Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New quilt top!

There are days I think I may be possessed. I can't seem to get enough sewing time. There is always another quilt on the horizon waiting to come forward to fill my thoughts.
Here is a picture of the circle log cabin I finished.
Let me tell you. Circles are my thing. And if I can get a circle with a straight seam, I'm a happy camper. This was in Marti Michell's log cabin book. This is the second quilt top I was able to piece all from scraps in the one Rubermaid tote. I am working on the third one now. It is not time effecient to work with scraps over yardage. However, it has to be done at some point, or what is the point of scraps?
This week I have cut and sewn 480 half square triangles. Today I will piece those together to make 120 pinwheels. I am working on the Christmas Pickle pattern from Possibilities. I decided to set up my other machine for the paper piecing I will be sewing today. It has a thread cutter and will make paper piecing easier.
This will only have 24 blocks in it. I am making twin size quilts right now. A friend of mine once told me, they all don't have to be big.... Thank you Beth.
So, now you know what my day will be.
Have a great day!
Carolyn

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Time to post my progress

I have been trying to finish things around here and getting closer to my goal.
Here are some pictures of what has been finished in the quilt top pile.

This is my design. I bought a jelly roll at one place and the brown from a shop that was going out of business. After I sewed the body of the quilt, it was screaming for something extra. So I bought the pink from another shop. Of course, this was the last quilt I started and it is the first done. Go figure.
I finished the log cabin circles. I added borders. Another one done. I am adding borders to the twister I made in a class in the spring.
I am working on the last of the buttonhole applique on Spring Showers.
The next will be to finish the buttonhole applique on 5 Giraffic park baby quilts. And I will shout when all of this is finally done.
I don't have many ufo's. but the ones that are here have been here for quite a while.
I have two more little whole cloth quilts to finish. One for me and the other for my sister.
I need to figure out what I want to take to retreat to work on. There are ideas swirling, but none definite as yet.
I'll be soon to update the progress.
Have a great day!
Carolyn

Friday, December 2, 2011

Going on a road trip!

Last year there were four of us that travelled by train to Chicago just to have the experience. This year I am travelling with my sister in a chartered bus from our town. Just because. I am looking forward to it and hope it meets my expectations of a great day.
I have been busy sewing on the presents I will give my friends for Christmas. We are to gather at our friends house next week.
I am getting my unfinished projects lined up. It is time to finish what I have started. Oh, but I am leaning toward starting something new. However, I am fighting the urges. So far, so good. Wish me luck.
My guild has an annual retreat the middle of January. There are lots of classes taught during this weekend. I mostly work on my own projects. I need to decide what I want to work on this year. It is always a good thing to go with everything cut out and ready to just sit and sew.
All the quilts I finished for my friend have been delivered. She was so glad they are done. I am so happy they are not here and done.
That catches you up on my life, such as it is.
Have a great day!

Carolyn

Monday, November 21, 2011

DONE! DONE! DONE!

I finally
finished all the quilts from a friend. They are delivered and we all are happy.
This measures 84 1/2" by 100 inches. I did a new to me edge to edge on my
machine. A star and a feather plume. I was very happy with the results.
Two of the others I did the usual Chinese crescent edge to edge and one I did
a stitch in the ditch. I was afraid of a lot of quilting on that one for fear of it
puckering. She understood and was very happy. I am glad they are now a memory.
I don't look for work.
So, now I can focus on my stuff. You would think if I can finish a friends'
UFO's, finishing mine should be easy. I don't have as many as some do, but I
am not totally free either.
The last time I was at my son's house I brought home the quilt I gave him for college
graduation. His dogs had chewed it. I trimmed it down and attached a new
binding. It would have taken longer to fix all the places that were chewed than
it was to start over. So, now it's a bit smaller than it was, but it is usable now.
We are going up on Saturday, I will take it back then.
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.
Carolyn

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Piecing to beat the band

Ok. I'm not sure what that means, but I am almost done with this quilt top and you will hear a loud WOOHOO! when that happens. This is one that I am finishing for a friend, blue and red stars, a very beginner pattern, however, this has taken me several hours to finish, there are no blocks, construction is in rows. I am on the down side of finishing her ufo's. I delivered 3 to her already and there are a total of 4 here to quilt and bind. Yes, she wants me to totally finish them. I never say yes when someone asks if I will quilt for them, she must have caught me in a volunerable moment. It soon will be a memory.
In between this I pieced a top for me. I used the Rocky Road to Kansas pattern and had collected blues and browns from my scraps to use. I will post a picture in my next post. There is nothing flashy about it, however my sister says it is very easy to look at. I tried to tell my husband it was a free quilt because it all came from scraps left from other projects. I'm not sure he bought it. I told him it didn't cost anything right now, it did at one time, but not now. So, there are several tops to quilt before I get back to piecing.
On a non-quilting note, I am dieting again and exercising. When I make the decision to get to it, I can be successful. I returned to Weight Watchers. I am a lifetime member. I'm having trouble incorporating all the water in my day, I haven't got totally in the swing of things yet.
Time to get on the treadmill.
Have a good day,
Carolyn

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Great news!

I went to the Shelby Apple fest Quilt show today and this is what I saw when I got there.
 In case you can't see what the ribbon says, it was for Best Of Show Hand quilting.
Wow, I was so surprised. I love to hand quilt, that, I know for sure. Besides this I also won 1st place for my morning glory quilt and a 2nd place for the yellow baby quilt and a 2nd place for my Bugs quilt. I entered 6 quilts and came home with 4 ribbons. Oh, and some nice prize money too.

Tomorrow I plan on marking a few small whole cloth pieces. On Tuesday I want to start the dyeing process. I have everything I need assembled. It will be an all day job, I think.

Still on the cloud,
Carolyn

Saturday, September 10, 2011

BAD, BAD BLOGGER


We are toasting to something, we seemed to do a lot of that.
I know it has been awhile since my last update. I will update the life that has happened and what is in the future. I met up with all my siblings at my brothers house for a long weekend over Labor Day. We do this every year and we all love it. Even my sister-in-law that has all the work involved, although we try to help where we can.
I have decided it is time to organize my space. My storage area for all my "stuff" is in 2 upstairs rooms and we don't heat these rooms in the winter. I was there in November last year and really haven't spent any time there, other than grabbing what I needed and dropping off what was in the way downstairs. Can you imagine the chaos! Remember the guy Oprah would have on her show that went into hoarders homes and helped them find order? I can't remember his name, however, I remember his mantra. Sort, purge, assign, containerize and eliminate or something like that. Who knew? That is precisely what I was doing and then it occurred to me, huh. Revelation! This is how organized people live. It has never been me. Didn't take before pictures, should take after....So,now that it is where it is. I will move things and clean good before the winter sets in. I saw my daughter-in-law over the weekend and told her she could thank me now, unless I live another 20 years and by then it will be back to this. The artistic mind works from the left side, all I'm saying.
I entered the local fair back in August and out of 7 entries I received 5 first places, one third a best of show for my work. Pretty happy with the outcome.
I have 6 pieces in a show this weekend, another local venue. I won't know how they did until tomorrow when I attend.
I have plans to dye fabric next week before the weather turns cold and I missed the opportunity to do it outside. I need to read my book to jog my memory and assemble the ingredients. I have the instructions on over dyeing and it results in some very deep colors that I love. I will have the camera handy to capture my progress.
I have another whole cloth baby quilt in progress. This is for my nephew and his wife. I bought cotton sateen from Joann's and it is not anywhere near the quality of the quilt I made for Isabel. Pity. I didn't have a local outlet for the better stuff. On our way home from our weekend, we stopped at Fabric Shack and I was tickled to find some there.
I am making progress on the pieces I am finishing for a friend. 3 are done and three might be done shortly with one left. That one is just cut out, no piecing done on it.
That should update my life and times.
No promises given on when I may return.
Life is good!
Carolyn

Monday, August 1, 2011

Isabel's baby quilt done!

Bellies yellow quilt

I finished machine quilting the yellow quilt I am making for Isabel. Here is a picture or two. It is in the washer getting the blue marks out now, then I will lay it out to block before I square it up and add the binding. I am happy with my progress. The stitches are about the same length and my tension is right on. Just practice and patience to be where I want to be.
I will post pictures of the finished quilt.
Here is a picture of my garden. It is having a heat attack this afternoon, so it looks a little droopy.


This is about half the length of the garden. North of the corn is the strawberry bed and the grape vine and the area I used for the spring garden, about 20 feet.
The green beans haven't produced enough to pick. I am disappointed with them. There are blooms on them now. I will wait to see what they produce. We installed the electric fence around the corn on Friday. We hope this will keep the raccoons out.
Have a great day!
Carolyn

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

This and that

I haven't been blogging about quilting lately. I have three of my friends pieces quilted and the binding is on all three. I need to sew the binding down and those will be done. I put the others aside for now. I'm finally back to the two baby quilts I basted several months ago. It took me some time to find the fabric I set aside for the binding. It was in the last place I looked and the last place it could have been. I am pondering the yellow whole cloth quilt I will design for Isabel. When these are done, that will be what I tackle next.
Let me tell you about a new dish I fixed for supper last night. I made squash pancakes out of shredded zucchini and summer squash. There has been lots of experiments around this household with the abundance of garden produce. I did not take pictures, however, I will make sure to have my camera ready from now on. I shredded the squash and added a little salt to start the weeping process. I put it in a colander, somewhere I read to squeeze it in a kitchen towel but I could see it sticking and making a mess. After this sets and you think all the water that you can squeeze is out. Put it in a bowl and add and egg, some dry bread crumbs, I added parsley, some basil chopped onion, garlic powder and pepper. Mix it up, make patties and fry it in some canola oil.
This is a keeper for us. We always discuss the concoctions I come up with so I don't make something again that wasn't a hit the first time.
I dried some basil leaves the other day. They didn't take long. And another batch of squash. I am looking forward to drying tomatoes.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What a beautiful day!

The weather is great here! It has cooled down from yesterday and there is a nice breeze. I spent 2 hours in the flower and vegetable gardens weeding and collecting things that are ready. More squashes and a couple of tomatoes were ready. Woohoo! I am thinking of bringing down the dehydrator and trying my hand with summer squash and zucchini. I am not knee deep yet, but with all the ones coming on I will be. I finished two of the tops for my friend and working on another. These are all from homespun, not my choice, and I will use the same fabric for binding on all three of these. There are three more tops and one that has not been pieced yet.
Have a great day!
Carolyn

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New day!

I woke early and have had a busy day. My first trip of the day is always to my garden to see what is new there. I harvested what will probably be supper. There were a few summer squashes and zucchini ready and the bees were already buzzing the blooms. Keep it up fellas. This year I tried a variety of lettuce new to me and it will be in the garden from now on. It is Green Ice. A savoyed leaf and it hasn't bolted yet. I like the texture and it has a nice flavor. There were enough beets ready for our supper and more side shoots from the broccoli. All clean and ready! Yum! I love it when my garden starts producing like this. All my labor is now being rewarded. I got my walk in early. It will be hot later. No wind, so I sprayed some weeds. I'm just now enjoying my first cup. Planning the rest of my day. I pieced backs for the pieces I am finishing for a friend. After I baste them together I will spend the day machine quilting most of them. I think I will be finished with this by weeks end.
Have a great day!
Carolyn

Monday, July 11, 2011

A bit of catching up

I have been busy in my garden. Today we had some rain, now, I hope to be knee deep in summer squashes. I still have some lettuce, the broccoli is in abundance and the tomatoes have grown tall and are full of both blooms and tomatoes. Life is good. On the quilting front, I have some contract work I am doing. Just finishing up someone elses UFO's. I guess if she can pay me to do it, I can finish them up. Pondering over whether or not to enter quilts into the Allen Co. fair. I will go for the judging, not sure if I will enter this year. I visited my ds and dil in S. Carolina last week. I took with me their quilt for Christmas, woohoo! I also have the quilt done for my other ds and dil. I am ahead of the game this year. That doesn't happen very often.
Have a great day!
Carolyn

Monday, June 13, 2011

Back to posting.

I finished this quilt April, 2011. Quilting is on hold pretty much while I garden. I will be back tomorrow.
Have a great day!
Carolyn
Goose on the pond