Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Retreat Days 1 and 2

Photos finally made it to the cloud and back so I will try to reprise my progress.

After a LONG trip back to Middle Tennessee on Monday (with stops to deposit a check, take quilts to the LAQ,  pop into Target for some last-minute items, and visit Fantastic Sams for a hair cut) I arrived shortly after noon and proceeded to settle in.

At the last minute I put a stack of little shoe-box size project boxes into the car, even though I had already packed a laundry basket with big projects -- things that needed final assembly or borders or backs.  I decided to start with the small stuff and first up was a failed One Block Wonder.  I managed to salvage the blocks by making a small wall hanging.

(The large "dots" are not part of the quilt; they are pumpkins on the front side of the flannel-back table cloth I'm using for a design wall.)  The trials and tribulations involved with this project deserve a post of it's own so stay tuned.  I finished it Tuesday morning but discovered I didn't have enough of the intended fabric for the back ...

SO I moved on to another small project -- the remnants from the quilt I dropped off with the LAQ.

Table Runner
These fabrics always photograph as black from a distance.  They really look like this:

With the walking foot on my Baby Lock I did simple straight line quilting about 1/2" on either side of the seams.  I had hoped to count this as a finished project but didn't bring along a fabric I felt would work for the binding ... sigh.

My next project was possibly the second project I ever started in my quilting life, probably around 2002.

Tree of Life Table Topper
The blocks are totally hand pieced, but I added the sashing by machine.

I had planned to sandwich and baste, but I made a mistake in cutting the back so I have yet another unfinished project.

Check back tomorrow to see the results of Day 3.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

News from the Midstate

I am away at S'mores retreat through Thursday.  My photos haven't made it to the Cloud and back yet so I'll show you a sunset from a week ago, when a severe storm was moving to the south of us.

Sunset - August 13, 2019 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Looking for recommendations

OK Blog Friends, I'm looking for quilt shop recs in the Hudson River valley area, 
between Albany and Saugerties.  
I'll be heading that way soon for GS-1's wedding.

Just to keep this quilty, here's another UFO I let go of this week.

Scrumptious Stars
The Comfort Quilt committee at guild was happy to get it!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Tiny Tuesday

Catching up

After assembling the tiny double 9-patch that Angela introduced Tuesday morning,

TT Double 9-Patch

I decided to catch up on the sashing for the last two months.

I spent the rest of the day in the sewing room, looking for UFOs that I can LET GO.  It's so hard; I remember THAT fabric, I had sew much fun working on THAT project, this one reminds me of THAT person.

In fact, over the weekend I assembled a collection of blocks that started with a block to go in a dying friend's comfort quilt.

Asian Pinwheels
I am going to pass it on to the guild, along with some leftover fabrics.  It could probably use a border but I can't make myself do any more with it.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Simple Tiny Tuesday

... on a Saturday 

Knowing that Angela is wrapped up in a new school year and getting two kiddos off to college, I offered to create a simple Tiny Tuesday block to make up for the one she missed this week.  And since we will be essentially doubling up on TT this week, I made it VERY easy!

So here goes.  Cut:
  • 4 light/bright blue squares at 2"
  • 1 square at 2" - can be blue or background
  • 1 strip blue @ 1-1/4" x at least 8"
  • 1 strip background @ 1-1/4" x at least 8"

Stitch the two 1-1/4" strips together along the long side and press toward the darker fabric.  This stripset should measure 2" across.

Cut this stripset into 2" segments.

Arrange your pieces in a 9-patch formation.

And voila, you have a block!

Be creative with your fabric and value choices. And have fun!

Friday, August 9, 2019

Cutting It Close

Mosaic Mystery - Month 2/Cutting

I was showered and dressed, ready to go out to lunch with the church women Thursday morning and had several hours to fill before I headed downtown.  I didn't want to do any stitching and end up with threads all over me, so I decided to cut the Mosaic Mystery being hosted by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.

Mosaic Mystery

Unlike many mysteries, all the cutting instructions are provided at the get-go.  

Top down - Fabrics B, A, C, Background, Border
I looked over the measurements needed to make sure my fabric choices were sufficient.  I needed 27 inches of Fabric C; it looked like I had JUST enough of the black fabric to designate it as Fabric C.

So I cut all of Fabric A, all of Fabric B, then took Fabric C to the (new) ironing board.  OOPS!

Fabric C
Apparently I had cut a chunk for something earlier!  Thankfully (and thoughtfully) Cheryl not only tells you how many of this or that you can get out of a strip, but shows the total number of thises/thats you will need, so I was able to scavenge bits from other strips.  This is ALL I had left!

Less than 1/5" left!!!
A morning's-worth of work:

All cut and ready for the September clue
Check out the surprise lurking in the leaf fabric:

I see you!

I will be reporting in at Meadow Mist Designs.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

What's wrong with this picture?

Other than all the shadows ...

When a meeting was rescheduled on Wednesday I decided to use the unexpected free time to whip out three Double Shot blocks in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color of the month, light/bright blue.  It obviously doesn't pay to be overconfident!  To add insult to injury, I unstitched the wrong row.  But I soldiered on and, in the end, the three blocks went together very quickly.

I am looking forward to seeing this quilt come together!

Linking up with Scrap Happy Saturday at soscrappy

Sunday, August 4, 2019

RSC - Wrapping Up Pink

Hello, Light Blue

Again, I skipped the Tiny Tuesday applique block and finished the pink month adding two more TT blocks to my collection

Wonky Star
Not my best effort ...  I don't know about you, but I find it difficult to be wonky on purpose.  

I had wrapped up my blocks for the larger RSC projects -- Chandelier, Double Shot, and Buckeye Stars -- early in the month.

As I've said before, the first week of the month is generally free of social obligations so I try to get a head start on my Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects while I have a clear calendar.  This month is no exception.  Yesterday I cut and kitted blocks for all three projects!  Yay, I'm ready to pick up and stitch in little blocks of time.  OR, they can become leaders/enders for another project.

Since I was stymied on the OBW panel project (more on that tomorrow) I decided to forge ahead and make all eight chandelier blocks.

Chandelier Blocks
The color of the month is light blue.  Digging through my blue scrap bin I discovered that I have a lot of novelty prints with light blue backgrounds.

Novelty prints
Sew I unofficially changed the color of the month, at least for these blocks, to novelty prints!

Think I'll pop over to Oh Scrap! to see what other scrappy goodness is appearing in blogland.

Friday, August 2, 2019

So What Did She Get?

... with her gift certificate ...

As reported earlier in the week, I won a $100 gift certificate from Tennessee Quilts.
I couldn't leave Johnson City, TN without spending it on the prize I didn't win!

Everybody who attended the Friday dinner received a door prize.
In addition there were six or so "grand" prizes.
One of the physical prizes was a board like this -- I REALLY wanted it.

Portable ironing board
But I won the very next prize, a $100 gift certificate which covered the $95 cost of the board.

The board is big enough for a half width of fabric.
It has collapsible legs to sit up on a table at a comfortable height.

And, it has a handy handle for transporting.

I am a happy girl!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Wildlife Wednesday

Garden gone wild!

Remember when ... ?

Just planted - June 2, 2019

June 18, 2019

July 17, 2019
First salad with produce from the garden.

The cucumber was especially delicious.  They are a weird shape so I was a bit concerned.  There are two more on the vines right now but it doesn't look too promising to get many more.  I may just pull them out and start a fall crop of greens when the temps get a little cooler.

I have enjoyed my gardening adventure and look forward to the next season.

Monday, July 29, 2019


I may tweek it a little more, but it is essentially ready to stitch.

OBW with panel
This is an empty week for me in terms of social obligations so I should be able to get this together.  That will be a first for me -- finishing a class project in less than a week.  We'll see how well I do with that!  I need to catch up with some Rainbow Scrap Challenge projects, too,  before the change of color on Thursday.

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Where's Libby?

Tennessee Quilts QuiltFest
Johnson City, TN

Spent two fabulous days in a class with Jan Krentz.

One Block Wonder with a panel
This morning I stitched more hexies and this afternoon I will do more designing.
  That is, after I go back to Tennessee Quilts in Jonesborough 
to spend the $100 gift certificate I won at dinner last night!

Monday, July 22, 2019

As If ...

... I should start something new

I'll blame it on Kate at Life in Pieces.  I'm going to try my hand at the Mosaic Mystery hosted by Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs.

Unlike some other mysteries in blogland that have you racing to keep up, Cheryl's clues appear only once a month and extend over an 8-month period.  I think I can manage that!

The fabric requirements were announced on July 4 -- 3 fabrics and a background.  Since I am determined to use my stash, my choice had to revolve around the only background-worthy fabric that I have 3.25 yards of.  I came up with two possible scenarios -- one bright and lively, and one sophisticated and subdued.  Hoping that this might be something that would appeal to GS-1 and his soon-to-be bride, I have opted to go sophisticated.  DON'T EVEN THINK IT!  (That Libby doesn't know how to be sophisticated.)

The white is the background.  The floral fabric at the bottom will be the border.  I used it to guide my other choices.  I may have to rethink the squiggly line piece as I'm not sure it has enough contrast with the background.

Worst case scenario, I might find a replacement at Tennessee Quilts 20% off sale later this week!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Little Pink Cutie

Tiny Tuesday Piglet

My first attempt at this cute little piglet turned into an indeterminate blob of pork.  
It was questionable if I even wanted to try again.  
But once I realized the mess was due to poor fabric choices, I set about making another one.

And I'm so glad I did!

Reporting in at Scrap Happy Saturday with my RSC progress.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wildlife Wednesday

But first ...

Monday Morning Sunrise
We have had so many foggy mornings on the lake lately, 
I was overjoyed to wake to another gorgeous sunrise Monday morning. 
The lake was so still that morning, the colors are perfectly reflected in the water.

When I stepped out on the deck to photograph the sunrise, this little creature was in my way.

I have no idea what it is.  Just glad it didn't try to hop up on me!
Edited:  Nann was right; it's a Katydid!

And one lonely duck lounging at the spa.

This duck frequently comes by itself and naps on the warm rocks in the afternoon.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Leading ...

... And Ending

Back in the middle of May I wrote about how Bonnie Hunter's Scrap Users Strip System doesn't work for me (read it here).  Don't misunderstand; I'm not saying that there is anything inherently wrong with her system.  It just doesn't work for me because I generally don't make scrappy quilts.

So at the time of that writing I whipped a mixed bunch of 2-1/2" strips into light/dark foursies to make Bonnie's free pattern Strip Twist.

Strip Twist
It was one of those rare occasions where I threw caution to the wind, grabbed two strips, and started sewing.  I did put a little thought into the block combinations, trying to avoid duplicate fabrics.  And I did a minimum amount of redistribution of the blocks in the final arrangement.  Overall, it was very satisfying and I find it a very cheerful quilt that will comfort someone.  With luck, this will be fully assembled by the end of this day, including two borders.

While I had the 2-1/2" strip bin out I also stitched a pile of dark/neutral strip sets which I cut into 2-1/2" chunks.

And, using Bonnie's Leader/Ender system, I worked those into 4-patches in between other sewing and then added a solid 4-1/2" square to most of them in the same manner.  I don't know about you, but at some point my L/E project demands to be finished, so last week I got most of it together.

Needs a name

Five more long seams and it will be a flimsy.  I generally kept the colors in a more masculine palette but I did let a few yellows and pinks in to make it sparkle.

I'll be linking up with Cynthia for Sunday's Oh Scrap!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

In the Pink

Angela/soscrappy gave us another easy TT block this week.

Bear Paw - Tiny Tuesday
The rest of my scrappy sewing this week was not pink so I will reserve that for another post.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Garden Update

Apparently I missed the memo about feeding and watering.  I won't say the garden is "thriving," but things have continued to grow.  And now that I'm on a more regular schedule of watering and have added a little fertilizer, we may get a little yield after all.

The Bradley tomatoes are questionable.

Bradley Tomato
These are the only fruit so far on the three plants.  I got these plants from a local person and they have done poorly from the beginning.  The cherry tomatoes, on the other hand, are thriving.

Cherry Tomatoes
Since being fertilized, the peppers have finally set fruit.

Before, the pepper would start to develop then fall off.  The cumbers are doing quite well.

First cucumber
They are not only climbing the trellis, they are grabbing on to anything they can find.

Cucumber clutching the dill
The dill has grown taller than the trellis.

It's time to make some chicken salad while I have fresh dill!  The rosemary in front of the dill has been delicious on roasted petite potatoes.  I'm thinking of putting in a fall crop of greens after the tomatoes are done.

Bottom line -- this has been a learning experience.  I'll try to get an earlier start next year.