Monday, May 22, 2017

Day 142 of 2017

I am loading this quilt on the machine today so I can start quilting it tomorrow. 
The top has been done for years.
It's time.

Pattern:  New Wave by Elizabeth Hartman 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Day 138 of 2017

The neighbors down the street have different flowers than I do. 
This one really caught my eye.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Day 137 of 2017

I tried to get an anniversary photo before we headed off to dinner. 
This is my favorite selfie-fail. 
42 years and counting.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Day 136 of 2017

Mom is working on her knitted characters for the craft fair in October. 
This guy still needs arms, a collar and a few little details.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Day 135 of 2017

My blocks for the first week of the quiltalong are done.
I love my little birds.
QAL is Urbanologie by Sew Kind of Wonderful.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Day 134 of 2017

When asked what I'd like to do for Mother's Day, 
I said I'd like to work on the front yard since all the kids are out of town. 
(It is way overgrown and in a bit of disrepair.)
Sometimes things have to get worse before they get better. 
Fireball and I are pooped.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Day 132 of 2017

M and I visited the Decorator's Showhouse. 
This year's house is the childhood home of Kurt Vonnegut. 
Although pictures were not allowed inside, 
I loved the designs in the brickwork near the front door, 
so I got a picture of that before putting my camera away. 
Quilts, anyone?

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Day 131 of 2017

I had intended to take a picture of the iris buds near the garage 
that are just showing a little color at the top 
and writing a caption about how it would be any day now that they will be blooming, 
but when I got close to the buds to get the shot, 
I spied these two hiding just around the corner.  
So I guess any day now is today.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Day 130 of 2017

I am planning to join in with a quilt-along (QAL) online. 
Here is my fabric pull.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Day 129 of 2017

Today's quilting attempt worked much better, 
although I still had trouble seeing the stitching 
with the light from the machine creating a kind of whiteout effect.  
I used some cardboard and painter's tape to cover the lights 
which helped enough for me to get the job done.

Day 128 of 2017

I have set up these four small pieces of fabric to quilt all on the same backing. 
I started this evening in the upper corner but had to stop. 
With the printed fabric and thread that blends right in, 
I could not see at all what I was quilting. 
I guess I will have to wait until morning 
and see if the daylight through the windows helps. 
I will show you what the quilted pieces are for once they are recognizable.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Day 125 of 2017

I really got my sewing on today. 
Put these twenty-four double sided Christmas napkins on the "done" list. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Day 124 of 2017

It was cold and rainy all day with no sunshine whatsoever. 
It will likely be the same tomorrow and into Saturday. 
I made my own sunshine today by organizing my Tombow markers. 
I just noticed that I didn't organize the bottom row of smaller markers. 
I'll fix that.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Day 123 of 2017

Two days.  Six different stores.  No frozen gluten free pie crust to be found. 
Day three.  Store number seven.  Success.
Re-rolling dough for top crust.  Fail.
Chicken pot pie.  Delicious.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Day 122 of 2017

Tonight I tried to show my fellow quilters 
that it really isn't that hard 
to plan a quilt that contains blocks of all different sizes.  
These blocks are from an exchange 23 years ago.  
I was not a part of the exchange 
since I joined the group just after they started it, 
but I have plenty of other sets of exchange blocks from the group 
from the years that followed.  
Maybe it's time to give some of them some attention.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Day 121 of 2017

I finished my first mood mandala in my Bullet Journal.  
Overall I am pretty happy with it.
I got a little forgetful toward the end of the month 
so the black line work isn't as fancy as earlier.  
It is also a bit bright and very yellow for my taste.  
 Expect to see a different palette this month.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Day 120 of 2017

I decided to quilt the borders with wavy lines which intersect at the corners. 
This one just needs binding.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Day 119 of 2017

I've started quilting the rest of the quilt that Little E started
I am quilting swirls in the 9-patches like she started 
and signature sunshine in the alternate blocks. 
I'm not quite sure about the borders yet, but I have a couple ideas.

I also want to mention a slightly surreal moment I had today. 
At my local quilt shop a fellow shopper asked me if I was Curiously Intertwined.  
I said yes and we talked for a few minutes.  
It made my day.  
Thank you, Luanne, for speaking up and asking me the question.  
I hope our paths cross again.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Day 115 of 2017

There is a quilt party at my house tonight. 
The prize tray is ready.
There may be chocolate involved.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Day 114 of 2017

Mr. Cardinal was calling to me this morning. 
I believe he wanted me to take his picture. 
Ok, maybe he was actually calling to someone else. 
A girl can dream, can't she?

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.