Wednesday, September 2, 2015

This Never Happens

 It all started yesterday while I enjoyed a little quilty time with friends.  While Marilyn added the sashing around these cute heart blocks.
 And Shelly put together these nine patches.
I started cutting pieces 
 for Suzy and Ruth to sew into Shoo Fly blocks
And I couldn't stop.  Very unusual, as I hate cutting and see it as the necessary evil in quilting. But I kept cutting.  I cut these squares left over from the strips I used to cut the Shoo Fly pieces. 
 Then I cut into these texture prints I had sorted into a bag after I learned of Cynthia's method of putting scraps together according to what she thinks will make a great quilt.  

Though I don't know what will become of them yet.  They are cut into strips that I can use my half square and quarter square rulers to cut them into squares and triangles that lend themselves will to many of Bonnie's free patterns.  Who knows I may make keep going and make a serious dent in the quilty hug stash.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Planting Seeds

I didn't get a lot of sewing done this weekend.  Instead Anna and I redid the living room.  We painted the walls, baseboard, and trim.  We bought a new rug and curtains.  Neil was happy about the curtains because he got the old one to use to cover cushions in his motor home.  We are hoping next weekend to paint an end table, some frames and ladder.  My hubby who comes home tonight from helping his parents in Portland is going to get a little shock.  Hope it's a happy one.  Anna and I think that so far it's pretty great.

I was able to prep these little seed packets 
 To go on my garden quilt.
What did you do this weekend?  Do you have any fun projects in the works?

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Friday, August 28, 2015

Quilty Hug Finishes

 Yes, you read that title right.  There is an 's' on the end of finish.  It must be the positive energy flowing in my clean creative space.  I basted, quilted and bond both of these this week.  I'm on fire!
Or could it be a little healing sewing and some quilty hugs for friends in need.  I recently found out that a childhood friend is battling cancer and therefor needs a quilty hug.
Also Ginger, founder of Happy Chemo, my partner in crime and dear friend just found out her cancer is back and things are not looking good.  Though Ginger is up beat and full of positive energy.  She is such an inspiration. I also needed a quilty hug for her.

Therefor the combination of need, healing and positive energy brought about this productive week.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A Little Creative Process

I'm enjoying my clean creative space.  It was so nice to pull out my scraps and bits to continue working on my vine quilt.  You may have noticed that yesterday as I showed my design wall I had added a sun to go with my crow and words.  I have more applique in mind.  Wish I were a better artist when it comes to drawing that would make my applique plans so much easier.  Yesterday I decided to add a pieced border in between my vines and my words.  I used these bits I made the other day.
I think it really sets things off.  I need to make a little more low volume background.  As you can see a few of my corners are missing.  Then the rest of the applique and maybe another scrappy border.  I still have a bunch of bits.

I'm going to have to take a brake though I have several quilty hugs I need to quilt.  My friend who was helping me is not going to be able to any more.  Kinda bummed about that but I understand.  Not so secretly hoping that someone else comes along who is willing to help or that I win a lottery so I can buy a computerized long arm that quilts them while I sew.  A girl can dream, right?

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Monday, August 24, 2015

Reclaiming My Creative Space

This weekend my hubby bought me some rotating shelving for our canned goods.  I had been wanting one for a while so I was happy.  The fact that he just set it right in the middle of my creative space brought on a totally different emotion.  He said he didn't know where I wanted it.  Well, not there.  After moving some stuff around we got it where I wanted it.
 But my creative space looked like this when we were done.
 So I spent today reclaiming it. I shelved the canned goods.  Found a way to keep the batting, stuffing and pillow forms up where Spike can't eat it.  Found a home for my gelli printing supplies.
 Moved my fabric and projects to sturdier shelving and placed my loom and soap making supplies on top.
 Now I can get to my design wall.  Let the creative juices flow.
I'm ready to play.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Back to School

It's that wonderful time of year.  The nights cool down, the mornings are crisp, and store shelves are full of yellow pencils, glue sticks, crayons, and notebooks.  Time to stock up not only for school but your sewing room.  Composition books are great for sketching up designs, office supply store often have one that have graph paper instead of lined.  How cool is that?  Colored pencils are a must have when coloring in designs in said sketch books. Elmer's school glue and glue sticks are great for basting.  So while you are stocking up for the kids don't forget a few items for yourself.

I've hung my back to school quilt up.  A not so subtle reminder to my kids work hard and do their best. 
 Anna starts school Monday and the boys on Wednesday.  Along with all the store bought supplies we made a zipper pouch to hold a lot of them in.
My one finish for the week, small but a finish none the less.  I'm hoping once they are all back in school the  house will quiet down and I'll have more time to use my new supplies in the sewing room.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Clean Livin'

At Christmas I received a wonderful gift, some cold pressed soap, from my friend, Kaylyn. It was heavenly.  In March I traded her soap for some quilting and in May I got more for my birthday.  Not wanting to take advantage of my dear friend, but wanting that heavenly soap I had to learn how to make my own.
 I watched a lot of you tube videos, googled recipes.  I found a recipe that I had all the ingredients for. I didn't want to buy a bunch of stuff until I knew I could do it. Well, lucky me it set up in the mold. Next came the hard part, waiting.  Finally the four to six week curing has taken place and I have soap.
Can't wait to share it with my friends. Oh and to try more recipes!  The list is growing almost as fast as my quilt list
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