Monday, July 16, 2018

Drafting a block....

Does something ever pop into your head and it just doesn't go away? I saw a quilt a few years ago (maybe 3? I remember I was up in VT visiting at the time) on FB - the hand quilting group. Someone was hand quilting a quilt for a friend/sister that they had found. No pattern or name given and I had never seen it before.
At the time I drew this on some paper....and finally found it in my photo's a few weeks ago. I do know that the corner part was a kite shape... I'm just not good at drawing it!

I found this block which is similar if I changed some of the colors around....but not the same.

Well, I saw it this morning and that prompted me to do some searching and no, I was not successful in finding the quilt photo. But... I do have The Block Book by Judy Martin with lots of fun shapes that people don't tend to use anymore.

Yes, I found a nice kite shape and cut it out on some paper... ok, I cut 8 of them then another 4 in the smaller size!

That led to laying them out on the counter, then tracing onto some paper (geez, why is paper so small? I had to add a bit to the bottom of the artist paper I found in the kids area!). I started with the kite in the middle - 4 of them. Then positioned 4 in the corner..... ok, not perfect but I made it work. I think I figured out how to make a 60 degree line with a ruler and the block took shape and is very similar to the memory I had of the quilt. It was done scrappy with the squiggle lines and the rest was a background in white or cream. I 'think' if I was to make templates, adding my 1/4 inch all around it might just fit together into a block.

Not sure if this will make progress anytime soon.... but at least I have a possible draft of the block to play with once it pop's into the 'must try this now' in my brain!

I have told myself I am not allowed to start anything until the dresden quilt is all put together..... oh so close to being able to add the last dresden to it's row and then put the 4 rows together.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Slow stitching ...

I have been watching a bit of the Harry Potter Weekend on tv and getting a little hand stitching in on the last blue Dresden block. This is the last part of the cross hatching getting stitched before I move onto the border squares. 

I did go through a few boxes in the sewing area after lunch.... but not much clearing or cleaning after that. It just feels like a lazy day (as thunderstorms are rumbling all around us for the last hour or two) with both kids away and a time for me to relax with some stitching.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Saturday in red....

I finally found the sewing machine this morning after being home from vacation for a couple of days. I really need to clean out/clean up the sewing area... but that will start tomorrow while the kids go to Grandma's house for a few days. I'd show a photo.. but I'd scare you all away! Maybe you'll see the before with an after photo sometime in the next week... assuming I don't disappear in there never to be seen again!

I did manage to make one red squared away block this morning... photo by Emily.

I also found a panel that makes a cat stuffed animal while digging in the reds... and somehow Emily and I started making it. The top of the cat and bottom of the cat pillow are sewn together...but we took a break for lunch. The head and ears and bow and ball still need stitching and attaching and of course... the turning, stuffing and hand stitching closed.

Linking up to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge with a little red today. Head on over and see what other red projects are popping up.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Home Sweet Home....

We arrived safely home last night with no flight issues! We are all happy to be home... however I looked into my sewing area (can you say What a MESS?). I really need to do a deep clean, tidy and organize in there before I do anything!

I did get a little stitching done on the plane.. however since I did not lay out the first 2 rows when selecting the fabrics for the 3rd row in the airport... I got a couple right next to each other! I can leave it... I already turned it around to make the 2 matches into just one.... or move it down a bit. I noticed there are lots of lights in that row too..... the seam ripper might make an appearance, we will see. .. Time will tell. 3 of 16 rows stitched. Of course being back home... the cats needed to get in on the photo!

In other news.... my Mac computer died.... I am hoping it is just a new charger needed (ordered it yesterday) and have resigned myself to using Greg's. At least some of my things transferred due to the cloud. As long as I can save off my photo's I'll be all set (no, I had not run a backup recently.)

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Slow Sunday stitching

I'm getting a few slow stitches in this morning while sitting on the porch in  Lake Elmore enjoying this view of the lake.
I am stitching tumblers that are cut from 5 inch squares of various green and creams from my stash. I cut 320 of them before I left on vacation. It will end up around 72 inches square eventually. Linking up with Kathy and the other slow stitchers.  thttp://kathysquilts.

Saturday, July 7, 2018


Well the internet is fixed. But my computer, the old Mac died.  trying to post this from my kindle.... The photo part should be interesting. I have been reading  instead of hand sewing..... 4 books so far and one length of 20 tumblers. Just 15 more rows to go!

The kids were at Aunt Terri house yesterday and will return this afternoon. We will head to see the hot air balloons  in Stowe. The heat finally broke and since there is no air conditioning at camp i was happy with overnight temps in the 50's.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Blogger Comment fix! Yea - it worked!!!!

I was reading Kristie's blog and saw there is a solution for the blogger comment issue. I gave it a shot and it works great again!

Here is the link to the instructions.
Thanks so much Barb for figuring that out!

Essentially you go to settings and remove the email address you are or were sending it to. Then add your e-mail address back in to the settings. Looks like it needed a refresh for some reason.

Sorry for being away for a while... the Internet has not been working at the camp since we moved out last Tuesday (June 26th). It seems to be up right now so checking a few blogs and a post before it goes down again.
Happy July 4th everyone!