Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday


My next Temperature Quilt rosette and these little things are made right from that never ending scrap pile.  I might throw a few small bits in the tote with my papers, punch, scissors and thread, but it is about finding the piece that fits the temp for the day.  And as  you can see, we had quilte a drop in our  weather - right into Fall I think!

83,83,82,82,77,60,62

Some of the hill towns (you would call them mountains) dropped into the 40's - CRAZY!!!!!  Some heavy rains with winds and severe lightening swept in too.  All a bit scarey, but we are to slowly warm back up - at least that is what they say, we shall see.

I did prep all my background pieces for these - a mix of muslin and off whites and some of those are pieced - using it up and moving it on.  They weren't very exciting in a photo, but I plan to start stitching these rosettes onto their backgrounds with Slow Sunday Stitching.


 Some more scraps are in the house! Another bag arrived after this photo and that one seems to have much larger pieces so I will share with Monday's sewing group.


I dumped one bag with a lot of skinnies and bits and got right to work.  Bonnie Hunter's scrap challenge block - Rail Fence - and I am mixing log cabins with them.  That should use up this bag and maybe some of the others.

I need to make the Temecula Quilt Co Monday Mini's, too.  My geese are all done, but I've got a few more to put into the 2 x 8 settings to make 8.5" blocks.  It will be a fun Scrappy Wednesday and hopefully a bit warmer day. 

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday Making


A little bit of a late Monday Making, but as I put things back into the shop and relocated supplies and staples I managed to sew a few rows of the next Postage Stamp quilt in progress.  Not sure how big this one will be, but I have a LOT of 2" squares that need using up.


Today is the last day of the Hop and there has been so many lovely things that I want to make.  SARAH has been such a gracious main host and all the participating hosts have astounded.  Please be sure to visit today"


 
        Abyquilts




These little Angel ornaments are in my tutorial tab - a few scraps is all you need.  You can jump to them right HERE.  I have a few other little ornies there, too.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Sunday, July 23, 2017

A Fine Heritage Day



This is the DAR building and front lawn were I was this weekend.  You can read the history of this lovely place HERE.


We couldn't have asked for a nicer day on the lawn.  It had gotten a little cooler and there was a bit of breeze most of the day.  The Old Oaks and Maples gave us plenty of shade, too.  My little nook amongst the other vendors outside.  I worked on a Hexie project all day.


A good vending friend that I just adore her set up with all the old suitcases.  A lot of lovely sachets with her own dried flowers and herbs, lovely things made with toile, linens, and silks.  And it never fails that we don't buy something from each other (or make a trade).


We have a few different local sheep and wool groups in our area and they were represented here at a few booths.


People could try the drop spindle or one of the sit down (didn't get that part of the tent).  Different pelts on display/sale and represented products of dye processing.


Weavers with different looms which I didn't get to see as they worked later in the day.


Ye Old blacksmith hard at work on a hot day.  I have a few of Brian's pieces.


And I could kick myself as forget his wife's name all the time.  Manning the items table an dorder books.  She loved helping the kids try to find the hidden hearts.  All the vendors were great with the hearts that were hung around the area - making sure that everyone found a home.

  
I would jump every time some one tryed one of the duck calls.  This man was truely a supior artist in his work.


I so wanted to bring this hansome fella home with me, but I was afraid my furkids would think I was bringing home new 'bait'.


The tin smith had sme wonderful pieces, I do have a couple of his work.


I wanted this guy, but by the time I got back to do some shopping of course - he was gone. 


Some of the wonderful paintings done by the same man who did the painting of our farm - the header on my blog.  He's done a number of the old buildings, homes, and farms thru out the Valley.

You can see a lot more (and better) photos of the event here:



I'm rested up, but still have to put things away.  Maybe I'll get to sew later in the day.

Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Heritage Day

I will be away today vending and demonstrating quilting.  Well, it's only a 1/4 mile from my house.  Still, it took me most of the day to pack everything up and load the car.  I have the camera charged and hope to share the event with you all.


I made up a few new hearts to hide around the grounds with the project ifoundaquiltedheart.  We, also, have a group in the County that has been painting rocks with quilt designs and leaving them around events to be found.  You can either keep them or paint in another area and hide at another location - fun.


I hope you have been enjoying the Hop.  If this hasn't lengthened your 'to-do' list!  SARAH has announced that due to a family matter, the winners of the give aways will be delayed until August 4th.  Many blessings for her and her family.

I missed yesterday and will post today's list as well as Sunday's as I will need a day of rest - please be sure to visit the following hosts:


Friday, July 21st


Saturday, July 22nd


Sewingly Yours,
Sharon 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Temperature Quilt


Per my temperature chart, my greens or the cooler days and you can see we have gone into a bit of warmer.  Actually, the humidity has been the pits.  That comes from so much RAIN.  Shouldn't complain because other areas are dry and on fire - not something I would want to have to deal with.  I am using the NOON temperature read for our area as we are still experiencing such a difference from evening to mid-afternoon.  
Temps: 82,79,68,75,83,84,78



My rosettes ressemble my flowers.  I don't have a lot this year as I lost a lot of perrenials - I went with herbs this year.  BUT I have a lot of Sunflowers here and there around the house thanks to the chippers stashing seeds in any hole they can find.  Usually they only stalk or just are small floweres, but I have a couple that really took off.  They remind me of my Dad who planted all kinds of sunflowers for the birds and wildlife to enjoy.


I always scatter marigolds thru beds to help as natural pesticide and the munchy critters don't like them either.

You can visit SARAH and see her temp quilt in progress as well as others.  Everyone has a bit of a different color chart they are using, so each will be unique.


Even with the heat (Aussies are into their Winter season), don't forget to visit the other SARAH and today's hosts:


Thursday, July 20th


Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday



Today Temecula will have you make four more geese, but I made 20 or 40 each week to get them done.  Now I am putting them into 2 x 4 setting with dark geese flying north and light geese flying south which will make them into 8.5"  unfinished blocks.   And I am thinking I will randomly put these into a flimsy rather than sticking to the 'row' thing - we shall see when I lay them all out.

I have a meeting in the afternoon - at an Ice Cream place.  Where better to hold a meeting especially on a nice day?  Our guild's new program committee putting together the next 2 years' meeting activities.



Since I had no post yesterday, please visit both 7/18 & 7/19 hosts: 

Tuesday, July 18th


Wednesday, July 19th


Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday Making 7-17-17


It seems it's been a long time since I had a good Monday (and look - three 7's today) and there is a real need to power up that machine.  I will be joining BETH today to catch up on some serious block making.


The Patchwork Sampler QAL(button on side bar) just came out with the next block, so those will be tackled first.  These go together pretty quickly so I have another couple projects lines up.


Temecula Quilt Co just released the next Monday Marvelous Mini block.  Again, they don't take long to make.

I have a few more 'hatchet' block units to finish up for Kevin's Mystery - again, quick.  I have some in-town errands to do this afternoon, so I may finish the day off later with some slow stitching to finish up the Yankee Dairy heart and hands block.


Don't forget to visit today's Hosts




Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Piggy Bank Challenge


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I love participating in  VAL'S Piggy Bank Challenge each year.  You can sign up:
  1. All's you have to do is create a post this week sharing your "piggy bank".
  2. Include your goal of what you'd like to purchase with your savings come this time next year.
  3. Include the linky button above to help spread the word to all your followers. 
  4. Return and link your post here anytime this week until August 1st.
  5. Start "penny pinching". (Coins and bills are allowed)
  6. Next year we'll  all empty our piggy banks on July 6th and create a post exclaiming our totals, share what quilty purchase we're going to make and link up here once again to celebrate!

I've been able to save quite well with this method.  It gets dipped into thru the year for some emergency monies (car repair), but has been handy to purchase those quilty items without being sure you 'budgeted' them.

I used this method when my kid's were young - they loved dropping coins in and watching grow.  The money then was for summer vacations and summer camps.

This would help with saving for Christmas presents , too - which leads me to:

 

Please be sure to visit Today's Hosts

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Little Jingle


My entire banquet table is all laid out with stacks of sorted gifted fabrics.  All the smaller bits were processed down into my fabric system.  I am going to pull from these for the 'Trip' quilt along with SARAH.  Yes, I have never made a Trip quilt before and it's a perfect time to get her done.


Remember to visit today's Hosts:


Sewingly Yours,
Sharon

Thursday, July 13, 2017

It's Christmas In July!


It's finally here!  This has been like waiting for that magical morning and dashing down the stairs to see what's under the Christmas Tree.  First I want to thank SARAH for pulling this all together - a lot of work that gal does.  And she has gathered some beautiful things to gift over the 12 days - you just have to visit each of the blogs, leave a comment for them and have some fun!!

I share today with:





When Sarah asked for some possible projects for children, I had to raise my hand.  My three grandkids love crafting and I was gathering supplies to have a NaNa project to do with them next visit.


Supplies for this project are real simple and easy to gather.  Lots of stickers, glue (I found some fun glitter glue), ribbons, pipe cleaners, and any little fun crafty item that makes you happy.  AND a box of CD's.  I found all of these items in various Dollar Stores, so a very inexpensive craft project.


We are making Ornaments with the CD's and supplies.  I worked with a 3 yr. old, 6 yr. old , and 10 yr. old - so this shows you can work this project with different ages (recommend more serious decor for older kids).  My granddaughter LOVES stickers and anything sparkly.  It didn't take her long to figure this whole thing out.


I did have to help out with some of the 'harder' stickers, 


but the delight was discovering we could design on both sides!


We were watching a movie, too - sometimes that needed more watching than crafting.  And my daughter is in the middle of a kitchen/diningroom re-hab, but our temporary set up worked just fine.  While she spackled and painted we glued, glittered, and stickered.


Ah, back to work.  This guy was pretty good at cutting some of the items to make some design changes.


The glitter glue was VERY popular and we had to use every tube, even though there were two of each color - yup, each opened and used.


Just some of the finished ornaments - their second side drying.   Then their ribbon hangers can be added.  You can use a dremel to drill holes to a little more advance crafting with the older crowd.  Even craft paint can be used - I kept it simple with the smaller ones.  Just gather supplies and some kids and you will be surprised what they will create on their own.

Thank you for visiting and please be sure to visit each day.


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Thursday, July 20th


Friday, July 21st


Saturday, July 22nd



Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Christmas is on It's Way


The wonderful Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict has done it again.  Christmas in July Hop to help get you inspired and fired up to start your Christmas crafting/sewing done ahead of time.  

She will be having a quilt along for a lovely Holiday quilt. She has, also, lined up some great give aways.  To be entered, you just have to visit each Blog hosting for the day and leave a comment.  A Name drawn for each day of the hop with a grand prize winner at the end. COOL!!

I am hosting on the first day with something NOT quilty - surprise ya'?
Here is the list of participating Blogs and I hope you join us each day.

Friday, July 14th


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Friday, July 21st


Saturday, July 22nd



Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Scrappy Wednesday


The third rosette for the temperature quilt is done.  I need to start thinking about what background I want to set these on.  I have a lot of muslin scraps as well as white scraps - maybe a mix.  Temps at noon this week were 77,75,71,75,76,80,77.


I came home Monday with some gifted bags of scraps as well as some were dropped off here.  I need to go thru these and I think a lot is going into Bonnie Hunter's new scrap leader/ender challenge - rail fence blocks.
And I have a few things from my Demo to put away.

A little housework is also scheduled and some furkid time as they are still holding a grudge because I left them for a day.


Sewingly Yours,
Sharon