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Monday, December 05, 2016

Design Wall Monday

Quiltville Mystery Part 2 had to be put on hold until Sunday evening.
I had some serious Gramma duties to preform.
Parents were vending at a craft show so that meant Gramma time!
We had so much fun in those 3 days, 
but this Gramma is exhausted!

Sunday evening it was time to pull out the neutral 3 1/2" strip bin.
There were lots of great strips but I needed more variety.
 Out comes the yardage to get just that.
Now my bin is looking pretty good again.
Cutting and grouping into 20s.
I think there may be a few extras in there too.

Sometime today I will start my sew day.
But first, I'm going back to bed for a little while.
I'm still tired.
It is only 6 am here.

Linking up today to 

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Slow Stitching Sunday

I am having so much fun creating the rosettes for my On The Road Quilt.
It has actually seen more action from my couch than from the road.

I added a couple more sections to the 1st row.
One more section was added since this photo.
I now have the plan in my head on what makes up the smaller sections.
These big sections are kind of cumbersome to work with. 
Again, I learn the hard way.

It's lots of fun to spin the hexies around to find the design I want to use.
I love using my little design board (link to Lori Holt's tutorial) to keep my layout the way I want it.
In the Pieced Hexi books, Mickey Depre has shown lots of variations for each design.
I am having so much fun making her On The Road Quilt-
find all the info on her website.

See fabulous Slow Stitching projects at Kathy's Quilts:Slow Stitching Sunday.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Monday in Blogland

Design Wall Monday and Quiltville Mystery Monday on the same day! How great is that!!!

I wait all year long for Quiltville Mystery/Black Friday.
Clue 1 is released and I sew and sew and sew.
Expect this year.
This year I had the flu so I watched from the sidelines.

But I pulled out my bin of 2" strips and knew I would be OK.
My friend Trina and I have been swapping 2" strips for quite a while
so I have some really fun strips and lots of variety.
We never know when the other one will hand over a little bag of new strips.

Saturday I sewed strips together.
I cut my long strips in to smaller pieces for variety.
I sewed and sewed and sewed.
(That's a nod to a special little girl as she talks about her Auntie 
who is very busy as she sews and sews and sews.)

After many breaks, I ended the day with 60 fun four patches.
Sunday was more productive with more four patch fun..
I now only have a few more to press and I can call step 1 complete.
En Provence is off to a great start!

All information for this mystery is available at the top of the 
Quiltville blog page in it's on tab section..

It's a fun link up day today.
Bring on the coffee...I've got some reading to do this morning.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Design Wall Monday

I love a great BOW and Moda Be My Neighbor is just that.
I was 5 blocks behind and decided if I was going to start the Quiltville Mystery,
I had to get caught up!
So I did.

These blocks are big.
My blocks are scrappy.
I spent 2 days sewing time kitting up the blocks.
Then they sat for another day before I started sewing.
Once I started sewing, 
all of the sudden I was caught up.
Only 5 blocks to go.

I wanted to lay them out on the floor to get a decent picture,
but I have 3 dogs and a cat and no floor space.
I also have florescent lights and a cel phone camera.

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Slow Stitching Sunday

Holy Guacamole! It's been a long time since I've done a Slow Stitching Sunday post. Since August! It's not because I haven't been stitching, it's mostly because I haven't been in a blogging mood. Isn't that strange.

I have been busy making piece hexies for my On The Road Quilt. I work on this almost every day. Either basting a hexi, making the pieced blocks or connecting the hexies into a rosette.  Last night got the best of me and I HAD to sew some rosettes together!

I learned that I am making my pieces too big. I need to section off the gray and cream units and not do the whole great big blue pieces.  Then I can do them in smaller row. I'll go ahead and finish connecting the big ones I have stitched up-I think there are 7 of them now. Then I'll work smaller and smarter.  Again, I've learned a lesson the hard way!

Another lesson is to stitch right sides together. LOL  I had only taken a few stitches before I spotted this big whoopsie!  I am so good at laughing at myself!

Today I am going to take some more slow stitches while I enjoy a girlie movie. I went through Netflix yesterday and found a few I'd like to watch or listen to while I stitch. 

See some fabulous stitching at Kathy's Quilts: Slow Sunday Stitching

Monday, November 14, 2016

Design Wall Monday

This week has been filled with production sewing. My daughter and son in law are soon vending for the first time at a craft sale. I am making a few things for their sale.

I'm making fun Runaround Bags-pattern from Lazy Girl Designs and New Clutch Wallets-pattern from Emmaline Bags. I have a few more of each ready to sew.

It's been fun since I haven't done this type of product for a sale before. When our kiddos were little, I used to do the bazaars quite a bit. I made the cutest stuffed animals and dolls. I don't think I ever took a picture of any of that stuff. 😦

First thing I'm going to do is fill my coffee cup and take a little tour of Blogland via Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Design Wall Monday

Retreats are over for the year.
See my big sad face?!?
I couldn't help but smile every time I walked past this guy.
I spent the weekend with my middle daughter, Crystal.
It's always fun when one of your own shares your passion.

I worked mostly on Garden Party.
My goal was to finish all my blocks.

I did it!!
I asked (a bit loud) who wanted to see my Garden Party Quilt 
and then held up my box full of blocks.
I love when my friends understand the silliness.

Finally on Sunday morning I got to working on my Jamestown Landing blocks.
These blocks hadn't seen the light of day since the last retreat in May.
I sewed the broken dishes blocks into pairs.

Then it was time to come home,
I think I made some pretty good progress.
I'm excited to get both of these projects up on the design wall.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Design Wall Monday

Recycling this picture to show you the fun I will be having at retreat this week.
I can't wait to dive into my red and neutral parts.

These are my mistake blocks from Garden Party.
All of the dark corners have now been replaced with neutral corners.
I honestly don't know how I missed that part of the directions.

I also cut and kitted up the remain blocks I need.
This will be my main retreat project this week.

These Dresden Plates are now a quilt top.
I need to trim the setting triangles and add the borders.
I can't wait to show you how awesome it is.

I need to get my machine cleaned and oiled 
and check my to go supplies for this week.
I love this time of year when the retreats are happening.
After this weekend, the countdown to the May retreat will begin.
The May retreat/birthday party that I will be spending with Bonnie.
Oh I cannot wait!!!

Check out great design walls at Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Beach Life

Our beach property is a no hunting zone.
This makes my hunter a bit anxious.
Not really.
We see deer all over, I've heard there are bear.
I saw a porcupine.
I want to see a bear.
From the pickup window.

This fat coyote was standing in the middle of the road one day.
He finally moved to lay down under this tree.

Boardwalk Quilts in Long Beach is closing.
I am sad to see this happen but the owners want to retire.
I understand.
So I helped reduce the inventory on a recent trip to the property.
The scrap bin was my first stop.
Do I have a scrap problem.
I don't think it's a problem.

I filled one lunch bag with neutrals that will be used for my On The Road Quilt
and a table runner that I will quilt and use in the bus.

This time I went to the scrap bin and loaded up my lunch sack with all kinds of zip baggies.
Open the baggie to get all the air out and roll.
I stuffed that bag full. 
I guess I could have emptied the baggies but it was more fun squishing the air out.

I saw this fabric and passed on it.
I had Ernie stop on the way home because it haunted my dreams.
I bought 3 yards.
 I love it so much.
Retro typewriters bring back childhood memories of my Aunt Sharon.

Walks on the beach are nice.
Tony dog runs like a crazy dog.

My little Brother machine now lives in the bus.
I took a few projects to work on.
I needed to applique some blocks for a swap.

Then my Dresden Plates were all appliqued down. 
I wish I would have thought to use the walking foot sooner. 
It made the applique so much smoother.
The blocks were sewn into rows.
I brought them all home because I need a good hot iron.
That has now been added to my bus bag.

Some of the items are already to go on the next trip.
I love this beach life. 
I'm so glad we finally achieved my dream.
I really happy that it is now Ernie's dream as well.
He took a long time to think about it.
Like 40 years. LOL

OK, when's the next trip???

Monday, October 17, 2016

Design Wall Monday...

...and Retreat Report

This past weekend was our annual quilt retreat.
Most of the quilters have been coming to this retreat for several years.
I always look forward to spending time with my friends and 
sewing with my daughter.
Numerous hours of sewing, talking, laughing, eating.
Definitely having fun!

I mostly worked on quilts in progress.
These Garlic Knot blocks will complete my quilt after the blocks swap next month.
I can't believe I have them ready ahead of time.

Unlike these log cabin blocks that I made to complete a top from a swap earlier this year
I now have enough to put my blocks together.

 I started these Dresden Plates at our May retreat.
I put them in the box at the retreat and promptly put them away
and didn't even look at them until this weekend.
Now they are ready to applique to the background.
I'm pretty excited to get this one done.

I must have leaders/enders!
I do that crazy reach for something when nothing is there.
I'm working on Bonnie's Garden Party.
Just the flower blocks are my l/e project and 17 were finished.
I started the connector blocks as my last project of the weekend.
Of course I had to put a few together,
just to see. :)
I have a nice bunch of parts for 9 patches now.
I think red  9 patches might be my favorite.

The weather for the weekend was super stormy.
For a little excitement Friday night,
 this tree crashed into the barn.
No one was hurt.

There was a horseback riding class happening at the time.
The kids kept their horses under control,
the instructor did a wonderful job of keeping everyone calm,
despite "wanting to have a nervous breakdown".
We sew in a huge classroom on the other side of this huge barn/covered arena.
That was more excitement than anyone wanted.
Here's a great video of Royal Ridges where I retreat to 3 times a year.
You can see the covered arena and on the far side is where the tree came down.
We sew on the opposite side.
Despite the storm and the tree,
we had a fabulous weekend.
Great to spend time with friends doing what we love to do.

See great design walls at Patchwork Times.

Edited to add...

I forgot to show you my Be My Neighbor blocks~~

The last one is a tribute to my cat loving friend Sue.
I call it the Crazy Cat Lady's house.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Design Wall Monday

I was in the not starting any new projects mode when this first started.
Then my friend asked if I was doing it and I said no.
Then I looked at it.......
You all know what happened then.

I have been keeping up with the pattern printing.
I decided it was time to cut some block kits to work on at retreat.
I'm having fun digging into my bigger scraps and chunks.
Sorry Moda, I'm using what I have.

These Dresden Plates were started at the May 2016 retreat.
I haven't opened the box since then.
I am hoping to get all the plates complete this coming weekend.
I'll just have my featherweight so the applique will have to wait.
I'm hoping to have it to that point.
I just love all those batiks!!

Once my house blocks are all kitted up,
my retreat projects are ready to go.

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