Friday, June 22, 2018

and back to CQ

 I decided to finish the faerie blocks as wall hangings in groups of 4

 I used batting to pad the panels and sewed ribbon between the blocks to frame each one.

You've seen them all before but now they are all cleaned up nice

A simple hankie hem for the backing

so it won't show on the front, much.

 I've finished 3 so far and have 5 panels left

but they are not all matchy-matchy enough to pull together in one piece

   and one isn't done yet

 so I don't know what I'll do with them.

A two piece wall hanging and three singles? 

Fit them to box tops?

A book?                                                     I dOn't knOw!

Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy memorial day

Today I honor all those who served, from my family and the thousands of others who gave of their time and some their lives to this country.

 Two pictures of my son of whom I am and always have been very proud.

When he was 3 he told me he wanted to drive a tank, his favorite movies have always been military/service oriented, even the sci/fi ones.

He wads in the ROCT program during H.S. and entered the Army and was sent to Afghanistan.

He has always tried to be the best person he can be, followed the rules (mostly) and does his best, every time.

despite his becoming a 27 year old grown ass man, I still see this little punk.

Every. Single. Time.

It makes me smile and my eyes leak at the same time.

Friday, May 25, 2018

I certainly am

I do try to keep my politics and atheism off my blog but every now and then you must at least make the attempt to speak out.
I only apologize for disturbing your Zen if this is where you find it.

What is happening in America today is Bullshit.
Promulgated by cowards.
Promoting the worst impulses humanity has to offer.
Spearheaded by a moronic puppet king.

If this offends some of you, too bad.
You should check your moral compass and fix it because its broken.
And no I don't care what the pet theory is out there for the continuance of this farce.
Go pedal your sick twisted ideas elsewhere, they will get no purchase here.

It's going to take decades to undo all the damage this administration has let unfold out into the world.
Black and brown people are not ruining America.
Old white entitled people who are so out of touch with Humanity, they are seriously threatening the world, are.

This may not be something that you all are interested in so fair warning
This video contains awesome vocal abilities by Sophia Urista
the music of Rage Against the Machine arraigned by Andrew Gatsukas
and is just as powerful if not more so than the original because this shit keeps happening....

Again, my opinion, back to sewing beauty.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Hawaii Shop-Hop part 2

 Still loving this mode of stain glass window quilting!

The ladies who chaired this committee should get a solid round of applause and a hearty handshake for picking some really beautiful fabrics!

Though I will warn you, the fabrics for the Strings shop are , In my never-to-be-humble opinion, kinda lousy. 
None of the greens or blues match any of the other colors within the set so keep your scraps!

the Strings" panel

The Sand colors did OK blending

as would the grey rock colors have but I wanted a more cohesive look to my blocks so I used the rest of what was already in the "lava" kit

 and with all of these I did supplement what we were given in the kit because, me!

The Panels get trickier and more fussy if you follow the course I took to put them together.
Which I heartily recommend because if you start with the beautiful bottom left one with the bromilliads and hibiscus you will be very sad, as it is the fussiest cut of them all!

I did have to fiddle and trim on each block it became more and more needful as each one got more and more complicated.

If you started with the flower block you may just give it all up as too dificult because this one is.

But it is so choice when its all done!

fussy cuts trimming and even had to replace and add a few pieces that that weren't there.

I'll need to drag out my old war horse from pasture to finish this up into a flimsy.

I hope she doesn't hold her retirement against me and decide to stop working all together! 

that's all I need anOther machine in the shop!

Oh, another thing about piecing these together, be sure to Iron the foundation to the WRONG side of the fabric! I oopsied that one in a few places. Shh! Don't tell!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

So, Heres the thing....

I broke my machine.
                                 I am very sad.
                                                       i dropped on the floor and cracked its little head.
the repair guy says he can fix it, believe me hae's seen worse.
                                                                       goodness only knows what this is going to cost my purse.

Star Adventure #6 finishing up

 At least of one top, anyhow.

I thought of using all the blocks on one quilt but it was such a cacophony of color that I had to break it up into two

This works much better and isn't such a blast

Still a swirl of color but the black in between gives your eyes a rest

I suppose I could have composed this one better but you know how it is at the end of a long project.

The desire to get it done and off your table is sometimes more important than design

I was also running out of the original 'Grunge' black i was sing and at this stage I couldn't find more for love or money.

Well Poo!

so the next best thing will have to do and eqilter had just enough to finish but not much more!

Well heck!

This is why the back has that batch of pieced leftovers from the quilt I made my husband for his birthday a few years ago.

I need a volunteer to get a better picture of the finished quilt. I tried to get on by standing on a chair outside but no happy.

So I should have better pictures after I finish quilting the other top. I've got the back mostly pieced, funny story but I'll save that for next time

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Stainglass quilt

 I diiid iit Myyyy waaaay!

This is so simple it should be illegal!

Trace pattern onto  steam-a-seam, cut pieces

Iron steam-a-seam to fabric, cut-out fabric pieces

Iron pieces onto background and



These are so easy I've done 3 in 4 days

Isn't the pattern divine?

Its from the hawaii shop-hop on big island.
they do it the whole month of february

This year was a coordinated pattern that fit together to make a whole top.

Instead of individual blocks with coordinated fabric so if you miss a few shops no big, Like in washington's version.

It makes more sense to do it that way here
but on big I, there are only 6 shops,
easier to do it this way.

You have to hit all the shops so everyone gets shopped

And you get a nice tour of the whole Island

so far so much fun!

I'm thinking of running a class at Gathering fabrics on the technique.

I'd need a simpler pattern though, this one does take a learning curve.

using the blank side of the steam-a-seam for a starter, ironing on the wrong side of the fabric,
making sure you iron a sharp seam the size of the piece so you have a guideline to follow...

Sunday, April 22, 2018

The star adventure part 5

so here we are at the last set of blocks in the series,

I think there may have been one or two patterns more but honestly I'm stared out.

Time to put them all together. Funny thing, I made 18 blocks all together and it turns out I've enough blocks for two whole quilts!

so off we go to the fabric store to find enough material to finish the sashings and then I'll worry about the backing and binding.

I wish I could have done a better job matching the corners on this one

But as I discussed before I had a limited amount of fabric to work with and as I predicted one mistake and you end up with not enough to finish a block.

Well I finish this one but had to monkey with the corners so they are way off, P-hoo!


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