Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Another Start

Thursday is an all-day Sew Day and my project is all prepped.  Sew ... I can't sew it because it's for Thursday. And ... I wanted to sew something, preferably something new.

This is for my Thursday sewing.

I had a whole lot of batik 2.5" strips cut that could be my today sewing.
Out came an old book from 2007.

This pattern will do quite nicely.

I have plenty of strips. I also need 72 squares ... except I cut 96 - I read the number for twin instead of throw.  I can now have 24 leftover OR I can cut more strips and make a bigger quilt.

This is the unit and a leftover part.  I need 72 of these units not 36 which I originally planned for on strips (or maybe 96). I might use the leftover bit in the border.  Quilt math is so elusive.

I'm on track right now for 72 units which will make a 64" x 64" quilt. This is what I have left from a couple of days of cutting and prepping for a Sew Day AND a day of sewing ... which are not the same day.

I could change my mind and make a longer quilt.  Then I have to think up something for a bunch of 2.5" squares and a bunch of 5" squares. 

OH YEAH ... and there's still a pile of batiks strings sitting on my ironing board.

Monday, May 22, 2017


The bank lady asked us on Friday ... "what are your plans for the weekend?'  And My Cute Husband and I stared blankly and mumbled. Back in the car - we laughed.  We're retired! The weekend? It's the weekend? Saturdays feel like Tuesdays ... what's the big deal?

What did I do this weekend?

I finally cleaned out another box. It was full of ribbons from 2009 - 2016. I hung them all on a ribbon on the back of the door in my sewing room.  We've lived here for 1 year - almost unpacked.

The Crane family came to visit.  The whole family shows up every now and then - Mom, Dad and the 2 kids.  I guess they visit other neighborhoods - maybe better bugs?

I blocked a shawl.  I love this shawl - it's a perfect size, it's cotton and it's pretty!

                      And then ... I did nothing.  I'm retired, it's the weekend, life is GOOD!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Under My Needle

Lots of bloggers and facebookers show "What's under my needle today" posts.  At least, the famous ones do.  I decided I could be famous ... just for today.

Unfortunately, "what's under my needle" was the most boring of all sewing - HEMMING. Goofy#1 sent me 2 dresses and a pair of bib overalls to hem.  Each needed to be turned up about 2".  Seriously ... the postage to send these items from Vermont to Florida (and back) cost way more than if she simply paid someone in VT to do it.  But ... to quote Goofy#1, I am "the best sister in the whole world!"

I'm not sharing a picture of hemming.  I simply can't do it. I am currently behind (again) on my Solstice blocks.  That's not a huge big deal - it's just 2 blocks. 

In other news, today, I did manage a 1/2 hour poolside.  The water was great!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

It Just Happened

During what was supposed to be a quick peak into a fabric box, turned into a whole new quilt being cut. I walked into my sewing room to pick a couple of fabrics for the next 2 Flower Garden blocks.  It was looking pretty good in there.

This is about a 1/3 of the fabric that was in the batik box. I did find a couple of Flower Garden possibilities.

But ... even better ...
I decided to cut all the parts for a new quilt.  I'm going to make BLISS from Moda Shop. Next week, I'm attending a Sew-Day with my new guild.  This is all ready to sew.  Cutting away from home is never fun.

While cutting for BLISS, I trimmed up anything that measure 5" or 2.5" or 1.5".  I need those teeny ones for the Flower Garden quilt.  And, I cut 2.5" strips ... might be a Jelly Roll Quilt in my future.

Anything that was at least a quarter yard (or fat quarter) got refolded and put back on a shelf.

At the end of the day ... an empty box! HURRAY!!!

I also have a bunch of 1.5" strings.  Not sure if they will stay together (as batik strings) or dumped into the general string bin.  Don't know exactly what I'll do with the 5" blocks or the 2.5" blocks - a Nickel Quilt perhaps? And which Jelly Roll quilt should I make - a simple Jelly Race?

 These are my real world problems.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Fence ART

Barn Quilts ... I love them! I've never actually seen one in the wild but on the internet - I think they're wonderful. I would love to have a Barn Quilt. We're not country people. We not city people. We're more like "suburb people." We've always lived in a housing development community. We live in a very nice house in a very nice community ... but, sadly, no barns.

Sew ... what do you do when you want a barn quilt and have no barn?  FENCE ART! Thank You to Hurricane Matthew.

Our brand-new fence stood strong during the hurricane last October when many around us fell.  Kid#2's then boyfriend did a little sidewalk shopping and found a not-too-damaged fence panel. My Cute Husband took it apart, power washed it, cut off the rotting parts and built me a canvas.  You have no idea what a fete this was ... retirement has made him a little more handy. He even bought a chalk line!

I love that we have a quilt hanging on the fence. The flowers in the front are supposed to grow up to 2' tall. The one on the left is supposed to grow up past the fence ... someday.

This one is a win! It turned out exactly as I had hoped.

The quilt block is from the Cutie Pattern by Debby Brown ... Jack's Star.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Quirky Collection

Up - To - DATE!! 

As of right this minute, I am current on my Helen Godden BOM - Quirky Collections.  7 blocks ... traced, painted and quilted. I'm all ready for June.

What a difference the quilting makes. This is the block painted.

This is the block quilted.

I am loving the process of painting the blocks and then quilting them - while sitting down at my sewing machine.  There will be more in my future.

And this ....

is My Cute Husband, thinking he's a lumberjack.  He cut down and cut up, some large branches from the loquat tree that were hanging on the roof of our house.

Happy Mother's Day!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

This Boot

Quick check in.  Today, I attended a lovely Quilt Circle Brunch - I'm starting to learn names! Then I came home and painted and quilted a block from the Helen Godden BOM.

This is 1 of 2 for May ... I'm no longer behind!

Once I got started (late) on these blocks, they weren't nearly as hard as I had expected.  I'm completely enjoying the whole process.