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Monday, November 20, 2017

Showing and sharing at the guild

Three things to be happy about:
(1) fall foliage
(2) choosing colors for a new project
(3) curly fries

It's been quite awhile since I shown any eye candy from our monthly guild meeting!  These beautiful quilts are some of the ones that were shared at Saturday's meeting:
Manger scene

large-scale prints surrounded by a series of frames

half-square triangles!

paper pieced stars

ladies, ladies everywhere

this was part of a red and white display

great use for jelly rolls

African masks

It's always great being there, seeing what everybody has been up to.  And that great "a-hah!" moment when something you see gets your creative juices flowing.  Enjoy your Monday, sew forth and sew on til later ...

Friday, November 17, 2017

Little side trips

Three things to be happy about:
(1) raking leaves
(2) passing thru the bakery section at Costco
(3) finding something you lost

Is change good?  We've been switching between Eastern Daylight Time and Eastern Standard Time for more than 40 years (dare I say more than 50??) and this year it took me longer to readjust to EST.  Instead of waking up at 6:30 am, I was waking at 5:30 for awhile - big yahoo.

I had to curtail some of the little side trips I found myself on so I could knuckle down and finish that small challenge quilt that's due at guild meeting next month.  The Quiltville mystery will start next Friday, I don't want anything pulling at the edge of my mind when I'm piecing the first few clues!

The top has been finished and just lying around for a month, I just needed to go ahead and quilt it, put it out of it's misery. 

But not without a bit of drama...

I broke two needles because I allowed some of the seam intersections to bunch up, too lumpy in a couple spots. The second time I was literally one inch of being finished!

The top thread broke three times: once before I remembered to check the tension and twice because I had sort of a jerky motion when I changed directions - doh! 

You're probably wondering "now why doesn't she use a walking foot?"  I dunno.

Drama comes in threes! 

When I trimmed it - straight - I saw that part of one side shrank more than it should have. 

I went back and trimmed off a bit more, and to be honest, it's not noticeable at all!

So here's the top!

I simply outlined the silhouette and the moon, then quilted gently swooping lines across the blue background.

I meandered the black and white hourglass border, that's all it needed.  The binding has been sewn onto the front, I'll hand sew it down on the back in the next couple days.

That's it for now, enjoy your Friday, we've passed the mid-point of the month.  Sew forth and sew on...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Playing catchup

Three things to be happy about;
(1) gorging on Hallmark channel Christmas movies
(2) catching up
(3) following a good plan

I do it every year; I've seen some of those Hallmark Christmas movies any number of times but I always find myself tuning in anyway.  They always follow one of three themes - girl meets boy through her job, is indifferent to him until she gets so full of the spirit of Christmas that - oh joy! - they fall in love.  Or girl leaves home, becomes a huge success, returns home, finds the spirit of Christmas and discovers - oh joy! - the boy she left behind is the perfect one after all.  Or girl has no Christmas spirit in her heart at all, goes to an obscure little town that's either called Christmastown or Christmasville where all the locals are laughing and jolly, helps them put on a Christmas show and - oh joy! - discovers she has the spirit of Christmas in her heart after all.

I watch that stuff every year!  I guess by now it's a tradition, eh?

Playing catch up on the Grandma's Kitchen sew along!

I had to take this shot to prove to myself that I'm actually getting some sewing done.  I've been so distracted lately with this, that and the other.

I'm using the Simple Folded Corners Ruler that I bought from Bonnie Hunter's shop a few months ago; trust me, it makes sewing accurate diagonal corners so much easier!

I always had trouble with sewing the "scant" or one thread to the right of the drawn line on those angled corners.  It was a good investment!

You have to "stay woke" though - one of these is not like the others!

I cut the corner at the wrong angle on one unit and created a spare for my parts department.

I refuse to call it a mistake - it's a spare to be used later.

So these are the new blocks I finished - Kitchen Table, Sticky Buns and Mending Basket, the latest one.

The one on top - Mending Basket - is my favorite so far.  When I started doing these I just chose some fabrics that were handy, which happened to be black, white, and red.  I added yellow/gold later but I think I like the ones without red a little better.

I'll be linking up with Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen sew along page.  Sew forth and sew on til later...

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Time for a group picture!

Three things to be happy about:
(1) tuna fish salad
(2) fresh flowers on the table
(3) mixing your own raisin bran

I like buying plain ole store brand wheat bran flakes and mixing in my own raisins, to control how many are in each serving.  I don't need "two scoops," that's way too many if you're watching your sugar!  Toss in a few almonds and it's just as good as Raisin Nut Bran but without all that extra sugar they coat the raisins with.

Churn dashes! 

I laid out all the little blocks that I finished so far, to see how well they play together as a group.  Just short of 50 blocks, more than enough to see what they look like - and I like what I see!

A final layout hasn't been decided on yet - set them side by side, no sashing? or sash them in groups of four?  or set them on point? or ... ?  Who knows?  Not me, not yet!

Some of the background fabrics I used create little shady patches in the quilt, I like that effect!  They're sure to get moved around though.

(These photos were taken in waning daylight, the quilt isn't that grey.)

There's this one little alien in there, where I used a "neutral" background when I first started, rather than the white and black that I'm using now. 

I made a snap decision - he can stay for now!

Now this was too cute not to share - my neighbor biking his kids to school, on the way to his office.  They usually get lots of beeps and waves on the way.

The two-year-old gets buckled in at the back, but his four-year-old brother does a great job holding onto the side rails.

They're off on their day, I hope you enjoy yours!

Sew forth and sew on til later...

Monday, November 6, 2017

Ready to roll!

Three things to be happy about:
(1) a lovely sunrise
(2) spinach omelet
(3) mint-flavored floss

As I'm writing this post the sun hasn't risen yet, but I know it's coming.  The sky has grown lighter, maybe it needs a bit more shut-eye!

Saturday I introduced my friend Felicia, the MIB (missing in blogland) Slow Quilter, to one of my favorite places - Fabric Place Basement!

I'm getting ready for Bonnie Hunter's newest mystery ... I really didn't want to buy more fabrics, thinking I would use from my inventory this year. 

But I didn't have enough of any one colorway to substitute my own fabrics.

... so one thing led to another

... and another

and another....

Now I have all my fabrics gathered and boxed, waiting for the first clue!

I bought 1/4 yard cuts from 12 fabrics in the coral/melon/peachy range, and the same for the aqua/turquoise range.  I deliberately got cuts from two dark fabrics that pushed the range a bit.

I already had enough browns, I just cut 1/4 yard pieces and put the rest away.  And my neutrals go without saying, I have a BIG plenty of those!

Meanwhile I'm doing some assembly line work on the little churn dash blocks ...

My Accuquilt die cuts nine 2-1/2" squares at once, so that's a no-brainer!

I kitted up little batches of green scraps for the sides and the corners, I chain sew and string along enough for three or four blocks before I


trim ...

snip ...

One day this will be a quilt!

I'm a poet and don't know it, sew forth and sew on...

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Silent Sunday

It's that time again...

Grab that extra hour!

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Just a bit more

Three things to be happy about:
(1) Chinese takeout
(2) Monopoly
(3) a dust-free surface

I wouldn't know about the third one, LOL.  I've been sorting through my fabrics a bit at at time; pulled out one container that had dust on the top!  How long since I was in that bin??  It's kinda hard to do a lot at a time because, as you can imagine, a plastic bin full of fabrics is very heavy.  On the other hand there's no deadline, so I'm doing okay.

I made block #18 ("the Fridge") of Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen sew along

When I saw blocks made by some others I liked the idea of placing half-square triangle units in the corners.

This was the first layout I tried, it made the block look so muddy!

Turning the corners around made all the difference.

I'm linking up with Pat's page so you can check out what everybody else is doing.

That's it for now, have a great Saturday, sew forth and sew on...

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Bits and pieces

Three things to be happy about:
(1) freebies
(2) grab bags
(3) swag bags

Same thing, right?

I was reading someone's blog and I noticed she was doing Pat Sloan's Grandma's Kitchen sew along.  Somehow I forgot Pat does a lot of sew alongs.

The names of the blocks are cute and they look very interesting, so I thought I'd jump right in!

Because I'm a bit late to the party, I started with the newest one and I'm working my way backwards.

"Game Show & Soaps" finishes at 12 inches; "Loose Change" and "Pantry Goods" are both 10". 

Just to get it moving I just chose black, white, red, and yellow for my color palette.

I coulda chosen another way to make that center block in the top one, eh?  Lots of points coming together in that one!

Finished a few more of the little churn dash blocks.

I used the same fabric that's in the large block above, I like the way it looks in the churn dash.

A few spider webs for Halloween, even though I don't "do" Halloween!

This time I paid attention to the direction of that wavy striped fabric, it does make a difference - but at the same time it doesn't matter.

You know what I mean?  Sew forth and sew on...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Showing my colors

Three things to be happy about:
(1) hot coffee
(2) spreading mulch
(3) a good night's sleep

This is where I was about an hour ago, oh man I didn't want to leave it!

The quilt on my bed now is the x and plus quilt I made last year.  I like all the vibrant color.

Ahhh, a good night's sleep under happy colors!

If you're doing Bonnie Hunter's mystery you already know she announced the colors for this year's mystery yesterday. 

I have browns a-plenty ...

I'm currently going through my fabric inventory just about every day to organize and sort out and see exactly what I have in there, but I haven't seen too much of that aqua shade.  I may give some thought to changing out that blue for pale green, but I have the impression the color needs to sparkle.

Haven't seen too much of the apricot color either, may have to find another substitute color ... maybe a pale yellow.

Those are my sleepy thoughts for now, need another sip of coffee!  Sew forth and sew on til later...

Monday, October 30, 2017

Those annoying no-sew days

Three things to be happy about:
(1) a sweet treat
(2) Monday mornings
(3) the end of a storm

Boy oh boy did it storm last night!  But I think it's all gone now; we have a lot of leaves in the street but no limbs or branches -  at least not on my street.

I think I found a new definition for "no-sew" days -- they're not only days when you don't sew, but days when you DO sew but nothing goes right.  It's like your mojo deserted you, so if I have one it sure as heck wasn't working yesterday!

I made another "potato chip" bag yesterday, but this time I wanted to make it larger so I added two inches to all the measurements.

I also increased the size of the boxed corners by 1/2", that was okay but I should have realized that it added a whole inch to the overall size of the boxed corners.

Well, I learned a few things that I'll do differently next time.  For example, it's okay to increase the corners but I should leave the pockets the same size. 

You can't see it, but the front pocket goes down a bit too far, affecting the shape of the bottom.  And the width sorta wraps around the sides a bit.  The pockets don't really need to be larger than the pattern calls for.

Actually everything else looks okay though. 

The flap looks larger than the purse but it's the same size as the front and back, so it's those pesky pockets that jigged the deal.

So now I have two purses! 

Wish I had reversed the fabrics, and used that darker Alexander Henry fabric for the flap though...

Oh well, there's always another bag waiting to be made!

Have a great Monday, sew forth and sew on til later ...

Saturday, October 28, 2017

It's in the bag!

Three things to be happy about:
(1) skipping with a grade-schooler
(2) new software
(3) Happy Socks

What a difference "sleeping on it" makes!

Yesterday I was all a-fuddle over the placement of the pocket on this little popcorn purse.

But when I woke up and looked at the pattern again, I realized - I had the pocket upside down!

After that it was all clear sailing...

There are two pockets on the inside and two on the outside.

I used the same fabric for the lining, straps and front pocket.

It turned out really cute, maybe I'll go make another one!

Enjoy your Saturday, sew forth and sew on...