Friday, September 19, 2014

A Fun Week!

Not much quilty stuff going on here, but it's been a fun week.

After doing so much canning--well not as much as when the kids used to be around--but still it's taken me from my usual routine, I realized I'd been eating to much bread and sugar!  My body gives me clues--like I ache a lot!

So I pulled out my Green Smoothie Girl Detox book and I've been doing a few days of that.  Day one and two I felt the effects, but now I'm feeling so much better.  I'm not going to do the full detox, but now that I've broken the cycle of the bread and jam and too much coffee and too much sugar--peach cobbler and the like, I feel sooooo much better.  So now back on my about 80% raw diet and I'm liking myself so much better!

I've spent some days with friends, and yesterday with hubby!  Visited the chiropractor and you know if you are close to my age just doing things that didn't seem to take so long!

I have been making myself get to my sewing machine a bit and I'm back on track of working on my Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks  I'm now through all the crosses.  It was the first section and I've done 15.  Now I'll work on the next section.  My stash is a bit lop sided in that I don't have the full range of colors and occasionally that has stopped the work as I don't have a LQS that is really close to me.  But my goal is to have all these blocks done by Christmas!  That way I can have something to work on at the start of the new year.

So that's all that's going on here and now I'll connect with Confessions of a Fabric Addict for a Whoop Whoop

Enjoy the weekend ahead!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Welcome Toots and Sweet!

Saturday just as we were leaving for a family get together, a box from Saudi Arabia came.  I'd been expecting it.  My Diva Dolls from Margaret Tuite came! 

Welcome Toots!
My love of Kaffe Fasset personified!

Welcome Sweets!

I hope they like their new home.  I really love these girls!

Sunday while reading one of my messages, I found out that Wrap Them in Love needed some quilts--55 to be exact--and I was sewing some 3.5 inch squares into blocks.  Well, I started on a search and found some fabric that looked pretty good and ended up with this:

I emailed Ellen to see if she would quilt them for me if I sent backs and binding.  YES!  Oh how sweet!  I promptly went to work on making a back from a yard of stash:
While working on peaches and making jam in between sewing here and there I did some thinking...

this is dangerous...

I grew up in a house right next to my dad's bakery.  Our phone for many years had the same number as the bakery so it was like we were connected!
I spent the summer when I was ten going over to the bakery and slicing bread and putting it into the big machine that wrapped it in wax paper--well I didn't say I am young!  Anyhow, there were always mashed loaves of bread and we always got them!  So, as a child I learned to use up scraps and that has influenced much of my life.  I've always tried to make ends meet by doing my own canning and many times we've had our own garden.  So, as I've been trying to use up the last of my peaches...

I'm also trying to use up the last of some of my more "autumn" fabrics that I bought more than seven years ago.  Being new to quilting, I bought way more than I needed.  Well, I have earth tones in my home and I have all the earth toned things I need.

That being said, there is one big bed quilt I'm working on to use up these fabrics.  That is using 12 inch blocks.

I had some 8 inch blocks and Saturday and Sunday I used up what I could and this is where it stopped:
While sewing the border onto it yesterday, I decided to make it into a table topper for my table.  It will be big enough to take care of the need for a couple of new place mats.  (This project is #3 on my current list)

I then got into my blocks of various projects and made this top for  Wrap Them in Love  and then found the backing and the binding to go with it.

...and then this:
and added a border and found a backing for this:
This afternoon I was able to go through my stash and reorganize my remaining stash. 
I'm so happy to have found a home for some blocks (now made into tops).  I can conserve my funds that I would have had to use for the batting, since I'm so nearly out and I can start quilting.
My peaches are into jam and salsa...
My kitchen counter can now be used for sandwiching and maybe, just maybe I can go to the state fair tomorrow.  I think I deserve a break!



Friday, September 5, 2014

Replacing Stash!

Fabric isn't safe around here!  I have a new supply:
I have limited amount of storage, so the old must go into

Eventually all will be made into quilts, but right now, I have an island in the kitchen that I use for sandwiching my quilts and right now it's still in process of waiting for peaches to ripen so I can make that last batch of jam!

I've got two more tops this week:

And many blocks for sunshine!

The problem is, when I get into my stash, I find all kinds of goodies and then go on little side journeys into ADHD never-never-land!  But, it's been a fun week. Lots of jam for the storeroom and then tops for the quilting!

Happy Weekend!

Monday, September 1, 2014

August 350 Blocks Report

I started a block challenge with Prairie Moon Quilts.  It's been fun for me to keep track of the blocks I've made each month and then have someone tally the totals for me.  This month I completed 72 blocks!  Amazing.  (433 for the year so far.)

I started some parts that I could work on during some sew-ins as I didn't want to take my machine because the classes are held in the basements of lovely LQS.  I ventured out and found a very fun new LQS in South Salt Lake.  It is a store I would never have found on my own and I'm going to be saving money to spend there more often.  She had some fun bolts at 30% and 40% off.  I'll take my camera next month.  Thimbles & Threads  The choices are just more than I could even visit on my first time there!

So here is the top I've put together so far:

I've had to move the blocks I've been making and saving for different quilts to its new location--a big "locker"
As I've been going through my stash, I keep in mind what I might need for future Sunshine lotto blocks and then label them.

I've also started some quilts while combing my stash.  I've got some 5inch blocks started for a simple patchwork quilt.
And some greens for a 16 block, HST block quilt.

With this done, now I need to go work on a batch of peach salsa.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Laboring on Labor Day Weekend!

Well...we got a start on the peaches.  Stopped for lunch and then took a nap, never got back to the jam.  So guess what I'll be doing today.  Hubby helped this year by peeling the peaches!

For as long as I can remember of married life, it has included doing peaches on Labor Day Weekend.  This is no different.  Still have more peaches to go.  After stopping for lunch yesterday and then taking a nap we went to the store for more sugar.  Just couldn't get started again, so they are waiting for us today.  I found a recipe for peach habanero jam and think I'll try that just for fun.

The past two weeks I've been making parts and trimming them on the quilting front.  So, not too much to show there, but I did get a big block made, just to see how it would work.

Now, I can sew a few of the blocks.
It's going to make a cut quilt I think.  I got all my two inch squares sewn into blocks.  I used up more than two yards of white for this.

Hope everyone has a fun holiday.

 More pictures of jam making:
Peach Habanero and Mint Jalapeno.

The mint jalapeno is a bit labor intensive.  We've got a small bit for ourselves.  I need to get some smaller jars for when I make this again.  It can wait however, and the peaches can't!


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Another Modern Quilt

 My "She Can Quilt" Quilt is now finished.  I love how it turned out!

I started it back in June and posted this about it then.

I also just played in some color with a fun pattern Found HERE
I used a recent purchase from Vicki Welch Found HERE  I had some Redwood and some other solids from her in my stash.  I love it! (It needs the final border, but I got the brainwork done!)  The quilting will be sooo much fun!

Now that center looks like this:

I tried a form of Pattilou's McTavish:

The balance of the quilt was quilted in tight straight lines and the bright yellow border was done in a tight meander style.

I dyed the yellow border to match the yellow in the middle.  It's a few shades lighter, but it worked.  I had some sheeting from a couple of years ago and I was able to use it up.  A 60" square quilt took more fabric than I figured.  I tried other fabrics for the final border, but the dyed fabric just kept with the style better than what I had first planned.  Just the yellow border took a couple of days to quilt.  I'm glad it's finished and I love it!  I needed the sunshine!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Few Loose Ends

I did something yesterday that I rarely do--I threw some thread away.  I did some tight quilting and it just kept knotting up on the bottom.  I adjusted it and adjusted it, but it didn't get any better.  I finally threw the thread away and started the rippit process.  I took quite a bit of time.  I then got online and ordered some new thread.  While waiting for it I took the six blocks and put them together for the Quilts Beyond Borders Quilt.  I love using just six blocks.  I can work it up to meet the size specifications and I can use up some of my stash.  Some of my brights are getting a bit low though and eventually I'll have to rebuild.  But, for now I took the backing leftovers of the quilt I picked out and added a sashing and then found some fabrics that went with the quilt.  I even found an orange stripe for the backing.  The blocks were from a lotto win and two of them I made.  Can you guess which two are mine?

This quilt I finished today and backed in in a Riley Blake stripe that had the same tones as the border.
 Linking over to Whoop Whoop on Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

All Boxed Up

The box is ready for FedEx to accept.

Mitzi's quilt is finished.

The motif I used for some of the quilting came from this on my wall,
I used nearly all of the color needed for the binding...

Now to get the HST's quilt from HSTeria completed before her birthday.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

What Will August Bring?

I'm looking at the garden and I know I'll be doing some canning and freezing!  I've got a couple of quilt goals for the month too--well actually three!  (One I'm not posting until it's safely at the recipient).

My daughter turns 40 this year and its been a big year for her.  Her son left for college and now she's looking at how to transform her life for herself.  She's devoted the last 19 years preparing for him and then being a rather protective mom.  This quilt is for her.  The green drink was one I got on FB and it worked well enough to get the headache behind me enough to finish quilting it. 

This pic is called green on green!

I finished up the border on the following quilt and I'm going to texturize it!  Love doing that and I might be pursuing this sort of thing until it gets old.  I have many things to try with this process.

This is something I can work on while I can.  I can leave it or quilt it at will.  It should be fun.

I'm adding a repeat picture of one of my quilts for kids as I couldn't get all three on the linky tool.  So I'll try it this way.
See the sidebar if you'd like to add any quilts that you may be donating. 
There's also another call for quilts for Syrian Refugees HERE:

Friday, August 1, 2014

100 Quilts for Kids

On my sidebar I've added a link to 100 Quilts for Kids.

I'm entering three today.  These will be going to Project Linus.


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

2 More Big Blocks-HSTeria

My goal is to make a scrappy bed quilt.  Just a traditional one, like the ones that drew me into quilting.  I'm morphing over to more colorful modern quilts, but this one is from my traditional stash.  It's getting more depleted and now I am almost half way finished with the blocks.  I need sixteen.  With these two "big blocks" I have 7 done.  It still seems a bit insurmountable, but if I keep making HST's and four patch blocks I'll get it finished.  No timeline here, but thanks to Vicki's HSTeria challenge this summer I've got a new quilt started and I've learned how to preplan my HST's and make the cutting and pressing count when I can by combining that with phone calls!

Here's my latest sewn together.
Linking over to Field Trips in Fiber

Monday, July 28, 2014

Finished and the Learning Continues

Pretty much this is my first try at quilting on the thought of "I wonder how this would look..."

I started at the colored strip with the organic "straight" lines.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to do my version of free motion quilting everywhere.  I tried it on the bottom and then wondered if straight lines would work on the top.  As I was doing the lines I wondered what would happen if I turned them.  So I added a diagonal.  I then wondered how it would be if I added some circles.  It was totally fun to do.  I had a blast.  I learned a lot.  This piece is totally for me!


Since it is quilted onto linen, I'm going to now wash it and see how that works.  I had some stretching as I quilted it and as I trimmed it the stitching seem to spring away from the end, so I stay stitched it before I added the border.  I think I would measure the end piece and mark it, stay stitch it and then cut next time--not knowing right now if that could work.  I would also occasionally mark a line to follow as it did seem to shift a bit as I worked down the quilt.  For an experimental piece, I'm still pretty happy with it.  I have that table cloth of mother in law that I still want to quilt, but I need lots of practice before I shift to an heirloom!

After washing--I like it so much better!
 Linking over to Whoop Whoop where my idea for this was inspired

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Move over Plans for the day--I'm Playin'

After looking at many modern quilts, I decided to go organic.  I started the strip in just sorta straight lines--moderns call them ORGANIC!

The very bottom I decided to just try some thread doodling.  I'm not using any pattern, just playing and getting in sync with my machine.
the back side

It's my birthday tomorrow and we have guests coming and I do have some work to do, but it can wait for awhile while I play.