Friday, July 3, 2015

Run Away And Quilt!

Hooray! We managed to get one car rolling again! So what did I do? Why, run away and quilt, of course!
I took a UFO that I sewed together last summer and ran to Ellen Peters' Cat Whiskers Quilting Studio to rent some time on her longarm. Here is Ellen loading my Shenandoah Valley quilt top onto her machine for me.

This quilt top was made using a Jelly Roll and a couple of Charm Packs, or was it one Charm Pack?

I'm pretty sure that it is Nancy Gere for Windham who designed the fabric line. I sewed the Jelly Roll the standard way and then put the charms around the border.

As I laughed and joked with Ellen, it's all Missouri Star Quilt Company's fault! I love their Daily Deals and I get sucked into buying too many of them, LOL! Here I am, quilting along with simple loop-de-loops.

I had pieced my backing from some end cuts of 108" backing material that I'd bought on sale from Thousands Of Bolts And Only One Nut online.

Here's some of the quilting. I had chosen a variegated brown thread that I think was called Lava.

The center of the quilt was Shenandoah Valley Patriot, which is a Red, White, and Blue theme in the Civil War reproduction fabrics, but the Charm Packs were Shenandoah Valley Complete, which adds some purples and greens into the mix.

After about two hours of intense but fun quilting, my quilt was coming off the machine!

The top alone was 66" by 86", so it's a nice twin or a generous sized throw for couch potatoes like me.

The day was pleasant and clear, so when I got home, I found my kneeling pad and asked my Husband Wonderful to take my picture for you.

I trimmed and enjoyed the light breezes, but I totally forgot to take a complete picture of the backing.

What I do have for you are a couple of shots of the folded and trimmed quilt showing the quilting on the backing.

Then I remembered to take the flash off the camera to see the shadows better.

This was no stress, no hassle quilting of humming along and getting it done. I loved it! Not all of my problems are solved, but it sure was fun to run away and quilt for a few hours.

Happy Quilting!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Complexity And Simplicity

My complete reliance upon modern technology leaves me feeling overwhelmed when everything breaks down at once.
A simple clogged drain resulted in five days of using my bathroom sink to wash up kitchen utensils and pots and pans.
Dirty fuel heating oil that simply clogged my furnace resulted in no hot water unless the downstairs reset button was pushed repeatedly.
A popped-out-of-alignment rear hatch window that caused the car's computer to keep the dome lights running and weakened the car's battery resulted in no running vehicle.
My oven's bake-element having burned out and the part being on order resulted in no baking for meals.
Eeeek! All my stuff is broken! I'm healthy and happy, but geez, one thing at a time, please!

My sewing machine is running perfectly. I'm grateful.

Quick, think of something in your own life for which to be grateful!

Happy sewing!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Good Things

Now that the torrential rains have cleared away the muggy air, we are blessed with bright sunny dry air that is lovely. I took my photo opportunities outdoors. First is this wonderful prize that I won for entering the Binding Blitz on Julie K's blog.

The creams and tans bundle of Fat Quarters are all Civil War and there are six of them! Wheee! THANK YOU, so very much, Julie!!

 All you need to do to join the Binding Blitz, is to finish binding a quilt, photograph it, and hook up onto the Linky Party on her blog at the end of each month.

Speaking of Civil War reproduction fabrics, I used these for my next Stars in a Time Warp block for Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sew Along. Link.

The chintz in the center of the block actually doesn't have the fine machine engraving in the background, but the pinks do. It is a compromise, but I love the way the block came out!

You may click on any picture to enlarge it.

We had fun at the Senior Center in Alton, New Hampshire at our weekly Sunshine Club meeting. We all laughed when the weather was pouring rain!!

Beverly brought in some Hersey's Milk Chocolate Nuggets WITH ALMONDS, so we all felt like a nut as we chomped our chocolates!

A very important visit was Wednesday, when I saw my very dear friend, Frances, who is to be released from the hospital and is going into a local well-run nursing home. Frances was 99 on March 9th of this year and we're all rooting for her to make 100!

Love that impish grin! You go, girl!!!

Happy sewing!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

A Cool Breeze!

A gloriously cool, dry, breeze-filled summer's day blessed us on Friday. It energized me and I was happy to go to The Friday Quilter's With Claire at The Golden Gese Quilt Shop on 22 Liberty Street in Concord, New Hampshire.

Here is Claire herself holding up her sweet Sea Turtles in Batiks top.

You can see that Claire's smile is wonderful, but my camera is NOT capturing the sea green turquoise color of the batiks in her borders. They are much more beautiful in person!

Claire was also putting together some packets for the shop's owner, Nancy, for the Row-By-Row Experience shop hop. Aren't these little printed patches cute?

Barbara from Maine was sewing busily, or should I say, she was UN sewing?

But she did hold up the almost-finished row from last year with the cute flip flops and starfish!

Barbara's Civil War Churn Dash variation got completed as a top and we were all excited to see how beautifully it came out!

Setting the rows diagonally on point was a big job, but Barbara made it look easy!

I absolutely love these Civil War reproduction fabrics!

Maureen, below, was helping Beverly, who was working on piecing a backing for her modern greys and yellows Illusion quilt top.

There was much smoothing, lining up, trimming, and pinning to get it, "just so!"

We all cheered and did a Happy Dance when it came out perfectly!

Marianne was upstairs and making great progress on her Scrappy Dresden Plate blocks. Way to go, Marianne!!!

Maureen, below, was working on some really bright batiks with her curved templates.

As for me, I was doing a little "Sewing Without Thread" on Scottie, my Scotland-made Singer Featherweight. Uh oh, time to thread a bobbin!!!

After some fooling around, I finally remembered how to wind a bobbin on the Featherweight and I soon was back to those perfect little stitches. I got scrappy lights sewn into an inner border for all around my Scrappy Jacob's Ladder top. Got it pressed, too!

After I got those borders on and pressed, Maureen helped me measure my top so far. It was a perfect 76" square!! Yippeee!!! Don't you love it when things go just right?

Happy sewing!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

In The Pink

After learning that my very dear friend, Frances was in the hospital for a bout with the norovirus, I picked some field daisies and brought them to her. She was glad to see me but I did not stay long so as not to tax her strength.

My blue flags are already pretty much gone by but they were glorious and I love seeing their intense cobalt blue.

Barbara Brackman's discussion this week was a continuation of chintzes and a wonderful tracing of the history of the term "blotchy" and "blotch." I chose the closest that I had to a tea ground chintz and had a ball making the block! If you'd like to see more of Brackman's blog it is at Civil War Quilts.

The fabrics were just off the clothesline, does that mean that they were hanging around?? LOL!

The tea-ground chintz in the center of my block was a Windham by Nancy Gere from her First Ladies line.

No halos from poor registration and a little hint of purple tints and some golds in the flowers.

We had some fun for the Continental Breakfast at The Sunshine Club yesterday over at the Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center.

Sue, below right, was quilting a couple more rows on her green Leprechaun Quilt, while Bev, below left, was organizing her tee shirts for her grandson's graduation quilt for next year.

I had brought along my rows of Scrappy Jacob's Ladder blocks and was joining them up into a top.

I love my little Singer Featherweight that I named, "Scottie" because it was made in Scotland for the Canadian market so it is AC current. When I joined these Scrappy Jacob's Ladder blocks together, I chose the Sunshine & Shadows layout and I'm very pleased with the results!!!

Over the weekend, I had gotten the last of my Civil War Shirtings and Backgrounds swaps bagged and tagged.

It felt wonderful to get them all into the mail for Monday. It's a great feeling to be ahead of schedule!!

I'm still poking along on a few "Bonus Triangle" pinwheel blocks. It's a great little Leader/Ender project.

But my main focus on piecing is the quilt for Matthew in blues and creams. I may have to break down and start counting how many quadrant units I've made, LOL! I know I need a bazillion. These are from Kim Brackett's Scrap Basket Surprises book, which I absolutely love.

To end this post, I'll leave you with an image or two of the lupines that I planted on the scrubby, unmowable hillside in front of the farm.

It is my reminder to myself that just when you think that nothing will ever work out, something goes wonderfully right!

Look! Look! There is even a PINK one!

Stay calm and sew on!

Happy sewing!

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