Friday, July 10, 2015

Hot Summer Daze

It's actually warm here on the central coast and we're having beautiful summer days. Quite a large number of grey whales ( I think ;-) are putting on shows for us right off our little shore.
I've been spending most of my mornings sewing together these homespuns and flannels and finally have some unpressed progress to show.
I've been a bit bored with it for some reason. I think I'm not sure how I'm going to like it when it's done and perhaps am holding back my enthusiasm. I think the border fabric will add some interest and make me happy with it...I hope.

The mail delivery has been a little more exciting though :-)
I won a giveaway from Brenda at Pig In A Blanket Wools!  A rather generous giveaway, I must say.  She sent me the new book by Pat Wys called Homemade Christmas Cheer and four beautiful cuts of wool to use for some of the designs in the book. Pure Christmas in July fun!  The wool is gorgeous and soft.
Thank you, Brenda! This was quite a treat!
So I'm linking here to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for her Friday links of "Whooping". She gets so much done in a week, she really does deserve a good dance!  Me...not so much, but we get lots of dog walking done :-)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June no gloom

It was kind of a fun, busy month here. Right at the end of May we had sent my boy Luke off for some dog training that from the Facebook videos of the trainer at Rajun Kennels seemed an awful lot like a fun dog camp! So we had a lot of learning to do when Luke came home. We have been amazed and so grateful for a more dog friendly boy that is going to be free to enjoy a much bigger life. Marty the trainer is wonderful and really loves the dogs. I think we also owe some credit to Pudlin, another dog boarding there at the time. She seemed to take to Luke immediately and would not leave him alone. They played hard and I think Luke just plain got over some anxiety about other dogs. I have enjoyed long walks with Luke all over the ranch preserve/park that we live by. Both on and off leash, Luke is doing great!
Then there was a tedious extra traffic and long trip to San Diego that turned much better once we got there. We attended one of the sweetest weddings and a very fun dinner with DH's brother's family. Young ones growing up is sure heart warming and inspiring.
So the sewing was minimal but I completed this one itty bitty quilt per request for my friend using scraps and stash.
I'm linking to JulieQ's  Binding Blitz for the monthly fun :-)

I'm almost forgot....we got some new furniture this month. The new chair appears to be a hit!

Life is grand :-)

The Hands2Help participation came along with prizes and I won a rather nice one. I won a signed copy of Country Girl Modern from Jo Kramer and Kelli Hanken.

 And I zoomed right to the first quilt I would like to make...
Thank you Jo and Kelli for a sweet gift. And Thank You Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for inspiring us all!

So I'm happily back to September(!) and working on these plaid pieces.
 And enjoying more time walking my dogs.
Have a wonderful celebration this weekend. No fireworks here as we are a tinder box for a forest fire but there will be lots of friends and families in the neighborhood enjoying the ocean air. Happy Independence Day!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Truth According To Us

Not much going sewing going on here because I came down with another fever! Yuk! but fortunately short lived. On the mend yesterday, I finished reading a book that was headed for publication this month by Anne Barrows. It was a wonderful read and I'm including a short review here.

The Truth According To Us
The siblings, some offspring and a few extras are the characters in this enlightening story set in the 1930's in West Virginia. An almost 2 decade old tragedy is buried in their lives. The course of their lives set by the response to those younger years is unknowingly challenged by the sweet Willa, the precocious 12 year old who sees herself as a "natural sneak". and wants to learn what the grown ups won't tell her.  Willa grows up in a family that has love, constancy and support mostly because of her Aunt Jottie  who pretty much keeps it all together.. Aunt Jottie is described as a saint at one point and I think I have to agree to that. She is true to her heart and her people..
The rich description of these people living through a hot summer in the south is the backdrop to truth coming forth that both hurts and heals.
Anne Barrows has written a story with rich, sweet and flawed characters that charmed me deeply. I loved reading it and put it up with my favorites.

This book warmed me like Charms Eor the Easy Life, and The Secret Life of Bees. Rich characters and strong connections. I highly recommend it for an enjoyable read.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Three Finishes

A gift, a charity quilt and one for me.

Off kilter and blowing in the breeze, this quilt is for a friend's son who is graduating from high school. I used a Bali Crackers set of Hoffman's Sparrow...which I got from Fat Quarter Shop at a really good sale price. A sale price which led me to buy 4 packs which means I have more of these quilts to make...or something very similar at least.
This second quilt is the completely scrappy quilt for Hands2Help. Two inch squares that I was sewing together into 4 patches and ran out of time to do anything new. So out came some blue fabric and a scrappy border.
Tulips for the backing.
I have gotten away from free handing quilting and using mostly pantographs. I'm getting a little tired of looking at the pattern and not the quilt while I'm sewing. So with this quilt I did kind of meander feather pattern which was pretty fun.
I will be sending this quilt and the flannel rag quilt for Hands2Help.
I'm linking to Sarah's blog, Confessions of a Fabric Addict and you can see all the quilts going to their chosen charity. Mine are going to Emily of Em's Scrapbag to be given to patients undergoing chemo.

My third finish is made of some Janet Clare fabric I love called More Hearty Wishes. Whales were my draw here :-)  I lucked upon a layer cake of the fabric from one of Missouri Star Quilts Daily Deals.
Here's the backing showing my upside down clamshell quilting. The backing is my favorite in the collection.
So that's my quilting in May. So far June has been carpet cleaning and window washing. It can only get better from here :-)

Sunday, May 31, 2015

The last hours of May

had me stitching a binding down again...
The light is gone so I just took a picture of the bindings. Tomorrow I'll get my quilt holder to help me photograph the three quilts.

I'm linking to JulieKQuilts for her Binding Blitz.
Thank you, Julie for the push to get these sewn up.
Head on over to her blog and see who else has linked up :-) 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

No Bindings in April

I sewed up a quilt top for yet another batik gift quilt in April and completed two rag quilts (displayed here on our new Polywood rocking chairs :-)...but no bindings were needed for them.
A friend of a friend had passed the blocks along for these after she was no longer interested. So I sewed them together and then clipped all the edges. It's still kind of interesting to me how the unraveling makes such a fun, soft edge.
(But not interesting enough to want to make more of these...even with the right snippers that clipping is tedious!)
The purple and red one is just a yard square but the pink and green is large enough to go to Em' Scrapbag for a Hands2Help quilt.
A new edition of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks was previewed by the designers of the blocks. I was a luckypup winner of a copy for my own. Belinda Karls-Nace of Blue Ribbon Designs was the designer who picked my name and sent me a copy. She designed Sunshine and Daisies. Thank you, Belinda :-)

Things to do this month...which is flying by rather quickly!...
Finish the quilt top with Janet Clare fabrics :-) that I'm working on, quilt the two tops, sew up another scrap quilt for Hands2Help and get it quilted...and get bindings on all 3! Not sure I can pull that off but I will give it a go.
Happy Stitching!

Friday, April 3, 2015

Binding Blitz

These blocks were sewn together but I needed to hoof it (*see quilt backing below :-) to get this quilt completed to meet a March 31st goal. I was bound (wink) and determined to get 'er done! Partly just to see the end of this project and move on to the next batch of fabric to play with and also to be able to participate in JulieKQuilts Binding Blitz.
The sashing was still more 2" squares so it took awhile to get it all put together. Then I quilted it and planned the entertainment for binding festivities.
Choices, choices.
The earlier BBC version has David Rintoul and is my favorite...but hmm, what about the Colin Firth version. I decided to watch both and confirm my preference. Yep...still love David as Mr. Darcy but then what's not to love about Colin. Sewing binding on has never been better!
So without further ado, I present my March finish.
The fabrics include some called tooled leather for the reminder of a saddle. This quilt is for my friend and (ex-boss :-) and is titled "For the Love of Wyatt" for her sweet horse. It's still a secret needs the label sewn on and the trip over to give it to her. So don't tell anyone!
The backing...
and the binding...
For the quilting I used a pantograph by Dave Hudson called Stetsons & Boots
So head on over to Julie's and see the other bindings completed this month!
Thanks for the motivation, Julie!