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?