Monday, August 29, 2016

In Between Sewing

Bonnie Hunter calls this "leader/ender" sewing.  Starlyn, who currently lives in Australia and I miss like crazy, calls it "sew offs". I have always done this but didn't call it anything. It's the sewing you do in between sewing seams on your "real" project. 

While playing around in my quilt room/fabric storage area (vs my sewing room across the hall). I came across a very messy bin of pieces and parts of homespun and plaids.

Time to tame this beast. It's also time to do a more organized "leader/ender/sew off/in between sewing" project. And for the 2nd time only, use my AccuCut which simply sits in my sewing room in a pretty green bag.

I spent a couple of hours cutting tumblers.

Lots and lots of 3" tumbler shapes.

How many? No idea. How big will the quilt be? No idea. Who is the quilt for? No idea.

None of that really matters. This basket will sit on my sewing table and those timbers will go as pairs under my needle between the seams of whatever else I'm sewing.

The messy bin ... is now a bit tidier and a bit emptier.

And  ... because I live in Florida ... And ... we are retired people ... I might go to the beach today.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

New Project!

Last year, for Christmas (or maybe the year before?), Steve gave me a Kaffe Fasset fat 1/4 bundle. I never actually forgot about them but they did get absorbed into the chaos of my fabric stash and moving. They finally managed to make their way to the top of a pile and get rediscovered. Or maybe they fell off when I was trying to shove the bookcase across the room without emptying the shelves.

Here's the set-up for my new project.

The blocks are coming together ... sew pretty! I'm teaching at my new group : Free Spirit Quilter's on Thursday.  They are "think outside the box" kinda gals so I'm teaching the Broken Arrow block - easy, quick sewing with a nice WOW ending. This is my 2nd quilt using this block but I needed some sample parts to demo so ... why not make a whole new quilt?!

And on the home front- I repainted my MD front porch bench to match my FL house.

When I'm not sewing or going to Home Depot (2 days in a row, we have NOT been there!) - there's always the beach ... it is my happy place.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Bargello +1

There has been sewing and quilting going on during my "spare time."  From the leftovers of a Bargello quilt (and bits of other things), I made Mom a placemat for her outdoor table.

I wanted to check the math for some tri-square triangles (I may have made up that word). And I wanted to practice some sit-down quilting.  I do love that Fabulux thread. 

Lots got accomplished with 1little placemat ...
Verified some math
Tried out a new thread
Practiced quilting via pushing fabric
Used up some scraps

Because of my techno challenges, I do not have a photo of the finished mat on the table ... Maybe another day.

I do have a photo (and proof) that I applied the binding back by hand! This is not something I usually do. It's amazing how much more time I can spend on a project when I'm not on a deadline.

And ...

Here is a finished quilt. My first try at Bargello. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Long Story

iPad got left on a plane in March. What are the odds of it getting found and returned? I went to the Apple Store in Melbourne,FL to buy a new one ... they had none in stock (which I thought was very weird). So, I went to Best Buy. Now - the big dilemma ... spend over $600 on a new iPad or $200 on a Samsung tablet? 

Remember - we were getting ready to move from MD to FL and bringing very little actual furniture with us. I went with the Samsung tablet. Exactly 1 week after I left the iPad on the plane, it was found and returned to me.  There is good in this world.

I continued to blog from my iPad using photos that synced from my iPhone. But I did everything else from my new tablet ... the best way to learn it - USE it.

My poor OLD iPhone was on its last legs and needed to be replaced. In July, my Cute Husband and I got new phones.  I decided to stay with Samsung so it could sync with my tablet.  And it does - sort of. 

Things I'm struggling with ...
Blogger - not as user friendly
Syncing photos - I'm still trying how to consistently do it
Voice mail - got it figured out but I do have to push more buttons

Things I love ...
Everything else

So - today, I finally have a work-around for blogging. Take pictures on my Samsung phone, email them to myself, open the email on my iPad and save them, BLOG on the iPad.  All this and still put the finishing touches on our new home interior, prep for 2 classes I'm teaching here in FL, start a couple new samples for potential classes for Quilt Odyseey (next summer) and Spring Water Designs (this winter), take Mom to the hairdresser (every Thursday), keep up with my Sue Spargo BOM, knit, stalk quilt groups, go to Home Depot (at least 3x a week), coordinate tree removal stump grinding and fence building (ok, really I just have to listen to Steve talk about it).

Ok - long story done. The short version - I think I will be able to blog more!

Here's my finished quilt from Free Spirit class a few weeks ago.  It's a Tula Pink technique- fast/easy sewing which I love. I decided to add selvages, it looked like stacked books to me.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Still Struggling

I have no idea how I managed a post with a picture.  I can't seem to make it happen again.  I'm not giving up but I am getting frustrated.

I finished a cute little wall quilt from a tutorial at my new quilt group - Free Spirit Quilters. I finished a long scarf that I've been knitting all summer. It's more decorative  than warm but still too warm for a Florida summer. Next on the sewing list - 8 "sit-upons" for 2nd grade.  Someday, I WILL figure out how to post pictures and I will share again.

The house ... it's really coming together ... curtains, furniture, even lamps (that was not easy!).

Edit ... August 25
I'm just checking to see if I can post from my iPad (which I replaced with a Samsung).
Can someone please comment if you see this? 
The photo ... a rock I found in my front yard.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Morning Musings

Still traveling - left home last Wednesday, flew into Baltimore. Traveled with my dear friend Donna to PA (Quilt Odyssey!). 

I'm back in MD for the week, staying with the Cute Husband (hurray), my brother-in-law and his wife. 

My sister-in-law is quite the backyard farmer. Last night's dinner included a medley of vegetables right off the vine. She grows pretty flowers too. 

No idea what these are called but they are so pretty and they're so big. 

Navigating through someone else's house can be tricky. Everyone has gone to work. I've been here many times but never alone - the lights were all on, table set, food prepared ... You know ... I was a guest. 

This morning I have tracked down coffee filters (these barbarians ALL go to work to get coffee). I fussed with the coffee pot for awhile until I realized - it was NOT plugged in, finally figured out what switches controlled the lights, managed a shower with no difficulty. Now the hardest thing ... I could not get out the back door. There's a cute patio with table and chairs, pots of growing stuff, pretty flowers, birds chirping. I really wanted to sit outside and drink coffee and knit and chat with you guys. The little dog door was working perfectly but do you think I could get the people door open? NO!

I gave up - twice. I think the little dachshund was mocking me. I tried again and discovered a secret secure latch at the top of the 2nd half of the slider ... victory!

And - it's only 9:00 in the morning. I wonder what other fun things the day will bring.