Saturday, September 13, 2014
BOLT, carries an eclectic collection of fabrics--batiks, mods, geometric, solids, blenders, all colorful, and no repros to be seen. i saw many that i really liked. the second, ANNIE'S, was chock full of repros, mostly civil war, plus wool, kim diehl colors, shirtings, batiks and solids too. she also had lots of sale fabrics and these FQs were $1, a good deal in any quilter's book. the blue print is 1.25 yards and will make a gorgeous border for something. so, what would you have done here? i thought so too. and just so this post isn't all about fabric, i've included my "B" alphabet block all done. **** weekend is over and can list a UFO finish so all is good. next up is marcus bros sew-along block and sunday brings another alphabet block. the rest of the month is dedicated to finishing a donation quilt and end of summer chores. the beach bag is repacked and ready for any beach days to come. circadian rhythms reluctantly adjusting to shortening daylight and plans for veggie cooking for the freezer in full swing as growing season winds down. everyone is in full pumpkin mode waiting for the official start to autumn and me? all this plus gearing up for retreat....42 days away!
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
temecula quilt company is having an alphabet sew-along. was going to pass on this one but the scrap baskets are staring me in the face here in the sewing cave and thought this would be an ideal project to bust at lease SOME of them....though i realize, not that many will actually disappear. these blocks finish at 4" and the entire piece is less than 40" length or width. so if you have lots of little scraps floating around (yes, i see those hands), then this might be a quick and beneficial sew-along. mine is going to be super scrappy and might even have some kid-friendly prints. no destination in mind for this finished wallhanging, but no doubt a situation will arise at some point that will be perfect for a sesame street primer. *** another chilly morning here in coastal maine, though the sun is shining brightly and we are eager for more of its warming rays. household chores are done for at least a few days, so today is devoted to a few errands and some sewing, of course. am closing in on another finish, a wallhanging that hasn't seen the light of day for eons, but should be off the list by week's end. in the meantime....keep calm and quilt on!
Monday, September 8, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
with the completion of block 6 in the marcus bros. sew-along, closing in on the finish...only 4 weeks to go and will have completed this short-term project. when it was started, it slipped my mind that i'd be busy getting ready for retreat but have to muddle along. the blocks themselves don't take too much time, but doubt will have it quilted since i only hand quilt. **** have put the hawaiian aside temporarily to finish up a wallhanging trying to bust more stash. this month will also finish a donation UFO that should help. between now and end of december, will finish at least one more bed size quilt i think.....the amish center diamond that only needs 3 border sides quilted and then bound. still hoping to finish the applique on the hawaiian by year's end though. *** on the subject of busting stash, currently have added 132 yards this year and busted just about 53, so that is respectable progress i think. trouble is, i know i will add to the pile on retreat....part of the fun don't ya know!
Saturday, September 6, 2014
the baby quilt is done and it's large enough for a toddler bed too...which is good. the polka dot backing left enough for the binding AND enough for binding another quilt too, all cut and ready for whenever. *** first on today's list is the next block in the marcus bros sew-along. our summery weather is leaving today so more time for sewing in the days to come. next is to finish some swap blocks and a donation quilt. **** with 49 days to retreat, plenty to do while enjoying early autumn weather before snow flies. autumn is my favorite season of all, so happy that it's almost here!
Thursday, September 4, 2014
vicki's house! you can hop on over to see a better photo and the other things i sent her from the rocky coast of maine. across from marden's, which is around the corner from where i live is a specialty cook store, and i found the honey and chocolate bar there. the postcards i had picked up when mom and i breakfasted in boothbay earlier this summer. the fabric from marden's of course, and the thread came in the box i had won earlier this year. the little quilt is a bit wrinkly, but i washed it and hate to put my quilts in the dryer feeling the heat is too harsh for the fibers. she seems genuinely pleased with all the little gift items, but i liked them too so that is good all around.