Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Epic Retreat - Day 2

Sound of the Woods

Spent the entire day working on this wall hanging (or maybe it's a throw) for my sister-in-law.

Sound of the Woods
The panel, trees, and blue border are by Robert Kaufman Fabrics.

It seemed simple enough until I realized I needed to miter the grove corners.
(Haven't done that in years!)
Then I had machine problems with the blue border which required pulling out the seam ripper.
It will finish about 50" x 60"

Tomorrow I will redesign Alycia's A-6 mystery to make up for the missing background squares.  Sharon is also doing the mystery; her background is an ancient mariner print.
I'm having trouble uploading a picture; will try again tomorrow.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Epic Retreat - Day 1

The Day the World Stood Still

At least that's what it felt like when I left for retreat about 5 minutes before totality (I had been watching on TV for several hours).  The streets and interstate were almost deserted!

It's been a productive afternoon and evening.  Four quilts now have binding.  Well, almost.  Still need to do the joins but I don't think my brain can handle that at 10:30 p.m.

Safari Animals
Mary's Triangles
Chex Mixx
French General

Time for bed.

The Epic Smores Retreat 2017

In case you are new to my blog, the S'mores are like a bee;
we get together periodically because we like to eat, laugh. shop, and quilt S'more.

Since this retreat began at the hour of the Epic Eclipse Totality, I assembled an assortment of Eclipse-worthy snacks to share with the group.

Sundrop soda, Sunmaid raisins, Starburst candy, Moon Pies, and eclipse gum.  Someone else stopped at Krispy Kreme for Eclipse doughnuts.

They didn't last long, but weren't nearly as good as they sounded.

I have four quilts to bind, a couple of UFOs to wrap up, and a new wall hanging to make.  I will be using my Gypsy blocks as leaders and enders.

Stay tuned for updates.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Stuck in Neutral

I made absolutely no progress on my neutral Gypsy-ish quilt last week --- other than getting the finished blocks pressed.  I'm liking the effect, seeing them all together.

Neutral - in the style of "Gypsy Wife"
Monday was catchup day from our trip to Savannah with laundry and all that goes with it.  Tuesday I got emission test, tires rotated, and renewed my tags.

Actually, got a NEW tag!  GS-3 is on the autism spectrum and I am so grateful for all the support and therapy he has received.

AND I drove to the next county to pick up a quilt from the LAQ.

I have no idea where Wednesday went. Oh, now I remember ... I finally started working on the round robin (due on Saturday).  This one was a puzzler.  (Sorry, I thought I had a before picture.)  I had an idea of what I wanted to add from something I had seen, didn't take a picture when I saw it, and couldn't remember how it went.  After a few false starts, I called the shop where I had seen it, but the gal there was clueless (though she did try).

In the end I went with a bit of improv inspired by the quilt's originator.  My addition is the top and left side.  You may be able to guess whose quilt this is.

Thursday I was able to make several bindings before heading out for an afternoon of bridge.  Friday I took Mr. Hillside to the retina specialist for a follow-up visit.  The drops have helped, but he still needs to continue the drops for another 6 weeks.

Saturday was the Music City Modern guild meeting and destashing yard sale.  I wasn't going to buy anything but a fat baggie of neutral scraps was calling my name. 

In the end it was free because the owner of the neutrals bought a book from me that cost more!  The scraps are all washed and pressed, and I've started cutting/kitting 10 more blocks to take to retreat this week.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I Like ...

Take a book! Leave a book!

I've heard about Little Free Libraries, but this is the first one I've seen.

Little Free Library
A friend who recently retired was looking for a project. 
He found out how to make a Little Free Library online

Each one is registered and the location mapped on the website.

Our friend said word spread through his neighborhood in less than a day;
now people have added books of their own when they stop to choose a book to read.


The concept is very simple. 
Take a book!  Leave a book!
The book you choose can be kept, passed on, or returned.

We have a box of books ready to be added to Little Free Library #60573.

Go to the website and see if there is a Little Free Library in your neighborhood.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back from the LAQ

Look what I picked up today!

Safari Animals
From Power Cutting, Too by Debbie Caffrey 
 The pattern is Robo-Cats, started in a Power Cutting class in 2005.
It hasn't been trimmed yet, so I just draped it over the loveseat to show it off. 
It's probably one of the first really scrappy quilts I ever made.

I love the split nine-patch blocks.

I also love the mix of animals in the border.

Can you see the lime green dragonflies in the panto quilting?

I thought this would be a charity quilt, but I'm lovin' it an awful lot ...

Whooping it up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

More on the pale side of things

Welcome to my Block Parade

I was able to get four more neutral blocks done for my "Gypsy Style" quilt while DH and SIL were out running errands yesterday.  (I wrote about the first batch of blocks here.)  These are all 5".

Puss in the Corner II - 5"
Red Cross II - 5"
Strength in Union - 5"

Zigzag - 5"
All the block names are from 501 Rotary-Cut Quilt Blocks.  

Having everything cut and kitted ahead of time has been a good plan so I think I will continue that way -- maybe spend a day cutting 10 blocks, then work on a couple every day.

Because these are scrappy AND neutral, I'll be linking up with ScrapHappy Saturday.