Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Tackling That UFO

I mentioned in a recent post that this baby quilt needed to be finished, and for whatever reason, I just kept procrastinating about it. Well, I finally am nearing a finish on it!

On Sunday evening, I cut out and attached the borders. Then I located some batting scraps and sized the backing.

On Monday evening, I stitched the batting pieces together, cleaned off the big cutting table and spray-basted the layers. On Tuesday (yesterday), I listened to an audio book and machine-quilted.

No, I do not have pictures of all those steps, but I can share a few taken while quilting.

I assure you, I never do anything too creative when I machine quilt - straight lines for this gal! I know that many of my triangles were stretching, but that walking food just worked like magic, and as far as I can tell no unnecessary puckering has slipped past me. *win!*

The fabrics used in this quilt were all leftovers from an earlier baby quilt that DD Emma and I made for one of her friends nearly 2 years ago. I hated to see these triangles go to waste, so I cut more from the fabric on hand - you might note that some of the triangles are pieced - yes, I was down to the smallest strips and needed to piece some blocks in order to get a nice-sized quilt. Will baby mind? Nah. I am sure this will make no difference whatsoever!

Some of the triangles that seem "loose" will look just fine once this is laundered, and as it is a baby quilt, I am sure there will be plenty of laundering. I hope they used it a lot!

That book I am listening to?? Oh, sure, I will share that with you! I have read at least two other books by this author and she is most assuredly a gifted storyteller!

The book is set in 1660s at the time the Puritans and other settlers were taming the Atlantic sea coast up in present-day Massachusetts. The narrator/main character is a teenage girl, Bethia, who carries many burdens in this untamed world in which she finds herself. Her one true friend is a young Native American boy, which of course, must be kept secret as social and religious standards were strict for women of all ages. The historic nature of the book appeals to me, and I find it fascinating to think of how my female ancestors had to live in the days when women could not make their own life decisions. Plus the work they did! No wonder life spans were short - they worked themselves to death. 

Listening to this book has made the quilting go fast! I am nearly finished! I hope to finish it off tonight after classes. Maybe even do the binding, too. Whoa!

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Hand Stitching and Football

Over the weekend, DH and I along with my mother attended the annual family reunion weekend in Columbus to celebrate the OSU Buckeyes. Knowing that I'd be parked in front of football games all day Saturday, I took a little bag of sewing goodies to work on.

This year's football weekend involved 33 folks, ages 9-90. Most were family with a couple of family friends along, as well. Sixteen of our group actually attended the Nebraska game at Ohio Stadium, while the rest of us watched from a conference room at the hotel.

I had quite a few leftover half-square triangles from a blue/white quilt I made back in January/February. In a hasty check for some mindless, easy sewing, I grabbed them.

So I stitched. Now that I've made them into blocks, they will wait for me to get a good idea for how to use them.

Three blocks are finished, and I have strips made for one more. Buried in the HSTs I found some plain squares which I turned into a 9-patch. I can make a few more, too.

I considered taking my Lake Effect hexies, but the thought of explaining EPP to anyone who asked put me off that notion. *smiles*

I am linking up with Kathy's Quilts Slow Sunday Stitching party.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Thursday, November 1, 2018


Can you believe it?!?

November already. Like Snoopy and Woodstock, I'm rather excited for the month, as lots of fun is scheduled.

Before I go into all of that, however, allow me to share my October collage. As I wrote on Instagram, this was a month of very little sewing but a lot of memories. I had some totally special moments.

Of the 9 pictures in the collage, just four represent sewing -- Chock Full O' Charm with Rachel Remembered fabric; the baby quilt for Wendy; the Roman Holiday basket quilt, and the Roman Holiday HST topper. I plan to update soon on how some of those have progressed this past week or so.

The non-sewing pictures are the true memory-makers. A day with dear friends Sharon and Dee; a weekend with our daughters and their guys in Hocking Hills; our son coming home from a summer in Oregon; a hawk chilling on the chaise lounge chair in the front yard; and the euchre tournament hosted by my sister and brother-in-law in their barn loft. Gosh. All very special in their own ways.

I'm thinking about making some goals for November, but to be honest, my only goal ought to be a significant deep-cleaning of this house! We are moving some things around, and before one thing can go to another place the place for that needs to be tidied or rearranged. It all gets very complicated. I will try to make some sense of it.

Have a wonderful November!
Happy Quilting, Friends!

Monday, October 29, 2018


I don't know about all seamstresses, but I sure do like to keep my hands busy as much as possible. In an effort to keep up with some of the reading I like to do, but not sacrifice sewing time, I have become a big fan of audio books.

While big-stitching yesterday on that Roman Holiday table topper, I listened to the final three chapters of The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth. The last name of the main character is Wild, and her family lives next door to the Brothers Grimm - as in the fairy tale Grimms. The backdrop of the years and years of war brought on by Napolean's aspirations were harrowing, as were the conditions in the Wild household. I began listening not thinking I'd care for it, but I soon found that I really wanted to finish it. Not having a very familiar knowledge of the lives of the Grimm Brothers, listening to this really was a total learning experience about a time and place where upheaval was constant.

Here is a picture of my stitching. It looks a lot like the pic I took the previous weekend. I have moved it in the frame, though, so progress is ongoing.

Not all my reading is done by listening. Our book club met on Thursday and I had to drop everything for about a day to read Educated, a memoir by Tara Westover.

It was a quick read - two sittings, and I was finished. We had a lively discussion about Educated and while it engaged me tremendously, I just have a really hard time believing that all she said happened really happened. I do recommend it, but my skepticism remains.  (How's that for a review?)

I need to get myself off to class! Have a great Monday!

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Taking a Drive

In the last post I mentioned something about "a substantial amount of running around" which seriously bites into my sewing and quilting time.

Yet, I admit when it's my DH who suggests taking a drive, I face the temptation of begging off because so much has to be done. Shame on me! We so enjoy a pleasant drive around southern Ohio with so many interesting places to see within an hour of us.

One such place which we gravitate to more and more frequently is Hocking Hills. Even though the forecast was rainy and gray, we headed east to Vinton and Hocking counties yesterday for a little drive around.

The three pics above were all taken from the front seat of a moving car in between swipes of the windshield wipers. Finally, some fall color is showing up and I wanted to document it. I do not have any memories of a fall in which the colors came so late in October.

Take a closer look at the middle picture. On the left, the stone outcroppings are visible next to the road. This area of Ohio has the most cavernous rock formations! Our family had a weekend in Hocking Hills earlier this month, and I will write about it as soon as I sort out the gazillion pictures I took. The area is a true gem tucked into a very out-of-the-way spot.

On the way to Hocking Hills, we pass this barn with a fantastic quilt block. This is also the same road to Athens/Ohio University where DD2 Emma attended from 2011-15, so we have driven past this barn often. I don't think this block has faded one bit in all these years. I've always intended to make this block, yet have never done it.

Still rainy and gray here today. A good day for sewing.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

October Update

I gotta' get my act together! October is nearly over, and I have not accomplished near the tasks I had hoped.

This teaching gig is seriously digging into my sewing and quilting time. *whine!*

I had to cancel sewing yesterday with Sharon because I still had 15 essays to read. Plus, book club is tomorrow and I had barely started the book. (More on that later.) And I admit, I do a substantial amount of running around whenever friends or family want to do something. So, I am complicit in my sewing shortcomings.

I want to make the remaining week of October productive, so I am going on record right now with the following goals:

1. Finish the basket quilt top.

I have just 2 or 3 horizontal rows to attach along with their sashing strips. Should be one afternoon without interruptions to accomplish.

2. Finish Chock Full O' Charms quilt top.

Apparently, I haven't taken any pictures of the current CFO'C quilt, so above is a smaller version of it which I made 2-3 years ago. I am using 8 Charm Packs of Rachel Remembered, and it is going to be gorgeous! I have some of that luscious blue floral for the border. Mmmm… It will be a beauty. Stay tuned!

3. Finish the Schmidt baby quilt.

This has been a UFO for at least 3 months. I just keep putting it off. I have the border and backing fabric purchased. Like that first quilt, this would require just one nice, long session at the machine and I'd have a finish. Do I need to mention that this baby is at least 6 weeks old already?? *sheesh*

 So, three goals to try to accomplish by next Wednesday. Let's see how I fare.

Hope you are having a great Wednesday! I am about to head off to class. It's a gorgeous day!
Happy Quilting, Friends!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Baby Quilt

In that long absence from blog-land, I did a good bit of secret sewing. I needed a baby quilt for a shower that was held on Saturday. You got a little tease about this project back in this post, but I said as little as possible so that no surprises were inadvertently revealed.

I have to say that I love how this turned out. You know, this could very well be the fastest I have ever completed a quilt. Truly! Bought the fabric on the 5th; gifted quilt on the 20th. Whoa!

I have made this design before - on this quilt. I cut the squares at 5 inches. Since I planned for the stripe to be the backing and binding, I needed to add some fabric for more variety on top; I had two solid blue pieces that blended nicely. I cut and sewed the whole top in one evening.

As I moved into sandwiching stage, I used spray-baste glue to layer the top to the batting and the batting to the backing. That was all I needed to move on to the quilting phase. Stitch-in-the-ditch was as complicated as I wanted, so like presto! it was done!

I love the stripes, and the binding stripes turned the other way looks great. Visually, I find it quite pleasing.

The baby shower was Saturday, and I failed to get a pic of the new momma with the quilt. Oh well, maybe after the little guy arrives, I will have a chance to get a pic with both Mom and Baby.

Happy Quilting, Friends!