Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sunshine News

Yesterday was our first real staying snow of the season, yippee! It really started to make it feel like winter.

The roads were terrible and our fun Senior's Yoga class was cancelled so we stayed in and were safe.

Later in the day it stopped snowing and we used the last remaining daylight to sweep the windshields clear and plow. While it was stormy, I got out this quilt that Felix has been using for his favorite nap  quilt.

It had gone without a label for almost a year and a half, so I made this one and stitched it onto the quilt. Click to enlarge if you like.

This is a picture of the Shenandoah Valley quilt when it was done last year, so that you can see the whole thing.

It was a great way to use a jelly roll with a couple of coordinating charm packs and it finished at 66" by 82" for a nice twin sized quilt.

By this morning's sun, the driveway and roads had cleared, so I got to go to The Sunshine Club over at the Alton, New Hampshire, Senior Center.

Sue and Mary were working on layering the pieced backing for Mary's string quilt.

There was lots of checking sizes and smoothing.

Soon there was a quilt sandwich!

They worked on pin basting the layers together with some success.

But a few puckers needed to be corrected. Mary is still not certain if she'd like to tie, machine quilt, or hand quilt this pretty top.

I did a little more distance on my binding of Summer Poppies and was thrilled to have turned the last corner!!

When I got home, it was fun to get a package in the mailbox from Joann's of one of their super duper online-only thread specials!

These were half price 3000 meter cones in cream colored 100% cotton and I paid $10.49 each with discounted shipping at $1.99 for the two cones. Good deal!! They were made in Greece, who knew?

Here and there at home, I've had great fun piecing some more blocks for various projects like that churn dash.

Also, there were some of the split 9-patches to go with the 6" churn dashes, too.

They always look so nice when they've just been pressed flat with an iron and starch, after only finger pressing during construction.

And I may have mentioned it before, but I am up to 30 blocks made of my 8" quarter Square Triangle blocks. That's half way to what I need, so I'm still picking out reds and creams for more.

My very limited attention span loves my freedom to jump from project to project and never be bored with one thing. All in all, it was a great day! I hope you had fun, too!

Happy quilting!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Staying Sane Through The Silly Season

I am enough.
I am enough.
I am enough.

This is a sustaining and life affirming positive statement. We all need to tell ourselves this, over and over, at this time of the year. Please let's not allow the Holidays to make us crazy with unrealistic expectations!

That being said, on Friday, we had a lovely time sewing at the Golden Gese Quilt Shop on 22 Liberty Street in Concord, New Hampshire.

Shop owner, Nancy, wants to remind everybody that December 12-17th from 10am to 5 pm is her 30th Anniversary SALE!!!!! That's right, 30 years in the business and she is offering us 30% off everything in the shop (except for consignment items and the sale corner markdowns). Wheeee!

Maureen and Beverly, seen below, were looking at Maureen's planned microwavable bowl potholders.

Beverly just got back her special wall hanging from the quilter and it's lovely!

Now it's trimmed and ready for a binding, but can you see those cool dragonflies? Click to enlarge.

Jan, seen below, was getting her layers made for her gorgeous Christmas table runner.

Jeanne, below, was sharing her big finish of the Easy Hourglass Quilt all done in earth toned batiks and it's a show-stopper quilt!!!

As for me, I put together a set of two pillowcases, not shown, and poked along on the hand hemming of my binding on the Summer Poppies quilt.

If you'd  like an easy and refreshing recipe for a beverage, try this: Half diet Cranberry-mango juice mixed with half raspberry flavored seltzer water over ice. You can add a splash of vodka, or not.

There's always a simple pleasure to share with a friend; just ask Miss Emma Lynne and her cat buddy, Miss Tanner!

Linking up to Busy Hands. Link.
Linking up to Can I Get A Whoop, Whoop? Link.
Linking up to Oh Scrap! Link.
Linking up to Love Laugh Quilt. Link.
Linking up to Em's Scrapbag. Link.

Happy sewing!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Midnight Blues

Yesterday was Matthew's 27th birthday. I presented him with his quilt right there at the recycling center where he works and Felix snapped this picture. Matthew was so happy!

It was cold and windy so we did not open it up but here are some pictures that I took of the quilt when it was finished earlier this year.

This is a big queen at 87" square and it boasts a very warm flannel backing.

It is all scrappy blues and creams with one cream that kinda reads as a red for a pop of unexpected color.

I free hand quilted this myself in the hearts and loops pattern on a rented longarm.

The pattern was my adaptation of Kim Brackett's wonderful instructions from her book, Scrap Basket Surprises. I added the piano key border, too.

May Matthew enjoy many more years to come with his new quilt!

When we are able to shower the people we love with love, like in the James Taylor song, it makes it all worthwhile!

Linking up to Em's Scrapbag. Link.
Linking up to Love Laugh Quilt. Link.

Happy quilting!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have so much to be grateful for at my house and offered up a prayer of thanks at our breakfast for all our blessings.

It has been a fun morning piecing, too! I did a couple more of those small HST's to use in the split 9-patches.

 These two are sewn but not pressed yet with my starch mix.

Since it's spitting snowflakes outdoors, I'm happy to be inside.

Another bit of progress was made last night when I cut some Quarter Square Triangles from 4½" red and cream strips using the Companion EZ ruler for 8" finished blocks.

It is important to make these using all the same orientation so that you do not get mirror images. I like to stack all my lights on top to go through the machine, sewing down the short side.

There is a little give to them even though it's not on the bias. Whoops! Yes, it is on the bias!!

As I work on chain stitching them, I do some finger pressing with the dark side up after they are stitched.

Then the two halves are put together to make one whole QST.

This way you are assured that the lights and darks alternate in the block.

I need 60 of these so I'll be at it a while, LOL!

There will be several different red and cream fabrics in the quilt to mix it up a bit.

Pictured above are some of those luscious Paula Barnes Heritage Reds that Grace had sent me for my birthday a while back. Thanks again, Grace!

I hope that you each can think of something that you are grateful for in your life and have a very happy Thanksgiving!
Later in the day, this popped out of our oven!

It was delicious!

Turkey casserole soon!

Linking up to Oh Scrap! Link.

Happy sewing!

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