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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.

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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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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Retreat Prep

It all started very innocent.
I just needed some strips.
Just a few to get me started.
But I got distracted.
Like normal.

A little over a year ago, I started Bonnie's Garden Party Quilt.
You can see her's here and in her latest book
I made 45 blocks before I discovered I had the corners wrong.
Last weekend I took all those corners off.
Next trip to the beach, they will get replaced,
because I forgot them there.

I decided to work on the 9 patches at retreat.
So I started pulling what I needed.
I didn't have very many wide strips.
I have a drawer stuffed full of neutrals so I pulled those out.
And I got busy.
I decided to cut those pieces less that 1/2 yard into strips for all my sizes.
1 1/2", 2 1/2" and 3 1/2"
Sometimes I had barely anything left.
Other times, there were strings.
Glorious strings!!!
Now there is more room in the neutral drawer and more variety in my strips.

This morning I decided to stay quiet so the men of the house could sleep.
(Oh you goof--I'm talking about the husband and 3 male dogs.)

I need these for my On The Road Quilt.
Strings and crumb blocks to be turned into hexies.
I can't believe how many I made in just an hour.
What fun I had early this morning. 

These are now in their new homes.

Breakfast is over.
I made these muffins this morning.
 OMG Delicious!

Now to get real serious and get some stuff packed up.
Garden Party is ready to work on.
I have some Garlic Knot blocks to complete.
I need to pack at least one or 2 more just in case.
The sewing machine needs cleaned and bobbins filled.
It won't take long to be ready to go.
Is it Thursday yet???

Monday, October 03, 2016

Design Wall Monday

Not much sewing has been happening around here. 
I'm working on some Garlic Knots blocks made from 2 1/2" strips from batik swaps.
There is a group of us swapping.
I'm making 20 to swap and 18 more to keep for myself.
That will make a nice cuddle on the couch quilt.

I'm sewing all the squares into sets.
I'll almost ready for a good pressing session.
Then there will be the layout on the design boards
and on to sewing them into blocks.

We have been busy designing.
We bought a beach lot for our retirement gift to ourselves.
I've always wanted a place at the beach, 
Ernie, not so much until recently.
We have lots of work to do here.
We have lots of time to do the work.
The bus is parked in her home.
The shed has been cleaned out.
Their garbage and recycle has been taken away.
My sewing station is already set up.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Design Wall Monday

I finally has some time to concentrate on this Lucy backpack.
Yes it is another Swoon pattern.

This one has grommets.
I've never done those before.
Three different hammers went into setting these things!

This bundle of bags.goes out in the mail today.
I added a little makeup bag because I know I will never use the extra fabric for anything else.
Now it's all gone. 

Next up is this cute owl wallet for my daughter.
The outside body is the gray print.
It's super cute!!!

I'm excited for what this week is bringing.
Have a good one.
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Friday, September 16, 2016

On The Needles

I may have developed a bit of a Frankensock obsession. 
Just a little one. 
I am having so much fun with these. 

The other day when the grands were here.
While the boys played outside, 
Clella was inside cuddled up in the recliner. 
I gave her my bag of sock yarn and the little plastic bobbins and put her to work. 
She had so much fun and 
I have so many colors at my finger tips. 
She's pretty excited to wind more on her next visit.

I think there is enough of just these yarns to make at least 6 socks, 
maybe more. 

I am all about life's simple pleasures and
this is certainly one of them for me.

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Monday, September 12, 2016

Design Wall Monday

We interrupt sewing every day for tuna canning.
Thursday and Saturday was spent canning.
All. Day. Long.
There was no sewing.
There were very few thoughts of sewing on those days.
Except for a little Piece Hexi prep work.

Our family has their year supply of tuna.
The good tuna.
2 tables this size covered in jars of fresh from the ocean tuna.
I'm glad is done!

On the days canning or running around didn't happen, 
I worked on the Swoon Lucy Backpack.
I'm working hard on the fussy cutting.
Some of the gals do this with perfection.
I strive.

I followed the cutting instructions for this.
Maybe with different prints the contrast would work
but for the size of this print, it didn't
My client would not have been happy at all.
So out came the seam ripper and the reverse tweezers and a little tv watching.
It wouldn't be fun without spending time with Mr. Ripper.

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Friday, September 09, 2016

On The Needles

I'm making Frankensocks!
I saw them on Instagram and I've seen them at The Polka Dot Chicken and other places.
I have always wanted to use up my leftover sock yarn for more socks.

So I pulled out some of my sock yarn balls and got started.
Then I remembered I saw where Carol wound her yarn on little plastic bobbins,
so I had to go get mine out and make myself some little bobbins.
It took over my tv/knitting time last night. 
I am ready to make a really fun pair of socks.
Or 2 or 3.
This kind of stuff can get out of control for me.
 But that's ok, I always need socks.

And this goofy boy wanted his robot/alien hat so bad.
His Gramma kept messing it up and when you are 4 
and everyone else has their new hat,
you must hound Gramma to get it done.
I don't know how many times he asked.
5 times I started this hat,
4 times I pulled the needles.
(seriously Gramma!!!)
was July 8th and this hat was finished but 
waaaayyy tooooo tight!

I said this was the last time.
if it didn't fit, he'd get one like the other boys.

Thank goodness it fit.
After trying it on him and getting the funny face picture,
I sat down and finished it.
The pompom that he didn't want, oh wait, yes I do!,
is now made and attached.
He is one happy little man. 

I'm sure glad I finished his hat before Frankensocks took over!!!

I am not going to go digging to see what else I have on my needles.
I'm just happy my sock Mojo is back so that's what I'll work on. 

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Monday, September 05, 2016

Design Wall Monday

I'm sitting here making plans for the day when I realized it was Monday!
Holiday weekends really mess with my brain.
It was a good sewing week and I have been able to sew every day so far this month.
It is after all, National Sewing Month and 
my goal is to sew every day.
I finished this wallet for my sister's friend
and started on her bag.

I made some these strip sets into square for my On The Road Quilt.
I was able to use a few leader/enders while doing so.
I need to replenish my green strips.

Yesterday we took a trip to the beach.
I sewed a of strips sets before we left.
snicker, snicker
This is the Astoria-Megler Bridge that connects Oregon and Washington at Astoria, Oregon.
This 4 mile bridge usually terrifies me
but not yesterday.
I was cool as a cucumber.
What is happening to me!

Time to visit Blogland friends from Patchwork Times Design Wall Monday

Friday, September 02, 2016

Hello September

Well, hello September.
You snuck right up on me.
That's OK, I like you.
Our 44th Anniversary is this month.
Fall is almost here-seems like it today as it's chilly and rainy out.
Perfect for sewing because
The month in which I strive to sew every day.
Even if I have to hop out of bed and sew a couple things together.
Yes, I have done that.
My husband swears I'm nuts!!

Yesterday I prepared and sewed a few strips together.
Today I sewed all I had prepared and see that cute tumbler on the bottom,
that's my leader/ender that I'd love to finish this month.
I'm preparing more kits for the On The Road Quilt from MD Quilts.
That's what I've decided to call it because it will be on the road with me.
I'll tell you all about that when it's set in stone.

My M&Ms are ready for a quick snack.
Funny thing about these little candies,
usually a couple are enough for me.
This may or may not last all month, 
depending on who knows I have them.

My goals for the month:
  • sew every day
  • kit up more On The Road pieces
  • finish tumbler leader/ender top
  • baste one quilt top
  • make backpack for customer

It's time to get this party started.
Will you be celebrating National Sewing Month with me?