Monday, October 12, 2015

Design Wall Monday....

I finished the orange trip around the world block last night!

Orange Trip around the World using 2.5 inch squares. Hand pieced.

Yea - just need to go back and cut some forest greens to finish off the green one and then pick some teals to start that one. That will give me 9 - 30 inch blocks to hand quilt. I am hand piecing these using 2.5 inch squares. I picked up some grey fabric on Saturday (major sale!) for my backing for these. I have batting ends hanging around in their container so I just need to finish off the last two blocks and hand quilting each block can begin!

Linking up with patchwork times for Design Wall Monday.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Not so slow Sunday.....

Finally a day off with everyone home and feeling well! That means..... clean the house day. The main area's got vacuumed and picked up this morning before Grandpa arrived for a visit. (Emily did the living room and Aidan did the dining room and front room). Yes, I go through and vacuum after them to make sure it all gets done. Just need to dust and then get them to clean up and vacuum and dust their rooms.... sweeping and mopping floors is next for me along with cleaning the bathrooms. We did a little weeding and deadheading out front as well after our visit with Grandpa. Greg is in charge of the laundry today and some is spinning and some is drying. Mac and cheese for lunch for me and Emily while Aidan is cooking up some raman noodles. At some point I plan to till the last quarter of the garden and weed by the corn. The rest got planted on Friday morning (my only day home this week!) - beans, carrots, beets, cabbage, broccoli, swiss chard and some romaine lettuce. I can't wait until this evening to settle in with some hand work... but what hand work will it be?

Hand quilting on the hugs and kisses? No progress made since the last time I showed this. Hopefully DH selects a decent show to watch tonight so I can sit in my recliner and stitch!

Hand work on the orange trip block? I need to take out two top sides of the pumpkins.... oops I got my squares mixed up. The bottom left corner is correct.

Some hand appliqué maybe on the midget blocks? I did a recap post here, and have since got all the yellow frames onto the last 8 blocks in that picture. Time to make some more.

Time will tell but until that happens I need to get to work on finishing cleaning the house. It is long overdue (two weeks since a vacuum and longer with a mop!). Think I'll finally have a week where I get to be home so I can sew? I know I have a few hours of work Tuesday morning at the store while Greg does an install....... but hopefully that is the only day I need to go in this week. Tomorrow is prep for girl scouts and organizing Aidan's popcorn sales and entering my girls nut and candy into the computer. I also have lunch with Emily at school tomorrow - I did Aidan on Friday. Must keep it even you know!

Head on over to Kathy's Quilts and see what slow stitching is happening today around the world. We in the US are celebrating Columbus Day and our neighbors up north are celebrating Thanksgiving.

Friday, October 9, 2015

RSC in brown....

I got a little sewing time in on Friday morning and was able to make the shadow stars sampler block. I also have my star points made in brown for the next sampler block..... I'm ahead of the game this month!

Then I pulled from the scrap mess on the floor (ok, the boxes are overflowing and I just dig until I find the color I want) and found some brown fabrics. They got cut into some 2.5 inch squares and I was able to make two 16 patch blocks. Here is the slew of them I have made so far this year.
These are so versatile - I have made the last few years into star versions (last year, 2013) but I think I will make this one a colorful 'Goodnight Irene' variation with each color block 'floating' on a solid off-white background color.  I can picture it in my head I just need to get out the colored pencils and plan my color design so I can start in on the alternate blocks. 

Aidan wanted to sew last night - so we quickly made a couple of coasters for Grandma. He picked the fabrics and we used this link for the instructions. Tonight - I need to figure out the knitting loom Emily got as her reward for being good up in VT at the wedding rehearsal, wedding and on the plane ride back.

The orange trip around the world just needs 40 more squares added to finish off the edges of the square. I found fabrics to work last week and added a whole round of yellow/orange to the mix.

This was last Saturday night - my margarita out by the bonfire. Greg and Emily tented out that night - Aidan gave it a shot but that boy can only sleep in his bed at night. I wonder if there will be another bonfire this Saturday night?

Head on over to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday morning to see what the dark browns are looking like in projects.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Midget Applique progress this year....

So far this year I have completed 36 midget blocks in the series of 52 blocks. Some still need their yellow strips added to surround them but most are attached already. We have 12 weeks left in the year and it looks like I am 4 weeks behind. I am sure I can add a block or two in over the next few weeks to have my 52nd block finished in the last week of this year. This quilt is completely hand pieced so far... and hopefully will continue to be all hand pieced and then hand quilted.... since there is no deadline on this. Just something to do while I am waiting on the kids. The patterns for this can be found at under the midget appliqué in her store. No affiliation, just letting you know where I got my pattern. Looks like I need to prep some more yellow to add to those 8 blocks and pull some fabrics for the next few blocks to appliqué. I should be able to get a few stitches in at bowling tomorrow morning.... assuming Greg is up to heading into work tomorrow. I'm planning my reward time of bowling and stitching and then playing with the machine the whole time the kids are in school on Friday .... well, I might take a break and go in and have lunch with one of them Friday! The housework can wait.... right?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tiny Tuesday

Today is the daffodil in the midget applique block series from

I finished this one off on Thursday morning at bowling. Such a happy little flower.

I had planned to do a photo review of all my blocks so far this year...... alas my morning plans changed! Instead of playing with laying out all the completed blocks for a picture I will be heading into work for the day. Just returning the favor for Greg who was up in the middle of the night with a stomach bug. Now to get the kids up, dressed, lunches packed and dropped to school. Being up early for me - I started the oven before my shower and the cinnamon rolls are ready to come out for their breakfast! Have a great day and we'll plan on a Midget recap tomorrow on the blog.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

A lovely Weekend....

It has been a lovely weekend so far (I'm including Friday in since I had the hubby home so it felt like a weekend day). Nice cool temperatures in the low 70's. I am in heaven.... much better than that 90+ stuff we normally have.

It got me to feel like hand quilting on Friday afternoon so I pulled out the Hugs and Kisses quilt and started hand quilting on the border. It felt soooooo good to be hand quilting again.
I know - I do lots of other hand work but there is just something about hand quilting that just feels so satisfying. I also had a black and white helper (Maxie cat) while I was stitching in a quiet house on Friday. (Greg offered to take the kids to his Moms for their sleepover after I picked them up from school so I got 2.5 lovely hours of peace and quiet.) When he got home he mentioned he'd like to see a movie - The Martian. He never plans dates so I jumped and we went to see a 7:30 showing of The Martian thinking we would do dinner after. We nixed the dinner idea (good thing we did soda and popcorn at the movie) when we got out of the theater well after 10PM! The movie was 2 hours and 20 minutes but what a wonderful movie it was. I highly recommend heading to the theater to see this one.

Saturday was a nice sleep in day and then a run to the girl scout store to pick up a few things. A quick drop into work to send in the order, check on my manager who has been out for a couple of weeks and finish some paperwork. A gas fill up at $2.01 a gallon for the car and it was back home for the afternoon. I did make a stop at The Marion Market - a local weekend flea market and vendor site to hit the veggie and fruit area. I had to call Mom and let her know I was doing that too (just to rub it in with all the fresh veggies!). I got a cabbage, a huge romaine lettuce, peppers, sprouts, 5 limes, beets and greens....... perfect for fajitas for dinner Saturday evening and meals and lunches for the rest of the week with the salad things I had already. I am cooking up a batch of black beans on one burner and the beets are boiling on another while I prepped all the veggies and got them settled into the crisper. Two huge bags of lettuce processed from one huge head for $1.50. Just amazes me. The chicken has been marinating in the fajita seasoning and I just need to cook that up with some onions and peppers and make some rice and guacamole and dinner will be set. I'm going to pull out the margaritas I made last Friday from the freezer and have one with dinner tonight too =)

Sunday will find me doing some gardening, bringing my FIL out for a birthday lunch with our family and generally enjoying the day with the kids and Greg. I will be able to get some slow stitching in as well with my Hugs and Kisses quilt and some hand work adding orange to the trip around the world block. I am itching to start basting those 30 inch blocks for quilting... but will wait for them to all be done. Two in progress (orange and dark green at the bottom of the picture) and one more to go in teal will give me my 9 blocks. That green one will change a bit and have more dark green heading out from the white round I think. Not too shabby for staring the blue one last December and stitching all the 2.5 inch blocks by hand. There are 225 squares in each 30 inch block below...that's a lot of squares!

Head on over to Kathy's Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday and Oh Scrap on Sunday morning for their link parties.

Friday, October 2, 2015

RSC - Finishing off orange

September went by much too quickly for me so I am doing a recap of the orange I was finally able to sew up this week. All three of the sampler blocks were finished off along with a twinkle star and the black and blue dresden plate.

I made the orange dresden plate and the 16 patch on Tuesday. Oops, forgot to get a shot of the 16 patch... but I might need to rob it of some blocks .... see the next sentence!

The trip block is still in progress but is past the halfway point - I seem to have gotten the count wrong on the going down totals and need to squeeze another round out of my fabrics.... which are sorely lacking in orange. I also need to figure out 4 more of that really light orange.... Oops! They might be stolen from the 16 patch or the twinkle star block as nothing I have is even close to that shade.

Head on over Saturday morning to see what others RSC Challengers are finishing off in orange and starting in browns. I can't wait to put the orange away and start in on brown... I love the calming contrast it gives to the rainbow block quilts. There is also something fun about playing with fabric that has such great names as chocolate and java!

Today (Friday) will find me playing in the dirt with a tiller! I am finally home and the housework is going to have to wait as I really need to finish the garden prep and plant the fall garden. With any luck I can get the last half tilled, weeds pulled and prepped and planted so I can pop the fence up on Sunday (enlisting the help of the rest of the family whether they want to or not on Sunday!). Tomorrow might be a work day but will be a travel to the girl scout store to pick up some things for Monday as well. 8:20 AM... too soon to start the tiller so I'll make some phone calls and then move outside to play with some brown.... dirt that is! At least the corn is up and the zucchini and cucumber plants are looking healthy. =)