Friday, July 22, 2016

Summer Time....And The Living Is Easy.....

Please forgive me for not posting is just flying by, and I have been quilting, but not posting about it.

Here is a picture of a quilt top that I recently finished.  It's made of 9 inch squares, from an Ohio Star block exchange, and is 81 x 81 inches.  It's in the queue at my machine quilter, to be finished before the end of the year.  Sorry about the blurry picture.  I had to stand on a chair to get the whole quilt in the picture, and apparently, I'm not too steady handed anymore.  You get the idea anyway.

Close-up of the quilt:

I also made a little doll quilt by cutting down five of the 9 inch squares to 6 inches, and the doll quilt will finish at about 21 inches square.

I'm working on the project, and new blocks come out daily.....but my life doesn't allow me to make a block every day, so I'm getting behind.  I still enjoy making the blocks, and I will eventually catch up.  Here's a block I have prepped to take to the sewing machine:

The finished block will be six inches square, and if I counted the separate pieces of fabric in this block, the answer would be 109 pieces, but of course, I am not going to count them separately... that would be crazy!   The fun with these blocks is measuring them when they are all sewed together, to see if they each measure 6.5 X 6.5 inches (unfinished size).  Then I know my 1/4 inch seam allowance is the correct size.  It's like solving a puzzle.........figuring out where the measurements are not coming out quite right, and they often don't.   This one is using little bits of leftover fabrics from other blocks, and was fun to plan out.

There is a ledge high up outside my office window, and while I sit at my desk, I can see a nest built on the ledge, under the shelter of the porch roof, protected from the rain.  It's a good spot, because not only was there a finch nest there this spring, now a robin has built another nest on top of the old finch nest, and the baby robins have just hatched.  Lots of feeding trips to the nest for the parents today.  Makes me glad my little ones are all grown up and have left the nest!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Decoration Day

Decoration Day (now called Memorial Day) is set aside to honor those who lost their lives defending our freedom.  

A Canadian surgeon, serving in the Flanders area of Belgium during WWI, wrote the beloved poem that is often quoted on Memorial Day:

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

A little patriotic crib quilt I made:

Sophia Grace and Rosie, flying a little 3 in. x 5 in. flag:

Thank you to all the soldiers who died to preserve our freedom.  I honor you today, and always.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Traveling Again This Month

When people ask me how I stay busy in retirement, I just laugh...and laugh....and laugh.  I think I've been busy my whole life, and retirement doesn't seem to slow me down.  Yesterday we flew back from a visit to our daughter and her family in Texas.  I got to watch my high school senior grandaughter get dressed up for prom, which was a special treat.  I even sewed some sequins and beads in place on her dress Saturday morning.  She is so beautiful and it was a special time together.

Now I'm back home and playing catchup with the 365 Days of Quilt Blocks project.  

Here are a few of the blocks I've made lately.  We have moved from 3.5 inch blocks to 6 inch blocks, and from "dark" fabric choices to "light" choices.

Here are the latest ones, with my "inner critic" thoughts below each:

Wouldn't it be great to have an entire quilt of these little pink stars?  I like it a lot.

 I basted the outside edge of this block because the edges were on the bias.  I like the fabrics in this one.  Nothing I would change (for a change).

I like the card trick block, and would use a different fabric (or fussy cut it) for the lower left corner fabric.  Also the outside stripes could have been going all the same way.

This block made me realize that I could have made the corner pink fabric stripes all go in the same direction, but didn't think about it until it was too late.  Each block teaches me something that I could change if I made it over again.

There should be more contrast in the pinwheels, and that's what I learned from making this block, and no, I'm not making it over.   

I didn't plan on the flowers being on each of the hourglass blocks - but it just happened!  How cool is that!  I love quilty serendipities!

What are you working on this week?  

Linking up with the usual Monday Link-Ups:

Design Wall Mondays (Here)
Monday Makings  (Here)
Oh Scrap (Here)
Monday's Moving It Forward (Here)