Monday, September 15, 2014

Around the World Blog Tour (Hop)

I was reading blogs this morning and came across the Around the World Blog Hop written by Beth at Love Laugh Quilt, That reminded me... I was supposed to write one today! I was invited by Sarah at  Confessions of a Fabric Addict. (Check out her blog. Lots of pretty quilts and great stories.)

By way of introduction... I'm Terri and I enjoy quilting - especially paper piecing. I also love Halloween, Harry Potter and my Hubby... not necessarily in that order.  I make up lots of little plants to give away at Halloween in our diorama of the greenhouse in the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban . The trick or treaters love that they get a little plant along with their candy. We love doing it, too.

We are supposed to show some pictures and answer some questions... Here goes.

Jazzy Snowballs 2013 Pattern from a Quilter's Newsletter or QuiltMaker Magazine in like 2010 or so.
Paper Pieced Butterflies from a pattern from Claudia. I don't see the same butterflies there anymore, but there are some shown in the gallery, so they must have been there once - right? Why she would take them down, I don't know, but they are beautiful and I enjoyed making a bunch of the 9 designs that I bought.
Simpler paper pieced butterflies - from the book 365 Paper Pieced Quilt Patterns (or something like that. All my books are packed away, and have been for over a year, so I can't check out the name. We are getting ready to move, and it has taken a year for our house to be sold. Finally, last weekend our buyer found our house! She sounds excited to buy it. I'm quite happy for her, but now I have to find one in Washington state that I like. Help!)
A red (Ford Anglia) for a blog friend's hubby.
Paper pieced, of course, from a Harry Potter pattern from Jennifer .

Donation blocks for a QoV for Alycia.

Grandson's I Spy quilt which is now my header on the blog.

Hubby's 70th birthday present. Made right under his nose for a QoV - or so he thought!

Paper pieced hexies for a QoV - still a WIP
This one being worked on as a quilt for H2H Happy Chemo
I'm late on the deadline by months... sorry. So many other things going on here.
Granddaughter wedding quilt finished in June 2014
I tried 2 other designs before I liked this one for them. 
 Most recent finish - a doll quilt for the Mrs. Claus project.
(See the button in the side bar.)
Apple cores paper pieced UFO
 Another paper pieced UFO

Dolly quilt made and sent years ago for the Mrs. Claus charity

a star for the female astronaut making a quilt

A quilt for my latest granddaughter (she is 8 months old and I started this 4 months before she arrived!) .. pink, white and lime green. Paper pieced of course... and I've been picking the paper for a year in between all kinds of other projects. I just recently restated it, and will be working on it as well as the other projects below.
In the works, tomatoes

and carrots. Paper pieced veggies - produce in process. Lol
 Below are the two projects I'm working on now. 2 "I love you" ASL symbols for a friend. 

This one needs some fixing... I messed up and added the wrong color on the bent finger, which makes it look fat. Can't have that!
And now the questions.
What am I working on?
See the above pictures. The hands should be in the snail mail today. Still a lot of work to do on the veggies. I'll show pictures of the finishes after the recipients get their gifts.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
Well, obviously, it's different because I did it.
Then there is the fact that any quilt is different from another in the design, colors and fabrics chosen and the pattern choice... and they are all unique in the arrangements of the blocks, too. You can try to make something exactly as another has designed, but there will always be the unique differences... fabric cut here and not there... the quilting is always an identifier. Then there is the label - mine says made by me and yours says made by you. LOL
Why do I write/create what I do?
Short answer: to use up all this fabric! lol
No, really I don't know what I would do if I didn't have something creative to do... clean house? Ugh! It might be necessary once in a while - like when the dust bunnies start to attack... but really, cleaning (incessantly) is for the people with no imagination or skills. I write my blog to join in the community of quilt bloggers. I've learned a bunch from this community, and shared a few thoughts. I enjoy the write/create (most of the time....)
So I think this does it for the blog hop/tour. I wish I had 3 in line to carry on from me, but I don't. If there are any visiting who would like to host one - please do.
Have a lovely week of sewing.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Winnings sent and House sold (hopefully)

Since September is Orange over at the Rainbow Scrap Challenge, and Halloween is just about here, I sent Shelly a set of three FQs pictured here:

She was the winner of my recent giveaway.
I love the texture on these three, hope you can use these, Shelly. I would have sent a paper piecing pattern for a jack o' lantern, but I'm all packed up to move, and I just couldn't find it.
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ (Zig Zag Stitch - capital 6) LOL
On Monday we had 2 (count them) 2 offers on our house! Unfortunately, one offer was for cash and wanted us out within 3 weeks!  I'm sorry, all that has to happen just couldn't happen in 3 weeks. The young man who was buying thought because it was cash everything would be easy. BWAHaHa! Sorry honey... He decided it was to difficult for him to get everything done in such a short time. (I still have to pack, oh, and buy a house that is 600 miles away, switch utilities out of our name, get the movers on just the right day, etc, etc. And he thought he was stressed.) So he backed out of the deal. Thank Goodness! 
Anyway, we have this other offer. It'll be 70 days... much more comfortable to accept... and we can sell to anyone else in the mean time if the offer is better. This is soooo much more comfortable.
I'm going to have to ask for help with some things... I'm really getting quite frayed at the edges. And on another front, I've volunteered to make  a couple of more ASL "I Love You" blocks.... I love paper piecing, so there should be some therapy there.
Happy Wednesday!
Hugs to you all,

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A winner has been chosen...

BEWARE: I like to have sneaky giveaways... I guess that's why I don't have so many followers. You don't have to sign up to follow me in order to be in the running. Anyway, the commenter who won has already been identified, and notified. It is Shell from Canada. I have emailed her with the news, so I expect to send her a few FQs soon.  I haven't decided on the fabric to be sent yet. Hubby (almost typed Huggy. LOL) is anxious to get out and go to lunch. I'll take pictures of the fabric (not the lunch) and get back to you all.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

This is it! A year of posts!

(Contest is over - see next blog post for the winner)

This is post #365... I've posted a year's worth! (It's taken me 4 years to get here.) Actually, I've been blogging since July 30, 2010. Seems I missed my Blogoversary.  This time I want to show you a finish, a new granddog, and make an announcement, all in this  groundbreaking  monumental special post. Let's get started, shall we?

Here's the finish

Can you tell I'm quite proud of it? It's only a dolly quilt, made for the Mrs. Claus charity run by Debbie at Stitchin' Therapy. (I still need your address, Debbie.) It took me forever, mostly because I kept putting it off. I really didn't have a plan when I started. Finally I sewed the hexie flimsy to a white on white print and quilted around the flowers. The binding is the same as the back. Technically, it isn't the best job. I do love the colors, especially for a dolly quilt, and I'm just glad to have a finish after such a long dry period. You know what I mean.
Now for the newest Granddog:
Bella (I think) is 16 weeks old, a golden lab. Such a pretty granddog. I hope this picture shows up. I just copied it off of my DIL's Facebook page.
And now the announcement... Dot Dodda Dah!
I've been asked to do the Around the World Blog Tour! Monday September 15. I know some of you have done it already... any suggestions? 
And if you got this far down, you deserve a chance at some fabric. Just leave me a comment, and I'll draw a name on Saturday at noon (California time). Lol
(Contest is over - see next blog post for the winner Saturday - noon CA time.) 
Happy Thursday! Have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mason's Second Birthday and a fabric picture

Here's the Birthday Boy! Not yet 2 until next Saturday, but I think Daddy has to do his weekend of Guards that day. You can see here that the party was lots of fun. Lots of toys and tables out in the yard, lots of kids and their parents.

This is the Birthday Boy's Dad and 22 year old Big Brother. I just can't believe I have a grandson that old. How did he get that old, when I'm still so young?

Here he is again...handsome, huh?

 And below is the youngest granddaughter.  She's 7 months. Very tactile...loved the lace top I wore. Guess I need to make something lace for her to play with.
You can be so demure when Grandpa is taking the picture, but....

she loses it when Daddy comes to eat cheeks!

Chewing my purse. Easy to get pictures of her, but the little brother was on the move the whole time!

Now for the fabric.  You might think that it' s not quite right to show  this after such a lovely party... well the fabric was part of the party. While shopping with his Mom, the Birthday Boy picked out this chunk of fabric for his Granny. Mom mentioned that the fabric is what I used to make quilts, and  he decided he should "pick" some for me. He took almost a half hour to choose this grouping. 5 Fat quarters for me.... I can't tell you how wonderful it makes me feel. I think he needs a little drag around quilt out of his choices... What do you think?
So that's my report for Saturday. 
Have a lovely Sunday tomorrow.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Good Friends!

Last week I was reminded to write a new post by one of my favoritest blog followers. (Thanks for caring, Shay.) Seems I haven't in a while. Oh dear... It's not because I'm so busy. There really isn't any busy going on here. There have been a bunch of people walking through my house, and some who have come through 3 times in one day - at an Open House.... which looks really promising, but no offer yet. Cross your fingers for me, will you? I've been packed up nearly a year already, and really yearning for my rubber stamps and the knitting, oh and my fabric which is boxed and in complete disarray and the quilting books I can't seem to find!

There has been a little progress on the secret projects, but I can't show that, yet.

Not much for blog subjects. 

Here's a (token) picture of the sewing room...

And some other random pictures...

Here's an old fashioned quilt kit I'm assembling for the married grandgirl.  She'd like to learn....Yay!  I'd love to be there to teach her. There is needle and thread, pins, scissors and ruler, the blocks I made for her quilt that I didn't finish, and a quilting magazine (with directions for making a quilt in the back pages). I guess I need to add a marker that she can use to apply a sewing line to follow while sewing. Then the hard part... finding a box to ship it all in.
Here's some fabric I bought this week, I'll like it best when it is cut up into small pieces.

Here is my orange rose blooming. It's been in this pot for years, poor thing. I started it from a stem from a bouquet from Costco. Sometimes that works.

Here's my youngest Silk Oak... from seed.

And finally a Hoya that nobody wanted at Halloween last year. Since then it's grown 3 long vines... sooooo pretty and interesting. It "looks" for a place to support it's habit (of growing). One day the growing tip is here, and another day it's way over there. (In this picture it is the reddish vine in the immediate foreground.) I tell my hubby that it's a body snatcher, coming for him. He reads his paper in the chair where I took the picture. OOOOO he's so scared... NOT!
Thanks again for caring whether or not I blog... I appreciate it.

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Family Visit

First an unusual occurrence  - I did not arrange these snippets   I think it looks like a sad Frenchman with a cigarette hanging from one corner of his mouth. I had to call my Hubby to see it.  Page down for the good stuff.

This is my Grandson the Tree. We are calling him the tree since he is only 18 and about 6'2" and still growing.  The shirt is about music, he said, but I know not of such things. Just that he is blood of my blood and a wonderful guy to behold. What a lovely legacy I have left.

Here is my Son - the Dad of the Tree - another wonder to behold. He is retired after 20+ years in the Air Force. Retiring as a First Shirt... a lovingly bestowed name for a Master Sgt. who has studied extra in order to help the guys  and girls in the lower ranks when they have troubles. He has lots of stories.

We took then to Fanny Anne's for lunch in downtown old town Sacramento. It's a fun place to visit and find souvenirs. I loved this little pink shirt, and my very excellent Grandson obliged me.(Not many 18 year olds would do that for their Grammies. He's a sweetheart.)
   You have to read this shirt. It says
Go Ahead
Push me around
But you ought
to know
I've got the Biggest,
Baddest, Meanest
in town
    Sacramento, CA
Look at my hand and my Son's - I wear a large man's size in gloves... wonder what size for him? It's like holding a bear paw.  I remember when his whole hand fit in mine and I could cover over with my fingers to encase it. Ahhhh, the good ole days.

Here I am with the Tree. Yes, I am standing tall and not in a hole.

The handsome Menfolk.

There is a picture on her marvelous camera of the whole group including the photographer, Mother of the Tree, but my camera didn't get a picture of her. (She is the bestest woman for my Son. He's wonderful, in his own way, and she knows how to handle that all. Love her, too. Safe journey, Family. Wish you all the best.
P.S. Grandpa loves those Big Foot shows where the witness tries to show how tall the furry person was .... here a comparison to the show. LOL  Hope to see you all again soon.