Friday, August 17, 2018

Dog Daze

woof!  that's how I feel about the recent hot and sticky weather.

This is a random post with some of what I've been up to the last 2 weeks.

I started tying my Sweet Dreams quilt last Sunday.  I had hope to be finished....but you know; Life.
As you can see I'm using Chenille needles and an assortment of gold pearl cotton thread.

I set the table with old cutting mats.
I made a very funny error on the backing, which I share next time.
I made a fabulous blueberry pie using this recipe here.
My son gave me the Broadway CD of Hamilton for my Birthday.  I became pretty obsessed with the music.
It is based on this book, so listened to it.  All 36 hours.  It was fascinating.  I can't wait to see the show one day.
At my son's suggestion I attended a free one hour iphone video class at Apple in New Haven (where he works part time).  It was great and I highly recommend taking a session I learned so much.

Afterward Andrew and I popped into the Yale Gallery.  These are installed right onto the walls.
It is a completely free Art Museum and worth a visit if you're traveling on Interstate 95, and who isn't this summer?  am I right?

This looked like a quilt.
wild.  I can't image how rough this was to work on.
Andrew reaction when he learned it was all made with liquor caps.
 A video (3rd try) of humingbirds at the kitchen door.  Our record is 9 at one time this summer.
A little while back I "saved" a hummingbird caught in the garage.
 Poor thing was exhausted.  They only fly up, so I got on a ladder and caught it.  Poor little thing it happily flew away.
What have you been up to?  Have a great week and see you soon.
xo

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Sweet Dreams!

My Summer Spread is a top - Sweet Dreams 99" x 99"
Here are my guys trying to hold it.  These are guys who can sail a boat 333 miles in horrible conditions, but complain about holding a quilt up.  ha ha  Bless their hearts.
The tiniest toad hopped into the shoot.
For the plain blocks I arranged them to coincide with me and Mr. Funs' interests or life experiences.  
 Some of the bottom row which were a mix.
My side.  It was fun to have a plan for which to include.
 I also liked that it added some color to the outside border.
I used 11 different toiles' for the top row.  Believe it or not I did arrange them in a color order.
I think Mr. Starbuck and Coco are really going to miss this project.
They spent a lot of time helping me in the sewing room.
I am in the process of piecing the backing for this quilt, then I plan to tie it and machine bind it.

My Goal:  to have it done this time next week....

If you are in the Sewing Along - happy stitching!  Post your progress on FB or IG.
Happy August Everyone
xo


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

What's Up Buttercup?

Hope you're having a great summer!  Here's my Summer Spread as of this morning.
here are some of my favorite blocks.
 in this one I have some pre-pieced logs
 I will surround the top with 11" fabric blocks.  I'll be using larger scale and pieces with a little more color.   This is going to be scrap-tastic....I hope.
Isn't this a wonderful piece of fabric?  I just love it.  It will probably look better when it's pressed.
I'm determined to finish it before the end of August.  One great thing is when the top it done you are close to finishing as there is not batting and no quilting.

I made a little video yesterday to kick off a 2-day sew-a-thon.  
Yay - My husband and son safely raced from Chicago to Mackinac Island.  They were crewing aboard Slap Shot II and they raced with 2 of my husbands' childhood buddies.
I tracked the race and reported heavily on Face Book.
 they had a wild race - very stormy, wet and windy.
My husband is now a member of "The Old Goat" club which means he has finished 25 Chicago-Mackinac Races!  He's kind of a big deal, especially to me.
In other news: chocolate cupcakes.
 the cactus papers and picks are from TJ Maxx.
TJ Maxx has really great cards, gift wrap and stationery.  Here are some cute notes that I picked up for under $10.  Almost too cute to use.
Well this girl will be happy to see the boys come home tonight, but we have enjoyed our sleep overs.
What are you up to this summer?  
Fun I hope
xo

Friday, July 13, 2018

Quilter in the Garden

Balipop Garden - My new Workshop Quilt.   
**Take a workshop not for what you make....but for what you learn then make what you want**

 In the workshop I teach finished edge machine applique', how to make circles, stems and scrap string piecing.

I used this bright fun print on the back.
This is my favorite modern quilting design.  Can you tell how what I'm doing here?  It is so simple, it is easy to miss.
Pubic Service Announcement - Don't forget to label your quilt.  I attached this "B" circle on back because it just didn't work on the front.
This little quilt made the smallest rag ball.
Sumer Spread Sew Along Update:
My first 16 blocks.  I've decided not to use more of the darker fabrics and will use those blocks on the outer edge.
 I'm at the stage where I am using strip trimings for the first 2 rounds and saving new strips for the last round...did that even make sense?
 I press and starch after each strip addition.  I love how neat it makes the blocks and how accurately I can trim them.
 I don't have a special Log Cabin ruler, so I use use my Creative Grids square.  These are my Favorite Rulers!
 It is so easy to swivel and trim on this cutting board.
 Remember this old fabric?  Can't believe its been 18 years!
I had coffee with this handsome fellow this morning. 
One of the benefits of living in country - you can garden in your nightie :)
Have a Fun Week - Happy Sewing!
xo
p.s. It's not too late to join the Sumer Spread Sew Along.  Jump in anytime.