Thursday, January 23, 2014

drat Drat DRAT!

I worked hard on my house today. I did a couple loads of laundry, folded, put away.
Dusted/vacuumed/cleaned off
bedside tables in our bedroom.
I even planned dinner ahead of time so we could eat before
Sports Guys soccer game.
 
 
 
 
This looks like a harmless
household oven..but NO!
Lurking inside is....

 
An EXPLODED potato!
can you see it way in the back on the top left?
Darn little potato!
I even poked it with a fork NUMEROUS times.
Guess tomorrow holds
a class in how to clean out a potato
that has exploded.
Bet it will be dried on and STUCK
 
 
 
 
because I am NOT cleaning it
tonight.
the end 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Design Wall Monday 1/13/14

I have finally broken down and started piecing the blocks for Celtic Solstice. I am not finished with the green and orange 4 patches..I think I still need some of the 60 degree white/blue units for the 54-40 or Fight blocks..and I KNOW I have not done one of that unit in orange for the border. HOWEVER....I'm kinda sick of units and I want to piece BLOCKS. :::sheepish grin::: I will continue on those units piecemeal and as leaders and enders. I saw someone on the Monday Link up at Quiltville's quips and snips, that they had pieced the block with the chevron units differently. I am SUCH a star lover, that I decided to do some of each. Here are the two ways I will be using.

The only difference in these blocks is the chevron units are turned pointed out
on the 'square' blocks and turned in on the stars.
There will be 16 of the top block
and 9 of the star. The placement of the outer unit stays the same in both blocks
and that will keep the circular optical illusion
in tact.
 
I am also piecing Blueberries in the Park  blocks together.
That quilt is at the bottom of that post.
 
Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

scrappy blue saturday or "a whole day in the studio'!

SO nice..no place to go. The house is warm...the dogs are happy. I only made breakfast and dinner. And I spent 95% of my day in the studio! LOVELY!

I am participating in a Rainbow Scrap Challenge...so stash diving I went! I decided to try the Disappearing Pinwheel from Missouri Star Quilt Company. The Link is to You Tube. There are 2 tutorials on this ...both are made the same way, but colors turned to make a different block. I used the 1st one:
 
This fabric used to be a shower curtain I made for the guest room. That room now houses
Sports Guy..and ..well... he was not enamored with
a BEACH theme! I had fun making this block..so I made two!
While I was organinzing a bit, I came across three strippy blocks ready for their
snowball corners. I 'snowballed' them..and one counts for this month as its BLUE!
I am happy to report that I have enough of these to make a quilt! I guess I was doing a Rainbow Scrap quilt last year and didn't even know it...
I will start piecing that as soon as I have pieced THIS:
into a top.
Blueberries in the Park has all its blocks made as of today.
I am happy with its layout and will start putting the blocks together tonight.
I get a bit of exercise as the blocks are on a design wall in a different room
than my sewing machine. I have to walk back and forth to get the blocks!
I have some extra blueberry strips so I will put on my thinking cap about a border.
I need to border this pretty quickly as all the edges are bias.
Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Messy sewing room

I know my ROOM is not better, but I have made a decision! (I cannot TELL you how long it takes me sometimes to 'figure' things out...like how to organize a stash :::pending!:::, where to store something I want to keep- and want to remember WHERE it is) Well..that ever growing pile of batting scraps? I am bagging it up to use a packing material. We are just about ready to do a flooring update in our living room/dining room/main hallway/laundry room (ACK!)/and bedroom hallway. Its a combo a 22 yr old carpet, shifting (just a tiny bit, but enough to crack tiles!) foundation, and ...well...a dog that had kidney problems. We don't speak unkindly of him as he has left us for the Rainbow Bridge, but he DID bless that big room. SIGH Anyway...I have been having a bit of a DISCUSSION with myself about this batting. Then last night right before I dropped off to sleep...I GOT It...I am going to use that batting to pack all the dishes and glassware before we empty that room. Starting today....I am going to go get some boxes and do a couple a day. Hoping I can purge some things as I go. EmPHAsis on the HOPING!


 
 

 
Here is what I just gleaned in about 5 mins from the sewing room...
That does not count what is LURKING in the Jane's room..
can you see it peeking out in the middle?
and off to the right?
Its VERY sneaky!
 
When I am finished with them I will piece them into lap/baby quilt sizes, cut for the
clothesline bags (you can use strips of batting in place of the clothesline),
and make these reuseable swiffer covers. The more you use these, the better they get!
 
(Unfortunately for me, this swiffer handle broke, so I cannot get it into
the slots on the swiffer...its just for pictures!)

Monday, January 06, 2014

DON'T look in my sewing room!

 
What do you MEAN Being Creative is NOT ENOUGH? You Expect Me to be NEAT TOO!??  :cD
 
 
Do you think Bonnie has been peeking in my sewing room?? Its a WRECK!
I thought I would make SO much headway on New Years Day...
 
NOT!
 
Lol Funny thing about families...they think they need to eat
 
DAILY
 
THREE TIMES A DAY
 
EVEN ON NEW YEARS DAY
 
And even if they slept and  you stayed up with a nervous dog
who hates fireworks


View from my sewing table.
Do you think he knows there is VERY little room down there?
Like a WHOLE box of unwashed fabric?

and NO, you are NOT allowed on the
furniture! See how his ears are down? I call those
'Yoda' ears. He knows he is doing something he is not supposed to do.
He wont' look at me either! He was SO abused when we got him.
They told us he was a year old and he just celebrated his
12th year with us...
Happy 13th Birthday Rookie!
(now how come after ALL these years,  you still look at me
like you KNOW I am going to beat you?!
I have not hit you in 12 yrs...but no matter.
I am still paying the price for whomever hurt you in that 1st yr.
GRRRR)

OH!
Sorry...you came over to see my Design Wall
and you got to see the birthday boy!
Here is the design wall...I just slapped them up there,
so I could get credit for making them. They are not going to stay.
I dont' have enough to do a whole quilt yet.
Many MANY projects to do before these lovelies will
be ready for the flimsy stage.

 The package is a free Moda pattern.
I am not sure when it came out because I cannot find it on the Moda Bake Shop blog
or anyplace else under Moda's name.
I found it at Red Rooster Quilts.
Click on 'store' then 'free patterns'
(PS Kindly ignore the $1 posted charge. That  is only if you
want THEM to print it out and mail it to you)
this quilt is called
All Wrapped Up.
Its about halfway down the 1st page.
Be warned! I sent my friend, Julie NoBlog over there to see it..
she was lost in the maze of free patterns for HOURS!~\
(the bow is an upside down flying goose)

These 3 blocks are pieced..but all are missing the letter that goes with the block.
Top row : A for Army star block
F for Flying geese
(I bet you GOT that one! I did too!)
and G for Grandmothers Choice.
 
They are Jan's blocks for The Quilt Show's
2014 BOM
I may be traveling later in the month, so I
decided to do these so I feel ahead.
(even tho I have not appliqued the letters yet)
I may or may not complete these in Jan.
I am still working on Celtic Solstice over at
My sturdy, never gives me a SPECK of trouble
Bernina 150 started giving me...well...
TROUBLE.
Poor thing had not been serviced in a HECK of a long time, so
she is getting a spa treatment.
I am only working on units that I sew on the line.
I cannot change machines midstream.
 
Thanks for visiting!