Saturday, November 22, 2014

Rainy Day

We've had a lovely rainy day.  I've spent part of it here in my comfy chair close to a window where I can enjoy the sound of the rain.

It’s possible to do applique with a sleepy dog in your lap…difficult but possible.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Outgoing President Gift

Today was the last 2014 meeting for our local quilt club and it was also the day we kicked off the holiday season with a party.  The members were invited to surprise our outgoing president with 12 ½ inch basket blocks.  Here’s the one I made for her.  The pattern came from the Summer 2011 Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issue and was designed by Dawn Heese of Linen Closet Designs.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Top Row Done on Jane Stickle Quilt

The top row for my Jane Stickle quilt, complete with two corner kites, is on the design wall.  Had I known just how troublesome those corner kites would prove to be…including inset seams, I might have stopped with the center blocks and left well enough alone.  The right corner block was especially troublesome and I’m still not sure if the time-honored ooch method will make it work.  I haven’t figured out what went wrong making it shorter than the other blocks in the row, but I surely do not want to re-do it.

We are having a cloudy day and I had to use the “auto contrast” feature for this photograph.  So, the colors are not quite true, but they are close.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Working on Jane Stickle...Still

Work is continuing on the Jane Stickle quilt.  I now have one corner kite complete and two more in various stages of completion.  

These are fairly labor intensive, but each stitch gets me closer to a finish.  


Monday, November 3, 2014

Bottom Border - Jane Stickle Quilt

The first row of border triangles for my Jane Stickle quilt is done…maybe.  Somehow I managed to reverse the order of the triangles for what is supposed to be the bottom border.  You would have thought that by my age I could tell the difference between right and left.  I will put it up against the center, and see if by chance I like the way it looks.  I am so ready to wrap up this multi-year project. The orange block in the center reminds me of a mask with a smiley face.

I started prepping one of the corner kites for applique today.  It will go with me to Sit ‘N Sew tomorrow.

We are scheduled to do a final walk-through of the ranch house Wednesday.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Quilt Nirvana

Sometimes a girl just has to play, and that’s what I did this week.  I arrived home last night with two sore feet and many good memories from the 2014 Houston International Quilt Festival.  Thanks to a good friend who generously offered me a ride and a place to stay, I was able to go.  It had been four years since I last attended and as always the experience was made up of equal parts exhilaration, fatigue, inspiration and humility. 

Here are just three of the many quilts that caught my eye.

I am always amazed at what some artists can do with fabric and thread.

 There were, of course, a gazillion vendors.  Here is the loot that came home with me.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Getting Closer...

I finished stitching sashings to the last five rows of my Jane Stickle quilt last night.  Slow progress, but progress nonetheless.  Here they are with the eight rows that have already been joined.

Work on the ranch house rebuild is nearing completion and we spent yesterday unloading boxes that the ServiceMaster crew had packed in April.  I honestly thought that over the years we had discarded most of the stuff we no longer need or can use.  But, as the boxes were opened, I discovered how wrong I was.  Much of what they contained originated with my parents including some 1934 nursing textbooks that had been squirreled away on shelving we no longer have. 

I was emotionally and physically drained by the time we returned to town yesterday, but we really got a lot accomplished.  We pressed as hard as we could since the construction guys are scheduled to haul trash away this week.  The house is a mess as the crews are still at work, and mice have taken advantage of open doors and windows to move back in.  Appliances and furniture are back in place, though, and it will be habitable by the time hunting season arrives.  That makes my husband very happy.