Monday, August 28, 2017

The Week Ahead

It’s hard to believe that by the end of this week we will be into September! This year has flown by! But before August is up, I hope to get some more done in the sewing room.

Today I will be doing a bit of baking – tomorrow is my turn to bring a snack for our quilting bee. Other than that, the week should be open to some sewing/crafting time.  I will continue working on the Wonky 9-Patch Halloween quilt for my daughter…

I have the backing and some batting for it, so I just need to finish up the piecing the stick it on the quilting frame. This quilt will be quilted on my longarm.

Also on the agenda is putting together a pillow from this needlepoint project I finished earlier this year…

I have the back and I finally have an insert for it. This is one of a few pillow projects that have been floating around my sewing room recently. On Friday I picked up an insert and made a pillow from some fall fabric I picked up off the free table at a guild meeting last year…

It looks the same on the back. These were two panels that I think were meant to be table toppers, but they make a fine 20” pillow for my chair in the living room for the fall. The best part about it – fabric off my shelves and a completed project!

That may be all I get to this week, but that’s enough. Thursday will be my “reboot” day, so I will try to clean up (and out) some things in the sewing room and around the house and get some rough spots organized. I think I will start to do this on the last day of each month. It will help me keep on top of things around here, plus it will help me make sewing plans for each month.

And…my heart goes out to everyone in Houston and all over Texas. We have lived in TN for 20 years now, but we spent the three previous years in Houston. I absolutely loved living there and hated leaving all the people there. We still have friends there and we are keeping in touch with them this week. They are sheltered in place and doing OK, but more rain is coming. It’s difficult to see the freeways and roads that I once drove completely under water. We never had anything more than heavy rain storms while we were there, and the roads and bayous nearly flooded then. I can just imagine what our old neighborhood must look like now. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is having to deal with this storm.

For now, I need to get to it. I will be linking up with Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt and with Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts. Head over for some great projects – and have a wonderful week!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Cruisin’ in Neutral

Gypsy Wife is done! I’m so excited it is completed and on the wall…

It looks like it’s hanging a bit wonky on the wall, but it’s not IRL. This was my One Monthly Goal for August, and one of my 3rd Quarter goals for the 2017 Finish-A-Long. I’m really pleased with it and I’m glad it’s completed. As for the name…it’s sort of a family “thing” and it kept popping into my head while working on the binding of this quilt. When I was growing up we had a cat who was a bit laid back and we always said he was “Cruisin’ in neutral.” We loved that guy to pieces, so it wasn’t a disparaging comment…just true! So, in honor of our lovely cat Zachary, this quilt is Gypsy Wife – Cruisin’ in Neutral. Yay, a finish!

I’ve just been working on bits of this and that around the house recently. I did complete the first two blocks of the I Wish You a Merry QAL

I’m using my blue, white, and grey/silver fabrics for this one. We’ll see how they all work out in the end. I may use the snowflake pattern to make a winter table runner for us.

I spent some time Wednesday and Thursday with the Halloween Wonky 9-Patch quilt top. It’s coming along. I hope to finish the top in the next week or two. Here’s where it stands…

I have also been canning tomatoes…and canning more tomatoes, and more tomatoes! I probably have a couple of more weeks before they are all spent on the plants. But so far, I have 20 pints to use this winter in soups and chilis, and I’m so excited about that!

I’ve also been working on some genealogy. Maybe one day I will have it completely organized!

This weekend should be lovely here, so we have some outdoor work planned, and I’m sure I will get to some crochet and stitching this weekend, and on Sunday afternoon we have our guild charity quilts Sit & Sew. The home sewing projects will have to wait until Monday.

Have a wonderful weekend, and I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and at Elm Street Quilt for the August Finishes of One Monthly Goal. Head over for some great projects.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Happenings

It’s been a while since I’ve been here on the blog, but I have been busy. We spent last weekend camping in the beautiful Cumberland Mountain State Park, and then it seems like this week has just been busy, busy, busy. I have gotten a few things accomplished since last time.

I finished the first block in the I Wish You a Merry QAL

I like this snowflake block so much, I think I will use it to make a table runner for the dining room for this winter. The second block is out for the QAL and I’m working on that now.

I also spent yesterday morning at a quilting workshop at my new quilt guild (yes, Ms. Anti-Social now belongs to TWO quilt guilds!) This guild is about a 45-minute drive away, so that’s a point against it. However, it meets one morning a month and has lots of workshops taught by members, programs with nationally known instructors (Rob Appell will be at the September meeting), and classes by those instructors. That’s about 20 points for this guild.

I really had a good time at the workshop and I came away with a new technique in my quilting arsenal. We did fusible collage, which is something that I have seen on quilts in shows and thought, “That might be fun to do,” yet never ended up trying it. The instructor takes her inspiration from Susan Carlson’s quilts, and her sample quilt from the workshop is headed to Paducah for the AQS show next month. Yesterday, I tried this technique and came away with this pumpkin…

I think I will add some more fabric in a couple of spots that need to be cleaned up a bit, but overall it turned out fine. I have LOTS of fused orange fabric left over, so I think I will put together some more pumpkins. I am also taking another collage class in October at a local quilt shop, so this has given me a little confidence boost going into that class.

And finally, I stitched the binding onto the neutral Gypsy Wife quilt, and I’m in the process of hand stitching it down. I have most of two sides done, so I’m well on my way…

That’s about all the sewing stuff that’s been happening around here. Today I have a couple of errands, then I plan on canning these lovelies…

As they are processing, I will work on the Gypsy Wife binding. If I have time to get down to the sewing room, I have a couple of quick things I want to take care of, then I think it will be time for some clean-up in there!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and be careful of your eyes Monday during the eclipse. We are near the path of totality…I think on the news they said we will have a 99.69% total eclipse. Traffic is starting to get heavy in this area from everyone coming to see it, so we will probably spend the weekend at home working on projects. When the eclipse hits Monday, I will probably be downstairs in the sewing room. I might notice that it gets dark outside, but you never know!

I will be linking up with Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict. Head over for some wonderful projects.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Work in Progress

I have been working on the Wonky 9-Patch Halloween quilt blocks for a while now, and haven’t spent much time on it recently. I have mostly been working on some blocks for some charity quilts for our guild this month. So, I took a break from those blocks and yesterday I started putting the Wonky 9-Patch top together.

First, I put all 42 blocks up on the Design Wall and moved things around a bit, then I got the first row stitched together with black 2-1/2-inch strips…

Sorry for the slanted photo – it’s hard taking a photo in cramped spaces!

Here are (most of) the remaining blocks on my Design Wall…

The Design Wall has been moved to the end of my quilting frame, so it’s a bit hard to see it or get a good photo…but you get the idea.

My goal is to have this one completed and shipped off to my daughter by the end of September. I may try to put a second row together today, but I also need to get some quilting done on the Gypsy Wife, so we’ll see what happens. Lots of laundry to do today, along with a few chores, so hopefully I can squeeze in some sewing time.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!
Linking up with:
WOW! WiPs on Wednesday at Esther’s Blog

Let’s Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts

Saturday, August 5, 2017

To the Max

I have been piecing blocks for this Kittens pattern for the 2017 Rainbow Scrap Challenge…

I wanted to be sure to include blocks representing the cats that I have had IRL…unlike the green and blue Kittens blocks! So, I was excited that this month’s color is light, creams/neutrals. I’m including white in this color scheme, so I can pay homage to my wonderful white kitty Max Cat…

I got Max Cat back in 1985 when I graduated from college and moved into my own place (please don’t do the math!!) Max had a buddy back then, Alexis…

…and I will make a black Kitten block for her later on.

Max Cat had the sweetest temperament of any cat I’ve had, and he was such a lovey guy. I’m happy I was able to make a block for him…

I know the eyes are a little…off. I colored in the pupil with a gel fabric pen that I use for signing quilts to see how it would look. I have to live with it for a bit, but I may end up fusing a fabric pupil on the eyes.

And he wasn’t always Max Cat. He started out as plain old Max, but then after I was married we took in a sweet Dalmatian when his original owners divorced…

…and his name was Max also, so the kitty quickly became Max Cat.

I now have 17 Kitten blocks for the RSC for 2017…

That’s a pretty good looking litter and I really enjoy making these blocks. They go together fast and it’s instant gratification for me! This will be a busy month, but if I have time I will look through more of my neutral/light scraps and see if I can put together another Kitten or two.

That’s it from here today. I hope you have a great weekend and I will be linking up with Angela for the Rainbow Scrap Challenge at So Scrappy. Head over for some wonderful projects.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

August Goals

A new month…time to make some plans for the sewing room.

For my One Monthly Goal for August, I want to finish up my neutral Gypsy Wife. That means I need to finish the quilting, get the binding attached and hand stitched down, hanging sleeves attached, and hang it on the wall. I have decided to only do “in the ditch” quilting on this. I think any additional quilting will detract from the fabric motifs that were fussy cut for some of the blocks. I also think it will look great just with the ditch quilting. I don’t have a lot of quilting left, but it will probably still take me two or three weeks to complete it. Here is just the top…

I will also continue working on some of my Finish-A-Long projects: Merrily, the Wonky Halloween 9-Patch, and maybe even begin quilting the Vintage Skate. Lots to do, so I better get to it.

I hope you all have lots of fun in August, and stop by Elm Street Quilts for the One Monthly Goal August Goal Setting Party.