Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Hodgepodge

At Butler's Orchard
Another fall shot taken at a local you-pick orchard. They have a fall festival that is open every weekend in October. The boys went with my in-laws on Sunday while I went to sew with some friends. (I'm glad they went, this outing is somewhat of a tradition for us - the furlough & the weather & competing fall activities almost made us miss it this year.)
My most recent finish
My most recent finish & possibly my oldest UFO finished. I had the blocks 90% done & then set the project aside for several years. At the quilt retreat that I attended earlier this year, I only brought UFO's. I finished this top there (in about 2 hours - at least it felt that quick). This is a gift for a dear friend & I am going to deliver it today. :o)
All is right in the world. I have a cat quilt on my bed.
One of my oldest & most favorite quilts is on my bed! (It has a label - it was finished in 2004.)
As a consequence I have been looking at some of my favorites.
Now I get to look for and stare at my favorite kitties.

What quilt is on your bed?

Monday, October 28, 2013

Fall

To begin, once upon a time ago, I wanted to have a set of seasonal quilts. Spring and Winter are done.
Summer became a charity quilt. Fall's blocks and bits and pieces of blocks were sent off to become a charity quilt or two.

I love the warmth of an autumnal palette. But I am not sure that I still want to make an autumn quilt. And then I see quite a few Modern Maples quilts and start thinking autumn quilt. Meanwhile, the list of works in progress and unfinished objects never seems to get any smaller and I already own a ton of quilts.

Back to fall, since I love an autumnal palette, I am always game for a fall inspired drive or hike or both and that is exactly what we did last weekend.

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Do you like fall too?

Friday, October 25, 2013

bloggers quilt festival





The Big Star

AmysCreativeSide


I don't like to play favorites with my quilts, but this one rank's pretty high up there right now.
The pattern, "Made in Cherry" by Sarah Fielke was free on the  Lecien website. There also was a quilt-a-long. I was super happy when my jumbo quarter square triangles fit perfectly. & I am also happy that this big star has 8 points!

Admission: I rarely join quilt-a-longs (or popular quilt patterns) while they are in progress, I wait until the idea percolates in my brain for a while. Example: Swoon = pile of fabric, Scrap Vomit, spider web & Granny Square = completed well after the popularity subsided.

I had this quilt professionally quilted & so am entering it into the professionally quilted category. (I hope you can see the quilting...)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Once again, for the last time Fractured Friday is upon us.
We started with something like this
An "A" block
added a dash of this
More blocks
tried this on for size
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Fiddled a bit with bits & pieces
It might not look like it, but I am working on my fractured quilt.
finished the blocks
Fractured
started to layout quadrants
With trepidation...
& finally ended up with a top
& it's a top!

I had a plan from the beginning for the back, but I did not measure how much yardage I had. Not enough...

& then I made some other tops
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This isn't big enough as it is, but is may become a panel on the back of my fractured quilt... Maybe I will border this with the original fabric...

Not sure yet, but I better figure it out soon, I want to drop my tops off for quilting.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

hmmm

image by aviva_hadas (Amy)
image, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

I'm hoping this will grow on me.

I guess for it to have worked like in saw it in my mind, I would have had to use only yellow bricks...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Another UFO. Border next.

These are 2.5 inch squares, I have several 1/2 to 1 yard pieces from this line. (The gray on black & pink on pink I have bigger pieces. was thinking backing.)

Without using the prints that have a light background, what do you think about a scrappy (5 inch squares) border using the darker prints?

Although since it is square (closer to large lap) instead of rectangle (close to twin) maybe I should just call it done...

I am "this" close to calling this a charity quilt. (I apparently have a love/hate relationship with this fabric line.)

Do chime in.

FWIW it is roughly 60x65.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Fractured

Fractured by aviva_hadas (Amy)
Fractured, a photo by aviva_hadas (Amy) on Flickr.

Well, after sewing the rows on my cat quilt, the back for said cat quilt, a charity top & back, I started to piece my fractured top. I only have about 12 more blocks to piece!

I don't remember the official number of blocks, but I am making an extra row & an extra column (I cut too many) so that it will be off-set.

Greek yogurt banana bread

2 loaves again, this one has chocolate chips thrown in for good measure & a surprise for the little boy who will be a bit sad that he did not get to help.

Ingredients

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup applesauce
3 very ripe bananas, mashed (1 lb.)
1 cup Greek yogurt (whole, 2% or nonfat)
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
Dash of cloves
Dash of nutmeg
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Nonstick cooking oil spray

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Cut the butter into small chunks and place in a large mixing bowl along with the sugar and brown sugar. Use an electric mixer to beat together the butter and sugar for a few minutes. Make sure the butter is fully integrated into the sugar and the mixture becomes small, even sized crumbs.
Add the eggs and applesauce to the bowl and continue to mix till smooth.
In a small bowl, mash the bananas with a fork till smooth. Add the mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, and vanilla to the bowl. Use a spatula to stir the mixture till smooth.
In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, cloves and nutmeg. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet to make a thick batter. Don't over mix-- a few lumps are okay.
Fold in the chopped walnuts.
Grease two loaf pans with nonstick cooking oil spray. Divide the batter evenly between the two pans. (I add about 1 cup of chocolate chips to the 2nd half at this point.)
Bake the banana bread for 45-55 minutes, turning once halfway through baking, till the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. If the top of the bread browns faster than it bakes, cover with foil for the remainder of baking time.
Let the loaves cool for 10 minutes in their pans, then put them on a wire rack to cool completely.

yesterday & today

Not long ago, I found a "lost" project.

Back in about 2007, I started a project that had 360 pieces - no big deal. In 14 sizes - still not a real big deal. As ever I was going for very scrappy & in a surprise to most of you it was going to use cat fabrics.

I had about 1/2 of it pieced & then boxed it up for our move. (The thinking was that this way the pieces would stay fairly flat...)

The box was the problem. I don't generally store things in boxes (I'm a bag lady). So this box sat on a shelf for several years. (I remembered the project, but it wasn't one that called out to me, if you know what I mean.)

Maybe 3 weeks ago, I pulled the box of the shelf, on a whim really, and found this project. While it felt good to find it, it still wasn't calling out to me. Until yesterday.

As I mentioned earlier, I had pieced about half of it & had cut out some other pieces - but there we no notes, so I spent a good mount of time figuring out what I had already done & what I needed to do. (I needed to cut some & sew some more.)

Luckily my pile of "scrappy back" squares was cut to 10.5 inches, because I needed 15 of them for this top. The rest of the cuts cam out of my scrap bin - YIPPY. Although in hindsight, I had a good wonder on what exactly is a scrap, I was able to get 5.5 x 12.5 rectangles out of those scraps... (Yeah, this pattern is ideal for large scale prints & when I started the project several years ago, I cut accordingly - yay me.)

What do you call a scrap? Does your definition change with the fabric? (or your mood?)

By the end of the day, I had all 30 of my blocks pieced into rows, today I will finish piecing the top & pieced the back out of an equally old piece of flannel that I purchased to be a quilt back - so it is fitting.

Then I will piece Fractured blocks so I can come back here later for a Fractured Friday post.

(I also got some happy surprise mail yesterday - a fat quarter bundle of some Voile fabric by Anna Maria Horner - I have that pieced into a back already - I just need a bit more Voile so it will be big enough for my Liberty Lawn & Shott Cotton top. I placed that order yesterday.)

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Yes sir, yes sir 3 tops done

This the result of yesterday's furlough sewing.

Now to make at least 1 scrappy back - I'm already almost 1/2 way done with it, so I better revise my goal...

Oh yeah, the Fractured quilt & the spiderweb &, &, &

I am apparently in a sewing only funk - I have absolutely no desire to cut... (So I am a little bit limited - but not "that" much.)

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

National Apple Harvest Festival

For the 3rd or 4th year in a row, we went to the National Apple Harvest Festival in Adams County, Pennsylvania (just north of Gettysburg).

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Photo by Jacob
Jacob took this photo.

The festival is a lot of crafts, but also of Apple products. We get jelly to take home & eat apple cobbler & apple crisp while there. My husband also learned the difference between apple juice & apple cider - sorry I did not hear that conversation - I was watching Jacob with his last juice box.

This year we took a free apple harvest history tour - which was actually fairly educational (In my experience this type of tour can go either way.).

It was hot!

So afterwards we decided to check out a local orchard/winery (we saw their signs on the tour).

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Michael got a couple bottles of hard cider. Jacob got a non-alcoholic slushy drink, mine had a shot of wine added to it. Now those helped with the heat!

Monday, October 07, 2013

I SPY

There once was an old lady who collected I SPY charms. I don't know why she collected I SPY charms, perhaps she'll make a quilt. But she had already made several I SPY quilt for her young son.
So she decided to make an ADULT I SPY & so collected & traded accordingly.
zebra, quilts
She had Zebras & Quilts
aliens, victrola
Victrolas
lobsters, wine
& wine
money, VW vans
money
Queen Victoria, sewing notions
Queen Victoria & sewing notions
paint by number
Paint by number
Campbells soup
& Campbells soup (quite coincidentally next to some mighty fine non-branded beers.)
Tiffany lamp
A Tiffany Lamp
mushrooms, chocolate
A box of chocolates
seagull & math
Good old fashioned arithmetic
pinocchio & circuit-board
a circuit board
farmers market & reading
a farmers market
blue birds & Alice
Alice
Soap & stamps
Stamps
purse & music notes
A pocket book
marionette
a marionette
ink pens & kerchiefs
ink pens
robots & TV dinners
Robots & a TV dinnner
marbles & tricycle
Then she remembered how much she loved those old fashioned childish prints...
yoga & rhinocerous
She still kept yoga
cowboys, helicopter, & yogurt
& yogurt
gold fish, poison, bunk beds
& potions
Mercury rocket, turtle, kittens
& a Mercury Rocket
Jiffy pop popcorn
& Jiffy Pop Popcorn (Do you remember that - oh how much fun was that to make?)
doctor cog, nanny bee
Even though she had more that enough prints, she kept adding cute things like nanny bees
beach, apple pie
She even used "precious" pieces like this beach print
secret squirrel
Do you see the secret squirrel, she loves this kind of print.
buttons
& a button card
beer
Coors Beer (I wonder if they even know that they are on fabric with Amstel? I believe that there is some Miller too.)
sushi, cigars
Cigars are in the adult realm,
inch worm, white water rafting
but the inchworm is a childhood favorite - I had a riding toy inchworm.
casette tapes
As a child of the 80's she has cassette tapes
boom box
& a boom box
chickens, cowboy
& yet the lure of a sweet cowboy, surely is too juvenile for an adult I SPY & yet there it is

pool & peas
Along with a pool scene
magazines, quail
& a pile of magazines
double decker bus, fish
a double decker bus
rodeo, may pole
a rodeo & a may pole
backwards "F", lightening bugs
tennis, yoyos
The backwards "F" - go ahead look at it again - if it had an error, you better believe that this little old lady collected it!
sushi, school group on a field trip
Sushi!
garlic, rome
An Italian scene & garlic - another fun coincidence...
math, dance
I purchased that dance scene just for this quilt!
ticket, aquarium
Even as I was sewing today, I was still adding in prints, one of the latest additions was this one of tickets.

Now that all of my blocks (80 9-ptaches) are pieced, I am done with collecting for this top. & yet I still have a pile of novelty charms & I plan on using 10 inch squares of novelty prints as a pieced back...

I hope this jibberish was not too horrible to read, it is just how I spent my day & apparently a large portion of my quilt life.

What else do you see?
Can you guess what might be in the charms that did not make it into this preview?
What would you have added?