Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rush Hour

I live in the North East USA.  One of several locations in the US with hideous Rush Hour issues.  I live at exit 8A of the NJ turnpike.  Anyone in the area listening to the evening traffic reports is very familiar with that location.  I literally live and breathe Rush Hour. Pretty much nightly it’s backed up and in the summer it stops completely. Well the time is coming very quickly when I will be leaving this ever so congested area and retiring to  Florida.

Before I go on with this saga I want to take the time to thank both Mdm. Samm and her ever so creative mind for master mining yet another creative adventure and Carol from  for being the event coordinator and chief cheerleader. There is so much behind the scenes work going on and those of us who participate truly appreciate your  efforts.

I now also need to apologize for not sticking 100 % to the guidelines of this hop.    I designed this piece all by myself which was a relatively new adventure for me. I actually heard about this hop and a Brilliant idea formed in my head and then onto the fabric.  I told my mind that this was a red, white, black and gray hop but my mind insisted that I had to have some green thrown in for the proper effect.  I hope you will excuse me.

On with my story… We are retiring to The Villages, Florida sometime next year.  The Villages is something like the 7th largest city in the state.  It is an adult community of over 100,000 residents.  It is also a community of over 70,000 golf carts.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Get the Picture : )

Our new home actually came with a 2 car and 1 golf cart garage.  There is still a rush hour but it’s very, very different.

They rush for Tee times,  for exercise  classes, for pretty much anything you can think of.  They just do most of their rushing in Golf Carts.  The carts are a year round mode of transportation if you want.  They come with various enclosures.  Ours has roll down sides and back that zip shut.  We were there last winter and discovered that even in Florida there is a chill in the air and on the legs.  MJ asked for a quilt for the cart and Mdm Samm and Carol asked for something  for Rush Hour.  Timing is everything. 

So here is my new view of Rush Hour.

We were at the house in late August. I had to have the quilt finished so I could get the photos taken with the proper backdrop.  Left the quilt there and came home to NJ with my pictures.  While looking  them over and choosing several for this post I realized with a chuckle that my golf carts must be state of the art since they are riding down the road without the benefit of a driver (OK there are probably "drivers" mixed in with the clubs, but seriously)

So I hope you can see the need for the green.  I tried to do the roadway without it and it was just a striped quilt with carts.  

Now speaking of a quilt with cars.. Can’t you see this quilt without the golf carts but with a couple of stuffed cars for a great baby quilt gift.    I think I need to find me a pattern for a stuffed car (suggestions are welcome).

Thanks for stopping by and joining the Rush Hour Fun.  Not too often you can put those 3 words together in a sentence.  Please stop by and visit the other participants today as well as yesterday and the days to come. Such talent is not to be missed.  Here are the links to all of the other presenters for this hop:

                                               Tuesday, September 23

Wednesday, September 24

Thursday, September 25

Friday, September 26

Monday, September 29

Tuesday, September 30

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekend Finishes

MJ has been away so I have had a little more me time then normal.  I have been watching the Roosevelt Series on PBS while knitting and stitching.

This is the latest Chemo Cap.

I also finished the baby quilt top.  I hope to have it quilted by next weekend.

A local senior group has an annual fund raiser craft sale in November so I have made a few more knitted dish clothes that I will wrap up with wooden kitchen utensils.

And then I made the letter E twice.

In the in between time I also made the front for 3 Fall Postcards for a Postcard swap I'm participating in.  Can't post pictures of them until they get where they are going and I need to finish them before mailing :)  

So what next? Charming Stars, Sandwiching a quilt, finishing the postcards or knitting?

Stop back on Thursday, my day for the Rush Hour Blog Hop.
Have a great week.

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.