Quilting Fun

While I love the satisfaction of finishing a quilt, it isn't the only way to have fun with quilting. Fun also comes from the great outings with girlfriends, shopping expeditions with Grandma, or just sitting in my "thoughtful spot" chair perusing magazines and books. The thrill of the next project waiting just there on the horizon...

Monday, August 24, 2015

Back to Attacking a UFO

I guess I really needed to do some fun stuff and take a break from feeling like I had to work on UFOs. It was a situation where I just wasn't getting anything of significance accomplished. That Beatle Bag on Thursday/Friday and the little snappy bag on Saturday were just the diversions I needed to reboot my resolve on another UFO.

The one that niggled at me the most vociferously was the project I was supposed to finish in July - that stack of 16-patch blocks that I'd hand pieced. I knew my plan, so I drew up a sketch of it.

I have 34 of these blocks made. I am thinking that I will use 30 of them - 5 across and 6 down.

If my math is correct - and let me assure you that is a mighty big 'if' - I will be making the following components today and tomorrow.

31 of these units
18 of these units
The small squares here are what I will use to make the units shown above; the large squares are the cornerstones. Can you envision what it will look like? I will let you think about it for a day or two, and show you a picture once it begins coming together.

I may not have enough of this neutral fabric for all those small squares, so I might have to dig around for something 'close' enough to satisfy me. Since the main blocks are all so random, I think I will be okay with 'making do' - that's what our grandmothers would have done, right?

On top of intending to get this quilt top finished, I must read a book by Friday for book club - A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson. Someone should hide the iPad from me so I can get all of this done! *wink*

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Snappy Bag

Pinterest. Are you a fan? I love it, and find ga-zillions of ideas that I like. One that I recently saw sent me to the sewing machine today. It seemed so simple and fast, I just had to give it a try.

The woman who created this little bag has a blog called Gourmet Quilter; she is from New Zealand, and provides a video tutorial that walks you through the entire process of making this little bag.  You can view the video by clicking here. It couldn't be easier to follow her through the steps. The entire video is just about 15 minutes long. The only unusual component required is a metal tape measure which is cut and used to make the snap-closure. Coincidentally, I happened to have an old one put back in my craft drawer and zip-zip! I was done in no time!

This fabric will look familiar as it is what was left over from the Beatle Bag I shared in my previous post. And since my machine was still threaded with red thread, this seemed the logical fabric to use.

One variation I added was the quilting. I'd just done some quilting on the aforementioned Beatle Bag, and I thought it would be a nice accent on this little ditty. It took very little extra time at all, and I am pleased with the result.

I have an idea that this will be a little gift for someone, and it was so fast, I could easily make many more for other gifts. You really should watch that tutorial, and try it yourself!

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Finally, A Worthwhile Project

I have been moaning and groaning for the last month about the not-so-fun things I've been working on - namely that daggone HST project that I am forever 'fixing.' I finally did something totally fun and gratifying yesterday, and I think you will like it, too.

This project bag is called The Beatle Bag by Abbey Lane Quilts. It was a very easy pattern to read and follow, and the directions were simple. Only once did I think that maybe a better job could have been done, but I have enough sewing experience under my belt that I managed anyway. *wink*

I have had this bag cut out since early April. You may recall that Jan gifted each of us who attended the Canter's Cave retreat with the pattern and necessary materials for making one. We were told only to bring the fabrics, so I chose this from my stash. I think it's a Moda line, but I can't seem to find a name or designer anywhere. I have had it for at least 5 years.

But I digress...I cut out the entire bag at the retreat. And I've done nothing on it since. Jan even lent her bag to me so that I could use it as a model. Still, I never managed to get to it.

Then I revolted. I decided I needed a break from trying to complete all these UFOs. I wanted to work on something new. I needed a fresh, new project.  This would be the thing!

And I am so glad I did, too. Like I said, the construction was very simple, and I am surprised, actually, at how nice I think my little bag looks. It measures approximately 11" x 20" when fully unfolded.

Opened up, there are see-through pockets with zip-lock closures. Eight of them. There are two cloth pockets for things like rotary cutters, small rulers, or reading glasses. On the right is a long, skinny pincushion.

I loaded a few things into mine, just to show the size. I had EPP stuff strewn all over, so I corralled most of that into this bag. It seems very user friendly, so I hope I do think to use it often.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Friends Who Create

Jan and JoAnn, two of the group I quilt with every other Friday morning, got together a week ago to do a project together. They sent pictures of their handiwork, but I completely forgot about sharing.

Here is a link to the pattern they used.  Jan gathered all the necessary tools and notions needed for completing the tuffet. She always seems to be giant leaps ahead - while I'm still thinking about doing one thing, she's finished ten!

Here are their finishes:

Jan's Tuffet - complete with legs

JoAnn's Tuffet -still needing legs
Clever! Very useful and can be coordinated for any decor. Great job, ladies!

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Monday, August 17, 2015

A Hasty Creation

For a long time now I have thought it would be a good idea to have a little bag with a long strap to wear across my body to carry just 3 or 4 essentials - cell phone, lip balm, reading glasses and tissues. If I don't want to carry my purse, then these are the 4 items I am always needing most. On Saturday, I had an extra 30 minutes, and I was already in the sewing room, so I just decided to create such a bag right there on the spot.

I had a small pile of leftover Snowbird fabric stacked off to the side. I charged ahead and before I knew it, this was strapped across my chest.

It looks a bit on the wonky side, but this is an optical illusion. It just needs a good pressing, and while I'm at it, I will work on those bottom corners a little more, too. I have used it, and it has come in quite handy so far. Ta-dah!

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Hand Stitching - A Change of Pace

It seems the more I fuss with the HST project, the more I end up unsewing. So, in the interest of ignoring that particular headache, I decided to change my pace a bit with some hand stitching.

I prepped these little darlings yesterday, and since the photo was taken, have stitched one nearly complete. I still feel like a novice at this business, and have no plan for most of the ones I've completed.

Having a big day today with my Hillsboro family. Off to prepare!

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Friday, August 14, 2015


Have you been as enthralled by the Perseid meteor showers as I have? Late Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights - and into the wee hours of the following mornings - I headed out to the yard to gaze at the heavens. Nothing like looking at the vast array of stars, constellations, milky way and meteors to make a person feel the immensity of the universe. It provided ample time to be both awed and introspective.

... : Don’t miss the Perseid meteor shower | Steamboat Pilot & Today

I wasn't disappointed in my meteor viewing. All total I saw 39 meteors. There were just 8 the first night. I didn't stay out long, as I just spread an old quilt out on the ground to lay on. I was uncomfortable and cold! I wimped out after only about 20 minutes.

The second night was supposed to be the best night for viewing, according to all the reports I read or heard. DH had brought out a reclining lawn chair for me. I rounded up two quilts - one to drape across the chair and one to wrap up in - and I stayed out about 45 minutes. That night I saw 24. I was really sleepy and spent as much time with my eyes closed as I did open! Not a good way to observe meteors, is it?

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Last night I was out for over an hour and saw 17. I really wanted to stay until I saw 20, but I just couldn't stay awake any longer. I called it quits at a little past 1am. Of the 17 I saw, three were particularly impressive. They had long, vibrantly bright tails and streaked across a good portion of the sky. So perhaps Wednesday night was supposed to be the best night according to the experts, I personally thought last night was better. I kept score as I saw them - 13-3, for example. This meant I saw 13 for-sure meteors, and 3 that I thought maybe I caught a glimpse of out of the corner of my eye. I wasn't sure, though, so I kept score of the sure things as well as the maybes.  I wish I'd done this on the previous two nights, doggone it. Oh well, maybe I will remember next year. My score last night was 17-6.

... Perseids meteor shower, the Dutch astronomers’ association said on

These three pictures were all found in a yahoo search of the internet. I selected them because they most resemble the views I had from my yard.

Today, I went to Sheryll's for our Friday morning sewing. I worked yet again on ripping out parts of that darned "extra" project using the HSTs from the Snowbird Stars quilt. I don't think this much work was what I had in mind when I began stitching those triangles.

After I finished "unsewing" I worked on cutting out and pasting some EPP designs.

Pictures to follow, soon, I hope!

I had a noteworthy phone call from DD#2 yesterday afternoon. These kids really don't call anymore - they text. So getting a call meant something important. And it was. She announced that she had just finished the final two requirements for her degree. She was officially finished as an undergrad student. Whoo-hoo! You may recall that we had graduation in May - well, that was ceremonial. The real diploma will now be in hand. She had to do one class and an internship this summer. Those are both finished, and so are the written components of each - a paper and a portfolio. Whew!

Let the job offers begin!!

Happy Quilting, Friends!