Sunday, May 31, 2020

Hands to Help and a shopping spree!

Welcome Hands2Help quilters! It indeed has been an odd year for all of us. My quilt sewjo was a bit strained for a while and sewing masks seemed to be all I could do.  I was rejuvenated watching the HOPE Quarantine Sew Along with Gudrun of GE Designs. I made a quilt for Little Lambs Foundation which I shared a couple of weeks ago.
And then I went on a little shopping spree :-)  Quilt in A Day sends emails out each day with special prices on certain items.  They posted a foot pedal pad by Martelli that caught my interest.  Hmmm, Martelli usually knows what they are doing....maybe I'll try that.  (Spoiler alert: it's awesome! My sewing machine foot pedal now stays right where I need it and this thing is easy to keep clean!) 
Then of course I started looking for other items to know, to take advantage of shipping ;-)  Some little needle threaders went into the cart, a strip stick for pressing seams, and oh my an Oliso mini iron!
and then...a Stripology Squared ruler! This all was quite a treat to get in the mail and I needed to start playing with the fun items.  So yesterday I cut and sewed another HOPE quilt using more of leftover Robin Pandolph fabrics.  I can't believe how many quilts I have made from these and there is just a bit left.
It is not sewn together yet but I will get this put together and quilted and in the mail with the other one this week.  It was such a fast, fun pattern to sew.
Thank you, Sarah for hosting yet another year of inspiration, tutorials and goodness! I'm linking this post to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for the Hands2Help 2020 Link Up. Go enjoy all the beautiful quilts!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Straits and Emerald City Outside

I do not have quilt holders at present and it occurred to me that the only real large area I have for showing these HUGE quilts was my driveway.  Not an interesting backdrop but with the foggy skies we have this morning, I decided to give it a try. Marianne came out to help but was not really interested in posing. So for a finish in less than a year...I present my 2 Bonnie Hunter quilts that I started in the guild classes last June.
First class and first finished last September was my version of her Emerald City, Sage and Seaglass (named after the Kim Diehl fabric that I used for most of my fabric choices).


It was my second choice of the classes but became my favorite.

Next up is my Straits of Mackinac where I used mostly fabrics from Janet Clare's 'More Hearty Good Wishes' with a piece from 'Weather Permitting' on the back. With the whales and ships, a Storm At Sea pattern seemed fitting.  I purchased a fat quarter bundle of the fabric and then when the option to take Bonnie's Straits class came up, it seemed like the perfect fit. 
Though the pressing and finishing of this quilt about did in my desire to quilt (!), I'm happy to say I completed it and enjoyed some new choices for white neutrals that include the cute crabby fabric as well as some anchors and other choices. I have certainly learned a lot from making Bonnie's quilts that will hopefully inspire me in the future.

So we wish you a Happy almost end of May and pray you are all safe and healthy! I've been sewing up Robin Picken's Painted Meadow fabrics this week with all its beautiful cone flowers and fat bumble bees. Pictures coming after I've quilted it.
Linking to Confessions of Fabric Addict  'Whoop, Whoop Fridays'.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Hope and Hands2Help

With a little help from 'friends'...I think I got my quilt mojo back a bit. I have completed my Straits of Mackinac quilt and will have pictures soon, but in the meantime, Gudrun from GE Designs inspired me to quilt again.  May 3rd, she hosted her second Quarantine Quilt Along. The pattern was available for a small donation to a fund she was raising to gift to some charities local to her.  $35,000 was raised for her efforts! It was an all around 'feel good' event. She titled her quilt, Hope and it has indeed brought some!
I used florals from my stash that were Robyn Pandolph fabrics from years ago. It measures about 38" square and will go to the Little Lambs Foundation in Utah for the Hands2Help effort inspired by Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.
From her page...
  For those of you who aren't familiar with Little Lambs Foundation, it is a non profit 501(c)3 organization operating out of Utah which provides comfort kits to children ages newborn to 17 years old who are transitioning into foster care, emergency shelters or who have been hospitalized, by providing them with a little comfort in a bag.

This made me happy to sew :-) and inspired by Nancy at Peace and Grace Quilting, I tried to take some more interesting pictures of it :-)
From around my front yard...HOPE

I have continued to sew masks for neighbors and have been rewarded! I cracked up when I saw these...and they were very tasty too!

So thank you, Gudrun for a lovely and fun quilt along and pattern.
And thank you, Sarah for yet another year of inspiring quilts to comfort!
Linking here to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for quilt progress.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

April 2020

The center of Straits was finally sewn together and I started working on the border. This is a quarter of it, folded up on my ironing board. I think I finally realized how big this thing will be! 94" X 94"  Oh My!  Not sure I need quilts that big unless they are going on a bed somewhere. HA!

Then I put it aside and started sewing masks like so many other quilters.  Tried a few styles.  Hand fun sewing some kid size and one for a little girl's doll...who is named Elinor like my sweet black kitty. 💗💗💗 
I'm not very fast but I'm sewing them up for neighbors and truck drivers and grocery clerks.  My local nurses haven't been asking for them much yet.  But I'll be ready if they do.  So that's where I am...with my pup, Luke and sweet Marianne keeping me company while my hubby is busy with whatever he finds to do.
Ahhhh, what to say about this odd time we are living in.  I'm praying for the health and emotional strength for many...individuals, groups like those on the front lines, communities,...the world.  We are seeing sadness like never before as well as the heartening witness of some good and some very brave acts. We will all have the choice to grow during this time. 
"May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work."  2 Thessalonians 2:16,17

Friday, March 6, 2020

March 2020

Still moving kind of slow in the sewing department but look at this adorable picture of Marianne blessing my new quilt. She is doing fairly well these days and we are enjoying them with her. There's a peek of Luke sleeping in the living room, charging his batteries to go for a long run later.

One thing keeping me in the slow lane is pressing the Straits pieces.  I finally figured out a plan I can live with and am halfway through pressing and sewing the sashing to rows. It's not perfect but with some steam and my tailor's clapper that NeedledMom (Thank you, Mary!)recommended to me, I am slowly making some headway.  It's easy to find something else to do ;-)

Also in the very slow stitching department is my applique project.  This was to be machine applique but I didn't like the look so I'm doing the applique by hand. It is coming along but I'm not moving very fast.  I love Sharon's inspiration for fabric and design though so I will keep it going and hope to enjoy it finished someday soon. Here is one corner on it's way.
 We are expecting rain here soon on this dry, California coast. It's like anticipating a party here in Cambria. People get thrilled about the prospect of rain. :-)   I hope your weekend is shaping up with something happy in it.
I'll be linking this to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for the Friday shares.  Go check out the quilty inspiration. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

A UFO Finish

Not feeling up to picking up the Straits piecing without Elinor here, I pondered what to do.  A squirrel trail led me to Pinterest where an unrelated inspiration sparked my interest.  I saw an image and then a short video by Christina Cameli and found a design that I wanted for my Dandi Annie quilt of January last year. So Marianne and I headed upstairs to the longarm and quilted my Positively Bohemian.  Christina's design is symmetrical and consistent...mine is a far cry from that (LOL) but fortunately, it is a forgiving design that I really had a good time quilting. My DH does not love all this pink (coral) and lime green but I do!

The fabric by Robin Pickens is very fun and happy. I think she might even have a kit available (which is a better way to go than the FQ's) if you're interested. Funny, I looked back in my posts to see when I made the quilt top. I had written that for Christmas (2018), I had gifted myself the fat quarter bundle of this Dandi Annie.  Well, guess what I asked for this last Christmas... Robin's line that came out last fall, Painted Meadow.  I'm seeing a fan trend here.  HA!  I have a pattern picked out and plans but they will have to wait for awhile.  But can you blame me for wanting it?  Look at these beautiful bees!

Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict. See all the Friday shares!

Saturday, February 1, 2020


Well, I kind of lost steam here and stopped sewing.  Elinor continued to lose her battle and we had to say good bye last week. The last days were blessed in that she was still interested in eating and drinking and able to get around all right. But we mostly just stayed together in the family room while she rested in front of the fire and helped me work on the projects on the big square coffee table.

It is still hard to process and Marianne didn't want to eat much for awhile.  But thankfully she is doing much better with it now and I am trying to focus on being grateful that we were able (with the help of our vet) to let her go very gently from us here at home.  It's hard to write about as my heart still aches for her.
But there are lots of happy memories of her.

Helping with quilt photography

Pressing matters...

Quilt blessing...

Group binding help...

Binding application...

Family time...
And making sure I kept the fire going...
She is always very dear and in our hearts.
While she was here, I laid out the applique for sewing and sewed all the blocks and sashings at least into rows for the Straits quilt.  With Marianne's and Luke's help I will get back to that soon. I'm thankful I have so many ways to remember and cherish this sweet girl.  
Sorry for the sad news but thank you for reading.