Monday, June 26, 2017

A Little Catch Up Blogging

I’ve been absent from the blog for a while, but not the sewing room.  In fact, as I’ve stayed close to home while hubby recuperates from knee surgery, I’ve enjoyed some bonus stitching time.

First up, I completed 15 anti-ouch pouches in June and delivered them to the Guild meeting last week.

Three more rosettes are done.  I think I need one more rosette and a bazillion neutral hexies. (But who’s counting?)

I ran short on hexagon papers, so some punching was in order.  A friend loaned me her Fiskars punch and I find it much easier on the hands than my old one which has stopped giving me clean cuts.

Another friend kindly gifted me with a bag of scraps.  I’ve divvied it up with my scrapaholic friend and have been happily processing my share.

And I’ve made another 72 bow tie blocks.

As Bob’s recovery progresses, I’ve started getting out and about more.  I’m looking forward to sewing with my Tuesday pals tomorrow.  I'm tempted to take handwork because it's easy to tote and ready to go.  I want to rest my hand a couple of days, though, so it will probably be something else.

Monday, June 12, 2017

A Finish and a Win

Since my husband's knee surgery last Monday, my time has pretty much been spent helping him with his recovery.  He's doing really well, but it's been a challenge for both of us.  One of the ways I try to stay calm is working on my hexagon project.  Here are rosettes numbers 27 and 28.

I finished this wall quilt which dates back to a workshop with Karen Combs in April 2016. All it needed was the binding and I finally decided to check it off my list.  Since I wasn’t in love with it anyway, I decided to attempt a machine binding.  This time I tried glue basting the corners and that did help.  It’s far from perfect. I still need to figure out how wide to cut it versus how big a seam to use attaching it.

Sew 30 minutes a day - Challenge

Also, to my surprise, I won Annie’s Sew30SewFUN May 2017 Challenge.  I now have a very nice gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop.  I’m going to resist the urge to shop immediately, though, and look for something that especially tickles my fancy.  Annie will be continuing the challenge another month, if you are interested in jumping aboard.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Here is number 26 out of the 32 rosettes needed for the Edyta Sitar project I’ve been working on.  I think I have fabrics paired for the remaining ones and then I will be ready to start thinking about how to arrange them around the center diamonds. 

Annie's Sew30SewFUN challenge for May is wrapping up.  I’m pleased that I was able to use it as a means to get my sewing rhythm back.  Hopefully that will continue.  

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Village is Built

I was determined that the project from last week’s workshop with Flavin Glover would not join the host of other UFOs tucked away in my stash closet.  I finished the binding today while sewing with my Tuesday quilting buddies.  It’s been a while since I had a finish.  

I’ve also added another rosette to the collection for my Edyta Sitar project, and I’ve been processing gifted scraps which will become bow tie block units.

One day soon I will stop and count the batches in my basket to get an idea of how many more I need to make.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Building a Village

Last week I had the joy of attending a workshop led by Flavin Glover from Auburn, Alabama.  We learned her technique of creating houses based on log cabin blocks.  At the end of the workshop she had us bring all our blocks to the front so we could see the village we had created.

I am continuing to build my wall quilt using a fabric line that looks like aged muslin.

Sew 30 minutes a day - Challenge

So far I’m keeping up with Annie’s Sew30SewFUN challenge, and it’s paying off.  I feel like I’m hitting a rhythm again and really enjoying the process.  The new project and more relaxed pace of life the last two weeks has helped too.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Tuesday Stitching

I joined my Tuesday sewing friends for about three hours, before a sinking spell, a residual of the cold I’ve been fighting, sent me packing.  It’s trying to morph into bronchitis and I didn’t want to push too hard.  I have Guild meeting today and a workshop on tomorrow and want to be able to enjoy both.  My machine work was, of course, bow tie units.  My vintage Singer 404 lives at the Club House and I really enjoy using it for regular piecing.

I also have two more rosettes done for my Edyta Sitar project.  

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Still Plugging Along

I’m still keeping up with Annie's Sew30SewFUN challenge.  

Sew 30 minutes a day - Challenge

In fact, despite a lack of interesting pictures, I can honestly say those lovely words from my previous work life, “Exceeds Expectations.”

My focus, of course, was on my bow tie project, and the collection in my basket is growing.  There are enough bow tie units there for 27 rows.

Over the weekend I had to change directions and complete the 10 remaining anti-ouch pouch kits so they would be ready to turn in at Wednesday’s Guild meeting bringing my total for May to 15.  

I've also spent some time prepping fabric for a Thursday workshop and more hexagon rosettes.  No pictures there...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Working at Home

Normally I join my friends at our club house on Tuesdays for both sewing and fellowship.  Not today, though.  Bob and I have both been slammed by colds, our first in several years.  So, I elected to stay home and sew, rather than risk getting out in the damp gloomy weather.  Sadly, tomorrow I have commitments I must keep and am hoping my symptoms will be less problematic by the morning.

In the meantime, I added several sets of six bow tie blocks to the collection.

When I tired of stitching I started pulling scraps from my collection of crumbs to add some more diversity to the project.

Monday, May 8, 2017


I have definitely been struggling with focus issues lately and decided to try joining in the Sew30SewFUNMay2017 challenge over at Annie's.

Sew 30 minutes a day - Challenge

The goal is to sew 30 minutes every day (with one day off each week) for the month.  So far, I’ve managed to do more than 30 minutes every day with no missed days.

Here is the result so far.  This basket contains 22 bundles of 6 bow tie units.  There are six bow tie units to a row and 6 rows to a block.  I haven’t really decided on how many blocks I will make, but I’m trying to move this project forward.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Plans Gone Awry

This week has certainly had its share of surprises.  I had decided to do handwork while sewing with my Tuesday group.  Since I was running late, I grabbed my kit for making hexagons only to discover after arriving at the Club House that I didn’t bring the fabric.   Sheesh…. Change of plans.  I decided to work on my scrappy bow tie project instead.  After dumpster diving and borrowing a rotary cutter I was able to crank out a few on the Singer 404 I leave there all the time.

The second, much bigger,  mess up happened yesterday.  It’s something of a jolt when the 20 guests you were expecting Friday show up Thursday.

We were hosting an end of tax season party for the AARP tax volunteers in our area and dear hubby simply got the date wrong.  It wasn’t as big a disaster as it might have been because two of the other site leaders provided beverages and snacks, but needless to say the house was not in the condition I had planned on it being for the event.  Hubby was a mess after working in the yard all day and the two dogs were in dire need of baths.  The good news is that this turn of events has given me back my Friday, plus the promise of several evening meals out …. Something we rarely do.

I’ve been making these blocks for a group project.  We have had quite a discussion as to whether they are Churn Dash or Shoo Fly blocks.  Whichever is correct, my part in this stage of the process did get done on schedule.

My first batch of five anti-ouch pouches for the May Guild Meeting are complete.

Friday, April 21, 2017


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.