Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thowback Thursday

I received a blog comment about a quilt I made back in 2010 called Stars of Avon.  The commenter had her settings on “no-reply”, so I hope she gets to see this response.  This is what my finished quilt looked like:

The quilt was revised from a pattern of the same name from Quiltmaker Magazine, Mar/Apr 2004, designed by Avon Leekley of Culver City, CA.  I made mine smaller and modified it to include my own scrappy borders.

The above info is for you, Karen!  Thanks for your nice comment.

And this is the sneak peak of the Quilt of Valor that is on the frame being quilted today:

The meeting is tomorrow – I hope to get finished!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Yard Work and One More Top

I’ve been working in my neglected yard recently and haven’t been sewing much.  I did finish sewing the blocks together and adding the borders to this little top with the baby animals.

I first showed the beginning of this top when I was auditioning the sashing to go with a scrappy quilt (see this post).  But the sashing looked much better with these fabrics from my stash than the other scrappy so I guess it was meant to be …

I am linking up to Oh Scrap! from Quilting is more fun than Housework so they can see the finished top.  Once again, the stack of tops is getting tall and I need to get to quilting them!

My yard is beginning to look much better with some much-needed mulch and some new annuals.  I’m trying out this Angelonia that promises to attract butterflies and can tolerate the heat and humidity in Florida:
Not in the ground yet - and this area needs to be mulched - always something more to do ...
All of the websites say these plants attract butterflies, but none tell you which type of butterflies.  Those “sticks” on the left and right in the photo are the stems of my milkweeds that the monarch caterpillars have been devouring the leaves and flowers of.  That’s what I plant the milkweed for, so go ahead and munch away little guys!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Frame Friday

Just took Angry Birds off of the frame - quilted with Stars and Clouds:

 Then I printed some labels:

The plan is to get two quilts bound, a bunch of quilts labeled and a box off to Quilts Beyond Borders next week.  It can be done!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lazy Sunday

I’ve been goofing off.  I know, it’s difficult to tell since I’m retired and goof off a lot anyway.  I forgot to pick up April’s Project Linus tops to quilt the two for this month so I’ll have to get over there tomorrow to get those.  And it’s been a bit warm to pull weeds and get new mulch.  What?!  It’s only going to get warmer?  There goes that excuse …

But I did get my little Angry Birds top put together with the border on.  I have the backing ready to go and the binding cut, so there will be a UFO finish for Stashbusters this month and it’s #3 in the Numbers game so I’m on track for that, too.  That’s something.

We did see an unusual bird in our pond – a Roseate Spoonbill.  They aren’t uncommon in this area but where I usually see them is in the boggy the waste areas and ponds around golf courses.  This one might have been pushed down here by the controlled burn in a Preserve northwest of us:

We had rather large ash bits raining down on us due to the prevailing winds all that evening and maybe this guy took refuge:

He (she) didn’t stay long, but it was welcome to stay as long as it liked!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

Here’s what’s in the works today:

Needs borders to bring it up to size.

And speaking of Angry Birds, this is the pileated woodpecker I saw yesterday:

(He wasn’t really angry … more like hungry …)

Monday, April 6, 2015

16-Patch Scrappy Grows

In my last post for Oh Scrap! I showed my 16-patch with a setting I really didn’t care for.  So I decided to test drive an alternate block that used up some more scraps:

I was liking the look of this one, so it grew:

And grew:

And then I noticed that I had inadvertently made two identical orange blocks – bummer!  I had intended to make one of those pink …
So one block will change but I think I like this look much better.

PS  That one tan/cream block is much happier in person!

Linking to Quilting is more fun than Housework’s Oh Scrap!  Check it out to see more ideas for scrap quilts.

And what’s happening in the garden?  Not much gardening but the monarch caterpillars and butterflies are back.  My niece and nephew work for Catepillar so I never know what the real spelling is – I’m just glad to see the little butterfly-makers back eating my milkweeds!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Frame Friday

Just dropping in to say what's on the quilting frame today:

This is the scrappy that I wrote about in this post.  The panto is called Tiger Swirl.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Stashbusters UFO Finish for March

I didn't do well in the Numbers Game in the Stashbusters yahoo group this month.  The numbers drawn for March were 7 and 17.  Well, I didn't have a #17 since my list only went up to 14 - and #7 was a creepy strippy that I just can't fall in love with.  I did sew it together from the cut strips, but it still doesn't strike my fancy.  I even bought a different fabric to add to it, but no inspiration there either when I got home.  Back in the bin it went ...

But I did finish quilting my low-contrast quilt top that was a UFO, so I accomplished something in the UFO Challenge for March.  That’s good for me!  This is the finished quilt:

Closeup pictures of the quilting were shown in this post.  The pattern is adapted from one called Chain Reaction in a recent Fons & Porter magazine.  The panto is called Delight.  I donated this one to Project Linus today since I am holding up one of their tops until I finish the embroidery - that could (and will) take me awhile to finish.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Oh Scrap! Progress

Recently I took out my small bin of 2.5 inch scraps and started making 16-patches.  I didn’t have a setting design in mind so I started experimenting:
The picture shows more contrast and less busy than in reality.  What looks like solid black is really white dots on black, so it really looks pretty cluttered.  I'm definitely going to change out the sashings and go with a light color instead; and maybe red stars. 

Decisions, decisions?!!  I’m going to have to take a look at google images because there are thousands of wonderful settings for 16-patches – I’ll find a good one.

This is what I might do with the sashings that are made now:

The little zoo babies are surrounded by surfing sayings - I sure wonder what the whole fabric line looked like!

Linking up to the Oh Scrap! party over at Quilting is more fun than Housework’s blog.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

More Project Linus

My goal this year was to quilt 2 tops for Project Linus each month.  I am one behind because of the extra embroidery that I am doing that I talked about in this post, but other than that, I am on track.

This cute little Hello Kitty was quilted with musical notes – half notes, whole notes and the treble clef – just too cute.  Sorry the quilting doesn’t show up well in the photos!

And then there is always the quilt that is hard to give back – lol !!  I fell in love with these little firehouse puppies:

They were quilted with puppy tracks, of course!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Celebrate National Quilting Day!
The National Quilting Association, Inc., hopes you enjoy making the official 2015 National Quilting Day project, Crooked Path by Danielle Bohannon. Whether you make this pattern for personal use or for charitable giving, enjoy the annual celebration of quilting this year on March 21!

For the pattern and directions, go here:

Another colorway you might enjoy:


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

Added the final colorful border to the newest Scrappy:
And put the last border on the Scrappy Trails:

And a sneak preview of what's going on the frame to quilt for Project Linus (not hard to guess who!):

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Another Try at Scrappy

I have never made crumb blocks, but I was sent some from a fellow member of the Sunshine On-line Quilt Guild ( a group that makes donation quilts for children).  My first try at working with these blocks was a strippy quilt described at this post and shown below:
Digging into the box she sent again, I had some more of two sizes of blocks to work with.  So I decided to use the rectangle arrangement like the Boston Commons look with the smaller blocks in the center and the larger ones to make up the outside border:

There were cute square-in-a-square blocks with chili peppers in the center that had a dark blue background, so I used a dark blue for the stop borders.  I like that contrast.  Sometimes I use black fabric to make colors pop, but I like the richness of the navy in this one.  I might add one more border with colorful fabric or I might not.
Linking up later today to Quilting is more fun than Housework’s Oh Scrap!

And speaking of colors that pop, my neighbor has two orchids in her backyard that are blooming – these photos were taken at dusk but aren’t these still gorgeous despite the low light?!!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Happy Pi Day!

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter "π" since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes spelled out as "pi".

And today, math geeks everywhere are excited – a perfect Pi (π) date out to four decimal places – 03/14/15 - won’t happen again for another hundred years.  Oh, and at 9:23 and 56 seconds, you can go out to nine digits!

"Pi has held an almost mystical quality to humans throughout time," Smithsonian Magazine explains. "Its unspoken presence can be felt in the circular ruins of Stonehenge, in the vaulted ceilings of domed Roman temples and in the celestial spheres of Plato and Ptolemy."

 Of course, there are Pi quilts!  Check out this one by Cheryl at her blog “Meadow Mist Designs - Engineer By Day, Quilter By Night”:
Cheryl’s quilt was displayed in the Modern quilts section at the APQS show in Charlotte, NC in Aug 2014.   Cheryl is a chemical engineer/patent agent and a quilter – what a talented lady!

And how wonderful that today is also Albert Einstein’s 136th birthday …  So let’s eat birthday cake pie in celebration!