Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Christmas Gift Opened - Love it!

It came in the mail, so I opened it...

From my sister, Barbara, (She always gives me Harry Potter things.) a Hogwarts pop up book!!!! I love it, Barb. Thank you so much.

 These are only 3 of the pages, made to open out all at one time.  There are two other pages that I will show at another time.

The plant is now dubbed the "Whomping Willow".  It's actually a pomegranate that has lived there since we moved here because sunshine shows up there on occasion.
I'm still discovering new things about this gift.  You may be seeing more on this subject.  Tune in next time.


Sunday, December 1, 2019

Blizzard Pictures

We've been entertaining a blizzard named Ezekiel. He dumped a bunch of snow and is still snowing.  Winds were 35-50 mph, but have now subsided. Neighbors are out shoveling and the neighbor boy is shoveling for us!  (We are in our 70s and not so healthy.)

Here are some pictures from the house.

Our back porch stairs...

The ironwork on the back porch - there isn't a square inch that the wind didn't deliver some snow.

From the family room window through the blinds. (The @!#$%& blinds you can't move within the panes of glass.) Snow on everything.

Another window view.
I guess we got the 12-18 they were predicting.  We stayed in. Luckily we didn't lose any power.
The kicker = winter hasn't officially started yet.
Hugs to you all.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Here's my turkey, JR....

My turkey, not as fun as Julie Rose's

It's paper pieced and part of a "Backyard Birds" quilt I made for my son's birthday in 2009 (I think).  The pattern was from the book "365 Paper Piecing Patterns".  See.... not cute or funny. I like yours better, JR.


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Still Making Butterflies

But I didn't make this one...

This one -dragonfly- showed up on my screen yesterday.  They are supposed to be good luck...we could use some.

Hope this one is good luck for you, too.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Some more of the new butterflies

I arranged some on the ironing board, but they wouldn't all fit.  Tried a new batch of fabrics from my stash. found my Fairy Frost fabrics... there is a green (Fairy Frost) winged one in this first picture with a red body and white background.

See the bird fabric here on the bottom of the above picture. I bought it for making birds... I have a box in my stash for fabrics that look like birds to me.  And the blue with lime green in it is left over from last year's H2H quilt. I paired it with oranges then  - looks good with an orange body and lime background.

I haven't squared them up yet... but you knew that.

Orange Fairy Frost body with  green speckled wings and yellow background. I bought a bunch of Fairy Frost for making birds from a gift certificate I got for Christmas one year from Sheila of  Sew Cook and Travel. Thanks again Sheila.

Some of my favorite fabrics are here in this batch.  I really love this orange with purple accents that is second to the last in the picture above (green body and dark purple background).  Top right in this picture is some Fairy Frost blue... You have to cut into it as some point - if you don't, your inheritor will get to use it. I really don't know who that might be.

Nothing else is going on here. I am suffering another bout of trouble with my sciatica, brought on when I blew out my right knee... climbing the stairs!  Who says exercise is good for you?

I have a few more I'll share when I have more done...

Happy Hump Day to you all,

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Still Making Butterflies

Showing 9 X 14 = 127  blocks and I've got one more to start the next batch... I'm not done. It's only 36" X 48" when sewn together.  Not big enough.

Some of my favorites -

I've been using mostly scraps so far, but now I'll be getting out the bigger pieces in my stash to make all the butterflies that I want to make and make them all different.  I'm still enjoying the process.

Stay cool.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

More Butterflies

I've got 91 sewn now, but only these are squared up.

Below are close ups that I especially like.  The layout will change, of course. You can't have same colors next to each other.... And a couple of them are just wrong... like the polka dot and pink butterfly with the pink background on the top row.  What was I thinking? 

I do like the leopard print, but the pink one next to it looks like a dumbbell.  Anyway, back to the cutting mat. (First I need some Tylenol!)
Keep cool.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

A New to Me Butterfly

I started out to make the kind I've seen all over the blogs, like here. I've wanted to try them for ages now.
I had trouble getting the background on correctly, so I made a paper piecing pattern.  You may notice I had a problem with that, too. Oh well, these are wonky ones.  I'll fix the pattern for the next ones.  I've been itching to make something paper pieced, you know me.
Linking to Rainbow Scrap Challenge on Saturday.
Happy Thursday,

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Stories to go with the H2H quilts shown on an earlier post

Sometimes I have a time trying to tell one quilt from the close-ups of it shown on other blogs... So on this blog I am sharing the stories of the quilts that I'm giving to the Hands to Help Comfort quilts challenge. I'll show the quilts again and the sordid truths about them. LOL

This one started out as a Squirrel Quilt...

You know how squirrel quilts can be... so exciting to start, so tedious to finish. I liked the color scheme from an ad in a magazine, and I love the white and muslin background pieces on other quilts I have seen, but just not the way I did it. 

This red and muslin quilt is Cherry Pie - my third quilt, and it's been in the UFO pile since the 90s.  It's huge, and I just don't feel like finishing it. There are a few blocks cut that I will send with to Victoria's in Canada... in case she needs to add to the part she cuts off of this one.

The next two may need to be sewn together to be big enough, but that should be easy. These are "made" fabric pieces I made a couple of summers ago. There are orphan blocks and paper pieced blocks included in each. Close up photos show those blocks.



And here is the baby quilt for Jack's Basket.  Some of my favorite multicolored fabrics with two sided "frames".  It's an easy quilt to make, and I made it for a friend to give to a grandchild.  I asked and asked for an address, but none was offered.  I have two other quilts for the other grandkids that aren't as yet finished. They will be donated somewhere when they are finished, too.

Don't you just love the spacey blue on the left and the rainbow "flames" next to it?  In honor of my nephew, Brandon, this one goes to Jack's Basket.

Stories and close-up photos as promised. Shipping these tomorrow.

UFOs For H2H donations

Hi and here it is.  The first four flimsies are for Victoria's Quilts Canada, and one for Jack's Baskets. To make it easier for Sarah, I'll make another post with the stories.  Hugs, Terri

And one quilt for Jack's Baskets.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Happy Mother's Day!

I got the best of all Mother's Day gifts this year... My younger son, Scot, graduated from Arizona State University with honors. (Yep, gold tassel and rope, and a special sash given to military graduates, he was quite colorful. We got to watch the ceremony on the computer.) He retired from the Air Force several years ago, and went to school.  He is now student teaching 7 or 8th grade science, and already has a job for next fall teaching 8th grade science.  I'm very proud of him!

I also got a traditional Mom's Day gift. They usually send cut flowers, but this year I got a hibiscus plant. I've always wanted one. Several of the buds are slightly colored already to bloom, but lots are still green.  Looks like the flowers will be orange or gold colored.  Thanks Kids. I'm very happy with it.

So I hope your Mother's Day is as wonderful as mine.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Snow on May 8th

It really isn't anything new here, but I took pictures to remember the event.  (Shout out to my Sis, who now lives in Florida... We got some and you didn't!)

You can't see it coming down like crazy - camera can't capture the big flakes in the driving wind, maybe you can see it against the tree trunk. It's starting to stick on roofs and grass. I heard snow thunder 3 time so far.
And now some other kind of insanity... I got it to a flimsy and ironed it!  Sharing it belatedly on
Happy Spring - LOL

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Progress on H2H Qilt


I can't show the most recent pictures.  Microsoft updated my computer this week and now pictures won't download the same way.  Exasperating!  Not much \has changed in layout. I've done some sewing together of the blocks... some progress.
Showing this on Confessions of a Fabric Addict today.  See you there.


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Scary Stuff?

Here is an email I recently received.

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Anybody else get this message on e-mail?  I'm not doing it!  I may be a nonblogger soon, but I'm not doing it. Junk having to do with the computer is just getting to be too much trouble for me. I've enjoyed reading my old blogs from time to time.  Lots of good memories that I won't be able to read anymore after April 1.  Or is this an elaborate and nasty April Fools day prank?  They sure chose a bad day for a change over.  So if there is anything on my blog that you want to see, look now or be disappointed.


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

It's been a while

New fabric

The blue is more aqua and the dots are a copper metallic color and feel. I love the pink and yellow print. So cheery.

Happy Hump Day...

Saturday, March 9, 2019

What I've been working on

Mostly I've been procrastinating, but I did make all 121 of these blocks.  (Working early on the H2H quilt for Happy Chemo.) Hands to Help Comfort Quilt Challenge starts on Sunday (tomorrow).

I'm calling it a "Wonky Wedge". I tried to use a limited pallet of blue, purple and green.
Below is the first 4 blocks sewn together (upper left). Blocks always look better after being pressed and sewn together, don't you think so?

Sew I have been using my green scraps...  This quilt is easy and uses your scraps, even strips work.

 Close ups are a few of my favorite prints.

Blocks are made from a 5" square of white (121 are a mix of two different prints of white on white and  some off white), then sew varying size and shape triangles onto each.  Somehow I made some bloopers that went the wrong way. I figured it is just another part of "wonky". 

We are supposed to get a snow storm starting this evening, but the weather people can't decide if  it will be 1" or 8".  We will see. We do have enough already. I'm tired of shoveling, and I only helped a couple of times.

Have a wonderful weekend.