Friday, April 16, 2021

Getting There

Mom and I are getting there on the puzzle.  We finally had some time to work on it.
Here is how it looked Thursday before when we decided we had done enough.  
All that is left to do is finish the water and the sky.  Oh, yes and those three pieces in the moon.  The thing is - the moon and the water are the same colors.  



Above are the pieces that are left over. I do believe we can finish it over the weekend.  

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Saturday, April 10, 2021

More Scrappy Fun

The scraps have not diminished or so it seems. I have scraps in bags, boxes, drawer units, and who knows where else.  In my quest to tame the scrap monster, I am doing a lot of "sit and sew."  I grab one piece and another piece that looks interesting with it - or is just about the right size. I sew them together and then do another one.  I try to keep one under the foot at all times during a session.  When I just "need" to press one, I grab them all and go to the iron.  Or sometimes, I set an ironing table next to me.  (But I like the get up and move break some days.)  

Here are two pieces that have been trimmed.  For these I have mostly sewn strips that were already cut. A few pieces were chunks that I just cut into strips for convenience in sewing. 

This first one was cut into thirds and reconfigured just for fun.  A strip was added on each side of two sections - then the other section was added onto and joined to the bottom. 

The one below is just strips and pieced strips. 
When a strip isn't quite long enough,  I grab another piece or two and extend that strip, as you may see. 

I do a lot of the cutting while sitting at the machine with my scissors.  Sometimes  Usually this means there is a mess there. 
To be honest that is neat for that area. 

This is a very small pile of scrap pieces waiting to get used. 
And there is one pieced strip that was the last thing under the foot this sewing session. It 
was taken for a press and trimmed also.
That teeny pieced section was trimmed from another piece - 
those three strips were longer than the others.  Waste not, want not!

Meanwhile,  at Mom's,  we are working on another puzzle.  Although we are not rushing on this one.
Mom thinks that she doesn't accomplish much, but often she pulls out a set of pieces that I 
then fit together.  One example is the lower right corner. She had pulled all the blossom pieces
and left them at the lower edge. So I fit them all into place. 
Here is what it should look like when we finish.
It is really pretty, I think. 





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Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Another Little Piece of my Heart

Scraps! For some of us they have meaning. Many of the scraps in my stash remind me of other quilts or the person who gave me a piece of fabric.  Those memories can make them a little piece of my heart.  

While trying to use them up, I sometimes go down a rabbit hole of memories.  While other pieces are a mystery to me "Where did that piece come from?" But mostly, I just look at the pieces and smile. Then I sew them into another "something."    

I have been sewing a lot of scrappy somethings lately.  There is no big secret plan.  (or maybe there is and I don't want to tell just yet.......)  There IS No Plan.  ha ha. 

There is a lot of enjoyment from taking bits and strips of fabric that so many would just toss in the garbage to enlarge the landfill.  I prefer to only toss pieces so tiny that I can't sew them. 

Here are some of the Scrappy Somethings from the past few days. 


Some of these,  no,  MOST of these are not squared up and ready to use. If it doesn't exactly fit, but it is large enough,  I sew it on and trim it later. 
For now, I am enjoying the play of color, texture, accidental design, hand dyed fabric, batiks, and prints. 

A plethora of things that these could become.  Or they could all be worked into one wallhanging or table topper.


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Saturday, April 03, 2021

Maybe I Have Had My 15 Minutes

The American Pop Artist,  Andy Warhol, once said, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes"   Well, many of you know that I love being onstage and that I also like to make people laugh.  
To be honest, I have probably had more than my fifteen minutes of fame.  In the last few weeks, my name has been broadcast to a couple of audiences.  

You see, there is this Southern humorist,  Jeanne (pronounced like the "I dream of Jeannie - but spelled with no "i") Robertson.  Jeanne Robertson is known as A Grandma Gone Viral for her YouTube channel. Once the COVID Quarantine hit, she couldn't go speak to large audiences in person.  Her solution was to stage "Live from the Back Porch" both on Facebook and YouTube.  The audience writes in questions and she and her famous guests answer them.   

She KNOWS my name.  I think she knows I have a pretty good sense of humor also.  On March 20th, her special guest was a Country Music Legend, Jeannie Seely.   Having grown up in Alabama with parents that loved country music, I knew her name and who she is in the business. Of course I submitted a few questions.  Here is what happened:


You should know that I was laughing right along with them.  I had to show the video to my Mom.  She thought it was amazing that Jeanne Seely said my name, right there on the internet for everyone to hear.

                Here is a LINK  to the whole show in case you want to watch it all. 

The next week Jeanne was not on her own back porch but was in Savannah, Georgia with her friend, Jane Tucker.  Jane is from New York City and has helped Jeanne dress for her speaking career.  Jane also is a "character" in some of Jeanne's hilarious stories - like The Pashmina story.   Again, here is what happened:
                                  Here is the  LINK to the whole thing. 

Have I exceeded my fifteen minutes of "everybody fame?"  Should I go hide in a cave for a few years? 

More importantly, have I ever made you laugh?  I sure hope so.  (I guess I should say that I hope the video clips work.)

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Random, Wonky and Wonderful

Fun - that is what quilting should be, fun.  So, I have determined to make some fun stuff and just enjoy sewing with no expectations.  I had some scraps left from making the coasters and I rummaged around in the bins and added more.  Some of the pieces were sewn together already, but not many.  Orphan blocks can be used as is or cut into strips to add back into something else. 

This one above started with a half square triangle unit. Then I pieced  around it like a log cabin - except that some of the "logs" are pieced.  Often those small pieces were cut from the end of another strip.  Those can be sewn together to make a new strip. 

Next up- these two books were part of my inspiration. 
There is also this block:
There is some slashed piecing in there as well as an orphan piece that was made
as an experiment. 
Then this one

Two more orphan pieces and another half square triangle.  And of course a lot
of scrap pieces sewn on randomly. 

Finally this little quarter log cabin - very inspired by the Gwen Marston book. 

I followed some advice and just grabbed strips to sew on it at random - as long as there was some contrast to keep it visually appealing. 

How will all of these be used? For what?  
Figuring that out has not been fun yet.
So......
I will keep sewing or do something else until the idea says 
"Hey why don't you......."
And then it will be fun. 
I worked long enough to retire so that I could start doing things that are fun. 
There are still things I have to do, 
but I get to do more things I want to do. 


Until Next Time,  
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Monday, March 29, 2021

Another Finish- Table Scraps

It was really a lot of fun just randomly piecing and making the set of four coasters. The recipient approved them and they are almost ready for mailing.  They still need a quick wash/dry cycle so that I can be confident that no seams will pop when they are washed.  Here they are as of today, Sunday March 28th.  (This will not be posted until Monday the 29th.)  
I have to say that I prefer the straight line quilting best on these. 

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Table Scraps: Placemats are Finished -and a start

There is a challenge on the blog "A Joyful Quilter"  that I discovered when she asked if I was going to put my placemats in the challenge.  I decided that the answer is "YES."  My placemats are finished although I have not done my standard practice of "washing everything I make before it leaves my hands."  

Here are the four placemats. 

And here is the back of one showing the label.

After the last post a friend emailed asking if I could make her some coasters. Her request was "green, and use some scraps to make them so I can use them. If they are fancy, I won't use them. "

So I rummaged through some scraps and pulled greens and some blue greens. But there are bits of other colors that sneaked in.  I did random piecing that is not fancy - in my opinion.   I hope she approves of these and thinks she will use them.  If not, I will still finish them and someone will use them.  Here are the "tops" for the coasters.  

I confess that I got a copy of "Liberated Quiltmaking II" by Gwen Marston and had looked at it before I started.    They aren't fancy just fun.  Right now they are 5"by 5" so they will be just a bit smaller when quilted, trimmed and bound. 

I think both of the projects count quite nicely as "Table Scraps." 


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Friday, March 26, 2021

A Little Update

I have been very negligent with this blog lately.  So here is what is currently going on in my world.  

Yesterday, here in Alabama - as well as other places,  we had a very bad weather day. Tornadoes ripped across the state causing a lot of damage in some areas.   I was fortunate that my home and those of my loved ones in the area were spared any major damage.  It was a scary day.  

I have been working most recently on making a set of placemats.  These are pieced and done in the "leave a turning area open" manner.    Two of them are quilted and two are waiting to be quilted. 
But before being quilted the turning spot and the rest of the edge is sewn closed.  It is at that point that I inserted my label.

This photo also shows the backing - and the fact that my stitching on the edge is not perfect. 

You know you are a quilter when you are watching mindless video and the thing that catches your eye is a log cabin block used in decor. 
This episode was made in 1972.  The seventies were the start of the quilting revival in the USA.  I love the way these were used as set decor.  It "normalized" the use of quilted items as home decor.  You may notice that the pillows do not match. Also the one on the left looks like it was truly used prior to being on camera.  (These are the places my mind goes - sometimes I lose the plot of a show when I see quilts or quilted items. ) 



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Friday, March 19, 2021

A Finish - and Almost Another

The weather has been interesting the last few days.  I have had summer, tornado spring, and today, late fall. Thursday it was sunny in the morning, then by early afternoon, the sun was hidden.  However, a bright overcast day is great for getting true colors in a photo. So I decided to get photos of the quilt top since I had finished it just before lunch. 

It seemed calmly serene and just a little cool as I put up the line and hung the quilt. Then I pulled out my camera and walked around to take photos.  The wind decided to play with the quilt. I think I took ten to twelve photos. 
And the wind laughed at me. 
I laughed back and kept snapping photos. 


As you can see, Mr. Wind had the last laugh  I even tried 
weighing down the bottom edge, to no avail. 
At least you can see what I did with the scraps and the borders. 
This quilt has a lot of movement anyway.  Maybe the wind was flirting with it.
Birds of a feather, you know. 

At Mom's house we continued to work on the latest puzzle.  Mom had made a few 
strides the night before and then on Thursday morning. 
I was impressed.  Plus, it made it easier for me to fit in some more pieces. 
Here is how it looked when I said "Enough!" on Thursday. 

All the pieces that remain are green. But I wouldn't be surprised to find it finished on Friday 
afternoon when I visit. Mom finds doing the puzzles a lot of fun. 
(Okay,  I am enjoying it, too. I confess. Mom and I make a pretty good team.)

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Trimmings and Pieces

The center of the quilt top is sewn together in the design variation that my friend and I decided on while zooming.  I don't have a photo as I sewed it on the last sunny day.  The weather now is rainy and gray and today we have a potential for some severe weather. 

But while making this pattern you do a lot of block trimming that leaves you with all of these pieces.
Trimmings
Those are perfectly good fabric. As was shown in the book they can be sewn together 
and used in the quilt as part of a border.  So I have a plan to use them. 

They are all sewn together and while they were still in pieces when
I took this photo they are now in two nice strips, ready for my quilt plan. 

In other news, Mom and I have been working on a new puzzle that my brother bought. 
This one does NOT have a poster to look and find where the pieces go.  
I find that poster so helpful with my "old eyes." 
For this one we are having to use the little picture on the box top as our guide. 
But we are still making progress. 
Pieces
There are 500 pieces in this one -although I know that it is also made in a 1000 piece 
variation.  I found it online as 1000 pieces but it was out of stock. 
This puzzle is made by Cobble Hill.  I don't really like they way it is cut.
The pieces are not "exact fit" like the Buffalo Games puzzles. 
But, we will finish it. 



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Sunday, March 14, 2021

Blocks Made - Layout Under Consideration

The Wonky Nine Patch Passion quilt is still in progress.  The blocks are made and I have done several layouts trying to find one that "sings" to me.  After a lot of moving blocks around I came upon this layout. 
When it is sewn all the seams will (hopefully) line up for a more cohesive design.  The layout that I was wanting to do just didn't read well with these fabric choices.  
That one looked like this:
I didn't have all the blocks made when I took the photo of that one. 

What surprises me is how many different layouts I can do with this block. 
Actually it is one block and its mirror image. 

After talking with a friend on Zoom, and looking at the layout. 
We decided on a variation on the first layout. 

I think it adds some consistency to the placement of the fabrics.
So that is the one I am sewing together. 

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

Puzzle and Bear and Blocks -OH MY!

Did the title get your attention?  There is a project that I have been working on but have not mentioned.  But first,  let me show you what Mom and I completed today!!! This puzzle was a tough one.  We knew from the start that one piece was missing and another was damaged.  What we did not know was that some of the pieces will fit in other places reasonably well. (more on that but first the photo.) 
We were correct about the missing piece.  I was sure that piece of sky was the one missing.  But we messed up the big house in front by fitting one piece that joins it to the sky into the place one spot right of where it belonged.  It really did look like it fit. Today with only 22 pieces left, I figured it out.  Then we got it finished. 

Thursday night I started a project I have been looking at for a while.  I got a book by Marlous Carter titled Wonky One Block Quilts.   The cover photo makes me happy, so that is the one I chose to work on. I am starting it as a baby quilt - but I may have to expand to lap size to be happy with it. 
Here are the fabrics I chose to start with. 
This is an Island Batik collection named "Little Sir, Little Miss."  The three at the bottom are yardage. I needed lighter fabrics to make the design pop.  The fact is that I probably will not use all the fabrics in the line.  I may use the white numbers fabric as a neutral on some of the blocks - I am undecided. 

I have made two blocks - but the project I haven't spoken about is also in the block photo.  You see, I made a "Calico Bear" from the Funky Friends Factory collection.  Pauline, the pattern designer had a sew along and gave the pattern as an intro to making soft toys.  
So when my doll needles finally arrived, I sewed on the arms and legs. Then that crafty bear started playing with my quilt blocks.  I think Calico approves. 


Isn't that just the sweetest smile. 
I know that you can't tell much about the blocks yet but when I have
a few more of them sewn I will post a layout photo. 
I must keep creating!


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Thursday, March 11, 2021

Puzzled by it all

Mom and I are working on a 500 piece puzzle.  Wait, actually it is a 499 piece puzzle.  This puzzle we got used from the Public Library.  There was a note inside saying that one piece is missing and another piece is damaged.  We think that we have found both places.  There is a spot in the sky on the left side of the puzzle that has a piece with four "innies"  or as I call them "holes" that is missing.  You can see it in the progress picture below. 

The damaged piece is placed in the place we think it goes.  It is on the lower right, under the leg dog's head which is two or three pieces above it.  It looks like a pet or a toddler tried to eat it. 

Here is the photo "map" that came with the puzzle.  I do like having a photo that is bigger than the box to use for reference. 

And we have the pieces sorted on pieces of cardboard. When we are working on it, we have them placed around the puzzle like this. 

The red edge you see on the right hand side also has pieces placed on it.  As you may can tell, the ground, sky, and leaves on the trees are the harder parts.  But we will eventually get it all put together.  

I have a sewing project that I am working on, but it is stalled as I had to order some special longer hand needles to finish it.  Then USPS  conveniently  sent them to the wrong state- Georgia - for some reason. 
When I get them, I will finish the project and then show it to you. 


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