Saturday, April 22, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

Day 111 of 2017

Today's sewing was much like yesterday's. 
These clips made quick work of a couple of curvy steps 
which would normally have been tediously pinned.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Day 110 of 2017

I'm working on more sewing today. 
What do you suppose this is? 
I've used a really old Kaffe Fassett print that I found in my stash. 
I think this one is mine.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Day 109 of 2017

The project for today was these little Petit Four Baskets. 
The instructions are in this Fat Quarter Shop video on YouTube
I would be showing you four baskets
 if I hadn't totally ruined one of them by cutting in the wrong place.  
Once done, it could not be undone. 
I guess I got a little too confident.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Day 108 of 2017

Yesterday's Dumpling has found some friends. 
Be warned if you decide to make a Dumpling,
you can't make just one.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Day 107 of 2017

Today I made this adorable little pin cushion.  
The pattern is called Dumpling Pincushion by Julia Williams of Alchemy Tea. 
I loved making it and I am sure I will have to make more.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Day 102 of 2017

One of my very favorite trees ever is the Redbud. 
We planted one in our yard many years ago which died a few years after that. 
Lately I have been enjoying seeing them while I am out and about.
Then yesterday I noticed one at the corner of our house, 
hiding near a rather large shrub. 
It must be a volunteer.
I had no idea it was there, or at least I had totally forgotten. 
I hope it sticks around for a while.
It makes me so happy.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Day 101 of 2017

A friend brought this wonderful quilt to our meeting tonight. 
She found it at a local antique mall for a very good price.
There is a lot of fabulous fussy cutting and so much attention to detail in it.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Day 100 of 2017

The grass is green, the trees are pink, 
and a storm is blowing in.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Day 99 of 2017

This month I've decided to try a mood mandala for my Bullet Journal. 
Inspired by @boho.berry on Instagram

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Friday, April 7, 2017

Day 97 of 2017

There were so many quilts I loved at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago today
that I had a hard time picking one for picture of the day, 
so I chose this quilt called Classmates by Noriko Kido of Japan 
since it is made with a block known here as Patchwork of the Crosses 
that I have been considering making. 
Below are a few close-ups.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Day 96 of 2017

Hi!  We had to make one last trip to The Bean before leaving downtown 
and heading to a hotel at the convention center 
where we will attend the International Quilt Festival tomorrow. 

I took this picture with the timer setting, 
with the camera propped up on a nearby ledge. 
Right before the shutter opened, 
a couple people walked right in front of the camera. 
I was sure the picture was ruined so I was on my way to set it up again. 
As it turned out, they did not end up in the picture 
and this shot turned out to be my favorite of the day.

Day 95 of 2017

This is the beautiful end to a wonderful day in Chicago.
Rainy, windy, cold. 
The Bean, Hamilton!

(Sorry for the delay. Hotel internet is not always reliable.)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Day 91 of 2017

It is time for the Bradford Pear to bloom again. 
We finally got a blue sky day for a nice backdrop. 
Since the tree as a whole is not as impressive as in past years, 
I have opted for a backlit close up. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Day 89 of 2017

As luck would have it I forgot to take a picture of the back of my block yesterday. 
I guess that was so I could take a picture of it today and show it to you.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Day 88 of 2017

I could not be happier with the way my first hand sewn block turned out. 
It measures 5 inches and will finish at 4 1/2 inches. 
On to number two.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Day 81 of 2017

I'll get no style points for this week's bullet journal page. 
I've gone strictly bare bones.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

Day 76 of 2017

It has become a tradition over the years
 to buy a Christmas ornament while visiting another city.  
This trip was no exception.

Day 75 of 2017


Day 74 of 2017

I am back after a few days away with Little E and M. 
I snapped a quick picture of this finished raincoat for GB#1 before we left, 
(I love the hood and gathered back) 
but with our unexpected late departure 
and 1:00 a.m. arrival at our destination 
a late post was inevitable.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Day 73 of 2017

I was hoping to post a picture of the completed ladybug sewing project 
but it will be after midnight when it is done 
so instead I will post this picture and give you a sewing tip. 
When sewing with laminated fabric, 
it is advised to sew with a teflon foot to prevent sticking.  
I don't own a teflon foot. 
Somewhere (sorry, I don't remember where) I read that a piece of regular scotch tape
 on the bottom of a regular foot will do the same thing.  
I tried it on this project and have had no problems with my fabric sticking.  
I highly recommend.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Day 72 of 2017

My traveler is back in the states for a few days. 
This is what slap happy looks like.

Friday, March 10, 2017