Sunday, January 13, 2019

Another Finish

I finished quilting and binding this wall quilt from Kim Diehl’s 2018 Simple Whatnots Club.  I took it, along with my recently finished hexagon quilt, for “show and share” at a gathering yesterday.   

This was my contribution to the dessert table, shortbread made from a recipe I gleaned from
Wanda's blog a few years ago.  It tastes really good with hot coffee or tea.

This week I am trying to finish up the anti-ouch pouch kits I have on hand so they can go with me to the Guild’s meeting Wednesday.  Once done, I can indulge in some more play time!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

A Finish

Like so many quilt bloggers I follow, my resolutions/goals/hopes for 2019 are pretty much the same:  lose weight, walk more, use my stash, etc.  Because I want to keep things as simple as possible in the quilting realm, I’ve decided to just focus on finishing more quilt projects than I start.  

I’m off to a good start.  Here is my first finish of 2019.  It is English paper pieced hexagons using a design by Edyta Sitar from her book, Handfuls of Scraps.  I elected not to do the applique border and my hexies are slightly smaller than those called for in the pattern.  It measures approximately 55 X 59 inches.  I started it in July 2016, so it took me 2 ½ years to complete.

Finishes 1, starts 0!  (Also, I’m working on the binding for a small wall quilt.)

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

'Tis Definitely the Season

…for gratitude, stress, joy, melancholy, and the full range of other emotions we humans experience.

One of the joys (and gratitudes) this season was this very nice package from Donna at Brynwood Needleworks.  I have been enjoying her blog for a few years and as a Corgi mom myself, I especially appreciate her “Tuesdays with Tag” posts.  I won a recent giveaway celebrating her 3,500th blog post and received this handmade cork key ring and a personalized pen.  Thank you, Donna!  3,500 daily blog posts is quite a blogging accomplishment.

Last week, my husband had ankle replacement surgery.  Once healed, the quality of his life should vastly improve (another gratitude).  The six weeks of no weight bearing recovery, however, will certainly be a stress for both of us. 

My favorite coping mechanism during these times continues to be my hexagon project.  I can keep hubby company “watching” a lot of football working on these hexies!

Since I’m staying close to the house during these first days after hubby’s surgery, I have been trying to make progress machine quilting this hexagon quilt using an edge-to-edge feather design.  I’m about half way through, maybe. 

Three friends have unexpectedly lost their spouses this December; a reason for melancholy as well as a reminder to be grateful for the loved ones still in my life.

So, when the season starts to wear me down, I try to quiet myself for a moment, exercise an attitude of gratitude and just breathe.  I certainly hope your season is a time of gratitude and joy as well.

Monday, December 10, 2018

My New Cozy Spot

Every time we have company or a gathering at our house, I’ve wished we had more seating in the family room.  I recently came across this used glider for $35 and snatched it up.  Rocking chairs have always been very appealing to me. 

As soon as I got it home, I knew the original cushions had to go.  That’s when I discovered that finding replacement cushions for gliders is not easy.  I finally found some generic ones online that fit the chair’s dimensions, but no where was I able to find arm rest cushions.  I decided to wrap the arm rests with quilting practice pieces and then covered those with quilted placemats.  A tutorial I found online showed how to turn up the hemmed edge of the placemats to form pockets.  Someday I’ll find arm rest fabric I like better, but this will do for now.  I also used a lot of wood restorer.  It brought back a pretty luster to the wood, but there are areas where the original stain is gone. 

So, my steal of a deal ended up being not such a good deal after all, but I now have a very comfy chair I can use for handwork.  The antique sewing box next to it belonged to my grandmother.  I had been using it as an end table in the guest room, but decided to bring it out where I can enjoy it.  My first project using my new work station was removing a border I didn’t like on a small project. 

…and this is something I haven’t seen in a while.  I cleared off my quilting station so I can actually use it for its intended purpose.

In the almost 13 years we have lived here, this is only the second time I have seen pelicans on the pond near our house.  They are beautiful, but would not let me get close enough to take a good picture.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

"Me" Time!

On Thursday I got through my turn to host a stitching group I belong to.  Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, including me.  Yesterday, our Thanksgiving company left, so today is “me" time.  

I’ve been cutting up perfectly good fabric so I can sew it together again.  Quilters and other sewists understand this, but husbands and other family members are baffled.  

Many of these strips will become hexies for my red and white project.  I have been doing so much handwork these last two weeks that I ran out of ones that were ready to stitch.  The remainder will go in my 2 1/2 inch strip storage.

Monday, November 26, 2018

All the Colors

As I was finishing the binding on this colorwash, it came to me that it could be called “No Color Left Behind.”  All it lacks for being complete is a label.  This project was the result of my participation in Wanda Hanson's Colorwash360 online course.  I am so glad I participated.  She has a wealth of information and experience to share.  I noted in her post today that she will be offering it again in the spring and a wait list is started.

Central Texas is not known for its fall colors, so I am always pleased when I spot some.  This oak is in our front yard.

My Christmas cactus has blooms.  

Monday, November 19, 2018

Festival and Colorwash360

Every time I go somewhere it seems to take me longer to recover and hit my rhythm again.  Such was the case last week.  The week prior to that, a dear friend invited me to join her on a trip to the Houston Quilt Festival.  No way was I going to turn down that offer.  Every time I’ve gone to the Festival, it has been my intent to fill my camera with photographs, and every time I become so engrossed in what I see that it doesn’t happen.

Here is one of the few exceptions.  The goofy looking person on the right is me.  The tall distinguished gentleman who was being a good sport is none other than Kaffe Fassett.  I also got to meet and chat briefly with Edyta Sitar and had a class with Ricky Tims.  Oh, my.  Did I ever have a good time.

Here is one of the few quilt pictures I took along with its description.  I love English Paper Piecing, but 45,000 quarter-inch hexagons is a project in an entirely different league. (Do you suppose they rounded to the nearest 1,000?)

…and here is a close up.

I didn’t do too badly on shopping.

Our monthly Guild meeting was held last week and included a program by a Hobbs representative.  I was lucky enough to win one of the door prizes.

The online Colorwash360 class offered by Wanda Hanson has ended.  I’m to the stitching in the ditch stage and getting ready to choose a binding.