Tuesday, January 24, 2017

1st retreat of the year down

Well first retreat of the year is done, and it was a great time. I love retreats. So the first order of quilting was to do a top that was suppose to be done last fall.  but let me show outhis cute little table runner first. Have you seen this fabric. Already into stripes.  I threw the selvedge  away but I believe  it's called STRIP-R, so all I had  to do was make the vertical cuts and stitch it back up into this table runner.  what an easy way to make a bragello. I could see a bed quilt done like this and is it cheating?Who cares is was a breeze. 


So this is the challenge piece It should have been done last November, but I'm always late.  I wish I could get the beautiful purple to show as purple not black. At a retreat Igo to we swapped these black and white blocks. There was 20 of us and each person chose a block and made 20 of them then we swapped them and each of us ended up with 20 different blocks to make a sampler.I picked out this pretty limey green and this luscious purple to go with the black n white blocks. Im really pleased with how this turned out.


still not the right shade.Well maybe after it is quilted Ican hang it outside and it will look better.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Well I had a post

So let's just start this out with some eye candy

This is a quilt I started as a challenge with a sister. Many years ago sge wanted to do a Christmas challenge and we went to her favorite shop bucause it had it's Christmas fabric on sale. We both had to choose 6 maybe 7 or was 8 Half yard cuts and then make something out of it. I didn't want to do someone eles pattern so I came up with this. Ihad saw a pattern sometime before with a star in the center with some flying geese and loved it, so I came up with this. No flying geese but arrows.I used up just about every inch of the fabric too. Now many years later not even sure how many it is finally done. 

I'm packing up things to go to a retreat this next weekend and I am so excited. I love retreating. I can just put on the headphones and sew or I can sit and sew and talk with everyone. Just whatever mood I"m in.  I need to get a lot of things done. Last year I blogged about my dad being ill with dementia and he passed away this past fall and I want to make memory quilts out of his shirts.  The shirts are cut apart and cleaned and stacked in nice order just waiting on me. 
Here are some of them all stacked up and the pattern I want to do with some of them. The plain denim color is just a constant filler I bought. I have 5 siblings and want to make my mother one, so I will need a couple patterns. I also have the Dad/Father sayings on fabric if I want to use them. I am really thinking about it for mine. It's just been so hard to actually do these but I will I will.  I am hoping these gett into the bag to go to retreat but I"m trying to precut everything and not sure if I have time, but never fear another retreat in March. 

  
So do we know what show this is from? I'm a little obsessed, even tho I have only watched season One I have done 7 of the books on Audibile. so I bought all three panels and this is the first of the three that I'm working on. I really think that it is the one I want to keep for myself. Oh you know I really will keep all three of them. But if I could only keep one I think it would be this one. So have you figured out the show. Outlander on Starz. No I don't have Starz in fact we barely have anything. We found ourselves paying for hundrreds of channels and watching regular network majority of the time, so why? We got rid of the satillite and have that Roku thing and stream some TV but since I have a Kindle we have Amazon Prime and viola I found it there and purchased it. My husband says we aren't saving much if I am buying shows. And I say well at least what we are paying for we are watching, or at least I am.But I have a couple borders figured out on this panel so it is going to retreat.


So next is these beautiful black and white sampler blocks we swapped out at a local retreat. I was suppose to have these made into a top last NOV but didn't make it. But I swear I will have it done for our March retreat. I have chosen this luscious limey green and regal purple to go with  them. I will be a completed top when I get back from retreat next weekend. 
Have I shown you this one? Oh I just get so lost in what I have and havent't. I doubt it tho. Ijust recently finished it. Once again something that was started years ago. This uses the x block ruler template thing and I would link it but since on my tablet unsure how. After posting this I will work on that and then maybe this paragraph will make no sense. lol So I will stop this post now, I have a catchie on my fingernail driving me insane so I have to take care of it. I will be back after retreat to let you see what I did.Till then Sew On

Sunday, December 18, 2016

CHA CHA CHANGES

Youy know life always has a way of  making sure to keep you on your toes. Changes, I never thought I was a stodgy ole fool that couldn't go with the flow but in the last couple years I've struggled. It started with Digital camerra! I loved the one with the floppy disc, remember those yu just took the pic plugged the floppy in and transfered the pics. Then that camera broke and I had to 'upgrade' Life has never been the same. I don't know how manycameras I have went through it seems I'm rough on them and the wires!Oh My Desktop gets old and outdated  cameras break laptop sucks it has a cursor that is from the devil itself. The darn cursor flies all over the page and I could be typing away and then all the sudden the cursor jumps up into previous paragraph middle of sentences and takes up there. Some say its "I'm hovering over the cursor pad so I got wireess mouse and that didn't solve the problem.Now look at the mess. I'm not even sure which goes to which anymore. So to cut this story short I got a new tablet and this cute wireless keyboard to go with thi it. so now I can take the pics witht the tablet and nowmore wires in the drawer they go.


Cha Change the Hubby is without work and only being in late fifties we are not ready for retirement. Ok so maybe we are but finiancially we are not. Far far from it. But for a man that has only been a dairyman working with cows what can he do? Weelll I convinced him that I haad a long arm just sitting there all day long doing nothing. Most complaints from quilters about long armers is the wait! So if he learned to do pantos and gave a quick turn around he could contribute to our finiances. But you have to practice practice practice. So now months later he is building up a client base, yay him, and anytime he does a new pantograph he has to do it on one of my quilts first. Look at this pile waiting for binding now. And last year I had a record amount of finishes. 18! 

Right now with his client list it is taking hime within a week to get his quilts out. Thats one thing I can say about him, he's not lazy and when it comes in he wants it out the door. 

The next change in the form of our new puppy. Dixie. And what a change it has been. Lil Miss Dixie Marie DeLight has been an eye opening experience. 

We got her when she was 4 mos old and now at 9 mos we have found that being a Great Dane mommy and daddy is more trying than a human baby. I never baby proofed a house but I am Dixie proofing this one. Well it's time to get to bindiing some quilts. I have a few