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...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Retail Therapy

I don't know if you've noticed how little fabric buying I've been doing lately. It's been a real effort on my part to try to use from my stash. I could sew from now until my dying day - which I hope is a long way off - and never use all the fabric stored in the quilting room.

Now I do love some of the new fabrics coming out, and it just about kills me to resist enhancing the stash. So, every now and then I allow myself a small purchase. I generally try to follow the rule that I select something that will enhance what I already own, and occasionally buy something totally new.

With those ground rules, I will show you what I did on Saturday. *wink*

My husband and I took a drive in Amish Country with his father. We were mostly just out to see some pretty countryside. I had an idea in the back of my mind that we'd stop at Pearl Valley for some cheese. It wasn't  until they asked me what I was interested in seeing, that I even entertained the idea of a quilt shop stop.

Mrs. Miller's in Berlin, OH, is one of the must-see destinations for any quilter visiting our Amish Country. Rather unassuming, isn't it?

A small bag of quilting goodness! It was so hard to decide what to get. I didn't have time to prepare a wishlist!

Here's what came home with me: 4 fat quarters from the brown, gold and neutral range of colors; 2 Charm Packs of French General Chateau Rouge. Oh my, I'm a sucker for French General.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A Bit of Hand Piecing

I'm away with DH for the weekend, and I always take along a little box of stitching I can pick up and work on should the opportunity arise. 

I've made a few scrappy 16-patch blocks. 

And I'm still stitching. ��

Happy Quilting, Friends!

-posted from my iPhone using Blogger

Friday, August 15, 2014

Precious Ones

You'll allow me a non-quilting post? I'm visiting my f-i-l this weekend and have no quilting news. I do have a special post, however.

Mary Jean and Anna Rose, my sweet twin nieces, began first grade on Monday. They also had another first this week. Twins losing a tooth on the same day. What are the odds of that?

This is AR.

This is MJ.

Sweetest things in the whole wide world. Truly! AR wants to be a scientist; MJ loves reading. 

Happy Quilting, Friends!

-posted from my iPhone using Blogger

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Still Hangin' Around

I don't know if you pay attention to how long it takes me to finish things. I certainly hope not. I seriously doubt that anyone does, and let's just keep things that way, if you don't mind. I really do allow projects to hang around way, way too long.

I began Eventide in late June at Quilt Camp. I spent about a day cutting out what seemed like endless parts. I have not been following the directions as they were written, and maybe that has slowed my progress somewhat.The pattern, which is by Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company, instructs you to make all the sub-units first. But I want to have a star! Right now! So I made enough sub-units for one star, made the star, and just kept on doing it that way.

The trouble comes when I am away from it for awhile - I forget what I'm doing, what I've done, and how I did it!

Here we are in mid-August, and I should have this quilt top together by now. Yet I find myself still making parts and sub-units. I suppose I let too many other things take my attention away from regular stitching. Since the end of June, I have had the following things interrupting my attention to Eventide:
1. Cleaning and prepping for the fraternity bash
2. Making pillows
3. Cleaning out Grandma's closet
4. Finding a place for the stuff from that closet
5. Writing for the Historical Society
6. Trying to stay caught up with 2 quilt alongs
7. Trying to finish things for the UFO challenge

Not big stuff, to be sure, but stuff nonetheless. And then I also do a fair amount of running around whenever the offer is made. I've spent several afternoons at a friend's pool, a day at the Columbus Parade of Homes, an evening Reds/Indians game, Frienzie activities - well, you get the picture.

And, let's not forget - I am a world-class procrastinator, too. 

Why don't I quit blabbing, and just show you some pictures of Eventide? Good idea!

These blocks feature the half-square triangle in each corner. These are sprinkled through the quilt.

Here's a close up of one.
I've laid out blocks for the center portion of the quilt on the guest bed. I'll be rearranging these to distribute the colors a bit better. On each vertical side of this section are borders of red quarter-square triangles. I am currently making those.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reilly's Getting a New Quilt

Dear friend Sharon was over last week to sew with me, and I have been remiss in posting this very important update on the quilt she is making for her grandson Reilly - Rye, for short. The young man is quite the athlete as he participates heavily in soccer and tennis. At some point a while ago, Sharon promised him a new quilt, and I believe Rye has been (not so subtly) reminding her that she "owes" him a quilt.

The soccer team's colors are black, white and red, so Sharon selected these solid flannels to whip up a fast and easy quilt. It will certainly be wonderful for snuggling! Rye and his parents have just moved, and he finds himself with a new bedroom. Sharon reports that these colors will work perfectly in his newly decorated room.

Rye is going on 12, if I'm not mistaken. Those years have gone fast; I remember how excited we all were when he was born. You've met Rye before here in the Quilting Room; he made his baby brother a quilt just a couple of years ago. Click this link to see how he's changed. This link is from a couple months later after the quilt was completed.

Well, I have been commissioned to do a t-shirt quilt, so I need to make some significant progress on that today.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Some Finishes from Sheryll

Only three of us Frankfort Girls were available to meet on Friday. Low numbers don't stop us, though! We three gabbed and sewed just the same as if all were present! What topics we cover! *wink*

This will be short and sweet; let's just look at what Sheryll had to show as finishes. Fantastic!

This wall-hanging has been living in my head ever since I saw it back in April at our Canter's Cave quilt retreat. At the time, I was unable to get a good clear picture, so I just had to take another while we were at Sheryll's. I truly think this will be something I make - very soon.

 This is that project that Sheryll was just getting started on back in June at Quilt Camp. It's hard to tell that it's purple and white; I never have been able to get a good true picture of the color. (It will be a gift, so please keep this one to yourself, okay?)

And this is what Sheryll was finishing up as we stitched on Friday. It is one of the UFOs she has finished for our little challenge. You may recognize it at a Thimbleberries design.

That's all for today, folks. I will try to be back with more tomorrow.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Frankfort Girls at the Fair

Our Ross County fair is just winding down, and three of our little group (which I've dubbed Frankfort Girls) had a great showing in the quilting department. Sheryll, JoAnn and Terry entered several quilts, throws, table toppers and wall hangings and they earned many, many ribbons! Have a look.

Those three were all made by JoAnn. The next group is from Sheryll.

Are you counting the ribbons? They garnered quite a few! This last group is from Terry. Keep counting; she gets a lot, also!

They had a great showing, didn't they? I quilt with some pretty awesome ladies, to be sure! Many of these are folded so small I had to do some severe editing. And, many of these have been shared here before when they were being made. Well done, Ladies!!

Happy Quilting, Friends!