Sunday, February 17, 2019

A whole lot going on here...

Where to begin??

Last weekend, my dh and I went to San Diego for the weekend and I made sure we got in early enough to make a stop at Primitive Gatherings, even though it was an hour in the other direction!~  Lucky me they were having a 20% off sale and I bought fabric I definitely did not need.  Of course.

then we went to Temecula Quilts, which I thought I'd visited years ago but it wasn't where I thought it was.  What a cute little shop.  My best purchase there?  A small scrap bag, since we KNOW that someone else's scraps are ALWAYS more interesting and better than our own, right?? VBG
Heck of a deal for $6!

And inside??  A bonanza!

I immediately started playing with the fabrics to make some of the Temecula blocks of the week and the Circa 1880 blocks.  All very small but fun.

here it is mid-February and I'm happy to report that I've completed my February Pam Buda little quilt!  How do you like that, Wendy Reed??!!!  Pretty impressive, if I do say so myself??!!  This one is called "Emma"!! Perfect!

I used a bunch of the fabrics from the Temecula scrap bag;
warning:  please don't look too closely at my corners and points.  Some are definitely better than others but I'm not the exact piecer I wish I was...

And, not only that, but I finished my February mini in time for Valentine's day!  Another variation on the definition of "mini"!!

Is this not the BEST fabric ever for a little bag??  I found it on sale on Equilter!  I realized I should've put the fabric vertical rather than horizontal but I still think it's adorable!

And, to top it off, how do you like the lining??!!

How perfectly apropos of Valentine's Day to have LIP fabric!!  SWAK!!!

Then at the end of last week, I was going to babysit for my grandkids in SF and made sure to get to the de Young museum where they were having member previews of the new (and fabulous) Monet exhibit!  I do think Impressionist paintings are my favorite and these paintings literally left me breathless.

here is just a small sample.  I'm not sure you can see how amazing the colors are just in small amounts in very unexpected places.  I will show you more later this week:

This one was my favorite;  I was mesmerized.  Just look closely at his use of the colors... little purple in the bottom right corner, yellows in the upper right corner, different shards of green for the lily pads...

I took some more pictures which I'll share in the next day or so.  Don't want to overwhelm you.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

One block at a time...

In addition to the other monthly commitments I have made, I signed up for the Pam Buda Circa 1880 quilt.  I received my package of fabrics, instructions and templates from Cyndi (Busythimble...favorite quilt shop) and immediately got started...

One block!  HEEHEE

I don't want to know how many of these little 2" blocks I'm going to need to make...but I've got ONE done!! 

I also made more progress on the Primitive Gatherings pieced/wool project.  I think I have about 4 more blocks to add the half square triangles to.  

And I'm plugging away on the Temecula One Block project...

I have been using the Primitive Gatherings Floral Gatherings line but I'm getting ready to branch out.  I do love these fabrics, though.

I had made this cheater quilter a few years ago and little Emma has decided that she wants to take it home because it has horses on it (her favorite!).  The hexagons are the cheater part;  I pieced the rest.

I sent Ryan home with his Triangle Gatherings quilt (I thought I took a picture but I guess I didn't) and Emma wants the hexies.  So what do you think happens now?  Jack wants to know where is HIS new quilt??!!  CUTE.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

A little progress

Iron update:
I have an old Shark gigantic iron that I pulled out of the attic.  Darn thing turns off all the time!   Maybe that's a good thing. ;-)
Bad part:  I had the little portable heater plugged in tonight as well as the heater and **poof** -- the circuit breaker popped and all the power went out in my sewing room.   ;-(

I did do a little sewing the past two days.  I pulled out a UFO after deciding I want to get it finished.  This is a Primitive Gatherings project that's almost completed but still needs more parts finished.  I am working on sewing the half square triangles, which are pretty tiny.

I also did a couple more Temecula Quilts one block quilt!

And I sewed a couple more paper pieced flowers for the Béa et Céçile sew-along.  

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Fire fire, IRON on fire

I have a little ironing table next to me at my sewing machine and last night while I was sewing I heard a noise from the iron (it's a Steamfast little portable iron) and looked over to see this:

There were a few clicks and then it spontaneously combusted.  This is what was left after:

Good thing I was sitting right at the sewing machine.  I have to admit that there have been nights when I've left the iron on...

I'm trying to find out who to notify about this so others can be warned.  Be careful if you have this iron... don't leave it alone!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Another try...

I downloaded an update on my home computer and it has been horrible.  I was absolutely unable to download my pictures of what I wanted to share.

Now we are at the cabin in Oregon and I'm going to try on my little portable laptop, which doesn't have the new software. GRR I think I'll be using this laptop from now on.  Much easier to download my pictures!

I made another little pincushion from that new adorable book of pincushions, Pin Pals.  This is going to constitute my January mini---gives new definition to MINI, right??

The backing was made with a scrap of fabric I've had for some time.  Thinking of Lori!

Now as for the filling?  hmmm.  I usually like crushed walnuts but didn't have any so I went to the pet store I'd gotten it before but they stopped carrying it in bulk.

So I went to the feed store and bought CAT LITTER made out of crushed walnuts.  Fingers crossed it doesn't start to smell or attract animals!!

I started a simple project being organized by Temecula Quilts--it is a block a week (same block), 12 blocks a week, 4" fin.

This week I also decided to try to use some of my scraps and made some string blocks.  Nothing fancy and I'm not sure I like the way I've arranged them but they certainly do use up the leftovers!  It might be more effective to organize the colors but I was just playing around one day.  My friend Lori (humblequilts) is encouraging string quilts this year so I'm in!

We are heading back to California tomorrow since Monday is Grandparent's Day at the kids' school so we absolutely can't miss that!!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Y not??

My friend Claire is chairing the local guild's show coming up next month.  You know that she is super-creative.  She made up a pattern for the challenge at the show, based on Why quilt... or Y...  I love what she did! She was sewing down the binding at my house yesterday so we had lots of time to catch up.  Isn't this cute??

I may have twisted her  arm a bit but she and I are going to go to the Vermont Quilt show in June!! WOOHOO.  We are in the planning stages so I welcome any suggestions.  We are going to go for a whole week and plan to tour around the area...

I don't know what got into me last night but I decided to organize my light scrap basket.  It was OVERFLOWING and I couldn't find anything.  You can see its dark partner, equally chaotic and untouched as of now.  Not done yet but I'm happy with the results.

My progress so far:

I know many people organize their scraps into sizes of strips (I do have a huge tupperware container filled with 2-1/2" strips in the closet) but I'm just not that organized.  So I separated the really thin strips from the wider ones from the small scraps from the triangles.  Impressive, don't you think?? JK...

I've also been working on my other January Mini, which is almost done.  I'm almost gleeful with it and can't wait to show it to you.  Let's just say that I've taken mini to an entirely new level!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Mini from Pam Buda

My friend and cohort, Wendy Reed (constantquilter), challenged me to make one project a month from Pam Buda's new Vintage Patchwork book.  Wendy followed all the instructions for cutting in advance;  I'm not so organized.

I cut out the pieces just for this one butI feel like it still turned out ok.  Cute pattern, don't you think?

It's not very large so it went together pretty quickly;  also I used my first ever single-fold binding, following instructions on YouTube -- ;-)).  I was happy with how well it went on, as well.  Now if I could just improve on my machine quilting skills!

Next up:  the other mini for the month of January... Trying to start the year off on the right foot and not fall behind (although I am terribly behind on my Moda Blockheads II...).

Hope you're having a productive January as well!