Friday, April 21, 2017

Whew!

Life has not been quilter-friendly for the last couple of weeks.  There have been company and deadlines and commitments to meet.  



So, the blog has been silent and the only progress I can report is that I barely managed to complete five anti-ouch pouches to hand in at Guild meeting Wednesday plus four more rosettes for my Edyta Sitar project.



Our company left Tuesday and arrived safely at home in Wisconsin yesterday.  Here is the lovely flower they gave me. 



It certainly was neither necessary nor expected, but I do love it. 



They also insisted on buying this rock planter when I picked it up at an excursion to the Wildseed Farm in Fredericksburg.  I’m into succulents this year and had been wanting one of these planters for a long time.  There was a lot of good natured teasing about me wanting a rock with a hole in it.


I’m looking forward to some time at the sewing machine this coming week.  Some mindless stitching is in order!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This, That and the Other...



This month’s anti-ouch pouches are calling my name.  I am working on a group project with a deadline next week.  There’s always the ongoing quilting that’s been inching along.  But all I wanted to work on today while sewing with friends was my scrappy bow tie project, so that’s what I did.  I have 10 blocks completed and made progress on an eleventh today. 



Every time I look at the blocks on my design wall, they make me happy because of all the bright cheerful colors.  I guess the other projects will still be there tomorrow…



This little guy was checking me out after a recent shower.  He’s too pretty to be creepy.


I’m linking to the Scraptastic Tuesday linky party.

Scraptastic Tuesday

Friday, March 31, 2017

An Outing

Our unscheduled days are pretty rare this time of year, so we opted to take a ride to the country today.  We needed to stop by the ranch and be sure the storms had not caused any damage and were relieved to find everything okay.



The wildflowers are already fading, but we enjoyed a lunch at the Castell General Store which serves very good hamburgers.




Here is the only evidence I can provide that I am also devoting some time to quilting:  an empty spool, a handful of pieced neutral hexagons, and stacks being cut to bow tie unit size.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bow Tie Progress



It’s been a while since I worked on my bow tie blocks.  Today I actually made some progress on the project while sewing with my Tuesday group.  I completed a block I had already started and got a few more units put together.  I really treasure my Tuesday gathering.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Where oh where has the month of March gone? Where oh where has it gone?

Like a lot of folks right now, some of my stitching time has been replaced by yard chores.  Some has gone to travel and some has been lost due to lack of focus on my part (the major loss).  



I have completed two more rosettes for my Edyta Sitar project, and I’m cutting for bow tie blocks which I hope to work on tomorrow while sewing with my Tuesday quilt pals.




The countryside is in bloom and the wildflowers will probably peak two weeks earlier than normal.  We haven’t hit 90 degrees yet, but we are pushing the upper 80s, which is well above normal.

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

Monday, February 13, 2017

Late to the Party

I continued working on hexagons during Bonnie’s Quilt-Cam yesterday.  Since I last posted about them, I have completed the row of neutrals around part of the center so that it’s ready for the next two diamonds to be added, finished one rosette and started another.  I also picked up a couple of fat eighths bundles Saturday so I could pair up fabrics for some more rosettes.



It's been two days since the 16 pound scrap bag was opened, and I’ve diligently been working at sorting and dealing with color groups.  Two days since my scrap addicted friend left with a big shopping bag full.  I can't tell a difference in the piles of my cutting table, but I'm still having fun.  I've even found a couple of intact fat quarters.


I’m late but still linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching linky party.


Slow Sunday Stitching

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Scrap Party

Today was the day a friend and I dove into the 16 ½ pound bag of scraps recently gifted to me. 
Sixteen pounds of scraps makes a pretty big pile!



Things got a little raucous. 




Looks like I’m going to be busy dealing with this for a while.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Anti-Ouch Pouches for February



The third Wednesday falls early this month so I had to scramble to get my anti-ouch pouches (for breast cancer patients) done in time for the Guild meeting next week.  This time I also included five made with fabric from my own stash.  I’ll be handing in 15.  They’ve asked us to start recording our community service hours.  I timed myself and found I can complete 5 kitted pouches in 2 ½ hours.  I kind of wish I hadn’t figured that out.

We've had an exceptionally warm start for February with Saturday's high predicted at 88 degrees.  Everyone is already out working in their yards and during my walk this afternoon I had my first snake sighting.  Ugh!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Slow (Super Bowl) Sunday Stitching

The 11 days since my last post have been blur.  The gathering of quilters at my house turned out to be a lot of fun and I hated to see the afternoon end.  As no one opened my stash closet, there were no injuries due to avalanches. However, the leftover snacks have been my undoing ever since.  

Then, there was the trip to San Antonio to witness our oldest grandson’s formal swearing in ceremony for enlisting in the Marines.  He won’t be called up to Boot Camp until after he completes high school this spring.  The projected date is in late September.   Still, it was a sobering experience.



On the quilting front:  The center for my hexagon quilt is slowly taking shape.  I will work on it and some additional rosettes during the Super Bowl game tonight.  I just hope I remember to lift my head and look at the screen during the commercials rather than the other way around.  The only teams I had any affiliation with have been eliminated.  So, as DH is fond of saying, I don’t have a dog in this race.  The commercials will be my entertainment.



I finished pin basting this Texas Tumbleweed top, a Bonnie Hunter design, and hope to start work on quilting it this week. 


Linking up with Kathy's Slow Sunday Stitching.


Slow Sunday Stitching

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A Treasure Trove of Scraps

Tuesday brought record high temperatures, even for Central Texas, peaking at 84 degrees.  It made for a delightful day, but what does that bode for our summer?



My Tuesday quilting friends have taken note of my dumpster diving and Gail had this bag waiting for me at my usual spot.  I weighed it when I got home and it comes in at a whopping 16 pounds.  This should keep me busy for a while.  Thanks, Gail!  

I won’t delve into it until this weekend.  I have a group of quilter friends coming tomorrow afternoon and I don’t want my sewing room looking like early explosion.  (I hope they don’t open the door to my stash closet….😨...somebody could be hurt by an avalanche!)



In a little while I’ll be leaving to help prepare a meal at church.  The smell of the freshly baked brownies I’m taking is intoxicating.  I hope they all make it there.  I’m looking forward to Quilt Cam tonight and more handwork time.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Slow Sunday Stitching


As soon as I started adding neutral hexagons to my diamonds, I knew I wanted more diversity.  



So, I dove into my French General stash and started cutting more.  I will spend my Slow Sunday Stitching time today basting them.  Hubby follows the Packers and this will be a good project to work on while I join him for that.  He’s on his own for the other game!



Also, my die cutter and I really bonded this weekend.  Here are strips from the scraps I was gifted, ready to be sub-cut into 1 and 1½ inch squares for bowtie blocks. 

Today is a good day to stay inside.  We have a wind advisory in effect with gusts of 45 mph possible.  These winds also resulted in a fire weather warning.  We are expected to have a high of 65 today, but it certainly won’t feel like it.

I’m linking to Kathy’s Slow Sunday Stitching linky party.


Slow Sunday Stitching