Sunday, February 7, 2016

The "Goings On" in My Quilty Life

hi there........... come on in and sit a spell..............

My life is still a bit complicated, so I am just quilting for therapy.............. and when I quilt for therapy, I cut up scraps, I assemble tops from orphan blocks, I make tops with crumb blocks........

Therapy quilting is great for scrap management.

No. 1 is not an inspired effort -  but it did use up 13 crumb blocks...... maybe it will be better when it is quilted...

 No. 2 is assembled from some old, old Lotto blocks.  This was assembled into a top more than five years ago, and has sat on top of a bookcase waiting for quilting - finally done !
 The last one is just a top - crumb blocks used up , hooray !  I like this one, and am eager to quilt it up. 

In other news, I have decided to apply for certification as a judge, you know, for quilt shows.  I think it will be fun.  The first step is to apply for and get accepted as a candidate.  To do that I have to volunteer at three quilt shows to help with judging, and have to judge a show of at least 30 quilts.  I started setting up the volunteering, and already have one, maybe two situations set up with shows this spring.  I have no clue how I will get the judging with at least 30 quilts, but I am just going to forge ahead and trust that it will all work out.  


Mystic says hello - - I was quilting, and he snuggled into the quilt, and it was a photo moment !

 
 
Night everyone !
 
Kate

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Long Time No Blog

Hello , reader.............

Well, what the heck happened to January???? 

I can't believe I last blogged on New Year's Eve.................. wow..........

This month has been a blur of "life stuff"  -  and business stuff...

*  a big decision about a possible new job - completed !
*  a trip to Miami to participate in a leadership development conference - completed?
* a trip to North Carolina to see family - some big family health and eldercare problems have arisen - those will be ongoing for a while, I fear..........

So, have I sewn and quilted?    Yes..........

But, I haven't had the patience to do any of my fancy stuff...

Instead, I have enjoyed working on donation quilts - for kids.  Some made by me - some pieced by others and then quilted by me.  Here are some pics.  The first one is from a block lottery:

And, a cute string block quilt, all bright in jewel tones and black:



The back is lovely, too, using some crumb blocks:


Then I made two tops from Mary's Quick Strippie patterns, found on Maryquilts.com.  It's so easy and quick and fun !



So, I'm sewing away - and now get to snuggle up with some kitties and watch a football game -

Everybody take care... 

Kate













Thursday, December 31, 2015

End of Year Reflections


Well, I'm not feeling particularly poetic, so won't give you any inspiring quotes - - just the view from my sewing machine::

1.  I sure did sew a lot this year.  These are the empty spools I collected...  Hmmmm...  somehow this feels very good........I like seeing them in that cute little casserole dish............


2.  This just got assembled - hooray !  The center of my "Sarah's Revival" quilt, by Sue Garman, is now assembled.  This isn't quite the way Sue designed it, but I love, love it !!!  Now to figure out what to do about borders.......................... 




3.  Kitties Gloucester and Mystic tried to party in the New Year, but fell asleep.



HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

Kate



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Manger Crashers !!!!

If you have or love cats, you know they are notorious for finding a place safe, warm, and cozy............

the internet is full of photos of kitties who have found manger scenes to be to their liking...........even a colony of feral cats in Brooklyn who live in the manger scene every year...

Here are a few of my favorites:





and this one just leaves me completely puzzled...  but this kitty found it worthy of a nap, nonetheless.......



gotta love those kitties !!!!

Kate



Sunday, December 20, 2015

Oh, Quilty Night


Oh, Quilty Night !!!!

The next two weeks are mine, mine............. we are not traveling this year, since we have to travel in early January, so I have two weeks to sew and sew and sew and sew..............

Today I worked on this:

 oh, my, those are some Tiny Pieces................




This is "Ohmigosh" by Sue Garman... I love doing quilts with lots of tiny pieces..... and this is fun, fun !

'til tomorrow, here I am making tiny pieces..................

Kate


Monday, December 14, 2015

Photos and More Photos

I'm not sure why, but all I have wanted to do recently is work on charity quilts - my own projects are sitting patiently -   while I have a blast with these kid-size masterpieces... 







 Many of these were pieced by friends in an online quilt guild, and sent to me for quilting. A few are tops I made myself.  All will go to Quilts Beyond Borders, to go snuggle some child somewhere who needs a quilty hug........... they will be ready ! 

Kate

Friday, November 27, 2015

Staycation Day THREE !

It's a happy staycation here...  but not a completely happy one.

Both DH and I are still  bit under from the winter "crud" - but it's nice to just snuggle inside and do a bit of this and that, with frequent naps..........and a lot of hot tea.

I finished up this little beauty last night..........


Isn't it lovely???  It's a little charity kid quilt - and I don't know who made the top - several people send me tops to quilt - when I first saw it I thought it was boring and "ooh too peachy", but quilted up I completely love it, and it was fun to work with so much negative space...  and the color seems perfect now - go figure how that happens.

I'm also doing to de-cluttering - made up a big bag of clothes for Goodwill, and have been filling up trash cans with every piece of paper I can find to throw away.............. 

This morning I have been playing with some crumb blocks - I love crumb blocks - we will see what comes out the machine !!

oh, honey - are there any leftovers ???? 

Kate


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