27 June 2019

Mid-2019 Check-Point

2019 is hitting its half-way point.
How's your quilt year looking?
So far, along with finishing the last five of my monthly
banners, I've completed three large queen quilts...

(all links can be found in the 2019 tab unless listed)

...and 2 lap quilts.


I think it's gone well enough considering
all that's gone on around this crazy but fun place.

Today I'm looking ahead to the rest of the year
and seeing that it's going to be a real mix of
very busy, not busy, very busy, not busy...and so on.

There will be 3 trips to West Point (NY), 2 trips
to Creighton (NE), a new grand baby arriving and
the hubs will go to New Zealand again.
There will also be a trip (or two) to MSQC
and of course, the annual Shop Hop.
After all of these, it will be time for the holidays.
All of that will keep me hopping but in the time between,
I'll be empty-nestin' it so hopefully I'll still get time to fit
all of the projects I have planned for the remainder of 2019.

 Make quilt for New Cadet DS
(will require visits/road trips to quilt shops)

Join in the Let's Stay Home QAL.
(A big "maybe"-- due to travel, I'll be late to the party.)
Let's Stay Home Quilt Along

Finish 1930's quilt



Yearly Fall Quilt

Baby quilt for granddaughter arriving late October
(no design chosen yet)

Finish Scrappy Mini-Blocks Quilt, or just get a significant
amount done, depending on how big I decide to go.

Fall birthday gifts, incl an I-Spy quilt and Christmas gifts

maybe--just MAYBE--start that Farmer's Wife Quilt and
those red/white and blue/white holiday quilts.

Book Goals
My current read is a whopping 1600+ pages:

(I just have to read at least one huge book a year!)
Sitting at 10 books, it's not looking like I'll reach my goal of
thirty but travel does afford a lot of reading time so we'll see.
While I sew I'm still listening to The Old Curiosity Shop
by Dickens--when I'm caught up on my podcast listening, that is.
With all these projects, maybe I'll get a few more audio books in?

It's an agressive list to be sure but I think it'll help me
transition into the empty nest thing.   In giving advice to those
of us getting ready to go through the 60-second goodbye--and
praying we hold it together (yeah, right)--One West Point mom 
suggested focusing on a project(s) to start when back home,
just things to look forward to.  I loved reading this because I
felt a little guilty when planning on doing just that.
All moms have said there is no wrong way to deal with that
whole day.  You just do what you have to to get through it.
(read this as: plea for prayers!)

But, anyhoo, back home, the house won't be so still
with the sewing and quilting machines flying, right?

The way 2019 is flying, the family will all 
be back for the holidays before we know it.

Happy quilting!

23 June 2019

A Short Vacay and Sashing Added to 30's

The sashing is on and the 30's quilt is taking shape.

But first...
What would summer be without a little vacation time?
This past week we spent a few days at Lake Taneycomo
in Missouri where our whole family was able to enjoy fishing,
boating, swimming and a little shopping; in the evenings,
after everyone helped with dinner, we enjoyed
a couple movies and a lot of board games.

A little evening fishing off the dock

The way our family is growing and spreading out,
we thought we'd better get in some quality lake time.
It might be a while before we are able to do it again.

Back home, after catching up on the gardening and all
(okay, let's be honest--it's never "caught up" till late fall!)
I finished putting the sashing on my 30's quilt.

We're getting yet another rainstorm so I have to settle
for a rather drab photo again so, for reference,
here's a close-up of my sashing fabric:

And the chain fabric: 

I'm mulling over ideas of how to finish this off.
It's only 46X63 so I have plenty of room to have some
fun with the borders.  Perhaps some scrappy flying geese or,
as one commenter suggested, piano keys. But for now,
I'm going to set it aside to get a good start on my next quilt.

discovered that DS can take a quilt with him, but not
till after Beast.  He does have a fleece blanket to take but
he seemed a little disappointed to not be taking his
West Point quilt.  SO, setting my Dresden plans aside,
I have 6 to 7 weeks to get a twin-sized quilt made to
take back up in August as a surprise. 

He likes log cabins with a star in the center
so I found this quilt for inspiration:

Star Medallion by Darlene Pierce
Stitch Lines Blog

I was thinking of including West Point colors again
but also some basic army or even just manly
colors so I sketched this out on the program.

I can't figure out how to get the fabrics into the center star
but I'm working on it.  The outer stars in the original quilt
are smaller within the blocks, which I definitely prefer.
Again, this is just a "sketch" to get an idea.
I don't think I'd have put browns with grays without seeing
them in this pic but I think they all really work...provided I
can find the right shades.  I know I'll have to hit more than
one shop (oh darn!)  but I do have some fabrics already.
It's a start.

Happy quilting!

12 June 2019

Finished Thirties Blocks--Time to Get Sashy

The thirties blocks are done!

We got another nice rain last night and it's a refreshing
61 degrees out there so I'm off to spend some time
pruning the tomatoes and picking peas and green beans.

While I'm off doing all of that, I'll be sharing on
here what I've been working on in the sewing room.

The last 8 blocks:

Scrappy 30's is the theme.

My stash has really been pared down
which is always a good feeling.

I have a lot of small pieces now that I want to use up
 so I'm putting some thought into how I might put them
into a border using an element (or 2) from the blocks.

For example. I've been wondering how I could use the "V"
section of the above blocks in a border.  Opposing?
Going all one direction?  Opposing with something
between (as in the entire center row of the block)?


With this block, I accidentally put the yellow in the middle
instead of the red as intended.  So then I had to
cut a few more pieces because, hey, who wants to rip?!?
Then I put one of the blue sections on upside down.  
(I just thought I was getting out of ripping!)
So this above block was dubbed PIA.
(I'll let you figure out what that stands for...😈)
There's a point or two that don't match up so
well but I wanted this block over with so there
they are...uh, giving it character. 
Just always has to be one doesn't there??

And this wraps up the last blocks for the Irish Chain quilt. 

 I'm holding off showing all of them together for now.
Hopefully by the time you're reading this, the gardening
will be done and I'll be back in the sewing room
gettin' sashy with it.
Can't wait to see it all sewn up and then start playing
around with the borders!

Happy quilting!

07 June 2019

Completed Thirties Blocks

Before we head into another busy weekend
I wanted to post the blocks I've made this week.

So far, I've just been working on the three blocks
in the "example quilt" that I like but today,
after I finish the third,
(not to be confusing but I'm making 3 of each block)
I hope to move on to making my own choices.

Friendship Block

I've made a pretty mess out of my 30's stash but it's
fun digging through and matching them up.

Family Block

I'm also enjoying the smaller 8" blocks.  I think this is
a good size for me--not too big, not too small.

Intersection Block
(only one done right now)

It's my plan to use the below fabric as sashing.
I have a whopping 14 yards so it will definitely go
on the back; hopefully it'll work in that sashing, too.

I snagged a whole bolt at $3/yd at MSQC 
earlier this year.  I had already purchased quite a bit or I
would have picked out a couple more bolts of other
30's fabrics.  I've regretted that decision ever since,
even in light of the fact I'm trying to cut back on my bolts.
That was a big bargain and 30's fabrics are always "in".
Or maybe I should just say they're traditional...like me.
I see a big bolt of that in my stash and it's like gold.
Anyway, I'm making a mental note for next time.

Our last big party is tomorrow night but it's should
mostly be out by the pool so it's just a little KP duty for us:
pulled pork sliders, chips and other snack foods
along with various cookies.  Easy enough.

Hopefully I'll still have a little time for quilting.
What's on the quilt menu this weekend for everyone?

05 June 2019

Irish Chain Blocks Done and a Garden Update

Eighteen blocks to show today!

8-inch chain blocks

Now it's time to play around with the blocks
to place in between.  I like some that are in the
to put in some of my own.  Insert today's plan.

I'm still pretty tired and trying to recover from all
the exciting things going on--and now we're throwing
another pool party this weekend so yep, I have a
very-much-needed half-day set aside.

Bright summery fabrics are also in the plan.

Mixing in some scrappy 30's

The uniformity of the chain blocks should keep a nice look
going but for some fun, in the alternating blocks
I'm bringing in some scrappy from the stash above.

On to other things...
The garden is really kicking out the produce these days.
The unusually mild weather has really been great
for keeping things easy on me.  So far, no heat to limit
my work time to the early hours of the day.

What I'm most excited about all of the strawberries!
These, along with the beets, are for my daily smoothies,
which means I really can't get too many.   Also picking
romaine, radishes, yellow squash, zucchini and peas.
The asparagus has just another week before I let it go
to fern (supplying the energy needed for next year's season).
As always there are plenty of herbs and green onions to cook
with whenever we need.  So much more fun to head to
the garden instead of the grocery store!

Now, for hopefully a few hours of
uninterrupted quilting to just...

Happy quilting!

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