Monday, June 11, 2018

June Catch Up

At the retreat last fall, Sew'n Wild Oaks had kits for these table mats.  I couldn't pass this one up for my friends roostery kitchen.  It was fun and fast to make. 


With leftover fabric and blocks from the black and white quilt, I sewed up this little table runner.  I still have leftovers I'm playing with.  More later...
And from Confessions of a Fabric Addict...not only are we blessed with the good feeling of creating and giving during the Hands2Help event...there are sponsored gifts.  I was treated to this bundle of fat quarters. Beautiful fabric and colors!  Thank you, Sarah and thank you to the kind sponsors cheering us on!


In the sewing room, I've been working on my Lil' Orphan Scrappy.  I finally have all the blocks sewn and am trimming them up.  I'm hoping to get it sewn together this week.  Here is my Marianne, assistant to the stars ✸




Friday, June 1, 2018

June Starts

I'm trying to work in more sewing this month so I'm starting with my Lil' Orphan Scrappy blocks. My fabric choices are looking a bit bright and ...pink but as I'm adding an edging of darker blocks I'm hoping it balances out.















Marianne is helping me.














I won a giveaway from Okan Arts. This is such a beautiful gift to receive.  The fabrics and thread are just lovely.  Thank you, Patricia Belyea!


















We had birthdays here last month.  Luke turned 6 and Sammy is now 14 years old.  We celebrated with treats and trips to the beach. 


















I'm linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Friday, May 25, 2018

2018 May H2H

Another fast month here and only a little sewing, but I was able to complete my quilts for the Hands2Help event...though just under the wire :-)
First I completed a little baby quilt for Little Lambs Foundation for Kids.  I think it is about 36" X 40" but it's already on its way and I can't verify the size.  My friend had purchased a box of fabric at a yard sale and this is where I found some fun flannels.  I added the white flannel and quilted it with loops and hearts meander.


My second quilt was actually started last year as I often cut 2" squares from leftover fabrics and sew them together as leader/ender pieces.  I like 16 patches so that is how they often end up.  I pulled from a pattern I saw on a Missouri Star Quilt Co video....though now that I'm looking at the picture it looks like I got a little more "creative" with some of my block turnings. ;-)  This measures 61" X 73" and has quilting with swirls and hooks ala Angela Walters.  The design also has some "creative" moments as I was really distracted by my longarm having trouble with the thread breaking every few inches for a good long while.  I changed the needle, adjusted top tension, bobbin tension, changed the thread, changed the bobbin, sanded all the spots along my thread path, checked my timing, quilt sandwich tension, bar height....everything I could think of or find on a trouble shooting list...Arghhh!
The stitches were perfect and then wham the thread would break. So I would fiddle with something and then start again...for 12 inches or so.  Changing the bobbin, oddly enough, and backing even more off the top tension seemed to make the most difference but it's still kind of a mystery to me. Anyway here it is and it is on its way to Emily to be a Chemo Cozy for some dear person dealing with cancer.  My heart goes along with it and prayers for their healing and comfort.

Thank you to Sarah for hosting this wonderful, yearly event.  Thank you also to Emily and the other organizations that have given us a way to give and make our passion for quilting useful.
I'm linking to Sarah's block Confessions of a Fabric Addict for the final reveal of all the quilts for this year's Hands2Help.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

April 2018

It's kind of hard to believe it's April already. It has been busy here. The furry creatures of the household have continued to give us some challenges but are doing better for the most part.  Luke likes to run around on our ranch land town park and stick his head in bushes, squirrel holes and wherever.  So though we have not encountered any rattlesnakes, Rattlesnake Avoidance Training still seemed like a good thing for him.  I was dreading it but the company we trained with, Ma and Paw Kennels, were wonderful....relaxed, skilled, gentle and offering a safe, good training session.  Luke picked up the skills to recognize the smell, sound and visual of a rattlesnake quickly and gave the reaction of avoidance they wanted to see. We are headed for a generalization and repetition course in a few weeks to promote our safety.

Marianne, my 13 year old grey long haired kitty has been diagnosed with an early stage of kidney disease. She seems to not be feeling the symptoms of this at present so I'm focusing on the prescribed diet.  To encourage her fluid intake, I splurged on a pretty water fountain from Thirsty Cat Fountains.  I was sure she would LOVE it (Ha!) but it actually took a few days till she would use it. We finally won her over though and she's a pro now. I don't have a good video of her using it but this is what it looks like.  Quiet and easy to clean. 

So any sewing or quilting has still been in the back seat.  I have finished a few small projects though. 
The baby quilt for some friends.


Another mini baby quilt with the leftovers for the Grandma to keep at her house for baby visits.

A small table runner from the black and white leftovers.

And from a recent giveaway win, I received a kit to make this cute table runner from Pam Buda. Her blog, Heartspun Quilts is showing new patterns and beautiful new fabric designs she is presenting. I especially love some of the tiny prints she includes. It was very fun to sew this up. Thank you, Pam!

Last but not least, there was a giveaway on Instagram and I won a lovely pattern from Piece by Piece Quilting.  This would look lovely with some of the fabric from Pam Buda!


I'm going get going with the quilt for Hands2Help (see button at upper left corner of this blog page) and then get back to my Lil' Orphan Scrappy.  I hope you are having a beautiful spring day!




Sunday, March 11, 2018

Springing Forward into March

It took me awhile to get sewing again but last month I was able to complete a quilt that I had started with Sabra's help. We were making a little quilt to celebrate the addition of a new pup to a neighbor/friend's family. She wanted it black and white so I looked to Pinterest for a pattern inspiration and found one I'd already sewn before.  Familiarity can be helpful sometimes.  So with some cute novelities thrown in, I sewed away. Here's the quilt and the beautiful family enjoying it :-)  It will be cherished. I love sewing for pups.


Caleb, Bella and Brielle

These pups are the sweetest friends. I have another picture of them after we went walking.  Brenda got a new car and for some reason, Luke wanted to test it out! 
It is so good to have these fur creatures to comfort and cheer 💜

I finished the quilting on a little baby quilt yesterday and just need to add the binding. Here it is in progress...sideways :-/


I'll show when it's completed.  And I will get back to a couple of other projects in progress.  Today, however, is the beginning of another charity quilt season at Confessions of A Fabric Addict.  There are giveaways for participating and great tutorials starting soon for quick quilts, scrappy quilts and just plain fun inspiration.  The button is up above in the left hand corner.  Click through to see what is going on!  I have 16 patches sewn up that I think I'm going to use for a pattern I recently saw on a Missouri Star Quilt Company video. More to come on that later. 
So happy spring forward day...though I would love to be able to do away with this crazy time change.  It sure messes with the animals (and all of us)!  Spring isn't too hard on them as they LOVE to get up early but come Fall and they are not happy!  Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict's Whoop Whoop Fridays.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Sabra

This is a picture of one of my favorite memories with Sabra. We were walking through our forest. We lost our fight against cancer this last week. She was my dear girl. I cherish every moment we had together.
                              June 25,2008- January 9,2018

Sunday, December 31, 2017

December 2017

A good part of November and December were kind of a blur for me.  My sister had major surgery and I calmed my worries to some extent being there to help with her recovery. I was kind of a mess actually.  Broken hearted that she had to go through this but it helped somewhat to be there. It also helped that many were praying for her and for me as well.  God has indeed been faithful to hold us close and to give healing and courage and a superior medical team as well. The road ahead is still full of challenges so we really appreciate the continued support and prayers. 
My girl, Sabra
continues to do pretty well.  Her only symptom that we see from the cancer is back pain, presumably from a growth attached to her spine.  So with regularly scheduled pain meds, she is still very interested in eating her special diet and going for walks around the neighborhood and out to the bluff.  The walks are shorter and she sits and rests when she needs to.  I am thrilled to have more time with her still enjoying her life. 
As for sewing, I have snuck in moments here and there and have managed to complete the 72 Ohio Star blocks needed for my Lil' Orphan Scrappy.

Today I sewed up 2 sets of blocks that will be going for quilts to be given to those who have lost their homes in the huge Ventura fire this past month. I am sending two directly to the Ventura Modern Quilt Guild (see link for more info if you want to join in).  The other two are going to Carole at From My Carolina Home who is going to make two quilts. One for the Ventura guild to give away and one for a family who lost their home in the Santa Rosa fire earlier this fall. It has been a devastating time for so many in California. I hope these blocks and quilts bring comfort and warmth to someone.





So this year ends with many things still in transition. I'm grateful to have more time with my sweet Sabra and look forward to hopefully having my sister live close to me before this time next year.
I'm switching gears to sew up two smaller quilts...one for a new baby coming and one to celebrate a friend's new puppy!  These will be fun and cheerful sewing.
Thank you all for reading along on my not so exciting blog. It's fun to connect with many of you as I keep track of what I've been sewing. I managed to finally actually enter a quilt into our guild show and quilt my Double Wedding Ring quilt this year. I hope to tackle some more long awaited challenges this year as well.
Happy New Year 2018 to you all.  I pray that you see God's faithfulness and love in your lives. My hope is in Him!