I posted a photo last night but this morning I’m updating to add better photos. Can I just say how grateful I am for the work Kim and everyone put into putting on Project Quilting because I would not have made time for this quilt without the Silhouette prompt? And, honestly, I love, love, love how this came out! I didn’t go for a big quilt this week but it still finished at about 30×45″. I made my sunset background by laying out strips from my 2″ scrap strip drawer (thank you, Bonnie Hunter for the Scrap Users’ System!) If they were too short, I just added a few smalled pieces and joined them with a mitered join. I had this thought that I’d miter all in the same angle but, well, that didn’t work and I’m glad of it. I think the random angles give it a lot more movement.
I decided to try some new things with the quilting on this, too. Even though I’ve had my Grace 21 Pro for over a year, I still feel like a newbie. Rather than using one thread color, I used three different colors in the sunset and played with echoing and wavy lines.
So, now that I’m done with the challenge, I’ve got a bit of housework to catch up on and a cool project to finish for the Polar Bear Plunge…and, I need to catch up on the scrap blog hop….sew much fun!!!
Since it’s after 3 am, I’m going to post this picture and update in the morning when I’ve got decent light. For my 13.1 challenge of “All the Colors” I made a 65×65 eight- pointed star with a flying geese border using the color wheel as my inspiration.
But more on that in the morning!
OK, I’ve had a modicum of sleep – thanks, kitty crew, for the wake up call. Actually, I’m just wired to wake up when it’s light out.
So, here’s a better picture…
I’m afraid this is going to be a “foster fail” quilt situation. I often start these thinking, “Oh, maybe I’ll donate this one….” Nope, this one’s staying because I’m really happy with it!
I even did a color wheel binding with leftover bits from the binding bin. I keep my leftover bits of binding in a bin in little rolls and then I use them for scrappy bindings like this one. Ppl
Now we’re on an “off” week for Project Quilting so I’m laying down a personal challenge to myself to cross off a UFO (or two….) this week.
Oh, I am late again and there was so much that has happened that I think I’ll go easier on the words and heavier on the photos! I had two weeks off over winter break and had a lovely time with my girls, my cats and the granddog and grandcat. Holidays have been a little low energy the last couple of years so I pushed myself to step my game up a little including making matching flannel jammy pants for each girl and their boyfriend and wearing my Santa hat for my one run to an actual shop.
December brought its share of sorrow as our dear Chet passed peacefully from this world on the 14th. His had been a long battle bravely fought. Here he is with the string quilt I made him.
Another family tradition was revived this year on a much smaller scale and we held a Gingerbread Party with just our little bubble. Six houses, much candy and a lot of laughter (and calories.)
The struggle continues and the tiny tidies in the sewing room resumed with this tiny attempt. I remain convinced that everything that gets pitched or re-homed makes space that will eventually make a huge difference in my sewing area! (Eternal optimism…that’s my plan and I’m sticking to it!)
There’s been a bit of long-arming going on and I received my idler rail which I plan to install later this week. This was a gift from my friend Kathie to my friend Jennifer so I got the added blessing of being in on the gifting!
My hopefully last column of additions to the scrap vortex top are in progress. I’m not sure if this one shrinks in the bin or what but every time I take it out, it seems like I need to add a little more to get it to the right size! I refer to this as the “cat vomit” quilt as I need something sturdy that can go in and out of the wash. Four cats vs one of me means lots of laundry…lol.
My big excitement of the moment is that Project Quilting is up and running! It’s not too late to join in for this year! I’ve already started my challenge quilt for this week and, like last year, my twin goals are 1) use what I have and 2) make larger quilts (lap/throw size.) I’m hoping some of these may end up as donor quilts but we’ll see. My first challenge quilt last year was promptly claimed by a daughter.
We have had some tough news on the kitty front and, I’ll be honest, when I was joking about not replenishing the herd as attrition occurred…well I wasn’t expecting this. Poor Jack is failing quickly from a mystery autoimmune something and my poor little Gizmo has just been suddenly diagnosed with a severe cardiac issue. If life has taught us anything these last few years, it’s that nothing is certain and I’ll just keep loving these little fur babies while they are here.
In the meantime, may your day be filled with friends, furbabies and fabric…what could be better?
Ack! Like the white rabbit, I’m late! For a very important cookie date! Somehow, I muddled up my days and was certain my day was Thursday! So, here I am cramming this post in as Ms. Winnie-Poo hovers on my hip reminding me that I’m also late to bed.
So, cookies, what would the holidays be without those tiny, tasty time machines? One bite of the right cookie can take me right to Christmas past!
Of course, having to give up gluten put a crimp in my cookie considerations…I make a killer chocolate chip but haven’t been able to taste one in over a decade. Luckily, my friends are happy to do quality control! I did actually make some of them promise that if I ever lost my touch, they’d tell me straight out.
This year, I decided to branch out and add a new recipe to my gf repertoire. I always loved crinkle cookies. These are like chocolate fudge in the center and powdered sugar gives then just the most lovely crackle top. In my gluten-eating days, I always spotted these on a cookie tray!
They were very easy to make and I used the recipe and tutorial found here:
Are you ready for the most delicious blog hop of the year? This wild and wonderful bunch of quilt bloggers are showing off their cookie credentials in the sweetest show and tell of them all!
Carol over at justletmequilt.com has rounded up a super sweet lineup with something sure to fit every sweet tooth! I’m already smitten with Creatin’ in the Sticks adorable gnome block and the pecan bars look Amazing! Pecans (pee-cans or pee-cons) I don’t care how you say it, they’re my favourite!
So hop along and meet me back here later for a little yummy treat and remember… treats at the holidays have special calories that go right up the chimney…at least, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Early this week, I came home and realized it was a tad cold in the house. I check the thermostat and it was 60. I thought maybe the thermostat timer had been put off by the time change (I know I always am) and so I turned it up. Nope, nothing. That gauge didn’t change, no warm air was forthcoming and the cats all decided that I was a lovely heat source. I texted the neighbors for a recommendation, ran the gas fireplace for long enough to take the edge off the chill and got into bed with four quilts and four cats. It was Thursday before they could come and take a look but, thankfully, they had a replacement furnace in stock and could install it the next day. Turns out that our 25 year-old furnace was not just failing but had become unsafe and had to be disconnected. I can’t complain about getting 25 years out of it, though, and the service company was great!
In other news, I’m continuing with my tiny tidies. This one was more of a “micro tidy.” I had this small pile of miscellaneous stuff on my table. Maybe five minutes of my time but what a difference. I also decided to start on a box of scraps that need taming.
My daughter thought that her co-workers had hit a saturation point with scrub caps a while ago but just asked if I would make some more as people were asking for them. I finished these three and then I have a group of special request ones to do, too.
These are the three I finished today…
These are all from a free pattern and youtube tutorial by Rob Appel. And, while they are a great stash buster by using up about 1/2-yard each, the key seems to be to not replenish faster than you use the fabric. (I’m still struggling with this concept as evidenced by the new Tula line that arrived today!!!)
In other home front news, the armoire was finally adopted and look at the difference it makes in the living room!
It’s hard to believe how much that one change opens the space up.
Because I took today off for the furnace, I’m planning to work on Monday but then I’ll be off the rest of the week for Thanksgiving break. My friend Jennifer and I are planning a post-Thanksgiving sew-a-thon and I have a long list of pre-Christmas sewing I’d like to get done. There’s a quintet of Christmas pajama pants that need cutting and sewing, a stocking or two that need stitching and of course a zillion quilts I want to work on!
So what’s on your holiday weekend agenda? Whatever it is, I hope you’ll be warm and safe.
It’s No Ring November courtesy of Carla over at Creatin’ in the Sticks!
Several years ago I started making seasonal coasters for my mom and so I trotted out my old ideas and started a set that would make a fun stocking stuffer! I still haven’t hooked the old computer up from when we evacutated ahead of the fire threat (I know, I know it’s been over a year…) .
Anyway, without my old patterns, I decided to use an old sewing trick and drafted a quick 3.0″ finished square with a simple tree design. Then, so I didn’t have to trace it three more times, I used my unthreaded sewing machine to stitch my penciled lines through all four layers of paper.
Voila! Four matching patterns with the added bonus of pre-perforating the paper so it’s even easier to remove.
I like to make and trim my coaster and then quilt them to a slightly larger piece of fabric.
After I quilt it, I trim the excess batting and trim the back fabric so it extends just 3/4″ beyond the trimmed batting. Then I fold the backing around the front and hand stitch it down.
This is a great place to use up leftover scraps and bits. I’ve made seasonal coasters with flowers, leaves, fish and more fun things. I hope you’ll dig into your scraps and whip up a set of these for yourself and maybe one for a friend!
I’d love to see them if you do. You can tag me over at Instagram at @bethstrand
Be sure to check out these other talented folks and thank Carla for putting this party together!
Today felt like a bad Monday wrapped in a Wednesday suit but that is what cats and sewing rooms are for… to lift the spirits!
I soaked in some fuzz therapy and chatted with a couple friends and then I went upstairs to load the back of a quilt on the frame and look around for a tiny tidy. I settled on this box of notions… turns out I didn’t need most of them! I also began pulling the final section of my scrap vortex off the bulletin board and onto the design wall. That top only needs one more row….I just need to lay it out to see if that’s horizontal or vertical! Best part of cleaning that box was finding the funny little tweezer- looking tool…. its called a bodkin and I’d been looking for it! Well, thinking of looking for it, anyway!
So, a finish I think I missed was this one!
Another top I finished was this one but, Ack… that blue piece sticking out of the upper right… that’s been removed and replaced and this one is heading for the longarm. I bought the panel on a trip to Phil’s high school réunion and my friend Margot gifted me the greens so it’s full of good memories. For the border, I cut 2.5″ strips and sub cut them into 5.5″ and 3.5″ strips. I paired them up and alternated then to get that watery look. I have to say, I’m pretty excited.
That’s all four me tonight. A tiny step forward but a step nonetheless!
For several years, I’ve participated in the Seams to be Sew row along. Marian was such a kind person and welcomed my inexperienced self into a group of wonderful designers. She passed away in March and Melissa from The Quilting Room with Mel stepped up to lead this row along in Marian’s memory.
From my first row along, I’ve focused on pieced rows. I love piecing, it’s fast, it’s fun and, frankly, I’m an epic fail at fusing and hand applique takes a long time!
So this year’s row from me is waves. Nothing says seaside to ne more than three sounds of crashing waves. I’d love to show you a better photo but, unbelievably, I can’t find my row! I’ve put it in a safe place and I need to find it quickly for my show and tell day! Of course, if you saw my tidying post, you’ll know why I can’t find it!
These are made with the snails tail block and each block finishes at 10″ for a 30″ row.
Now, these are pretty easy if you take them step by step but be sure you have your fabric placement right before you sew…how do I know?
I’m grateful to Melissa for helping us keep this tradition in Marian’s memory. I’m sure all these rows would make her smile.
And, as promised in the title, here’s the tiny bit of organizing I got done today in between a broken pipe, no water, trips to the hardware store and trying to find a plumber (all of which took a good chunk out of my day. )
It may not be gasp-worthy but Max appreciated the extra floor to spread out on and it was fun to finally hang the clock my friend Margot gifted to me. And yesterday’s empty box…now half full of things to donate!
Please stop by the other designers on the hop today…I called ahead and they’re expecting you!