Friday, August 15, 2014

A Banner Day

Happy Friday!

I've been wanting to try making a bunting and finally gave it a whirl.  There are a lot of ideas here on Pinterest.

Here is mine made with a Kaffe fabric.


I made a paper patterns until I found the size I liked.   I made a cardboard template to mark the pre-fused fabric.


I fused a solid on the back and left the edges unfinished.   It would be really fun to make it two sided and hang it in a archway.


I used dritz single fold bias tape.   I pressed it in half to make a channel for the pennants.


I arranged them and held them in place with binder clips.


I stitched them in the channel close to the edge.


Waa-La (as Norma and I like to say :)


Aaahhhh.....spent a day at the beach last weekend with a great book on my ipod, an iced tea and applique'.


You just can't beat the view.


Happy Friday!  Grab a little summer before its gone!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Rose By Any Other Name.....

Greetings from the dry tundra of southern Connecticut.  I hope we get the predicted rain tonight and tomorrow!

I was inspired to share this quilt after reading Barbara Brackman's wonderful post about Rose Krestsinger and her unfinished rose quilt.   You can read the post here.

The Rose Quilt - 1998   Is it wrong to say that I still LOVE this quilt?  I even changed my header in honor of it.


Here is a blood stain when hanna lost a tooth while it was on her bed.


This is the ONLY quilt that I had quilted by someone else and I still regret it.  It's lovely quilting, but not mine.

Here is Rose's work:

And mine.  I forgot how much I simplified the flowers.


I used only a few fabrics in this quilt.  The tiny berries are my favorite part.



I was struck today by how much it has in common with my Jubilee quilt.  I am back to quilting a little every single day and have just finished the top border.


coco looked on with her usual enthusiasm and confusion.


Our poor little Starbuck had 2 teeth pulled today and a cleaning.  If only he would have flossed more.... We get to pick him up early this evening :(


Anyone else do this block?  Or have another pretty rose applique' quilt to share?  I'd love to see them.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Checking In

Hello - I hope you are enjoying summer!  I've been very busy and not blogging much (or sewing either).

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Quilt Odyssey show in Hershey, PA. with a few friends.  It is a wonderful show, but they don't allow photos to be published on the internet.  You can see some on this blog (I know....but they haven't posted them on their site yet....)

I was very honored to have 2 quilts in the show:   Mother's Garden and Frankenstorm.



The show is small, but the quilts were what I would call "next level" in terms of quilting and technique.  I'm actually surprised my quilts were accepted.

They sent me these nice certificates and I had an exhibitor ribbon and free admission to the show.  As a big bonus I saw Kelly of Pinkadot Quilts and Sujata of Root Connection.  It is always such fun to see bloggy friends in the real world.

I spoke with Cindy at the Stencil Company about my fan design and she asked me to send artwork.  I'm encouraged that they are considering manufacturing it.  I've made 3 different versions and sent one other design.  Fingers crossed.  Here is my homemade stencil.


A couple of weeks ago I sent Katy of  KatyQuilts a nice comment about this adorable doll quilt she finished and she offered to send it to me.  I literally could not believe it.  How generous and unexpected.  Thank you Katy.

 The backing is a feed sack - super sweet - and the drop diamond quilting is just perfect.

She sent me this lovely note, which I appreciate so much.  Thank you so much Katy!

  I've hung it on the way into the sewing room to remind me what nice people I have met through blogging.

Check out her blog, she is always doing something creative!


Hanna and I had  "Day-cation" to the Maritime Aquarium.  Along with all the fishy and Jelly things we saw, we got to feed Lorikeets!  They are small tropical parrots.  Their coloring is so beautiful.


I think you can tell how utterly Delighted I was!


Sorry for such a long post - I just haven't found the usual computer time lately.

Happy August~

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

whole lotta nuttin'

Thank you for all the great book suggestions!

It seems we are hitting the doldrums of summer here, which is actually quite nice.  Most of my days seem to be a filled with a little of this....a little of that.... and not much.  I think they call it the dog days of summer.

I did finish designing the last two blocks of my Hot Flash quilt.  This was a bit of challenge working with all these different prints. (gosh red is hard to photograph!)


and I've been making patches for the nine patch swaps which are due here to me on October 1st.

My Sailor took part in this year's Chicago to Mackinac Island yacht race.  He was part of a 8 man/woman crew aboard Slapshot, a 135ft. J109 sailboat.  The race is 333 miles.  They started on Friday at mid-day and finished on Monday at mid-day.  They came in 5th in their class - Congrats to the Crew of Slapshot!!


I picked up this pretty plate at a flea market recently .  How could I resist red and white, transfer-ware and my new great state of Connecticut.   Love the gilded fluted edge.  $8.00


I also picked up this wonderful folk art painting.  I love the simplicity of it.  The frame is nice and plain.  It looks great in the kitchen.  $12.00


Hanna and I found these socks shopping in New Port.  We laughed so hard.  They had others with foul language.  I would have bought them all, it was hard to pick.

Tomorrow I'm off to Hershey, PA for the Quilt Odyssey show.  If you see me say hello!


Friday, July 18, 2014

What's Cooking Good Looking

Remember this old thing?  I finished this top in Sept. 2012.


While I wait to get my stencil for my King quilt, I'm marking this one for machine quilting.   I'm using a stencil that I designed and cut myself.


I've approached the Stencil Co to see if there is interest in manufacturing this.  I hope so, mine is getting a little ragged.  Would you be interested in a 18" fan stencil?

FFF - Summer Cooking (or the lack of)

Here's an easy no cook summer meal.  Use any frozen pizza and add dollops of pesto (I use Classico) and cook according to package directions.


I use the Presto Pizza Pizzaz baker.  It makes a frozen pizza in 15 minutes, and you don't turn the oven on.   It's great for heating up leftovers too.


I drizzle the pizza with Balsamic Glaze.  You can add your favorite spices and enjoy!  For supper you can get fancy and add a simple green salad.


Of course this is my all time favorite summer meals fixins'.....heaven.

I just finished this book and really enjoyed it.   It was the first time I have read this author.

This was another wonderful read this summer -

I'm always looking for a good book.  What have you been reading?

Monday, July 14, 2014

Smooth Sailing

Today I'm sharing a quilt I made in 1999 for my Husband's 40 Birthday.   He's been sailing his whole life, so I thought the paper pieced sailboat would be perfect for a signature quilt.  There are 40 boats, of course.

It's very scrappy.  The blocks were finished and signed at his Birthday Party


As a little joke, I put his upside down.


 I used a lighthouse panel for the backing.


This summer Rich has been playing with a friends' used Laser.   He and Andrew went sailing in it over the 4th of July weekend.


Small craft advisory?  No problem......


I can't remember is this was before or after they capsized.  


Boys just love messing about in boats, don't they?



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Summer Time Fun

Happy Friday!  I hope you are having a wonderful summer.

I recently received 2 lovely surprise gifts in the mail.  First was a lovely assortment of greens from my friend Diane.  Don't they look perfect nestled in my potted herb garden?  Thank you Diane.


Kelly sent me this beautiful Bee pin cushion.  I have yet to stick a pin it as it is too lovely!  There are such pretty details in the stitching.  You can read more about it on her blog Pinkadot Quilts.   It looks perfect among the flowers.   Pretty fabric and card too - Thank you Kelly I'll treasure it.


And hey - it matches the tattoo on my foot.


Coco loves to lay on the deck and watch the birds.   She has always folded her paw under - silly puppy.


The hummingbirds are continuing to visit the feeder regularly - like several times an hour during the morning and evening.  I have had as many as 3 at the feeder this year.
What a handsome fellow!

For Fun I did a puzzle that was a gift from my son and his girlfriend.


Andrew and Sig attending a beach wedding in Florida.


Hope your summer is the right combination of busy and relaxing and most of all fun!