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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy RED! And White and Blue, too!

Happy Independence Day to all my friends in the USA!  I hope you are having fun today (or tomorrow, like us) with friends and family!

To celebrate the month of July in our Rainbow Scrap Challenge, Angela has declared RED as the color of the month. That means we are attacking our red scraps with extra gusto.  Here is the first of my wonky red log cabins for the month:


I plan to do 5 red blocks in all so they will be in the center and all 4 corners of the quilt. In fact, I worked out a new plan for my quilt, which I will share later in the week when all the participants will be encouraged to share their mid-year progress.  I can`t wait!

And to show that although I was a slacker posting my blocks for June in a timely manner, at least I did them. June`s color was light blue and/or green/blue (aqua).  When we did blues in January, it was just medium to dark blues, so these were a welcome foray back into the blue scrap bin.


I am really loving the aqua/teal one above, and will likely do one more. In fact, it may replace the light blue one (below) in the quilt. The light blue just does not speak to me, and I think it will look rather wimpy against all the other saturated colors of these blocks. 


But if it is not included, it can always become a pillow or something. I will just have to put on my thinking cap.

If you have scraps (and what quilter worth her salt doesn’t?), why not join us today over at Scrappy Saturday ??

Hugs,
Cathy maroon
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Farm Girl Vintage Retreat and Blocks

I had a blast last week attending a sewing retreat hosted by Thimbles and Threads (a local quilt shop) featuring Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet.  Lori is a local fabric celebrity and designer for Riley Blake Fabrics. Her new line, Modern Minis is to die for! And since I am participating in the Farm Girl Fridays sew-along, this was a great chance to meet ladies who came to Utah to participate.  What a blast!

But let me backtrack a few moments and get caught up with other things. This will be a picture-heavy post.

I am lucky that I get to have my granddaughter Lauren every other Monday throughout the summer. She loves to sew and has been sewing for about a year, since I gave her a sewing machine for her birthday in April of 2014.  Last week when she was here, she made herself a tote bag out of this cute pink guitar fabric I surprised her with. She is taking lessons from her granddad (my ex-hub, Scott) and the bag will be useful to carry her music in.


Lauren and I also made zip pouches from a tutorial we watched from Missouri Star Quilt Company. They turned out so cute. Hers has the red stripe and mine is the pink horsey Tula Pink fabric. It is the perfect size to carry my travel iron in!

sorry for the blur.....
Another fun thing for me was that I was able to acquire, quite unexpectedly and rather inexpensively, a complete set of Pyrex Cinderella bowls in the Gooseberries pattern. They are highly sought after by collectors and are over 50 years old. Pristine condition!


Next up are the two blocks I created for week 8 of the Farm Girl Fridays quilt-along.

Farmhouse

Farm Fresh Flower

So, on Wednesday evening, the Retreat began with Lori Holt giving us a trunk show of dozens of her recent quilts. She is unbelievably talented and prolific. The majority of the attendees of this, the 3rd and final weekly retreat, was mostly locals (as the hotel space was limited due to the Utah Arts Festival). But we did meet about a dozen fun ladies from other parts of the country, too!

Here my new friends Betty and Rae Ann introduce their long-time friend and quilty peep, Lori Holt.  

Interestingly, for both Lori and me, was that I brought pictures from 1976 in California when Scott (Flox, my ex-hub) and I were newly married and joining the LDS (Mormon) church. One of our missionary teachers (and the elder who baptized me) was Kelly Holt who lived in Riverton, UT.  I asked Lori if they were related, and she said Kelly was her (late) brother-in-law. I showed her pictures of Kelly from 1976 and the cake he baked (complete with taper candle stabbed through the center to hold the layers upright, LOL). We had a hug and took pictures so she could show her hubby and parents-in-law.  It was really quite a heartwarming moment. I am just so sad I waited too long to look him up....

Apple Quilt


Farmhouses and Trees

Large Farm Girl Sampler
Lori kept us busy with new block designs, as well as all sorts of inspiration, tips and tutorials.  Below is Penny Pig and a new apple block. 

Penny Pig and apple

Lori always sews on her featherweight. So cute!
We also learned how to use many of her blocks together in “mash-ups”. We learned and made two new tulip patterns and combined her Crops (leaves) blocks with other flower blocks to make wall hangings or table runners. Mine just needs to be (pressed, then) quilted and bound!

Table runner
Below is  (right) a postage-stamp 6” block inserted into a 12” star block. The block on the right is my Feed and Seed block for this week’s Farm Girl stitch along.


Fresh Pears block for this week’s stitch along
Two of the ladies that I hung out with were from my home state of California.  Erica is pictured below with a huge tractor block she made one night. Several of the ladies stayed up until the wee hours sewing!  Erica came with her friend Joanne, who was also a delight and an amazing sewist. But I did not get a pic of Joanne (sad face).


Some of Lori Holt’s pincushions

My pig pincushion poses with Penny Pig
My friend Wannell  shows the cute patchwork top she made for her watering can pin cushion. Wannell joined Erica, Joanne and me for lunch together every day.


So, wow, is that enough cuteness for you????  Whew! It makes me tired just looking at it all. But it was a great week; fun, productive and hot as hell (over 100 degrees F every day). 

This week I am working away at my scraps for June’s Rainbow Scrap Challenge (light blue) so that I can begin working on July’s color, RED!!    Have a lovely holiday weekend and a Happy Independence Day!


Cathy maroon
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Skirting the Issue

Another post, another finish!  This is a 2-piece skirt set that I made for my granddaughter London, who is 5 1/2. I bought the “ingredients” last summer, but never made it (made her a couple sundresses instead).

The pattern is called the Vivienne Skirt by Violette Field Threads . The ruffles (3 rows) are supposed to be sewn to a straight underskirt, but I chose to buy pre-made ruffles and add an elastic waistband so that they could be worn together or just the ruffles alone.



It looks rather wonky pinned up on my design board and would have looked cuter modeled by London herself. But Herself is not around so this will have to do. The color looks a bit greenish in the photo, but the underskirt is as bright yellow as the buttons.  Since there is nothing to indicate scale, this is a girls size 5-6.

This is my second finish for the 2nd Quarter 2015 Finish-Along hosted by Adrienne of On the Windy Side.  It was my goal #5.

I still hope to get the trim and finishing done on the black crazy quilt, but I will not be able to work on it until at least Sunday the 28th as I am attending a local retreat.

Until next time,

Cathy maroon
Sunday, June 21, 2015

Quilt Finish!


They don’t come often, but they are very welcome when they happen.......... quilt finishes.  I finally quilted and bound Bruce’s banjo quilt.


It finished out at about 55x68”, a nice sized throw.  The back was the orange ombre cotton from Riley Blake Fabrics that I found in the thrift store (an entire shrink-wrapped bolt worth). To that I added some fat quarter solids in oranges, red and blue down the back.  The binding is the Kona blue.


This is my Goal #2 finish for the 2015 Finish Along with Adrienne of On the Windy Side.


I have got more finishes to show, but they all need to be in individual posts for the Finish-Along rules.

Tomorrow I have my granddaughter Lauren (age 11) coming to visit for the day. We will do some sewing and baking and who knows what else. So I may not get around to posting again until Tuesday.

Blogger/Google has really messed up my blog, and in checking the Help and forums, I see that it is a widespread problem due to some updates. A lot of my sidebar stuff is gone, and I am in the process of reconstructing it.  Must get the CQI (Crazy Quilting International) link and logo back up, plus my Etsy shop link and some other things.  While I was working on that, I installed a new blog template because I was sick to death of the old one (which is still on my Etsy).

So, I will be back to you in a couple days!

Cathy maroon
Friday, June 19, 2015

Catching Up (or....Seduced by Instagram)

Hi all,  it has been a busy month for all of us I am sure. Here we saw school get out and the garden go in.  We have had family gatherings, a day spent at Plant Con (the local water conservancy district has wonderful gardens, displays and classes) and helped our grown kids move into new digs. As well, I did the local Utah Shop Hop with my cousins (nieces, really) and have been sewing my brains out.  Aha! you say..... that is where they went....

First, a couple pix from the Utah Shop Hop, where the theme this year was Quilts Over Broadway. Each of the 13-14 shops were themed after a Broadway play, like West Side Story, Grease, Paint Your Wagon, Wizard of Oz and Little Shop of Horrors.

Here we are (L-R: Kim, me, Jen) as Oz characters:


The highlight of our 2-day trip around the state to visit the shops was seeing lots of Lori Holt’s quilts displayed at Thimbles and Threads. And in fact, I will be attending a 3.5-day retreat there next week with Lori herself...


And, it’s time to post the Farmgirl blocks (from her book and above quilt) that I have worked on, two per week, for the last three weeks....


Churn Dash

Corn and Tomatoes
Cool Threads

Country Crossroads
Crops

Egg Basket
I have learned (from Crops, above) that these photograph much cleaner (straighter) when laying down rather than being hung by pins from my design board....

I’ve also sewn, but have not pictures of, a small ironing pad for my travel iron and a quilted mat for my sewing machine with pockets for scissors, etc.  Both of those will be used regularly here at home and also at the Retreat next week.

Garden News:  Two pix of my back yard showing our climbing roses and our garden grow boxes.  You can see how small the garden was about 3 weeks ago when the roses peaked. Then, how much the garden veggies grew by the time the roses were waning. Now, with the roses needing deadheading so they will re-bloom, the garden is even bigger, but no pix of that for now.

Rose glory

waning roses, growing veggies

Lately I’m feeling so discombobulated because I have been taking some pictures with my camera, some with my iPad and some with my iPhone. The latter two I can, and do, use for Instagram, where I seem to keep more up to date with my sewing postings. The camera pix are mostly for my Etsy and sometimes the blog.  But sometimes I need my iPhone/iPad pix here on the blog, then I have to email them to myself, and they will not save in the new Photos section on my iMac (thanks a lot, Apple). In short, I have pix scattered about here and there..... *deep sigh*

By the way, you can follow me on Instagram. I am   @cathy_k_in_ut
I have more to blog about, including a quilt finish, but I am going to put that in a separate post.  Also, I have NOT given up on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, but hope to begin working with my light blue and aqua scraps (June`s monthly color) this weekend....

Finally, I am closing out most of my Etsy Shop (see link at right). As soon as I get back from the Lori Holt retreat next weekend, I will begin a 20% off sale on all merchandise; lace, fancy fabric packs, vintage patterns, vintage sheet fabrics, etc - even clearance.  The percentage off may increase as time goes on (and inventory decreases).  The plan is to convert the shop to vintage sheets/fabrics, vintage sewing patterns, and vintage linens only. Lace will always be my special love, but I have commercial clients now that I must focus on instead of the shop.  So, watch for that sale!!!

Whew!  See you soon!

Hugs,
Cathy maroon
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Two Steps Forward, One Step Backward

I am slowly working my way toward several finishes on my sewing and stitching projects, but the going is neither smooth or without setbacks.  That is real life, and it’s sometimes frustrating.

On my black and pink (etc) CQ project, the front is all completely stitched together. I had a backing and batting, which I finally realized was WHITE and totally inappropriate for the inside of this wallhanging-to-be. I don’t need much loft, just stability and the assurance that the inside will not beard through the needlepoint. Also, I didn’t want to order an entire batt or a complete roll of black, so I went off to my LQS and compared options.  My choices were a lightweight generic black batting (90 inches wide), fusible Pellon 911F interfacing, black knit interfacing or black felt.  I chose the black felt and got 1.25 yards. The facings were both too lightweight, and the batting would’ve had so much waste (and I don`t see myself using the leftovers in another small project in this lifetime).

So now I can begin construction. I am tempted to make my quilt sandwich and quilt between the squares and around the needlepoint.  Then I can add a few embellishments over the seams on the top, bind it, add a sleeve and be done. I may finish this by the end of the month. If not, then next week for sure.


This next project, the Brucie’s Blue Banjos (or whatever we end up calling it; right now I’m calling it 4-letter words....) is where the One Step Backward comes in. And that rightly should be several steps backward.

I had 6 rows of 8 sewn together, then began my sewing session yesterday by pressing the top. It was puckered, and I stopped to figure out why. It turns out that in my last two rows, my sashing strips were 2.5 instead of 2.0 inches wide. I had to rip out 2 rows of fat geese plus three sashing strips AND every sashing piece between the geese.

BSR (Before Seam Ripper)
But I am pleased, to tell you the truth. It would`ve been much worse had I finished stitching in oblivion (who knows where my mind goes....) only to realize the problem later. Problems. The other issue was that the 2.5” strips were a different white.  In looking for the rest of the white from this quilt - well, I couldn’t find it. I could have SWORN I cut all the strips out ahead of time, but maybe I ran out. So I had to go to 2 LQS’s to find a passable white. In the end, it too is different, but oh well!

And now it all sits innocently next to my sewing machine, waiting to be re-sewn. Those strips there will go into my scrap bin where they belong.


Farm Girl Fridays - this week’s blocks!
These were the blocks assigned in our sew-along last Friday, and I have finished them in anticipation of the two new ones tomorrow. I had a BALL with these blocks - choosing the fabrics, cutting and sewing. They all came together delightfully.  These are from Lori Holt (of Bee in my Bonnet)’s new book Farm Girl Vintage.  It is packed with great blocks, ideas, patterns, etc.

Chicken Foot Block

Canning Season Block
Lori Holt will be teaching at a local retreat nearby in June, and I am signed up to attend. I am so looking forward to it! Besides her obvious talent for quilting and writing, she is also a Pyrex collector and loves the mid-century farm aesthetic. And you know me, I worked at Wheeler Farm for 4 years (and loved to pretend it was my farm. My cows. My chickens. Their weeds....)

And speaking of local fabric celebrities, Joel Dewberry has invited us members of the Salt Lake Modern Quilting Guild to his home tomorrow for a fabric buy.  I cannot even tell you how cheap the fabrics are going to be, (not quite as cheap as the bolt of Riley Blake fabric I found in the thrift store last month), but hey!  I can’t wait to pick up more Notting Hill in tangerine to finish the quilt blocks I started a couple years ago.  I actually have plenty of that fabric, but that is my excuse and I’m sticking to it!
 


That’s it for now. I will probably have a post on Saturday for Scrap Happy Saturday; three wonky green log cabins made.

See you soon,
Cathy maroon
Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Work in Process Wednesday; Progress but no Finishes

One of these days, I am going to write a post and show off a dozen finishes! HA! But that day is not today.  :-)  But I do have a few bazillion  projects I am working on. And since the weather here continues to be cloudy and rainy for the 3rd week, and working outdoors is not going to happen soon (in fact, I may have to move it from my To Do List to my Bucket List), here is a progress report on some of my stitchy, quilty goals.

Starting with the oldest project, this is a vintage needlepoint I bought at an estate sale, onto which I am adding 12 crazy quilt blocks.  Those blocks were part of a 2012 Crazy Quilt Journal Project, and I just finished stitching the final block this week.  Yeah, I know!  But at least I am still in the same decade..... LOL.

Now 8 of the 12 blocks have been added, and the final four will go on this week.  Then I will fill in any remaining bare spots with some stitching, stabilize it, add trim around the center and then back and bind it. It will be done by month end, come hell or high water..... and the high water is no laughing matter around here.


Next up is the Bright Banjos for Bruce using the Pow Wow Pattern from Cluck, Cluck, Sew. All the blocks are sewn into rose, and I only have 3 or 4 more rows to add.  Then baste, quilt, bind and viola!  Another hopeful finish for this month.  Excuse the wrinkle-y top. I have had it folded (and the cats have found it to be a lovely nap spot)


And then there are the ever-present wonky log cabin blocks. I have made 2 of three for this month, but I am likely not going to finish the 3rd until next week. And I have so many green scraps that I think I will start making some 16-patch quilt block to use some up.


If they look PARTICULARLY wonky, it is because they are laying on a pile of fabric scraps from yet another project..... making more fabric packs for my Etsy shop. Never enough hours in a day...

And finally, my Farm Girl blocks. As I mentioned last post (and you can see from the logo on the sidebar) I am participating in Lori Holt`s Farm Girl Vintage quilt-along. These blocks are the Baby Chick (from week 2) and Baking Day and Butter Churn from Week 3. I am loving these blocks and having a ball!!

Baby Chick

Baking Day (with some vintage Pyrex)

Butter Churn
That catches me up on my quilting and stitching news for now.  I have also planted all of my (12) Mexican Talavera pots with flowers for the front walkway. They are lovely, but I want to wait to get a picture until (1) it stops raining (2) it stops raining long enough for Bruce to mow the lawn and (3) it stops raining so I don’t rust. Or, it could just STOP RAINING!!!

Hugs,
Cathy maroon