Thursday, July 20, 2017

The upward trek

The photography makes this look ghastly.  It really is much prettier in real life.


I've been working on the top panel for the Roseville Album Quilt.  It doesn't look like much but I've already spend a lot of time.  The house is in the center of the panel with two trees on each side.  The one tree with only 3 leaves looks pretty scrawny but it will end up with multiple leaves, long stems, and an abundance of fruit.  I can't decide if the fruit is supposed to be dates or coconuts.  Regardless of what they are supposed to be - I'll be using much more colorful fabric to represent the fruit.






I'm on the final border for my charm quilt.  This should have only taken me about 2 weeks to quilt using the big stitch but here I am almost 2 months in and it's just finishing up.  I'm having a hard time making myself go downstairs and stitch.  It has something to do with the heat.  The unusually miserable heat. . .




I cut out a scrap quilt last week so I would have a leader/ender project.  After it was all cut out I had to laugh at myself because I have no quilt I'm in the process of piecing.  This is it.




The scrappy bear's paw is from Miss Rosie's Spice of Life Quilts book.




I'm using a very random mix of FQs that I had stuffed in a drawer.  I have won FQs at various times through the years at my quilt club.  It seems like 2 or 3 times a year I win a drawing or someone is passing out FQs for part of their presentation.

Anyway, none of these fabric really go together and they are not all quilt store quality but it's a scrap quilt.  That's what scrap quilting is all about, isn't it.



The cute scrappy Bear's Paw block is below.  Miss Rosie has a different set of instructions for cutting out than I am used to.  It's taken me a little while to figure it out but I think I've got it down, finally.

I had a big piece of white kettle cloth (I don't know what they call it now) from the 80's or 90's that I'm cutting up for the neutral in this quilt.  It will be a good use for it.





I've also started a new cross stitch project for fall.  I've wanted to make this sampler for years, the pattern came out in 2011.  I found the sparkly gray Aida and then aged it all for a while.  The cloth isn't long enough to make the whole sampler so until I decided what to do instead, the pattern and cloth when into a box up on a shelf.

I love the sparkly cloth and hate the thought of not using it.  So I finally made myself make some decisions.  I picked out the colors I like, not all are the ones suggested.  I decided to shade the pumpkin differently than the original pattern (below)




And, I am only going to stitch the Halloween Eve part down.  I'm not going to stitch the alphabet and now I have enough cloth to get the most important part (the bird, pumpkin, and cat) all stitched.

Why do we take so long to decide. . . ?

Yesterday the question for the designers to answer on the Moda Blockheads BOW was "Do you wash your quilts?"

When I read Lisa Bongean's answer about never washing her wool quilts I wasn't surprised but, it made me realize that I don't make wool quilts for that very reason.  My quilts are made to be used.  And if that use requires cleaning then I want to make sure that can be done without ruining the quilt.

It's something we all have to decide.  How are we going to use the finished project?

Don't get me wrong, I think the wool quilts are wonderful.  But, I guess I think the wall hangings are even better because they can be tossed into the dryer on low (like Lisa suggested) and get clean without any problem.

What are your thoughts?
Robin

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The stain is gone!!!



I finished the Father's Day block (see previous post for naming thoughts) yesterday and I soaked it in Oxy-Clean.  It took about 4 hrs. but there is no trace of the raspberry stain -whew!  I'm surprised how many raspberry colored fabrics ended up in this block.  It was fun to make.

The large center flower is supposed to be make out of three different fabrics including a center circle.  When I came across this Amy Butler fabric I knew it would be perfect.

Now, I'll take a little break and finish big stitching the quilt on the frames.  Then it's on to applique the top border for this quilt.
Robin

I'm linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Little Juicy Fingers



 I've been working on another block for the Roseville Album Quilt.  I'm calling this one the Father's Day block.  (More on that later.)  I applique at my little rocking settee in the dining area.  The morning light shines in through the window behind me as I sit and stitch.  It is such good lighting but, alas, it is also quite near the food preparation and eating area.  Hince the stains on the top and bottom of my block.  GASP!




I think it was from the grandkids but at this point it isn't about the blame - it's about how am I going to get these stains out.  The block was folded in half so I have a big stain at the bottom and a smaller stain at the top of the block.




This is the delightfully delicious culprit of the the red fingers who touched my block to probably move it out of the way so they could sit on a stool at the bar and continue to nibble to their little hearts content.

You can see the block in the background.  I need to remember to move it into another room when I baby-sit each week.

So. . . .   any thoughts on how to remove raspberry stains?




Back to the block's name - I'm calling this the "Father's Day" block because these little blossoms remind me of carnations.  Years ago when my DH was seated on the stand each Sunday, I would get him a carnation boutonniere on Father's Day.  He seemed to like it.

I've decided to finish appliquing the block and then try and remove the stain.  If it's a stubborn one - I'll just figure out a way to applique over it.

You just never know. . .
Robin

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This is what I did all month. . .



It took me a whole month to applique this piece.  It measures 16" X 48".  I didn't work on it every day.  Not Sunday and I usually skipped another day during the week.  But the rest of the days I spent 2 - 4 hrs stitching.  Whew!  Those trees are just something else...................




I decided to name the blocks as I go along.  The one above is the "Masochist"  (The tendency to invite and enjoy misery of any kind) block for obvious reasons.  I like the block I just don't want to ever put myself through that again.



The left side panel is "The Coloring Book" panel because it felt like I was picking out the most beautiful crayon and while staying within the lines, colored it in with fabric.




The bottom panel I just finished was originally named "The Garden of Eden"  because of the two trees.  Then I started on the animals and thought maybe "Old MacDonald" would be a more fitting name.  It was when I was appliqueing the goats horns and began to think about fainting goats that I came up with it's final title.  I call it the "Not for the faint of heart" panel.




I haven't decided which block or panel I will do next.  But, I do know it will be one of the easy ones for sure.



Harvest/canning season has started at our house.  I've put a bunch of peas in the freezer.  I've made both raspberry and strawberry jam and have frozen a bunch of those too.

At least, the ones we haven't just popped into our mouths right out of the garden - yum!



DH planted some new hollyhocks.  They are something to behold.  Remember making hollyhock dolls as a child?  I'm going to have to find some instructions because these would make some lovely hollyhock brides.


Sunday, June 18, 2017

birds, cats, and a cow



I've been working on this panel all week but it doesn't look like I did much.  I finished the purple bird in the upper left hand corner.




I finished the cat and the shrub underneath her.  I worked on these because I needed a break from all the up, down, and around of the blue tree.  But if you look closely you notice on the shrub branches and the cat's tail and feet . . . it was the exact motion of up, down and around that I had been doing all along.  My applique isn't perfect, that's for sure, but I keep improving.




I finished the cow, an udderly tricky accomplishment.




And here is the progress so far.  I still have 2 horses, 3 chickens, a goat, another shrub, and a passel of birds (as well as the rest of the tree.  For those of you who have made this quilt, you'll notice my panel is a mirror image of the original.  I forgot to reverse the pattern when I traced it.  It won't make any difference in the placement of the blocks and design but I'll have to keep better track of things from now on.




We had an interesting delivery this week.  Above is my DIL's turtle named Romeo.  She's had him since she was a little girl.




My sister came on Wednesday and she had to step over a big shoe box on the front porch to knock on the door.  Inside the box was a much larger red ear slider with a slightly damp cloth on top of her.  She has been dubbed Juliet - appropriately I guess.  Poor Romeo isn't going to get a chance to meet her because my DIL quickly found a new home for her and she's going to a kindergarten class in Logan.  Meanwhile my son and DIL went to St. George for four days and I've got the responsibility of keeping Juliet alive in a outdoor kiddie pool.  I know it's no big deal but when a person is used to only feeding a spouse. . . . . .    I'm afraid I'll forget to feel them -yikes!



And a Happy Father's Day to my DH.  This is one of my favorite pictures of him from our mission to Wisconsin.  It is taken in the Chequamegon National Forest where someone has put chainsaws all up and down about 50 large polls.  (We saw some crazy things while we were there.)

Hope you're having a quiet Sunday with your family close by.
Robin

I'm linking up to Slow Sunday Stitching, go check it out.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Applique, charm quilt, and fabric in the mail



I've been busy appliqueing again this week.  I finished the gold tree, stitched the pig, a cat, and the bull.  I love the fabric for the bull.  The wings and the tail of a bird are in the upper left hand corner - more birds to follow.




I got started on the other tree.  I figured I'd work a little on it and then do an animal or bird.  Then do a little more.  That way it will feel like I'm getting more accomplished and it will be more interesting.







I' put my charm quilt on the frames finally.  I'm doing a big stitch around each diamond and into the border.  I like the way the border looks.  I'm hoping it will go quickly and I can finish it up by the end of June.  But, the appliqueing time cuts into my quilting time.  Although July's humidity is not far away and I'll welcome the cooler temps of the basement where the quilt frames are.





Now here is the fabric saga.  I ordered some fabric from Country Sampler in Spring Green WI last week.  I mentioned it in my previous post.  I got a call two days later to tell me that they only had 1 yard of the lovely fabric that I wanted 3 yrds. of for a border.  So I cancelled the whole order including a book that was on sale.

I was very disappointed.


This is a little washed out.  It is much prettier in person


It was a birthday present in a way.  But I decided to go to the Windham fabric site to see if I could get a better picture of the focus fabric since the pictures on my blog didn't come through very well.

On the Windham site I found other stores that carried the fabric (by Jeanne Horton) and so I ordered some from Threadbear in Georgia.  Yippee!  The fabric was cheaper and so was the postage.  Win, win.

Except I was on my IPAD and having never ordered anything on it before - there was a learning curve.  When I clicked on the Place Your Order tab a screen came up saying there was an error when I sent my credit card information (not very encouraging)  but not to worry.


Artsy photo


I looked for the confirmation email the next day.  It never came.  Frustrated, I just decided I wasn't meant to have this fabric and gave up.  That was Wednesday.


The blue is more gray and the pink is more salmon.


I surprisingly got an email on Thursday saying my order had shipped.

My package arrived Saturday.  To say I was thrilled is putting it mildly.  I will order from Threadbear again and again with that kind of service.


This is the way I imagine the fabric for a border.  Probably not for this quilt but you get the idea.

Pretty, pretty border fabric


This is a picture of one corner of my CW BOW from Barbara Brackman a few years ago.  I appliqued a little border but I've never put it together.

I also found the book I had originally ordered from Country Sampler at Amazon Marketplace for a cheaper price.  Who knew?

Now, I just want to say that Country Sampler is still one of my favorite places.  They couldn't help that the fabric I wanted was selling out so fast.  That's a good thing, right?




And last, but not least, dessert.  This is the way my DH coats his desserts with whipped cream.  There is some key lime pie under all that sweetness.  Too funny!

Hope the day finds you with a needle in hand,
Robin

I am linking with  Design Wall Monday on Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
Go check it out!

Monday, June 5, 2017


I have been contentedly sitting in my settee, radio playing, needle in hand, cool air blowing, working on this rather intricate tree for the last week.  I think I've got the hang of it so it's going a little faster than it was when I started.  I had to force myself to work on it some days because it isn't particularly interesting going up and down - up and down using the same fabric day after day.  But, I knew it would be worth it so I kept plugging along.  It's looking great!

This is the tree on the left side of the lower panel on the Roseville Album quilt.  I would be getting close to celebrating the finish if it wasn't for the fact that I need to do another similar tree on the other side of the panel - gasp!

But, I've decided that's why summer was invented; a cozy niche to sit in and a project in my lap.




Speaking of summer, look what my DH brought in this morning.  Yum!!!




Here he is working hard digging up some plants he no long wants to keep.

The iris' are still blooming away.  They were gorgeous this year.





I just found this fabric at my favorite quilt store (that I've never been able to go to).  It is called Country Sampler  and is located in Spring Green Wisconsin.  When we stayed in Wisconsin I never could justify the  2 - 3 hr. trip.  Once we were about 1/2 hour away when we were out inspecting apartments but we were in too big of a hurry to indulge a whim.  Sigh~




This is a new line called Riverbanks by Jeanne Horton the owner of Country Sampler.  I think this piece would make a wonderful border or alternate blocks.   So. . . I ordered some.







My youngest son and his wife moved in the basement last week.  It is going to be fun to have them around for a while.

Off to eat as many strawberries as I want.........................
Robin

Hooking up with Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts & Doll Quilts

Monday, May 29, 2017

Whew!


I'm trying to do the most work intensive blocks first.  I'm glad this one is over!  It's a beauty but I think I'm glad to go on to the next one (it's a tricky one too).

Robin

Linking with Design Wall Monday

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

LOOK Squirrel!!!

Jan Patek's new BOM  Cockscombs and Pomegranates - ships in August

Coxcombs & Pomegranates Quilt Kit- We do have Lay Away

It pushes all the right buttons!!!

Would love to do this one but am in the middle of the Roseville Album Quilt  - sigh~

Will the quilting delights never stop tempting me?

Robin

Monday, May 22, 2017

More applique and a sweet "thank you" gift

Well. . . I have been sewing like crazy all week.

This is what the spikey basket block from the Roseville Album quilt looked like at the beginning of the week.  Just one spike done with four more plus 27 flowers to go.  (Along with 6 of those little squiggly things that might be leaves or might be spent blossoms.  I can't really tell.



And this is what it looks like today.  I've done 18 of those little flowers and only 9 more to go.


I have a blue spike and a melony pink spike yet to applique.  Then comes the basket and there are birds at each bottom corner.



It doesn't look like anything but bright fabrics at this point but it will look great when it comes all together.  At least that is what I'm hoping.

I hope to finish it this week but we've got a reunion coming up which means cooking and cleaning the house for company.

I'm sure I'll be able to squeeze in some applique time.  (Priorities, you know!)



I received the cutest pair of Dresden coasters from Lyn in Australia.  She was my doll swap recipient and took the time to make and send this "thank you" gift.  Wasn't that the nicest?  It's even hand quilted.  Just so sweet.  I love things that are tiny.  Thanks so much Lyn!

I still haven't got a quilt on the frames.  It's been weeks since I did any hand quilting.  This is so unlike me.  It's usually my respite from the busy things of life.  There's a quilt hanging on the frames and the backing fabric is all pre-shrunk.  Gotta get busy~

Hope the beginning of the week is full of possibilities for quilts and family and food like mine is~
Robin

I've linked up with Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts who is now having the link-up on her blog instead of at Patchwork Times by Judy Laquidara who is no longer doing a link-up.