Friday, October 12, 2018

A Small Finish

We have been home for 4 days from our vacation. The laundry is done and I have spent most of the week preparing to attend a retreat next week in the beautiful Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming. I planned projects, thought about what clothes to pack.  It will be cold at night and we walk to the dining room. I called and confirmed my reservation.  But, I was a week too early. We don't go until the 22nd of this month.  Boy, am I glad I called and checked.

So I have another week to work on some projects, but not the ones packed and ready to go to retreat!

 I finished the binding on this little table runner Wednesday night while we watched Chicago Wednesday on television.

 It's kind of a funny little runner. I took a disappearing nine patch class at our state convention in 2017. The instructor gave us some fabric to sew into 2 nine patches so we could practice cutting, before we cut into the fabric for our project. That was cool. I sewed, and cut, but cut one wrong!  So I learned from my error, and went on to the class project after packing away the miscut block with the 2 that were correctly cut. When I dug it out again to finish it, I found some fabric that was close in color range and added a strip on to the short cut sides. Then I planned the layout so the repaired fabric would be at an edge and hopefully mostly covered by the binding. Then as you may notice, I did not have enough of any fabric that worked, to complete the binding.
Can you see the strips added to the top right hand block and the bottom near the red strip?

 So this miscut, mismatched table runner will be a utility runner on our coffee table with my Christmas Cactus sitting on top of it!! 😥

This was the class project: I like it much better!

I will link up with Myra at Busy Hands Quilting's   Finished or Not Friday.  and with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict's "Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?"

Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Sunday, October 7, 2018

A Birthday Quilt Delivered

This is my finish for this month. A quilt for our son on his 50th birthday.

Pattern:  Intertwined by Cheryl Brickey from the book, Modern Plus Sign Quilts.
Fabric: B and W: Plus Signs = Tag by Cheryl Arkison from Connecting Threads
Green : Latifah Saarif's Graphics collection = Brick Wall
Border: White Out by Robert Kauffman
Backing: Cheers by Robert Kauffman
Binding: from my stash: Vintage Wheels, I have no idea who the designer is. 
Quilting:  Retro Graphics 2 done by my friend Marva Mooney on her long arm. 

We hand delivered it to Phoenix and he was pretty happy!  We had a great week there and now are on our way home. 

Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Monday, October 1, 2018

October One Monthly Goal Setting Post

Complete at least 8 blocks for Kat and Cat's Quilts  CiL Block Drive for October.

The block drive is an Adult I Spy blocks as directed on her August 29th blog post. This block drive is September and October and I have started.  I have sewed some, cut the rest.

I hope to have some that are more male in focus and some, like the buttons, would be more geared to female.

 I will be attending a 4 day retreat in beautiful Ucross Wyoming from the 15th through the 18th with my Loose Threads group.  This photo was taken in 2016, it was cold ( as evidenced by my Car-hart jacket) and windy( cause it is Wyoming after all!)

We always have a ton of fun and I am looking forward to sewing with no other distractions or obligations. If the name Ucross ,Wyoming sounds familiar, you might be a Longmire fan.  Have you read or did you watch Craig Johnson's Longmire series?

Here is his newest book and if you haven't already, check out the series on Netflix. 

Stay Busy and Stay Happy

We  are  away from home this week, so I hope to have a few minutes to link up with Patty's October Goal Setting linky party!

Monday, September 24, 2018

September OMG Finish

My OMG goal for September was not a difficult one. It was to trace at least 6 of the designs for our Christmas stitchery exchange. We have as of today, 10 people participating. One is me of course, so I need to trace 9. I have done the 6!

Omg, these did not photograph well! I use a  Pigma Micron 005 pen in brown. These are on Kona Snow that has been in my stash for many years.  But you can see that I have 6 completed!. So my goal has been met!

I will link up to Patty’s Finish Link up on the 24th. Then we are off to visit our son in Phoenix!  I am really looking forward to being in warm weather again. It has suddenly turned cool and fallish in our neck of the woods and I am not ready!  It’s been nearly freezing at night, I’ve been moving my tomato pots and deck plants into the garage every night!

Stay Busy and Stay Happy
OMG.... I just went back and looked at my image selection for the linked up and it's pretty dismal. I'm going to see if I can add another photo of the design here and link that!

Better?  Yes??  You can read my original link up post here. 

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Scrappy dark blue 9-22-18

There are 8 slab/crumb blocks on my design wall for September's Dark Blue!  There is one still under my needle on the machine!  ( I chain piece whenever possible). These are varied sizes and I will trim them up when I start putting the top together. I have to decide on a sashing color. It will need to be fairly neutral as it will be Rainbow Colors. 

I think maybe white or cream. Any suggestions? 
I am leaning toward white, but not bright white. Maybe Natural or Ash??  I'll have to take a few of the other colored slabs to my LQS and see what I like!

That's all for me this week. Wednesday we leave to drive to Phoenix. I am looking forward to that! I have some handwork to take with me. Also, strips to crochet into a rug!  We will listen to an audiobook too, if we can agree on a title!  hahaha!

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I'll link up with Angela's ScrapHappy  Saturday! 

Friday, September 21, 2018

September APQ UFO Challenge and my finish for this week

Finsihed or Not Friday   9-21-18

September’s selection was # 2. I had 2 panels from Moda, called A Child is Born. I wanted to make them into wall hangings for each of my children and their spouses.  Life happens and now both my kids are divorced and still single. Neither will use a  wall hanging at this point. Limited space to
either hang or store Christmas decorations is the issue. 

So I thought about a donation. Long story short, I have one complete to wall hanging size top. I have backing ordered, and I need to get on the list for a long armer, the second one will have to go back in my UFO tub. I have an idea to do a different technique, but need to “ think it through” a bit more.

I will link up with Myra's Finished or Not Friday !    Cause it is not technically a finish!!

Stay Busy and Stay Happy!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Scrappy Blue Saturday 9-8-18

I got started on blue!  I wonder if I should add some dark neutral, like black. For some reason my blue scraps are sparse. I could cut into some chunks (less that a fat quarter), I guess!!  This is under my needle at present!

I had hoped to make a dent in my scraps this year. It did not go as planned. I cut and stitched, cut and stitched, and still there are more scraps than I know what to do with!

Here is a tad more blue!  I spent an hour at the laundromat yesterday!  That can make you "blue"! 

The laundromat closest to my home is called Surf and Suds!  Ther
e is a beach theme in there, which is slightly strange in NE Wyoming!  But it is very clean, there is helpful staff ( I hadn't been to a laundrmat in a quite a while!) and it was successful - my large quilt was washed and dried and no running of the black fabric!  It is now ready to be gifted at the end of the month. It's called Surf and Suds because they have free WiFi!  Not a regular occurrence here in the great vastness of NE Wyoming. 

OK, Angela is off on a 10 mile!!!! run and I am running upstairs for another cup of coffee!  Have a great Saturday, all!!

Stay Busy and Stay Happy

linking up to SoScrappy's ScrapHappy Saturday!