Thursday, May 9, 2019

A Red and White Finish

I appreciate the supportive comments I received after my last post.  Hubby's health has improved and I also am feeling much better.  Gradually I am pulling myself out of the slump I was in.

One red quilt project is complete and another is in the process of being pin basted.   It was late in the day when I took this picture.  The real quilt is not nearly this dark.  I am so happy to be finally moving forward on some of my projects. 

Tuesday was spent with friends cutting anti-ouch pouch kits.  Our total stands at 230 kits from the two giant tubs of fabric we received.  The lady who says she actually enjoys ironing the fabric before we cut it has an injured hand, and will be out of commission for a while.  Since others in our group will be travelling off and on all summer, we are asking the project coordinator to hold off delivering more fabric until the August guild meeting.  I’ve also stitched up 10 pouches.  I had to stand at a weird angle while taking the picture to minimize the glare on the ruler.  It kind of makes me dizzy looking at it.

We’ve had an exceptionally wet spring and the plants, including the cacti, are loving it.

My blackberry bushes are also producing.  The first one I sampled was rather tart, but hopefully others will be sweet.

Friday, April 19, 2019


The last month has been very unsettled for us and I found I had little time for stitching and no urge to blog.  While I can’t say things are more settled, I am returning to my quilting/stitching activities.  Primarily I’ve wanted to do mindless type machine work.  So, this week I delivered 11 anti-ouch pouches to the guild meeting and have begun quilting this top with a simple meander.  

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Back to the Stash

I dove back into my stash and found some fabrics to replace two of my least favorite blocks in my red and white project.  I’m liking it better now.  I’ll let it remain on the design wall a while so I can think about it some more.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Time to Start Tweaking

I think this is enough red and white blocks for a small throw quilt, and I’ve begun playing with layouts.  This is not the final and there are still a couple of blocks I may want to replace with different fabrics, but I will sleep on it tonight.  It's amazing how looking at a photograph of a quilt makes trouble areas easier to spot.

I found this red and white print that may work for a border.

We had three hard freezes at the beginning of the week.  The high today was 40 plus degrees warmer than the highs Monday and Tuesday.  The wildflowers should be okay despite the freezes, but it remains to be seen if the peach crop will survive.  During an outing last week, we saw many orchards already in bloom.  

Monday, February 25, 2019

More Red and White Blocks

Several more red and white blocks have been added to my design wall.  More are needed and some of these may not make the final cut, but I feel like I am closing in on this project. There is one bright block in the very center that bothers me.

My Tuesday sewing friends and I finished kitting up all four tubs of fabric that we had been given for anti-ouch pouches.  Last Wednesday, 509 kits were delivered to the project coordinator at the guild meeting.  Once packaged with sewing instructions, they can be distributed to the membership for construction.

I was recently reminded that it has been a while since I explained what anti-ouch pouches are.  They are a small cushion with adjustable straps that hang from the shoulder and provide protection to the surgical site for patients who have undergone breast surgeries or biopsies.  Working on this project gives me great joy because we hear from the recipients and know they are used and appreciated.  The web address for the pattern is listed on my sidebar. 

The average last freeze date for this area is February 23rd.  It will be interesting to see if that’s the case this year.  We are already seeing a lot of plants in bloom and I spotted some baby geese while driving home today.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Anti-Ouch Pouches

The anti-ouch pouch project coordinator for our local guild recently asked for help in taking “raw” fabric and turning it into kits for the membership.  My Tuesday friends and I volunteered to help in this effort.  

It’s fortunate that this is being tackled on a team basis.  We received four filled-to-the-rim tubs of fabric which had to be ironed, cut, and folded.  The first tub yielded 121 kits.  Each kit requires just under one-half yard of fabric.  That's a lot of fabric processed and we're only one-fourth of the way through.

Out with the old, in with the new.

That project has really cut into my machine time, but I did manage to empty a cone of thread, and then stitched two more red and white blocks.  

Unfortunately, I discovered one of the blocks I made last week has the color layout wrong.  I’ve set it aside until I’m ready to re-do it.

After last week’s marvelous spring-like weather, we’ve had a cool down.  It’s certainly not the ordeal being faced by many, just cold, damp, and dreary days that beg for an afternoon nap.  Maddie doesn’t mind, though.  More nap time just means more lap time.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Red and White Blocks and a Win

A few more red and white blocks have been added to my design wall.  I haven’t decided how many I will want for the top, but I doubt I am half way through yet.

Last Tuesday I was able to join my sewing pals for a full day.  A friend let me go through some of her remnants and I captured these reds and neutrals for my hexagon quilt.  Unfortunately, the cuts are not quite large enough to incorporate in the quilt shown above.

Also waiting for me at our gathering spot was a basket I won at a neighboring guild’s quilt show.  It was loaded with all kinds of goodies including a kitted Be Attitudes quilt.  I’m not sure if I want to incorporate these new blocks in my WIP or perhaps gift it away.  I need to pull out the one I have started and see if the finishing kit might work.

I know many of my readers continue to struggle with absolutely horrific winter weather while we experience a much warmer than normal first week of February.  I hope it doesn’t offend anyone that I’ve included two pictures from my walk today.

February 4, 2019 Rose

Blue Heron looking for a meal.
The rose (the only one on a mostly dormant bush) was a real surprise, but the heron is a year-round regular in our area.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Red and White Blocks

Last week was chopped up by numerous appointments, most of which were out of town.  Consequently, I had very limited machine stitching time.  I did manage to add five new blocks to my red quilt, though, and that made me happy. 

We had a perfectly lovely day today, but a front has already blown in this evening.  We won’t experience anything like the frigid weather expected to the north.  Stay warm, everyone!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Looking toward the next project

What a week it was.  Hubby has been hospitalized three times in the last 40 days in three different cities.  The most recent admission was in the wee hours Sunday morning for monitoring.  He is on the road to recovery, thankfully, and will be released today.  In a few hours, our daughter and two grandsons will be here to celebrate a delayed Christmas. So, as they say, it’s all good.

The only sewing I managed to do last week was completing the 15 anti-ouch pouches I had started and then delivering them to Guild meeting Wednesday. 

I also pulled out these red and white blocks and put them on the design wall.  This is the project I would like to focus on next.  However, as we have follow-up medical appointments to deal with this week, there may not be a lot of sewing.

Meanwhile, seen on a recent walk:   some of our winter Texans waiting for a handout from a kind neighbor.

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.)