Friday, March 13, 2015

It's been a while

Heck, it's been a while since I drafted this post on 1/5/15...

Wow, where did time go?

Do I recap or start fresh?

I dunno, I guess I'll figure it out as a type.

At the end of the year I took stock of my quilting UFO's, WIP's, PIG's, patterns & want to do's.

The list is "impressive" to say the least.

The best part, I started to work on it! YIPPEE! (Insert Snoopy dance.)

One of my long cut out (so I could just grab it & bring it to sew on & not have to think to hard projects) was a 9-ptach project. I like them scrappy. I used a Jelly Roll so it would not be as scrappy as possible, but there are ways to make them scrappier even when using a Jelly Roll. (My high school self, might have been able to tell you the number of 2 fabric combinations possible from 40 pieces of fabric, but the current old lady self can't.) Also strip piecing is a bit quicker, so I kept that in mind while planning my cutting strategy. So I cut my strips 2 1/2" X 11" long & one extra 2 1/2". The other 2.5" squares went into my scrap vomit quilts. (One of which was just dropped off for quilting!) If you recall, I did a series of them - ROYGBPP (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Purple, Pink.) based on a color song that my son used to sing.

Insert photo (Yeah, this is why I haven't been blogging - the insert photo part has been easier said than done...)



The only problem with my method is that any stripes will not end up all going in the same direction. I thought that that might bug me, but it doesn't. At least with these prints, they barely show up... (& I'm a sucker for the color anyway - I really like that orange - it's not too red & not to yellow.)

The fabric is my favorite line by Bonnie & Camille, called Happy-Go-Lucky for Moda & is old and out of print, so I was happy when I found yardage at a shop in Florida. The gal was very patient with me as I placed my order over the phone. I needed yardage for a pattern, but I wanted fat quarters to have... They did not sell fqs on the website, but she was able to sell them to me over the phone.



Some of their lines do not appeal to me as much as others or it just takes a while until they resonate with me. One of their more current lines Miss Kate (at least to me) seems to go with Happy-Go-Lucky rather well, so in addition to making 1 quilt from each line, I will be making a quilt that combines the two lines. (Which is why I needed the yardage.) There are a whole lot more scrappy quilts on my list, so my "need" for yardage doesn't come that often & then I usually choose a solid. (Those 9-patches will be paired with a solid as an example.)

I also started a variation on Irish Chain & enjoyed the piecing (Another pile of pieces cut & ready for the spark of "I just want to sew.")

Wow, while I did not re-read everything, I just realized that while I have pressed the Irish chain units, they are still waiting to become blocks...

In the meantime, I have been sewing on not one but 2 Dresden Plates quilts... & I have been hand-quilting on my monster half square triangles quilt.

Well we go on vacation (see the side bar) tomorrow. Maybe now that photo are showing up, I'll be in the mood to share all about it when we get back.

Thanks to all who sent e-mails when they realized that I had dropped off the radar.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

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& this hopefully is a video. I can finally get flickr to process them again. So there are a lot more over there for your viewing pleasure.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

This is what 6 looks like

Everyone smiling & in focus!

We went to Jacob's classroom for birthday festivities, a snack, & Michael read a book. It is always so great to go into his classroom & see all of the smiling happy faces. They don't have a lot of structured learning time, but you can tell that they are learning. I love how in circle time they look at each other and greet each other. Today, they all gave Jacob a birthday wish or just wished him a Happy Birthday. (Communication skills!)

Happy 6th Birthday

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6 years ago today, this little one made his grand entrance. Happy Birthday Baby Boy!