Saturday, July 31, 2021
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Sunday, July 18, 2021
So I’m linking up with Bernie at Needle and Foot to join the others who are participating in this great cause! Thank you to Preeti and Bernie for all their work!
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Saturday, July 10, 2021
Are we there yet? Is it autumn? Oh, wait … summer just started a couple weeks ago. Shucks! Being forced indoors by the extreme heat here in the Western United States is like enduring Pandemic 2.0. (But seriously, if the unvaccinated peeps don’t get their arms under a needle soon, the Delta variant will be forcing the real Pandemic 2.0 on us this winter. But I digress… ) Back to the heat. This born-and-bred California girl is officially stating for the record that I no longer have any desire to return to California. The “good old days” are gone. A summer at the beach and Disneyland don’t hold the appeal they did decades ago, especially when things are burning up around you and water sources are drying up. Oh my, I digressed again. Let’s just move on to something more pleasant, shall we? But first, share a chuckle with me.
Ok, so the best way I’ve found to stay cool is to stay indoors with the air conditioning running, sipping lots of Fresca mixed with Cran-Raspberry juice and sewing in my basement studio. That’s because I don’t fit in the refrigerator, and standing in front of it with the door open wastes energy. So, I sewed. And sewed. And sewed some more. In fact, I sewed so much that I’m going to save some of it (38 string blocks and counting) until next week.
But I do have two Spring Star blocks to share.
And a dark blue mama cat and her litter of five kittens.
And another quilt top from scraps that just needs two side borders sewn on. You can see the orange strips there, pinned along the sides.
This was a fun little quilt to puzzle out with the scraps that I had. You may remember that these scraps are what I started with.
Have a good week and stay cool (or warm if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, LOL). Life is good.
Saturday, July 3, 2021
(1) We tended grandkids on Tuesday afternoon/evening for a few hours and fed them dinner. I even bought pizza and drinks (as recommended by daughter Stacy), which they barely touched. Or else ignored. That is, until Stacy got back to our house from her meeting and sat down to eat. Then they all wanted her attention and her food (that they wouldn’t eat before). Kids.
(2) I’m back attending WW (Weight Watchers) meetings again, and it was so good to see old friends (not that they’re old, LOL, but you know what I mean). Shout-out to Diane and Annette!
I was summoned to the home of a Quilts for Kids (QFK) board member to come get some scraps. I told her jokingly that she (Virginia) and the chapter President (Sandy) were keeping me hopping with all the scraps they give me periodically. Well, it turns out that neither one knew the other was pushing scraps on me, LOL. Whew! Now I know that I can be a little choosy (or even say no, I’m not ready) about what they pawn off on me and not be guilt-ridden that I can’t always keep up! So I only picked up things that would enhance my stash or fill out themed scrap baggies that I’d already pulled together. You’ll see some of those later in the post.
So, here are some of the chunks and squares I did get.
And one I’m really looking forward to working on is this space-themed group. There is enough here to do a front and back. I loooove that plaid!!
Last but not last (because it’s actually first) is this jumble of fabric strips up on the design board. That center plaid section will not stay like that; it’s just a sort of placeholder at this point. I plan to cut it into squares to lengthen the half strips on either side. And the busy-ness of the myriad prints will be separated and calmed by more blue or red or white WOF strips.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
What an odd title for a blog post, but it’s been my mantra for about 5 or 6 days now. It refers to quilts #39 and 40 that I wanted to finish up before the end of June. It was close, but I made it by the skin of my teeth. It’s July 1st as I write this, but they were June finishes. Yesterday was a busy day, with Cousin Kim coming over to sew. I already had the two final quilts basted up, and quilted them in the morning and early afternoon.
|Image Courtesy Jordan Fabrics|
After Kimmie left, son Shane and DGD London came over and we all went out to dinner for Shane’s birthday. By the time we got home it was after 8, and although the two quilts had been trimmed, I still had to turn the bindings and sewn on labels. Got that done, but didn’t get pictures until this morning. So, here they are.
This is the Zippers quilt that I made for Quilts for Kids. It measures 48x54”. It’s the second one I’ve made - the first one I kept for myself! There will be many more of these, I’m sure, because they are so fun to make and are a great scrap eater.
The 6x9” (finished) blocks are set 8 across and 6 down. After consulting with our QFK chapter President, we decided that a majority of the quilt kits (that I’m making up for our scrappy workshop in the fall) should probably be limited to 42” wide to accommodate a single width-of-fabric piece for the backing.
Isn’t this backing great, though? It’s a riot of color, just like the front!
Anyway, now that this quilt is finished, I can spend July cutting and bagging up the remaining blocks for the kits. In August I can write and print up the handout, and in September I’ll do any final cutting (including the contrast squares) of any more fabric scrap donations.
The second quilt came into being in between Sunday and Tuesday. I had a bag of brightly-colored scraps, containing 4.5 - 5” squares, some strips and some bricks (about 3x5.5”). I pulled out the bricks as their colors told a different story. Most of the strips ended up with their like-colored friends in my scrap buckets. Some strips that were multi-colored were sorted out for future Zipper blocks or strip blocks. The reds and greens stayed with the squares, and I was off and running. Sorry for the wonky pin-up job on the design board...
I trimmed all the squares to 4.5” and drew up a quick plan. These multi-colored squares were the starting point. I used 9 of the 11 in the center portion along with some lighter contrast squares cut from some backing yardage I have on hand. From there I used the two strips of red Pokémon fabric to frame the blocks and create the 16x28” center.
The final quilt measures 39x47”, and I can’t tell you happy and bright it is in person! This was such a fun little project and used up a lot of miscellaneous bright scraps.