Saturday, July 22, 2017

Staying Cool

Here's a quick peek of what's been going on over at The Sunshine Club at the Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center. Mary continues to make progress on her hand quilting project of scrappy double four patches.

Meb had some nice potholders to sew plastic rings onto for hanging and they look great!

Sue decided that it would be faster to just tie her quilt and got it all done in one week. Now she's working on the binding in a solid brown cotton.

As for me, I stabbed along for a few needles' worth of hand hemming the binding on my little red string quilt.

Then, on Friday, at the Golden Gese Quilt Shop in Concord, New Hampshire, Maureen had another beautifully embroidered Navy seal on a mini flag wall hanging. So cute!

Sue was working on some hourglass blocks in a Christmas fabric that is from Australia, so it has zero snow included.

Here's what the block looks like opened up. Nice work, Sue!

I did some pressing of my log cabin medallions.

Then I was able to sew the cream print inner borders onto the top and remembered to ask Maureen to help me measure the top. Right now it is about 64" square.

 That's a little small, so I'm planning some scrappy piano key borders for it.

Hope you can stay cool and dry and have some fun quilting!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Quilty News

There was lots of fun over at the Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center on Tuesday as we met after a nice breakfast there. We often spill into the big room and use the ping pong table for layouts.

Sue was sandwiching her layers of a big quilt that she plans to hand quilt and it looks terrific!

Mary has hers in the hoop and is making steady progress as you can see.

This looks good as she quilts along!

I was cutting and measuring the red outer borders for my Starstruck quilt and everything was a jumble as I took this picture.

The fabric is a Paula Barnes design from her Heritage Reds line from Marcus Brothers.

Miss Tanner likes to lay out in the afternoon shade on the table on my deck.

On Friday, the quilters at the Golden Gese Quilt Shop were all very impressed with Maureen's big finish as she did the binding.

Maureen owns an embroidery machine and she tried a metallic gold thread to emblazon her label with dazzling results.

Also at the next session of the Friday group, there was a whole lot of Half Square Triangles being made by Sue for a Christmas star medallion quilt. Good going, Sue!

Maureen made an embroidered star flag that is so cute!

She's also working on a set of four placemats that are octagonal.

After a few false starts due to "pilot error" on rethreading my Singer Featherweight, I was able to complete sewing those red outer borders onto my Starstruck top. Yippee!

Thank you, Maureen, for your help in getting a photograph of me with it and then folding it up.

We forgot to measure it, but it it quite large and I think that it is around 88" or 90" square.

Mr. Tipper welcomed me home by lifting one eyelid as he napped in the shade.

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! We enjoyed fireworks by the lake and fed a few mosquitoes but had a great time! Big juicy burgers with all the trimmings are on tap for our supper. Yummy!
Last Friday, at the Golden Gese Quilt Shop, Claire had a wonderful finish of her scrappy tumblers. Yeay, Claire!

Sue was working on some summery garden fabrics that are so pretty!

Beverly got the last row assembled of her navy blue and white Hunter's Star and spread it out to be photographed.

But, wait, something is off kilter here! Two rows have mistakes. Poor Beverly!
This block is wrong.

This block is right.

Claire helped Beverly to see where she had sewn rows together wrong and Beverly will fix it. But oh, the disappointment! She was near tears. Nevermind, Beverly, fix it now and it will be forever right!

Maureen had a neat little patriotic piece that she is doing in traditional fabrics. Hooray for the red white and blue!

I just love those cheddar borders!

As for me, I mostly socialized but I cut and measured a couple of inner borders for my Starstruck top.

Have a safe and happy 4th!

Happy sewing!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Studio Time

Although I missed my usual session at the Golden Gese, I was able on Sunday to get over to Ellen Peters' quilting studio. Here is Ellen loading my little string quilt.

My quilting was very simple loop de loops for this busy quilt that only measures 50" by 60".

I love the bold graphics of this design that always reminds me of making God's Eyes with brightly colored bits of yarn and two sticks when I was a Girl Scout long ago and far away.

I used a pinky sort of beige for the quilting thread but I don't think that you can see it very well here.

The quilt was all done in about one hour, but I was glad because I was very tired. Today, Husband Wonderful did a fine job of rubbing liniment onto my sore shoulder muscles. Thank you, Honey!

Here is a shot of the backing of the quilt that shows the quilting better.

Ellen had completed her 16-patch with the black and white accents and it looks superb!

Linda, the gal who was also quilting her three quilts, kindly allowed me to photograph them so that you could take a peek.

She also did this precious baby quilt with a cuddly flannel backing.

And I loved her batik log cabin!

Back at the house, I wanted to show you my current state of progress on my Sunshine and Shadows Log Cabin. This is only the center, but you get the idea.

As for Mr. Tipper, he enjoys lolling about for his daily cat naps out on the deck.

He tried to roll over and almost fell off of the table top. Silly boy!

Hope you're having fun and quilting up a storm!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Summer Beauty

Some tummy upsets have held me back from very much progress this week, but I did get to the Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center on Tuesday to lay out my heartstring blocks.

Sue and Joyce were helping each other make some corrections on the pinwheels of Sue's baby quilt project.

Marjorie joined us and was working on her pretty pink and black yoyos.

With all the rain, I was able to get one sunny day to photograph my two matching quilts out on my clothesline.

Here is a close up of the fabrics and the quilting.

My rambling roses are so overgrown on the fence, but they do fill the whole yard with their beautiful rose scent!

As I walked by the huge mock orange bushes, a pretty swallowtail butterfly posed for me.

Hope you're having a good week and happy sewing to you!

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