Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Killing Time

Mindless Sewing

In between the frustration of no internet and the urban renewal going on in my sewing studio, I been doing some mindless sewing.

Half Square Triangles
Somewhere along the line I inherited / picked up / stole a zip-bag full of half-square triangle pairs.

My kitchen bar cutting station
I've been trimming these every night while dinner cooks.  Six different solids -- dark gray, dark green, peach, gold, and two shades of aqua -- all paired with what appears to be Kona Snow.


Trimmed to 2-1/2", they will finish at 2".  There will be at least 250 of these little gems when I'm done.  At 2" it will take a lot more to make a quilt of any size.  I think I've found a pattern where I can use what I have and fill in with plain snow white.

Stay tuned!

Oh, I forgot to say it was a MOUSE that ate the soap!  Maybe it talked back to its mother.  That was the punishment for me when I was young -- mouth washed out with soap.  Only happened once, believe me!!

Wildlife Wednesday

Rare and Endangered

I was going to show a picture of a Comcast/Xfinity technician/repairman when, wouldn't you know, we were fully functional at 8 a.m. when he called to say he was on his way.  Since we had been functional throughout the night, we assumed everything was fixed and cancelled the call.

So why am I sitting in McDonald's right now, doing this post?


Guess what rare and endangered species took a bite out of this handmade soap.  (Answer in the next post.)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Internet Trouble

Just wanted to let my loyal readers know I'm OK.  Just haven't had reliable internet connections the last few days.  What little time I'm able to get online, I'm busy responding to email and checking other blogs.

Comcast is coming Wednesday.  I hope to be back to normal operation soon thereafter.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Please Adopt Me #2

Fall Orphan Adoption Event
September 14th, 2017 through September 16th, 2017


Adoption is closed.  Winner has been notified.

Once again Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework is hosting the semi-annual

I have three orphan projects up for adoption, so please be sure to check my other related posts.

#2 - 4-Patch Posey Blocks

I made these blocks as a class demonstration.


4-Patch Posey is a kaleidoscope technique.  


Blocks are cut from a stack of four identical fabric repeats.


There are 14 different blocks that will finish at 6".


Extra fabric is included for blocks or borders.


Quality Free Spirit Fabric by Westminster.


If you would like to adopt this UFO, leave a comment telling me what you plan to do with it.

PLEASE, include your email address in your comment so that I can contact you when you win!


I will ship to US only.

Winner will be chosen by random drawing Sunday night, September 17, 2017

Please Adopt Me #3

Fall Orphan Adoption Event
September 14th, 2017 through September 16th, 2017


Adoption is closed.  Winner has been notified.

Once again Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework is hosting the semi-annual

I have three orphan projects up for adoption, so please be sure to check my other related posts.

#3 - Winter Panel

I know I'll never get around to using this panel so thought I'd pass it along.


Nice quality fabric, it measures 24" x 44".


"Sleigh Ride" by John Sloane for Wilmington Prints.



If you would like to adopt this UFO, leave a comment telling me what you plan to do with it.

PLEASE, include your email address in your comment so that I can contact you when you win!


I will ship to US only.

Winner will be chosen by random drawing Sunday night, September 17, 2017

Please Adopt Me #1

Fall Orphan Adoption Event
September 14th, 2017 through September 16th, 2017


Adoption is closed.  Winner has been notified.

Once again Cynthia at Quilting is More Fun than Housework is hosting the semi-annual

I have three orphan projects up for adoption, so please be sure to check my other related posts.

#1 - Soft Book Panels

I thought these cute panels would make a fun soft book for a baby.  The baby just turned 13! 


I set them at jaunty angles with lots of bright scraps


They have been backed with stabilizer.


There are 8 total; they measure 5-3/4" x 7-1/4".

If you would like to adopt this UFO, leave a comment telling me what you plan to do with it.

PLEASE, include your email address in your comment so that I can contact you when you win!


I will ship to US only.

Winner will be chosen by random drawing Sunday night, September 17, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wildlife Wednesday

Eviction Notice Served

This little critter was desperately trying to make his way up the stairs
from the studio to the main floor.

Tree Frog
I have no clue how it got in the house.

I included the leaf in the picture so you could see how little it is.

(I guess it's time to powerwash the deck, huh?)


Monday, September 11, 2017

Catching Up

And Moving Forward

After I assembled the two orange Scrap Jar Stars for September's Rainbow Scrap Challenge, I realized I had pieces and parts in the box for some earlier month's colors.  So yesterday I finished another blue and another green SJS.









I decided to throw all of the blocks on the wall to see if I'm even close to having a complete quilt.



Three more blocks will give me a 4x5 setting.  That would be 48" x 60" without sashing or borders.  I have pieces/parts to make another yellow star.


I want to make another mixed-colors-on-black star. Then October's RSC color would make 20!  Just in time to assemble the quilt at Mountain Quilt Camp.  Haven't decided if I'll add sashing between the blocks.  I sorta like the white frame that forms at the intersection of the blocks set together.  If any readers have made one of these quilts with sashing, I'd like to see a picture.

So I'll be making the yellow this Monday.  And linking with Monday Making.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Evacuation

Taking what's critical

My sister-in-law evacuated from Savannah yesterday and headed to her mountain cabin in western North Carolina.  She took meds, important documents, and this.

Cardinal Christmas

I made this for her in 2015.  I'm honored she included it in her prized possessions!




Scrappy Saturday

The Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for September is
ORANGE

I've long been a fan of orange, have even gone through several "orange phases."
So I assumed I would have plenty of orange scraps.  NOT!

My few minutes of found sewing time this week
resulted in two Scrappy Churn Dash blocks ...

Chunky Churn Dash
... and a couple of Scrap Jar Stars.

Scrap Jar Star - 1
Scrap Jar Star - 2
Granted, the SJSs need some assembly.  The centers are sewn.

The thing that has fascinated me about the RSC this year is the discovery/discernment
of the various shades in each month's color.

Thanks, Angela, for hosting the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
I hope you remain safe from Irma.



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wildlife Wednesday

Blonde Squirrel


The most common squirrel in Middle Tennessee is the Eastern Gray Squirrel.

Eastern Gray Squirrel - photo from TWRA
While a woodland creature, they can also be found in yards and parks where they become nuisances.

So what do you think this is?


Have you ever seen a squirrel with a blonde tail?


Thursday, August 31, 2017

One Monthly Goal - August

DONE!


Happy to report I completed my goal for August: 
Add my additions to the MCMQG Round Robin Challenge.

Round 5 complete!
Not much else accomplished this month. 
I got so wrapped up in Gypsy Wife that I let Long Time Gone sit by the wayside.

I did make a wall hanging/throw for my SIL ...

Sound of the Woods
... and applied the binding to 4 quilts.

My time has mostly been applied to rearranging the house so that Mr. Hillside and I can occupy what we used to affectionately call the Queen Mother Suite.

Reporting in with Patty D at Elm Street Quilts.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wildlife Wednesday

Chiggers

I am a chigger magnet.


I have never seen one; they are almost microscopic.

But I definitely know I have had an encounter with them.


Mr. Hillside and I walked a property last Friday.  He didn't get one bite, NOT ONE! 
Maybe it's because he's so trim and they prefer to munch on flabby folds.
I am covered from head to toe.
Including my toes.

In full disclosure, I never thought about needing repellant, I wasn't wearing socks,
I didn't shower when I got home, and it was another day before I washed my bedsheets.

The itch is enough to make me insane.
Ivarest to the rescue.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Last Neutral Saturday

Somehow I don't think I've seen the end of my neutral scraps.  Look what came from Craftsy last week!
Rolls of 6" precut strips
In between all my retreat projects (read about those here and here), I cranked out a lot of checkerboard chunks and four more blocks for my Almost Gypsy Wife.


An observant reader noticed a misplaced HST in Contrary Wife (thanks, Shirl S).  Happy to report it has been fixed!


However,  I didn't have a picture of the block with me so apparently I created an entirely different block!


And not just that one; I was also way off base with Cotton Reels, as well.




















Oh, well.  My inspiration for this neutral version came from Pinterest.

Gypsy Wife by Jo Ann Benedetti

Nann (With Strings Attached) not only reminded me that the inspiration quilt was made by Jo Ann Bennedetti, she also sent me a link to another neutral beauty by Linda at Pieceful Kingdom.

Gypsy Wife by Linda M
I love the black bits mixed in.  I think I'll do the same.

Linking with Scraphappy Saturday.


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Epic Retreat

Wrap Up

No, it wasn't really Epic.  We were short a few people, in fact.  But it seems like EVERYTHING else around Nashville is EPIC these days so why not an Epic Retreat?

First we had the confluence of the CMA Festival and the Stanley Cup Playoffs in one weekend on Lower Broad in June.  Epic.

Then there was the 4th of July Fireworks that went on for almost 40 minutes, #1 in the nation according to some reports.  EPic.

Then we drew over 150,000 people to two soccer games in late July.  EPIc.

And, of course, on Monday, the Eclipse where we witnessed 2 whole minutes of Totality.  EPIC!

Anyway, the S'mores annual retreat was a great success, much fun was had by all who were able to attend.  And several nice projects were finished or started.  So here's the parade (warning - photo heavy).

Sena-1's Teton View
Sena-2's Original Seascape
Nancy's Granny's Stars
Charlie's Tumblers
Donna's 9-Patch Beauty
Sharon's A-6 Mystery
Frances' Big Star (sorry I didn't get the pattern name)
Ruth's Shirt Off His Back

Thought I had a picture of Shirley's trees -- oh, well.  I also forgot to get a photo of Becky's mini Fall wall hanging, too.  She decorates her work cubicle with seasonal quilts!  (And she's retiring in March so she can play with us more often!)

Sandy and Diana had small hand projects and Kristen, who's also a paper crafter, made cute little flowers for us to stick on our machines.

Yes, two Senas -- mother/daughter.  And Kristen is Donna's daughter.

This was one of those retreats where almost everyone worked on only one big project.  I guess I was the exception.  Scroll back through my posts to see what I worked on.






Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Epic Retreat - Day 3

Another Productive Day

Started the day by making joins on the bindings I applied on Day 1.


I knew if I didn't make myself do it first thing, it might never get done.  Only screwed up one out of the four.  Had to rip back to a seam and add a new/longer piece.  Forced myself to fix it right then and there!  I deserve a star 😀

Next up was Alycia's A-6 Mystery.


After piecing a couple more background squares I was still two 9-1/2" squares short.  I debated about taking the top row off and stealing two squares from it.  I put all the blocks on the design wall and studied it while I ate lunch.  Consulting a friend, we came up with a solution:  take two HSTs from each corner and put the two background halves together to make whole background square.  I will replace the corner background fabric with something different -- maybe a gray or maybe something entirely different.  It just seemed logical that the area on the outside of the blue and red bands could be intentionally different.

As I was working on A-6 I built a bunch of checkboards and four blocks for my not-quite-Gypsy-Wife.


These are all 6" blocks, clockwise:  Contrary Wife, Dutchman's Puzzle, Counterpane, Cotton Reels.

Tonight will be 1 Lump or 2?  Stay tuned.

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.