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.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Gridster Bee - May is my Month!

May is my month to be Queen Bee for the Gridster Bee that I'm in.

I think its perfect since it is my birthday month, too.  What a great way to celebrate - getting blocks from bee mates in the mail!

This month I am asking for house blocks.  (Have you noticed how popular houses seem to be on social media?

I was looking for a (free) pattern, but preferable not one that everyone else was doing.   I found the perfect house blocks by Julie of Intrepid Thread.  She did a quilt along almost two years ago called The Pixie Summer Home Quilt.

The first house block can be found here on her website - There is a link there to download the pdf.

My version looks like this:
Maybe a little more like a tent with a cat in it - but still fun.  

The  second house pattern can be found on this page.

My version in orange with more cats.

OK, beemates.  Here is the deal.  I am asking for one each of the two houses.  You will receive the background fabric from me shortly. (Its in the mail)

The houses can be any color combination that you like - I'm aksing that you put some fussy cut images in the windows and doors.

Following is a short guide on fussy cutting.   I'll start with the bad examples - things I've learned by trial and error.
These were the first couple of houses I tried out.  While I love Hello Kitty and Snoopy - the fabrics are really too busy to work.  It is hard to single out what you are looking at and there are too many cut off faces.

I made a window to help with previewing for fussy cutting.  This is also not great.  The flowers don't really stand out from the background and would look like just another patch in the block.

 This was a fussy cutting mistake I made a while ago with hexies.  What started as a flower turned into an eyeball!!

 So now a few photos of better planned fussy cutting:
 I really think it helps to make a little window for previewing.  Flip-flops

 A bee (of course)
Even Snoopy would work with a smaller frame. 

Thanks so much -  May promises to be a great month!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Visiting Iowa

Last weekend I took the girls to Pella, IA to visit some extended family.  Both of my parents grew up in the area, and I still have quite a few relatives there. 

In particular we went to visit my grandmother who is 101.  

 Step one: Crossing the Mississippi.  For a brief time, it was warm enough for no coats.
 While the girls took pictures and threw rocks - I found a quilt store right across the street.  Its located in LeClaire, IA.  Expressions in Threads.  I took a picture inside.  Really nice store, really nice people. 
 I made a couple of purchases....
I found these on their sale shelf, it was hard to walk away, so I didn't.

This is my grandma with the girls.  Mini is her namesake. 
We went through a bunch of photo albums.  I took a picture of a picture.  This is my grandpa with his violin.  We have the violin, now, since my kids play.  It was a special photo to find.

 Sorry for the blurry picture, but we had to stop at the Dutch Bakery, Jaarsma's.  We needed the big bag.  Dutch letters, Banket, bismarks, Sinterclaas Cookies (windmill cookies), Almond butter cake.  We've been working our way through the goodies.

 This is what we woke up to on Sunday getting ready to come home.  Fortunately the drive was just wet.
 We love Steak n Shake on vacation!

 And this is what we came home to.....

 I also picked up this sweet little doll quilt at an antique shop.  I can't afford the big ones....
It is sewn by machine and tied - no batting.  Not sure at all of an age.  It is quite dirty.  I have an appraiser friend that I'm going to ask about washing it.  I'm definitely leaning toward yes.
 It measures about 10" x 13".  I think I might frame it and hang it up.