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???

Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday at the Machine

Sewing machine that is....

Working on "Carolina Chain" blocks this afternoon, a block from Bonnie Hunter's "Addicted to Scraps" column in Quiltmaker magazine.

A big pile of these five inch unfinished blocks have been completed.  I need to finish the rest!

When they are done, the next step is to deal with this stack.

Blocks for two different quilt tops are inter-mixed in this stack. 

These large blocks and 

These twelve inch blocks are in the stack.

 It is my way of keeping myself on track and focused.  

I think I have talked about this tendency of mine before where I will go off track when I get one or two blocks of a quilt completed and I therefore know how to sew the blocks together and it then becomes routine and monotonous. I get bored with doing the same block over and over. So I now inter-mix blocks from two or more quilts together into a stack and work on them little by little.  

Blocks construction may proceed a bit slower now, but I do see blocks for a top to completion these days.  In the past, I would usually set them aside and the project would then be quickly destined for the UFO stash.

Well back to sewing...

Louise, on the windy island, on a Monday afternoon, sewing in the hallway studio, in the sunshine

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Random Thoughts in a Wednesday

It is Wednesday again.  Some random thoughts.

Why are my springtime allergies so less bothersome here in Westerly, than they are at home in Coventry? 

Are the trees THAT different here than in Coventry?

Why can I get so much sewing done when I am away from home?

That is probably self explanatory but I still wonder why it is so.

The photo is of blocks from Frivols 2, a Minick and Simpson pattern, called "Faithful" from Moda featuring the Polka-Dots & Paisleys line of fabric. It had been sitting on my sewing table ready to go for quite awhile. It feels good to see it finished this much and good to think it might be a top in the next day or so. Granted a 26 inch square top, but nevertheless, a top!

Good things come in threes, they say. So today, being day three of this retreat should be awesome!
I will keep you posted.

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Louise, who is not on the island this week, but who is still sewing.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

And Then There Was Sun

I know we need the rain. But maybe it could come, rain and then leave!

It has rained, been overcast and fairly cool all week long, since the boat came.
We knew we were taking a chance by having the boat come so early in May, but we hoped...

We were wrong!

And then finally, this afternoon, the sun made its appearance.  With it has come some strong winds and cool temperatures, but it is sunny. 

The sunset this evening is lovely, especially after this cloudy week.

The picture does not do it justice, but it does show the sun sinking behind the trees.

I will take it.

There are some nasty weather events going on today, so I know I cannot complain.  I am grateful for the sun, as well as the rain, but especially for the sun on this Mother's Day 2016.

Good thoughts for those in Colorado after today's tornadoes and those in Alberta Canada dealing with wildfires.  May their weather events turn into better weather for them, both rain and sun where needed.

I am off to finish some blocks which are slowly working their way towards quilt tops.  

One group of blocks has 16 out of the needed 25.  

Please excuse the wrinkles! These need to be pressed still!

Another set has 18 of the needed 36. 

Finally the last set will be complete with the finishing of three blocks.  

I intermix the blocks because making the same block over and over again can be so monotonous for me and usually indicates the making of another UFO.  This way the blocks usually get finished, even though it may take a bit longer.

Again Happy Mother's Day!

Louise, on the island, enjoying the sun after the week of rain

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Saturday Morning Silliness

And so it continues...

I said to myself, "Self, it should take you a few minutes to put on this binding. After all it is only a tablerunner!"

So on to binding I went.

But as Murphy's law dictates, I was short.

Inches short, not a full fat quarter strip short. Just inches!

Since I did the binding properly, with mitered strips, I came up short.  

If I had not mitered I would have made it, I think.  

Here is the left overs from the binding miters.

I did calculate the perimeter of the tablerunner, and calculated the number of strips I would need from the fat quarter. I reduced the binding to two and a quarter inches so I could get eight strips from the fat quarter with only a little waste.

Thought briefly that I should straight edge sew the strips together, but said "Nope! Do it right, Louise"

So I did and came up short, by inches.

Oh well, my Saturday morning quick binding stretched out a bit longer than I had anticipated.

But now it is finished.

I think I will go and have some lunch.

Louise, at the shop binding and now lunching

Ps. The table runner pattern is the First Grade project from "Precut Primer" by Me and My Sister Designs.  The book is available in the shop, Piecing with Poppers Quilting Center in West Greenwich, RI.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

A New Pattern

I have been trying to design and write patterns that are easy and fun to do.

The latest one uses a layer cake, or 42 ten inch squares, and a corresponding charm pack, or 42 5 inch squares.

This afternoon I scribbled.  I am still mostly old school with my patterns. And the process of working out the requirements and steps is fun for me to do. I know most of you probably think it am crazy but it is a process I do enjoy. I do use EQ7 at times, but paper and pencil are still my friends.

The result this afternoon.

You probably can't tell but there are 42 blocks in this photo that need to pressed and squared tomorrow before being pieced into a top.

Here is one block.

I am using the "Good Karma" line by Stephanie Ryan for Moda. I purchased it this weekend at the quilt show from Barbara of Six Gable Designs.

Stay tuned for more about this project.

Louise, on the island planning, scribbling and sewing

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

It's a Wednesday!

And what is so significant about that?
Nothing really!

Wednesday is usually a pretty open day for me, a day I can devote to paperwork, doing some household chores, blog writing and sewing!

I have done my paperwork for today, lined up my sewing projects, did a wash and cleaned the bathrooms and now on to the blog post.

But what to write about today?

There are no new projects happening.  You've seen all of the works in progress.  None of the WIP's have had anything added to them in the past week or so.  The past week has been full of activities relating to my guild's quilt show.

I am the vendor chair and organizer of all things cafeteria for the show, or so it seemed to me!

The show went well.  The vendors were happy, the quilters seemed happy and I am happy it is done!

But first, a few photos...

One view of the cafeteria and a line of vendors,

Part of "The Sewing Room"'s booth (They are in Exeter, RI),

A fairly long range view of the "Just Quilts" booth, (They are located in Bristol, RI)

Looking down past the tote bags from "Galilee Designs", to the quilts from "Six Gables Designs", towards the quilts displayed in the booth belonging to "Quilting with Poppers Quilting Center" from West Greenwich, RI.

A look one end of the basket raffle table towards the comfort quilts table.

A look down Basket Raffle "Alley" as I called it.

Another look at the other end of the basket raffle table and the comfort quilts on the left and "Bob's Featherweights" on the right. Most of Bob's machines are covered with the yellow drop cloths, but he has a wonderful selection of Featherweights and accessories for those machines.

A final look at the vendor booths, taken at 8:30 PM Friday night, just before I left for home.  Everything was set up nicely and ready for the 10 AM opening on Saturday, the first day of the show. A lot of hard work, but a wonderful time to see some lovely quilts, and of course to go shopping!

I also want to mention the other vendors who were present during the weekend.

Blaine's Sewig Machines from Cranston, RI, 
Kindred Quilters from Rhode Island from Connecticut, 
Stitch Chicks from Connecticut, 
Easy Piecing from Brooklyn, New York, 
Michelle Polk, Jewelry, from Massachusetts, and 
Amelia's Garden, from Glenmont, New York

Each had unique merchandise for sale and everyone seemed to be pleased, both the show going buyers and the sellers, the vendors.

Well, now that the Narragansett Bay Quilter's Association 2016 Quilt Show, 40 and Fabulous, is complete, I can get back to sewing and creating.  If you got to the show this past weekend, I hope you enjoying seeing all of the quilts.  Many of the quilters have posted pictures of the quilts they enjoyed seeing and those that were entered into the show. I did not get more than a quick look at the quilts, so unfortunately, I have no pictures to share with you.  But I do know what I saw has inspired me to get back to work and designate pieces for the next quilt show.

Be looking for photos and posts on those quilts in the coming months.  It is time for to get back into the sharing of quilts at a show.

Have a great Wednesday!

Louise, on the island working on a Wednesday