Tuesday, October 10, 2017

We're In The Club House Turn


OK, folks.  How are you doing on your Christmas Projects?

I have three projects to be completed by Christmas.  Well, one needs to be ready by Thanksgiving, Joseph's Tee Shirt quilt. And, I'm happy to say it went to the quilter yesterday!  Yeah!!
Read About it HERE
and Here
and here
Get the Pattern HERE

Quilt number two, The Splendid Sampler.

I started the Splendid Sampler, let's see..... ah, well, quite a while back, more than a year.  It was a Block-of-the-Week-For-a-Year quilt along sponsored by Pat Sloan ...104 blocks.  My finished work will not have all 104 blocks.

It needs to be finished and in the mail to Tennessee by December 15.  My sister and her hubby just bought a new house and I want her to have a lovely house warming (and body warming) gift for Christmas.

This is what I have so far.....


As you can see, I have a ways to go..... keep your fingers crossed.

Finally, I decided to finish a UFO (and truth be told, all three of these projects were UFOs) for my baby sister (different sister....I only have 6).  I will admit here (because my sisters don't read this blog) my baby sister, Joy, is my favorite.
Joy & Dad Summer 2017

She and the hubbs live in Kentucky, next door to my dad.  A little shout out for her here... since my mom's passing almost a year ago she (and the hubbs)  have taken good care of dad.... Thank You, Sis (and thank you hubbs.)


Miss My Sister
 by Bloomin Minds 



It's a wall hanging.
Shouldn't take too long, right?









I'm headed out on a business trip next week.  I'm planning to take Miss Ellie with me and work on one of these projects, which ever one needs the fewest number of items to tote along to get it done.

Happy Sewing.


Saturday, September 23, 2017

Friends, Fabric and Food Equals FUN Every Time

Do you get together with friends to sew?  Some quilters I know belong to guilds that encourage small sew groups.  A quilt shop near me, The Orange Quilt Bee, has Fuzzy Slipper night a couple of Friday's a month.  Piecemakers  in Costa Mesa schedules regular "Open Sew" times.  As a matter of fact, that is how I met Charlotte S.  (That's a story for another time.)  My quilting-buddy-Auntie started her own group.

Because of my work/travel schedule, I can't commit to a "regular" get together so every now and then I sponsor my own Gathering of great ladies.

Yesterday was "A Gathering."
We sewed a lot, feasted on forbidden foods a lot (too much) and laughed a lot.

From R to L: Charlotte S. (taking a think-break), Arlene & Kathy. Missing from the photo is Caren (and me.)


I was able to complete the Nephew's Tee-Shirt quilt I started last month in Portland.
It's ready to add borders, and maybe a few embellishments.
If you have not yet discovered the pleasure of sewing with a group of ladies, check it out at your local quilt shop, or your guild, or start your own.  What could be better than a Fun day with Food, Friends and Fabric?

A special shout out to Charlotte S for staying behind and helping with the clean up.  It was appreciated.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September - National Sewing Month


It starts out innocently enough, but before long......


But at least it keeps us off the street corner, right???  A little piece of heaven here on earth.

Happy Sewing


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Creative People Amaze Me


Last night was the monthly meeting of the Flying Geese Quilters Guild.  They had an amazingly talented speaker,  
Susan Carlson.  Not only were her quilts beyond belief, but listening to her narrative on how she came up with the ideas behind the quilts, decided on fabrics and actually put them together was so interesting.

Dingo Dog Dreamng

Golden Temple of the Good Girls

One in a Million


Check out her website.  Sign up for her Blog.  Enjoy.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Summer Travel - Summer Fun



My end-of-summer travel landed me in Portland, Oregon for a week.  Such a beautiful, wonderful city.  There are so many things about Portland I miss but it is so fun going back for a visit, ESPECIALLY if my visit includes a stay with my quilting friend Dawn White of First Light Designs.

Pacific Northwest Peeps.... look for her classes at
The Pine Needle in Lake Oswego, OR


Not only did she and her husband, Charlie, pamper me oh so much, she gave me the use of her sewing rooms (yes, she has more than one) AND let me "shop" from her stash!  So generous and gracious!

What did I work on while in Portland?  Last May I wrote about making a tee shirt quilt for my very-athletic nephew who was graduated from high school in 2015. (Click HERE)  It was one of those projects that just would not cooperate with the quilt-making process and had to be put in time out for a while..... Ever have one of those?  They eventually become a UFO. 

After a time of punishment, Joseph's quilt was released from the penalty box and I took it with me to Portland.

Dawn helped me think though the design as there was no pattern suitable for all the shapes created after chopping up the tee shirts.  She also helped pick a very nice sashing fabric on one of our trips to Fabric Depot.


Of course, it is not perfect (as only God is perfect, we quilters like to say) but I think it is shaping up very nicely.  
More importantly, I think Joseph will like it. 

I wasn't able to complete the top while in Portland, but I'm far enough along now that I'm motivated to finish it up quickly.
No more time outs.




All good things must come to an end.
As I packed up to head back south
Princess Cordelia inspected my luggage to 
ensure I was not making off with the family silver.





Monday, August 7, 2017

Epic Movie Remake


Movie remakes.  Sometimes they are a success and sometimes you just cannot improve on the original.

But, in my case, the daughter-requested curtain remake project was a huge success!!!


I did not try the curtain grommets again....I decided I'm just not a curtain grommet girl. (That was expensive discovery...)

Instead I opted for back tab curtains.  I looked up the "how to" on YouTube.  Isn't the net grand?!
If you're interested in this technique, click HERE.





They are lined and the hem is weighted.









I'm pretty pleased with them.











Now that that little chore is finished, I can move on to something fun, like getting the binding on my mom's piggy hanging and the binding on my "plum quilt."  The projects just go on and on....

Monday, July 31, 2017

Keep it Simple, Silly Woman

My daughter asked me to make her some curtains.  Pretty simple, right?  But, if there is a hard way to do something apparently I'll find it....

I decided rather than making straight forward curtains with a simple casing at the top I'd use curtain grommets.
Elegant, No?

They looked so nice.... I lined 'em and added weights to the bottom hem so they'd hang nice.  The whole 9 yards!



But, It was All A Bust!!!

I bought grommet tape and the grommets.  I watched several YouTube videos... it all looked so easy!!



The grommets just won't snap together!!!!!  They work just fine on the grommet tape alone (after removing the metal ring) but, NOT after the tape is sewn to the curtain header.

I removed the medal ring.... re-trimmed the opening.... and re-trimmed again... and again...
The grommets just won't snap together!!!!!  I even tried pliers!  (I considered a hammer but they are just plastic rings.  I decided that would be a mistake.)


I GIVE UP!!!  I HATE TO FAIL!!!  I HATE TO GIVE UP!!!!

So, today, I'm off to the fabric store to buy more fabric and start over.  Ho, Hum.

I did end the weekend on a positive note, however.  My daughter also wanted some pillows made with some fabric she sent me.  I did accomplish that.  I kept it simple.