Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Cool Sewing

Today I am a Blockmaker for Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilts blog. I just did two for the #19 Serpentine Stripes.

When I bought the center's Penny Rose stripe, I was buying it for the Ombre, but it seems to overlap the definition for a serpentine stripe as well. This is by designer Erin Turner and it comes in a blue or a yellow colorway, too.

If you haven't yet started the Civil War sew along, you are missing out on the fun!

I had one leftover pink and blue and brown serpentine stripe and made that up as well.

It just seemed that there were some leftover parts that made up this paisley block, too.

The Spring weather is marvelous and Felix, my Husband Wonderful, enlisted Matthew's aid to plant three replacement fruit trees due to some winterkills of our Asian Pears.

They planted three winter hardy to zone 4 Apricot Dwarf trees. My Grampa, Park Parkhill, used to say," To plant a two dollar tree, dig a ten dollar hole!"

Thank you, Matthew, our Star Border, for your heavy duty digging!!! But why on earth are you holding up the number of fingers of your IQ? You little freshie!

Miss Emma Lynne was not amused by the gesture and decided to go sniff out some deer sign.

On Tuesday, Carol and Sue were chatting at The Sunshine Club at the Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center where we meet for some fun.

Sue worked hard on several more rows of quilting before she took a break with some piecing on her Dresdens.

They sure are coming out nicely!

I'm still slow stitching my hand hemming of the binding on my Log Cabin.

The chocolate decanter is open in the foreground above, and we all chomped a few of our favorite Hersey's Milk Chocolate Classic Nuggets, wheee!

 Lastly, I do wish that you could smell my lilacs in the living room. They are a heady fragrance that I love!

Happy sewing!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Whatcha Doin'?

Everybody at the Friday Quilters with Claire was busy with fun projects down at The Golden Gese Quilt Shop on 22 Liberty Street in Concord.

Sue was sewing and pressing pieces in the happy dots fabric that she is going to accent with a deep teal or turquoise. Here is her work area with all those pretty colors! Nice organization with those paper plates, too.

Beverly, below, was working on a new project called Illusions with modern greys and yellows.

This is the instruction sheet that she's been using, and to the right of it, her first block done. Nice work, Bev!!!

Maureen, below, made great progress on her Missouri Star Quacking Chicken quilt, and she even overcame a setback with a wavy border that needed unsewing and restitching.

Way to go, Maureen!

Jan, below, was working on a very colorful Fall tablecloth that she had pieced using Missouri Star's blooming flowerpot Dresden design. Link.
Second Link for Spring Dresdens.

The colors are just smashing, pumpkins, that is, LOL! Look at this!

Eleanor, below to the left, had been busy pressing some of her beautiful blue blocks and Beverly was admiring them. Can't wait to see them all together, Elle!

My progress is really boring. Just an old picture of me binding my big Log Cabin quilt with the piano keys border. It's 86" X 86" and I don't think that I'm quite halfway done yet.

But I don't mind and it was fun to chomp some chocolates with all my Friday friends!

Stay focused and happy sewing!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Promising Things

The "Stars In A Time Warp" sew-along with Barbara Brackman turned into yet another fun-filled scavenger hunt for me to look through my treasure boxes of scraps. This time I was in search  of California Gold as per Brackman's blog, Civil War Quilts.

My California Gold choices are not on a white background and they are mostly anonymous scraps, but I'm very pleased with the block. The brown and gold cornerstone seaweed print is by Pam Weeks for Newcastle from her Prussian Blue collection. Click to enlarge the picture.

Since I was in the mode to do a Civil War block, I tried a better rendition of a foulard as well. Here is the result.

Our Tuesday Sunshine Club was full of fun, but my picture taking was only at the very end as we were breaking up our session of chatting, chomping chocolates, and occasionally, quilting, too.

Bev joined us with her armload of Tee shirts and her plans to make a quilt from them for her graduating grandson.

Sue was chain sewing her Dresden petals but she had run off to grab a cup of tea when I took this shot.

I was still working on my Piano Keys Log Cabin binding, and I got two or three feet done on it.

In the meantime, we've had kind of a roller coaster of Spring temperatures. It was 90° on Sunday, yet last night and tonight we had frost advisories. The flowers don't seem to mind, they take it in stride!

That brownish clump of human hair in the grass seen above helps to ward off the deer that love to feast upon my Red Dynasty tulips. Matthew, my border, has a set of clippers to trim his own hair and he saved some hair for me to spread around there. Thanks, Matthew, it worked!

The clothesline has been busy with Civil War neutrals drying nicely in the sunshine.

The foot of the tree that holds up one end of my clothesline has Vinca Minor growing about it. Vinca is also known as Myrtle, and it has blooms of bright cheery periwinkle blue.

They are very special to me because 60 years ago, when I was five, my father planted these as a ground cover in a problem area in the front yard of our family home. He died tragically of Hodgkin's Lymphoma when I was 20. Wherever I have ever lived and moved, I have brought plugs of these plants with me to honor the memory of my Dad. They have always thrived.

Here is a picture of my Dad's laughter.

I'm making up some piles of 4-patches for the pieced border that I'm planning to put on my Scrappy Jacob's Ladder and I got two stacks made.

The leader/ender project as I do my stars is still the tiny pinwheels grouped into blocks. Each one is a memory of one of my Sawtooth Stars since they are made from the Flying Geese bonus HST's.

Felix helped me to put out a different quilt on our bed and to get the other one folded and put away. This one is the Antique Churn Dash that I made in 2014 from swapped churn dashes. I love changing up my quilts to get to visit with them for a while, and then change them again.

Lastly, I want to share with all of you a magical experience that happened at Park Hill Farm at dusk yesterday as the sun peeked through a passing shower.

Happy sewing!

Saturday, May 9, 2015


On Thursday, I met up with fellow stashbuster, Lyn from New Hampshire, at a halfway driving point for both of us so that she could donate this big box of her Civil War scraps to me. She is downsizing and Spring cleaning and decided to fling half to me, and half to Grace from Maine. Wheeeeee!!!! Thank you so very much, Lyn!!!

Then, yesterday, at Friday Quilters with Claire, Maureen gave me a bunch of her vintage scraps, too! Thanks so very much, Maureen!! Notice that my Hersey's Milk Chocolate Nuggets dispenser is sitting out on the table? Well, Maureen also brought some Lindt Truffles, too, yummy!

The Friday Quilters group meets at The Golden Gese quilt shop on 22 Liberty Street in Concord, New Hampshire, and everybody was happy to welcome Sue back from Florida! Here she is at her "souper" lunch break from her English Paper Piecing project.

Claire had bought a delightful lemon cake and some vanilla ice cream for all of us to celebrate Sue's return. The cake and ice cream was delicious and we sang a few bars of "For she's a jolly good fellow."

Here's a quick run-down on what folks were working on. Marianne was cutting Dresden wedges and is getting a nice boxful of them together.

Heidi had a beautiful summery pinwheels top going together with its lavender sashing, so pretty!

Eleanor was working on a dramatic blue and white block, but I forgot to ask her what the name of it is. Looking great, Elle!

Maureen was doing a scrappy brights block that is like a miniature crazy quilt in each block.

I think that it was a jelly roll option from one of the Missouri Star Quilt Company patterns.

When Beverly had seen my piano keys border she decided that she liked it so much that she would put piano keys borders onto her brights log cabin variation.

Beverly had gotten a lot done on it already at home and we all admired how it is coming out for her!

Our mascot, "Yoda" was very well-behaved and a perfect gentleman when his Puppy Mom, Beverly, took him outdoors for his constitutional.

Yoda loves people but he wiggles so much that its hard to take his picture, LOL! Here's the best one I got of him.

As for me, I have two Scrappy Jacob's Ladders going at once, one in brights, and one in traditional fabrics.

On Thursday night at home, I finished up the last of the 36 blocks that I needed for the traditional one, and I love the big table spaces at The Golden Gese for the layout of the blocks.

If this were log cabin blocks, this diamond-looking layout above would be called "Sunshine & Shadows." As a Scrappy Jacob's Ladder, I have no idea if it has its own name for this layout. Please let me know if you've heard of it called something else, I'd love to know.

I worked steadily on sewing the 36 blocks into rows and got my 6 rows put together before it was time to quit for the day.

Happy sewing!

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