on visiting my friend Sandy. Can hardly wait. Hope you have a great week!
Friday, August 27, 2010
I know, I know, Joe, you've been waiting with bated breath for me to post a quilt. You just have to be patient with these things.
This is one of the challenges that Sandy got me into. She is such a slave driver. Applique. Blech. But the end result will be worth it. the end result will be worth it. the end result will be worth it. Figure if I say it over and over, I'll believe it. Shew. Now "all" I need to do is the machine applique. The ribbon on the wreath and the wreath is done... now a gajillion flowers. and holly leaves. Lots of holly leaves. Need to purchase some matching thread. Of course the project was supposed to be in more traditional colors and fabrics. I like batik and that's what I had, so... yep that's what I used. Batik in reds are hard to come by so I used a lot of rust and hot pink and I think they blended into a nice reddish hue. Oh OK, there's some orange and purple in there. But they made me smile and that's about all it takes for me to put something in a quilt. (Noble Needle quilting and Sewing, Yultide Ribbon Wreath, Catalog Item NNQ-68.)
There you go, Joe. Something of interest to you. I never seem to make pretty pies anymore, but they are mighty tasty.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
They do like to read. Especially Bekah- her lips move when she reads- so cute. Abe is a big fan of Richard Scarry- some of my kids liked him and others...eh, they just didn't get it. Abe definitely gets it. John likes good adventure. And Eva likes something scary. My Mom recently cleaned out her basement- with my sister's help. Yes, she has always been the good daughter. giggle. I do OK. Anyway, Mom sent me several boxes full of books from when I was a kid. A looooooong time ago. Bekah especially is snarfing them up- even reading old textbooks. I don't let her know that, as I figure as long as she is entertained, it's all good. Another thing about them- they are like little puppies all piled together. They like to line the love seat- not the couch- with a minkee and then use the other minkee as a blanket. All squished together. Makes me sweaty just thinking about it, but its how they like it done. And they're quiet and they're still... amazing.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
Saturday, August 07, 2010
How does a little band of velcro keep your entire arm from hurting? And how could I have tennis elbow when I haven't played tennis in 20 years? Nice to know why my arm has been hurting so much over the past month. Getting laundry out of the washer was almost impossible and even lifting my iced tea glass was uncomfortable. Sweet William was the one who thought of it- he has had it himself a time or two. Maybe I am crocheting too much. I certainly can't blame quilting as I have been doing very little of that. But I am certainly glad for the relief that a band of velcro affords- even if it is a tad scratchy.
Made some chocolate fried pies, this morning. Thought of my dear friend Donna. They weren't half bad even if I did use canned biscuits for the crust. The kids inhaled them and have made requests for another batch in the near future.
The little ones are getting ready for a grand adventure. Spending a week at Grandmother and Grandfather's. They have been packed for nearly a week- Abe packed his "Drifters" CD- so he can sing Stand By Me to grandmother. I don't know how we will get by without them, but it will be an adventure for us, also.
Thursday, August 05, 2010
A little simplicity can go a long way. I am usually the type that lives by the motto- "MORE IS MORE." But lately I have been down sizing and going with the "less is more" theory. I saw the "small change" quilt over at Julie's site- http://www.barnquilter.blogspot.com/ and I had this stack of little strips that I had mistakenly cut for a log cabin block. It always helps if you read the directions. Anyway, I had this stack of 2"x3.5" strips... made a cute wallhanging. Eva liked it so much she made a longer version for a table runner for a wedding present for her cousin. Wish I had gotten a picture of it, it was so sweet. Anyway, I was inspired by Keryn over in Australia www.artfulsister.blogspot.com to try to make a feather filler with no filler- no bouncing or curlycues- just feathers. Hers were amazing- mine are pretty pathetic by comparison- but one has to start somewhere. I about got it figured out as I was finishing Eva's! Still needs lots of work, but it was fun trying something new.
The table runner is made from my modern Asian fabrics. I fussy cut the center flowers, but just made all the blocks alike- in two colors- the orange and the aqua. I did a diagonal stripe in the quilting- not too regular. And it looks nice on the buffet.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Monday, August 02, 2010
This is the first block in the 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars... next is Alaska. I had to do the Alabama star as I have a son and daughter there- blubbered just a bit. But ya know, I think I'd rather work on my Dear Jane blocks. Paper piecing is a bit tedious for me and I enjoy it on a smaller scale. These stars are 12"- you could small'in 'em down, but nah. I think they'll go to the back burner for a while and I'll pull out the DJ. I made this star with my hand dyed fabric. Always fun, but I am just not lovin' it- maybe it is the black. I might switch to navy. Maybe. I am in more of a cleaning mood and I reckon I better strike while the iron is hot as that rarely happens. House work over sewing? Well ya know, it must be bad! See ya on the flip side!