Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What a (re)Treat!

Thank you all so much for your encouragement on my Jubilee quilt.  I feel so close to the finish line.

Oh, isn't it wonderful to run away from it all with quilt friends?  Last weekend was my retreat to Rosa Mountain House in beautiful upstate New York.

What did I work on?   Nine Patches, of course!! Her are my rerpo patches.  This setting uses exactly 100 - Bingo.  I just happen to have 100.  I still need to decide on the outer block colors.

Here are my modern patches.  I'm setting them with a grey polka dot and a black and white script.

Our hostess, Pat served us delicious food

This is the beautiful view from the dining area.

You may remember last spring that we planned a challenge based on a page from a magazine.  You can see that post here.

Margaret's:  "Memories of India" pattern is Elephant's Walk' by Bunny Leighton.

Nancy's (who ended up with a horrid cold and couldn't come :(  we missed you!

Susan's:  Mad-hattan

Pauline's -

Norma's - (sorry, it was against a window and you can see the other side)

Mine:  Our Mother of Mexico; Frida Fashionista

Aren't they fun?  I think everyone did a great job interpreting their magazine pages.

Thanks, Norma, for helping me with my modern blocks color placement.  I can't wait to see what she does with hers.

She kept busy making blocks with selvages.

Pauline worked on these four patch posie blocks.
I forced her into a "we-fie"

The sewing room also has a lovely view.  Renata is busy with prairie points and Elizabeth is sewing away....
Next time I have to get a group shot!

Back here in CT, we are getting new carpeting in 3 bedrooms on Thursday, so we've been slowly emptying them.  Good bye mint green carpeting and good riddance!

The sewing room will re-open next week.  In the meantime, there always hand quilting on the Jubilee Quilt.  Hope you are having a beautiful fall!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Hello? Anyone Home??

Sometimes I feel like I have nothing to post about.  Then I have to many little things.  Oh well, here goes.

I've been working really, really hard on my Jubilee quilt.  You know it's bad when Mr. Fun says "you've been working on that one a long time...."  Wha?  We did actually move our whole lives during the quilting process.....

I only have 1/2 of 1 border left to quilt!!!

I switched up Andrew and Sigs (and guest) bedroom this fall to feature cheddar.

Mary B. made me this lovely hand dyed quilt.

I love how she quilted it

The other nightstand has this little cheddar beauty that I made years ago.

Speaking of Andrew and Sig - we had a lovely day at the zoo yesterday.
who can resist face cutout photo boards?  not us.

And we fell in love with the baby goats.  These 2 were born to Peaches last Friday.  There were some that were born on Sunday.  I want one!!

I have had several readers ask how I hang my quilts.  Here it is:  The Hang it Dang it.  I was introduced to this by my friend, Elizabeth O'S.

These are available on-line at several websites, just google it and order one.

It has changed my life!   It is a bold statement, but true.

I have just hung my 4th hanger in my sewing room.  It takes more time to find a hammer and nail than to hang it.  It only takes 1 nail and is self leveling.
The instructions are super easy to follow and changing a full sized quilt takes less than 5 minutes, which is how I enjoy different quilts throughout the year.

here is my new hanger and an older quilt "Lollipop Garden"

Sometimes I like to offer a behind the scenes shot of the UTTER CHAOS going on in my life.  This shot taken right after the beauty shot as I walked away from the mess.  As per usual, coco looked bored to death, literally.

Photo cropping has also changed my life......have a great week.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Going Postal - in a Good Way!

Sunday was swap day here at my house.  Susan came to help me and thank goodness, it was more time consuming than either of us expected.

We sorted, counted and swapped, bagged and packaged 7,500 nine patches.

Paper plates really helped us keep the piles separated.

Here is some inspiration from Pinterest -
Look at the cute one on the wall -

These blocks are so versatile the possibilities are almost endless.  I have 75 pins on my nine patch board - check them all out here .  Feel free to add your inspirations to the FaceBook page here.

The nicest woman worked with me yesterday at the post office.  She helped me with 5 international packages, and scanned all the priority envelopes.

I have all the tracking numbers on the worlds longest post office receipt.

I hope you have fun swapping and like your patches.   I look forward to seeing some fun and innovative nine patch quilts!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Sunflowers For Susan

Happy Friday!  Just in time for a visit to NJ, I finished a special Birthday Gift for my friend, Susan.  She was Jill's best friend and creative partner.

You may be thinking "that's it?"  As I approached this project, it was very difficult for me to put "me" into it.  I just wanted it to be Jill's.  This was the last thing on her design wall.  I decided to put them together and add the borders and just let it be.

My plan is to make this same quit for my sewing room.  I have to make 2 blocks first.  I wanted Susan to have all Jill blocks.

Wheel of Fortune - Blocks Made by Jill Reid 2014

I used my home made fan stencil and added an extra line in each blade.  **Stencil update**  The company I sent artwork to can not produce it because it is too large for their equipment.  I'll be pursuing alternatives.

It looks good with my cheddar nine patches that are on the design wall.

I used the border print with the lavender on the back.  Purple was one of Jill's favorite fabric colors and her collection really reflected that!

The machine quilting isn't perfect, so it's just right to me.  You can see where I backtracked.  I used my walking foot.

Have a great weekend.  My buddy Susan is coming on Sunday to assist in the swap.  Here is what the sewing room looks like - a post office!

I won ring toss last weekend at the fair, meet "Ruff"  coco isn't pleased....

And if you ever wondered, here is what 6oo pounds of butter looks like.  It took 12,000 gallons of milk.
Happy Friday!