Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Quick One

I have accomplished a good bit the past week, but haven't taken the time for photos.....which is my excuse for not blogging.

This afternoon I made the first block for the Magic of Christmas QAL from Lisa Bonjean's blog (Primitive Gatherings Quilt Shop). The idea was to choose between the two versions, Country vs. City.  I liked them both, but decided to order the solid Modas in the City version from PG and to shop my stash for the Country version. 

City version. Blocks finish at 6", and Lisa plans to have them all out there in plenty of time to finish before Christmas. The patterns are free on the blog for now.

My Country version.  I decided to flip the colors here, and I like the way it turned out. The lights will be scrappy and the red consistent.

Ready for the next one. These were quick to make and I hope to keep up.

Now, back to Cathedral Stars. Plan to get all of the rows put together this week.
I am really tired of this quilt, but I will plod on to a finish.

Will show a couple of other things I have done as soon as I get a chance to photograph them, but here is a hint....
This came from the FQS this week....
And these were inside ;-).

My sweet Buddy soaking up some rays.

Take care,

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Slow Sunday Stitching

Today my slow stitching (linking up at Kathy's) will be replaced with a little slow hooking. There is that same meditative approach involved, especially on a rug like this scrappy rug. I am trying very hard not to overthink my color choices. (You can really tell that I am a dark and dull kind of Hooker.)  After all, in the olden days they would have just put whatever was left from previous projects right on in there, correct? So, here is my progress thus far...,,
Three new rectangles. They look a bit off kilter here, but it is just the way they are stretched on the frame.

And here is the rug....the new guys are starting to fill in the other end.
Those bright whites have definitely got to go!

Friday night was a sleepless night. Rather than waste it in misery, I headed to the sewing room. And these...
Progressed to this....
Sorry for the messy photo, but you get the idea.  Only 15 more star blocks to complete ...those go quickly with all of the components already made....and I can start setting it together.  It is a bit busy for my taste, but I learned a lot making it. And I am thrilled that I haven't allowed it to become a UFO. Go me....LOL!!

This is my latest Glorious Hexagon, a Sharon. The points are made from a Kaffe Fassett Feathers fabric.
I took a couple of hours this week to sort the paper pieces for months 4-8. I lack 5 hexies completing month 3. But with the organizing project going on, they just haven't gotten much attention.

I tried to get a good photo of the growing Mattie, but by the time I focus the camera, she is up and gone!! Maybe you can get an idea of how she is growing with this one....
A sweet girl, but still 100% puppy.

Take Care,

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Busy, busy

This morning was spent volunteering as a Master Gardener (yes, I made it, completing my 50 volunteer hours last week...happily ahead of the end of year deadline!!!) at the local extension office. Got home, thinking I would get all of the star points stitched up on Cathedral Stars....after laundry, etc.

So, this is how far I got before having to stop to cook dinner...
Half done...all of the left hand points are stitched on. Took way longer than I had anticipated, but still progress.

I frequently see folks posting about their favorite stitching tools. Well, this is one of 
The trusty lint roller. Great for cleaning off my cutting mat, ironing board, and clothes, of course.  If you don't have one in your sewing space, you should!

Following dinner, we enjoyed watching Jackson's team win their second football game.

Sara Ashley had a day of firsts. First day of school, first day at her new school and first day as a high school student.
She said that it was all good.

Sew true !!!

Take care,

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A Break

I am taking a much needed break from the fabric organization project. I finished all of the reproduction and regular small feat. Next up will be the homespuns, but after a little breather.

On the frame I am back to this project....
You have seen it before. This time it will remain till finished.  I have been working towards the opposite end to assure that I get my colors balanced. And there is definitely some tweaking to be done, but not yet.  This project won't make a dent in those worm bags, but I will still plug away at them.

Saundra over at Woodland Junction reports that she only has one tiny hooking UFO. She could easily finish it in an evening. I won't even count mine, and, unfortunately, it seems they are all on the large side.

Tonight, besides hooking a block on my rug, I cut all of the star points for Cathedral Stars. 
My plan is to complete this top and then get back to cutting up the homespuns.

Four of the grands have headed back to school.
Robert....first day of pre-K and Senior year. My, how time flies!
Macy and Jackson, fifth and second grades. Bear could use some schooling, too....LOL.
Christopher, second grade.

Several clumps of these pretty pink lilies have sprung up in my yard.
There is no foliage, just the stem. And I didn't plant them , but they are certainly welcome.

Take Care,