Saturday, February 4, 2023

Baby It's Cold Outside

I'm glad I don't live in this log cabin - I bet it is drafty!  It is -7 here in Connecticut this morning.  Yikes!

You might have seen this on my social media, but there is a backstory.  I found a UFO block in "Jill Reid's" box of things that I took home after she passed away.  
I was very happy to rework it so I could have it in my House Quilt Along quilt.   I'm making a Ranch that I think I'll call Vedderstone after the TV series Yellowstone which I have loved to watch.

I'm moving right long doing big stitch quilting on Hanna's wedding quilt.  Less than 2 months to go.  It will be done by the end of February.

I've been cleaning out my quilt stuff and trying to get it more organized.  You can tell which color stacks I've sorted.

When I saw Wendy's (The Constant Quilter) blog, it made me think I wonder what is in my little lunch box?
Well bust my buttons, I have circles in mine too!  and they were from wendy!
Hhhmm, what was the plan for these???
Maybe something like this?
Okay, I have to be honest.  I am not loving these.  Maybe that's why they were put away.  I may have 'unsew' these and come up with a new plan.  

My new movie challenge is watch the 100 Best Black Films to celebrate Black History Month.  I've seen several but if I don't really remember it I will rewatch it.   Yesterday I viewed Malcolm X and it was powerful!  Denzel is one of my favorite actors.

It has already warmed up to -4

Stay warm and well!
xo

p.s.  boo hoo, I didn't get my quilt into the Vermont Quilt Festival.  It filled in 30 mins.  I had trouble with their website so I'm on a waitlist.
boo hoo hoo

Friday, January 20, 2023

Sweet Retreat!

Happy Friday!  The big stitching has begun! 

I first machine quilted in the ditch all the blocks and arcs......sigh.

I'm making color choices as I go along.  My plan is to do the 4 patch intersections the same way and use black on all the backgrounds.

I got away for  3 days for  a quilting retreat.  It was wonderful.  I always bring a pillow and quilt from home to sleep under if I'm driving.  This one went perfectly with my hotel room decor.

First up, was the tissue covers for  my daughters wedding.  They will be added to the welcome bags.

Retreat Tip:  Doing your cutting at home with fewer distractions.
If you get; you get it.

I was in mass production mode.

Viola'

they still need pressing - yes, I press them after I put the kleenex in.  See the cover third up from bottom on the right.  That one is pressed.

I made a dolly quilt inspired by Beth's quilt in Yellowstone.

I didn't have the right grey, but I made do.  I also added the yellow floral print.  My sewing neighbor, Alice, agreed it added some sweetness and color.
The way to appreciate a doll quilt is on a doll bed.
I also made a block for  the house sew along.  A hen house.  Here is my sketch.
and my finished block.  The girls are inside laying eggs. ha ha
I'll leave you with this gorgeous photo of sunrise yesterday from my front stoop.
The old saying is true: Red sky in morning, sailors take warning.  The day ended with an electrical storm with lots of lightning and thunder!

Take care and stay well friends!
xo

Monday, January 9, 2023

Thank you for Coming!

Happy New Year and Happy January!  Thank you for visiting.
I love the fresh start of a new year.  I don't even mind that it is January. All I need is a cozy quilt, a quilt book and some good movies.
Here is the full quilt I made in 2005.   It is not big, but just big enough to cover me up on the couch.
The baskets are 3" finished.   I swapped them with my Illinois friend, Sheila.
 Here is the rough pattern I use if you want to try sewing some.
I can not thank you all enough for  continuing support of my DWR quilt.  It really has been a labor of love.  I did take out the center (with a new seam ripper)
Under my bright sewing light, I actually could see that these browns were just slightly different and went with the other browns. 
Live and learn.
Here is the backing with a hidden seam.
It is hard to see the seam on the back, but there is one.
I basted it last week while watching the nonsense in Congress.
I spent the weekend machine quilting it in the ditch to stabilize it.
  This year I'm practising Dry January, which means no Friday Cosmopolitan and no wine.  I'm getting pretty good at mocktails.  Kombucha with fruit is my favorite evening drink. (second favorite)
I'm having lots of fun thinking about the houses I'm making for  Corrine's and Cecile's 2023 Quilt Along.  See details here.
I'm planning a rural farm scene and will be making a horse house, or barn next.

So blog friends, how are you keeping up with your blog reading?  I am having a challenge since Bloglovin is gone.  I have built a list on my home blog page and I also check my blogger dashboard reading list, but it is more challenging.  

When boggers leave a comment, I am adding them to my blog homepage. 

Thank you for visiting and I wish you a Peaceful Happy New Year!
xo







Thursday, December 15, 2022

Failing Along - The December Edition

 I was so excited to finish the Double Wedding Ring top.....until I noticed a big mistake.
Thank you to everyone who gave me so much encouragement and positive feedback.  Can spot the error?   Here it is below before it was all sewn together.  Check out the red and blue rings.

I will be fixing it and I show you the error at the end of the post.

I saved a Titmouse in our garage recently.  He was so stunned he sat on my hand for about 5 minutes.  I was able to pet him gently.

I  made an elaborate Dickens set up this year.   You can see more photos and videos on my Instagram.  Coco is a real fan.
Andrew and I cut our own tree this year - first time in my life. Okay, he cut, I picked out, ha ha
It was fun and we'll do that again.   It is still completely undecorated.
This year I put out the big vintage lights - just for  fun.  It is very nostalgic for  me to see them with a little snow.
Everything was going well until covid got me.  I got sick last Thursday and on Sunday tested positive for covid.  I had a telehealth appointment and was prescribed Plaxlovid.   Here is the written information.  Yikes.
Luckily I have a spare TV and moved into a guest room for movies and relaxing with Nutmeg.
I've done a little gift crocheting....and some ripping out....thanks covid.
I received this sweet Christmas gift from a quilting friend.   It is perfect for  my morning coffee and my evening wine.  Sometimes the small things mean so much.
I'll leave you with this vintage photo that I found recently.  It is me and my mother 60 years ago this Christmas.  I am 6 months old and she is 20.  She died on December 10, 1996 so it is a very special little photo to me.
I wish you all Health and Happiness during the Holidays.  I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the support and friendship you have shown with me through my quilting and life journeys.
xo

Oh, I almost forgot.  Here is the big mistake:  the center four blocks which were sewn together first, were put in wrong.    The arcs that are circled are inverted.  I need to rotate the whole section clockwise two turns, which is180 degrees, right?
It should look like this - the red ring has all reds arcs, the blue ring has all blue arcs.