Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Cutting fabric for the upcoming retreat.

I still cannot decide what to sew on for the upcoming retreat in Shipshewanna Indiana. The last time I was there, so was Bonnie Hunter and Mickey DePre.
Sigh...yes I am name dropping. HA!

Anyway, I love pressing fabric. I really do. I love the smell and feel of fabric when it is pressed. I have gone through three collections of Civil War Reproduction fabric. They are not becoming quilts sitting in the containers. And leaving them all folded makes the pressing harder.

So even though I love pressing I cannot waste my time doing it all over again. So I have developed a system of making rolls of the fat quarters and tie them with the straightening strings. When I want to cut again I simply unroll the log. They may need just a tiny bit of pressing to calm the curves but the fabric stays great.

And of course the ever present quilt police kitty Lucky Lucy. She seems to have stopped growing. She will be a petite 7 #'s and is full grown. She sure is not as smart as of beloved Macy but she has moments of brilliance. Sometimes she fetches. And almost all the time she sings her part with James when he plays a Mellencamp tune. She meows on the breaks. Too funny.

I also went through my CW fabrics and cut 1 1/2" squares. Love these little things!!!!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Scrappy Nines quilt is now a flimsy.

Scrappy Nines quilt is now a flimsy. I am so lucky I have a TALL husband!!!
All fabric was from my stash. Very deep stash. So deep that the modern fabrics were way short when I was making strip sets. So short that I had to add fabric in order not to waste the neutrals.

What a wonderful journey. A wonderful sewing journey. I love everything about making tops except the joining of rows. But using the Leaders and Enders makes this task much more rewarding.

My favorite size of 9-patches. 3 1/2"!!! I made way too many but I wanted a good selection of scrappy nines.

Love this pattern. In fact I love it so much I want to make another one!


Friday, March 6, 2015

Loving on my neutrals

What is a better task on a cold winter's day than steam pressing beautiful fabrics?And with my Reliable Digital Velocity iron it is a steam bath in the cutting room. This is not a task for a summer's day. The sweat (sparkle) is rolling down my face. Hey! People actually pay to get a steam facial!!!

I dug deep into my stash. The earliest date on a selvedge was 1997. I ripped 1/2 yard pieces from 27 fabrics. Another 15 were almost a yard only so I just pressed the entire chunk. I have been collecting this paperbag shade of neutrals for eons.

And I am thinking it was a statement by Alex Anderson I remember very early in my fabric collecting to always buy extra neutrals. Even with no plan in mind, buy neutrals. I have never regretted doing this.

And immersing myself into Bonnie Hunter's version of neutrals is so easy to do. I use the backs of many prints for subtle shadings. Hey I bought both sides!!!

I also unfolded and pressed a 40 piece collection from Moda Little Primitives. Dated 2004? maybe?
The book there is by Pat Wyss  Spotlight on Neutrals.
A book after my own heart. I want to make all of the quilts in this book.

Here is a long view of my cutting room. Yes I have a lot of fabric. And yes I use it all all the time!!!!!!
Again a great way to spend a sunny cold winter day.

p.s. my bread came out perfect yesterday!!!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Postage Stamp cartoon

We all understand this!!!!


bread baking and supplying my pantry for the next year.

I cannot help it. I am a major hoarder. I hoard fabric, thread, yarn, useless plastic containers and food stuffs.
I actually sit down and figure out how many garbage bags I will need for the winter months. The same thing with dishwasher detergent and anything that is heavy or large. It is so hard for me to push a heavy cart across a snow filled parking lot with 30 mph winds. I had a package of batting blow out of a cart. I had to chase it across the parking lot.

I have decided to really keep a good supply of bread baking products by buying in larger sizes. I still have 4 jars of yeast in the freezer and 6 boxes of vital wheat gluten. I go through bread flour very fast so I am hardly ahead with this item.

So I ordered and have received a 32 oz. container of vital wheat gluten.
(the little boxes have only 6 oz.)
And a pound package of yeast. The first package had an expired use by date. I e-mailed the company and the next day I received a package that is good for 2 years!!!
The company I decided to use you ask??

I cannot say enough good things about this company.
The yeast I bought:

The vital wheat gluten:


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Prints Charming

One of my fellow guild members and close friend (Deb Heath) had made a lovely quilt and I saw it on her bed at the Project Linus retreat. Don't you know I simply had to have the pattern.

And here is my version. It still needs the borders done. I love the pattern and I also love the fabric. Kansas Winter by Moda dated 2009 from my deep stash.
I am using up my stash. Finding precious groups of fabrics to use.

Also my OCD kicked in making this quilt. And it worked well I must say. Some duplicates of fabrics but not close to each other. And I counted carefully to have even numbers of each print. I also added 4 fabrics that did not belong but "went".

And of course I found some butterfly fabric. I haven't a clue as to what I am doing with this. The fabric will tell me.

I did buy some fabric. Scrabble fabric!!! My Hubby plays Scrabble with his computer all day long. And I am going to have him make up the words for his own quilt. He does not have a Minkee backed quilt yet. But the darn expensive stuff does not come in his body size and width. I could try piecing it. I have done that one time. We will see.


Saturday, February 14, 2015

Sorting my 4-patches

I have signed up for the 4-patch swap on the www.quiltvilleswap.com on Yahoo groups.

I have 10 sets of ten blocks finished. All using Downton Abbey fabrics.
The swap hostess wants all the blocks pinned and added to a larger baggie.
Here are my sets.
I am thinking this will be very difficult for her to sort and no way for the swappers to ID their blocks.

Here is my idea: presort my ten blocks into unique sets before mailing. That way my name is in the package and the sorting is done for the hostess.

I am only trying to help and not to interfere with her hostessing.

And I am supporting the fight against breast cancer. I bought this lovely pink add a quarter ruler. I use this for paper piecing. Love the ruler. And I love pink!!

Today is a perfect day for sewing. 40 mph winds...light snow...-2 for the low tonight!
I am making barbeque spareribs, our garden green beans and baked potatoes.

Physically I am getting better day by day. Turns out I have microscopic colitis.
After a month of not being able to leave the house for "leaking" poop. I have had a colonoscopy with good results. But the month of no food getting absorbed has cost me 17#'s, very low potassium level (2.8) and a thyroid condition. I was not able to carry all the packages for the swaps because lifting anything caused leakage. Getting old sure sucks.
But I love my new doctor. She is "Indian" with long brown hair and a lovely accent. I have never had a woman doctor. I like her quiet but firm manner. I am thinking of making her a brown shawl with size 10 crochet thread. She would look lovely in it...

Happy Valentines' Day