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.


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!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Technicolor Dream Quilt

Technicolor Dream Quilt:  35 inches square
Maria Shell Workshop Piece - Linear Blocks - line into form

Close up of the quilting.  I used Tangerine and Raspberry colored

I spray basted this so I wouldn't have pins.  I recommend this for modern quilting straight line quilting.  I used a hera marker for the 1 inch lines.
I then went back with the thread color change and eye balled the 1/2" lines.
So I am totally Okay with the lines NOT being perfect.  I am a human being after all.

woopsie.  I accidentally had 3 orange in a row.....I would normally skip it, but decided to correct the line to raspberry.
I made a big design adjustment right at the end of this project.  Don't be afraid to change your mind, don't be afraid to switch it up even when you think "It's Done".   

I went from this:
To this:
to this:
What do you think?  good, better...best?

 I often use a strip of  an old cutting mat to carry a section to my sewing table.   It works great.  I also use this for pinning on top of my big board.
I used a single fold binding (see tutorial on top tab).  I love how nice and smooth it is for a wall hanging.  I used four different colors in a log cabin style attachement.
Ready for a surprise fun backing?
Sugar Skulls!  I have had this piece fabric for well over 10 years and it finally found the perfect quilt top and I had just enough - yay! 

Here is a short explanation of the sugar skull tradition.

Calavera - Wikipediaen.wikipedia.org › wiki › Calavera
The tradition of sugar skulls is for families to decorate their loved ones' ofrendas with both large and small handmade sugar skulls. Children who have died, represented by small sugar skulls, are celebrated on November 1. The larger sugar skulls represent the adults, whose celebration takes place on November 2.

I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy.  Thank you for your continued concerns regarding my Lyme's Disease.  I'm still in pain and plan to call the doctor today.

I'll share this wonderful handmade card I received from my sweet friend, Susan C.  who I affectionately call Susie Q.  
Have a great week!

Monday, September 28, 2020


 Thank you so much for your kind wishes for a fast recovery from Lyme's Disease.   It is getting better just in the last few days.

I finished this table runner to use on my Zoom table in my sewing room.

When not zooming, it is a great little table for laying out blocks or cutting.

This was a sew along with my Ninigret Quilt Guild.  Thank you Tina and Sharon!  We used Kari's sew along instructions you can find them here.

I low volume prints with lots of sewing themes.

the pattern had 10 different layouts of the block, but I mixed it up and many many versions.

My friends Joe,  Pauline and I tried to figure out how many combinations you can make with these subcut parts to make a 6" block.

In the end we decided A LOT!!

I really wanted to get back to my sewing machine, so I set up my area so I wouldn't have to get up (counter to how I usually sew).

Using my little table, gave me the idea to custom make this size.
I marked it on a 45 degree angle and made uneven parallel quilting lines.  Isn't this the cutest sheep fabric?
I had this pretty variegated thread that  thought added a little fun.

This is how I attach a single fold binding.  I have a tutorial on a tab on the top of my page.  
Here is what you DON'T want to do.  I forgot to plot out my corners and ended up with a connection seam right at a mitered corner - oooops.  I muscled through it.
I use just a tiny bit of school glue to hold it down.
This time I machine stitched it down.  I stitched from the front right next to the binding, and is was very close at some points.   I used a 1 1/2"  strip, but would 1 3/4" next time.
I wound the batting and backing trimmings into a rag ball and made a little mug rug with some leftovers.  The selvage of the lamby fabric had little bunnies on it - too cute.
Thanks I'm grateful for this week:

My new Singer 301!  I have named her Betty.  Everyone on IG said this is a fabulous machine.  I still haven't really tried her out yet.

I met Betsy in town for the sale.  Thank you Betsy!  It was great to see you, if only briefly.  I hope you had a great time in NH.

Grateful for this wonderful surprise care package from Rondi.  It was full of so many fun goodies.   Thank you for your thoughtfulness, generosity and kindness.
For my son, Andrew, who graduated from nursing school with honors.  He also "unofficially" passed his NCLEX nurse licensing test in the least amount of questions:  60.

The world will be better with a nurse like him!

Have a great week.  

I'll be here doing my "Homework"