Sunday, March 19, 2017

Home Again

Last week traveled to South Texas where Bob’s two brothers from Wisconsin spend the winter.  We were joined by a Dallas area brother for a mini family reunion that included four of the six siblings.  It was lots of fun and it feels ever so good to be home!



I knew sewing would be limited to what handwork I could squeeze in while riding (usually with a dog in my lap) or in the evenings while the guys played pinochle.  So, all I have to show is two rosettes.  I’ll be working on some more this afternoon while Bob watches basketball.




Slow Sunday Stitching

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Friend's Studio

I love to see how other quilters manage their space, especially since I am always at battle with the unorganized clutter in my life.  




A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to see Sue's studio for the first time.  She is a prolific quilter with a background in art training.  I knew her space would be special, and she graciously agreed to let me post some photographs....when I finally got the courage to ask for permission.




Sue has created a relaxing retreat for herself that is also quite functional.




It is filled with whimsical little settings, quite characteristic of her personality.



And, it is filled with collections of items waiting for that perfect next project.

Sue also happens to be a Master Gardener.  I hope she lets me stop by again when everything is budded out and in bloom.  (hint, hint, hint 😊)



Sunday, March 12, 2017

Prepping for Handwork



I dove into my reproduction fabrics yesterday and paired fabrics for more rosettes.  The Edyta Sitar pattern calls for 32.  I have 14 finished and 11 ready for basting and assembly.  That, along with all neutrals I need to make, should keep me in handwork for a long time.



Following a recommendation made by Bonnie Hunter, I use a die cutter designed for scrapbookers for cutting my paper foundations.  I like being able to put all that scrap paper to use, and it is more economical in the long run.



We had a rare treat this morning:  breakfast at the Blue Bonnet Cafe, where the bluebonnets are already making a show.  We had a very dreary morning and the picture does not do justice to the colors.



Not to be out done, my rose bush is also in bloom.  Both the roses and bluebonnets are extremely early this year.  


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Rotating Between Projects



I’ve started quilting this Bonnie Hunter design that came out of a workshop with her a couple of years ago.  This is going to take a while because I am a very slow quilter, but it feels good to be at this stage in the process.  Also, I’m afraid I may be developing issues with my quilter and that’s making it more of a chore too.  I sure hope that's not the case.  It weighs 50 pounds and getting it to Austin for work will be a hassle.



I put the pedal to the metal Tuesday and Wednesday, so to speak, and finished my anti-ouch pouches for March, 15 again. 




And, I’ve continued work on my Edyta Sitar hexagon project.  The diamond units in the center have been joined and I’m pairing more fabrics for rosettes.  I also need a bunch more neutral hexies…a whole bunch more.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

A Little Work, a Little Play, and a Little Silliness



I’m still working on my hexagon project and the center with diamonds is gradually taking shape.  



I’ve also added another rosette to the mix but have several more left to do.



Our winter Texans who have been joining our Tuesday sewing group for several years are headed home.  Once again, they threw a farewell party for us.  This year’s theme was Breakfast at Tiffany’s and they out did themselves decorating the table.  They are such a fun pair.




I’m also working on this month’s batch of anti-ouch pouches.  I completed four yesterday and got a start on several others.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Taming the Scraps



The saga of the 16-pound bag of scraps continues.  



This is what it looks like now that I’ve culled through and pressed its contents.   Some was too small even for me to deal with.  Some, I suspected was not 100 percent cotton.  The friend who gave the scraps to me uses high-quality fabric for her quilts, but she also does a lot of sewing for grandchildren’s costumes, etc.  Now I will have to decide how do slice and dice it up as well as putting it into organized storage.




We’ve already had several days with highs in the 80s.  Everything is budding and leafing and the mountain laurel is in bloom.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Scraptastic Tuesday



I’ve finished another bow tie block.  These are definitely fun to make but the challenge is in getting enough fabric diversity in the blocks.  Many of the fabrics in the 16-pound bag of scraps gifted to me will make an appearance in future blocks.



I had intended to make more bow tie units while at the weekly sew-in today, but the weather had turned wet and blustery.  So, I grabbed up my handwork bundle and finished this rosette instead.



We had a late afternoon shower yesterday and I captured this rainbow. 


Linking to Leanne’s Scraptastic Tuesday linky party.

Scraptastic Tuesday