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Saturday, January 14, 2017

the week flew past me!

Finished!  Been dragging this one to bee for months and picking at it.  It was 3 blocks in a panel and I cut them apart.  Then made the blocks to fill in around the panels of flowers.

Each panel has a white flower and a colorful one.  the stems you can't really see in the pictures, but I quilted along them.

the squares, I just quilted easily around the small square, with the quilting lines 1/3 around each side.  No marking.

Ok, then I got several charm packs at one of the quilts' Christmas parties... and they aren't my colors, but I do like to try new things.  Even new colors.  Sewed them together.

Then you cut them apart with a special template. You can see the edge that is cut.

And you sew them back together again and get this is what you get!  The first time I saw this, it was called "Square Dance".  And I have a book... somewhere in this room.... And I have another template that was too big for the size of the charm packs.  So I made another template.  It was easier than going through the over 400 books that I have!

And it came out like this.  (There are also several other projects waiting on the design wall for time and inspiration to line up!)

Add a couple of borders and some little blocks in the bottom corner!  Ta Da!  And it's basted and ready to go... and it's in the pile of ready to go items.

This is for the Quilter's Treasure's Challenge.  "Go Green" theme.  It got done just in time with some urging from my sister!  She said to get it done!  Not a great picture, but again, it's done. and sent in.

OK!  This is one that I had fun putting together from my scrap bags.  Did add a few bits from my stash.  Basted it and it's in the frame!

See?  And I'm doing some simple quilting lines going in different directions.  Guessing as I go along!

This panel of the dragon, I got in Chattanooga at the quilt show.  Only thing I bought there.  I have several pieces of fabrics that are for making kimonos. That's the wide blue on the left and bottom.  Just seemed to go with it all.

Basted and (you guessed it,) ready to go!  it's in the cupboard with the stack.

Here's the dragon!  He's wonderful!

I'm quilting on this one.  More to come as I go along on this.

Did you know that I love to decopage?  This is the second guitar case that I'm at a time!  And I use them as suitcases.  No I don't play... I'm so bad on every instrument that I have ever tried.  I best stick with fabric and colors.

AND I ordered the blues to try the Van Gogh challenge put on by the Cherrywood company.  They dye all the fabrics and they look like swede.  That is due by August 1.  Since I will be out of the country around that time... I had better get this duck to the front of the line.
So I thought I hadn't gotten anything done lately!  Then I emptied the camera, and omg!  I have been working.  Just that things have kept me spinning lately.  Too much to go into, and family stuff.  I always thought that when I "do" a blog, that I would try to keep it to sewing and not much family stuff. 
Sometimes I sew to work through things.  My mind either empties, or I work things out on what is going on.  I guess it's getting emptied out!  But if I keep this up, I will have way too many quilts to even keep in the storage room. 
I have a friend who is selling off most of her fabrics, quilting supplies, etc.  So I can tell I will be bringing things home soon.  Do I need more?  Heck NO!  But she has great taste, and can no longer keep quilting.  Hands have a way of making us stop.  So she will feel better if these things go to other quilters and they will enjoy them.  And she could use the money for other things.
Life is too short.  Cut the good fabric and have fun making beautiful things.  Don't worry about leaving things behind.  No one will forget you.  You can always make something really, I mean REALLY ugly just to scare the crap out of someone clearing your things out!  I have a friend who has hidden a $100 bill in her sewing room, just to have her sister check through everything!  I told her it should have been two $50 just to keep her going!
I haven't been great at keeping up with this blog.  I did so well when I started.  But I do keep quilting and will show you how some things end up!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy New Year...wait? What happened to 2016?

I haven't finished telling you about our trip!  There was a VW from Alaska and it has the license plates where the rust has gone through.  If you have collected any of the plates from the shop hops, here's an idea what to make!

The rocks in Joshua Tree National Park/forest were wonderful.  I kept seeing faces of old men who seemed to be sleeping or laughing.  Can you see it?

Side shot!

Meer cat?

Turtle head?


Now at the zoo.  Just love the flamingoes.  When they raise their wings, there are black feathers underneath!  I never knew that!

In one bathroom, the doors were painted!

Very cool.

Then to Balboa park the last day.  This is the artist center.

Saw three museums.  This was the photography one.  Some were pictures of fields from above.

Cool moon shot!

then in the folk art museum, I loved this doll house!  I got the book on it.  Everything is made from things this woman picked up in the woods and outside!

There are around 60 little people on it and 3 dragons.

Then the little egg people! 

just cool stuff from the world!

These wall is the collection of stamps to do batik fabrics!

Downstairs was the collect from one man who made all this wonderful quricky furniture.

Such fun!

The last museum was a model train one.  HUGE!  place.  several rooms of setups.  Each one taken care of by a different group of train people.

Each really paid attention to detail!

This was a train like my brother had.  Course, he ran his off the track several times to see how far it would go!

One way up on a high shelf.

You can see the man behind this so you can tell the size of this train!  This was a very interesting museum!

Outside of the buildings, I had to take pictures.  Great workmanship on the buildings.

The details were great.

This fig tree had a fence around it.  Very old.

Roots look like snakes!

Another shot of the artist area.

Lots to see there!
I think that catches you up on the trip!  Came home with nothing ready for Christmas at all. So in about 10 days, we got a few things and had a small one just Terry and I.  Then my sister came down with her hubby.  Had another small one and hung out with them for a couple of days.  They left after New Year's Eve and missed the snow!  They live in New Hampshire.  Got home to some up there!
I got a new quilting machine for Christmas!  Got to take a class to make sure I don't gum it up with thread balls!  But I figured with all the quilt tops that I have made, I need a quicker way to get them done.  Did get one basted up and in the frame.  Still will hand quilt, but my hands are really bugging me now. 
Also got the Yellow Sub by Leggo!  And I love it!  Still a big Beatles fan.  It's in the living room by the TV. 
I also got the challenge piece done and sent off for the Quilter's Treasure Challenge.  My sister encouraged me to get it finished!  Thanks Laura!!!  So that will be at Pigeon Forge show, I think....
We are "snowed in".  Meaning that we got 2" of snow and the town won't get into our neighborhood until tomorrow.  We are so low on their list of roads!  But that's ok!  I'm getting to do things that I haven't had time to work on... like this blog!  And several things to make! 
Hope you all had a safe and healthy time.  Now to start off this year, do you have any resolutions?  I did last year.  To make a quilt top a month.  Well, I made about 9...and now what?  I should quilt them.  But I think for a resolution, I would like to get a jar or box and put in a daily slip of paper that tells what good thing(s) happen each day.  Or each week the rate I'm going.  Maybe put them on a piece of fabric with the date and make that all into the "good things in 2017" quilt!  Hey!  There's and idea!  Need to get some fabric going....