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Friday, November 1, 2019

October mini just finished and a Paris visit

Under the wire... I just about finished this little quilt last night. I had made the top before (I think it's a Pam Buda design) but it needed quilting and binding.

 This was my first attempt at baptist fan quilting.  I used a Sewline purple washout marker -- started with Pounce, but that just wiped off.  Supplemented with white pencil on the dark fabrics.  Used my Juki free-motion and it seemed to work pretty well.  So, Wendy Reed (constantquilter), does it count as my October entry?? VBG




I also was working on donations for the Hawaii auction I always make things for.  This time I opted to make little purses. I made them large enough to hold an iphone and added a little hand-strap. Cute, don't you think?  I have one more to make. 




Another Cheddarback block is also done.  I had seen someone else's in similar colors and I really liked it.


I promised I'd show you pictures I took from my afternoon with my friend Will in Paris, who is truly one of the most talented quilters I've ever met.  I love when we are able to meet up and she is so free to share her latest accomplishments, which are always just amazing.
Here we are, being silly--note it was very humid and my hair was super-curly.  Also, I think the fact that I mixed up the shampoo and the hair gel probably didn't help!


Here is quintessential Montmartre, where Will lives:


We were trying to find a particular thread I was running out of and we passed by this iconic Paris site.  Merry-go-rounds are very common in Paris at parks and other sites.  This is Sacre-Coeur.


This is Will's hexagon quilt she's been working on, from a photograph in a small book:


This is the quilt she's also been working on.


I loved the center so took a close up.  You can probably see some of the fabrics she chose as well.  One of her many talents is that she has such an eye for choosing fabrics.  And she fussy-cuts like no one else!  And she does a lot of hand-piecing!


I also snapped a few pictures of some little quilts she has hanging on a wall.




Next time I'll share pictures of inspirations I saw, from walls in the Metro, to tables, to floors, to paintings!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Without power again!

This is going to be a quick post, no pictures, just to let you know I'm alive, but we have been part of the very large  population which had our power cut off to hopefully prevent fires.  We had the power cut off about 4 days earlier in October.

And then they did it again on Saturday.  

Really hard to get much sewing done without electricity.  My treadle machine is at the cabin!   I did manage to prep a bunch of things which I intend to work on in the next days.

My dh and I decided this weekend that we were going to flee California and head up to the cabin in Oregon for the week.  So I'm on my way (he drove;  I'm flying today since I babysat overnight last night)

My October mini is ready for completion!  Just need to get to my machine.

Earlier this month, we took a trip to France spending a few days in Paris (I did get to spend an afternoon with my dear friend Will...more on that to follow) and then we went to the burgundy area of France where we relaxed for a week, tasting some wine, hiking, touring castles and churches.  We had a great trip.

So I'm hoping tomorrow to be able to get some sewing done!

Happy Fall!

Friday, October 11, 2019

A couple of FINISHES

On the eve of October 1st, I did complete my September mini (yeah, Wendy Reed--constantquilter-- for keeping me honest!)


This was a Primitive Gatherings pattern for an adorable pin cushion.  I used leftover fabrics from my Moda Blockheads, which is DONE, except for the borders.  I'm going to put an inner gold border, which I've got cut out.  I have a red/white/blue stripe I might use for the outer border, if I have enough.


As you can see, I opted to leave out the sashings between any blocks.  I also added initials and the year in the appliqué basket block, which I'd seen in someone else's quilt.  It's a massive quilt and I'm very happy that it's done.

I also rearranged a couple of rows to be sure certain fabrics didn't touch;  in so doing, I wound up making my flag upside down (I'll fix that)!

We have been without power for two days now.  VERY annoying, if for no other reason that I can't use my machine!! UGH.  I don't know when we will get ours restored, although it seems that everyone has gotten theirs back!

I also finished a top I've been working on for a while.  It's using one of Bonnie Hunter's blocks and I had fun fussy cutting the fabrics.  This quilt is going to be for another cancer patient I know about from the memory care place my mom is living in now. It's going to the long arm quilter today!





I think it's a fun quilt.

A very wise friend recently posted a charming fence sign which I really like.
I have recently been cut off from a couple of quilting friends I've known for decades and it's pretty painful.  But I  try to remind myself that I can't control what others may decide to do.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Moda Blockheads II just about done

I mentioned before that I've been working almost exclusively (when I've had a chance to sit at the machine, that is!) on finishing up the Moda Blockheads II project.  Mine is red/white/blue.

I couldn't even tell you how many blocks there are.  I fell a bit behind (of course) but decided recently that I wanted it finished.

So I've got all the sections pieced together (I must admit that I substituted some blocks and made other changes..my quilt, right??!!).  Now I'm debating whether to add sashing (a very light fabric with small red/white/blue stars) or not.  I originally thought YES I wanted it.  But I photographed the sections with and without.  I'm not so sure I want the sashing now!
What do you think??


with sashing vs.















I haven't worked on anything else in a while, although I did go back to Washington, DC twice in September, so that counts for something, right?

I'm going to try to get my September mini done today, though!  Have to decide what to use.  And after I finish a long project, I always find it difficult to transition to another project.  So I'm now currently "unattached"!! vbg

I am pretty sure I mentioned that in January, my son joined the Marines to be a reserve officer.  He just completed the second phase of his training and we went back for the graduation last week.  We are sure proud of him.  He gave up his entire life at 30 yrs old to give this a try. He was one of the "oldest" in the group. Such a rigorous training they put these young men through.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

It's about time!!

Once again, who knows where the time has gone??!!

I've done some sewing and am excited to share with you my progress.  But first I want to share this adorable picture of Eli, my son's 3 yr old.  I went to visit them two weeks ago in DC (waiting for the new baby to be born) and found in Eli's room the quilt I made for my son back in 1991 after I had just completed a very lengthy and exhausting murder trial.  I made each of my kids the same pattern but different fabrics.  Talk about full circle!

I know the year because I embroidered 1991-- no labels in those days!  I noticed that the binding is fraying a bit and I might borrow it to repair it!


We drove back and forth to the cabin a couple of times in August and I got a fair amount of my hand sewing done.  These are two more blocks for the Primitive Gatherings Twilight quilt from last year.



This one is almost done.  I will take it with me for the flight back to DC this weekend, as we are going for my son's graduation from the next phase of the Marine Reserve program he's been participating in since January.  I've already started prepping the next block to take along.

When we were at the cabin, I learned that someone I used to work with was diagnosed with liver cancer so I quickly went to work to finish up a quilt I could send him.

This is from Bonnie's modified trip around the world.  I started this several years ago and have been collecting 2-1/2" strips just for these blocks.  They go together so quickly.  I had some extra blocks so I pieced the back!

But then I decided I didn't want to wait until I got it back from the long arm quilter so I looked through my piles and found this quilt, made from a cheater cloth, and decided I'd give this to him instead.  I delivered it last week and he and his wife were in tears at receiving this gift, since he's always so cold now. ;-(


My builder's wife was elated with the quilt I sent her last month and sent me this adorable picture of her with the quilt I sent.

I love sending quilts to people who are ill;  getting a picture of them with the quilt is a bonus!  I have one more person just diagnosed with breast cancer (she used to work at the Memory Care where my mom is living and I never met her) who needs a quilt!  It's one of my favorite things to do with my quilts!

I also did the cheddarback blocks for this month, although I haven't figured out the letter blocks.  I thought I had a book of letters but can't find it.


My most recent progress has been on the Moda 
Blockheads II.  I'm determined to finish all the blocks and start to put them together!
I worked on the appliqué blocks this week.  I was unsure if I was going to do them or opt for alternatives but, in the end, I just pushed on.

I'm doing my quilt in red/white/blue and found a homespun for the basket, so I'm happy with that.





I also got a bunch of the pieced blocks finished!



Can you spot the mistake?  I saw it after I hung it on the design wall... easy fix, if I'm motivated!  

This last one I made isn't one of my favorites.  Kind of a hodge-podge but it'll work.  there are a LOT of blocks so I don't think this one's busy-ness will matter.


Doesn't seem like much progress, I'm sad to say.  We had the grandkids with us at the cabin until late August and then we drove them back to SF and then turned around and went back up to the cabin for Labor Day.

Hope you are enjoying the last vestiges of summer-- and that everyone in your world is healthy and doing well!  That's the most important thing, isn't it??!!  We need to appreciate what we have, every day we get to enjoy.

I'm becoming more philosophical.  I am done with people who aren't positive or appreciative of the good things.  I for one am grateful I'm alive, I am healthy, I have a wonderful family and more love from friends and family than I could ever dream of.  

Saturday, August 24, 2019

August mini almost in the books and another kid project

In anticipation of my driving back up to the cabin, I decided I needed to get my August mini done since the month is drawing to a close fast and furiously!

I found these blocks in a zip lock bag on a bookshelf in my sewing room and decided I could just put them together and call it good.  I'm meeting my friend Sandy who does my long arm quilting on Monday and I wanted to have something to give her! Note that it needs to be pressed!



I pulled a couple of stash yardage to put it together and have to say that to me, it's MEH!!

So I scouted for a floral border and grabbed this French General:

I think it's still BLAH... Maybe it's the blocks that are just boring;  I don't even remember making them, to be honest!

Then I thought maybe I'd perk it up with something wild and crazy and give it to a kid.  

Any thoughts?  Or suggestions?  It is definitely going to be a donation quilt, I'll tell you that!  But I did use up random blocks that were sitting on a shelf...that zip lock baggie is now empty and ready to be re-used... so that's something, right??!!

I have also been slowly playing around with a panel I bought last month, with the intent of making it into a kid quilt.  My son's wife is due to deliver their baby in a couple of weeks and I think it might make a cute baby quilt for the new grandson!

It was a large panel with lots of cars;  I cut them out at 8" and am adding bright and fun sashings.  Cute, don't you think??

Hope you're having a great weekend!!  I'm looking forward to getting some sewing done this week before our friends arrive.

The cabin is EMPTY... I see ghosts everywhere--the kids just left on Monday and my memory of them taking over the cabin is so fresh... I see them doing everything.  But that's life, right??  They are already back in school and their month with us at the cabin is a memory.  

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Loving my long drives

Our cabin is about 500+ miles from our house in California and it takes 8+ hrs to make the drive (that's with one QUICK potty/gas stop only).  My dh loves to drive so it gives me an opportunity to work on my handwork during the trips.

I've finished many small projects over the years.  Recently I've been working on the Primitive Gatherings Summer Block of the Month (from 2018!!) and am enjoying it immensely, even though it took me almost a year to get started.

I'm almost done with the second block!


The red is much more burgundy than it shows in the picture.  
I've prepared the next block for the next drive back up to the cabin, which will be tomorrow!  Yes, it's a round trip in just 5 days... we had to return the grandkids to SF because they started school today;  we are going back for the next few weeks because I LOVE being there for Labor Day (the weather always has a dramatic change and you can feel it in the air!);  we also have some friends coming to visit.

On another topic, we love our cabin and we had a phenomenal builder.  I ran into him a couple of weeks ago and he told me that his wife was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and has to undergo the usual chemo, radiation and surgery.  Immediately I told him I'd send off a quilt to her.  So when I got back to California, I finished up this quilt, which had been waiting to be sent to a needy person and it's on its way to her now.



I think I need to make smaller quilts which would function as a lap quilt!  Know what I mean?  Maybe these large quilts are over-rated!! ;-)
This was a jelly-roll type quilt that I made using left-over scraps from a much smaller project. 

I still am needing to do my Pam Buda monthly project for August AND my August mini... my favorite "task-master" will be wondering what's taking so long!!! (just kidding, Wendy Reed!! You know I love you!!  You keep me on task!!)