Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall Flurry of Activity

This past weekend was filled with life and celebrations as Felix attended his 50th Attleborough High School Reunion.

We had a great time!

Now we are delighted to be back home safely because driving through the greater Boston metropolis to get there sure was nerve-wracking. We aren't used to such high-speed closely-packed traffic for 3 hours. Felix drove and I prayed.

His cousin, Dianna, welcomed us into her pretty home to spend the night and go home the next day. Thank you, Dianna, for your gracious hospitality!

I wanted Dianna to have a quilt that I had made, but shipping is so expensive that this trip was the perfect opportunity to present it to her.

This is the one she received, amidst many hugs and a few tears of joy!!!

There is nothing more heart-warming to a quilter like me than being able to give a quilt that they have made to someone who truly appreciates it.

Before we went down to Massachusetts for the reunion, I did breeze into the Golden Gese Quilt Shop on 22 Liberty Street in Concord, New Hampshire to enjoy some sewing time.

Claire, below, was there with her daughter and was working on a binding for Darlene's quilt.

Sue, below, was having lots of good progress on her green, black, and buttercream colored quilt top. I think that these blocks are known as Hatchet Blocks in traditional circles.

Maureen had yet another block done for her Dutchman's Puzzle blocks.

That's looking good, Maureen!

Maureen also brought in a bunch of her lovely hydrangea blossoms for us to enjoy, and then she gave them to me to take home. Thanks so much, Maureen! Aren't they beautiful?

Barbara from Maine, was doing a wee bit of hand applique of clouds onto the sky of her Airplanes small quilt.

 Nice even stitches, there, Barbara! I love the metallic silver thread that you used to make the "movement lines" around the propellers!

Marianne, below, had finished up her Harley Davidson quilt top, all made with bricks. and showed it for us to admire.

It is so smooth and evenly stitched, nice work, Marianne!!!

Meanwhile, I was working on trimming the backsides of my all-neutral string blocks and wound up giving a lesson on how to make string blocks to a young man who came in with a quilt shop customer.

 We all had fun looking at how the string blocks can be arranged in patterns.

Diamonds, and then we tried chevrons and "W's".

But everybody liked the diamonds best! Notice that we chomped enough chocolate to need to open the second dispenser, LOL!

Lastly, let me again make my apologies to Jennifer, from Freecycle, who had come to the shop to meet up with me. She was hoping to receive a gift of extra fabric from my deep stash. Yikes! I had forgotten to bring the bag of goodies for her, so we'll try again next Friday.  I am so sorry, Jennifer!

Happy quilting!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Reclaiming One Orphan

When I was pressing some newly made "Twinkler" blocks a few weeks ago, the phone rang and I  absent-mindedly set a pressed block onto a pile of freshly folded laundry, and then carried it up the stairs and got the phone call.

That twinkler block had landed by chance upon a bright red solid Tee shirt that was old and worn. As I came back from the phone call, I admired the combination and wondered about putting the two together permanently.

Today, I carefully spray starched a ¼" turned-under raw edge on all four sides of the twinkler block, laid it over a matching sized scrap of batting and pinned the whole business at one inch intervals to the front of the Tee shirt.

After sewing it down all around the outer edges with topstitching, I outline quilted the star itself. Now I'm so happy with the whole effect!

Linking up with Love Laugh Quilt on Monday Making! Link.

Happy quilting!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Marvelous Marden's

Saturday was a planned stash-enhancing experience.

Sue, below, from The Sunshine Club on Tuesdays at the Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center, volunteered to drive me to Marden's department store in Sanford, Maine.

The store is part of a small independent chain that sells everything and it is all deeply discounted.

They are only in Maine, and not every store has a fabric department like this one does. There are aisles of bolts arranged by colors in a veritable rainbow.

The 100% cotton quilting fabrics are mostly quilt shop quality and priced at $4.49 or $4.99 per yard.

Above is the gal who cut my selections and she then very nicely took my picture of me holding my new loot.

I picked out several creamy neutrals and a tan that were all in half yard increments, and a yard each of a Robyn Pandolf blue floral and a red cretonne by Maywood Studios.

My tab was under $35, wow! And that even included some new dog toys for Miss Emma Lynne!

Happy quilting! (Or chewing, as the case may be.)

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Friday Fun!

Fresh clean mountain air just invigorates me and makes me feel like quilting!! Here's what was going on with the Friday Quilters with Claire at The Golden Gese Quilt Shop at 22 Liberty Street in Concord, New Hampshire.

Darlene, below, had joined us downstairs to work on her Rail Fence set on point in beautiful Civil War reproduction fabrics.

I love that she's used only tans and deep creams and no whites to give the Patriotic look a colonial twist. So homey looking!

Sue was back from her travels to Israel and Palestine and back to work on her greens, blacks, and buttercream yellows. So pretty!

Sue also was giving some final details of instruction to Beverly, who was making more microwave bowl potholders.

Soon Bev had it figured out!

Soon these two halves got sewn together with right sides facing each other. They are so cute and so practical, too!

I was resuming my efforts on my third Scrappy Jacob's Ladder, but I left early when, yikes!, I ran out of units from my swap groups. No problem, the September batch will soon be arriving in my mailbox!

Thursday was a bit of fun, too. Husband Wonderful, my Felix, joined me at the annual September Open House Gala at the Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center.

We enjoyed a big hearty Roast Pork & Gravy dinner with butternut squash and red bliss mashed potatoes with a side dish of apple crisp. The meal was a $2 donation per Senior, $6 per adult.

There was even live entertainment with a lady Canadian singer who was wonderful.

What made us laugh the most was the buffet style dessert table that had tangerine "pumpkins" with a wee bit of celery as their stems. So clever!

And how about these trays of Black Sheep Cupcakes? LOL! Adorable!

Or maybe you'd prefer Pretzel Moose Cupcakes??

We had a wonderful time and the Spanish Club put on a very entertaining skit for us, too!

On the way home, we stopped off to buy a gallon jug of 2% milk for our house, but these just jumped into my cart and insisted on coming home with me! Does this ever happen to you?

I'm linking to Love Laugh Quilt Link.
Happy quilting!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Lost & Found

Lovely, fresh, invigorating cool air has returned to New Hampshire!!! Wheeee, it's quilt weather!

Below is Sue, working on her Easy Hourglass Blocks and making great progress on them at the Alton Senior Center where we sew.

Below you can see me, sewing on my little Scotland-made Singer Featherweight sewing machine that I named, "Scottie."

In the foreground above, you can also see Beverly is working on her tee shirt quilt. I have taken a break from the hourglass blocks to work on my third Scrappy Jacob's Ladder blocks. For those of you who might be newly visiting here, I'll shamelessly show off my two completed Scrappy Jacob's Ladders.

Above is the first one in the "Barnraising" layout with the red Stewart plaid flannel backing.

Below is the second one in the "Sunshine & Shadows" layout with the blue plaid flannel backing.

I have two adult nieces and one nephew and this series is dedicated to them.

Back at home, I'm very pleased to have finally finished my stack of 144 quadrants for the quilt that I'm making for my house-boarders, Matthew and Bella.

These units are 6½" square and four of them are sewn together to form the 12½" unfinished block.

It is my adaptation of Kim Brackett's pattern called "Scrap Basket Blues," from her book, Scrap Basket Surprises.

If you love 2½" strips as much as I do, this is a wonderful pattern book! Go buy a copy to replace the one that you can't find in all your own rubble, LOL!

I'm working hard, as I assemble those quadrants, to mix up the units for better "random" scrappiness.
Random, indeed, harumph!!

My own household is awash in too-much stuff, but I love it all and refuse to weed it. Consequently, I went for over a week looking for this padded mailer pouch that contains my carefully hoarded 1½ inch strips from swaps. You can't imagine the angst I suffered when it was missing in action! Yeay,
it's found!

Can there be another Log Cabin lurking in there? Hmmm.

Lastly, I'm trying to post a file from Maureen of her photo taken with Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company for you. But the file was read-only so I wasn't able to edit it to rotate it.

Hooray! The photo righted itself! So that is Maureen on the left, and Jenny Doan on the right.

Nice retreat photo!

Happy Quilting!

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