Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday

Monday I had another 'turn off' day as we had flood and tornado alert for 24 hours.  After losing so much on just a little electrical blip, I didn't want to take chances.  There was hand work to catch up on anyway.

Finally when things seemed safe Tuesday afternoon, I powered up the machine and finished the last five of the smaller CW stars.  These will wait now as their bigger 'momma' stars get priority on turning into a flimsy.

Then I went smaller and worked on the newest Temecula 'Mini Monday' block - the one with the pinwheel center.  This was the first time my Juki tried to 'eat' my tiny bits of fabric.  I had just cleaned, oiled, and put in a new needle - but it was persistant in jamming those bits into the bobbin casing.  I figured I had a bad new needle after trying some larger scrap to stitch on - it sounded 'clunky'.  Either it had a spur or the nice new point just wasn't there and changed it out - no more problems.

Then I pulled out my plaid project and did up another set of 10.  I figured I better count - because some times I can't count to10 or in 10's.  I need 24 more of these and I am going to have to dig in other places for plaid or stripe to finish this project off.  I'm sure it is somewhere in all the scraps I have - I'm not going out for another shirt at the thrift shop.

Then I can start putting these into groups of 4.  It will be easier to put the flimsy finish using larger '4-patch' sections as well as spread out the color and design.

Luckily our stormy weather pattern cleared itself up and I went out later in the day to .......

a lovely 'Mid-Summer Tea' at our local library.  They had a sweet little setting on the front porch.  It was bring your own tea cup and something to share snack type event.  And the little cutie-pie event coordinator made the most scrumptous strawberry truffle!!!!!  OMG!!!  I'm not a desert person, but I admit I had two servings of this delight.

Back to catching up on all those scrappy blocks,
Sewingly Yours,

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Rain, Rain, Rain

We are seeing some sun today, but June has been almost as rainy as May (and April).  This is looking off my front porch and that front field has been nearly half underwater for the past 3 months.

With the rain, I worked on catching up on some things.  The 'Two Step' mystery blocks.  Yes, I managed to make large blocks without fainting.

The newest blocks for 'Patchwork Sampler' - my savior!  Small blocks with tiny pieces.

I have all the sections done for the next 'Yankee Diary' block and need to get this stitched .  Not sure I like the backward flag, but I know they had them in this era's quilts.

And SARAH has a sew-along with the popular 'temperature' quilts.  I will start mine on Summer Solstice and will be using this color chart as a quide.  I have gotten very behind on my hand stitching and need to reform to the machine gets turned off at set time and only needle/thread in hand time after.

I need to pull my color matching scraps - found an empty shoe box tote for this and have my hexie papers ready.

This is were I will be for Father's Day - Vending.  I'm hoping the weather holds.  I've scheduled just one show a month until November and this will be my last year vending.

Sewingly Yours,

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday

I had to search back to see when I started these - exacly a month ago.  They came about with playing with a lovely gifted bag of fabrics.  I have sashing and border fabrics with them now and hopefully this will get to flimsy stage this weekend.

I saved all the left overs from those stars.  The corner cut-offs were sewn at the time as a leader/ender so I had all those wonderful bonus HSTs.  There is another whole quilt here.  No, really!  There is!

More stars are coming together.  They might be smaller than their 'mother', but I will set them on point for a whole different look.  Both of these quilts will be part of our quilt guild's donation to the Winter Games Ceremony for Wounded Warriors at Windham Ski Center in December.

I'll finish playing with these and see what I have on the shelf to use for setting triangles and borders.

We had a couple of super hot days - so nice to see the sun and be warm for a change.  But we have slipped back into a bit cooler temp which will make for some great walking.  Maybe I can convince Bella to go on a 'walk-a-bout' with me.  Moe starts and then 'squirrel' happens.

Sewingly Yours,

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Scrap Storage

Val's Quilting Studio

This button is on my side bar, if you haven't noticed it before.  You should make a weekly visit (and share) to VAL'S to see what theme is up and visit those who link up.

This week's theme is about scrap storage and linking up past posts.  I am a scrap quilter and get scraps in all the time, so a bit hard to search for a good post on this one - so we start from scratch.  This was a new donation just yesterday.  A lot of bigger pieces with a few strips and what would be equavelant to a layercake or charm.

Yes, our area quilters seem to use a lot of green, and I get swamped in it. Since there are a lot of large pieces, rather than store it I will piece a backing or two.  To me it is about using it, not storing it. 

I get so many items in that I now keep a list of other quilters and guild members who are looking for certain items and when I sort down a donation, I set aside for each of those if it is in the pile.  I know I will never use it all and would rather gift on to someone rather than stash it away.

This is my main storage center.  You can see my 'yardage' is just one shelf.  Since I work small blocks, yardage to me is actually a FQ and I keep those (scrap size) in the shoe box totes by color.  The other side with the larger totes are specialty - CW, panels, layercakes, etc..  

And a shelf of kits.  I buy kits when they are super on sale - just for the fabric which I tend to pull a few pieces from as I need.  I think those need going thru to add to the yardage shelf and then pass others on.

One bottom shelf has my few books and the other bottom shelf (you can't really see it) is where I keep my containers for those items pulled for my friends - waiting to be passed on to them as I see them.

And my play center!  These are my barrels that my project left overs or smaller donation pieces get chopped down into squares.  The shelf of 'eclare' tubs is my collection of buttons - my usable buttons.  My special heritage buttons from great-gran, aunties, grans are still in their original tins and/or boxes to fondly hold their memories. 

This stacking cube unit next to my machine holds my totes of QAL projects, mini blocks, leader/ender work, hexies (neglected), hand stitching works in progress.  And my guild books and paperwork.  Some of that will be passed on to the new program committee (I was Chair the last term), but then I get to add new stuff as the in-coming President.

You may have caught sight of this and wondered my I didn't show - well here it is.  This is my SIL's area of storage.  She has three projects that are on the verge of 'finish' and then this will get re-organized.

Thanks for visiting and remember today is National Sewing Machine Day - go love your machine(s).  I have our guild's picnic tonight - we break for Summer.  I get to share some fabulous food with some fabulous people.
We have a fun little game to play while the techno gets set up for the program - a special viewing of "Threads for Life".

Sewingly Yours,