Saturday, March 27, 2021

This and That

A little bit of this and a little bit of that ...... that is what is keeping me busy in my studio and home.

My sister and I sorted through the remaining boxes of my late Aunt's and late cousin's stuff.  Some to keep, some to share amongst family, some to sell but mostly to donate.  It has been a long haul but we are getting through their belongings.  There was no time to sort through their apartment when the time came to close it back in late October.  Covid was a hot spot in their senior residence.  Two nieces and another cousin went in, packed up everything in boxes.  They were scared because there were over 100 cases and over 10 deaths in that complex at that point.  Everyone kept their masks on the whole time there, washed their hands a lot and used hand sanitizers.  They had to call in security because seniors were coming out of their apartments (they were in lock-down) to chat with my nieces every time they exited the apartment to bring down a few items to their vehicle.  The movers came in a week later and moved everything to our city.  The movers had to call in security also.  Some stuff went into storage and the rest came to my house.  With my sister going through chemo, she was in no shape to go through boxes and make any decisions.  So, those boxes have sat, and sat, and sat.  It feels good to clear them up finally.  The oddest things we have found?  False teeth.  Too many.  Some were in boxes in their storage locker and some were in other boxes in the closets.  When the bathroom closet was cleaned out, more false teeth were found there too but those got tossed.   People, throw out your false teeth.  If they don't fit, don't keep them!  LOL  Just saying .....

Batting.  All the batting odds and ends have been sorted and binned ready to piece.  One frankenpieced batting has already been assembled (number two) and will be used soon.  I'm keeping count of the number that gets pieced.  

On the sewing front ..... the project on the left, the sewn rows are being joined together.  On the right, still deciding about borders.

Binding is happening on this quilt!
Love, love, love the plaid binding!  There are still applique that has to have some outline hand quilting done on them.  I do this to help anchor the applique in place.  It is a 'me' thing.  Not everyone who has their quilts quilted by a LAer does this.  In a few weeks' time this quilt can be shown.
In about five to six weeks, cottage season will be here and we are now starting to gear up for that.  The snow here is almost gone.  We have had warm temps and rain.  Our hill out back of us is bare of snow.  Some perennials are starting to sprout.  My hubby put out dryer sheets wherever the tulips have been planted.  Hopefully, the sheets will deter the deer from eating the tulips when they start to grow.  Apparently, deer do not like the smell of the sheets.  I'm keeping my fingers crossed!  Moles are having a field day with the lawns on our street.  Hubby put down some chewing gum in their holes.  The moles love but can't digest the gum and they die.  Juicy fruit gum is what they prefer.  Hubby gave them peppermint as that is what we had on hand.  It has been about a week now and no new holes.

So, that is my life at this moment in time.  A little bit here and a little bit there.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Friday, March 19, 2021

Road Block

No ..... just my latest quilt called "Traffic Jam" by Pat Sloan.  

I tried taking photos outside.  Nope, too dark in the shadows and the wind was blowing too much.

How about on top of the snow?  Still too dark.
How about draped on top of my armoire doors?  Not bad.

I know, I know, how about just pinned to my design wall?  This is the best it can be for now.  LOL

When I zoom out, can you see my other UFO project right beside it?  It is coming along very nicely.
Quilt Details:
Pattern:  "Traffic Jam" by Pat Sloan.  
Started:  March 2017
Top Finished:  September 2017
Quilt Finished:  March 2021 ..... yes, yes, yes ..... only took five years!  LOL
Quilt Size: 54-3/4" x 68-3/4" (size before quilting, washing and drying:  57-1/2" 71-1/2") 
Batting:  Hobbs poly
Machine quilted by:  Kathy Wareham 

My notes say that the blocks were done as a leader/ender process.  

I'm happy, another item ticked off my 'to do' list.

A perfect cottage quilt for sitting on the porch during spring and late summer days and nights when the breeze is a tad cool.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Pi Day 2021

Today is Pi Day.  Let's see what I've done with circles so far this year.

Back in January, my "Wheels on the Cart" top got finished.  This top is at the LAer and I'm hoping to pick it up on Tuesday along with another two quilts.  Anticipation!!

"Lotta Tulips" is still at this stage.  Borders need to be added.  Talk about circles in this top!  Gazillions.
Circles are my go-to in helping to complete the look that I'm aiming for and these were delightful to add to my "Dutch Apple" core top.  Dutch Apple is the name of a pie, you know!  LOL
Since it is Pi Day, sewing down circles in on my agenda for today.
For dessert tonight, a nice maple sugar pie will be gooey and yummy.  It is that time of year when maple trees will start to be tapped for their liquid gold.  Warm days and cold nights.

Clocks have all been moved forward.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Angles and Squares

This is my first finish for 2021!   Due to this quilt hanging in our foyer, this is the best photo that I can get of it.

A different angle.
Close-ups of the quilting which is called Late Bloomer by Christy Dillon of My Creative Stitches.  Since there are so many white areas in the quilt, I wanted the quilting to show and the green thread shows off the design quite nicely.

Quilt Details:
Top started:  April 2006
Top finished:  August 2020
Quilt finished:  March 2021
Source:  From a book called "A Thread Runs Through It" by Barbara Dieges
Block Name:  6" Cotton Reel
Size:  91-1/2" x 92" (top size before quilting and washing:  96" x 96")
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly
Machine Quilted by:  Kathy Wareham of Kat's Quilts

This quilt was quilted late last year, but I finally got around to putting the binding on this week.  

Perfect timing to hang this quilt for the month of March as it brings a fresh look to my decor.  The temps are just above freezing and the snow is melting.  Spring is around the corner.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Change in plans

My next UFO to work on is a red/neutral quilt based on the quilt below that I made back in August 2019.  It is called American Wildflowers that appeared in McCall's Quilting March/April 2015 magazine.  I loved working on this quilt and the blocks make up really quickly.

My original plan was to do the pattern but in scrappy reds but it wasn't turning out according to my vision.  Nope, I do not like how it is turning out.   There are umpteen number of blocks already made and I have to do something with them.
So, Plan B it is.  So far, it may change but I sort of like the look of this.  It will have a herringbone look.  We'll see if it stays as is or changes yet again.
Well, scratch that idea too!  I sort of liked the look but it wasn't turning out ok.
Onto Plan C.  Perhaps better third time around?  Nope ..... there is something bugging me about those red/white blocks.  Can you see it?  Onto Plan D.
Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance, don't gather.  When it is your turn to get a vaccine shot, please step up and get it.

Cherish your day, cherish your life!