"A very Merry Unbirthday to you, to you. A very Merry Unbirthday to you." from Walt Disney's Alice in Wonderland"

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Back to Quilting

The Big Clean Out is still going on but is being turned over to the professionals.  They will be here this week to work in the cellar and attic areas and haul away stuff that nobody else seems to want but takes up lots of room.  But I am quilting.  I have a new sewing machine, one with a larger harp area, that I bought to make the quilting easier.  I can say I've broken it in because I have broken one needle and ripped out all of the stitching I did on this quilt last week.  It's going better today.  My little Kenmore is still my sweetheart, but this new machine, a Brother, hopefully will win my heart, too.  
I have a question.  The new machine comes with an extension table that I thought I would love, but I find that it has alot of drag, even after cleaning it.  I am thinking of getting a Slider.  If you have one can you tell me if it makes a difference for you?  

Have a wonderful weekend.
Keeping Paris in our prayers,
God Bless You.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Checking In

I haven't done much sewing or quilting for the past few weeks because I've been cleaning and throwing out stuff. It's a major clean out.  My family has lived in this house for 62 years, and some of what I'm finding seems to be at least that old.  It is a challenge, sometimes a tearful one,  but once I began I found that it gets easier to just keep filling the trash bags and getting them out of the house.  Not my fabric, sewing machines or rulers, mind you.  Just the stuff nobody wants.   Once this is done, I think I'll be able to focus again and spend time on more interesting things, like quilting.

Some of things I've thrown out have been clothes from the 1960's and 1970's, some of which were hats.  My generation, and those before us, grew up wearing hats.  I held on to this one.  Even if you would never wear this hat, and I'm sure that's all if not most of us,  you have to appreciate the workmanship.  By today's standards it's definitely over the top.

It's something else, isn't it?   So feminine.  It belonged to either my sister or mother.  

I have made the postcard for my swap partner who is in the Northwest Territories.  I can't share it yet because it hasn't been mailed but when I can I'll post a pic.  It's Christmas themed, which by the way is less than 2 months away.  I hope I have my life straightened out by then.

God Bless!

Monday, September 21, 2015

A Quilt Show

I went to a Quilt Show yesterday put on by a guild that I was seriously thinking of joining.  I wanted to join a guild because the only other quilters I know are you, my blogging friends.  Everything I've learned about quilting is from books or the Internet, and some television, but not much.  A big thank you to all of you who have shared your know-how.  I'm thinking of all of the quilt alongs I've joined over the years.  The online crafting community is really a wonderful thing.
As it turns out I'm not joining this guild because I don't think it would be a good fit for me.  There were some quilts that caught my eye that I will share.
I have not included the names and towns of the quilters, but if that is wrong and it's your quilt, let me know and I'll edit.
Little City Park.  A mother and daughter made this quilt, and the border is charming.  

The Purple Peacock.  The guild has a purple challenge going on, so there was alot of that color.  This peacock was so pretty and has alot of detail work.

Halloween Sampler.  This was the only Halloween quilt but cute.  The quilter appliqued images from different fabrics. 
I love those little pumpkin faces.
Open to Interpretation #4.  A very modern quilt. 
Quilty Barns; a Lori Holt pattern.  Love all of those traditional blocks.

Appalachian Trail.  The quilter hand quilted and hand appliqued this traditional design from Quiltmaker magazine.  The fabrics are 30's types.
Rick Rack Nines, a Bonnie Hunter design.  For all of the scrap lovers.
Cobblestone.  The quilter credits Joan Carpenter for teaching this pattern.

God Bless You and have a wonderful week.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

My September Let's Book It

As I mentioned in my previous post, I chose this wall quilt, Pumpkin Patch, by Lynette Jensen for a  Let's Book It project for September.  If you don't know about Lets Book It, check it out on Sharon's blog, Vroomans Quilts,  and think about making something we all can ooh and aah over and get inspired by.  

My project is from the Thimbleberries book, Quilting for Harvest, and I'm in love with so many projects in this book that I might make all of them.  The book was published in 2006, so I'm only 9 years behind.  Why don't we have 48 hour days?  

God Bless You.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Borderless is Decisionless

The Country Cottage quilt top is finished, but not without much too much time spent trying to come up with a border that I like.  Yes, there is much to be said for a borderless quilt, for the simple reason that no time is wasted trying to come up with one.  If now you are thinking, "gee, what did Joanna finally create?"  Yes, what spectacular border did I finish with? 
 How's that for simple?
 This really is a beautiful quilt top.  I ordered a blue wide backing for it, and as soon as it arrives I'll start the quilting.  
 I had spotted a log cabin border that I loved, but it took me too long to make the sample block, so I ditched that idea.  However, I have to try it on something because it is a beautiful border.
Then I tried big flying geese, but they were just too large.

 Then I saw this in a Thimbleberries book, Quilting for Harvest.  The border is really flying geese set side by side.  I love this look.

  This border is just two fabrics, the green and blue.  I didn't have enough fabric, but this is another border I like and want to use in the future.

While I was looking for ideas for borders, I found this in the same Lynette Jensen book, and I think it's going to be my next Let's Book It project.  It'll be nice to work on an autumn project during our next heat wave due this week.  
  I have butterfly bushes and phlox that attract butterflies every year, and this year there seem to be quilt a few visiting them.  The other day there was one with beautiful blue spots, but I didn't get a picture. 

I didn't plant this sunflower, but it grew from a seed from last year's flower.
 Sometimes it pays not to  keep an overly neat yard.

I've fallen behind on some of my qal's, but even a not perfect garden requires attention and the grass just keeps on growing.  
Hope you are all having a wonderful day.
God Bless You.