Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine's Day

In case you need a little pick up 

Missouri Star Quilt Company made a cute tutorial video. I sewed this up yesterday for a friend.
Enjoy the love you have for someone special.
I hope you have a sweet Valentine's Day!
Linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict :-)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

January 2019

Elinor is here to wish you a Happy New Year and to show the cat blessing of the first finish of the year.

Here is a partial shot of the quilt I have made to send to Chico for someone who lost their home in the Camp Fire in Paradise, California.  I connected with Jean of Layers of Hope to find someone wanting a quilt and will be sending this off.

Many of the color squares from the front and the toile on the back were gifted to me by a quilter neighbor who is trying to clean out her sewing room.  I love toile so it was fun to use. The light fabrics were some in my stash and some from a newly purchased craze I went through with Black Friday and end of year sales online.  I went a little overboard but finally have a great stash of neutrals to use in quilts. It measures 72" X 84".  I used a cotton batt for it which gave a fun wrinkled up look to it.  I quilted all over feathers using a tan Sew Fine thread from Superior Threads.  I washed it and got a fairly colored Color Catcher to show for it.

I finally got brave and tried sewing the binding on completely by machine.  It worked out pretty well.  I sewed it on as usual, folded it over and used my hair clips to keep it in place and sewed with thread matching the binding on top and the backing on the bottom.  My strips were a wide 2 1/2" as I wasn't sure how this would go. So you can see the line of stitching on the backing in the second picture.  I wasn't fast with it...but a whole lot faster than I would have been stitching it down by hand.  I will surely do this again.

As I've been working on this charity quilt for the Camp Fire community, there are quilts still needed for the Carolina Hurricane communities.  Carole has a great effort going.  See her update post here and see if there is a quilt you want to send. 

So I'm currently working on a fabric bundle that I bought as a Christmas present to myself.  I will show pictures soon.
It is stormy here on the central coast of California today.  This sunrise is from a few days ago. It is so breathtaking sometimes that I have to stop and just enjoy it. 

Saturday, December 29, 2018

2018 December

I'm catching up here with Thank You's for winnings and gifts...
Way back in October, Carole from From My Carolina Home, hosted a full month of inspiring quilt, food, table setting and gardening ideas...I'm forgetting some...  oh yes, Rubber Stamping! She covers so many fun ideas for home and hobbies. She is also an inspiration for charity gifts and involvement. 
During her month of Autumn Jubilee, she has sponsors that give awesome gifts to those reading along.  Inspired LED gifted sewing machine light kits and I won a kit and and extension kit! Pictured below is my Bernina with all the other lights I had going on it.  And then a picture with the LED lights added. My photography skills don't really do it justice but for my aging :-) eyes, more light is better! This is a great addition. 

I had to read to find out what the extension kit was about.  The initial kit has a very long, long strip of LED lights.  I determined how long a strip I needed for the Bernina, trimmed and attached it with the cord holders to keep everything neat and secure with the plug cord going down the back (Or side if preferred) of the machine.  I found that I still had a very long strip of LED lights to use.  At the uncut end was an adapter that fit into the extension kit.  This meant I had a whole new system to attach somewhere.  I do have another Bernina but this long piece would also fit nicely on my longarm. Wahoo! I definitely could use more light there!  This win turned into a double delight!
A huge Thank You to Carole  and to Inspired LED for such inspiration and light!

A special mention here is to our local cat rescue group here in Cambria, called HART, Homeless Animal Rescue Team.  They have a lovely cattery for taking care of the cats they work to find homes for.  The vets in town help out with needed care for the cats. And several fund raising events are scheduled through out the year to keep it going.  One group within HART raises funds specifically for cats needed more extensive health care.  My friend, Darlene, spends hours and months, preparing for a Guardian Angles raffle they do each fall.  Local artists and others donate items for the raffle.  This year, I won this sweet water color of an orange and white kitty.  It is lovely and as I use to own an orange and white kitty, it is special to my heart.  Thank you HART and supporters for all you do!

Here's a shot of the completed prep for the blocks I sent off to Chico for a quilter who lost her home in the Camp Fire. 

I can't stop thinking about this community.  I am working on a large quilt to send off to them.  Here's a picture of some of it a long with a picture of the wonderful, new wool pressing mat that my sister gifted to me.  I really like it! I like the pressing quality as I think it heats both sides of my fabric and makes the blocks flatter.  I also LOVE how portable it is.  I can take it to any table and iron while I'm sitting in front of the fire or watching TV.  Thank you, Gloria!

Another gift is the time spent with handsome Luke here, walking (or in his case, running) up and down the hills in our local ranch park.  It is wonderful out there!

So we are ending this year and greeting the new one soon.  Here is a recent sunrise seen from my porch to inspire the new day.  "The heavens declare the glory of God"  Psalm 19:1
Thank you for reading along!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Helping Efforts

Both sides of our country have been hit with natural...or not so natural disasters that have shaken most of us rather hard.  Communities have lost people, animals and belongings as well as buildings and landscapes.
Starting with the storms back east, there are quilters responding with quilt making. Carole at From My Carolina Home has taken in blocks and is making quilts to be donated to those hit with loss from the storms.  She has all the blocks she can use at the moment to make the quilts she can do but has links of where to send completed quilts posted on her blog.  She is also linking other longarm quilters though with quilters who want to donate quilts to be quilted and donated. She has posted instructions for making the quilt blocks that were made for those hit by the Thomas Fires (and mudslides) last year. So there is lots of information there. Please go check out her blog posts and enjoy the comfort of being able to help out. From My Carolina Home

I had sewn some blocks to send but didn't like them.  I had pulled from novelty fabrics.  So I decided to pull more and just make a quilt for a child.

I've almost finished sewing the binding on and then it will be sent to:
Carolina Hurricane Q Project
c/o Catholic Charities
20 N. 4th Street, Suite 300
Wilmington, NC 28401

Next is an effort encouraged by Lori at Humble Quilts to help perhaps more specifically the quilters that lost everything in the Camp Fire in Paradise, California.  She is taking many of her own quilts and supplies, along with donations from some others, to Honey Run Quilts, a quilt store in Chico where much of the Paradise community is sheltering. She says they have all the fabric they can handle at the moment but can use some supplies like rulers, rotary cutters, thread, etc. (Update note: Quilty supplies can be sent to 
Honey Run Quilters  % Ronda 
2418 Cohasset Rd  Suite 100
Chico,CA 95926)
Someone had mentioned on their blog about hand sewing projects. So with some extra generosity from Julie at Julie K Quilts, I am sending on a ready to go wool project for someone to enjoy some hand work.
I had patterns and intentions of sewing this past free sewing mystery from Buttermilk Basin but didn't get very far.  Julie had shared many of the blocks...already prepped!...with me.  I prepped some more and stitched a few but still many of them sit here ready to go.  This snowman quilt seems like it could bring a quilter some needed joy of stitching. I need to prep the remaining blocks. but I'm going to send it packaged to the Honey Run quilt store and hope they can find a quilter who will enjoy it.

And last but not least, Lynn Wilder at Sew'n Wild Oaks is raffling off 2 quilts to earn money to give to individuals who lost their homes in the Paradise fire.  She will be drawing the winners on January 15,2019 so go check out her blog. The tickets are $5 and the quilts are lovely! Stitch Paradise Back Together!
OK another is a great link for choices of how to help ...
How to Help Camp Fire Victims

November 2018

Scrrreeching in on the last day. It has been a full month. I'm happy to say that I've been able to sew and quilt and also enjoy some online fabric shopping :-)
Diamond Dash is a gift to newlyweds and I quilted it with a pantograph called Baroque Hearts. I used a neutral thread for the top and Rainbows variegated for the bobbin. This quilt pattern is from Missouri Star Quilt Company and my use of it was inspired by Vickie at  Vicki's Crafts and Quilting. Thank you, Vickie!

The backing looks a little purple here but is actually a dark turquoise blue.

Next, I finished sewing the batik blocks (with the cut off flying geese!) and quilted a watery looking pantograph with more Rainbows variegated.
This lovely is for me :-) as I love the colors in these fabrics!

The backing is a beautiful fabric from Edyta Sitar.
My sister purchased this quilt kit for me a couple of years ago at PIQF.  I remember being thrilled by these fabrics.  It is a poignant memory for me now as we purchased this from Morning Star Quilts.  I think their store had already closed but I think they were to continue at quilt shows.  They are located in Paradise, California though and so I don't know what fate their business has suffered in a community so tragically destroyed by fire.  California has been hit so hard this year, it is too much to take in.  And that along with the devastating storms and flooding on the eastern part of the country.  
So with so many opportunities to reach out and help, I hope we are all finding our ways to support, comfort and pray.  I will do another post to share some wonderful efforts going on where we can join in. 
So back to DH likes a refrigerator much that I keep have to making them when I can't cheat and find them sold somewhere. It started with a purchased Kiblan the Cat towel long ago.  The towel wore out so I used the top over and sewed a new towel in.  This wore out and the top looked bad so I finally copied it and sewed another...and a back up. 
A perhaps silly, simple project that is making him quite happy.
I didn't take pictures but also made a heroic effort replacing a zipper in his Patagonia jacket. Not for the faint at heart! 
I hope you all enjoyed a sweet Thanksgiving. 
More later...I'll be back sooner than usual. 

I'm linking to Confessions of a Fabric Addict and to Busy Hands Quilts and What a Hoot:TGIFF.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

2018 October

The end of September had me driving to the mountains for a Sew'n Wild Oaks quilt retreat! It was a trip with some odd challenges of  Google misdirection and re-direction, a trip and hard fall, and allergies.  Fortunately, the quilt retreat itself was wonderful for meeting up with friends, getting some good sewing time, and great falafels found at a restaurant in Turlock on my safe though long driving trip :-).  I came home bruised and scraped a bit but with a completed quilt top and some blocks started for the next.
A view of the lake where we spent our days. Lovely warm, peaceful days.

And a view from my sewing spot with the cute sewing mat from Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

A look at my Diamond Dash quilt top.

And the few more blocks for the next quilt

While there, I was able to show my finished Lil' Orphan Scrappy (Lynn's pattern) that I started at the retreat last year.
And the Disappearing Nine Patch quilt top that I worked on last month.

I have been sewing more of the blue batik blocks this week and will hope to get some of these tops quilted soon.  Before leaving for the retreat I was able to quilt two Quilt of Valor quilts for our guild but neglected to take pictures. This month's guild meeting is when we get to see the year's work before their presentation next month on Veteran's Day.
A note about my sweet kitty, Marianne.  She isn't able to tolerate the kidney food she should be eating but we started giving her some extra fluids and her lab results last week came back FANTASTIC! I feel like this is a gift from God and I am enjoying this extra time with her still eating well and living her sweet, happy life. I am so grateful!

I'm linking this to Confessions of a Fabric Addict for Whoop Whoop Fridays...even though it's Saturday ;-)  Happy Fall y'all!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

2018 September

From spring on through the summer, we have been busy with one house project after another.  Three trees removed because of this bummer of a disease the local Monterey Pine forest succumbs to, replaced skylights and added copper flashing, replaced a broken washing machine.  Exterior of the house painted, fencing added to the back fence. And then finally to have the side "dog" yard resurfaced and a wood shed built for firewood storage.

Luke wanted a sun deck.

 A little bit more yard work and we will be caught up outside. This along with dog walking and needed attention to kitties has not left a lot of energy for sewing.
But I have stolen moments here and there 😊

I have almost completed the Disappearing Nine Patch top after making it a row wider and longer. I still need to add borders to it but this is how it is looking...before pressing.  I'm still thinking about how to quilt this.

A fat quarter bundle had been percolating in the stash and was finally sewn into a Half Baked pattern that I've used a few times. The fabrics were so cute, I didn't want to lose the pictures on them.  This is going as a gift to our veterinarian family as a Thank you for all the great support and help they give our family. They recently moved from the shore to inland a ways.  This will remind them of their time by the sea.

Marianne helped me with the photo shoot.
And here's the whale backing material.
The sun back lit these photos so much. I may try to get more pictures (after it's out of the washer/dryer).

Before I get back to the longarm for some QOV work, I pulled more fabric from my stash and am sewing up a Diamond Dash quilt (by MSQC) that was inspired by Vicki in Minnesota. This will be a quilt for a young couple here getting married in November.
I am off in a couple of weeks to quilt retreat with Lynn Wilder again in the mountains. So next time, I'll be back with some good times to share.
This week, my friends on the east coast are bracing for Hurricane Florence and they are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the storm lessens before it arrives and that everyone finds a safe place to stay. Take care, everyone!