Saturday, July 10, 2021

From One Extreme to Another!

 On November 21st, 2017
I showed this 'lifetime' project for the first time 
and here is my progress to date.
Sunrise Scraps by Edyta Sitar.
I fell in love with this quilt when I saw it in person 
at Road to California.
Admittedly,
I have not worked on it consistently for quite awhile.
All those hourglass blocks finish at 1 1/2" each 
and I only need to make 672 of them.
If I would have done the math back in 2017,
I may not of started this quilt.
Construction involves putting 8 hourglasses together with sashing into a unit.
There are 84 units needed.
I have 34 done.
My goal for the summer is to get 50 sewn.
However, I underestimated how many different fabrics I would need to bring with me.
So my quilty friend, Deb,
 sent me a wonderful collection of 4" squares 
of fabrics I did not have.
To make this quilt interesting and special,
I may ask my other sewing circle of friends to cut 4" squares
 of their favorite, reproduction fabrics to add to the mix.
Not that I don't have enough fabric to finish it up!
It would just be fun and give more variety.

In the meantime,
my flannels arrived.
This is a panel by Riley Blake.
I should have added an inner stop border,
but it is too late now. 
Put the borders on in less than a few hours 
and now I have a potential Christmas gift.
Because, who does not love gnomes!

I also pieced this big block, 60" x 72" quilt using
Primitive Gathering Farmhouse flannels.
Cut and pieced it in just a few days 
and I have enough squares for a second one.
It is a completed flimsy, 
but this is the cutest picture of it.

So the last few weeks my piecing has gone from one extreme to the other...
precision small scale piecing to quick, large scale stitching.
Flannel is so difficult for me to work with!!
I cannot for the life of me keep it from stretching, 
therefore very few of my intersections went together nicely. 
I resorted to using my walking foot late in the process, pinning and lots of trimming;
but eventually I just had to accept the imperfections.
Personally, 
I prefer the challenge of small scale, precision piecing,
even if it takes years to complete!

Oh, I forgot to report on the quilt shop I visited in Durango.
The Stitch a Quilt Store on Main St. was recently featured in
BHG Quilt Sampler Magazine.
Lovely, light filled shop with brights, batiks, beautiful color wall,
a Bernina dealer, longarm services and a sweet shop dog. 
Although they did not have what I was looking for,
I will go back!




Sunday, June 27, 2021

Christmas in June???

Oh, HSTs!! 
Thought I would never get this done,
but here it is.
Peppermint Twist,
by the Pattern Basket 
using Christmas Figs 2 fabric.
Cannot wait to custom quilt this one.
Ruby Blue Quilts did one and I plan to use it as inspiration.
You can see hers here.

Now I am working on this Laura Heine pattern,
HoneyBee.
I am putting it on a Hoffman Big Dream panel.
I have seen 2 others done this way on Pinterest.
Again, so anxious to give the quilting a try.
Going to have lots to do when I get back to AZ.

In no hurry to leave though.
It was hot the first few weeks here,
but now a lovely week of thunderstorms
 and cooler temps has arrived.
Took my first hike to Alberta Peak at 10,000 feet yesterday 
and saw all my favorite wildflowers.
These Red Elephants and Green Bog Orchids 
were a real find!
These are my second favorite wildflower,
behind Fairy Slipper Orchids,
but we arrived too late to see them.

And this year, I struck gold in my garden.
After years of trying,
I finally got Iceland Poppies to grow and bloom.
Very short lived blooms,
but I loved them.
Hopefully, they will reseed themselves.

I am about out of projects for the summer.
I did bring my Edyta Sitar 'lifetime' quilt project with me.
Looks like it will be next in the queue.
I also ordered flannel to make a big block quilt.
Everyone fights over the ones I have on cold mornings,
even the pups.

Hoping to get to Durango this week to visit some quilt shops.
Wow, actual physical shops still in business.
So excited! 






Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Piecing and Packing and Purging!

 

Rock the Block Sew Along
by Sew Kind of Wonderful.
This one I will use to practice FMQ on. 
Jenny of SKOW plans to show us how she will quilt it.
Love it when I can copy a design
 and not have to come up with it on my own.
When finished, it will adorn my office/sewing room...
as if I ever need a quilt in Arizona to warm my lap.

Greenhouse
by Elizabeth Hartmann,
requested by my DIL.
I did an E2E pattern on this one and regret it.
I really should have custom quilted it,
but wanted to get it done. 
I may make another version of it for my nephew's wedding
and then I can do custom.
His future wife loves succulents.

And it will come to no surprise that I started piecing another project...
A Figurative Quilt
by Natalia Bonner.
I am using Tilda fabrics for the first time 
and absolutely love the English Garden florals.
There is another border with tons of hexies yet to be assembled.
This sampler quilt will be used for my class I signed up for with Natalia.
I am sure one of my granddaughters will love to receive it when I am done.
Or maybe I keep it for myself.

This last week I sorted, folded and purged my fabric stash.
Much of my reproduction fabrics went to my friend, Deb;
Lori of Humble Quilts,
Janet, the Roque Quilter,
and to a quilt ministry in NY suggested by Janet.
It felt good to prioritize my project and fabric collections.
Even with all I purged,
I have more than I will ever be able to use.
Besides,
I am always seduced by all the pretty new fabrics I see.

All that reorganization makes it easy to pack for Colorado!
Oh, but what WIPS will I take?????


Monday, May 17, 2021

The Merry Month of May!

 May started with a lovely trip to Sanibel Island with my daughter
to celebrate Mother's Day.
We enjoyed swimming in the warm coastal waters,
spotting dolphins and rays swimming off shore,
                                                               collecting sea shells,
and drinking fancy adult beverages!

Prior to leaving, I finished my granddaughter's quilt for her bed.

So much fun to quilt!

Then I was off to my retreat with Sue Spargo in Santa Fe.
What a gracious woman and fabulous teacher!
I started one project,
my interpretation of a miniature Oaxacan candlestick I saw
at the International Museum of Folkart;
but then got totally side tracked by learning to weave a tree on a loom.
We are headed to Africa in September
(fingers crossed)
and so this is the start of my modified Folk Tales quilt to commemorate our trip.

I continue to sew along with Sew Kind of Wonderful 
and will have my Rock the Block quilt done soon.
Started another Elizabeth Hartmann pattern for my DIL, 
but I will be back with those when they are in the flimsy state.

We are headed to Colorado in June.
My body needs a break from pandemic stitching!
Until next time...







Friday, March 26, 2021

Something New and Something Old!

I'll start with the something new... 
Peeps and Carrots,
adapted from Carrot Sticks by the Pattern Basket.
It was my 9 year old granddaughter's idea to add the bunnies 
and what a clever idea it was!
This was gifted to my DIL.

Working on this table runner for my daughter from a Shabby Fabrics pattern.
I will make a coordinating wall hanging, but this may be the only one done by Easter.

Week 1 & 2 of Rock the Block...
a free sewalong from Sew Kind of Wonderful 
with video tutorials on Facebook each week!
I have always been curious about Sew Kind of Wonderful patterns
 with their curved piecing.
When I did teach beginning quilting,
 I always told my students I could help them with almost everything,
except curved piecing.
Well, it was time to conquer my fear.
The curves are so gentle, and they oversize and square everything up;
so it is much easier than I thought it would be.
Notions and special rulers are not my thing,
but I now own 3 of their QRC rulers...
I know Jan is laughing right now.
I am really enjoying the challenge and using up stash! 
Sadly, I don't think this will put much of a dent in it.
These fabrics are from my Edyta Sitar collections.

Last weekend we celebrated a landmark birthday.
My husband turned 70!
When did we get so OLD!
My son arranged to have a chef come to our house to cook a fancy meal.
It was perfect...the kids got to run around and play while we enjoyed our meal.
Safer and more fun for everyone than going to a restaurant.

Betty, Monica, Kathy and I continue to piece, quilt and bind donation quilts.
Kind of had a green theme going on this month.
This pile will be going to Betty today to get bound.

It turns out I have some pretty severe stenosis in my neck that has lead to my right hand weakness.
That and mild bilateral carpal tunnel from the hours of hand stitching.
Even though I have enjoyed my stay at home hobbies,
they have taken a toll on my body...
too much slumping over and poor posture.
I knew quarantine increased my waistline,
but I did not realize the other health tolls until this week.

I am officially fully vaccinated now,
so I look forward to getting back to a normal lifestyle soon.
Now on to week #3 of Rock the Block.
Thanks for stopping by.







Monday, March 1, 2021

Time Keeps on Slipping, Slipping into the Future.

The title of my post is from a favorite Steve Miller band song.
I guess I am dating myself!
My granddaughters turned 5 and 9 in February.
Where did the time go? 

My daughter had a small family only party for them.
These are my grands +1 cousin.

I got my first vaccine shot without an issue 
and to celebrate I put pandemic purple highlights in my hair.
It was a fun experiment and is fading fast.
It will be a one and done though...
too long in the salon chair and too expensive.
Just going to have to let those grays shine through!

My back and neck issues are resolving slowly, so not much sewing going on.

This is Carrot Sticks by the Pattern Basket.
It will be for my DIL's seasonal quilt wall.

Quilted one block of my Year of Stars quilt by Natalia Bonner today.
Learning lots from her free Youtube videos and her Patreon page.

I have been able to do a little hand stitching on my Making Waves by Ariane Zurcher.
This is my favorite corner of the project.
I went rogue on these 2 shapes.
I wanted them to look like the shore of the ocean after a wave.
The cream shapes in the blue look so much like seafoam;
however, I see the ocean in almost everything.

And I am so excited about the future...
a trip to Sanibel Island with my daughter for Mother's Day and to see my sister.
Then off to Santa Fe for a week seminar with Sue Spargo.
It will feel so good to live a somewhat normal life for a change!








Friday, January 22, 2021

Sweet Treats

 I have been a fanatic in my sewing room the last few weeks.
With coldish temperatures,
a COVID-19 scare in my family,
and being a real homebody,
I have been quite productive.

This fun project I made without a pattern 
for my daughter to put above her fireplace mantel.
However, I give credit to Wendy Williams for the inspiration.
A You-tube video by Material Obsession showed her method.
So I drew a template heart and just went for it.
It is much smaller and simpler than her design.

Calling this one Conversation Hearts, 
adapted from a pattern called Love Actually.
I made it larger so it would fill the space on my DIL's wall.



But my favorite finish...



The final blue gray border was done with the computer,
but the rest of the quilting was hand guided free motion and ruler work.
I was obsessed with this one and worked on it non-stop for 3 days straight.
I will be taking a break though while I get my back out of spasm and 
regain the strength in my right hand. 
PT and steroids should do the trick.
Lesson learned...slow down, take breaks and stretch!
My granddaughter's diamond quilt is a flimsy,
 but it will have to wait to be quilted since it needs custom work.

On the donation quilt front,
my friend, Betty, and I have supplied the homeless shelter with 4 more baby quilts.

Working now on piecing cuddle quilts and pillowcases for the grands for Valentine's Day.
 Thank goodness I can still use my sewing machine
and Wanda Joy can quilt all by herself.

It is finally raining in the desert!
Looking forward to more staying home 
and sewing in my PJs.






Monday, January 4, 2021

First Flimsy of 2021

 During the break between Christmas and New Year's, 
I finished a quilt I started almost 7 years ago.

This is Gather Around by Debbie Roberts.
It was fun to revisit some of the fabrics I used from my extensive reproduction fabric stash.
My motivation was to be able to quilt it!

Like everyone,
my goal for this year is to work on finishing some things and de-stash,
just like every year!
But, I am off to a good start.

My reward...I get to start a new quilt for my granddaughter.
    A very modern quilt that will have lots of open space for quilting. 
Diamonds on Display
by Quiltachusetts.

I am happy to report that I found a home for my charity quilts.
Our local Presbyterian Church sponsors a homeless shelter 
and, no surprise, they have had a huge increase in homeless families.
So my second goal is to piece at least 1 quilt to donate each month
 and to quilt all the flimsies my friends bring me for donation.

Haven't figured out which UFO will be next.
I have so many to choose from.
But my promise to myself is to use up my stash in whatever way I can.
I don't want to say I am a hoarder,
but it has gotten to be ridiculous! 

And last, but certainly not least,


my little loves.



From One Extreme to Another!

 On November 21st, 2017 I showed this 'lifetime' project for the first time  and here is my progress to date. Sunrise Scraps by Edyt...