Wednesday, June 21, 2017

All Over the Place

Sheesh it has been one of those weeks...busy busy busy

Here is my final layout for my One Block Wonder project.  It many different tries but I'm happy with this one.
Here are some close ups.
I am making some table decorations for the AQSG Seminar in NH in October.  This will be a table runner - Thanks Wendy for the  pumpkin fabric - isn't it fun?
Here are two centerpieces that are finished.
I realized with my dear Mary gone, I hadn't published my blog for 2016.  It used to be an annual Birthday gift for her and she liked it so much more than the computer.
 With her passing, I decided to dedicate the year to her and include our photo on the back and Alice Payne on the front cover.
 Thanks, Wendy for reminding me!  I do love how they lay out all the posts with one click on the computer.  Go here for their website.
My poor coco!  She has been sick since the weekend.  She's been having to sleep in the garage to avoid (more) indoor messes poor thing.  Hopefully this will help.
She feels bad and I feel bad.... Stanley Steemer is coming tomorrow to finish the cleaning job in the basement and that's all I'll say about that.
In summer I love to sleep on white embroidered pillowcases with crochet edges.  They feel cool and like I'm staying in a B&B.  I got 2 pair on ebay this year and this is one of them.
We have Andrew's skinny pig, Timothy, here for the summer again.  He is a cutie!
Here is a great summer dinner idea.  It is fake almost no cook Thanksgiving.  This makes a great sandwich or just a plate of comfort on a weeknight.  Vegetables optional, ha ha.   We actually did have some reheated broccoli ;)  The Bob Evans mashed potatoes are great!
Check up?  Get yours today!
I had not had one in 5 years so off I went.
Hearing - check
EKG - check
Blood work - tomorrow
Pap Smear - check
Breast exam - check
Mamo - coming soon
Please get a medical check up.  As women, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves.

I NEED a Vacation.  That's all I can say.  Hanna and I are off to Vermont for the Quilt Festival so I'm busy packing snacks and maybe a little wine.
Alice Payne will be there too.  If you see my quilt or me say hello!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Done & Delivered!

Woo hoo!  I finished the king sized quilt for my boy, Andrew.  

Harbor Fog - 96" x 96"
I machine quilted it in 3 sections.  All the quilting is done vertically to make it manageable on a home machine.  Here is how I set up to attach the right and left sections.
I use a portable ironing board and fusible tape.
I just work slowing, moving down the length of the quilt.
For those of you on IG you know I had a problem with the crayola markers - again!  Some but not all of the red markings didn't not come out.  I did an overnight soak again in Dawn and it worked - yay
After moving some furniture I was able to block it with a few fans going.  It took about 3 days!
Here is a little tip:  turn your binding clips around; they work perfectly this way.  Maybe this is how I was always supposed to do it.  Is this how you use them?
How I label my quilts:
This time I sketched some ideas on paper first.
I also use PDF (prepared for dyeing) fabric.  It absorbs the ink better and makes a nice clear label.
 Finally, I attach left over strips to frame it.  The sail number is his Birthday :)
Thank you Pinkadot Kelly for the fabulous vintage little quilt and other fun goodies for my recent Birthday.  I've never seen some of these fabrics before.  I plan to hand quilt it.
I adore this Lancaster, PA  map print and that sweet card is made from a real vintage card.
Fabric APB!
Does anyone have a 1/2 yard of this double pink?  I'm happy to pay or trade for it.
I recently discovered this peachy fizzy soda.  It is refreshing on a hot day, but I do not recommend riding your bike this way.
Have a great week!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Swap Meet with Janet

Hello!  Last week I took a little break for my Birthday but I'm back a few things to share.

First up, I had a small quilt swap with my friend, Janet of Rogue Quilter.  We've been blog friends for many years now and she always has inspiring posts.

Here is the wonderful quilt I received from Janet.  I LOVE everything about it, especially my Abe.  It is a classic Janet quilt with tiny, precise pieces and beautiful quilting, including....wait for it....hand quilting!  I've hung it in my Hall of Presidents.
She also sent lots of special goodies (and she didn't even know it was my Birthday).  The little pincushion is so sweet it is edible.
 Here is the back.  The Eagle fabric is accidentally upside down.  Given the current state of  political affairs in this country, I find it perfect.  
 Here is the little quilt that I sent to her.  It went on a US tour, but finally arrived yesterday in UT.
 I wanted to do a little applique and hand quilting for her.
The backing is a Jo Morton print and reminded me of her beautiful header which often features sheep.
 I had a nice quiet Birthday on Friday and received funny and beautiful cards.  Also, how cute are those little bird wine glass markers?  They perch just perfectly on the rim - so fun :)
 Mr. Fun and I took a walk down at the sound.  In honor of my 55 B-Day, I built a 5 stone cairn.
 On Saturday I attended Commencement at Goodwin College where my daughter works.  It was so inspiring~ and great to meet her co workers.
 Sneak Peak!  I am planning a future applique project with these colors.  My favorite Pennsylvania pallet.  The book on the floor accidentally landed there and wham!  Inspiration!  I will NOT be making the quilt on the book.....stay tuned......
 This next photo looks just like my inspiration fabrics.   We had a little breakfast party for Hanna's Birthday yesterday.
I am doubling my effort to finish my son's king sized quilt.  We're going to see him on Sunday and it will be done.  Thank goodness for the French Open which is keeping me company in the sewing room.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Preakness to Freakness

We hosted a little horse racing party on Saturday.  I decided to make a hokey cake for the occasion.  It was an exciting race with Cloud Computer stealing it from Classic Empire.
I have been working very hard to finish my son Andrew's quilt.  The backing is finally pieced together.  To be sure everything was the right size, I folded each part into fourths, then layered them.
 When you are making a giant quilt, this is the surest way to avoid mishap.  And Friends, I have run into trouble on several occasions.
I pinned the center of each layer.
 I cover my kitchen table with old cutting mats to protect the crappy finish (ha ha) and get my binder clips and pins out.
I store pins in the open and sprinkle them on the lids and across the quilt - it's works for me.
 I match up the pins when I layer it on the table and in this way know that everything will line up on center.
I marked straight lines 1 1/2" apart.  I like Crayola WASHABLE markers but I always toss out the yellow marker as it is harder to remove.  Also, you have to use Clorox2 when you wash per manufacturer's instructions.
Next I pinned - and I mean PINNED!  I have found that it is really works well for me to use a lot of pins.
Finally... I'm ready to roll.  Wednesday, I quilted for 7 hours with a few breaks.
Okay - here is the Freakness part of the post: We're watching this at my house.
It is confusing, violent, provocative, disturbing.....we love it.  I am listening to a podcast to help me understand what is happening.

While machine quilting, I binge watched this on Netflix.   It is also a bit disturbing, but also fascinating.
To leave you on a upbeat, is this not the funniest card - ever?
It made me belly laugh out loud.  Have a great week and I'll share more on how I'm quilting this king sized quilt.