Friday, March 17, 2017

Family Friday 3.17.17

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  Seeing as I married into Irish, we always do a bit of celebrating.  Tonight we'll be heading to a party - with kids.  Should be fun.

It's been forever since I've done a family Friday - so let's do some catching up.

We got the snow from the storm that came through earlier this week.  Near the lake they got close to two feet.  We got around 8" or so.  Today its melting.
Basketball season wrapped up and we've moved right into baseball.  Baseball tryouts were in between the last basketball tournament games.
With the freakish warm weather we had for a while we did some yard/woods clean up and had our first bonfire of the year.  Goodbye Christmas trees.
WD got braces put on.  I think it makes him look older.

I've been bottling (and selling) honey.  More on this another time.
Part of our Christmas present from my parents was a night at the water park.  We went last Friday.
Tomorrow is Si's 7th birthday. He requested fish for his birthday dinner. Seriously.
And so we are busy.  But when is a family of 7 not busy?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Kitten Love

I know I mentioned in a previous (long ago) blog post that the week before Christmas we had kittens in the house.  Well, it was certainly a couple months of adventure!
On the one hand, kittens are of course, absolutely adorable.
But they get into absolutely everything.
We kept them in a bathroom for a long time, until they managed to get over the gate, no matter the modifications I made to it.
Three kittens of the litter of 5 made it.  We have kept one - the grey one.  His name is Alf. No not the alien.
He is also known as Alfred and Alfster and Alfie
It's hard to be a kitten.  It requires lots of sleeping - even in odd places.

The two tabbys went to a classmate of my daughter, so we get occasional updates, which is fun.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

My Mondo Bag

After seeing the pattern around on the internets for a while, blogs and instagram, I bought myself the pattern for the Mondo Bag. (my blog record shows I bought it way back in November)  It is a Quiltsmart pattern if you're interested.  I've had the pattern since before Christmas.  I was waiting until I had some selfish sewing time to get it started - which was in February.  It was also a chance for me to get to know my new Singer Featherweight.  More on it in another post.

I started with a bunch of strips from a couple jelly rolls of Gooseberries.  They were originally purchased for a signature quilt, but I have a lot of left over.

If you have purchased or made this pattern, you know that it comes with preprinted interfacing on which you are supposed to fuse your 2.5" blocks.  Well, I sort of hacked the pattern.  You see, I didn't want to never be able to use it again.  I also didn't want to cut all bazillion 2.5" squares.  So I strip pieced into fours.  Then cut 2.5" strips across and laid them out according to the picture.  Then I sewed the strips together into the right sized rectangles for the pattern.  After each rectangle was pieced - THEN I fused (my own-unprinted) interfacing to the whole rectangle and proceeded to follow the instructions from there. (mostly)
The inside - looks like a flower opening up.  This being my first bag I didn't do any extras like pockets or key tabs.  I tend not to use those anyway, however well meaning I am.

The strip piecing made more of a pattern of the squares than random, but I think it looks pretty good.

This is the bottom where the four rectangles meet up.  Doesn't bother me that the squares meet up.  Its the bottom, after all.

I confess that I did not consult the pattern for the length of the straps, so I think mine ended up rather long in comparison to the bag - but at least I know they'll fit over my shoulder!

Mondo Bag

So would I make another Mondo Bag?  Definitely - it was a fast and easy project. I did it all on my straight stitch feather weight.

True Confession: I thought it would be bigger.  After all the hype written in the pattern about the size - I couldn't actually fold up an entire queen size quilt it in.
On the other hand, now that I understand the basic concept of how it goes together, I could make any size I wanted......
After all, I've got more jelly roll strips!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Random Projects

A few random projects I've been working on.
Mending.  No fun at all, but Mini really loves this dress, so I fixed a tear in the lace.
This is a wrap towel I use when we go to the YMCA.  I am always afraid it will get tossed in the Y laundry since its white.  I sewed some orange ribbon on it to make it more visible.

Still working on the hexies - the Ten Year Project.  Si turns 7 this year - so I've got three years left to get it finished!
I have received all of my Spelling Bee words.  I have a list of seven more that I want to add before I put it together.

 I pulled this old cross stitch project out the other day.  It is clearly almost done.  I quit because I couldn't do french knots.  I know how, now, so I really must get this done.  You are supposed to couch yarn on the front, but I think I will skip that part.  Just need to finish up back stitching. 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Gridster Bee: January and February Blocks

I know I've mentioned it a couple of times before, but I'm finally writing an actual post about the new bee I'm in for 2017.  It is the Gridster Bee - because we are "Hip, adventurous quilters who love the grid"  We are also encouraged to try something new.  In January Susan asked for New York Beauty blocks in pink, black, white, yellow, red and blue.
Having never made a New York Beauty block before that is when I conceived my idea of practice blocks leading to a sampler for myself at the end of the year.

This was my very large fabric pull for the blocks.
And my two finishes!

In February Sherri asked for a Pineapple block.
Fun and easy!  One for her and one for me!

My month is May (my birthday month!)  I'm thinking of asking for bees.  I made this one above as a test.  I haven't decided for sure.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Leftover Lighthouses

If you remember a couple of weeks ago I shared a Lighthouse Wall hanging that I had made based on our Quilt Guild's logo.  I had some extra pieces from that experiment as I had tried to get the size of the lighthouse right, and then also the "negative" of the Lighthouse.  I turned them all into mini quilts.
The back of each one is the same.  I added the little hanging triangles on the back -  you insert a dowel across and then a loop to hang on a nail.

These will all be going for sale in our quilt show "boutique" this fall.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Temperature Quilt 2017: January

Finally sitting down to write up some blog posts.

January is all done -  and so are the blocks for my temperature quilt.
You can see we had a couple of freak warm days in there.

I posted the following pictures on Instagram for some feedback on background choices.  Chocolate, dark chocolate and pink!  I confess I'm leaning toward pink.