Sunday, June 23, 2019

Garden Update

We have a tomato!

First cherry tomato
I pinched back the basil last week and now it's growing like Topsy.

In fact, everything has doubled in size since last week.  
I installed some hoops to help support the tomatoes.

The cucumbers are starting to put out tendrils so I'm hoping they will climb the trellis soon.

The rosemary has suddenly come to life (could be all the rain we've had).

All-in-all, I'm very happy with my little raised garden!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Out of Left Field

Wait, this wasn't on my design wall last week!

Moda Frivol No. 2 - Faithful
Remember, I said I was obsessed with cleaning up messes.  And one of the biggest messes is my sewing table.  This box was on the table and I refused to put it back on the shelf.

It was a Secret Santa gift a couple of Christmases ago and I set about making it right away.  But I reached a point where I put it back in the box.  I was one block short of finishing the center!  So in the last couple of days I made the final block and assembled the center.  I decided to skip the pieced border and just went with plain fabric. 

The box included directions for churn dash blocks to use the remnants.  All I could eek out was 6
dashes -- not enough to do much with. 

I'm considering either a table runner -- that would need more fabric from the stash -- or possibly a strip insert in the back of the little quilt.

I also worked on the Tiny Tuesday fan from a week or so ago.  I will attach it to the background when I get out a machine that does zig-zag.

TT Fan
I've also caught up with the sashing on my Tiny Tuesday blocks to date.  Sorry, no photo.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Growing to Town

Garden Update

Remember this?

View from the tomato end - June 2, 2019
Just two weeks later, the Bradley tomatoes on this end are now way higher than the marigolds ...

... the cucumbers are reaching toward the trellis ...

... there are flowers on the cherry tomatoes ...

... small green peppers emerging ...

... and healthy dill ready to harvest.

We have already used some dill and thyme in a couple of our recipes.  Yes, I know I have probably over-planted in my small space.  I'm hoping some "crops" will peak before others need space.  This is a new experience for me and I am enjoying the trip!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Catching Up

Another of "those" weeks

After months of rarely leaving the house, last week was the second in a row filled with activities.  But at least last week included some sewing!

Early last Monday morning I made the 3-hour drive to the other side of Nashville to attend a 2-Fabric Bargello class taught by my S'mores friend Nancy.  This is one of those quilts that looks SEW much more complicated than it is.

Nancy's example
Because of my back and neck issues, I was careful not to spend too much time at any one activity during the day but I did get good start on one of the simpler designs in the pattern.

Libby's 2FB
I was working with fabric from my stash.  It truly only takes two fabrics.  The secret is using a gradation that creates the effect of complex piecing.  After I got a couple of other things off my design wall this morning, I got all the rows clipped and up on the wall.

I want to finish this one soon.  It will probably just be a wall hanging.  Let me tell you, the pattern is confusing, but with Nancy's excellent instructions we were all on our way to a finished project by the end of the day.  I've already picked my fabrics for the next one!
I spent last Monday night at Nancy's so that I could attend a S'mores sew-day on Tuesday.

Sena's sewing room
I spent the entire day adding a sleeve to this quilt I entered in a nearby quild's show.

Fire and Ice
On Wednesday I drove back to Crossville to deliver Fire and Ice and Rock Island, Rock On! to the CCP show in time for judging (I didn't win anything) and in time to make a FGFQG executive board meeting.

Rock Island, Rock On!
It was a nice show, lots of beautiful quilts and a good assortment of local vendors.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Talk About a Mixed Bag ...

But it's mostly scraps!

Design Wall - June 15-16, 2019
I've been jumping from one thing to another these days.  I have this incredible desire to clean up messes and use up scraps.

On the right is Dawn to Dusk (from More Nickel Quilts).  The blues are all from my 2.5" scrap strips; the white is Grunge yardage from my stash.  Since this photo, I have added one more row and am now 4 seams shy of a quilt!  Unless I decide to add borders ... more on that in another post.

In the middle you see some of my Tiny Tuesday blocks.   I have been trying to make two each week, one in reverse values.  Some blocks just didn't lend themselves to that, like the owl.  Some weeks, like the bear claw bow tie, I was lucky to finish just one.  And then there are the weeks I said "forget that!"   The light backgrounds will get a dark grey Grunge sashing; the dark backgrounds will get a light grey Grunge sashing.  Then there's the issue of straight versus on-point.   I thought halfway through the year was a good time to assess how many blocks I have, their orientation, and sashing color.  That's tomorrow's project. 

On the left is one of two new scrap projects underway.  In one of my scrap-user-system drawers  (what a joke!) I discovered a stash of 4" (finished) 4-patches.  So I pulled a "neutral" green from my stash -- everything in nature goes with green, you know -- and what you see is the beginning of a twin-size quilt.

Also on the scrappy front, I made two more buckeye stars ...

... and two Tiny Tuesday blocks ...

It was another of "those" weeks and I have a lot to catch you up on, but for now I'll just leave you with best wishes for all the dads out there and best memories for those of us who only have memories of our dads.

Linking with Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than housework.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wildlife Wednesdy

This baby robin fledged a little early.  Mom and Dad nowhere in sight.

Baby Robin
Apparently he/she flew into the window and had the breath knocked out of him/her.  It finally was able to fly away unassisted .. no thanks to its parents ...

Friday, June 7, 2019


One of those weeks

We've all had them.  Weeks with "something" scheduled every day, just enough to interfere with an otherwise productive day in the sewing room.  The "15-minutes to Stitch" approach is helping, however.

Monday it was an hour drive each way to the retina doctor for Mr. Lakeside.  Good news: he's back to one drop once a day (instead of two twice a day).  In the sewing room, I cut pieces for three Buckeye Stars and made a pile of tiny 4Ps in dark blue.

Tuesday was Devo and Sew. Even though I set up my machine to sew more 2" strip sets, I ended up spending the day cutting chunks for 4-patches.  At home I cut pieces for three Double Shot blocks and made a blue TT butterfly.

Wednesday, my last chiropractor visit -- not that I'm entirely healed in the back, but he did manage to improve my carpal tunnel symptoms.  Rather than apply to Medicare for extended service, I'm going to try to fix my issues with lifestyle changes.  Specifically, losing weight, walking more, and sewing less.  (Ouch, it hurts to even say that!)  Once home, I stitched the pile of 4Ps I cut on Tuesday.  I can't wait to show you my plan for them!

70 4-patches
Thursday I spent the morning checking out a possible new venue for the guild classes when we have a professional teacher.  Our normal meeting place is a church that does not allow sales which, of course, is one of the ways itinerant teachers make their money.  Once home, I assembled three Double Shot blocks for the Rainbow Scrap Chllenge.

Double Shot (Double X)
Finally, Friday!  A free day.  My plan was to hit a half-price plant sale in a nearby town, but it is raining so hard right now -- yes, it's finally raining after almost 4 weeks without any -- that I'm tempted to stay home and sew .... in 15-minute increments.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Wildlife Wednesday

Fly away!

A couple of butterflies were enjoying my marigolds on Sunday before I got them planted.

I haven't seen them since the flowers were planted.

The spots on the top side of their wings was a beautiful iridescent blue.  
Which inspired me to make another Tiny Tuesday butterfly.

Blue butterflies mean "love"
Cut by my revised measurement, this one turned out 1/4" too long!  
In case you haven't made yours yet, the lower lobes should be 2.5" square.  

I also made an attempt at a Buckeye Star in blue.

Buckeye Star
I can see that I need to have more value contrast between the 4Ps and HSTs.  
And I noticed that in the orange stars I didn't match up the 4Ps.  
I'm glad I did a trial run before I whipped through all three.  
This one may end up on the back.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Garden Update

We shopped for vegetable plants on Friday and I finally got them installed in the Trug Sunday.

Bradley tomato end
Herbs - dill, rosemary, thyme (no sage)

Herb garden end
Three green peppers and two cucumbers
Cherry tomatoes and basil

Cucumber trellis
and a few Marigolds to ward off pests
Wish me luck!!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

As Orange Fades into the Sunset ...

Rainbow Scrap Challenge Monthly Roundup

Early in the month I was able to knock off most of my ongoing projects.  First to get finished were eight Chandelier blocks.

Chandelier blocks
These blocks are easy to whip up quickly because I am using the same background for all the colors and already have a bunch cut. 

Next I tackled my three Double Shot (Double X) blocks over several days.

Double Shot in orange
These blocks use nothing but 2-1/2" strips; the hardest part is finding a suitable background fabric in the beige/tan family.

I added a new project to my list after I rounded out my collection of Squared Away Sampler blocks.  I'm calling these blocks Buckeye Stars since they are made by combining 4 Buckeye blocks.

Buckeye Stars
 It occurs to me that these are very similar to the Scrap Jar Stars I made a couple of years ago.  I was able to make three in orange because I already had the units made for an abandoned project.  My goal is to make three each month; we'll see how that pans out.  I'm in no hurry.  I see ways that I can get ahead with the 4-patches and HSTs which will make assembly a lot easier.

And NOW, we're on to dark blue.  How fortunate that I decided about halfway through May to dig out Dawn to Dusk (from More Nickel Quilts).  I plugged along steadily every day and I'm pleased to say I have enough blocks for a nice-sized throw (approx. 50x60)

Dawn to Dusk
I love the secondary pattern these blocks form.  I used a BUNCH of 2.5" blue strips.  Some I used only once; others I used twice.  I think there is only one fabric I used three times.  The background is a white Grunge.  Now to settle on a nice arrangement of the mixed values.  That will be my goal for June.

I'll be linking up with Cynthia at Quilting is more fun than housework.  And, if it's not too late, I'll link with Angela at Soscrappy.

Friday, May 31, 2019

Something New

Vegetable Garden

One year (in another life) I had volunteer tomato plants in the ditch behind our house where the neighbor's castoffs had washed down to our lot.  Another year (in this life) I planted a 25-cent tomato plant and it flourished until the ants got to the fruit before I could ...

That's been the extent of my vegetable gardening experience -- until now. I thought if I had a raised bed on the deck I might be able to keep the deer and other varmints from devouring the fruits of my labor.  So Santa brought me a raised trough garden for Christmas.

VegTrug and liner from Garden Supply Company
Yesterday we got the liner installed and mixed the recommended soil/manure/vermiculite mixture.  We decided it would be easiest to mix the three products directly in the trough in three layers.

DH used my new (and still unused) kayak paddle to stir each layer.

Let the planting begin!!!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Another Tiny Thursday

Well, it's done.

TT Monarch Butterfly
Mine came out 1/4" too short -- I wondered why the body part was too long!  I think the lower wing pieces need to be cut 2.5" x 2.75"  and we need 4 of both background squares.  

So my proportions don't look as nice as Angela's but it's cute and sweet and I can adjust the final size with the sashing.  I usually make two of each TT block, so I may try another one ...