Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Saturday!  My week finally quieted down and I caught up with my Sewcial Bee Sampler Quilt Sewalong.  This is Block 14 and a reappearance of the long-eared lambs.  I'm still loving the Spring theme of these blocks.

My second one completed this week was Block #15 The Broken Dish.  It is a 6.5" block finished out to be a 12.5" unfinished block.  It was like taking a break. 4 half square trianges and we're done.

I continue to be in awe of Maureen Cracknell and Sharon Holland who are such busy quilters and designers and still make the time to create and lead this process.  Be sure to drop by Sharon's blog to sign up for this week's prizes!!

BTW,  block 15 means 3 of 5 rows are now complete.  I'll layout what I've sewn for you to see next week.

My next "can I do that?" project is a "Circle of Flying Geese" block and is a paper piecing project.  I'd love to show you pictures, however, the current answer to my question is, "No, not yet."  I get seriously challenged by the flipping and the spacial understanding of this process.  I read the directions and watched the tutorial and then went out to sew.  Next week I'll take my computer to the sewing room with me to do the tutorial step-by-step.  Maybe there will be better results!

Meanwhile, there's always time for another tiny snap pouch for easy capture of that lipstick floating somewhere in the bottom of my purse.  These two fabrics just seemed destined to go together.  Hope you have a lovely rest of the weekend.  See you next Saturday.  Debbie

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Blooming Quilter's Blog Hop Week 4

Good Morning and welcome to the last week of the 2017 New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!  We've been spending time the last 2 months learning the ins and outs of designing, writing, arranging, and presenting our blogs to an audience.  The questions have abounded, from "how do I create my own look?" to "how do I get photos ready for the web?" right through to "what are the technical steps for using this blogger platform?"  It has been a very enlightening process and I am so grateful to the hosts of this process:
Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl (My group leader!), 
Leanne from She Can Quilt, and 

These great mentors have been immeasurably helpful and reassuring as we discussed the do's and (maybe) don'ts of sharing our quilting and sewing experience with others in the quilting community.  Also, they have used their various ties to the industry that supports us to round up some wonderful prizes for our readers.  So, hop on over to their sites (links above) to read all about it and register to win this week's great giveaways.

About Me

Some of my earliest memories are about piecing on my grandmother's front porch with my cousins. I was about 8 or 9.  We made quilts for our dolls and though my grandmother had an early Singer machine, we were learning how to hand sew neatly in a straight line so the pieces would hold together.  I remember using odds and ends of her quilting stash and even piecing together batting scraps to use in the middle.

My Mom began to teach me to sew on her machine as I got older and we made doll clothes and eventually school clothes together.  When I graduated college and got married we gave away all the dolls and their accessories, hoping it would go on to be some other little girl's favorite things. We didn't think to take pictures and the internet was still nowhere in sight.  (Sigh.)

As the year's flew by I did all sorts of crafty things: knitting, crocheting, lots of DIY, beading, embroidery, cross stitch and dabbling all around working.  The last 26 years of my professional life were spent as the human resource person for an urban community services center which provided child care, youth after school programs, adult education, and various other services to an under-served community.  My last CEO was a crafty person herself and we were able to provide materials and classes for the community ladies in quilting and sewing.  Yay!  It was a great way to get to know community members and share the joy of using our creativity.  And pictures.

It wasn't until retirement that I realized blogging could be fun.  I was reading a steady diet of quilting blogs and wanted to share what I was doing, too.  Since retirement in 2015, I've pieced several quilt tops (see Works in Progress) and now the challenge is to actually quilt them on my machine.  That will be my "Adventure" going forward.  Here are a few of my older pieces which were quilted by hand when my fingers would still do that!

This is the first quilt top I completed after retirement.  I did it for a co-worker who had been waiting for it for almost 2 years.  I did quilt it on the machine but only stitching in the ditch.  I love how the light shines through the batik pieces so it looks like stained glass.

Then there was a long line of "cheater" quilts which could be hand quilted at night in front of TV.

Dear Jane

Laurel Birch

The Roosters

12 Days of Christmas
For this one I fussy cut the pictures and pieced them together again and added my first Seminole border.

 The Christmas Goose is pieced and quilted.

If I have a masterpiece this is it.  My sunshine and shadow is about 20 years old and was hand pieced and quilted again in front of television.

My Best Tip
Measure, consult the directions, measure 2 more times - then cut. 
I'm a little math challenged!

I am so happy to be able to craft with fabric all the time now and hope you've enjoyed your time here. Cruise through the rest of my posts to see the little odds and ends I also enjoy sewing together and remember to check out the other members of this weeks Blooming Quilter's Blog Hop:

Danette from Lucky Quilts 

And don't forget to register for prizes at our host's sites.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Good Morning, Saturday!  Today's block is #13 in the Sewcial Bee Sampler Quilt Sewalong.  And it is a doozie!  Flying geese everywhere!  I think my skills at this particular kind of piece are getting better-- Look at those points.  It's not perfect but it is the best I've ever done.  Thank you Maureen and Sharon for challenging me to do this.  I must say I had misgivings when I first saw the block.  I'll be posting Block 14 on Monday in conjunction with my week on the 2017 New Quilt Blogger Blog Hop! (More info later!)  You can sign up for some great Omnigrid prizes at Maureen's blog until Monday.  Don't miss the opportunity.

This week's project came from Blue Calla Creations and is a free pattern!  It is called The Clematis Wristlet.  The directions are quite specific and there are lots of pictures so it's just follow and sew.

Here are the pieces all cut out.  I hadn't actually used pattern pieces lately as most of my little projects have been made with squares or rectangles.  So, for me, cutting them out was a little challenging.  But I soon got the hang of it - okay, scissors are a great invention.

Here's the wrist strap all complete

And here's the completed little bag!  I finished it off with a piece of Riley Blake selvage from another scrap.  The blue chevron is one of hers and I thought the flowers were cute.  I may make it shorter though.  The wristlet is really just the right size for my wallet, keys, and lipstick for a fast getaway. (About 10" x 6.5")

You may have noticed this button on my sidebar:

It is the logo of a great session of conversations, tutorial information, and critiques in which I have been participating in since late February.  The sessions were leading up to a series of blog hops hosted by Yvonne @QuiltingJetgirl, Leanne @she can quilt and Beth @Cooking Up Quilts.  It has been a joy to learn some of the better techniques and disciplines to use as we blog. They have answered a million questions and gave me the courage to try new things and improve the look and feel of my blog.

Monday starts the last blog hop of this session and it is the one in which I get to participate.  I am a member of the Blooming Quilters "hive" (you can see our Button on the Sidebar, too) and Yvonne is my leader.  She'll post a list of all the bloggers for the week, as will I so that you can link up with all the new bloggers.  BYW, there will be prizes!!  I'll post early on Monday morning and give you all the information to join in the party.  Hope you enjoy.  Have a great weekend.  See you Monday, May 8th for the "Hop".