Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New This Week

I have signed up for 2 Sew Alongs. One with Temecula Quilt Co where we are making 4 1/2 in alphabet blocks at the rate of 2 per week and one with Terry at Terry's Treasures where we are doing Charming Star Blocks at no rate at all just a suggested maybe 4 per month.  No pressure.

These are my first 4 Charming Star blocks.  I am using Christmas fabrics.  Last night I pulled 16 fabrics and made my own Charm pack.  The blocks are a great size, they finish at 14 inches.  The only problem I see is that I now have all the fabric cut and begging to be sewn.  This project may go a lot quicker than I originally intended.

Now these sweet little letters are just quick fun.  My plan is to make them the day they are released. I purchased the fabric kit ( the one with the dots on the background ) and since they are so quick to put together I figured I'd make 2 quilts at the same time. Today was D day.

It hasn't taken half an hour to whip up 2 blocks yet.  Even this one that I had to rip because I put the top and bottoms on backward.  Ripping 4 1/2 inches is really not a big job.

I also find I'm kind of addicted to knitting dish clothes. These are clothes 5 and 6 made in the last 2 weeks.

Combined with some wooden kitchen utensils they make a quick and easy gift.

I used this one to hold a gift card.  Happy Birthday JB.  It's in the mail. You should have it by your big day.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

I have been asked to participate in this amazing journey around the world by Joan of  I had always thought of the world as big and remote. That was until I started to blog.  I now communicate on a regular basis with people all over this wonderful globe.  I have been exposed to new levels of generosity by basic strangers.  Strangers I now consider friends.  I have regular contact with people in many of these United States and Countries North, South, East and West. Here is an example of how small my world has become. I live in the NE US and we will be retiring to Florida next year.  I met a quilter while blog hopping who lives within walking distance of our new home.  Since meeting on line we have met in person for lunch and a guild meeting and a sew in . 

As a participant in this Blog Hop I have been requested to answer the following questions.

What am I working On

I am always working on several projects at a time.  My attention span is rather limited and I have a high need to accomplish things.  I love to draw the line through a completed project.

I think I took such a liking to quilting because there are so many steps in the process I can generally move on to the next step as I lose interest in the previous steps.   

Here are some photos of my current projects.

This is the center  of a baby quilt for a coworkers first granddaughter.   I picked up the pattern from a U TUBE video from Missouri Star Quilts

These are the first 3,  4 1/2 inch block letters

 from the latest sew a long from  New blocks are posted  on Sunday and Wednesday.

When I need a quick project or a to go project I generally switch to knitting.

I started making these wash clothes a little more than a week ago after seeing them on Beth's Blog

A Great Fall Gift for a friend

The thing all of these projects have in common is that I only know about them because I blog.

How does my work differ from others of this genre

Well I’m not very precise and I don’t care.  Mostly my corners match because I sew a lot but I don’t quilt for shows or judging.  I quilt to make things.  Early on in my quilting life I was asked to work on Charity quilts in my guild.  I shied away because I couldn’t match corners or sew with accurate ¼ inch seams.  The gal in charge of the program explained that a warm hug didn’t need accurate corners but it did need to be put together with love.  I guess I mostly sew that way, with love.

Why do I create

Cause I can. I’m lucky enough to have a stash to sew from and I do.  I see an idea and I run with it.  I know my quilts will find a home. I have no problem giving my quilts away if I think they are wanted and or needed or just liked a lot.  I have sold a few, generally to people who haven’t a clue and are gifting them.   I enjoy the challenge of some patterns but have no problem kicking a project to the curb if I’m not enjoying it.  Mostly its a great way for me to relax.

How does my creative process work.

Not very well most of the time.  The creative process needs time and I don’t give it the time it takes.  That being said…Next week I am participating in the Rush Hour blog hop and the piece I am presenting is a piece I actually designed and executed myself.   While I am extremely proud of it I don’t have any desire whatsoever to repeat the process.  Mostly I see and I copy in another color.  My big creative contribution is generally changing out the size of the parts. I would be so lost without the enlarge button on the copier.

Thanks  for stopping by and visiting  from all those various locations around the globe, please come again, anytime.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Vacation Projects

Just got back from a 2 week romp in very hot Florida.  Had lots of heat and lightening. I took a few projects along to work on in my down time.

I finished my X's and O's quilt.  I had assumed that I would finish it in greens but I found this wonderful brown fabric in a JoAnn's I was visiting down there.  There was just enough brown in some of my green blocks to make it work.

I love the fabric, the design is old wooden rulers with advertising printed on them.

I also finished my Rush Hour piece while there and did all of the picture taking.  Needed to do that since it stayed in Florida when I came home.  Photos to follow on September 25 right here.

I also managed to make another knitted chemo cap.  

Well that's it for tonight, back to work tomorrow.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Keeping Busy

I have had a couple of busy weeks most of which I can't discuss here and now because it has to do with an upcoming hop.  In the in between times I did some knitting.  I made this hat for the local hospital cancer care unit.

It came about because I decided I should work on some of my yarn related UFO's as well as my quilting UFO's.

A couple of years ago I decided to crochet an afghan using up my scarf scraps. Once I figured out that I didn't have enough to do what I wanted I shelved it.  So last week I took the piece out of the bag it ended up in and I started to un-crochet it. RIPPPPPP

These pictures show what is left which is about half of the original piece, less the hat. The little circle on the right  is the beginning of another hat.

I also finished up another Helmet liner.  No picture of it. It looks just last the other 5 I made this year.


I started to blog to have a real record of what I have done in the areas of quilting, yarn crafts and the occasional papercraft.

Apparently I am not a very trusting person. I've been blogging since March of 2011 but in July of 2011 I started making a note each day of what I did in the crafting arena the day before.  I am such a paper person.

I really do need to order a hard copy of my blog, I think I will ask for it for a Christmas present. I'll feel so much better having the history in my hot little hand.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Scraps are Wonderful

This photo is from my posting of last Tuesday, July 29.  It's a bowl of green 2 1/2 inch squares

While I was finishing up another quilt I was watching U Tube videos from Missouri Star Quilts. Up popped this one on 4 patch and x's and o's

I was fascinated. It looked like such fun and speedy too. Right up my alley.  

I got this far by Monday night.   I'm posting now because I'm not sure what I want to do next.  I haven't decided yet if I want to add borders or just want to quilt it as is. 

I'll think on it as I start my quilt for the Rush Hour Blog Hop. I've got until 9/25 for that one but I have what I consider a brilliant idea and I want to start on it before something else pops into my head to do. 

This one will reappear once it's done. 

I will be making another one real soon as one of the ladies I work with will be a grandma for the first time in November and she asked if I could make one of these but with pink tossed in with the bright greens. Sounds like fun.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Pets On Quilt Show 2014

Meet Bunny.  I borrowed her for this event.  She is a 10 month old, jet black  Cocker Spaniel. That would make my category Puppy on a quilt.

Bunny's family are the wonderful folks who use to dog sit Tink when we went away.  They were also the dear friends who took care of everything for us the day she passed.

One of the things they did was to use one of their quilts to wrap Tink in at the end.  I didn't realize at the time that it was Bunny's quilt.  

So when I finished this quilt it became Bunny's new quilt (apparently her chair too).  She is a wonderful pup who we are allowed to borrow on a regular basis. We take every opportunity to spoil her to pieces.

Pictures just don't do her justice.  She really has the most beautiful eyes, would you believe, they are black  ;-}

So here is the link to get you back to the linky party so you can check out everyone who is participating in this super fun event.    

If you have a minute let them know what a great job they have done.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Finish, A Winner and a New Start

This is the finished quilt for Margaret's Hope Chest. It is the completion of my Boys quilt for the Quilt Along with Amanda Jean over at Crazy Mom Quilts.

It's due on August 1, I got it in the mail yesterday.

I found a great 100% cotton sheet with little navy dots for the backing.

A bunch of squiggles and a done deal.

Next Up,  Congrats to Bonnie for winning the 2 charm packs in my giveaway.  I sent her an email earlier today and am hoping  to hear from her soon with her mailing address.

And  up next is a spontaneous start to a new quilt.  While I was doing my squiggles on the just finished quilt I was watching U Tube videos of the Missouri Star Tutorials. Up came a quilt called X's and O's.

I was hooked.  I have a load of greens in my stash, close to twice as much as any other color. So I pulled a bunch and started to cut strips

And then squares

and more squares

and then I had a bowl full. 

I now have 20 of the 35 blocks that I need finished. I'll have pictures, hopefully of the whole top by the weekend.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How Old is your Oldest UFO - and a Giveaway

Anyone who has dropped by in the last couple of months has gotten the message that we are cleaning up and out our townhouse preparing for the next step in our lives.

We’re not in a hurry but as a project arises, painting, carpeting etc. etc.  we take the opportunity to clean out a little more.  We had the house painted the second week of July and carpeted the 3rd week.

It poured the day they laid the carpet.  As they were laying it under my bedroom window the carpeter announced that water was leaking in making quite the mess of the new paint around the window.

People are coming on Friday to assess the problem which is most likely the roof.  We are taking this opportunity to clear out the minimal amount of stuff we have stored in the attic.  Behind the 9 bins of Christmas miscellany there were several dusty old cardboard boxes of craft type stuff.  

Mostly smelly. Temperature extreme’s really bring out the worst odor in all things with a petroleum base.  A bag of wonderful yarn looked to have been a nest for something along the way.  A box marked misc. craft pieces  that didn’t go together and on and on.  I roughly went through each box and found little worth salvaging.  A Needle here a scissor there and then I found the box marked doll parts.

This is my oldest box of UFO’s.  I started and finished making cabbage patch type dolls back in the 80’s.  The box didn't have any holes in it or any bite marks or chewed corners.

 I’ve never been one to make 1 of anything. When I started doing this particular project I had 3 nieces so from the get go I needed to plan for at least 3.  Then of course I had people wanting me to make them for their kids. For some reason I have it in the back of my head that my girlfriend and cohort in this type of thing and I made around 25 of these beings.  

The box didn't have any holes in it or any bite marks or chewed corners.The box contained one finished doll, some clothes, various legs and arms and........

what looks suspiciously like sun flower seed remains.  Nothing in the box was chewed on or nested in just this little mound of left over shell pieces.

So this becomes my oldest UFO.  I know I moved into my house in 1986 and I had been working on them way before that maybe 84.  That would make this a 30 year old UFO sighting.

I do think I'll dump the rest of the box but I can't toss this cutie. 

On to my giveaway.  In cleaning up I found I had an unbelievable collection of charm packs.   I think I will pick one winner from the people who leave a comment on this post.   The winner will receive 2 charm packs. I’ll ship anywhere  in the world.  I’ll pick the winner   Monday evening, July 28.  You don’t have to tell me how old your oldest UFO is to win but I am really curious to know.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Back in the Saddle Again

This post is starting with a reprint of part of my June 14th posting about UFO's which covers the background for the end of the post. 

This is another lettuce container filled with pieces of a would be quilt. I find that these containers are perfect for storing small projects.  They are see through and stack well and are basically free.  

I think that I will be using this container full for a project for Margaret's Hope Chest.  Amanda Jean at
is hosting a QAL for this great organization.  

They are in need of boys quilts and this should be perfect.  I have no recollection of what these are 
leftovers from but they will be fun to  play with this week.  Hopefully I will have another completed UFO to show off next week.
Start of today's posting. not quite a week later but completed is completed.

If you have been reading along you know that I have not been doing much in the way of sewing in the last couple of weeks.  Well I started up again with gusto on Thursday evening.

I was so excited to be sewing I never actually thought through what it was that I was doing. I spent Thursday evening adding sashing to both sides of all 20 blocks.  Then I went into a full blown funk when I discovered I didn't have enough of the bright yellow strips to sash the bottom and top of the blocks.

Stuck a couple of the blocks on the wall and realized that I was only supposed to add the strip to one side of the block.  I went to bed a very unhappy quilter.

Friday evening I calmly ripped off the additionsl sides and low and behold I had enough to sash all the way around. DUH !

Saturday was a much better quilting day.  Got the top totally finished. I'm hoping that I will get it sandwiched and quilted this week.

Right on track for my August 1st commitment and another UFO brought to a happy completion.  All of the blocks and sashing fabric was in the lettuce container that I unearthed in my quilt room in May. I only nneded to add the cornerstones and border from my stash.  The HST were already done, they just needed to be trimmed to a uniform size.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

from country to traditional

It’s done, it’s done, it’s all done.  Whoop, whoop. This is really not a quilty posting but more of a why it’s not a quilty posting. Here are before and after shots of some of the work we’ve had done in the past 2 weeks to our townhouse.

The walls were blue and the carpet was grey.  The walls are now cream and the carpet is beige.  And the banister is just beautiful.

We had the banister replaced on July 1st and 2nd.  The entire house painted upstairs and down July 7th, 8th and 9th and the carpeting replaced on the stairs and the entire second floor on the 15th .  Things are starting to go back where they belong.

I relocated my sewing room from a bright and sunny second bedroom to the basement 3 weeks ago.  It works, it’s just not very cheery.  I had to get all of my stuff out of the room so that it could be painted and the carpeting replaced.   Since all of the upstairs was being repainted and recarpeted it made sense to relocate my stuff.  My sewing will stay in the basement until we move sometime next year. The problem with doing so much of the house at one time became that lots of stuff needed to be relocated to the basement for the short term and it ended up boxing in my machine and fabric.

In all that time I managed to finished my sisters quilt and pillows(by July 3), 3 quilt blocks and a tiny bit of knitting.  Most nights I have come home from work and carried boxes up or down stairs.  Lots of shredding and trashing too.  But it’s all done. I hope to get some sewing in tonight.  I asked MJ to clear a path to my machine today and I have great faith that he will have done that before I get home.

I started this post on my lunch hour and we had a power failure before I could finish it. I'm home now and yes I can sew and iron and cut fabric tonight. He is so good to me. I'm off to the basement, I have a lot of catching up to do.