26 May 2016

Nine More to Go

Spring time in Kansas = tornado time.
And they're popping up all over these days.

The rain looks to be continuing over the weekend
but hopefully Monday will find us all safe and out
by the pool enjoying some quality family time.

Here's a quick look at the progress on the design wall.
Again, these are in no order and minus sashing.
Tomorrow is filled with appointments but hopefully,
I'll still get time to make those last 9 blocks.

I'm already thinking about my next project, of course.
For now, I'm just making tops till I can peruse the 
clearance racks during the shop hop in the fall.

Hoping everyone has a safe and fun-filled
Memorial Day weekend.

24 May 2016

What Do Stars and Mango Key Lime Pies Have In Common?

They come in pieces, of course!

Our wonderfully rainy weather here has been
perfect for sewing and, though my progress is
kind of slow, the star quilt is coming along nicely.

A side-note/update:
Somehow my incision got infected (extremely painful!) so I'm trying to step
back to limiting my movement more, which means the sewing is slow-going.
 I think I am finally responding to the antibiotics now, though.  
Set-backs are frustrating, but I'll get there.  

Piecing takes some concentration; I've made ten
blocks and I'm still checking the directions!  
This may or may not have anything to do with the fact that I'm still on pain meds!

I finally have a design wall--just a curtain rod with clips, mounted over
the closet doors.  I love that I can keep it put away till actually needed.

Yesterday's sewing break resulted in a
Mango-Key Lime Tart.

I avoid recipes with sweetened condensed milk
in the ingredients but I really wanted to try this one
 from the latest Southern Living magazine.  
And my new tart/quiche pan.

Of course, it was almost sickening-sweet, 
but the family loved it.

Maybe I'll figure out how to make it another way
but for now, back to the sewing room.

Blocks in random order; sashing to come.
I'll get a better pic for the next update!

There is more rain in the forecast and I've made
arrangements in my room to keep from having to 
get up and down quite so much (to iron and cut).
I prefer that movement because sewing is such a
sedentary hobby but, for just these few weeks,
I'll "cheat".

Maybe I'll call this the Lazy Star Quilt.  ;o)

21 May 2016

Kicking Off Spring-Summer '16 Projects

This just might be the Summer of Quilting.

I miss working in my garden but let's face it--
the quilting room is not a bad alternative.

I have this UFO that needs binding but I'm not
allowed to bend, lift or twist, so maneuvering
a quilt on a machine is probably not a good idea.

Ugh!  This one just needs binding!

Maybe I could, maybe I couldn't. 
Who knows, but after what I've been through,
I'm not taking any chances.  Ever again.
Those that know me well see a completely different person here, post-op!
  So, yes.  I set an "unfinished" aside.

You can see Chloe was about as bothered by this
poor quilting etiquette as I was...

On to choosing that first
(and second, if we're being honest!)
project of the summer. 

Keeping my fabric "fresh" and to a minimum is a
priority so I quickly zero'd in on an aging layer cake...

...and a pattern that has yet to be tried.

Pay no attention to the name atop the pattern!  
Cinch is apparently a relative term.

I haven't felt up to par for many months, 
and I sure haven't been interested in quilting 
during that time.  Sad, I know.
But now, it was good to be able to at least do
something useful and creative so I set to work,
albeit rather half-heartedly.

Seeing a lap-quilt left too much of my layer cake
untouched, I moved on to the twin size.
Lap quilts are my preference for enjoyable machine-quilting; 
bigger ones get more difficult.  Let's hope this was the right decision!

I can't say these are my favorite colors but at this
at this point, my interest was getting piqued.

And here we'll stop to ponder something:
exactly how does this whole stash-busting thing
really work, anyway?  You see, I'm realizing that
I'm going to need an ivory background, 
some sashing, some borders...  

Nothing will get you into the
quilting mood like a trip to the quilt shop.

I'll catch back up in a day or so after I have
a little more progress to report.

20 May 2016

Courthouse Stars Follow-Up

Well, hello.  Have a seat?
It's a little awkward beginning a post after 
such an absence; I'll just keep it simple.

A painful major surgery has kept me
in bed for well over a month but now 
slowly, over the last two weeks,
I've been getting out and about. 
Sadly, gardening is still completely off my list,
and cooking must be just very minimal.
I have found that I'm at least able to do
a little each day in the sewing room.

New project sneak-peak!

But first let me back up to where I left off.
I did complete two quilts last fall.
First, this one:

I gave this to a college graduate as a gift.
Sadly, I didn't get a "completed" pic.

And my big project, courthouse stars,
was completed some time in November.
This house really wasn't in need of another quilt
but I was really becoming attached to this one. 
I happily found it matched the set of reading chairs 
we had recently purchased for our sunroom and
there it has stayed ever since.

It measures about 50 X 60 so it's perfect
for curling up with a book or a cat or both.
Quilts always have a way of finding a home.

My only regret is that some of the "lights"
should have been a little lighter but I
feel it all still works well enough.
And, I used up a fairly big set of fat quarters I've
had sitting around for some time along with a
few other fabrics here and there so,
aside from having to buy the border,
this was another great stash-buster.

Stay tuned for my new project!

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