Friday, September 09, 2016

Lucy Boston blocks 1 - 4

I've hopped onto the Lucy Boston bandwagon after watching all the gorgeous blocks being put together by Alewives Fabrics. I fell in love with the shop when we visited a couple of years ago. It's one of the best shops I've been to in a very long time and it's located in the beautiful village of Damariscotta Mills on the shores of the Damariscotta River/Salt Bay.

Anyway, I've put together these first four, unsewn, blocks so that I'll have handwork when I need it.

I do have to say that I don't find these blocks all that easy in regards to fabric choices even with the h-u-g-e stash of fabric that I have, but they are definitely fun to make!

Take care,

Friday, September 02, 2016

An accounting of sorts...

I have finished 12 projects so far this year! Although I finished these three mug rugs (on 8/31/16), I'm only going to count them as one project since they were all squirreled away together in the UFO pile. I'm giving myself a huge pat on the back for getting this much done already this year.

These two will be in the shop soon...

 And, this one I'm giving to a friend!

Of course, my UFO list is still quite long and, for sure, will carry over into 2017 and possibly 2018, but that doesn't matter to me because I'm making progress. As the saying goes, I "can see light at the end of the tunnel". Admittedly, it's a very long tunnel!! :)

Here's the accounting:

Started the year with UFO projects: 38
Found YTD:  +13 more
Started YTD:  +1 new
Gave away YTD: -3
Trashed YTD: -3
Sold YTD: -2
Finished YTD: -12 (I don't have a specific yearly goal other than to finish as many as possible)

Remaining total YTD = 32 as of today!! By doing the math, you realize that I was up to 51 UFOs at one time, don't you? Who knows how many more I will find along the way. Apparently, I've hidden them away all over the house. :)

Linking up with Colorways by Vicki!

Take care,

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I started (& finished) something new...

I told myself I would not start anything new this year, but I needed a portable project and I did not feel like working on my Route 66 embroidery project. So I gave in and started knitting another scarf. And, finished it!

I'm counting it as another "finished project" for the year (#11), even though it wasn't a WIP to begin with. I'm willing to do anything that keeps me motivated!! :)

It's in the shop, if you're interested.

Take care,

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

In the garden...

The light was so beautiful last evening that I just had to grab my camera and take some photos out in the garden. There's a large fire north of us in Santa Barbara county that's producing lots of smoke in the air, which makes for lovely color as the sun sets. 

Hydrangea's are always fun to photograph and I sorely need the practice. It's been ages since I photographed anything sheerly for the fun of it. I feel like I've forgotten more than I knew! :)

The following three photos were taken in the back part of the yard and in deep shade.

I pruned all of my hydrangeas way back last fall - perhaps too far - since they didn't grow much in size this spring. But there are lots and lots of colorful blooms, that's for sure! One of my favorite flowers. The only thing better would be being able to grow Peonies!! :)

Take care,

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tuesday fun!

It's Tuesday and that means my quilting group meeting. I didn't take much to work on today so I helped Katie draw/cut freezer paper templates for her orange peel blocks. She only needs 60 more and the ones she's already done are gorgeous. Of course, I didn't think to take pics of them. :) She's making them with Kaffe fabrics so you can imagine how great they are.

But, I did take pics of Jane's NY Beauty block starts.

This one, below, is my favorite so far...

She's making enough blocks for two wall-hanging sized quilts... one for a daughter's new apartment and the other one is for a church auction. She's generous that way!

I always enjoy seeing what's going on with my quilting friends.

Take care,

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Six years in the making... and it's finished! - #10

Yippee!! I finished my NY Beauty quilt on 7/28/16... only six years after starting it.

I loved making this quilt since it was a first in so many ways. I tried paper piecing for the first time... I found free blocks online (here) and printed them off onto bond paper. And, at first, it was a real struggle to wrap my head around how to paper piece since it seemed as though I was wasting a huge amount of fabric! :) But, I got over that and with practice, I came to quite like paper piecing. I also used some batiks and a lot of my own hand-dyed fabrics - something I've not done before this quilt although I have a huge stash of batiks and quite a lot of my own hand-dyed fabrics.

As you can see, I quilted it using organically straight lines about 1/2 inch apart since I wanted a more modern look than these quilts are known for having. I agonized for quite some time trying to decide how to quilt it, but kept coming back to the straight, vertical lines. Even as I started it, I wasn't sure it was the right choice. But, I love the way it looks so I'm happy I went with my instincts. And, it's the 10th WIP I'm able to cross of my list for 2016... I'm on a roll!

Progress shots along the way are here, here, here, and here!

When I showed it to my husband he said, "Wow... that's a work of art!" That made my day!

I've finally caught up posting finished projects and from now on, I hope to keep them in order! It got confusing (even to me and I knew what I was doing)!

Take care,

Monday, August 08, 2016

Six!! The Zenith Quilt

This quilt is the Zenith Quilt Pattern by Stephanie Prescott and it's an easy quilt to make using 60 degree half rectangles. I tried an experiment with this quilt, trying to use fabrics that didn't seem all that compatible with each other since I'm trying to expand my ability to combine interesting (and not just pretty) fabrics.  I'm really pleased with the end result. Please excuse the crease/fold down the middle of the quilt that's from having it folded tightly. It will disappear with use. As you all already know, I'm enjoying being able to count up my completed projects and cross them off my ever-growing (it seems like) UFO/WIP list! This is number six.

The quilting is the same as what I did for the Scrap Vomit, and the Many Trips Around the World quilts... wavy horizontal lines. I love the feel that it gives the quilt and it's super simple to quilt.

And, this is the backing...

When I was taking the photographs outside, I noticed that the quilt is much more vibrant because of the beautiful outdoor light. I'll have to make sure I use it/keep it in a room with lots of bright, natural light. Hubby was commenting that the minute we decided to go out and take photos, the wind started to blow. He's right... it did, but it was a nice, cool breeze so we thought it was worth it! :)

Take care,

Saturday, August 06, 2016

It's Saturday and I'm just playing around...

Hubby and I worked in the garden for a couple of hours today... repotting, planting, weeding, pruning, and watering. I love those simple chores that give so much satisfaction in addition to rewarding me with a beautiful garden.

Now I'm just playing around at Big Huge Labs. I forgot how much fun can be had there! :)

Hope you had a great Saturday too!

Take care,

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Circle of Illusion WIP - what to do with it?

This is the next WIP I think I want to work on, but I don't really have a clue what to do with it. A lot of the finished Circle of Illusion quilts use this as the center medallion, and I would prefer not to do that if I can think of something else to do.  We'll see...

I got online and found a photo of our class, showing how much/how little we each accomplished in class. We're the sixth photo down the page and you can see that I didn't get very far. I never do get much done in any class I've taken, because I'm usually trying to absorb what we're being told/shown. I get the basics and then I can finish up at home.

I pulled some fabrics and another one of my WIPs and started playing around a bit, but a good idea still hasn't popped into my head yet.

If you have any suggestions/ideas for me in regards to getting this finished, I would love to hear them! :)

Take care,