Friday, November 20, 2020

Kitchen Sink Finish

 "Orange You Glad I Didn't Say Banana?"   That is the silly name of this quilt.  It finishes at 40" x 40".

  I started it in a Maria Shell's workshop. I have worked with orphan blocks many times so am very comfortable with the process.

I used swap blocks from 3 of my swaps; the Broken Dishes, the Churn Dash and the Star Blocks.  Can you find your block?I used black and white prints to pull it all together.
As I was watching Election returns, the quilting got very busy and noisy and confused.......

I pieced a backing.  Here is a very crooked photo, lol
I used the rest of this panel.   how funny is this section?
I tried out a new 3-D face mask.    I really like it because it allows room for talking and breathing and it help cut down fog on my glasses.  I used the Large Pattern.
If you want to try this one, here is the link for the patterns and a good YouTube tutorial  http://www.japanesesewingbooks.com/2020/06/20/free-mask-pattern-download-contoured-3d-face-mask/


Happy Friday Everyone!
Stay Calm
Stay Well
xo

Friday, November 13, 2020

Stay Calm

Stay Calm and Quilt On.  Many thanks for your kind comments about Nutmeg and her big adventure.
I took this photo last week in the early morning.  Mother Nature is amazing and I feel so grateful when I see her quiet beauty on full display.

I've been busy with all sorts of projects and I'm winding down my speaking and teaching schedule for 2020.

I shared my Scrap Secrets lecture taught my EPP Hex workshop with Colonial Quilters of Williamsburg.   They were very warm and welcoming as have all the groups I have visited.  Thank you all!

Here is my new project for teaching.
My theme fabric is the Ghastlies.  They crack me up.  Sadly they also seem to reflect the mood of a lot people I see.
It worked out really well on ZOOM, but I really miss teaching in person.
I'm booking 2021 and beyond so if you have a guild, feel free to pass on a link to my webpage www.funwithbarb.com (it redirects here where all the info can be found.)

I'm continuing to hand quilt my Whig Rose and will take some photos this weekend to share next week.  Nutmeg is obsessed with this quilt. 
 knock knock who's there?
Oh, it's you again.  She loves dark caves of any kind.  Monster.
I am finishing up my machine quilting on my Kitchen Sink quilt.
The more election returns I watched the crazier the quilting became. Noise, noise, noise.  Meanwhile the Virus spreads unmitigated. 
How am I feeling about the Election?  
I'm glad it is over.  
Stay Calm
Stay Home
Stay Well
Quilt On
xo

Friday, November 6, 2020

Cat in a Tree

 As a distraction from the Election,  I'm sharing the drama that played out last week with Nutmeg. 

It started  last Wednesday (10/28) evening.  Nutmeg usually goes out on the deck for a little while after dinner.  But she didn't come in.  I went out and called for her and finally heard her meowing up on the ledge in our front yard.

At 10 pm we found her 40 feet up in the air.   It was raining lightly and we called and called her.   She seemed too scared to try to come down.  We finally went in about 12:30 heart sick and scared.

We called the non-emergency line for the police and fireman.  They DO NOT rescue cats from trees.  

Here she is in the morning in the rain.  Still up in the air.  It was heartbreaking and we felt so helpless.

I took this video for Hanna.  She sounds so pitiful. 
We made dozens of calls including the Connecticut Climbing Club.  We went to REI and bought climbing equipment in case we had to do it ourselves.   We also looked into renting a lift but the ground is uneven and access isn't good. 

He can see her little head in the circle.

FINALLY an arborist said he's come and take a look. 

He agreed to go up.  He was very quiet and kind.  Here is about 4 feet off the ground.
He worked his way up talking very calmly to Nutmeg.  He also wore leather gloves because cat bites are no joke.
We stood by with a big sheet in case she freaked and jumped.....

We gave Mike a soft handled clothes hamper.  He was able to grab her and get in the bag and lower it gently to me.
Yay!  rescued!  We offered to pay Mike for his trouble and time and wouldn't accept it.  He said he has been doing this for 30 years and never takes a penny.  This renewed my faith in the kindness of people.
I have to tell you I sobbed with relief.  It was 16 long hours and I had no idea how it would end.  She was soaked to the skin.

Within a couple of hours, she was like "what?  what's the big deal"?
Did you know that I cat will stay in a tree for up to a week and then come down?  I can not imagine.

She did spend a lot time catching up on sleep.
And she stayed a little closer to me for a few days.
Does she feel bad?  No
Is she trying to go outside everyday?  Yes.
Is she the worst?  Yes
Do I adore her?  Absolutely.
Happy Friday.
Take Care.
Be Kind.
xo

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

M-O-O-N That Spells MOON

 October Modern Mini:  I See The Moon

I wanted to represent the celestial occurrence of a Harvest moon on October 1st  

blue moon on Halloween night. 

In my Halloween stash I found this perfect backing.  I know someone thoughtful sent this to me but I can't remember who.  If you remind me I'll send you a surprise.

My October was all about Moons I guess!  

Here is a close up of my machine quilting lines.  I used Invisafil tan.

Here are a few early sketches of ideas that I for this little piece.

Googly eyes seems a natural choice for Halloween and I do love to work with circles.  


I made them the same way I make all my circles; top stitch machine applique'.

I auditioned it on black but it was just flat.

Red just seemed right to me.
I hope that wasn't too much "process"....  

Also, I noted that on 2 other recent minis I used striped binding.   Gives them a little of the 'ole razzle dazzle don't you think?


I'm you like Pumpink Spice and Suds try this Ale.  Next post should include a finished Kitchen Sink Quilt - Yay!


Thanks to all those who asked about my Lyme's Disease progress.  My medication is finished and that feels good.  My leg is still hurting and I'm having an MRI Thursday.

I wish you all a safe and Happy Halloween.  Check out Moon Saturday.
xo





   






Tuesday, October 20, 2020

knock knock

 I'm here....chugging along.   I made a little left over quilt of tiny crosses.

The only doll I had that it seems appropriate for is my Troll.



I attended another workshop with Maria Shell through the Brownstone Quilt Guild.  This time it was for the kitchen sink quilt.


Here is where it started with some Fun With Barb Swap Blocks.

Then I added some more blocks and deleted some.
And now with more black and white.
I've started sewing big areas together.  Always a good challenge to get it all connected.
My sweet and spicy Nutmeg who loves to lay on the warm ironing board.  She is good company on these long stay home days.  Shes not mad, that is her resting bi**h face.
A sneak peak at what else I'm working on.  What could these be??
I have recently joined 2 new guilds that are offering wonderful programs via Zoom.  That brings my total to 5 guild memberships!  I have really enjoyed seeing a variety of inspiring lectures.
I listened to this a podcast by the BBC.  I guess you could say I was trying to escape the world as it is at the moment.
I also watched this 12 episode series on HBO.    I couldn't believe it is already 22 years old.  It is still wonderful!
Incredible to think that in 1969 we put a man on the moon and now in 2020 we question science.   What on earth?.....which is why I visited the Moon.

I received this card from my Ninigret Secret Pal.  As she said "Ideas for you next House Quilt!" 
I love to look through the windows to the real scene outside :)
Have a good week and take care!
xo