Friday, July 20, 2018

Gridster Bee 2018 - Pixie House Blocks - Finished Top

Rolling around to this year's Gridster Bee, May was once again my month.  This really works pretty well, as I get mail all month and its my birthday month!

I had asked each member to make one of each house from the Pixie House patterns by Intrepid Thread.  I had sent out the neutral background fabric and asked for fussy cut windows and doors.

 It was great fun to pin them up as they came in the mail.  A couple members made me neighborhoods :).
 I worked on piecing trees for the neighborhood.
Planning the layout.
And the finished top!  I barely squeaked out enough of the background to get this put together, but I was determined not to go buy more! 

One more top to the pile.....

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Gridster Bee 2017 Blocks - A Finished Top

Way, way, way back in 2017 May was my month for the Gridster Bee.

I asked for paper pieced honey bee blocks.  Each person in my bee duly made one and sent it my way.  And even though I had grand plans, they sat.  For a year!

The last post that showed them all together was in November.

I finally got them out and put them together.  

 Exactly the right number!!
 Auditioning middles.
 Auditioning letters.
The final top.  I did the lettering with my Silhouette machine and heat transfer vinyl in chocolate brown.  There is much debate as to the meaing of this quote, but as a bee keeper, I think it is apt. 

Looking forward to getting it quilted and finding a place to hang it up.

If you are interested in making your own bees, the pattern is found here.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Random Tuesday Catch-Up

I read once, that a blogger shouldn't apologize for not blogging.
So I won't apologize for missing an entire 2 months.

Here's a quick rundown of what's been happening, with more and better detailed blog posts to come.
 End of the season ballet performance.  You can always tell my kids: they are the tallest.
 End of the season cello recital.  Love the building where the lessons are.
 Vacation for 11 days.  AR, TX, MO
 Husband in hospital for 6 days.  Home, better, but still in recovery mode.
 Middle child turned 10.
 VBS at church with all children (and me) participating in various ways.
 The Fourth of July!
 Eldest daughter went to Bolivia.  (coming home in 2 more days)
 Painted the living room.
Youngest child turned 5. That is a rainbow lady bug cake.

Now we are all caught up and my pictures have been gone through. 
On to more posting.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Really Random Thursday 5.17.18

 Last week I chaperoned a trip to the Petting Farm.  So much fun!

 E was Lt. Rooney in Arsenic and Old Lace.  Her major theatrical debut ;)  If you can believe it, I'd never seen the play or the movie??
 I made cheesecake for Mother's Day.  It didn't crack - I think its the first time ever!!
 On Ringo Lake is done - the top is, anyway.  Need to get some good pictures.  Will truly be a while before I can quilt it.
 This was just one of the leader/ender projects I worked on during ORL.  It will go to one of the guild's charities, once its quilted up.
 Cats are weird. 
 I've finally had some time to get into the garden.  Probably won't do much more until after we take our vacation.  Mini and I planted some seeds, so we'll wait to see if they come up and then I can fill in more.  Every year I try to get a few more perennials so that someday - it will all come up on its own....
 Got new walking shoes. 
And clearly, the street guys were having fun.....

Monday, May 14, 2018

The New 10 Year Project

What?!? The NEW 10 year project?  What happened to the old one? Is what I'm sure you are asking.
Well, thanks to some prodding from my son the other evening, the hexies are entirely pieced.  Is the project done?  No.  I need to applique the hexies on to a border (I'm leaning toward yellow)  and then quilt the thing, but I've still got 1 year and 10 months to go before my 10 years is up.

I have, however, started a new project, because I needed something small to carry around with me. 

A while back my SIL picked up these vintage squares for me at a rummage sale.  I've been debating what to do with them.  They are roughly 2" square.  When I say roughly, that's because they were marked with pen and then cut.

They are therefore, not consistent enough to sew by hand. 

 After some looking around on the Paper Pieces website I decided on Dresden Plate wedges, or petals, or kites- what ever you want to call them.    Then I noticed the cost - and I'm pretty cheap thrifty- so I decided to see if I could make my own templates.
After some long time messing around, I finally got them figured out and just the right size for my patches.

I also ended up purchasing some small paper clips.  These are just 5/8".  When I basted my hexies, I had basted them right to the paper.  These templates are card stock so I didn't want to sew through that, and I am not a fan of glue basting.  It doesn't seem to want to come out cleanly for me.  Anyway, I needed a way to hold the fabric still when I started the stitches.
So, I've been making fan blades/petals/kites/whatevers.
This was the first one I made, and I realized a couple of things: Dresden Plate quilts are inherently scrappy - so you can actually see the individual pieces - and not to finish/baste the bottom of the blade - its not necessary and the extra fabric will be needed for appliqueing the center on.
I've been keeping colors together with binder clips.
A rainbow, of sorts.

A two color.

 I've been using this tin to hold the templates and binder clips.  My new watch came in it and its perfect!
 So is my new watch.  My last Baby G lasted almost 10 years.  I'm the kind of person that needs a watch - I don't rely on my phone for the time. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

On Ringo Lake - The Project Continues

 I've been working diligently towards finishing my version of On Ringo Lake by Bonnie Hunter.
Before I left for Iowa, I had one half of the top pieced.  I took it all down and cleaned it up before I left.
This past week (plus some) I've been working on getting the other half pieced.
By the end of last Sunday things looked like this.  Two halves, with one more row of sashing to piece.
Except that I ran out of pieces!  I had to go all the way back to clue #3 and make a few more.

Now I've got the top together and I'm working on figuring out borders.  This started with cutting another 200 triangles, but what's another 200 triangles when I've come so far?

 Its much too large for the design wall curtain, so I've been doing layouts on the floor.
 Helper cat.  Normally she's not out much, but I guess she couldn't resist.
This is sort of the plan.  The hardest part is figuring out to make it fit.  Then I will need to decide on a probably final border.  Hopefully a finished top by the end of the week.