Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Meadow mystery

Here is the piecework for the next step of the Meadow Mist Mystery.

This step required matching left and right triangles on the end of rectangles so there are 8 of each color.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Falling into fall

September is gone and October is here!  Fall leaves have either accumulated on the ground or hung tightly to their trees.  My grandsons love to crunch, crunch, crunch them on our walks around the block. Misty rain has arrived dampening all outside and finally bringing some beautiful color to the trees.

I have been looking forward to this  October week for some time.  I took off several days of work for it as my spouse and I will be caregivers for the grandboys from Monday night through Sunday as 
son and daughter in law are going to a destination wedding in Jamaica. I have many activities planned, food and craft supplies prepared, and even  a safety gate ready to prevent a tumble down the stairs at night.  We even had a trial run on a Saturday to make sure the little one would sleep at our house, something he was reluctant to do previously.

Here is the photo I arranged to be taken complete with matching outfits for them.  It is tough to take pictures of little guys... and I even had a 9 a.m. appointment.

I feel like I haven't gotten much done for quilting, but am constantly in completing the blocks stage.
This week is no different:

New Blockheads:

New color for RSC : pink

But here is my row to start for the row by row at my quilt guild this week.  O.K. here are the blocks that went into the row quilt.  I forgot to take a picture before it started on its journey.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

All things bright and beautiful

In the aftermath of the tragedies of the last few days from Las Vegas shooting and the remains of the hurricanes in the Caribbean and the South, I cannot understand how other lives might be. My heart aches for the pain and loss many are feeling. My students and their problems growing up only pine next to the conditions of others. The wide smiles of my grandchildren and their enthusiasm when they see me only make life so much better.

On a different note, Monday I suddenly realized it was the new month and I have a new color for my Rainbow Scrap Challenge, which I was fully aware of, but a new request for the Stash Bee. It was nice to be the receiver of blocks last month.  I will post all the beauties of the tulip blocks.

Here are the blocks I have made for Hive 6. I had fun selecting many brights and a contrast to go with it. It was quick to cut out and the I used this method for half square triangles. Block:2 inches  plus 7/8ths inch and 2 =====5 and 3/4 inches. ( not my photo).

Then cut vertically and horizontally creating 8 triangles.

Here are my 4 blocks completed.  I only had to take out a few intersections where those points meet ( o.k. a little exaggeration).  Love how they turned out.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Pumpkin RSC and more blocks

I am all caught up with my Rainbow Scrap Challenge. 14 blocks completed for September.
Each block is 6 and a half inches.

And now I have all my Blockheads caught up, too. these blocks are also 6 and a half inches.   Total all blocks thus far  81!!!!!!!
All are made in Kansas Troubles fabrics.
( I haven't measured the triangles to see how far off I am yet. )

These little triangles are terror for the substitute applique for number 28.  Lisa Bongean said she was able to put it together in 45 minutes. 

I only wish...                                                                 It doesn't want to lay flat although I pressed it.
the amount of seams are crazy on the back. 

Here is number 29 in purples and reds.  The lighting was not cooperating.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Homecoming and block

I was finally able to have some concentrated time to sew. Ahhh.
I made the blockheads number 30. But need to finish and complete numbers 28 and 29. I had bee so good at keeping up, too.

Then I made 3 more pumpkin colored blocks for the RSC challenge with 3 more cut out to bring September to a total of 14. 

This week was homecoming at the school where I work. We have theme dress up days for each day of the week, and Tuesday's was 50s and 60s. So I found this old lovely blouse of my mother's from them and wore it.  (Boy, am I looking tired.)

Sunday, September 24, 2017


I am enjoying the hand stitching of my applique  borders. I have completed the vines and some of the berries and leaves. What is left are the varied flowers and centers. Here is one of two borders laid out. I used Eileens glue in the squeeze tube to attach the background. 

Here is a close up of the needle work, although the photo doesn't do it justice.

Here are a few photos from the Apple Harvest Fest with the grands. Despite the 90 degree weather, we had fun.  It is great to be outdoors and see such fun things. Thy little guys aren't quite old enough to participate in the crafts, yet. But it is yearly, so we will have more visits.

Here are 2 of the scarecrows we liked best.
The storm trooper

Little Shop of Horrors

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Orange

As I didn't see any neutrals, this is the first post for a while . So here are 8 rusty/orange blocks. I have 6 more cut out.