Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday

I worked the last few days on finishing up the library totes for my guild charity project.  Kitties, owls, and bears - oh my!

And I had these two pieces of panel left overs that I was saving for pillows, but they make cute totes.

And I did get the pineapple blocks done and into their mini, but will share that when presented.

The next temperature rosette completed.  It's fun to see the other temp quilts grow as each uses their own color chart for their region/season.  As you can see, we got rather cold over the past week.

It's been a difficult few days with pain for those in Texas and then realizing as locals were posting on FB photos of the flooding in our own Valley from Irene - the Anniversary of storm Irene no less.  Also, my Dad's birthday fell into this mix and I miss him every day.

Today I will find some solace in playing with these again.  Using up those last few scraps from that larger baggy to make log cabins and rails with Bonnie Hunter's challange.  These should make short work of those few left overs, but no fear - there is another baggy to dig in to.

There is a new button on the side bar for Amy Ellis' Bloggers' Quilt Show.  This year there will be no voting or catagories - random draw for give aways.

Sewingly Yours,

Saturday, August 26, 2017

RSC17 - Neutrals

This month's 'color' for RSC was neutrals.  Our quilt guild's Summer Challenge and Charity project is library totes.  I had just enough of this cute Kitty neutral for two fronts and handles (add a strip in the back).  I pulled apart a solid jelly roll to match up some of the color in the cats.  And a neutral lining with 'fur' spots to round them both out.  

I have a few more cut out and prepped - using up my brights and slimming down some other kitty stash.  My weekend project mixed with some housework projects.

No piggies this month.  I want bright and fun little oinkers, so my neutral is the piggy (pen) barn.  I know some of you wondered what block I would put on the barn - simple and a bit colorful - to match the piggies.  Plus, they were scraps laying on the side table waiting to either be put away or used - I used.

My heart, soul, prayers are with those in the wrath of Harvey.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict

I love having scraps and playing with scraps, but it got to a point of being over whelmed - so I shared some of my gifted and own pieces with our sewing ladies thru the weeks.  Things laid out on the long banquet table and come help yourself.  Oh, I could keep it - stuff the boxes, totes, shelves, BUT never to be used up or seen.  Sharing is more fun. 

I have plenty of scraps to play with, like my bits of CW fabrics that I have saved right to the smallest piece.  They are coming in handy with the Temecula Quilt Co Marvelous Minis.

Even my temperature rosettes are being made with scraps.  I chose to designate the eclipse in this weeks as it was a special event for the year.  76,73,74,77, 80,E,80

Someone asked to see how the Rolling Nines block looked set together, so I set them out.  The prints are from a FQ bundle, but I am using up some Kona White that was cut offs from a few quilts.

My smallest bits of throw aways from that snip bag - eight pineapples done and I need to make eight more.  These are paper pieced and 3.5" unfinished.  Todays project!!

Now go play,
Sewingly Yours,

Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday Making

I went  MIA for a bit as I had a guest and other company.  My daughter needing quiet and workable space to complete a test and finals heading into her disertation going into her PHD - hard to do at a house with three very noisy and needy small children.  And then my youngest son and GF stopped in and my frame/machine, furnishing and othe items got moved and set up so progress can be made in setting up my long arm and moving all sewing upstairs into it's own room.

Since I knew I wouldn't be able to run my sewing machine for 'quiet time', I took advantage of catching up with long over-due hand stitching.  I finished the Yankee Diary block.  The small heart was suppose to have a cut out, too - BUT after tackling the one in the big heart I said "NO WAY".  The light blue is suppose to be a hand - will accent the fingers with stitches  after quilting.

And this Yankee Diary block needed the flag added.  I had held off on this one as it bothered me to put the flag backwards and then I felt it was off-balance with the block.  The flag was too big, so I trimmed it down and got her done.

I got a lot done on Earlene of the FQ Ladies Club.  I hope to finish her up tonight so she can be into her mini quilt by the end of the month.

At one point I had some time alone in the house and quickly powered thru the next block - Rolling Nines - for the Patchwork Sampler (button on sidebar).  I think it takes longer to cut the fabric than to sew these little blocks up.

So today I have things back to normal - Bella is so happy; she was very stressed with the change of the norm of the household.  I will quickly make the new Marvelous Mini with Temecula Quilt Co. with my Civil War scraps.  Then I am dumping those colorful prints, panel bits, scraps - I need to make my donation to our quilt guild's Sumer charity  project.  We are making book totes for donation to the local Library.  Mostly for the kids to encourage reading, but some are making for the seniors, too.

And today starts the voting for Pets on Quilts - be sure to go vote for your favorites as there are so many wonderful pets and quilts.

I will catch up on all my past blog reads and comments later today - missed all you creative peeps! 

Sewingly Yours,

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday

I finally caught up with the Temecula Quilt Co Minis.  It took me a few practic pieces to get my needle set in the right spot to make those 36-patch blocks come out to the correct size.  I was going to wait and see how they work in the finished piece and then maybe go with something different, but we have to exercise and stretch our skills.  Working tiny does that and I am always up for a challenge.

Monday's block was a bit of a relief after the stress of the 36's.  I am getting curious about how this is all going to come together.  I love each little block in itself.

The latest temperature rosette.  These are coming together with scraps, too.  I throw a few colors of the ranges we are in into the shoe box tote with my papers, needle, thread, etc....  So not every 'same' temp is made with the same fabric scrap - it's just what is in the tote and I feel represents the day.  78,81,78,77,80,76,76

And my newest mini project is being worked out of my scrap bag hooked by the machine.  My bits that get snipped off - tiny 'orts'.  I don't need anything too wide or too big, so some of these are getting a chance at being into a project.

Tiny Pineapple Blocks in progress.  Slow and steady with these and I hope by the weekend this little piece will be done.  The worse part will be picking all the papers out!

Take a Day to Play
Sewingly Yours,

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Monday Making

I found another baggy of gifted triangle cut-offs.  I pulled a piece of Windham neutral that was a cut-off from a quilt backing.  I'm going to marry these.

The largest I can work with all of these is a 2.5" unfinished HST and make a bunch of Broken Dishes blocks.

Of course, I had some help with setting up this project.

I know a lot of people hate to work with HSTs, but I find them to be exciting - they make for some great movement in a pattern.  I pressed pairing seams open to eliminate bulk.

There's some reds, greens, blues, browns, and a bit of black prints.  I'll work as many blocks as my neutral (or prints) take me and then it will be thinking time on how to set all these blocks.

Do you start the week off with something new (made from old)?

Sewingly Yours,

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pets On Quilts - Theme Quilt Entry

It's that time again - the BEST quilt show on Earth!!  A big thank you to LilyPad Quilting for hosting and all the hard work in gathering sponsors.  Do you have a cat, dog, or other pet that loves to pose on a quilt?  Or maybe a pet themed quilt?  Get those cameras out and enter - entries from August 10th - 29th.


My theme quilt began due to an abundance of brown scaps that needed some taming.  Then I saw Lorna's Mod Bear quilt along and pattern - just had to make this.  I love making HSTs and so the Bear Paw block was right up my alley - and I needed a lot of them.   

The bear actually went together rather quickly.  There are a couple of sections with tiny piecing, but I love working tiny, too.  The minute my daughter saw this flimsy on my FB page - she claimed it.  She collected bears as a child and even now as an adult, still has her first teddy bear. 

My bain though is borders!  I can make them, just hate to.  This had the three plain borders, then all those little paw prints!!  

This is the only picture I have of the finished quit as shown at my quilt guild meeting.  It went off to it's new home the next day.  Those little prints made for a fabulous setting.  FIVE borders on one quilt - a new one for me.  The bonus - the only fabric I purchased for this quilt was the gray.  Everything else came from scrap, stash or off the shelf - even the back.  I buy batting by the roll, so that was on hand.

Although I don't have a pet bear - we do have a large bear that lives on our mountain.  Occassionally he comes to visit the bird feeders - we don't pet him.

I have another Bear in progress - in green paws and black bear - I just love this pattern!

Entry - Pet Themed Quilt

Sewingly Yours,

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday

I need to catch up on the Temecula Quilt Co's Marvelous Monday Mini blocks.  Once I've had my 'tiny' fix, I want to play with the new RSC17 color - lites (beige, tan, lite brown).  I have such colorful piggies, I think I am going to use this color for a barn instead.  There are three barns in Lori Holts' Farm Girl, so I will pick one of those - of course a quilt block has to go on the barn.

 I forgot to post last weeks temperature rosette -72,66,75,69,74,70,81
And newest - 83,81,82,74,72,70,72

Yes, we are a lot cooler than other areas and some of our trees are already showing a change of color or losing leaves.  DREAD!!

And I had to share my SILs pretty sunflower curtesy of the chippers.  I have never seen a sunflower with so many blossoms!!

They are all over this plant!  We counted 15 and I think are still some little buds popping - just a wonder!

Go Play Today
Sewingly Yours,

Monday, August 7, 2017

Monday Making

I'll be joining BETH and JUDY today with some Monday Making.  The machine has been cleaned, new needle and fresh bobbins wound.

This was already cut for the 12 Days of Christmas Hop quilt along for the Trip Around the World with Sarah.  I made the blue kit instead.  BUT, since these are all ready - and kept getting knocked off the table to the floor by a certain furkid - I am going to put this together.  

The fabrics are from two other kits.  Yes, I buy kits when on huge sales just for the fabric.  I pull some of the fabric as needed and then the rest of the kit w/ pattern just sits for a long time.  These are getting used up!  AND that drat furkid better quit mixing my piles up - I better sew fast!

Sewingly Yours,

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching


It's been a while since I joined KATHY and friends with a day of slow stitching.  I have some housework to do, but I will break up duties with a sit down project.

I have a mini that needs a binding finished - a couple of threads will get this done.  And the label to stitch, too.

Then I need to get the temperature rosettes stitched to their squares and add them into the rows.  If I treat myself to a thread (or two) of stitching and then do one of my 'chores' - all things might get done today.

It has turned into Fall like temps here - I am a sweatshirt lovin' gal.  I will mix in a stroll around the yard (or two) to get some fresh air.  

Sewinly Yours,

Friday, August 4, 2017

Feline Friday

Not a very good photo - but poor Moe suffering the Dog Days of Summer.  The house is kept dark and AC on so a good place to take a nap when it's too hot outside.  He tried for ever (or is that fur ever?) to fit into that box of fabric.  Finally he decided to use the box for one end and the tote for the other - occassionaly switching.

Pets on Quilts 2017

And it's a good time to remind everyone about the up-coming Pets On Quilts Show - August 10th.  Start trying to get those kitties, puppies, and other pets photo'ed on a quilt.  Or maybe you have a 'pet' themed quilt. 
Jacque @ LilyPadQuilting has been hard at work rounding up some fabulous sponsors and prizes.

Just to show I finished Step #2 of Keven's Sapphire Mystery.  The strattas need trimming, but they are at least all stitched.

Storms are moving in again, so the machine (and other things) goes off and it's time for some hand work.

Sewingly Yours,

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday

I finished the Temecula Marvelous Monday Mini block.  It is at an angle shot, but yes, that one HST is off.  I can't find my little 3.5" square ruler  I use when working tiny blocks - makes cutting and square up so much nicer.  So I have a bit of a 'wonk' and I can live with that - my great gran did, so I can too.

I will be working on finishing up step #2 of Kevin's Mystery.  I am digging thru those gifted bags of scraps for strips of red.  Yes, I could just pull the FQ tote and cut some nice clean, crisp strips - BUT where is the fun in that?  I am going looking for treasure.  I see some Blues and Yellows that I can use - whoop!!

I'm allowed to play today - I finished up the Blue Trip Quilt flimsy.  Some of these blues will certainly come and play in the Sapphire quilt.

Sewingly Yours,