Friday, July 31, 2015

summer's whirlwind


I haven't posted for almost a month.  It's SUMMER you know.

We had a bumper crop of raspberries and they are trying to produce AGAIN.  I'm doing peaches, sewing 8 ties for the wedding reception in 3 wks., and getting the house ready for a temporary move-in.

My siblings and I went through our bachelor uncle's things.  He passed away last summer  and we've finally got around to it.  That's where all the milk glass came from.  It's been distributed so I've got my hutch back.  Still need to go through albums and make some sense of all the boxes of pictures, certificates, deeds, and letters.

I manage to squeeze in some time at the quilt frame each morning and that feels good.  Eventually I'll have something to show.

Wildflowers from Yellowstone

I have all the blocks done for Farm Girl Vintage but ONE.  I decided it needed a pie block and so the design process has set me back.  I'm going to save the sheep block for another quilt I've wanted to make since early in the century.  I've got darling red, green, and blue sheep fabric that's calling to be created and the sheep block is just the ticket.

I've also been saving all the waste triangles and have made two cute blocks from the bigger ones.  I think I'll put the smaller ones in as my cornerstones when I add the sashing and put it all together.  But, that means that I have to trim them down to 1 1/2" square and so it will take some extra time which I don't have right now.




Here is the happy couple wading in Yellowstone last month. I think we're at the fire hole river or something like that.

I went to my quilt group last night.  We were taught some new tricks for applique.  I think I've got it down but there is always something new to learn like finger pressing the pieces before putting them on the background.  It's such a simple thing but it makes a difference.

Happy Quilting (if you have time) or maybe simply Happy Summer.
Robin

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Off topic post - milk glass




Joanie and Randy~
These are the pieces that are left excluding the cat dish, it has been spoken for.  If you would like me to reserve something for you let me know.  There are two small cruets.



Aunt Robin/Mom

Saturday, July 4, 2015

When I think of summer. . .



There is a block coming up in the Farm Girl Vintage SAL that is a cute little teapot.  Well, I'm not much into teapots but I'm way into watermelon so I made a watermelon block instead.  It goes great  with the rest of the country blocks.



There was a bit too much white space so I used some of the myriad of waste triangles I've been cutting off from the other blocks, trimmed them down to 1 1/2", and sewed them in two banner-like rows to celebrate the 4th.  I think it turned out great!

That's what I think of when I think of summer; vacations, holidays, fireworks, lots of company, and watermelon (yummy summer fruit basically).


Today we celebrate the freedom of our nation - the United States of America.  Everyone struggles to be free, everyone.

  I'm grateful to those who have sacrificed so much for me and my family so we can enjoy that freedom.

Wave a flag today, enjoy some watermelon.  It goes together - I promise.
Robin

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer is here!!!


Here is my progress on the Farm Girl Vintage quilt by Lori Holt.  I wanted to make a red, white, and blue sparkler block so I made the peas and carrots block look patriotic.

I had all kinds of trouble with the pear block.  I put the white on the wrong corners of the green for leaves so I had to switch the two pears to get the leaves at the correct angle.  The instructions were okay.  I just wasn't paying attention.


I finished my Ohio Star flag and have it hung for the 4th.  I constructed the top years ago and got it basted in January. I have been quilting it at my leisure.  It's only my 2nd finish of the year.  I am so slow.


We went to Yellowstone National Park last week with my cousins.  This is a picture of Old Faithful erupting.  It was hot hot that day.


My son ordered this for dinner.  He gobbled it right down.



I was able to get a great shot of this dragonfly while we were picnicking by the side of the river.

There weren't many animal sightings but we did have a moose cross the road one car in front of us on our way to picnic.  We weren't even in the park yet.

Hope you're doing something fun.
Robin