Friday, July 22, 2016

Heat, Humidity, and Sewing

We have strung together quite a few days of high heat, and humidity.  Just like the extreme cold during the winter this weather encourages excursions outside early in the morning and late in the evening, but to stay hold up in the house as much as possible the rest of the time.

July RSC color is watermelon.  In my mind watermelon runs a gambit of colors so I used artistic license while picking out the colors for my blocks.  

 Crown and Stars
The Moda Love Layer Cake quilt I was not quite settled with and thought it needed something.  I had about 16 blocks left because I had wanted a certain look for the quilt and had supplemented from my stash of Mamma Said Sew.  
 Those left over layer cake pieces plus 5 more 10 inch pieces from the yardage and background fabric,  I had made a nice 5 inch piano key border all the way around. I have tried to get pictures of this quilt without minion assistance.  The barn door would not hold my tacks. UGH!  I grabbed pants hangers and used the play structure, which of course at this time in the morning had a lot of sun and shadows on the side I needed to use.  

 Of course about the time I would try to snap a pic, the wind would come up, the quilt would drop off the hanger into a heap on the ground.  I ended up bunching the top part of the quilt in the hangers to make it stay long enough to get a picture. 

I have been working on sewing on the binding of the swirly birdies, after several days of drama making the label.  I will share that ordeal when I show the finished quilt.

Since I finished the Swirly Birdies quilting I figured I should pull something else out of the pile of quilt, so I thought what a great time to do a charity quilt. 

I think simple organic lines going diagonal following the triangles will be good. 

Are you staying cool this summer?

What's In a Name?

I have been sewing when I have a free moment.  Some days the boys are much needier than others, unfortunately it means I don't have a lot of time to myself.

I made the saw toothed square block for the RSC in Watermelon.

I decided I needed a quick quilt finish, this is the  Moda Love Layer Cake Quilt.

I made it from a layer cake of Moda's Sweetwater Mama Says Sew that I had in my stash, and a oyster color polka dot fabric that I had also.  Yeah for me using stash up!  I put a narrow 2 inch border around it. I think I have enough of the layer cake left I can do a piano key border. 

I also finished quilting the bag lady quilt from 2015. 

I quilted a a swirly design all over. 
I have the binding all ready cut out, but I couldn't put it on the quilt until I had a label, and I was stuck.  I could not think of a name.  I think I finally decided I would call it swirly bird.  Now I am off to make a label!

Nice to get something accomplished.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Quilty Intentions

I looked at the last time I posted and realized wow that was almost a week ago.  What have I been doing with myself?  Remember my Dresden quilt that I made?  Well I still have not sewn my flowers down yet.  I have problems with stuff shifting and so have been considering if maybe I should glue them down before I sew them.  Yep they are still pinned. 

I think that the quilt really needed something else so I thought I had enough of the Dresdens blades left that I could possibly make some flowers to string between the Dresdens.  I started to experiment.

Definitely not what I had envisioned.  Then it came to me.  How about some tiny hexie flowers?

I am going to make 12 flowers to place between the Dresden plates.

While contemplating solutions for the Dresden quilt I decided to make some watermelon color foxes for the July RSC.

I have quite the skulk of foxes going.

My shopping trip to the LQS the week before I had picked up some horse fabric. 

I made a pillowcase for one of the grand daughter's birthday.  Hard to believe she is 12 already.  I can remember when she was born and she was a little tiny thing.
Lily is the one at the top she is now 12 going on 21.  I don't envy her momma.

Saturday we attended the local antique tractor show and auction.  We spent almost all day there.  Yes I did win some items that I saw at the auction I will share in a future post.  Here is a small preview of what I bought.

Sunday I had the day to myself.  DH was working to clean up the downtown of the city where he works after the street fair which had taken place the previous 5 days.  I had big plans.

Then I put my fingernail through my table top ironing board cover.  Yeah I know it is pretty nasty looking.

 I dug through the fabric that I got from my MIL and found a muslin which was not the quality that I would use in a quilt.   Within an hour I had a new ironing board cover.

Once I had that done of course I had to make sure that it worked alright.  I decided to make the friendship block for guild so I am ahead of the game.
The guild fabric was the gardening fabric, the dark green was mine.  After I finished that then I had to do the bag lady block for this month.   Not much quilting was accomplished. 

Monday the kids were going to the doctors so I had another free day.  I decided to work on quilting my bag lady quilt from last year.

I am about 2/3 done.  In between quilting, and messing up my thread, which took a couple of hours to get it untangled I decided I needed something quick and easy to break up my time unkotting the mess I had made..

I got 2 rows done of a Moda Bake Shop pattern called The Moda Love Layer Cake Quilt.  While I am not one to purchase precuts often I had purchased a layer cake of Mama Said Sew a while back and decided that I wanted to use it, and it would be the perfect pattern to make the quilt.  Click on the link above if you would like the pattern.

My intentions for the rest of the week is to get something finished.  One way or another.  

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

July In Our Garden Blocks

Summer school started today for one of the boys.  Poor little guy had to catch the bus at 6:50 am and he gets home at about noon--add to that 90+ degree temps with humidity in the 70's he is being quite the trooper.  Especially since school does not have A/C.  He gets breakfast, lunch, and a snack, and they are working on reading, and math.  I think the oldest one wishes he could go too.  It is amazing with one child out the door that I have a bit more free time, and the fact that the youngest is now potty trained helps even more!

Card trick

 These are July's blocks which were created by Joan at Moosestashquilting.

And a recap

 June - Sue of Supermom- No Cape
 May-  Carla of Creatin in' the Sticks

April -Doris of Quilting Queen Online

Amy's Bonus Block for April on the Thermo Web Blog

March-  Carol at Just Let Me Quilt

February - Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy

Carla at Creatin in the sticks had a bonus block which I am waiting to decide if I want to make at the end of the BOM.   

I am enjoying this BOM with all of the wonderful designers, and can't wait to see what these lovely ladies come up with in the next few months.

Kris – Kris Loves Fabric
Pat – Life in the Scrapatch
Vicki – More Stars in Comanche
Lana – It Seams to be Sew
Jan - Sew and Sow Farm
Amy – Sew Incredibly Crazy– Final Blocks and wrap up
It is never too late to join, and there is a Facebook group also.  It is so much fun to see everyone's blocks every month! 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Piddling Around

Days are flying past.  I can't believe it has been almost a week since I posted, but then I don't have a whole lot to show.
Quilting on the bag lady quilt from 2015.  I need to figure out a name for this quilt. 

These are the Dresdens that I made from what I found in my MIL stash.  The center is partially sewn down, but the outer ones aren't.  I think it needs more and I fiddled with different flowers for a couple of hours on Saturday.

I wandered down to the LQS to pick up the row by row for 2016.

It is a mixture of piecing, applique, and embroidery. 

Of course while I was there I picked up some fat quarters.

I also picked up some fabrics for a birthday gift for one of the older grand daughters.
The fabric on the far left I loved instantly, the color, and how it looked like feathers.  So I had to get a couple of yards. 

We have been swimming almost daily.  The other day we had a visitor in our pool.

He hung out on the liner up under the rail, until DH came home, then he and the boys moved it to the nearby pond.

I also had to share some of my radishes from my garden.

I think the D cell battery gives you a good idea of how really big these are.  They were yummy.

So I am kind of piddling around here and there trying to get something accomplished.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Happy Independance Day

As we celebrate with friends and family take a moment to remember the reason for the day.

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July Holiday!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

A Dresden Dilemma

Well after looking at my photos I decided I was not loving the dark blue blade in the Dresden.  What was I going to do?  I really didn't want to go shopping for stash enhancement. (I know, I know she doth protest too much) I wanted to find something in my stash that would work.  Which means stash shopping, especially after my latest discovery of two boxes full of fabric in my closet underneath and behind my rolls of batting.

These are all of my fat quarters except for the batiks, and solids.  Piles of orange, green which is toppling over onto the neutrals/black and white pile, which is severely leaning on the pile of blue, which is barely staying up because of the red/coral.  I think I need to organize maybe by shade, as well as maybe strips, polka dots, homespuns, florals, and novelty prints.  DH recently brought me home these baskets.

They are baskets out of freezers which have been sent to the dump.  He said, maybe you could make a fabric liner, and then stack your fat quarters in them so it would be easier to see them. 

Anyway back to my Dresden dilemma.....doesn't that sound like some kind of quilting mystery?  I pulled several florals out of my stash and decided on this yellow.
I think this is a scrap that I have left from a dress that I made the middle daughter Rebecca when she was about 2 years old---sshhh don't tell anyone but that was over 25 years ago!  If I remember right it had lace, and bright pink ribbon accents on the dress,and with her coloring it was so cute.  Jack the ripper and I removed the offending blades, and replaced them with these lovelies.

Much nicer and softer and sweet looking. 
Here are the 5 Dresden plates I am going to use.  I want to do a quilt with once in the center but I am thinking about making it a double layer, with a solid behind it, then the other 4 at the corners kind of like the layout of a playing card.  I also need to decide on what colors I am going to use in the center of each of these, and get my foundation ready to lay them out.  I was thinking that the centers should be pink, lavender, pale blue, pale yellow, and maybe a coral color sticking with the low volume look. 

DH also found these going into the garbage pit.

There was also a picnic basket with the hinged lids, but he didn't get to it fast enough and it was crushed.  As you can see these baskets are quite large. 

I think my Dresden dilemma is solved, now to clean up the ginormous mess I made in my sewing room.  How do you organize your fat quarters?  By color, by style, or willy nilly?