Monday, June 20, 2022

Put on your thinking caps!! ADVICE needed for a GIVEAWAY

 One thing about me that hardly anyone knows is that I used to play the piano.  In fact, I have had a piano since I was a little girl.  We have a beautiful grand piano in our home in California that I have hardly played. My grandson loves playing it, so that's good!

When we built our cabin here in Central Oregon, I had asked the builder to make sure there was space for my piano.  Fast forward to 7 yrs later and I learned that moving a piano from California to the High Desert in Oregon isn't smart so I needed to find a piano here.  I have been looking periodically but last week I hit pay dirt and found the most beautiful old upright nearby for sale.

It was owned by a young woman looking to drive around the country unencumbered by "things".  Her dad was a concern pianist and bought her this piano!  So I figured I couldn't go wrong. The brand is Tokai, which I hadn't heard of.  No matter--it sounds amazing and hasn't even been tuned yet (after it acclimates to its new home!)

The help I need is for the bench!  It's a bit tattered and is covered with a cheap vinyl.  So I of course checked out the LQS and my stash and found some musical fabric.  I'd like to recover the bench and I am stumped as to what to do!  It measures 13 x 34.  I was thinking some blocks but I'm not sure what to use.  I'll obviously put heavy batting under my "top".  Here is my "pallet!!"

The person who offers the best alternative will win a load of fabric!!  Deadline?  Friday June 24th.  THANKS.

What have I been doing since I've been stuck with this giant boot on my foot?  Well, listening to lots of books!  And sewing.

I unearthed two quilts waiting for bindings.  Don't ask me why I waited so long to get them done.  They are two favorite quilts of mine, really!

This was a Primitive Gatherings kit from a few years ago.  Lots of small flowers done by wool appliqué and put together with the tiniest of half square triangles you can imagine!!  I am trying to figure out if it's washable or not since it has wool.  No idea what I'll do with it.  I do love it, though.

The second quilt was a Bonnie Hunter block design that I really love.  In fact, I was thinking of using that block for my piano bench with musical notes in the center.  Block is called "Diamond Tile".

I had great fun fussy cutting the centers, which you can see by these blocks:

These few centers are from Tula Pink, Di Ford and French General!  Such a fun block and quilt to make.  The border is also fun, with flamingos throughout!  Just a fun quilt!

Hope you have a great week.  it's finally warming up here in Central Oregon and my foot has improved enough (in my eyes, anyway) that I'm going kayaking on Thursday.  CANNOT wait!!  I'll probably change my header photo with lake and snow pictures!

Take care, be kind and be grateful,



Tuesday, June 14, 2022

I'm losing to scraps!

 I'll bet you all feel that scraps seems to multiply overnight!  I am inundated and decided to try to organize some of my scraps here in Sunriver.

I've been cutting 2-1/2" strips forever and had a huge bag filled with them so I decided it was time to organize them.  So I sorted them between lights and darks.  Easy, right?  But then the question became what to do with these sorted strips?

I went to Joann's and Walmart and bought a couple of containers but I can't say that I'm happy with them as a solution.

This is the bag (in back) with the lights in a Tupperware-type container.

The darks:

Here are other ineffective solutions:

So here is my question:  how do you organize your scraps?  I know some people keep colors separated but I'm not thinking that's the best solution for me. I like having strips separated by size but that box with the dark strips seems absolutely useless to me!  


Still being pretty stuck in the house with my boot, I'm getting lots of sewing done.  I added another border to the red appliqué/stars quilt and laid it on the carpet to decide on a border when my small (HA!!) puppy decided to plop down on it.

I'm still not convinced I want to do a border with purple vines and leaves, thinking that'll take be forever.  Might take it to the LQS to see if there is a border fabric that might work.

Not much else going on around here.  Still pretty cool and rainy, which I'm not minding.  My foot is feeling a little better--I've been icing it every day for at least an hour and I think that's helping the swelling.  I'm thinking next week I might try to kayak...will keep you posted.

Hope you're having a great early summer.

Stay well, be kind and be grateful,



Friday, June 10, 2022

I got the boot!!

 I'll bet that got your attention!!

I was careless while I was walking last week and wasn't paying attention when I fell.  The road wasn't flat and my foot landed on an uneven portion and I went forward, landing on my knees.  Oh and I broke my foot!  It's a small fracture and I should be good as new quickly.  But what a drag!  I am trying to be positive--could've been so much worse, right?

The good news is that it's given me a lot of time to sew.  I can't go hiking or walking the dog very far.  Definitely not getting into my kayak (fortunately it's still a bit too chilly here in Central Oregon for that).  So I've put together two tops and have been working on more appliqué blocks!

These are some of the blocks from the Splendid Sampler I did during Covid.  It's not even all the blocks; I still have more.  I dropped it off with my long-arm quilter friend this week!

I also pulled this out and put the blocks together.

I had a lot of star blocks to catch up with so I got them done and then decided to add another row.  I am on the last appliqué block and still need two more stars.  I am thinking about the border...I was going to go shop for a border fabric but I'm thinking a simple red border with a purple vine and leaves might add to the overall look.  Of course that's a lot more appliqué but I've really enjoyed working with the red and purple.  I have a lot of red leftover so it'd be a good way to use it up!  It's a fun quilt, don't you think??  What would you do with the border??

My twilight garden center is all ready to finish up.  I pressed the last border into place and it's now just waiting for me to finish the sewing!  Such an amazing quilt, I think!

One might conclude that I'm an appliqué-er but that'd be inaccurate.  I'm not great at it but good enough.  I do enjoy it, in all honesty.  The "A" word is not a bad word, in my world!

Hope you are all healthy and have a great weekend.

Be safe, be kind and be grateful.



Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Moving along, inch by inch!

 I hope the beginning of June finds everyone healthy and doing well.  I came back from visiting my son in Virginia with a cold, tested for Covid and got conflicting results.  So who knows?  The good news is that I was mostly very tired for a few days and had the sniffles.  

I did get my May mini finished, which was also the quilt I made for the Corinne et Céçile challenge from France!  Thank you, Wendy Reed, for the motivation!

The challenge was 8-pieced blocks and 8-appliqué blocks.  I was still using the aqua/purple colors so it was fun.  I found a Tula Pink for the border that was in my stash and luckily found an aqua in my stash here in California for the binding.  I intend to do more quilting on it but it was done in time. WHEW!

I also made some blocks for the Moda Blockheads 4 sew along.  I've been using a layer cake with Betsy Chutchian fabrics, which is kind of a new approach for me.

this block was fun, playing with the striped fabric.  I was really surprised and happy to find that I had a yard of it in my stash!  It's awesome fabric!!

I don't know what possessed me to decide to reverse the light and dark positions but I think it's fun.  Initially I pieced it wrong and had to rip out a few seams to make it look right.  Jack and I got reacquainted!

This one was fun.

These were made initially.

These ones are 4-1/2" whereas the others are 9" 

And I'm making great progress on my Twilight Garden quilt from Primitive Gatherings.  This is the center block/border;  the surrounding blocks have already been sewn...I'll need to assemble all the blocks to the center and then start on the outer border, which is quite intricate!  Taking it on a long flight (to DC, for instance) enables me to make progress on it.  When we drive back to Oregon next week, I"ll hopefully get a lot done!  This is a once in a lifetime kind of project, for sure!!

Take care, be well, stay kind and be grateful.



Friday, April 22, 2022

Two bags full

 I'm delighted to say that I finished the second Hawaii bag ready to send to my friends in Kauai.  I still think they're a bit too small; one friend carries her laptop around as well as lunch.  I'm still trying to find the pattern I used previously to make the bigger bags I've made.

I'm pretty sure they'll be delighted but, of course, we are never completely satisfied, right?

The quilt beneath the one on the right is the one I recently finished, which I'm going to deliver to my newest granddaughter Leia next month in Virginia.  It's waiting for the binding to be attached.  The rolled up quilt to its left is the other quilt I finished for the Céçile et Corinne sew along that needs to be quilted.  I was unable to spray baste it in Sunriver because it kept snowing every day!! :-)

We are back in California so I can now share some of the wonderful fabrics I got at the closing sale of the quilt store in Bend -- have you heard of Tilda fabrics?  They're definitely not cheap and originally you couldn't even buy a FQ--only sold in yard increments!  I saw a really cute quilt they had done so I snagged a bunch--even at 50% off, they are pretty pricey!  I think it'll make an adorable girl's quilt!

I did manage to buy yards and yards of other fabrics.  Who can pass up 50% off??  But do you know that fabric is now selling for over $12/yd!!

I definitely don't need to buy any fabric for a while--we'll see how that goes!

I'm hoping to catch up with my Moda Blockheads this weekend and get the binding on and quilt the sew along quilt.

Have a great weekend.  Did I tell you I got my second booster!! WOOHOO.  Boostedx2!!


Monday, April 18, 2022

An oxymoron?

 I figured that'd get your attention.  I'm really trying to be a better blogger so here I am posting again, although not a ton to mention.

Did you have a fun Easter?  Here in Central Oregon, spring takes forever to land.  It snowed every day last week!  It melted quickly but the temps were pretty much always in the 40s.

I showed you some scraps on my design wall and asked you to guess what they were going into... the answer?

A BAG.  I love making bags!  And I had decided to make two Hawaiian bags for two friends in Hawaii.  I've got one done.  In order to take a decent picture, I put it in the snow.  Hence the oxymoron... a hawaiian bag in the snow!!  VBG

They are all such fun fabrics!  I can't wait to show you the second one, which is almost done.  I'm afraid that the bag came out a little smaller than I'd wanted so next time I may have to use a different pattern.  Do you have a favorite bag pattern you like to use??

We had a beautiful sunset last week which I always enjoy.

Sadly, there's a local store in Bend that's going out of business and they reduced everything to 50% off.  I went last week when the discount was 40%!  I have my eye on a kit so I'm going to go tomorrow and be there when they open!!  Like I need more fabric, right??

Have a great week!!


Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Catching up

 I find it exceedingly scary to think how fast time is going.  Of course the past two years has been a complete blur.  I know many people share in that emotion.  But to think that I haven't posted in a month?  Where did the time go?  I'm not going to dwell on the negative since I'm definitely a "glass is half full" kind of person!

So on my sewing front, I haven't done a ton of work but I have gotten some things done.  I of course couldn't pass up another Mode Blockheads.. It's the fourth time they're doing it and I cannot deny how much I love some of the past ones (well, I will also admit to not having done the third one!!).  I had a layer cake (my fingers typed "lawyer" automatically...hehe) from Betsy Chutchian and I've been using that and enjoying the fabrics.

And then I played with it on point.  I think it's so interesting to see how different a block can look just turned 90*!

These are 4-1/2" fin.

and on point:

For the next one,  I kept changing fabrics, auditioning variations and finally came up with this version:  it can use a serious pressing, so please ignore that!

Then there was a bonus block and in my typical fashion, I didn't carefully look at the diagram and made mine significantly more scrappy than the picture.  Oh well.  No right or wrong way, right?  No quilt police here!

I kind of like how it turned out but I felt like I'd not followed the directions carefully so I did another one, but only did it 4-1/2" (the larger blocks are 9").  I really like the idea of varying the sizes of the blocks.  I've made several quilts like that I think  are so much more interesting.  Of course, putting them together is a bit of a challenge, but I do enjoy that.

I love doing mitered corners (I know, a glutton for punishment!) so I mitered all these corners.  I feel like I followed the rules better in this version (am I being silly, or what??!!) so I'm including this one in the batch.

I have started doing a leader/ender project based on a quilt I saw on Facebook recently-- I'm sewing pinwheels (super fast and easy) and setting them with a light neutral.  I'm just using scraps and will keep going until I run out of the "solid".

I'm ready to quilt my Corinne et Céçile quilt and have it "sandwiched" but had a problem with the area I was going to lay it out to spray baste it together! HAHA!

We woke up to 6" of snow yesterday!  My bird customers were very happy that we returned to the house here in Sunriver as they now have a source of food without having to look very hard!  Not sure you can see how many birds there are but trust me: there are dozens!!

Anyway, the snow delayed my spray basting the quilt, which is rolled up and ready!

I did start another project which is on my design wall...any ideas??

Hawaiian themed...the bottom strips are for another project so don't be distracted by them!  I have a cute pattern for an easy quilt made of strips like these so I'm going to get back to that too.

Hope everyone is feeling well and starting to enjoy some spring weather.  I'm going to get my second booster shot this week so I can hopefully NOT get Covid!!  I also promise to blog again sooner than a month from now!