Wednesday, July 23, 2014

3 Down, 11 to Go

This quilt has 14 small, medium and large flowers scattered across the surface. I am not sure that middle flower will work but I'll wait until I have the rest on the quilt-think this will take a week.  I am going to my first quilt retreat the first week in August and was going to take this quilt to work on.  Because of it's size, I think I will take a few smaller easier to work on projects and get this laid out before I go-better get movin . . 

Will still need to make middles-just want to get the placements done first-2 a day should get it done in a week:)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Finished the Canvas-Now to Paint the Flowers!

I have had my friend Jan come to visit the last two nights-but she is off during the day to visit a multitude of other friends so have had the chance to finish the background of this 70x88 quilt.

Heading out to quilt a vintage quilt top at Quilter's Paradise with my two friends, Jan and Patsey!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

More Progress

First 2 sections done!  Now, if the bottom dark value works, I will be happy happy!

Tomato worms=0, Elaine=8-YUK!
I have moved from tweezers to taking off the small section they are on-can't bring myself to touch them-Kay you are a gardening studette!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Some Progress!

This has been more difficult than I thought it would be.  It isn't the sewing, it is the planning and color choices.  Would someone just stand over me and tell me which comes next?

The middle will be the largest section of medium toned fabrics
The problem with this kind of design as you go quilting is that I have no neat little piles of cut fabric to work from-I am pulling everything from my stash-what a mess!

Lots of thoughts crowding each other in my brain-what color flowers will go in this section?, Will this print be too busy behind the flowers?, am I being too conservative?, How do I move gracefully from color to color? can I go from light blue to dark purple (or should it be green) in one quilt?, when will you finish the baby quilt you are supposed to be working on?  I want to have the back done before the quilt retreat at the first of August so I can finish the top during the retreat.

On another note-I hate tomato worms-pulled 2 off with tweezers yesterday-yuk!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Never, Never, Never Give Up!

So, the class on Harley Cow only had 3 sign-ups. Rats.  Lots of admiring of the quilt, but people were scared.  So, went down to the shop last night and talked to the owner about another proposal,"Last Blooms of Summer"  Which will fill in one of the dates I already had for Harley and one more.  She liked the concept and now I am sprinting to get it done.

Kathy Doughty's Garden Party out of her book, "Making Quilts"
My version of the quilt will be called "Last Blooms of Summer" because it will be in Sept.  Also, the background won't be quite as busy-but the flowers will.

This is a large 70x88-almost done with the light strata

Flower colors-there will be more orange and the background will fade to greens browns and dark purples
I have always loved that quilt and wanted to do it so, it just moved up the line!  the point is that I want to teach and if the peeps need a pattern, they shall have one.  I can practice ambiguity at home:)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Piecing Finished!

I finished piecing, "Lizzy" last night at the Tiny Treasures class.  It is probably the most accurate piecing I have done ever.  Didn't lose many points and most seams lined up.


I plan to finish the details to her face today and then take her to the quilt shop to hopefully hand to off to Tracy Potter for quilting.  I am going to enter her in the SD Quilt Show and Road to California so want an expert job.  I don't quilt enough to be adequate let alone expert:)  Lizzy is waiting for an offering from my breakfast plate-as she sits at my feet her eyes are totally closed with head bobbing almost asleep on her feet.  I love this dog!

Monday, July 14, 2014


I planted seeds from the dollar store and have been waiting months for ripe tomatoes-We are finally getting close!

Pretty Darn excited!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Vacation and More Lizzy Progress

We haven't been camping in the Sierras for 4 years.  We met Greg's sister, Donna and her husband, daughter, son in law, son, DIL and 3 grandchildren.  Some extended family and her DIL's parents also came.  We had complete rest because Greg got conjunctivitis in his eyes and picked up a cold.  We had to check in to the emergency room in Truckee, CA (which is a great hospital) and get some antibiotic drops before we ever got to camp.  The rest of the week he took many naps and went to bed early.  He worked too hard before we left and paid for it.  Still and all we had a nice time-beautiful weather and lots of Sequence and rest. 

I couldn't wait to sew.  Finished the top row and the layout of the pieces today. The pinwheels and hourglass blocks are 2" finished so sewing is slow.

Need to make 1 more pinwheel block to fill in the empty hole on the bottom
This project has a million and one HST's so it qualifies for the HSTeria quilt along run by Vicki Welsh.  See the blue button in the side bar to see what everyone else is doing.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Progress on Lizzy

I sewed all the half square Triangles for the pinwheel blocks but will have to wait to put them together for a week and a half.  After the blocks are assembled you lay out the pieces of the hourglass blocks to match the pinwheels-before you sew them together-luckily I reread  the directions for the border.  The top left is lined up correctly-one on the right is not.

Lizzy's picture is already packed for a short trip, but this is the way the layout should look-so need to have all the pinwheels done before i can put it together.  I am enjoying this process-the HST pinwheels are 2" finished. I am linking up with the HSTeria quilt along-button on the right.

Because we are 1 block from the high school, we have perfect viewing for the fireworks-we expect 15 people to join us for an annual BBQ and croquet tournament before the light show.

Happy 4th of July!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Travel Thursday, Whittle, Whittle, Whittle

Travel Thursday Tip #2

Make a list of activities that you will be doing.  A swimsuit is important if you plan on going to the beach-maybe not as important if you will be staying in B&B's and traveling across country.  I packed a light robe once because I really wanted it when my girlfriends and I rented an apartment in Paris-it was an old one with a bleach spot or two but it kept me cozy in the evenings.  I tossed it in the trash before flying home.

Throwing out clothes along the way leaves room for the mementos you pick up.  Most of us have the mindset to wear our best clothes when traveling, however, look around you-only the tourists are all dressed up.  When in Europe you really want to look like a local-it is safer.   The Europeans wear clean but understated clothes-no white tennies.  They are not as concerned as Americans about everything matching.  I take clean, neat clothes, blacks, whites and beige with 1 color accent-but not my newest, in fact I take at least 1 pair of pants that I am going to throw out along the way.  I take 1 washcloth for every 5 days I plan to be away and throw them out (leave them in the bathroom) when done with one.  I also take my oldest undies-forget what your mother told you about no holes in your undies in case you are hit by a car and are taken to a hospital, I take 5 pairs and wash them at night in the room and then throw them out one by one on the last leg of the trip.

You are going on a trip for the experiences not to be a fashion plate.  Wearing comfortable, lived in clothes relieves the stress of loss and gives you room in your suitcase for the "small" trinkets you are gathering.

My sister in law and I in Prague-black and white were my colors on this trip and my accent was Red-hence the red purse and I had a button up the front maroon red sweater that went with everything.  I left my light black jacket on the plane by mistake but I really only needed it one day and thankfully it was nice but 8 years old so I bought a new one when I got home and it saved me from having to haul it all over Eastern Europe.  Old is good:)

Last thing-shoes.  On my first and second big trip I only took one pair of nice looking and comfortable walking shoes-Clarks.  However, on my third trip I added some comfortable walking sandals-it gave my feet a break and allowed the shoes to air out-worth the extra space.

Next Thursday: Organizing tips for packing