Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Clue #5 of Judy's Mystery Quilt was posted yesterday and I got right to work sewing my pinwheels and matching flying geese to the specified parts.
Along with the pieced bars, Judy cleverly turned them into stars (hey--I just rapped!) and I am loving them in all the different fabrics.
Next week we'll get the layout for the top. I'm hoping the chains will intersect in a beautiful way around these pinwheel stars! On other fronts, the Strawberry Fields quiltalong project is a completed top, which I am calling Patriotic Fields. I would have liked to have this done for the Independence Day holiday, but with my plan to hand quilt it, I'm not seeing a finish in the next four days!
This watermelon-y fabric was a gift some time ago from my newly married friend Tanya, with whom I'm having dinner Thursday night. I might bring the top to show her. Although not entirely in keeping with the vintage idea of the little quilt, it was the right color and was on hand!
Saturday, June 26, 2010
We actually haven't seen ANY June bugs this month but it has been too cool here yet, I think. Not that I miss them, but that snap-squish they make when you smack 'em can be satisfying! However, I digress from the purpose of this post--sewing progress! First up, all the flying geese borders are on Erica's quilt top. I only had to adjust the seams on a couple of the geese on one side to make them fit properly. That was one bug squished!
Here's part of my Clue #4 pieces for the Mystery Quilt. I love the large block. How serendipitous that it turned out to be my favorite colors mixed in the one block for this Mystery Quilt. Half of the flying geese I made now have the green bar on the bottom. Judy is planning two more weeks of clues. The bug for that is that I have to WAIT, now that I am all caught up with the sewing. I have a lovely pile of 17 of the big blocks that are making me very happy!last try at something special!
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Sunday, June 20, 2010
All that green has turned golden and dry and the deep green of the Coast Live Oak trees really stands out.
It has not been too hot yet but the fire crews are all tuned up and we fervently hope that they don't stay very busy this year.
We ate at a steakhouse in the quaint little downtown and then filed into the smoky casino for the show. Luckily there was no smoking allowed in the theater. Paul Rodgers, of Bad Company and other bands, known as 'The Voice', still has it going on at age 60. It was a great show, though of course too short for all the fans. Grant and his bandmates cover several of his songs in their playlist, such as "All Right Now" and "Bad Company". It's great to see live music any time, especially great rock and roll! Grant and his bandmates have a chance to play at the County Fair this year. He should hear in a few days if they made the cut. It would be great fun to see them sing these songs in the open air bandstand at the Fair!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Yesterday I took a trip to a local fabric store and found this blue print for an outer border to go with the Strawberry Fields patriotic top and I am thinking of using one of these two reds for a skinny inner border. I like the darker red but may not have enough of it. We'll see.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
She was holding all his calls.
(Not a posed photo--I found her like this and ran to get the camera before she moved!)
Grant's band gig was at the local neighborhood bar just down the street and half the Bunco gals were there with their hubbies so there were lots of people to lend their support. I joked to the waitress that I'd heard they were now carrying Pepsi and that's what drew me in. The band sounded good as usual and it was fun to spend time with friends.
Saturday after a late breakfast and transcription work, I spent some time in the kitchen and yard, talked to my mom, called my sister, answered some emails, wrote a letter, and generally pottered about the house for awhile. Grant crashed for another nap in the late afternoon since he didn't get to bed until 2:30 AM and I took off to do some errands. Naturally that involved visiting a fabric store. I bought myself a new seam ripper and a few random remnants. Though I really wanted to find something I liked at my second stop, Cost Plus World Market, nothing jumped in my arms.
Saturday night Grant went off to hear a favorite local band (I declined his invite to come along) and during that time I wrote down all the instructions for Judy L's Mystery Quiltalong and started pulling out fabric. I commandeered some that had been set aside for another project and pulled different fat quarters from my stash. I am happy to say that I will not need to buy anything to play along (barring any disaster!). Here are my selections:
The cream is the background and the red and green the two main fabrics. The six other colors will be cut into sets of three for a total of 18. I am way behind but now that I have picked my fabrics I can start cutting tonight and hopefully be caught up with sewing by the time the second clue is posted on Wednesday.
I've been feeling the weight of too many possessions lately and this morning while my laundry was going, I started emptying cabinets and pulling things from my clothes closet. A pile of shoes, purses, unwanted clothing and knickknacks will join this grouping of trays, platters with chips, flotsam and jetsam for the giveaway box:
It felt good to pick through and just keep what is really going to be used. I think this drive to get rid of stuff is also stemming from the thought of having to move a lot of things around when we get new flooring later this summer (fingers crossed). Every cupboard, shelf, and closet needs attention at present...not to mention the garage, front porch and side yards as well. Too much stuff. But I've made a start and as we all know, that is usually the hardest part!
Erica was dog sitting Scully all weekend so was not here to flick her whip, but I did work on her quilt, getting the rest of the silk prepped, cutting the last of the rectangles for the flying geese and starting to sew them. I'll finish them up after I post.
Of course I had to buy the green seam ripper. It has a cap, which is nice, and I like the ergonomic style. I've already had to use it once while sewing these!
Finally: GO LAKERS!!
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