Friday, March 28, 2014

A Slow Day

Another quilt has caught my eye on Pinterest but I am running hot and cold on it.   One minute I think it's pretty cool and the next notsomuch.  It's very sweet and rather pale but that is probably the charm of it.  The piece I am fashioning it after is five blocks by five blocks and vines run through on the diagonal - the shorter of the two arcs.  I have tried to get a picture of the original but don't know what the heck is wrong.  I can copy one but it won't paste into the body of the post.
You can see from this picture what I mean about the vine.  The blocks are 12 inches so if I do 5 x 5 it will be a 60" square.  I think I will go ahead with it--I like the colors and it's something different for me.

Today was one of those days when I didn't accomplish much.  The weather has been dreary and it usually doesn't bother me but sometimes in March I am getting ready for a change.  I did accomplish something that I have been putting off and which really needed  to be done.  Have gathered up and figured out everything to take to my lady to have my income tax done.  Guess it's about time for that!!  Will go Monday afternoon for the tax figuring.  The weather is moderating and the snow melting so one of these days things will start to green up!  Now I am going to go stitch some more binding on my red dresden plate quilt as I watch an episode or two of House of Cards!   That is one good series on Netflix!   What a despicable fellow Kevin Spacey plays and his wife is just as bad! 

Here is a cute picture Norah sent along recently - is that not the cutest picture of a pair of chubby little legs and cute little crocheted booties?   New pictures on the sidebar!

Spring will get here!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Original Selfies

 You may or may not have noticed, but I changed my picture on the sidebar
 having spent some time one day taking "selfies", a very humbling
 experience.  Selfies are not new, by any means--the old photo booths in
 the five and dime stores of days gone by were probably the forerunner.
 Lots of cute, funny and just plain odd photobooth pictures on Pinterest.
 Thought you might enjoy a few. 


Here's a fellow who looks like Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy.

I love this one - what a cute old lady in her fur stole with her furry little doggy being photographed for posterity.
Here is a cutie - 
No words for this one!    The very costume jewelry adorned grandma and her cigarette with her little wide eyed grandson getting their picture taken maybe at Kresge!    

One final photo booth photo - me and my sweetie taken sometime in 1949 or 1950.  We were newlyweds.  I was 21 and Ray was 23 - long, long ago!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

It's Black and White

This is where I am stopping with these blocks.  It would take lots and lots to make a full sized quilt and there is a trememdous amount of rotary cutting, trimming, etc.   I decided, although I love the blocks and how they come together, I really am not enjoying the process.  So, this will be a very pretty tablerunner.  I will put a border on it, quilt it and call it a day.   Does this ever happen to you?  Getting all excited about a project and finding it's not as much fun as you thought? 

 Now I am enjoying quilting the challenge quilt.  Had no trouble putting it together (all the pieces were just pinned to a cloth base) - it went together nicely.  I had to add one little strip to make one of the rows come out even.  The girls who worked on my piece did a great job. 
I am planning on doing a little embellishing with some pink buttons and maybe black ones, too.   

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Here's little O'Lauren looking absolutely adorable in a little top featuring shamrocks!   Her mommy said in the text that came along with the picture that this had belonged to little cousin Annie.    I am sure she was cute as a little leprechaun in it also.   

Here's hoping everything "greens" up soon!!  

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Snow is Melting - Finally

The last couple of days the sun has been shining and the snow going.  I can see the floor of the patio now - it has been covered for weeks.  Yesterday it was around 50 and felt absolutely balmy!  Cooler than that today, but still not bad.

All together!   I think the border worked out okay.  The striped fabric picks up all the colors.  Picture is a little fuzzy but you can get the idea.

 I saw a picture of the string quilt that is in this book and it really is something I like.  Decided I might give it a try in black and white.  
Four six inch blocks together.   It calls for cutting 6 1/2 blocks of the thin facing that is used for embroidery.  For these four, I used a roll of stabilizer that is for machine applique and it is too stiff.  Today I bought some of the right thing at Joann's.  The idea is to leave it right in the block.  
This is how it would look vertically - I think it would be striking.  I have a lot of black and white fabrics.  The worst part would be the cutting of the strips, but the rest would be easy, peasy sewing.  There is also another quilt I saw on the internet in black and white with some bright colors in it. 
Isn't that a beauty?  It really has me fascinated.  I have no idea who made it - I should put a note with the pictures telling where I find these great things.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Challenge and Round Robin Quilts

Way last October, we started our round robin quilts.  The idea was to make a block relating to Positive Affirmation and pin it on the approximately 24 x 36 piece of fabric base.  They were passed around to a different participant each month who was to add something to the piece.  We actually worked on six of the pieces.   You could include fabric, embellishments, etc., in your bag along with anything you wished to say about the items being added.  There was a notebook included for your thoughts and then the person adding each month also wrote something in the little book about her reasons for adding what she did, her feelings, or anything she wished.  That was fun - fun to read each book as you worked on the piece and then fun to read the one in your bag when you got it back.  Here is what I had returned to me last night - and I am really tickled with it.  I plan to sew it together and have it quilted before our show at the end of April.   There were probably a dozen taking part and it will make a fun display.
    It was also the night to reveal the challenge quilts with the theme of  Tour Michigan with Us.  We each received a piece of fabric to be used for the road and the roads will be lined up when the quilts are displayed at the show.  A lot of ladies are taking part and there are lots of great pieces with more coming that had not been finished.  Should be a lot of fun when they are all hung.  All phases of our state are represented - the lake, the fruit trees, windmills, I think lighthouses were there, and mine was about the Michigan Christmas tree farms.  Didn't get to take them all in but there are lots of clever, fun pieces.  One of my friends did a beauty with a loon on it.  Looking forward to seeing them all together at the show.   I really enjoyed making this little piece.  All the fabrics were in my stash and the only thing I bought were some little snowflake buttons.  I had the big sparkly snowflakes already.

    Snowing again - but not too much.  Wind blowing pretty hard - a good day to stay in!!

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

    On the Wall in the Basement

    Here's my daisy quilt - the blocks are sewn together in rows and the rows are now pressed ready to be sewn into a top.  I am liking this pretty thing.  The colors are so fresh--batiks are the best!!!  I have cut border strips from the stripe.  Not quite satisfied - so added a narrower white sashing
    and not quite sure about that either.    So thought of a narrow folded strip just sewn into the seam (a flange?).  Tried the dark green in the stems and that was harsh and not the answer. 

    Next, I cut a piece of the stripe--and I am liking that a lot.  There needed to be a separation between the blocks and the sashing.  Now will have to decide on the binding.  I don't think I have enough white left  but think there is still more at Park Bench.  I have enough left of the stripe.    This piece is right up there with the ones that are favorites of mine.

    Hard to believe DST starts this weekend!  The weather has moderated here some and some of the snow has melted, but we still have an abundance of it!

    Friday, March 7, 2014