Friday, June 23, 2017

Finally a Friday Finish to talk about!

I have a finish!  Hooray!!  And it's complete except for the label before the baby August!

 It's a small quilt, only 40 X 40. But it's for Tummy Time.  It's from a free pattern I found on All People Quilt. It's called Playing Tag.

Here is a close up of the  taggies of ribbon and rick rack that are sporadically used on the quilt. The fabric is Lil' Red by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda Fabrics and Coral Queen by Stacy Iest Hsu for Moda. The colors are just yummy. I bought backing fabric from our local JoAnn's and also a fabric for the binding. In the end I used the dark rose floral for an added border, just to make it a bit bigger. 

Here is the backing fabric. Some modern chevron in the perfect shade of peachy coral and red to coordinate with the front.  I ended up making a scrappy binding from left overs. There are lots of seams, but I carefully positioned it around the perimeter to make sure no seams landed at the corners. Success.  I love it when you are stitching the binding down and each corner miters perfectly!  It was quilted by a friend who has a longarm. Not sure of the design, but it is loops and then a three petaled flower and more loops. Very feminine.

Earlier on FB I posted a picture of my "porch stitching". In this photo, the binding is the aqua with tiny bubbles . Too cute!!

Ummm!  I also used lots of wonder clips and enjoyed my porch time with a glass of Pomegranate Riesling wine.  I know, I know, not a wine glass, but I was worried about spilling it and breaking a stemmed glass. I have stemless wine glasses, unbreakable even, in our camper. But it was not available for me to raid the cupboards there.

 Do you notice the little white canister with the black strip?  It is a chewing gum "car cup" emptied, decoupaged with pieces of scrap fabric. and a label that says "itty bitty trash can".  We made them at a retreat. The perfect place for bits of thread and clippings. The black strip on the lid is a magnetic business card, cut to size and stuck down with double sided tape. The perfect place to park a needle while you sip your wine!

If I am lucky I will have just enough of the perfect coral thread to attach the label. I have it mostly ready to print from my computer, but will wait until she is born to add her name, date of birth and other pertinent information.  The quilt is for our 2nd great granddaughter  and our 5th great grandchild. Her family lives in Arizona, she won't need the quilt to snuggle, but it will be a good one to lay her on. 

That is my Friday Finish. I will be linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts today. And also, Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilt. 

And now I am off to finish a scrappy table runner that is for a challenge and then maybe, just maybe, to straighten my sewing room. It needs a vacuum and a neatening up at the very least!

Until next time, 
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Saturday Snapshots - Strawberry Moon

I  missed getting this posted on Saturday. I was waiting on permission to post a picture of the moon taken Friday night in our area. The full moon is June is traditionally called the Strawberry Moon. Not because it's pink, although it might appear so sometimes. The Algonquins  named it, They thought it was the best time to pick strawberries.  A link to the Farmers Almanac page about moon names is here

The moon was beautiful. My friend Susan posted this photo to Facebook. She takes great pictures and has an artists eye. She and her husband live outside of our town, so there are no city lights to detract. 

 I live on  the north edge of our small city and this was my view at bit later. And from my cell phone camera, not Susan's "real " one. 

I experimented a bit with my cell phone in the dark. Here is a picture of my small strawberry patch. As you can see, nothing to harvest. 😄   
This was taken write before the next picture was taken. My flash works pretty well. 

And then the clouds moved in and obscured the moon. This photo from my front porch.

It's been warm here in NE Wyoming, but today, Sunday it is forcast to be cooler and cloudy. We could use the rain. Our famous Wyoming wind drys grasses, veggies and flower very quickly. 

I have been sewing, hand embroidering and taking littles to the park. More pictures about those activities in a future Saturday Snapshots.   I'm off to breakfast with friends, then back here to check out others' snapshots and get some more sewing done. 

Have a great week!


Saturday, June 3, 2017

June is Here

Saturday Snapshots hosted by Melinda at West Metro Mommy Reads. Join us. There are just a few understandable rules. You can read them at Melinda's blog and then go back an share a photo or 2 or 6. We don't care.

I'm sort of playing Throwback Thursday this week. My brother's 65th birthday was Thursday, so I dug up some old photos and found some of him as a kid. I am the oldest, he is the third. He was probably 5 here.

 This was taken on his birthday, by my SIL.

Then Friday was our anniversary. So I found this old photo from our wedding 1964. We were so young.

I need a photo of us that is more current.......maybe I'll take one today. We are going to a 50th wedding anniversary party for friends. This is one of a portion of family when we gathered to celebrate two of our granddaughter's birthdays, 2 weeks ago.

I'm in the middle in the red shirt. My DH is the guy behind at left. Bald, white goatee and green shirt.
Our daughter, her daughters, her SIL and her grandkids are the others in the photo We are blessed.

I think I am going to try to continue the Before and Now theme for family celebrations for the rest of the year. I need to organize my photos. I have boxes and boxes of actual prints. Lots on my computer, and now of course on my phone and DH's iPad.  Yikes!!!

Until next time
Stay Busy and Stay Happy

Friday, June 2, 2017

A few small projects finished

I'm linking up with Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday, Busy Hands Quilts is taking a week of so no Linky Party there today.

These two little organizers were started at a retreat in May and finished this week. On the left is called a Button Boat and was taught at a project by a member. No pattern here but you can buy one or see another picture at Lazy Girl Designs. I am a fan of Lazy Girl patterns.

The little scrappy string zippered pouch was made from a pattern I received from a friend for my birthday a few years ago. I made the large one and now the smaller one. Here is a pic of the larger one, I use it in my gym bag for toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant and lipstick and cologne.

Needless to say , I didn't use up as many string as I had hoped. It was fun and pretty darn easy. You can't read it here, but the pattern is from V and Co. "String Block Zipper Pouch"

Also this week I worked on a Challenge Project for May for The Sewing Center's UFO Challenge.. I got it in just under the wire.

The prompt for May was to make some thing for a guy. Well this is for my oldest Great Grandson. I bought the panel when our only LQS was closing. I added the star fabric to make it reversible to give it some substance and to avoid all those 1/4 inch hems!  All the other pieces were printed on the panel and finished with double fabric, stitched and turned or a raw edge finish, stitched and pinked around the edges.

 All seven year olds need a super hero according to the book I am currently reading.

At least he can have his own cape and mask and wristbands.  He can be a superhero himself. He is going to be a new big brother in August, so he will be a superhero to her I am sure. 

Have a great weekend and a good start to summer if your in the US and northern hemisphere. and a mild fall if you in the southern hemisphere. 

Today is our anniversary, so probably not much sewing will be done. Although maybe we will both just spend time in our respective hobby rooms and celebrate for dinner. It's 53 years for us and I look forward to hopefully at least a few more!