Happy to be Scrappy

Happy to be Scrappy

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

A few weeks ago Lynn Wilder at Sew'n Wild Oaks asked people to help her name her latest quilt .  I was lucky enough to come up with the name Spoken For. And for coming up with the name Lynn sent me some of the fabrics she had left over from making the quilt.
There are a couple of very pretty reds and a few neutrals that have already made it into the blocks of my version of Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt .

Unfortunately, even though I find myself with a lot of extra time, I  haven't been able to do much sewing this week.
On Saturday New Years eve morning I woke up in excruciating sciatic pain with my left foot numb.  On Tuesday I had a doctor appointment, Wednesday an MRI and a different doctor, Friday back surgery .  Apparently when your lower leg and foot lose feeling things move along at a rapid pace.  Now I'm at a snails pace though .  No bending, and no lifting over 8 lbs for six weeks .  I have tried sitting at my sewing machine twice .  Each time I've made it about 10 minutes.  This morning I did finish sewing the last of the pieces I need for the mystery .  I'm hoping that this afternoon I'll feel like pressing them. It will take me some time to work back up to a marathon sewing day.
Luckily my kids and sisters are taking care of the things I can't do. You just have no idea how many times in a day you need to bend over to pick something up or work on laundry or the dishes .
This too shall pass .

Happy sewing ,


Thursday, October 27, 2016

Political Red, White and Blue Quilt

Look at what is now hanging in my office .

"Voting Is" Quilt 
Close up of blocks and quilting.
I'm so happy to finally have this one finished.  And to actually get it done before the election.  Now I hope staring at it everyday will help me get motivated to vote.

There is no pattern for this quilt.  I just tried to use the extra blocks left over from other quilts and quilt tops I've made.  The solid star blocks are from one of my first quilts from about 15 years ago.  And a few of the blocks were made just for this quilt.  Okay, more than a few.  Those little red  3" churn dash blocks make me want to make a quilt just using them.  Or maybe come up with something for the churn dash and the 2" pinwheel blocks.  I see a great leader/ender project in my future.

This quilt started with the elephant and donkey blocks.  I found the patterns for them on the internet. If you would like to make them just Google political quilts and eventually you'll find them.  They are old Kansas City Star patterns.  I made a few changes to them including making the donkey larger so the two would be nearer the same size. Then I made the word borders and they are what determined the size of the quilt.  It had to be long enough for the word responsibility.  The patterns for the letters are from The Temecula Quilt Company pattern Little Letters.

Anyway, I love the way it turned out.  And apparently my boss does too.  I left to go to a bid letting and when I returned he said he hoped I didn't mind but he took pictures while I was gone.  He wants to post it on the AGC Facebook and twitter account.  Go for it.  I've already put it on my Facebook page.

Even with our election choices this time it is still our responsibility to vote.  To have a voice.  I may never admit to who I voted for, but I'll vote just the same.



Monday, October 17, 2016

Almost done.  Just a couple of short rows. And then the decision on what color of binding.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Okay, time to slow down a minute.  Should have known when my quilt felt like it was dragging that there was a reason.

Oh, well.  That's what seam rippers are for.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Last night I had the opportunity to see Kaffe Fassett give a lecture on color.  He did a great job describing how the things he sees influence his choice of color.
I really couldn't say how long he spoke.  There wasn't a moment that I wanted to stop listening and look at the time.  Nothing at all what I expected.  Very entertaining.  We were sitting about 15' away from the stage. So close that there was no chance we were going to miss a thing.
There may have been a few, okay more than a few, people in the audience laugh or gasp when he shared his opinion of the colors of Thimbleberries. Let's just say it's not the highest.

He graciously signed all the books that were brought to him and continued to answer questions that were asked.

All in all I'd have to say it was a very good evening. The evening was made even better because I spent it with my daughter (a non-quilter, but an artist nonetheless) and my sister ( a proficient quilter).

Happy sewing,


Friday, September 9, 2016

I'm told that I need to update my blog.  I don't really understand why writing a new post has been so difficult for me but it has.  This is the first time I've logged in to my blog since March.  When the blog came up there was a comment that was awaiting moderation.  The comment was from September 3, 2015. The day before we took mom to the hospital and found out she'd had a stroke. I'm sure it hadn't automatically posted because there were so many typos in the comment.  Mom had written the comment and apparently she was already having stroke related issues. I went ahead and approved the comment. I wouldn't have deleted it for a million dollars.  But it just reinforces to me how much my world has changed in the last year.  Mom is doing well right now but has had numerous challenges to face. She, of course,  has her good days and bad days. After all she's 85 years old. One thing she doesn't do any more is quilt. Nor does she talk about quilting.  So that changed my quilting world too. However,  I am still sewing. So I'll move on to why I started this post.

This is such a horrible election year. But one thing I do feel strongly about is voting. Whether I want to vote or not. That prompted me to start a political quilt.

My picture is, as always, terrible but it gives a clue where I'm going with my design.  This started with the elephant and donkey.  Then I made the borders.  I've been trying to use up some of my orphan blocks like the bow ties and stars in the picture.  And now I'm making some blocks to fill it in.  This weekend I'm hoping to get the center put together.  If I don't get working on it the election will be over.  If that happens at least I'd have four more years to work on it.

Happy quilting.


Friday, March 4, 2016

Happy Birthday Grace

My granddaughter Grace turned 8 on February 26th.  She is growing up and changing so fast.  It seems to go faster then it did with my own two kids.

Grace's "I Am" Quilt
I finally finished the pink quilt I started last January and gave it to Grace.  I spent a lot of time on this quilt.  Each row is made up of 4" blocks with a few spacers added in to make the rows come out even.  No, I didn't think to take a picture of the whole quilt.  But the pictures with Grace in them will always mean more to me anyway.

Reading the label.

Under Construction

It is so nice to have finished something that hopefully will bring her a lot of  joy.

Happy Friday!