Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Moving to the Foothills!

I'm back!!  Sew.... many things have changed for me and are changing.  My husband and I have decided to move to Auburn, CA.  We bought a house, I joined the wonderful Foothill Quilter's Guild, and I'm anxious to share what I've been sewing up these days.

I will begin posting projects very soon!  I want to say thank you, to those of you who have continued to visit here, to see if I've returned yet!  It really motivated me to begin blogging again!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Boy That Was a Long Retreat

I know that this is what you must be thinking.  Where did she go?  What a long retreat!  So here's my story.  I did go to Tahoe to the most wonderful retreat.  We stayed at Zephyr Point, right on the beautiful Lake!  Sunrise and sunsets were awesome!  Had a fantastic time with old friends and made a couple new friends.  I did spend a good deal of time sewing, chatting, visiting a quilt store, you know the usual retreat stuff!

Then it happened, I decided to skip behind a friend, on our way to dinner on the last night, (so thankful it wasn't the first night) when shoe caught on the carpet, and down I went.  Now for the part that tells you where I've been.  I broke my right arm, yes I'm right handed!  Broke it in two places.  The humerous,  and the shoulder ball sitting in it's sweet little socket.  Completely separated the arm from shoulder socket.  Never felt such pain in my life, though I have broken a few other bones!!!   Let's not go there!!  Here I am five weeks later.  No surgery and breaks are healing.  I'm in Physical Therapy and just beginning to do a little sewing.  Full recovery is five months out, or so they tell me.  Ugh!!

I decided I needed to show you a couple of the projects I did work on, including the Bouillabaise.  It took most of the time, but I really did get a lot done!  Can't wait to go back again next year!  Sew..keep checking back and I'll try to keep you up on what I'm able to work on at this point.

Also, just a note.  Start looking for Rosemary Youngs new book.  It is out! " The Quilt Block Bible".  As Rosemary describes it, "It is a collection of 202 classic block patterns with historical anecdotes".  Sounds like something we could all use in our libraries.

Happy Quilting to Everyone, Everywhere!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

What can I say?

OMG!  It has been so long since I've posted!  What can I say?  I'm so sorry.  I really want to thank  those of you who are still checking in, and waiting for me to get on it.  I've been doing some quilting, some traveling, and some just I don't know what!  LOL :-)

I'm preparing for an upcoming trip with a group of quilty friends!  We will all head up to Tahoe for a five day retreat. I'm really excited!  Nothing but quilting and friends.  What more could we ask for?  I'll have plenty to show and tell you after, and maybe during that trip!

 Some of you may remember that I gave my Bouillabaisse quilt to a friend who was very ill with cancer.  I missed that quilt, and though I've never made a quilt twice......I'm making another one for myself!  I just love playing with the batiks and putting colors together.  Has to be one of my favorite parts of quilting! The dark strips on the left will be the dark that borders some of the blocks. You can see how it all goes together in the pattern photo. It will be just one of several UFO's I take on our retreat.

Happy Quilting Everyone, Everywhere!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Fellow Quilters!  It certainly is time for me to post my status here.  I have really got the quilting mojo back!  I've been finishing up a few projects, and cutting a few others, to get a good start to a new quilting year. 

I know I committed to not buying any fabric or projects for the year, but I have to admit I caved!  I decided to join some of you in the mystery quilt based on the Downton Abbey, PBS show.  No worries!  I'm back on track!  I've cleaned out the quilt closet, drawers of patterns, kits, and other quilty things, and I'm ready to begin a New Year finishing some of these projects I have been sorting through.  I definitely have enough to keep me going this year and probably the next!! LOL :-)

Here's a couple of pics of the latest finished projects.  The blue and purple you've seen in progress, but as of mid December it is done!  Yeah!  The other is the BOM, Susan's Folly that I've been showing to you as the blocks have been made.  Finished just the other day.  I guess that counts for a 2014 finished project, not 2013.  I like the finished quilt, though again, there was a lot piecing, even in the border!  I'm off to do some more cutting.

Happy Quilting to Everyone, Everywhere!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Almost Done!

Susan's Folly by Susan Claire 2011
This is not a very good picture, but it does let you see where I am on my, Susan's Folly's quilt.  This is the 13 month, BOM that I've showed you blocks of here and there.  Lots and lots of piecing!!  The borders include a continuous four patch all the way around.  That means even more peicing!! Little tiny 4 inch finished squares.  I let you know how that works out for me.  LOL :)

Still working on the purple Log Cabin blocks that I showed you in last post.  For it to work out the way I want it to, I need to make another 12 blocks.  I'm working on that here and there as well.  I have bought several kits in the last couple of months.  I have, therefore, decided to work only on what I have using only the the fabrics I have.  I turn 60 this week, and I thought it would be a good goal for this year.  As I'm sure most of you can relate, I just have too much!!

Time to go do a little sewing. Stay tuned for more updates on my quilting progress.

Happy Quilting to Everyone, Everywhere!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Getting the Mojo Back

Phew!  Quite a hiatus!  I'm finally getting my quilting mojo back.  I'm working on several projects at a time once again.

When I go to sew with others, or can't decide what to work on, I pull out my Jordan Log Cabin Quilt Kits, by Donna Jordan.  They easy to work on while visiting, and all pre-cut!  I recently finished my 60th block and decided to work on putting together a pattern I like.  After playing a little, this is what I've come up with!  I really love the colors, and the way the pattern goes together.  Now I need to decide how big, and what I want to do for borders.  I have more of these blocks I can make.  I'm sort of thinking about taking those and making a border out them.  Depends on how the pattern will work, and look after I lay them out.  We'll see! LOL -)

Of course I still have lots to do to get ready for my favorite holiday with my family!  Sew... need to get on it!  I'm wishing all of  you a wonderful and yummy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Quilting to Everyone, Everywhere!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Making Time

Sew.... I've been making some time to sew, but not a whole lot.  I'm re-doing a couple of my bedrooms.  Painting, changing furniture, and doing the big clean out.  NO, no!  not my sewing room!  I'm not there yet, though my sewing room is being used at the moment as a storage room.  Have to have somewhere to put all those items we need out of the way to paint.  Don't you worry, I have left myself room to work on a couple of projects.

The picture I'm showing you here is the first five blocks of my, "Sylvia's Bridal Sampler" by Jennifer Chiaverini.  I decided to not go with my William Morris collection of years ago, but to use batiks.  Most of my quilts are made with fabrics that have a definite contrast to them.  In this one, I'm going to try to use a bit more blending in my block construction.  We'll see that how works for me! LOL :-)  Ok, so I'm stretching a little.  It's good for us, right?

I've also added another one of those barns with a quilt block on the side.  I just think they are so much fun.  If I didn't live in a city type neighborhood, I paint a quilt block on my garage door!!

Happy Quilting Everyone, Everywhere!