Sunday, November 19, 2017

Fabric Out-Fabric In


I've been trying to get some projects finished before the end of the year.  This is one of the flower pounding pieces I did at our guild's workshop a month ago.  I hope to get the other two done as well.


The Burgoyne Surrounded is in the final phase - borders!!  My Bane!!  I just have the last large floral border. I am going to have to do some real fiddling to get  the piecing to match up to make the length I need as I only have just so much fabric.  There is a piece JUST large enough for the binding and I have a fabric for the back.  More fabric out.


We were reminded to bring bags with us to the next quilt guild meeting for our swap/share/free night - I brought a tub.  Well, it had a lot of books, magazines, and patterns in it to take for the night - BUT....


I filled it back up with some plushies, flannels, and kid print scraps....


Some yardage that no one wanted.  Yes, I waited until pretty much everyone went thru and selected before I browsed.  We have a pillowcase drive for Christmas and I plan to use some of these with things off the shelf.


My camera batties are low, thus the poor pictures.  Some floral  scraps in about FQ size.


This was a mix of shirting, ticking, and light weight denim.  This fills my basket of a planned project for January.


A baggy of Home Decor weight swatches perfect for small bags and wristlets.


A box of homespuns with a basket project started.  There was a pattern with this, but someone wanted just the pattern - I can figure this out, so let her have the pattern.


A box of American Jane and some 'real' 30's fabrics - oh, boy!!


Three of this panel.  I tried to convince everyome that these make for quick baby quilts - no takers so I took them all.


This adorable panel is going to fun to add borders to for a quick quilt.


A cute tin full of buttons, threads, and I only took one pattern (set).


And these were from my ventures to quilt shops.  The FQ bundle is 'Quill' by Three Sisters (when I had my Juki fixed) - the owl plushie and cute chicken fabric I bought when I took the landscaping class.

I think I am ready for next year with new fabrics and plenty of new scraps (I have all those bags, too).  Oh, and I hit a thread sale on-line - yup, ready for 2018!

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday



Since I am in a finishing mode, I want to try and wrap up the Burgoyne Surrounded project.  These were wonderful fabric scraps gifted to me by a guild member.  She wanted to repay me for all the fabrics I have passed on to her and others.  I told her to bring me some uglies.  These are not uglies - I love them!  As they say, ones man's  trash is another man's treasures.

Also, with that saying - our guild had a swap/sale/UFOs/free last night as our guild program.  Yup, we all wanted to glean out!  Since I had already gleaned fabrics, I took a lot of patterns, books, and magazines. Left over fabrics were donated to the church sewing group, the left over patterns to save for our guild table at Empire Quilt Fest, and the left over books/magazines will be donated to the local libraries.

AND YES - I did bring fabric home!  It's still in the back of the car and once I've hauled it in and laid it out for proper storage, I will post up a photo.

  
The newest rosette for my temperature quilt.  A  color change on my scale.  The Aqua quickly turned to light blues and a dip into the darker blues.  I think I was mourning the loss of my last few flowers with that one fabric selection. 

42 - 46 - 29 - 30 - 36 - 38 - 38

Take time to play today,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tuesday Archives

Val's Quilting Studio

I am very honored to have one of my quilts highlighted over at VAL'S for this TA's feature:  Bow Tie Quilts.  If you are new to this venue, please pop over and visit some of the other link ups showing other quilters' Bow Ties.  Maybe even add one of your own!!

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Making


Today I want to get the other two Burgoyne Surrounded blocks finished and maybe get some of the sashing done using it as leader/enders.  A step closer to a finish on this project.


Yes, the Juki is home and set up.  I am so pleased that I finally found someone who could fix this machine.  Not only fix, but put a lot of little 'polishes' on this baby to perk her up.  She sounds and runs better than when she first came in the door.  All those Geese rows are pairing up and I might lay them out, tab the rows, and then once tucked away it will be in order for a final finish.

We are in an 'Artic Freeze' right now with low temp records for this time of year breaking.  They say we will see a slightly warmer few days which will be followed by more cold, snow, and high winds.  Looking more like Thanksgiving will be a 'stay home' kind of day.

** linking up with Monday Making and Design Wall **

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon   

Friday, November 10, 2017

Whoop-Whoop Friday


I am pleased to say that the landscape is ready for quilting and binding.  It did change some from the mess I brought home.  Not a top notch job, but I am proud that I stayed with it.


All those geese got sewn together, too.  Now a good pressing and I can make my sets of four which will make putting the top together much easier than each individual goose.  That will wait --  MY JUKI IS FIXED!
I pick it up tomorrow morning and since the shop is close to my daughter, maybe a little Nanna time.


Lovely pictures, but the way life is here.  I spent the first hours of the morning winterizing my front door - it's a no entry/access door anyway.  Covered with heavy plastic, then two old flannel back table clothes - I have a design wall!  A lot of the 'extra' stuff will be moved upstairs into proper storage in the NEW sewing room over the next couple of weeks.  For now - a play ground for curious kitties and an extra blockage of cold air.  We dipped to 18 degrees last night with some furious winds which continued into the day.


To settle the rambunctious felines, a bit of cat nip mixed in some tuna and off to slumper land.  Bella in my project box - next things to get 'finished'.


And Moe didn't get very far (you can see we didn't finish all the laced tuna) and settled in one of the kitchen chairs.  This cat sleeps so soundly, I have to check to be sure he is alive!  BUT, they both snore like a boxer!!!!!

Back to the landscape,
Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday


Well, the Juki went off yesterday to the repair service.  I have the back-up machine set up and figured I would pull one of the totes in that grey crate stand next to the table.  The long forgotten Temecula Quilt Co 'Goose' project!  I should be able to chain these thru that little Brother with no problem with breaks taken to catch up on some handwork.


I have these ready for some needleturn work - last couple of month's blocks for the Yankee Diary.  I think I will start with the leaves as they should go quick and keep me encouraged to carry on.


I pulled the few scraps of yellow out of the temperature tote (hmm, could pull the yellow thread, too) and added some blues.  We haven gotten even colder and will be there for a while.  We've had a few snowflakes in the air, but nothing ground sticking - YET.

46 - 58 - 62 - 47 - 52 - 62 - 42 

**some new buttons have been added to the sidebar**

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, November 6, 2017

Landscape Workshop


Saturday I attended a follow-up workshop with Bonnie Lindsey of The Quilt Zoo who had done a presentation and trunk show at one of our past guild meetings.  She had adviced to do the first project small to get a better feel for the technique as well as closer to a finish.


Some of the folks went a bit larger!  Sandi brought the most fabulous hand dyed fabrics to use in her design.  Yes, as you can see this becomes a bit of a 'spread out' project.


Edna and Ron  were working from photos from their backyard.  As you can see, we had a lovely room to work in and those big tables were fabulous to spread out  work on.


Martha, Kathy, and Sharon working away.  Kathy has her  camera - we found it was good to photo layouts should some pieces walk away.  My little one down there was not progressing as well as everyone elses.


This is Martha's little piece - her farm even with the little tractor on the field - it's harvest time.  She was the only one who got everything done.  The others got all their layouts set and half way temporarily 'fused'.


Mine - well it came home with bits and pieces laid on the board.  This is the second workshop I have tried Landscaping - not a success either time.  I will play with this one today and probably tomorrow.

My Juki goes off for service tomorrow - new place.  I hope this time it gets the correct 'fix'.  The back-up  machine will take it's place while it's gone.  It's not as heavy a workhorse, but it will be useful for some of the projects that are waiting.  I have a lot of handwork to catch up on, too.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Friday, November 3, 2017

Whooping Friday


I am glad to say the piggies were finished for RSC17.  I need to lay this one out to see if I need more or I have enough.  I made a barn block and want to add a tractor block (yet to be made), so this one might just be at the 'let's get it done' stage.


This would photo better outdoors, but it is raining today.  Happy dance that the temperature quilt had it's next row added.  I am really liking how this is looking

Sadly, poor Earlene did not get a single stitch added to her.  My Bag Ladies are crying in the corner because I have neglected them for so long.  Hibernation days are coming and they will certainly fill in those times with their whimsy.


 Speaking of neglect, hmmmm......  Actually this is my tower by the machine of all the year long projects.  QALs, SALs, block play, etc...  These must get to a finish and why I make November and December MY time.


And let's be honest while we're at it - there are more 'to be finished' projects on those three shelves.  I won't show you the pile of quilts that are waiting to be quilted.  They are stored front, batt, and backing together just waiting.


But those 'squirrels' keep popping up!  Actually this is a guild challenge-sew along.  The pretty pattern is one I've had for some time and is just to aid with the directions for the actual pattern we are using - no lovely pictures, just printed paper.  I am using this lovely jelly roll of 'Sophie' by Mary Koval for Windham Fabrics.  I will have to pull some stash from my CW tote to add yardage.

I, also, have another workshop Saturday on making landscapes.  Bonnie Lindsey of the Quilt Zoo came to our guild to show technique and a trunk show and then offered workshop time at her shop for two Saturdays.  Of course I am interested in the miniatures and post cards to the larger projects - a day to play.   

No furkids today, they have been either outside day and night or hibernating in hideaways somewhere upstairs.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday


I need to buckle down and sew the temperature rosettes to their muslin piece.  Each rosette has 7 pieces so represent one week.  I am placing 7 rosettes in a row.  You can see a huge change in our weather with this row.


Yellows went into a few limey greens that quickly jumped into aquas which are jumping into blues.  Yes, we got that cold!

54 - 56 - 58 - 61 - 49 - 50 - 48


I realized I hadn't touched the RSC piggies for Oct.  They were cut at some point, but never sewn.  I will quickly get those done today.


And remember how excited I was to use up the last bag of gifted scraps?  Well, some of you knew that wouldn't last and you are right.  New 'toys' came in the door.  Bonnie Hunter's new Mystery will be coming out (button on side bar), so maybe I can dig thru these to add to that tote.

  

Also, new in the door - some cone threads from Connection Threads which are on sale.  I also picked up the set of Bloc-Loc rulers which should come in handy for all the HSTs I love to make.  There were several packages of EPP templates, too - but I put those away before I remembered to photo.

It's another very cold day in the valley - time to sew,
Sewingly Yours.
Sharon

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Monday Making


I had a request to make a bag for a young muscian.  She plays the violin, loves pink and purple,  and is bright ray of sunshine.  I picked up a yard of Windham's "Three Quarter Time" by Whistler Sudios.  Had a 1/4 yrd of that colorful notes.


Add this great screen print "Hollytex" with fun color, instruments, and just love those sunshiny faces.


I even caved and used the rest of my Mary Englbreit 'Merry Notes' for the lining.  I adore and hoard ME fabrics, so this had to be special.


A fun bag to make on a cold, rainy, windy day. 

*linking up with Monday Making and Design Wall Monday - sidebar*

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Flower Pounding WorkShop


My quilt guild hosted Lesley Grey, of Andes, NY to teach a Saturday day workshop on Flower and Leaf Pounding.  You can find a lot of this on the web from preparing your own fabrics or you can buy it ready to go.  We had Lesley purchase the prepared fabrics, enough and plus, for our class usage.

After a demonstration on using various flower and leaf types, placing them on the fabric, various technique steps - we were set off to experiment.


We are into our cold Fall weather and some members had a few items from their gardens and some bought from local shops for variety.


Supplies were basic - the prepped fabric, hammer, painters tape, towel (to help with the noise level), wood board, and vegetation of all kinds to play with.


And you can see there were all kinds of hammers - we shared items brought to as we found some things pounded out 'muddy', while others really had texture and/or color we liked.


Somehow I missed a table of members??? , we had 14 in the class.  But after our play time (and some lunch), we concentrated on making a more artistic piece from what we learned.  Everyone had a great time in learning a new technique and getting our feet wet with a little bit of fabric dyeing info as well.

Lesley , also, shared tips and techniques on adding detail to the piece with micron pens, stitching, and setting into finished miniatures.



 These are the three small pieces (of course I went small) that I completed during the workshop.  They need some finishing details and then put into wallhangings.  We each received 1/2 yard of the prepared fabrics, so I have a lot left and have stored in a zip-lock bag marked PFD (prepared for dyeing) and want to revisit this technique in the Spring when we have some fresh new flowers, ferns, and grasses to use.

It was a fun workshop on our last good weather day of the season.  Many of the members talked about how they were planning to incorporated their pieces into works and I look forward to seeing them as part of a guild meeting Show & Tell.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon