Sunday, November 12, 2017

Sunday Stitchin'

Today I'll be appliqueing a copper roof (a little change from the original pattern) onto the bird feeder for my Primitive Garden  border three. It's thrilling to be so close to the end of this project. I can hardly wait to see it all together although I am kind of dreading doing the quilting. 

As I was appliqueing the white pumpkin on border 2 last month, I noticed my thread was collecting tiny globs of dark lint. I had just prepped the border, otherwise I would have just figured it was dust from sitting idle like a lot of my other projects--lol! It took a while, but I finally solved the mystery. 

I love using my felted wool mat for pressing my applique and piecing, but while at one of my October retreats, I began to notice I was doing a lot of sneezing. I do have a wool allergy, but as long as I'm not wearing the wool, I am usually okay. Sometimes, if I am doing a lot of wool applique, my eyes get itchy too, but not enough to deter me from my wool-y therapy!
Anyway, yes, my wool mat was the culprit. Upon close inspection, I could see my white pumpkin was covered with wool fibers. Probably all the other applique was too, but it's not so apparent on the darker colors. I had been using a press cloth on my wool mat whenever I would use Best Press or sizing just to keep it clean, but now I have made a little "pillow" case for it--super simple since I used the selvage edge at the opening, so no hemming!  Problem (and mystery) solved.  
Friday I was invited to help present some Quilts of Valor to a group of WWII veterans at the Brainerd High School. A couple of quilts that I had donated for QOV's had been chosen to be given out at the ceremony. so I was extremely honored to be there at the presentation. There's  a short video HERE of some highlights. Marcia Steven's organized the quilt presentation and did an awesome job! If you ever have an opportunity to particate in a QOV presentation, do it! 
Yes, tears were shed! 

I'm hoping my Slow Sunday Stitching today will calm my nerves. I'm pretty hyped up due to a course of Prednisone from an allergic reaction to a laundry detergent switch. My usual brand (that we've used since the early 1970's!) has been taken off the market and it's been a struggle to find a replacement.
 If it's not one thing it's another--yeesh!
Slow Sunday Stitching
Linking with Kathy at Slow Sunday Stitching HERE

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

New Month, New Goal

My One Monthly Goal this month will be to get this little Palmateer Point quilt finished.
I'm toying with the idea of hand quilting--maybe I can handle something this small?

The main reason I want to get that little quilt off the design wall (where it's pinned up to avoid being lost!) is so I can start to play with these Little Boys Britches blocks. I got these made up at the Keepsakes Cabin retreat last month. 

I also got the Mrs. Billings Coverlet Borders 11 and 12 sewn up.
Well, almost.
 Some of the background triangles needed for Border 12 were missing. I was hoping that I would locate them when I got home, but no luck. And apparently no more of the Jo Morton Toast II fabric is to be found either.
I guess I am having another "make do" moment! Sigh. 
This is what I got done at the Green Lake retreat.
I spent the entire time making the hourglass blocks and tiny stars needed for the sashings on my Primitive Garden quilt. A bonus was getting them all sewn together along with the blocks--lots of crazy partial seams, but easier than I expected. Whew!
Finally my Patches of Blue book by Edyta Sitar has arrived--it's beautiful! I pre-ordered it months ago and didn't think it would ever get here--lots of eye candy to drool over.
I couldn't resist showing my new book with some of the lovely gifts I received for my birthday in October: a bundle of gorgeous fabrics from my friend Miriam and a fun Edyta Sitar nail file (it's also a lint remover on the back side!) from my cousin Barb. She also made me the adorable mini Lucy Boston block pin cushion--awesome and adorable!!!

I guess I better get to work on my November goal before I'm distracted by something in my new book--ha-ha!
Check out more One Monthly Goal's for November HERE

 





Sunday, October 29, 2017

October UFO Finish and a Little Slow Sunday Stitching

I've been a terrible blogger this month--surgery and two retreats--that's my excuse!
My October One Monthly Goal is finally done. Whew!  Again, I was quilting and binding it at the end of the month and wasn't sure I would make it in time--seems to be a hab
it of mine. 
   
My UFO for October (Temecula Quilt Company's Marvelous Mini Monday) was the result of a Sew Along, and I have been sucked into another one. Actually, I have no self control when it comes to a SAL. it seems! This one is on the  Quilts by Cheri Friendship Group.

My background is blue homespun bordered by Grunge.
That's as far as I got before leaving for my second retreat.
I'm going to have to get a little more done for Monday's progress report. 

In the meantime, I will be doing some Slow Sunday Stitching on my Mrs. Billings outer border. I may get this project done yet.........!

Linking with One Monthly Goal HERE
and Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching HERE
Slow Sunday Stitching

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.
And......
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 me...at 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  CommercialSilk.com 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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