Monday, August 25, 2014

New Mojo Discovery !



And then I found this cartoon ..................

Somehow it just touched my funny bone, so, here it is !!!

After I found my mojo, I finished up the four center blocks for the quilt "Sarah's Revival", design by Sue Garman.  See the center blocks?  

Now I have a fabulous wall full of great blocks - -
 I still have a few more to make - fine with me, these are soooo much fun.

Speaking of fun - Kitty Mystic decided that the ladder, which we brought in to do a small repair, needed to be a part of his play gym....   the photos speak for themselves !!

Fun, being on the next to the top step !

Hmmm, let's see !

Eureka !   (not my best angle)

Nap Time ?   Seriously ?  

Doesn't everyone have a ladder, and the leaf from their dining table, connected to the cat tree , in the middle of the den ????    Hey, if your kid ever made a fort from the furniture, then don't shake your head !!!! 

Havin fun in California - and a holiday weekend ahead ... yippee !!!!!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I'm Just Out of Whack !!!

Yep - out of whack,   out of kilter,   out of sorts!  

I don't know WHY I am out of Whack, or How it happened...

But I'm just not on track.  

Work isn't fun.

Sewing is unfocused -

Body feels tired.

House is messy.

So - I'm taking a BREAK.... 

I think I am just trying to go in too many directions at once.................... 

I'll be back in a few days or a couple of weeks when I find some WHACK !!!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Kitties on Quilts

Well, hello - did someone say "Kitties on Quilts"?   A photo competition?
Well, that's our CUE
this is Mystic and Gloucester writing... and have we got photos - our quiltmom is forever pointing that Nikon thing at us and trying to blind us !
We used to be little..............when we were first adopted from that rescue place.

our first skill was SLEEPING ON QUILTS...we were a natural at that !

As we grew up, we learned more quilty skills:  Quiltmom says this is called SANDWICHING - but we can't find the bread or the meat - disappointing

 Quilt inspecting, especially charity quilts, is hard work, and sometimes the inspectors have BIG disagreements about the use of turquoise and purple together

 And Mystic sleeps when he should be working............BOYS !

Ma said "that wrinkle will quilt out - BUT LOOK, THE WRINKLE HAS A NOSE !
 We bought a vintage machine from EBAY - it came in a GREAT BOX
 Bondage ????  or Binding????  I don't understand, so I just tied him up with it for good measure.

Hmmm how about "CAT on a Quilt - Well, it's not a Quilt YET, but just be patient!"
Yep, we're kitties on quilts - 24/7.  
Mystic and Gloucester, the furry children of the Quilting Professor..

Friday, August 1, 2014

Friday design wall

Good Morning ... 

I am so tickled to show you my design wall this morning...  these blocks are just starting to fill the room with red happiness.

This is Sue Garman's pattern, called "Sarah's Revival"...

See the one on the bottom?  Just finished.  Wow, was that fun, to applique on some green fabric!
There will be four blocks like that - so, three more to do !They go in the quilt center.

This one is my very favorite - isn't it just gorgeous ???
In closing, Mystic wanted to say hello...
 Sphinx-like, guarding the scraps...............

Having a little spa-like nap in the bathroom sink..........
Happy quilting to everyone this weekend.  I'll be doing a bit of traveling, to the East Coast to visit my mom and help her a bit after some surgery - but I have lots of hand work to take with me !!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bait and Switch ????

So - - I was planning to enter This quilt in the World Quilt Festival New England, coming up soon...

Remember - this one...  it's been on a bit of a traveling jaunt to quilt shows... (I know you're sick of seeing it, but here goes one more time)
 So, I started the entry process, and paid my entry fee...  and then planned to go back later and enter the quilt photos.  Well, when I did, I saw that this particular quilt did not meet the minimum size for that show - - well, duh, I should have read the instructions...

So a couple of days later a very nice lady from the Mancuso office wrote me and asked why I didn't complete my entry and I explained the issue to her - - she confirmed that World Quilt Festival just doesn't have a category for small-medium wall quilts... but she hoped I would enter something else... How nice that was of her...   Cool.

But I didn't think I had anything worthy...  but finally decided to enter my Pineapple quilt , made from a Bonnie Hunter pattern she calls Pineapple Crazy.  I named it "Impossible !"  because it took forever, but it didn't make hardly a dent in my scrap piles !

So I sent this photo, and a close up of detail................... and.........................

Oh so fun...  I'm just tickled........... thank goodness it has a hanging sleeve already on it - so I have only to put on a label and pack it up for the journey !

I love quilting - every day it gives back such joy and comfort... and it keeps me out of the bars and off the street !!!!

Happy Quilting !


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's in That Bag ????

Oh my, my, my.... 

Tonight I was cleaning in my sewing room - there are all these bins in there with who knows what in them - partly finished quilts, four patches, patterns, they didn't start out organized, so it just whatever got put in, and then the top got put on...

and I spied this plastic bag...........

hmmm - that looks familiar.... but it's been several years... let's take a peek.

 oh, a red and green applique..........oh I remember making this...................

oh goodness - it is ALMOST finished..................    I made this in New York - it was a block of the month pattern.  I don't remember the name of the designer - but I will find it and then I will post again.     I packed this up before we moved from NY to California, and it has been in that box ever since. 

Well - let's see what to do next... when I first looked at it , I thought it was ready to sandwich - but on closer inspection, I'm missing a few leaves in the right hand corner - and there are a couple of spots in that sawtooth border that I never liked - so I shall try to do something about that... and those red flowers in the outside border never for their yellow centers for some unknown reason... so it seems I have a bit of work left to do before I can sandwich this - and then I really want to hand quilt it - I do, I do... 

But it is nice to have found it again... far too pretty to be in a plastic bag !!

Happy quilting to you,


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Such a Fun Quilty Sunday !!

It's a great quilty Sunday - a little cool, just enough for socks... 

and so many quilty projects to choose from - I can just wander around and find a different project waiting for me to play!

Remember this ?  A lovely Madeira table runner...  I am stitching away...  gradually it is starting to look like it will look...  and I finally got a good photo for color... 
 See how the underlayment fabric looks poofy through the cutwork?  That will all be sewn down... 

  Lots more to do on that one !!!!  And I have decided to add some beading after all the stitching is done.

But - I can only work on this detail stuff for so long and then I need to power sew and I yearn for bright color...this little charity quilt filled both needs - the center fabric is African fabric that someone brought back from a medical mission in Africa - and donated it for us to make quilts that will go on another medical mission - too fun !  Don't you love these Caribbean colors?  I do.

 And I finally got this quilt photographed - those are 5 inch pineapples, made from a Bonnie Hunter pattern . . it was really really fun !
 And, being quilted, one of the several tops that is a result of my manic war on scraps lately -  I am just making scrap sections, like these 16 patch units, and then finding places to put them in quilts later - fun, fun!  Like seeing a history of all my sewing laid out before me !

Well, nothing is getting done sitting here, now, is it !!!!

Thanks for reading my quilty ramblings...

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