Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Noodling Around

Today started out hot, muggy, and miserable but it ended with beautiful cool Canadian air. Wheeee! I put several yards of prewashed Civil War reproductions out on the clothesline and hoped that they might skip God's final rinse.

The Sunshine Club met at the Pearson Road Community Center also known as The Senior Center in Alton, New Hampshire.

We quilted and sewed and cut and we chomped some chocolate, too!

Sue had finished her Dresden Plate top and we all admired it!

Sue is also working on an original design with 4-Patches. Looking good, girl!

Bev, below, got lots done on her Tee-shirt quilt for her grandson's graduation next June.

Pauline, below, had to do a wee bit of "frog-stitching" (rip it, rip it!) but is doing very nicely at assembling the birdhouse blocks.

I worked on my Quilt As You Go strippy quilt, but alas, I got no pictures of it!

I did a few more of the Kim Brackett Scrap Basket Surprise quadrants and got them pressed when I got home.

I need 144 of these above units and now the count is up to 106 done, yippee!! I'll get there!

There were a few of those stars that came out to play, too.

You may click on any picture to enlarge it.

There was some free play in the scraps with the French Lavender potpourri to make some lovely sachets.

Out in the orchards of Park Hill Farm, the pear trees are heavily bearing their fruit. I own a very nice taxidermy piece of a hen Partridge. I put the two together to make this Partridge In A Pear Tree photo to use later this year as our Christmas card.

Oh, and then there's that pinwheel factory again, LOL!

Happy sewing!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Fabric Foraging & A Finish!

Yesterday I spent all day exploring cures for "Fiber-myalgia," as my Husband Wonderful laughingly calls it.

The Downstairs Gang from the Friday Quilters With Claire decided to take a road trip to explore a couple of fabric shops in Vermont.

First was "Quilt-A-Way" Fabrics in Westminster, Link, where owner, Carol stocks a huge selection of brights and batiks at rock bottom prices.

From left to right; Sue, Maureen, Beverly, and me (Victoria).

Carol not only gave us our Row By Row patterns, but also included a free pattern with a purchase for this handy potholder sleeve for a Corelle bowl in the microwave. Thank you, Carol!

We stopped at The Country Girl Diner in Chester, Vermont for a delicious meal and then went to our main goal for the trip, Country Treasures Quilt Shop which is also in Chester, Vermont. Link.

Although Country Treasures does not allow photos inside the shop to protect the pattern designs of the quilts on display, the front porch was fair game!

One of the owners even agreed to snap my moniker with my newly paid-for loot.

I loved shopping there and wished that I was going to live to be 120 years old for all the quilts that I want to make!

But before you say that all I do is buy fabric and never DO anything with it (there's my Mother's voice, God rest her soul!), let me celebrate the first day of August by showing you my big new finish!

Scrappy Jacob's Ladder II is done and all bound!

I love this quilt! It will be very hard to give it away to my worthless, but beloved, nephew, LOL!

You can see in the picture above that I chose to avoid the "turning-the-corner" difficulties of my 4-Patch pieced border by inserting one Half Square Triangle block. I love the way it solves the problem and it looks great.
My fabric choices were limited to traditional, Civil War, and some quieter florals and I'm very pleased with it.

You may click on any picture to enlarge it.

The setting for this one is different from my previous Scrappy Jacob's Ladder, as this one is "Sunshine & Shadows" rather than "Barnraising." Here is last year's edition for comparison.

This year's quilt has a 100% cotton blue flannel plaid backing.

The binding was a Judie Rothermel 25th Anniversary Album selection in a medium blue to go with that backing.

Hindsight is 20/20, they say, and I would probably choose a dark indigo binding if I were to do it over again. The light binding color tends to allow the viewer's eye to "fall off the edge" of the quilt, whereas a really dark note frames the edge with a "stop point."

Still, I don't mean to nitpick my own creation, it's just an observation for future reference.

I believe that this quilt is 83" by 83" so it's a nice queen sized quilt.

This post is being shared on Love Laugh Quilt, link.
and on Patchwork Times, link.
Ooops! and on Oh Scrap! too, link.
Don't forget the Binding Blitz over at JulieK quilts, too, link.

Happy quilting!

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A Little Change Of Plans

My momentum on the Barbara Brackman sew along for her "Stars In A Time Warp" is kept up by the thrill of the hunt through my stash for the right fabrics.

Today I have a  large scale Indigo for last week and my best efforts at a Lapis for this week.

If you haven't yet discovered her delightfully educational and fun blog, here is the link.

The above center panel was from an Indigo Crossing bundle that has sat idly by just screaming to be used!
Below is my feeble attempt to find any blue at all that isn't indigo. It is a vintage Old Green Cupboard selection worked with some random scraps that are mostly anonymous.

Please do notice that my cornerstones are from that marvelous hunk of Jo Morton cheddar that my dear friend Grace had sent to me.

Thanks, Grace!

I've been cutting a bit for some upcoming swaps of 5" charms to use as Tumblers in Bonnie K. Hunter's Tumbler Challenge. If you go to this link, there's lot of fun ideas for this quilt! Link.

When I can, I'll cut down my scraps from that tumbler cutting to a 4½" square to use for these 8½" Sawtooth Stars in their centers.

On Tuesday, at The Sunshine Club, Sue was very proud to show off her newly completed Leprechaun Quilt!! Nice finish, Sue!

Sue is also making great progress on her scrappy machine appliqued Dresden Plates blocks.

I left The Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center quilt meeting early to go to the Farmer's Wife sewing group down in Milton, New Hampshire at The Evergreen Quilt Shop.

Alas! Our hostess, Camille had to cancel the meeting at the last minute due to a sick cat that needed a trip to the veterinarian. I'm happy to report that her Miss Emily is doing much better now.

Milton is close to Rochester, New Hampshire, so I popped in to visit Kelly at The Footprints Quilt Shoppe. Grabbed up a fistful of pretty new neutrals and headed back home for the AC!

I hope that you can stay cool wherever you are and quilt on!

Happy sewing!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Celebrations of Fabric

Over the weekend, I enjoyed receiving a tantalizing manila pouch in the mail from my very dear friend, Grace. It contained two delicious cheddars by Jo Morton!! THANK YOU, Grace!!

When I opened the pouch, there was a hunk of brown lying about and I kinda liked them together, so we'll see what develops.

Saturday was the 20% off sale at the Keepsake Quilting Retail Store that I like to call, "The Mothership."

I picked out some lovely one yard rolls of precut Civil War selections for $5.99 regular price, but with the sale discount were $4.80.

Here are the rolls.

That one chintz in the middle roll was really yummy and will go for something very special!

The cut yardage was half yard hunks of some neutrals and a yard of a Judie Rothermel Inkwell red from Marcus Brothers.

The blue floral neutral right beside the red was a Barbara Brackman Union Blues for Moda.

Since I had to go directly past The Quilted Frog Quilt Shop in Weirs Beach, Laconia, New Hampshire, I stopped in for a quick visit there, too.

Owner Jodi welcomed me with a free Row by Row Experience pattern and sold me a gorgeous tan floral by Edyta Sitar for Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda.

My real celebration was because I was able to drive my own car again. That's right, "The Road Warrior" is up and running!!!! Yeehaw! My 1989 Mercury Marquis is my treasure and I've missed her for the past 2 months, so it's great to have her back.

Mr. Tipper didn't care. But as a cat, he is bound by union rules to act in a completely nonchalant manner.

Enjoy celebrating whatever is good today!

Happy sewing!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Quilting the Mystery

Thursday and Friday were a whirlwind of quilty fun!

I did go to The Golden Gese Quilt Shop at 22 Liberty Street in Concord, New Hampshire and sewed with the Downstairs Gang. Here are Beverly and Sue seen below.

Beverly was working on a new Drunkard's Path with modern prints.

Sue was cutting out pieces for the quilt pictured on the wall in the photo below.

Her colors are greens, creams, and blacks, and I teased her about her fancy water bottle matching her quilt, LOL!

Maureen and Sue, below, were having fun looking at each other's projects and we all chomped a little chocolate, too.

Just look at Maureen's batiks!!!

The colors are so vibrant!

My project was sewing my little Quilt As You Go donation quilt. It is made from strips of Moda's Country Orchard line of scrap bags and I did do some supplementing of the strips from my stash.

Aside from my Civil War fabrics, I'm also a sucker for any pretty floral and I have a distinct weakness for Robyn Pandolf romantics.

On Thursday I was able to book the Cat's Whiskers Studio to rent time on the big longarm. Here is Ellen helping me by loading my Grand Illusion.

One of my benefactors, Ila, had sent me a polyester batting of Thinsulate in a queen size. I had been hoarding it for a special occasion. This was it!!! THANK YOU, Ila!!!

Ellen and I were very pleased that this bat had a sturdy scrim that held up very well as we were loading it. There was no stretching or separating with "thin spots." This quilt will be warm and lightweight.

The quilting took me 2½ hours in an edge-to-edge loops and hearts free style that I truly enjoy doing.

The thread that I chose was a rather plain buff or cocoa color. OMG, I can't get away from thinking in chocolate colors even when describing thread, LOL! Thank you, Ellen, for all your help!

I used three bobbins and I kinda hurried my way along so that I could take our one running car to get Husband Wonderful to the Vision Center at the Concord, New Hampshire Walmart for his routine eye exam.

Grand Illusion has been a work in progress since mid November of 2014 when Bonnie K. Hunter first set out the clues for her now-famous annual mystery.

Thank you so very much, Bonnie, for this gorgeous design!! If you'd like to make this oh-so-worth-it quilt, here is the link to the $8 digital pattern. Link. It's a show stopper!

It was hectic, but Mr. Tipper, out on the shady deck, reminded me to take the time to relax!

I am linking up to Oh, Scrap! linky party so hop on over and see what's cooking there! Link.

 Happy Sewing!

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