Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Painting and Hexies!

I am painting what used to be my daughters room and is now becoming the guest bedroom.  This room might just finish me off.  The paint color has been so hard to cover.  The ceiling was painted 2/3rds of the way by the previous owners.  The trim work needed a bunch of tender loving care.  I am still painting.  Have been for weeks.  However, I am nearing the end.  I am painting it in a color called Lemon Sorbet!  Yes, exactly how you imagine it.  Fresh, light and like a little ray of sunshine.

In the evenings I have been working on Hexies.  I saw this quilt on Pinterest several years ago and fell in love with it.  I had cut and prepped several baggies full of blocks to work on.  Then they sat in the container.  I am having so much fun with this project.  My darling daughter and I are working our way through Gilmore Girls again this summer.  That is our stitching time.  She knits, I make hexagons.

Somebody wants her knitting needles.  He would watch her swish the needle across the seat of the sofa and then POUNCE!  I could not resist getting a picture of those eyes.  100% concentration.  

Well I guess it is back to painting for me.  I have sipped coffee for long enough this morning.  I can't wait to show you the finished room.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Temperature Afghan

I was away at the end of June at a quilting retreat in Texas.  One of the ladies had a temperature afghan with her and let me tell you, I was fascinated.  You record the days temperature where you live.  Then you organize yarn from cold colors to warm colors.  There is no science here.  Do what makes you happy.  Then you make a motif in your corresponding color for that temperature.  Again, pick a shape you love and use that.  Stitch them together in order of the days and you should have an interesting afghan at the end of the year.  One very specific to your home town.

I have chosen to arrange my yarns in 5F increments.  When I got to zero degrees F I changed to 10F increments.  

Here is my afghan for Chester, NH at this stage.  It does not matter where you start in the year.  Mine will be running from summer to summer with fall, winter and spring in the center.  I think it will balance the colors well.  
I sure hope my kids don't read my blog because I am making one for the two married kids.  One lives in Texas and the other in California.  I am so excited to see the finished and different results.  Hopefully this will be a Christmas present for 2017.  Isn't it a fun idea?

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Quilt Blocks become Quilt Tops!

I really enjoy making quilt blocks.  The repetition is so meditative and soothing.  I had managed to collect blocks for a few quilts and bagged them.  Well I decided it was time to stitch them together into tops.
This one is a rail fence style quilt - a pattern from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  It uses a jelly roll and some yardage for the frames.  It was a fun top to put together.  It is made of Christmas fabric and a dark green grunge for the frames.  I have made the binding and will quilt it soon.

This is also a Missouri Star Quilt pattern and appears in Block Magazine.  I loved making the Dresden flowers.  I actually still need to border this quilt.  All the rows are stitched together now.

This pattern is constructed using dresden wedges and then the block is squared off and sashed.  This is a lap size quilt and I can't wait to get it quilted to use on fall evenings watching TV.  So fun to make.  I will need to show you what I am doing with the cut off curves!!!

I am really happy to have gotten these tops to quilting stage.  I plan a marathon few quilting months come fall.  Meanwhile, I still have about four tops in progress that are ready to be stitched together barring a block or two.  
Thank you for visiting.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

We Had a Wedding!

Last weekend my second born son married his sweetheart in a lovely chapel in Aubrey, TX.  It was such a lovely wedding and we all had such a wonderful time together as a family.   All the kids were together for the event.  We stayed with my eldest son's in-laws and they were so good to us and helped make the weekend a special event.  
Sorry, I forgot to crop this picture before posting it.  

In case you were wondering, I got the last of the doilies finished.  I really don't mind if I do not see crochet thread for a loooong time!

I planted a rose bush this year.  Well I should say a root ball with two sticks.  It has grown so well.  It is a delightful yellow floribunda.  Here are it's first roses.  So charming.  I hope it will become a lovely big bush with time.  If it does well, I will plant more rose bushes.

Thank you for visiting and I hope you get some lovely sewing time this weekend.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

A Quilt from Leftovers!

My last blog was about my Prairie Flower Finish. Lots of snowballing occurred during the making of the quilt. I saved those little triangles and made half square triangles from them. Then put them together into blocks and then made a wall hanging.  I am so thrilled with my something from nothing quilt.

I stitched just outside the ditch on the half square triangles.

Figure 8's in the sashing and stippling in the outer borders.

This is wedding doily number 11.

Here is wedding doily number 10.

A closer picture of number 10.  I am working on number 12 and then will have three left to make.  I can do this.  Wedding on the 11th of June.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Prairie Flower Finish!

I have a finish! I am a huge fan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company's Block Magazine.  If you have not seen one yet I encourage you to get one.  I am sure you will be hooked.  The magazine is $5.99, printed on beautiful paper and does not contain one single advertisement.  The patterns are great and the stories interesting.  This pattern is from Block Magazine and was so fun to put together.  It is called Prairie Flower.  I used Little House on the Prairie fabric.

I free motion quilted on my domestic sewing machine.  I bought stencils for the center white square from the Stencil Company.

I had bought a fat quarter pack of the fabrics and made a scrappy binding cutting strips from the long side of the fat quarter.  I did order some yardage for the borders.  I am so pleased with this quilt.  Now I'm off to pick another pattern from Block Magazine (I am not endorsing this magazine for compensation etc.  I simply like it).  Thank you for stopping by for a visit and have a lovely day!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Bibliophile Files!

I am linking up with Sarah at for the monthly Bibliophile Files where you show and tell about the books you have read in a month.  These are the books I read in April:

This is one in a delightful series "44 Scotland Street".  Wonderful characters.  If you love Edinburgh, you will truly appreciate these books.  

This was a good book.  It is about the life of Robert Louis Stevenson.  Very interesting.

Ken Follett is a favorite author whose books I enjoy immensely.  This one is set just prior to WWI and the events that start off the war.  Also covers the war.  A real epic saga.  Very good book.  It is the first one in a trilogy.  I am currently on the second book and will talk about that next month.

I have read this book before but found it in my sons room and decided to re-visit it.  Had a few belly laughs.  He is really good at finding a cultures quirky habits and way of thinking about things.  He has written books on England (Notes from a Small Island) and Australia (In a Sunburned Country).  Makes for very interesting and entertaining reading.