Castles in Moonlight

Castles in Moonlight
Have plenty more castles!

Thursday, December 21, 2017

What?!! 114 visits to my blog one day last week!!!

Well for all you out there looking at quilts, here's a couple I have finally finished!  This is for the Quilter's Treasures Challenge.  The blue appliqued fabric is the fabric for the challenge.  Theme is Ice is Nice.

Mine is called "Cold Currents".  Icy waters moving around and carrying ice chunks around in the waves.  I love it!

The ice chunk is in the middle.  This is all hand done!

Just had a great time thinking out side the boxes... well, I lost the box a long time ago!

This is now marked and in the frame!  It's mine and will be in shows, once I get it done.  Seems to be taking me much longer to get things finished!  Started this top almost 2 years ago.

But I stopped and made a tutu for a friend so she could wear it at Christmas parties.  I wore it to one party.  Just having some fun!

FINALLY!  It's done!  Yes, this one has been a while in the making!  Digital hearts. 

Not sure the picture is very clear to see the quilting. 

Can see it better in this one. 

And now for something completely different.  I'm cutting a duvet in half so Terry and I will have separate covers in the trailer.  Fine with me.  Got a king duvet from long ago and this is what you do.  Baste on the bias tape on either side of where you will cut it in half.  So everything is neat and in line.  Cut, then sew with machine, turn over the tape and stitch down.  Then I noticed that the duvet had very, very little stitching through the layers.  So out comes the heavy duty quilting machine and away I went!
 
Had to find the extra bobbins.  You go through thread on the bobbins very quickly!  That took about 15 minutes to find those!  Wind thread, and GO!  Got one side done, then Terry and the dog got home and I had to pay attention to them.... No problem accept the dog wouldn't stop barking!  He was very hungry and need to relieve himself.  It was raining out... and a wet dog. 
 
Today is bee!  Yea!  I made a dessert that I have wanted to try.  Every start making something and you find the vanilla flavoring has gone bad?  Good thing I didn't just dump it in!  I really don't cook much.  So I wasn't surprised.  And the cheesecake should take good without that in it!  I added mini chocolate chips instead!  Whatever!
 
We are not going anywhere for Christmas!  I love it!  Home with the dog and quilting... And my sweet hubby!  Last year he did get me that quilting machine.  A Brother PQ 1500SL, Project Runway Limited Edition... Notice how machines are now starting to "code" like cars?  All letters and numbers?  Drives me nuts.  I can't remember my phone number, how am I supposed to remember these names that are letters and numbers?  Call it the Dragon Edition!  Yea, I love that.  I got a Dragon quilting machine!
 
Have a great Christmas time!  Call it what you want.  Hug everyone.  Eat good food and drink what you enjoy!  Then get out that rotary cutter and go to town!

These are the sheet to be cut up for the duvet covers!

This is one I made last year.  So are the next couple of quilts.

Read between the Lines.

For the Cherrywood Challenge.  Got into the second group of 80 pieces.

Saw family in England!  3 generations in this picture!

Keep going!!!

A block for a president from the Oak Ridge guild.

And a modern landscape that I'm making! 
 
Love, Patty

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ever feel like running away from home, but you want to take it with you?

The one in the middle is ours.  We will be traveling next year!  Hopefully, I can get to some quilt shows and shops!  And National Parks before those are gone or destroyed....

Done! and Shipped off.  It's "Cold Currents".  For the next Quilter's Treasures Challenge.  Hawaiian style, my design, all hand done.  Hand quilted.

A few more waves at the bottom.

More ice in the middle and waves taking the ice away.

This one I pieced over 1 1/2 years ago!  Finally marked and basted.  In the frame and the next to get quilted.

And someone needed a tutu... so I had a wedding vale from a thrift store that I added a waist band and ties, and voila!  A tutu...
 
Tutu is a ballerina's skirt.  In Hawaii, it's a grandmother.  In Louisiana, it's a man's mistress!  So watch out when you ask about a tutu!
 
Too cold outside!  Did my errands this morning.  And a touch of Christmas shopping at Home Depot.  Can find lots of good stuff there! 
 
Had one party last night at the local quilt guild.  Fun, Food and Friends!  Another one tomorrow and then Thursday Bee will have theirs.  Eating too much!  But it's time to hibernate and stay inside!
 
Eat, and quilt.  Repeat.  Many times!
Patty

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

What is today?

No pictures today... too busy doing everything!  Who said you get more time when you retire?!  Crap.  No way!  I haven't cleaned out the garden yet...and it's getting cold outside!  The more I try to get done, the more there is on lists....lists that are everywhere.

There was one year that I sent out Valentine cards instead of Christmas cards, I was so behind.  Feels like another one of those coming up!  Got two quilts that I have to get done, and they are close to that, but time just isn't there.  And when I do sit down, the dog comes up and bugs me.  Or I have to go get something else done.

We went to the race track over the weekend and had a blast!  I'm so much faster and handling the car really well!  I'm 10 seconds behind Terry!  That's a lot on the track, but I'm working on it!  So we are home and cleaning up things so they can be put in storage for the winter.  Driving suits have to be cleaned a special way because they are fire resistant.  Helmets have to be aired out.  Car needs the oil changed, and all the rubber cleaned off the outside. 

In my head, I'm still driving.  It was so much fun!  Next year, Chin motor sports org has 59 track events planned!  If you want to drive, use that group.  They are so organized, and work on safety first, fun and learning to handle your car the best way!  I'm ready!

So with winter coming, I'm going to get quilts lined up and put in the frame.  Terry is working on my favorite hoop.  It's getting dried out and splintery.  Needs a good sanding and maybe some kind of finish put on it.  Just too much to do.  I have to vacuum more now with the dog here!  So that takes out of sewing time.... Need to come in here after dinner, but after a glass of wine, I don't always sew or cut straight!

Keep on going!  There is so much more that I want to do and go see!  I'm turning 65 next March!!!  OMG!!!  What a hoot!  I never thought I would make it!   But here it comes!  So we plan on traveling a lot more in the next few years.  I'll bring hand work with me.  No sewing machine in the camper/trailer.  Yea, we got one!  Have fabric will travel!  The dog loves to be in the truck.  So things will work out well. 

Merry Christmas, if I don't get back here by then!  I will post pictures of things as they get done!!!

Patty

Friday, November 10, 2017

past quilts that have come back.

A very long time ago, my father in law asked for a wallhanging, and I showed him a card with Carol Bryant Phaler's quilt on it.  (got the spelling wrong, but I'm sure you can tell who I mean.)  So I did my best to make one similar.  Not exact, but I love it.  My In Laws loved it to.  But their living room and most of the house is in earth tones, so I don't think it was hung up. 

Close up... Well, my Mother in Law died October 19, 1997.  So this quilt and the next one got put away.  Ken remarried a wonderful woman and they were married for 18 years.  Then Ken died 3 years ago....

So these quilts have been returned to me for my use.  I'm happy to get them back, but not for the reason why.  New Mother in Law is so sweet and wonderful, so she offered them back. 
 
Now when I look at my workmanship on these that were done over 20 years ago, the stitches are so much better.  Tiny and lots of them.... but the designs lack originality.  So my designs are now my  own.  My hands are getting slower and can't make the little stitches as well.  That makes me sad.  I still love my work and making quilts.  Things change as time marches on.

Close up, very old fabric!  Some from the 1970's!  But I still love this one.  I took a class from Marilyn T. many years ago to make the kalidescope quilt design. 

And all the stitching was fun!
 
Are you still making quilts!?  How has your quilting changed?  Designs more your own, and then a rush to get them done because there are so many more you want to make!  Funny how things do change.
 
My good friend, Kitty, used the brown floral fabric in so many things, she said it should line her coffin so she would be comfortable.  I want so many fabrics with me so I can keep quilting.  Death will not stop me!
 
Patty

Sunday, November 5, 2017

more and more!

Made the block for the President of Ritzy Thimbles.  The largest circle is the fabric she picked for everyone to have a piece in their block.  This can be called one of several names... Circle of Friends, Organized Chaos, or The Guild Meetings.

The baby quilt is done!  Now to call her to have her come get it.  Baby boy, so snips and snails and puppy dog tails.  Remember that poem?
Look in the white blocks!  Little boy foot prints with the dog foot prints, a lizard, and

Snails, and dragon flies.

Had the hand quilting class for beginners yesterday!  Great time with those ladies!  So this is the sample for the next class, advanced hand quilting.  What does that include?  Marking borders, quilting in crosshatching, and corner to corner quilting in a grid without marking.  Easier ways to keep quilting without  having to mark everything, and how to jump the lines and keep thing going.  Lots of hints about handling the needle and thread.  And making stencils.

This wonderful fabric will be placemats and table runners for me, but also a class example.

More things ready to teach!

I got the fabric for the next Hoffman Challenge!  Now I have ideas floating in my head... and need time to draw and start piecing.

Got this one back from Quilter's Treasures!  I got best embelishments.  (never did win a spelling contest!)  I'm working on next years piece which is a beautiful blue with green marbled fabric.  Their stuff is gorgeous!

A small white on white panel that I quilted.  Did use colored thread on it.  Just love it!

And the heart one is in the frame.  More than half done.  Trying to get to it. 
 
Ok, plenty to do.  Haven't been keeping track of work since vacation!  Need to catch up on that this winter, I guess!  I also came across a disposable camera in a drawer, with 9 pictures left on it!  Need to finish the roll and get it developed.  find out how old the pictures are!  Who knows what I have on there, but it's probably all quilts!
 
Rainy day.  Just want to keep all the lights on and look at fabrics.  I still haven't gotten to work on my quilts yet!  Been making Christmas presents!  Since many will go over to England, they have to be light weight, easy to ship and unbreakable!  Got it going this year!!!  Pictures will be posted later!
 
So enjoy the inside time.  It was this or gardening..
Yuck.
Patty

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Where have I been?

Well, we have a new dog.... and I'm down a pair of shoes, and a pair of shoe laces.  And several other things.  Takes a lot of time when the dog is in the toddler stage! 

This one is now quilted, pictures to come.  Weather is getting colder and I did get one garden weeded with the help of the dog.  Now have holes ready for new plants....

this one is in the frame and half quilted.

This is for a challenge due the end of the year.  Got to get going on this one!

The one in the frame came out for the heart one to go in... it's waiting.  The one folded up is the 9 patch that is done.

I love this little one.  It's waiting patiently for me to quilt it up.  I am teaching a hand quilting class at Atomic Fibers next Saturday!  Still room in the class!  Always fills up so go sign up now. 
 
Now that we have a dog, picking up more toys and vacuuming more fur.  Terry has a cough that is from allergies!  Might be the dog, but I'm betting it is the dead leaf syndrome.  He's never had this before.  But a friend of mine reminded me that he always went off shore for two weeks, and that salt air might have cleared out things when he went!  Ok. 
 
Time to clean while the dog and Terry are out walking.  Plenty in the washer, and dryer!
Patty

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Quilts!

When you go to the shows, which quilts just make you smile?!  This is a fun one!

Here is one that uses up bits of lace and other fabrics that you just can't get rid of the pieces.

And who doesn't love a happy goat!  He is so cute!  These were at the Asheville quilt show.

This is one that I pieced and quilted several years ago.  Going through the pictures of the quilt show on a different memory card, I came across these next few.

One for a baby girl! 

My Monster quilt!  Just fun!  Uneven edges!  And a blue ribbon in the quilts for kids category.

Got this one basted up today.  It will have to wait to be quilted.  Have at least 5 ahead of it.  But it's ready!

Working on this one in the frame.  Nice piece to be working on.

Not too big.  And great fabrics. 
 
So get in there and cut something out!  Winter is coming, you have to have things ready to quilt on. 
 
Patty