Saturday, October 14, 2017

Pink Butterfly

Not much done... working on a second.

I also made the second (more colorful) leaf.  Our leaves are turning now.  So now I'm inspired.  No new geese. Don't know if I'll make any pink geese. (This was a test... Did you see 5 strips of pink geese on the blog last week?  I've already put them in the box with the other finished colors. LOL)  This butterfly isn't realistic either, but I love the fabric - iridescent... so it reminds me of butterfly wings.

Happy (Pink) Saturday (linking to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge ). 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Brown: Just NOT My Cuppa

I spent 2 days (maybe 8 hours total on this orange butterfly 9.5" square) and it was a much happier experience than the brown leaf.  I spent 1 hour on the leaf. I like the pattern (3" square). I've made it many times.

I'm trying to catch up to 5 strips of geese in the neutral color way.  I guess that's why I'm making (screaming) orange butterflies.
We are having fall here - thus the leaf. I'm going to do some more of those in prettier colors. It got down into the 30s last night, so it might become winter soon.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Orange and Pink Geese

OK last month was the orange month... I finished my 5 strips of geese just now.

And this month is pink... I did these a while ago.

So I'm caught up with those. I have a couple of neutrals made. Guess I should make the other 3 and maybe 5 greys.

Last Sunday we went to a Diners, Drive-ins and Dives destination in Delta Wisconsin... (Not the one in town here in Superior.)  We thought we would see some of the leaf colors changed, and we did, but not much.

Anyway it was a diner... not as homey as the one in Vancouver Washington that we enjoyed so much.

Here's a picture of it being modeled by my hobby, the substitute teacher. 

Have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Swan Troubles

After all these years of paper piecing, I still make some of the most stupid mistakes.  See that blue
piece between the whites on the bottom of the picture?  It's supposed to be white.  Luckily I only had to rip out 2 seams. See the next picture.

Now isn't that better?  LOL

Hope you are warm and dry - where ever you are.


Friday, September 1, 2017

This Week's Blocks

One blue butterfly and a strip of neutral geese...  The geese will be shown on the Rainbow Scrap Challenge linky party tomorrow. The new color is orange for September, and I just happen to have a strip of orange geese done, too.
I'll also show the blue butterfly at Fret Not Yourself .  They are sharing an easy butterfly pattern at that link.  Looks like it would be fun and wonky.

And here it is... 4 more to do this month.

The body of the butterfly is a fabric that changes colors from blue to red - seemed appropriate to me.

And I started a swan.  Plan on making 2 of them.  So far I only have the #1s and a few #2s ready to sew.
It's supposed to rain here again tomorrow, but nothing like Texas. 
 I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

One Strip of Neutral Geese

I don't have much in the way of brown, tan, beige - neutral scraps, but I did find one set that could work for my geese. 

Now off to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge.
So we are having a 4 day rain event here, but nothing like Texas. Good luck to you all.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Finished my Five Blue Flying Geese

I haven't made any of these in neutrals yet, but I still have time.

Now for some pictures of my plants. Currently some orchids blooming.  (Or kids)

 This African Violet blooms almost all the time. Watered from the bottom, and in a bright window - as bright as it gets here. (Rarely sunny - the eclipse was just a little darker on a dark, overcast day.)

Some of the little plants started for Halloween... not going to do that plant give away anymore. Here it is too hard to start the plants, and no sunny window spaces in this house. Here is a Christmas cactus on the left middle, a Hoya started from a leaf in a glass of water, and a Mother-in-law's Tongue with two little sprouts. That one I thought was not going to make it, the cutting fell mostly out of the dirt, but it was hanging on by one root, so I left it.
Happy Hump Day,

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Some More Blue

Worked on the blue Flying Geese that I couldn't make while the machine was having surgery.

 Last week we went to visit these lovely people... Cece and her hubby Zig. She is my hubby's cousin.

This is their teenaged swan. 

We went fishing and rode ATVs - I taste tested some home made whiskey!!! We had lots of fun.

So next up is to finish the geese, and I'll want to make some low volume neutral ones as well... but I did find a Vulcan Alphabet pattern source at Fandom In Stitches. The patterns are paper piecing, but you knew that.  Give it a look see.

So I'm off to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge . Come by and see what others are making... in neutrals.

Have a lovely weekend.

Fandom In Stitches

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Finished a blue, and started a tan

Since I got my sewing machine back from the fixit place, I've been working on the butterflies...

Still in pieces, but only 4 seams left.

 I'm so happy with my sewing machine. It is working so nicely, except the light.  They said they fixed it, but it's not working. There is a warantee on the work, so back it goes. Should be able to fix it while I wait, shouldn't they?

So come along to the Rainbow Scrap Challenge to see the other neutrals being shown.

Happy Weekend,

Friday, August 4, 2017

She's Baaaack...

Got her back out of the hoose-gow....

She is now making beautiful stitches of the correct length, AND the light is lit!  I can't figure out what to sew first.

Have a wonderful sewing weekend... I am.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Not Doin' Nuthin'

You will notice there is no blue butterfly here...
I've got the pattern all set up to sew... #1s are in place on the paper piecing patterns, but no sewing. Machine is in the shop. I'm cutting 2.5" squares of color in an attempt to not go screaming down the street. So far it's purples from the scrap bin.  I'm thinking of a circle of squares quilt - found an easy pattern at Kathy's Quilts.  I've saved it on "favorites" for a while now.

Here is the stack so far. Doing it in front of the TV with a little lap desk and cutting mat.

Pretty orange flowers in my back yard.

and my potted rose (from CA - a cutting) blooming again this year.

Have a lovely weekend

Thursday, July 6, 2017


Just finished another yellow butterfly. This one (with the orange) is made the way the pattern is built... lots of pieces.

 New one shown next to the cheater. Same pattern, but the all yellow is made by ignoring all kinds of little pieces. I like it better than the orangy one.

 The close up shows I made the body wrong.... oh well.  Individuals may vary!
Starting a blue one. Notice I got the crayons out and marked the blue parts. This will be a cheater, too. I like them better.  Wings on the right, body on the left. Hope I can finish it before Saturday.


Sunday, July 2, 2017

And the winner is...

Julie Rose is the winner of the butterfly...

Email me your snail address, JR.  Let me know which one you like.
Thanks for playing... giveaway is over now.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dreary Day...

Rainy, 52 degrees F, and overcast right up to the Pearly Gates... I am so bummed on these days, so I thought I'd share the stuff I've been working on.  (This is my 555th post!)

Monday, June 12, 2017

Minnesota Quilters - Quilt Show and Conference


I've been to dozens of Quilt Shows over the years... None like this. To give you a hint - it was located in the Convention Center.  The map took 2 pages - tiny print - of the 8.5 X 11" show booklet (40ages). I was exhausted seeing about 1/2 of the show.  Here are some pictures.

 We looked at lots of quilts before this one - it reminded me that I brought my camera so I could share with you. Close up below.

 My photo does NOT do this justice. It is amazing. I'll bet it includes every technique you know. There are crystals and very close quilting.(The feathers are quilted with feathers. Each square of fabric is tightly quilted.)  More than amazing. The white glove lady thought it "too much".  You notice 2 ribbons on the side...

 I really liked this one. Her Mom made the blocks of flowers = sweet peas. She quilted it. See the pea pods? and there is other quilting as well. Thirties and forties fabric makes it quite cheery.
 Had to have a picture of this one below... I like crows. We used to feed and water birds in our front yard in California for years. The crows are quite intelligent, and amazing to watch.
The close up shows an amazing degree of skill at applique - don't you agree?

I took this picture thinking I could mimic it... a wonky triangle or teepee... Mine would be more colorful, you know.

 Below is another picture taken because I thought I could make it... more color needed though.
Another one I loved the colors... I've made a few orange, green and blue quilts in years past.. (To me they are the earth colors of California.)  It's nice to see that someone else likes the combination. This quilt is called Sunrise Sunset. (It got an award, too.)

We got to the show only because of my Sister, Barbara. She lives in Duluth Minnesota, was meeting a friend from the Twin Cities who was coming up to see the show, and called me to let me know it was on! I'd never have known about it otherwise.  Thanks Barb. Love you lots!
So that's my report. Hope you enjoyed the quilts and narrative.
Happy Monday.