Friday, October 17, 2014

It's Been Almost Two Weeks

I swear - the older you get the faster time flees by!!!!   My intentions aren't to let long spells go between posts but sometimes that just happens.  Even if I haven't been quilting, I can usually pull a post about something together but that is getting more difficult, also, since I think I have shown you about everything of interest (and some not of interest) in my home.   I will start this post with a picture texted to me by Elle, the very cute and cool daughter of my friend, Leslie!
Way back in the depths of this blog, I showed my old candy tin of embroidery floss which is, I admit, tangled and matted and not a pretty sight!  Leslie had much to say about my tin when I took it to Sit and Sew and she made fun of it!!  I figure that thread is cheap and I can always cut off what is too tangled and throw it away!  Doesn't that make sense?   Well, Elle texted me this picture of what she found in her mom's things!   Do you suppose I am influencing Leslie and could she be adopting my slovenly ways with floss??   Of course, Leslie, you know I am teasing you - that goes without saying.  Thank you, Elle, for the ammunition!!!!!
 I found this old block pattern on Pinterest and it intrigued me.  So the other day I played for just a while and fused three small blocks - they would be 3 1/2 inches finished.

There would be so many ways to lay them out but I only did three.  Sometime I am going to make some more and maybe make a little wallhanging.
This is up on the basement wall.  The bottom right is maybe a little too pastell, but I think I will go with it and maybe make to or three more lighter ones.  Also think I might go bed size with this one.  Probably will put my cheating appliqued print diamonds or squares on end on the newspaper print between the blocks.
Park Bench had a sale this weekend and bought a few more pieces of Kaffe fabric for my stash.
Also these pretty pastel batiks - they would make wonderful block backgrounds.  Bought several other batiks but no rhyme nor reason - just because I liked them.

So looking forward to my son coming next week.  Been quite a while since we've seen each other - it was Christmas, in fact.  We talk on the phone a lot, though.  Bill will be doing some things I can no longer do - like cleaning out my shed, etc.  We will go get me a new keyboard, too, as this darned thing sticks all the time!!!!  I am making a list - but we will do some fun things, too.



Sunday, October 5, 2014

It's Been a While Since I Posted

and this is the reason.  I just could not leave it alone and have spent a lot of time working on it some of which I spent correcting my goofs!  Good thing I am an accomplished ripper!   You know that she who sews rips--'tis true.   But I am so very happy with the way this has turned out.   It is shimmering very nicely!   Rather like a puzzle and easy to get the pieces turned the wrong way.  Part of my problem (have to blame something) is that I do the cutting in the basement and bring it upstairs to sew.  I have a sewing machine down there, but there is a method to my madness.  I feel that it gives me some exercise climbing the steps - and I climbed them a lot the last two weeks.

Here's a closer look at some of the piece.  The fabric with the vegetables in it has been around here for along, long time.  Have to decide how to quilt it.  I think I will use invisible thread - will do some thinking about this.   Wouldn't one in batiks be smashing?   Hmmmmm.




Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Great Way to Spend a Beautiful Autumn Day





I haven't shown you any flowers this year except when I first planted a few.  I did have some and they were okay but except for two baskets, nothing special.  However, my daughter brought over two pots of mums on my birthday and they are gorgeous!  Love the color and how profusely they bloom. Fall angel is by my door.

Friday was a fun day.  I went with Kathy and Becky to Birch Run to the second annual quilt expo at the convention center down there.  Lots and lots of pretty quilts and quite a few vendors.  The girls from our Q2 guild did well with the quilts entered.  Quite a few of us won ribbons and the best of show went to Linda who does the fabulous paper piecing.  They were displayed very nicely - so fun to see your quilt hanging with good lighting!  I didn't take as many pictures as I thought I would, but here are a few.
This is Kathy's gorgeous machine quilted (domestic machine) piece.  It took a blue ribbon.  Her work is absolutely beautiful.
A lovely piece by Leslie!   Her colors are scrumptious.  There are rhinestones scattered around the ballet shoes, also.  

This is a sweet, sweet piece.  Dianne (she did a wool quilt that I featured several months ago) appliqued these wool pots of flowers on her father's army blanket.  The flowers are doilies that I think she dyed.  Isn't this wonderful?  Dianne has lots and lots of talent!!


This is not from anyone in our guild - but it is smashing!!  I love, love, love the colors.  A beautiful piece.


 Here I am in front of my Sunbonnet Sue quilt which took a third place in it's category.  And I also entered my red dresden plates and the red and white applique quilt and they both got ribbons.   Makes a person feel good.

After the show, there was a group of us went to a nice Italian restaurant and had lunch.  When I got home, I had a nice nap!!!   Lovely day.



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Some Progress on the Shimmering Triangles

Did quite a bit of cutting on this today -- it takes quite awhile.  You certainly don't want to change your mind about where a square is because it is tied up with all the other ones around it.  If you move one, you lose the half square triangles that are connected to that particular square.  So far, I am liking what is on my wall a lot and I do see some shimmering!  All of the little hst's are just stuck on the flannel and it will look so much different when they are sewn altogether and pressed.  My blocks are six inches and I am planning to make it 42 by 48.  I think I have figured out how to do the edges.  The end blocks will be 3 x 6 inches and the corner ones will be 3 inch squares.    As you can guess, there is another big mess of fabric all over everything in my basement.   Won't take pictures - just remember how I jumble everything up when I am doing something like this and you have the picture already.



Monday, September 22, 2014

Time Slips By So Fast

It's been a spell since I have posted!  My brother called me this morning to see if all was well and we had a very nice chat!!  Time goes by so quickly and sometimes there just isn't much to blog about at my house.  Today is one ginger-peachy day after a period of gloomy rainy weather.  The bright blue autumn sky is just gorgeous and it is a perfect day for the last day of summer!!  Autumn begins tomorrow!
                               
I think the quilts I show here are called Shimmering Triangles and I am really fascinated by the cool illusion.  It really does shimmer!  Those are from the internet.   Have been searching the web for the quilts and trying to find a pattern.  Have found several pictures of quilts and some in the making, but no pattern.  I have been able to figure out what you need to cut of each fabric and also a formula for a quick method to make 8 half square triangles at a time.

This is what I have on my wall so far--not enough to see any shimmering yet.  This is just a test run and will be a wallhanging.  I have not planned the colors too well but just want to see what happens.  I think one done in batiks would be gorgeous.    Still working on my flower garden two and have the little baby quilt ready to have the borders added.  Bought the perfect backing for it and will how that later.

Hannah, my youngest granddaughter, is in Midland with Ian, her fella!!! It's so good to see them.  Ian goes back today but Hannah will be here until Thursday.  She and I will do a movie and dinner on Wednesday.  They are both on break from school.  Twenty percent done on her way to being an RN.
We facetimed with the other two girls last evening.  Annie was asleep but the two little ones in Denver were up and running.  So fun to see them.

Friday I will be going to Birch Run with Kathy to the Quilt Expo that we went to last year.  Have some quilts in it.  There will be vendors and it promises to be a good time.  Weather looks good.

Even though we had a nice summer, I am using this as a word for today as it is so the way I think!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

A Very Cool Sunday



It's been a very cool weekend - no desire to go outside plus the fact that there is really nothing to do out there around my house.   No problem, though.  This afternoon I have fused two new blocks and they look pretty good.   So far I have not done any machine work on them.   The grape block started out with pretty yellow grapes - but they just did not contrast with the background well enough.  They would have been smashing on black or a solid darker color!  Have been thinking of doing something in turquoise and they would have really stood out there.  You can tell so quickly when something just doesn't work.

Now I have some new pictures of the little kids and I'm going to slip them in!
 Here's Annie "making a mess" as her mom texted.  Flour, water and food coloring and painter's paper.  She is dressed for the activitiy.  What a neat idea.  I'm sure she is having lots of fun with the pretty stuff.

 On an outing to Breckinridge this weekend, Henry is thinking deeply about something on the tram ride.  Also sporting his new haircut and cool shades.





And little Miss Lauren grinning from ear to ear in her pretty hat.  Her two little bottom teeth show up nicely.  That little girl seems to always have a smile on her face.













Hope you've had a great weekend.   I did turn my furnace on yesterday although it hasn't run but a few times   It was getting chilly!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Some New Blocks, New Fabric and News from Portland

Worked on these blocks the other day and fused this pretty one with tulips.  How great the fabrics work with these patterns.
This is the second one I did that day.  The only thing I am unhappy with is that the large letter V in the left hand lower quarter is kind of distracting.  Will be careful when I cut the squares from that fabric.  I do like the fabric, though.  Nothing is appliqued down so I can change it out if I want to bother taking the applique off and taking the block apart.

Picked up a little more fabric from the Park Bench last weekend.   The first two really caught my eye. Then found three or four other bright pieces.  How can fabric get any prettier, yet it just does!

Now for some wonderful news from Portland!  Annie is going to be a big sister to a little brother!! Molly just found out Wednesday that they will be having a little boy in the family.  So now that will be two and two great grandchildren so far.  I am so happy for our family!   Nothing like the little ones.  They make the world go round!

All done itching and the swelling is gone and I seem to be back to normal after my bout with the wasps.  I was so fortunate to come out of it as I did.  Believe me, I hope that was a one time event!!
All's well that ends well, as they say.

Monday, September 8, 2014

A Not So Fun Evening

We have small sheds attached to our houses that open to the patio for storing all kinds of things - very handy.  Big enough to store some yard furniture, pots, tools, etc.   Last evening I had watered my hanging baskets and pots and decided I would get out a little scarecrow from last year and put him out by the mums Sherry had given me for my birthday.  Had not been in the shed for quite a long time-probably three or four weeks.   I opened the door and reached in to the left where I could see what it was I wanted and pulled it out.  OMG!!  Bugs flew out of there in droves and they were wasps.  They swarmed around me and I got out in the yard trying to bat them off - scary!!!  They were up my shirt, in my hair, all around my arms, neck, face and I was frantic trying to get away from them.  I was moving pretty good for an 86 year old woman!  I know I killed a few but they kept stinging me.   Wow - never had anything like that happen before in all the years I have worked in the yard.  After what seemed like ages, I finally was able to get in the house without many of them and you can be sure my heart was going pretty darned fast.  Decided to call my daughter and she came over right away.  I went and took some benydryl first thing.  We thought about going over to the hospital but I didn't seem to be having any immediate reaction other than stinging feeling and little red spots starting.  Did go to Walgreen for some cream and talked to the pharmacist who said if I started having trouble breathing call 911.  Thank heavens that did not happen.  I had calmed down considerably and was itching and burning where the bites were.  None on my face - some on my neck, probably ten or more total on my arms.  Then a couple under one arm and one around my waist on the side.  Had an awful time sleeping last night, but things are much, much better tonight.  The kids came over again later and Barclay sprayed some stuff on the nest - which is similar to the picture above.  Had never in my life seen anything like that.  This afternoon a neighbor came over and checked it out and most of the wasps were dead but there were still some so he sprayed more.  He kind of tore the nest up, but here is how it looks now--
You can see that there is part of it that looks just like the one above.  It was built around the legs of a little grill, a broom and a sponge that was on the floor.  It was a big,big nest.  I am so thankful I evidently don't have the bad allergy.  There is swelling, heat, itching and stinging but that is much better tonight.  And I am thankful I kind of kept my head and didn't completely fall apart as that would have been really bad.  It was bad enough!   Bet I sleep tonight!!!

Friday, September 5, 2014

More Scrappy Flowers

I want to make some more scrappy flowers similar to the Flower Garden I just did.  Love working with the bright Kaffe fabrics on a scrappy background.  The other day I was looking through some of my books and found this one by Gwen Marston with some great designs that are similar to the flowers in the wallhanging.  I have been scanning them and then putting it in a program I have that enables me to print the patterns out in the size I want - or at least pretty close to it.
I am sure there are many other ways, but I am able to get this done pretty well and can enlarge the patterns by cropping and working with half or a quarter at a time.  That way I can make some pretty good sized patterns to use.  Aren't these pretty?
Here is the first - and very rough!  I will be changing centers and just have some stuck on the flowers so I can make up my mind.  The leaf is also not chosen yet.  There are two there and may end up that I will use something entirely different.



Here is one that will probably stay the same.  I love the pretty orange petals of the daisies and I think the leaves are pretty good.















This one may get changed before I do the applique.  I think the three little round grapes or whatever they are will be the bright orange and maroon polka dot fabric.  Anyway it's just beginning and the fun of it is choosing the fabrics!

Today is one of the muggiest uncomfortable days of the summer.  I have stayed in all day and have no intention of venturing out.  Certainly am not complaining about this summer, though, as it's been a very nice one and you have to expect some heat and humidity this time of year.





Have found another series on Netflix that is so good!  I love a good murder mystery but it is best if it is a lighthearted murder and not too scary or suspenseful!   I started watching Poirot - an Agatha Christie mystery and they are the coolest stories.  Poirot is soooo cute - a little handlebar mustache, a dapper dresser, and just perfect for the part.  I guess he has been played by the actor, David Suchet, since 1989 and the series just recently ended.   At  present there are 47 episodes on Netflix.  It's nice that each one is a story in itself so they don't carry over in plot.  Set in the 1930's in England, the cars, clothes, architecture, etc., is such fun to see.  I especially love the big old gorgeous cars.  If you like mysteries, give it a try.


Friday, August 29, 2014

It's in One Piece Now

 On the machine ready to pin the two parts together and have it all in one piece!  Always a good moment.
Thrown on the bed after sewing the last row.  I'm pleased with its soft colors and generous size.  The middle rows took a long time to pin and sew but it is done now!
Here is my new clock - and the hands go round and round like they should without sticking togeher.  So now I know what time it is in my sewing area.
One more picture!  This is what I see when I look up at my ceiling - a very healthy, sturdy cobweb which I must get down.  Looks like you could almost turn the light off and on with it!  But that's not the case.  How do those things form?  It has been there for a spell, just have to get my fuzzy wuzzy red cobweb catcher out and harvest it!  There is one in the basement, too, a cobweb, I mean!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hot Weather Sewing

Almost done with the duckies in a row.  Applique is all done and borders pieced the decision has to be made of what fabric I will use for the narrow sashing around the body of the quilt and also for the binding.  My friend Leslie told me not to forget to have one of the ducks going the wrong way - so the little guy in the middle row is about to take off on his own.  The little bird wall hanging that I did a couple of years ago had birdies heading the wrong way.  I am really happy with this little piece - it is so bright and think even if the little one is a boy he will just love it.  I have some narrow strips of fabric on the top to see which color I like.  I kind of like the yellow.
Haven't worked on this one for a few weeks but now it is partly together.  Lots of sewing and figuring out which way to put the corner and side triangles on the rows.  Have ripped several times.  I have the rows marked pretty well, but one had no marking at all.  Think I have it laid out in the right sequence now.  This will be a nice sized quilt for a double bed with a dust ruffle.  You can get a rough idea of what it will look like from the picture.  Love the fabrics in it!

Also getting some binding done - lots of that to do!  The flower garden quilt and sunbonnet sue quilt are all bound now and I am working on the batik leaf quilt that will be Sherry's.   Still also working on the binding of the batik and Kaffe fabrics quilt.  That one will go to Bill and Ann in Kansas City.   Long way around the last two but I'll keep plugging away.