Saturday, July 14, 2018

Scrap Happy in July

Two years ago Kate and Gun made a commitment to do something with their fabric scraps and show the results on their respective blogs. The 15th of every month became ScrapHappy day. I'm not sure when I joined in but slowly the numbers have been growing. We even have folks using the scraps of their paper crafts, electronic and jewelry projects now!

Sewing up my scraps into patchwork blocks is just about the most relaxing activity I can do. As I make these random blocks they go into my Parts Department for future use. I make at least a couple of scrappy blocks every week. These days I'm making mostly 6" Hole in the Barn Door blocks or 8" postage stamp stars.

That 3" Shoofly block is an anomaly. Every once in a while ya gotta break the mold. πŸ˜‰ These are the 4" postage stamp blocks that go in the center of the stars:

Last month I started using my 1.5" (raw) strips to make 6" blocks I'm referring to as Sticks.

They may or may not end up in this Rail Fence configuration when they finally go into a quilt.

I've also started making these 4" (finished) units for an eventual Demented quilt. That one will be way down the road. It may end up being just a central medallion instead of a whole quilt too.

When the spirit moves me I go through my Parts Department to create a new quilt. This is the most recent effort:

I just finished putting on the binding and laundered it before I pass it along. I forgot to measure it while I had it hanging up but it should be about 48" x 60."

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at).

Friday, July 13, 2018

Jackpot in the Mailbox!

It's been a tough week. So all the goodies I found in our mailbox yesterday was a definite pick-me-up. πŸ’–

First there were the blocks from Claire for the current Footsquare Freestyle block swap.

On the top left is Checkmate, the one below is is called Jayhawks, and the one on the right is Folded Corners. They are all wonderful. As much as I enjoy the blocks I also enjoy the cards that are sent along with them. This is the one from Claire who keeps chickens:

Claire lives in France. So does Lynn, who sent me these blocks for F2F3.

I'm delighted to have one of the hedgehogs she's been making from Elizabeth Hartman's Fancy Forest. I'm pretty impressed with the banded star too. Lynn included scraps from the prints she used and some buttons that will be fun to incorporate in something someday. Fabulous card and envelope!

In addition to the two packages from France there was my monthly shipment of hand dyed floss from Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe. Another half dozen gorgeous colors!

There's still time for you to get in on Nancy's Christmas in July give aways. You could win a luscious bundle of floss to stitch with - or simply fondle, as I often do. πŸ˜‰

Sunday, July 8, 2018

SAL in July

I haven't put a single stitch in the block of the month embroidery I've been doing for the last few months. For a minute there I thought I might get caught up. That's obviously not going to happen now, not this month anyway.

Still waiting to have the stems and leaves stitched.
 The 'kindness' block was for May if I'm not mistaken. June is 'gentleness.' I don't even have that traced onto fabric yet. The design for July will be released in the next couple of days. Oh well, who wants to be right on top of things? Where would be the fun in that? πŸ˜‰

What I have been working on is the Frank Lloyd Wright design needlepoint case from long, long ago. When last you saw it, it looked like this:

I've been toting it around in my bag, occasionally working on it when I've had to wait in the car. Lately I haven't had much brain power so I pulled it out and have been using it to pass the time while waiting for headaches, etc. to abate. It now looks like this:

All that's left are a couple of narrow bands of dark gray and part of the final band of light gray.

There's a tiny panic in the back of my mind about what I'll stitch when this is finished. What if I'm not ready to pick up the embroidery yet? I only have blank canvases to stitch, nothing preprinted. When I get the way I am at the moment I can't make color or design decisions. Ack! What I would really like is to figure out a way to use some of Nancy's wonderful hand dyed floss to fill in that blank canvas. You know, just pick up a color, thread the needle, and stitch. No marking of the canvas, no counting threads in order to get started. I've had a couple of ideas for that in the past, I'm just not confident enough to begin. By the way, Nancy is holding her annual Christmas in July give away right now. You can pop over to her blog, sign up to follow her if you haven't already, and put your name in the hat for several different prizes. She's willing and able to ship overseas so don't let that stop you. I reduce my chances of winning anything by telling you this but I really would like you to have a chance to experience her floss. 😊

I give you fair warning that I'll probably not make it around to see the progress everyone else is making on their various needlework projects, nor respond to comments. I assure you however, that it will be well worth your while to take the tour if you have an interest in anything worked with needle and thread.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Blue and White and a Tiny Bit of Yellow

I hope my readers in the US had a safe and happy Independence Day. For that matter, I hope our Canadian friends had a good Canada Day on the first of July! We have folks in the neighborhood now who are, apparently, very into setting off fireworks. Not only have I had a nervous dog in my lap for two days straight, when I tried to coax her to go outside to do her business I was almost knocked over by the smoke in the air. Needless to say, I'm suffering the usual effects. πŸ˜’ We're not out of the woods yet either. The law may say fireworks only on the Fourth but inevitably there will be those who feel the need to use up any leftovers in the days afterward. {sigh}

On a much happier note, I've received the first set of blocks for my turn in the F2F3 (Footsquare Freestyle round 3) block swap. These are from Kathy in South Dakota:

They are crisp and gorgeous! I asked for blocks in blues on white. This is my inspiration photo:

Kathy hit the nail on the head!

I've only made one block for myself so far.

This is a variation of a block our local guild did for a lottery draw a few months back. I took the 12" pattern and reduced it to four 6" units. Now I just have to choose two more blocks to make. 😊

While I have your attention let me show you - as best I can through a dirty kitchen window - the bouquet of roses that are blooming at the top of one of my rose bushes.

You might be able to see the lavender blooming underneath and behind the roses. Makes me smile every time I look out the window. At least, until they fade and the petals fall off!

Friday, June 29, 2018

Bee, Myself & I in June

At the end of May I showed the selection of bright botanical prints I'd purchased with the intention of making a version of the Free Spirit pattern Rainbow Blur. I'd cut the largest pieces for my quilt but I don't think I'd cut the smaller patches for the four patch blocks the pattern calls for at that point. My brain must not have been functioning at its' best when I finally did cut those patches. Look what happened when I started laying out the pieces:

Notice the gaps? That's because I made all 22 four patch blocks too small. I was thinking 2.5" patches for 5" four patch blocks. But you have to add the half inch seam allowance before you start cutting! Sigh. At least this sort of thing doesn't happen to me too often (yet).

So I have 22 four patch blocks to use in some future project. Meanwhile, I was able to cut a new set of patches - in the correct size this time - from the leftovers I had on hand. It remains to be seen whether I'll have the variety I was hoping for in the prints. Wouldn't it be tragic if I had to go back to the store to get some more? πŸ˜‰

I've sewn up the new four patch blocks and begun auditioning the pieces according to the quilt plan.

Obviously the four patch blocks haven't made it onto the design wall yet. And no doubt there will be lots of arranging and rearranging before I'm ready to sew this together. With a run of good health I just might have a flimsy to show you at the end of July!

Bee, Myself and I is how Carla at Granny Maud's Girl has organized the sewing she wants to do purely for her own pleasure. Checking in at the end of each month helps me to organize my time and energy too. 😊