Monday, May 7, 2018

An Exciting Week

It has been such an exciting week around here and very little of it involved sewing.

Our newest grandchild arrived Friday evening - a little boy who is dearly loved by all.  He evened out the boy/girl ratio in the family.

The week took us north and south in the car as we traveled down to watch our grandson's baseball team, UCSM, play UCSD.  It was a beautiful day.  After the game we took him to dinner and then made the long drive back home. 

Over the weekend we headed north to watch our granddaughter make her First Communion at the Mission in San Luis Obispo.

Many hours in the car provided me time to catch up on the one heart a day project hosted by Happy to be Scrappy.

As well this past week, two of our granddaughters were in their school's musical, The Music Man.  One played Marian and one played the grandmother.  It was such a great show.  

Of course the week can't be all good.  While we were away a compressor broke and did some serious water damage to the wood floors.   I'll have a better idea of just how much damage once someone takes a look at them.  ;-(

We had such a late freeze this year so the stone fruit trees have been late in blooming.  The have finally emerged from their winter sleep and are just gorgeous.  

Donut peach


I wonder what this week will bring...........

Friday, April 20, 2018

Elephants and Giraffes, Oh My

Several years ago I participated in the Elephants on Parade QAL and made the cute quilt for our last grandchild.  The quilt was so much fun to make and made me a follower of Sew Fresh Quilts.  Lorna has another really cute pattern called Giraffes in a Row.  With another new grandbaby due any day now, I made the giraffes to go along with the elephants.

Giraffe by giraffe, this quilt came together quickly.  With each new giraffe, I was certain that one was my favorite.

I even added a purple polka dot one to the back because they were so much fun.  I still think my favorite is orange.  Which one is yours?

My giraffes were helped along with fabric from Wendy.  I recently won a flat rate box full of solids from Wendy.  I had been really struggling with finding the "right" green and the perfect one was found in the box she sent.  How much fabric do you think one can fit into a flat rate box?  Just look at this.  I think if I travel again I want Wendy to pack my suitcases for me.

My Temperature Quilt continues to grow.  Sadly, I had to go back to the green this week when our low one night dropped down to 39*.  I thought we were done with that stuff.

Ramona is also doing a Temperature quilt.  Her blocks are a great combination of colors - a mix between my sister in Alaska and mine in California.

We've had several birthdays in the family this week.  It's always fun to join in the celebrations.

This is a special time of the year when the little ones make their First Communions.  We have two grandchildren making theirs in the next few weeks, including this one.  The veil that she will wear is the one that her mom wore, and that I wore, when we made our First Communions.  Like me, it is officially an antique!!  How quickly the years pass!

We've been battling the Influenza B in the family this week.  It has not been fun.  I'm ready for flu season to be over.

Have a great weekend.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

30 Blocks in 30 Days

Have you been following the 30 blocks in 30 days blog hop?  With each passing day of the hop, I think how much I would love to do a full quilt with each block.  Carla is using such wonderful fabrics with each block and I am sure you will be just as excited as I have been about sewing up a few.  Each of these bocks makes a great stand alone quilt, but I think one of each would make an incredible quilt too.  

The block that I have sewn for the blog hop is called Bounce.  Taking into consideration the Tigerlily color of the year, I chose a fabric in that color.  My second color is a low volume in a neutral print.  The blocks went up quickly and in no time at all I had a finished top.  

Instead of batting in this quilt, I added a soft minky type fabric to the back and quilted it together.  I love the nice drape and feel of the piece.  It will make a wonderfully soft and cuddly baby quilt.  

We are now halfway through the 30 days, but you can still follow along as well as catch up on all of the ones that you might have missed.  Here is the schedule and be sure to enter each day for the drawing on Carla's blog, Creatin' in the Sticks.

April 1st

Block 1- 4 Patch
April 2nd

Block 2 - Double Stuffed
April 3rd

April 4th
Block 4 - Dutch Door

April 5th

April 6th
Block 6 - Tacked Up

April 7th
Block 7 - Stripper

April 8th
Block 8 - Staggered

April 9th
Block 9 - Topsy Turvy

April 10th
Block 10 - Chunky Pinwheel

April 11th
Block 11 - Painted WIndow

April 12th
Block 12 - Broken Cinder Block

April 13th
Block 13 - Reaction

April 14th
Block 14 - Median Strip

April 15th
Block 15 - Center of Attention

April 16th

Block 16 - Bounce
April 17th

Block 17 - Sweet Sixteen
April 18th

Block 18 - Yeah Eights
April 19th

Block 19 - Weave
April 20th

Block 20 - Classic
April 21st

Block 21 - Spot
April 22nd

Block 22 - Cross Walk
April 23rd

Block 23 - Opposites Attract
April 24th

Block 24 - Possibility
April 25th

Block 25 - Camper Window
April 26th

Block 26 - Catching Z's
April 27th

Block 27 - Broken Stripes
April 28th

Block 28 - Stockade
April 29th

Block 29 - Dovetail
April 30th

Block 30 - Slow Tee

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

About Time

Guess it is about time to catch up on this ole' blog.  The days and weeks tend to slip past so quickly.  I need to look at my photos to see what I've done.  Life, itself, has been busy so there has not been a lot of sewing going on around here.

With our thirtieth grandbaby arriving in a few short weeks, I have been working on the quilt.  We do not know the sex so I have decided to do Lorna's Giraffe Quilt.  I love this pattern and it has been such fun to stitch.

I was struggling with my greens as nothing I had seemed to do the trick.  Fortunate as it was, I was a recent winner of Wendy's box of scraps.  Inside I found the perfect green for it!

My Temperature Quilt is coming along too.  We had some lovely warm days this week so it was fun to stitch those colors into it.  Just look at this week.  I even got to insert that lovely red when the high hit 97* on Monday.

Adding it to the first few months of the year, it looks like this.  I'm glad to get the greens behind me.  I am enjoying watching my sister's quilt progress at IG @alaskanquilter.  Her Alaskan colors are so different from mine and they are gorgeous.

This month's Block Lotto block is call NoonLight.  I made two blocks for it and may do more as the month progresses.  We will see.  I was one of the winners of last months Savannah blocks and I am having so much fun seeing blocks arrive in the mail.  

Another Mystery quilt that I will be working on over the next few months is called So Dearly QAL.  It is hosted by Gosia at Quilts My Way.  This is an interesting paper pieced QAL and I have no idea what it will become.

 Life is busy and good.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

More Rainy Day Sewing

After another week of wet weather, I am beginning to feel like the rest of the snowbound stitchers out there.  The rains have been great and the weeds are busy growing and multiplying outside.  Meanwhile, I have avoided the garden gloves and weed puller and played with some fabrics and thread instead.

The weather has certainly made my temperature quilt more exciting.  The greens and yellows - cooler colors - have been prevalent for much of the month of March.  I can't believe how quickly the year's blocks are growing.

I even had one day where the temperature did not vary more than the three degrees within the color range for the whole day.  The high was 60* and the low was 57*.

Each month Michele and Sherri host the Minis and More Parade on the first day of the month.  A selected pattern is chosen to stitch up for that month and it is always so much fun to see the same pattern sewn in different fabrics and colors.  This month's design was Mini Painted Ladies.  I used some Kaffe Fasset charms for mine.  Instead of a rectangle, I made mine into a square so it can be used as a table topper instead.  This would be a great full sized quilt.

Although I am terrible at remembering to wear an apron, I had a request from my niece for a "retro" apron.  I can remember my grandmother wearing pretty aprons and this reminded me of her.  The bib is removable and reversible.

While looking for something completely different, I came across a cross stitched collar that I made years ago for our daughter for Easter.  I found some great fabric in my stash and made a dress to go with it and gave them to my daughter for one of her girls.  Pardon the dark photos, but it was a gloomy day.

Continuing along the Easter theme here, I recently saw a wonderful paper pieced pattern on IG.  I sewed up one as a gift for a dear friend and then had to make one for our home too.  The piece is title Good Friday and is by Paper Panache.

Our son and his family are coming for Easter so computer time will be lacking.  I wish everyone a blessed Easter.

Linking up with Midweek Makers and Freemotion by the River.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Rainy Day Sewing

Unlike many of you on the "other" coast with all of your snow, we are enjoying some rainy days here.  It has been sorely lacking this year so it makes for pleasant days of settling in for some fun sewing.

While my sister was visiting she convinced me that I should join her in sewing a Postcards From Sweden quilt.  I'm so glad that she did as it is such a happy, colorful quilt.  I'm not sure how I will quilt it yet, but I really love it.  My sister (IG@alaskanquilter) has already started hers so I am excited to see how she likes it.

It's hard to get it all in one pictures, but you can see the gorgeous colors.

While stitching the rows together I had it hanging in front of a window and enjoyed the leaded glass look of it.

This is the background that I have chosen for it....wild and crazy colors too.

Also while she was down, we played a bit with my years old UFO of New York Beauty blocks.  I don't know why I hadn't sewn these together yet because they are some of my favorite sewn blocks.  Instead of the little bits for leaders and enders that I normally sew, I used these blocks.  The result is finally seeing them together.

I think I may do a Bordeaux narrow strip followed by a Flying Geese border to finish it off.

Marsha (IG@quilterinmotion) is our queen bee this month in our Gridster Bee.  This was her choice of blocks for us.  I love the crispness or a red, white and blue color combination.   I did two blocks, but forgot to photograph the other one.  ;-(

I watched a couple of the little ones this week.  Toby loves it when the kids are here because it is attention overload for him.

Life is good!

Linking up with Quilt Fabrication Midweek Makers, and Freemotion by the River,

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop

Today is the kickoff day of the Small, Smaller, Smallest Blog Hop hosted by the amazing Carol of Just Let Me Quilt Blog.  I am looking forward to seeing all of the teeny, tiny pieces that will be created for this hop.

I have always enjoyed the challenge of making small pieces in my sewing journey.  It must be that the beginning of my sewing life started by making doll clothing.

For my project, I have selected a paper pieced mini quilt.  The Pineapple pattern has always been one of my favorites and paper piecing makes it so precise and tiny.  The entire piece measures out at 9 1/2 inches and is a completely scrappy project.

For the backing I used just a bunch of small pieces that were in the scrap bin.

If you are interested in trying this pattern, a mini pdf of the three inch block can be found at The Little Mushroom Cap

Another "small" bit of sewing that I completed was this year's 18" doll uniform for the grandchildren's school auction.  This year instead of a full uniform, I did a skort like many of the girls choose to wear.

Other than fabric postcards and mug rugs, another small sewing project that I have done in the past are puzzle pieces.  These are great fun for swapping.

Sewing small pieces is instant gratification.  I am looking forward to seeing what others are creating on a small scale.  I hope you will enjoy them too.  You can find other SMALL bits in these links below.