Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I Have and I Have Not

It's been almost a month since I posted/journaled. Sometimes it works that way. It's not like I've been sitting around doing nothing!

1. I have not been quilting. I have been kayaking.

2. I have not been sewing, but I have been sergering. (sp?)

3. I have not been cooking, but I have been baking.

4. I have not been traveling, but I have walked the neighborhood.

5. I have not stopped eating, I have enjoyed cotton candy grapes.

and my neighbor's mango tree.

6. I have not been entertaining, but I (we) have been getting ready for a new grandie.

7. I have not made a sample for a make 'n take I need in 2 weeks, but I have packed the kits (mostly).

8. I have not applied the binding to 3 finished quilts tops, but I have made the binding.

9. I have been to the beach!

The summer is flying!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Stupid Waldo

How's that sound for a quilt name ... Stupid Waldo ... ? Probably not but I'm very tempted. On the upside - at least I can laugh about it.

Sew ... I finished the Mystery BOM quilt top (several times). Then I fixed a few OOPS (several times).

Finally the center was finished ... correctly. 

Now - on to the borders. All the pieces were made and I had started to assemble the pieced border. I put it aside to go to Utah and other life events.
When I was finally ready to stitch the borders on ... a side border was missing.
How in the world can I have misplaced a whole hunk of stitched together fabric?
My sewing room isn't that big and I certainly did not take it anywhere.
Who takes a fabric border on a field trip?

I looked everywhere!
really ... I looked for a couple of days
I was ready to remake it. I had convinced myself that obviously I had only made 3 borders, not 4.

and there it was ...

Right where I left it, in a safe place, all neatly pressed ... on the back of my sewing chair.

And now ...

This quilt is really Done!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Here and There and Everywhere

Summertime ... and the living is easy? Isn't it supposed to be more relaxed, a calm, slower pace?


I went to Utah for Handiquilter Academy. That is definitely not a slow pace training.  I took 8 classes in 2.5 days, ate WAY TOO MUCH, met up with some friends (got to see Dawn, from Spring Water Designs in MD!!), made some new friends and learned a LOT.

It was a world-wind few days ... all about machine quilting. 
I saw quilting designs everywhere - on the wall paper ...

and the floor carpet ...

I took couching classes and background filler classes, thread painting. I quilted on vintage linens and took a class called "Rogue Rulers". We used rulers to mark around and then stitched without them.

Couching takes a some practice and I'm determined to keep practicing.

Then I came home and stopped by "Kids Quilt Camp." My FL guild does this every summer. The kids complete a Rail Fence quilt top by the end of the week. I think they "tie" them ... hmmm ... not sure, I need to find out.
The girls were so intent on their projects. 

The future of our quilt world!

Inspired and pumped up from HQ Academy, I was ready to quilt my Flying Strings top.  I used rulers in the 2 borders and a tiny meander fill in the "sky" part of the flying geese. I did a simpe loop-in-a-loop on the strings.
The quilt is now on Binding Island.

And ... we finally launched our new kayaks!

I've been knitting and sewing and taking care of Mom.
My VERY Cute Husband is back from MD. He went up to cheer on his Washington Capitals. The parade was Tuesday and he was there. 

Congrats to the CAPS for a huge (first time ever) Stanley Cup win!!

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Where's Waldo?

Oh dear ... it's sew frustrating to get a quilt top pieced and find a block turned wrong (or 3? 4? 5?).  I finally got my BOM top done - or at least the center. It ended in April and on June 1st - an almost done!

Sew ... on the way to getting excited about this completed top, this happened ...

And ... it happened more than once!

This is NOT okay.

Worse than this?

I took out 1 big block and then took it apart down to 9 smaller blocks, to resew.
BUT ...

I took out the WRONG block!

 Finally, figured out what was wrong, took out 3 little blocks, put them back in, pointing in the correct direction. Now ... I think this is done right.  Maybe ...

Please feel free to look really carefully and comment if you see something amiss.
This quilt will not have borders for now ... I have to let it rest.
I have to keep looking at it
just in case.

Before I hit go on this post, I sent a picture of the "fixed" quilt to Instagram (@Quiltermary). My friend Karen (@quilterk) almost immediately sent me a text asking if the bottom left corner was correct.

Thankfully, it is 1 large block that needs to be turned 180 degrees. Not too big a deal.  I may fix it tomorrow.

or not.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Keeping Busy

Busy Busy Busy ... that could be the title of almost every blog post I write.  I'm just as creative with quilt names (NOT).  Sew - today ...

I have this wonderful collection of crochet hooks. They belonged to my mother and I just love using them.  I don't crochet too much. I knit - a lot, but I do love to crochet.

Amelia's afghan is going to have a crochet border. Something open and airy. I'm not sure what it will look like yet. I'll be doing a little Ravelry surfing for something pretty.

I'm going to knit this hat.

It's cute and fun and the yarn is pretty.
and ... I think I'm going to be THAT Gramma.

Hopefully, someday, Amelia will get to go a little further north and need a cute and pretty hat.

I forgot to hit post so this has been sitting for a few days on my computer.  I did finish the afghan and got back to sewing ... more later.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

It's Monday (but really it's Tuesday)

Holidays and weekends really aren't that different from weekdays when you're retired ... or at least you wouldn't think so. But in reality - they are still different. For some reason, they just feel different.

Sew ... what's been going on?

In the garden, we have some "volunteers."  I read this on a blog ... volunteer flowers are those that bloom and you did NOT plant them.

Pretty sunflowers growing along our back fence! I think the seeds dropped out of the bird feeder.
Those pesky squirrels did a good job.

I've really made progress on this afghan for Baby Amelia. She's doesn't arrived until October. She will be a warm and well-dressed grandbaby!

And ... I made binding.  I had a close call - thought I might have to go buy some fabric. Nothing seemed quite right.  Thankfully, I found this ... from 2007.

I wasn't thrilled with it but decided to "settle." 
Glad I did.
Once My Cute Husband got it hung, the binding looked great.
The quilt looks wonderful. 
All was right in my world.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

When Sewists Don't Sew

Here in Florida, I don't belong to a BEE.
No sad faces!
I do miss my MD BEE, but in FL, I belong to a couple of "Circles."

Last week was my TGIF Circle.
What do Quilters do when they don't sew?
We find other ways to play with fabric.

That's my messy spot at the end of the table.

With a little (or a lot) of Modge Podge, we covered clay pots with fabric.

How cute is this one!

Here's mine. It is upside down because it's drying.

After it dried, I added a layer of Modge Podge GLOSS to seal it.
It's sitting on my kitchen counter awaiting a plant.

I'm thinking ...
more little ones?
bigger clay pots?