Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter and H2H Check In

I don't have any lilies for Easter, but I do have an orchid blooming.

Hope you are having a wonderful Easter. It's sunny and 55 here, but the wind is blowing, so we have a wind chill. Still, happy for a sunny day!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

My First Set of Multicolored Geese

It's that time of day when I can't tell if this is a fuzzy picture, or is it my eyes.  I'll take another picture for Saturday the 8th.
I used 2 fabrics here that have the same group of colors. I like it, but it wasn't easy to get out of my stash. Multi is going to be a real challenge, at least for geese.

Again, have a great weekend.  We are getting some days of sunshine!


Changed my Mind - Again

I've abandoned the scalding colors of the star quilt I was making for H2H. It just didn't set right with me mind, not right for a kid at camp. Then I thought of using my butterflies.... would be great, but it's mostly white and there aren't enough of them. I've decided on a string quilt with a central block of paper piecing - if it turns out nice. The block is a free pattern from Janeen over at Quilt Art Design. This month (only April) she has an Intermediate pattern for a darling little fawn that I just couldn't pass up. Go ahead - give it a look. You won't be able to resist.

Some cutting was done for the string parts, that should work for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge as well as the H2H offering. There are pictures!

 Already cut strips (above) and (below) is the stack of other I Spy favorites I plan to use.
More kid friendly...and not all white.
Went to see the eye doctor. He said my double vision is from a nerve stripping, a result of Diabetes.  Should be done in a couple of months... (Sciatica took almost a year, so we shall see.) The eyes see fine on their own, but together I see like a drunk! Everything is double. It could be worse though. While we waited the doctor took a call cause he was on call. The 94 year old lady's eye blew up! (She needs it removed.) I'm a lucky girl.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A" Squirrel" Project...Cousin Potholders

I got sidetracked from the H2H quilt to make a couple of potholders for 2 of my husband's cousins who are traveling to meet up with us at a local restaurant for a little visit.

Here are the pictures.

I used the Jonquil pattern from the 365 Paper Piecing Patterns. As you can see I own old fabrics, the background  is Fossil Fern. It seemed the most appropriate. I like the Springy look.

I didn't do a very good job on the sewing, kind of our of practice, and I'm not seeing so good lately. Suddenly I had double vision, and it's a problem for my doctor. Had an MRI still no diagnosis. It may correct itself says the doctor. Anyone else have that happen to them?
So off to Bridgeman's to meet up with the family.
Hope you are having springtime where you live.

Friday, March 3, 2017

March: The Red Month

As you know I jumped the gun and sewed ahead.  The five red geese are finished for March, and I made one red butterfly and a red leaf, too.

Next pictures are of the star blocks for the H2H charity quilt made with the "found" bundle of 5" squares that I made years ago for another Jazzy Snowball Quilt like the one I donated in 2013 (seen below).

The last two aren't pressed yet.  I've got another 2 in the works, and that will be the main focus of sewing here until that quilt is done.

Thanks for stopping. Go over to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday and see what others have made red.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 27, 2017

First Star

Happy Birthday to my Hubby!  He's 74 today!
Someone asked me what I'd be doing during the Red month of Rainbow Scrap Challenge... well, I don't know when it is, but I'm working on this quilt for the Hands 2 Help Challenge... (If you are unfamiliar with it see the button on the side bar.)

Even though I measured wrong... triangles made with 2 3/4" squares instead of the 2 7/8" squares. It still came together pretty good, and I'm not recutting the 64 squares. The star color is a more mellow orange than it shows here. So happy that the stack of pieces just showed up in my stash. On to star 2...


Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Miracle Pile

I'm so excited!  I just found the Miracle Pile!

I was looking through my boxes of multicolored stash for pieces I can cut into fat quarters to make a prize for the H2H.  I found the five I promised, but I was looking further - for better choices? or more pieces?  You know how it is when you start into the fabric bins... touchy feely... I was enjoying the moment.  Good thing I kept looking.  I found several stacks of 5" squares already cut from those fabrics. Yay!  When I counted the pieces = 192 and I'd already cut other purples toward the project.  I don't have to cut anything else for the Hobe Camp 48X60 quilt I planned to make.  Here's a look at the pile.

 From the top - some few won't be used because they were cut to be a snowball quilt many years ago.

From the side...
Now I need a color for the stars. I'm planning on the first star quilt that Sarah from Confessions of a Fabric Addict shared. Mine will feature plain stars in a wild sky.

You all know how slow I am at getting things done... I've got a head start this year!

So if you'd like to know more about the Hands to Help charity (it hasn't started yet) use the above link, or the button on my side bar, and check it out. There are 3 charities (again) this year, or you can give to your local charity and still be included in H2H.  There are guest writers along the way, and prizes! 
Last year I won this

Thanks for stopping in, and sharing my joy.

Have a great week.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Working Ahead

I didn't know what to do with myself... so I'm working ahead of the RSC. I know one of the colors will be red...

I only want 5, and this week I did 4+.  Wonder what the new color will be.  I'll show these again when RSC catches up with me. I also did a red butterfly and leaf.

Not real happy with this one... Is it the brown stem or the same prints on either side? I made this pattern years ago and just found the pattern again.  Loved the older ones that I made into cuff bracelets for my grandgirls. Here are some pictures of the bracelets.

Off to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge to see what the others have made... in teal.

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Turquoise Works

I hate to admit it, but this is all I got done this third week of February... no excuses.

Next week I'm going to work on the arch in teal, like I did in purple.  Then I'll have 5 goosey strips per month, any number of butterflies and an arch in each RSC color - I'm thinking table runner for the arches.  We will see.

Now I'm off to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge to see what others accomplished this week.
Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day - Almost Geese

Hope you are having a delightful day. I looked for Valentine sewing to share at Val's... found several to share. (It's me Terri in WI)
Don't know that this picture of the geese in process is appropriate for Valentine's Day... but here goes.

I figured out this photo page from the 70s is just what I need to keep all the little pieces in order and on the sewing machine until I finish a strip.  (Before I started using it, all the pieces went in different directions. Makes life so much easier with this bit of ancient technology. Another genius idea... LOL)

The first piece (darkest) is already pinned to the paper strip on the right.

So we are going out to Chinese tonight. He's been wanting Chinese for a while now, and I really don't care for it past the egg rolls. It's his Valentine gift. (I got a card saying he thinks I'm amazing. We're married 48+ years - I guess I am amazing, and so is he... just don't tell him I said that.)


Sunday, February 12, 2017

RSC for February 11 -17

Did 2 geese strips the same this week - one starts dark and goes to light, and the other is opposite.... oh and one butterfly. I cut the two goose strips at the same time - saves choosing time.

I have another butterfly in the wings... There is still more than half the month left so I don't feel pressured to finish right away.
Off to share with the others at Rainbow Scrap Challenge.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

2 Butterflies and 3 Lines of Geese

Made in RSC colors - one strip of geese (on the far right) in purple from January,  2 Aqua, Teal, Turquoise, and 2 butterflies in the February color way.

 Close ups of the newest colors...

All the geese are different, but they are going the same way so they are getting along nicely.
Now off to So Scrappy to see what others have made. Later we are going to the movies to see A Dogs Purpose. I will report.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

I Did....

Here's #62 (finished late last night) in the February Rainbow Scrap Challenge color = Turquoise, Aqua, Sea Green, Teal... any colors in that way - a combo of green and blue, but not green or blue. Got you thoroughly confused? Good... lol.

Hope you have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Join the Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

I joined the Kaleidoscope of Butterflies. It's a cause I believe in.  Our world is getting ugly enough without losing one of the beautiful elements - butterflies.  (Some people are big into politics, some into human rights, some into animal rights... this is my little cause.) Use the link above and you'll learn some ways you can help the butterflies stay around.

You Followers know I've been making paper pieced butterflies for ages...

 These two are simplified from patterns in 365 Paper Pieced Patterns - my bible... a gift from my sister years ago.

 Ditto here.


 The above three are some of the patterns I bought from Claudia. They are more difficult, but well worth the work.
The above 3 pictures are some of the little butterflies I have been making for years now during the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. I'm up to 61!  (If I have my way, I'll have 62 by tomorrow.) It's a pattern I bought years ago... It says 2005 MH Designs on it.
Anyway, that's the latest. Check out the link, see if you might like to encourage the little beauties to grace your life.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

This Week, a Goosey Smile!

Okay, I didn't do as much sewing this week. Too much game playing, I guess. Bad habits are hard to break.  I did make another goose strip and a goosey smile...

 Right now a strip under the needle... see the "pile" to the left?  That's the next geese waiting in the wings...LOL

 And here's the smile. I used a lovely light batik for the background. The pattern for the strip and smile come from Quiltmaker (online free pattern) Vintage Sunburst - paper pieced, of course.

So I'm off to share on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge. Go over to see all the purplely goodness.
Have a great weekend.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Purples, Papier Piecing and Circles in a Square

This week I've done more than I have in weeks. I tried out a paper piecing pattern I got from Quiltmaker  (online) called Vintage Sunburst. It worked up into four strips of Flying Geese. They are quite small...2 1/2" x 9 3/4" each strip. I think there might be one purple I used twice, but I didn't use all of my purples - even by a long shot.  If I have chosen the colored fabrics first it still takes about 1.5 hours each strip. (I love 'em.)

Last year I didn't get in on the 365 challenge, and really admire the results of others, so I started my own this week. I've decided to use fabrics out of my 3 boxes of Multicolored fabrics. These two are the only ones so far. I'm appliqueing the circles to low impact colors.  I made a template that I can iron with and using starch to iron a circle, then I pin it into place and hand stitch. (I need something to keep my hands busy while watching TV at night, otherwise I go to check out the kitchen too often.)

Here's a close-up of the purple one... I love the gold worked into it.

Sew that is all for this week. I'll be making some more Flying Geese soon. I'll be linking to Sarah's Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? today, and to Angela's  Rainbow Scrap Challenge  tomorrow.

 We are having the January Thaw here... It even rained today. What a slushy mess.

Have a great weekend.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Rainbow Scrap Challenge today!

I have always wanted to make this block... it's just as easy as can be. Mine here are 2.5" strips.

I wish you could see how pretty that lavender strip is.  I remember buying the darkest one. I got it in Vancouver at the Craft Warehouse.
So this is one of the blocks I want to make for RSC. Next week I show some stars I want to make. Now I'm off to share this with the rest of the group at The Rainbow Scrap Challenge

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Actual Piecing Done This Week

I haven't been doing much sewing lately.... I eked these out this week.  They are paper pieced - of course.

They measure 2.5"...I got the pattern from Fandom In Stitches.  They are the cornerstones to the Harry Potter Fantastic Beasts quilt along. I'm just making the stars, because they are cute, easy and satisfies the urge to paper piece.  Find them HERE, if you are interested.

Also, Sarah, at Confessions of a Fabric Addict mentioned something about quilts with stars on them... I'm intrigued.

So to the Quilting Nonnie I say - here's mine.