20 June 2018

New Project Kick-Off: Jacob's Ladder Dorm Quilt

It's not even officially summer and I've already been feeling the
"blah" of the heat and the dryness.  And then last night
the weather turned and not only did we get rain but for the next
2 or 3 days I'll be able to work in the gardens without wilting.
The weeds aren't out of control yet but
I feel them starting to get ahead of me again.
Time to get it all back into shape.

Currently harvesting from the garden:
Cucumbers, green beans, carrots, onions, potatoes, cabbages,
eggplant, kohlrabi, yellow squash, peppers, and of course, herbs.
Very soon:  blackberries, zucchini, tomatillos
Later:  tomatoes, squash (acorn, spaghetti & butternut), grapes

Indoors, I'm beginning a new quilt.

Jacob's Ladder Layout Option 
(credit: Cutter Girl Creations)

My son approved a nice traditional Jacob's Ladder .

Another inventory reducing end-of-bolt sale came along again!
Great timing, huh?

I immediately snagged a 9+ yard bolt of a nice background ivory.
At $4/yd I couldn't pass that up!  

And I've already cut into it
for my July banner--yep, completed that one early.

But bringing my focus back to the project at hand,
I needed to find Creighton University's colors:

Luckily, I was able to find a few good ones in the clearance section
which always makes for the deepest discount of the sale.
I also found a few near-empty bolts from the regular collection
and some from my stash so I think I'm there, esp for a twinXL.

They're really not as bright in real life as in the above picture but I
still struggled with those royal blues--not my favorite color and, to me,
they don't really seem to go so I'm a little concerned how it will all
turn out but, of course, it always ends up working. 
They seem to work in the school logo.
Having decent yardage on some of those bolts ensures I'll have plenty
for the 3 borders I'm planning on to bring it up to size and for the
binding.  Not sure about the backing yet--I may piece it with what's left.

I printed off some coloring pages for reference and sketched things out.
My markers aren't quite right but good enough to keep things straight.
(I haven't felt the need for a snazzy quilting program...yet.)

I may have set a spending record but luckily my husband insists
he has no problem with my mostly-controlled stash.
I think as long as we use it, it's not out of control, right?
But I still thought their sign hilarious.

14 June 2018

Making Things

Happy Flag Day.

As 2018 nears its half-way mark, I realize that I've already
made 5 quilts, 5 mini-quilts and one quilt top (still looking for
a border & backing); I also have a BOM right on track with its first
6 blocks completed.   So, feeling pretty good about all of all that, I'm
thinking I should enjoy some easy small projects.

So I dug through the scraps...

and made some seasonal decor.

I've had this frame for longer than I care to admit
floating around in my sewing room, sometimes nagging
at me and always in the way.  I could have put it out of the way
but then I knew I'd really never get to it.
Miracle of miracles, today I finally hauled out the book
and made one!
(If you're now singing the annoying song from Fiddler on the Roof,
I apologize for saying "miracle of miracles." Or maybe I don't.
I love that movie, annoying song and all.)
This was a quick project so hopefully I'll stay
on schedule till they're all completed.

So far I'm sticking to my plan to just bee this summer.
(Ok, I'm definitely not apologizing for that!)

08 June 2018

Donated Quilt Goes to A Happy Winner

was raffled off this past weekend.
Because my sister was the deliverer of the surprise,
I got the full story on the winner.

An older widow, she had been been wanting a new quilt for her
bed for a long time but really hadn't gotten around to treating herself.
The minute she saw her prize, she immediately tried it out
on her bed to discover that it matches her room perfectly.
Not only did the quilt help fund a church group's charitable actions
but it has gone on to bring happiness to a very appreciative new owner.
What more could a quilter want than that?

07 June 2018

Catching Up on My Christmas BOM

We came home from vacation to a forest of weeds in every garden.
Mercifully, the weather has been great so catching up around here
has been an enjoyable process.  Realistically, there will never be a time
when everything is "caught up" so I'm just taking my time and doing
what I feel like, day by day.  Just like quilting, a garden is a joy
to make, not just to finish.  I try not to get so get caught up
running toward the goal that I forget to enjoy the process.

I was over-zealous (even more than usual) and planted 24 tomato
and 24 pepper plants.  I have big canning goals for the tomatoes
but I can't really explain what happened with the peppers
other than I have a plant-buying problem, and I have no
shame in admitting it.  All 48 of these are enough to keep
anyone busy, not to mention the rest of the garden out there
but I'm happy to say they are all currently pruned and mulched.

The herb and flower gardens still need tending to but as I am
sporting a bit of a sunburn, I moved into the sewing room to get
caught up on my Block of the Month quilt.  Without any fanfare,
here are all three blocks hot off the ironing board:

April Block

May Block

June Block 

With the wheat outside just days from harvesting,
it's a little odd to be playing with Christmas fabric
but it still seems cozy and inviting.
(And I'm asking myself, what about the other BOM(s)
I planned for this year?  Hmm...)

I'm still waiting to get my son's attention for 10 minutes
so that we might discuss his dorm quilt but he's rarely
here.  There are always other quilts I could be getting
a start on but the last thing I want is to get myself into another
mad dash before he goes off to college so maybe this weekend
I'll get some sort of direction of what he would like, though
I know he's far from picky.

Just a note:
I've noticed others saying blogger is having issues.
I don't really know why its occurring but I am seeing your
comments.  Hoping it's resolved soon; I know there are just
a few but I still don't like not being able to respond.

04 June 2018

I Survived May '18 (And Completed a Quilt in the Middle of It!)

Ok, it's a little dramatic but the title does summarize how I feel.
This month topped 'em all for me--and I've had some busy ones.
The good news is, I did get that quilt finished in time!

I have to admit that I thought the "ripple" design would be easier to quilt. 
It seems like I just never know when it comes to the degree of difficulty
a pantograph design might have.  Or maybe it's more to do
with being well-rested.  Or what music is on. 
Or the number of interruptions.
(ok, that one is a definite!)  
In the end, I think the best bet is to just not have to rush!
But we all know sometimes it's unavoidable. 

I didn't get to see him open it so I'm
anxious to see what he thinks, though his mom assures
me he loves it, and I do have a pic of the moment.
Next I need to get started on my own son's dorm quilt!

We finished the craziness of May by flying off to Boston
with the boys for a fun but packed 5-day vacation:
Fenway Park/Red Sox game
Freedom Trail 
(Bunker Hill, Boston Massacre, Old North Church etc)
Cape Cod 
(a few light houses, the ocean)
John Adams tour in Quincy
Sam Adams Brewery Tour
(Nathaniel Hawthorne/House of the Seven Gables, oldest candy store in America)
LOTS of great local dining
Boston Aquarium

Boston Harbor 
(yes, we dumped in some tea!)

We had a wonderful time but it's also wonderful to be home.
And to just BE.
So I made a plan for the summer:
I'm saying no to everything.
No schedules and no major events.
Just be.

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