Wednesday, October 4, 2017

October Goals

 Temecula Quilt Company's Marvelous Mini Monday
My list of goals for the month of October is long, but this little quilt will be my One Monthly Goal from the UFO pile. 

I have two retreats this month, so while at quilt camp, I hope to get all the sashing sewn for my Primitive Garden quilt. The PG Facebook group is on to the borders now and they are labor intensive! Julee Prose was kind enough to share her pattern for the flag that I subbed in place of the hose for the right border.
This month we are working on the bottom border--I will be trying to get it set up ASAP, since I waited too long to get started on the September border and didn't finish until October 1st. This border will have some changes as well. I need to add a white pumpkin since I'm a little obsessed with them right now--lol! 

Palmateer Point 
Okay--I've never been able to participate in one of Lori's little SAL's for one reason or another, but this time I already had a drawer full of 4 patches and was compelled to sew! I added a row at the top on bottom to make it into a rectangle. There will be more instructions coming for this little quilt on Friday--we'll see if my rectangle works out! 

Texas Tribute
I posted this little quilt on Instagram a while back.
Moda has been having little monthly contests featuring their designers. I've joined in on a few of them only when I have some of the fabrics in my stash. This little quilt is for the Primitive Gatherings challenge to make a small quilt from PG fabrics. I used all scraps from my stash--and I got in some Big Stitch Quilting practice. 

The stars are super simple wool applique.
I used  Block Base software to size block #3685 Texas Ranger's Badge to four inches.
My friend Brenda P. gifted me with this wondrous pile of plaids. I don't know what the first project will be using them but I have a long list of ideas swirling around in my head. 
There are a few homespun fabrics, but for the most part they are the recycled shirts I've been lusting after--and they are 99.9% blues!!!! Thanks again Brenda--I love them! 
See more OMG's HERE

Thursday, September 28, 2017

September Goal....

What a crazy month! I can't really wrap my brain around summer being over yet.

 We had a pretty bad storm last week and had no power for about 16 hours. This is the only tree that fell across our property. We are so grateful it wasn't worse--almost nothing compared to other weather related damage elsewhere in the world. 
This is just a couple houses away from us--trees down all the way to the lake. 
Most of the damage looks like these trees snapped off in the middle of the trunks, but there were also many uprooted. Apparently this was all caused by straight line winds. 
There are lots of new wood piles ready to dry out for burning. 
I got a chance to gather up some fallen birch. Since my petunias were decimated by the wind, I replaced them with birch cuts (thanks to Mr. Moosebay).
Excuse my plastic garden shed curtains--I've been meaning to take them down for years--lol!
Last night I put in the final binding stitches and added the label to my September UFO Flower Pots. I was seriously worried that I wouldn't get this done by the end of the month. 

Flower Pots is my One Monthly Goal for September.
It was started as a sew along with Annette Plog from her book True Blue Quilts.
I justified joining the sew along because I already had the book--haha! 

Somehow I ended up with an extra block, so it became the quilt label rather than an orphan block--don't need more of those!  

A few days ago, I realized I already had made a "Flower Pot" quilt. It's usually buried under Mr. Moosebay's clothes, so I don't feel too bad that I had forgotten about it. It's from a Miss Rosie Schnibble's pattern. I think it's kind of fun to have a light and dark version! 

Now if I can get my Primitive Garden block done for this month I will be really happy--off to do some hand stitching! 
See more finishes HERE at One Monthly Goal

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

September Goal

I've been a complete failure in adhering to my vow not to take on any new sew along's this year. I couldn't pass up making some flower pot blocks from Annette Plog's book True Blue Quilts when she had a SAL on Instagram.
I made 20 Flower Pot blocks. My Plan A for setting the blocks was to use this older Jo Morton toile. 
 I just didn't have enough of the the toile to get the last couple setting triangles--in fact, a couple I did cut were "make do".
  On to Plan B.
I had the dark blue fabric left over from another project where I had used it for borders, so I had a very long piece about 16" wide. I crossed my fingers and hoped that there would be enough! There was. Then, to make use of those toile setting triangles I had already cut (and the alternate blocks) I made some pretty big flying geese to fit around the quilt. I had pre-cut and set aside long border strips of the toile for Plan A, and they became a wide inner border. At first, I had stopped with the toile border, and liked how it looked, but wished it was a little bit larger. I wanted something that would be usable, not a small wall quilt. I would have liked something a bit more "elegant" for the outer border, but I didn't dare do anymore cutting because I was in serious danger of running out of both of my finishing fabrics. On the other hand, I wanted to make good use of both fabrics, especially the toile since I had cut it all up for Plan A!

As penance for breaking my "no SAL's" rule, I am making this my September One Monthly Goal. 

Okay, another confession--I also did the Temecula Marvelous Mini Monday SAL too.
I'm so bad! 

But look at those sweet blocks--who can resist a 2" shoo-fly or churn-dash??
Check out other September One Monthly Goals HERE

Monday, August 28, 2017

August Accomplishments....

Even though it was a crazy month for me, and I felt like I wasn't making any progress on my many projects, looking back I guess I didn't do too badly! 
My August UFO was finished the first week of the month. I realized that if I got it done, I could take it along to my Bonnie Hunter class for what she calls Show and Share. Easy Street was my August One Monthly Goal project. 

In my rush to get it finished (and because I didn't look forward to having a huge quilt on my lap in the August heat) I finished the binding with a blanket stitch rather than hand stitching it in place. 

Yes, I did the old standby super fast quilting.....Cinnamon Rolls! 

These are the three fabrics I pieced together for the back. I strategically placed the blue where I would be able to salvage most of it for later use--lol! 

I almost forgot about my Primitive Garden Facebook block until the middle of the month.  I wasn't sure I would have time to finish this one, so I planned to just ink in the words on the seed packet. The applique went pretty quickly, so I had plenty of time to do the embroidery. 

I worked really hard to hand piece and set in the half stars for the side edges of my Texas Star quilt. I wanted so badly to get this all together and it finally happened--yeehaw! 

And thanks to a very rainy weekend, I managed to hand piece the last corner of Border 10 on Mrs. Billings. Those corners were crazy! I'm soooo happy to have this round finished--on to the next one!!
I had thought to have time this month to work on my blocks from the Bonnie Hunter class and also to make a few more 4"x5" Anthology blocks, but there's always next month! 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

No Green Thumb Needed

Here's something you don't know about one time, long, long ago, I had over 100 houseplants that I was happily nurturing. Most of them were cacti, succulents or bromeliads, so it wasn't super labor intensive, but it still took up a lot of time. Eventually I developed other interests--like quilting!  One by one, all of my plants fell by the wayside until I had not even one plant left to water. 
That doesn't mean I don't like having some greenery around though! I love the look of the olive branches you see in so many Farmhouse style decor photos, so I was drawn to these olive trees from Commercial Silk--very life like with the silvery leaf backs and woody twigs.  

My first intent was to have them on the mantle (I've been looking for some greenery to put there forever!), but I think they get a bit lost against the brickwork.
(I confess, the clock hasn't been hung back up since day light saving time started--my bad!)  

So... I moved them to the dining room sideboard. Much better! 

You could literally spend hours on the site--and I did! I'm thinking that I may need to order some of the  outdoor plants or boxwood hedges because of my deer problems--lol! It would be pretty cool to surround my entire back deck for privacy too.
And, of course, I'm still thinking about that mantle.... 

The olive trees were provided to me by Commercial Silk in exchange for a review. 
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Quilting with Bonnie Hunter

I guess it's about time I posted a couple photos from my class with Bonnie Hunter before I forget that it even happened....
The night before the Jamestown Landing class, Bonnie did a lecture/trunk show. Afterwards, members of the audience showed their "Bonnie Hunter" quilts. It was really fun to see so many variations!
The best part of the day: my on-line friend Sandi Tundel and I met in person--finally! She kindly offered to pick me up at the hotel for dinner and the trunk show. It's been so funny to compare our interests as we both seem to have done, or plan to do, the same projects--even having read the same books. Turns out we drive the same make and model car--how crazy is that? 

This is a closeup of the Jamestown Landing quilt.
 I'm sure you can figure out why I wanted to take this class!
There were lots of Jamestown Landing variations--these are from just about everyone in class. We made string block units in the morning and broken dishes units in the afternoon. Then we put the units together into blocks. 

I loved this quilters block made from plaids.
I really need to start collecting old shirts! 

This is what I accomplished in class. I'm thinking I need to set this block aside and start making the string units with less contrasting fabrics. I'm worried they will detract from the design that the broken dishes segments make. I've only made about 15 of the string blocks, so it wouldn't be a big deal to set those aside for something else. What do you think?

I haven't accomplished much this week.
Not to overshare; I had a hard time bouncing back from a "medical procedure" I had on Wednesday. Hopefully I'll be back to "normal" soon. In the meantime, I'll be doing some stitching on the last Primitive Garden block before starting on the borders. This is the first time I've used my Apliquick tools I purchased at a quilt show in June. So far, so good. I especially like the glue stick!

Linking with Slow Sunday Stitching HERE

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Dogs on Quilts

The Pets on Quilts parade has been going on for several years at Lily Pad Quilting. It's always so entertaining to see the photos of sweet critters on quilts. They aren't always dogs and cats like you would expect--that's part of the fun! 
In past years, I didn't have a pet to put on a quilt.
I never really thought about posing Kylie (who we adopted last September) on a quilt in anticipation of the parade, but it turns out that I do have several photos of her on them. She was my sewing room helper and it seems she loved quilts as much as I do. 

Any time a quilt was available for snuggling, she would be on it.
 Here she is avoiding eye contact, as she knew better than to be on that bed--lol! 

It didn't matter if  the pile of quilts wasn't folded to dog size, she would be on them anyway. 

Oh oh! Caught you again, you little stinker! 

Of course, now that we have lost her to illness, she would have free reign to be on that bed anytime she wanted.  
 See the parade HERE