Thursday, June 30, 2016

This 'N' That

There were lots of gray skies that promised rain but  then refused to deliver more than a few spits. And that dampened the grass just enough so that Husband Wonderful couldn't mow it. The hay field reigns.

We had a fun time at The Sunshine Club at the Alton, New Hampshire Senior Center chomping a few chocolates and chatting as we sewed. Below is Sue with her stack of new FQ's from Joann's, wheee!

Diane, seen below, had brought several more of the Hearts To Help blocks to be sent to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild for the victims' families. Thank you!

If you are new here, this is what the Hearts Blocks look like and here is the link to make them in the 10½" size. Link.

I did a little mindless sewing of 5" charms into two-sies for later making into 4-patches. Not much progress to see here yet, but these were the Moda, Collections For A Cause line by Howard Marcus in the "Nurture" series. Here's a link if you want to gaze at how pretty the fabric is: Link.

A more graphic form of eye candy is this next peek of how my layout for the Jewel Box blocks is coming along. This was my first effort.

Nice, but I disliked the bright white block in towards the center, so I moved it out a ways.

It's still a work in progress. I must keep the bedroom door shut so that Miss Emma Lynne doesn't come racing in with her tennis ball in her mouth and slide all over the place, LOL!

In another arena, I'm expanding my neutrals quilt project. Once again, I readied some unbleached muslin, prewashed, line dried, and touched it up with an iron. This is the last of a Joann's coupon/sale bolt that I'd bought in 2010 or 2011 for $1.50 per yard. We'll never see those prices again, I fear!

My neutrals string blocks project now needs 19 more blocks, and I got an even 20 foundations cut for them in the 10½" size.

A big shout-out of "THANK YOU!!!" to my friend and fellow stashbuster, Teresa in Texas, for her gift of a box positively jammed with more neutral strings!

So I sewed a few strings onto those foundations just for fun.

Below, you'll see that I may regret choosing to use that one strip from my own scrapbasket that kinda reads like a red, but hey, it's in there now.

There were four blocks that I got sewn and I was pleased with them.

Miss Tanner, my lady kitty, has taken possession of my little cedar slats container on the deck. She thinks it's perfect to use for a daybed in the pleasant afternoon shade. Respectfully, I refrained from planting any annuals in that one container.

Linking up to Oh Scrap! Link.

Happy sewing!


Janet O. said...

The "Nurture" line is very pretty.
Love how the jewel box is coming along.
Nice of you to let the kitty have the planter--hey, one less thing to weed and water, right? : )

cityquilter grace said...

very pretty strings project!....

gayle said...

Your neutral strings look like they're a fun project, and very soothing to work on. I've lot track of how many blocks you're making.
I love those little jewel boxes, too. Almost as much fun to lay out as log cabin blocks!

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Your Jewel Box quilt will definitely be a real jewel and I love the idea of neutral strings. How we love our pets. Happy stitching to you!

Wendy Caton Reed said...

Fun, fun, fun! I don't think I have ever mentioned how much I love the name of your group! Keep up the good work.

judyquilts said...

I'm loving your Jewel Box quilt, a great idea for a scrap quilt. Also, looking forward to watching progress on your neutral strings project.

Kat said...

Your scrappy string blocks are looking fantastic!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

You've been busy! I love the Jewel Box quilt! I love how simple blocks can make such amazing designs.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I am really looking forward to seeing more string blocks. I love the touch of red in them! Thanks for sharing all your projects with Oh Scrap!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

The "planted" kitty makes a great addition to your patio! Must try making a string quilt!

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