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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Busy bees at Wee Bee

Three things to be happy about:
(1) tomato sandwiches
(2) a new TV series
(3) scratching an itch

We had a wonderful time at bee yesterday!  Several activities were scheduled, including swapping of the Christmas blocks and show n tell of portraits from last month's class...

Loretta portrayed her son at different ages...

Gwen's grand-daughter...

and Sondra's family series... her granddaughter, daughters, grandson, hubby and Sandy herself.

Great jobs, ladies - these portraits were worth waiting for!

Our main activity was sewing pillowcases for donation to the Hospital for Sick Children here in the District.  We collected at least 50 pillowcases; more will be completed and brought to May's meeting.

Pillowcases are relatively easy to make; several of us got our info from You Tube - here are two links you might find useful:  Missouri Star Quilt Company,  Crafty Gemini and Fat Quarter Shop.  

That's it for now, enjoy your Sunday; sew forth and sew on til later!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Leader-enders; fun times

Three things to be happy about:
(1) a good breakfast
(2) saying hello
(3) asking questions

I'm back from spending a couple days with my sister in Atlantic City and we had a great time!  I took the train rather than driving and now I know what "regional" means - I swanee it was stopping under every shade tree picking up people!  In Philadephia I changed to a NJ Transit commuter train, same deal.  I wanted an inexpensive ticket, but next time it's the Acela for me!

On Wednesday we walked the boardwalk from the middle to the end and back, a nice breezy walk.  It's kinda sad to see how changed everything is, though; partly because of Sandy and partly just plain ole hard times, I guess.

I started off breakfast yesterday at the Buca di Beppo Italian restaurant in Bally's with this delicious bowl of fruit.

The strawberries were ripe and juicy, the blueberries and grapes had just the right "pop," and the melon was sweet and delicious.

I like funny signs, don't you?

I saw this one in the Wild Wild West casino...

Thank goodness it was Wednesday!

Back on the home front I'm still prepping for sewing my Idaho Square Dance leader-ender pieces...

I've sewn some of the 4-patches, it looks like the leader-enders need a leader-ender!  It's about to take over being the main block.

I'm spinning the center seam of the 4-patches like Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville  showed us.

This makes for a really flat seam and it's easy to do!

A few of the 4-patches done so far; I think I'm going to like doing this block!

And last but not least - Shell told me her grandson ran into the kitchen and tattled on his twin sister: "Grandmommy!  Jaelyn is twerking!"  In my innocence I asked her "Exactly what is twerking, anyway??"


That leads to the question - should a 69-year-old twerk???   LOL

Sew forth and sew on til later...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Addicted to...

Three things to be happy about
(1) hard peppermint candy
(2) going thru your pocketbook
(3) being graceful

When I was a kid my grandmother used to sit and hum while she dug and dug and dug through her pocketbook.  Me:  "What you doing, Mama Brown?"  Mama Brown:  "Going through my pocketbook."  Me:  "Oh."   I guess it made her happy.

Bonnie Hunter's Quilt-Cam always gets me going, sometimes in a whole new direction!

I saw her Idaho Square Dance Addicted to Scraps block in the May/June 2015 Quiltmaker Magazine and thought to myself, "Hmmm, maybe I'll have to make that one some day!"

But after I watched the latest Quilt Cam, guess what ... I want "someday" to be real soon!

It's her newest leader/ender project, using 1-1/2" squares ... 1-1/2"!!  This calls for shortcuts using my 1-1/2" strips!

Just to test and make sure I want to have two leader/ender projects going at the same time, I started  by sewing a light and dark strip together.

For maximum scrappy variety you'll want to use strips that are on the short side!

I cross cut the strips into 1-1/2" slices and resewed for the 4-patches.

For that strip at the bottom of the block I sewed a dark-light-dark combination and cross cut into 1-1/2" slices, then combined it with the 1-1/2" x 3-1/2" strip called for.

Looks good, this is definitely a candidate for leader/enders!

Sew together light-dark and dark-light-dark strips, cross cut into chunks - sew as directed!

I can switch these off with the lozenges I just cut fabric for, it'll keep me from getting bored with the same thing.

I'll be leaving today to spend a couple days with my sister in New Jersey, be back on Thursday afternoon.  Have a great rest of the week everybody, sew forth and sew on til later!