Saturday, March 21, 2020

Quilting for Comfort

I hope you are all doing okay and are well.  Things are so surreal. 
I'm working on this 2014 UFO.
I had planned to share my recent cruise photos, but I'm just not up for that today.  Here is what came out of the UFO drawer.
The nine patches are from my first Fun With Barb Block Swap in 2014.
Amazing sewing shrinkage!
It was a fun challenge to pick fabrics and animals.  I made several changes along the way.
I have fused them down and I'm machine appliqueing them with a tiny zig zag and monofilament thread.  This isn't an real video just a still because it is really hard to video with hand and sew with the other, lol.
 Nutmeg is almost 1 year old and she is a great little sewing room buddy and has deep appreciation for my large scale fabrics.
In preparation for Hanna and David, who live in DC,  I had to rustle up all the quilts in her room.  This was the easiest solution.  This is about half of my quilts.
My son's girlfriend, Alexis, is staying with us too and together we made slime.
 I used this recipe here.  It was a fun activity and it is therapeutic to play with.
This is her cat, Momo.  He is friendly and sweet and Nutmeg is "letting" him come up from the basement a little more every day.
We are very lucky to be a family group of six as we stay in and stay put.  Lots of working from home and lost of shared meals.
 coco and nutmeg are a perfect example of how to get along during mitigation.
 I hope you are doing okay, and if you are not please reach out to a friend or family member and let them know.

We all have to take care of eachother.

Friday, March 13, 2020

Doll Quilts!

Wee~ I received my Instagram Doll Quilt Swap quilt and is it special!  This came from Becky of Vancouver.  It is so charming and I LOVE it.
Perfect toile' backing and a little zip pouch with a bird pull.  It's like Becky knows me!
On my trip, my husband made fun of my ziplock baggie of small essentials.  So I'm especially happy to have this new little zip from Becky.
I had to try it on my dolly bed.  Isn't it sweet?
Here is the quilt I made my partner.  I hope she likes it.  The color combination is unusual but I know she likes reproduction fabrics.
I chose this Alphabet print for the backing.
I really do hope she likes it.
This was a great swap!  thanks to Jenny for hosting on IG.
I'll be back soon to share photos from my recent Caribbean Cruise. 

On a serious note, I hope you are all well and well stocked with food, books and sewing while we all wait out the pandemic.

Treat yourself to a Shamrock shake, they are as good as you remember.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

What's Going On?

I'm all over the place at the moment with multiple projects so here's a quick update.
Whig Rose - Whew 😅 got the HST to fit.
 I used a lot of pins working from the center out .
I want to get the next two borders on so I can mark and start hand quilting soon.

For some upcoming Hand Applique' workshops, I designed a few small patterns. 
Each design used the same leaves, flowers and berries with a different vessel.

Folky Flowers
Modern Flowers
Then I decided to make asymmetrical design for the more traditional quilters.
It is amazing how many different looks you can achieve with the same shape.
Traditional Flowers
I finished this little dolly quilt.  I can count it as a Monthly Mini which is hosted by Wendy at The Constant Quilter Blog.  Wendy is so talented and has such a wonderful blog check it ou
 I had this sweet fabric for many years and the colors match perfectly with the front.
I machine quilted it with my big fan stencil.

So this is a new routine.   Nutmeg loves to get some fresh air in the morning when I sew.  She meows and meows until I open a window for her.
 She also likes to hop out the window....
and see what is going on around the yard.
I made two more Steampunk blocks.   They don't look cohesive yet, but there will be many more so they'll come together (I hope).
 This is my cray cray design wall.  There are like 4 unrelated projects on it right now.
Thanks for stopping by!  And thank you for all the nice comments on my House Quilt.  I so appreciate them!