Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Classroom Happenings

Even though I have been out of commission, the students in the Open Sew at the classroom have been working hard.

Here are some pictures of what they have been up to recently.

Nancy's HAND PIECED grandmother's Flower Garden.  Designed by Nancy, she is now up to hand quilting this wonderful masterpiece.

Cindy is working on a Bruins quilt for her husband. Blocks are finished and she is sewing them into rows.  Maybe we will see the completed top next week.

Dottie has finished her nine attic window blocks and is now working on the setting and borders.
She hasn't decided on those fabrics yet.  I think she has to go shopping!

Marie has her center done on this stars and light houses quilt.  Borders are her next step.
This top is available as a quilt kit from Piecing with Poppers Quilting Center in West Greenwich, RI.

Lisa's table runner is almost complete.
From what I can see in the directions, it looks like she is ready to sandwich and quilt her creation.

I stopped in Monday night ready to sew up a storm.
Look what I got done between the talking and visiting!
It's tough when you have been away so long!

Okay, I got three blocks done and ten flying geese for another project that I forgot to take a picture of.

But it was still nice to visit and see everyone.

I think I am mended enough now to return to Open Sew.
More pictures will come in the future, since these girls really sew up a storm!

Louise, on the island, happy to be sewing and going to Open Sew again!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Deck time!

Knitting on the deck watching the sun head towards the horizon.

Another knitting UFO needs to be finished!

It has been a lovely day. I am finally starting to feel human again. Walking around the house and on the deck without the crutches.

Day 24 after surgery and all is well!

Louise, on the deck feeling grateful!

Stuff I am Doing Today

That's all this post is... Just random stuff that I am doing.

One block for "Razzle Dazzle", another Bonnnie Hunter quilt that appeared in Quiltmaker magazine, I think the May/June 2016 issue, or maybe it was 2015?

"Breezy Batiks", a Moda free pattern using "Jersy Shore" by Island Batiks and a scroll background print from Quilting Treasures (I think, since it doesn't say on the selvedges).

Eighty flying geese for the next round on the medallion quilt found on page 91

In the book "Antique to Heirloom Jelly Roll Quilts" by Pam and Nicky Lintott and using the "Color Daze" fabric line by Edyta Sitar ( and found in the shop, Piecing with Poppers Quilting Studio in West Greenwich, RI).

A basket full of strips to make the "Courthouse Steps" quilt (see pattern and video by Missouri Star Quilt Company for details).

And yes, on my sewing machine, but not shown here, are the pieces for the Ninigret Raffle quilt that I am working on for a self imposed deadline of Tuesday, August 9, 2016.  

I am feeling better as you can tell!

Happy Friday Everyone!

Louise, on the island almost back to her "normal" ADHD self!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Now on Display

For the past few summers, I have had the privilege of displaying several of my smaller quilts in the Library at New England Tech in East Greenwich, RI. Recently some of my smaller pieces were hung.

Here is a look at what the librarians chose this year.

"Study in Green" resulted from a grouping of green bricks which were cut the wrong size. Not a splashy quilt, but one that made my heart happy, since I was able to use all of the mis-cut pieces in this wall hanging.

"Jelly Roll Race from the Stash" is just that, a sampling of bright fat quarters from my stash.  The pieces were cut 2.5 inches wide (the size of strips found in a "jelly roll" of fabric) and sewn together in one long strip. The sewn strip is then folded in half and sewn again.  This process is repeated several times until you have the desired size for the quilt top.  Google "jelly roll race quilts" to find videos that demonstrate this process.

"Study in Green" on the left with "Bargello" on the right.  The pattern for "Bargello" is in a book that I cannot find now and of course, I don't remember the title of the book.  When I do either find the book or remember it's name I will let you know.

"Gypsy" is a pattern from Villa Rosa Designs and is made with ten inch squares and yardage.  It is approximately 47 inches x 57 inches.

Finally, this wall photo shows from left to right, a fat quarter fence rail, "Stars" an original pattern, "Twisting Stars," made in a class with Kimberly Einmo, and a small size version of "Yellow Brick Road".

Fun to see what the librarians choose to hang, and fun for me to see my work on display.

Louise, on the island, relaxing in the AC.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Of All Things June

Here we are on the first full day of summer and my first post for June.

Things have sure been crazy busy around here!

But I digress...

June 1 - paper pieced heart blocks for a group quilt for a friend.

It has been awhile since I paper pieced, but I think the blocks came out fine! 
I forgot to take a picture of the totally finished block.
However, you get the idea!

June 4 saw liquid refreshment. I already could see that this lovely month was going to be wearing!

June 5 - Sewing on a binding for Carol

June 8 - Heron sighting in the late evening, just after sunset, down on the wall by the pond. 
Can you see him/ her in the shadows?

June 9 - Margaret's wonderful quilt showing her arrangement interpretation for the blocks she has made from Lori Holt's book, "Vintage Farm Girl". Isn't this lovely?

June 10 - checking out workshop space for the guild

June 13 - Cindy's quilt top, a pattern from Thimbleblossoms, whose name I have forgotten.

June 13 - Lisa's top for a family member

June 13 - Dottie's Bargello top for her granddaughter who picked out the fabrics in just 15 minutes!

June 13 - A magnificent sunset as viewed from the classroom. The picture really does not do it justice.
It was simply awesome that night!

June 15 - preparing pieces for the guild 2016-17 Block of the Month

June 15 - the block set up for sewing 

June 16 - the blocks for each month. It is called the "Hashtag" block and uses 2.5 inch strips.  Look for directions on the website in the coming weeks.

Directions need to be written. The festival is upon us.  Less than a month until my surgery. 

June continues to be busy.

I will keep you posted as soon as I can!

Louise, busy on the island and elsewhere this June 2016

Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day 2016 and Today's Sewing

Well today is Memorial Day 2016. 
The weather is cooler and rainy and damp.
The attendance at services at the cemetery this morning was sparse.
Hopefully, because of the rain and not for a lack of interest in the event.
Another Memorial Day is upon us and we reflect, respect and relive.

And this afternoon, we sew, because we can, thanks to the service of those we remember today.

What's under your needle today?

Nothing patriotic under mine. Just bits and pieces of UFO's. That pile never seems to diminish.

The last few blocks of this group which uses a line of fabrics from Moda by Sandy Gervais.  I forgot the name of the line, but it is still available at the Piecing With Poppers Quilting Center in West Greenwich, Rhode Island.  Probably elsewhere too, but definitely there.

The last of the double four patches for this Fat Quarter Quilt.

And then some cutting and trimming.

"Yellow Brick Road" pieces...

Some half square triangles for another Fat Quarter Quilt...

And some pinwheels for blocks from Bonnie Hunter's "Smith Mountain Morning" quilt.

Once I finish the sewing, I will focus on the cutting, while watching the baseball game.

Enjoy your Memorial Day 2016!
Thanks to those who have ensured that we can have these relaxing and productive sewing days.

Louise, on the island reveling in the freedom to sew.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Is It Really 86 Degrees?

The thermometer says so.

 But the humidity seems low.

Everything has leafed out! 
I love the beginning of summer!

Another advantage for me now, is that the pollen my body hates, seems to have disappeared.  With the fading of the lilacs comes the fading of my spring time pollen allergy.  Memorial Day is also a home free date and that is coming up this weekend!

At the sewing table today are bits and pieces of almost finished projects and PhDs ( projects half done!)

Some flying geese...

Several double four patch blocks...

A Tonga Treats wall hanging....

And many more blue and white nine patches for my (someday) queen sized "Burgoyne Surrounded" quilt to be done in blue and white...

Some "Alliatare" blocks...

And six more of these "Fade Away" blocks...

Just a variety of things to keep me interested and involved.  You all know my penchant for wandering off to new projects.

What's on your agenda today?

Louise, on the island enjoying the weather, after stacking a cord of wood with DH this AM...really Paul???