Monday, July 31, 2017

A summer finish!

Unfortunately for me - not an UFO.  But - zowie - what a stashbuster!! 

Presenting Shhh, it's Low Volume!  It's 64 x 82 which is one of my favorite size quilts. Good for couch quilts; twin size beds; and a good size to throw across the bottom of our kingsize bed to keep toes warm! It is based on the Swedish "Mini Plus" tutorial found but considerably bigger!  Mini-Plus link

I had gone a little crazy ... errr, I'd been collecting 'word' fabrics the last few years.  I was totally out of control - and I was saving them for 'something special'.  Yep, those beauties were simply stuffed into a bin and then a bin plus a box, and a bag!!!

I felt so-o good using them!!  I did go alittle crazy because I decided I wanted to show it at the Newport Quilt Show THIS coming weekend.  Every 3 or 4 years I swear I will never enter a quilt that isn't completely done!!  This was an off year!! LOL!  I did make myself finish the top by the deadline (they needed measurements!) and had just under a month to finish the quilting!  What could go wrong???

Well, there was a semi-unexpected visit from my son, his wife and their family:  Mr D (6 yr old); Mr K (4 yr old); and Miss E (3 weeks!!!) Yep, you read that right!  A Newborn debuting on the coast!  It took me days to get ready, child proofing on so many levels!  You can see the visit pictures in the prior post.  They were here, nothing was done then, who had the time or the energy??  Then, there were several days after the visit just sitting in the quiet with a cool drink!!! LOL!

Back to work.  I was, of course, making this up as I went!  Designing the DSM walking foot quilting using my favorite Crayola Markers!  And although the quilt is set in row, every other row is offset.  I had to connect up the columns through the sashing.

But TaDa! It was done a few days before it needed to be mailed, I bound it, I sewed on the sleeve, threw it in the wash AND the marker didn't come out! So I skipped the guild meeting and rewashed it several times.  What finally made it less noticeable was Oxy-Clean.  But it did fade it out at the same time.

Now I have to confess that the Crayola markers were not washable.  I have made this mistake before without consequences. These might have been old markers - they were hidden in a drawer for goodness knows how long!  And I raided my friends' stashes for more low volume fabrics. Some of them were not washed.  The marks that didn't come out were washed out some places but not others.  Sigh!

My friend asked me what I learned after this ... she thought it should be not to use Crayola Washable Markers, but one time out of a decade???  We decided I would test it before using them again.  And we'll see if I follow through! or even remember my vow!!

I do hate to send off quilts that are right off the machines.  I don't feel that they 'know their way home'.  I was pretty relieved when it arrived in Newport.  I leave Thursday for the show ... and am fighting a summer cold.  Crap!  I had plans for this week!!!

I have a problem.  I seem to cut, make half the number of blocks that I need OR double the number I need.  What's disturbing about this is that I figure it out in a notebook!!!  So I have 40ish extra pluses.

Our Mod Squad challenge this month was "Magic Three" so I picked 3 of the blocks and  pieced this together.  I'm not 'done' with low volume and this was a fun mini trial.  I had some number fabric that had a six and a five but not together.  I had to find the leftover fabric ... not as easy as you'd think!  But I wanted a '65' on this project.  I celebrate my 65th birthday next week!

This month at Mod Squad we had a 'play date'!  We went to the studio of one of our members and made silk handkerchiefs.  What fun! We dyed; stamped, embossed, painted ... dangerous knowledge for people with long lists of UFOs!

Miss P (10 yr old DGD) made us icons!  Presenting Beach Nana and Papa!

I think I'm holding my phone!  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Whoooooosh! That's the sound of summer whizzing by!

How is it possible that the middle of July is past?  I'm not sure where the time is going - but it's going fast.

Here in Brookings, I've been going to aerobics at our outdoor pool every day I'm here.  It's been a great summer - about 20-30 participants and lots of room for conversations!  Then Monday and Wednesday it's TaiChi and we're really getting oh-so-much-better at the long form.  It's fun and it seems short when you're doing it well!!

The Sisters show was great.  My postcard went for the maximum bid on just the second day!!  $250 was raised for the HS scholarship!  But now, I'll have to be sure to enter by the deadline every year!  I'd told DH that I'd like to buy it back, his response was "Make another one!" And good thing - cuz that bid was WAY-OUT of my budget!

Lots of wonderful quilts in the show - modern quilts are getting so interesting!  Fun to see some of the Quiltcon winners.

This year four Stashbusters were able to meet in front of the Sisters Library for our annual meet and greet.  AND there was an awesome computer keyboard quilt hanging there for the photo-opp!

Jean Wells inspired landscape.

Theme this year was "Every quilt tells a story" (just like I've always said!) They had a book with small quilts and their stories.  Delightful!

Just a simple Logcabin with the dotted sash adding interest - fascinating! Must not start anything new ...

We had a great time at Sisters - the weather was average until it was H*O*T.  But we were staying at Black Butte and they have 5 swimming pools .... we were sure to frolick in 4 of them!

We had some disappointing meals, but the landscape made up for it!  Miss P, Mr M and I did the Letterbox contest and they each got a prize.  I bribed them with the pool when we finished!  Yep, I'm an 'experienced Nana'!!  What the moms don't know won't hurt them!!  What happens with Nana stays with Nana!!

The Hydrangea's are in full bloom around here - gorgeous this year.  This bouquet is from a quilting friend who gave them to me to thank me for consulting!  She doesn't know me well enough to know that it would be hard to keep me away!! I loved the flowers, thank you M.

I'm gradually joining in Fabric Art Post Cards again.  June bug seemed like a good time to stick up for the bees.  I put reptile stamps on the back to eat the pesky bugs!

Saturday was Fun Day at Guild.  I took my mini-log cabin blocks.  3/4" finished logs - 4" finished and made 17 blocks!  I'd decided to do a repeating block design vs a center-out design - mainly so I can start building them as I finish more mini blocks.  Each large block uses 16 minis.  It was so-o much fun!  I love the way it's turning out, much brighter than I thought! It seemed they were going together so fast (with a couple that needed some ripping :<) so I timed myself!  10 minutes from start to finish!!  Hope to get up to that speed again when I have time to restart making the blocks.

When I got home from Sisters I did what I swear I will never do again ... yep, I entered a quilt in the Newport show that wasn't finished! GASP!!  Working on it - but this week A&J2 and the 3 kiddos are here.  No time or energy for quilting today!  Miss E - who is only 3 weeks old is a party animal all night long!! It's downright impossible to sleep thru a crying baby - Mothers never forget!  The boys, 6 and 4 have been a hoot to hang with.

Last night the boys and I went for a walk.  As we passed the beach trail, Mr D (6) asked if we could just walk to the beach.
"Sorry, no - low tide is over and it's late.  We'll hit the beach tomorrow."
He asked, "We get to go to the beach tomorrow?"
I said, "Sure, that's what you come for, isn't it?"
He (buttering up dear Nana!) said, "No, we come to see you!" Too Cute!

Mr K racing the waves.

Dr D collecting water for ?????

Miss E on the beach for the first time!  She ate, she pooped, she got sand in her diaper - - it was the whole experience! LOL!

Hope you're taking the time for the 'whole summer-time experience!'