Sunday, August 17, 2014

Duckies in a Row

 Here is the first row of three rows of little ducks all decked out in Kaffe Fassett fabric.  It is all fused except for the littlest fellows eye and is about half appliqued.  Fun to work on!  Since the sex of the new little one isn't known yet, I hope it is not to flowery for a little boy if that is who the recipient will be.   When I look at it, I see the bright colors and not so much what the print is.  The original quilt has a flowery border which I will be replacing  multicolored piano keys.  What do you think?
As usual, my basement is in a big mess again.  This is made almost entirely from a box of scraps that surely looks like it should be thrown out.  But as long as a piece is big enough, I will use it.

A new stove will be delivered tomorrow.  I do not get excited about new appliances especially when I have to replace an old one.  My large burner has been out of service for quite a long time, but I really don't cook nearly as much as I did.  However, you do have to have a stove!!  So now I will have a new one.  Sherry and Barclay came over this afternoon and it was moved out and the floor underneath it cleaned.  It was as bad as I had envisioned.  After the new one is installed, I will take a mop and do the rest of the floor.  Have also mastered putting down a wet cloth and using my foot to wipe up the floor.  If you can't do things one way, you invent another method!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

On a Trip to Target

Saturday shopping about to begin at Target somewhere in Colorado - and it looks like it is eagerly anticipated by two cute little kids!    Mr. Cool (Henry) and Miss Congeniality (Lauren) are the cart riders.  Go faster, Mom and Dad!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Another Little Baby Quilt

Since I am going to be a great grandma for the fourth time, I am going to make another baby quilt.  I sent for this pattern after seeing it on the internet and thinking it was so darned cute!  Little Kaffe Fassett fabric duckies!  It was a downloadable pattern so I got it instantly.  As of now, whether the baby is or a little boy or girl is not known but I thought this would be for either.  The border will not be a floral one.  Since I have the little sunbonnet quilt and the flower garden hangings all quilted, I am now starting this one.  That does not mean that I am all caught up on my ufo's by any means!   Doubt if I ever will be, but I justify it because of the fact that I do finish a lot of things.  Works for this old gal!

This is what I have on the wall in the basement so far which is really not much.  Notice the fabric that is blue and white and rather zebra striped - I thought that would be perfect "water" when I saw it.  I even bought enough thinking I would use it as backing.   Something just doesn't gel with that fabric.  So I cut a couple of strips from another piece that I bought for water also and liked it so very much better!  When it works, it works - when it doesn't, it doesn't.
I have almost all of the little pieced blocks done and am really liking the look.  The piecing, trimming is not so much fun but it's worth it.  All of the little duckies will be different colors with orange beaks.  They each have a little wing, also.  I am making it about six inches wider - 11 triangle blocks instead of nine which adds six inches.   In the top picture, I have just thrown some strips up along one side to see how I would like the border.  That maybe the way I go.  I really like that look and it adds to the scrapiness of the piece.   The colors in the last picture are the truest.  I was fooling around with the other picture and made it too bright.

This weather today is unbelievable!!  What a summer!  I have had nothing to crab about (that's not the word I usually use!) since we have not had any big heat spells or really hot, humid days!  So nice!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Nice Week

Annie came to town Wednesday and brought along her parents.  How great to see them all again and to see how much Annie has grown!.  What a sweet little girl.  She talks a lot for her age and is such a good eater.   She loves veggies and fruits and almost everything.  Don't think I've ever seen a little one who will eat that way.  She and her grandma and grandpa are having such a good time together.  They all went back up to the cabin yesterday right after we had some breakfast at Big Boy - thus the picture.  She was fascinated with the rocks as she has been doing a lot of throwing rocks into the lake at the cabin.

While at Sherry's the other day, she got out some of the girls' and her old dresses-some she had made and some I had made.  What fun to see dresses I had sewn for Sherry when she was small.  I didn't realize how many of them she had.  There was also a darling dress that she had smocked for one of her girls.  She has always been a good seamstress but has not had the time for it for years.  Then there was this little wallhanging that I made for Hannah in 1989.  I had forgotten what it looked like.  Back then, we didn't quilt as closely as we do now and quilts were much puffier.  This one is hand quilted and hand appliqued.  I brought it home but, of course, it will go back after I have taken it to show and tell. Such a difference in the fabrics and styles from the present.

Tuesday when I went out to lunch with some of the girls, Linda brought me the quilt she has quilted for me.  As usual, the quilting is beautiful and I am so happy with it.  This one is for my daughter and I will get it trimmed and bound soon.
Here is the border - gorgeous quilting.
And the strips of leaves.  I really love the colors in this quilt - they are all batiks.  The binding will be the dark brown stripe.

Haven't we had just gorgeous weather?  I love, love, love it!  Hope your weekend is a great one.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Some Pictures of My Cutie Pies

It's been a while since I posted pictures of the cutie pie great grandchildren so today is the day.  Here is Henry, almost three, checking out things at Target.  A very cool little fellow!
And here is Lauren, his  little sister, just past six months, in her very lovely floppy sunhat looking cute as a button.  She is growing so - will get to finally meet her before Christmas when they will come to Michigan for an early celebration.  That is so exciting - Christmas is so much more magical with little ones around.  
 And here is Annie!  Annie is on the train after flying to Michigan Friday.  Of  course, she brought Molly and Doug with her and they are now up at grandma and grandpa's cabin.  They will be in Midland most likely Wednesday so I will get to get reacquainted with the little sweetie.  And then I will have to start thinking of another baby quilt to make, as Annie will be a big sister in February!  How wonderful is that?  They don't know if it will be a little boy or girl yet but will in a few weeks.   Just wonderful news!

And another bit of super happy news--Hannah, my youngest granddaughter who was in the Peace Corps, is now in nurse's training and just got a great, great scholarship that is absolutely wonderful.  She is so deserving to receive it and we all are so very, very proud of her.  She will be home for a visit in September and again at Christmas.  Sweet things for Funoldhag  to look forward to.   

Here it is, all quilted and ready to be trimmed and bound.  Will bind it in variegated fabrics that are in the quilt.  I always love that look.  I had quite a time yesterday afternoon - had sat down to do a couple of the blocks and zipped right through them.  When I took the quilt out from under the needle - guess what I had done?   Quilted part of a corner of the quilt right into part of my quilting. Isn't that a sinking feeling?  Yuk! So I got out my trusty seam ripper and worked for about an hour taking out the mess.  Certainly tends to keep a quilter humble, doesn't it?  Didn't go back to it until this afternoon when I finished it without incident.  No harm done- you can't tell where it was at all.   And the old saying is right - she who sews, rips!  I was surprised that I didn't have more trouble with the quilting since there are so many seams.  I have a few places where it's a little bumpy and maybe a tiny pleat or two, but I am not worrying about that.  Pretty happy with how it turned out.  

Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's Progressing

Coming right along with this one.  Amazing how the quilting calms down the puffy background without making pleats.  Well, at least so far, that is!

Just had a couple of reasons for a short post.  First of all, I think you know that where I live we have lots of critters!  Deer eat our flowers, skunks have dug up our yards at times, turkeys trot up and down our streets looking for food beneath bird feeders, little ground squirrels chatter on our stoops and there have even been sly little foxes from time to time.  This summer we have another critter creating a nuisance - or at least I think I know which one it is.  Blaming it on racoons - they have taken to getting into the trashcans in our carports, dumping them over and, if the lid comes off, having a feast at what they find amid the contents.  Mine has been dumped several times and I even bought a new one with a locking lid.  Didn't work!  So now I have a double bungee cord over the top and have been putting some ammonia in the sacks.  So far, so good on that.  This morning when I looked out my across the street neighbor had been visited by the roaming racoons.   The can was overturned and things on her carport floor - not a lot, but some.   Today is our yard cleanup day and the crew is in here doing the lawns. Looked out the window and there was one of the young fellows who has been trimming the sidewalks turning the trashcan up and putting the spilled contents back in.  How nice is that for a random act of kindness.  I am sure that is not in his job description, but good for that young fellow!!   Warmed the cockles of my heart, as the old saying goes!!!!

Then later on I made myself feel bad.  Realized I had forgotten my hair appointment yesterday and OMG how I needed it.  Can't get in until next Wednesday.  I am to the point where I feel like going into hiding.  Well, I guess you win some and lose some, right!  Luckily, that is not something I have done except for a couple of times in the fifteen or more years I have been with my beautician.

So remember that, Carol!!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Quilting on the Flower Garden Quilt

 After quite a bit of hassle, I am starting to get this piece quilted.  The hassle came in the pinning process - which, like thread basting, is not one of my favorite parts of the quilt making process.  The wall hangings are done on the big door on sawhorses that my husband rigged up for me to use as a worktable and it has served me well.  I tape the backing wrong side up on the table with painter's tape then layer the batting and top on that and proceed to pin.  I was able to get most of the piece on top of the table with just maybe six inches overhanging on each side.  As with my little sunbonnet girls, I used wool batting. I had had no problem at all with that top.  After the pins were all in and closed, I took off the tape so I could finish each side.  When I looked at the back, it was all pleated and just plain awful!!  Nothing could be done but unpin all those @#^?!!! pins and start over again.  Took out the wool batting and found some cotton and started all over again.  That turned out fine!  The top and back did not cling to the wool like it does to cotton.  But cannot figure out why the little girl quilt gave me no problems.  Anyway, it was a hard fight, Mom, but I won!!
Here is a part of the center of the piece - I have had the bright idea of some buttons in the little blocks outlining the center.  These bright ones would work well, but I am also thinking I may just cover some small ones with different fabrics and use those.  I think that would add a lot.  My loopy quilting is kind of small but I it seems to be making the applique stand out nicely and it goes along pretty quickly.  Also thinking about putting some french knots in some places.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Finally Quilted!

Finally finished quilting on Sue has a Crush on Kaffe!  I have been working on this for most of the past week and just put the final stitches in a little while ago.  Quilting the rays on the triangles was giving me fits - the thread kept breaking and I was using a bunch of choice words!  I changed the needle (I am bad about keeping the same one in my machine for a long time - shame, shame) and that seemed to help immensely.  The block backgrounds and outlining the little girls went very smoothly, thank goodness.  Finished up the border today so it's ready to be trimmed and bound.
Here is a corner of the quilt so you can see what I did to the border.  Nothing fancy, just some meandering up and down. I really do like the way the triangles look even though they gave me fits.
Hope no one examines them closely since they are not spaced very evenly and are wavy, but overall look pretty good.   

Tuesday I went to Saginaw with Leslie, Linda and Kathy to go to a art quilt exhibition whose juror was Janna, one of the long time members of our quilt guild.  Not a very big exhibit, but it was lovely and well worth going to see if you are in the Saginaw area.  It's at the Saginaw Art Museum until September 6th.  Here is what greeted you as you walked toward the area -
This is all done in one inch squares that end up as one-half inch squares after being sewn.    Hard to imagine how a person can do this.  Her name is Deb Hyde and she also had two other pieces in the show.  I found this on the internet.  Why I did not take pictures is beyond me!  I found another picture similar to the won she won first place with -
Her work is awesome.  We had four of our members represented at the exhibit - Kathy M. was one of them.   Also showing work was Kathy A (the girl who did the racoons that I showed from our guild show), Nancy S and Janna.    We went from there and had a nice lunch at a Chinese restaurant.  Great little road trip with some great gals!   

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Quilting on Sunbonnet Sue

I have had this little piece done for probably a year - even had the backing made.   The other day I decided it was time to get it together and get it quilted.  Worked first on the middle block with the little girl and knew just what to do with it--outlined everything then did my loopy quilting on the background.  Then the triangles were the next to figure out.  Deciding what to do where is, I think, the hardest part of quilting.  I tried several things and did several rippings
Then I gave a go at the rays coming from the center and pointing to the feature blocks.  By George, I like it!  It's kind of a wrestling match but if Idon't do too much at a time, it's fine.  Sue's hat was kind of bumpy from the fusible web so I did some lines on it and that calmed it down well.   The little girl blocks quilt up quickly but the triangles take a while but I think it will be worth it.

Had Sit and Sew this week.  It's been a spell since I've seen some of the girls and I really looked forward to Tuesday.  It was a really fun day.  It was Leslie's birthday - wish I had known it beforehand.  Leslie is so much fun and one of my favorite people!  What a great bunch of quilters in our group!!   So a big, belated happy birthday to one great gal!!!

Today is the "garage sale" at Park Bench!!   Can't miss that!   Looks like they are going to have stellar weather for it this weekend.  I am going to eat some lunch, get cleaned up a bit and go garage saleing!!!   Will show you later what I buy.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

July is Scooting By

This morning I trimmed the excess batting and backing from this quilt.  This is the one that started with a rainbow batik jelly row sewn into a row quilt and ended up being cut up into blocks and combined with Kaffe prints.  Really hodgepodge but bright and pretty.

Here is a close up of some of the fabrics in the quilt and
here is another one.  What a delight to work with the rich colors in batiks and the Westminister fabrics.   Some of them are absolutely really ugly but it all seems to work so well.

I have had a big week - my nephew and his wife were here for a visit from Florida and it was so good to see Michael again and to meet Molly, his wife, for the first time.  They both are retired from the service and are taking a big trip in their new motor home through the northeast.  Sherry came over, too, and we all went out to dinner later.  While we were at dinner, Sherry started to get texts - I had forgotten to put my phone in my purse.  Well, good, good news which I'm not going to elaborate on just yet but let it suffice to say that I am tickled pink!!

Next day I had an appointment with my pulmonoligist which I was rather dreading from last visit.  However, it was a good outcome and I will have another scan and visit in December.  I have actually been feeling pretty darned good although my stamina is not nearly what it used to be.  However at almost 86 that would probably be the case anyway!  I can't walk a long way anymore but could push a cart around Target or the grocery store all day and be fine but occasionally a trip up to my mailbox tends to fluster me.   All in all, I would say I don't have much to complain about!!   I'm still as excited about my quilting as I ever was and enjoy the things I do on the computer.  Pretty fortunate old woman!

The weather we have been having is amazing!!  No real heat yet this summer - I mean the bad stuff.  Yesterday it was so cool and the air was dry.  Tends to be repeating itself today.  For me, that is so welcome since I am not a hot weather girl!!!!   It's different now then it used to be, however, because I don't have any outside work to take care of anymore so can just stay in when it's hot.

Guess I will take a trip to the mall and take back some shoes I ordered online from Kohl's.  I bought another pair of sketchers which are so comfy, but this pair is too big.  Have done a lot of rambling on!!  See you next time.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Hope you are having a bang-up time this July 4th!  And it would be nice of your weather is as nice where you are as it is here in Michigan.   Things are quiet at my house but all is well.

Have been going on a cleaning out spree that started on last Sunday's power outage when I cleaned some drawers.  That has gone on to the bottoms of my closets in the bedroom that were a mess and also to the shelves above where the clothes hang.  Even did some shredding of old bank reconcillation sheets which had gone way beyond the seven years needed to keep them for tax purposes.  The basement is pretty much back to where it should be so some things have been accomplished.

On Monday, I will get to see my nephew and his wife, Molly, who are on an extended trip in their motor home and I so look forward to that.   They live in Florida and have been on the road for some time.

Yesterday I had another visitor!!

My friend, Kathy, brought her little granddaughter, Alexandria, over to see me.  Grandma Kathy was taking her around and showing her off - and rightfully so!!  This is one adorable little baby doll.  Such a sweet, friendly little girl - she actually took a little nap on my lap.  She is a little older than my little cutie pie greatgranddaugher, Lauren, but they aren't that far apart so Lauren is most likely doing similar things in the way of noises, etc.  

Happy 4th from Funoldhag!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Powerless Afternoon

The blocks are all sewn and sewn in rows waiting to be joined row to row.  Probably would have had this accomplished this afternoon except for the fact that the electricity went off after some rather heavy rain! Don't you just hate it when that happens?  You are pretty well out of business with everything you do since most of it requires the power.  Back in the old days, a treadle could run any time you wanted - electricity or not.  You can't go on line, watch Netflix, etc., etc.  So I spent some time cleaning out some drawers which 
actually was a good thing.  Then I had a really good nap!  The power came back on a little bit after I woke up - so it wasn't a bad day at all.  Now the sun is shining brightly and I think it's pretty warm out there, but it certainly looks nice.

Here is the top left corner of my quilt - you can see the swirly white on white patterned fabric that I got at the Park Bench yesterday.  I think it's going to be a good addition to the piece.
A few more rows laid out on the bed.  just the first two are joined.  The ones in the middle part are really, really long so it will be lots and lots of sewing.  I cut the setting blocks extra big and will leave maybe 3/4 to 1 inch of the white past the points.  Binding will be the white.  

And I also got all the stuff that I had scattered all over the basement put away!  In some of the rubble, I found my circle template that I have had for probably 30 years!!  Missing objects usually do turn up.    I did accomplish a little more than usual today.