Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Tiny Tuesday Week 3

Coming to you a wee bit late today but it is still Tuesday! I did this in the car line. I think it looks more like a mushroom than an umbrella this week!

My troop chose France for Thinking Day. We have been learning a bit about girl scouting in France. We needed to have a Flag for the event.... I cut out a 12x24 of blue, white and red right before the meeting. Drew a 1/4 line on each side of the white and took it with me with my hand stitching coin purse. 

I asked my juniors (4th graders) if they wanted to hand stitch it after I got the rest working on making a few more croissant swaps and attaching our label. (which they corrected me as I put 2018 instead of 2019!) Oops! Anyway.... I had two say sure, and another 2 with no... but one changed her mind and ended up really enjoying it! Her cousin got a photo and I let Grandma know! hehehe... I'm going to convert these girls... they just don't know it yet! They did a great job too!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Slow Down Sunday.

Progress has been made on the frame - I kinda like hand quilting at night while Emily reads to me! I will be piecing some batting this week so I can roll it. Amazing how quickly it goes when you actually work on it! =) I'll be working on this upper left hand part of the orange this evening.... and then will need to piece that batting the cats got into before I can roll it to the next part. 

Linking up with the other Slow stitchers today.

First up today,  I am helping out at a girl scout event for the afternoon - Smores and Swaps at our local Camp Wildwood about 20 minutes from me. It is to show the girls and their parents around camp and make a SWAP at each 'area' of camp. Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) The idea is to get the parents and girls comfortable going for encampments with their troops or for a week in the summer. I'm not sure what I'll be helping with but I will bring some hand work with me... there are always some red hexagon flowers ready to attach to the black background or the rest of the color of flowers to get basted for applique. I have a baggie of light and bright greens ready to baste down in the car.  Nice and portable to fit in my backpack with my water and power zero and a snack. Looks like highs around 77 today.

The grumpy kids are off to Grandma's for the day. I had to wake Aidan in the night to grab the humidifier from his room to put it in Emily's... who could not sleep with a stuffed up/runny nose. Some vicks on her chest and the humidifier and she slept from 3-8 with no issues. I see an early bedtime for them tonight....

Saturday, January 12, 2019

RSC in red.... week 2

Well, it doesn't seem like much but progress has been made with the red hexagon flowers. I have ten all completed - they are appliquéd down on to the black background. I need to cut some more squares out to finish off the rest this week. I have seven to go.

I also cut out some 2 inch squares to make 9 patches. Why I made sure there were FIVE in each pile.... for a nine patch..... I am not quite sure! I had to grab a few more strips from the bin and cut a few more for each of them. Little nines.... not sure what they will become... maybe set with white and black like Angela, little stars.... I'll just make some each month and see what they decide to become.

Linking up with the RSC Challenge.

Hubby's birthday was Friday. He took the day off work and relaxed. We went out to Yamata's for dinner with the kids then headed over to where the scoop shop is to see what older model cars were out for their monthly meet.

Aidan loves cars..... and Emily was enjoying seeing the clean engines and the different models. This one arrived right before we left and the couple said the kids could sit in the car! It had a rumble seat!

Today... Emily had a 1 hour lesson with a bunch of the other kids in the show next Saturday. She wants to work with them on what they will need to do. They were practicing circles with the horses on Tuesday so I assume that is one of the tasks.

The garden got weeded, tilled and parts replanted. I pulled the radishes (yummy) and replanted for you Mom. The scallions are up... we'll throw a few more in of those as well. Now if I remember to water them we might have progress this time with the beans, peas and beets. The swiss chard is little but hopefully regular watering will help it along. Aidan has squash and peppers planted as well. I need to grab some herbs and lettuce to add to the mix too.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Scrappy Log Cabin in Greens.....

I made a little more progress and got all the logs I had started finished off. I think they came out pretty good! They remind me of the trees popping out their leaves in the spring up in the green mountains of Vermont. Lots of shades of green can be seen in the mountains. No clue how this one will end up being set... but I laid them out like this for a photo.

The blocks are very scrappy and just sewn along - any width scrap that I grab from the floor. I have a pile of greens and creams next to each other. So fun to make. No thinking, just grab a scrap and sew it on. Press and trim and repeat. The final blocks are trimmed to 12.5 inches. This will end up being a queen size quilt when done......  Time to start another set of 10-14 logs for the next set.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Tiny Tuesday....

No rain in the forecast but I have a nice little umbrella just in case! Sophie let me pose it with her.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Slow Sunday... new projects....

After a slew of binding finishes this week (baby hearts and 16 patch, Emily's quilt) it is time for some 'new' hand work projects. 
This is Emily's quilt as of last night. 

The baby hearts quilt is done so I get to put the little basket quilt into the hoop for hand quilting. This is 32x32 and was hand appliquéd in the summer of 2017. 

I pulled out my hand pieced hexagons from 2014 and will be basting them for applique onto 6.5 inch black background in accordance with the rainbow scrap challenge this year. Red is the color for January and I got all 17 of these basted and one prepped for applique onto the background. I hope to prep the other 16 today so I can just leave them in the car with supplies for car line this week.

It was also time to give some attention to the trip quilt on the frame in my bedroom. I had avoided it as the kittens did some damage to the batting and I was too afraid to look and figure out a plan. I dared to look last week and will be doing some batting stitching once I am ready to roll this.... but that means I have some quilting to do before I have to deal with that. I think I will be doing this in the evenings while Emily reads to me for her 20 minutes of reading per day. It is a good goal for both of us! I did the top section in purple on Thursday evening while she was reading.

Linking up with Kathy and the other slow stitchers. A big thank you to Kathy and all who have encouraged me in my hand work endeavors over the years.

I am signed up to start a hand pieced quilt along starting tomorrow over at Elm Street Quilts and Simple. Everyday. Handmade. Take a look and if you want a fun little quilt along to start the year this might be the one for you!

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Friday, January 4, 2019

RSC Saturday..... 2019!

So happy to be participating in the Rainbow Scrap Challenge again this year! I have loads of block collections still... but will start a new one or two as well. The plan for this year... I think!

I pulled out this bunch of hand pieced (not english paper piecing or EPP) hexagon flowers I made back in 2014 with this challenge. Time to dust them off and move them along!

I kept pulling out handfuls of them from the drawer...and would check and find more! I sorted them into colors for the year to work on. Looks like the blue and green months will be busy... despite there being 4 of them (aqua, light blue, dark blue, green). I counted 17 reds. I was consistent with a yellow center on these and had planned to make a black hexagon around each to join them together..... well, 5 years later and nothing so a new plan was needed! I was looking through a quilting book (admit it, you do that at the end of each year too for inspiration!) and saw this one in the Sylvia Bridal Sampler book. Page 36 - so I remember later!

I just need to decide what size background block to make and then cut a slew of them from this nice long piece of black that has been waiting for years to be used with this project.  I'm not sure if I want a finished 5 inch, 5.5 inch, 6 inch or 6.5 inch. I'm thinking finished 6 inch right now.  Just had an idea pop into my head.... Add a hexie on each joined block point.... either quilted in a pretty color or an actual fabric and appliquéd down..... just a thought!

It is so nice having a plan....and built in easy hand work to take with me! I'll have to make sure to pop the flowers into a baggie with the necessary supplies (thread, needle, scissors) so I'll have it ready to grab..... or just leave in the car for car line or appointments.

I took the 17 reds with me on Thursday - bowling, dentist appointment for the kids and waiting to go to the dentist appointment. All 17 got basted and are ready for applique!

This year I am also doing a 'Tiny Tuesday' post each week and it will coordinate with the RSC Challenge. I'm planning to make a little hand applique umbrella block each week this year. This was my first one I made for Tuesday in red. I have not decided if they will all be the same design or not... they have not told me yet!

I'm also back working on the hand quilting of another RSC Challenge quilt - my hand pieced trip around with colorful world which is on my quilting frame. Read my last post for info on that one. This is what it looked like as a top back in 2015 - hand pieced with 2.5 inch squares.

I guess I am moving along a couple of 'old' ones and starting a new one... so far!

We will see what the scrap pile of reds comes up with next week!

Linking up with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge 2019 on Saturday.  A big thank you to Angela for hosting this fun challenge again this year! Hard to believe this is the 9th year I have participated as I have posts back to the year 2011 for this challenge!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Quilting frame...

I have the 90x90 trip around the world quilt on the hand quilting frame. It has been sitting there for a very long time, poor thing. It seems when the kittens arrived back in February .... they kinda had fun playing on and in it. I have been avoiding checking to see the real damage.... but today I took a look.

This is the result. Lots of rips in the batting. Sigh..... Looks like I will need to do some stitch piecing of it before I roll the quilt. For now... I'll just continue the hand quilting and deal with the 'fixing' of the batting when I get to the turn.

Ongoing solutions? Hmmmmm. I might find a long PVC pipe or see if there is a cardboard roll in the middle of my warm and natural batting roll to maybe roll the remaining batting onto... and then cover it with something  when not in use so the cats don't get to it again. I just pull it to the front and put on top of the quilt and then cover it with another finished quilt. Keeps the cats off from it for now.

I have 'stolen' my quilting chair back and will go put a few stitches in while the house is fairly quiet.

Kids had their first day back to school today - all went well. They got their teeth cleaned and no cavities. Dinner was ready in the crock pot when we got home - chuck roast with potato, carrot and onion in a yummy sauce (cream of mushroom soup, lipton onion soup mix, brown gravy mix and a little water). Time to relax. I have been doing hand work all day - and 17 red hexagon flowers are all basted and ready to get appliquéd onto a black background! But that is for another day.

Mom - Since Aidan had his growth spurt last week he has been a little accident prone. Well, Sunday..... he was bugging Em at bedtime and she slammed the bathroom door on his toe. I nicely hollered for Greg to tend him (there might have been blood and you know me!) and I dealt with the door slammer. Tuesday he slammed his left thumb in the car door at Grandma's house and Wednesday evening he took a spill on the scooter and got a nice big bloody scrape right below his knee and on his foot where the leg meets it and then scraped the middle part of his leg.  Hopefully that was the last of the incidents after this growth spurt.... it usually take a week or two for him to get his balance back.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

New Years Day sewing....

Lots of progress on the sewing front. Does that mean I will have a good year of crafting? Time will tell.

 I officially finished the binding on the Baby Hearts quilt on New Years Eve. Emily needs to tack down the label triangle, a quick check of the applique then a wash and dry before shipping off to it's owner..... who was born last July! Just a wee bit late! Sorry Ari.

 New Years Day - I finished the binding on the 16 patch quilt. Peanut was scared of all the fireworks on Monday night and decided he needed to be on my chest for comfort so no stitching on my movie marathon. Ollie was with Greg. Sophie....she just goes with the flow and sleeps through it all!

 I got 2 sides of Emily's binding stitched while watching a movie with them once they got home yesterday afternoon.
For the machine...... After unpicking a bunch of wrong parts on NYE, I got all 16 blocks of Aidan's quilt sewn together! Woo Hoo! I hear we will get a little more progress in today after I finish working at 1:30 while Emily is off to a play date. We will have a couple of hours before his guitar lesson to make the sashing parts and start putting it together.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Tiny Tuesday post #1

It's a new year and time for something NEW!

It rains most every day (just for a little bit) for about half the year down here in Florida. You know, that late afternoon shower when the high humid temps from the atlantic hit the ones from the gulf and drop rain on my part of the state to cool it down slightly before all that water gets absorbed into the air and makes it extra hot and sticky.

All of that to let you know I am making cute little umbrellas this year for my tiny tuesday posts. I think I will try a few different applique methods and see what works better for them. I did back basting on this block yesterday and I need practice on it as I have not done it in a while... and forgot about the proper order! I'm also going to go with the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color for the month through October and then will fill in with whatever color needs to be added.

In the past I have done Tiny Tuesday posts with Midget Blocks, Midget Applique Blocks, Civil War Diary Blocks.... I took a break but really missed it so I decided to bring it back. If you'd like to join in with your own Tiny Tuesday post, please link up and tell us about your project. None of the above sets of blocks are finished quilts.... I guess I just like to make blocks!

I looked at coloring pages to download but I didn't see any the size I wanted, so while on the phone with Mom yesterday I measured a 5.5 inch square on paper and drew an umbrella based on some photo's I liked. I cut a 6 inch square and drew the umbrella onto the back of my background fabric (remembering to turn the photo over so it would not be backwards.... although some will be turning the opposite way I think). Then I place the underside of the umbrella fabric (yellow this time) facing out on the front of the fabric and from the back did a loose stitch on the line. I used needle turn applique to turn it. Next was the top nobin in yellow, then it should be the handle then the umbrella.... which is not the order I did it in but will next time!

I think it came out cute and goes with the RED RSC color for January. I'll just trim it to 5.5 inches and it will wait for the rest of the 51 at the end of the year. I decided to do it on point... cause I think they will look cute in a final setting that way. Hmmm. I think I will add some blue embroidery to make some 'sections' on this umbrella. The best part is I pulled all these parts from the scrap bins!