Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Having just (about since today is day 95) finished the 100 Blocks in 100 Days challenge, successfully, I feel ready to think about another on-going project.

Another challenge.

For awhile, I have been looking at "The 4" x 5" Quilt-Block Anthology, 182 Blocks for Reproduction Fabrics" by Carol Hopkins and Linda M. Koenig. This is a new publication from Martingale that only came out this spring.

And then it hit me this afternoon, during deck time, of course, that the school year around here is 180 days. Add in a few teacher prep days and you've got yourself a ready made time frame.

So now the question becomes...

Old time reproduction...
"Seasonal Little Gatherings" from Primitive Gatherings and Moda
A bundle from a few years back that never found its own project...

Or "Union Blues" by Barbara Brackman for Moda

Or new release, sort of old reproduction looking, fabrics from Laundry Basket Quilts, called "Silver Linings in Color"

Or kick it up a notch, to modern, Alison Glass and friends type of fabrics.

Or maybe Denyse Schmidt...

What's your vote? 

I've got a few days still to decide.

Louise, on the deck, on the island, trying to decide

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Binding on the deck

It is a pleasant evening for August first. 
A nice evening to do some quilt binding on the deck.

I am on the third side of the quilt, with the longest side yet to come.

Can you see the egret hiding across the cove to the left of the white dock, next to the tree trunk ( not really next to it. It just looks that way because of the perspective).

We also watch the jets and planes go by. This one is at 39,000 feet and heading to Germany, or so the flight tracking app is telling me.

The sun has set and still we sit.
Soon it will be too dark to sew but I will wait until the bugs start to get to me. 
No candles tonight!

Ah, this is the life. I am thankful I can enjoy it!

Louise, on the island, on the deck, enjoying life, thankfully!

Monday, July 31, 2017

July is in the Books!

July 2017 is coming to a close.
I have spent this month primarily working on my blocks for the 100 Blocks in 100 Days challenge.
I have kept up!
Today is day 86 of the challenge. 14 days left to go and then a top to complete.
My photos are full of these six inch blocks .
Here are a few of the crowd favorites.

Everyone loves the snails!

Also happening this month were some other projects.

Tonight I finished this table runner. It will go to Ninigret Quilter's quilt show as one of their raffle items.

I finished a baby quilt for a friend's future grand baby.

Sewed two tops together.

Still working on this medallion sampler.

And trying to figure out what to do with this set of blocks.

Tried this unusual setting.

But don't have anything completed to put into the empty spaces.
So back into the UFO pile they went!

July is almost over.
August 2017 will see more projects begun and maybe a few completed too.
I can't wait!

On the island' finishing up July 2017

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Independence Day 2017

A quick note to recognize the day, July 4th, 2017.

A day for family and friends, barbecues and fireworks, all made possible with the Declaration of Independence many years ago.

The view this morning from the deck.

A view later today looking towards the bridge and looking past our neighbor's Fourth of July Motorcycle.

This country is awesome even with its ups and downs.

Enjoy your holiday!

Louise, on the island, on the deck, enjoying the holiday, 2017 style

Monday, July 3, 2017

What happened to my June Post?

I just finished a witty and insightful ( not really) post that got lost in cyberspace when I tried to up load it.
How frustrating!

Now for try number two...

June morphed into July when I was not looking.

Life was busy in June but not sewing related.

Here are the images from the month, sort of in chronological order.

On the wall in a mish mash type of setting.  Not really happy with it, so it is not sewn together.  Any suggestions?

My grey quilt...

Sherri's completed quilt top

Linda's completed top

Tiger lilies amidst the Hosta leaves

An awesome sunset 

The sky that evening in another direction

The first block in a newly started baby quilt

What on the cutting mat today? Yup, nothing!

Louise, on the island, wondering again, where the month went!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sunday Sewing and Catching Up

I have to confess. I like Sunday Open Sew when there are only a few of us. Then I can actually sew.
Today was one of those Sundays.

I was able to sew two tops together
They are both only about 54 inches square. Not too big and not too small.
Just the right size for a lap quilt or a shop sample.

May I present.... Tower Bridge, a Villa Rosa pattern. This quilt utilizes 18 light ten inch squares and 18 dark ten inch squares to make the 36 half square triangle blocks which are set 6 by 6 in the quilt. 

Tower Bridge "A" and 

Tower Bridge "B"

Two tops webbed and rows sewed during today's Open Sew session.

These blocks had been completed and trimmed, and had sat waiting to be sewn into a quilt top for some time.
Originally bought as two kits, I had intended to sew them altogether into one bigger quilt top.
But somewhere along the way, I got sidetracked on these again, until today. 
Today the decision was made to forgo the large top and make two smaller tops.

I think they look pretty good.

Happy Sunday of Memorial Day weekend!

Louise, on the island, pleased with today's accomplishments

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Getting Sidetracked

I said I wouldn't let it happen. 
I said I would stay focused. 
I said I would stay on track.
But what is that saying about good intentions....

Last night at my guild meeting, I put ALL of my tickets into the cup to win this group of things.

And, guess what? I won!

I had thought I really just wanted this group of quilted squares, 

but when I looked further I found magazines from 2013 and 2014.

Now anyone who knows me, knows that 2013 and 2014 were very stressful years for me.  Mother and Mother-in-law were quite ill and living in their own homes, about a mile from each other, both home bound, both needing constant care and supervision to ensure their comfort.

Not a lot of time for quilting and shopping. And did I mention? - neither had internet to use for on line shopping!

I was seriously out of touch with new publications!

So imagine my delight when the bundle from last night's winnings includes magazines from 2013 and 2014! All of my favorites, none of which I had seen, or at least can remember seeing!

As I looked through the bundles, this magazine caught my eye.

I now have my next project.

Off to find the solid roll ups I have been hoarding!

Oh, didn't I just say that... 
I wouldn't let it happen. 
I would stay focused. 
I would stay on track.
But what is that saying about good intentions...

Louise, on the island, getting sidetracked, again!