Sunday, October 8, 2017

It's Growing




My Edyta Sitar hexagon project is growing.  All the rosettes are attached and I’ve begun filling in with neutrals.  I’m running very low on prepared neutral hexies and will be cutting some more out this week. 


Soon I will have to make a decision about borders.  I know I want to add a few rows of neutral hexies to all edges, but I'm not sure where I want to go from there.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

An Emptied Project Box



My bow tie quilt is now a finished top and ready to be added to the to-be-quilted-queue.  It measures  approximately 56 ½ X 68 1/2 Inches and has 952 bow tie units that finish at 2 inches.  Fabrics came from my stash and the generosity of friends and I love its bright colors.  I also love the empty project box, something of a rarity here.



It was inspired by a quilt by Florence Edith Goggin that was published in the May 2000 issue of Quilters Newsletter magazine.   The original was pieced by hand, with no fabric repeats.  I tried to create as much fabric diversity as possible in my smaller version, but there are definitely numerous repeats.



It has lots of bright prints in it and it makes me happy to look at it.  When I had it on the ironing board, the sun shining through it reminded me of stained glass.



I have a friend in my Tuesday group who is also working on this project.  I’ll offer to let her have my cut out remnants and orphan pieces.




Acorns are good this year and we have a lot of these little critters visiting us.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Journal Cover



I received a fat quarter at a Guild meeting and was asked to create something with it that could be used in our quilt show boutique next February.  The fabric was so pretty I really didn’t want to cut it up.  I procrastinated several months because I could not decide what to do.  When the show chairman said they already had enough potholders, mug rugs, tissue holders and pin cushions, I decided I better get busy and make a decision before I ran out of options.   So, I decided to use Wanda's tutorial and make a journal cover.



A fat quarter is not wide enough to make the inside flaps as big as I wanted, so I had to piece it.  Fortunately, I was able to place the seam were the fabric turns on the back flap and it isn’t all that noticeable.  I like it, and if no one else buys it, I will.


Friday, September 22, 2017

A Workshop Finish

Tote Bag Front

Tote Bag Back


I signed up for a Guild workshop Wednesday and this is the result.  I still had some work to do on it when we had to vacate the room we were using. Fortunately, I was able to push through Wednesday night and finish it Thursday morning.  I definitely did not want another workshop UFO.  The bag was made using a charm pack and accent fabrics for the lining and straps. 

I also delivered nine more anti-ouch pouches to the Guild and picked up some more kits to work on before our next meeting.
Now, back to the never-ending bow tie and hexagon projects…..

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Ouch-Pouches, Hexagons, Bow Ties and a Brave Dog

Thursday was spent at a friend’s retreat center working on anti-ouch pouches which are given to patients who have had breast biopsies or surgery.  There were 11 of us working and I’m told we completed 168 pouches!  Our guild meeting is next week and I have nine more started at home that I hope to deliver.



My hexagon quilt went to retreat with me, but was never touched.  Since then I’ve been working on it in the evenings and have made a little more progress. 



And, I think I finally have enough bow tie units to complete the border blocks.  My main concern is whether I have enough variety in fabrics. 




Our lovable mutt (shown here demanding attention while I do handwork) proved her worth this week.  When I went out to investigate her non-stop barking I discovered a water moccasin snake in the yard.  Very dangerous!  Hubby dispatched it.  We’ve had numerous visits from harmless snakes as well as possums, armadillos, skunks and even a rabid raccoon in the 10 years we’ve lived here.  I guess that’s the price you pay for being on the outer edge of the community.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Home from Retreat

I attended our Guild’s third annual retreat this week and thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship, good food and time to work on two projects.



My bow tie quilt is a top except for the units that will border it.  I still have approximately 100 of those to make.



This Sue Garman project was going on its third annual retreat.  I would love for it to be completed before next year’s event.


Of course, there was a somber undertone to our play days.  Although we were far enough inland to escape direct impact.  Everyone had family, friends or property at risk from Hurricane Harvey.  There was no television at the retreat center but cell phones never stopped ringing as we got updates.  Pleas had already been made for loved ones to evacuate and vacation homes had been secured as best they could before Harvey’s landfall.    All anyone could do was wait for the storm to play out while we dealt with our collective anxiety by sewing. The full extent of what will need to be done for recovery is still unknown.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

There and Back Again


The last two weeks were spent on an extended road trip from Central Texas to Monterey, California.  We had not planned on a long trip this year, but the stars aligned in such a way that it was meant to happen.  Hubby was suffering from a major case of cabin fever after rehabbing from knee surgery that included some setbacks.  The second week in August was coming up and in our area, that means lots of noise and traffic congestion for the annual motor boat races.  And a relative had taken a tumble resulting in a broken leg and we wanted to see her (it had been 12 years).  So, off we went.



Needless to say, no sewing machine work happened, but I did invest quite a bit of time working on my Edyta Sitar project.  The second row of rosettes is now anchored to the center.  I will need A LOT more neutral hexies, but I’m ready to start placing the outer row of rosettes.  I love it when I can begin to see real progress on a project.

Other than the pounds I gained largely due to this and other indulgencies…..



This is the only souvenir to come home with me.  I'll look pretty classy while walking the doggies in my pink Pebble Beach hat!





Monterey has some fabulous scenery.  



I think you could make just about anything grow there if you stick it in the dirt and give it some water.  These were in a planter by the parking lot and I love the way the fresh colors play together.



This will be a very busy week on the home front.  Not only will we be in recovery mode from the trip, but I will be prepping for our Guild’s annual retreat next week.  

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Hot Weather Equals Quilting Weather

It would be an exaggeration to say we’ve been sheltering in place the last few weeks, but it has certainly been hot enough for us to limit activities during the hottest part of the day.  I’ve been using the time to push forward on my ongoing projects.



I’ve started playing around with the layout of the second row of rosettes in my Handful of Scraps quilt. 



I’ll need many more neutral hexagons and that has been my focus in the evenings while Bob watches dance, Alaska and Ninja Warrior programs on television.



I’ve also been working on bow tie units and blocks.  The units in the container are made with darker fabrics and will be used in the border.  I estimate I’ve made about half of what I need for the border.

I’m very grateful to my quilting buddies who have generously saved scraps for me.  I find a new pile almost every Tuesday when I join the group.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

One Stitch at a Time



This was the scene last night as I tuned into Bonnie Hunter’s Quilt-Cam



And, this is the current state of that project.  It doesn't look a lot different from my last post, but I believe all the rosettes are done and it will be time to start joining them to the center after I complete this outer row of neutrals.



My basket of bow tie units now has enough in it to finish making the 20 center blocks I have planned.  My version of this pattern will be smaller than the original which was published in Quilters Newsletter in 2000.  It had 42 center blocks.  If I’ve calculated correctly, I need to make 216 additional units in dark fabrics for a border.  Time to start cutting up more scraps.



I only finished five anti-ouch pouches this month, but I did respond to the coordinator’s plea for more fabric by filling a large shopping bag with yardage from my stash. 


Today I am especially grateful for air conditioning.  One of our two units went out for 24 hours…not good news in July in Central Texas. Thankfully, the second, smaller unit, did not fail and we were able to schedule a repairman who got everything up and running.  

Monday, July 10, 2017



Finally, some significant progress to post on my hexagon quilt.  I still have one rosette to go, but the center rosettes have now been added to the diamond blocks.  I’m beginning to see a tiny speck of light at the end of a very long tunnel!


Once a month a friend opens the fabric shop that is attached to her retreat house to the entire quilting community. The day includes show and share, a look at upcoming retreats and classes, and lunch.   Usually there’s a conflict on that Saturday, and I miss out.  This time, however, I was able to go and brought home these lovelies.  Hubby has gotten to a point in his recovery where I’m comfortable leaving him at home for longer periods and I really enjoyed the break.  

Summer has set in with a vengeance.  Good weather to stay inside and quilt.


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...