Sunday, October 12, 2014

Weekend Stitching


With an unscheduled Saturday I was able to take some time for myself and do a little stitching. 
I was a month behind on my Soul Searching blocks so I caught up first with my September color of ORANGE.

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Then I went ahead and did my October block of darks.

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There are now nine of them and I believe that this is where I will stop.  It is big enough as it is and three more colors will put it over the top.

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As well, I made my newest letter in the mini alphabet blocks.

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There is a new book coming out in the quilt world and I am super excited about it.  It is written by Wendy Sheppard.  Most of you will be familiar with the name because she is a prolific quilter and has had her work in magazines around the world.  I have followed Wendy for years and I must say that she is an incredible machine quilter using her home machine.  The book is available for preorder here and will soon be available at Amazon.  Meanwhile you can read more about it here.  Good luck with it, Wendy.  A blog hop is coming soon.

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This is my birthday week and my husband brought me a flower..  He definitely put a smile on my face.

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A few of the children and grandchildren joined us for breakfast after church this morning.  It is always an adventure going out to eat with a large crowd.  These are happy, pancake filled tummy smiles. ;-)

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The days seem to be finally cooling off a bit for us.  As well, the daylight hours seem to be shortening.  I guess autumn is arriving.  Where did summer go?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Finally Friday


For some reason I have been a day off all week long.  It is strange how that can happen and I have no idea why.  Oh well.  The weekend is almost upon us. 

October is a crazy month of birthdays in our family.  As well as two very dear friends, we have six grandchildren, our daughter, my SIL and myself.  It is a month of celebrating. 

One thing I love to do is to make pillowcases to wrap their birthday gifts.  I try to think of something that the children will enjoy.  Recently, Sue has been making pillowcases and had a giveaway for some Alexander Henry baseball fabric that she was using.  I was lucky enough to have been chosen as one of the recipients of some of it and she added some red baseball fabric to go with it.  It made the perfect wrapping for one of our grandsons.
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There was enough left over for a couple more pillowcases so I also did one in blue for another grandson.  Soccer is another sport for an October grandson's birthday gift.  These are so much fun to make.  Check over at Sue’s and see her pretty ones.
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A little Halloween sewing has also been in the works this week.  Our son requested a fire hydrant costume for their 2 year old.  This was a challenge!  I hope to get a picture of it being worn as I am sure it will look better than a picture. 

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They dress up as a family for their local city street party.  Mom and Dad are going as dog catchers and the other two children are going as dogs.  I embroidered the shirts for the dog catchers.

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One last completion this week was the binding on the memory quilts.  Now they are ready to go to their new home.

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I received two really nice batiks from Beth as her winner in her See You in September giveaway.  These are so pretty and will go well in my continuing NY Beauty blocks.  Thanks, Beth.

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We have a fairly quiet weekend ahead.  Last weekend was crazy with soccer games, horse show, and an open house so it will be a welcomed change.   

Friday, October 3, 2014

A, B, C…..


I had to jump on the wagon of the little letters QAL at Temecula Quilt Co.  I have loved all of the ones that I have seen so far and they go up so quickly.  ( I'll be changing that "B"- thanks to Sharon for spotting the error.)

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The fabrics I am using are from a bundle from Sew Me A Song (super fast service).  I won a gift certificate from my Orange Peel quilt that was a QAL at Quilty Habit.  This is what I selected and I love the colors.

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Although one would never know that it is fall here as our temps have been hovering around 100* this week, I felt that I should do a bit of fall quilting.  Maple leaves seemed appropriate and I saw a cute pattern that worked up quickly.  It will make a nice fall table topper as it is 36" square.  I'll be linking this project up with Linky Tuesday.


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The garden has provided a few interesting sights this week.  First I came across a preying mantis.  I think he/she was trying to stay cool and out of the sun.

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Then I got a kick out of this crazy Gerber daisy.  It looks like it is a twin, but it reminds me of an angry owl or chicken.  Winking smile
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Friday, September 26, 2014

T-Shirt Quilts

It was a little over a year ago that our next door neighbor died tragically, leaving a wife and three children.  I knew that I wanted to make memory quilts for the children and their mom gave me a couple of bags of t-shirts, shorts, pajamas, badges, etc.  After contemplating the idea for months I finally decided on my design.

Their dad was a Fire Captain so the sashing fabric I selected was firemen themed and picked up all of the colors in the T-shirts.  Other than that, I worked at arranging my squares at 6, 12, 18 or 24” measurements.  It was my first attempt at such a project, but I think they turned out well.  One is finished and the last two just need the binding applied.   Parts of the quilts were done on their grandmother's Singer 301a that their dad had given me last year.  You can read about that post here.

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This week I also finished my little cross stitch project that I started while we were in Atlanta.

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Look at these cute little buttons.  Aren’t they sweet?  I used some Weeks hand dyed floss for the project and I love the color variations in the stitching that the hand dyed floss gives. 

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I’ve had a couple of really nice wins lately too.  The first was from Soma at Whims and Fancies.  I actually got these back in August and have been negligent in posting this nice win.  I like to have the little 2” squares already precut for a project.  Thanks, Soma.

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I also won some great patriotic fabric from Debby at Debby Kratovil Quilts.  These are really nice fabrics and will be fun to use.  Thanks, Debby.

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Jodi at Pleasant Home chose me as her winner of the Olfa giveaway celebrating their anniversary.  I was really pleased to have this 28mm cutter as I love using a small cutter for cutting out patterns when I am sewing clothing.  I have so much more control over the rotary cutter when it is small.  Look at the cute little Olfa pin too.

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The mail has been so exciting…….much better than the junk mail that normally fills the mailbox.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Here, There and Back Again

It has been a whirlwind of travels around here in the last few weeks and I feel as though I need to reacquaint myself with my own bed!

It started out with a trip to Iowa, staying at my cousin’s home and welcomed each morning with this fun view. 

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The visit was actually for my uncle’s funeral, but it was wonderful to visit with family.   Of the remaining 24 first cousin there were only two that were missing so it was great to catch up.

It was back home for a few days and then off to the beach.  My cousin, her two daughters and DIL from Iowa came to visit.  The days were full as we tried to squeeze in a lot in the time they were here.

Beautiful days were spent at the beach watching sunsets, sunrises and surfers as well as visiting. 

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An interesting rock nestled in the sand...whale, tadpole????

We took a few side trips during the days…….

……a trip to the local orchid greenhouses

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Makes me want to have a blue or purple wedding!
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…..a visit to the Santa Barbara Mission

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……a stop at the gate of Never*land Ranch

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The many hearts are filled with messages for the 5th anniversary of MJ's death.
….lunch at the historic Cold Springs Tavern – an old stagecoach stop.

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….and a little wine tasting.

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We all departed on Sunday.  They left for their return to Iowa and we headed off for a business meeting in Atlanta, but we had such a great visit. 

Life is now back to a more normal (whatever that is) routine with cleaning and laundry waiting to be done.

Do you think this seagull has an identity complex?

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Again….sewing has been very portable these last few weeks.  I started a small cross stitch project to keep my idle hands busy without much concentration needed.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yeah for Gingham


Before I begin telling you about my projects I would like to pause and remember all of those who gave of their lives on this day in 2001.  Their families, friends and our country are in my prayers today.

And now….what is there not to love about the beauty of gingham?  When word went out that the ginghams by Riley Blake were going to be discontinued I believe many of us felt the loss.  Fortunately, we have since learned that there is a bit of a reprieve for some of it.

Thanks to Madam Samm and Shari, we have a hop dedicated to ginghams.  They are both fabulous cheerleaders and deserve much credit for their work.
 
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This was a hop that allowed us to work on three projects over the summer months and show in September.
 
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Project #1....My sewing this summer involved a lot of hand stitching since I was doing a bit of sitting while spending time visiting my mom following her surgery.  I first worked on my orange peels.  These are needled turned applique using fabric from “the stash”.  The borders and the buttons are a tiny gray gingham. 

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I entered this piece in the Orange Peel QAL.  Be sure to check out all of the entires and vote for the Viewer's Choice favorite at Quilty Habit.  There are so many lovely ones to been enjoyed.

Project #2....... was one I had started many several years ago and have finally finished and framed it for this fall.

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Project #3.......As a child gingham seemed to be everywhere.  It was our palette for chicken scratch stitching.  It was a great way to learn to stitch.  A little ric rac and some embroidery floss made for very feminine aprons.  I’ve always had a great love for the fresh clean look of gingham.

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What goes better with Riley Blake gingham that Riley Blake dots?  The combination is so sweet.

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Someone seems to like the results.

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Thanks so much Mdm. Samm and Shari for all of your hard work keeping us organized and on schedule for this hop. 

Please be sure to visit the other bloggers for today and the remainder of the blog hop.


Thursday, September 11

Friday, September 12




Monday, September 15


Tuesday, September 16



Thanks again to Madam Samm and Shari.  Thanks, also, to all of you who stopped in for a quick visit.