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Friday, July 21, 2017

Feline Friday - 7/21/17


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report #9

Sorry - can't show you this week's rosette just yet. I promise I'll show it next week.
Just think more orange (70s) and rain. Boo.

Taken in front of the firehall.
To the right is the new Town Hall.
Across the street is the original Bank of Castile branch.
The above photo was taken a week ago but I could have just as easily taken it any day in the last few weeks... Mother Nature is not playing nice this year. Think flooding, hail, lightening hitting trees.

Above are the first 8 weeks of this project. You maybe recall from my first post on this project that I was only going to have 5 rosettes across the top row with blank corners. Are you be surprised to know that I changed that plan. I don't have enough to share with you yet on Design B but I think it's pretty awesome.

#1 priority is to finish the owl quilt for the county fair in August and then I'll get back to my idea for the temperature quilt.

Also, you may have noticed that I started on the left for row #1 but #2 is starting on the right. I think the colors will flow more when subsequent rosettes are near each other. Then again, I'm floating in a fog of too much to do and overthinking it...

Monday, July 17, 2017

HeLP for Hexie-aholics - 7/17/17

Hello and welcome to our monthly Hexie Linky party!!!

For a change of pace, today I thought I would share the gifts I gave and received for our Hexie Club Brown Bag Challenge.

As you may recall, last December seven of us exchanged brown lunch bags with scraps of some of our favorite fabrics. They needed to be fav fabrics because the person who received your bag would be making a secret project to gift back to you at our Christmas in July party.

I received Linda's brown bag which included a number of blue and green fabrics plus a smaller white piece. I eventually came up with (ie, modified/stole from the evil website) an idea to use honeycomb shapes to make a blue/green panel for a vinyl mesh tote bag.

Of course, I had help from my Snoopervisor who has a very fluffy tail.

Eventually I completed the 2 honeycomb panels and then machine appliqued them to white fabric.

The panels were then added to the white mesh totebag. I modified a totebag pattern I've made many times to accommodate the size of the honeycombs which created some of it's own issues. "Next time" I make this pattern I'll put it together a little differently to make my life easier :)

Cheryl received my bag which had purples and B&W fabrics. What can I say? They were scraps on my cutting table and they spoke to me.

It was hard to get a great picture but basically she covered a stretched canvas with more of the purples and B&Ws surrounding the edge. I would love more of the cat fabric!

Now I just need to decide where to hang this little beauty!

And just to tease you with a little project I'm working on...

I'm very proud of my frugal use of these fabrics. It's so much more frugal than how I started the project. Could I, should I, be a little more vague on details to entice you? Bwahahahaha!! I'll show you in a few weeks when it actually looks like something.

Ok - now it's our favorite time to share projects. We are looking forward to seeing your project no matter if it's new or old or even just a project in the design stage. Any paper shape counts.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Feline Friday - 7/14/17

Security System Engaged!!

Momma, now you can enjoy your walk!!

Oh wait - was that a squirrel?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report #8

I finally got a photo of my new silly socks.
What can I say? I'm easily entertained!!

The weather in the past week was moderate, book-ended by not-so-moderate. I don't know about you but as soon as you put an 8 at the beginning of the temperature, I just start melting.

In fact, I just love fighting the lawn mower when it's hot and muggy and the sweat is dripping down my neck. If you believe that, I've got a bridge to sell you at a great price!


And now for the fun part - today is the first Wednesday Weather Report Linky Party!!!

We're looking forward to seeing the weather in your neck of the woods...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Bibliophile Files - 7/11/17

Greetings and welcome to another rousing edition of The Bibliophile Files...my monthly reading list.

Goodreads says I am currently half way through my reading challenge for the year (45/90 books)!!!!!

Vacation is coming up and since it's just me and the mountains (with a lot of proposed rain), there is a LOT of reading to be done along with my hexies! I've picked some books from my favorite series to bring with me and I've got way too many books loaded on my iPhone - I'll have lots to chose from.

     The Dead House
     Boy - This is a "play". It's only 1 CD long and I thought the ending left a lot hanging out in the open. I prefer definitive endings...
     In our Backyard
     Feed - this is a YA book about our future lives tied to technology. The fact that I can see this happening is kinda scary.
     The Red Umbrella - an excellent book about 2 young kids brought to the USA during Pedro Pan flights from Cuba. If only the book included more about their life once they reunited with their family...
     My Sister's Grave - Huh, another new series by accident, except this time I actually started with the first book.
     Summit - another excellent book in one of my favorite styles (does the style have a name?) where a current story is wound in and around a similar "historical" story about summiting Mt Everest.

     iPhone: Hidden Figures - this is rare for me, but I liked the movie much more. I was awed by the movie, I felt that every girl/woman should see it to hear about what these women did for NASA and womankind. The book is nowhere near as compelling, it's got a lot of interesting detail but I think watching the movie first ruined the book for me since the movie condensed and reordered some of the details to make it more succinct.
     home: Redemption Road
     car: The Body in the Wardrobe - this is another new to me series but since it's book #23 of 24 I'm having a hard time believing the series has gone on so long with all these random dead bodies while the series is named after the person who feels like a lesser character.

And now it's your turn!! What books have you read in the last month? Anything counts - novel, magazine, quilt pattern or cereal box!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Ruler quilting

Jo commented last week that she hoped I would post some closeups of my ruler quilting project. I hope these prove interesting...

I'm working on cross hatching in these odd little background pieces (1 hexagon + 3 third-hexagons). And I'll add that I am more than half done already. Woohoo!

In order to make sure the center of my curved ruler is lined up properly for each pass, I'm using the bone folder from my old rubberstamping days, to temporarily create a crease to follow. Because I'll next be stitching "around" the blue third-hexie there on the right, I'm drawing a line between the 2 red dots.

Hopefully, you can see that the center line etched on the ruler lines up with the creased line in the background fabric. I'm stitching 4 passes "around" each third-hexie and each pass is about .5" from the last, thanks to the quarter inch wide ruler foot and the quarter inch etchings on the ruler.

Something to be very conscious of when FMQing is to puddle your quilt around your needle/work space. If your quilt is puddled then you are only moving the portion of the quilt within the very center of the puddle instead of trying to move a very large section of the quilt. I can definitely feel the drag when I am trying to move too large a section of the quilt or even the edge of the quilt.

Can you see my puddle?

The flat area in the red circle is my puddle. 

The other important part of FMQing is to have snoopervision  =^..^=

Zorro - it's not polite to stick your tongue out at the viewers!

Linking to Design Wall Monday and Monday Making.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Feline Friday - 7/7/17

I LOVES me some shoes!!!!

I kill each and every one on a daily basis and they smell so guuuuuuuuud!


You've got to be kidding me...

This is my official stink eye cuz you're gonna get it in your sleep tonight!

PS - Happy Birthday GrandPoppa!!

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Wednesday Weather #7 & ruler quilting

Another busy holiday weekend at Casa Grande!!

Saturday I went to the Angelica NY Lavender Fest & Farm Market - Despite the rain it was a fun event and I came home with some veg, a purple gayfeather, a few gifts and a pile of what I call silly socks. I didn't think to take a picture but imagine purple socks with sprigs of lavender, bright blue Nefertiti, bright yellow with Klimt's The Kiss, moose on snowy mountains and skunks on green grass. I told you they were silly but who wants to wear boring grey socks with bright colored summer tshirts??!!

Saturday night was a grad party and then an after party with my coworkers. OMG - you should have tried the home made cinnamon peach moonshine. It was smoooooooth!

LOVE my new green walls!

A late night rescue call meant a late start to the day Tuesday. I skipped my walk (not a smart move, esp cuz I also skipped today's walk for another rescue call last night) but I did have company while I screwed around online on my iPhone.

Before yesterday was out, there would be a total of  4 rescue calls and a massive power outage during one of those calls. I had left my Bernina on during the call and rushed home as fast as I could to unplug it before the power came on. I was too chicken to plug it in again last night for fear of damage or the power going out again.

Luckily I had made some progress on the ruler quilting but this is how it stands for more attention tonight. I'm still not perfect with the ruler (ie stitch length while FMQing curves) but I'm having fun and it looks fantastic.

I love my large table with 2 drawers I can pull out to support large quilts as needed while it's also "puddled" around the needle allowing for easier movement, instead of dragging the whole quilt around. I puddle whether using rulers or not.

And last but not least, it's time for last week's weather report. 'Consistent' was pretty much the word of the week (70-77-75-76-78-75-75F) and we are looking at a lot more of the same in the next week.

BTW - would anyone be interested in a weather linky party each Wednesday?

Happy Hump Day!!!

Linking to Midweek Makers and Let's Bee Social.

Monday, July 03, 2017

Design Wall Monday - 7/3/17

Last week I ordered a curved ruler, planning to do some crosshatch quilting on my owl quilt.

In preparation, I watched and re-watched some videos on using this particular ruler and some others.

Eventually, I just had to jump in and do it...

After using this ruler over the weekend, I've decided that it was a fantastic purchase!

You might be able to see the pegs on the top which make it a little easier to hold on to.

There is also a strip of velcro on the bottom of the ruler. The velcro grips the fabric nicely and also helps to remove the cat hair, which is probably more Blue's than Z's  :(

It took me a while to get into my rhythm but after that it's just plain fun.

Oh, alright, I'll admit it, it's a little painful wrangling the large quilt thru the arm of my Bernina but with my nice, large sewing table to support the quilt as a whole, it's all good in the end.

I don't have family BBQ plans tomorrow so I plan to get my chores done tonight so I can play at my sewing machine all day tomorrow!!!

Wishing all my American friends a Happy Fourth of July!!!!

Bibliofile Files, normally scheduled for the first Tuesday (tomorrow) will get bumped to next week (7/11/17). Hmm...how many more books can I get finished in a week??!!

Linking to Design Wall Monday and Monday Making.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Feline Friday - 6/30/17

Just so you know...Momma didn't put me here...

I did it myself.

Don't ask why...I didn't even tell Momma why.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Design Wall Monday and some goodies but oldies

I put in a lot of time on my secret brown-bag-challenge project in the last week so there isn't a lot that I can share today. Luckily that project will be done before this weekend - a whole week early. Woohoo!

I'm now working on adding white sashing to a third blue rosette.

I had originally planned to take the sashed rosettes and the pile of yellow/orange rosettes and start putting them together while camping but I changed my mind!! Ha! I decided the pieces were too big to pack safely - I've got plenty of rosettes kitted up and I can continue to add white or gray sashing to any of the blue rosettes while camping.

I am also expecting to be asked to do another hexie trunk show later this summer so maybe it's also time to work on finishing some other smaller (ie quicker) projects that I can share. I just need to finalize what those little "quickies" will be. Don't worry, there are several to choose from! And BTW - I'll probably change my mind on all of this as the summer progresses (meaning before AND after camping).

I was again granted Friday's off work for July and August. They are historically labeled as No Housework Fridays meaning I can hike and sew to my hearts content All. Day. Long. Woohoo!!

I'm very excited that I just ordered a quilting ruler that I need to quilt my owl quilt and I also found out that a LQS is going to start carrying Westalee rulers. Just last week I printed out the 40+ page catalog and was trying to decide what to order, both for the owl quilt but also because I want a spirograph type design for the temp quilt. I doubt they will carry every ruler so that will help narrow my choices down!! My first Friday off will be 7/7 so you can expect to see some ruler quilting in the following blog post. That or just a picture of me in total breakdown mode, face shiny with tears. Lets hope for the first.

Dang this got wordy today. How about I share a couple goodies from my archives that I shared with Chantal yesterday:

This was from my foundation paper piecing days, before my current English paper piecing days. Yes!! I was once obsessed with something other than hexies.

I was too lazy to take it off the wall but the bottom is only 10" wide. I'm guessing that makes it just 12" or 13" high.

This wall hanging started from the snail trail cat pattern found in a magazine. I then learned of pieced letters from a blog and found the phrase on a cat-a-day calendar.

Can you see all the crosshatching around the cats? That was done by eye and it took FOREVER but it really makes the cats pop. The border has orange peels

I had intended to hang this over my bed when the bedroom was finally painted/redecorated but now I'm thinking it's kinda morbid for a bedroom (where I sleep alone/with my cat!) so I've decided to hang it in the Quilt Lab which is the next room to be redone. More people will see it in the lab so I think it's a win!

Linking to Design Wall Monday and Monday Making!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wednesday Weather and Pieced Hexies

This week's weather was pretty standard for June in Western NY. Starting in the 70s, jumping to the 80s and then back down to the 60s. I think this week I'll start writing down the actual temperatures to include with these weather reports since I think that's more interesting than generalizations.

I suppose it's about time I also admit that I've ALWAYS been a weather junkie, like I almost considered it as a career kind of a junkie. Don't hold it against me...

Almost done with a second white "sashing"

And I should  have known better than to work on something simple last weekend for Quilt in Public Day - now it's all I want to work on instead of my secret swap project or the UFO that I was making great strides on. There's no deadline for the UFO but the secret project has to be done in 16 days so I best get out my best taskmaster voice and get myself back to it.

It's hard to tell in the photos but I've got about 25 different white on white fabrics to use for the white sashing. I darkened the contrast on this photo hoping you can see some of them. I've got hexies, gingerbread men, polka dots, strips, cowboy boots, snowflakes and just about anything else I can find :)

Linking to Midweek Makers.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Design Wall Monday - 6/19/17

If you read my last post, you knew that Saturday was Quilt in Public day at my LQS. 9 people came to sew, including the store owners. It was funny to see people either staring at us or completely oblivious as they drove by. We even got honked at a few times. Don't know that we have any new quilters in our neck of the woods but it was a gorgeous day to stitch with friends.

As all y'all already guessed I brought hexies to work on. I had a couple small, random things to finish and after that I wanted something simple to work on in my lap. Simple was good cuz it turned out to be a hot, breezy day. While sitting there for 4 hours I got a good start on adding the white hexies to this pieced hexie rosette. I finished the white yesterday at Mom & Dad's house.

If I lay the new white parts out with some of the other pieces I've made for this quilt, I think it looks fantastic. I gave up trying to get a better picture with the gray skies this morning - it's sew much better in real life. I love the way the gray, white, purples, blues, greens, yellows and oranges all play off each other...

This quilt will be my focus for this year's camping trip. I've got kits made up to make more rosettes on mountain tops and while I'm lounging around my camp site I'll work on adding the gray or white backgrounds to the blue rosettes. I can't wait to see how much I can get accomplished since I'm looking forward to stitching all the little bits into something larger! Don't get me wrong - there is still a LOOOONG way to go on this quilt but I want to get some of it together as inspiration to keep moving forward with it.

Linking to Design Wall Monday and Monday Makers.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

HeLP for Hexie-aholics - 6/17/17

I'm prepping this post on Friday so I thought I would first share my yard from last night...

We had a "little" storm pass through late yesterday afternoon which dropped almost 2.5" of rain at my house! Yikes. I know it's hard to see through the screen door but I outlined the "puddle" (twice as big as if it were a random spring thaw) which starts in Larry's yard and flows into mine where part is then diverted between our houses towards the street and the rest flows across my back yard and ends up in the low spot of Tina's yard.

We did need some rain (my clay yard was beginning to crack) but for now Mother Nature has left a lot of people with wet basements, fallen trees/limbs and flooded farm fields. I will admit to shedding a tear over my 2 remaining white peony blossoms that were mutilated. Boohoo.

Anyway...you aren't here to hear about the weather at my house...You're here to hear about hexie projects.

Oh wait - since I can't show you my secret brown-bag-challenge project for Hexie Club, we are back to the weather. Sorry!

Here's the last month of my Hexie Temperature Quilt!!

You can see the ups and downs that we had - we had lows in the high 50s (bright green) all the way up to the upper 80s (red). Today is another red hot day. A muggy, red hot day thanks to the rain.

Are you making a temperature quilt? Have you started stitching yours or are you waiting for a special day? Maybe you're just getting your fabrics ready? We would love to see your progress and I do hope you'll share photos of your temp quilt or any other hexie project. Remember - we love to see any project, of any age or paper shape.

One last bonus - today is Quilt in Public Day and if the weather holds, our Hexie Club will be hexing on the front lawn of our LQS. Is there some place you can quilt in public today and interest a new friend in learning EPP?!?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Feline Friday - 6/16/17

I'm not sure why Momma was grimacing and mumbling something about the Family Jewels when she was taking this picture...

I was just snoopervising her while she was sewing...

I luv to help Momma!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wednesday Weather Report, a squishy and flowers!

It's been a red hot week.

Yesterday there was a house fire a few streets from where I work. Those poor fire(wo)men with all their gear on in that bright afternoon sun were just sweating buckets. I'm sure they got tired of me pushing bottles of water and Gatorade at them but they needed it. They did jokingly ask for a portajohn but I couldn't help them with that. LOL. Now if only I had had some sunscreen with me...

Thankfully today is much, much cooler.
Today is an orange day, since you asked. Barely an orange day.

Earlier this week I received a squishy from Denise!!! Every other month we send each other a squishy based on a predetermined theme. This month was cats & birds. We were supposed to send one bird FQ, one cat FQ and either a cat or bird related gift. Neither of us follows the rules explicitly, as you already noticed.

I tried to get the approval of my new cat socks from the resident approver of all things here at Casa Grande but he was more interested in attacking my Sketchers.

And last but not least, I raided my garden this morning! Pink and white peonies, yellow iris and 2 kinds of hosta leaves. My office smells divine!

Linking to Midweek Makers #76.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Design Wall Monday - 6/12/17

Unfortunately I can't share the hexie project I'm working on with you. It's a surprise for hexie club - earlier this year we exchanged lunch bags of scraps in order to make something for the fabric owner and the item needs to be finished by our July meeting. I'm not sure if my person reads my blog so it's just better to keep it a secret until after the meeting. It's real pretty, I promise!

Instead, lets catch up on some recent projects and happenings...

The most exciting thing last week was meeting Ruth from The Yarnarian!!! I can't remember how long we've been emailing between our blogs but it's sooooo fun to meet another blogger. I've met 2 bloggers now.

We spent the morning exchanging gifts, sharing show-n-tell and gabbing on and on. Then we walked to down town Canandaigua, NY to a crepe place for lunch, Yumm!! We spent the afternoon stitching in the hotel lobby while Ruth's husband checked on us periodically during his conference. It's too bad he's retiring and won't be attending more conferences in NY so that we can meet up again. On the other hand...any time I'm down to NYC I have an invite :)

Here's the 2nd of my red and blue rosettes for our hexie club vet quilt project. It's not my favorite fussing cutting design but I was using scraps and this is what I had. Now to fussy cut the third rosette...

And two weekends ago, I cleaned all the surfaces in the Quilt Lab and then did some trimming and stitching.

I fussy cut purple and oranges to make a (future) Quatro Color quilt. I have the perfect purple and orange batik for the borders. I'm thinking this will be a good backup project to take camping since it fits so nicely in this yellow bin from Harbor Freight.

In an effort to clean up a box of blue, yellow and orange fabrics I am saving for my pieced hexie project I put together these 14 sets of pieced squares to make "cog" rosettes. These are going with the other blue and yellow/orange sets I had put together for my camping trip coming up soon. Between these and the Quatro Color I have plenty of work. These go together pretty fast so I'll still probably throw in a couple other projects for a change of pace.

Matched with center reds and papers all marked.

Oh and BTW - remember the adage to measure twice/cut once?

I highly suggest to READ THE DIRECTIONS TWICE then measure twice and finally cut once. I had cut all the strips for these blocks to discover they were too big when it was time to sew. Luckily they were too big and not too small but it wasted a lot of time to trim them down later.

Piecing the hexie blocks also gave me the opportunity to work with some leader enders. I haven't worked on my puss in the Corner blocks in a long time so it was fun to make these as the scraps were getting trimmed from the Lab surfaces.

As a little ego thing - I finished another 5K on Saturday: I was the first finisher to walk the entire event (as opposed to alternating walking and running). Does it really matter? Only to me.

Even better...yesterday I went for a walk. Did I think I would go for such a long walk? Not quite so far but when I got to the Letchworth State Park entrance I thought I should go somewhere in the park.  Had I planned to walk so far I would have started much, much earlier, before it got to be so damn hot. This is about my worst pace ever but given the heat, hills and wind it's not bad. As I've said before - I'm in it for the endurance. I've got mountains to climb this summer!!!!

Happy Monday!

Linking to Design Wall Monday and Monday Making!