Tuesday, November 15, 2022

stuff and things

 That is our family answer when asked: "what you been up to?" Here goes....

I had a great time teaching a Liberated House Workshop for the Wayside Quilters in Sudbury, MA.

There are no two houses the same and it makes it a lot of fun to see what happens.
I love this quirky one.
It is so rewarding to see students having fun!
I took a workshop hosted by my guild; the Ninigret Quilters make to make this bag.  Our teacher, Charlie was wonderful!
I did most of my homework, while still taking care of Mr. Fun and his new knee.  I used two pretty large scale florals for the outside.
and two others that look like 1970s polyester sheets to me.  ha ha
So, I decided to approach the workshop as a fun day out and did not pressure myself.  I did make the complicated zippered pieces.  I will finish it at some point.  Stay tuned.
I was honored to be awarded 2nd place Hand Applique' at the Connecticut State Fair Banquet for my Chrome Quilt.
Every quilter who attended the banquet  received a nice zippered pouch and gift certificates from two local quilt shops; what a nice surprise! I also received a nice $35. money prize.
I'm back to winter beanie crocheting with this new pattern for  my guild's Holiday Charity silent auction.
Hope you are all staying warm and doing well.

Thank you so much for visiting my little corner of the blog world.  I know it is not as popular as it used to be, so I appreciate it even more!

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Hello Out There

I made this in 2006 with swap blocks from a Yahoo Group.  Remember Those?  I love a simple strippy quilt, don't you? 
It is official; this is longest break I've taken on my blog but I'm still committed.   Thank you so much for continuing to read and comment.  I write it for myself, but I love the little community that has stayed with me over the years.

This a very old nine patch that I made with swap blocks from my Piecemakers group in Illinois.  I love a simple strippy quilt, don't you?

I've stalled a little on my daughters DWRQ, but I've made progress.
I got called out a little on FB for using so many pins.  I know I wouldn't need this many with just two fabrics, but when you are adding the pieced arcs, it really helps and doesn't distort or pull the seams on the arc.
So I've been busy with Mr. Fun who had a knee replacement about 11 days ago.  What a nice dog visitor at the hospital.
Lots of meds to administer.  Home PT and recovery is going very well. 
It has been a pretty fall here in CT.  Azure blue skies and pretty oranges and yellows.
I hope this caterpillar makes it before the frost.
My town is having their annual scarecrow festival.  I love to take coco and check them out.  How cute is this one?
and Frida 
On a recent family trip to Washington DC, we visited the African American Museum of History and Culture.
I was thrilled to see this Amazing Quilt in person!  It was made by Jesse B. Telfair, circa 1975.   She was fired from her kitchen job for  registering to vote.  
I'll be working at the polls next week, so please keep a thought for me and our Democracy.

Monday, September 26, 2022

Fun Fall Festivities

Wee!  All the pieces are cut out for  Double Wedding Ring Quilt.
I'm trying to take my time and enjoy the process.   The tracing and cutting was slow, but allowed for  lots of good TV and Movie viewing.
Thank you Narragansett Bay Quilters for  having me come and share my Scrap Secrets Lecture.  We had a fun day of building houses too.  I love to see each unique house come to life.
My friend, Wendy Reed, has an 8 page feature in Quilt Mania Magazine!!!  It is amazing.  The article was written by Cecile' and it tells the heartwarming story of how Wendy got started quilting and her passion for  Potholder Style Quilts.
Congratulations Wendy! Such wonderful and deserved recognition.

My Sparrow quilt flew home from Wisconsin with a beautiful ribbon.
My Chrome quilt won 1st Place in Applique'.  To be fair, it was the only Large Applique' Quilt.   It is great news because it means I will be invited to the State Fair Dinner Banquet which is always fun.
Here is the big Award winner of Cliff Geisler Family Award.
Best Pieced, Machine Quilted.
And here is Best in Show.
A few photos from the fair.  Rich loves the goats.
and Kettle Korn.  He would get a bigger bag if they offered it. 
Here was our first course of fair food.....
And speaking of piggies....
We have a tradition of going on opening night and watching the Demolition Derby. 
Speaking of Demolition; we had our driveway replaced.  It was a huge job.  We had a big crew and lots and lots of trucks.
I've done a little fall decorating to usher in the season.  I'm looking forward to the leaves changing colors here in New England.
Happy Autumn.

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Wedding Quilt!

 It is finally happening!

I am making Hanna and David a Double Wedding Ring quilt.  Now I have to admit that I didn't really know what it was going to entail.

It was a rough start and I was feeling overwhelmed and unsure about the direction I should take with this project.
I consulted with my best quilting friends and began getting it organized with some color continuity along side some scrappiness.  
I'm using the Tara Faughnan Pattern that uses freezer paper pieces, but you don't sew through the paper.  You press, add a quarter and fold.
I worked up to doing six at a time.  Here is my table with precut color stacks to choose from.
I guess Nutmeg didn't really go for this blue one, ha ha.
Speaking of the Queen of the Sewing Room; her favorite spot is an empty batting bag.  I had it put away and then when I got it back out she was very happy to nap on it again.  Weird?  uh, yeah.
It was fun to pick out the organized color rings and the scrappy ones.
There is a lot of hand tracing and cutting of the melon pieces and the corners to go.  Not to mention (I'll try not whine), the 4 curved seams PER BLOCK.  I repeat:  PER BLOCK.
What can I say?  I like a challenge and I Love my Daughter and her Fiance'.   All the backgrounds will be dark colors.   
Here is a finished block.
Wish me luck quilt friends!  Please!

I ordered this little solar LED string of bumble bee lights from Amazon.
This is how they looked from the kitchen.  Aren't they cute!?  The white latern is a solar LED from Ikea last year.
September means one of my favorite treats:  Caramel Apples. I tell myself they are healthy.  They are.....right?
However you may feel about the Monarchy, I have really been moved by the pageantry of the Royal Proceedings for Queen Elizabeth's Funeral.
I set up a humble little tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and the people of London from a small collection of items today.  
Happy September!  xo