Friday, September 18, 2020

Drat! Lyme's Disease!

Happy Friday?  I was diagnosed yesterday with Lyme's Disease.  The upside?  I went to my DR right away when I knew something was wrong and I got a fast diagnosis and I'm on a 3 week treatment regiment. 

Last weekend I participated in an Zoom workshop with Maria Shell provided by Vermont Quilt Festival and here is my project so far.  The yellow notes are the width of the columns that I want - yes I did make a big boo boo before I added the notes, lol.
Here was my color inspiration.    Lobster buoys.  Aren't they fun? 
Each lobster fisher-person has a unique color buoy. 
Here is the pallet I selected
A little sketch of an idea I had for me piece.

We didn't sew at all the first day during the 3 hour workshop, so I got busy after the class and started in.

Here are the first blocks I made.  Maria calls these Short Rows.

Then I made a snake with the leftovers.... each color is attached to a black bit and a white bit.

Day 1

Day 2 Blocks.

Tiny Crosses - you'll notice I used some leftover trimmings here and there.

Here is a block I've named "venetian blind".  You can see it, right?
Here is another set of blocks I created and I'm calling these roadway/walkways.

My favorite block of Maria's is one she calls cave/canyon.  I find it very intriguing.  It is a log cabin variation.
Here are my ZOOM pros and cons:

no travel (or travel expenses)
no packing my stuff
no packing my machine
Having all my good sewing stuff right with me
No pressure or competition with other students

no travel opportunities
no being with my friends
no interaction with the instructor
no meeting new quilters
no benefit of seeing other students work 

Have you taken a ZOOM workshop?  what did you think?

I may try an hour of sewing at the machine today before returning to my chair for rest and hand quilting.

I hope you are all doing well and staying safe.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Blurrsday? Already?

This week I'm back in the sewing room working on a fun new liberated basket project.
I love this process of making each basket with no pattern.
I'm using beautiful Indigo and Woven Japanese fabrics that Gladi sent me as a thank you for some fabric I sent her.  I got the better end of that deal.  She has wonderful blog you can see here.
I made these on Tuesday afternoon and was disappointed with the lack of contrast.  Everyone on Instagram thinks they are black and they do look black!
I made six more blocks yesterday on a light cheddar color.  (seen here under a very bright light).
It is so fun to make different shaped baskets.
I added this little fishy as a band on this basket.
I am using a quick method of top stitch applique' for the handles.
I had no intention of combining these blocks but while waiting to join a Zoom with friends, I arranged them on my wall and what they heck?  I like it!  Do you?   Stay tuned I plan to add more liberated blocks.

Quilting update:
 I'm quilting along on my Whig Rose when I can.
Here is the back.  I have just started my third block of outline stitching.
Here is the section where I've filled in the background cross-hatching.
Here is a little marker so I remember where I left off.  It is just a ribbon on a safety pin.
I've had my head down putting the final touches on my new Lecture:  Sensational Solids.   Which I'll be sharing Monday night with the Pen Oaks Guild.  Looking forward to it!
You can see a description at the top of the page on the Lectures/Workshops tab.  Your guild can contact me for information on my  ZOOM programs.

Please visit Janet's blog post about kindness and Loving your Neighbor.  I was so touched by her remarks and I think you will be.

Here is my quilt "Won't You Be My Neighbor".
In my quilt, and in my life I welcome anyone to be neighbor.  I make an extra effort when I do go out to be kind and thankful to all the people working in grocery stores, drug stores, post offect, doctors offices, etc.  There is no such thing as being too Kind.

I'm taking a morning workshop Saturday and then a 2-day workshop Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  Should be fun!

Have a Happy Blurrsday.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Love Birds

I finished my Friend Sew Along top and I'm calling it  "Love Birds"
It measures 50" x 56" and is made of many orphaned and rescued blocks and 4 Star Swap 2019 blocks.

 Here are some close ups of some of the blocks.  I love to include little moments of whimsy using novelty prints.

This was the center block when I started.  Pretty Bare Boned.

 After adding 2 birds, more leaves and more berries.  More is More.
An early audition of things.....almost none of this idea stuck.
 When working without a set pattern, it is really important for me to stay open to revisions and changes along the way.  It is a fun journey.

Nutmeg doesn't seem to be having fun, lol.  She is waiting for sewing room treats.
I'm continuing to hand quilt the Whig Rose when it is not too hot or humid.  Here are my favorite notions for hand quilting.
I purposefully put these three greens in close proximity on this block because they are 3 versions of the SAME FABRIC.  

Green flower with yellow center on green background with coral or twig fill.  

I'm also working on a UFO project of Jill Reids'.  She did not like applique', she might have said she hated it but she started this group project back in 2006-2007.
Jill loved Northwood Themes and this quilt has quite a few.
I need to embroider the ropes for the Hot Air Ballon.
When I picked up the project earlier this year, I found her needle here in the Heart in Hand block.  It nearly broke my heart remember Jill.
I'll be sharing more about this group project in another post soon.
I need to get a photo of Susan McDs (hint hint) :)

On a final note, Alice F. sent me a photo of her finished Quarantini Quilt - 9 Olives.  Isn't it cute?  Thank you Alice for sharing the photo.
 My free tutorial is here if you want to make one.

Have a great week and I'll see you again soon!
stay well

Friday, August 21, 2020

Just Peachy! You?

Late Summer means Peach Pie!  My recipe is at the end of this post.
Peaches are such a nostalgic comfort food.
Add sugar, egg and butter
and it is summer heaven.
Big News here in Fun Land!
My son, Andrew, has finished nursing school with very high marks.  He will sit for his boards this fall and also start the BSN degree with 3 more semesters which will be on-line.

Because of Covid there is no pinning or graduation :(  
so we celebrated with pizza :)
We went to Sally's in New Haven.  They were set up very safely and the pizza was fabulous.   (note the potty trailer in the background....nope).
Last weekend I made pesto for the first time.   It was fabulous!  Next year I will be planting more pesto.  That vintage Cuisinart was a wedding gift 33 years ago!  Still works perfectly.
I used this recipe and I've been spreading it on just about everything and really like it on eggs.
Oh Look, finally some sewing!
I'm working on my Friendship Medallion quilt project.   I've added another bird and Nutmeg approves!  She loves birds almost as much as I do.
I'm still working on getting everything to fit together.  Fitting everything together is the challenge of every medallion, don't you think?  No, the quarantini won't be in the finished quilt.
I'm doing this little challenge with Wendy, The Constant Quilter, and Randy, The Barrister's Block.  Visit their blogs to see their progress.

Speaking of Randy, she sent me a few jigsaws and I've started this one.  What a cute sewing puzzle.  Thanks, Randy!
I hope you are doing well and find some nice home activities to pass the time of Covid.

Sweet Peach Pie 

9" Pie Shell unbaked (I use refrigerated crust)

4-5 Large Ripe Peaches, sliced

2/3 stick of butter - melted
1/3 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg 

  • Fill pie shell with sliced peaches.
  • combine flour, sugar, salt, add vanilla.  Beat in egg.
  • Add butter to flour mixture.  Combine and pour over top of peaches.

Bake 325 degrees for 1 1/4 hours

**Peach Pie - Perfect anytime of day, especially breakfast :)