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Peaks of Color

Another small wall quilt, this time using solids and one of my favorites: Kaffe prints. I began by pulling and pairing fabrics. I set my camera to a grayscale setting which was very telling. A couple of my selections blended together, but to the naked eye they seemed fine. From experience I knew that those had to be eliminated. It’s a great tool in fabric color selection.

I drew paper pieced block patterns as I wanted each to be a little different and to have as crisp points as possible. Happy to say it was all a fun process!

The polka dot backing was perfect. For the quilting I didn’t want too much as it’s a small quilt, so I chose random circle quilting. You can be sure I’ll be doing that again sometime in the future!

I’m also back to hand applique and with cooler temps arriving here in the Piedmont, I’m enjoying doing so on my front porch. Here is my view:

The garden continues to delight. The onslaught of leaves will soon be following, but until then, I will soak in with joy all that surrounds me.

Linkup: N&TT

Red Storm

Recently I was looking through my orphan blocks and came across a several quarter circle black and white blocks. I’ve been doing a few small wall quilts and decided to do something with these. I chose several red batiks for a strong contrast, cut them into 1″ and 3/4″ strips and began piecing.

I played with several layouts on the design wall and mostly straight line quilted it – for such a little quilt, 11″ x 19″, it took a while!

Here it is – “Red Storm!”

Linking: N&TT

The Best Mail

Recently I heard from “JP” in Florida asking if I would be interested in receiving a quilt for the Hospice ministry.  Of course I was! Imagine when the box arrived stuffed to the brim with not one quilt top – but several with the added bonus of fabric for a border and backing for one of the quilt tops.

 

These quilt tops are perfect in both size and design for Hospice.  I especially love that more than one could be for a male patient. I’m especially blown away by the amount of time, effort and resources that went into these quilt tops.  This level of generosity moves me greatly.

WOW – what treasures! Thank you, Thank you JP! My goal is to get at least two of these quilted in November. I need a quilting fairy!

 

 

A Happy Flower

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There’s been a lot of sunshine here but with that has been intense heat and humidity. Many hours of sewing and quilting was becoming somewhat unjoyful for me so I went down a different path.  I had ordered some large art paper and the first happy thought I had was a sunflower and I drew a very simple drawing

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The center of the flower is strip pieced, cut and sewn again to give the illusion of a woven center.  Beading in the center gave it more dimension and made it look more like a seed center.

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The leaf is three dimensional.

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Lots of fun was had when choosing bright yellow batiks for the flower.  I sewed narrow strip piecing of yellow batiks, then cut for the petals.  Hubby helped me choose the unconventional green striped batik background. It surely makes the flower pop!

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Ahhh.  Joyful in the studio once again!

Oh Scrap!   Monday Making

Playful

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My quilting journey began somewhere around 2006 to 2007.  I purchased a magazine, “Quilt It, Two Block Quilts” and immediately loved two of the quilts.  The first is in the back of my quilting closet, partially quilted.  Each time I take it out thinking I’ll finish it, I’m reminded that I don’t care for it very much.  I also remind myself that a fair amount of work went into it, especially as a beginner, and that I should finish it so I can donate it.

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The second pattern was for “Baby Love.”  In 2018 I finally got around to pulling various fun fabrics and copying the paper piecing patterns.  In December of that year I worked on some of the blocks while retreating with a few quilty friends. Can you guess?  The project box just sat on the shelf until earlier this year.  Somehow I was motivated to get it together.  I did, however, simplify and modify the pattern some. I didn’t use all the NY Beauty blocks. They’re in the orphan quilt box waiting for lightening to hit me with a brilliant plan!

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Funny how after sitting for so long, I was super motivated and quickly got the top put together. Some weeks ago I pulled the top from my hangar of “flimsies,” found a batting and used a gray fleece for the backing.

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Oh how I love having another finish.  And where is this quilt headed?  To play with the other baby quilts I have waiting for some unknown future arrival.  Now I call that being prepared!”

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Linking: N&TT    Whoop Whoop 

On the Design Wall

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Scraps, scraps, scraps. A container full of one and one half inch scrap strips! There is also a bin of polka dots that has been waiting to be used. The blocks are quarter log cabins with the centers made up of four patches of polka dots.

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This option for arranging the blocks just didn’t work for me.

I’ve arranged the quarter log cabins several ways and putting four together for one full log cabin block was most pleasing to me.

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For now, this is my layout choice.

There’s a long way to go. I’m now piecing more four patches. Adding the strips goes fairly quickly and is fun sewing.

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Lots and lots of strips to choose from!

I’ve been doing a lot of organizing and although I don’t feel as though I’ve been sewing that much, I have really been quite productive. Hmmm. Maybe it’s because I’m not going anywhere during quarantine?!

How about you – how have you been using your time?

Squirrel, Squirrel, Squirrel!!

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Oh the opportunity I saw when the Great Corona Lockdown began.  I was going to sew, sew, sew, and I did just that! I completed several quilts, made progress on several Works in Progress and best yet – I emptied many project bins! And then it happened – SLAM! I began to feel like going into my studio and sewing was a J-O-B.  So I stopped.  This is supposed to be a joy, not a chore, so…

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I immediately ordered a large pad of drawing paper, some Tyvek sheets and checked on my supply of Lumeire paints.  The plan is to do a few art quilts.  Not too big, not too complicated, but hopefully fun! I have four planned and began on the easiest one first.  I pulled various brown batiks, sewed some strips together and then pulled some dark brown batiks and cut thin strips.

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Next quilt will call for various yellows and I once again chose batiks. I’ll be doing a flower and I love the way these fabrics will (should) work.

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And some blues for a sky background.

IMG_2249I know, not too much exciting to show here, but I am excited – Yeah!

Happy Quilt Mail

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Such a joy to see a box on the front porch that wasn’t an Amazon box! It was a box full of quilt goodness from Elaine in Missouri. She sent a full quilt top for Hospice.  This is such a happy quilt. I especially love the green that peeks out among the cheerful oranges.  This donation could very well go to a male patient. Most quilt tops seem to be more appropriate for female patients so this is a total win. This flimsy is now hanging with four other Hospice flimsies. I’m guessing this will be the first of those to get quilted and bound.

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And that wasn’t all!  There were all these fabric pieces.  No doubt our little group will put these to very good use.

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How exciting to see all these little blocks! Most definitely a future leader-ender project . Admittedly, I am so tempted to play with them, pin them and set them up by my sewing machine. But…I’m trying to be disciplied to continue working on my present project/s. Ha! Let’s see how long I last!

Many, Many thanks Elaine! Your generosity will go a long way.

NOTE:  If you have a donation for our Hospice ministry, please contact me hereor leave a comment on the blog. Quilt tops and blocks are being accepted at this time.

Fly Geese, Fly!

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So many cut off corners from my Tula Strings quilt just begging to be used for their own quilt. I have been wanting to do a quilt of all flying geese for some time – perfect opportunity! First, there was all the trimming of the triangles. The adding of the solids was done while at a sew-in with friends – it took forever! The final trimming of the blocks seemed to take more than forever.  There was a lot of arranging on the design wall, rearranging, and yes, rearranging some more. The blocks occupied the design wall for at least a couple of weeks.

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Then there was the sewing. Oh so much sewing! Each section I placed back on the design wall did get me excited. All in all, it did not take nearly as long as it seemed and the best part? I’m very pleased with the result!

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There were some of the flying geese leftover and they were NOT going into the orphan block container. The backing was the best place for them and it made for a more interesting backing.

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Quilted, Bound, Done – Yeah!

Links: Main Crush Monday  Monday Making

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A Surprise Visitor

Being at home so much has renewed my passion for gardening. The cooler spring temperatures and abundant rain certainly helped! Everything in the garden has just burst forth.

The ferns are amazing and there are two large patches, one in the back garden and one out front. The daylillies have set so many blooms. Last year they were such a disappointment that I thought I’d be digging them out this year. They redeemed themselves!

The hostas have been pretty happy too. In the past I’ve lost many a hosta plant to voles, but thankfully, the two outdoor cats have minimized that problem. Not and then there’s a bite from a slug, but they’re easily dealt with. After I pour my morning coffee, I like to take a quick stroll out front to enjoy the garden. Last week I got quite the shock – somewhat heartbreaking really. Several of my hostas had been eaten  leaving only bits of the stems. There were also hoof prints throughout. The culprit? A deer! Sure enough, hubby had captured the image on our surveilance cameras.

After much research, I mixed up two concoctions to spray onto the plants. One was made with eggs, garlic, oil, milk and water. Yummy.  The second was with fresh habanero peppers that were liquified in the blender, milk and water. If I make the second mixture again, it will be done outside. The peppers caused me to gag so I quickly put on my Covid mask and all was fine!

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Elephant Ear bloom – on three Elephant Ear plants!

The plants were all sprinkled with Cayenne pepper the first night. The second night I sprayed with the habanero mixture. Rain was in the forecast so I covered the large hostas with bird netting. After two visits, the deer has not returned. I’m very hopeful, but I’m not letting my guard down. I will also be using a commercial mixture that is supposed to be rain resistant.

We have lived in our home for 35 years during which time there have always been flower gardens. This is the first time a deer has ever feasted on the tasty greenery. Hopefully she (he?) has found a better feeding ground.

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