Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Days moving Too Fast? Too Slow? Where did they go?

"The Days are Long...
but the Years are Short"

Just love that phrase and that's exactly how I feel.

I can't believe it's been Months since my last post ... 
but the quilting continues - really it does!!
But caring for an elderly parent with Dementia takes a toll on a person,
so finding the time to actually sit and blog has been nonexistent - 
I'd rather sit and stitch!

But today was the day to update this page!
Jimmy Buffet is playing, the sun is shining, and the air conditioner is on! 
Which is why I can have a nice cup of HOT tea!!

So grab your beverage of choice and see what's been happening!

What do you think... Too many projects??

This spring I had the opportunity to give a few lectures and workshops to fabulous quilt guilds!
In February Shining Tides in Westport Ma invited me to do my 
"Quilting ADHD" lecture and sashiko workshop.
The next night Artful Hands of Mansfield invited me to do my sashiko hands-on lecture.
In March The Greater Hartford Quilt Guild hosted my "Quilting ADHD" lecture.
April found me at the Narragansett Bay Quilter's for "Quilting ADHD" lecture and my
"Tote Bag" workshop.
Just love traveling around sharing my quilts and quilting journey!

Spent some time cleaning my quilting room and 
getting quilt tops ready to take to my Quilty Longer friend to baste.
Just hate that part of the quilting process, and there are just too many of them!
So off go these three and three more!!
See ya when your basted!!

Working on an elephant quilt for my hubby!
My favorite is the one that's hiding!!
The cream one on the darker background...
didn't plan it that way ... but it works!
The elephants. are needle turn appliqué using a stencil,
I drew the elephant onto the back of the fabric, 
used a few dots of glue to position the elephants in place 
and then just needle turned my way around!

Decided in January or February???
(Oh No can't remember must be catching my mom's Dementia!!)
Anyway - decided to treat myself to the monthly Quilty Box from Fat Quarter Shop!
So exciting receiving Quilty mail!!
Love that their box is the same color as a Tiffany jewelry box!!
Just saying!!!

In April my Guild (Silver City Quilt Guild) hosted Karen Echmeier for a lecture and workshop...
She was fabulous! Loved her energy - so much so we are having her back in two years!!

Here is my "Accidental Landscape" created in Karen's workshop!
My hubby has already claimed it as his!!

Back track to March!
Silver City had a field trip to Pro Chem in Fall River Ma
to do Shibori ... SO MUCH FUN!!!

Here is the prep work for a heart block

Stitch ... stitch .... stitch...

soak in the indigo dye...
let dry...
let dry...
and Voila!! 
a Beautiful Indigo Heart!!
I have definite plans for this block.... Shhhh....!!!

All of my samples from a day of Shibori at Pro Chem!

In the midst of caring for mom and going to guild workshops
hubby and I (well mostly me!) decided to repaint all three of the bedrooms
in the house! wall and woodwork (dark brown to white!)
So happy with the new coastal look of our bedroom,
not showing the before but trust me it was looking very 90's hotel theme!
Spent too much time watching HGTV room make overs back in the 90's!!

Sent hubby to Florida to go fishing with his childhood friend!
He actually caught a 130 pound tarpon!!
Holy Smokes!!
He had fun - and so deserved the vacation time!

My son Matt came home for a visit and brought his fiancee!!
This was the first time we had the chance to meet Emily...
She's a keeper (we're a fishing family!!)
Such a sweet girl - they are very well suited for one another!

The week after Matt and Emily left, my daughter - Victoria came to visit!!
We spent the week hanging out and shopping!!

Bella and Stella at a good moment during the week!!
You can plainly see this living room needs an update!
It's next on the painting parade!!

In May, Silver City hosted Kathy Beltz who taught Rangley Stars,
this is the center block finished in class.

and here is the completed wallhanging - ready for quilting!

While my daughter was here it gave a chance for hubby and I 
to get out to MY favorite place ... 
Horseneck Beach in Westport Ma
(actually any beach!)

the three mile walk we do is fabulous - wished I could do it every day...
maybe someday!

Can't help myself - just have to pick up every piece of sea glass I can find!!

Working on a Sea appliqué quilt, four out of nine blocks done...

loving how it's coming out...
but my Quilty ADHD is kicking in and it needs something...

Embroidery Embellishing!!
That's it!
What do you think?

Just adds a little pizazz!!

And now ... to finish up.... 
here is what's under my machine at the moment.
It's "Snapshot" a 2015 BOM from Fat Quarter shop.

Need to get this quilt (and 8 others!!) ready for Silver City's September Quilt show!!
Better get back to quilting!

Nice catching up with you!

Have a great Quilty Day and enjoy the process!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

English Paper Piecing and a few Comfort Quilts!

Spent some time cleaning out my stash!
Filled two grocery bags full of fabric and quilt tops
to donate to the Comfort Quilt Programs at
Silver City Quilt Guild and
Rhododendron Needlers Quilt Guild
need to support both my guilds!!

These quilt tops have been sitting for years…
that tells me I'm never going to finish them
and it's time to let them go…
that way someone could enjoy them!

Really like the way SCQG and RNQG 
are handling their Comfort Quilt Program…
A member makes a top, another member quilts the quilt
and then another member binds the quilt!
It is a great group effort!

In between sending six quilts to 
Mad About Quilts to be basted (Hate that job!)
I've started an English Paper Piecing project!
Not that I need another project…
but what can I say this one spoke to me!!

Sue Daley's "Quatro Colours"
The pieces are just the right size for me!
Have to admit I have the whole 
Millefiori, New Hexagon and La Passacaglia collections
but for some reason found them intimidating daunting!
But this CUTIE seemed very doable!

Two of my quilt friends
Linda and Ronni
gave me a way too cute box for quilty stuff
it works perfect for my Quatro Color pieces!

One side fits all the tools and my needle book!
the other side is great for the papers and pieces!

My first paper pieced flower!!
(fabric from Bonnie and Camille)

So CUTE!!!

Have a great Quilty Day and enjoy the process

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Another quilt retreat!

January was definitely Quilt Retreat month!
I had the opportunity to get away to my second retreat 
a few weeks ago - so wonderful to get out with other quilters!
The creativity was just outstanding!!

My days were spent working on two different donation quilts,
one for SCQG's Comfort Quilt program and the other for
Quilts of Valor (ran out of sashing fabric so could not finish that one!)

Here is my pile of cut fabric for a disappearing 9 patch

Using a speckled background batik fabric
and bright 5" precut batik squares-
it was fun putting it all together
then slicing it up!

rearranging it, 

and then stitching it back together!

now it just needs some boarders
(which were left at home!!)
 and it will be ready for someone in the guild to quilt!!
Hopefully it will go to someone who really needs a bit of comfort!

After returning from my fabulous three day retreat
it was time to get serious and get quilt tops and backs ready
to be basted - since that is NOT my favorite job
and I have FIVE that need to be done 
I'm opting to send them
out to be basted! 
Here are three ready to go!

This is a block that all go on the back of my "Snap shots" 
quilt - pattern was a BOM last year from the Fat Quarter Shop.
Such a fun quilt to make!
Since in was a camera - it just call for a family photo!

more photos of the quilts once they are basted
and I start quilting them on my Janome 6600!
Can't wait! Need to get them all quilted
for SCQG's show in September!!
May even have two more to add to the pile by then!!

Let's not forget 
Super Bowl 51
LOVE those Patriots!!
Usually I can appliqué while watching the game…
but not this one! 
Emotions were all over the place…
they were off to a horrible start - so depressing, then
they woke up came to life and made the greatest come back in history!
It's funny everyone is down on the Patriots for always winning…
well I grew up watch a Dad who support the worst loosing team ever!
He had seasons tickets and went to every game … and they mostly always lost!
He still stuck by them…
I'm sure he was looking down from is 50 yard line seat in heaven
and was over joyed at such a come back win!
Thinking of you Dad - miss ya <3

Ok tears dried … now back to quilting!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Another Comfort quilt top completed

Today I was able to finish a comfort quilt 
that was started two weeks ago at a retreat!

Very happy with it…
even though there is one oops!
but I'm letting it go!!

The pattern is "Patio" by Happy Zombie
and the fabric is "Little Lifesavers" by Michael Miller
and it finished at 62" x 62"

It will go into the Silver City Comfort Quilt program…
will be quilted and bound by another guild members and 
then sent off to someone in need.

My stash is really out of control so I've made the decision
to make at least one comfort quilt a month…
Just love playing with fabric…

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Christmas, Happy New Year and a few 2017 finishes!

 Christmas has come and gone…
always makes me sad
so much preparation, anticipation and excitement
then blink and it's gone.

The Living room was all decorated waiting for the kids to come home,
so great having them home even for just a few days.

The Santa tree skirt I made way back in 1983 for
hubby and my first Christmas …
it still looks great!

 "Selfie" Family Photo!!

In October my son asked me to make a quilt for his girlfriend!
At first I though what you want me to make a quilt start to finish
in two months!!
Well mission accomplished times two!
A Patriots quilt for Matthew...

 and a blue and white quilt for Emily!
She loved it!

Happy New Year!
Wondering what this year will bring??

My first quilt top finish!
Scrappy Trip Around the World
which is a free pattern on Bonnie Hunter's website.

Here is a close up.
It will be donated to the Silver City Quilt Guild's
Comfort Quilts Program!
Another member will take it and quilt it,
then another will bind it
(great group effort)
and then it will go on to someone in need of Comfort!

The first weekend of January I was off to a retreat!
Packed lots of projects!!

First project was from a stack of fat quarters in my stash
"Little Lifesavers" by Michael Miller
and thats as far as it got…
I forgot the sashing fabric!! Oops!

Next up Block 8 of my "Snapshots" quilt
(a BOM from the Fat Quarter Shop)

and block 9!

Four Hedgehogs for my
"Fancy Forrest" quilt

Once home the hexie bug bit me and the result
was this way too cute needlebook
inside view…
yes the little Bunny is appliqués on!!

and the back!

 Block 6 of "Ladies of the Sea"

SO nothing big is finished…
but lots of projects brought up to the next step!

Hope your 2017 is happy and healthy
and full of Quilty Finishes!!