Wednesday, April 23, 2014

All The Old Familiar Places

One familiar place mentioned in the title was that I spent some time in my own Quilt Cave down cellar to get my 2" greens swap ready to mail out.

These are ten stacks of ten different HWOF (Half Width Of Fabric) 2" strips.

It felt good to get them "bagged & tagged" and in the mail long before the May 15th deadline. If you are interested in playing the swaps, head on over to Quiltville Swap. Each month is a different colorway and you may sign up or not, if you choose to skip a color.

On Monday, I popped into The Golden Gese Quilt shop in Concord, New Hampshire for a little fun with their sit'n'sew group.

I was working on a two year old UFO that is going to be a special gift for a friend.

Then, on Tuesday, which is the new scheduled day for The Sunshine Club at the Alton Senior Center, we had a roaring cheer that went out to Sue. Sue finished her Purple tumblers top!!!!

It is fabulous! Way to go, Sue!

We chomped on chocolate and sewed and laughed with each other.

My purple strings quilt was quilted professionally by Tracy Szanto of Dreamland Machine Quilting. She did a great job with an edge-to-edge medium meander and only charged me $60 for this generous throw of 56"X 74".

The other swaps that come due in the merry month of May are the 4-patches and the HST's with the sub-group of Stashbusters that is called Blockswappers. I hope to do some soon.

Pauline from The Sunshine Club mentioned wanting to do a Jacob's Ladder and I am in!!!! Here are my first scrappy blocks made up from the past swap units that I had on hand.

To celebrate Earth Day I planted a pinch of marigold seeds that I harvested myself last fall. I started them indoors for fear of a late frost. The old saying around here is to wait until traditional Memorial Day, May 30th, to be safe.

Happy quilting!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Although I forgot to bring the camera, I celebrated an outdoor magnificent sunrise service where the birds flew over as we praised, sang, and prayed.

Felix and Matthew celebrated Saint Mattress, LOL! Here is Miss Emma celebrating her tennis ball.

Oh well, to each their own. However you perceive God, I hope you will feel connected to your higher power today.

Wednesday I took some advance notice fliers for the quilt show in October down to Footprints Quilt Shop in East Rochester, New Hampshire.

The owner, Kelly, took my picture for me and cut me a little of the newest Moda Barbara Brackman line, "Ladies' Album."

I just love that tea bag tan with the warm turkey red.

Footprints had a good selection of rolled eighths for .75 cents, so I was able to get ten nice ones for the princely sum of $7.50 and feel very rich!

Being a completely material girl, I was very happy to see my sales loot arrive from Hancock's of Paducah, too.

These above are Sienna & Bordeaux, Red Bobbers by Pam Buda's Pin money line, and a lusciously well-saturated indigo of Paula Barnes' line Tavern Blues by Marcus Brothers.

The bundle of 12 fat quarters is also Pin Money by Pam Buda.

So that's what's new in my life as I work on the 2" green strips swap due for May 15th. Green, indeed! Yeay, Spring!

Happy sewing everybody!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Celebrating Spring!

We enjoyed a wonderful sewing session on Friday at The Sunshine Club in Alton, New Hampshire. It was especially fun to welcome a new member, Mary, who brought a big happy bunch of potholders to work on.

She says she needs 40 done by Christmas, so she's starting early. Way to go, Mary!

Pauline almost has all her collected blocks for the North Barnstead Community Church sampler quilt. One of her friends had made lots of birdhouse blocks for it. They looked so colorful! The block that Pauline is holding up is a spring basket with an embellished ribbon bow attached to it. Nice!

You can see Sue, there, too and she's still working on her purple tumblers. Margorie is crocheting up her baby blanket and managed to wear a coordinating blouse to match!

As for me, I was celebrating Spring by bringing in my Scotland-made Featherweight, "Scottie." It has not been since November that I have machine sewed at The Sunshine Club, as it became too difficult to haul Scottie in and out of the car between the snow drifts and iced in parking lots.

Another small celebration of Spring came when I asked Husband Wonderful, Felix, to please change the blade on my big rotary cutter. Wheeeeeee! Now it glides rather than drags. I keep a small sticker on the back of my blade holder to record the date we changed it last. I usually get 2 or 3 months out of a blade.

As for Palm Sunday, not being very churchy myself, I went to Ellen Peters' Cat's Whiskers Quilting Studio.

I had another full sized 5" tumblers top to be quilted. I had thought that it was going to be too short, so I added two more rows to it. But I must've mis-measured something.

The quilt top was too long for both the backing and the batting! Holy Carp!
But my good teacher, Ellen did not panic like I did. We scooted in an extra length of batting and we used a seam ripper to remove one row of the tumblers and then everything came out fine!

The quilting took me about two hours. I outlined each tumbler by doing a sort of a "W" pattern across the quilt. You go down, across the bottom of the tumbler and then up the other side and then across the top of the next tumbler. When you do the next row, the order reverses to catch the bottoms that get skipped in the second tumbler in from the row above. It sounds complicated in words but it's really easy when you see it. You just need to pay attention, LOL!
I told Ellen that I might name the quilt, "Rescue Me" because it has so many mistakes in it, LOL!
When things go awry, persevere and it will all be okay in the end.

Happy quilting!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

New Shelter For Spring

My Monday errand in Concord was to pick up a new key to the Police Strays area of the new Pope Memorial Concord SPCA. It is all being refurbished and the last bit of construction was just finishing up.

Felix and I are both Animal Control Officers for Gilmanton and Belmont, so we needed to see where to bring lost stray dogs after hours. Dogs never seem to keep "banker's hours," LOL!

This is the back door that leads right to the shelter area for Police strays and we have one key. The director, Cathy, seen below, let me in and showed me the interior and gave me a big hug. If ever there was an angel walking upon this planet, it is Cathy, for all she has done and continues to do for the good of the critters!

What with Spring weather finally breaking here and the snow slowly melting into a memory, all the dogs in the world want to run off into the woods and roll in dead stuff!!!!

But while in Concord, I did stop in to say "Hello" to Charlene and the gang at The Golden Gese quilt shop. After all, we must save gasoline and combine trips, mustn't we???

Here I am, above, clowning around by pretending to make off with the whole shop's display of rolled Fat Quarters. But I was pretty good. When I got home, I only had bought ten of these bargains.

There was also a couple of yards of a primitive-looking red and gold stripe that I think will make a very pretty binding someday.

That sage green foulard came home with me, too. It is an authentic historic reproduction fabric, but by a house that I rarely see; Sayler's Creek by Judy Roche and Corinne Kramer for Henry Glass. Both of these were in the sale corner so they were a great find!

What with all the dog calls this week, I had little odd moments to sew and had fun making a few of my favorite stars. These are 8" when finished.

Tonight I am looking forward to The Sunshine Club tomorrow and I plan on bringing my machine now that Spring has cleared away the snow banks. How are you celebrating Spring?

Happy quilting!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Quilty Fun!

An idea has been "a-brewin' an' a-brewin' in my mind." It is for another Civil War quilt, so I am sure that there is no surprise there to my regular readers, LOL!
I've asked Karen, over at Blockswappers to design a new swap for me to hostess. But I got antsy to start it! I've been sewing blocks for a week now, LOL!

These are "standard" 9-Patches made with 2 1/2" strips so they are 6 1/2" stacked here, but they will finish at 6" in the quilt. All the corner squares are matching blues (or indigos) with a red accent in the center. Each stack pictured has 6 to 8 blocks in the group.
When I laid them out, I liked the golden tan background for the photograph so much that I'm playing around with ideas for keeping that design motif. But I want to set the 9-Patches on point and I have been very gratefully studying the formulas for that over at Bonnie K. Hunter's Tips & Techniques. Thank you so very much, Bonnie!

If the swap never materializes, I'll just make the quilt on my own using these blocks. The antique churn dash came out so well thanks to all the variety from that swap that I want to do all over again!

The making of these blocks generated some odd measures of end cuts that were way too nice to throw away! I sewed the odd bits together to make this little quilt that is 16" X 20".

Once again, that odd "paperbag brown" broadcloth came to the rescue for the binding.

The borders were a delightful older Paula Barnes from the time back when she called herself "Bonnie Blue Quilts" for Marcus Brothers. It is a sumptuous floral, almost Jacobean. I only owned a fat quarter of it and I was hoarding it very hard, LOL! It makes this whole tiny quilt-mat dance and I love it!

The backing was a Civil War fat quarter from one of those marvelous Whittle's Fabrics grab bags found here.

Batting scraps were spray basted into position and I finished the hand hemming at the Sunshine Club today over at the Pearson Road Community Center (as the Alton Senior Center is now known).

Sue needed extra Hersey's Milk Chocolate Nuggets when she was sewing things together backwards.
She got another whole row done correctly!

Pauline was loving her new copy of The Farmer's Wife by Laurie Aaron Hird.

We were thrilled to welcome back Margorie, who does not care to drive in bad weather, so we've missed her!

Mary and Margorie admired the quilt that Pauline had made.

It was a great day and I hope yours was fun, too!

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


I have decided to stop buying fabric.

I'll hafta tell all my friends we can't go to Footprints.

I'll hafta not go to the Golden Gese.

I'll hafta not go to the Mothership (Keepsake Quilting).

I'll hafta not go to Evergreen with the Farmer's Wife group.

I'll hafta not go to the Quilted Frog.

I won't order fabrics online either.

And I'll always make my bed.

And do my leg exercises.

I won't go to the Busy Thimble.

And then "Puppy Dad" will have more money for bologna.

Signed, Miss Emma Lynn

Oh, com'on now! You didn't think that I would write this post, now did you???????

Happy April Fool's Day to you all!!!!

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