Saturday, May 18, 2019

AMISH DOLLS and A HAT

I finished the Amish doll family and was able to load the photo onto the computer.  I don't know why they quit going to the computer automatically.  


My DIL wanted a hat to wear to DGS's baseball games, so I told her I would make her one.  She had been looking for one when we were visiting them last month.  I got it done today and tried it on.  I'm wearing it outside on my patio and the sun is too bright for you to see the yellow side.  Here's a photo of both fabrics before I sewed them together.  Blue and yellow are her favorite colors.




It's reversible and I think the blue side will be the "main" side.  Both are batik fabrics.  It's such a beautiful day, so I sat outside on the patio drinking tea and reading a book on my tablet.


I hope your weekend is lovely too.  If it isn't, maybe you can stay inside and sew!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

KEEPIN' BUSY


I've been keeping busy making items to sell such as the snowball and sunflower table runners below.


I couldn't resist taking  this picture by my clamatis plant.  The sunflower table runner has 4 squares of sunflowers and is about 48" long.


Last year my sister asked me to sell some items for her on Ebay.  Two of the items are crocheted tablecloths that one of my Mom's friends crocheted for her and my sister didn't have any need for them,  I don't have a need for them either.  I procrastinated for about a year before I decided I better get busy and wash them as they each had a few stains.

My friend "Love" from ijustlovequilts.blogspot.com has blogged about soaking vintage linens in her bath tub, so I got some advice from her (it's also on her blog I think) and put them in the tub to soak with BIZ (I didn't have the other kind).  I really was amazed at how much dirt came out of them and the stains really don't show any more.  You can see some staining in the one below, but after it hung in the sun most of the day I really couldn't see it any more.  Thanks, Love!



I'm also making a family of Amish dolls.  I had bought the panels for them years ago at a garage sale and thought I might have given them to a thrift shop, but lo and behold, I came across the panels while looking for some other fabrics!  So I decided I would try to get them made up and I am almost finished. The directions printed on the panel aren't the greatest, but I think they will be cute.

I'm having trouble getting pictures of the dolls to load on my computer, so I can't show them now.

I have a bag under my sewing table where I toss triangles from various projects.  Every once in a while I will take some time to match them up and square up into HSTs.

Bag full of triangles

These are the ones that I made last week with triangles from the bag.  These then go into bags marked with the various sizes.  If I ever need some HSTs, I always check the baggies of the size needed.  I used some of these for the quirky little quilt that I made and posted about here.


Yesterday we had a lovely rainy day - the first one since before Easter.


Thursday, May 2, 2019

String Quilt Report, Etc.

My string quilt is all put together and quilted.  I'm stitching the binding to the back this morning.  This will be a donation quilt.  I have made a few quilts like this and from now on I am going to do something different.  I'm tired of this design.  The last row in the first picture is one of each color because I needed another row and didn't have enough of one color to finish it.


The other half hanging on the the shady side of the clothesline.  We have been having beautiful weather lately!


My quilting was mostly swirls and echo stitching around swirls randomly done all over.


Another finish is a patriotic round robin donation quilt.  This will be donated to a veteran in a hospital.  It's a project in my quilt guild for the season and last month we got the quilt we started back and I quilted it.  I'm always amazed at how good the round robins turn out.  I started it with the center panel - that part was easy!  I did a lot of straight line stitching around some of the borders, cross-hatched the flag block and quilted curvy lines and stars in the white outer border.


I pieced the backing as you can see.


My quirky little quilt is finished with the striped binding.  I stitched in the ditch for each pieced block and quilted the rest with navy blue thread, so it is hard to see.


The backing is a blue print.  It feels good to be getting some projects!


I'll end this post with some beautiful flower pictures.  The lilacs are blooming here and this is a bush that we walk past on our morning walk.  We had to stop for a sniff - just love lilacs!


The dogwood tree is right next door and is beautiful now.  Too bad it doesn't keep the flowers longer.


My clematis has it's first bloom - with lots of buds to follow!


I still need to get more done in the yard.  Yesterday I planted 4 rows of onions (short rows).  My neighbor had extra and gave them to me.  I have never grown onions before.  I still need to get a tomato plant.  Do you plant a garden?

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

MY HANDSOME MEN, ETC.

After our Easter dinner, DS Dan said he wanted a picture of the 3 generations of men since 2 of them had suits on.  DH put on a jacket and we took pictures in the front yard.  BTW, Dan played the piano at our church service and Jakob played the organ at the First Baptist Church in town.  We had a beautiful day!!  Of course, we missed the other men and women in the family that live far away.

DH Rich, DS#1 Dan and DGS#1 Jakob
I forgot to add this to my trip post.  When I saw this on the kitchen wall from a distance at our DS#3's home, it looked like a quilt.  Closer up I could see that it was lizards colored and glued onto construction paper.


Here's a closer look at it.  They all fit together without any spaces between them my 10 year old grandson made it.  I wonder if this would be hard to make as a quilt?


Yay!  I found the unicorn pattern!  I plan to make the one with the rainbow mane.


I got the new AQS magazine and love this bird wall hanging.  I'm thinking about making it, but having 2nd thoughts.  After "Skill Level" it says "Easy!"  After reading through the instructions, it doesn't look easy to me.  Plus it will take many trips to various shops (this is the good part) to find the
pieces of fabrics for it - 6" to 12" squares of 16 to 18 cuttable fabrics for the bird!!! as an example.

What do you think?  Do you think it would be fun or a chore?


I'm quilting a patriotic round robin which will be donated at the May guild meeting.  I'm about half way done.


I'm also quilting the Quirky little quilt from the Temecula quilt-along.  This was a fun little project.


Thanks for visiting!

Friday, April 19, 2019

WHAT'S BEEN HAPPENING?

We were out of town for about 10 days and I have gotten behind in my blog posting and reading.  But now we're back and we have recuperated from the long drive.  DH used to be a truck driver and he loves to drive, so we drove to Kansas City, Kansas area and back.  3 days each way.  It's about 1800 miles.  On the way, we drove through Sister, Oregon (and on the way back)  so I stopped to see if they had the Unicorn pattern that I had seen there last year.  I want to make the pillow for my DGD.

They did have it, and I bought it, but right now I don't know what I did with it!  I'm sure it must be here someplace and I will find it when I'm not looking for it.  As many of you know, it is the Stitchin' Post that started the outdoors quilt show in Sisters many years ago.  


I also bought some unicorn fabric by Tula Pink.



We went to Kansas to visit DS#3 and his family.  There are 2 boys, ages 8 and 10.  They are both on baseball teams and we saw 4 games that the 10 year old played in.  The picture below has him in it, but you can't really see what he looks like.  Out of the 4 games, they won one game.  But, they also won a game after we left and DGS pitched for part of it.


This is the decoration on my son & DIL's front door.


Three days there and three days home, we saw lots of mountains and in fact most of the trip we either could see mountains or we were traveling in them.  Some beautiful scenery such as the photo below, which was taken from the car with my cell phone.  You can't see it very clearly, but there are snow capped mountains in the distance.  We saw lots of snow capped peaks on the trip.


DH told me that I could fly if I wanted to, but I didn't see the point of spending more money to fly when he was driving.  I didn't mind most of the trip except the day that he drove over 1,000 miles (because we left late on the first day and we wanted to get there in time for a baseball game on the 3rd day).  We did make it in time, by the way.

Here are the 3 blocks for the Quirky Little Quilt Along.  I went to my HST collection, which I have divided into baggies for each different size and found some that I could use so all I had to do is sew them together.


Happy Easter!


Monday, April 8, 2019

DESIGN WALL, ETC.

I took a couple pictures of my design wall to prove that I'm working on some things.  This first one is the blocks for Temecula's Quirky Little Quilt Along.  I thought the blocks were so cute, and decided to make them.  I made the first three and the second set of 5 9-patches were from a block trade that I participated in a couple years ago.  I still haven't used them!  (Shame on me).


The top 2 blocks in this second picture are BOMs for my quilt guild (meeting this morning) and are 9 1/2" blocks.  We will keep the blocks for ourselves and then make something with them.

The string blocks, of course, are for Lori's String A-Long.  These are 6 1/2" blocks.  


Saturday, I was a vendor at Farm Fest held at the Yamhill Valley Heritage Center in McMinnville, OR (my town).  This is half of the booth.  It turned out to be pretty successful for me.  Yea!


The main event for Farm Fest is the plowing competition using horses.  In fact, it was the 53rd annual plowing competition and I wish you all could have seen it.  The horses are amazing and it was very muddy.  It had been raining a lot last week and also rained most of the morning on Saturday.  But that didn't deter anyone.  After all, this is Oregon!  You can't cancel anything due to a little or a lot of rain.


You can see the mud puddles in the pictures.


I think it probably rains for this event every year.  This was my second year to be a vendor (indoors, thankfully) and it was raining and hailing last year.

Have a wonderful week!

Friday, March 29, 2019

March String-Along Linky

I basted this string quilt a couple months ago and decided I better get busy and sat least start quilting it.  I have quilted several of this type of quilts before, but I really didn't know how I wanted to quilt it.  So I started with some swirly quilting and continued with various swirls.  I got almost half of it quilted yesterday.









I also finished quilting and binding the flag quilt.


I will be linking this up to Lori's blog.  Thanks, Lori, for giving us the incentive to get busy with all the millions of strings that are hanging around our sewing room!  I'm trying to decide what to make with strings next. 

It's a beautiful day today, but I came down with some kind of bug, so I'm staying inside.  Hope you have a wonderful spring weekend!


Saturday, March 23, 2019

VERY DELINQUENT!

Yes, I have very delinquent concerning posting lately.   I have been reading some of my favorite blogs, but not wanting to spend oodles of time with it as I have been trying to get things done in the quilting room.

For one thing, I am getting ready for the first craft show of the year at the Yamhill County Heritage Museum.  The museum is only a couple miles from my home and it is a wonderful place for many fun events.  Click on the link and then click on Farm Fest & Plowing Competition.  Last year was the first time I had been to that event and it was amazing!  It was rainy, windy and cold.  I didn't think there would be many people there.  I was very wrong!  People came to see the plowing competition and there were horses and mules everywhere.  So much fun and so interesting!  I didn't get to see everything because I had to "man" the booth, but managed to get outside a few times.  You can see my post from last year here.

Here are a couple things I've made for the sale.

Kitchen towel with bunnies

Lap quilt



Last month DH and I met my BIL/SIL in Ocean Side, WA for a barbershop singing concert which we enjoyed immensely.  There was a quilt shop in the town and I got this "printed interfacing" kit to make this flag.  I saw the flag hanging in the quilt shop and was intrigued.  The owner said you just sew along the lines to make the stripes.


I didn't realize what she meant until I got home and looked at the instructions.




You sew the interfacing onto the fabric in strips and then have to turn it like a tube and then you can iron the stripes onto the white fabric.  It wasn't very easy to turn the long tubes of fabric and interfacing because the interfacing tears very easily, but I got it done.  There is one more printed interfacing so I can make another flag.


I'm quilting it now.  I also basted a couple other things, so now I have 4 more things to quilt when I'm finished with the flag.

Spring has arrived and the weather has turned very nice.  Trees and flowers are starting to bloom - well, the daffodils have been blooming for a few weeks already.

Happy Spring!