Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I Like Thursday- mid-December 2017

I like new starts. I wind up with a bunch of UFOs, but that's OK.
The newest start is a scrappy snowball sew-a-long. 4.5" squares with 1.5" corners, only a few each week. I've fussy cut at least one square; I have a LOT of novelty fabric I can use in this.
















I like my birdfeeder. (I don't like the snow, but that's not a topic for this post).
We've had it for a long time now, and the combination of the baffle and the weight bar really does help keep the squirrels out. The deer tip it over now and again, though.
I love cardinals. They always remind me of my mom- in her later years she was quite a birdwatcher. In legends, cardinals are the visiting spirit of a loved one; I think my mom loves my birdfeeder!

I like Christmas lists - this one is from the 12-year-old.

Progress On Ringo Lake

Mystery quilt from Bonnie Hunter-

Clue #3 is a slanty block pieced in pairs:

 I have about 10% of that clue done.  I have about half of the flying geese done now.

And I'm sewing the extra seam for the bonus HSTs!!

Thursday, December 07, 2017

I Like Thursday

Happy Thursday, everybody!! Joining up with Not Afraid of Color for I Like Thursday- #66 for LeeAnna, but I'm a new convert.

I like flying geese. I don't particularly like the process of making them, but I *do* like the finished product.


I like cross-stitch- and surprisingly, I like gridding. I've never done it before, but here's a start on a stitch-a-long that I haven't  quite started yet.

This boy. I don't know why he's peeved at me- probably just because I'm taking the photo.

 I like milk glass. They're nice for holding crochet hooks, and the knitting needles I'm collecting so I can eventually learn to knit.

I like this blue pen! It seems to be starting to run dry already, though, so I'll try other brands. But marking my mini-quilt was SO easy!

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

On Ringo Lake Mystery Week 2

Week 2 of Bonnie Hunter's new mystery quilt is a little more ... involved ... than last week.

200 flying geese.

200.

Oy.

I have 20 done so far, and will hopefully get a few more done this week.

And of course I'm saving the tiny HSTs that result from sewing an extra seam...

Thursday, November 30, 2017

I Like Thursday

Linking to Not Afraid of Color for I Like Thursday!

I like Facebook friends who are enablers. One simply asked if anybody else was doing Bonnie Hunter's new mystery, "On Ringo Lake." Well. I haven't done any of the mysteries in the past- and I'm certainly not a member of the Bonnie Cult- but I *really* like the colors in this one, and I haven't in the past. So I started cutting on Friday night.

Saturday morning, I had my first little 9-patch.

By Sunday lunch, I'd completed the first 50 9-patches.

 All stacked up!

I like that my kids like to cook, and aren't afraid to try new techniques (especially this one, the youngest). When we were talking about what to make for Thanksgiving desserts, he first said "Peppermint bark!" and then thought for a few minutes and asked if it was possible to make peppermint bark truffles. So we winged it :)


I like having orphan blocks I can turn into a baby quilt. These are the first four blocks of Pat Sloan's Solstice quilt-a-long. I got distracted after four blocks- but they'll make a nice little quilt.


I like this face. This is Toffee; he's 7 and a complete goofball. He's not breed standard for a golden- he's about 107 pounds and has height to go along with it.



Being tall isn't enough for him, though- I swear he thinks he's a mountain goat. 
He'll stand on anything he can find!


And last but not least, I like my taekwondo class. It keeps me sane after bad days at work.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Starting a Mystery Quilt

Bonnie Hunter, of Quiltville fame, has done a mystery quilt every year around this time for the past few years. They never caught my fancy in the past- but this year's mystery, "On Ringo Lake," uses colors that I actually like and have in my stash. A big THANK YOU to my internet buddy Regina for asking who was doing this one- I don't know that I would've paid any attention if she hadn't brought it up.

Cutting starts:

And then piecing 9-patches:

Pretty soon I have a pile, and eventually all 50 are done:


Thursday, November 23, 2017

"I Like Thursday"

My friend LeeAnna from Not Afraid of Color invited members of the Quilt Art listserv to join her in posting what brought us joy over the past week each Thursday.

What better day to start off than Thanksgiving?


My kids bring me joy- most of the time. These two are still at home, and put up with me with good grace. My baby girl isn't home for Thanksgiving, but the internet keeps her close as well.


Alpaca faces make me smile.


This boy. He'd be happy if he had his own personal doorman.


Living so close to DC is awesome. We don't take really good advantage of it, but I'm reminded every time we do what a lovely place it is to visit.

I have SO MUCH to be thankful for, including blogging friends that push me to start blogging again :)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

September sewing

So, it's National Sewing Month. I've been trying to sew a little bit every day, and have for the most part succeeded.

I didn't enter any hand-crafted items for the fair this year, because we went to Indiana for the eclipse during the pick-up window.




I got the dining room table cleared off- and then covered back up again- but I think I can clear it off again fairly quickly. I have a couple of quilts that need to be sandwiched and basted so I can start working on them - but they're both fairly large hand-quilting projects. I think I'll do the zig-zag once first to practice for the wholecloth :)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Scrap Quilt Challenge

Kim Lapacek over at Persimmon Dreams is having a Scrap Quilt  Challenge. My kind of challenge :)

Once I saw it, I realized the quilt I made for our guild's Bloomin' Challenge, Bloomin' Friends, would qualify. We were  given three fabrics - the purple floral, the blue/black abstract floral, and the green/pink architectural print, and had to come up with a quilt. I threw a bunch of my scraps into the mix so they would play together nicely.

Not going to post it until I can confirm the size, though.


Sunday, May 07, 2017

2017 Friendship Star Quilt Guild Show

Our show was last weekend, and it's been until now that I've been able to think about putting up photos! These are in semi-random order- mine are first, others are later.

This started as a "leaf" challenge from my mini-group. The blocks are mini, but the overall size grew to tablerunner-ish.

This was started for last year's guild challenge. I ran out of the cream fabric, so it's not as long as the rules required.

Our mini-group challenge!  We all agreed to make at least one quilt 12 x 12 or smaller, that qualified as a miniature.

My quilt is the trip around the world with the pink binding in the middle of the bottom row.


A little pink heart quilt.

Mine is the one on the top- made out of the leftover cut-off "ears" from making a heart quilt.

This year's guild challenge was the "Nobel Challenge" using Bob Dylan's lyrics. I chose "Blowin' in the Wind." Not very well subscribed; we needed to have 8 to enter back in March and didn't even come close. There were only three exhibited; I know mine was finished the week before the show.


My quilt for the Bloomin' Challenge. Three unrelated FQ to make a quilt; I added lots more for a scrappy friendship star.

A view of a couple of the flyers. It's hard to remember to look up!!


There were quite a few quilts that I thought I'd like to make.




Overall, a great show.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Project Quilting, Challenge 6 - Time is Up

It's the final challenge for Season 8 of Project Quilting: Time is Up, hosted by Persimmon Dreams.

Like buttons through an hourglass...time flies.


This is 7.75 by 14 inches. Machine pieced, the red is machine quilted. Buttons are from the EXTENSIVE stash! I'm calling it "Time in a Button."