Friday, October 12, 2018

Finally Friday--Variety Post

Is it just me, or was it a long week?  We were pretty busy at work, two days this week I never even got a chance to sit down for the first three hours of the day, as I was catching up on my notes between the doctor's patients.  
Tonight I'm sitting down typing this as we have a rare lightning storm.  For the second time in  a week we found ourselves standing outside with our neighbors watching the sky; the first time was for the SpaceX rocket launch on Sunday.  We are about 80 miles south of Vandenburg Air Force Base, where the launch took place.  We all watched in wonder as the rocket soared.  I took these pics with my phone.
This is after the separation of the first part of the rocket. 

And this blurry shot is of the rocket returning to the Vandenburg.  My daughter described the perfect landing of the rocket back on the base as "like parking a car".  Very cool to be able to see this successful launch from our neighborhood. 

Lori of Humble Quilts blog is having another Fall sew-along which she is calling Sajou, after a fabric shop in France (I've linked to Part 1 on her blog).  Being preoccupied with the paper piecing earlier in the week, I caught up through Part 2 yesterday morning before work.

Here is my center before  stitching.  I mostly used fabrics from a swatch sample of Dargate Treasury a guild member gifted me several years ago.  It seemed the perfect time to cut into it for this small project.

I pulled some pieces from stash for variety, and a stripe for framing the center in Part 2.  Here's how it looks now, at about 13" square:

Since I started my version after Lori posted Part 2, I was able to orient my flower center so it is upright in the on-point setting.  Looking forward to Part 3 and the finale next week.  

There was fun mail this week when I received some needleminders I bought from the Spinster Stitcher.  I have been reading Coni's entertaining blog for several years after finding it through Carol's sidebar blog list (Polka Dot Chicken).  Coni is making and selling these needleminders to help pay for a kidney transplant.  Meanwhile, she is on dialysis three times a week and sometimes is able to stitch while she receives her treatment. 

I purchased the two cups and the witch's boots and received a free Stewey-minder, of her cherished pooch who had so many adventures before succumbing to cancer.   I put the green star travel cup to use immediately while I finished up the Lizzie Kate Tiny Tidings stitchery.  

It turned out pretty darn cute, if I may say so myself :)  Perhaps a plaid ribbon around the sides of the frame and adding a hanger are left to do. 

We have family in town this weekend for my Dad's birthday, so I'm not sure how much sewing room time I'll get.  There is a new toy in my sewing room I'll tell you about next time.  Happy Weekend!

Monday, October 8, 2018

Design Wall Monday--Abstractions Violet Craft

On my Design Wall is an FPP--a foundation paper-pieced project.  Our Ventura Modern Quilt Guild was graced with the talent and artistry of Violet Craft for a workshop over the weekend.  She graciously allowed any of her Abstraction patterns to be used in the class.  I chose Elevated Abstractions Mt. Hood and took my color inspiration from Mr. Domestic's version of Violet's quilt. 

My goal was to use only stash fabrics and I selected solids and prints.  I think I got in about 200 steps going back and forth from my fat quarter stash chest to the cutting table choosing and cutting fabrics, 200 more from the sink to the dryer to the ironing board prepping the fabrics, 200 more to load everything into the car, and 200 more for two trips from the car up to the meeting place, lol.

The design I chose has 46 templates, each template has a different number of pieces.  Violet demoed her method to our group, then walked around helping individually as needed.  We required a second group demo to fully grasp her method, some were newbies and others experienced but with a different method.  My sister was doing the Wolf Abstraction and piling up parts very quickly with her large templates, whereas I was much slower to get mine going.  Nevertheless, by day's end I had completed the first four template sections and sewed them together.  
At home, I sewed the top two mountain templates and when I laid them out for final assembly, I discovered a mistake.  The tan fabric on the bottom left template was the wrong color!  Thankfully it was an outside piece and easy to remove.  Violet advises not tearing out the paper templates until the quilt is completed, and that tip saved me tons of time, as I had the pattern and stitching lines to go by. 

A couple of hours later, all the sections had come together.

Yay!  All my seams matched up the way I wanted them to and I'm liking my colors and prints.  Only 39 more to go....:)

See more Design Walls on Judy's Small Quilts and Doll Quilts

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Slow Sunday Stitching--October 7

Slow Sunday Stitching is here again, linkup hosted by Kathy of Kathy's Quilts.  

I started a new cross-stitch project by accident.  I know, hard to believe!  When I was cleaning up my sewing room I came across a couple of framed Aida cloth blanks I'd bought recently at Hobby Lobby, and remembered the Lizzie Kate Tiny Tidings pattern I scored at the thrift shop last year (for 95 cents!)

The framed blanks are 14 ct and the pattern called for 32 count, so my stitchery will not be as tiny as the Tidings on the pattern, but fit perfectly in the frames.  Despite searching through both mine and my mother-in-law's floss boxes, I did not have all the recommended colors.  No matter, I started with the wording, of which I did have the proper red.

The green sections of the plaid I completed in a long session Saturday night, and was eager to start on the last element today.

This funny looking head will turn into a cute puppy face when I add the remaining stitches, nose and eyes.  The pattern came with a heart charm for the puppy's collar.  In reading the directions for attaching the charm, I learned that a chart symbol I had interpreted as another green color was actually an overstitch with off white floss to go over the muted green to create the plaid. Oops.  No matter, I like my three color plaid better anyway!  I will enjoy finishing this off and having it displayed for the holidays.