Friday, September 22, 2017

Last Day of Summer/First Day of Fall


I was very excited to manage finishing one Burgoyne Surrounded block.  There are a lot of pieces in one block and you have to pay attention to color placement.  Yes, I had to use the seam ripper at least once.  I have all the other fabrics cut out and waiting on the display board, but I have a commission to work on.


A whole lot of log cabins being chained thru the machine right now.  I hope to have these finished today.  The pink isn't part of this - just some odd projects that are 'oddly' stored behind the machine to help encourage me to finish them.  Not working!


And my favorite tree - the minature apple that wasn't a mini.  It doesn't have an apple on it.  Not because we picked them all, but our strange,cooler weather made them prematurely ripen before full growth and they all dropped.  As you can see, not a one on the ground either!  The deer just LOVE this tree  A bit of fall color is starting to show on this side of the house, too.   

I've had a bit of a walk about, so now back to those log cabins,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday


The commissioned bags are finished and client contacted for pick up.  While I was going over the plans for the larger bag, I remembered I had a horse print bag in-progress from my bag class.  A few changes had to be made for the required interior, but it made for a quick finish with something already 3/4 done.  


I managed to get four  completed Patchwork QAL blocks done using them as leader/enders with the bags.  I'll try to finish the other two with the same method when I play today.


The next temperature rosette shows that we went into a warm spell.
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One of the gals who 'shopped' my loaded table wanted to return the favor.  I told her to bring me an 'ugly' to challenge me.  THIS IS NOT UGLY!  This is a treasure!  Yardage of "Pink and Chocolate" by Nancy Gere for Windham Fabrics - BUT.............


she had pieces from the line and look at this!  I am taking a day to play before I dive into the next commission work.  I have been loving the Burgoyne Surrounded blocks popping up around the web and I think these will be perfect for such a project.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, September 18, 2017

In The Making


I have a commission for two different size special bags for a young lady who loves horses.  I had just picked up this horse print (ESP?) and had this wonderful feather print from Wendy Sheppard's de-stash.  I have one bag done and the second is in the 'scratch pad, math' mode and hope to have that completed in the next day.  

I have another commission for a photo memory quilt, too.  That I can't show without permission.  I would like to have that done by the end of September as October is a very full month of events.  AND then November/December I hibernate as usuall!!  OMG - thinking to the end of the year which is fast approaching!!


I did manage to get the JR Race quilt top done for the Jelly Roll Day.  It's a little plain, but I like VAL'S raw edge flowers and may add some to this for a little perk-me-up.  But that will have to wait for a later time.


The next block for the Patchwork QAL came out - Grandmother's Choice, which a great heritage block to play with.  I am working these as leader/enders while I am making those bags.


Mother Nature is making quick work of the changing seasons.  These maples will change in a blink of an eye and then be totally bare.


This tree has been dead for a long time, but the old grape vine loves to use it and we leave it for the wild life and birds.  Once a wonderful green  now going into purple, it still is pretty.


I zoomed into the neighbors.  Those maples are actually our property line - coloring out.  And you can see bits of color in the mountains as well as the corn in becoming 'golden' - harvest time.


One of my guild members had gotten a wonderful photo of my Hall of Fame plaque block.  Here is the scrappy pineapple in all it's glory - finished block size is 12.5", so yes those are little blocks.  I wouldn't want to make a whole quilt with these, maybe another mini down the line though.

And I am very proud of my daughter - she passed her test (soon we will be calling her doctor) AND got word that she is entered officially into the Boston Marathon!  And to think - I hated school and couldn't run across the lawn if I had to!!

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Friday, September 15, 2017

Finishing & Fun


I'm am so much happier with this finish for the Temecula Quilt Co Marvelous Monday Minis.  It's sandwiched and ready for some hand quilting.  I have machine quilted the Baptist Fan, but never hand - now is the time because I think it is perfect for this one. 


All of the rosettes finished so far have been appliqued to the backgrounds and now two rows are ready.  This is such a fun project and I used SARAH'S idea of laying out left to right one row and then right to left the next row.  That way the 'temperatures' flow with the year.


Our guild had a Summer challenge of making library totes for one of our local libraries.  Friday we presented 44 totes.  Pictured from left to right are Kathy Livingston - guild Program Chair, Catherine Caiazzo - Head Librarian, Me - guild President, and Stephanie Liddle - guild Historian.
We had a few members absent our first meeting from Summer break, so I am quessing we will have a bit more to contribute.

We, also, got to watch a little reading group present at the time and the children got to have first pick from the totes.  It was fun to watch them select the 'right' one, silly pose for a photo, and then proudly march out the door with Moms to take their prize home.


We gave the option of members to create a tote using Jelly Rolls or own strips to participate in the Project Jelly Roll with Moda and our picture was submitted to their web page with story.


Since it is National Jelly Roll Day, I plan to play.  This JR (Whitewashed Cottage by 3 Sisters) has been sitting on my shelf for years (?).  I won this participating in an on-line event and sadly so long ago I don't remember which one.  It's not really my color palette, but it will make for a nice donation quilt.  I plan a quick JR Race quilt so I have a day's flimsy finish as I have some commission work coming in and need to buckle down.

Today is a day for fun,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon