Saturday, May 21, 2016

2016 may 10

May 10 called for another very special dinner and cake

grilled chicken, macaroni & cheese and home-grown green beans

   and a dinosaur cake.... do you recognize T-rex??

He was very happy blowing out the candles and opening presents... dinosaurs of course!

I had a bag of Easter eggs tucked in the corner of the dining room that I forgot to get downstairs into the closet.   They had so much fun looking for treasures.   and they weren't too disappointed that all the eggs were empty.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

2016-05 Paducha classes

I signed up for three half-day classes while in Paducha...

The first class was Fire Island, by Linda Hahn.  This should have been a full day class with all that we had to do.  I did learn how to make the New York Beauty blocks and sew in those arcs and managed to complete 2 of the 40 needed for this quilt. I only trimmed one of the blocks ... I wanted to leave the second untrimmed as a guide for future blocks.  The kit included templates for the block and a dryer-sheet type fabric to trace the pattern on instead of using tear-away paper.

We had a two-minute quick lesson on making the alternate block for this pattern and class was over.   I would have preferred to have time to make samples of both blocks.... the alternate block is a HST with a flip and sew corner so I'm sure I'll be able to figure it out.

No pattern was included with the kit... you had to buy her book at an additional cost... but I'm positive I can figure out the block placement when I get that far.

The second class was Glorified 9-patch by Toby Listcho.  I really enjoyed this class.  Templates and pattern were included with the kit.  Two blocks were completed and she demo'd how to assemble the blocks on-point using her template for "bikini" shaped filler blocks.  There are also directions on how to bind the quilt matching the different color backgrounds in each block.  I look forward to completing one of these.   I can't show you what I did complete in class... and afterwards back at the cottage... because I used this opportunity to make a tablerunner for a 3-color challenge that can't be revealed until August.  I promise pictures will come later.

The third class was Mardis Gras, by Toby Listcho.    This is a Lone Star based pattern and I enjoyed learning how to make those 45deg cuts and piecing the star parts.  But again, this should have been a full-day class.  She did give a demo on how to do those pesky "Y" seams, but there wasn't time to try one.  I was a bit frazzled when  I left class and as soon as I got home I laid out all the pieces I had cut in hopes that I'll remember what to do.  I ended up changing out one of my fabrics.  I had cut my striped fabric in the wrong direction and then once laid out I didn't like the look, so I went on a shopping trip and found a replacement.

As soon as I have time, I'll attempt to remember the lesson and give those Y-seams a try.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

2016-05 Paducha

I've been a bit busy the last couple weeks and forgot to post!   shocking!  I know.


It has now been quilted and is waiting to be bound.  I pieced the backing for the Trip Around the World wedding quilt for my husband's niece.

I took some time off and went to Paducha for several days to see the AQS Quilt show.

I arrived in Paducha Tuesday afternoon and spent several hours drooling over fabrics at Hancocks... and burning up the credit card!

I bunked with Wanda (from Alaska) and her friend Terry.  We went to TGIFridays for dinner and a "rousing" game of trivia!  LOL!

Wednesday through Saturday I rented a cottage with Barbara, a friend from church.   It was a very relaxing place to be after a busy show and classes.

We set up tables and featherweights in the living room and enjoyed the view of the Grand River, watching tugboats go by... pushing barges of coal .
Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday I signed up for classes (more on that later) and spent time at the show.   But Friday we spent all day relaxing in the cottage sewing and chatting.... except for an afternoon exercise break when we walked down the hill and out to the end of that jetty and back.

There was the mandatory "Sloanie" meet-up on Thursday with Pat Sloan

Pat laid out her blocks for the Splendid Sampler... an online sew-along that she is hosting.  There will be 100 six inch blocks made when this is done!

And no trip to Paducha would be complete without a dinner at Patti's 1880 Settlement.  Great restaurant... great food... great friends... old and new.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

2016-05 garden happenings

Early in April we had to cover the strawberry patch with cheese cloth to protect it from last frosts.  Now it is, hopefully, protecting the berries from birds.  We've already picked several quarts of tasty, juicey berries!   YUM

This is my garden... where the tree root used to be.  I've got 3 rose bushes and half rows of peas, kale, spinach and kohlrabi.  I've planted seeds in front of the roses for galardia and callendula.  I'm not sure what will come up there as Toby has decided that loose dirt is his playground and he has been digging in there.  If nothing comes up in the next week or two I'll have to run to the nursery and buy some plants.

Our grandson has his garden planted now too... lilliputt, medium and large zinnias, sunflowers and cosmos.  He is hoping to earn a ribbon again at the fair in August.

He has been very helpful planting and watering beans in the vegetable garden. He had wear his backpack fully loaded and armed to defend against anything that would dare hurt  his plants!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

2016-05 May 1

May is a very special month...

   It calls for spaghetti and meatball dinner while watching Scooby-Doo on tv...

  and Nana stretched her artistic skills and made a Scooby-Doo birthday cake!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2016-04 part 3 wedding quilt

I've finally gotten this 100x100 Trip Around the World top pieced for my husband's niece and her fiance.

(sorry about the fuzzy picture)

I personalized it for them by embroidering their names on the center block.

Next up will be to piece the backing..  I'm going to have to add left-over strips from the front to the backing fabric to make it fit.

Friday, April 8, 2016

2016-04 part 2 class prep work and a challenge

I am working on preparations for upcoming classes.

I bought these fabrics for the Mardis Gras class.... a variation of a Lone Star pattern and there are no pre-cutting instructions given... just fabric amounts.
As you can see I chose NOT to use traditional New Orleans Mardis Gras colors of purple, green and gold.  These Christmas fabrics will fit in better with my holiday home decor.

Next I pulled these blue and gold fabrics from my stash for the Fire Island class.
I think these will make a nice focal piece in my living room.  I have the dark blue pieces cut and will spend "free time" this weekend cutting up the print and gold fabrics.  I'm a bit short of yardage for the gold and I've added this additional gold print that I think I can use in the center block and/or maybe the 4 corners too.

The third class is Glorified 9-Patch.  I need to select 2 dark/med  and 2 med/light fat quarter pairs to make some blocks in class.   I love my purples, but I definitely do not have enough in my stash for a full project.  I will need to go shopping if I want to go with those colors.   But I do have several blue and gold fat quarters that I think  will do.

After downloading this picture I've decided to change out that one light fat quarter.  I think it will stand out too much.

I am also working on pulling colors for a 3-color challenge project that I am participating in with a group of friends.  We were each assigned colors by lottery and we have until August to make something. I am struggling with finding a way to make these three colors work. I'm hoping to find some inspiration at the upcoming quilt show.