"Make what you want to make, and make it the way you want to make it." Gwen Marston

Monday, March 27, 2017

March OPAM

Another month is coming to an end.  March came in like a lion and is going out like a lamb.  We finally had our one 'substantial' snowstorm.  We received about 8", and thanks to a neighbor with a new snow blower, my shoveling was minimal.  Which is good, because the next day was the start of Retreat!!

There were several cancellations at retreat, but we still had a nice group.  I put together a top for charity, and worked on some blocks for two different sampler quilts.  I don't have pictures right now because my sewing room is all cleaned and everything put away.  I'm cleaning for company!  I'm hosting a small sewing group on Wednesday, and it's requiring some serious cleaning.  Most of my friends live in large beautiful houses, which always seem to be immaculate.  Not so with our small townhouse.  I can't stand the clutter, so I seldom have guests. This has been a great chance to do some more decluttering.  We've filled the dumpster, and I have two boxes for donation.  Just hope we can keep up the momentum after sewing group.

I finished two more Baltimore Album blocks!

I think I will make a small wall hanging with the four completed blocks, and then start a new project.  I bought a new book with some more advance techniques, and I think I'm ready to branch out a bit.  I've said this before, but I never thought I would love applique so much!!

My OPAM is also my RSC project for the month - a red doll quilt.  And yes, sometimes machine applique is the only way to go!
I have an over abundance of red scraps, so I may try to make something else before the end of the month.  And I'm making a 'crayon' each month also, but I haven't finished the tips of them yet. Sometimes my head just spins with all the things I want to make!!  I need to live at least another 100 or so years......

If you're still on Giraffe watch, will tonight be the night?            Sunny

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Time to change my Profile

It's hard to believe that I started this bog just over seven years ago.  At that time, I was fifty-something, but as of tomorrow, I can no longer say that truthfully.  A birthday with a ZERO in it.  I've already decided that this will be the best year of my life (so far)!  I have many goals and dreams, including blogging more regularly.  We'll see how that goes.  LOL!

I've been spending much of my time sewing.  Here are the results from my recent retreat.

This is the first little quilt I made for my Prairie Women Sewing Group, by Pam Buda.  We have 8 people in our small group, and we're going to have a lot of fun following along with Pam's Prairie Women Journeys.

This is also a Pam Buda pattern, that I won in a drawing on her blog several months ago.  Making the first Mussy Tussy was quite a challenge to my little brain, but after the first one the process got much easier.  The fabric is Thimbleberries from approximately 2009?

And this is my doll quilt for RSC17.  It was inspired from a kit that I purchased while we were in Florida.  I hope to finish the original project soon and be able to show it.  I did a few hours of applique on the original at retreat.

Have I mentioned that I've finally tried my hand at hand applique?  I've worked on a few simple pieces, and then decided to attempt a few blocks of a Baltimore Album.  I committed to 4 blocks in a UFO Challenge.  My thought was that if I liked it, I could continue, and if I didn't like it, at least I tried.  Guess what!  I LOVE it!!

These two blocks are finished, and I'll put the finishing touches on two others later today at my sewing group.  Oops, this second bock actually got a little more embroidery last night after this photo was taken - some stems inside the circle.  As Baltimore Albums go, this is pretty simple, but it's a good starting point, and I'm learning a lot of new techniques.  Expect to see more applique on this blog.

What else?  Last weekend I attended a scrapbook retreat.  I finished up working on my trip to Nova Scotia in 2014.  It was a great weekend spent with my college roommate, reliving fun memories.

And next weekend is another Quilt Retreat!  It's too bad they all seem to come at the same time of the year, but that doesn't stop me from going.

Show someone you care today......Sunny

Anyone following April the Giraffe?  Maybe she'll have her baby on my birthday.....

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Still Alive!

Yes, I'm still alive and living the good life.  I just returned from a retreat, but there are no pictures, so you'll just have to take my word for it.  Perhaps when I unpack tomorrow . . . .

Before that, there was a nice long, refreshing trip to Florida.
We had quiet time on the beach, and time with family and friends.  Hi Di!  You can read about our visit with Di on her blog.  It appears that she has thawed out since our visit.   We saw amazing sunsets:

Sunset watching in the Keys in an important tradition each day.  At one beach, a group of friends gathers each evening and serenades the setting sun!

My Aunt took us to Black Point Wildlife Drive where we got some great photos of birds.

As we were leaving, we caught a glimpse of our only alligator for the trip.
Later in the day, we saw a gentleman leaving the beach with his fishing catch, and he was more than happy to pose for a photo.
We enjoyed our warm days in the sun.  Beach time. pool time, and even a short little ferry ride to Pigeon Key to fit in a little history lesson.  There was a day in Key West, and some shopping in Jacksonville.  And maybe just one quick trip to a Quilt shop.  Lots of good food, and the time with family and friends made it all a fantastic trip.  Looking forward to next year.

I came home from retreat sick, so tomorrow I'll try to take some photos of projects that I worked on, and door prizes and goody bag treats.

Until then, let someone know you care!    Sunny

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

More doll quilts

I love making doll quilts, and I'm so happy to have found an organization that takes them.  My first one this month was for RSC17, and our color is purple.  These are the hexies that I showed on my last post.

Number two for the month was made several years ago for a small quilt group, and I had always intended to hand quilt it.  Well, that obviously hasn't happened, so now it's quilted and on it's way to a better life.

Number three was made from the remnants of the first fat quarter bundle that I ever purchased.  I've kept the scraps together all this time, and I'm tired of moving them around, so out the door they go!
I finished these bindings for FNSI last week.  I've also been working on some hand applique, and prepping pieces for more applique on another project.  I have quite a little pile of tops that need to be quilted, so that will be my project when I return from a little vacation.

My next post may have some of these in it.....

Toes in the sand, and Margarita in hand!         Sunny

“Kindness can transform someone's dark moment with a blaze of light. You'll never know how much your caring matters. Make a difference for another today.” 
― Amy Leigh Mercree

Monday, January 9, 2017

Four Days!

Yes, that's right, it took me FOUR days to make the border on this quilt.  I just have to add one plain outer border and it will be a flimsy.  I could have done the outer border before this blog post, but then this blog post would not have happened, and I'm trying to be better about blogging this year.  When I fell in love with this quilt, I only noticed the reindeer names and the overall look, not the tiny little applique leaves and the border.  I'm now quite well versed in the use of a Tri Recs tool.

My first finish(es) for the year are place mats.  I managed seven before I ran out of batting scraps of the appropriate size.  And six of them were orphan blocks that I adopted.

I spent FNWF making some purple hexies.  These will become a doll quilt, and my first project for RSC17.   If you like using scraps, and you haven't played along with Rainbow Scrap Challenge before, hop on over to Angela's blog to check it out.  She announces a new color each month, and we make whatever we want with that color scraps for the month.  She puts up a linky each Saturday, so you can find tons of inspiration!

I've decided on my Word for 2017:  Caring.  With all the bad things happening in the world, we all need to be more caring of our fellow humans.  I think the quilting community is very caring - THere are call for quilts or quilt blocks when there are fires, hurricanes, and earthquakes.  We can show caring on a global level or in our own neighborhood or town.  Sometimes it only takes a minute to let someone know you care.  

Show someone you care today......Sunny

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a
listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all
of which have the potential to turn a life around.” 
― Leo Buscaglia

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 is a Wrap!

Your might want to grab a cuppa and  get comfortable.  2016 was a pretty good year.  Our family added another adorable baby girl, and there was another engagement, with a wedding to follow in 2017.  I don't have children, so I focus my attention on my five nephews.  And yes, I made the little afghan that she's snuggled with.
We had many adventures in 2016, starting with Florida in January.  When we left home there was nearly 30" of snow on the ground, and we were happy to put that in our rear view mirror!

Mid April found us in our beloved Smoky Mountains, hiking and photographing wildflowers.  I'm sure we'll go back in 2017, but the landscape will be greatly changed, following the devastating wildfires in November.
In June, we went waterfall hunting in the Finger Lakes area, another of our favorite places.  We found several waterfalls that we had not visited before, and paid a visit to the Ithaca Farmer's Market

Our Really Big Adventure of the year took us to the Canadian Rockies in September.  The scenery was breathtaking.  We took hundreds of pictures!

I also took my first train trip, and visited Oregon, my 48th state.
And somehow, I managed to do a lot of sewing and quilting.  I participated in two UFO challenges, and checked off many items from my list, in addition to starting a few new projects.

Projects for December included four sets of coasters for gifts, and I finished a jelly roll quilt that was started at retreat in November.
Two wall hangings were completed, one of which was also started at the same retreat.

The other incorporated the use of crayons.  I don't think I did a great job, but it was a learning experience, and I will definitely try the technique again.

Sorry some of these pictures are so dark, but I took them at around 5 am.  If I wait for the sun to come up, I won't have time to post later.

And let's not forget Christmas!  I exchanged gifts with a couple of my blogging buddies, and received an ornament and a beautiful calendar from Maria.  The calendar was made by her quilting group in Australia, and contains so many beautiful quilts in beautiful settings.  Thanks Maria!

My package from Di including an cute little reindeer, along with a pattern to make more, a cross stitch kit, and a 'cool finger' to protect my finger from my hot iron.  Too bad I didn't have it a couple of weeks earlier when I did burn myself!  It will be put to good use.  Thanks Di!
Is anyone still here?  If so, thanks for reminiscing with me.  I hope to be back tomorrow with a couple more items to share.

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!      Sunny