Food for thought.

Memory is a wonderful treasure chest for those who know how to pack it.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Everyone!

We had a lovely brunch here today with a couple different frittatas, cheesy potatoes, fruit, monkey bread, bacon and best of all, the whole family. 
Here's a picture of the little guy we heard about last Easter.  We were told he would arrive in just a few months and here he is six months old already.
He's looking pretty dapper here. 
On the quilty front, I had worked on these three Hearts and Hands blocks at my mini group retreat.
These three still need their centers, but knowing that I had a total of 53 of these to make and to help me keep on track with getting this quilt completed I decided to pair up fabrics  for ALL 53 of them.
I now have all the pieces cut out  (18 of each color in 1 3/4" x 3") and bagged up to go to my next retreat.  No more excuses. I am going to make a major dent in this quilt.  
Earlier this weekend, my girlfriends and I went on a little mini shop hop of our own. We discovered a new to us quilt shop in Marine City, MI called Quilting Dreams and there I bought the backing and binding for my ABC quilt (which are now pieced).  So that quilt is now ready for the long arm.
I just love it when my motivation sticks around for awhile
Well, it's been a long day.  I hope you all had an enjoyable day with family and/or friends. 
Now it's time to get back to quilting.  So, happy quilting. 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Momentum is still at work.....

My little mini retreat last weekend got me motivated and the momentum is still at work.
I finished the baby chevron, machine quilted it and put the binding on....just needs a label.
Took this off the long arm Thursday.
I quilted it with "angel wings"
Friday night I got the binding on and hand stitched it down. 
Love my big dot backing. 
Then today, I got the ABC quilt top put together.
I have had these two fabrics (the red and the alphabet) in my stash for a good 5-6 years.  The red is called Little Apples by Aneela Hoey for Moda.  Can't wait to get this one on the long arm.  I have in mind what I would like to get for a backing, but I will have to see if I can find it.  So you will be seeing this one again soon, I hope. 
Also, today I cut up yardage (and I mean YARDAGE)  of a bright pink and orange "hibiscus" batik that will be the backing for my Hawaiian challenge quilt.  This quilt should be  third in line on the waiting list for the  long arm.  I can't wait to share this one with you. 
That's it for now.  Hope to keep this momentum up for awhile.  There are lots of projects in my sewing room calling my name. 
Happy quilting!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

What? It's been over a month?

Where oh where does  the time go?
My last post was in February.  I have been busy sewing, but when you are working on a challenge quilt and you can't share it, it doesn't leave you with much to share.
I have plenty to share today though.  I went on a mini retreat with my friends and we had our own little sewing marathon and show and tell. 
Nancy has been working on a scrappy gray flannel Trips Around the World.
She, also, threw this beautiful shabby chic quilt top together this weekend.
She is still plugging away at her courthouse steps.
Now as for Sharon....she, too, is working on courthouse steps made from shirts.
She was, also, putting on the binding on a Bonnie Hunter quilt that she made (sorry, I don't know the name of the quilt. (Sharon let me know that it is called Blue Skies)
She, too, made a Trips Around the World quilt.  Hers is from salvaged shirts.
As for me....I worked on a few odds and ends that have been sitting around for some time.
This is a Ricky Tims "convergence" quilt.  Not one of his usual ones, but it was shown to us at the retreat that I went to last year.  This yard of fabric is sliced up and sewn right back together and then sliced the other way and only moved over one 2" square one way or the other.  My plan is to machine quilt a landscape or something like that on it. 
I got all these blocks cut out.  It is a quilt that Nancy did a few years ago and I had all the fabrics in my cupboard. Since I am trying to get a few things off my "list", I thought this would be a good one to get sewn together and finished.
I then pulled out my "Hearts and Hands" and got these three blocks to this point.  I just need to pick out a center circle and get that stitched on and then these will be done.  I am nearing the halfway point of this quilt. 
I, also, thought I was going to get started on a hunched back cat Halloween quilt (or at least a block or two ) this weekend, but I forgot my black fabrics.  I did get a few cats traced out on freezer paper, so I will be ready to get going on that as soon as time allows. 
Anyways, it was good to get together with friends this weekend.  I think we chatted more than we quilted, but that's ok.  I feel like my mojo is back as far as getting to other things now.  The challenge quilt top is done and I have a baby quilt top done.  I just need to get these quilted.  When I do and when I can, I will share them with you. 
Hope to be back soon with more to share.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Beyond Busy......

Wow!  I can't believe so much time has passed since my last post, but really, we have been very busy here at the old homestead.
But there is always some quilting going on somewhere.  Here's a sneak peek.
More about that in a minute. (just a teaser!)
The house has been torn up.  Furniture displaced from the great room into every other room in the house except the bathrooms (thank goodness). We have been laying hardwood floors in our great room and hallway to the bedrooms ourselves..... with the help of our son and sons-in-law and even my daughter and grandson at one point.
Here are some before and after pictures.

These were from the front foyer.
Down the hallway to the bedrooms.
From the hallway into the great room. 
Guess I didn't do such a good job of standing in the same position for my pictures, but you get the idea. 
These pictures show the wear and tear on the carpet....pretty sad since it wasn't that long ago that we had it cleaned, so when I suggested hardwoods to my husband, it took a little while before it became "his idea" and then it was a go.  :D
Anyways, it is always rewarding to do something yourself (and I think that is why many of us are quilters or crafters) and I hope the hardwood will be so much easier to care for. 
Well, back to my teaser.  You know when you are in turmoil, you just have to have some sanity in your life and quilting is that for me. 
My youngest daughter's best friend is having a baby in May and since the last baby quilt that I made was so quick and easy  I thought I would throw another one together.  Well, my daughter was telling me that the baby's room is done and it had a very pretty and unique fabric in it, so we got the baby's daddy to take some pictures of it and tell us where they bought it.  They made curtains and some accessories for the bedroom with this fabric.
It's an indoor/outdoor fabric so it is too heavy to use for a quilt, but I picked up a 1/4 yard just for reference and ran to a quilt shop with it and picked up these fabrics to go along with it. 
The top fabrics are the chevrons, the white is the background and the big dots is the backing. I am thinking it will be perfect.
Since then, I have cut it out, sewed the strips, cut the blocks and had all my blocks laid out and now they are pinned in rows and are ready to stitch together. 
Here it is laid out in its chevron form. 
Here's the focus fabric next to the blocks.
Gosh!  Wouldn't that make a great border.  Too bad that fabric won't work.  Anyways, I think this quilt is going to really turn out great. 
I'll keep you updated when I get it all sewn together. 
oh....and I am still working on my dual challenge quilt (still can't share).  All the rest of the  blocks are cut out, 28 are pinned together and ready to stitch and 10 are stitched and ready to be sub-cut.  26 are done.  So, I will be plugging away at this quilt, too. 
Well, hopefully life will settle down a little around here and I can devote more time to sewing.  Gotta get busy on my two projects because there are plenty of other ones waiting  in line. 
Happy quilting! 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Ordered a little something.......

You just have to laugh sometimes.  I ordered from Quilted Joy's  APQS store in Louisville, KY and my small package took quite a trip trying to get from there to MI. It went  from there, to here, back there and  finally back here.  Make sense?  I was getting concerned that the post office was never going to get this straight.

See, it's a little package.
....with little doodads for the long arm.  Emory cloth, needles, pigtails, etc. 
Anyways, here is the tracking.  I got all excited about getting my package a few days ago and then realized it was headed back to KY.  hmmmm....what was the post office thinking?

January 27, 201419:10:00 UTICA, MI 48316DELIVERED
January 27, 201409:13:00 UTICA, MI 48317OUT FOR DELIVERY
January 27, 201409:03:00 UTICA, MI 48317SORTING/PROCESSING COMPLETE
January 27, 201405:45:00 UTICA, MI 48317ARRIVAL AT UNIT
January 23, 201403:30:00 ALLEN PARK, MI 48101DEPART USPS SORT FACILITY
January 18, 201408:24:00 LOUISVILLE, KY 40231DEPART USPS SORT FACILITY
January 17, 201409:58:00 40299Electronic Notification

Sunday, January 26, 2014

I've been busy.....

Well, I didn't mean to be away so long.
I was waiting for my "purple" thread so that I could finish Ella's quilt and that took about a week to get here.  Wouldn't you know, when it came, I realized I had ordered "green" thread instead.
 In my head I wanted purple to match the quilt, but they didn't have anything that matched, so I ordered a green to compliment/coordinate with the background fabric.
When I saw the posts about the new Pantone color for 2014 - orchid, then orchid just stuck in my head. Oh well.
I quilted "angel wings" on the quilt and I think it looks so girl-y.  I hope Ella's parents love the quilt when they get it. 
I finished the binding today.
So here is the completed quilt with a peek at the backing.
This quilt is sooooo warm.  I enjoyed having it on my lap while I was hand stitching the binding down.  Of course with the arctic freeze we are suffering over a good portion of the US, I think it will be greatly appreciated. 
So this will be off in the mail this week as baby Ella was born this past December. 
Now....what will I post about from here on out?  I am working on a dual challenge (killing two birds with one stone) and I won't be able to share it for some time.  I guess I am going to have to get out some UFOs and work on them simultaneously so I have something to report.
Well, I hope everyone is warm where it is cold and cool where it is too warm.
Me?  I am praying for an early Spring....very early.  This sub zero weather is just way too cold for me. 
Happy quilting. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Pantone 2014 - Radiant Orchid

This is the color for the year. 
 Could that be why I haven't received my thread for Ella's quilt?  It's about this shade.  I have been waiting for the thread so that I can put the quilt on the long arm.  Maybe there is a rush on this particular color of thread. 
Well, maybe my quilt and the new color aren't quite the same.
Oh well, so in the meantime, I put this quilt on the long arm.
These blocks were about 9 years old, so  I put them together so that the quilt top could be used for a practice piece on the long arm. 
I chose "Flurry" which is a snowflake panto.  It was a little more difficult than what I have used so far, but hey...I could probably do snowflakes in my sleep about now. 
My next step is to bind this quilt and then I will post a picture of the completed quilt. 
The more practice I get, the better I will get. 
ok...tap, tap, tap.....I'll patiently wait for my thread.  I do have other things I can do while waiting, but it would be nice to get Ella's flannel quilt done while we are experiencing subzero weather.